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Annapurna Circuit Trek
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From Jan 20

On this incredible trekking adventure, spend 13 challenging days traversing rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and majestic views few ever experience.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Challenging
  • Supplier Tour ID: ANTA.B/262943
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Kathmandu
  • Jagat
  • Bagarchhāp
  • Chame
  • Pisang
  • Manang
  • Yakkharka
  • Phedi
  • Muktināth
  • Kalopani
  • Tatopani
  • Sikha
  • Ghorepani
  • Birethanti
  • Pokhara

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu at any time.

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Day 2: Kathmandu/Jagat

Travel to Besi Sahar and then on to Syange via local bus. From Syange, head out on a short trek to Jagat and take in the beautiful hot springs along the way.

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Day 3: Jagat/Bagarchhāp

Begin 11 days of challenging trekking in one of the highest mountain ranges on Earth. Experience stunning Alpine pastures, forests of rhododendron, temples, rural villages and local people, waterfalls, glaciers, and some of the most spectacular mountain scenery known to man.
For almost 2 weeks, we immerse ourselves into the spectacular mountain wilderness of the Annapurna Range. At 8,091m (26,545ft) Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing, creating magnificent panoramas from any view point. Throughout the trek we come across isolated mountain communities, each observing different ancestral customs and traditions, resulting in not only a visually superb expedition but also a culturally rich one. Amid the rugged mountain scenery, we meet warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on grassy pastures, and visit their monasteries and temples. Along the way, we see waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, broad plains, and high mountain passes and reward ourselves with a soak in natural hot springs (you've earned this!). The trekking is challenging, averaging 6-7 hrs a day, often at high altitudes. The highest point we reach, occurring on Day 9, is the 5,416m (17,769ft) Thorung Pass.

Given the dangers of altitude sickness, it is imperative that we take at least 3 days to ascend to this height. A couple of days are also allowed for rest and acclimatisation.

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Day 4: Bagarchhāp/Chame

Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,670m, 8,760ft).

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Day 5: Chame/Pisang

Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m,10,827ft).

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Day 6: Pisang/Manang

Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m, 11,614ft).

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Day 7: Manang

Enjoy a rest day at Manang.

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Day 8: Manang/Yakkharka

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharta (4,018m, 13,182ft).

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Day 9: Yakkharka/Phedi

Trek from Yak Kharka to Phedi (4,450m, 14,600ft).

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Day 10: Phedi/Muktināth

Trek from Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m, 12,467ft).

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Day 11: Muktināth/Kalopani

Take a local bus to Kalopani and view the contrasting yellow hills against green farmland of the valley floor. View the Kali Gandaki, home to the deepest canyons.

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Day 12: Kalopani/Tatopani

Cross a suspension bridge and switchback across the river. Spend 3-4 hours trekking through waterfalls, bridges, varieties of trees, and small communities to reach Tatopani. Settle into your homestay for the night in Narchyang Village, located on the opposite side of Tatopani.

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Day 13: Tatopani/Sikha

Climb a stairway of stone steps and cross a suspension bridge. Reach a mesmerizing view of ascending levels of teahouses and lodges with the mountains surrounding. Today's hike will be 4-5 hours.

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Day 14: Sikha/Ghorepani

Today trek from Sikha to Ghorepani (2,785m, 9,137ft). View local villages, teahouses, and settlements along the uphill route.

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Day 15: Ghorepani/Birethanti

Enjoy an early morning excursion to Poon Hill. Then venture through Poonhill to Ramghai, enjoying spectacular views of the Annapurna range along the way. Cross through forests, streams, and bridges to reach the final destination, Birethanti.

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Day 16: Birethanti/Pokhara

Take a short hike from Birethanti to Nayapul where our bus will be waiting to take us to Pokhara. Rest and take a well-deserved shower in this lakeside resort town.

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Day 17: Pokhara/Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu.
We travel back to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing, or relaxing in one of the many rooftop cafés.

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Day 18: Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Narchyang Community Homestay, Narchyang
    • English-speaking local guide and full support team of porters and assistants for the Annapurna Circuit trek between Besi Sahar, Muktinath, Jomson, Pokhara
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (3 nts), homestay (1 nt), tea house lodges (13 nts)
    • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, trekking support staff
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Tour Highlights:
  • Take in stunning Himalayan views
  • Experience high passes and prayer flags
  • Stay in tea house lodges and tiny hamlets
  • Visit sacred temples and monasteries
  • Enjoy a day to trek Poon Hill or unwind