Considered by many as one of the world’s classic treks, the Annapurna Circuit trek is a long trek of incredible diversity, panoramic views and soaring peaks. We take you from sub-tropical zones right up to the very edge of the arid Tibetan plateau. This is a hugely rewarding trek that combines the Marsyangdi valley with the sacred Kali Gandaki valley, and encircles the entire Annapurna Himal mountain range. Read more
Upon your arrival into Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a brief welcome from you rep, the rest of the day is free to explore the local area.
After a pre-tour briefing this morning, we begin a full day tour of Kathmandu. As well as visiting the many Temples and Palaces of Durbar Square, we also take you up to Swayambanuth stupa, whose dramatic views over the city and the rest of the Kathmandu valley are second to none. You'll then have plenty of time to browse the local shops and enjoy dinner at one of the city’s many fine restaurants.
We leave Kathmandu early today and transfer you by road to Besi-Sahar where you'll begin your trek. Once out of the Kathmandu valley, you'll have some incredible views as you pass by raging rivers and distant snow capped peaks.
NOTE: The itinerary from here on is flexible and your guide may take you on a slightly different route to avoid the new roads and to follow some of the new alternative NATT trails.
Your Annapurna circuit trek begins by heading north along the Marsyangdi Khola through Khudi to Ngatti. The ascent then continues on to Syange, where you cross the river and climb to the villages of Jagat and Chamje. The trail then passes through thick forests before dropping down to Dharapani.
The trekking throughout the next two days offers some spectacular views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal as the trail goes through the traditional villages of Bagarchhap, Dhanakyu and Chame. The dramatic scenery continues as you trek on to Pisang.
Unless weather conditions dictate that you have to take another route, you will hike the lower trail today and travel on to Manang via Ongre.
We've left today free as an acclimatisation day in Manang in preparation of the altitude over the next few days. Manang is a picturesque little village with many short walks available in the area or if you don't fancy more trekking you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.
We leave Manang this morning and follow the Jargeng Khola river and then start climbing up to Yak Kharka (3950m). The views of the glacier dome from here are incredible.
On today's short trek you'll cross the Jargeng Khola and then climb up to Thorung Phedi.
Starting early today is essential as the altitude reaches its highest point at the Thorung La pass (5416m). The views are spectacular and the early start enables you to enjoy these while also ensuring you can trek back down to lower altitudes. The trail coming down is steep in places but you are more than rewarded by the views of the Hanging Meadow. Overnight in Muktinath.
You leave Muktinath today and descend past the fortress town of Jharkot. You then have the option of trekking along the valley shoulder, or following the riverbed as you pass through Kagbeni. You have the chance of a short rest and some apple pie in the popular trekking town of Jomsom before you continue on to Marpha.
After leaving Marpha you'll make the hike down to Kalopani through Tukche. Throughout today’s trek you can see the impressive Nilgiri range in the east.
Today you'll follow the Kali Gandaki river, south to Tatopani. Tatopani has become famous for its hot springs and after the previous weeks trekking, these can prove to be an irresistible temptation.
After prising yourself away from the hot springs of Tatopani, you start the climb up to Ghorepani. The walking today takes you through thick forests, steep hills and small friendly villages. Once in Ghorepani, you can enjoy the fabulous sunsets over Annapurnas 1 & 2.
Today begins very early so you can make the short climb to Poon Hill (3210m). This climb is very well-known throughout the trekking world and the early start enables you to see the spectacular sun rise over the beautiful Annapurnas. After breakfast, you continue trekking down to Tirke-Dungha.
Your final day of trekking is pretty much straight down all the way through Hille and Birethanti to your pick-up point at Nayapul. From here we have a short drive to Pokhara.
Today is a free day for you to relax after your trek, but also to enjoy the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara. This friendly town has many great shops and restaurants to unwind in after your long trek.
We leave Pokhara and the Annapurna region this morning, to travel back to Kathmandu. Once back in Kathmandu, the rest of the day is free for some last minute shopping.
Your time is free today until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.
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