The walk around the Annapurna Circuit is a classic trip right around the huge massif of mountains that make up the Annapurna group. Though it has some steep climbs, it is not difficult and the views along the way are spectacular. It takes a minimum of 18 days to trek around the entire Annapurna massif, visiting the Tibet – like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and the dramatic Kali Ghandaki gorge. The trek takes you over the Thorung la pass, with its traditional chorten, prayer flags and stone cairns at an elevation of 5,416m. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding high Himalayan scenes.
The trek to Annapurna is world famous, and is a ‘must-do’ trip for all outdoor enthusiasts. With awe-inspiring views of some of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains, our treks are carefully organised to ensure you have plenty of time to acclimatise comfortably, making sure you can enjoy the trekking experience to the full.
The first day we have a briefing and sightseeing day in Kathmandu, where we can make sure that your kit is what you need and help you to get anything in the shops of bustling Thamel where our office is based. Then we’ll fly to the beautiful second city of Nepal, Pokhara, and begin our trek’s itinerary. We pass through villages of several cultures as well as forests and rhododendron and picturesque Nepali agricultural villages.
The trekking is on good trails, with some rockier stretches nearer to our destination but nowhere is this climbing or even scrambling – there are good paths all of the way. You can expect to trek for 4 to 6 hours each day, with some days spent resting and acclimatising to ensure that we are all fit and healthy at altitude. This makes the trek suitable for any averagely fit walker. On the route accommodation is in Nepal’s famous tea houses – the accommodation is basic but comfortable and the friendly, hospitable Nepali people make your stay a memorable one.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel upon arrival
Day 2 : Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar 760m
Day 4: Trek to Bahundanda 1,310m
Day 5: Trek to Chamje 1,425m
Day 6: Trek to Thonje 1,920m
Day 7: Trek to Chame 2,651m
Day 8: Trek to Pisang 3,333m
Day 9: Trek to Manang 3,351m
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,020m
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi 4,430mTrek to Thorung Phedi 4,430m
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m via crossing Thorung La pass 5,416m
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2,720m
Day 14: Trek to Lete 2,438m
Day 15 : Trek to Tatopani 1,189m
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani 2,855m
Day 17: Trek to Tirkhedunga
Day 18: Trek to Birethati 1,037m drive to Pokhara
Day 19: Rest day in Pokhara
Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 21: Departure