Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Activities:
Trekking, Tours, Hiking etc.
Duration
18 days
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5416 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax.
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Nov 

Trip Overview

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most prominent trekking journeys taking place in the Annapurna region of Nepal. With a magnificent encompassment of the country’s beautiful landscape and ethnic coalesce, the Classic Annapurna Circuit fulfills its presentation of the region’s best elements and aspects. Make your way through the foothills of the Himalayas across terraced farmlands, barren and rocky landscapes all the way towards the distant tapestry of the mountains. With trails touching the edges of the Tibetan plateau, the Annapurna Circuit has amazing trails crossing two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif crossing the Thorong La Pass- the highest Pass on the trekking journey. Circumventing the Annapurna massif in an anticlockwise direction, the trail runs from foothills of Annapurna to Manang, Thorong La Phedi, Mustang, Muktinath, Ghorepani and Poon Hill. You will get acquainted with almost everything that the Annapurna region has to offer. Fascinating views of the Annapurna vistas and Mount Dhaulagiri present themselves as you walk on the high pass and the views of the entire landscape from that point is something that simply cannot be described in words. The breath-taking beauty of the trek makes its prominence with the sights of extrasolar mountain peaks and the illumine terra. The extraordinary landscape ranges from sub-tropical dense and lush forests to alpine desert-like landscape, adding a sense of estrangement to your journey.

During the classic Annapurna Circuit trek, you will have the pleasure of crossing the highest pass of the world – the Thorong La Pass. The picturesque view of the mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and other neighboring peaks from the pass is utterly resplendent. Besides, standing in a popular spiritual hub – Muktinath and admiring the views of mountains around this site is a brilliant experience. The eternal flame burning in the temple is a majestic view to see. The sunrise view amidst the mountains from Poon Hill and the hot water bath in the hot springs of Tatopani will make your journey adventurous and rejoicing. Being one of the most famous view points in the country, Poon Hill presents sights of the mountains and witnessing the manifestation of the sun rising from behind the ivory peaks and changing the tincture of the Himalayas from cerulean to a cascade of molten gold and burning ember is spectacular to see.

Often referred as the best long distance trek in the world, the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is classified as a moderately difficult trekking journey. Its combination of a wide variety of climatic zones from the tropics to the arctic and the cultural diversity from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture at Manang makes the trek a journey that completely illuminates the region’s rich opulence. As this trek takes you to high altitude region and involves long walks in rough and dry terrains, you need to be physically fit and should possess a good endurance capacity to accomplish your journey.

Nepal Hiking Team manages everything required for you on the way. Accompanied by a well-trained guide, you would be with a capable personnel all the while immersing yourself in the beauty of the Annapurna region. So come join us in this ethereal adventure in one of the most prepossessing regions of the country.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours

Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours

Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours

Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours

Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours

Day 07: Manang - Acclimatization day

Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Day 09: Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hours

Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) Duration: 6 hours

Day 12: Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) Duration: 6 hours

Day 13: Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) Duration: 5 hours

Day 14: Rest and relaxing at hot spring.

Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) Duration: 7 hours

Day 16: Ghorepani to Pokhara Duration: 7-8 hours

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 18: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Beshisahar by private car and from Beshisahar to Syange by local jeep
  • Surface transfer from Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, fanta, juice etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

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Reviews

Elizabeth Lanham, 43 Old Bethel Rd Griswold CT 06351, USA Hello! I wanted to personally share how much I appreciated my latest trek with Nepal Hiking Team. I must also thank god for presenting the beauty of the mountains and the perfect weather I experienced during trekking. But in absence of NHT it would not have been possible to see and be a part of it! THANK YOU so much for letting me experience the extra mile! Plus, from forgetting my photos for the TIMS card to flight delays, lost luggage and leaving my headlight in Kathmandu, I'm especially obliged that all my delays and mistakes never bothered you or Santa. They were always positive and patient and never annoyed or frustrated. This was absolutely a once in a life time trip and I am SO GLAD that I booked through Nepal Hiking Team. Santa was really wonderful guide and assisted in experiencing trip which went above-my-expectation. He went out of his way to turn my trip super-amazing letting me experience extra side treks whenever we had free time. I changed my room to a warmer one as I was freezing to death and he reminded me to take my medicine whenever I became super nauseous at 5000m, zip-lining (his first time), and also experienced boating in Pokhara. Most especially I am thankful for him on the way where he was always there for me but never made me rush but suggested me to walk on my own pace and just get pleasure from the trekking itself. He was funny and polite and turned my trip much better. I came back feeling like I've made a friend. Thank you! I hope to come back for the EBC/ Cho La pass trek in a couple of years along with some friends to share the experience with. Until then, I will recommend anyone who might be looking for a superb and amazing trip to the Himalayas to book with you. Thank you again! Regards and God bless,
Mark, USA My family of four went to Everest Base Camp just before the pandemic hit the world. It was a long-awaited family vacation. We go camping whenever we can. But my teen boys were worried about being in the remote mountains for two weeks. Nonetheless, they were still up for a challenge. We knew about Nepal Hiking Team through a family friend. They previously did one of their treks and had only lovely things to say about their services. And we, too, listening to their experience, contacted Nepal Hiking Team for our family vacation. They were cautious with our requests and requirements. They were quick in responding to our questionable amount of inquiries. They were always thorough and prompt. Likewise, our pill of happiness and motivation, our guide Bhim was always there to encourage us whenever we felt it wasn't easy to go forward. He assured us we could finish the journey, and we did too. He never forgot to remind us to stay hydrated and that also on an hourly basis. He routinely checked our pulses to check our oxygen level and was always asking if we needed anything. The trekking team took good care of us during the trek. As much as our safety was given a priority, they made sure we were enjoying our trek as well. He was a master of trekking and had every bit of information about the mountains. He knew the mountains' names and continued to amaze us with his knowledge of mountains and their people. Our family vacation was fantastic, and its praise goes to the company and our talented guide Bhim. Without him and our robust porters, we would not enjoy the mountains' beauty to the fullest. We are happy that we went with our friend's recommendation and choose NHT for our extraordinary journey. We plan to visit again when all the commotion caused by the virus subsides.
Jessica, Australia I am glad that I decided to undertake the Everest Base Camp Trek. My partner and I both are avid hikers. Before this, we had never opted for trekking. Nepal was on our list of places to go for a long time, but we never got a chance to dwell on it due to work. But last winter, everything worked for us. And we decided it is time to visit Nepal. We both wanted to do trekking, but since Nepal's mountains are not easy for beginners, I was more leaning towards doing easy and short treks in Nepal. But my partner was so keen on doing the Everest Base Camp trek, so we agreed to the EBC trek. Even though we had decided on the hike, I was still skeptical about doing it because of its high-altitude nature. And when we found Nepal Hiking Team, we stated our concern to them as well. They were so helpful and informed them, and the trek is doable by the first-time trekker. They advised we got on training mode immediately as we still had few months left before starting the walk. Since I was the most concerned one, I paid most attention to building physical stamina. After months of training and waiting, it was finally time for the trek, and when we arrived in Nepal, Kathmandu airport, NHT was warmly welcomed by the team. A day before the hike, Ganga briefed about the walk, and the next day we got on the flight to Lukla. It was frightening but worthy of an adventurous experience. Our guide Narayan, amazed us with his knowledge about the mountains. He always made sure we were comfortable on the trek and never rushed our journey. He instead obliged to approach the walk smoothly and slowly. As I was more conscious about getting altitude sickness, he shared many helpful tips to avoid altitude sickness. He was very patient and always answered whenever we had one too many questions to ask. And for that reason, we are thrilled we choose NHT and have Narayan for our trek. If it were not for NHT, I would not be able to experience the trek's beautiful features. I am so thankful to NHT for arranging this wonderful and unique. All the credits go to your fantastic team for our wonderful experience in the Himalayas. We will revisit Nepal and have your company plan our next trip!
Paul Wilson, USA Everest Base Camp Trek was on my bucket list ever since I saw the bewildering Everest range images on my Pinterest page. That scenic destination stole my heart in a bit. So, I was like I had to be there someday. And when the perfect time came around, I started preparing for the trek. Nepal Hiking Team was recommended to me by my friends who trekked EBC a few years back. I immediately contact them and arrange my most awaited journey. My guide for the trek was Paban, and I am lucky to have him on the hike. I am a slow walker as I did not have any experience of trekking. He was very attentive about my pace. I never asked to walk faster as I was trekking in a group. He has a broad knowledge of the mountains and about the Sherpa people. He explained about all the mountains visible to our eyes. There were many things best all through the journey. A few of my best experiences on the trek would be breakfast at Everest View Hotel, rest day in Namche Bazaar, and Everest base camp itself. Also, the flight to Lukla was quivering, which fulfilled my need for an adrenaline rush. Similarly, the early morning hike to Kala Patthar fulfilled my thirst for breathtaking views of the mountains. From Kala Patthar, we got an up-close view of Mt. Everest, not from the base camp. I am glad I went on this journey. It was everything I had always expected it to be. And for not letting my expectations down, I am very much thankful to Paban and Nepal Hiking Team for making this trek a trip of a lifetime. From the beginning of the journey to Nepal's last day, they were always present to look after my needs. I am glad I choose them and very thankful for unforgettable memories. Every part of the journey was cherishing, and I look forward to exploring more trekking trails of Nepal in the future.
John, United States A good agency is the key to making or breaking a good travel experience. This is the most important factor that I look for when I am deciding on selecting a travel agency for my trips. For my visit to Nepal, the peak trekking season had many trekkers doing the Everest Base Camp Trek and I was no exception. When I checked Nepal Hiking Team, I was thoroughly impressed by their proficient website. When I e-mailed them about my query, I was surprised and immediately impressed by how prompt and detailed the responses were. Then as the arrangement of the trip was underway, I was thoroughly convinced that I had selected a good agency. It was proven true when I arrived in Nepal for the trip. I was greeted by Rabin, my guide for the trip. His well-mannerism and kind nature made me feel at ease. Then with a good briefing by Mr. Ganga at the office fully sealed my concentrated belief that I was in good hands. This relieved my peace of mind and I just let go the entire trip. It was the most fun I have ever had!  I had the best services and Rabin’s guidance made the trip into a smooth sailing! Thank You Nepal Hiking Team! Hope you guys will have more tourist after this ongoing pandemic.