Annapurna Circuit Trek

15 Days | Challenge yourself to trek the mighty Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

5 out of 5 based on 235 reviews submitted.
Walking & trekking
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Trek through the incredible Annapurna region and be awed by the Nepalese Himalayas. These snow-capped peaks, mist-shrouded valleys, isolated communities and remote monasteries will inspire those with a bold spirit and a yearning for a definitive nature experience. Reach altitudes of more than 5000 metres, discover the ancestral traditions of the local people and immerse yourself completely in the spectacular mountain wilderness of the Annapurna Circuit. This is a challenging trip, but the sense of accomplishment will leave even the most seasoned trekker with some unforgettable memories.

Trip overview

Map of Annapurna Circuit Trek including Nepal
Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Pokhara, Nepal
Theme
Walking & trekking
Destinations
Nepal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HNXR
This trip generates 29 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Ascend to the clouds and reach an altitude of 5416 metres as you cross the Thorung La Pass along the Annapurna Circuit. Testing your mind and body, this is one hell of an accomplishment.
  • Uncover a different side of the Himalayas, trekking past terraced rice fields, oak and rhododendron forests, there’s a diverse array of nature that awaits in the Annapurna region.
  • Learn about life in Nepalese mountain communities, get to know locals and meet other trekkers while you stay in teahouses in the small communities along the way.
  • Discover Nepal’s compact capital in Kathmandu. With a limited amount of time spent here to discover its bazaars and temples, why not extend your stay beforehand to get a real feel of Nepalese culture.
  • Spend time in the peaceful haven of Pokhara after your trek has finished. Relax with your small group on the banks of Phewa Lake and take in the mountainous surrounds that you have conquered!
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Sagarmatha Next. Donations help them remove waste responsibly and turn rubbish into art in the Everest region.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves an 11-day trek at high altitude (up to and above 5000 metres) – precautions and acclimatisation are undertaken, but be aware of the effects altitude can have. An excellent level of fitness is required on this trip, with treks of up to 9 hours a day at high altitude. See our guide to trekking in the region here to help decide if this trip is what you are looking for in a holiday: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/annapurna-circuit-hiking-guide
  • Due to the nature of outdoor travel, please be aware that this trip will operate on an amended itinerary in high risk weather conditions. Please note that Thorong La Pass is occasionally closed in winter months due to heavy snowfall. Alternative arrangements will be made by your group leader if this occurs.
  • Accommodation on this route is in simple teahouses, which also allows you to experience the friendly spirit of the local Nepalese people.
  • Please read our packing list for required equipment carefully, and remember that you don’t necessarily have to bring it all with you – you can hire or buy some of it in Kathmandu.
  • Trying to decide between trekking in the Annapurna or Everest regions? This might help you decide: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/annapurna-vs-everest

Itinerary

Map of Annapurna Circuit Trek including Nepal

Inclusions

Meals

1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (3 nights), Teahouse (10 nights)

Add on activities
  • Kathmandu - Everest Scenic Flight - USD240
  • Kathmandu - Panorama Hike Urban Adventure - USD76
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Experience Urban Adventure - USD59
  • Kathmandu - Explore Patan & Bhaktapur Urban Adventure - USD108
  • Tatopani Hot Springs - USD1

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement will only be included on Days 1,13,14 (Hotel) and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. You may be asked to provide 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit.
3. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip. Please also see here for information: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/altitude-sickness
4. With climate change the weather on the Annapurna Circuit is becoming less predictable, and heavy rains have on occasions causes significant damage to the trail even outside of rainy season. Should this occur, and local conditions make trekking the circuit unsafe, we will switch to the Annapurna Base Camp itinerary instead. See https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/nepal/annapurna-base-camp-trek-126570 for further details.
5. There is a dirt road that stretches from Muktinath to Jomsom and Tatpaoni. When weather conditions allow, we use an alternate track for this portion of the trek to avoid the road as much as possible. Travellers are obliged to walk on the off road in most of the trekking sections until Manang.
6. This trip ends in Pokhara. Intrepid offers a pre-arranged transfer and flight service option back to Kathmandu airport. Enquire with your agent at least 30 days prior to your trip departure.
7. You must bring an emergency fund of USD 500 in cash with you on this trip, which you may need to use in case of delayed or cancelled flights. This is especially important should you choose to opt to take a helicopter as this will be at the travellers expense.
8. As this trip ends in Pokhara, if you wish to transfer your stored luggage from Kathmandu to Pokhara, we can arrange this by a private vehicle. Additional cost is 100 USD. This cost is divided among the interested participants.
9. Please be aware that in the event of an emergency evacuation, Intrepid does not have control over which helicopter service may be used. Some helicopters are not in regular use with Intrepid and have not passed our internal safety auditing.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 235 reviews submitted.
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Lachlan · Traveled May 2024
This trip is fantastic! Our team, including our leader Hari and his support of Dawa and Binny, was amazing. My only warning is to expect to pay big tips at the end. Considering Australia (Intrepid) and Nepal are not tipping cultures, it seems strange to pay for an all-inclusive trip and then be advised to give an extra $150 USD tip, which is very much expected... For some, this is nothing, but a few younger people in our group could not afford this, which made for a very awkward few moments.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Julien · Traveled May 2024
Hari, Dawa and Binisha were excellent guides and kept us safe at all times. We couldn’t have asked for better guides. The trip was very well organised. We were asked for a USD $130 tip per person at the end of the trip (not incl. main guide), I implore Intrepid to ensure they are adequately paying their hard working, fantastic Nepalese employees, and not taking large profits.
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Danielle · Traveled May 2024
A trip that cannot be faulted! Perfect for me as a single traveller taking on a challenge. Felt fully immersed in the culture of the area while safe with knowledgeable and supportive guides. All I needed to do was enjoy the hiking. Thank you
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Henry · Traveled May 2024
Hari Dawa and Binisha were all fantastic leaders for us. Everyone was so lovely and nice to spend time with. The guides we’re very well informed and provided a great experience for us. APC is a beautiful circuit
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Nicholas · Traveled May 2024
The Annapurna circuit was fantastic with stunning views and good views. The local guides and porters made into a great experience. Highly recommend!
Review submitted 22 May 2024
Annapurna Circuit Trek
From
CAD $1,915