Experience the beauty of the Annapurna Circuit trekking in Nepal
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 m, discover the ancestral traditions of the local people and immerse yourself completely in the spectacular mountain wilderness of the Annapurna Circuit.
Test your body and mind, then take a few days to unwind and reminisce among the temples and pagodas of Pokhara and Kathmandu
Uncover a different side of the Himalayas – terraced rice fields, oak and rhododendron forests await in the Annapurna region.
Learn about life in Nepalese mountain communities, get to know locals and meet other trekkers while you stay in teahouses
Ascend to the clouds and reach an altitude of 5416 metres as you cross the Thorung La Pass
Gaze up at the passes you conquered with a beer in hand while relaxing by Phewa Lake, your penultimate destination on this Himalayas adventure
“Majestic”, “awe-inspiring”, “the experience of a lifetime”. On the fence about this trip? Have a read of this, then get back to us: Uncover a different side of the Himalayas – terraced rice fields, oak and rhododendron forests await in the Annapurna region. Here is why hiking in this part of a world is a trip of a lifetime: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/annapurna-circuit-tour-nepal/
This trip involves an 11 day trek at high altitude (up to and above 5,000 metres) – precautions and acclimatisation are undertaken, but be aware of the effects altitude can have. See here for more info: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/altitude-sickness
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/
An excellent level of fitness is required on this trip, with treks of up to 9 hours a day at high altitude.
Accommodation on this route is simple teahouses, which also allows you to experience the friendly spirit of the local Nepalese.
Thorong La pass is occasionally closed in winter months due to heavy snowfall.
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/ buy some of it in Kathmandu.
Some travellers enjoy Pokhara so much that they decide they want to stay extra days rather than continuing with the group to Kathmandu. Others decide that they would prefer to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu to conclude the trip instead of travelling overland. You are welcome to sign off the trip to do either of these, however we aren't able to reimburse any unused services or cover the cost of alternate onward travel arrangements.
Trying to decide between trekking in the Annapurna or Everest regions? This might help you decide: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/annapurna-vs-everest/
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Annapurna Explorer trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. A single supplement is available on this trip and is valid for nights 1 & 15 in Kathmandu and night 14 in Pokhara only. The nature of tea houses means there is not enough rooms for single supplements whilst on trek.
2. Please bring 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit to the group meeting.
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. 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.
Our Annapurna Explorer trips score an average of 4.79 out of 5 based on 141 reviews in the last year.
Nepal and the Annapurna Circuit in particular, are like no other place in the world. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed.
Review submitted 25 May 2018
Urban Nepal (Kathmandu, Pokhara) was quite the culture shock. The trek itself was amazing, but be prepared for itinerary changes due to weather/transportation issues.
Review submitted 20 May 2018