Annapurna Circuit Trek

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

5 out of 5 based on 181 reviews submitted.
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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 25.25 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 - USD57
  • Kathmandu - Spiritual Nepal Experience Urban Adventure - USD68
  • Kathmandu - Exploring Patan & Bhaktapur Urban Adventure - USD97
  • 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. Should this occur a flight from Pokhara back to Kathmandu on Day 15 will also be included. 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 181 reviews submitted.
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Dimity · Traveled January 2024
This was an incredible trip. I am in awe of the Himalayas and in love with the culture. The challenge was great, but our fantastic guides supported and encouraged through it all!
Review submitted 20 Jan 2024

Rajath · Traveled January 2024
This trek is fantastic. It will challenge you, you will learn a heap and make some great mates. If you're lucky enough to have Lila, Dawa or Min as your guides, you're all set.
Review submitted 20 Jan 2024

Halla · Traveled January 2024
I had a magical trip on the Annapurna circuit trek, our group were well supported with experienced, knowledgeable and caring guides: Lila (head guide), Dawa and Min. We trekked in the heart of winter but felt prepared for the challenges and were all so well looked after. Our porters went over and above and were very encouraging! We had an amazing group of trekkers and I would definitely recommend this region for hiking - definitely the most beautiful hike I have done.
Review submitted 21 Jan 2024

Brock · Traveled December 2023
MB and Subine were fantastic and we all had the best time trekking last trek in December. The trek was so quiet and we all felt that we had this beautiful place to ourselves. Highly recommend this trek if your up for a challenge.
Review submitted 29 Dec 2023

Chloe · Traveled December 2023
This trip completely surpassed my expectations! We did it in winter and the trails were blissfully quiet. Highly reccomend. Also a big thank you to our wonderful Guide Nar Tamang and Assistant Guide Subein also - they made the trip!
Review submitted 29 Dec 2023
Annapurna Circuit Trek
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EUR €1,175