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The Annapurna Circuit

from £2695
One of the world's most iconic hikes.
  • Product Code 42360
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Continuous Route Holidays, New Holidays, Iconic Paths
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 8
  • Holiday Duration 19 Nights

Few people enjoy the privilege of completing the Annapurna Circuit. One of the most demanding and rewarding long distance walks on the planet.
Over 15 nights trekking you will experience altitude changes from 760m at Besisahar at the start of the trek to 5146m at the Thorong La. You will also enjoy unrivalled views, welcoming locals and insights into Nepali mountain life. You will also complete the walk with a sense of achievement unobtainable elsewhere. There are many reasons this a world classic walk.
We fly to Kathmandu, stay a night and drive to the start of the trek at Besisahar. From here we climb up following the Marsyandi River up through ever changing climate with deciduous forest giving way to pine and alpine tundra. The views, fleeting at first open up to offer complete panoramas of the Annapurna range, many other Himalayan peaks and from Thorong La views north to the Tibetan plateau. The altitude gain is carefully managed with rest days and shorter walks as appropriate to make sure everybody has the best chance of enjoying the experience.
For some the sense of achievement is the thing, for some the memories and encounters on the way will endure, be they with the locals, a lonesome yak beside the trail or perhaps the flocks of hardy sheep who live at higher altitudes. For many the camaraderie of the tea huts sharing the day’s experience over a beer will form at essential part of the enjoyment.

Holiday Highlights

  • The view from the Thorong La
  • The first glimpse of the high peaks from the start of the trek.
  • Relaxing in the hot springs at Tatopani.
  • Chatting with fellow hikers in the tea hut at the end of the day.
  • Enjoying the sun rise and sunset on trek.
  • The overwhelming sense of achievement on completing the circuit.
  • Meet and chat with a retired Ghurka soldier.

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Istanbul (Turkish Airlines)
      Internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
      Airport transfers
      Full board accommodation
      Services of an experienced local trek support team on trekking days
      Entrance fees to all included highlights
      All transport for walks & excursions.
      Free Water-to-go water purification bottle
      Nepali guide and RWH leader accompany the group throughout.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 8

  1. Day 1

    We depart the UK on our flight to Kathmandu.

  2. Day 2

    On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to our centrally located hotel. There may be time for a stroll around for those with the inclination after the flight.

  3. Day 3

    We depart Kathmandu first thing driving up and out of the Kathmandu Valley towards Pokhara. The journey might take 6-7 hours to reach our trail head at Besisaha. We will make appropriate stops en route. From the trail head we take a trail away from the new road, up the Marsyangdi Valley to Bhulebhule. The path has a rural feel to it as we pass villages and rice paddies with views of the mountains ahead. We should reach Bhulebhule and our accommodation for the night in about 3 hrs.

  4. Day 4

    We start out walking up the river to the new hydroelectric project at  Ngaddi. From here the climbing begins in earnest as we trek through forest passed the villages of Lampatta  and Bahundanda. From here we cross over the ridge and we descend to Syange and Jagat (1300m) where we stay for the night. 12 miles, 7 hrs walking.

  5. Day 5

    We start out to Chyamje and climb through oak forest. We emerge into a valley and continue to Tal, were we come across an impressive waterfall. Continuing up the river valley we eventually reach Dharapani (1940m). 12 miles, 7 hrs.

  6. Day 6

    From Dharapani we climb up to Bagarchap, at 2,164m. We then walk through forest to Dhanagyu and climb up to Temang. Here will have lunch hopefully accompanied by fine views of Manaslu (8156m). After lunch we go down though forest to Koto and Chame (2,713m) where we stop for the night. 11 miles, 6 hrs.

  7. Day 7

    Today we get above the forest and into alpine terrain. We walk through the river canyon to Brathang (2,920m). The trail then crosses the river and climbs to Dukha Pokhari, where we stop for lunch. A notable feature this morning will be the western rock face of Paungda Danda which rises some 1500m from the valley floor. It is known locally as Swarga Dwar, 'Heaven's Gate' in English. From Dukha Pokhari we climb to Upper Pisang (3300m), where we stay for the night. We should arrive in plenty of time to visit the local monastery before dinner. 9 miles, 7 hours.

  8. Day 8

    This is a day od spectacular views. We walk to Manang, the local administrative centre. We go up steeply up to Gyaru village and continue with magnificent views of the Annapurna range to Ngawal, where we have lunch. We descend from Ngawal passed Mungi and Braga. Look out for the Buddhist Monastry at the top of the village.  Finally we reach Manang (3,520m). 11 miles, 8 hours.

  9. Day 9

    This is a rest and acclimatisation day. There are plenty of local walks to enjoy and Manang offers plenty of opportunity to sample the local cakes and a cup of coffee. Manang is also beautifully situated and an ideal place to enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

  10. Day 10

    Leaving Manang we head towards the base of the Thorong La. Finally we leave the valley of the Marsyangdi River. We will walk through dry, alpine country, with little vegetation. We will likely pass herds of Yaks, the local beast of burden. We spend tonight at Yak Kharka (4050m). The plan is to arrive around lunchtime and after lunch take another acclimatising walk. 5 miles, 4 hours.

  11. Day 11

    As we reach the high point of the holiday at Thorong La we have to be careful to acclimatise. With this in mind we have another short day. We climb up to Phedi (4,420m), the last settlement before the pass. There is little shelter at this altitude and its gets very cold at night. We will arrive by lunchtime and can acclimatise further this afternoon. 4 miles, 5 hours.

  12. Day 12

    Today, we cross one the highest passes in the world, Thorong La (5416m).  It is likely we will encounter snow at this altitude. The trail is marked by chortens, prayers flags and several false summits. The views from the pass are stunning with the entire Annapurna range to the south and Mustang Himal to the west. The gorge of the Kali Gandaki river drops away in front of us. After enjoying the views we descend to Muktinath (3800m), an important pilgrimage place for Buddhists and Hindus. 8 miles, 8 hours.

  13. Day 13

    We leave Muktinath and continue our descent towards Kagbeni. En route we pass through the medieval villages of Jharkot and Jhong where we can get a simple lunch and enjoy the views. We then continue walking down to the village of Kagbeni (2800m). 6 miles, 3 hours.

  14. Day 14

    Today we trek along above the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki. After lunch in Jomsom we head towards the Dumba Lake.The lake is a holy place for the native Thakali people. Here we get to enjoy magnificent views of the Kali Gandaki valley, Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m). After crossing few wooden bridges, the trail takes us to the beautiful village of Marpha (2667m). Marpha is the apple capital in Nepal where we can enjoy the local produce in many guises. 9 miles, 7 hours.

  15. Day 15

    Back to civilisation today. After breakfast we hire a local jeep for the drive to Tatopani. The journey takes about 5 hours with stops. It is quite a contrast to the days on trek. Tatopani (1200m) has natural hot springs which may well come as a welcome relief to some.

  16. Day 16

    After an easier day today’s trek is going to be demanding yet beautiful. We climb upwards through terraced farmlands and rhododendron forests with the beautiful views of the Himalayan giants finally arriving at Ghorepani (2855m). 10 miles 7 hours.

  17. Day 17

    We start early today to enjoy the famous sunrise view from Poon Hill over the snow capped Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Then, we return to our lodge for breakfast and walk down to reach Birethanti (1100m).

  18. Day 18

    We take a short walk from Birethanti to Nayapul where our transport will take us at Pokhara. We normally reach Pokhara at lunch time.We have the afternoon to relax an recover.

  19. Day 19

    From Pokhara we catch the flight back to Kathmandu and have an afternoon to explore the city.

  20. Day 20

    After breakfast we return to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

The tea huts used on trek provide comfortable accommodation. Twin and single rooms are available in hotels. In tea huts we will stay in single sex twin rooms. Single rooms are not available.
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