Annapurna Circuit trekking holiday

“Do the Annapurna circuit justice on this three week anti-clockwise trek from Besisahar to Pokhara culminating in a free day in Kathmandu. ”

Highlights

Free day in Kathmandu | Bhulebule | Marsyangdi Valley | Dharapani (1943m) | Paungdi Danda | Pisang (3,185m) | acclimatisation day in Manang | Thorong La (5416m) | Kali Gandaki Gorge | Kali Gandaki | Tatopani hot springs | villages of Ghara, Shika and Chitre | sunrise at Poon Hill | free afternoon in Pokhara |

Description of Annapurna Circuit trekking holiday

If the thought of an unashamedly rugged and varied landscape featuring some of the world’s most magnificent mountain peaks gets you excited then the Annapurna circuit trek is definitely worth the effort of dusting off your walking boots.

This experience really deserves the time and the space to do it justice which is why this particular Annapurna trek takes you on a round-trip from Kathmandu over the course of three weeks.

Both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges provide a range of fantastically varied scenes to accompany a trekking tour in Nepal with sub-tropical foliage, alpine peaks and semi-arid desert all to be found throughout this 23 day tour.

Some of the views at high altitude are simply outstanding with the trek from Thorong La Pass to the sacred site of Muktinath, at the base of the pass, starting at nearly 5,500 metres above sea level.

As this Annapurna circuit trek makes the most of teahouse accommodation you can be sure to meet plenty of local people and fellow travellers with visits to Nepalese villages also providing further insight into what it means to live, work and walk amongst the mountains of central Nepal.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Annapurna Circuit trekking holiday

Environment

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to Kathmandu. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 4 nights in standard hotels and 17 nights in locally owned teahouses. Most of the teahouses are owned by families who have lived in this region all of their lives. This is an easy way to make sure a decent portion of the trip cost and the money you spend on meals in the teahouses goes directly back to the community. Breakfasts are included and will usually consist of something simple, locally sourced and carb-heavy for energy, like porridge and toast. Where meals aren’t included, clients can support local lodges by trying some authentic cuisine, rather than imported meals. Try Nepalese dumplings (Momos) or lentils and spicy curry (Dal Bhat).

Local Craft and Culture:
This trip is packed with colourful Nepalese and Tibetan culture and opportunities to immerse yourself in a range of religious, historical and natural sites. Highlights include stopping at several small villages along the way (Dharapani, Pisang, Manang, Muktinath, Ghorepani and many more). Pokhara’s traditional bazaar, temples and lakes are another cultural favourite; as are the temples in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, Pokhara, and some of the villages we visit, there will be traditional and handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase. Buying handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, hand woven bags and tapestries all helps to support small vendors and their craft.

Charity:
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 40 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. Together with our local leaders we manage all our own projects and over the years we have helped build schools and a children’s home. We have built water tanks and provide water pipe for villages and have helped with hydro electric projects. We have sponsored and installed more than 130 smokeless stoves and 50 solar cookers. On this trip we have the chance to visit the Tree Nursery in Braga, which was founded in order to combat deforestation in the area.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Annapurna Circuit trekking holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


For me it was the challenge of walking some 200km over a high pass over a period of 16 days. And seeing some beautiful scenery on the way. I also met some very nice and interesting fellow travellers.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared. Prepared for some exhausting trekking & all extremes of weather, from boiling hot & sunburnt to freezing cold nights.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I think the fact that we bring money into the local economy is a good thing, although I'm not sure what proportion of my holiday cost actually reached them. Prices were so cheap, it might have been better to arrange it myself and pay the local people direct. We did try to minimise the waste we produced, particularly in the form of plastic bottles, by using iodine sterilisation and safe water points.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant. I will be back.

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Coming down the western side of Thorong La pass (5416m) in the sunshine after starting the climb up to it by moonlight in sub-zero temperatures.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Buy a walking pole for the steep descents if you don't have one - they are cheap everywhere en-route.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Very much so as all our food and drink was bought from local communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A great walk - each day somehow managed to be better than the last.

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