Annapurna Circuit trek

“A 17 day, small group tour, fully guided of the Annapurna Circuit. Starting and ending in Kathmandu. A classic. For all the right reasons. ”


Kathmandu | Pokhara Highway | Marysandi Valley | Bahun Danda | Paungda Danda | Views of Annapurna 2 and Pisang Peak | Manang Valley| Marsyandi Valley | Ngawal | Braga | Khare monastery | Grand Barrier | Tilicho Lake | Manaslu (8156m) | Views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna | Josang Valley | Thorong La | Muktinath | Jomsom | Kali Gandaki Valley

Description of Annapurna Circuit trek

This Annapurna Circuit trek is a seventeen day, small group and fully guided tour of an iconic Himalayan range. Although this route has been open since the mid 1970’s, improvements and changes are made all the time and our itinerary changes accordingly.

After a full day to explore Kathmandu, we hit the Pokhara Highway to start our trek in the Marsyandi Valley, ensuring that the gradients are not too tough to begin with, thus giving you plenty of time to adjust to this superb mountain scenery. We then cross the famous mountain pass, Thorong La which leads us into the Trans Himalayan region, where we can really start to take in the biodiversity of the region, which is rugged and arid as its geography means that it is not affected by monsoon.

Throughout your treks, the Annapurna panoramic vistas are everything you might have imagined, and more. Highlights include the beautifully barren Tibetan Plateau, the incredible Kali Gandaki Valley, one of the deepest gorges on earth, and of course Annapurna and Dhaulagiri holding court at 5000m above.

As well as the hiking highlights, we have a travel one too at the end of your time here, when we take a flight back to Pokhara , one of the most spectacular mountain flights you will ever experience from Jomsom, and then transfer at Pokhara to Kathmandu to bring this trip of a lifetime to a close.

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Holiday type
Small group holidays
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.

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.
“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?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Annapurna Circuit trek

We stay in tents, not lodges and teahouses. Why does that make a difference? We want to support the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas. Many lodges and teahouses burn wood to heat their water for cooking and hot showers. This in turn contributes to deforestation, associated erosion and loss of biodiversity. That is why twenty five years ago, we pioneered the use of only kerosene above and below the tree-line – to ensure that we are loyal to our policies of making a minimal impact on the environment. Also, we want to stay off the beaten track. We believe that you will get a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural beauty of your surroundings if you are away from the hordes which follow the ‘tea-house trails.’

Our pioneering Porter Policy
Porters are an integral part of your trip, and we have a close association with the IPPG, IMEC and Porters Progress to improve the conditions for porters. As well as paying our guides out of season, and an above-average take-home wage, our porter welfare supplement includes insurance, all meals on trek, appropriate clothing and accommodation for ALL our porters on all our treks. Their safety and comfort is as important to us as our customers.

We have committed US $3,000 to sponsor the Porter Rescue Post at Machermo which has been set up by the IPPG. This facility is for the benefit of sick or injured porters in the Everest region and building has already started.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing
The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.

By joining this trek you can be assured that you will not be contributing to deforestation or the associated soil erosion and loss of biodiversity but rather you'll be making a significant contribution by supporting our efforts to set the standards for a sustainable trekking service.

1 Reviews of Annapurna Circuit trek

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2008 by

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

The scenery.

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

Go ahead, you will be well looked after.

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

Yes employed local people instead of yaks.

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

It provided everything I hoped for.

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