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Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Kathmandu | Nepal
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Top three reasons to hike the Annapurna Circuit

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    Discover rich Nepalese culture on this life-changing journey

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    You’ll be absolutely captivated by the area from the very first day

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    The Circuit is famous for views of mystical jungles and the majestic Himalayas

Explore the bright colors, aromas, ancient temples, and bustling marketplaces Nepal offers on this 20-day hike of the Annapurna Circuit. Nepal is famous for its mystical jungles, mighty rivers, and the majestic Himalayas, as well as rich history and the religious and cultural intertwining of Hinduism and Buddhism. Explore monasteries, meet Nepalese people, and discover their quaint mountain villages. Learn about the interesting symbology and impressive culture of Tibet. Along the way, visit Kagbeni, the entrance to the kingdom of Mustang, one of the most beautiful cities of this journey. This trip will leave you with a myriad of beautiful memories and photos that you will cherish your whole lifetime!

Season

April and November

Nearest city

Your adventure begins in Kathmandu, Nepal

Duration

20 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

20 days

Annapurna Circuit is one of the most famous hikes in Nepal. On this 20-day journey, discover the Annapurna and the Himalayan Mountain Range with your experienced guides. Walk through the most incredible landscapes, from jungle views to the Thorung La Pass, the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit at 5.416m. Pass through Muktinath, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers in Nepal. Soak up the culture and customs of its people. On the way back, visit Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, and immerse yourself in the culture and architecture spanning from ancient temples and stupas to medieval buildings that decorate the streets.

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Itinerary

Days 1 and 2: Arrival to Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guides will meet you and give you a lift to your accommodation. Later on, you will discuss the management of trekking permits in Kathmandu and the equipment schedule. You can use your afternoon for exploring the Nepalese capital.

Kathmandu, capital of Nepal
Boudhanath stupa Kathmandu ,Nepal

Days 3, 4 and 5: The hike begins

Take a local bus trip from Kathmandu to Besisahar where you will begin your journey. It is only a short ride to Ngadi, where you will begin your initial ascension to Bahundanda and crossing of Marsyangdi River through one of the innumerable suspension bridges distributed along the route. A steep slope takes you to Jagat and Syange. Last hike leads to the village of Tal, located in an old glacial valley. The Tibetan symbology begins to appear along the way in the form of colorful prayer flags. Spend the night a few kilometers from the town of Chame, in a small town called Koto.

Marsyangdi River
Suspension bridge over Marsyangdi river, Rainy weather near Besisahar, Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal

Days 6, 7, 8 and 9: Monasteries, alpine terrain and yaks

As the roads climb up to 3,000 meters, the landscape changes to an alpine aesthetic. You will stay in Upper Pisang, a town of incredible beauty at the bottom of Annapurna II and Gangapurna. Use your free afternoon in Upper Pisang. At the beginning of the day, you will have an excellent view of the Manang Valley with the Tilicho Peak (7,132 m). The road is comfortable and without large slopes. Spend the day in Manang and enjoy a free afternoon. The eight day of your trip is intended for acclimatization. Your group will leave the village of Manang if circumstances permit to go to Ghunsang, a tiny village with only two houses, where you will enjoy the solitude and peace of the area. Day nine will be another day used for acclimatization. You will visit the small town of Ledar, passing by Yak Kharka, in order to avoid large groups of trekkers.

Upper Pisang
Annapurna, Nepal – March 01, 2017: Old local woman spinning prayer wheels along a Mani wall with a snow avalanche on Annapurna II mountain in the background, Upper Pisang

Days 10 and 11: Reaching Thorung La

Today, your group will reach Thorung Phedi Camp at the bottom of the Thorung La. Rest and prepare to make one last ascent, probably the toughest of the trip. Accommodation will be in High Camp, at approximately 4,000 meters. On the eleventh day, get up early to reach Thorung La after about three hours of hiking. Cross the Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters and descend to Muktinath, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers in Nepal.

Hiking the Thorung La Pass and Tibetan Prayer Flags, Annapurna, Nepal
Thorung La Pass andTibetan flags on mountain summit, Nepal

Day 12: Free day in Kagbeni

Many travellers avoid going through Kagbeni, the entrance to the kingdom of Mustang, to arrive in Jomsom as soon as possible. However, it is one of the most beautiful cities of this trekking, and it is not to be missed! Here you can rest and explore the beautiful city. You will spend the night at Kagbeni.

Kagbeni
Rural life in front of Incredible Himalayas. Nepal, ACAP, Upper Mustang, Kagbeni village (2,810 m) and Nilgiri North (7,061 m)

Days 13, 14 and 15: Road to Jomsom, flight to Pokhara and bus to Kathmandu

Make a short trek to Jomsom at 2700m — a chaotic but small highly-commercial city — and enjoy the view over the great Kali Gandaki river bordering with Tibet. The next day, you will take an internal flight to Pokhara, where your group will spend the rest of the day relaxing under the watchful eye of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri. In the morning, after a good breakfast, leave towards Kathmandu in a local bus.

Hiking the Dhumba Lake in Jomsom, Nepal. Annapurna circuit trek
Dhumba Lake in Jomsom. Himalaya mountains, Nepal. Annapurna circuit trek

Days 16 and 17: Visiting Bhaktapur and Patan

As Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur were formerly an independent kingdom, but in the 18th century, King Shah unified them by putting Kathmandu as their capital. Visit Bhaktapur and immerse yourself in medieval times — Bhaktatpur is famous for its number of medieval buildings, although many of them were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Walk among the ceramic stalls and traditional handicrafts, and have a glimpse into some of their rituals of offerings to the Hindu gods. Both religions, Buddhism and Hinduism, coexist in Nepal without any conflict. The next morning, visit the village of Patan, 5 km away from Kathmandu and separated by the Bagmati River. Walk through its streets of temples and stupas dedicated to the Hindu deities. Discover the Durbar Square, the jewel of the Newari architecture, ancient culture of the Kathmandu Valley.

Sightseeing: Durbar Square
Warm sunset light filling the busy cobblestones of Taumadhi Square, overlooked by the ancient temples of Bhaktapur, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Days 18 and 19: Visiting Kathmandu and free day in the city

Visit Kathmandu, a city founded eight centuries ago and located in the valley that bears its name. Discover its most emblematic and interesting places while feeling the accelerated heartbeat and its essence. Explore the Thamel neighbourhood, where you can find good coffee and local beer, and get lost in their labyrinthine streets full of small shops. The next day, enjoy Kathmandu on your own and visit the local market.

Colourful tibetan buddhist prayer flags waves above Shree Gha Bihar Road with souvenir shops in Thamel district of Kathmandu city. Street life theme.

Day 20: Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport

Say goodbye to Nepal, but with the happy feeling of having soaked up their culture and their amazing landscapes, which will forever be engraved in your memory.

Hiking Nepal
Nepali young woman selling flowers vegetables on Durbar Square in Patan, Nepal.http://bhphoto.pl/IS/nepal_380.jpg
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Reviews (4)

Félix de la Rosa Pérez about Amarok Adventures

Had a great time with them along a week, doing several hiking, visits to different areas and enjoy taking pictures the whole day.

We had also nice places where to stay and meals that were part of our nightmares where in places really amazing.

Organization was always clear and fair, giving us always all kind of information and options when weather didn’t work as expected initially.

Adal Santana about Amarok Adventures

Some guides that are close, friendly and waiting to make you enjoy a unique experience. More than a trip, it becomes a family adventure.

Always waiting to make you enjoy yourself and to adapt to the conditions and needs of each moment, concerned about making the trip an unforgettable experience, without a doubt some guides to travel to the end of the world with them.

Just do it! Go with them
TamA201 about Amarok Adventures on TripAdvisor

It was hard choosing a company out of so many, but AMAROK rocked it! Monica and Alberto are just these kind of people you want to hang out with, plus they have those super cool Defenders (which are amazing for photography)
Every place they will show you is gonna blow your mind, no matter the weather.
It’s definately money well spent!
Thank you so much guys, loved every minute of the trip 🙂

Holly Keyser about Amarok Adventures on Facebook

If you’re looking for a truly personal and friendly service then these are your guides! Great attitudes, great knowledge, great safety…. Grrrrrrrreat experience. I would aaaaabsolutely recommend this awesome team for a guaranteed great adventure.

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Covid measures in Nepal

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Nepal, please refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and COVID-19 Crisis Management Center Nepal websites.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained, wilderness guide
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation during the adventure, including domestic flights
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Permits

What’s not included:

  • Country visa
  • Meals during the journey
  • Entrance to tourist places
  • Flights to and from Nepal
  • Sleeping bag and personal material
  • Travel insurance

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure consists of 20 days of full day trekking on various terrain from valleys to mountain passes, with occasional steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, you’ll be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day, as well as all other personal items such as sleeping bags and clothing. This adventure requires excellent physical fitness and previous experience with multi-day hiking.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 65L bag)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • First aid kit – remember plasters for damaged feet
  • Water purification tablets, iodine
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
  • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
  • Camp shoes/sandals
  • Socks (polypropylene)
  • A down or fibre filled jacket
  • A good water/wind proof jacket or poncho with a hood
  • Loose fitting lightweight trousers and shorts
  • Thick woollen jumper/sweater
  • T-shirts
  • Spare clothes for layering
  • Sunhat
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)
  • Chargers and batteries

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Nepal’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will customize your day to the desires of your group. Because there is so much to see and do in Nepal, this is one location where it really pays to have a guide by your side to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Group sizes and age requirements

The standard group size on this adventure is 12 guests and 2 guides, one local and one professional and experienced, certified guide. It takes a minimum of six guests for the trip to run. The tours listed above are not private. Pricing is per person, and cost doesn’t decrease as your group grows.

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The balance of payment is due two months prior to the departure date.

However, if you wish to travel in a private group, or if you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
  • Minors over the age of 16 may be permitted to join tours. If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Nepal, most people fly into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. From there, your guides will pick you up and transfer you to your accommodation in Kathmandu.

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