Hike the Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

Hike Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

Since opening its trails to foreigners in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit has enticed hikers with promise of larger-than-life adventures. With over 100 miles of rice fields, thick forests, and dramatic high-altitude walks through the mythical Himalayas, this has become one of the most inspiring long-distance treks in the world.

Undertake an epic 15-day adventure and you will be rewarded with remarkable paths packed with Tibetan temples, dazzling biodiversity and epic views of the Nepalese Himalayas. As you reach the end of the trail, you’ll learn to appreciate the small things in life and see why so many consider this stunningly beautiful trek a life-changing experience.

Epic journey through jungle and clouds

Located in the heart of central Nepal and surrounded by dozens of impressive peaks of the Annapurna range in the Himalayas, the Circuit takes you through four regions, a variety of ecosystems, and a wide array of breathtaking landscapes. As you begin your journey from Kathmandu, you will visit Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites before finally reaching the starting point of the trail in Besisahar.

Witness the landscape change from banana trees and wet rice terraces to dense alpine forests until you get to the town of Pisang. Enjoy the views of Annapurna II, IV, and Tilicho, and as you cross Gunsang, the colder weather will let you know that you’re getting higher. Before you know it, the sub-tropical meadows will turn into a chilly alpine environment.

  • 28° 47′ N and 83° 56′ E
  • COLORFUL VILLAGES
  • SACRED SITES
  • DIVERSE LANDSCAPES
  • UNIQUE HOLY SITES
Hiker looking enjoying the spectacular views of Napalese lakes and mountains.
Map showing the location of Nepal

The mecca of mountain trekking adventures

IMMERSE YOURSELF INTO THE NEPALESE CULTURE

Still, hiking in the Himalayan wilderness is more than your usual trip with beautiful vistas—it is a pilgrimage along the sacred trails of the Nepalese people. Learn about the rich history and architecture, witness the religious and cultural intertwining of Hinduism and Buddhism, and visit colorful Tibetan villages where life has remained almost unchanged throughout centuries.

At 17,769ft (5416m), you’ll reach the mythical Thorung La—the highpoint of the trek that offers stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and overlooks the amazing lands of the restricted Upper Mustang area. As you descend, the trail takes you to a celebrated Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage, Muktinath—one of the world’s highest temples.

Hiking in the Himalayan wilderness is a pilgrimage along the sacred trails of the Nepalese people. A person enjoying the magnificent views of Annapurna stretching for miles on end.

A surreal experience awaits

Make the most of your Himalayan journey

ENJOY THE COMPANY

As you become a part of the group, you and 6 to 11 other people will join an expert guide that will show you the way and share their knowledge about the amazing sites you pass.

During your downtime, explore old Nepalese towns full of welcoming people and historic landmarks, and in the evenings, get to know your group better over food and games and prepare for another day on the trail.

An experience such as this one creates unbreakable bonds, and in the end, you’ll feel like you’re on a big family trip!

During your downtime, explore old Nepalese towns full of welcoming people and historic landmarks
On your way, you’ll meet many locals transporting their goods with mules.

LEARN TO APPRECIATE THE LITTLE LUXURIES

Climb high—sleep low. One of the main reasons for hiking the Circuit in an anticlockwise direction is the manifold teahouses along the way that allow you to acclimatize as you reach great heights.

These quaint teahouses don’t offer a lot of luxury—some are better than others, but the higher the altitude, the more basic the lodge. Still, these iconic colorful buildings provide a safe haven and a nice rest stop after a long day of walking.

These iconic colorful buildings provide a safe haven and a nice rest stop after a long day of walking. Colorful and meticulously made tapestry

Enjoy the experience but trek responsibly

One thing Nepal really knows how to do is keep its hikers full. The Annapurna region is famous for its healthy and varied diet ranging from the traditional Dal Bhat to baked goods and even Yak burgers! For about $20 per day, you’ll be able to stock up on drinks, meals, and a heap of hiking snacks that will keep you energized on long walking days.

As you walk, make a positive impact by traveling better! As hundreds of hikers traverse the Annapurna Circuit, there is a substantial problem with waste destroying the surrounding environment. Follow the Leave No Trace policy and avoid single-use plastic. When done right, travel can be one of the most enriching experiences both for you and the local community!

  • TIBETAN TEMPLES
  • RICH CULTURE
  • TRADITIONAL MEALS
  • TEAHOUSE NETWORK
  • WELCOMING LOCALS

Your guides

Alberto Ojembarrena is an AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide and the owner of Amarok Adventures. Alberto has guided adventure treks in Iceland, Greenland, South America, and Nepal and worked as a documentary and travel photographer for international magazines. He has lived in Iceland since 2015, traveling the country discovering hidden gems and loads of adventure off the beaten path—always with his camera in tow.

Mónica Fuentes is a Mountain guide certified by UIMLA. She is experienced in mountaineering, sport climbing, and skiing. Originally from Spain, Mónica shares her love for nature and the outdoors with clients all over the world. She knows her way around Iceland’s hidden gems, as well as all the best spots in Black Forest, Morocco, United States, Scotland, and Nepal.

Alberto Ojembarrena is an AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide and the owner of Amarok Adventures Mónica Fuentes is a Mountain guide certified by UIMLA
Adal S.

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.

Ana G. M.

I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life with AMAROK! Mónica and Alberto are very nice and wise, during the whole hiking trip, there was a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Everything, from the incredible views and places where they guided us, to the delicious food, the trip was unforgettable!

Elias D.

It was an incredible experience because he’s got amazing knowledge. I can’t wait to do another.

Félix de la Rosa Pérez

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

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.

TamA201

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

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.