Guided Hiking of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Hike the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Since opening its trails to foreigners in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit has been enticing hikers with promise of larger-than-life adventure. With over 100 miles of dense forests, terraced rice fields and dramatic high-altitude walks through the Himalayas, this is one of the most awe-inspiring long-distance treks in the world.

Undertake an epic 15-day journey full of 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 understand why so many consider this Nepalese trek a life-changing experience.

A journey through jungle and clouds

Coursing through the very heart of Nepal, between the towering peaks of the Annapurna Range, the Circuit takes you through four distinct regions and their richly diverse ecosystems.

As you begin your journey from Kathmandu, you’ll visit ancient Buddhist temples and sacred Hindu sites before reaching the starting point in Besisahar.

En route to Pisang, witness the landscape changing from wild banana trees and wet rice terraces to dense alpine forests. Enjoy the views of Annapurna II, IV, and Tilicho until you cross Gunsang, where sub-tropical meadows turn into a chilly alpine environment.

  • ANCIENT KINGDOMS
  • SACRED SITES
  • COLORFUL VILLAGES
  • DIVERSE LANDSCAPES
  • EXOTIC WILDLIFE
Hiker looking enjoying the spectacular views of lakes and mountains of the Annapurna Circuit.

On the edge of the Tibetan Plateau

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LOCAL CULTURE

The Annapurna Circuit is a pilgrimage along the sacred trails of the Nepalese people. Overflowing with history, its remote villages and monasteries display the religious and cultural intertwining of Hinduism and Buddhism. Life has remained almost unchanged here for centuries.

At 17,769ft (5416m), you’ll reach the pinnacle of the trek—the mythical Thorong La Pass. Enjoy the sweeping views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and the restricted lands of Upper Mustang below.

As you descend, the trail will take you to Muktinath—a sacred pilgrimage site and one of the world’s highest temples.

A hiker trekking along a cliff on Annapurna Circuit.

A life-changing experience awaits

Find bliss in the heart of the Himalayas

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!

This square in Kathmandu is full of welcoming people and historic landmarks.
On the Annapurna Circuit, you will 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.

A teahouse provides a safe haven and a nice rest stop after a long day of walking the Annapurna Circuit. Colorful and meticulously made tapestry found in one of the villages along the Annapurna Circuit.

The Kathmandus and don’ts of hiking in Nepal

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 🙂

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