(17 days €925)
The Annapurna massif cuts through the thin skies of Nepal. The trek around this mountain range combines impressive views with mysterious cultures. Annapurna Circuit should therefore be on your bucket list. The contrast between the fertile land on the east side of the Thorung La pass (5400 meters) and the dry 'Tibetan' grounds on the west side makes this trip unforgettable.
Day 1 (Arrival in Nepal)
Arrival in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. A taxi is waiting to bring you to the hotel.
Day 2 (Kathmandu)
Getting to know Kathmandu. We do an excursion to a number of temples and walk through the busy streets of Thamel, the tourist district of Nepal.
Day 3 (Kathmandu-Bhulbhulbe)
We take a jeep from the capital of Nepal to Bhulbhulbe. We soon reach the foot hills that mark the start of the trek around Annapurna. The first night we sleep at an altitude of 900 meters.
Day 4 (Bhulbhulbe-Shange)
The trek begins with an intensive climb to the charming village of Bahundanda. There we see the majestic foothills of the Annapurna massif for the first time. We then descend towards the Marsyangdi River, which we follow to the village of Shange (1100 meters).
Day 5 (Shange-Tal)
Today the landscape changes dramatically. After crossing a bridge we arrive in a valley that is dominated by waterfalls. We sleep in Tal (1700 meters) which lies in a wide valley.
Day 6 (Tal-Daraphani)
We slowly climb up towards Darapani. The routes of the Annapurna Circuit and the Manaslu Circuit intersect in this town. We sleep at 1900 meters.
Day 7 (Daraphani-Chame)
The rugged rocky path climbs to Tyanjaright, through the forest near the river. We reach Chame (2600 meters), the capital of the Manang district. Here we see Annapurna II well.
Day 8 (Chame-Pisang)
Two long suspension bridges mark the start of this day. Today we gain considerable height when we arrive in Pisang. This village on a steep mountainside lies at 3300 meters.
Day 9 (Pisang-Manang)
The climate is now starting to get a lot drier, because this part of the trek has little influence from the annual monsoon that crosses Nepal. We walk along the north bank of the river. This is a bit heavier than the south bank, but we are rewarded with the best views. We sleep in Manang at 3500 meters.
Day 10 (Manang)
We use this day to rest and get used to the thin air at around 3500 meters. We can choose to take a trip to an ice lake at an altitude of 4000 meters or we can just chill out.
Day 11 (Manang-Ledar)
The tree line is reached today. We are approaching the Thorung La pass. We are no longer following the river but are trekking towards Ledar where the yaks graze satisfied. We sleep at 4300 meters.
Day 12 (Ledar-High Camp)
Today is a short day. We soon reach High Camp, the base for the Thorung La pass. We spend the night at 4600 meters, the highest sleeping place of the trip.
Day 13 (High Camp-Muktinath)
Early in the morning we start the climb towards the pass. The road to Thorung La (5400 meters) is not technical but can be tough due to the thin air. At the pass we reach the literal high point of the journey. The views are truly breathtaking. We descend to Muktinath which lies on the dry side of the massif. Trekkers who come here get a taste of what Tibet looks like.
Day 14 (Muktinath-Tatopani)
We take the jeep to Tatopani (1200 meters).
Day 15 (Tatopani-Ghorepani)
We climb quite a bit from Tatopani towards Ghorepani (2800 meters) to reach Poon Hill. Poon Hill is the best viewpoint on both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We can also choose to reach Poon the day after during sunrise.
Day 16 en 17 (Ghorepani-Nayapul-Pokhara)
After Poon Hill there is a long descent that is hard for the knees, but gives satisfaction. We reach the Nayapul terminus and return to Kathmandu by bus. Trekkers can also choose to stay in Pokhara for a few days.
Day 18 (Kathmandu)
Enjoy the success of a successful trip and preparation for the return trip.
The trek around Annapurna is suited for the experienced hiker. You have to like excercising every day between 4 and 8 hours. In total you walk 130 kilometers during the trip. You do this with a light backpack. The rest of your bags are transported by local porters. The thin air makes the trip a bit more tough than for example a trip in the Alps. Each guest responds differently to this. That is why we do not rush anything and there is opportunity for the individual participant to complete his own acclimatization. An European and a Nepalese guide make sure you'll reach your goal.
You will be picked up from the airport in Kathmandu
Before and after the trek you stay three days in a hotel (including breakfast) in Kathmandu
We arrange all permits and other documents
This is a group trip. The size of the group is 5 to 10 people.
During the trip you will be accompanied by an European and a Nepalese guide
During the trip you will stay in local guesthouses with basic facilities
Your bags are carried by local porters. You walk with a daypack of 5 kilos at most
The overnight stays during the trek are included. Meals, drinks, shower and internet are for your own account. Assume around 25 to 35 euros per person per day.
Local transportation is included in the price
The price mentioned does not include an international flight.
What to bring?
Undershirt with long sleeves
Long pants suitable for trekking
Cap or other sun protection
Chargers for your electronics
Warm sleeping bag
Slippers or other comfortable shoes
Water purification tablets
Energy or chocolate bars from home
Dates & prices
Fixed departures in 2020:
18 april till 4 may
Annapurna Circuit €925
1 september till 17 september
Annapurna Circuit €925
22 october till 7 november
Trips to Annapurna Circuit can also be booked individually: firstname.lastname@example.org