The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world’s best trek offering varieties than any other equivalent trek, in term of length, in the world. It takes us from sub-tropical zone up to the very edge of the arid Tibetan plateau. This is an unparalleled trek that combines the Marsyangdi Valley and the sacred Kali Gandaki Valley. This trek encircles the entire Annapurna range.
The climax of Annapurna Circuit Trek is crossing the formidable Thorong La Pass (5416m). It is at the very edge of the Tibetan plateau and affords unsurpassed panoramic views of Annapurna peaks. We visit Muktinath Temple, a holy shrine for Hindu as well as Buddhist. We pass the Dhaulagiri Ice flow fall and the world's deepest gorge. The Kali Gandaki River has made deepest gorge between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. Hot springs await us at Tatopani followed by a magnificent sunrise at Poon Hill, before descending back to Pokhara through famous Gurung village of Ghandruk.
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not too far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central Thamel so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $3 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex. Please note, however, that at several of the places in high season, there is a limited choice of accommodation and all the lodges have only multi-bedded rooms. Where this is the case, the group will be split amongst the available rooms and this could be unsegregated male/female. Hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. One the trek only sharing rooms.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.
We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks & beverages and Deserts are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included if you have booked the hotel with us. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the trek as meat are not hygiene.
A Typical Day
Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s trek. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of trekking. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s walk to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and on trek will have the services of porters to carry luggage.
Approximately US$400-600 (or equivalent Australian dollars, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks for all trips & meals in the city. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the trek crew.
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 4230m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday.
Here you can find further information about Altitude Sickness.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 12 kgs for the porter.
You must bring the following items:
The following items are optional:
Find more details about Equipment Checklist.
The Nepalese are still traditional and conservative in the way they dress. Therefore to avoid embarrassment on both sides we recommend that you respect this and do not wear revealing clothing or sleeveless tops while visiting Nepal. Shorts are acceptable, but they should reach to just above the knee and be modest and for women it is preferable to wear trousers or a long skirt.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $40 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, and $120 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?
We need your passport copy to make the necessary permit and arrangement. Please make sure we have this at least one month ahead of your trip. We also need your photos after arrival to obtain TIMS and ACAP permit.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK/US/Australia/Germany e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist checkup.
Know more about how you can stay healthy in Nepal: Staying Healthy in Nepal.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Preparing For Your Trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season is neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking. December till Feb is winter and cold but often clear blue sky and nice day. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -5ºC at Throng la. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres. In the higher elevation- the night time temperatures during winter may reach –5ºC or exceptionally, below this. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short lived storms can and do occur.
Annapurna Circuit Trek. 1:50,000. Nepal Maps
A good scale map with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definitive map for the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humor and appetite of adventure and discovery.
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You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Like your personal architect creating your one-of- a-kind home, our Travel Specialists will execute the trip of a lifetime. It's all up to you - logistics, pace, budget, dates, performances, visits, explorations, meals and lodging are hammered out down to the finest customized detail. Please fill in our tailor-made request form.
If you do not want to join a group then you can also make this a private trip with your friends and family one at your own schedule. Considering this, Trekking Team Group organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Traditional welcome by our airport representative. Your guide briefs about your further programme. Typical Nepali dinner served in the evening.
You will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of centuries old temples and palaces.
After having an early breakfast, we then start our 4 hrs drive and the trail takes you to the Marsyandi valley wide open up to Syange. You can explore the Nepali rural village, crossing through the barley, rice and potato field. Overnight in Dharapani.
Today you are heading to Chame from Dharapani through the sensational views of Himalayas. You will reach Bagarchap, a Tibetan village, within the first hour of today's trek. Next Dangyung, a samll Tibetan settlement. The trek continues through dense forest, cross bridges over tributaries and the foot of a waterfall. You ascend steep stone steps to reach Chame.
Today your trek starts to upper Pisang. On the way you can visit the local villages which has a long Mani wall and interact with the local peoples about their daily lifestyle and cultures. Later on if you want you can explore the upper Pisang's medieval village which is an amazing place. Evening dinner and night stay in a local lodge.
Today you will be heading to Bhraka. You will be experiencing an old Buddhist gompa situated on top of the medieval village of Bhraka. Then our guide will take you to the sightseeing of the historical sites of Bhraka.
Make fit yourself for the further journey. This day is for acclimatization. Physically prepare yourself to adapt in different climate. We recommend you to stay active even in a rest day as it is good for upcoming trek. Our guide will take you to explore Manang.f
Early in the morning, after breakfast, your adventurous trek to Yak Kharka begins. The way slowly descends through the Manang village. The houses are made up of clay and stone. Tare Gumba, a thousand year old popular monastery, is on the way. You will be passing through Thorang Khola and the valley. Finally you will walk further for Yak Kharka where you will spend the night.
This trek is bit uphill and downhill through Letdar village. Early in the morning you will leave Yak Kharka and follow the Kone Khola Valley. You will climb up from Letdar and continues to get great views of Annapurna. After climbing for a while the trail suddenly descends to the river and wooden bridge. On the way to Thorang Phedi you can explore a small teahouse. You will finally reach Thorong Phedi. Overnight at a lodge in Thorong Phedi.
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is situated at an altitude of 3,710 metres at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass. This trek is long from east to west which is snowy and cold. The trail is steep instantly after leaving Phedi. After ascending 5 to 6 hours you will reach the top of the pass full of prayer flags, chorten and stone cairn built by trekkers. You will be exploring the majestic scenic view from the trail and the pass. Get an opportunity to get the majestic view of Thorung peak, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Khatung Kang and Kali Gandaki valley. From here on, the trail crosses meadows, drops into a deep george and follows a wide trail into Muktinath. Dinner in the evening and stay night in a lodge.
Today your destination is Jomsom which lies at an altitude of 2800 meters. The trek begins with the downhill to dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. This trek is little bit long so you have to start trekking early morning. Leaving Muktinath you will follow the undulating path to Jomsom which will ascend to beautiful Lupra village. Here you can explore Bamboo monastery and the close watch to the lifestyle and culture of the villagers. On the way you can see close up views of mountain Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. After that our tour guide will take you to Kaagbeni(trek through wind). Evening dinner and night stay in a lodge, Jomsom.
Early in the morning after breakfast you will be heading to Tatopani through the scenic beauty. Take lunch and tea break. Drive for few hour will lead you to Tatopani, where you can enjoy hot spring. Bathing in natural hot water will make your mind, body and soul refresh. Overnight in Tatopani hotel.
Trek to Ghorepani from Tatopani is long, so start jour journey early in the morning after breakfast. The trail passes through Ghara and Sikha. On the way to Ghorepani there comes a local village with patio farmlands where you can see and interact with them about their lifestyle and culture. Trekking gradually ascends to Ghorepani where you can explore the rhododendron forest (covered with beautiful red and pink flower).
Wake up before sunrise, climb up to Poon Hill for impressive sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Trek down to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will start trekking to Ghandruk. The trail leads all the way down through the rhododendron forest to Ghandruk, the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. On the way you can enjoy excellent view of beautiful mountains.
After breakfast you will trek for Birethanti. On the way you can explore green forest and waterfall. After few hours trekking you will reach Birethanti from where you will drive to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara rest in hotel. Dinner and overnight in a hotel, Pokhara.
Today after breakfast explore Pokhara whole day. Enjoy sunrise from Sarangkot, boating on Phewa Lake, visit sacred Hindu sites, hike to World Peace Stupa, and see the unique natural wonder of Devi’s fall. Drive back to hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Enjoy panoramic mountain views and spend the rest of the day sightseeing, exploring, shopping or just relaxing in Kathmandu’s numerous cafés and roof-top restaurants.
Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day. You do as you like. Many people take the time for shopping others enjoy exploring the cultural sites of the city. Our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area. Farewells! Our airport representative will travel with you to the airport.
Apr 29 2019
We did a modified 14-day Annapurna circuit in April 2019. The modified itenerary had been proposed by the agency and it was a great alternative to the usual one with condensed great walks and views.
Our guide and porter were really nice and always making sure we were ok. They always tried to find us a room with attached toilet, which was nice.
One of the reason we went with this company was the no plastic bottle policy. They did sterilized our water (steripen or boiling) every time we asked and we did not have any stomach issue, so we were really happy with that.
One of our other concerns about trekking was how the porter and guide are treated : both our guide and porter seemed to be treated ok. The guide had good gears. The porter gears were ok: not the best ones but far from the worst ones we saw. The guide was knowledgeable when asked questions.
Most of the trek went smoothly. Our guide was planning things ahead (and thus spending quite a lot of time on his phone). Once we had to wait quite a while for our transportation to pick us up, but it happened only once in the 14 days and I guess it is normal in Nepal on busy days.
The communication with Shreehari before and after the trek was great. I sent him my comments when I came back from holidays and he was happy to take notes of my recommendations.
Overall we are really happy with our experience. I would most definitely recommend the modified Annapurna circuit.
Dec 30 2018
Oct 13 2017
Traveled with my best frient and the amazing porter Ajay Tamang.
During the trek I always felt like I have someone to talk to and even change plans. We were sleeping in the most authentic and value-worthy places thanks to Ajay's great choices.
Befor the trek, communication with the company(the amazing Shree!!) was fluent and elaborated.
In summary ,
Inbal Rotem Fortus
Oct 13 2017
Me and my friend did the Anapurna circuit. Shree really helped us choose a great trip plan for the number of days we had and answered our every question with huge patience. The best was our incredible porter Ajay who was so friendly and helpful, really made the difference between good and great. Thanks a lot!
Jan 09 2017
We had a a really great time on our trek, excellent views and comfortable accomodation all round. Our guide, Hari, was very knolwedgeable and friendly. As it was our first ten day trek, we were a little cautious of the Winter weather and the high altitude, but with a bit of luck (no snow!) and an attentive guide, we felt very at ease. I decided to take a poter later down the road and Hari also helped organised a reliable and friendly gentleman to join us. The Trekking Team Group also help organise donations to a local Secondary School in need of stationary and school supplies, through a great charity called 'Pack for a Purpose'. It's worth checking out if you have some space in your backpack before leaving Kathmandu, all very organised and an easy way to support the community. Thank you for an enjoyeable experience!
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.