The Annapurna Circuit – rightly known as Nepal’s classic trek – offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer.
There are superb views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet.
An expedition to the Annapurna Circuit is a journey of a lifetime. The combination of rugged mountain massifs, sparkling streams and rivers, ancient temples and the breathtaking landscapes and views at every turn make this an incredible adventure.
To reach the start of the trek there is a long drive, first down the main Pokhara road then following the Marshyangdi river to Besi Sahar. The trek proper begins here, crossing and recrossing the gorge carved by the Marshyangdi river on suspension bridges before you reach Manang, the largest village on the route.
An acclimatisation day is taken here to prepare for crossing the Thorung La pass which is the highest point of the trek at 5416m. From there you descend progressively with plenty of up and down along the way until you reach Jomsom or if you have time complete the full circuit by trekking to Birethanti. We offer two itineraries, a 14 day version flying back from Jomsom for those short on time or, for those who have plenty of time, the full 18 day circuit trekking all the way out to Birethanti, including an ascent of Poon Hill, one of the best panoramic viewpoints in the Himalaya.
Additional days relaxing on the shores of Lake Pokhara can be arranged before you fly back to Kathmandu.