Around Annapurna

Grade 1 2 3 4 5
Grade 4 – Demanding
These treks require participants to be in excellent health. They take you into the high Himalaya, altitudes ranging from 9,000ft / 2,800m to often in excess of 16,500ft / 5,000m. Trails venture into sparsely populated or uninhabited high-mountain wilderness, and are often ill defined, occasionally on glacial moraines. Average walking is 6 - 9 hours a day.
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Trek Difficulty Grading

Our treks vary from easy hikes in the foothills to challenging climbing adventures in the high Himalaya. More often than not, we use trails that have since ancient times been the only link between villages, settlements, and their inhabitants. The trails may take you through a well-inhabited area with many villages and tea-shops, or through a mountain wilderness without a single permanent settlement for days, but one thing is certain: there'll be lots of ups and downs as we walk from one Himalayan valley to another. Treks are graded on the basis of altitude, trails, walking hours per day, and length of trek.

Grade 1 – Easy
Treks in the foothills staying below 6,500ft / 2,000m. Trails are relatively gentle & wide, and average walking is 3 - 4 hours a day.
Grade 2 – Moderate
Treks in the foothills and the middle-hills going up to 10,000ft / 3,000m. Trails are mostly gentle and wide, but at times may involve more difficult stretches like a steep stone staircase. Average walking is 5 - 6 hours a day.
Grade 3 – Challenging
Fairly demanding treks, usually in the high Himalaya, going up to 13,000ft / 4,000m. Trails can be ill defined, narrow, steep, and rocky, and will usually take you into uninhabited or sparsely inhabited areas. Average walking is 6 - 7 hours a day.
Grade 4 – Demanding
These treks require participants to be in excellent health. They take you into the high Himalaya, altitudes ranging from 9,000ft / 2,800m to often in excess of 16,500ft / 5,000m. Trails venture into sparsely populated or uninhabited high-mountain wilderness, and are often ill defined, occasionally on glacial moraines. Average walking is 6 - 9 hours a day.
Note on altitudes
The altitude definitions indicate elevations through the major part of the trek. Treks usually involve side-trips into elevations exceeding the altitude ranges defined for their grades. Grade 3 and grade 4 trek itineraries are designed to allow proper acclimatization, with acclimatization days when we take side trips to higher elevations where necessary.

 

Around Annapurna
28 days – One of the world's great walks and an outstanding Nepal trek
  • 24 days demanding trekking in the middle hills and high Himalaya (maximum elevation 5,416m / 17,760′)
  • Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara and back
  • Spectacular, ever-changing views of three 8,000m ranges — the Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri Himal
  • Incomparable cultural and topographical diversity
annapurna-trail-270x180One of the classic walks of the world, this trek offers the visitor a complete cross-section of central Nepal and its wondrous diversity of culture, topography, and flora & fauna. Starting in the foothills near Pokhara, we explore the beautiful Marsyangdi & Manang valleys and then cross the Thorung La pass to the sacred shrine of Muktinath. From here on we follow the Kali Gandaki along the world’s deepest river gorge back to Pokhara, staying in pleasant local lodges and savoring their traditional cuisine. We climb the vantage point of Poon Hill from where it’s easy to appreciate the vast circle around the Annapurna Himal we have nearly completed. As we trek across diverse ecological zones, the views of the Central Nepal Himalaya keep changing. One of the highlights of our trek are the side-trips and detours that add an extra dimension to the usual route.

An incomparable trekking experience not to be missed by any Nepal enthusiast!

Trip Itinerarymap_aan

Day 1  Arrive Kathmandu. Orientation.
Day 2  Drive Kathmandu (1,300m / 4,260′) to Besisahar (800m / 2,620′). Trek to Bhulbule (840m / 2,760′).
Days 3-6  Trek north up the Marsyangdi valley to Chame (2,710m / 8,890′), with overnight stops at Ghermuphant (1,140m / 3,740′), Tal (1,700m / 5,580′), and Bagarchhap (2,160m / 7,090′).
Days 7-9  Trek westward through the Manang valley to Manang (3,540m / 11,611′), stopping at Pisang (3,185m / 10,450′). Acclimatization day at Manang: excursion to Ice Lake (4,620m / 15,150′).
Days 10-12  Trek across the Thorung La (5,416m / 17,760′) to Muktinath (3,800m / 12,460′), with overnights at Letdar (4,230m / 13,870′) and Thorung High Camp (4,800m / 15,740′).
Days 13-14  Visit the shrine at Muktinath. Descend along the Jhong Khola valley to Jharkot (3,500m / 11,480′) and on to Kagbeni (2,840m / 9,320′), visiting Jhong (3,580m / 11,740′) en route.
Days 15-16  Trek down the Thak Khola Canyon to Marpha (2,680m / 8,790′). Day excursion via Dhumba Tal (Lake) (2,830m / 9,280′) to Thini (2,860m / 9,380′).
Days 17-19  Trek down the Kali Gandaki gorge to Tatopani (1,190m / 3,900′) via Titi Lake (2,670m / 8,760′) and Ghasa (2,000m / 6,560′).
Days 20-21  Leave the Kali Gandaki to head up to Ghorepani (2,870m / 9,410′).
Days 22-23  Early morning climb Poon Hill (3,210m / 10,530′). Trek to Ghandruk (2,150m / 7,050′) via Tadapani (2,710m / 8,890′).
Days 24-25  Trek across the Modi Khola gorge to Tolka (1,790m / 5,870′). Finish trek at Phedi (1,130m / 3,710′). Drive to Pokhara (884m / 2,900′).
Day 26  At leisure in Pokhara.
Day 27  Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 28  Depart for onward destination.

Dates and Pricing

Sep 23 - Oct 20
Oct 21 - Nov 17
Nov 18 - Dec 15

Feb 28 - Mar 27
Mar 28 - Apr 24

  Standard Hotels
2 - 5 personsUS$ 1,743
6 - 12 personsUS$ 1,551
Single room supplement US$ 192
Cost Information
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Cost Information

The trip cost quoted is the cost per person, and includes:

  • Hotels: Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin / triple room-sharing basis with breakfast.
  • Tours: Sightseeing tours indicated with a certified English-speaking guide.
  • Transfers: All land transfers by car (Toyota Corolla or similar) or van (Toyota Hiace or similar).
  • Trekking: Room-sharing accommodation in local lodges, all meals, services of trek crew (guide, sherpa(s), and porter(s) to carry all luggage & equipment), applicable trekking / ACAP permit / National Park entry fees.
  • Permits, Fees, & Taxes: All applicable permits, entry fees, and taxes.
  • Trek leader: We provide a trek leader on groups of six or more. A tour leader can be provided upon request for smaller groups, upon additional cost.

Not included in the cost are:

  • Meals other than indicated.
  • Flights: All internal flights are extra. Internal airfares indicated are subject to change without notice.
  • Personal clothing & equipment (upon confirmation you’ll receive a clothing & necessity checklist of items we recommend you bring, items you can hire / purchase locally are indicated).
  • Personal expenses, bottled / alcoholic beverages, and tips to crew.
  • Insurance: We strongly recommend that all trip participants be covered by their own personal insurance that also covers emergency evacuation.
  • Other unforeseeable expenses that may arise due to factors beyond our control, like bad weather or flight cancellations.
  • Nepal visa fee.

 

  Standard Hotels
KathmanduNirvana Garden Hotel
PokharaHotel Trek-O-Tel
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