Annapurna circuit trek is the classic trek, most diverse and stunning tea house trekking route in the Himalaya. Witness the fascinating ethnic groups having their own language and tradition along with incredible views of some of the most beautiful peaks, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges – 8000 meter peaks in Nepal. And explore the natural diversity of lush, tropical rice paddies and moss-laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs. Walking through the naturally rich terrain of diverse topography trekker has a chance to experience the rich cultural diversity of Hinduism, Buddhism and the mysterious Bon-Po religion still co-exist and intermingle with each with other at the same place.
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will pick up from the airport and take to your hotel. In the afternoon, you may take a rest or visit Luxury Holidays Nepal’s office. At evening, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour and trekking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During the meeting, please clear the due balance, if any. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the pre-trip meeting, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Luxury Holidays Nepal. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine, which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site):
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square - located in central of city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping nearby your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
The day starts with a journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, you admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half an hour's drive from Besisahar takes you to Khudi, the starting point of your trek. Alternatively, you can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers you a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range. Overnight at Hotel.
Your first day's trek involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that you see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village pass an ethnic Tamang settlement at Taranche. You admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung. Overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast starts your trek. Leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail and leaving behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. Ongoing through forest trail, you spot a variety of birds and pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. Cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.
After breakfast starts your trek. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the river bank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As you walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.
After breakfast starts your trek and walk through a few forested ridges on your way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek you can admire amazing views of the Himalayas, including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Overnight in Chame.
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. Trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where you spend the night.
There are two routes to Manang but you follow the trail that takes you to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. You begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Your short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, you will keep yourselves busy with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If you have the energy, you can even hike to Vraga Village where you can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which will give you some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climb to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. Ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before the Thorong La pass. On this trip you are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain.
Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be your ultimate objective. You will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. Get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When finally make it to the top, you realize that your journey was worth it. You can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, you pay your visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, you tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail is quite surreal as trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal, where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.
From Marpha, take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. You will come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, you get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here, you get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, continue to Kokhethanti. You cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.
After breakfast starts your trek. Your journey mostly descends downhill. During the early part of trek, cross the bridge at Ghasa. As you drop to lower elevations, emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). Continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where you can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, relax and have a bath in the hot spring.
Leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. Pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further to reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located on a ridge top.
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, make an early morning hike along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around you glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, you head east and climb a nearby ridge. You descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
After breakfast starts your trek. It is easy trekking by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You will hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft center and Gurung museum. From this village you will see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at Guesthouse.
After breakfast starts your trek. It is a very easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages to Syauli bazaar and walks flat part until Nayapul then drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. It takes around one hour to drive and Overnight at Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The places you visit are as below:
Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi’s fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple:
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.
Seti River Gorges:
Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.
Tibetan Refugee Camps:
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s. Overnight at Pokhara.
You have an option of both driving as well as flying back to Kathmandu. The Pokhara-Kathmandu flight swifts along the Himalayas unveiling Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges. After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
After a few days of fun and excitement, the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
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I had a brilliant time with LHN on my first ever trekking holiday. I really appreciated being in a small group of two as it meant that our plans were easily adapted to suit more of what we wanted along the way. RC was a wonderful guide, who really looked after us especially when my fellow trekker fell ill, as well as being hugely entertaining, friendly, caring and passionate about the trek, Nepal and life itself!
Rajan, our porter, was amazing; I just wish I could have spoken Nepalese to him! In comparison with another tour company, ours was much better organized and the service was far better and respectful with private transfers between KTM and Pokhara. I definitely recommend Luxury Holidays Nepal and would use them again.
Visited December 2016
As I was going on my own, initially I planned to find a female guide for my trek, however, I was getting lazy and didn't want to take care of transport etc. on my own, so in the end, I chose to join a package from this tour company because of the speed they have replied my emails and the attractive price quoted for low season (Jun).
This was my first trek in Nepal, and my guide (whom also acted as my porter)- Ramu paid attention to many small details throughout the whole trip, from the numerous breaks during trekking to even cutlery I used for my meals. And it is a good experience to learn something about Nepalese people while talking to him in the few days I was travelling with him.
And special mention to Nabraj my driver for Kathmandu and Nagarkot part of the trip, he is a very nice guy and cares a lot about my safety and comfort during driving, he warned me every time when the road was getting bumpy, and he kept me entertained during our trip to Nagarkot.
And my guide on the first day to Kathmandu is also amazing, (I am sorry, I forgot his name), he is knowledgeable with very good English, and he could tell me a bit more about political situation in Nepal which is very interesting to me. He is very helpful in all ways too, helping me to buy a SIM card and all.
Despite the earthquake and the fuel crisis, the sights in Nepal are still worth seeing, and there is not much effect on tourists. Yes, some of the world heritage sites are partially damaged during the earthquake, and yes, sometimes there are power outages. However, it is still worth going, and your support to this country by going there is going to directly help the Nepalese people, as tourism is like the most important industry there.
Luxury Holidays Nepal provides you 4 stars hotels in Kathmandu and Teahouse/Lodge throughout the journey. Teahouse and lodge have the rooms with just the basics, normally with a bed, blanket and pillows. Some rooms have the electric lighting system and every teahouse/lodge has a capacious dining room and lounge. We will provide you and your group at the lodge which is locally available every day (In some places rooms cannot be booked in advance). If you want to upgrade accommodation in cities, then contact us for cost detail. Accommodation in 4 stars hotel Kathmandu(Hotel Mulberry or similar category) and In Pokhara (Mount Kailash Resort or similar category) and for 5 stars hotel in Kathmandu (Gokarna Forest Resort or similar category) and in Pokhara (Pokhara Grande or similar category).
Throughout the trip of Mountain Trekking, your luggage is carried and moved by the porters. You should carry the water bottle, sunscreen, camera, spare jacket, etc. Your main luggage will be your trekking bag and you can carry a small lockable bag which will provide safety. You are provided with a free locker room in a hotel in Kathmandu. The weight allowance in domestic airlines of Nepal is up to 15 kg and for more weight, you have to pay US$1 per/kg depending on the area.
Food on the way (Journey):
Your all meals are Included in the price. Travelers take their breakfast and dinner at the tea house where they stay and lunch is taken during the trail in the local lodge.
Transportation on Journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will offer you private vehicle for airport transferal and sightseeing. Local Bus Kathmandu-Khudi and Luxurious tourist bus for Pokhara-Kathmandu. Private vehicle for Nayapul-Pokhara.
Group Leader during the journey:
Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate you with the trained traveling guide in your group. There will be a single porter for a couple of people.
Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.
Communication during Journey:
Annapurna Base camp Trek is moderate level trek so you can find the telephone and internet facilities in the most of the place.
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).
You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon arrival for $25 USD (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa or $40 USD for a 30 days visa. Please bring 2 photos for the visa. Expect to have some waiting time in the queue for obtaining your visa. You can also get your visa prior to coming on the tour by contacting your closest Nepali embassy. (Nepal Visa Info)
Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com
They usually have good offers.
For more details: (See the international flights page)
When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandu international airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends on after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.
You will be received outside the Kathmandu international airport terminal by representatives holding a "Luxury Holidays Nepal" sign card and he will escort you to the Hotel.
If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting at firstname.lastname@example.org
After you purchase your international air ticket, please contact us to give your flight details.
Currencies are accepted in Nepal:
Some major currencies (USD, AUD, and EURO) are accepted for both VISA and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.
The altitude sickness will get from 3000 meters. Normally below three 3000 meters will not have altitude related problems usually for people for stable health. But above it can cause altitude-related sickness. If you have a health condition which might cause problems, please consult a doctor about the advisability of doing the trek. For Your information, your traveling guide will also have pills for Altitude Sickness and other basic medicine. We recommend you to take pills for diarrhea, cold, fever and nausea.
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. But you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place in the evacuation process. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page)
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to India, Bhutan and Tibet. And other trekking and activities of Nepal like Everest Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Bunjee Jumping, Rafting, Peak Climbing, Tours, etc.
A general rule of thumb for tipping is to USD 40 to USD 70 per Traveler, depending on the length of the trek. Porters do appreciate a personal tip, although it is not uncommon for the Guide and his Porters to pool the tips they have collected before splitting it amongst themselves, with the Guide is getting a little more for overseeing the welfare and safety of both the Travelers and Porters as a whole. That said, this is just a guide and you may tip, however much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trip a memorable one.
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During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.