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Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dhārāpāni̇̄, Manaslu, Buradhan , Manang, Letdar , Gangapurna, Muktināth, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dobhan , Chhomrong, Gandruk , Pokhara, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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North of the laid-back, lakeside city of Pokhara, the huge mountain massif of the Annapurnas is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. The highest peak, Annapurna I, was the first 8000-metre peak to be climbed and there are several other summits above 7500 metres in this accessible and magnificent Himalayan range. The circuit of the Annapurnas via the Thorung La is long-established as one of the worlds great mountain walks, whilst the trek into the spectacularly enclosed Annapurna Sanctuary provides exposure to the very best of Nepalese culture and landscape. It is the only company offering a combination of these 2 treks within a single, brilliant 3-week holiday.

Trekking beside the Marsyangdi River, the first part of the itinerary leads to the north side of the Himalaya and into a high valley where the largest village is at Manang and the people are of Tibetan buddhist descent. There is a stunning cliff-side monastery at Braga and great views of the Annapurnas from the north. Beyond the high point of the circuit at the Thorung La (5416m), the route drops down to Muktinath in the Kali Gandaki Valley. Then, after driving to Tatopani, the second phase of the trek heads up to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, before continuing, amongst forest and picturesque farmland, into the Sanctuary. Combining the 2 most famous trails in the region, this is a classic trek and, without doubt, the ultimate Annapurna experience.

Highlights

    • Trek the Annapurna Circuit via the challenging Thorung La (5416m)
    • Hike from Tatopani to Ghorepani and see the sun rise on Poon Hill
    • Trek into the Sanctuary, at the spectacular heart of the Annapurnas
    • Views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri
    • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 126054
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 22 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional and qualified Nepalese tour leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $3,080 ($140/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

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Nepal Kathmandu, Chamje, Dharapani, Chame, Manang, Thorung Phedi, Thorung La, Marpha, Tatopani, Pokhara
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Brian from New York 

I had been to Nepal before. My expectations were high. This trip exceeded those expectations. Every day was different - steep green valleys, up close glaciated vistas, the pre-dawn icy start for the Thorung-La and bucolic farming villages at the lower elevations. We went Dec-Jan - brutally cold at night but in return we had clear blues skies every day but one and no crowds - at least on the 'circuit' section. Our guide Rajendra was exceptionally attentive to the people who got sick or injured along the way, taking all the appropriate actions. He is also someone who is enthusiastic about his country and his culture and I very much enjoyed my conversations with him. I would certainly be happy to trek with him again. The 'sanctuary' (MBC, ABC) is also absolutely stunning once you get there, but the section of trail between Chhomrong and the sanctuary which has to be repeated on the way back, is the one section I found to be occasionally tedious. So while combining the 'circuit' with the 'sanctuary' makes a really good trip and I wholeheartedly recommend it, if you are stretched for time and can only choose one, I would go for the 'circuit' (more variety, less people). Some suggestions as to how the trip could be made even better (at least for me): 1. Itinerary We stopped at Tal for lunch - a wide river bed with cliffs on one side - it begs exploration. Would have been better to spend the night there - lots of places to stay - extending the hike on the preceding or subsequent day

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Brendan from Killorglin 

Felt well taken of by staff inc porters, assistants, and overall leader. Local trek guide painful. Whole outing was made more difficult by very poor accommodation and even worse ablution facilities. Health and hygiene were certainly compromised. The trek underfoot conditions were patchy. Best to avoid the dirty, noisy, dusty "road". Walking from dawn to dusk up 1800m is too much. most of the trekkers suffered from persistent coughs and blocked noses. Walkers need to be made aware of this. Nepal needs to up its game to retain and indeed attract more trekkers based on my experience

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Jessica from Wigan 

The Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary was a great trek, with some fantastic highlights such as; crossing the Thorong La pass, Poon Hill and the Annapurna Sanctuary. The trip was well organised from a UK point of view and communication was good which meant you felt at ease. From being picked up on arrival day, to being dropped off on departure day the trip was memorable and enjoyable. The local staff organised the trek excellently, meaning you were at ease for the whole trek. The staff were knowledgeable and felt like you could approach them about anything. I would suggest if your travelling from the UK, send for your Visa prior to travel, it just stops a lot of delays and confusion when you get to the airport. There were a few flights that came in at once and people were waiting ages. The scenery on the trek was simply stunning. The people are friendly. This was my second trip to Nepal and I will certainly be going back. My initial thought was that 3 weeks would be too long, but the trek is varied and interesting and keeps you hooked throughout. Food and accommodation was fine, just have plenty dhal bat! Make sure you are well prepared as there are some long days, with good ascents and alot of steps! The 2 long jeep transfers were fine, albeit a little uncomfortable, quite funny actually, adds to the experience. If you want to see the best parts of the Annapurna region do not hesitate to go on this trip.

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Andrew from Ambleside 

A worthy KE best seller, this trek carefully combines the best of the Annapurna Circuit with the best of the Sanctuary circuit. We had superb weather, giving wall to wall vistas of Nepal's colossal mountains. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of accommodation and food, and our leader, Raj, was the best trek and group leader we have ever had. Walking conditions are entirely straightforward, but there is a substantial amount of "up" and "down" - we calculated that we walked approx 160 miles with a cumulative ascent of around 15km!! Crossing the Thorung La is tough on the lungs due to the height, but in our case the weather was very benign, so this part of the trip passed uneventfully, but again with stupendous scenery. It should be said that this is not now exactly a wilderness experience - parts of the Sanctuary trail in particular are extremely busy, but this didn't bother us. As the trip notes explain, beds in the upper part of the Sanctuary may be over-sold due to an acute shortage of lodges. This requires a little tolerance (we had 9 people crammed into a small room at Annapurna Base Camp!) - but it is definitely worth it!! In order to make this trip work, it is unfortunately necessary to endure two lengthy vehicle transfers on jeep roads - in our view the most dangerous and unpleasant part of the holiday. Vehicles and drivers fall a very long way short of Western standards and there is undoubtedly some risk involved, as the roads are extremely precipitous.

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Bruce from Colfax 

Raj from KE was the best guide that I have ever had the privilege to Trek with. This was a fantastic trip. If you want to experience trekking in Nepal and can't decide between the Sanctuary and the Circuit, this is the trip for you. Everybody in our group had a wonderful time. 5 starts to Raj and KE.

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Kathryn from INVERNESS 

I booked my first trip to Nepal just before the earthquake and after the disaster I was still keen to go ahead if possible - Nepal needs its tourist industry. Fortunately KE persevered with the trip despite only 5 travellers and the risk that the fuel crisis might interrupt the trip. We were rewarded with a great trek led by enthusiastic and experienced local staff. We were well acclimatised for the Thorung La and very well fed. The Annapurna range is stunning and we got to view it from all sides. I didn't enjoy our drive up the "road" and given the choice again, I'd start walking sooner but otherwise a very successful trip and I'll definitely be visiting Nepal again.

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