TRIP

Adventure Quests - Country Navigator DESTINATION

 

Trips Nepal Nepal Trips

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek (ACT), or Around Annapurna Trek, is one of the most celebrated treks in the world and has been consistently rated by many adventure travel writers to be THE ultimate mountain trek .

This impressive Annapurna segment of the Great Himalayan Chain 40-km long holds no less than eleven 7000ers summits and stands almost isolated by profound valleys from neighbouring mountain groups from east to west and from the high Tibetan plateau to the north. For many years, until the Nepali government opened up the Manang Valley in 1977, it was effectively a genuine "lost valley" as it remained cut off from the outside world and was virtually closed to foreigners.

This is a trek rich in contrasts and it introduces us to the full and glorious spectrum of Nepal's scenery as it threads its way through a mountainous mosaic of picturesque landscapes of often wondrous beauty ... carrying the wide-eyed walker from lowland terraced farms and forests to barren desert steppes, deep gorges & valleys, and alpine tundra & giant glaciated Himalayan peaks in the north. Here on this trek, one can view the three mighty peaks of Manaslu (8156-m), Dhaulagiri (8,167-m) and Annapurna (8,091-m).

This is a challenging long trek of about 200-km in 2 weeks. The good thing about this trek is that we have a change of view of a new spectacular mountain every other day, right from the first day of trek to the last day. The highlight of the trek is the crossing of snow-covered Thorung La, which at 5,416-m, is a whole lot higher than the highest peak in the European Alps and presents the most formidable challenge on this trek requiring up to 12 hours or more of continual trekking besides being potentially hazardous if weather or trail conditions is bad. This is a trek that you will remember long after the memories have faded.

Included

  • Airport transfers and all local land transport arrangement
  • Full accommodation arrangement ( hotels in Thamel & Pokhara, and tea-houses during the trek ) with daily breakfasts
  • All meals during trek
  • National park / conservation area fees
  • English speaking guide together with local porters for carriage of clients' big packs
  • All expenses & insurance for guides and porters.

Bonus Inclusions

  • Special Adventure Quests Nepal Trekking Guide (60-pages) on everything you need to know to prepare for a successful, enjoyable and most importantly, a safe trek
  • Complimentary progressive physical conditioning sessions with AQ trainer where you can pick up plenty of tips on hiking & gear usuage.
  • Super detailed briefing sessions on itinerary, gear, training etc.
  • Special discount of up to 30% for gear purchases at Adventure Gear Post

 

Excluded

  • 2-way international economy class return airfares between Singapore & Kathmandu & associated airport & other taxes
  • Nepal entry tourist visa
  • Meals (lunches & dinners) in the city (Thamel & Pokhara)
  • Tipping & gratuities to guide & porters
  • Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations, and all expenses of a personal nature
  • All others not mentioned above

Click here for a general description of what is provided in this organised trek

Back to Top

Duration: 18 days

Maximum Altitude
The 5,416-m high Thorung La pass.

Grading:

Highlights

  • Unmatched cultural & ecological diversity as trails wind through the timeless Gurung & Tamang villages, as well as Thakalis, Bhotias and other Tibetan ethnic groups of the north
  • Breathtaking panoramas of the entire mighty Annapurna and Dhalagiri ranges
  • Paced for maximum acclimatization & comfort, with time for exploration off the main trails
Group Size
Land Cost
09 persons or more  
06 - 08 persons  
04 - 05 persons  
03 persons  
02 persons  
* based on teahouse trek arrangement

 


Day 1
Singapore - Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu - Besi Sahar
Day 3- 15

Our trek commences from Besi Sahar as the trail follows the Marsyangdi River upstream. Along the way, you will get stupendous views of Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu East & West Peaks, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, the mighty Dhaulagiri (8,167-m), and of course, all four of the magnificent Annapurnas (I to IV, from 8091-m to 7525-m). Great mix of culture and mountains along the way.

The trek will end at Jomsom from where we'll take a stupendous mountain flight back to Pokhara.

Day 16 - 17 Pokhara - Kathmandu (with buffer day)
Day 18 Kathmandu - Singapore

Back to Top

Note: For a more interesting trek, the extension to Tilicho Lake is recommended.

This ACT can be combined with the Annapurna BC trek to become the Grand Annapurna Trek (GAT) of about 28-30 days. This is the ultimate Annapurna trek, well over 300km in trekking distance and highly recommended if you have the time.

As the trek encompasses crossing of a high pass of more than 5400m, it is a serious endeavour and participants need to be of high fitness level, well-acclimatized, well and sufficiently-equipped in gear and travel wear, as well as mentally aware of the risks & hazards.

Back to Top