Annapurna Circuit

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The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular and demanded treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Travellers have been praising the 128-mile route, which circles Nepal’s heaven-high Annapurna range, as the holy grail of trekking since it was first opened to foreigners in the early 1980s.

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Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit is the 2nd most famous trek in the Himalayas, a very popular and really authentic trek. Namaste Nomad is the only travel company from Ireland that runs a regular departure group trek to Annapurna circuit trek. We also organise this trek for solo and couples, any time of the year..

Nepal’s most popular trekking region the Annapurna region is bursting with life, colours, and flavours to delight the senses. The white peak of Machapuchare, the red, yellow, and blue prayer flags, and the green terraced fields make this more than just an exceptional trekking region. Lower in altitude than the Everest region and with easier access that is not as weather dependant the Annapurna region is ideal for shorter treks.

This trekking trail in Nepal stretches almost 100 miles – beginning from the tropical zone to elevated highland Thorung La Pass, Annapurna Circuit Trek included widely diverse cultural and natural aspects. The world’s deepest gorge, The Kali Gandaki gorge, has an elevation of 4,660m and is flanked by two mountains both above 8,000m, namely Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna I (8,091m). The trek will take you through Throng La pass which rises up to an altitude of 5,416m. During the Annapurna Circuit trek, you walk through a blend of exquisite culture, typical Nepalese village lifestyle, unbelievably challenging yet mesmerizingly beautiful landscape, and above all pristine Himalayas. You will encounter varied cultural experiences of both Hindu and Buddhist lifestyles which will be manifested in numerous temples and monasteries that you bump into on the way.

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Day 1: Arrival Day – Kathmandu

Welcome to the Land of Himalayas! On your arrival, Namaste Nomad Guides and Sherpa would pick up you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel Moonlight in Kathmandu. After checking in to the hotel, time for refreshment.

Evening, we will have a group meeting and introduction Hotel lobby for a trek briefing session with your trek leader. Then, to one of the typical Nepalese Restaurants (Nepali Chulo) for the welcome dinner (We eat Dal Bhat, typical Nepalese food)with a cultural show and ethnic dancing. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Today you will have a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with the best tour guide in the town. After breakfast, we escort you to Pashupatinath-the largest Hindu Temple in Nepal. You will see exceptionally carved statues and idols of Hindu deities, a long row of Shiva Lings, a series of small temples and the golden hood at the top of the main Temple is truly fascinating. You may witness the Hindu death ritual at Aryaghat Pashupatinath. We continue to Boudhanath, a large domed-shaped Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath holds huge religious significance among the Tibetan Buddhists of Nepal. Tour continues to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. Tours sightseeing in Kathmandu, as well as a hotel with breakfast, is included.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Besisahar

Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar by deluxe Bus and trek to Bhulbhule (840m), 7 hours drive and 1-2 hours trek

After breakfast, we begin our journey, driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough road above Marsyangdi River. We pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6-7 hours of a long drive, we finally arrive in Besi Sahar. From Besi Sahar, our trek kicks off. We trek along the trail of the village and descend down the narrow path to the Pam Khola. On crossing the stream, we ascend towards the village of Denauti where we get to see Nepali village life closely. The trail further leads to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests. As the trail nears the Khudi Khola, we approach the Gurung village of Bhulbule. Once we reach Bulbule we will have time to rest and explore around. Overnight at Bhulbule.

Day 4: Trek to Ghermu (1310m) 5-6 hrs walk

After having breakfast at Bhulbhule, we start our Annapurna Circuit trek with a pleasant walk along the Marsyangdi River to Ngadi village. Crossing a couple of suspension bridges, our trail goes high up to Bahundanda village. Beyond Bahundanda, the trail goes down and we chase the levelled trail to Ghermu for the overnight. Enjoy your evening with the Ghermu waterfall view. Overnight at Ghermu.

The Bhutanese capital of Thimphu for a two-night stay. On the second day the numerous attractions of Thimphu beckon. we can help you narrow down the options but the National Textile Museum and Folk Heritage Museum are fantastic introductions to Bhutan’s fascinating history. If you want to stretch your legs then the one-hour walk to the Tango Monastery rewards you with pretty views over the town. Plant a prayer flag here to formally start your journey in Bhutan!

Day 5: Ghermu to Tal (1700m), 6 hrs walk

Once we finish our breakfast, we start our trek with a short downhill walk to Syange village and go gradually up to Jagat village. An hour-long pleasant walk will bring us to Chamje village. And again, a short walk will bring us to the suspension bridge over the rushing Marsyangdi River. On the other side of the bridge, a steep uphill climb awaits us. A couple of hours of the effortful uphill climb would bring us to Tal Village overnight. Evening we explore and rest in Tal. Overnight at Tal.

Day 6: Tal to Bagarchhap (2160m), 5-6 hrs walk

Again after breakfast, we start our trek with a pleasant walk along the bank of the Marsyangdi River. Crossing a few suspension bridges and walking the sandy trails bring us to a big settlement, Dharapani. An hour walk from Dharapani would bring us to Bagarchhap Village for the overnight. Overnight at Bagarchhap.

Day 7: Bagarchhap to Chame (2670m), 6 hrs walk

After breakfast, we start our trek and from today we start to feel the altitude. The air gets cooler, the landscape, and vegetation around begin to change, and flanking regions have few sparsely populated villages. We start our trek with an easy walk to Danaque and then the trail goes along the steep uphill climb to Timang Village. Timing village offers a magnificent view of the Manaslu Range and a closer view of Lamjung & Annapurna II. After Taming, trekkers enjoy an easy and pleasant walk to Chame. We ascend and descend occasionally, we cross past buckwheat fields, apple farms, and green forest to reach Chame. Enjoy your evening in Chame by exploring around. Overnight at Chame.

Day 8: Chame to Pisang (3200m), 5-6 hrs walk

Today, we start our trek after breakfast and continue our trek by crossing the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. The trail goes through the pine forest with a few ups and down to arrive at Bhartang Village. The trek continues along the levelled trail for a while before we cross the suspension bridge again over the Marsyangdi River. Then we climb steeply high through the pine forest that brings us to the top of the ridge, Dhukur Pokhari. On the way to Pisang, we will have a wonderful view of Pisang peak and Mt. Chulu. In the evening, we visit upper Pisang village which is famous for Tibetan-style houses, and monasteries along with the panoramic view of the Annapurna range and valley. Overnight at Pisang.

Day 9: Pisang to Manang (3540m), 5 hrs walk

After breakfast, we start our trek with a pleasant walk through the pine forest. The trail goes gently up for half an hour to the top of the ridge. From here, we can see the beautiful Manang Valley, which offers a view of Humde village with a short airstrip, as well as towering peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho, and more. From here it is easy to walk almost flat to Humde village. Further trekking for an hour brings us to the traditionally built village of Braga. From Braga, it is less than an hour’s walk to Manang Village for the overnight. Explore Manang village and Overnight at Manang.

Day 10: Acclimatization and Rest in Manang (3540m)

Today is our acclimatization day in Manang. After breakfast, we explore around. We make a short hike to Gangapunra Lake. Nearby hill offers a spectacular view of Gangapurna, Annapurna 3, Annapurna 2, Tilicho Peak, Chulu peak as well as the beautiful Marsyangdi Valley. The rest of the time is our relaxing time at Manang. Overnight at Manang.

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m), 5 hrs walk

After breakfast, today we start our trek with a slow climb to Tenki Manang. Further, an hour’s walk brings us to Gunsang, and from here we have a wide panoramic view of Annapurna starting from Annapurna II to Tilicho peak. The trail goes slowly up through the juniper bushes with a few huts on the way before we arrive at Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Throang Phedi (4450 m), 4 hrs walk

After breakfast, we start our trek with a slow climb for about an hour to reach Ledtar Village. The pace is slow as we are walking over 4 thousand meters. The landscape and mountains view is amazing throughout the day. An hour-long descending trek brings us to the narrow wooden bridge over Jorsang Khola. Crossing the bridge we trek along the trail that goes steeply up to a narrow gully. Further, an hour-long walk along the gully will bring us to Thorang Phedi for the overnight.

Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3760m)

Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3760m) Via Thorang-la pass (5416 m), 8-9 hrs walk to start our trek after breakfast and today is our toughest day of Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is a very long and hard day. The trail goes steeply up to High Camp. We walk slowly having a rest on the way. 3-to 4 hrs of the tough walk will finally bring us to the top of Thorang pass, which is the highest point of the trek. We take a few minutes here, take photographs; enjoy the scenery of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri. From here we go all the way down to Muktinath. Explore around the Muktinath and Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2670m), 6-7 hrs walk

Today we visit the Muktinath Temple early in the morning and continue our trek after breakfast. It is an easy and enjoyable downhill trek to Eklebhatti. From here onwards, the trail follows the windy path on the bank of Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Again we have an easy walk for a couple of hrs to reach Marpha Village. Let your trek exhaustion go at Marpha. Overnight at Marpha.

Day 15: Marpha to Ghasa (2010m), 6-7 hrs walk

Today we trek with a slow descent to Tukuche Village. This part of the trail offers a close view of Tukuche peak and Mt.Dhaulagiri. An hour further descent will bring us to Kalopani village. Kalopani is another beautiful village with lovely views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri towering above the beautiful pine forest. The final two hrs of the downhill easy walk for the day will bring us to Ghasa. Overnight at Ghasa.

Day 16: Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m), 4 hrs walk

Today begins with a pleasant walk, descending slowly to the rich Rupse waterfall. We then continue our trek through terraced fields to reach Dana valley. Afterwards, the trail is almost flat and goes along the Kaligandaki River to reach Tatopani Village for the overnight. Enjoy the hot bath in a natural hot spring and Overnight at Tatopani.

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m), 7-8 hrs walk

Today, we cross a suspension bridge over Kaligandaki River and divert to Ghorepani crossing again the suspension bridge over Ghara Khola. The trails go steeply up for about an hour and further up for a couple of hrs, which brings us to Sikha. We continue our walk through the rhododendron forest for 3 hrs until we reach Ghorepani. The rest of the time we explore Ghorepani and Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 18: Poon Hill (3210 m) hike and trek to Tadapani (2630m), 4-5 hrs walk

Early morning hike to Poonhill, which is 45 minute walk with the crowd of trekkers. Poonhill is the place that offers a wide range of Himalayan Panorama of Manaslu, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri. The sunrise over the Himalayas is really great. After having a great time at Poonhill, return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then continue our trek to Tadapani. Overnight at Tadapan.

Day 19: Tadapani to Ghandruk to Nayapul to Pokhara

Today we have short trekking to Ghandruk.  It is easy and pleasant walking through the forested path, almost all the way down.  Three hrs walk with an occasional view of Annapurna brings us to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the biggest & modern Gurung Villages that offers great views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli & Fishtail. We continue our trek by walking down for a couple of hrs to Nayapul. From Nayapul we will have a one-hour scenic drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 20: Return to Kathmandu

Early morning we drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After arriving in Kathmandu, the guide will transfer you to your Hotel. In the evening, you are invited to a cultural restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Day 21: Depart Kathmandu

This is your last day in Nepal. You can do shopping or buy some souvenirs for your family, friends or relatives until your departure at the airport. We will transfer you to the International Airport for your departure to your onward destination. Unless you have more extra days after the trek otherwise we will say goodbye until next time.

That’s the End of your Annapurna Circuit.

Price Includes
  • Arrival airport picks up and drops
  • Welcome dinner with a live Nepali cultural program and Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Thamel.
  • 3 Nights at 3 star standard accommodation at Hotel moonlight Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 Night at 3 stars standard accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Day guided tour of Kathmandu Valley.
  • All transportation
  • Teahouse/Mountain Lodge accommodations during the trek (comfortable and clean)
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking period
  • All Guides & Sherpas – highly skilled & experienced
  • Annapurna Trekking permit/TIMS Card
  • One duffle Bag and Namaste Nomad T-shirt
  • Group medical Kit Box (Diamox & other first Aid Medicine)Oxygen bottles for an emergency.
Price Excludes
  • Nepal Visa
  • International flight ticket
  • Few meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara except welcome & farewell dinners and breakfasts
  • The entire cost of beverages, mineral water while on the trek
  • Travel insurance (must include Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Tips for staff

Testimonials

See what people are saying about us!

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It truly was the greatest experience I've ever had. Going into the Trip I Didn't known anyone, Leaving we were the best of friends. The Shepherds knew exactly what they were doing and Also Great fun. Accommodation was brilliant And the views breath taking. The Main man Mohan, Always with a smile on his face, Made sure that every one of us went up and came down safely. I'll be doing more treks with Namaste Nomad in the future for sure!!

Padraig B

Once in a Life Time Experience

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I recently returned from a thoroughly enjoyable trek to EBC and Kalapathar. The trip was beyond amazing and a life changing experience. This was all made possible, largely due to our highly organised and very knowledgable Leader Mohan (and his team of local Sherpas and Porters) who educated us on all aspects of life in Nepal including environmental issues which he is very passionate about. Mohan’s attention to detail was second to none, ensuring everyone stayed healthy and safe, while also thoroughly enjoying ourselves. This is the trip of a lifetime with breathtaking views and such cheerful and welcoming locals. We had a fantastic group that supported one another throughout and the craic was brilliant. I would highly recommend travelling with this company and I for one, can’t wait here for my next trekking adventure with them. Thank you Mohan.

PaulineK884

Everest Base Camp & Kalapathar

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I have achieved my goals of adventure eye opening experience of pure amazing life's memories that were very special for me personally. Sometimes in life l realise ed to crab life opportunity with both hands life is short . Travelling is my passion and adventure is dream . Married to the mountains lol There is no other feeling to compare the sense of accomplishment where your own feet has taken yourself one step at a time to the summit and importantly back home safe again. Never give up on your dreams . I can't wait to begin my next adventure I have now travelled a few times with this group and will again travel to island peck 6000mtrs to see again some very good friends l have made from previous trips All ways felt very well looked after never had any worries at all . Safe and sound at all times . Food accommodation l never had any issues Enjoying the whole experience Can't wait For this adventure to start. Namaste Josephine

Seoasimhin

Island peck Nepal india

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What can I say about Namaste Nomads, just Excellent. From start to finish, everyone that we dealt with were helpful, professional, caring and accommodating in what we wanted for our adventure. Itinerary changes were no problems. The advice we were given before we flew out to Kathmandu and all through the trek were invaluble in making the trek a success. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel and met by Ashim who checked us in and explained about the rest of the trip. We met our guide Dawa (5 times Everest summitier). So much experience from all the Namaste Nomad staff. The trek was fantastic and Dawa (guide) and Sudip (sherpa) looked after us throughout. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Their advise from what to eat and how to cope with the altitude was invaluble. The porters who carried our bags were efficient and our bags were always at the lodge well before we arrived. When we got to EBC a change to the itinerary was discussed with us. Dawa suggested we climb Kala Patthar that afternoon and see the sunset over Everest rather than seeing the sunrise early in the morning. What a brilliant suggestion as we saw Everest on fire. If you want to do trek in Nepal then check these people out. I would not hesitate to go with them again. Already planning a trip in 2020 with them.

Kaushal

Everest Base Camp Trek

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I have just returned from the most remarkable trip of a lifetime to Everest Basecamp. I don’t usually write reviews however on this occasion I feel the need to share my experiences which I hope will inspire others to travel and to book a trip with Namaste Nomad. I booked this trip in Jan 18 after meeting with Mohan. After my initial meeting I had no doubts in travelling with Mohan and his team. Mohan is an exceptional person who is so passionate about his business and works so hard to ensure everyone meets their goal and has an amazing trip. Everest Basecamp was everything I imagined and much more. The views are breathtaking and the sense of achievement on arriving at Basecamp is so hard to put into words. The trip is a life changing experience as you learn so much about yourself and indeed about others. It really was a journey from the time of booking until we returned home from the Himalayas. I found it very challenging physically, mentally and emotionally but that’s what made it so very special. Throughout the trek Mohan was so attentive to our every need, every decision he made was the right one and his motivation and encouragement ensured we all made it successfully to Basecamp. Mohan’s knowledge of Nepal and the Himalayas is exceptional. Everything from planning the food to gauging the weather to recognising signs when some of us weren’t too well was spot on If you are considering a trek then I can honestly say that you will not get anyone better to travel with than Namaste Nomad. The team of Sherpas and Porters are incredible and the bond made with the Sherpas is one I will never forget, it really was incredible. As for value for money you will not get a more competitive price as I priced several others which were significantly more costly than Namaste Nomad Overall if you want a challenging and life changing experience then I encourage you to make that adventure with Namaste Nomad and I guarantee you will not regret it Thanks to Mohan and his team for everything, I will never forget it. Xx

Nomad92320

Everest Basecamp

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Namaste NOMAD organise the epic trip to Everest Base Camp from Ireland. One of the best service with very experiance guide, sherpa and rest of the team is so friendly. Price is so much reasonable then many company. In service is even better then price. Koi g another tour in 2018 with Namaste Nomad to Island Peak in Nepal.

Trek H

Epic trip to Everest Base Camp.

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I took part in a trek to Annapurna Basecamp with Namaste Nomad in April 2019. I had trekked with Mohan and his team twice before- to Langtang Valley in Nepal in March 2018 and The Picos, in Northern Spain in June 2018. This was my third trip- so I wasn’t as anxious about what awaited me in Nepal! The route to Annapurna is very accessible, the walking was tough enough, I thought- a lot of steps, which are sore on the knees! We were well looked after my our guide, Mohan, and his Sherpa team, Dowa and Mingma, as well as the rest of the team. The food, as on all the trips I’ve been on, was really superb. I loved the rice, lentils, local vegetables and of course the ginger tea! The accommodation was basic but always clean and adequate. Reaching Annapurna Basecamp was the high point of the trip for me- I will never forget it! We were part of a small group, just four hikers. I was traveling with a friend. We had both been part of larger groups on our previous two trips.I think I would prefer to travel in a bigger group if/when I go on a trip like this again. It was a great experience and I recommend Namaste Nomad.

Grace M

Annapurna Basecamp trip

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My serious walking career began at the age of 60, when I trekked with Mohan of Namaste Nomad in Ladakh. Since then I have gone back to the Himalayas with him every year: Everest Base Camp, Langtang, Island Peak... Each year I've thought it was as high as I could go, and each year I've come away wanting more. This time I hoped to attain the summit of my ambitions - to climb a 6500 metre mountain, Mera Peak, at the age of 65. Mera, known as the highest trekking peak in the world, was hard. It was steep. It was exhausting. It was wonderful. With the help of Mohan's right-hand-man, Dawa, and Nerbu, a younger sherpa; in the company of three other incredibly supportive Irish trekkers; with the amazing aid of our porters; and with the help, in my case, of copious amounts of oxygen (!), I made it to the very top. Mohan and Dawa always believed in me and did everything in their power to get me to the top. I am immensely proud to have done this, and immensely grateful to Namaste Nomad for giving me the opportunity. Seize the day, people. You are capable of so much more than you think.

Malachy D

65@65: Mera Peak

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I travelled with a group from Ireland to Nepal where we started our joureny to Everest Basecamp. This trek was very special to me as I was doing it for charity in memory of my late brother who was a keen hillwalker. Our group was made up of 9 people from Ireland, Scotland and USA. Such a fantastic group it turned out to be. We all supported each other and made new friends, having alot of fun along the way. Oh From start to finish Mohan our leader, did everything in his power to ensure that our trek was 100% successful. The trip was very challenging but very rewarding. He supported us all even when we were struggling and was there at our beck and call at all times. I would like to give a special mention to the 3 sherpas who accompanied us during our trek, Tshering, Pimba and Paldene. Such fantastic support to all of us and true gentlemen. I would highly recommend this group for anybody contemplating a similar experience.

Kieran McCli to k

Trek to Everest Basecamp 20th September 2019

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Thank you, Namaste Nomad and Mohan, for an epic trekking experience of a lifetime to the Everest Base Camp (EBC). The planning process was straightforward with timely and accurate communication from Mohan. He was quick to answer our questions which inspired great confidence in the company. We knew that we were in good hands. Mohan and his team made every effort to ensure that we were all safe and that everyone achieved their goals of reaching EBC. He documented the trip along the way and posted photos and stories on social media, which was comforting, enjoyable, and informative for family and friends at home. The food is clean, healthy and delicious, and was carefully prepared to provide perfect fuel for our bodies throughout the trek. The company is also very eco-friendly as they bring all plastics and rubbish down the mountain for recycling. While we were enjoying the amazing Himalayas of Nepal, Mohan and his team expertly handled the daily logistics of travel and lodging. Mohan’s familiarity with the region and its ever-changing weather patterns paid off as he was able to adjust our daily treks to maximize the experience and breath-taking views of the Himalayas. He always had a Plan B! And, a big shout-out to the Sherpas who are all skillful climbers and very friendly. The company provides duffle bags for the trekkers which helps ensure that the Sherpas only carry up to 48.5 lbs. each! Namaste Nomad truly cares about their clients and ensures that they get the most out of world-class trek. Highly recommended!

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