Annapurna Circuit

21 nights from £2039

21 nights

Annapurna Circuit

This route is said to offer the most varied scenery of any classic Nepal trek

£2399 pp
£2039 pp excluding flights £97 per night
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The Annapurna Circuit - rightly known as Nepal's classic trek - offers more variety than any other equivalent length trek, taking us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. There are superb views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi-desert akin to Tibet. The climax of the trek is crossing the iconic Thorong La Pass (5416m). Based in teahouses throughout, we also get to spend time in villages inhabited by many of Nepal's different peoples, both Buddhist and Hindu.
  • Cross the formidable Thorong La pass
  • New improved route for 2020 using New Annapurna Trekking Trails (NATT)
  • Chance to see the sunrise from Poon Hill
  • Dramatically changing scenery 
  • One of the world's classic treks
  • Time in Kathmandu and Pokhara

This tour spends four nights in standard hotels and 17 nights on trek in lodges (teahouses). In Kathmandu, we usually stay at the Hotel Royal Singi, located within walking distance of the buzzy Thamel district. There is a restaurant, bar and outdoor courtyard. There is complimentary wifi in the hotel lobby and wifi codes are available from reception for the rooms. There is an Exodus desk in the hotel reception area and an Exodus representative is usually available daily in the mornings and evenings. In Pokhara, we usually stay at Hotel Lakefront or Hotel Dahlia. The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains. The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). Some teahouses above 9,845ft (3,000m) may not be heated due to local environmental restrictions. Occasionally, kerosene burners can be used to heat common areas if requested. We recommend against using these due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, and your leader will not offer this to you. Most teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. Almost all lodges have electricity, but it is not wholly reliable, and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch (flashlight) is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room, charged at approximately 150-350 Nepalese rupees (US$1.15/US$2.65) per hour per device. Most of the lodges on this route have wifi for around 100-200 rupees (US$0.75/1.50) per day. Sometimes the wifi may not work because of the poor network coverage or power cuts. The bedrooms are now almost all twin share (although very occasionally during peak seasons you may be asked to share with three to five people to a room for the odd night). Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are unheated and can get cold at night, so you need to bring or hire a sleeping bag. Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian squat style; although some lodges have now installed seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided, so bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it in the waste can provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to. Most lodges now have hot gas or solar showers (charged at approximately 100-200 rupees per shower) but don’t expect them every night. Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a showerhead. Standards of cleanliness vary, especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand-sanitiser gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks, mealtimes and after handling money. On this particular trek, the standard of lodges varies quite a bit from one night to the next – with some of the most basic accommodation being in Larjung, Birethanti and Thorong Phedi. Extra accommodation If you would like to extend your stay, speak to your sales representative about booking extra nights before or after the tour in Kathmandu – please enquire at the time of booking. Single accommodation If you prefer your own room, we offer a single supplement for the hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara only (subject to availability). While in the teahouses, single rooms cannot be guaranteed so these have not been included in the single supplement price paid in advance. However, if a single room is available on arrival to a teahouse, you can pay locally on a day-by-day basis.

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