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What’s included

  • A Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket
  • A bedding pack containing a sheet, pillow slip, four season sleeping bag, fleece liner and a hot water bottle (on winter treks).
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Best quality tea houses booked in advance
  • Sherpa sirdar, staff and full porterage
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Morning ‘bed’ tea on trek
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Showers while on trek
  • Park fees
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

Annapurna Circuit Great Treks of the world

Walking & Trekking

Nepal, Annapurnas | Walking & Trekking

Annapurna Circuit
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  22 days from the UK  
On trek: 16 days

Flight inclusive from £2,895,
Land only from £2,145

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A truly classic trek circumnavigating the Annapurna Massif on an unforgettable journey

Highlights

  • A classic trek with stunning varied scenery and cultural interest at every step
  • An improved route that avoids roads and gives the best trekking experience
  • Crossing the Thorong La - a true high point at 5,416m/17,769ft
  • Four-star hotel, time to relax and a walking tour in Kathmandu

Reviews          

Everything was very well organised - all the pre-trip details; all transfers and briefings; the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and the whole trekking trip. The guide, Dawa, was good fun and enthusiastic and together with the superb tireless porters made for a wonderful holiday. All the 'extras' - morning tea, washing water, mid-morning tea, snacks, 4pm tea, biscuits, etc. - were things no...
Mr S, Hereford

What we have done is just beginning to sink in. It was a memorable experience - and a really good holiday and also quite an achievement for us. Our extension days in Pokhara and Kathmandu were really enjoyable and we were greatly assisted in Kathmandu by your local agents in Kathmandu who helped us with extra day trips which were greatly enhanced by perfect weather.
Mrs P, London

Inclusive nature of holiday on trek with no need to worry about paying bills or having change. Attention to detail (bucket of water, towel and soap for handwashing which I've only seen on camping treks before). Supplementary fresh foods and map also included. Not having to fit sleeping bag into kitbag. Good interesting choice of route.
Ms C, Shropshire

I enjoyed everything about travelling with MK. A group of 12 people, diverse in age and background with a common purpose. A trek leader with attention to detail, encyclopaedic local knowledge and experience and a sense of humour. A well planned and well-paced route.
Mr P, Cleveland

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Taking trekkers further, higher and deeper into the Annapurna massif, the Annapurna Circuit is one of the world’s great treks. Our magnificent Annapurna trekking holidays start in Pokhara. From Chamje, our first five days leads through the terraced foothills of the Marshyangdi valley, to reach the village of Manang. A great feature of all our trekking holidays, and this is no exception, is the variety of landscapes they encompass and our days crossing the high point of our trek, the Thorong La, 5,416m/17,765ft, are spent in stark, but dramatically beautiful high altitude terrain.

Trekking via Muktinath, Jomson and the apple orchards of Marpha, we now enter the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, before ending our trek in the foothills once more, with a stop en route to watch sunrise over the mountains from Poon Hill.

In recent years the development of a dirt road along the Kali Gandaki has garnered Annapurna hiking much negative press. We have therefore pioneered this route to avoid walking on the road, thereby retaining the allure and experience of trekking the classic Annapurna Circuit.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  22 days from the UK  
On trek: 16 days

Max. Altitude: 5,414m/17,764ft (crossing the Thorong La)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Teahouses

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals are provided elsewhere.

Leader: Local Leader, Nepal
Local Leader, Nepal

Whether it's a cultural tour, gentle walking holiday or strenuous trek, our holidays in Nepal are led by professionally-trained English speaking leaders. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Nepal.

They will be sure to provide you an unforgettable experience in their wonderful country of Nepal. 


DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Kathmandu. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
3
Drive to Syange; begin trek to Chamje.
4-5
Trek via Bagachhap to Chame where it is possible to visit hot springs.
6-7
Continue the trek passing through villages, enjoy panoramic mountain views.
8
A rest day at Manang to aid acclimatisation with the option of short walks to take in the surrounding area.
9-10
Trek to Thorong Phedi via Yak Kharka.
11-12
Cross the Thorong La (5,414m /17,764ft) – the highest point on the trek. Trek on to the pilgrimage town of Muktinath and visit the temple.
13-16
Trek through villages famous for their apple brandy and relax in the hot springs at Tatopani.
17-19
Continue with the trek. Ascend Poon Hill at sunrise. The trek ends. Transfer to Pokhara.
20-21
Fly to Kathmandu. Tour of Kathmandu, afternoon free for sightseeing and shopping.
22
Fly to London.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Sat 14 Oct - Sat 4 Nov 2017Available£2145 Book£3005 Book
Sat 28 Oct - Sat 18 Nov 2017Available£2145 Book£2895 Book

2018

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Sat 24 Mar - Sat 14 Apr 2018AvailableContact usContact us

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Optional supplements
  • Single room Kathmandu & Pokhara
    From £210
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £119
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Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • A Sherpa leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Free use of a good quality down jacket
  • A bedding pack containing a sheet, pillow slip, four season sleeping bag, fleece liner and a hot water bottle (on winter treks).
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals on trek including tea and coffee
  • An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Best quality tea houses booked in advance
  • Sherpa sirdar, staff and full porterage
  • Some supplementary snacks on trek
  • Morning ‘bed’ tea on trek
  • Sherpa/porters properly insured and equipped
  • Showers while on trek
  • Park fees
  • The opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

An amazing experience trekking around the Annapurna Circuit          

After one night in Katmandu, we drove over to start our 17 day trek around the beautiful Annapurnas. Every day brings fresh challenges and different views of the snow-capped peaks as we ascend to the Thorong-La at over 17,000ft. The return journey was equally fascinating as we trekked through a variety of terrains from bleak rocky uplands, alongside a wide expanse of river-bed, through lush forests and cultivated hill farms. We met many friendly Nepalese villagers and felt humbled by their lifestyle making the most of little resources. Back in the bustling city of Katmandu, we relaxed in the aptly named Shangri-La Hotel.

Fantastic support from the Nepalese          

I wanted to return to Nepal with Mountain Kingdoms because of the level of care & organisation both in the UK & Nepal. Again we were entrusted to a team who had expertise, organisation and shower sheer hard work and persistence. I knew this trek was going to be very challenging - altitude, distance etc. but we had a lot of great Nepali support staff from beginning to end. We could not have succeeded without them! I am very grateful to all of them for helping us to succeed - it enabled us to see Nepal life and surroundings in an amazing way. I will never forget the breathtaking scenery, the culture and the way of life for many Nepalese.

Very well organised          

Everything was very well organised - all the pre-trip details; all transfers and briefings; the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and the whole trekking trip. The guide, Dawa, was good fun and enthusiastic and together with the superb tireless porters made for a wonderful holiday. All the 'extras' - morning tea, washing water, mid-morning tea, snacks, 4pm tea, biscuits, etc. - were things no other groups we met experienced. A huge 'thank you' to you all.

Great value for money          

Inclusive nature of holiday on trek with no need to worry about paying bills or having change. Attention to detail (bucket of water, towel and soap for handwashing which I've only seen on camping treks before). Supplementary fresh foods and map also included. Not having to fit sleeping bag into kitbag. Good interesting choice of route.

Memorable experience          

What we have done is just beginning to sink in. It was a memorable experience - and a really good holiday and also quite an achievement for us. Our extension days in Pokhara and Kathmandu were really enjoyable and we were greatly assisted in Kathmandu by your local agents in Kathmandu who helped us with extra day trips which were greatly enhanced by perfect weather.


Extend your holiday

The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal
  • Spend two or more tranquil nights in rural Pokhara
  • Sample the organic and locally sourced Nepali cuisine
  • Idyllic setting with mountain views
  • The resorts offers a swimming pool, spa and gym
  • Eco-friendly

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We are delighted to offer this new luxury stay in a rural location just outside Pokhara.  We are sure this is set to become a favourite with our clients.

The Pavilions Himalayas is a luxury resort set in beautiful farmland amid paddy fields in a tranquil rural location approximately 5km outside Pokhara. There are dramatic mountain views from the resort as well as Pokhara’s famous Peace Pagoda seen on top of a nearby ridge.

The beautiful rooms are set in individual villas and are large and comfortable, all having whirlpool baths, separate rain shower cubicles, enormous beds and offering wonderful hand made soaps and shampoos made with herbs from their garden.

All facilities at the resort are top of the range and include a lovely swimming pool and spa.  From the resort it is just a short drive to explore Pokhara or there are pleasant walks from the hotel or you can just chill at the resort, have a massage and enjoy the facilities.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp

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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles.  In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.


Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.


Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


Bhutan extension from Nepal
  • 5-day cultural tour or 8-day gentle walking options available
  • See the main sights in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha
  • Bhutan is just a short flight from Kathmandu

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Though only a short flight from Kathmandu, Bhutan offers a very different Himalayan experience to Nepal. Characterised by lush valleys, terraced hillsides and soaring peaks the landscape is endlessly picturesque, whilst the imposing dzongs (monastery/fortresses) and Swiss chalet style houses give each town or village a look that is distinctly Bhutanese.
Here are just two options – if you would prefer something different please discuss with this office.

A taste of Bhutan - five-day cultural tour
This five-day tour visits Bhutan’s key sights and cultural centres including magnificent Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the beautiful riverside dzong at Punakha and the fascinating treasures housed in the National Museum at Paro. The tour will be led by a knowledgeable Bhutanese guide and accommodation is in comfortable hotels with all meals included.

A short walk in Bhutan - eight-day gentle walking and cultural tour
This eight-day gentle walking trip offers the perfect introduction to some of the cultural highlights and scenic delights of Bhutan. You begin with sightseeing om Thimphu and a walk to Cheri Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most historic temples before travelling over the Dochu La Pass to Punakha, the former winter capital. In Punakha you take a lovely valley walk and visit the beautiful riverside dzong. Driving back to Paro you take a pretty walk from the Dochu La through beautiful forest. You then drive up to the Chele La Pass and take the lovely walk to Kila Nunnery, before ending your trip with the walk up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s greatest cultural treasure and a fitting conclusion to a superb extension. You will stay in good quality, comfortable hotels throughout and all meals are included.


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