- 18 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
- Snow and ice may be encountered
- Altitude maximum 5416m, average 2800m.
3 nights hotels, 18 nights teahouses
All breakfasts included.
This is a C grade trek with 18 days walking. The maximum altitude is 5,416m, and the average altitude is 2,800m. Apart from the Thorong La, a high pass with a steep approach, the walking on this trek is generally quite moderate.
We organise this trek at the best times of year for crossing the Thorong La. However, it may very occasionally be impossible to cross the pass if there is an unseasonable snowfall, and in this event, we would have to retrace our route back down the Marsyangdi River. The Annapurna Circuit trek involves walking under quite a variety of conditions, but almost entirely on well-established trails. Except for the crossing of the Thorong La the walking is at intermediate altitude, but it is likely to be below freezing on several nights. During the crossing of the Thorong La it will be extremely cold so be prepared! Some snow or ice may be encountered on the pass.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
For those short on time, we offer on some dates a 16 day version of the Annapurna circuit. The perfect trek for those who would like to experience Nepal's classic Annapurna Circuit trek in just two weeks. We follow the same route as the standard Annapurna Circuit, crossing the Thorong La, after which we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and on to Kathmandu.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
Fitness is important and you may have to improve yours before departure. Most treks at this grade compare to extended walking in mountainous terrain such as the Lakes of Snowdonia, but usually at significantly higher altitudes; climate and remoteness can also play a part. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition.
Walking & Trekking: Trips are wholly trekking-focused or simply include a significant number of walking days during the itinerary.