- Complete one of the world's classic treks
- Cross the formidable Thorong La
- Spend time in Kathmandu
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.
For those who are more limited for time we have the Mini- Annapurna Circuit. The 2 week itinerary follows the same spectacular route as the standard circuit, however we save time by taking a short flight to Pokhara and then on to Kathmandu the following morning. It is a still a challenging/level 5 trek but with 11 days point-to-point walking.
What makes this trip responsible?
Please note that for environmental reasons the sale of plastic mineral water bottles is now banned in the lodges approaching Annapurna Base Camp. Boiled drinking water is provided throughout the trek and it is advisable to bring water purification tablets (such as Biox Aqua) to treat any non-boiled water. Please bring bio degradable soaps and shampoos and do not pollute the rivers. We recommend bringing a spare plastic bag for rubbish that cannot be burnt. Burnable rubbish can be left in the lodges and non-burnable rubbish should be taken back to Kathmandu. Please take used batteries back to your own country.
Please note that many Nepalis are still traditional in the way they dress. Out of respect for the country we ask you to dress conservatively - no sleeveless tops. Although shorts are acceptable on trek only they should be very modest and reach the knees and for women a skirt or trousers are preferable. Temples and monasteries are places of worship so please be respectful when visiting them and whilst taking photographs.
Click on the title below for more information about our projects in Nepal.
Himalayan Community Support project
Exodus has supported various projects over the years in the Himalaya and all the details can be found on the project page. Your leader will also provide up to date information in Kathmandu.
Esther Benjamin’s Trust helps to improve the lives of Nepal’s most vulnerable children and young people. The Trust provides full time care for 140 children who are at risk of being trafficked or of domestic or sexual abuse - an indispensable safety net.
We are also very proud of our environmental project, where we have installed over 50 solar cookers into the Everest region. In most of the lodges we use, these solar cookers help to continually boil and sterilise the water meaning there is no need to buy plastic water bottles that cannot be easily recycled in Nepal. We also donated 89 smokeless stoves to Thulopatel Village to provide a safer and healthier alternative to cooking, which helps prevent eye and lung problems women used to experience because of the smoky fire.
For full details please visit the Project page.
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On the Annapurna Circuit