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The Annapurna Circuit is one of the world's classic trekking itineries, offering a full circumnavigation of the Annapurna Range. As well as offering spectacular views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, the route offers a huge diversity of landscapes and scenery - ranging from alpine to sub-tropical to semi-desert, and the chance to meet many of Nepal's different peoples at the villages along the circuit. The route reaches its highest point at Thorong La Pass (5416m), offering great views of the peaks towards the Tibetan border to the north-east, the Annapurnas to the south and Dhaulagiri to the west. Heading south-west you pass through the Kali Gandaki Valley - the deepest gorge on earth between the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. On the way back towards Pokhara, you pass the village of Ghorepani where you can climb Poon Hill (3193m) for spectacular views of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare.


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Annapurna and the Thorung La

£1495

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15 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

Annapurna and the Thorung La

The Annapurna circuit trek includes the chance to experience the best of Nepal's landscapes, from the hot and humid farmland around Pokhara, to the high alpine environment and spectacular mountain scenery of the valley above Manang. Access to each of the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif improves each year, as successive sections of jeep road are completed. Making every effort to take account of this (and to avoid hiking on the road as much as we can) we adjust our itineraries on a regular basis. From the effective roadhead beside the Marsyangdi River at Dharapani, we trek easily into the impressive valley on the north side of the Annapurnas. Here, we can marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery as we hike up to the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal on the northern slopes of the valley. We are also able to savour the special appeal of this remote Buddhist enclave, with its perched villages and striking monasteries, such as the one at Braga. The culmination of the trek is the tough ascent to the Thorung La (5416m), where the views extend to Dhaulagiri and the red ridges of Mustang. Descending into the Kali Gandaki via the amazing Hindu temples at Muktinath, we have a day to enjoy the pretty 'Tibetan' village of Marpha, before flying back to Kathmandu from Jomsom.


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Annapurna Circuit

£1375

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21 days

Over more than 30 years Explore has developed a diverse and exciting range of more than 100 walking and trekking holidays. Whether you’re new to walking holidays, a casual hiker or a seasoned trekker you will find plenty of expertly planned walks and treks to choose from. We specialise in small group walking and trekking holidays. On these you will be in a group of up to 16 along with an experienced tour leader. Depending on the trek you may also have guides, porters, muleteers, cooks and camping crew with you too. For many trekkers the camaraderie with the crew is one of the highlights of the holiday.

Annapurna Circuit

One of Nepal's classic treks, this route takes us on a full circuit of the Annapurna range. We trek through rhododendron forests, mountain foothills, barren rocky landscapes and across snow covered passes. After the challenging ascent of the Thorong La Pass (5416m) we are rewarded with dramatic views of the Annapurna range and northwards into Tibet.


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Annapurna Circuit

£1590

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24 days

Since the early days we have maintained that trekking is ideally suited to exploring villages and monasteries in remote regions and getting close up to inspiring mountain scenery. We design trekking holidays to perfection as so many of our past trekkers will testify. Our treks help you discover the remote trails of the Himalaya in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sikkim and Bhutan; the dramatic Karakoram in Pakistan; the Andes from Patagonia to Peru; the Table Mountains of Venezuela; the Rockies and National Parks of North America; the High Atlas of Morocco; the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru in East Africa; along the Great Wall of China and ancient pilgrim trails in Japan; hill tribe country in Vietnam and Thailand; Turgen Mountain in Mongolia; the; the European Alps and Dolomites; Iceland’s rugged wilderness; the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Australia’s remote outback and Tasmanian trails.

Annapurna Circuit

This trail was first opened in 1977 and is a classic Himalayan trek. Our itinerary completes the Circuit with a few new variations that will enhance this magnificent trek. We ascend the Marsyandi Valley before heading to the wild, windswept 5416m Thorong La (pass) and around the Annapurna massif. This trek offers startling contrasts throughout. The trails start and end in the lush green foothills of the Annapurna range that are dotted with Hindu villages. As we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide there is a dramatic change as we enter the stark landscape of the Tibetan Plateau where the culture becomes predominantly Buddhist. We then head back down the great Kali Gandhaki Valley, said to be one of the deepest gorges on earth with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering some 7,000 metres above before returning to Pokhara where we complete our exhilarating trek.


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The Ultimate Annapurna Trek

£1695

excl. flights

22 days

With over 200 holidays to choose from, KE Adventure Travel has one of the very best collections of trekking and walking holidays worldwide. Graded on a scale from 1 to 12, we have holidays to suit everyone. Our tougher treks are likely to involve multi-day hikes through wilderness regions, with porter support and tented accommodation. Whilst at the other end of the scale, our softer walking holidays are more likely to be hotel or lodge-based with a day-walk format and an emphasis on uncovering the area's history, culture and cuisine. From our earliest days we've developed a range of treks that include celebrated classics such as Peru's Inca Trail trek, the ascent of Tanzania's Kilimanjaro and the ever popular Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal. Alongside these, we have always made it a priority to seek out distinctive and unique itineraries in less familiar areas such as Armenia, Cameroon, Madagascar and Burma. Whichever of our trekking or walking holidays you choose to undertake, you can be sure you'll enjoy breaking out of your day-to-day routine and exploring exotic landscapes on foot, with the chance to experience different cultures.

The Ultimate Annapurna Trek

After Everest, the Annapurna range of mountains north of Pokhara are the most well known in Nepal and the highest peak, Annapurna I, has the distinction of being the first 8000-metre peak ever to be climbed. Four Annapurna peaks over 7500 metres together with Gangapurna form the main range, considered to be the most beautiful in the Himalaya and extending southwards, two encircling arms ending in Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (the ‘Fishtail' peak), enclose a high cirque only penetrated by outsiders as recently as 1956. These are the locations for two of the Himalaya's classic treks, namely the Annapurna Circuit which circumnavigates the range and the Annapurna Sanctuary which visits the hidden cirque to view the incredible South Face of Annapurna. Previously these two treks were quite separate but taking advantage of new jeep roads which allow high access to the valleys of the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki we can combine the two most famous trails of the region into one classic 3-week trek. This Ultimate Annapurna trek combines spectacular mountain scenery with a wide diversity of ethnic and cultural experiences as we travel through very different ecological life zones. This is without doubt, the ultimate Annapurna experience and is justifiably placed among the world's top treks.


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Trekking Annapurna

£719

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18 days

Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences. Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character. Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction. Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget.

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Trekking Annapurna

On this incredible trekking adventure, spend 13 challenging days traversing rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and majestic views few ever experience.

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