Trek the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary

The Annapurna mountain range is the adventure traveller’s dream – winding trekking trails pierce through the natural sub-tropical landscape to reveal some of the most thrilling and beautiful places in the world.

North of the laid-back, lakeside city of Pokhara, the Annapurnas are considered to be one of the finest trekking spots in the world. The Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary treks were amongst the first of the great Nepalese treks to come to the attention of adventure travellers, and KE first ran versions of these classics in the late 1980s. Since that time, a steady increase in the number of trekkers has led to the setting up of lodges on these and other popular Annapurna trails. Teeming with wildlife and pretty villages with neatly terraced rice fields, these trails take trekkers to awe-inspiring corners of the Earth with stunning views across the world-famous, snow-capped mountain range.

Why Trek in Annapurna with KE?

KE Adventure has 40 years trekking experience in the Himalayas. Over that time we have built strong bonds with local agencies and guides while finding, not only the best routes but also the best places to stay and experience this incredible region.

Our itineraries are crafted and regularly updated and checked, to offer you the best trekking experience in the Himalayas. An example of this is the fact we are the only operators offering a combination of the Annapurna Circuit AND Sanctuary treks. On top of that, we don't believe in hidden costs, which is why we include all meals, both on the trek and when in hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as offering free sleeping bags and down jacket hire for those that need them.

Family Adventure in the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna region offers the opportunity for trekking adventures at all levels of challenge and is the perfect place for adventure travel fanatics to bring their family and provide memories that they will cherish forever. People of all ages will be stunned by the glorious sunrises reflecting off the Annapurnas’s snow-covered peaks. The slower pace of the family trails allows travellers to take in their surroundings and spot endemic wildlife.

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Advanced Trekking in the Annapurna Circuit

For the more adventurous and experienced traveller looking to push their boundaries, look no further than the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary. Take on the challenging crossing of Thorung La (5416m) or cross glaciers as you conquer the colossal Chulu Far East Peak (6059) at the Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu. Accompanied by an array of highly skilled mountain guides and sherpas, the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary is the perfect thrill-seeking holiday destination.

Annapurna Circuit vs Sanctuary

Although the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary treks are focused on the same mighty range of peaks, the routes are very different. And, here is a little bit of information that will hopefully help you tell them apart.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

One of the original "Great Walks of the World," the Annapurna Circuit is an undoubted classic and remains a popular choice for both experienced and novice trekkers. Starting in Jagat the route traces the course of the Marsyangdi River into a Buddhist world on the north side of the mountains. You’ll pass impressive monasteries such as the one at Braga and enjoy inspiring views of the Annapurnas from the north. Crossing the Thorung La (5416m) is the spectacular highpoint of the route and by electing to end the trekking at Jomsom in the valley of the Kali Gandaki we are able to offer this trip as a 2-week holiday.


Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Small but perfectly formed, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek offers a taste of everything that makes trekking in Nepal special. Starting out from lakeside Pokhara, our inspired itinerary heads up to Ghorepani and the iconic Poon Hill before cutting across to the valley of the Modi Khola and trekking north into the Sanctuary. Along the way, you’ll see Gurung villages, terraced farmland, banana trees, bamboo, rhododendrons and grey langur monkeys. Higher up in the world of ice and snow, there are fabulous views of famous mountains such as Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) and Annapurna I.

Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary treks

Stunning Scenery

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary offers stunning scenery. You'll see towering Himalayan peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, lush forests, terraced fields, glacial lakes, and serene valleys. The sunrise over the mountains and the rugged terrain create a memorable visual experience.

Cultural Encounters


If you trek the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary you'll have the incredible opportunity for meaningful cultural encounters. Along the trail, you'll meet friendly villagers from diverse ethnic backgrounds, such as Gurung, Manangi, and Thakali communities. These encounters allow you to immerse yourself in their unique traditions, witness daily life in remote Himalayan settlements, and gain insight into their customs and spirituality. You'll have the chance to visit ancient monasteries, observe traditional ceremonies, and share conversations with locals,

Challenging passes

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary presents the exhilarating challenge of crossing high mountain passes. The most formidable of these is the Thorong La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5416 metres (17,769 feet) above sea level. This challenging ascent requires physical stamina and mental fortitude as you navigate steep, icy terrain and thin air. However, the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the pass and gazing at the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan peaks is a reward like no other.

Spending a night in the Annapurna sanctuary

Spending a night in the Annapurna Sanctuary during the trek is a surreal experience. Nestled within a glacial basin surrounded by towering peaks, the sanctuary offers an otherworldly ambiance. As darkness falls, the clear, star-studded sky above the towering mountains creates an awe-inspiring display. The stillness of the night is broken only by the distant sounds of nature. It's a moment of tranquility and a chance to connect with the raw beauty of the Himalayas, making it one of the most memorable nights of the entire trek.

Diverse Flora and Fauna

As you ascend through various climatic zones, you'll encounter lush rhododendron forests in lower altitudes, giving way to alpine meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers. In these pristine Himalayan landscapes, you may spot elusive wildlife, including langur monkeys, Himalayan tahr, and a variety of bird species.

Local cuisine

When trekking the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary in Nepal, you'll have the opportunity to savour the rich and diverse local cuisine. Guesthouses and teahouses along the trail offer hearty and flavourful meals that provide much-needed energy for your trek. Don't miss trying classic Nepalese dishes like dal bhat (lentil curry with rice), momos (dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup).

Interacting with Yaks

While trekking the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary, you'll likely have the delightful opportunity to interact with yaks. These sturdy and iconic Himalayan creatures play a vital role in the local economy, assisting with transportation and carrying supplies through the rugged terrain.










More Information About Annapurna

The best times to hike the Annapurna Circuit are October-November or April-May. During these intervals, you can expect relatively dry conditions, clear skies, and a more manageable temperature at higher elevations.

A winter trek of the Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary will be a colder and harder experience due to heavy snowfall. However embarking on a trek over the Christmas period is an exciting prospect and allows you to avoid heavy crowds.

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