Annapurna Circuit trek, Nepal

Departure information

Tailormade departures available from September to May
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Vacation type

Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Annapurna Circuit trek, Nepal

Environment

We are a Nepali company and travel through this company makes a direct impact in the economy of Nepal. We also try to maximise our contribution to the local economy by hiring local guides and porters for these trips and staying in smaller lodges to spread the income.

The company does not vertically integrate and sub-contracts all support activities like transportation, lodging etc. so that the money gets spread in the economy. It conserves on paper minimising paperwork in the office and by giving out electronic brochures. When required, brochures are printed on both sides of the paper and are in a folder format so that only relevant inserts need be given.

We have also put in place a development support system whereby 10% of its profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits.

In the field, guides, porters and clients are all oriented in responsible travel. A zero litter policy is in place so that it minimises wastage in the region. We also only take out very small groups with a maximum of twelve participants per group. All trips also focus on culture.

Community

We have put in place a development support system whereby 10% of its profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits.

Reviews of Annapurna Circuit trek, Nepal

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 08 May 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We loved all of our vacation - the tour of Kathmandu, chilling by the lake in Pokhara and of course trekking up to the Annapurna Sanctuary for the early morning view of all the mountains.

We'll also never forget playing snooker on a full sized snooker table in a coffee shop basement in Chomrong (how they got it up there we still have no idea)

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We didn't take enough money on the actual trek (thinking there would be limited things to spend money on). Its actually very surprising how many opportunities there are to buy local handicrafts etc in the middle of nowhere

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes – the tour operator of this vacation do everything to ensure that the tourist dollar is spread around, they use green/organic businesses/services and made sure that we were well informed on ways that we could reduce the impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant!!

Our full review:

We are so glad we booked out trek with this operator; from the minute we left the airport to the minute we were dropped back there, we always felt looked after.

The personal level of service was second to none, both from the team in Kathmandu and our guide and porter in the mountains. Pemba and Dugee were a hilarious pair who kept sprits high as we trekked and we very attentive in the lodges each evening, taking food orders and bringing us tea each morning – not what we were expecting at all.

Both hotels (Samsara & Barahi) were great although for different reasons; Samsara was clean and tidy and wonderfully central for all the facilities in Kathmandu and Barahi was a little bit of luxury before and after the trek – returning to a large, clean, tidy room and spa facilities was wonderful.

The transfers to and from the airport were a nice touch and helped link all parts of the trip together – the only issue here was that both transfers to and from Pokhara departed early leaving us waiting at the airport for the driver at the other end – but we can’t really complain about being early so it really is a minor issue. Perhaps giving out the drivers phone number might be an option here?

The biggest surprise was probably the level of hospitality of the welcome and farewell dinners. It was a brilliant start to the trip having dinner with a group of other new arrivals who we subsequently bumped into in the mountains. The farewell meal at Delice de France was excellent – wonderful food, buzzing atmosphere and great live music.

Overall we had an amazing vacation. This was partly down to the breathtaking scenery of the mountains, the beauty of lakeside Pokhara and the bustling excitement of Kathmandu, but mostly down to the quality of service provided by the operator who made the task of trekking for 11 days a really comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Thank you very much!

Reviewed on 07 Jun 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Passing the thorung la pass.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go through this operator. They are brilliant. And ask for Nema as a tour guide.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic. We had a great time and this is mainly due to our travel agent who did an amazing job. I would definitely recommend this operator and I am happy to provide further feedback as necessary.

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole trip was AMAZING, but being in the mountains was my favourite part - especially since my guide and porter were so great.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you plan to trek in Nepal use this operator because every aspect of the service they provided was excellent. From the speedy response to my first (and all subsequent) e-mails to being met at the airport and then taken into the Annapurnas and adding on more days to my trekking itinerary while in the mountains, my trip was enhanced by the excellence of all at the tour company.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. The one thing that could be emphasised to travelers more is not to put toilet paper down the toilets.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Trekking the last stretch up to Annapurna base camp in the sun-set. Warming up with Masala tea on numerous occasions while surrounded by mountains in the early morning / late evening light. Our brilliant guide and porter looked after us and kept us informed and entertained very well!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If possible have the guide involved in planning the itinerary with the tour operator, as they are likely to have extra local knowledge (e.g. knowing certain lodges likely to be booked up, which affects how far can be ascended in one day). Bring (or hire in Nepal) a very warm sleeping bag.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Staying in tea houses rather than camping allowed a bit more interaction (social and economic) with local people. The difference in prosperity of villages on the more popular trekking routes compared to those which had fallen out of favour was marked - it really demonstrated how dependent on tourism many people seem to be.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant - well organised while being flexible enough to include just what we wanted; an amazing place and lovely people which made we want to return to Nepal and trek some more!

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