5416m Peak

Annapurna Circuit

An unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas

Unforgettable Sceneries

Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Annapurna massif as you traverse through diverse landscapes.

Cultural Immersion

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Nepalese culture as you encounter traditional villages and ancient monasteries.

Expert Leadership

Join the expedition and benefit from Jason Black's expertise, one of Ireland's most renowned mountaineers.

DESTINATION

Nepal

Wonderful Annapurna Circuit Trek embarks with stunning views of the entire Annapurna massif reaching the horizon of Thorong La Pass (5416 m/17,769 ft).

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The track goes through the world’s deepest gorge the Kaligandaki River with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m in the east and Dhaulagiri standing at 8167 m to the western part, as we also savor the astounding views of mountain series from Poon Hill and explore the diverse Annapurna province.

Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna

Price

€1,100

Country

Nepal

DURATION

14 days

Grade

Hard
Difficult

MAX ALTITUDE

5416 m
17769 ft

Daily Activity

Approx
4-7 hrs

Season

All Seasons

About The Climb

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is an iconic expedition that takes adventurers on a 14-day journey through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal.

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Starting from Besishahar, trekkers gradually ascend through diverse terrain, including lush forests, picturesque villages, and alpine meadows, before facing the challenge of crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). This exhilarating ascent offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks and is followed by a descent into the arid landscape of Mustang, where trekkers visit the sacred site of Muktinath. Throughout the trek, trekkers immerse themselves in the rich culture of the region, interacting with locals, visiting ancient monasteries, and experiencing the warmth of Nepalese hospitality. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is not only a physical adventure but also a cultural journey, offering a truly unforgettable experience amidst the world's highest mountains.

Climb Route

Details

Day 1
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and Transfer to Hotel (1400m)

Day 2
Drive to Dharapani (1860m), 8 hours, 234 km

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Day 3
Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2610m) – 6 hours, 16km

Day 4
Trek to Upper Pisang (3300m), 5/6 hours, and 14km

Day 5
Trek to Manang – (3540m), 7/8 hours – 17 km

Day 6
Acclimatization at Manang (3540m)

Day 7
Trek to Ledar (4200m), 4 hours – 9 km 

Day 8
Trek to Thorong Phedi (4525m) or High Camp (4925m), 5 hours – 7.2 km

Day 9 
Trek to Muktinath (3760m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m), 9 hours – 16 km

Day 10
Trek to Jomsom (2720m), 5/6 hours 20 km

Day 11
Drive to Pokhara (800m). 7 hours – 146.1 km

Day 12
Sightseeing around Pokhara Valley

Day 13
Fly to Kathmandu

Day 14
Departure Day

Tourist Visa

Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing visas on Arrival.

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To obtain a visa upon arrival by air in Nepal you must fill in an application form and provide a passport copy. Visa application forms are available at the arrival hall, though some airlines provide this form on the flight. There are now visa registration machines in the immigration hall for people with electronic passports, which will automatically fill out the visa form for you after inserting your passport. Or, you can get a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed in your own country before your arrival.

Getting in Nepal

There are many entry points in Nepal but most of you will take a flight to Kathmandu which is the only entry point for travelers who are entering by air. Your expedition will officially begin after flying to Kathmandu where you will be picked up by Jason Black Mountaineering at the airport, so you need to provide your arrival details in advance. And also lets us know if your flight gets delayed right away so we can manage everything accordingly.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights in Nepal are the main intercommunication to reach the region where you are going for your expedition as most of these regions are disconnected by road transport. Your flights into the Khumbu and any other region that are mentioned in your trip program will be reserved by us on your behalf. Due to the terrain and landscapes of Nepal domestic flights might get caught in weather delays which is why we recommend your return flight back to home be changeable at any time.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is an effect of high-altitude atmospheric pressure that results in a quick change in oxygen level and air pressure of a human body. The symptoms will arise while walking at a high altitude without properly acclimatising the body. It can happen to anyone even if they have great physical fitness if you climb faster at a higher altitude. It is better to ascend gradually to prevent altitude sickness.

Money

There is good access to ATMs anywhere in most city areas, however, you will find it hard in rural areas. Different banks have their maximum withdrawal amount limit. Most hotels, restaurants, airlines, and travel agents accept cards as well. It is more important to have enough cash as there will be very limited or no ATMs access in trekking areas and also some reserves cash for emergencies. USD is selectively acceptable in Nepal but still, you need to make sure you have Nepalese currency on hand during the expedition.

Tipping

There is no significant rule about tipping your guide or porter but it has been more common in Nepal. It is on you to decide whether to thank the guide and porter with tips or not. But in most cases, guides and porters expect tips from you though they don’t ask for tips verbally.

Drinking-Water

The water quality in Nepal isn’t the greatest so it is better to use a water filtration or purification tablet. You can also drink boiled water if you like. Make sure to drink a lot of water during the expedition as your body requires more at a higher altitude.

Safety

Nepal is a heaven for adventures and is comparatively a safe destination for those adventures. There is a low rate of serious crime however you should still take sensible safety measures. Keep an eye on pick-pocketers and snatchers in buses and tourist areas. You can avoid walking with a large amount of cash on your own. Always let your guide know if you’re going out during the trip.

Internet and SIM Card

Most cities have extensive access to the internet, also hotels, restaurants, and cafes that offer free WIFI. But outside the cities, in the remote trekking areas, it’s fair to non-existent. During the expedition, the internet is available at the base camp for a certain amount of cost. You can easily purchase a SIM card at an affordable cost. You can use the data package using the SIM card as well.

Vaccinations & Immunisation

Before traveling to Nepal, please consult your travel clinic for updated information on vaccinations and immunisations. The commonly recommended vaccinations are Chickenpox, Diphtheria-Tetanus, Polio, Shingles, Covid-19, Hepatitis A & B, Encephalitis, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever.

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Two nights’ accommodations at hotel moonlight or same level hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu

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  • Two night's accommodations in Pokhara at Hotel Crown Himalayas or same level hotel
  • Meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • All the ground transportation by private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit
  • TIMS Card
  • English speaking guide
  • Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Essential paper work
  • Company duffle bags for keep your trekking stuffs if needed
  • First aid kit
  • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Fresh fruit after dinner
  • Hot water
  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • Personnel expenses
  • Any kind of alcoholic and soft drinks like, whisky, beer, sprite, coke, mineral water etc.
  • Hot shower, WIFI, and electronic device charging

Practical Info

Frequently asked questions

The following frequently asked questions may help answer any queries you have about Jason Black Mountaineering, what this expedition involves, and what is required. If your question isn’t answered here please check our dedicated Expert Advice page, otherwise don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Is there any age limit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

There is no strict age limit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, but participants should be in good physical condition and able to handle the demands of trekking at high altitudes. It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the trek, especially for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions or those above a certain age. Additionally, children may find the trek challenging due to its duration and altitude, so it's advisable to consider their fitness level and readiness for such an adventure.

Is previous trekking experience necessary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

While previous trekking experience is not strictly necessary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it can certainly enhance the overall enjoyment and safety of the journey. The trek involves long days of hiking over varied terrain, including steep ascents and descents, so having some prior trekking experience can help participants prepare physically and mentally for the challenges ahead. However, with proper training, determination, and guidance from experienced guides, individuals with a reasonable level of fitness can still successfully complete the trek.

There’s no doubt that an attempt of Mount Everest is a significant endeavor for anyone, but with our expert guidance, achieving this goal may be closer than you think.

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We would expect anyone joining our Everest expedition to have summitted multiple 6,000m and 7,000m peaks, as well as one other 8,000m peak.

We’ll look at your previous experience, and analyze key performance data, that we’ll ask you to share when you sign up. We can then recommend preliminary climbs in the years and months leading up to this expedition, to give you the best possible chance of reaching your goal, if required.

CLIMBING GEAR FOR MT. AMA DABLAM (6812m)

Travel Documents

Valid Passport
Credit/Debit Card
PP Size Photo (4 Pieces)
Insurance Paper And Contact Address. Family Members / Company’s Contact Address

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Foot Wear

Summit Boot – 7000 m. (Kailas / Lasportiva / Millet) Normal Socks (5-6 Pairs) Summit Socks (2 Pairs) Trekking Shoes (Gore Tex) Light Trekking/Sports Shoes Camp Booties (1 Pair) Slipper (1 Pair)

Upper Body

Thermal Top Base Layer (2-3 Pcs) Fleece Jacket (2 Pcs)
Gore Tex Jacket (1 Pcs)
Warm Jacket (1-2 Pcs)

Wind Proof Jacket (1 Pcs) Down Jacket (1 Pcs) Cotton T-Shirt (2-4 Pcs)

Lower Body

Thermal Bottom Base Layer (2-3 Pcs) Fleece Trouser (1pcs)
Gore Tex Pant (1 pcs)
Heavy Weight Pants (1-2 Pcs)

Mid Weight Pants (1-2 Pcs)
Light Weight Quick Dry Trekking Pants (2-3 Pairs)
Gaiters for trekking boots
Down Pants (1pcs)
Under Wear (3-5 Pcs)

Head

Sun Cap
Desert Cap
Balaclava
Fleece Hat/ Warm Hat (1-2 Pcs) Neck Gaiter (2-3 Pcs)

Hands

Thin Fleece Gloves (2 Pairs)
Wind Stopper / Screen Tap Gloves Heavy Gloves (Guide Gloves) Summit Gloves – 7000m

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping Bag -30OC to -40OC Thermarest Mattress (Cell Foam) Sleeping Bag Liner
Inflatable Pillow

Climbing Equipment

Climbing Helmet
Summit Down Suit – 8000m.
(Kailas / Marmot / Mountain Hardware / North Face / Millet ) Crampons (Fit with Boot)/Packing Cover
Ice Axe with Spike & Axe Protector Harness
Belay Devices/ Figure of 8/ATC Guide Jumar / Ascender
Lock Carabiner (3 Pcs)
Unlock Carabiner (2 Pcs)
Tape Slings/240 cm
Head Light 400-500 Lumens Spare Battery (Energizer Ultimate Lithium)

Bag Packs

Rucksacks 35L – 50L
Duffle Bag 90 L -120 L (2 Pcs) Water Proof Stuff Sacks/Dry Bag- Small/ Medium/ Large (2-3 Pcs)

Sun Stuffs

Banana Boat/ Nivea Sun Cream (-50 Spf )
Lip Guard -30 to -50 (Spf )
Sun Glasses (Uv Protection) Glaciers Glasses

(Antifog, Polarised, UV Protection) Moisturiser / Lotion

Toiletries

Hand Disinfectant Toilet Paper / Wet Tissue Toothpaste, Toothbrush Soap, Shampoo
Towel
Garbage Bag

Eating & Drinking

1 Ltr. Water Bottle 1/ 1.5 Ltr. Thermos Mug (Opt.) Spoon/ Fork (Opt.) Bowl (Opt.)

Medical/First Aid

Brufen / Ibuprofens Antibiotic
Diamox Paracetamol Handy Plaster Crack Bandage Tincture Iodine Ondem

Cetirizine
Electrolyte
Minil 10mg (Palpitation, anxiety) Codopar (Headache & chest pain) Salbetol 4mg (Breathless) Azithromycin 500mg (chronic tonsillitis, fever, nose, throat infection-must take 5 days) Flupen 250mg (prevent wound infection) Allegra 120/180mg (Allergic tonsil)

Miscellaneous

Walking Stick/ Trekking Pole Pocket Knife (Swiss)
Nail Cutter
Umbrella / Rain Coat

Hot Water Bag
Pee Bottle
Tenacious Tape Repair (Down Jacket/ Sleeping Bag Repair Kits)
Altimeter Watch
Satellite Phone With Credit
GPS Tracker (Recommended)
Power Bank
Camera

You may pay your deposit and balance using any lawful means. If sending money by electronic bank transfer then you will be responsible for covering the cost of the fees associated with the transfer, so that the company receives the full amount shown on your invoice, in the denomination shown on your invoice.

In case the client decides to cancel their trip, at any time between booking and the time of the trip, some deduction will be made to the advance amount. This is due to the company’s obligation to pay a certain amount for personnel and resources while booking them.

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The following cancellations charges will apply if you decide to cancel the booking:

  • Cancellations made 90 days or before are entitled to full deposit return if it has been paid in advance. 90 days passing will incur in loss of 30 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 60 days prior to the departure date will incur a loss of 50 percent of the deposit paid.
  • Cancellations made 45 days before the departure date will incur a loss of the full deposit and are subject to a 30 percent fee of total trip cost.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less before the departure date will incur a loss of 100 percent of the total trip cost.

NB: All refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the notice period stated above.

For all cancellations, the company must be notified in writing. Acceptable means of communication include letter and email.

There is a fine line between adventure and blatant risk. Mountaineering is an adventure trip that carries an intrinsic danger and the nature of travel implies things don’t generally go according to the plan, which is the reason why we require every one of our clients to get acceptable and proper insurance.

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Due to unanticipated reasons, for example, injury, family issues, work commitments, etc., clients may need to cancel their trip before the start or during the expedition. Considering these factors, it’s better to be prepared for the possibilities.

As mentioned in the Terms and Conditions of Jason Black mountaineering, the company is exempt from being liable for different expenses that may occur in case of different emergencies or unforeseen situations. Both facts point out the requirement of a client to purchase an elaborate travel insurance plan in their place of origin that protects their interest in case of trip cancellation, helicopter evacuation, medical emergencies, other illnesses, lost luggage, theft, disasters, death, and so on.

You are free to pick your insurer however look for an arrangement that covers trip postponement and cancellation, rescue, and covers medical as well. Guarantee it doesn’t have limitations on the height you will climb, prohibitions on the exercises you are embracing, or the places you will be visiting. Protect yourself with the right insurance so you can go on your expedition with peace of mind and focus more on your climbing.

Please make sure to send us a copy of your insurance policy before you start your expedition so that we can assist you in any case of an emergency.

Adventure + Expertise + Purpose
Jason Black

Jason Black

International Expedition Leader

Commitment to Safety and Environment

Jason’s commitment to safety standards, extensive mountain knowledge, and adventure travel experience set him apart. 

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The small group approach adopted by Jason Black Mountaineering offers significant advantages, including a better guide-to-client ratio, reduced environmental impact, and a stronger team dynamic. Putting purpose before profit, the agency prioritizes empowering local communities by employing locals and supporting local businesses, aiming to contribute to the balance of global inequalities.

World Leading Mountaineer

At the helm of Jason Black Mountaineering is Jason Black himself, a renowned International Expedition Leader and International Mountain Leader.

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With a remarkable list of achievements, including summiting Mount Everest and the formidable K2, Jason holds multiple world records in high-altitude mountaineering. His feats, such as being the fastest to summit Kilimanjaro twice and completing the Aconcagua traverse in record time, establish him as one of the world's leading high-altitude mountaineers.

As an endurance athlete, Jason's passion for testing his physical and mental capabilities remains undiminished. His accolades include being awarded Ireland's National Outdoor Athlete of the Year for his historic summit of K2.

The Future of Adventure

 inspiring individuals and organizations, and leaving a lasting positive impact on both the adventure and humanitarian fronts. 

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We are Inspiring individuals and organizations, and leaving a lasting positive impact on both the adventure and humanitarian fronts. Join us on a transformative expedition, where purpose, passion, and the thrill of the great outdoors converge.

What our clients say

Bernadette GlancyBernadette Glancy
23:26 26 Nov 22
On the 23rd July 2022 I arrived in Moshi ,Tanzania Africa. I had not been to Africa before.From all angles I could see the "Mountain" Kilimanjaro after arrival.. It was very clear to me from the engagement with the locals ,the Mountain is everything to the native people of Moshi, its their livelihood. They get no support from the government, even during covid virus .They depend on us visitors coming to climb there Mountain .That's how they earn the salary ,I seen the guides that accomplished my group for the week on the mountain , form a queue to collect the salary the day we returned from summitting the great Mountain. .Jason Black has built a relationship with these local guides ,everything is transpairable and a trust has been formed between Jason and the Lipman team(African guides). The same team that accomplished him in 2014 to accomplish a world record on that same Mountain. It occurred to me the day we arrived all the natives knew Jason Black, they were shaking his hand in the markets and almost everyone seemed to know him. He has such respect for this tribe of Moshi people and there Mountain. Jason was the perfect choice of Mountaineer for me to accomplish my goal/to Summit Kilimanjaro at 59yrs my age at time of achievement. The miracle is ,I choose Jason Black as my leader and anything is possible after that I discovered.AmenBernadette Glancy >Carrick on Shannon
Donal Mc GuinnessDonal Mc Guinness
15:32 24 Nov 22
I climbed Kilimanjaro with Jason in August 2022. This trip was truly amazing. From the first moment I contacted Jason I knew this trip would be a genuine African experience. We visited local villages, attractions and a coffee plantation. For me this part of the trip was as good as the Kilimanjaro experience. The Porter crew on the mountain were excellent and very friendly. The food was great and I am very proud to say that my whole group made it to the top! We all had the same mindset of wanting to take our time on each walk, taking lots of photos and having lots of breaks. I cant wait for my next adventure with Jason Black.
Jennifer DohertyJennifer Doherty
13:18 24 Nov 22
In May 2022 I trekked to Everest base camp with Jason and a group from Donegal. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Jason prepared us so well before and answered every question we had. We experienced the busyness of Kathmandu before taking the non-commercial route to base camp which was really special. Jason’s love of Nepal and respect for the local people was evident every day. He took time to get to know everyone in our group on a personal level and allowed everyone to be themselves. The fact that I am blind was never an obstacle and he made sure to describe everything and let me touch as much as possible on the way so that I didn’t miss out on anything. He challenged us to push ourselves more every day but we always had lots of fun. He is such a positive person to be around with a great respect for nature and other human beings. I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the future 🙂
Gerardine O'ConnorGerardine O'Connor
11:25 19 Jun 22
Walking in Donegal - what a fantastic weekend in a beautiful place!As a lone traveller, my time at Everest Lodge was more than I could have expected. The warm Donegal welcome, the wonderful homemade food and the easy comfortable atmosphere all made for an unforgettable time. Jason's intuitive capacity to support and guide enabled me, and I believe all of us in the group, to leave on Sunday with a sense of accomplishment, awareness, and the inspiration to crack on with the next adventure, whether big or small. I had the best time ever.
Imelda HurleyImelda Hurley
23:11 31 May 22
May 2022 - I had a fantastic weekend hiking with Jason and staying at the lovely Everest Lodge - with four others who were also there for the weekend. Despite Jason’s incredible achievements, his demeanour is so ‘down to earth’ and his focus during our stay was on ensuring we were appropriately challenged while hiking, we felt fully at home at Everest Lodge and we had a lot of fun along the way. The ‘Ireland Walking Weekend’ surpassed my expectations at every level and I’d highly recommend hiking with Jason whenever the opportunity arises.
Yvonne SlatteryYvonne Slattery
19:13 29 May 22
I had a wonderful weekend with Jason and a number of walking enthusiasts in May - would recommend it to anyone, regardless of level of experience in the mountains. Whilst somewhat familiar with the main mountains in Donegal Jason showed us other areas which are kept "under wraps" and hence felt very special to a non-local. I found the guidance with navigation on the mountain particularly helpful and the food over the course of the weekend was amazing!
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