Overview

Duration :
18 Days
Secondary Activity:
Nature and Cultural
Max altitude :
5,416m/17,764ft
Transportation:
Private Vehicle and Public Bus
Trip ends in:
Kathmandu/Pokhara
Accomodation:
Hotel and Lodge
Primary activity:
Trekking and Hiking
Group Size:
Min. 1 Pax
Country:
Nepal
Trip starts from:
Kathmandu
Diffficulty:
Moderate
Meals:
Nepali and Continental
Best Season:
Autumn and Spring
Trip route:
Kathmandu-Besisahar-Dharapani-Chame-Manang- Thorang Phedi-Thorong La Pass-Muktinath-Kagbeni-Marpha-Tatopani-Poon Hill- Ghandruk-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Trip introduction

The Annapurna Circuit Trek in the western region of Nepal is one of the best trekking trails in the world. This provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in its unmatched natural beauty and gain insights into Buddhist and Hindu culture. During our Annapurna Circuit Trek, we encircle the whole Annapurna Himalaya passing through beautiful forests, picturesque landscapes, striking waterfalls, deep gorges, shining glaciers, diverse cultures and pristine lakes with awesome views of the snow-capped Himalayas all the way.

A special Trekking Permit will be arranged to enter Annapurna Conservation Area, where we discover unique flora and fauna. The route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek involves crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416m/17,770ft which is a great challenge and will provide rewarding memories that will last forever.

Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek

We embark for Annapurna Circuit Trek after you enjoy some sightseeing around culturally rich Kathmandu valley. Initially, we take a drive from Kathmandu all the way to Dharapani via Besisahar on a newly constructed road. Then the trekking starts as we ascend from Dharapani towards Chame. The trail passes through the Annapurna conservation area surrounded by picturesque mountains with a vast glacial plateau in the center. As we gain altitude, the vegetation around us slowly changes from dense forests to small shrubs; finally, we arrive at a point similar to a Tibetan plateau called Manang. There we can get insights into Tibetan influenced culture and traditions and also acclimatize for a day.

Depending on your fitness level and physical capabilities, our trek leader will decide whether to stop at Thorong Phedi or push onwards towards the high camp for an overnight stay. We will then cross Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters. Thorong La Pass blesses us with stunning views of Annapurna, Kali Gandaki valley, Dhaulagiri and other peaks as never seen before. The trail leads us to Muktinath, the pilgrimage site where we can see a perfect amalgamation of Hinduism and Buddhism. We then visit the red monastery at Kagbeni where we can view the golden book of Dalai Lama. Then we descend towards Marpha, the apple kingdom famous for local apple products. We will then take a dip at Tatopani, a natural hot spring for relaxation.

Towards the end of our Annapurna Circuit Trek, we get the flashback of all Annapurna Himalayan ranges from Poon Hill Viewpoint which is famous for best sunrise views. We trek down towards Gurung inhabited village of Ghandruk and get back into Pokhara. In this way, our trek ends and we drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Who can join this trek and how?

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is suitable for any travel enthusiasts if you have a passion to walk, learn and explore the nature and culture of Nepal. Physical fitness plays a vital role in making this trip a success. Regarding the best seasons, we highly recommend the autumn and spring months. Join Annapurna Circuit Trek in your next vacation with Nepal Mountain Trekkers for an unforgettable Annapurna experience. Simply fill the Booking form and let us know about your interest. Or you can contact us directly by sending us an email in order to join this short and easy trek in Annapurna Region.

Special Note:

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time-frame and budget limits.

Overview

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]:
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
  • Day 3
    Kathmandu to Dharapani[1,860 m/6,102 ft] via Besisahar [760 m/2,493 ft]: 9 - 10 hrs drive:
  • Day 4
    Dharapani to Chame [2,710 m/ 8,891 ft] : 5 - 6 hrs:
  • Day 5
    Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10,824ft]: 5 – 6 hrs:
  • Day 6
    Pisang to Manang [3,540m/11,614 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
  • Day 7
    Manang: Acclimatization Day:
  • Day 8
    Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 – 4 hrs:
  • Day 9
    Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 – 4 hrs :
  • Day 10
    Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft] via Thorong La Pass [5,416m/17,764ft] : 8 - 9 hrs:
  • Day 11
    Muktinath to Marpha [2,670m/8,760ft]: 4 – 5 hrs:
  • Day 12
    Marpha to Kalopani [2,530m/8,300 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs:
  • Day 13
    Kalopani to Tatopani [1,200m/3,937ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
  • Day 14
    Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7 – 8 hrs:
  • Day 15
    Ghorepani to Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
  • Day 16
    Tadapani to Pokhara [820m/2,690ft] via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive:
  • Day 17
    Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hrs drive:
  • Day 18
    Departure Day:

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]::

As soon as you arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative from Nepal Mountain Trekkers at International Airport terminals and he will take you to your respective hotel. After checking into the hotel, you can enjoy your free time relaxing in a cozy room or stroll around the tourist hub Thamel area until the end of the day.

Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation::

After having our early meal, we start our day with a visit to the Nepal Mountain Trekkers office at Thamel. After being introduced to our team including tour guide, trekking leader, and director of operations, we head for necessary trekking preparations, getting needed equipment with the initiation of Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Boudhanath stupa are UNESCO world heritage sites that we explore till sunset. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. B included.

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Dharapani[1,860 m/6,102 ft] via Besisahar [760 m/2,493 ft]: 9 - 10 hrs drive::

Our real Annapurna Circuit Trekking Journey starts today as we drive through beautiful hilly roads along the banks of the Trishuli River towards Besisahar. And after having our brunch at Besisahar, we start our trekking when we reach Dharapani. Overnight stay at the tea house. B L D included.

Day 4 : Dharapani to Chame [2,710 m/ 8,891 ft] : 5 - 6 hrs::

This day we will start trekking with a moderate hike towards Chame, passing through several suspension bridges enjoying the blissful nature. We will walk through Pine and Rhododendron Forests and we can enjoy the mesmerizing view of Manasalu Mountain Ranges along the trail. Whereas, we can learn a lot about the Nepalese lifestyle while you pass through the typical villages with traditional houses. Overnight stay at the tea house. B L D included.

Day 5 : Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10,824ft]: 5 – 6 hrs::

Our day begins with walking through dense forests, narrow trails and soon this greenery starts to disappear as we gain altitude. Here, we will be crossing numerous suspension and wooden bridges that open up the trails to spectacular snow-capped mountains. In this way at the end of the day, we finally arrive at Pisang where we will be staying overnight. B L D included in meals.

Day 6 : Pisang to Manang [3,540m/11,614 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs::

Leaving behind Pisang, we head towards beautiful Manang valley where we have two routes to follow and we recommend you to take the higher route passing Garu that offers great landscape and Himalayan views. From this point, we find a difference in landscapes and alpine vegetation starts to appear. A quick visit to the local Barge monastery would give some cultural insights. And we conclude our day after staying overnight at one of the tea houses in Manang. B L D included in meals.

Day 7 : Manang: Acclimatization Day::

Proper acclimatization is very important to successfully complete this trek and today we take it as a rest day to make our body adapt to high altitude surroundings. Upcoming two days will be a bit more challenging and rigorous, therefore today we will not just rest but go for a few altitude hikes up and descend at the end of the day. So, there would not be any acute mountain sickness issues. During the daytime, we visit a few monasteries and viewpoints. We overall explore Manang village. Finally, we stay overnight at Manang including B L D in meals.

Day 8 : Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 – 4 hrs::

Today after having our early meal, we start our day by crossing several small river streams to arrive at the village called Tenki, and heading northward from the trails, we follow the beautiful pasture lands and meadows where horses and yaks graze. Therefore the name of the place is also ‘Yak Kharka’ implying Yak pasture land. We walk slow and steady in a gradual way as we don’t want to mess up with altitude sickness while gaining altitude. We stay overnight at Yak Kharka including B L D.

Day 9 : Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 – 4 hrs ::

Today we will be leaving behind Yak Kharka and heading towards the foot of high altitude Thorong la pass (4650m). It is a small place to get ourselves relaxed and ready for the next day. If you are super fit, you can also go to stay overnight at high camp, but taking a safety-first, we recommend you to stay overnight at Thorong Phedi. B L D included in a day’s meal.

Day 10 : Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft] via Thorong La Pass [5,416m/17,764ft] : 8 - 9 hrs::

Finally, the most important day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek has arrived as today we will cross Thorong La pass, immerse in the magical views and experience at 5420 meters above sea level. Almost you feel like you are touching a horizon. Plenty of pics will be clicked and a great experience will be accumulated. And finally, we head towards the popular pilgrimage site of Muktinath at the end of the day where we can get insights into both Buddhists and Hindu religious and cultural highlights. We stay overnight at Muktinath with B L D included.

Day 11 : Muktinath to Marpha [2,670m/8,760ft]: 4 – 5 hrs::

We wake up early in the morning, get a blessing from the holy temple, visit the nearby monastery, and slowly descend through Ranipauwa village to arrive at Kagbeni, Jomsom, and Marpha. We get to experience huge diversity in landscapes and topography as we will be losing almost 3000m altitudes in a day. From alpine to deserted and forested lands, we walk through all. Also, Marpha is popular for its apple products and known as the apple kingdom. We will also enjoy the special apple brandy and stay overnight at Marpha in a party mood. Meals include B L D.

Day 12 : Marpha to Kalopani [2,530m/8,300 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs::

Leaving behind Marpha, we will be trekking through cultural Thakali villages where there are plenty of apple farms and spectacular sceneries of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other neighboring Himalayan peaks. In this way, we finally arrive at Kalopani at the end of the day where we stay overnight. Meals include B L D.

Day 13 : Kalopani to Tatopani [1,200m/3,937ft]: 6 – 7 hrs::

Today we mostly walk downhill descending from Kalopani to Tatopani. After crossing Ghasa, we can see beautiful forested lands, striking waterfalls, and even enjoy natural hot springs at Tatopani. It will be a beautiful cultural exploring opportunity day with the chance to view natural highlights around the sites too. Overnight stay at Tatopani including B L D.

Day 14 : Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7 – 8 hrs::

Today we mostly explore the local lifestyle of mid villages in Nepal where we enjoy beautiful terraced fields, landscapes; rhododendron forests that blossom in a magical way during spring with other faunas along the way. We sleep early today to wake up early tomorrow for the Poonhill hike. Overnight stay at Ghorepani including B L D.

Day 15 : Ghorepani to Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 – 7 hrs::

Waking up early in the morning before sunrise, we walk towards the top of the Poonhill in the dark. You will see plenty of other travelers waiting to experience the best ever sunrise views over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas. After capturing the best shots in the camera, we descend through forested trails towards Tadapani. We stay overnight at Tadapani with B L D included.

Day 16 : Tadapani to Pokhara [820m/2,690ft] via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive::

Following the beautiful jungle trails from Tadapani, today we arrive at equally beautiful and culturally rich Gurung, Magar village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is popular for awesome Himalayan, landscape views with warm hospitality from local inhabitants. After having our lunch we take a short about an hour drive to main Pokhara city. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Meals include: B L

Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hrs drive::

In this way, finally, our amazing Annapurna Circuit Trek comes to the conclusion and we either take a drive or you have an option to fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be met by our director of operations, Mr. Dhakal, and offer you a farewell dinner as a complimentary token of love from Nepal Mountain Trekkers Company.

Day 18 : Departure Day::

Today will be your final day in Nepal, as we drop you at International Airport for your scheduled international flight towards your onward destination.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service(Private Vehicle depending upon the Group Size)
  • 4 nights Hotel in Kathmandu(with Breakfast)
  • 1-night Hotel in Pokhara(with Breakfast)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: Public Bus (Kathmandu – Besisahar), Private Jeep(Besisahar – Dharapani), Private Vehicle(Nayapul-Pokhara), and Tourist Bus(Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking Permits: Trekkers’ Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) fees
  • Trekking gears like sleeping bags and down jacket made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • First aid medical box
  • 13% VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets
  • Foods in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses(internet, laundry, battery charge, donation, etc)
  • All soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for guide and porters

Trip Gallery

Equipments

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants

Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots

Hands

  • Gloves
  • Creams

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries

Miscellaneous

  • Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
  • Light-weighted Towel
  • Swiss Knife
  • Passport and extra passport photos
  • Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

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Hervorragende Agentur, die alles möglich macht

Im November 2017 wollte ich mit einer Freundin wieder einmal nach Manang im Annapurna Gebiet trekken, um dort eine von uns unterstützte Boarding School zu besuchen. Ramesh hatte schon den dafür notwendigen Plan ausgearbeitet. Aber die Knieprobleme meiner Begleiterin machten es unmöglich. Kurzer Hand plante Ramesh um, besorgte uns den umsichtigen Fahrer Heris und den Guide Daljit und organisierte uns einen Homestay-Aufenthalt, der für uns ein Erlebnis wurde. Ich habe mit Ramesh einen Menschen kennnengelernt, der zuverlässing und verbindlich alles möglich macht. Wie er verfügen auch seine “Jungs” über großes Wissen, was Kultur und Natur des Landes angeht. Er ist ein überaus verantwortungsvoller und engagierter Mensch, der sich um seine Crew und die Menschen in seinem Heimatdorf kümmert.
Im März 2019 besuchte ich schließlich wieder einmal Nepal, wurde wie immer von der Trekkingagentur abgeholt und zum Hotel Horizon gebracht, ein familiär geführtes Hotel, welches ich empfehlen kann. Wie immer stand uns Ramesh mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Ich habe in jeder Hinsicht mit ihm und seinen Leuten die besten Erfahrungen gemacht und plane bereits meine nächste Trekkingtour mit ihm. Seine raschen Antworten mit maßgeschneiderten Vorschlägen erleichtern die Vorstellung und Planung von dem, was möglich ist. In den Händen seiner Agentur ist man bestens aufgehoben.

Sonja A

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Amazing Annapurna Trekking Experience!

I did the Annapurna Circuit in October/November 2018 and had an amazing time! Nepal is by far the most beautiful country I’ve traveled so far and Nepal Mountain Trekkers made this trip an even better experience! Krishna has been a perfect guide who did not only ensure my safety in the mountains but also taught me a lot about flora and fauna as well as country and culture!
I highly recommend him as a guide as well as the company, who puts great emphasis on travelers’ wellbeing and an authentic travel experience. A special thank you to Ramesh for his kindness and for organising the trip as well as to Krishna – I look forward to coming back to Nepal!

Laura L

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Amazing trip

Did a excursion at the Annapurna area with a friend.The agency was really great, helpful and i didnt have to worry about anything..they arranged all. Highly recommended!!! Ramesh was great..thank u for the experience!!

Dimitris

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Perfekte Agentur für perfektes Trekking

Nachdem ich mit dem Trekking Agentur „Nepal Mountain Trekkers“ bereits die Touren Langtang – Helambu sowie Annapurna Basecamp (Bewertung s. 2016) gemacht habe, war im Spätherbst 2017 der Annapurna Circuit dran, den ich mit zwei Freunden aus Amerika gegangen bin. Natürlich habe ich auch diesen Trek von Ramesh Dhakal, dem Inhaber der Agentur , vorbereiten lassen und gleich auch meinen vertrauten Guide Krishna für diese Zeit reserviert.
Warum eine so relativ einfache Trekkingtour über ein Agentur buchen, wird sich so mancher fragen. Aus meiner Sicht ist es absolut vorteilhaft jedes Trekkingunternehmen in Nepal über eine Agentur zu organisieren und die „ Nepal Mountain Trekkers“ kann ich nur wärmstens empfehen. Man wird in jeglicher Hinsicht fachkundig und als Freund betreut, sämtliche organisatorischen Dinge werden im Vorfeld zuverlässig erledigt und dadurch spart man sich viel Zeit für persönliche Interessen. Des weiteren ist ein Guide wie Krishna unterwegs eine unschätzbare Hilfe. Er konnte uns sehr viel Interessantes über die verschiedenen Gegenden auf der Strecke, über die Menschen und über die Natur erzählen das man sonst einfach nicht mitbekommt oder erfährt. Er kennt auch Wegstrecken die nicht allgemein bekannt sind und sollte es Probleme geben, so hilft er mit Rat und Tat. Einer meiner Freunde hatte zum Beispiel im Thorong Base Camp ein gesundheitliches Problem, das wir aber dank seiner Hilfe in den Griff bekommen haben.
Ganz herzlichen Dank nochmals an Ramesh und vor allem an Krishna. Mit seiner ruhigen und umsichtigen Art hat er uns ein unvergessliches Trekkingerlebnis in einer wunderschönen Landschaft ermöglicht.

Josef Maurus

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trek Annapurna circuit, 11 days.

Recently completed a trek in the annapurnas, Besisham, Manang, Muktinah, Jomson. Took 11 days. I organised it while in Kathmandu through Nepal Mountain trekkers ( easy to find, office in front of horizon hotel). Ramesh was great giving me a competitive and detailed quote,a lot cheaper than organising back in Australia. All organised on the spot and we left next morning. He even organised my luggage to be transfered to Pokhra. Everything promised was delivered and my porter-guide Krishna was fantastic. I would highly recommend this company.

Peter S

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En dehors des sentiers battus

J’ai découvert cette agence de Trekking par hasard et je n’ai vraiment pas été déçu.
Je voulais faire un trek pour découvrir la culture local en dehors des habituels treks très (trop) fréquentés et ils m’ont proposé un trek sur mesure correspondant vraiment à ma demande.
Je suis parti seul avec un guide vraiment très sympathique et professionnel qui est devenu un ami. Ce trek ma fait découvrir la culture du Népal. Nous dormions chez l’habitant et j’ai pu ainsi découvrir le mode de vie et les coutumes des Népalais.
Je n’ai pas vu un seul touriste pendant les 6 jours de mon trek et les personnes rencontrées étaient vraiment accueillantes et intriguées par ma présence. Rien à voir avec le contact ressentie lors des treks sur les sentiers classiques des Annapurna par exemple.
Je recommande vivement cette agence sérieuse qui propose des treks à la découverte du Népal authentique.

Alexandre P

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Great trekking company and hotel

Mr. Ramesh Dhakal is very helpful and friendly professional. Even though we were not his clients he gave us plenty of great advices and tips for our Annapurna Circuit Trek. We met him in Kathmandu where we stayed in his hotel Horizon, which is such a lovely place to stay. Although the hotel is in the centre of Thamel, it is very quiet and clean with amazing garden for breakfasts and hangouts. Since we decided that our next Nepal trip will be using their services again, we can highly recommend both Nepal Mountain Trekkers and hotel Horizon.

Martin Š

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Annapurna Circuit 12 days

I met Mr. Suman Gurung last time I was in Nepal in 2014. At that time he organized a tour around the country for me and my girlfriend but we didn’t do any trekking. We agreed to plan it for the next visit and it happened this year. I addressed Mr. Suman Gurung in prior to book my trekking. Trekking was a bit hard physically but fulfilled with a lots of fun, good lessons and gorgeous views of the nature. My guide Mr. Gurung proved to be an expert and proficient in his job. I highly recommend you to do trekking with him.

Ruslan

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Annapurna Circuit

The trek was just perfect. Mr. Ramesh Dhakal is a very friendly and helpful guide with perfect english. His hotel Horizon is berfect base for all kind of treks.

Martin B

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Nepal Mountain Trekkers

We met Mr. Ramesh Dhakal during our Annapurna Circuit Trek. He was very helpful and very kind, even though we were not his clients. He gave us a lot of helpful advices and we met him also in Kathmandu at hotel Horizon, which is such a nice place to stay. Although the hotel is in the centre of Thamel, it is very quiet and very nice and clean. We highly recommend Nepal Mountain Trekkers and hotel Horizon.

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