Annapurna Circuit Trek: Thorong La Pass Trekking

The Annapurna Circuit, also known as the Round Annapurna Trek, is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, and for good reason. Starting at 1,330m and going up to 5,146m, this trek offers a vast array of climates and geography. From the deepest gorge to the largest pass, you’ll see a huge variety of scenery that ranges from tropical jungles to winter wonderlands. Throw in some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Mt. Annapurna II 7,937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7,525m, Mt Dhaulagiri 8,167m, Mt. Manaslu 8,163m, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak 7,134m and you’ll find yourself with some of the best views on Earth.

Not only is this trek beautiful, but it’s also an incredible cultural experience that takes you through several distinct regions of Nepal. You’ll experience the culture of the Gurung, Manangi, and Mustangely people who all have their own traditions, language, and cuisine. You’ll learn about Buddhist culture while passing mani walls, exploring temples, and visiting monasteries. If all of that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get to face the mentally and physically challenging climb over Thorong La Pass. An experience people have described as not only rewarding but life-changing.
Trip Code: ACTTLPT81
Starts: Jagat
Finishes: Jomsom
Duration: 13 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 5416m/ 17769ft
Trip Views: 796
Activities: Trekking
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Travel Style: Budget check Confortable Luxury
Special Discount: 5 %


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Breakfast: 12
Lunch: 12
Dinner: 12
Bus
Jeep
Hotel: 2 Night(s)
Teahouse: 5 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 5 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km
  • The trail crosses the highest pass in the world; Thorang La Pass(5,416m)
  • The Trail enters one of the deepest gorges in the world
  • One of the sacred Hindu Shrine: Muktinath Temple

Why this Trip

  • Annapurna Circuit is one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal. This 13 days trek is designed to give you the closest experience of magnificent Annapurna and the surrounding vivid landscapes that gives you the adventure of a lifetime.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    As soon as the airplane lands, you’ll sense the beginning of adventure. Our representative will be at airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel. Savor the taste of hustle and bustle in Kathmandu, where everyone would seem busy but never too busy to greet you with smile. At evening, we will brief about the itinerary and permit and later we will go for nice dinner.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pick up
    • Thamel Tour
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU TO JAGAT
    We’ll Leave Kathmandu for two weeks or more. We’ll make sure a private Jeep is ready to take us to Jagat which is situated at an altitude of 1330 m and it should take us around 7-8 hours. Throughout the day, we’ll observe big rivers, curvy roads, local shops, local life, local bazaars and small hydropower dams. Upon reaching the Jagat we get one step closer to the mountains.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Jagat
  • placeDAY 3 : JAGAT TO DHARAPANI
    A day when real walk begins where we pass through villages like Chamje, Tal and Karte to reach Dharapani.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 4 : DHARAPANI TO CHAME
    Today we leave Dharapani and head towards Chame. Our trail approaches gentle ascent till we reach the beautiful village of Chame. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here. They brought with them the customs and building style of the Tibetans, and have upheld the culture through the centuries. Chame has lovely views of Annapurna II, and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Hot Spring
  • placeDAY 5 : CHAME TO PISANG
    A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. It is so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. We trek for a while before reaching Upper Pisang where we spend the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : PISANG TO NGAWAL
    From Pisang, the high trail enters pine groves to reveal the view of the small turquoise lake of Mring Tso. The trail ascent to Ghyaru and enters well-cultivated barley and buckwheat field before we reach Ngawal. Ngawal is one of the most picturesque villages in Annapurna. The Main reason for our stay at Ngawal is to acclimatize to the high altitude. One of the main attractions of this village is a centuries old cave of Guru Rinpoche that is in the hills overlooking Ngawal village. The local people believe that the cave leads to Mustang. Overnight at Ngawal village.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : NGAWAL TO MANANG
    Manang is just a few hours easy walk far from Ngawal. We pass through deep forest and monastery to reach Manang. It's basically the capital of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Gangapurna Lake adds beauty to already beautiful Manang village. There are plenty of monasteries nearby to explore. Local cinema hall can be a really fulfilling experience for the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : MANANG TO YAK KHARKA
    From Manang, we resume our trek and advance towards Yak Kharka which ascends by nearly 500 m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : YAK KHARKA TO THORANG PHEDI
    It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend further more and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word 'Phedi' in Nepali language is referred to as the foot of a mountain.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : THORANG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH
    Day 10 is the most challenging day for us because we will cross the highest pass (Thorang La Pass) in the world. We depart early in the morning so that we could cross the pass smoothly as the weather may hurdle the passing during the noon. Infamous Thorang Lass Pass is a very difficult pass which requires staunch effort. Later at evening, we reach Muktinath; Celebrated Hindu Shrine .

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Thorang La pass
    • Muktinath Temple
    • Bob marley Bar
  • placeDAY 11 : MUKTINATH TO JOMSOM
    After visiting the religious shrine and hearty breakfast, we leave Muktinath and trek all the way to the Jomsom it takes 5 to 6 hours to reach there. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snowcapped mountains.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : JOMSOM TO POKHARA, DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
    Today after breakfast we will come back to Pokhara from Jomsom in morning flight. From Pokhara we Drive back to Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea house

    Activities:

    • Flight and drive to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 13 : DEPARTURE
    All good things must come to an end. Today is the day that we all must bid farewell and head our separate ways. Although we know you won’t miss the dust, squat toilets, or long hours of walking uphill, we are certain that you’ll shed a few tears as you say goodbye to the group, the guides, and remember all the great times you had on your trip. We’ll arrange a farewell lunch (depending on your flight schedule) to make it official and will escort you to the airport to ensure an easy departure.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    • -

    Activities:

    • Airport drop Shopping arrangements
    • Herbal Massage
    • Fare well Lunch
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard rooms in Kathmandu
    • Accommodation during trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • All applicable government tax
    • All necessary paperwork and Annapurna Circuit Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
  • Complimentary
    • Map of Annapurna region
    • Sim service
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, drinks, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use basic rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible.
  • 3. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 4. Is this a popular trek ?
    Yes, this is a popular trek with most scenic views of mountains and villages around Manang and Mustang.This trek is also called as Round Annapurna Trek or Apple Pie Trek.
  • 5. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety in remote mountainous lands.
  • 6. Is travelling in Annapurna circuit safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Annapurna is one of the most visited trekking areas in Nepal and in the world. In general, locals are very respectful and welcoming.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trekking to make your trek successful. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    During trekking, we prefer you a Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) which are a great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 9. Is drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara can be arranged on bus, van. We use domestic flight to come back from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu. We also arrange the drop off and pick up from the starting and ending point of the trek on jeep or Van.
  • 11. What is the best season for trekking ?
    Annapurna Circuit can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season. February to June and Mid-September to December are the best times to do this trek, although in winter, it’s difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during the emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant, and thermal inner wear t to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation
  • 16. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get a room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Annapurna you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 22. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
  • 21. How many hours do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15KG.

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