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Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal – Crossing Thorung La- 5416m

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14 days
Availability : September through May
Jomsom & Pokhara Airports
Kathmandu Airport
Min Age : 16
Max People : 18
Home » Holiday Packages » Annapurna Region » Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal – Crossing Thorung La- 5416m

The Nepal Annapurna Circuit Trek stands as a pinnacle of adventure for trekkers worldwide, offering an unforgettable journey through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Himalayas. Spanning approximately 160-230 kilometres (100-145 miles), this iconic trek takes you on a captivating odyssey around the Annapurna Massif, showcasing diverse terrain, from lush green valleys to high-altitude mountain passes. Let’s delve into the details of this extraordinary trekking experience.

Panoramic vista from Thorung La Pass in Nepal, revealing snow-capped peaks, rugged terrain, and a vast expanse of the Himalayan landscape.
Embarking on the breathtaking Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal, immersing in the beauty of nature and the grandeur of the Himalayas.

Nepal Annapurna Circuit Trek: A Trekker’s Paradise

The Annapurna Circuit trek is renowned for its unparalleled diversity, encompassing a kaleidoscope of landscapes, cultures, and ecosystems. Starting from the subtropical lowlands, trekkers ascend through dense forests and quaint villages, gradually transitioning into alpine meadows adorned with colourful rhododendrons. As you ascend, the terrain transforms into a rugged, barren landscape, culminating in the dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Thorung La Pass: Positioned at a lofty altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), this pass is the highlight of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Crossing this elevated pass presents a challenging yet gratifying experience, providing trekkers with unmatched panoramic vistas of the neighbouring Himalayan peaks.
  • Cultural Encounters: As for cultural experiences, traversing along the trekking route offers trekkers the chance to engage deeply with the diverse cultural fabric of the region. From age-old Buddhist monasteries to customary Gurung and Thakali settlements, each stride reveals fresh perspectives into the indigenous way of life.
  • Natural Splendor: The Annapurna Circuit has natural wonders, including pristine mountain lakes, cascading waterfalls, and verdant forests with diverse flora and fauna. Wildlife enthusiasts may spot elusive species such as the snow leopard and Himalayan blue sheep.

Challenges and Rewards

While the Annapurna Circuit trek offers unparalleled rewards, it has challenges. Trekkers must contend with high altitudes, rugged terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions. However, with proper preparation, including physical training, acclimatization, and the assistance of experienced guides, these challenges can be overcome, paving the way for an unforgettable adventure.

Experience the Expertise of Nepal Hiking Guides

Embarking on the Annapurna Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking ensures that trekkers have access to experienced guides who are well-versed in the challenges and nuances of the trail. Our guides provide valuable insights into the local culture and geography and offer support and guidance every step of the way. With their expertise and dedication, trekkers can confidently navigate the rugged terrain, knowing they are in capable hands.

Embark on Your Annapurna Circuit Adventure

The Nepal Annapurna Circuit trek beckons adventurers from around the globe to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Whether you’re drawn to the allure of high-altitude passes, cultural immersion, or breathtaking natural beauty, this iconic trek promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul. Therefore, prepare your boots, bring your spirit of adventure, and venture into the awe-inspiring vistas of the Annapurna region. Your next great adventure awaits on the trails of Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit.

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Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu

Departure Time

between 7 – 8 am

Price Includes

  • AccommodationStay at the hotel Kathmandu Suite Home in Kathmandu, with breakfast, and in teahouses or guesthouses along the trekking route.
  • MealsMeals during the trek, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • TransportationTransportation per the itinerary, including airport transfers and domestic flights.
  • Guide and PorterExperienced trekking guide and porter to assist you throughout the trek.
  • PermitsTrekking permits and necessary entry fees for the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • First Aid KitBasic first aid kit carried by the guide.
  • Trekking GearsTrekking equipment such as sleeping bags and poles.

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insuranceMedical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellation.
  • International FlightsCost of international flights to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal VisaVisa fees for entry into Nepal.
  • Personal ExpensesExpenditures of a personal nature, including lunch/dinner in Kathmandu, additional snacks, beverages, tea/coffee, and souvenirs.
  • TipsTips for guides, porters, and other staff involved in the trek.

Complementaries

  • Trekking Duffle Bag
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Farewell Dinner

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Meet and greet by our representative. Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Check-in and rest. Optional: Explore Kathmandu city or relax at the hotel.

Day 2Kathmandu to Jagat (1,300m)

Early breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (8-9 hours). Enjoy scenic countryside views, terraced fields, and traditional villages. Arrive in Jagat and check into your guesthouse. Explore the local surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in Jagat.

Day 3Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Begin trekking towards Dharapani. Pass through lush forests, suspension bridges, and charming villages. Stop for lunch en route. Arrive in Dharapani and check into your guesthouse. Dinner and overnight stay in Dharapani.

Day 4Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Continue trekking towards Chame, the district headquarters of Manang. Trek along the Marsyandi River, passing through forests and small settlements. Enjoy panoramic views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Arrive in Chame and check into your guesthouse. Dinner and overnight stay in Chame.

Day 5Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3,300m)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Trek through pine forests and apple orchards towards Upper Pisang. Visit the ancient Buddhist monastery in Upper Pisang. Enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna range. Arrive in Upper Pisang and check into your guesthouse. Dinner and overnight stay in Upper Pisang.

Day 6Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3,540m)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Continue trekking towards Manang. Trek through alpine landscapes and traditional villages. Take breaks to acclimatize to the altitude. Arrive in Manang and check into your guesthouse. Dinner and overnight stay in Manang.

Day 7Acclimatization Day in Manang

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Rest and acclimatize to the altitude in Manang. Optional: Explore the village, visit monasteries, or take short hikes. Attend a brief session on altitude sickness prevention and high-altitude trekking. Dinner and overnight stay in Manang.

Day 8Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,018m)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Resume trekking towards Yak Kharka. Trek through barren landscapes with occasional sightings of yaks and wildlife. Enjoy breathtaking views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III. Arrive in Yak Kharka and check into your guesthouse. Dinner and overnight stay in Yak Kharka.

Day 9Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4,450m)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Trek towards Thorung Phedi, the base camp for Thorung La Pass. Ascend gradually while enjoying panoramic mountain views. Arrive in Thorung Phedi and check into your guesthouse. Rest and prepare for the pass crossing. Dinner and overnight stay in Thorung Phedi.

Day 10Cross Thorung La Pass (5,416m) and Trek to Muktinath (3,800m)

Early breakfast at the guesthouse. Start the ascent to Thorung La Pass before dawn. Reach the pass and enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Descend towards Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site. Visit the Muktinath Temple and hot springs. Check into your guesthouse in Muktinath. Dinner and overnight stay in Muktinath.

Day 11Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m)

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Embark on a picturesque journey by road from Muktinath to Jomsom. Enjoy views of the Kali Gandaki River valley and surrounding mountains. Arrive in Jomsom and check into your hotel. Explore the town and visit local monasteries. Dinner and overnight stay in Jomsom.

Day 12Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m)

Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Jomsom Airport for a short flight to Pokhara. Enjoy aerial views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Upon arrival in Pokhara, proceed to your hotel for check-in. Spend the day exploring Pokhara or relaxing at Phewa Lake. Dinner and overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 13Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the new Airport in Pokhara for your flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be taken to your hotel, where you’ll have free time to explore the city, indulge in shopping, or unwind. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening before retiring for an overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 14Departure from Kathmandu

Enjoy a flavorful breakfast at the hotel before departing for Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), which symbolizes the end of your Annapurna Circuit Trek adventure.

Essential notice!

As you plan your journey, we recommend allocating 2-3 buffer days before your flight home. It’s common for flights between Jomsom and Pokhara, or vice versa, to experience delays, even during peak tourist seasons like November. These buffer days will give you peace of mind and flexibility in case of unexpected delays, ensuring a stress-free return trip.

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FAQs

Can this tour be booked as a private tour? And if yes, what would it cost?

Yes, booking this tour as a private one is possible, and we offer you US$ 1250.00 per person, as published on our website, for 2 people.

Can the tour be individually adjusted if necessary if we book a private tour? For example, one more day for acclimatization in Manang, a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of a car ride.

If you book a private tour rather than a group joining, the trip itinerary can be adjusted easily if necessary, such as extending one more day in Manang and flight options from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

What will happen if one of us gets sick because of altitude or other reasons?

In case of the trip termination, you will rearrange your return to Beshisahar, drive to Pokhara, and rest. Then, join another lower-elevation trek around Poon Hill.

Is there an alternative if we can't fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara due to bad weather?

Yes, there is a drive option from Jomsom to Pokhara in case you can’t fly back from there due to bad weather.

We would plan 2 more nights in Kathmandu as a buffer and visit the city. Would this be enough?

Yes, 2 more nights in Kathmandu post-trek would be enough as a buffer and visiting the city

What about a transfer back to the airport? Do we have to organize this ourselves if we stay longer?

We will arrange an airport transfer, no matter how long you stay.

How can I book this tour online?

To book the trip online, you will find “Proceed Booking”; fill up the details as per the instructions and click “Book Now via Email” at the end. 

13 Reviews
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Harry & Katherine

Couple Traveller

Hi Tilak,
Thank you for arranging our trekking adventure. Everything was well-coordinated.
One recommendation for future planning: It might be helpful to assess the physical condition of clients for trek durations. We felt we could have trekked an additional 3-4 hours daily, which would have allowed us to visit places like Tilicho lake.
That said, everything else was superb. I look forward to another trip to Nepal and will surely reach out to you for arrangements.

9 October 2023

Giray

Family Traveller

We had an excellent Annapurna Circuit trip. That was planned very well and the hospitality was good. Thank you

6 November 2022

Ekrem Gülcemal

Group Traveller

We went Annapurna Circuit by Nepal Trekking. Our hiking quide @GakulMagar and others paid perfect attention. 🙏🙏

Perfect Annapurna Circuit Treking/Hiking.
We went by Nepal Treking firm to Throng La Pass 5.416 mt . Organisation was perfect..

5 November 2022

Ines C

Group Traveller

We went for 21-day journey and we enjoyed it! Everything was perfectly organized!Thank you for your hospitality, friendship, professional guidance and flexybility. It felt safe and nice! We are coming back!

7 February 2020

Marco T

Group Traveller

Super satisfied with Nepal Hiking and i would highly recommend it to anyone. Bhairam is great person. He waited for me at the airport when i arrived, and greeted me with welcome. The whole trip we had was well organised, we had great guides, and a lot of fun. He was interested in knowing how are we during our trek, so he sent occasional messages. Great organisation!

1 November 2019
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