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Thorong La Pass Trek Annapurna Circuit

  • Duration13 Days
  • Max Altitude 5415 M (17,756ft)
  • Group Size Max 13
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu

Our Thorong La Pass Trek, also known as the Annapurna Circuit Trek, is one of the most popular treks in the world. Yes, not only is it renowned throughout Nepal, but it is often listed among the top trekking trails in the world. This trek is one of the best for good reasons. In about two weeks, you will traverse many different types of terrain; each day on the trail gives off a totally new vibe. The trail connects the famous Annapurna region with the Mustang region.

By the middle of this nearly two-week-long journey, trekkers feel a sense of inner peace. Some say that nature is the best medicine, and the Thorong La Pass Trek proves this notion correct. You might have WiFi along the way, but during the day, your attachment to technology will no longer exist. The natural entertainment of the Himalayas far outweighs the satisfaction you gain from the phone and computer screens. You can be on your devices anytime you want, but how often can you enjoy the pure bliss of the Himalayas?

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you through some of the world's most spectacular alpine vistas as you hike through the breathtaking landscape. Glaciers, snow-covered mountains, and verdant valleys will all be visible.
  • Visiting Muktinath, a historic town that is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. The Jwala Mai Temple, one of many temples and shrines there, is supposed to have a sacred flame that never goes out.
  • Thorong La Pass: On the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Thorong La Pass is the highest pass. At a height of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), it is situated. It is a difficult yet gratifying journey to cross the pass.
  • Getting to know the local culture: In Kathmandu, the Annapurna region is home to several different cultures, including Thakali, Managi, Tibetan, Gurung, and Newari. You will get the chance to get to know the welcoming locals and discover more about their culture.
  • Having a sense of accomplishment: The Annapurna Circuit journey is a difficult but extremely rewarding one. When you arrive at the trail's finish, you'll feel proud of yourself.

In the lower Annapurna region, hike up through the vibrant rhododendron trees. These full forests of rhododendrons alone are worth a visit to the area. The Marsyangdi River Valley is full of spectacular sights: waterfalls, pleasant villages, lush sub-tropical forests, and small streams rushing to meet the Marsyangdi River.

From the Manang district, Tibetan Buddhist settlements start to appear. At the same time, snow-capped mountains begin to make an appearance as well. Our energy is high as we are near Thorong Phedi. It’s time to cross the Thorong La Pass. The high pass provides views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna I (8090m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Tilicho (7134m), and Hiunchuli (6441m). You will never forget the heart-pumping moment of reaching the top.

Still, more beauty is on the way as the trail enters the Mustang region, an area filled with mystique.  Descend to Muktinath, the popular pilgrimage destination where Hindus bathe in healing waters in hopes of reaching moksha. From the temple, a mesmerizing panorama of peaks is seen in the distance, while orange and brown cliffs lie just ahead. The contrast in the landscape is stunning. Dozens of feet suspended in these cliffs are small caves dug out many years ago.

Descend along the Kali Gandaki river gorge from Muktinath to Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang region. To properly end the adventure, take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and take a bird's-eye view of the epic adventure you have just completed.

Fitness For This Trek

The Annapurna Circuit journey is a moderate-to-difficult journey, so it's vital to be in good physical condition before you start. You must be able to withstand the strain because you will be walking for several hours each day at a high altitude.

Altitude sickness on This Trek

Since altitude sickness presents a serious risk on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, it's critical to recognize its signs and take precautions to avoid it. You can achieve this by gently acclimating, consuming lots of fluids, and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco.

ACT Trekking Permits

Before embarking on a trek in the Annapurna region, you must obtain a number of permits, including the TIMS card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), which we will take care of after you book the trek with us.

Accommodations

You can spend the night at teahouses along the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The teahouses serve food and hot beverages and are simple but comfortable. On this trek, there won't be a need for us to bring food because the nearby tea shops will provide it. There is a lovely fancy teahouse somewhere, and your lodging will be prepared in accordance with your trip cost. Although you can get warm blankets at all the tea shops, it is best to carry your own sleeping bag.

Trekking Equipment

The gear listed below is necessary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • Trekking shoes
  • Hiking sticks
  • A warm Jacket (Down)
  • Fleece lining
  • A sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal Medical kit
  • Toiletries
  • Water Bottle and Camel Bag (Helpful)
  • Backpack

Best Time to Trek Annapurna Circuit in 2024

The Thorong La Pass Trek is possible throughout the year, but spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the autumn months, the skies are generally clearer. The winter is a bit trickier due to the snow on the Thorong La Pass, but it is still possible.

Itinerary

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Kathmandu is Nepal's capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transport you to your accommodation. Day Tours Nepal's tour officer will come and greet you at the hotel to discuss the next steps in your Annapurna Circuit ThorongLa Pass Trek preparation.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,350 M (4,428 ft)
  • You will visit: Kathmandu

After breakfast, our tour guide will take you on a scenic tour of the Kathmandu Valley. We focus on three main UNESCO World Heritage sites. Bhaktapur Durbar Squire, is an ancient king's residence with living arts and structures. The largest Buddhist stupa is the Bauddhanath Stupa. Pashupatinath Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the world. Return to the hotel and make final trekking preparations.

  • Max. Altitude: (1,350m) 4,428ft
  • You will visit: Kathmandu - Heritage Sites
  • Walking Hour: 2

Our guide and vehicle will meet you at your hotel in the morning. After breakfast, we will drive to Beshisahar from Kathmandu on the first section. Because the route from Beshisahar to Chame is already built, we will use another shared or private local jeep. The second leg is better to obtain a local jeep because they know the local road conditions and are more confident driving. 

  • Max. Altitude: 2,610 M (8,890 ft)
  • You will visit: Chame
  • Walking Hour: 10 Hrs Drive

Enter the tiny valley by walking through the dense forest along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. This hike provided a lovely view of crops and mountains. The Paungda Danda Rock, considered very sacred by the locals, is seen for the first time. Some of the monasteries surround the village.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,300 M (10,826 ft)
  • You will visit: Upper Pisang
  • Walking Hour: 5-6

We will continue our journey by going across large hills, jungles, and wetlands. On our way to Manang, we pass through a modest Buddhist stupa, monasteries, and a Lama's school. Manang is Nepal's largest village in the Trans Himalayan range. We have spectacular views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak's north face. Manangis are ethnic Gurung and Ghale people from here. Manang is inhabited by Buddhist Lamas who came here from Tibet, Dolpo, and Mustang.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,540 M (11,300 ft)
  • You will visit: Manang
  • Walking Hour: 6

On this day, we will be acclimatizing by exploring Manang village. In the morning, we will visit Gangapurna and Ice Lakes. The rest of the day will be spent admiring the amazing views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. Depending on the situation and the weather, we suggest visiting Ice Lake in Manang. This is a 6-7 hour hike, but it is worth it as it takes us to an altitude of 4,600 meters, which means we do not need to worry about further acclimatization. The natural scenery of the Himalayas and the gorgeous lakes make this walk exciting and inspiring.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,540 M (11,300 ft)
  • You will visit: Exploring around Manang

After acclimatization at Manang, we have the energy to ascend roughly 500 meters. We rise steadily into Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley behind. Following the Jarsang Khola Valley. When we get in Manang, the greenery becomes very sparse.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,050 M (14,275 ft)
  • You will visit: 10 Km
  • Walking Hour: 4

The trail drops to cross the river at 4,310m after a two-hour hike. We then climb to Thorong Phedi at 4,525m, where good guesthouses have just been built. We can also reach High Camp as an option. It is dependent on the availability of tea.

  • Max. Altitude: 4,525 M (14,525 ft)
  • You will visit: Thorong Phedi
  • Walking Hour: 5

Today is a hard trek beginning at 4 a.m. to reach the pass by 9-10 a.m. due to a heavy windy impact around midday, which may considerably affect the travel, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb sharply on a well-defined path that is simple to follow. However, some issues may develop as a result of the height and snow. The four-hour journey up to the pass marked by chortens and prayer flags will reward us with breathtaking views from the top. Another four hours of traveling will get us to Muktinath, the sacred town. Muktinath is a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Buddhists refer to Muktinath as Chumig Gyatsa, which means "Hundred Waters" in Tibetan. Muktinath Temple is well-known for its 108 stone sprouts that flow with water from the Kaligandaki River. You could also be able to see the eternal flame, which has been burning for nearly 2,000 years.

  • Max. Altitude: 3,760 M (12,623ft)
  • You will visit: Muktinath
  • Walking Hour: 8-9

The trek descends to the Kali Gandaki gorge today. The Kali Gandaki is the world's deepest gorge, located between the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) peaks. Visit the village of Jharkot. The oldest monastery, with a traditional settlement. Continue your descent to Jomsom. Explore the old museum at the top of the village.

  • Max. Altitude: 2,720 M (8,915ft)
  • You will visit: Jomsom
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hrs

Take a 15-minute flight from Jomsom to Pokhara in the morning. After freshening yourself at the hotel, go sightseeing around Pokhara's key attractions. The main attractions to visit inside Pokhara include the International Mountain Museum, David Falls, Gupteswor Cave, boating on Fewa Lake, and the World Peace Stupa. If you wish to explore, please contact your guide so that arrangements can be made. If the flight to Pokhara is canceled or delayed, we will drive to Pokhara in a vehicle. 

  • Max. Altitude: 827 M (2,713 ft)
  • You will visit: Pokhara
  • Walking Hour: NA

You will board your aircraft back to Kathmandu at roughly 11 a.m. Our staff will assist you in getting to Pokhara Airport for your flight. When you arrive at Kathmandu domestic airport, our crew will meet you and transport you to your hotel in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will have some free time to unwind and relax after your journey. Make use of this time to tour the city at your leisure, go last-minute shopping, or simply relax and recuperate at your hotel.
In the evening, we will gather for a spectacular farewell dinner, where you will be able to enjoy excellent Nepalese cuisine while reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories you have made during your time here.

  • Max. Altitude: 1,350 M (4,428 ft)
  • You will visit: Kathmandu
  • Walking Hour: NA

Transfer to the airport on your flight schedule.

    Cost Details
    Includes
    • Full Board (breakfast, lunch and Dinner) in Trekking
    • Jomsom-Pokhara Flights Tickets
    • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
    • Government-registered local expert guide,
    • Porters to carry trekking bags.
    • All necessary trekking permits, and TIMS card.
    • In cities, accommodation includes breakfast.
    • Guided tour in Kathmandu city.
    • Welcome and farewell, dinner.
    • Equipment and clothing for porters & staff.
    • Insurance for all staff and porters.
    • Transportation as per itinerary
    • First Aid Kit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
    • Annapurna (Throng La Passes) Trekking Map.
    • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters
    Excludes
    • Nepal visa
    • Lunch and dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
    • Personal gear & clothing (available on hire)
    • Tips for guide and porters
    • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, and medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc.
    • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges, etc.

    Dates & Prices

    Book your trek in advance: The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a popular and difficult trip, and it is necessary to schedule your excursion ahead of time so that we can book an experienced guide for this trek. If you are traveling during the peak season (March to May or September to November), it is best to book your airplane tickets and hotel reservations in advance.

    Get a medical checkup: Before you go on this kind of challenging trek, it is important to get a medical checkup to make sure you are in good health. You should also be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take steps to prevent it. Consult with your personal doctors about how and when to take Diamox if needed.

    Pack the necessary equipment: Trekking boots, trekking poles, warm clothing, sun protection, rain gear, a first aid kit, toiletries, a water bottle, snacks, a sleeping bag, and a backpack are all required for the trek. However, you can get a basic notion from the Nepal Trek Gear list.

    Be prepared for altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a real risk on the Anapurna Circuit Trek. Symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fatigue. Yoga, breathing, swimming, cycling, and running will help, and you should start preparing before 3 to 6 months, depending on your personal physical activities.

    Be adaptable. Because the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, it is critical to be flexible with your plan. Be ready to alter your plans if required.

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    Trip DateApr 28, 2024 -May 10, 2024
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    Good to know

    Festivals and Events in Nepal

    We are suggesting some of the biggest and most interesting festivals of Nepal, which are celebrated in the capital city of Kathmandu and in various parts of Nepal. You can plan a Nepal vacation or the Annapurna Circuit Trek accordingly so you can experience more Nepalese cultures and participate in the festive events.

    BuddhaPurni

    Buddha Jayanti is a celebration that is observed between February and March. It is a time for celebration, prayer, and feasting. Depending on the location, this event has a variety of customs attached to it; however, Manang and Muktinath will be the two places with the biggest celebrations.

    Dashian Festival

    The longest and most significant celebration in Nepal is Dashain. The ten-day event honors the triumph of good over evil. Equal numbers of Hindus and Buddhists participate in the holiday. Dashain is a time for gathering with family and friends to rejoice. It's a joyful, peaceful, and joyful time.  Dates of the Festival: October 10, 2024–October 15, 2024

    Indra Jatra in Kathmandu

    Indra and his mother, Dagini, are honored during the eight-day joyful festival of the Newari community in the Kathmandu Valley in order to obtain their blessing for the upcoming harvest. The chariots of the living goddess Kumari, Ganesh, and Bhairav will be the main attractions of the festival, as will the Lakhey and many cultural mask dances around Kathmandu Durbar Square. Lord Indra is a particularly revered deity in Hindu societies where a good harvest is crucial since he has an avatar as the god of rain.

    Who will be the guide for the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

    Your guide will be experienced in the local places, people, and region. We cannot confirm the guide's name for last-minute bookings, but we assure you that your sherpa, guide, and porters will be experienced on the trail. All guides speak English, but if you would like a guide in your own language, we can arrange that for an additional fee. A certified government-licensed guide will lead the trek and will have first aid training and cultural, social, and environmental awareness.

    Tipping for Guide and Porters

    There is no fixed tipping rate for guided tours or treks in Nepal. However, tipping is expected if the service merits it, and it is a nice way to show your appreciation. For guides, USD 15 per day, and per porter, USD 10.

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