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 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 trek, 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?
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 the 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 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 is 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.
You can spend the night at teahouses along the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The teahouses serve food and hot beverages and are simple but comfortable. We won't need to bring food on this trek because it will be provided by the neighborhood tea establishments. 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.
The gear listed below is necessary for the Annapurna Circuit Trek:
- Trekking shoes
- Hiking sticks
- A warm Jacket (Down)
- Fleece lining
- A sun hat
- Personal Medical kit
- Water Bottle and (Camel Bag - Helpful)
Best Time to Trek Annapurna Circuit in 2023 and 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.
- 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 journey. When you arrive at the trail's finish, you'll feel proud of yourself.