- Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
- Max Elevation:5,416 m / 17,872
- Total Duration:22 days
- Best Time:March to June, September - December, March - May
- Activities::Guided tour-exciting drive-scenic and cultural trekking.
- Overall Trip::18 Nights & 19 Days
- Area of trekking::Nepal's Far North West Himalaya beyond Manang & Kaligandaki.
- Average walking::From minimum 4 hrs to maximum 6 hours treks.
Annapurna Circuit Thorang-La Pass Trekking is a classic trek completely around the famed of Annapurna massif is a winner amongst all trekking destinations to Himalayas of Nepal, China and Tibet, because of its Himalayan range arrangement that lies through the thick rough country to close Tibetan borders. Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the passionate viewpoints of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Gangapurna as we go along the down-town of Manang and pass through Thorong La (5416 m) that is allied with the Marsyangdi valley and Kali Gandaki valley ranges.
In Annapurna Circuit Thorang-La Pass Trekkingg, Trekkers experiencing the high altitude route of 5416 meters Throng-La pass can have the perfect magnificent Himalayan ranges views of 3 fabulous peaks named Mount Annapurna & Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Manaslu. The trail then goes behind the hills of Annapurna, and cross the threshold of Trans-Himalayan district populated by people of Tibetan ethnicity who traditionally belong to Buddhist culture. The most fascinating moments of Annapurna Circuit Trekking is involvement with assorted ethnic social cultures like Gurung, Magar, Sherpa, Lama and Thakalis. Kali Gandaki River being the most significant charm in the World is still untamed territory that attracts the interest of the tourists from all over the world. This trek best known as Annapurna Circuit offers an original trademark and diverse cultural characteristics of Nepal. Trekking in Annapurna region is the most ideal approach to a closest look of majestic Himalayan scenes. One can get Mesmerized with the single glimpse of this enchanting mountain Likewise, it is significantly a centered trekking location amongst the international tourists since 1977 when it was first time opened for the public.
The mainstream of this trekking are the breaking points of the journey where we can enjoy the different views and different location within the same journey like the breaking points of Thorong La pass and the remaining parts around the hallowed region of Muktinath are additionally a great episodes of Annapurna Circuit Thorang-La Pass Trekking that demonstrates the diverse nature and climate differences. So take a time out of your busy schedule and get lost in the beauty of high parade of Himalayas looking like an exotic models of nature.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )
Up on arrival you will be picked up at the international airportin Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. After refreshments your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel for a half day sightseeing tour to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. Later on this evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu
Today you have a full day guided sightseeing tour to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Durbar Square, then visit “Swyambhunath” a Holy sight of Hinduism and Buddhism also known as “the monkey temple” as a large number of holy monkeys are living in the north-west part of the temple. Next, you will be taken to “Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. You will then be driven to “Boddhanath Stupa” one of the biggest and oldest stupas in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in your hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding the trek as well as provide you the opportunity to ask any questions of the upcoming trip. Second overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (850m/2788ft) about 08 hrs drive via Besi-Sahar( 823m/2700ft)
Today after an early morning breakfast your guide will receive you from your hotel and transfer to the bus station for day scenic countryside drive to Khudi. On the way we can see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, settlement, farms and beautiful mountain. After Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre and head north to Besisahar. About 30min drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting Point of our Adventure. Stay overnight in Khudi.
Day 04: Trek to Sirung (2200m/7217ft) 5-6 hrs walk
The Adventure starts after early breakfast. Our first day trek involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up and down hill sections across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains (Manaslu) that we see from Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are an interesting. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Taranche. We enjoy the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu in Sirung. Sirung offers us a home-stay where we also enjoy the cultural program organized by the local for the visitors. If the number of visitors is more than four, the group may have to split to stay at different houses for the night.
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1425m/4675ft) 4-5 hrs walk
After wonder time in Sirung Village, the trail goes through amphitheater- shaped terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests and small villages. The trail always following the Marshyangdi River. From Syange follows the river to the stone village of Jagat for lunch. After lunch we have an hour’s walk to Chamje with nice view of the Waterfall. Stay overnight in Chamje.
Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1930m/6332ft) 5-6 hrs walk
From Chamje the trail follows the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal (1675m), a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. Now the trek enters the Manang district. The trail crosses a wide, flat valley before climbing a stone stairway to 1860m. The trail continues with several ups and down before halting at Dharapani for overnight at here. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 07: Trek to Chame (2660 m/8730ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Chame is the head quarter of the Manang district. So, today after breakfast you will star the day with few slow up hill up to Timang at 2360m (the area dominated by Tamang tribe of people) and then continues through pine forest up to Chame 2660m. There are fine views of Annapurna II and Lamgung Himal from Chame. Evening time explores the market and visit small natural hot spring and where you can take a bath. Overnight at Tea house
Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3185m/10450ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Cross-Marshyangdi River and continue trek through a beautiful pine and spruce forest. Finally your trek arrives to Brathang village amidst beautiful apple garden. Further trek brings you to next bridge to cross Marshyangdi again. From on here begins Manang. Gentle climbing begins through pine forest and fantastic view of Mt. Annapurna. Finally you are at Pisang village 3185m. There is two Pisang, lower Pisang and upper Pisang, upper Pisang has better view of valley and the mountain. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 09: Trek to Manang (3480m/11420ft) 4-5 hrs walk
Well, there are two route to Manang, Upper route and lower route. Upper route have better view than lower route but both has nicer and different view. Lower route goes through the pine forest with magnificent view of Annapurnas from different angles and beautiful landscape takes you to Humde village and further trek to Braga village where you can visit a 600 years old monastery and Tibetan style houses. After 40 minutes trek from Braga, you are in Manang village. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang.
One should spend a day in Manang village to acclimatize and explore Manang. From the flat roofed houses of Manange have excellent views of the Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna Lake. Today you have chance to Visit either Hundred rupees Lama or Gangapurna Glacier Lake with Village. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 11: Trek to Churilattar (4180m/13714ft) 4-5 hrs walk
After wonderful time in Manang Village, trek start an ascent of almost 2000m to the Throung La. from Manang the trail crosses a stream and mane stone before the Tenki Manang. The trek continues through small village of Gunsang where you can take short break for tea/coffee. Today you will stop Yak Kharka, also known as Koche, from where it will take another 01 hrs to Churilattar. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 12: Trek to Churi Lattar to Thorang Phedi(4447m/14600ft) 3-4 hrs or Thorang High Camp (4910m/16109ft) 4-5 hrs walk
After breakfast in teahouse, start trek with few and slowly up and down until crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 meters. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi. If you feel fine today you can make all the way to Thorang High Camp, if you do it today it will be easier for tomorrow. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3700m/12140ft) via Throng-La (5416m/17770ft) 6-7 hrs walk
Today an early morning you will star to walk with torch light, slowly ascend, nice view of the Annapurna Mountain and Chulu west, finally reach to the pass. The Throng-La pass with traditional Chorten, prayer flags is at an elevation of 5416m which is the highest point of your trip from where you will have outstanding high Himalayan scenery. The trail descends all the way to Muktinath. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2660m/8728ft) via Kagbeni 5-6 hrs walks
Today an early morning wake up with Muktinath temple and after breakfast easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. Trek onwards to Jomsom and further to Marpha village, a major village on the Kaligandaki trading route. This is very windy path in the afternoon and therefore it’s good to cross before noon following the down stream of Kaligandaki with different views of mountain and sandy path. Visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around. stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 15: Trek to Kalopani (2530m/8300ft) 4-5 hrs walks
Today after breakfast you trek through the several villages with nice view of Dhaulagiri Ice-fall. The trail still flows along the Kaligandaki River known as Thak Khola until Kalopani. After Marpha today you have chances to visit Tukche, Larjung and Kobang villages, other villages of the Thakalis, land of Apple. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190m/3905ft) 5-6 hrs walk
After wonderful of view of Mt. Annapurna I, today after breakfast trek slow down hill to Dana, where we are going to stop for lunch. Right after Kalopani you will see one of the deepest gorges of the world. After lunch another 02 hrs walks to Tatopani, at Tatopani the view of Mt. Nilgiri is magnificent. Natural hot spring bathing is a main attraction to the clients at Tatopani. Tato is ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’ in Nepali. On reach at Tatopani, refreshment ant then trek about 10min to hot spring pool. Stay over night at the tea house.
Day 17: Trek to Gorepani (2780m/9121ft) 6-7 hrs walks
In Nepal never finish up and down especially when you are doing trekking in the mountain, so today you have to climb the 1600m in a day to Gorepaani. On the way, you will pass through the villages of many ethnic groups in every short distance with different life style, housing style accordingly profession too. The main villages on the way are Ghara, Shikha, Phalate and Chitre. Today you will have different view of Mt Dhaulagri, Mt Nilgiri and Mt Annapurna. Stay over night at the tes house.
Day 18: Trek to Tadapani (2660m/8727ft) via Poonhill (3210 m/10532ft) 4-5 hrs.
Today an early morning guide will take you to the Poon Hill, where you may able to the sunrise for the lifetime memory. Over 30 snow-capped peaks of the whole Annapurna range can be seen from here in include Mt Fishtail and Mt Dhaulagiri. After wonderful time in the Poon Hill, back to hotel for breakfast, than continues trek to the Tadapani. This area is one of the finest and most famous trekking areas of Nepal. The Annapurna ranges and Machhapuchre (Fishtail) dominate the mountain views with glimpses of farther Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu range to the east. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 19: Trek to Ghandruck(1990m/6529ft) 3-4 hrs walk
Tadapani is a nice place itself from where you will be able to see good sunrise and mountain which surrounded by the Rhododendron frost. Today after breakfast the trail descends through the deep forest to the Ghandruck. This is a modern village of this trek and nice village settlement in terrace field. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Day 20: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) about 4 hrs walk and 1 and half hrs drive.
After wonderful time in the mountain you descend to Syauli Bazaar from where the trail begins level till Nayapul from where your trek going to finish and drive to Pokhara. Stay over night at the hotel in Pokhara.
Day 21: Free day in Pokhara.
Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) 7 hrs drive
After breakfast in the hotel in Pokhara, you will be ready for day drive back to Kathmandu through the scenic countryside. Stay over night at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Note: You can fly to Pokhara which takes 35min
Day 23: Final departure
Today we will transfer you to the international airport for your departure back home.
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- 02 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with all necessary entrance fee and privet vehicle
- Kathmandu to Khudi (if you want private vehicle from Kathmandu also available on additional cost) and Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (if you want flight or private vehicle from Pokhara also available on additional cost)
- Annapura Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
- 01 guide, English speaking, licensed insured, registered, salary, food and accommodation
- 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
- Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
- Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
- Safe drinking water and first add kid box
- Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets,Ti-shart, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
- All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Meals during the traveling time
Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
Anything not included in service includes column
Equipments for this trip
- Trekking Bag pack.
- Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
- Trekking shoes.
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Trekking stick.
- Sun Hat, cap
- Warm woolen cap.
- Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
- Pullover or warm sweeter.
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
- Hand gloves.
- 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle.
- Sleeping bag.
- Flash or Torch light.
- Camera and batteries.
- Sun cream.
FAQs of Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Can you provide me more information about the teahouses on this trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet but nowadays in low levels atteched toilet is found and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses donot have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.
Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
No, As there is enough time to acclimatise while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and its easy to get.
How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.
At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottels at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.
Is it nessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.
Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.
Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 litre of water. Neutralising tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.
What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognise Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimise effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatisation.
What if I get ill while on the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its ver serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.
Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.
Is alcohol permitted on trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.
Difficulties rating of Annapurna circuit trek
A trekkers have to pass Thorung pass so trekker should be fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 5416m, so you should be careful about altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and avoid alcoholic drinks. Please be careful of frost bit and snow blindness. You must take care of your health.
Safe drinking water on Annapurna circuit Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful forprotection of environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricicty or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iphone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adoptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Annapurna circuit Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Annapurna circuit Trek:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozed then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin tht is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is ta government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We required non-fundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.