Annapurna round via Thorong La pass

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your private Annapurna round trek
via Thorong La

Annapurna & Mustang

18 days

medium/hard

5416 meter

guide & porter

hotel & mountain lodge

about the route

The Nepal Himalaya represents the meeting point of the Tibetan Buddhist world and the Hindu culture of the Indian subcontinent. These two religions overlap and blur in Nepal and particularly this trek is a journey between these two great faiths.

This route in the Annapurna Circuit is a two week trekking for the healthy mountain goats. :) The route takes you across one of the Nepal's most famous mountain ranges, the Annapurna Sanctuary.

You'll need a proper physical condition because you'll walk around six hours per day. The routes goes from green valleys (600m), via narrow trails through small Nepalese villages all the way up to worlds highest pass, Thorong La (5416m). During this trekking you'll sleep in cute but simple lodges.

The view and landscape is varied in this trek particularly. You'll walk from a moist green jungle, to chilly high mountains and a windy mountain desert, from Nepalese Hindu villages to typical Tibetan Buddhist villages.

This Annapurna round trek is THE route for those who want to go on a real trekking.

alternative trekking routes

You could also consider our Tilicho Lake and Thorung La pass trekking in which you trek to the holy Tilicho Lake (5200m) that collects the glacial melt of the entire northern slopes of Annapurna and the Thorong Peak. We can take you on this trekking in about 16 days.

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itenerary

in a nutshell

day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.

day 02 | Drive to Besi Sahar (760m)  - 7/8 hrs.

day 03 | Trek to Bahundanda (1310m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 04 | Trek to Chamje (1400m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 05 | Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 06 | Trek to Chame (2630m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 07 | Trek to Upper Pisang (3300m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 08 | Trek to Manang (3540m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 09 | Acclimatization day at Manang village.

day 10 | Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 11 | Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 12 | Trek via Thorung La pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) - 8/9 hrs.

day 13 | Trek to Marpha (2670m) - 6/7 hrs.

day 14 | Trek to Ghasa (2010m) - 6/7 hrs.

day 15 | Trek to Tatopani (1190m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 16 | Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani.

day 17 | Trek to Ghorepani (2810m) - 6/7 hrs.

day 18 | Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 19 | Trek to Naya Pul (1010m) - 3/4 hrs. Drive to Pokhara - 1 hr.

more details

day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.
By Mountain People welcomes you at your hotel for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide (and porters) and talk about the trekking route. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear them from you.

Note: Please make sure you bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies, two photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. We also request you to clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

overnight at a hotel

day 02 | Drive to Besi Sahar - 7 hrs.
Our trekking staff arrives at your hotel at 7am in the morning to pick you up. After a 7/8 hour drive we reach Besi Sahar (760m) where we spend the night.

overnight at a guesthouse

day 03 | Trek to Bahundanda - 5 hrs.
Today our journey really starts. We start walking Besi Sahar from where the trail makes a climb to Khudi (790m) where we reach the first Gurung village. Interesting to know is that many of the famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers are Gurungs. When we continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). We climb to Bhulbhule (825m) and then via Ngadi to Lampata nearby Bahundanda (1310m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 04 | Trek to Chamje - 5 hrs.
Today we start following a steep trail down to Syange (1070m). On the way, depending on the season, you can see a large waterfall. After crossing the Marsyangdi river via a suspension bridge, we walk along the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forest to Chyamje (1400m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 05 | Trek to Bagarchhap - 5 hrs.
Today the day begins with a rocky trail uphill along the Marsyandi river all the way to Tal (1675m). This village in a wide, flat valley is the first in the district of Manang. From here our trek continues up and down to Dharapani (1890m). When we approach Bagarchhap (2160m) we can see the typical Tibetan flat roofed stone houses surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 06 | Trek to Chame - 5 hrs.
Today we climb up to Tyanja (2360m) from where we continue through the forest near the river to Kopar (2590m). As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by fine views of Annapurna II. This town has two hot springs where you can soak and relax yourselves from the trekking so far. Along this route you’re introduced to a local community of which the residents migrated from Tibet centuries ago.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 07 | Trek to Upper Pisang - 5 hrs.
This day starts with a trek through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley and crossing a river via a long bridge (2910m). Soon we cross another bridge (3040m) from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda's rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between (3200m) and (3300m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 08 | Trek to Manang - 5 hrs.
Today we continue our trek through the drier upper part of Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd yaks and raise crops for a part of the year. When we leave Pisang there are alternate trails from the north and the south of the Marsyangdi river which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip (3325m), involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3475m) to the nearby Manang (3540m).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 09 | Acclimatization day in and around Manang.
Today is time to relax by spending an acclimatization day in Manang. This whole day we can spend doing fine day walks and viewing the magnificent sights around the village. By the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a good meal and sleep.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 10 | Trek to Yak Kharka - 5 hrs.
Today we continue and ascend by nearly 500 meter to Yak Kharka. We climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. From there we continue through the Jarsang Khola Valley and reach Yak Kharka (4000m). From here you see that herds of yaks and vegetations clearly thin out.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 11 | Trek to Thorong Phedi - 5 hrs.
Today we ascend for two hours and then descends again to cross the river (4310m). Then we climb up to Thorong Phedi (4450m) where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 12 | Cross Thorong La pass and trek to Muktinath - 8/9 hrs.
Today we cross world’s highest pass! This is a long day, starting before sunrise at 4 or 5am to cross the pass by 9 or 10am before the strong wind comes up. These weather conditions may greatly affect our journey, particularly at Thorong La pass (5416m). Steeply we climb on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, difficulties may arise due to altitude and snow. About four hours climb up to the pass, marked by chortens and prayer flags reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. Then another 4 to 5 hours of walking takes you to the holy town of Muktinath.

Muktinath means ‘place of Nirvana’ and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when you visit the temple which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The prime pilgrimage month is September.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 13 | Trek to Marpha - 6/7 hrs.
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day 14 | Trek to Ghasa  - 6/7 hrs.
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overnight at a mountain lodge

day 15 | Trek to Tatopani  - 5/6 hrs.
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overnight at a mountain lodge

day 16 | Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani.
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overnight at a mountain lodge

day 17 | Trek to Ghorepani - 6/7 hrs.
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overnight at a mountain lodge

day 18 | Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tikhedunga - 5/6 hrs.
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overnight at a mountain lodge

day 19 | Trek to Naya Pul - 3/4 hrs. Drive to Pokhara - 1 hr.
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overnight at a mountain lodge

included

cost includes

  • airport transfer and drop off
  • trekking permit
  • experienced, English speaking guide (including his/her food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance)
  • porter per two persons (including his/her food, salary, accommodation, equipment, medicine & insurance)
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
  • accommodation during your trekking
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trekking
  • accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara (as per the itinerary)
  • bus tickets

cost does not include

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Nepal airport and airfare departure tax
  • travel health insurance
  • meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipment
  • tips for trekking staff and drivers
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below 'cost includes'

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Valerie vdK Oh The Variety ... I Loved It!

Wow, I enjoyed this trekking! So much variety ... We walked from the jungle to the high mountains and via world's highest pass we entered the a desert in the former kingdom of Mustang. All along this route I found the landscape gorgeous, the villages lovely and the views stunning.

Govinda, thank you! You did a great job preparing our trek and it was very comfortable for us that you were always there to help us.

I definitely recommend your company by Mountain People to my friends and family and of course I’ll be back myself as well. See you soon again Govin!!

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Govinda
Namaste! As a Nepali I proudly welcome you to my beautiful country. When I first started doing business, I runned a trekking gear shop in Thamel, Kathmandu. Since I have discovered the joy of traveling myself, I got the license for mountain trekking guide. And now, with by Mountain People, I am excited to show travelers from all over the world Nepal’s most beautiful places.