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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Thorang La

This is the time for the young blood in you to rise up to join the most chosen trek of all times, the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Thorang La. The Thorang La pass is situated in the highest altitude of 5416 m from where you can view the gorgeous and untouched beauty of nature without any kinds of artificial patch up. The adventure seekers long term seek for such trips to gain something from the trek as well as be more than satisfied with what the trek provides in return. You can even join our Annapurna Circuit trek with Tilicho and Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Group size: 2 to 12 Max-Altitude: 5416m
Destination: Nepal Fitness level: Low 
Arrival on: Kathmandu Departure from: Kathmandu
Meals: Welcome dinner and Breakfast during a city tour
Accommodation: Teahouses during trek and 3 – star hotels during city tour

Trip Introduction

Annapurna Circuit trek with Thorang La is no doubt the most rewarding trek for nature lovers, explorers, admirers of mountains and adventure enthusiast. Nepal Big Mountain, your trekking buddy is ready to guide you throughout the trek and make the necessary arrangement you seek from an agency.

You are at the safe side of the trek, which gives you a completely new level of extra amusement as you have one less thing to worry about. There you have unlimited guidance and information from guides.

Next, the trip is itself a rewarding trek as you are to reach the altitude of 5416 m. This is the famous Thorang La pass that provides you with a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, at the back you can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. You will also be walking through the beautiful trail leading you to charismatic Himalayan ranges including the Annapurna range and many others.

Additionally, you discover the hot spring of Nepal where you can relax your body and heal the exhaustion. You have the privilege of good accommodation lacking in many treks, as it is a famous trekking route. You will encounter many tales of Nepal and feel the welcoming vibes with the Himalayan and Tibetan cultured people. You can even try their unique cuisines and exchange stories with them.

Moreover, the myths here will surely intimidate you. “The Hundred Waters” is a place believed to clear all your sins if you can walk through 108 taps of water in the cold weather. you will visit religious places in Kathmandu as well.

Majorly, the trip consumes the beauty of nature through the streams, rivers, rhododendron forests, massifs, the grandeur of mountains and amazing landscapes. You have to come to visit this place as you will gain the maximum adrenaline rush through this trek with Nepal Big Mountain.

Do check out our packages for Langtang and Everest Regions trekking

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (Altitude 1400 m)

Nepal Big Mountain Travel believes in persistence and belongingness. On day 1, arrival day, a representative in formal attire with garlands (Mala) and traditional Buddhist ceremonial scarf (Khata) will welcome you. This is a traditional welcoming gesture of Nepalese. The representative will guide you to the hotel. You can wander around the streets of Thamel and explore shops during the late afternoon. Then, a cultural dinner is presented overnight at Tourist Standard hotel in Kathmandu or similar class.

Main attractions:

  • Unique and traditional welcome
  • Welcome dinner- traditional Nepali cuisine
  • The inception of your trip
  • Wander around streets of Thamel
  • Explore shops of traditional Thankas, restaurants, handmade art crafts, street foods and many more

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100 m/3608 ft.): 8 - 10 hours  

After your refreshing breakfast, you go to about 8-hour route from Kathmandu to Syange. It is made sure that you are comfortable on the trip with the appointment of an experienced driver.

To break the monotony like most of the trips, the bus rides through the shortest route possible proving the natural beauty of Nepal like the mountain ranges, flowing rivers and many more. You can view the next possible destinations of your travel in upcoming vacation namely, Swoyambhunath, Manakamana, Chandragiri, etc. You will stay at a guesthouse for the night.

Major attractions:

  • The inception of the wonderful journey to Syange
  • View of possible future destinations in the route
  • Appointment of the experienced driver for comfortable travel
  • Catch the sight of mountain ranges, flowing rivers and many more
  • Driven by the thrill of your trek that starts the next day

Included meals:

Day 3: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860 m/6,430 ft.): 7 - 8 hours

After your fresh morning breakfast, you begin the wonderful journey. You cross a suspension bridge and after a steep climb, you enter the vicinity of Manang region at the village named Tal. It is amazing to know the reason behind a landlocked country is rich in water resource as you see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches.

Many trekkers grab this offer to gain the joy of the paradise of the paddy, wheat and rice fields, and beautiful, colourful rhododendron forests. Passing through the village of Kodo, you can tell it is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. You cross a suspension bridge again, and after a short climb of the stone Kani, you reach Dharapani. You stay at a Lodge this night enjoying the food after the spectacular trek.

Major attractions:

  • Inaugurate the trek and pass two suspension bridges
  • Enter into the villages of Manang region into the wild canyon
  • View the origin of the waterfalls
  • Enjoy the paradise of paddy, wheat and rice fields with the colourful rhododendron forests
  • The vision of the landslide in panoramic perspective with cargos, flowing rivers, and many more

Included meals:

Day 4: Dharapani to Chame (2,610 m/8,891 ft.): 5 - 6 hours

A new day begins with breakfast for reenergizing. On the third day, you trek from Dharapani (6265 ft.) to Chame (8891ft). As the altitude increases, you will get the sight of beautiful mountain peaks above you. You still have the refreshing air as you pass through the oak, pine and fir forest alongside the river. Relax in the hot spring in the journey. You will stay at the headquarters of Manang district, Chame for the night.

Major attractions:

  • The trail is from Dharapani (6265 ft.) to Chame (8891ft).
  • A slight increase in altitude provides you with the view of mountains above you
  • Remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m)
  • Amazing green forests along with the view of mountains
  • View of pine, fir and oaks forest around you

Included meals:

Day 5: Chame to Pisang (3,200 m/10824 ft.): 5 - 6 hours

The adventure starts as you wake up and move to the start of the steep and narrow valley. You get to see the marvellous curved rock face, Paungda Danda rock face, rising 1500m from the river. With the addition to that, you are also mind blown by the beauty of nature as the mountains Annapurna 2 and Pisang peak come across your naked eye. After you reach the height of 3200m, you start descending to the Manang valley floor. You have a chance to rest at the guesthouse or teahouse.

Major attractions:

  • Adventurous steep and narrow valley trail
  • Mani walls that are the Buddhist shrines with prayer wheels to fulfil your religious interests
  • Feel your gateway to heaven at the Paungda Danda that is known for its spiritual rituals
  • Miraculous view of Annapurna 2 and Pisang peak
  • Start descending after the achievement of height 3200 m

Included meals:

Day 6: Pisang to Manang (3,540 m/11,482 ft.): 6 - 7 hours

An important day is set aside for day fifth. The Most famous trip for both local and international tourist is Manang and Mustang (refer our site for Mustang trip). You get to view the Manang valley for the day. You will come across the Buddhist and Tibetan culture as you are introduced to the biggest monastery of the place, the Barge monastery. You can expect the Tibetan Buddhists to have a slightly unique lifestyle. Staggering views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak can be seen as you walk through the trail from Pisang via Geru. You can find the real purpose of the visit as you see the incredible Tilicho which will energize you for the further trip. Today, you rest at a guesthouse or teahouse in Manang.

Major attractions:

  • Trial through the Pisang to Manang to reach the height of 3540m via Geru
  • Staggering views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, and Pisang Peak
  • You can capture the remarkable outlook of the Tilicho for future reference.
  • You can watch mountain biking, a major sport in the area
  • Heartwarming Tibetan feel as you experience prayer wheels, mani flags, and mani walls in the Barge monastery.

Included meals:

Day 7: Manang: Acclimatization day

Five days of the trek in the cold and windy climate demands rest for the trekkers for the purpose of acclimatization. This day you go for a short hike exploring the beauty of Manang. As many of our trekkers suggested, only a day is not enough to analyze the beauty of the gorgeous mountains, we provide an extra day in Manang for your satisfaction. You can spend the day admiring Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks, roam around Manang Village and Monasteries in Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp. For the safety of trekkers, Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village is contacted for two-way communication where you will be briefed about acute Mountain Sickness., its symptoms, and preventions. The same lodge is taken for the recreation.

Major attractions:

  • Short hike to explore Manang
  • Admiring the wonderful scenery of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks
  • Roam around Manang Village and Monasteries to explore more about the Tibetan Buddhists.
  • Valuable two-way communication with the Himalayan Rescue Association.
  • Important briefings for your safety for the further trek

Included meals:

Day 8: Manang to Siri Kharka (4060 m/13,320 ft.): 4-5 hours

After the acclimatization, you start with easy trekking to habituate slowly with high convenience. A higher altitude is obtained through the upper route which follows a path down to a river surrounded by coniferous forests. After 3 hours of walk, you can analyze the Tibetan settlement Khangsar. Your last destination for today, Siri Kharkha will be an hour further. Along the journey, you will be rewarded with a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu. Your last destination for today is your stay for overnight.

Major attractions:

  • Attainment of the altitude of 4060m
  • Follow the current of the river through an upper route surrounded by coniferous forests
  • Analyze the Tibetan settlement Khangsar for hints of Buddhist culture.
  • Reward yourself with a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu
  • Reach Siri Kharkha to start your journey to the Tilicho Lake

Included meals:

Day 9: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4060 m/13,020 ft.): 4-5 hours

Early in the morning, you start your journey from Khangsar village. You have the chance to enter into the Tare Gumba, a thousand-year-old monastery. You explore the rock walls of the area that help you keep warm in the cold weather. If you have ever imagined the feeling of the old stone houses, this is your chance. Now, you go to the Thorang Khola valley and experience going across a river. You can observe the steep plateaus to reach Yak Kharka. You reach the standpoint of Annapurna mountain range where you test your luck to catch a snow leopard and blue sheep (Bharal) from your naked eye.  You stay in the teahouse or guesthouse.

Major attractions:

  • Visit the age-old monastery, Tare Gumba(1000 years approximately)
  • Explore the rock walls of the area and experience the feeling of walking into the cold climate.
  • Grab the experience of going across a river and through steep plateaus
  • Reach the standpoint of Annapurna mountain range
  • Test your luck to view the wildlife of the cold region, snow leopard and blue sheep (Bharal)

Included meals:

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi: (4525 m/14501 ft.): 3-4 hours

The early morning trek starts with single layered attire to the Kone Khola valley. You then reach Letdar to view the mountain yaks on the way with a view of mountains and landscapes. On our way, you get the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Grab the surreal beauty of the multicoloured slopes with different hues of orange, yellows, and browns. After climbing uphill for a short duration, you reach Thorong Phedi at a guesthouse for a stay.

Major attractions:

  • Cross the suspension bridges both wooden and steel.
  • View herds of mountain yaks on the way.
  • Become stunned by the beauty of mountains and landscapes.
  • Position yourself in front of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan
  • Grab the surreal beauty of the multicoloured slopes

Included meals:

Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft.) to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft.): 7 - 8 hours

You wake up early this morning at 3 to complete today’s task. You have to push yourselves through the icy air and high altitude but the view from the pass will make it totally worth it. You will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, at the back you can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. You then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters”. You stay overnight at the guesthouse.

Main attractions:

  • The most challenging part of the trek
  • Reach the highest altitude in the Thorang La pass, 5416 m.
  • Deal with the icy and cold climate to view the majestic Himalayan peaks north to Tibet
  • Surround yourself in the mountainous area
  • Obtain your spiritual satisfaction through the holy place for Buddhists as well as Hindus, Muktinath

Included meals:

Day 12: Drive from Muktinath to Tatopani (1,200 m/3937 ft.): 6 - 8 hours

You visit the sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath temple in the Muktinath. You continue your fantastic journey to Tatopani in a private vehicle. It is a place consisting of hot spring which is a targeted destination for many national and international tourists. You can see the importance of the place as you reach there to view the crowd of people to enjoy the time in the hot spring with their loved ones. You spend the night at a guesthouse after the relaxing soak yourself in the hot spring.

Major attractions:

  • Start your day with a religious visit to attain spiritual energy.
  • Continue your fantastic journey to Tatopani
  • Relax by soaking yourself in the hot spring.
  • Notice the change in climate as you move on from the cold region.

Included meals:

Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850 m/9,350 ft.): 7 - 8 hours

Inauguration of the trip from Tatopani to Ghorepani is done on the fourteenth day. This trip takes 7-8 hours. You pass the villages of Sikha and Chitre to experience the lifestyle of ethnic Thakali people. Panoramic terraced farmland with mountains all around amazes you throughout the journey. Forests that are filled with colourful rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, birch, magnolia magnify the luscious beauty of the whole trip. Finally, you reach Ghorepani which offers you a view from the ridge top. You spend the overnight at the Ghorepani.

Major attractions:

  • Descend the altitude to 2850m from a trip of 7-8 hours
  • Observe the traditional lifestyle of the Thakali ethnic group in Sikha and Chitre villages
  • Go through the luscious forests of colourful horticulture.
  • Amazing view of panoramic terraced farmland with mountains all around
  • Reach the village at ridge top for your dynamic stay.

Included meals:

Day 14: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 5-6 hours trek and 1-hour drive

Today you get to experiment with your photography skills to capture the beauty of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt Manaslu and surrounding rice terrace. A target to reach the altitude of 3210m to Poonhill is set as sunrise starts your day. The place is inhabited by Pun Gurungs and Magars, full of birds and sub-tropical valleys. You get to experience the mountain scrapes to boast over and recommend your friends and family to visit next. After visiting Poonhill, you will start your way back to Nayapul which is an intense trek. Then a sublime drive to Pokhara awaits you. You spend overnight at Pokhara in a 3-star hotel.

Major attractions:

  • Capture the beauty of the mountains surrounding a rice terrace.
  • Get a chance to explore the Pun Gurungs and Magars
  • Inhibit the energy of nature as you view subtropical forests and different species of birds
  • Experience mountain scrapes
  • Engage in an intense trek back to Nayapul.
  • Your first stay in a hotel after a number of days

Included meals:

Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

Today lies ahead of you with a breakfast and a beautiful view of sunrise. You drive back from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a tourist bus. The 5-hour route, you will be engaged observe the beauty of Pokhara passing through Himalayan Rivers – Trishuli, Marsyangdi, and Seti. The high current of the rivers offers you a prospect of rafting which can be your next possible destination of another package we offer. You can collaborate with our other package of sightseeing in Kathmandu, a day trip. You will spend overnight in the tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Major attractions:

  • The magnificent sight of high current Himalayan Rivers- Trishuli, Marsyangdi, and Seti
  • A chance to collaborate with our other package of sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Prospect of rafting which can be your next possible destination of another package we offer
  • Rest in your tourist standard hotel and rejuvenate yourself by the alluring facilities

Included meals:

Day 16: Departure

You have breakfast early in the morning. With the conclusion of necessary steps for departure, a representative of Nepal Big Mountain Travel will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport. Nepal Big Mountain expects a happy customer to travel again.

Major attractions:

  • Departure day
  • Concluding breakfast early in the morning
  • A representative of Nepal Big Mountain Travel will see you off to Tribhuvan International Airport
  • You are associated with your spirit smile with the end of an adventurous trek to Annapurna Circuit

Included meals:

Important Note

Nepal Big Mountain Travel prioritizes your safety first. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Availability of guides depends on the high seasons. In any case, specified guides are unavailable, Nepal Big Mountain provides an English guide for your meaningful travel.

Included in the Cost

  • Experienced English/Chinese/Spanish/Hindi speaking tour guide
  • Guide fees, government taxes and office service charges
  • Welcome dinner – Nepali cultural cuisine with a cultural dance performance
  • All entrance fees
  • Sim Card
  • Airport pickups, transfers to hotel and drops in a private vehicle
  • 1 porter per 2 pax
  • One bottle of mineral water daily during a city tour
  • All accommodations throughout the journey in twin sharing basis
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and National Park Entry Permits
  • 1 trekking map per 2 pax
  • 1 duffel bag per 2 pax
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis
  • General first aid kits

Not Included in the Cost

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips (Tipping is expected)
  • All other services not included in the itinerary
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Extra Food and Beverages
  • Optional: USD 40 per person per day for the provision of breakfast, lunch, and dinner during trekking periods

The Trekking Group

The trek includes a trekking group of 2-11 members. As a member of the trekking group, you will receive the reward of one assistant guide with the addition to one main guide or leader to gain as much information from the trekking route possible. The group can be customized as per your need by providing the necessary information. For the details, please refer to the additional information.

The group is under the supervision of the main guide. The main guide considers the directions information and safety concerns. This will make your trip safer.

Important points under trekking group:

  • 1 guide cum porter per 1 pax (Need to email us)
  • 1 assistant guide per 4 pax
  • 1 main guide or leader
  • 1 porter per 2 pax
  • 2-11 members in a group(customizing is considered with due information)

Accommodations

You stay at teahouses throughout the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. After the trek, trekkers make use of Nepal teahouses – small hotels for an overnight stay and home cooked meals.

There will be fewer difficulties as the need to cart food and tents are reduced. Quality depends on the number of customers as well as competition. Hence, popular routes like the EBC Trek and treks in the Annapurna Region have a wide variety of quality teahouses. However, other areas have basic teahouses. The bakery is the attraction of teahouses where you can choose from various sweet dishes.

You will be able to experience the native and ancient lifestyle. With higher elevations, there are fewer chances of good flushing mechanisms, making the tour more interesting for the challengers. It is highly recommended to use four seasons’ sleeping bag and earplugs for a better experience. You will have facilities of plug points and lighting which gives you unique experience of convenient trekking. You can upgrade your room and hotel with a reasonable extra charge. However, it might be difficult to find a single room at higher elevations.

Meals

The meals also provide you with a slight pinch of cultural taste. It comprises of welcome dinner and breakfast. Firstly, welcome embraces the refreshments after you reach the arrival destination, Kathmandu.

Secondly, you can enjoy the traditional Nepali cuisine that is a blend of rice, lentils, vegetables, and pickle. We respect and provide the choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food. Lastly, breakfast consists of organic tea or fresh plump of organic fruits. You are given a choice of a range of bakeries and cookies. Breakfasts are only provided in the city tours.

The trip excludes lunch and dinner so that you can explore the multiple choices of cuisines in Nepal without being bound by the travel agency. However, you can choose meals according to your preferences excluding the provision at your own expense. You are given a choice of a range of cookies, omelettes, porridge or boiled eggs.

Nepal Big Mountain also provides a provision of lunch and dinner for the minimum amount of extra USD 25 per person per day for city tours. In addition to it, during the trekking period, for the prerequisites of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the minimum amount of extra USD 40 per person per day is provided such that you have the convenience of easy access to meals throughout the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

The traveller must specify any kinds of sickness, diseases or phobias before the trip because Nepal Big Mountain believes every traveller needs to be under perfect care and guidance to enjoy the trip with the best convenience possible.

There are high chances of altitude sickness to many trekkers since the trek covers the altitude of 5416m. Along with it, there is a need for the trekkers to be familiar with the cold weather. It is essential for the trekkers to have the common vaccinations. If there are any children travelling, it must be on the guidance of their guardian.

The trip is not suitable for pregnant women and people with an adverse health condition.  For children who are under 14-15, it is best to hire porters to carry the heavier equipment, since the children will not be able to manage the heavy loads over rough terrain, and you do not want to have to carry all their stuff as well as your own. The same can be said of elderly people, over sixty may be able to make the long trek to ACT, but they need to be physically fit and have no serious conditions.

The trek can take you to remote areas. Following are the requirements:

  • Information about the pre-existing medical conditions
  • Information about heart problems
  • written prescription of a physician in generic names
  • Contact lenses and plenty of solution for the needed. Carry backup glasses and sunglasses.

Best Time to Travel

Deciding the best time for hiking is itself an adventurous elimination game. It is not completely unfavourable to visit during the other seasons. However, for the best experience, a clear season is recommended. If you are interested in adventure travel in the time period later than the mentioned date, you can also check our package to Pokhara.

The months from December to February are cold seasons and May brings summer vibes. If you are interested in a trip in your choice of season, it is a remarkable choice for you. However, as a travel agency, Nepal Big Mountain seeks the best experience for a trekker. This trek is highly recommended in the month of October-November or mid-March-mid April when the season is clear.

The choice of these months will give you a great chance to view the beauty of Himalayas at their best. There are blooming flowers like rhododendron, the national flower of the country found abundantly. The trail will be colourful and eye-catching giving you a different level of energy during these months.

Additional Information

Altogether, this is a trip of 16 days and 15 nights. However, if you are interested in customized trips, contact us. You can get some concession for group booking. Please contact Nepal Big Mountain for the group rates via email to info@nbmtravel.com. Any kinds of a health condition that may have a negative effect on the traveller must be specified at an earlier stage before booking.

You will be able to blend with various ethnic groups including the Mongoloid Himalayan people, Brahmins, Chhetris to experience being reborn as a unique person. You will get to check out the natural hot springs of Nepal which are supposed to have healing quality in practice.

Annapurna is one of the top 10 highest mountains in the world. The trekkers need to cope with the cold climate in the Annapurna circuit.

Tips are also expected from the trekker if satisfactory performance is shown by the tour guide.