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Annapurna Circuit (Thorong-la Pass) Trekking

“around Annapurna north & south via Thorang-la pass”

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Annapurna
Trip Basis
On Lodge / Tea House
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous
Highest Elevation
5416 m
Total Trip
18 / 19 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
Trekking around world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m leading both side of Annapurna mountainous region from North & South travel from Himalayan sub-tropic – mediterranean-alpine to arctic climate awesome scenery of world’s 3highest peaks Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu visiting the high mid hills traditional villages of Gurung, Manang, Magar & Thakali.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination to Annapurna Circuit, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its awesome landscapes from both side of Annapurna from North to South.
On this trek Annapurna Circuit you can view from Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) to Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) Base Camp with worlds 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m and 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, range of mountains with Lamjung Himal.
Annapurna Circuit one of the most popular and trekked region due to its easy accessibility from Lamjung and Manang area and then concluding at picturesque touristic city at Pokhara the trek is moderate to adventurous where all types of travelers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little more 2 weeks in the comfort of warm cozy lodge known as tea houses along the route.  Annapurna Circuit is rated as world’s 10th best trekking destination, one of the most unique journeys leading from warm subtropical; mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in Annapurna Circuit, this makes a drastic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
This trek leads through many traditional Gurung villages famous as Gorkha soldiers in foreign legion of British, Indian, Singapore and Brunei as gallantry soldiers.
This remarkable trek starts from Lamjung and Manang area and then over to Mustang region via the high pass of Thorang-la at 5,416 meters the highest point of this trek and slowly with a scenic walk ending this beautiful and awesome trekking at scenic valley around Pokhara city where the high snow capped peaks reflects in its serene lake Phewa.
After a great moment at Annapurna Circuit journey onto Mustang passing charming villages of Muktinath, Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Tatopani (hot spring)
walking in the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River valley following the Kali Gandaki River and then to the scenic view point at Pun Hill for awesome panorama and then with a gradual scenic walk back to Pokhara and then return back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition trekking around magnificent Annapurna Circuit.
Day 01:       Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02:       In Kathmandu half day sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
Day 03:       Drive to Chamje 1,560 m via Beshishar 823m - 08 hrs journey.
Day 04:       Trek to Dharapani 1,860m - 05hrs.
Day 05:       Trek to Chame 2,715m - 05 hrs.
Day 06:       Trek to Pisang 3,185m - 05 hrs.
Day 07:       Trek to Manang 3,350m - 04 hrs.
Day 08:       Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and hike.
Day 09:       Trek to Yak Kharka 4,130m - 04 hrs.
Day 10:       Trek to Thorung High Camp 4,600m - 04hrs. 
Day 11:       Trek to Muktinath 3,800m via Thorang-la 5,415m - 06 hrs.
Day 12:       Trek to Marpha 2,670m - 06 hrs.
Day 13:       Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06hrs.
Day 14:       Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.
Day 15:       Trek to Ghorepani 2,750m - 06 hrs.
Day 16:       Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m - 05 hrs.
Day 17:       Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m
Day 18:       Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
Day 19:       Transfer to airport for international departure.

POKHARA VALLEY:

Pokhara is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley in the Himalaya and probably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape  and reflection of the Annapurna massif including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchhre on its beautiful lakes.. Pokhara is situated in the mid western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic views of the mid east to western Himalayan ranges.
Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snow capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa.
The most stunning of Pokhara’ sights is the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South.
Among these high peaks it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range. Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of Nepal's most popular adventure destinations. Most of the trekking, mountaineering expeditions begins from this remarkable place and it's a also an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.

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Our optional extension programs around Pokhara and beyond.
Para Gliding-Zip Flyer- Rafting at Seti - Kaligandaki - Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
Day 01:           Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
Day 02:           In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
As per the time set for sightseeing tour, our city guide will meet in the morning after breakfast  and then depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for Annapurna Circuit trek preparation.
Day 03:           Drive to Chamje 1,560 m via Beshishar 823m - 08 hrs journey.
This amazing trip Annapurna circuit starts with morning drive towards Nepal mid west with mountain scenery, journey leads to Beshsishar town then on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, the drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange, from here with a slow climb leaving the Marsyangdi River behind for few days then reaching the first overnight stop at Chamje after Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges to take care the needs of the travelers.
 
Day 04:           Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hours.
From this village walk leads to a gradual winding path to Chamje, after this village back to Marsyangdi River crossing towards east bank and then through a thick forest, with superb views of majestic Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, then on the wide path all the way to a nice village at Tal Besi, after a break here another few hours walk reaches to Dharapani village for overnight stop, this village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trek.
 
Day 05:           Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.
After Dharapani walking along the wide trail through tranquil rhododendron and pine forest passing the small villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to  Timang village with its ancient Buddhist culture along with grand view of
Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, after Timang village another hour walk leads to the village of Koto and then to Chame for the overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and as well a headquarter.
 
Day 06:           Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
From here onwards feel the cool and fresh mountain air, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with several ups and downs to Bhratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dhukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, after a break here descending to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight stop.
 
Day 07:           Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
Pisang village with grand scenery of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here on feeling the altitude gain, morning walk passes through forest with a short uphill with superb views of Hongde airstrip beneath the staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak, then walking on the downhill path and towards flat valley at Hongde village, after this place tree lines disappears with barren, arid with cold and dry climate. Just before Manang, visit the old Braga monastery which houses old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos, offering stunning views of Annapunra’s Himalaya, from here an hour walk brings to Manang village, the houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.
 
Day 08:           Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading to higher ground and Thorang –la, in Manang optional short hike to explore the Manang village and its valley, this large village situated on the wide windswept valley at the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Lake. 
 
Day 09:           Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours.
After a good time at Manang, morning adventure leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with super scenery of the snow capped mountains, then crossing the river to reach Yak Kharka a small settlement, offering tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
 
Day 10:           Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
As the walk progress and getting closer to the base of Thorang-la on the trail beyond a small place at Ledar, then crossing a bridge walk heads to a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, leading up on the narrow path to cross a steep rocky slope and finally reaching at Thorung Phedi, depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to the overnight stop at Thorang High Camp, staying here to make it easier for the next day climb over Thorang pass.

Day 11:           Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
Today the highlight of this great journey after early breakfast set for the long climb to Thorang-la with a steep ascend all the way to Thorung La Pass top at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft, the highest altitude gain of this memorable adventure this certainly requires a high spirit and physically strong mind to cross over it. The top offers mind blowing scenery of beautiful landscapes and snow capped peaks, from here the walk leads to a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m. on reaching Muktinath for the overnight stop, this is a sacred and holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
 
Day 12:           Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m - 06 hours.
After Muktinath rest of the journey will be easier with moderate walks all the way after Thorang-la, morning walk with a drop of 1,200m of downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk reaches the vast Kaligandaki river valley with a small break at Ekale bhatti. From here onwards gets windy in the afternoon time, from this place few hours walk to Jomsom, the headquarter of Mustang region with an airstrip located above Kaligandaki River. After a break here an hour of good gradual walk reaches at Marpha the most charming village on this route, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.
Day 13:      Trek to Lete 2,480m – 06 hrs.
From Marpha, the walk is enjoyable following the Kaligandaki river down stream soon reaching at Tukuche village, beneath the towering Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with spectacular views of Mt.Nilgiri's and the massif icefalls which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri's east face, after an hour walk from Tukuche coming to Larjung village, then crossing the broad river bed, either by way of a series of temporary plank bridges over numerous channel if the river level is low, or via a high suspension bridge, ater an hour walk, getting back to the tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron, the path meanders away from the river for a while for an hour then coming back to the river bed just before Kalalpani village, just near Kalapani the trail leads to a suspension bridge over the gorge of raging Kaligandki River with awesome view of Dhualgiri peak and its icefall, from the bridge a short walk brings to Kalapani village. Kalapani, another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent lodges with grandeur view of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. A short descends brings you at Lete village for the overnight stop.
Day 14:      Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.
Walk from Kalapani onwards leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, passing between the two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. The first two hours of trek passes through the village of Ghasa with constant view of the snow capped peaks through the cool forest surrounding, there are many settlements and isolated lodges and tea houses, with open areas with enchanting forest and impressive views. Below Ghasa, which is the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.
Day 15:      Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m - 06 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on the nice winding trail for an hour, then cross a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the walk leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails. Our route diverts from here heading uphill with a steep terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, after the steep section then with a gradual up all the way through dense alpine forest reaching at Chitre, from here an hour climb brings at Ghorepani- Deurali village with fantastic scenery of world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and its range of peaks towards North West, view includes Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar also known Annapurna Fang, this lovely village Ghorepani located on the high spot in the midst of old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route which stretches all the way to Upper Mustang unto Tibet the people of this area are Pun Magar tribe and this place is famous and popular for the hike to Pun Hill a view point  offering super wide angle views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.
 Day 16:     Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m -05 hours walk.
Early morning just before dawn an hour or less hike up to Pun-Hill at 3,190m, this wonderful hill top offers fantastic sunrise views over the mountain range from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the stunning Mt. Machhapuchhre “The Fish Tail” one of the most respected and unclimbed peak, enjoying the lovely panorama of mountains and landscapes scenery walk continues after Ghorepani through enchanting rhododendron forest this area a paradise for naturalist and botanical interested people with rich vegetation along with the gorgeous mountain views, trek continues on the gradual trail for a short period, and then a long descend from Ulleri village takes you on the stone paved steps all the way to the suspension bridge at Tirkhedhunga for the overnight.
Day 17:           Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m.
After Tirkhedhunga, a short and the last day walk leads on the gradual path on the easy downhill most of the way through scattered farm villages with views of beautiful waterfalls, then finally reaching to a nice village at Bhirethati by the river Modi, from here a short half hour walk reaches at Nayapul ending the final walk of this great adventure, from here a scenic drive of two hours brings at Pokhara for the overnight stop by the serene Lake Phewa.
Day 18:           Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the mid hills of Annapurna area,  then on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
(Options to fly back to Kathmandu our staff will transfer you to Pokhara domestic airport for 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu meet our staff and then transfer back to respective hotels).
Day 19:           International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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