Annapurna Thorang La Trek

Annapurna Thorang La Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Annapurna Region, Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5416M
  • Total Duration:16 days
  • Best Time:March to May and Sep to Dec
  • Group Size:Minimum 1 pax

Annapurna Thorang La Trek is one of the most amazing means of getting close to the rich natural, cultural and spiritual heritages of Nepal, especially those of Kathmandu and Annapurna region. Also referred to as Annapurna Circuit Trek, it is a chief trekking route that not only offers an opportunity to observe the Himalayan grandeur of Nepal but also explore and discover the ethnic diversity and way of life of Himalayan people.

Never once the travelers feel bored as they are accompanied by the natural, historical, cultural and spiritual heritages and attractions throughout their journey whether it is blooming flower forest, rice terraces, green hills, tranquil lakes, white snowy mountains, horse and yak grazing lands, temples, stupas or museums, they are always in company of one or another of these. The other activities which you can add during the Annapurna Thorang – La Trek is the daunting cycling on the pass itself. It is regarded as the most adventure filled activity to do in Nepal and popular for the adventure lovers as well. The added attraction of this trekking is the chance to see the lower Mustang area of Nepal as well. The mystical Muktinath temple and the nunnery with ever flaming natural light provide the amazing journey up in the Himalayas. The pass which is located at an altitude of 5416 m from the sea level provides the spectacular view of the plateaus, Himalayas, and the upper belt Nepalese geographical terrain.

A must-see destination circumnavigating the Annapurna massif, this trek is also considered as one of the safe post earthquake treks in Nepal. For the best experience, plan your trip for either October-November or April-May. Bharal Adventure is an advocator of the adventure and authentic traveling in Nepal. There Annapurna Thorang – La Trek is the best package for the trekkers to enjoy the delightful nature and culture of the Annapurna region.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Synge/Jagat [1,100m]: 8 hrs
  • Day 04: Jagat- Dharapani [1,960m]: 6 hrs
  • Day 05: Dharapani – Chame [2,630m]: 5 hrs
  • Day 06: Chame – Pisang [3,300m]: 5 hrs
  • Day 07: Pisang – Manang [3,570m]: 4 hrs
  • Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang
  • Day 09: Manang – Yak Kharka [4,110m]: 3 – 4 hours
  • Day 10: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi [4,600m]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 11: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath [3,800m] crossing over Thorong-La Pass [5,416m]: 7/8 hrs
  • Day 12: Muktinath – Jomsom [2,600m]: 5 hrs
  • Day 13: Jomson – Pokhara
  • Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Leisure day
  • Day 16: Farewell

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

A representative from Bharal Adventure will pick up the guests at the airport and escort them to their hotel. They will be explained about the program for their journey, however, no activities are planned for the day. Nevertheless, an evening stroll could be arranged if the guests show an interest.

Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

A guided tour around the historically and spiritually significant landmarks in Kathmandu will be scheduled after breakfast. These landmarks constitutes of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square where you could enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of ancient medieval Nepal. In the afternoon, pre-trip discussion session will be arranged enabling the interaction between the guests, trek leader and crew members.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Synge/Jagat [1,100m]: 8 hrs

Soon after breakfast, we will head on a long drive to Beshisahar from where a local jeep will be hired to take us to Syange. This drive is a tremendous opportunity in understanding the lifestyle, culture and everyday life of the rural people. From Syange starts our trek to Jagat the night will be spent.

Day 04: Jagat- Dharapani [1,960m]: 6 hrs

The trail up to Chyamje will be followed as soon as the breakfast ends. Crossing the suspension bridge, the trail is followed uphill through the dense oak forest proceeding further until the emergence of a valley. As we cross Kodo, the ascend to the village of Dharapani begins.

Day 05: Dharapani – Chame [2,630m]: 5 hrs

Fifth day starts with trek to Chame followed by a quick breakfast. The trail ascends along the mule track through fir forest following the river amidst the highest oak and maple trees. The stunning views of major Himalayan peaks shall accompany the journey that comes to an end for the day at Chame.

Day 06: Chame – Pisang [3,300m]: 5 hrs

Following a steep and narrow river valley winding all the way through a deep forest, the trek to Pisang will be a wonderful experience filled with the sight of Pisang peak and Annapurna II on the way.

Day 07: Pisang – Manang [3,570m]: 4 hrs

There are two route options to choose from to trek to Manang. One is the easier route following the valley floor via Hongde while the other strenuous route follows the river on the north side of the valley. It takes approximately three more hours to trek through the second route in comparison to the first. Both trails offer a magnificent mountain view as the travelers walk through the grazing fields of the yaks. From Manang, the path descends to a Chorten and turns to northwest going down to the river. As the Jharsang Khola is crossed via suspension bridge, pine forest and wheat fields welcome the travelers as they approach Khangsar, a Gurung village. A small monastery, Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags are nestled in the village where a stop is made for overnight stay.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang

The eighth day of the journey is set aside for acclimatization utilized by visiting monastery, going on a side trip to Gangapurna Lake and going on an excursion around the lively villages. Also a visit to Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic will be arranged.

Day 09: Manang – Yak Kharka [4,110m]: 3 – 4 hours

The trail crossing over a stream and climbing to a village of Tenki above Manang is followed which continues to go up out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. From here, the trail follows this valley northward passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees as it steadily gains elevation passes further closer to the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. It now goes through the meadows where horses and yaks graze crossing gradually a small river through a wooden bridge and traversing through an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow progressively reaching another small village of Yak Kharka where the trek ends for the day.

Day 10: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi [4,600m]: 3 – 4 hrs

On this day, the trek to the foot of Thorong Phedi Pass, a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers, is made. This point is used by some trekkers as a base camp. Although some trekkers attempt a hike to the High Camp on the very day of their arrival here, Bharal Adventure does not advice that because it understands that a sound sleep here is more important and helpful rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at the High Camp.

Day 11: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath [3,800m] crossing over Thorong-La Pass [5,416m]: 7/8 hrs

The climb to the pass begins early in the morning. Although the ascend is very steep in the initial stage, the peak becomes sloppier as the climb proceeds through the rocky ridges up to the top of the pass at 5,416m. The 360 degree panorama of the snow capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet is a breathtaking sight along with the peaks of Annapurna range and the unfathomable Kali Gandaki gorge staring right in front of us. From here, the trail descends steeply down to Muktinath which is a reverent pilgrimage sight for both Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims at the same time being a home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists.

Day 12: Muktinath – Jomsom [2,600m]: 5 hrs

The morning will be spent on visiting the Muktinath temple that holds equal significance both for Hindus and Buddhist followers. The 108 stone taps at the temple is one of its major attractions. After the visit to the temple, we shall trek back to Jomsom where we will be staying overnight.

Day 13: Jomson – Pokhara

The morning flight takes us to Pokhara where the day is spent walk around the streets of the city or watch the sun set along the horizon above the charismatic Fewa Lake.

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu

The fourteenth day of the journey is the day we drive back to Kathmandu along the scenic highway in the company of Trishuli River. The six hours drive is accompanied by varied landscape, lush vegetation and sight of people preparing for or zooming along in their raft boats.

Day 15: Leisure day

This is the leisure day earned through the uphill struggle along the rocky mountainous terrain. Either rest or exploration of Kathmandu city, the holy abode, could be done on this day as per the interest of the guests. Moreover, shopping in Thamel for souvenir could also be arranged if interested.

Day 16: Farewell

The guests shall be taken to the airport approximately three hours before there scheduled flight by one of the representatives of Bharal Adventure.

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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. Variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. Also some gears are imported from China which are of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipments you require during the trek:

General

  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffle/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestict flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • An experienced English/French/Chinese and Geramn-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), what kind of trekking leader as you needs, assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag Bharal Adventure Trekking kit bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Recommend Bharal Adventure to everyone

I travelled with my family in a Swiss Group to Nepal. We went on the Dhaulagiri Trekking Tour organized by Bharal Adventures. It was an amazing ...

Katharina Zurschmiede,
Switzerland

Great Trekking Company

Bharal Adventure does an amazing job facilitating and organizing trips of all kinds. They're a very personal tour company and from the moment yo...

Coralie,
Paris, France

An Amazing Trekking Company

I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

Trekking in Himalayan range can be strenuous, but with our guide, Nirajan help us every step of the way in which make the trip a complete hassle free, we are very thankful for his service and would recommend to anyone coming to Nepal for Trekking.

Once again, thank you for all to make our trekking trip an unforgettable event to us And we are definitely coming back to Nepal again.

Pierre Vidaillac,
Cahors, France