“THORONG LA PASS & ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY”
- Travel to the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Valleys
- Cross the breathtaking Thorong La Pass
- Hike through picturesque farming villages
- Incredible Himalayan mountain scenery
- Staying in family-run mountain lodges
- Visit the Annapurna Sanctuary & Base Camp
The classic Annapurna Circuit trek first became accessible to the world of adventure travelers as recently as 1977, when the Nepalese Government derestricted the Manang Valley, which had previously been closed on account of its proximity to the Tibetan border. Providing a combination of spectacular high mountain scenery, picturesque lowland farms and villages, a wealth of cultural interest and a challenging pass crossing, the Annapurna Circuit trek is justifiably popular. We start out from Besisahar, ascending the surprisingly wild and unspoiled Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif. In terms of its sheer scale, the valley of the Marsyangdi is unsurpassed. Throughout our walk, we enjoy regular contact with friendly villagers, as well as ever-changing panoramas of some of the world’s greatest peaks, including Manaslu and the Annapurnas.
Traveling from the Hindu-dominated farmland of Nepal’s “middle hills” into the high alpine world on the north side of the Annapurnas, which is the domain of Tibetan Buddhism, this trip also offers exposure to the whole range of trekking environments for which Nepal is famous. Beyond the Tibetan Buddhist village of Manang, the high point of the trip is reached after a stamina-sapping ascent to the Thorong La (17,765ft / 5,416m). This new itinerary allows us to take advantage of the area’s jeep roads in order to combine these two previously separate trekking routes – the valleys of the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki. This Ultimate Annapurna trek combines spectacular mountain scenery with a wide diversity of ethnic and cultural experiences as we travel through very different ecological life zones. This is without doubt, the ultimate Annapurna experience and is justifiably placed among the world’s top treks.
During the trek, we will follow the ‘New Annapurna Trekking Trail’ (NATT) where possible. This new series of trails will not keep us off the dirt roads 100% of the time, but does significantly reduce the amount of time we have to walk on the dirt roads along the main Annapurna Trail.
In addition to the listed group dates, we are also able to arrange this trek beginning on any date during the months of late March through May and September through December for a group of 1 to 12 people. The Ultimate Annapurna Trek (Lodging Trips) is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series.
Day 1: Welcome to the Kingdom of Nepal and the Himalayas! Hotel.
Day 2: Morning sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu Valley. Hotel.
Day 3. Drive to Jagat Village. 4,200 feet. A 9 hour drive.
Day 4. Trek to Dharapani. 6,230 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek.
Day 5. To Chame. 8,760 feet. 5 to 6 hours of trekking.
Day 6. To Pisang. 10,335ft. 6 hour trek.
Day 7. To Manang. 11,550 feet. High route: 6 to 7 hour trek. Lower route: 4 to 5 hour trek.
Day 8. Acclimatization day in Manang.
Day 9. To Yak Kharka. 13,550 feet. 3 to 4 hours of trekking.
Day 10. Thorong La High Camp. 16,010 feet. 4 hour trek.
Day 11. Cross the Thorong La Pass (17,765ft) to Muktinath. 12,465 feet. 7 to 8 hour trek.
Day 12. Drive to Tatopani. 3,900 feet.
Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani. 9,430 feet. 7 to 8 hours of trekking.
Day 14. Morning sunrise on Poon Hill and then trek to Tadapani. 8,930 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek.
Day 15. Trek to Chomrong. 6,400 feet. 5 to 6 hours of trekking.
Day 16. To Dobhan. 7,000ft. 6 hour trek.
Day 17. To Machhapuchhre Base Camp. 12,205 feet. 6 hour trek.
Day 18. To Annapurna Base Camp. 13,545 feet. 3 to 4 hours of trekking.
Day 19. To Bamboo. 6,730ft. 6 hour trek.
Day 20. Trek to Nayapul. 3,610 feet. 5 to 6 hours of trekking.
Day 21. Trek to Thule Kharka (Australian Camp). 6,730 feet. 5 hour trek.
Day 22. A 1 hour hike to Kande and 1 hour drive to Pokhara. Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 23: Transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport and depart.