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Rapid Annapurna Thorong-La Pass - 14 days

Duration

14 days

Trip Starts/Ends

Kathmandu

Max Altitude

5416m/17769ft

Trip Code

ANT01A06
1 Pax 2-5 Pax 6+ Pax
US$ 1170
US$ 1050
US$ 920

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Trekking is opened for the foreign trekkers since 1977. The trek is world famous for its lush green valleys, beautiful settlements, and fascinating snow-capped Himalayan views. We, Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition have come with this Rapid Annapurna Thorong-La Pass Trek for those who have limited days of vacation in Nepal and keen interest to do challenging trek in Annapurna. This itinerary is a modified form of the whole Annapurna Circuit trek, which begins from Dharapani Village 1,960m and brings you at the top of Thorong-La 5416m. The trek gives you a chance to explore the Himalayas from low elevation to the worlds biggest pass Thorong La and from many different angles and perspectives in a few days. In addition, this magnificent trek takes you to the different beautiful villages, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Himal Chuli, and other numerous snow-capped peaks.

The top of Thorong-La 5416m is the highest point you reach in this trek. This trek is usually walked in anti-clockwise direction because crossing Thorong La pass clockwise is a longer ascent and shorter descent, which is almost impossible to make in one day. Then the trek descends to Muktinath, continue to Jomsom through the barren Tibetan like villages of the Kali Gandaki valley in between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains before flying to Pokhara. 

Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition ensures this trek as a fairly challenging trek. To make this trek successful, you are supposed to have sound health along with strong determination and positive attitude in your aim. It is mainly suitable for those having a short vacation in Nepal. Although you can accomplish this trek throughout the year, the most suitable time is March to May and September to December. 

Trip Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Tibetan Culture and Architecture
  • Thanka Paintings and Manuscripts
  • Stupendous views of Annapurna II, III, Gangapurna, Tilicho Lake, Chulu West and East
  • Muktinath, famous pilgrimage site in Nepal
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 

Additional Information

If the suggested itinerary is not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at  info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

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Before Travel Trek Safety Things To Be Considered

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) via Beshishahar (830m/2,723ft), 9-10 hrs 

Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6-7 hrs 

Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,496ft), 5-6 hrs 

Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 4-5 hrs 

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft), 3-4 hrs 

Day 09: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400m/14,432), 3-4 hrs 

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Throng-La (5,416m/17,765 ft), 7-8 hrs 

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m/8,760ft), 5-6 hrs 

Day 12: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 25min

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Final Departure

Flight Delay in JOMSOM

Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Amazing Nepal will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our representative will be there at the Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The same evening, you and your team members will be offered typical Nepali food in a fine restaurant. You will also be briefed about the trip, and dropped at your hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300 m/4,264ft)

After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) via Beshishahar (830m/2,723ft), 9-10 hrs 

This morning we leave Kathmandu for our trek to Annapurna. Drive by 4WD Jeep to Beshishahar first through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Beshishahar is big town and district headquarters of the Lamjung District, stop here for quick lunch. Later on, you have another 5-6 hours shaky ride to Dharapani through Marsyangdy River valley passing by small mountain settlements Ngadi, Jagat, Chyamje, and Taal. Overnight stay in quiet Dharapani village situated on the riverside.

Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6-7 hrs

We continue our trek further to Chame. From where changing the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air will get cooler, the trail then climbs through pine forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come at Danaque and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Manaslu, Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marshyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Timang, Thangchok, and Koto before further half an hour brings you at Chame for overnight at the hotel. This headquarters of Manang district with the grand view of Annapurna II.

Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,496ft), 5-6 hrs 

The trails lead from the other side of the river on the northern bank passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach the orchard village of Bhartang for an apple orchard. We continue on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari for the lunch. After walking out of the tree line a great view of Pisang peak on the north and the Chulu peak can be seen with Pisang village below you, from this top a gentle descent of one hour brings you to the windswept village of Pisang for overnight. Evening visit upper Pisang for the Tibetan style of houses and monastery with a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and valley.

Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 4-5 hrs 

The trek starts with a pleasant walk through pine forest and the scenic view. The walk climbs gently up for half an hour and reaching the top, stop at a ridge to get our first view of the Manang valley, This grand spot offers a spectacular views of the valleys, Humde village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho and on the right Chulu east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk forward to Humde and pleasant walk up to the Braga village for traditionally built up Tibetans style of houses and if can be visited the monastery, it has an outstanding display of statues, Thanka paintings, and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight.

Day 07:  Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)

Today is full of rest for acclimatizing and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters) to the South - Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. After exploring and relaxing day at Manang, visit the Himalayan Rescue Association and if you have free afternoon, go for a movie show.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft), 3-4 hrs 

After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail leads to a slow climb up for an hour to the Tenki Manang for enclosing view of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peak. The track gently winds up offering inspiring views and through terrains with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region and will brings you at Yak-Kharka for the overnight.

Day 09: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400m/14,432), 3-4 hrs 

We start our trek with slow and own pace to get to Phedi. We still have the same amazing view of mountains and landscapes. After an hour walk reaches Ledar and continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get a small tea shop. We stop for a wonderful view and tea breaks, we follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. Phedi, which means 'foot of the hill', is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb.

Day 10: Trek to to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Throng La (5,416m/17,765 ft), 7-8 hrs 

Today is the longest and hardest day of the entire trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches high camp. Walk at your own pace viewing with sunrise and glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng-La top and with a great feeling of victory take a short break for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made to Muktinath, one of the famous pilgrimage site in Nepal, after 7-8 hrs long walk and overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m/8,760ft), 5-6hrs 

We visit temple in the morning and continuing our journey descending to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, from here onwards the valley gets very windy path, the walk follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom a town and a headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. After lunch explore the surrounding area and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 25min

You will fly back to Kathmandu mostly in the morning. You will be dropped at your hotel and rest of the time explore the lakeside area or simply relax and overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 7-8 hrs drive

The morning we'll drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast and lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, your guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Final Departure

Transfer to the international airport and fly to the onward destination.

Cost Includes: 

  • All airport transfers
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Pokhara for 1 night with breakfast
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner 
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • All ground transport by private Car/Jeep and Tourist bus as per itinerary
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Conservation Area permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain accommodation (3 nights private room with independent bathroom/hot showers and remaining Soft, comfortable, twin sharing private room with shared toilet)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Souvenir: Annapurna Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt

Cost not Includes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for welcome and farewell dinner
  • Monument entrance fees 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Every Day Departure
We can depart our trip every day(Nepal Packages). You Can Schedule your own departure date and contact us. We will make your Itinerary as your convenient.

Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Annapurna region is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Annapurna region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Is this trek appropriate for me?

Rapid Annapurna Circuit Trek is a fairly challenging trek. It has possibilities of suffering from high altitude and thin air. In comparison to other Annapurna massifs, this trek is suitable for physically fit people; but you are supposed to have inspiration and passion which makes your trek successful. You are required to be physically and mentally fit. Although you have an average health condition, your positive attitude and strong determination can help to accomplish this trek. For making comfortable walking, adjusting to changing climate, our package manages the facility of acclimatization in needed place as well as 5-6 hours walking per day. If you have already accumulated hiking and jugging experiences that will be beneficial to adjust the situation. Despite having your pre-experiences, we are confident to make your trek successful. Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition cordially requests to have medical checking before you plan to start any trekking and hiking.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given an information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you with every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.

Certificate:

After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTA adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking to the Annapurna Region is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal with it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)

Please consult your physician

Please do keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy

Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World heritage sites, Conservation areas, National Parks, and restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

Flight Delay in JOMSOM

Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Amazing Nepal will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
 
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:
 
HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material

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