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Annapurna Circuit and the Thorung La

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Himal Chuli(North), Mathillo Dharapanee, Chame, Pisang, Manangbhot, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Base Camp (High Camp), Khingar, Marpha, Jomsom, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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The Annapurna Circuit trek includes the chance to experience the best of Nepal's landscapes, from the hot and humid farmland in the lower valley of the Marsyangdi and around Pokhara, to the high alpine environment and spectacular mountain scenery above Manang on the north side of the Annapurnas. Access to the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif continues to develop and we have continued to adjust our itinerary to avoid walking on the road and to preserve the classic Annapurna Sanctuary trekking experience.

We begin our trek at Jagat beside the Marsyangdi River and after an introductory walk to Dharapani, we turn towards the west and trek easily into the impressive valley on the north side of the Annapurnas. Here, we can marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery as we hike up to the villages of Ghyaru and Ngawal on the northern slopes of the valley. We are also able to savour the special appeal of this remote Buddhist enclave, with its perched villages and striking monasteries, such as the one at Braga. Then, from Manang, we take a 2-day diversion up to Tilicho Lake as the final part of our preparation fror crossing the Thorung La (5416m). From our lodge at Thorung High Camp, we make an early start for the hike up to the pass, where the views extend to Dhaulagiri and the red ridges of Mustang. Then, descending into the Kali Gandaki via the amazing Hindu temples at Muktinath, we reach Jomsom and from there fly back to Kathmandu via an afternoon in Pokhara and an overnight stay in this charming lakeside town.

Highlights

    • Views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri
    • Acclimatise with the walk to Tilicho Lodge
    • Challenging crossing of the Thorung La (5416m)
    • Excellent Kathmandu hotels, including the Shanker and Shangri-La
    • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125164
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 15 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional and qualified Nepalese tour leader
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Once on trek the group will be assisted by porters and a local guide
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,465 ($164/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

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Nepal Kathmandu, Pokhara, Marsyangdi Valley, Jagat, Chamje, Tal, Dharapani, Chame, Lower Pisang, Kangsar, Thare Gompa, Tilicho Lodge, Annapurna Circuit, Letdar, Thorung High Camp, Thorung La, Muktinath, Lupra, Jomsom
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Ann S  

It was the best trek I have been on so far as regards views, weather, support from the crew and leader and my own health. I would certainly recommend this trip to family and friends.

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Tracy W  

Our guide is an exceptional trip leader. He provided excellent leadership, patience and humor during our trip. We were offered opportunities and experiences that he made happen that other groups did not seem to have available. For instance, we were able to enter Nepali homes due to his communication skills.

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Graeme L  

Very well organised trip in all aspects. The leader and guide were very knowledgeable and had us well organised. Both Rinji and Kalden were also very knowledgeable and passed on info re culture etc of the country. All the accommodation was good. Perhaps one of the lodges could be improved. I can't recall the name of the village but the leader might assist. The lodge had a dining area which was very cold and the rooms here were the worst by far on the trip. Sorry I can't be more specific but the lodge did stand out with the other guests too. One aspect which might help is that guests, on introduction evening are given a form with the leader/guides names written down. Sounds daft, but until few days into it not everyone was calling them by their correct pronunciation. I was surprised by quality of lodges and foods. I was expecting more basic conditions.

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Mark C  

Information was provided efficiently every time we asked a question.Amazing support from the trek support team, who ensured well being at every opportunity. The local agent was efficient and heplful. Our trip Leader was superb, it was his first trip as a Leader. He ensured our trip was a success,no doubt his subsequent trips will also be successful. A definite asset to the organisation. Post going over ThorungLa, our group were exhausted. So at Makinath we chose to book a Jeep from Makinath to Jomsom, thus avoiding a 4 hr walk. From Jomsom we then walked onto Marpha. The itinerary suggested a 6-8hr walk post going over the pass. Not sure this is feasible. Most other trekkers were having a day off after going over the pass.

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Dave S  

Pacing was good. No rushing. Group also understood it had some flexibility re certain expects. Food was good and rooms were basic but better than I had thought. I had enough freedom to take photos whenever I pleased and also to lag a few mins behind the group without feeling I was causing a problem. I thought accommodation better than expected and a surprise to get a shower most nights. The jeep track also affects things, good and bad. Walking along a jeep track for quite long sections was not really what I had in mind and not sure if the amount of this was influenced by the pace and fitness of our group. My friend told me she was going with you and did I want to join her. That said, I've used your services before and the admin was excellent, plus I know you are very competent and specialist when it comes to Nepal. If memory serves, drinking water always come up as an issue. On this trip, the ample boiled water provided was welcome and the ideal solution. I haven't checked the trip dossier but I think it would be really helpful to make it clear that this service is provided (apologies if you already do).

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Maureen M  

The local leader, is extremely knowledgeable about local ecology, especially the bird life. The acclimatization programme worked fine, largely thanks to him. He went way beyond the call of duty in getting back to Kathmandu a bag I had inadvertently left at Jomsom, calling in favours from his wide range of contacts, and making a special trip out to the airport. No AMS, no diarrhoea - never needed to open the medical kit except for one Elastoplast for a cold-cracked thumb. I really enjoyed the holiday, though as always the hole-in-the-ground toilets took a bit of getting used to. I most enjoyed just being in the mountains and walking in such amazing surroundings. After overnight snow, the trail through white-sprinkled greenery was magical. Blue sheep, vultures and lammergeier. Weird plants like the cobra lily. Bhaktipur sightseeing was really interesting too. The lodges were (some of them!) better than the dossier implied. I chose your company after many previous trips over the years.

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