This is one of the most famous treks in the world. You will walk through small Nepali villages, green valleys, over rock paths. The views on the high mountains are overwhelming. The biggest challenge is the climb to Thorong La Pass, the highest pass in Nepal. This trek is a true challenge for those who wish to make a real trekking.
- One of the world’s classis treks
- Cross the Thorong La pass (5,416m)
- Variety in landscapes from tropical to alpines to desert
- Stunning views of mountains
- Natural hot springs
Note: Below itinerary can be customized. For more information please contact us
You leave early in the morning for a drive to Besisahar, approximately six hours from Kathmandu or five hours from Pokhara. From here you begin your trek. A short walk takes you through rice paddies and villages to bhulebule (or optionally by drive). Here you enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, where you have to register.
Today you will continue up the east bank of the river, where you will pass a beautiful waterfall to Ngaddi. You will cross a suspension bridge and then begin a climb to Lampatta, a Manangi village. Another ascent brings you to Bahundanda, on a ridge at 1311 meters. From here you descend to the river, which takes you to Jagat.
Today you will take a beautiful trail that takes you through Chamje. From here the path goes up alongside the Marsyangdi river that steeply leads to Tal, a village situated at the foot of a waterfall. From here you continue on an easier trail to Dharapani.
After breakfast you hike up to Bagarchap (2,160m), where the houses are more traditional Tibetan style. You continue to follow the trail through forest and climb up to Temang, where you can see Manaslu and Peak 29. From here you descend through pine forests to Chame, where you will be rewarded with great views of Annapurna II.
Today you walk through dense forest alongside the river through a deep canyon, which you cross on a long suspension bridge. The trail then follows a steep narrow valley through deep forest, from which you have beautiful views of Annapurna II. You again cross a suspension bridge, from where you have sight of the impressive Paungda Danda rock face 1500 meters from the riverbank, and you climb to the village of Pisang.
From here you have two options. One is the lower easier route or a more scenic high route. The easier route climbs a low pass into the valley below Pisang Peak and goes through Hongde (3,420m) and then onwards to Mungji village. The harder route takes you through Gyaru and Ngawal and has great views across the Annapurnas. Just before Braga you drop down to the main trail and continue to Manang.
Today you can relax and get used to the altitude. You can enjoy magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range. Also, you can view the Gangapurna glacier, from the viewpoint above the lake (3,900m) or the Praken Gompa monastery nearby Braga.
Today is a shorter walk. From Manang you head towards the base of the Thorong La. On your way out of Manang you will climb steadily all the way to Yak Kharka, with amazing views all of the way. You will reach there early, so you can have an acclimatization walk in the afternoon.
Today again a short walk to help you acclimatize. You will gradually climb up along mountain trails along the Marsyangdi river. At one point you will cross over an old wooden bridge. You then follow a narrow mountain path to Thorong Phedi, at the foot of the Thorong La.
You have a long day ahead of you. You will leave very early in the morning for the climb to the pass. The first part is very steep, but it gradually gets easier, although the altitude still makes it tough. After another two hours you will finally reach the pass at 5,416 meters, with its prayer flags and spectacular views. From here you will descend on a steep path, before it's easing off to a more gradual descent to Muktinath, where you will stay overnight after a long and tiring day. The Muktinath temple is a sacred temple in a grove of trees and is a popular pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. For more information about Muktinath check out the Muktinath trek.
From here you pass through a desert-like landscape. After visiting the temples of Muktinath, you cross the Jhong Khola and climb up to Jhong, a beautiful village with an old monastery. You continue down the valley to Kagbeni, a green oasis that stands out to the surrounding moonscape.
Today you will follow the Kali Gandaki River down to Jomsom, a major centre in the region. As you walk down the rocky riverbed look out for fossils. From here you walk down to Dhumba Lake. A short climb brings you to Dhumba Gompa, from where you have stunning views of the Kali Gandaki Valley, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. You will continue to Marpha, famous for the locally-made apple and peach brandy.
You will follow the Kali Gandaki valley, a major trade route. This is the deepest gorge in the world, between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will walk through pine forests to Tukuche, a village surrounded by apple gardens. You will continue to Larjung, where you stay for the night. You can walk up towards Thasang for a sunset on Niligiri.
Today you leave the main trail and you walk via Titi Lake to Kurje Gaon. You will have amazing views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Dhampus peaks. From Kurje you head towards Lete Khola and trek to Ghasa.
You descend and cross the river. The trail climbs above the river through a narrow gorge to Kopchepani. You continue up to Bhalebas and via a suspension bridge to Tatopani. In the afternoon you can relax in the hot spring baths.
Today’s trek takes you over two ridges, with a long climb to Ghorepani.
Early in the morning you will climb up to Poon Hill, for a stunning sunrise view over Annapurna and Machhapuchhare. You will walk back for breakfast and then descend via a long stone staircase and steep path down to Birethanthi.
A short walk takes you to Nayapul, from where you will transfer back to Pokhara.
The price per person is €1200
Included in the price are all necessary permits, transportations, a professional English speaking guide and porter (and all their expenses including their insurance, equipment, meals), accommodation and meals with tea/coffee.
Not included is your own insurance, other beverages, optional tips for guide and porter, and personal expenses.
Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and accommodation in Pokhara can be arranged at an extra cost.
For a shorter trek you can finish your trekking in Jomsom and take a flight back to Pokhara. Also, from Tatopani you can get a bus to Beni and Pokhara. For more information contact us.