Annapurna Circuit and the Thorung La
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,435 (land only) - from $1,970 (land only)
Our holidays in the Annapurna Conservation Area have all been tweaked to take account of the current road access situation
- A lodge trekking holiday on the amazing Annapurna Circuit
- Views of Manaslu, the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri
- Experience both Buddhist and Hindu cultures
- A classic Nepal trek and one of the finest in the world
- Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included
The Annapurna circuit trek includes the chance to experience the best of Nepal's landscapes, from the hot and humid farmland around Pokhara, to the high alpine environment and spectacular mountain scenery of the valley above Manang. Access to each of the major valleys that cut through the Himalayas to the east and west of the Annapurna Massif improves each year, as successive sections of jeep road are completed. Making every effort to take account of this (and to avoid hiking on the road as much as we can) we adjust our itineraries on a regular basis. From the effective roadhead beside the Marsyangdi River at Dharapani, we 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. The culmination of the trek is the tough ascent to the Thorung La (5416m), where the views extend to Dhaulagiri and the red ridges of Mustang. Descending into the Kali Gandaki via the amazing Hindu temples at Muktinath, we have a day to enjoy the pretty 'Tibetan' village of Marpha, before flying back to Kathmandu from Jomsom.
Is this holiday for you?
This Annapurna and the Thorung La lodge trek is quite sustained but offers relatively straightforward trekking conditions throughout, following excellent trails which are well-served with tea-houses and lodges. The trek has a number of quite long days and the crossing of the Thorung La will present a significant challenge to the regular hill-walker. It should be noted that trekking at altitudes above 3000 metres makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. Our itinerary is well staged to allow the best possible acclimatisation but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking for 5 to 7 hours each day and for several days continuously.