Annapurna Circuit Trek Through Thorong La pass is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. The entire length of the trek ranges between 160-230 km depending on the starting point and end of the trail. The trek passes through two river valleys and reaches its highest point at the Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). This pass is the height pass in the world. The Annapurna region was opened to foreign visitors since 1977.
Originally, Annapurna circuit Thorong La pass trekking started from Besi Sahar, but nowadays the road reaches Manang so it can be started from Chame which is at an altitude 2670m. Some trekkers who have limits of time but want to cross the beautiful Thorong la pass are the best option. It takes 7-8 days in this short route from Chame.
The trek is not possible in the monsoon season because the road may close. You need to check before to reserve the trip. Start trekking from Chame, continue to Manang, rest in Manang then climb to Thorong La pass. After crossing the Thorongla reach to Muktinath which is in Mustang reason. It is possible to catch Jeep from Muktinath.
Over the past few years, new places close to Annapurna have been developed for trekkers including Upper Mustang, Naar-Pho Valley, Manaslu and Tsum Valley. Trekking in these areas is generally limited and subject to extra licenses, costs, and other restrictions.
There are huge ranges of hotels/lodges that are possible for night stay. Private rooms are available in most guesthouses/ Lodge. Most bathrooms are shared.
The area also has a great variety of cultural diversity with the various tribal and ethnic groups that inhabit the area, residing as they have for centuries in peace and harmony. The 18-22 days expedition helps you circle the Annapurna Massif while enjoying its spectacular view.
According to trekkers and mountaineers, the best time to embark on the Annapurna Circuit is from October to early December and from the end of February to April.
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