The Annapurna circuit has now become normal due to the transport facility to Manang and hotel facilities at the base camp and high camp. As the maximum height of Thorang La is up to 5416 meters, you can avoid high altitude sickness while resting. if you have time, you can make your journey more enjoyable by visiting Tilicho Lake 4919m, the highest lake in the world, and Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang. There are many such tourist sites under Annapurna Circuit. 
Thorang High Camp 4880m
Thorang High Camp 4880m


Muktinath temple
Muktinath Temple

Summary of Annapurna circuit

  • Traditional Pisang and Manang village as well as Khangsar, Yak Kharka, Lettar etc.
  • Close up mountain view, waterfalls during monsoon in Lamjung and lower Manang
  • Braga monastery, Cave Monastery (Milerapa cave), Chonkar viewpoint fro panoramic view of Manang.
  • Word's highest lake Tilicho lake 4919m and Kajin Sara 5200m (Out of route need extra time)
  • Thorang pass - you can see 360° snow mountain including Annapurna I 8091m Manaslu 8163m
  • Muktinath - Holy temple of Hindus
  • Kali Gandaki - Word's deepest George where you can fond Shaligram
  • Forbidden kingdom Lo Manthang out of route around 90 Km from Jomsom

How to do Annapurna circuit

Now that the transport facility is available, it is possible to reach Manang by vehicle. But because of the rough roads, only small jeeps and powerful bikes can reach. Another option is to reach Manang, about 9 kilometers away, by air from Humde. Even though the lower part of Manang is beautiful, walking on the road is not so much fun. Therefore, it is suitable to start trekking from Manang.

Itinerary of Annapurna circuit

The itineraries I have mentioned here are very simple and especially for Nepalis. Please inquire with professional agencies or trekking companies for complete itineraries. If you have no travel experience at all, please rest for at least one day. Rest does not mean relaxing, go hiking at a higher altitude and return.
Day 1 Manang 3519m/Khangsar 3756m - Tilicho Base Campe 4155m
Day 2 Tilicho Base Camp 4155m - Tilicho lake 4119m and back to Shery Kharka 4080m
Day 3 Shery Kharka 4080m - Yak Kharka 4018m or Lettar 4200
Day 4 Yak Kharka 4018m or Lettar 4200m - Thorang Phedi 4540m or Thorang high camp 4880m
Day 5 Thorang Phedi 4540m or Thorang high camp 4880m - Muktinath 3800m or Jomsom 2743m by vehicle.

Travel Preparation

There are hotels up to Thorong High Camp and sometimes there is a tea shop at Thorong Pass during the special peak season. So you don't have to do heavy preparation. As you have to climb up to an altitude of 5416 meters, it is best to carry warm clothes and sleeping bags if possible. Be sure to carry a stick, goggles, water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat and first aid kit. About 30 to 50 liters of rucksack is also required for loading these items.
Suggestion for travelers
Take photos and videos but leave only footprints. Respect the culture and traditions of the locals. They and their ancestors have been dedicating this place for thousands of years. Hunting and collection of natural resources are illegal. Manage your garbage respectfully.
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