- Spectacular view of the Marshyangdi river valleys
- Tibetan Buddhist communities around Annapurna
- The challenge of Thorong La Pass (at 5416m)
- The arid Mustang region and the popular pilgrimage destination: Muktinath
- The peaks of the Annapurna region, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and others
21 days (15 days walking)
5416m (Thorong La Pass)
March to May and September to November
Teahouses and lodges
Full board while trekking; breakfast, lunch and dinner
Private vehicle (or optionally, a domestic flight)
Recommended Group Size
1 – 15
- Two-person waterproof tent.
- Foam mattress.
- Cooking and eating utensils (for camping).
- Walking shoes; either boots, strong tennis shoes, or running shoes. Well broken in. As there may be rain, mud, or snow, boots are sometimes necessary, so you should bring them despite the extra hassle. Many times the entire trek can be done in tennis shoes, but if there is snow, you run the risk of frostbite, or at least cold feet if you do not have boots. If your feet are size 10 or less, you can rent boots in Kathmandu.
- Sunglasses or goggles; very important for travel above 3600 metres.
- Parka; down- or fibre-fill, a ski jacket is okay.
- Rainwear; including waterproof trousers.
- Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket.
- Jeans or trousers.
- Gloves or mittens.
- Hats; one with a brim for the sun and one woollen for the cold.
- Shirts; three are recommended. Two t-shirts and one long sleeve shirt.
- Shorts; it may be warm during the day. Women should wear skirts instead of shorts.
- Socks; two pairs, thick wool or wool/nylon.
- Underwear; two or three pairs.
- Towel and toilet kit.
- Duffel bag; canvas or nylon, without a frame. For porters to carry.
- Daypack or rucksack; waterproof. For you to carry.
- Sleeping bag; warm down to -5°C, either down- or fibre-fill (can be found on rent in Kathmandu).
- Water bottle; 1 litre. Be sure that it does not leak.
- Torch; preferably a head torch.
- Pocket knife. Be sure this is packed in your checked baggage to avoid hassle with airport security.
- Slippers or sandals for campsite wear.
- Sun cream.
- Lip balm.
- Ear plugs.
All equipment is carried by porters. Trekkers will only be carrying a smaller day pack, which will include your valuables, such as a camera, phone, tablet, binoculars, etc, along with toiletries, snacks, sunglasses and related materials. You can rent all types of equipment in Thamel, Kathmandu, so there's no need to bring it from home.
Please note that domestic flights have a 15kg limit for your luggage.