- duration 18 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ years old
- max group size 16
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Savour magnificent mountain views across to Mustang and Western Tibet
- Two high pass crossings at Kang La (5320m) and Thorong La (5416m)
- Journey into the remote Nar Valley
- Feast your eyes on Manaslu (8156m), the world's 7th highest mountain
A dramatic trek into the remote region of Nar coupled with two high pass crossings at Kang La and Thorong La.. This classic Himalayan trek, first opened in 1977, is still magnificent and just got better with our updated 2020 itinerary. We follow the usual Annapurna circuit and trek into the secluded and rugged valleys of Nar, a former trading town connecting to the ancient Kingdom of Mustang. This trek offers incredible geographical and cultural diversity ranging from Hindu villages in the lush foot hills to the Tibetan Buddhist settlements in the far west. We navigate through alpine meadows to reach the base of Kang La and be rewarded with stunning views of countless 6000m peaks looming in the distance. After cross Kang La Pass (5320m) we rejoin the main trekking trails through to Thorong. There is a dramatic change as we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide and cross the Thorong La (5416m). We are now on the Tibetan Plateau, a stark and rugged landscape, where the culture is predominantly Buddhist. We follow the Kali Gandaki Valley, one of the deepest gorges on earth and into the heart of the towering Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri. Stunning landscapes, diverse culture and high pass crossings - this is one of Annapurna's finest treks.
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 : In Kathmandu (1330m)
Day 3 : Drive to Besisahar & Bhulbhule. Drive approx 7 hrs.
Day 4 : To Syange (1136m). Walk approx 5-6 hrs.
Day 5 : To Tal (1710m). Walk approx 5-6hrs.
Day 6 : To Danakyu (2360m). Walk approx 6 hrs.
Day 7 : To Bharthang (2840m). Walk approx 6-7 hrs.
Day 8 : To Pisang (3475m). Walk approx 6 hrs.
Day 9 : To Ngawal (3600m). Walk approx. 5-6hrs
Day 10 : To Braga (3450 m ). Walk approx. 2-3hrs
Day 11 : To Manang & Thare Gompa (3930m). Walk approx. 5-6hrs
Day 12 : To Yak Kharka (3980m). Walk approx 4 hrs.
Day 13 : To Thorong Phedi (base of the pass - 4500m). Walk approx 4 hrs.
Day 14 : To Muktinath (3802m) via Thorong Pass (5416m). Walk approx 10-12 hours.
Day 15 : To Jomsom. Walk approx 5 hrs.
Day 16 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu.
Day 17 : Trip concludes Kathmandu.
Day 18 : Trip concludes in Kathmandu
- Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 17 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
- Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
- 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$650
- Flight Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu US$256
- An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Jomsom to Pokhara flight, total 20kg
- Private air conditioned transportation
- Expert bilingual guide
- Medical kit
- The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
- All park entrance fees and trekking permits
- Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
- Porter's insurance.
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
- International flights
- Airport and departure taxes
- Travel Insurance
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Annapurna Circuit via Kang La and Nar tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 20 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 20 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Annapurna Circuit via Kang La and Nar tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Annapurna Circuit via Kang La and Nar tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
- Is there a “new” Annapurna circuit trail that avoids roads?
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.