Come join us as we explore alternative trails around the Annapurna Circuit, with Thorung Pass (5,405m/17,728ft) as our literal and figurative high point on the pass.  This will be our fifth year organizing this event; each year we explore more and more side trails…getting way off the beaten track.

We will travel through beautiful Himalayan landscapes in a part circumnavigation of the tenth biggest mountain in the world. We will move quick, light, and self-supported while following rarely used trails on the circuit, getting way off the beaten path at times. This event will also follow a unique format combining cultural running, small group fast packing, and self-supported (no porters or mules). It is the perfect introduction to high altitude mountain running in Nepal and will prepare you for a stage race and further adventures in the Himalaya.

I highly recommend doing this race!! It’s such an amazing experience and the people putting it on make it that much better! The loving culture, food and people make Nepal that much more beautiful! Sign up!! Just do it! You won’t regret it!! Promise!
Amy Markovich, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

Annapurna Circuit: Thorung La - 5,416m/17,769ft
Wahoo! Thorung La – 5,416m/17,769ft

Annapurna Circuit Details

  • Metrics: 10.5 days on trail with two acclimatization days, Distance: 228k/142.6miles, Total Gain: 11,846m/38,863ft, Total Loss: 11,282m/37,013ft, Max Elevation: 5,405m/17,728ft.
  • Participation limited to 10 people so we can keep the group size small and fun.
  • September 15th-September 30th, 2018 version 5.
  • Costs: $2,250 USD
    • Included: Airport pickup and drop off, lodging in Kathmandu for three nights (two nights prior and one night after, double occupancy in a nice hotel), welcome dinner, transport to/from trail head, park permits,  lodging and meals on the trail, access to group sat phone and med kit, entrance to cultural places along trail (temple donations etc).
    • Not included: Booze, soda, snacks, desert,  trail snacks including during six days on the trail when we don’t stop for a hot lunch (approx $5 per day).
    • 5% Discount provided for participants of Boldly Went, Rainshadow Running, Trail Running Nepal, Himalayan Adventure Labs, as well as healthcare professionals and first responders.
    • An additional 5% discount is provided for participants who fund raise for Wide Open Vistas.
    • We donate 10% of all proceeds is to Wide Open Vistas.
  • Detailed information, including a day-by-day itinerary can be found at:: www.annapurnafastpack.com
  • Sound good? This event has sold out the past two years, please sign up using our online application form

Pictures from 2016 Event

Annapurna Circuit Feedback

What gear did you bring that you wish you hadn’t brought? Conversely – what do you wish you had brought?

-I think I was good, other than not having the maps and book. I followed your packing list almost exactly. John Mackenzie, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

– The water bladder was totally unnecessary. Your filtration system and the fact that so much water is available (with tablets) everywhere made it a waste of weight. I didn’t really need my coat either, although I probably would have brought it anyway…. just in case. Conversely – what do you wish you had brought? Can’t think of anything. -Karen Carrington, China, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

How much do you think you spent on the trail?

-Less than $300 USD (that was all I took and I think I spend almost all of it, but I started buying souvenirs after the pass) -John Mackenzie, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

-I would think that I spent $5 a day???? -Karen Carrington, China, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

What was your favorite village? Favorite section of trail? Favorite aspect of the event?

-The one before Jomson was great to see, and the section of the trail there with the fossils. Then of course the pass! -John Mackenzie, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

Very difficult. Each had their own appeal. Manang, Marpha, Tal, Yak Kharka, Muktinath, Ghasa, Tatopani, and Ghorepani particularly stand out in my memory …. but that is most of them so that probably doesn’t help! Favorite section of trail? I liked going up to the pass (hated the down part) since the surrounding mountains/view were so beautiful. I also liked all the greenery on the last few days of the trail. Favorite aspect of the event? Everything!
-Karen Carrington, China, 2015, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

What was your least favorite stopping point/trail/aspect?
-Hmm, I would say the first or second village we stayed at. As for the least favorite part of of the trail was Jomson itself and the trail leading out when we were on the road. -John Mackenzie, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

-That I wasn’t any faster …. 🙂 Sorry, otherwise I really enjoyed it. Karen Carrington, China, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

What could we do different next year to make this better?
-I liked the stopping for lunch, but then we were not running hard through towns and stopping was convenient. I also felt the school was a highlight and I don’t think that Karen got to see that. -John Mackenzie, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

-It was great like it was. Improvement depends on whom you want to attract. For people who had never really been to Nepal or participated in staged races, I think it was perfect. They couldn’t get lost – everybody was friendly and the time together was great – etc…… If you are looking for more experienced people, you probably want to start timing people and letting them go off more on their own. One person could just sweep up the stragglers and hopefully anyone who lost their way. It seemed fairly well marked though so I don’t know that you would have to actually mark things. Just be specific on the map briefings. I think even I could have gotten there with only a few blunders. -Karen Carrington, China, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

What would you say to someone considering the next fastpack?

-DO IT! I’ve already told a couple of people;) -John Mackenzie, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

Do it! You won’t regret it for a moment. The trail, the people, the camaraderie are all 1st rate.
-Karen Carrington, China, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

-I highly recommend doing this race!! It’s such an amazing experience and the people putting it on make it that much better! The loving culture, food and people make Nepal that much more beautiful! Sign up!! Just do it! You won’t regret it!! Promise!
Amy Markovich, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2015

-Do it!!!!! It’s an incredibly beautiful place and is sure to be a wonderful experience. -Trisha Steidl, USA, Annapurna Fastpack 2014