Get off the beaten track

Move quick, light, and self-supported while following rarely used trails on the circuit.

This is the perfect introduction to high altitude mountain running in Nepal.

We are experts on alternative trails around the circuit.


The Numbers

Ten and a half 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.

Trip Reports/Photos: 20182017 |  2016

Choose your flavor for the Annapurna Circuit

Each trip limited to 10 qualified participants.

Annapurna Circuit  ‘Pass the Honey’ Variation. (April 27-May 12th, 2019).  Join us on our first organized trip around the circuit in the Spring. As an added treat, we are to do our best to visit a remote village with a very special kind of honey along the way. Early Bird price $2,250 with all land-costs included.

Annapurna Circuit ‘Tilicho Lake’ Variation. (Sept 14-Sept 29th, 2019) Join us on our sixth annual fall fastpack – this time we are going to try to do a side-trip to Tilicho Lake – considered one of the highest, most beautiful lakes in the world.  Early Bird price $2,300 with all land-costs included.



Briefing and Orientation starting at noon.

Day 1 Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) Bus Transport.

Day 2  Besisahar (760m) to Tal (1,665m) Distance: 36k

Day 3 Tal  (1,665m) to Chame (2,684m) Distance 23k

Day 4 Chame (2,684m) to Manang (3,537m), Distance: 33k

Day 5 Acclimatization Day

Day 6 Manang (3,520m) to Yak Kharka (3,807m): Distance: 9.4k

Day 7 Yak Kharka  (3,807m) to Thorung Phedi (4,560m)

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Day 9 Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3,798m) via Thorung Pass (5,416m) Distance: 21k

Day 10 Muktinath to Marpha (2,711m) 32k

Day 11  Marpha (2,711m) to Ghasa (2,110), Distance: 27k

Day 12 Ghasa (2,110m) to Gorepani (2,811m). Distance 30k

Day 13 Ghorepani (2,811m).- to Naya Pul (1,019m) then to Pokhara. Distance: 17k

Transport back to Kathmandu.

Departure Day

Annapurna Reflections

I loved this. It was a big highlight of the summer. Would highly recommend next year's trip if you're looking for something beautiful, fun, challenging and unique.

Stephanie Gundel (Seattle, USA) Annapurna Fastpack 2016

Do it! You won't regret it for a moment. The trail, the people, the camaraderie are all 1st rate.

Karen Carrington (Shanghai, China) Annapurna Fastpack 2015

The best trip for your money, hands down! This was a life dream trip of mine and this was exactly how I wanted to do it. Check it out if you've ever felt the pull to explore Nepal!

Trisha Steidl (Seattle, USA) Annapurna Fastpack 2014

I highly recommend doing this!! 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

Just an awesome experience!

Emma Lee (Australia) Annapurna Fastpack 2014

crazy shit. It's done. lifetime experience. it was a great time with great people! #AFP2016

Lukas Rådgiver (Bad Kreuznach, Germany) Annapurna Fastpack 2016

If you really want to experience Nepal in its pristine setting while discovering what you’re truly capable of achieving, then you must consider HAL for your Nepalese adventure. Besides adventure, you will be rewarded with great camaraderie, a genuine Nepalese experience and the spectacular views that make this country majestic! A word of caution though: you will want to come back for their other trips.

Pablo Cabrera Seattle, USA Annapurna Fast Pack 2016

Excellent logistics including being collected on arrival at the airport and dropped off at end of trip. Super fun team and diverse itinerary which included some trails that are not part of the official circuit. Great food, laughs and team dynamic. Challenging course meant greater level of satisfaction on completion of each stage. Highly recommend.

Angela (Ireland/Hong Kong) Annapurna Fastpack 2018