Get off the beaten track

Move quick, light, and self-supported while following rarely used trails in Annapurna conservation area.

Crossing two 5000m+ passes; Kang La 5,306m and Thorung La 5,416m.

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

We are experts on alternative trails in Annapurnas, and beyond.

The Numbers

Eleven days on trail with two acclimatization days.

Distance: 175km/108miles, Total Gain: +12,217m/40,082ft, Total Loss: -10,832m/35,538ft, Max Elevation: 5,408m/17,728ft.

Trip Reports/Photos: 2019 Fall2019 Spring20182017 | 2016

Annapurna – Naar Phu  Variation (May 11 – 26, 2024) Join us as we explore rarely visited villages of Naar and Phu, getting off the classic Annapurna circuit! Cross two 5000m+ passes; Kang La 5,306m and Thorung La 5,416m! The numbers: 16 days including; briefing day in Kathmandu and departure; 11 days on trail including 2 acclimatization days. Total distance: 175km/108miles, Gain: +12,217m/40,082ft, Loss: -10,832m/35,538ft, Max Elevation: 5,408m/17,728ft. Max participants: 10. Cost: $2,656. All inclusive, including $250 deposit through Stripe (the rest due within 30 days). Register through Stripe!



Day 1 Briefing and Orientation starting at noon

Day 2 Kathmandu to Jagat (1,306m) Private Jeep

Day 3 Jagat (1,306m) to Koto (2,625m), Distance: 29.7k

Day 4 Koto (2,625m) to Meta (3,621m), Distance: 20.96k

Day 5 Acclimatization day

Day 6 Meta (3,621m) to Phu (4,083m), Distance: 16.81k

Day 7 Acclimatization day

Day 8 Phu (4,083m) to Naar (4,196m), Distance: 21.81k

Day 9 Naar (4,196m) to Nawal (3,680m) via Kang La (5,306m), Distance: 14.65k

Day 10 Nawal (3,680m) to Manang (3,551m), Distance: 9.14 k

Day 11 Manang (3,551m) to Thorung Phedi (4,536m), Distance: 16.43k

Day 12 Thorung Phedi (4,536m) to Muktinath (3,745m) via Thorung La (5,416m), Distance: 13.52k

Day 13 Muktinath (3,745m) to Marpha (2,688m), Distance: 32.15k

Day 14 Marpha to Pokhara

Day 15 Transport back to Kathmandu

Day 16 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