Thorong La Pass Trekking is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna Circuit. This 14 days trek takes you north of the Annapurna Mountains for some outstanding views of the mountains as you pass between the Annapurna Conservation Area and the remote Mustang Region.
The trek passes through a myriad of biospheres as you climb upwards from sub-tropical jungle to the high and very dry region that resembles the Tibetan Plateau. The area also has a great variety of cultural diversity with the various tribal and ethnic groups that inhabit the area, residing as they have for centuries in peace and harmony.
Thorong La Pass trek takes you past the world's deepest gorge – the Kali Gandaki gorge and then over the highest pass in the world – Thorang La at an elevation of 5,416 m. The trek goes through the remote and beautiful valley of Manang and then to the spiritual place of Muktinath.
This Nepal trekking package is never dull as you walk for 14 days past high mountain peaks, bright mountain glaciers, deep canyons, colorful villages as well as places of great spiritual significance.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel, welcome dinner
Arrival will be at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be greeted by our staff and taken to your hotel to rest up from your flight. In the evening, we will have a traditional welcome dinner featuring traditional Nepali food and a cultural program. Meal: Dinner.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek orientation
Today will be a day to become acquainted with the wonderful culture of Nepal as you visit several of the Valley's World Heritage Sites. Included today will be Kathmandu's Durbar Square, home to over 60 temples and the old Royal Palace. We will also visit Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal, along with two sacred Buddhist shrines: Swayambhunath and Boudhanath). In the afternoon, there will be a briefing about the trek as you meet your guide and fellow trekkers. Meal: Breakfast.
Day 03: Drive to Syange/Jagat (1,100m)
Our hiking to Annapurna starts today.This is a long day of bus riding as we leave Kathmandu and head west toward Syange or Jagat. We leave early morning (7 am) and spend 8 – 10 hours on traveling. The scenery will reflect the beauty of Nepal as we pass rivers, mountains and beautiful villages. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 04: Trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m)
Today is the first day of trekking. The trek will cross the bridge at Tal to Manang District as the trail continues through the Manang Valley. We will spend the right at Dharapani, which is one of the major villages in the valley. Trekking time will be 5 – 6 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m)
The trail turns steeper as we move upward and toward the west. The trail is leading us north of the Annapurna Conservation Area and will feature great views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna IV (7,525m). There is a number of small hot springs along the way to our destination of Chame. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m)
We will enter the U-shaped valley of Manang, situated between two snow-covered peaks. We are following the Marsyangdi Nadi (river) through the Manang Valley. The trail rises 1500 meters above the river as we walk to Pisang. Trekking time is again 5 – 6 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,500m)
Today is a little longer as we make our way from Pisang. The landscape is becoming drier, much like the plateaus of Tibet. The trek will feature many panoramic views of the mountains as we stop for a short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang District. We will spend the night in Manang. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 08: Manang (Day Rest)
This is a day to acclimatize as we are entering higher elevations. It is not a day of just resting, as we will take some short hikes in order to help us adjust to the higher elevations. Some optional places to visit are Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake as well as a monastery at Vraga. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m)
The trail turns northward as we make our way toward Thorang La Pass. The elevation continues to rise as we pass through delightful villages and pasture lands in the high mountains. Our goal is the small village of Yak Kharka, trekking time 3 – 4 hours. We are taking it a little more slowly because of the higher elevations. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,600m)
This day takes us to the lower part of the pass. Thorang Phedi is a small, but busy little village at the base of Thorang La Pass where we will spend the night. Trekking time is 3 – 4 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 11: Trek from Thorang Phedi - Thorang La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,800m)
As we circle the Annapurna Conservation Area, this day is the highlight of our trek as we finally make Thorang La Pass. The day is cold as we pass at high elevations which will offer incredible views of the mountains on all sides. This day will be breathtaking as you gaze at the high peaks of the Himalayas. The trail will begin a long descent to Muktinath, a sacred spot to both Hindus and Buddhists, where there are many important temples. We will spend the night in Muktinath. Trekking time is 7 – 8 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,750m)
The trek continues to drop in elevation as we make our way to Jomsom. The morning will allow for visit to Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Today's trek is 4 – 5 hours as we make our way to the village of Jomsom (2,750m). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara to Kathmandu
We fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, and then take the flight back to Kathmandu where we will enjoy a time of rest, a hot shower and a departure dinner. There will be a little time for sightseeing and/or shopping on your own in Kathmandu. Meal: Breakfast.
Day 14: Final departure transfer
At about 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. Trekking Mart family wishes your best time ahead. Meal: Breakfast.
Service Includes & Excludes
- All ground transfer as per itinerary
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour
- Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu flights
- Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel standard is as per your choice)
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
- Guesthouse accommodation during the trek
- Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit
- TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) fee
- An experienced English speaking trekking guide
- Porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers=1 porter)
- Staff food, accommodation, salary & insurance
- All governmental procedure
- Applicable Taxes
- Rescue arrangement in case of emergency
- Welcome dinner
- Bar, laundry and telephone bills
- Travel insurance
- Rescue evacuation in case of emergency
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara unless welcome dinner
Equipment's Check List
Trekking Mart has listed here some of the basic suggested equipment's check list for Thorong La pass trekking. Some equipment can hire in Kathmandu as well. Click here for suggested check list.
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