Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek - 15 Days

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Thorong La Pass (5416m)
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 5416 m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Best Season February to May and September to Mid - December
  • Thorong La Pass: At 5,416 meters above sea level, Thorong La Pass is the highest point of the trek and is one of the challenging pass. But you will be treated to beautiful panoramas of the surrounding mountains from the pass.
  • Scenic beauty: There is a wide range of scenery to enjoy on this trek, from high mountain deserts to snow-capped peaks and lush forests. The world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, is also seen and offers a beautiful view.
  • Cultural immersion: The Annapurna region is rich in culture because it is home to different ethnic groups. In addition to seeing traditional villages, trekkers can also experience the rich culture traditions of the area.
  • Wildlife and Flora: The Annapurna region is home to a diverse range of wildlife and flora, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, and numerous species of birds and flowers.

The Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek is a popular path in Nepal that passes through stunningly beautiful and forbidding landscapes. This trek is one of the best ways to experience the stunning mountain scenery and the rich culture of the people who live in this region.

The trek from Dharapani takes around 6 to 7 hrs reach via Kathmandu in a vehicle. From here, you will make your way through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages before reaching the high-altitude desert of Manang. The Annapurna Conservation Area, which you will go to along the journey, is a habitat for a diverse range of plants and animals, including some endangered species like the snow leopard and the red panda.

The highlight of the Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek is the crossing of the Thorong La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,416 meters. This is one of the highest passes and is a major challenge for even the most experienced trekkers. However, the views from the top are truly breathtaking, with panoramic vistas of the Himalayas stretching out as far as the eye can see. After crossing the pass, you will descend into the Mustang region, which is known for its stark beauty and ancient Buddhist culture. Here, you will visit the holy site Muktinath which is a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, and it is widely believed that visiting it will bring eternal salvation.

The Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek is a challenging but immensely rewarding trek that takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Overall, the Annapurna Thorong La Pass trek is a fantastic adventure for those looking to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of Nepal.

ItineraryDay to Day Itinerary
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Upon your arrival team from Moon Himalaya Adventure will be at Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and will transfer you to Hotel. In the Evening you will have a briefing about your Annapurna Thorong La Pass trek with your guide.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

On the second day after having your breakfast, our guide will explain to you about the Annapurna Thorong La Pass trek and the gear you need. In case you miss out on any gear you can buy or rent it. If you want then you can visit around the world heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath) but you have to pay entry fees on your own.

  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

The journey begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and continues till we reach Dharapani.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:1900m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs drive

The first day of the trek begins from Dharapani with an average walk of 5 to 6 hrs. On the way you'll see plenty of pine and fir trees, a number of monasteries, and several authentic Tibetan settlements. Views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, and other mountains can also be seen on our way to Chame. Chame is the headquarter of Manang district.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2710m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

Today we'll continue on to Pisang through Bratang (2850m) and Dhiku Pokhari (3240m). We'll be making our way down a narrow and steep slope before dropping down to the quaint village of Pisang for the night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3250m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

In the morning, get up early to catch the sun rising over Annapurna II. Then after breakfast, we will resume our journey to Ngawal. After reaching Humde (3300m) we will gradually climb for about 40 minutes. The path to Ngawal offers spectacular views of Annapurna II and III, as well as Pisang Peak. We'll stay at Ngawal for the night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3660 m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

Following the banks of the Marsyangdi River, we will make our way to Manang. Ahead, you'll see the Tilicho Peak and Annapurna ranges while passing through forests and villages like Braga and Paugh. Upon arriving in Mungli, we will once again be following the regular Annapurna hiking routes. We continue our hike till we reach Manang, our final destination for the day.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3540m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs walk

We will stay at Manang to acclimatize the high altitude. We'll spend the day exploring Manang. We'll start the day with a hike up to Gangapurna Lake/Ice Lake. We can enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. Visiting the nearby Manang village is yet another choice.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3540m

We will continue our trek to Leder after an acclimatization day in Manang. The trail goes through Yak Kharka (4050m). Along the way, we'll see grasslands and juniper trees. We'll be going through the quaint village of Gunsan on our way farther into the mountains, where locals live in homes with flat mud roofs. We will also see yak pastures and horse pastures on our way to Leder.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4200m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

After breakfast, we will head to Thorong High Camp via Thorong Phedi (4600m). The trail to Thorong Phedi gradually ascends through yak pastures. Some areas require extra caution due to the possibility of rock fall. You can reach Throng High Camp by hiking up an extremely steep and moraine-filled trail.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4800m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

It is today that we will climb over Thorong La Pass. The scenery from the Thorong La Pass are well worth the cold, the long climb, and the high altitude that we experience. Many of the Annapurna mountain ranges are seen in the background. Afterwards, we'll make our way down to Muktinath. It will take about three to four hours to reach Muktinath. Muktinath is religiously significant for both Hindu and Buddhist. We can go for a walk around the area, which is home to a Vishnu temple and a monastery.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5416m
  • Duration:8/9 hrs

The stunning Kali Gandaki Gorge lies below us as we make our way through the barren landscape. First, we make our way to the village of Ekle Bhatti, and then to the villages of Jharkot and Khingar, where we will visit several stunning monasteries. On our way to Jomsom, we'll pass through Kagbeni and along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Throughout the hike, we will be treated to a breathtaking panorama of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3800m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We will take an early morning flight to Pokhara after having breakfast. Our flight will pass through two of the world's tallest mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arriving at Pokhara we will be transferred to the hotel nearby lakeside. We take our time walking near Fewa Lake, Nepal's second-largest lake, taking in the scenery of Machhapuchhare in the distance. Evening walk nearby the lakeside in one of the famous activities in Pokhara. We can also boat in Fewa Lake.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:30 minutes

We will leave Pokhara in a private vehicle after taking breakfast. It will take around 7 hours to reach Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

Representative from Moon Himalaya Adventure will drop you to the international airport for final departure three hours prior to your flight schedule.

    Cost DetailsWhat's Included
    • Airport pick up and drop
    • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Dharapani and from Pokhara to Kathmandu for client.
    • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara for client.
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking.
    • Accommodation during the trekking.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee.
    • Trekkers’ Information Management system (TIMS) card.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar to Dharapani and from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guide, porter and support staff.
    • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara for guide.
    • English speaking government license holder Trekking guide.
      (For 1 to 4 clients there will be 1 guide and above 5 clients we provide assistant guide)
    • For 2 clients there will be 1 Porter.
      (The baggage of 1 client should be 10 to 12 kg only)
    • Food, accommodation, salary and Trekking insurance for Guide
    • Food, accommodation, salary and trekking insurance for porter and support staff.
    • First aid kit.
    • All necessary government taxes.
    • Certificate of accomplishment of trek.
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by client Travel insurance company.
    What's Excluded
    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
    • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
    • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu that goes beyond the scheduled program.
    • Your personal expenses and entrance fees while you do the tour in Kathmandu.
    • Entry fees in Monastries, temples, Museum.
    • Your personal expenses, shopping, donation to monasteries and school, wifi, laundry etc
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
    • Sweet things like chocolate bars, bakery items.
    • Internet, Hot shower and battery charge during the trek.
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Tips for the guide and staffs.
    • Things that goes beyond cost inclusive.
    Useful InformationGood to Know
    • Weather: The weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas so we recommend you be prepared and pack the gear for rain, snow, and wind.
    • Medical History: Please let us know if you have any medical history that might bring complications in your Annapurna Thorong La Pass trek such as knee or leg sprain, fractures, major surgeries, or other serious health concerns.
    • Medication: Please inform us about the medicine that you use daily so that our guide can timely remind you about your medicines.
    • Best time to trek: Every season has a different thing to offer however the best time to trek the Annapurna Thorong La Pass is from September to November and from March to May. During these months, the weather is generally dry and the skies are clear, offering stunning mountain views.
    FAQsAnnapurna Thorong La Pass Trek - 15 Days FAQs
    • The best time to trek the Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek is from September to mid-December and from February to May. These months offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and a chance to witness stunning rhododendron blooms.

    • The Annapurna Thorong La Pass trek is considered moderate to challenging and requires a good level of physical fitness. Trekkers should be prepared for long days of hiking and changes in altitude.

    • Yes, it is mandatory to hire a guide for the Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek and the guide provides valuable information about the region, ensures your safety, and handles any language or cultural barriers you may encounter.

    • The trek offers lodges to trekkers. Lodges are comfortable and offer additional amenities such as hot showers and Wi-Fi.

    • The Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trek is generally considered safe. However, trekkers should take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness and carry a first aid kit.

    • Trekkers need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) to enter the Annapurna region.

    ReviewsWhat Our Clients Says?
    • Incredible Adventure

      (Translated by Google) Trek around the Annapurnas carried out this year over 9 days with my husband, Dorje as guide and Sudeep who relieved our backs by carrying our bags!!
      It was an incredible adventure, both in terms of landscapes and on a human level.
      Despite the basic accommodation conditions, we were well taken care of by this agency which offered us a tailor-made stay with a few days in Pokkhara after the trek.
      Dorje and Sudeep were very attentive and did everything to make our stay as pleasant as possible.
      I highly recommend this local family agency. Much more interesting in terms of prices than some better-known agencies for the same services.

      Trek du tour des Annapurnas réalisé cette année sur 9 jours avec mon mari, Dorje comme guide et Sudeep qui a soulagé notre dos en portant nos sacs!!
      Ça a été une aventure incroyable, tant au niveau des paysages qu'au niveau humain.
      Malgré les conditions d'hébergement sommaires, nous avons été bien pris en charge par cette agence qui nous a proposé un séjour sur mesure avec quelques jours à Pokkhara après le trek.
      Dorje et Sudeep ont été très attentionnés et ont tout fait pour que notre séjour soit le plus agréable possible.
      Je recommande vivement cette agence locale familiale. Beaucoup plus intéressant au niveau des tarifs que certaines agences plus connues pour les mêmes prestations.

      Hélène MolinesFrance,December 24, 2023
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