Thorong La Pass Trek

Thorong La Pass Trek

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TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

21 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Thorong La pass 5416m

Group Size

Minimum 2 pax

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive. (Flight fr0m KTM-PKR-KTM available).

Best Season:

March-May & Sept.-Nov.

Trekking to Annapurna region definitely creates an interesting and positive experience for any travel enthusiasts. Add Annapurna Circuit with Thorong La Pass (5416m) and you get a trek route that gives you an experience of a lifetime.

The pass is a huge attraction and attracts thousands of trekkers, mountaineers, and pilgrims each year as Annapurna Circuit is a very popular trek route.

The length of Annapurna Circuit covers around 300km encircling the Annapurna range. Thorong La Pass (the highest trekking pass in the world) is famous not only among tourists but is a lifeline for traders as well. It is the highest point in the circuit over 5400 m and can be potentially dangerous if you try to cross the pass from West to East due to the sudden rise in elevation.

In this engaging tour, the skyline is way more impressive than described in mere words. On the panoramic canvas, you will get to see massive eight-thousanders like Annapurna I, and Dhaulagiri, a holy site for Tibetan Buddhists.

You will also come across Fishtail Mountain which is not as tall as its cousins but makes up for it with its unmatched beauty. Your trek starts at Beshi Sahar taking you through Dharapani, Chame, Manang, etc. to Thorong Phedi or the High Camp.

From here you make your way to the renowned Muktinath Temple (one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world) via Thorong La. Attain peace in this holy location and continue towards your final journey.

On the way, you can find the different ethnic groups such as Sherpas, Bhotias, and Thakalis, with their own unique culture and way of life. Many lakes including the highest lake of the world - Tilicho, beautiful landscapes, rare flora, fauna as well as can get a chance to interact and indulge with the kind and humble local people are all amazing plus points of the rote.

The trail from Annapurna to Manang passes on through the stone-walled villages, deep gorge of Marshyangdi River, monasteries, chortens, etc. The higher you move the better views you will get. Many travel magazines and online partners have listed this destination as a must-visit place in Nepal.

During your trip, you would come across the diversity of Nepal as you go through small villages with various ethnicities, forests with hundreds of plant and animal species and the landscapes that will surprise you every time. Unveil the secrets, wrap the blanket of nature around and start feeling the change.


Highlights of Thorang La Pass Trek

  • Most popular Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Thorang-La pass, the highest pass in the world
  • Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world
  • Muktinath Temple
  • Unique and diverse landscape of Manang
  • Rare Alpine wildlife and vegetation of Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Challenging and thrill igniting route
  • Impressive mountain views
  • Interaction with different ethnic groups and their culture
  • Monasteries and Chortens
  • Walking through the rugged mountainous path and tall woods

The list will go on and on... The rest is for you to discover and explore!


Trip Outline

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation.
Day 3: Drive to Khudi (800m). 7-8 hrs drive
Day 4: Trek to Sirung (2,200m). 6-7 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1,300m). 6-7 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m). 7-8 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Chame (2,710m). 5-6 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Pisang (3,300m). 5-6 hrs
Day 9: Trek to Manang. 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Acclimatization and Explore around in Manang. 3-4 hrs hike
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m). 3-4 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m). 3-4 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5,416m). 7-8 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2,670m). 4-5 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Kalopani (2,530 m). 5-6 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1,200m). 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m). 7-8 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) then to Tadapani (2,700m). 6-7 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Syauli Bazar and then drive to Pokhara (827m). 5 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive
Day 20:Drive to Kathmandu. 6-7 hrs drive. (30 min flight is available)
Day 21: Departure transfer.

Starting Price

USD 1599 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Once you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Himalayan trekkers in a traditional way and also also help you transfer to the hotel

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation.

Meals included: Breakfast

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath and Durbar Square in Kathmandu valley. Later in the afternoon, you can engage in trek preparation.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Khudi (800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will have a scenic drive to Khudi. On the way, you can see the beautiful landscapes, mountain views, and terraced farms. After crossing Dumre, you will drive to Beshisahar. In about one & half hours from there, you will reach Khudi which offers you the mesmerizing tranquil of Manaslu Range. Overnight at Khudi.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Sirung (2,200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

It will be the first day of the trek. After breakfast, you will gradually move across the lush green forest along with an amalgam view of the Himalayan ranges. Though the trail will be a bit steep. On reaching Sirung, the sight and the people will welcome you in such a warm and humble way that you will forget all the stress and anxiety. Overnight at Sirung.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Jagat (1,300m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will walk towards Jagat crossing through the Marshyangdi River. On the way, you can spot different kinds of flora and fauna as well as a variety of birds. After crossing the suspension bridge, you will reach towards Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Dharapani (1,960m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, you will slowly trek through a dense forest and cross over a river. On the trail, you can view the mesmerizing Chyamje waterfall. Moving forward the trail of the rugged and grassy riverbank, you will reach towards Dharapani.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Chame (2,710m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will move forward having an amalgam view of Lamjung, Annapurna and other snowcapped peaks. After a gradual walk, you will reach the hot spring, where you can chill and dip into the pond for some time and then continue to reach Chame. Overnight at Chame.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Pisang (3,300m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will follow the path through the jagged green forest and the rocky trail. You can take some clips and enjoy the serenity. It would be ideal to follow the upper Pisang path if you prefer to escape the crowd. The upper Pisang offers you unique landscapes, beautiful views of the Himalayas and the mesmerizing serene nature/surrounding. After walking for some time, you will reach Pisang for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Tea house/Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Manang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Manang is a popular village which can be very exciting. Today you will follow the trail to reach Manang. You will cross through the beautiful landscapes, unique vegetation, cold and dry environment and the Braga monastery on the way. Overnight at Manang.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 10

Acclimatization and Exploring Manang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will hike & explore around Manang and prepare for the trek of the next day. Explore around Bhojo Gumba and also be visit the Himalayan Rescue Association with your guide, which will provide detail information about the high altitude sickness. Chitchat with locals might be interesting. There are mainly Gurung, Magars and Bhotias etnic groups. Having a tranquil view of the Annapurna II, III, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peaks with rocky landscapes and unique settlements might fill you with joy and will definitely blow your mind away. Overnight at Manang.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike

Day 11

Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will follow the stream and climb along the trail passing through the Pine and Juniper trees. On the way, you can see the Horses and Yaks grazing, Mani Walls, the cluster of mud roofs, rivers as well as the village where you can observe the lifestyle and culture of the local people. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,600m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will climb uphill to reach Thorang Phedi. You will pass through the cliffs where you can have a mesmerizing view of the snowcapped mountains and the beautiful landscapes. Overnight at Thorang Phedi.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 13

Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5,416m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is a long trek starting at 4 am, before sunrise, in order to reach the pass by 9 to10 am. Otherwise, weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. It is often problematic to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of climbing marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Then, we reach Muktinath Temple.

Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all the sorrows we feel are relieved upon visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 14

Trek to Marpha (2,670m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, early in the morning you can again visit Muktinath and pay homage to Lord Vishnu if you are interested and have some time. Then, you will move downwards to Kagbeni then to Jomsom and finally reach Marpha. Marpha is famous for apple orchards. You can take pictures and enjoy the apples as well as the local Brandy (Apple) there. The villages of Marpha are quite unique and different providing a rare experience.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 15

Trek to Kalopani (2,530 m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will move forward towards the traditional villages of Thakali and Manangi. You can see beautiful views of the mountains as well as the apple trees along the trails. Overnight at Kalopani.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 16

Trek to Tatopani (1,200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will gradually move downwards with a view of lush green vegetation, mountains, Rupse waterfall, and subtropical forest. After reaching Tatopani, you can dip into the hot spring and relax for some time. Overnight at Tatopani.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 17

Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will move forward to reach Ghorepani. On the way, you can have mesmerizing views of the Rhododendron blooming and the mountains all around. After a gradual walk, you will reach a beautiful village, Ghorepani. Overnight at Ghorepani.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 18

Trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) then to Tadapani (2,700m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early morning hike up towards the viewpoint of Poonhill for sunrise over the Himalayas, where you can see the beautiful and mesmerizing mountains. You can have closer views of the landscapes and snow-capped mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges, which makes you fall in love with nature. Poonhill is known as one of the most beautiful Himalayan viewpoints in the world to have an amalgam view of the mountains above 8000m. You, then, trek back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then towards Tadapani. Having a similar Himalayan view through the dense rhododendron forest might be quite a good experience once you reach on top of the Gurung hill. After that you will descend down to Tadapani.

Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 19

Trek to Syauli Bazar and then drive to Pokhara (827m).

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Early morning sunrise view from Tadapani will give you immense pleasures where you can see the Mountains looking like a fireball. You will enjoy a breakfast before starting the trek. You will cross across the dense and lush green forest of pine, rhododendron trees and if it is the right season you can have an amalgam view of the Cherry Blossom blooming on the lap of Mountains. You can also get indulged with the Gurung Settlements in Ghandruk which is one of the most popular villages for Gorkhas. You can enjoy the serene view of the snow-covered mountains like Fishtail, Himchuli, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, etc. It might be interesting to visit the Gurung Museum. Then you will trek to Syaulibazar from where you catch your private vehicle to Pokhara to conclude your trek. Evening walks around Lakeside Pokhara will be exhilarating. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive

Day 20

Drive to Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Depending upon your time and interest you can take your private vehicle/flight/scheduled tourist bus to reach Kathmandu. In the evening walk around Thamel and maybe do some shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive. (30 min flight is available)

Day 21

Departure transfer.

Our representative from Himalayan trekkers will drop you off at the airport.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) fee
  • All the trekking Permits
  • All Domestic Transportation from arrival to departure
  • Guide and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Beverage expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurred from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any expenses not mentioned in the Include section
     


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

FAQ's

What kind of weather should I expect?

The best seasons for the trek (Spring and Autumn) are quite moderate in Nepal. However, in higher altitudes, there might be some unexpected weather conditions like strong winds but can be managed by taking precautions.

Is the trek very difficult?

The trek can be quite strenuous due to a long itinerary with lots of walking on rugged mountainous paths. It is not considered extreme so you can prepare by doing some stamina building physical activities. 

Can I make changes to the itinerary?

Yes. Sure you can but only if possible. You can consult with us and we will help you travel the way you want to.

Is there a chance of getting altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is highly unlikely because the trek is undertaken gradually, taking all the precautions so you can acclimatize. In case of any accidents, you will be immediately evacuated (helicopter evacuation if immediate emergency) to a safe place with medical attention. However, all the expenses incurred during rescue, evacuation or medical facilities does not fall under our cost coverage, so please make sure your insurance package cover it even in high altitude.

Is the water safe to drink?

Tap water is not considered safe to drink. So, you would probably have to drink bottled water, filtered water, or boiled water which can be found in all the places. 

Is it safe bathe in the natural hot water spring?

Yes, the hot spring is safe and many visitors take a bath to relax there. It is also believed to have healing power.

Is it okay to take photographs in the temple and other cultural sites?

Many places do not allow clicking pictures inside the premises. Such sites are marked by 'No Photographs' or other similar signs. 

What language will the guide speak?

Our team includes guides who can communicate fluently in English and some other languages. If you prefer a language other than English, you would have to pay a little etra.

Reviews

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05 Dec 2019

Martina and Jan

Czech Republic

Track around Annapurna 

All the organization with Raj was very comfortable and went smooth. Track was well prepared and our experienced guide Tika made few changes according to our conditions. Even we chose quite advanced track through lake Tilicho and Throng-la pass, we felt fine and relax. We felt great support from our guide and all members of the organization.

Thanks a lot.

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