Manaslu Circuit & Throng La Pass Trek Overview
Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek Over View
The Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek is one of the best adventures that combines a part of the Manaslu Circuit and the Annapurna Circuit Routes. This amazing trekking journey is also called Manaslu two passes trek as it includes the crossing of the two high mountain passes of Larkye La Pass at 5160 meters and the famous Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters.
This 24-day adventurous journey is a great combination of aesthetic, scenic, and cultural attractions. High mountain lakes, spectacular waterfalls, secret sacred shrines, and an amazing culture are all parts of this trip. You will through various biospheres from subtropical jungle to the high, extremely dry terrain that mimics the Tibetan Plateau.
The Manaslu Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek also takes you past the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world and through the secluded and scenic valley of Manang village, and then to the mystical destination of Muktinath.
This trekking journey tests your patience and rewards you with the best of challenge, diversity, and beauty. It offers a lush landscape and its arid nature, a close-up view of the lofty Himalayas, influences of Hinduism at lower altitudes and Buddhism at higher altitudes, and diverse vegetation, flora, and fauna.
Highlights of Manaslu Circuit and Throng La Pass Around the Circle
- Trek to the vicinity of the 8th Highest Mountain in the world - Manaslu
- Walk through the high alpine valley with distinctive Tibetan villages and fine monasteries.
- Imposing view of Annapurna Massif comprising Annapurna I - IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and so on.
- Traverse through the Larkye La Pass at 5160 meters altitude
- Cross World Highest Trekking Pass namely Thorong La Pass at 5,416m
- Famous Hindu temple Muktinath Temple and mouthwatering River view of Kaligandaki
Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek Difficulty
The Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek, which starts at 900 meters above sea level and ascends to 5416 meters, is regarded as a moderately challenging trek. However, prior hiking or mountaineering expertise is not required. It simply requires that you be in decent physical and mental shape and be able to hike for 4-6 hours through mountainous terrain with a daypack.
You will be passing through two high mountain passes above 5000 meters, one at Larkya La Pass, which is 5106 meters, and another at Thorong La Pass at 5,416m which is also the highest height you reach during this trip. On the day of crossing the pass, you have to start very early in the morning which could also be the hardest part of this trek. So, prior to your trek, working to improve your stamina and endurance will be essential to the success of this trekking journey.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) could be one of the challenging factors in this trek as mountain sickness often begins above 3500m. We have designed the itinerary with required acclimatization days to avoid AMS but we advise you to maintain your body hydrated, get enough sleep, and refrain from stress for your own prevention. Diamox is an additional option (medication for AMS). Please let your guide know about any symptoms you observe as soon as possible.
Best Time to do Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek
Both the Manaslu and Annapurna regions have four distinct seasons: Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each of these has a three-month lifespan. And each season along with each month has its own unique perspective.
While planning a trekking journey, trekkers need to have knowledge about the best and the right time according to purpose since the best experience comes with the best time. And, the spring and autumn seasons are considered the best time to get the best experience of the Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek.
Spring in Nepal starts in March and it might start a bit late in the higher regions. With the end of the harsh winter, the trekking routes are once again filled with colorful and lush vegetation. The days are warm and clear perfect to enjoy the views of the mountains and the surroundings. The weather is stable and the temperature is pleasant during the spring making your Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek successful without hurdles.
Autumn aka fall starts in September/mid-September and is another shoulder season for Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek as the weather and the temperatures are stable and pleasant. The autumn breeze, vegetation, and views along with the festive mood make the trek more enjoyable.
Summer and winter are the off-seasons for most of the treks including Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek.
Summer is also the monsoon season in Nepal bringing heavy rainfall, especially in July and August. The rainfall makes the trekking trail wet, and slick with the chances of landslides and mudslides. The views are also obstructed by clouds and fog. The teahouses in the higher regions are also closed temporarily making the trek difficult.
Winter is harsh at the higher altitude which is why it is not a recommended season for the trek. The trials will be blocked by the snow, especially at the Larkye La and Thorong La making the trek impossible. The teahouses are also temporarily shut down. However, if you want to go trekking in winter, December will be a good time with bright sunny and long enough days. But, be prepared for the chilly to freezing nights.
Permits to do Manaslu Circuit with Thorong La Pass Trek
Trekkers need to obtain the following permits to do the Manaslu Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek.
- MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) Permit
- ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Permit
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
Note: All these permit costs are included in this package.
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