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Thorong La Pass Trek

Thorong La Pass Trek

Annapurna Region
Thorong La Pass Trek
Thorong La Pass Trek
Thorong La Pass Trek

Trip Facts

Duration : 10 Days Max-Altitude : 5416m Program Type : Tea House Best Season : March to Nov Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Mode of Travel : Bus, Jeep, Flight

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$ 950 $ 870
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Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $950
2 Paxes $870
2-4 Paxes $850
4-6 Paxes $830
6-10 Paxes $800
10-15 Paxes $780
15+Paxes $780

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Overview

Thorong Pass Trek 10 days Package Itinerary

The Thorong La Pass Trek is a renowned expedition that takes you on an exhilarating journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. At the heart of this trek is the crossing of Thorong La Pass, the world’s highest pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level. This trek, with its rarefied air and reduced oxygen levels, presents an extraordinary challenge, making every step feel like an arduous marathon.

Thorong la Pass Trek is Nestled along the border of two of Nepal’s most mountainous districts, Manang and Mustang, this Pass trek is often referred to as the Annapurna Circuit Trek by adventurers from across the globe. The northern region of the Annapurna range is home to this remarkable journey, offering unrivaled vistas of the majestic Himalayan peaks, quaint villages of Manang, the serpentine Marsyangdi River, and the mystic Mustang-Kali Gandaki valley. Spanning a distance of approximately 160-230 kilometers (100-145 miles), depending on the use of motorized transportation and the chosen endpoint, the Central Annapurna Mountain range provides an array of trekking experiences, from lush subtropical jungles to high and arid terrains.

The Pass perched at an astonishing 5,416 meters, marks the threshold of the Tibetan plateau. This trail encompasses crossing two river valleys and traversing through the formidable Annapurna massif, culminating in the Thorong La Pass, the highest point on this mesmerizing journey. Most trekkers opt for a counterclockwise route as it offers a more gradual ascent in altitude, minimizing the risk of altitude sickness.

Your journey commences with a venture through the Thorong La Pass trek to reach Chame, Pisang, and Manang, all of which boast unique biospheres. In the Manang Braga Village, you’ll discover a meditation cave and the Milarepa Monastery, a sacred site where the renowned yogi Milarepa meditated for six years, attaining enlightenment. The ecological diversity of the Manang Valley is astounding, encompassing subtropical jungles and high, arid landscapes. Local festivals in this region resonate with Tibetan culture, a testament to the enduring traditions of the Gurung and Lama ethnic groups. As you trek towards the Thorong La, you can also choose to embark on the Tilicho Lake trek, returning to Yak Kharka. The Thorong-La pass via Tilicho Lake is the ultimate destination of the circuit trek, offering a chance to leave your mark on one of the world’s highest lakes.

Manang: A Cultural Melting Pot

The Thorong Pass Trek takes you through a region rich in cultural diversity, with various tribal and ethnic groups residing in the Manang Village, nestled in the heart of the Central Himalayas of Nepal. The primary inhabitants of this region are the Gurungs, who trace their roots back to Tibet. The remoteness of this area has preserved the traditional use of plants as medicine, even in a field as sparsely documented as ethnobotany.

Manang village hosts one of the region’s most significant celebrations, the Yartung festival, which takes place in August and spans three joyous days during the full moon night. Travelers visiting in August have the privilege of witnessing this vibrant festival during their trek. The first two days are dedicated to a thrilling horse racing competition, while the festival’s grand finale is marked by a spirited village mass, where men and women come together to sing and dance the night away.

The Trekking Route

The Thorong La Pass trek starts from Chame, and takes you through Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thor0ng Phedi, Muktinath, and Jomsom, ultimately culminating in a flight back to Pokhara. This expedition is led by Nepal Wilderness Trekking, a team of seasoned professionals with an intimate knowledge of the local terrain. Their guides and porters are not only experienced but also well-versed in the area’s history, cultures, and festivals. They are adept at addressing any issues during your trek, including altitude-related ailments, injuries, or the need for evacuation. Their profound familiarity with the region enables them to envision possibilities and solutions that other guides may overlook.

Challenges and Rewards of Thorong La Pass

Trekking to the pinnacle of Thorong La Pass presents its own set of challenges. To make it to the top, you must start your ascent early, setting out at 5 a.m. Commencing your journey in the early hours is essential to avoid the fierce winds that whip through the region late in the morning, before midday, at higher altitudes. Be sure to don your thick woolly hat, gloves, and down jacket, which you’ve been carrying all along the trek. As you ascend to the climax of Thorong La Pass altitude, you’ll gain an elevation of 600 meters, only to descend a staggering 1,800 meters to reach Muktinath village. This downhill descent, particularly on your knees, proves to be the most arduous part of the trek. However, as you reach Thorong La Top at 8 a.m., you’ll be treated to an awe-inspiring spectacle that will leave you breathless in more ways than one. The adrenaline rush at this point helps alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Safety on the Trail

Your guide, with their extensive knowledge of the area, its people, cultures, and festivals, plays a pivotal role in ensuring your safety and well-being during the Thorong Pass trek. Their expertise allows them to promptly address any issues that may arise, making your journey not only thrilling but also secure.

The Path Less Traveled

While the This Pass trek has witnessed its share of challenges, it is essential to note that there have been no recorded fatalities at the pass itself. However, the region has experienced its fair share of tumultuous weather conditions. During search and rescue operations that concluded on October 19, 2014, a staggering 400 individuals were rescued from Thorong La, the Manang and Mustang areas, and the Tukuche basecamp in Mustang. Unfortunately, at least 43 individuals lost their lives due to the treacherous storms.

Choosing the Right Time

Undoubtedly, the Thorong Pass Trek is a demanding expedition, necessitating a good level of physical fitness, especially given the prolonged exposure to high altitudes. To make the most of this journey, it is advisable to embark on it during the optimal trekking seasons, which are from March to May and from September to November. These months offer stable and clear weather conditions, enhancing your overall experience.

In conclusion, the Thorong La Pass Trekking is an extraordinary and unforgettable adventure that seamlessly combines the allure of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the thrill of exploration. Trekking through this spectacular terrain, with its panoramic vistas and cultural riches, is an experience that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Thorong Pass trek Highlighted:

  1. Kathmandu to Besisahar: Your journey typically begins in Kathmandu, and you’ll take a bus or drive to Besisahar, which is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit.
  2. Besisahar to Chame: You’ll trek through beautiful villages, lush forests, and terraced fields, gradually gaining elevation as you make your way towards Chame.
  3. Chame to Manang: The landscape becomes more arid as you trek further, and you’ll reach Manang, where you can acclimatize and explore the local culture.
  4. Acclimatization Day: Taking a rest day in Manang to acclimatize to the high altitude is crucial to avoid altitude sickness.
  5. Manang to Yak Kharka: As you ascend, the vegetation becomes sparse, and you’ll stay at Yak Kharka.
  6. Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi: You’ll trek to Thorong Phedi, which is the last settlement before Thorong La Pass. It’s a challenging day of hiking, and you’ll need to acclimatize once you arrive.
  7. Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass: The big day! You’ll start very early in the morning to cross Thorong La Pass. The ascent is steep, and the altitude can make it quite challenging, but the views are incredible. The pass stands at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet).
  8. Thorong La Pass to Muktinath: After reaching the pass, you’ll descend to Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists, where you can visit the temple and take in the stunning scenery.
  9. Muktinath to Jomsom: You’ll trek to Jomsom, passing through the arid Kali Gandaki valley with its unique landscapes.
  10. Jomsom to Pokhara: The trek officially ends in Jomsom, and you can take a flight to Pokhara or continue trekking back to Besisahar.
  11. Return to Kathmandu: Finally, you’ll make your way back to Kathmandu to conclude the trek.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive to Besisahar (823 Meters.. 6 hours driving) by public bus and jeep to Chame (2650 Meters, stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 02: Trek to Pisang (3250 Meters. 6 hours walking) and stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 03: Trek to Manang (3519 Meters. 5 hours walking) and stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 04: Rest day in the same place for acclimatization.
  • Day 05: Trek to Chauri Latter (4200 Meters. 3/4 hours walking) and stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 06: Trek to Thorong Phedi(4450 Meters. 3 hours walking) stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 07: Trek early in the morning Thorong Pass (5416 Meters.. 8 hours walking) overnight at Muktinath (3760 Meters. ) stay overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 08: Trek to Jomsom 2720m  5 / 6 hours walking then overnight at the lodge.
  • Day 09: Early morning flight back to Pokhara and rest day in Pokhara stay overnight at lodge.
  • Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus at 7:30 AM (200 km. 6/7 hours driving)

Cost Included

  • Kathmandu Benshi Sahar by local bus and sharing jeep to Chame,
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • 1-night clean hotel in Pokhara at the lakeside.
  • Annapurna Conservation National Park permit and TIMS card.
  • Italian, Chinese, Nepali, Indian, and many other European delicious Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner chosen by Menu)
  • seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
  • Clean Lodge accommodation on the trek.
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide licensed by the government, familiar with the area.
  • One porter for every two to three participants. (Note: An additional cost applies for solo clients requiring a porter.)
  • Guide and porter salary, meals, accommodation, and insurance.
  • Kitbag for storing your belongings
  • Sleeping bag for a comfortable night's sleep on a trek in minus-25 degrees
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
  • A certificate of appreciation from Nepal wilderness trekking after a successful trek

Cost Excluded

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Nepal entry visa fees vary by duration (15 days - $25-30, 30 days
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu before and after our journey
  • Personal equipment for high and cold temperatures
  • Emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation are covered by travel insurance
  • All beverages, Soft and caffeinated table drinks such as coke, beer,
  • Drinking water/mineral water, Dessert, etc. Hot shower, laundry
  • Tip for guide and porter
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes"
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.

Reviews

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