Thorong La pass crossing trekking package offers you the extreme adventure opportunity to cross the high pass of Nepal’s great Annapurna range, providing a combination of spectacular high mountain scenery, picturesque lowland farms and villages, a wealth of cultural interest and a challenging pass crossing.
The trek starts from Pisang after ascending the surprisingly wild and unspoiled Marsyangdi Valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna Massif. During the trek you will enjoy by regular contact with friendly villagers, as well as ever-changing panoramas of some of the world’s greatest peaks, including Manaslu and the Annapurnas.
You will trekking through the farmland of Nepal’s “middle hills” into the high alpine world on the north side of the Annapurnas which offers the taste of Tibetan Buddhism culture in Manang valley. Beyond the Tibetan Buddhist village of Manang, the high point of the trip is reached after a stamina-sapping ascent to the Thorong La (5416m.). Finally you will reach Mustang crossing Thorong Pass and drive back to Jomsom on same day and next day take flight to Pokhara.
Trekking Destination: Annapurna Round/Circuit.
Duration: 14days and 18days in Nepal
Highest Altitude: 5416 m
Type of trek: Tea house or camping trek
Best season: April-June, Sept- Nov
Price: 1900/-USD per person (Minimum 2 persons)
Thorong La pass: pictures
Day 01: Arrival in Nepal
Day 02: Drive to Besihar
Day 03: Drive to Pisang (3210m)
Day 04: Pisang to Manag(3540m)
It’s about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang, the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hike through the fields of grazing yak and a wide variety of crops. The trail climbs a steep ridge right side of the Marsyangdi River to get Ngawal (3660m) but it is one of the really great viewing points of the whole Annapurna Ridge and the Marsyangdi river valley view. On the way, we pass pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. The large Tibetan settlement Manang provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang.
Day 05: Acclimatization day in Manang (3540m)
There are fine views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings. You can explore Khangsur Village, Kecho Lake or Milarepa Cave.
Day 06: Manang village to Khangsar village (3734m)
Descending from old Manang and passing by Chorten reach a Marsyangdi river, cross a suspension bridge over Jharsing Khola (stream It is possible to cross the ridge north of Annapurna IV, II, and Glacier Dome or to descend from village to the glacial lake at the foot of a huge icefall descending from the northern slopes of Gangapurna.the trail stays close to the river bed and soon we approach Khangsar, superb view of the Great Barrier open up. There you find a small monastery, Chorten, Mani walls and prayer flags.
Day 07: Khangsar village to Tilicho lake base camp 4150m
From Khangsar the trail climbs steeply past the Gompa and small chortens, the trail goes through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes. The path is quite covered by small crystals and shrubs can be seen on both sides. Some places along the trail you cross a few streams. You reach a crest (4650m) with prayer flags after the wearying climb and then through a series of zigzags down a scree slope bring you to the Tilicho Base Camp Hotel. From here you can enjoy the closer and panoramic views of Tilicho Mountain and many others. Tilicho Lake is situated at the highest altitude so we set our camp today here at low.
Day 08: Base camp to Tilicho lake and back to base camp
The trail to the Tilicho Starts up a side valley then traverses onto a moraine, making a long climb to 4710m. There is an outstanding view of Tarkeghyang, Gangapurna and the Khangsar Kang. Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at (4920m), presents a particularly dramatic spectacle. Sometimes its turquoise water reflects the surrounding peaks but more often its frozen solid. After spending the memorable time at Tilicho Lake, we will trek down to Tilicho base camp via the same way for an overnight stay.
Day 09: Tilicho base camp to Yak Kharka (4000m)
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. The trail follows this valley north, passing a Goths as it steadily gains elevation. You have left the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. you can keep high and follow a track 400meters or so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. It’s fun to see large yaks grazing at Yak Kharka. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.
Day 10: Yak kharka to Phedi (4420)
From Yak Kharka, the trail climbs along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m. Blue sheep, and even snow-capped leopards, sometimes magically appear. The crow-like bird choughs, large lammergeiers, and Himalayan griffons circles you overhead. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep at Phedi. Overnight at Phedi 4400m.
Day 11: Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) and drive to Jomsom
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switchbacking up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). You can see the long Great Barrier ridge, Tibet like region of Manang, as well as the Annapurna, Gangapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists.
After Muktinath, we continue to drive back to Jomsom by jeep.
Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara
An early morning we will take a short picturesque flight to Pokhara. The view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains and world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki is stunning. Relax whole day in Hotel or wander around Lake Side with fascinating mountains panorama view and nature charming. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David’s fall and the various lakes of course.
Day 13: Spare day in Pokhara
Most of clients in Nepal like to do paragliding. this spare day is specially for clients doing paragliding
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
We will take 34 minutes flight to kathmandu and the do sight seein in day time in kathmandu.
Day 15: International flight back
Note: Itinerary can be changed as per clients’ wish
- flight tickets Jomsom-Pokhara and Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Two night hotels in Kathmandu on BB plan in 3 stars hotel. Additional 250/- USD for 5 stars hotel
- Trekking permit
- National park permit
- 3 times meal a day and hot drinks during the trekking
- Guide and porter
- All the transportation in Nepal
- Hotel during trekking
- Guide and porter insurance
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Personnel travel insurance we don’t get it in Nepal for foreigners
- Paragliding in Pokhara if you fly
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee
- Tips to staffs if you like