Thorong La Pass is one of the popular destinations in Annapurna region of Nepal. Nepal is familiar with the world for being one of the greatest trekking destinations. It’s diversity in landscapes, ethnicity, cultures, traditions, people and most of all, the gigantic Himalayas have always made Nepal stand out among others. When you travel to a mountainous country what would your expectations be? Would it be exploring some rugged trails offering beautiful geography or a gorgeous view of the endless chain of Himalayas or getting familiar with extremely nice and friendly people along with their cultures and values? Well, Nepal is such a Himalayan gem and covers all of these factors that a traveler and an enthusiast would not want to miss.
So, where to travel when you’re in Nepal? How to choose your destinations? If you’re an admirer of trekking and would love to explore the hidden sides of Nepal you’ll have many options. Among the various travel packages in Nepal, one of the most popular and trending these days is the trek to Thorang La Pass. Thorang La Pass trek is actually a part of Annapurna Circuit trek which is one of the most sought-after treks in Nepal. Its a challenging trek in the Annapurna region. But due to the ongoing road construction at the other side of the Annapurna region trek up to Thorang La is gaining more and more attention. Moreover, this trek is considered to be the most attractive part of the whole circuit trek.
This trek will lead you through the authentic and colorful villages of Gurung, Chettris and to the arid lands resembling Tibetan culture. The highest point of the pass is 5,416m. Therefore, initially, you will be climbing uphills for quite long hours and then slow down as you reach the higher elevation. Trekking from subtropical jungles to the drier lands and observing all these different tribes of people, their diversity in a culture still, living in peace and harmony is something special about this trek. You’ll pass through many monasteries, religious places like Muktinath, cross the Kaligandaki Gorge-world’s deepest gorge, walk through the beautiful Manang village and be mesmerized by the closer views of soaring Himalayas.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, check into a hotel, have some rest and a traditional dinner with the trekking crew.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Sites and various temples and a trek orientation.
Day 3: Drive west from Kathmandu to Syange or Jagat. Drive for 8-10 hours and enjoy the scenery on the way.
Day 4: Cross the Tal bridge and enter Manang district. Trek to a village named Dharapani from Syange for 5-6 hours.
Day 5: Trek toward the west from Dharapani to Chame for 5-6 hours again leading to the north side of Annapurna Conservation Area and enjoy the incredible views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal.
Day 6: Follow the Marsyangdi river and trek through beautiful Manang valley toward Pisang, a small village.
Day 7: Trek from Pisang to the drier lands of Manang. On the way, enjoy the view of arid lands and observe the largest monastery of Manang-Barge Monastery. Trek for 6-7 hours.
Day 8: Take an acclimatization rest in Manang. Visit places like Bhojo Gompa, Gangapurna or monastery at Vraga.
Day 9: Pass through the charming villages and the beautiful meadows towards Yak Kharka, a small village. Trek for 3-4 hours to adjust to a high elevation.
Day 10: Trek for 3-4 hours to the small yet engaging village of Thorang Phedi, the base of Thorang La Pass.
Day 11: A big day! Trek to Thorang La Pass and descend to Muktinath within 7-8 hours of walk. Thorang La passes presenting the breathtaking views of a series of mountains and a wide spectrum of landscapes. Then descend to Muktinath, a religious place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 12: Trek for 3-4 hours to the lower elevation of Jomsom village. On the way, visit some sacred temples and monasteries.
Day 13: fly back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu, have a farewell dinner and do some shopping as you like.
Day 14: Drive to airport 3 hours prior to your flight time.
This 14 days Thorong La Pass Trekking is one of the best choices for the trekkers who are looking for moderate difficulty treks in Nepal. Contact us for more detail and booking.