Thorong La Pass
Thorong La Pass

Thorong La pass Trekking - 13 Days


    • Sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sights of Kathmandu valley
    • Skip newly build road trekking by driving with private vehicle 
    • Panoramic mountains and diverse ethnic villages
    • Sightseeing around Manang village and visit Gangapurna Glacier Lake
    • Crossing the Thorung-La Pass over 5416 meters
    • The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, Apple field villages down from Muktianth
    • Walking through the world’s deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley
    • Trekking with profesional guide and supporter 

One of the most popular trekking, Thorong La Pass Trekking is also called Annapurna Circuit Trek. Trek starts from Chame and end at Natural city Pokhara. Thorang La is one of the high elevations pass of 5,416 miters probably the best highest pass in the world. It has voted many times as a best trekking destination. It is located at north of Annapurna Himalayan trail between Manang valley to the east and Mustang valley to the west. Scenic Mountains are seen from much closed including massif Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, Tukuche Peak and many others. Trekking starts from low elevation slowly reach at high elevation having enough acclimatization periods in between. An extra day stay at Manang as acclimatization day and explore around helps your body adjust before reaching high altitude land.  It is combining wide variant climate zone from tropical, subtropical till plateau land. The best month of crossing Thorong La is from March to May and September to November, although trekkers love crossing it in December, January months where pass is full of snow. It is strongly suggested to trek with experience guide in this trail since pass attempt some difficult ascending.

Thorong La pass trekking details 

Our 13 days Thorong La Pass Trekking plan have enough time to prepare your trekking in Kathmandu. Explore major UNESCO heritage site with expert tour guide from Nepal Highland Treks. Trip starts driving via well paved road to Besisahar and further drive in rough mountain road till Chame of  Manang district. Start to offers most breathtaking sceneries of the Himalayas. Trekkers pass numerous cultural villages of Nepal. The first section of trekking is in lush irrigated Marshyangdi valley reach up to the highest pass Thorung La then down to the Kaligandaki Valley, the deepest gorge in the world. After longest walking on pass, reach famous pilgrim site Muktinath. Muktinath Temple is the holiest for Hindu and Buddhist. Another one hour hiking down reaches typical Tibetan cultural village Kagbeni. The itinerary is including flying to Pokhara from Jomsom at the end. We still can customize our itinerary as per your interest. Route can include further trekking down to Marpha, Ghasa and Tatopani, then drive back to Pokhara via Beni. Tatoapni is having natural hot spring, can enjoy hot bathing. Another option is to climb Ghorepani Poon Hill from Tatopani and trek back to Pokhara.  

Thorong La pass trekking and Tilicho lake combination 

Combination of Tilicho Lake and Thorong-La pass trekking will be complete of adventure trekking in Annapurna circuit. The highest mountain pass and the highest Lake surrounded by Himalayas. You will reach 4919 meter’s highest Lake before crossing the 5,416 meters thorong La. The total itinerary from 13 days will jump 16 days if you include Tilicho Lake in the plan. There are entirely local tea houses even in Tilicho Lake side.

Thorong-La trek and Upper Mustang combination

When you cross Thorong-La, you will reach at Mustang valley. The part of lower mustang starts rite after Muktinath. Visit the Kagbeni village and overnight there for a night. You also can start another trekking to Upper Mustang or driving tour to Upper Mustang. Main attraction is to visit capital of Mustang Lo-manthang takes single day to reach by drive. Within four days’ time reach the capital of Upper Mustang if you are trekking. For the both plan either trek or to drive, Nepal highland treks can well plan with necessary arrangement. Upper Mustang is restricted area and have to issue special permit which cost USD 500 per person. This is the main reason, cost of Upper Mustang trek or tour will come comparatively high.    

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m

Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel

Day 03:Drive to Chame (2670 meters) - 9/10 hrs. overnight at tea house

Day 04:Trek Chame to Upper Pisang (3300 meters) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house

Day 05:Trek Pisang to Manang (3500 miters) - 6 hrs. overnight at tea house

Day 06:Acclimatization day at Manang village. Overnight at tea house

Day 07:Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,000m) - 5/6 hrs. Overnight at tea house

Day 08:Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs. overnight at tea house

Day 09:Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) passing Thorung-La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs. overnight at tea house

Day 10:Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2,700m) 4/5 hrs. Overnight at tea house

Day 11:Fly back to Pokhara. Sightseeing and overnight at Hotel

Day 12:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 13:Departure

Cost Includes

    • Arrival and departure arrangement
    • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhara, 3 star category hotel with every morning breakfast
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with private transportation, tour guide and entrance fees
    • Private car and reserve Jeep driving to Chame from Kathmandu 
    • Flight tiket of Jomsom - Pokhara
    • Tourist bus back to Kathmandu from Pokhara 
    • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card for trekking
    • Experience English speaking trekking guide with his salary, foods, accommodation, insurance and equipment
    • Porter to carry your luggage (2 pax = one porter) with his salary, foods, equipment, accommodation and insurance
    • Three times foods (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and hot drinks during trekking
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation in case of need
    • First aid kit box
    • All service change and government taxes
    • One welfare dinner with Nepal Highland Treks team 
    • Free duffel bag for trekking 

Cost Excludes

    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
    • Bottled drinks including drinking water and bar bills
    • Personal expenses, battery charge cost, hot shower, telephone and internet
    • Personal equipment, travel insurance, personal medical expenses
    • Emergency evacuation charge in case of need
    • Extra activities, Tipping 
    • Your International flight cost 
    • Cost of Nepal visa (visa on arrival for most of the countries) 

    The itinerary we provide here is suggested or general one. We are flexible to change it as per your interest. Our guide will be also flexible if you want to change itinerary one the way of trekking.  

Important Note

Itinerary or Thorong La Pass Trekking is general itinerary and it can be customized as per your timeframe and interest. You also have option to add Tilicho Lake in the itinerary. You also can add some more activities without adding day in your itinerary. Like Rafting in Trisuli River on the way back Kathmandu, Paragliding, Bungee Jumping in Pokhara, Mountain fight in Kathmandu.

This trekking cost is based on 2 trekkers. It might change, if you are a single person, want to upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu and in Pokhara or flight instead of taking tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.    

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at TIA airport of Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m Representative from Nepal Highland Treks pickup you from international airport and transfer to Hotel at Thamel, Touristic hub. Depend one time, we can discuss about the trip and make sure your trekking equipment is properly carried. You also can buy or take it in hire, if you need anything extra.

Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotelAfter your breakfast, our tour guide leads you to sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. We cover three major highlights which are UNESCO heritage sites. Bhaktapur Durbar Squire, Old king palace with living arts and architectures. Bauddhanath Stupa, A biggest Buddhist stupa. Pashupatinath temple, a Biggest Hindu temple. Come back to hotel and final preparation of trekking. Introduce with your guide and porter

Day 3Drive to Chame (2670 meters) - 9/10 hrs. overnight at tea house It is better to drive in this section. Since road is already build, trekking in this site is not much interesting. We drive with private car to Besisahar and take local reserve jeep to Chame. It is better to get local jeep, because they knows the local road condition and confident driving. In order to reduce the cost of your trek, we can travel Besisahar from Kathmandu by bus and get shared jeep from Besishar to Chame.

Day 4Trek Chame to Upper Pisang (3300 meters) - 6 hrs. Overnight at tea house Walk through the dense forest along with bank of Marshyangdi River enter narrow valley. The scenic view of crops land and mountains during this walk. After 6 hours of walking reach at Upper Pisang. Village is surroundings with some of the lod monasteries.

Day 5Trek Pisang to Manang (3500 miters) - 6 hrs. overnight at tea house Continue our trek walking through big hills, Jungle and wetland. Cross small Budhhist stupa, Monasteries and Lama’s School on our walking and reach Manang. Manang is biggest village in the Trans Himalayan range of Nepal. Ethnic Gurung and Ghale peoples from here called Manangis. Minorities of Buddhist Lamas who came here from Tibet, Dolpo and Mustang are the inhabited of Manang

Day 6Acclimatization day at Manang village. Overnight at tea house We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by doing some walks and sightseeing around the village with your guide. We will visit Monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during our walk. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night's rest at Manang

Day 7Trek Manang to Yak Kharka (4,000m) - 5/6 hrs. Overnight at tea house After acclimatization at Manang we get good energy to cross about 500 miter ascending. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley. Reach at Manang, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse

Day 8Trek Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs. overnight at tea house After a two hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years. An option, we also can reach at High camp. It is depend on availability of tea houses

Day 9Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) passing Thorung-La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs. overnight at tea house Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10am because of ater mid day, heavy windy hit, which might greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward us with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking down will take us to the holy town of Muktinath. Overnight here

Day 10Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2,700m) 4/5 hrs. Overnight at tea house This day, trail goes down to the Kali Gandaki gorge. Kali Gandaki is the deepest gorge in the world which is situated between the Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) peaks. Visit Jharkot village. Olest monastery, with typical settlement. continue trek down to Jomsom. Option to explore old museum at the top of village.

Day 11Fly back to Pokhara. Sightseeing and overnight at Hotel Early in the morning, take 15 minutes flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. After check in hotel and fresh, sightseeing in major attraction in Pokhara. International mountain museum, David falls, Gupteswor cave, boating at Fewa lake, world's peace stupa, are the major attraction to visit inside Pokhara

Day 12Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel Drive with tourist bus to Kathmandu from Pokhara. it is 6/7 hours driving via prithivi highway. It is 25 minutes flight. Reach at Kathmandu, pickup you from bus station or from airport and transfer to Hotel. Evening dinner with Nepal Highland Trek team at Nepali cultural restaurant.

Day 13Departure Free time till departure. We drop you to international airport for your final departure.

Departure Dates

Join us in our fixed departure date ofr Thorong La Pass trekking or choose your own date for this trekking. we can arragne and customize itienrary as per your interest. 

Useful Info

Accommodation in the trip
Our package is including 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is 3 star category hotels with breakfast and on twin sharing. Accommodation in entire trekking is in local tea houses (Local guest house) on twin sharing. You will get rooms with inside toilet only in few places. Most of the overnights are in room without toilet inside. All the tea houses are providing common toilets outside your room. Annapurna Thorong La Pass Trekking region may have over flow of trekkers in peak season, in that situation, you may share common room with other trekkers. It may happen in few places like Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi.  

Foods in the trip
Kathmandu and Pokhara have lots of restaurants to choose for your Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is including in the package that is provided by same hotel you are staying. During your trekking, same tea houses you are going to stay provide you breakfast and Dinner. Lunch is on the way at suitable place. All the foods during trekking is including in the packages. Hotel and restaurants provide you international standard foods in entire Trekking. It is suggest choosing vegetarian foods. Meats are not fresh in the region since it should carry from out of the region.

Guide and Porter
Your guide to the Trekking is from Kathmandu. He is the one who will be our regular guide more responsible, friendly, and helpful English speaking. You will meet them in Kathmandu before starting your trek. Usually there will be 1 porter for every two trekkers. He is able to carry total 25 kilogram. Both guide and porters are fully equipped, insured and package including their foods, accommodation on the way. Trekking guides are those who can communicate with you and local peoples and having enough knowledge of local places, peoples, their cultures and having knowledge of high altitude sickness.

Drinking Water during Trekking
Drinking water is extra cost from package. During the trek it is available bottled mineral water, boiled water fill in your own bottle from every tea houses or can use even normal water from Tap. Bottled mineral water is available in every guest houses, shops in entire Trekking. As you hike high altitude, cost of bottled mineral water and boil filtered water increase. Water from local taps can be also used as drinking water by purification with purification tablet and filter it yourself. Most of the trekkers are drinking bottled mineral water and boiled filtered water. Trekkers are using local tap water rarely.  

Equipment list
You do not need to bring whole equipments from your home country. Good trekking equipments with reasonable cost are available in Kathmandu. We can suggest you to buy those after we check it in hotel before starting of trekking. Representative from Nepal Highland Treks or your guide can provide you good suggestion. Our itinerary has enough time to be prepared with your proper equipment. 
Clothing List
Round cap to protect from sun during sunny day
Warm head cover cap
Muff to cover mouth from heavy wind and cold
2 pairs warm inner thermal and inner trouser
1 pair warm outer trouser
1 pair warm wind proof warm outer trouser
One pair light and warm jacket or sweeter
One pair down jacket
One pair wind proof jacket
2 pairs light shocks
2 pair warm shocks
1 pair light shoe or sandal
1 pair warm water proof trekking shoes 
2 pairs light trouser or half paint for walking during day and hot temperature
3 to 4 pairs of light t-shirt
Warm glove
Rain coat (cover body and backpack)
20 litter polar bag for trekking, carrying yourself (Trekking bag pack)
Duffel bag or big polar bag to hand over with your goods to our Porter (Nepal Highland Treks provide you)
Down Sleeping bag with its Inner (Nepal Highland Treks provide in returnable based)

Other accessories
Head lamp with enough battery
Camera and its battery
Battery charger
Trekking stick
Phone and charger
lip care
Sun cream
Toilet papers
Hand wash lotion
Thoth brush add paste
Washing shop and bath shampoo
Quick dry towel

First Aid Kit Medicines 
In every trekking package, our guide will carry first aid kit box containing medicines of anti altitude, anti Diarrhea, pain relief, Antibiotic, anti cold, anti vomiting, anti headache, fever, bandages, handplast and anti septic lotion . If you are taking any regular medicine that is compulsory to bring yourself.

Some Dos and Dont’s during Annapurna Thorong La pass Trekking
Trekking route of Annapurna is unspoiled and exotic land which is sensitive. Treat the land and local peoples with care and respect.  Try your best to keep environment clean and show appreciation for culture and traditional religious beliefs.
Make Annapurna region litter free: Do not through any litter; put it in dustbin fixed by national park or in local tea houses. Sanitary napkins and tampons should be wrapped properly and through it right place. Take batteries back to your home country for safe disposal or reuse.   
Respect local cultures, custom and peoples: Route of Annapurna region is combination of different cultural ethnic group of local peoples. Their culture, customs, living style and any function is typical and it is important for them. So respect all these while you are there. You can involve respectfully in those function.   
Take your guide with you in every hiking and climbing: our guide will be always with your while trekking every days. You are trekking and hiking in remote areas with maximum altitude. Few days in the itinerary are as acclimatization day and hiking around for recovering stamina. Take your guide with you in all these activities. It is Himalaya and do not be more exited, take advice from guide to take any decision.  
Do not through foods after order: Foods are all carried by helicopter or flight from Kathmandu. It takes a week time to reach all the foods in base camp site. It is not with any other transportation but carried by peoples or donkey.  It is important that you order only sufficient food which you can finish. Do not waste any foods in the region.

How to get Nepal Visa and its cost?
Visa for Nepal is available on your arrival. Since this trip is 13 days, it is suggest to take 15 days visa which cost you USD 30 per person. A month visa which cost USD 50 per person. You only need your original passport and cash (any currency) on your arrival.    

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  • This was lifetime experience for me

    This was lifetime experience for me


    I would just say that I’m really happy about all what your team have done for me in Nepal. During my Annapurna thorong-La pass trekking, Especially the porter, Probin, who was of great counsel, as really taken really good care of me and was of such pleasant company. Honestly, thanks to Probin and perfect weather conditions, I couldn’t have ask for a better trek!  This was a lifetime experience for me, thanks again for everything.

    - , Canada

Trip Fact

Starting Price
US$ 1190.00 (Per Person)
INR₹ 90000.00 (Per Person)
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
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