Bhulbhule

Thorang la pass highest pass of annapurna circuit trekAnnapurna Region
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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 18 days
Maximum number of people: 1
Location: Annapurna Region
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You are booking for Annapurna Circuit Trek

A great general trekking area noted for the many comfy teahouses along the route. You need to be a bit creative with some sections to avoid walking on dirt road, especially on the Jomsom side where it is unavoidable for short sections. Passes through Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage site. Can combine with Poon Hill, Naar & Phu, Tilicho Lake and Manaslu Circuit. Highest point is the Thorong La 5419m.

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  • Suitable Month: March, April, May, June, October, November, December
  • Duration:2 Weeks
  • Accessibility:Both (Road and Air)
  • Accomodation:Basic Teahouse / Huts, Teahouse
  • Trek Experience:Cultural / Historical, Pilgrimage, General
  • Trekking Style:Fully independent trekking or independent teahouse trekking, Teahouse trekking with a guide
  • Terrain Type:Moderate, upto 45% incline
  • Navigation Difficulty:Easy to follow trails
  • Trekking Skill:Confident walker
  • Highest Point:upto 5500m
  • Ascent / Descent:Energetic, between 500 and 1000m
  • Fitness:Basic Fitness
  • Minimum Group Size:No Minimum
  • Permit Required:Yes
  • Tour Program

    Our Local trekking expert will meet you in Kathmmandu and brief about trekking route and plan.
    Meet 7: 00 am in Hotel. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at a TeaHouse/Homestay as per your choice.
    The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070meters from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. Crossthe Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters. Overnight at Locals Home/tea House.
    Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 meters the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Local's House/Tea House.
    The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time ago, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have brought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Tea House.
    The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters.
    Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters.
    Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.
    The trail makes an ascent of nearly 500 meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse
    After ascending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310 meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450 meters .Overnight at Tea House.
    Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath.

    Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.

    Equipments & Packing List

    You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip. We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.
    Many of the personal climbing gears can be hired in the base camp as well, however the quality of equipments at base camp can be not as high as those found in Kathmandu to hire. Further it will be better to remember that at the start of the trek, apart from our day pack, our luggage that will be carried by porters. Since, luggage have weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg.

    Head:

    • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection

    Lower Body:

    • Under Garments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

    Feet:

    • Thin, lightweight inner socks
    • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
    • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

    Upper Body:

    • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down vest and/or jacket *

    Hands:

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

    Accessories:

    • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
    • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
    • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
    • Basic First Aid Kit
    • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
    • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
    • Trekking Poles
    • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
    • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
    • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

    Toiletries

    • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
    • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    • Deodorants
    • Nail clippers
    • Face and body moisturizer
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Small mirror

    Personal Hygiene

    • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    • Tissue /toilet roll
    • Anti bacterial hands wash

    Extras :

    • Binoculars
    • Reading book
    • Trail Map/Guide book
    • Journal & Pen
    • Walkman
    • Pencils and small notebooks
    • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble.

    Cost Includes

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  • Suitable Month: March, April, May, June, October, November, December
  • Duration:2 Weeks
  • Accessibility:Both (Road and Air)
  • Accomodation:Basic Teahouse / Huts, Teahouse
  • Trek Experience:Cultural / Historical, Pilgrimage, General
  • Trekking Style:Fully independent trekking or independent teahouse trekking, Teahouse trekking with a guide
  • Terrain Type:Moderate, upto 45% incline
  • Navigation Difficulty:Easy to follow trails
  • Trekking Skill:Confident walker
  • Highest Point:upto 5500m
  • Ascent / Descent:Energetic, between 500 and 1000m
  • Fitness:Basic Fitness
  • Minimum Group Size:No Minimum
  • Permit Required:Yes
  • Cost Does Not Includes

    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from
    • mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • International and domestic flights
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc) Tips for guides and porters

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