Thorang Peak

Trip Overview

Thorong Peak (6,144m), nestled amidst Nepal’s most diverse and scenic Himalyan region; Annapurna is a popular climbing peak. Most of the professional trekkers and climbers come to climb this peak shortly to mix-up with the route of Around Annapurna. This trail gives us chance to observe Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Nilgiri peak, Tilicho Peak,wonderful landscape of Mustang region with the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki valley etc which will be your memorable trail.
Starting from the beautiful subtropical Pokhara valley we pursue the Annapurna circuit trail up to Manang Valley. En route we cross lush green paddy fields through the villages of Jagat and Chame. Notice the landscape change to an arid valley as we cross the 3000 meters mark from Pisang onwards. Once in Manang, listen to the winds howl and observe panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas, including peaks of Annapurna II, III and IV. After Manang go higher towards
After descending, we cross through Thorang La Pass (5416m), another highlight and reach Mustang, take in the valley, stay a night in Jomsom before flying to Pokhara and onto to Kathmandu the next day, thus ending a once in a lifetime expedition.


Day 1

Arrival: TIA, Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel
Arrive at TIA, Kathmandu, meet representatives and be transferred to the hotel. Guests welcomed with a welcome drink and rooms duly assigned. Free to visit local attractions the remainder of the day.

Day 2

Am: Sightseeing (optional) PM: Trek Briefing/Last minute essentials purchase
Overnight at Hotel
The day is required for us to procure necessary permits and other legal documentations to grant guests permission to climb a peak in Nepal.

In the meantime:
AM: Tour Kathmandu valley and travel through time as you visit UNESCO Heritage sites like the Durbar Squares and Swayambhu Temple.

PM: Briefing about the trek and allow time for last minute purchases of necessary equipments.

Day 3

Kathmandu / Besisahar / Bhulbhule (820 m)
Overnight at Lodge.      Drive duration: 7 hours
Early breakfast and a 5-6 hour scenic drive along the banks of Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers to Besisahar. Lunch en route.  Reach Besisahar (823 m) (known as Besigaon prior), the main town of Lamjung District and have your TIMS card examined.

An hour drive away we reach Bhulbhule, have our trekking permits checked at the ACAP office. Proceed to cross the river on a ‘suspension bridge’, the first of many, and check into a lodge to retire for the night.

Day 4

Trek: Bhulbhule to Jagat (1,340m)
Overnight: Lodge.      Trek duration: 5-½ hrs – 6 hrs
Trek formally begins – a pleasant early morning walk through fields of wheat, barley and maize to reach Nagdi (890 m) – a small picturesque village. Proceed through the trail consisting of terraced farms and small villages. Trail becomes steeper as we approach Bahundanda (Brahmin’s Village) (1314 m). Stop for lunch while enjoying the view of Mt. Phungi (6379m).

After lunch, we descend toward Besi, cross a small stream; pass through a few villages to cross the Marshyangdi River via a suspension bridge. Turn right and start an ascent to reach atop a hill. The trail widens and we reach Jagat, a village along a mountain ridge (1340 m), our stop for the night.

Day 5

Trek: Jagat to Dharapani (1,943m)
Overnight: Lodge.     Trek Duration: 5 ½ hours
Walk up hill for approximately 2 hours to reach Chamje (1433m). From Chamje, downhill to Marshyangdi River, cross another suspension bridge and walk up hill to reach Sathtalle (‘top of the hill’ in Tibetan). The trail becomes fairly gradual up till Tal Phedi. A 45 minute walk later we reach Tal (1600m), the gateway to Manang. Stop for lunch.

Following lunch, we head north along the river, cross a 60 metre long suspension bridge. As we proceed, some parts of the trail are exposed to a vertical cliff, which calls for caution. Reach Dharapani (1943 m). Dharapani means ‘a stream of water’.

Day 6

Trek: Dharapani to Chame (2, 713 m)
Overnight: Lodge.        Trek Duration (5 – 5 ½ hours)
Log our entries at an ACAP check point. Reach Bagarchap (the river bank) (2164 m) in 45 minutes. Bagarchap marks where the point of contrast in topography begins – lush green fields in the south and arid dry lands in the north. Reach Donaque. Ascent to Timang along beautiful pine and rhododendron forests and be rewarded with stunning views of the Annapurna range atop. Lunch at Thanchowk with a back drop of Mt. Manaslu.

After lunch we walk towards Kodo which means ‘millet’ and then to Kyupar (2600 m). A police check post guards access to Nar Phu Khola Valley which leads to Tibet. Show our permits again and proceed to Chame (2713 m) – the District Headquarters of Manang.

Day 7

Trek: Chame to Pisang (3,185m)
Overnight:  Lodge.         Trek Duration: 5 – 5 ½ hours
Consistently gradual with an occasional climbs along the river through pine forests, in two hours we reach Bhartang (2919 m), a small village with mostly Tibetans. Reach Dhukur Pokhari in 1 ½ hours and have lunch.  Enjoy splendid views of the Annapurna range en route.

Walk for about an hour through a pine forest to Pisang after lunch. Pisang is divided into two villages – upper and lower. Upper Pisang is the main town; however the recent construction of the main highway to Manang has resulted into residents migrating to Lower Pisang. 

Day 8

Trek: Pisang to Manang (3,530 m)
Overnight: Lodge.         Trek Duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours
A relatively short however an equally interesting hike. We reach Humde after two hours of a fairly easy walk. Humde has a small domestic airport which connects Manang to Pokhara and subsequently Kathmandu. We cross the village, log our entries at another checkpoint and proceed to Barkha – our lunch destination. We explore the village with its thatched houses and visit the Gompa (the largest in the region with a beautiful collection of Thankas) while we wait for lunch.

After lunch, reach Manang in a short while which sits atop a plateau.

Day 9

Trek to Thulo Syabru (2200 m)
Overnight: Lodge
Manang at an elevation of 3530 meters serves as a perfect place to rest and acclimatize before proceeding to summit the peak. Plenty of activities to do – observe the art and explore the culture of this quaint little village. In the afternoon we can take a walk to the north of the village to take in panoramic views of the Annapurna Annapurna IV and II to the southeast and Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang or Ice dome (7202m) to the southwest.

Day 10

Trek to Leadher (4220 m)
Overnight: Lodge.      Trek Duration: 4 ½ – 5 ½ hours approximate.
A steady climb till the hamlet of Tengi (3642 m); from then on another hour of steady yet gentle climb to Gunsang (3850 m). After Gunsang the trail is gradual up till our lunch destination – Yak Kharka.

After lunch, a gentle climb through a vast meadow, cross the suspension bridge and reach Leadher (4220 m) in an hour. A short day trip to help with acclimatization.

Day 11

Trek to High Camp (4450)
Overnight: Lodge.       Trek Duration: 4 ½ –  hours approximate.
The trek begins with a breathtaking landscape of the high altitude desert, while the trail is still gradual; it takes an hour to reach Dewarli where we have to cross the river on a wooden bridge climb for ten minutes to reach Dewarli. From here it takes about an hour to reach Thorang Phedi. Thorang Phedi means ‘foot of the hill’.  It’s a steady and steep climb in few places for an hour to reach High Camp. 

Day 12

Trek: Thorong Peak Base Camp (5,416m)
Overnight: Tented Camp.      Trek Duration: 4 ½ hours.
Thus begins the real expedition. Have breakfast and head up to Base Camp amongst rocky terrain.

It’s a short day and upon reaching base camp we will settle and start preparing for the climb.

Day 13

Trek: Rest, Acclimatize and training
Overnight: Tented Camp.  
A day is essential to acclimatize before we make the final leg of our journey – reach the summit. Light exercises or a small hike along with some climbing training with our experienced guide before the big day.

Day 14

Summit: Thorong and back to Base Camp.
Overnight: Tented Camp.       Trek Duration: 9 hours.
Finally the day of reckoning has arrived. Today we will wake up early in the morning, have warm breakfast and put on your climbing boots. The climbing walking through rock, snow and ice. Expect to overcome high winds, cold temperature and challenging climb to the top. The top of the peak offers spectacular views Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tilicho Himalayan peaks. You will be back to the base camp by late afternoon.

Day 15

Contingency Day
Overnight: Tented Camp.
The day is reserved for any unforeseen events such as illness, bad weather, etc.

Day 16

Trek: Cross Thorang La Pass (5416 m) – Muktinath (3802 m)
Overnight: Lodge.       Trek Duration: 6-7 hours
“The day you cross 20 hills and one of Nepal’s highest pass – Thorang La Pass.”

Early morning ascent to Thorang La. Several prayer flags offering prayers to the mountains as we reach the highest point. At the highest point (5416 m) watch a panoramic view of the Himalayas – Thorangse, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukche, Gangapurna.

Drop down 1600 meters in 3 hours to reach Muktinath.

Day 17

Trek: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713 m)
Overnight: Lodge.        Trek Duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours (approximate)
Pay a visit to Muktinath – a revered Hindu and Buddhist temple. Breakfast at hotel and begin trek to Jomsom. Cross Ranipauwa, Jharkot, a small Tibetan settlement, and reach Kagbeni. Cross the Kali Gandaki and head towards Jomsom, the capital of Mustang district.

Day 18

Flight: Jomsom to Pokhara (884 m)
Overnight: Hotel.        Flight Duration:  25/30 minutes
Enjoy a last breakfast in the laps of the Himalayas and bid farewell to the Sherpas and Porters and head to the airport for a short flight to Pokhara.

Enjoy a laid back afternoon alongside Pokhara lakeside.

Day 19

Flight: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Overnight at Hotel.       Flight Duration:  25/30 minutes
Breakfast and catch a flight to Kathmandu. Be met by representative and transferred to a hotel. The remainder of the day is at your own leisure.

Day 20

Final Departure
Last minute shopping of souvenirs and transfer to TIA, Kathmandu. Head home, or to your next destination with beautiful memories and a wide glossary of experiences. Watch the Himalayas pass by.

Trip Facts

Best Period: Feb, Mar, April, May – Oct, Nov, Dec

Time Period: 19 Nights / 20 Days.

Trek Period: 15 Night / 16 Days

In Kathmandu: 03 Nights

In Pokhara: 01 Night

Flights: Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu

Trek Type: Strenuous

Highest Altitude: 6144 meters

Warning: Altitude Sickness.

Trek Start Point: Chame

Trek End Point: Jomsom

Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek / Camping while climbing


National Park: Annapurna National Park (7269 sq. kms)

Mountains: Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Yaka Khawa, etc.

Pass: Thorang la Pass (5416 m)

Summit: Chulu Far East (6059 m)

Rivers: Marshyangdi Khola and Kali Gandaki.

Villages: Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, etc.

Tribes: Brahmins, Chettris,  Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, Lobas and the Tibetans.

Forest: Of Rhododendron and Pine. 

Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains

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