Namun La-Pass Trek
A high pass at the elevation of 5,560m en route from Pokhara to Manang or vise versa is Namun La-pass. Touching main Annapurna trail at a point and having beautiful Annapurna vista in the frame makes this trek very desirable and unique in its own way. Recently opened to the foreign nationals and for trekking by the government of Nepal Namun La-pass trek that lies at the border of three districts Manang, Kaski and Lamjung is a current favorite in trekkers list.
The dominant settlers of this region are Gurungs who are believed to be descendants of Tibet and further back of Mongolia.
The trek also carries a huge cultural value amongst the Hindu pilgrims. Dudh pokhari is believed to possess divine power which is believed to wash away lifetime sins of a person if full body dipped in the chilled water of dudh pokhari at the time of Janai Purney (sacred thread ceremony). This holy water pond a pilgrimage is also believed to be the gateway to heaven.
Picturesque villages, terraced farmland, glacial lakes, steep-sided gorges, raging rivers and, of course undisputedly heavy weight champion The Annapurna range on the set make this trek a wilderness to explore.
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Day 01: Welcome to Nepal & the Himalayas. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Khudi via Besisahar. 6 to 7 hour drive. Camping at 2,590 feet.
We start our day early on a vehicle of your choice and comfort. The drive takes around 6-7 hours on a scenic, coiled highway, along some raging tributaries. We reach Beshisahar a popular tourist hub by the river Marsyangdi. From Besisahar the road is dirt road but an interesting. We unload the vehicle in Khudi and stay overnight in the same and get ready for next day.
Day 03: Trek to Ghalegaon. 6,790 feet. 4 to 5 hour trek. Camping.
We begin our trek from Khudi on foot and walk for around 4-5 hours to reach Ghalegaon. Ghalegaon is an exemplary village tourism in Nepal and is a settlement of indigenous community of Ghale. The terrace settlement and the view of Annapurna is splendid. We camp in Ghalegaun to enjoy the best village community in Nepal.
Day 04: Trek to Rabrachu. 10,170 feet. 6 hours of trekking. Camping.
Relatively this day is difficult and included majority of uphill. We camp overnight at Rabrachu.
Day 05: Trek to Thorju. 14,760 feet. 7 hours of trekking. Camping.
This is another strenuous and long day on the trail. After beginning early in the day we camp in Thorju. Thorju is at 4500m and we feel the altitude kick in way before reaching Thorju. We camp at Thorju and enjoy the view of Manaslu, one of the highest mountains in the world.
Day 06: Day excursion to Dudh Pokhari. 17,385 feet. 4 hour trek. Return to Thorju.
After breakfast early in the morning we begin our trek to Dudh Pokhari. Dudh pokhari is a holy pond which is visited by pilgrims year around, but specially on the day of Janai purne. If we trek to Dudh Pokhari on the occasion we will be privileged with the unique tradition of the inhabitants in the surrounding. The natural presence is in abundance and you will not get tired of the mountain Panorama. We return to Thorju for our lunch. We stay second night in Thorju.
Day 07: Trek over the Namun La Pass (18,237 feet) to Dafe Kharka 13,120 feet. 6 to 7 hour trek. Camp.
We will have to start another day early in Namun la pass trek. The day begins downhill and pass river but as soon as we cross the river the trail gets upward. It will take the convoy around 4 hours all the way to the top and the walk isn’t the easy one but the view from the top is top. We will see Manaslu, Hiunchuli, peak 29 and many other snow capped mountains. From the pass we descend for another 2 hours and reach our destination for the day. We camp at Danfe Kharka and enjoy our warm meal.
Day 08: Trek to Timang Besi. 8,200 feet. 5 hours of trekking. Camp.
The view of Manaslu, Hiunchuli and peak 29 continues to some extent along the trail, even today. The valley of Timang is not fancy but starkly beautiful. We continue downhill and until we reach Timang besi and camp there for the night.
Day 09: Trek to Dharapani. 6,100 feet. 5 hour trek. Camp.
The trail is more calm on this day and with an easy pace we trek to Dharapani. After couple of mediocre up’s and down’s we reach the valley of Manaslu and further into the forest of Rhododendron. We follow the only trail through the narrow valley. After crossing the suspension bridge over the raging Marsyangdi river we reach Dharapani. We will spend a night in Dharapani.
Day 10: To Chame. 8,900 feet. 6 hours of trekking. Camp.
We trek on the trails through the forest of pine and rhododendron till Koto and further walk on the wide road until we reach Chame. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang district and comparatively large village in the mountains. We will accommodate in Manang for the night. The view of Annapurna II and Lamjung himal on a clear day is exquisite from Chame.
Day 11: Trek to Pisang. 10,335 feet. 4 to 5 hours of trekking. Camp.
With the early morning crisp view of the mountains, we march towards Pisang. The mountains soon disappear as we climb up the valley and appears a pretty large apple orchard. We further continue on the trails through pine and fir forest, on the rocky trail. After couple of hours the forest of fir and pine is replaced by only pine, until we reach a point from where Pisang peak and Annapurna II becomes profoundly visible. From here we make a final descend to the lower valley of Pisang and call it a night.
Day 12: Trek to the village of Manang. 11,454 feet. 6 to 7 hours of trekking. Camp
As soon as we leave Pisang back the trail ascend steep on the barren ridge. The trail offers beautiful view of Pisang valley and Tilicho peak. This day is very good for the views of the mountains in the Annapurna region. The view of soaring Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak is majestic. After the final, long and steep walk up the ridge it will come to your surprise that Manang is no small village, despite its remote location. We call it a night in Manang.
Day 13: A rest and acclimatization day in Manang.
Today is set aside as acclimatization where we will rest and adapt to the altitude. We have an opportunity to walk around and observe the life and culture of Manang-pa; people of Manang, explore the archaic monasteries and thangka’s that dates back to some 500 years, we would also hike short for a glacial lake named Gangapurna. Manang also has hotels and restaurants which would cater fix for your desires to have coffee and bakery.
Day 14: To Yak Kharka at 13,415 feet. 3 to 4 hours of trekking. Camp.
The hike gets strenuous from this day onwards because of the altitude and kicking in of thin air and it is advised to drink more water. On this day we ascent somewhere around 500 meters and we do not descend at all but we make our way through one of the most amazing view of Annapurna on our south. We walk through Tengi; the last permanently inhabited village in Manang and make our way through pastures and miniature forest of Juniper, roses and barberry to Yak Kharka where we rest for the day where we can enjoy yak cheese and dishes made out of it.
Day 15: To Thorong La High Camp. 16,010 feet. Camp or local lodge.
The day includes strenuous hike 600+ meters and requires following some steep and sheer trails up and down hill. Taking the narrow trail exposed to the slopes and crossing the wooden bridge we make to Thorung phedi. Thorung phedi is a valley which is not inhabited but offers a majestic view of surrounding cliffs. We hike uphill further for an hour until we reach Thorung High pass where we rest for the night and acclimatize before we ascent to Thorung-La pass.
Day 16: Cross the Thorong La to the holy town of Muktinath. 8 to 9 hour trek. Camp.
This is the most difficult section of the trek and we begin this trek as early as 4:30 am in the morning to make it to our final destination of the day. The main idea behind starting the day early is to make sure that we cross Thorung – La pass before the sun is up and at its best. We ascent 650+ meters to Thorung – la which is one of the highest passes in the world, from where the view of the mountains in the periphery is as well of the premier quality. From Thorung – La we make a sheer drop 1600 meters toward the holy shrine of Muktinath.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom. 8,925 feet. 5 to 6 hours of trekking. Lodge.
From Muktinath we further descend down to Jharkot and watch Kagbeni from the ridge and make our way towards Jomsom. We take jeep track all the way to Jomsom; a beautiful mountain settlement placed on the laps of Nilgiri Mountain. Jomsom also has a air strip which serves the entire region on everyday basis
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu. Hotel.
We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and further a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Depending on the weather condition it may take half day to reach Kathmandu.
Day 19: A free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
This is free day in Kathmandu and you can spend it by rejoicing culinary from all around the world in the busy Thamel area. If there are any errands, this is a perfect day for you to get something for your loved ones. If you are still willing to add some sightseeing and interested in relics, we can arrange you with a perfect escape to medieval age.
Day 20: Depart Kathmandu.
This is the end of your trekking in Nepal! We can help you create further itineraries for your trips in the country or you can hang out with us or you can add up sightseeing with us. If you are scheduled to fly back to your next stop, we will transfer you to the airport and wave you off in authentic Nepalese way. We hope you had the best time with us and we depart hoping to see each other in the future!
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