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Throng La Pass Trek - 21 days

Trip facts

Trek Grade : 4

Trek Code : ANN-THR-21

Duration : 21 days

Trek Style : Tea House Trek

Best time to go : September – June


A classic Himalayan trek. A rewarding trek, providing the opportunity to explore the

scenery of both the northern and southern Himalaya. From thick fir and rhododendron

forests to the harsh, thin atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau the ethnic groups encountered, lowland Hindu and highland Buddhist, are as varied as the landscape.

From the dizzying heights of the Thorung La - (5,416m) line upon line of snow ridges stretch before you whilst below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge a busy pilgrimage and trade route controlled by Thakali and Mustang tribes.

Highlights The vibrant,colorful, chaotic city of Kathmandu.

Gurung, Magar and Thakali villages on the Annapurna trail.

Kali Gandaki Valley, the world’s deepest river gorge.

Stunning views of Annapurna I and III, Machhapuchhare, Bahra Shikar and Kanshar kang.

Reach altitudes of over 5,400m.

Pokhara lakeside.

Trip Itinerary Day 01 Arrival to Kathmandu (1350m) Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m) Day 03 Drive to Besi Sahar (760m, 7hrs) Day 04 Trek to Bahun Danda (1310m, 7hrs) Day 05 Trek to Chamje (1430m, 6 ½ hrs) Day 06 Trek to Dharapani (1860m, 7hrs) Day 07 Trek to Chame (2670m, 6hrs) Day 08 Trek to Pisang (3200m, 7hrs) Day 09 Trek to Manang (3540m,7hrs) Day 10 Rest day in Manang (3540m) Day 11 Trek to Leder 4200m, 3hrs Day 12 Trek to Throng Phedi (4450m, 3hrs) Day 13 Treks to Muktinath (3760m, Trek via Throng La pass (5416m, 11hrs) Day 14 Trek to Jomsom (2720m, 6 hrs) Day 15 Trek to Tukuche (2590m, 6 hrs) Email : info@royalmt.com.np Tel: +977-1-4444376 www.royalmt.com.np Day 16 Trek to Ghasa ( 2010m, 6 hrs) Day 17 Trek to Tatopani (1190m, 7 hrs) Day 18 Trek to Ghorepani (2860m,9 hrs) Day 19 Trek to Nayapul (1070m), Drive to Pokhara (850m,5 hrs) Day 20 Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m, 6 hrs) Day 21 Departure What is included?

• Airport arrival and departure transfers

• All land transfers as per the itinerary

• Sightseeing in Kathmandu

• Professional english speaking tour guide for sightseeing

• Accommodation in Kathmandu – twin sharing

• Accommodation in trekking region – twin or multiple sharing

• English speaking trekking guide

• One porter for two travelers

• Annapurna conservation area permit fee and TIMS • 15kg luggage allowance while on trek (One porter carries 15 kgs) What is not included?

• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

• Sightseeing entrance fees

• All meals while on trek

• Costs due to personal nature (shopping, tipping etc.)

• Costs due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel

• Costs for internet, laundry, cigarettes, etc.

• Costs for bottled drinks

• Costs for Nepal entry visa fee

• Costs for International flights

• International airport departure tax

• Travel insurance

• Costs for the services other then mentioned above Detailed itinerary Where are you going?

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Day 3:

Drive via Dumre to Besi Shahar, the bustling supply town for the villages of the Marsyhandi Khola.

Days 4-7:

Follow the Marsyhandi River through terraced rice paddies, bamboo forests and Tamang, Baun and Gurung villages, making several suspension bridge crossings and passing several beautiful waterfalls. Above Jaga the gorge becomes narrower and steep-sided in many places. Views of Lamjung, Manaslu and Peak 29 and, nearing Chame, Annapurna.

Days 8-10:

Starting out through barley fields and apple orchards, follow the river through a steep, narrow gorge to enter the upper Manang district. In this cold, almost arid climate wheat, barley, buckwheat and potato crops are limited to one per year and villagers depend on their herds of yaks, goats, cows and horses. From Pissang to Manang is definitely a ‘viewing’ day. All along the trail are sacred objects of Tibetan Buddhism – chorten, mani walls and, in Braga, a fascinating gompa stands above Tibetan houses which cling to the hillside, their balconies formed by the roof of the house below. In the afternoon Annapurnas II, III and IV become increasingly imposing. The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers.

Days 11-12:

Branch away from the Marsyhandi Khola, steadily climbing into quiet alpine areas.

Again the mountain views are commanding.

Day 13:

The most difficult day, but perhaps the highlight of the trek as you cross the Thorong Pass (5416m). It is a long, tough ascent via a number of small hills, but when you reach the prayer flags at the top you are rewarded with absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery and over to the Kaligandaki valley through the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west. It is then a long descent to Muktinath.

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Days 15-17:

The Kali Gandaki is home to Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars. Many of the hills bordering the northern end of the valley are yellowish due to desertification and make a striking contrast to the green farmland of the valley floor. The Thakhali dominated the lucrative trade routes with Tibet and today have turned their entrepreneurial spirit to other businesses, the neglected Buddhist shrines of Tukuche testament to their 19th century conversion to Hinduism in their climb to power. The descent to Tatopani follows the increasingly narrow valley, though one of the world’s deepest river gorges, past the beautiful Rupse Chaharo waterfall, with fantastic views along the way and the lure of hot springs at the end. Take a dip at night with the sound of the river rushing below and starts above.

Days 18-19:

It is a challenging ascent to the pass at Ghorepani, yet the sunrise and sunset views from nearby Poon Hill are truly magnificent and a fitting reward for the effort. From Poon Hill the Pokhara and Mustang valleys are visible as are more than 30 snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. From here descend through pastureland and bamboo forests along the Bhurungdi Khola to Pokhara.

Day 20:

Drive to Kathmandu, or you may choose to fly.

Day 21:

Departure Related Information The Trekking Day Some people have the idea that trekking is all sweat and hard work with no fun. This is far from the truth. days are designed to be challenging, but not exhausting. While you are on Throng La Pass trekking, days begin with breakfast at the tea house you stay, and you will need to pack up your baggage before breakfast, as porters will set off early. To cover the magnificent sun rays that strike on mountains, you will be on the trail by around 8 am. Stop for a leisurely lunch around noon. This is generally about 2 hours, allowing plenty of time to explore the village or relax. The afternoon walk is shorter and you usually arrive around 4pm leaving time for excursions to nearby sites, nunneries, exploration of the village or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally around 7pm after which, relax.

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only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

Food No meals are included in Throng La Pass trekking.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, restaurants of every style and price-range abound.

On the Trekking trail meals are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis with limited menus. There are a lot of tea houses and lodges in Annapurna region while you are on the trekking. Meals are generally simple, but filling, but you may wish to stock up on ‘trail munchies’ before leaving Kathmandu.

Accommodation Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities.

Whilst Throng La Pass trekking, accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic and shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places for a small charge. The Tea houses in Jomsom are of higher standard than the others throughout this trail.

Transportation Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In Annapurna trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this particular trekking route, your baggage will be carried by the porters. In Throng La Pass trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals. There are jeep transportation facilities in some parts of the Annpurna region recently.

Trekking Staff The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples, remember they are local guides and their English may be basic and limited to trek-related topics.

Porters transport your baggage – one porter for every two trekkers.

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and involves days of around 5-6 hours walking.

Money It is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in major currencies – In Nepal, some of the currencies are banned for conversion and you must find the convertible currencies in Nepal. USD, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally convertible.

Ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

Everyone’s spending is different, but as a guide we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu / Pokhara and USD 20 – 25 per day whilst trekking in Annapurna region (if you drink or smoke this could be higher). Shopping is difficult to predict, but most people buy more than they intended.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and there are no exchange facilities in villages along the way.

Tipping Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price.

If you wish to reward the efforts of those who have worked to make your trek the best they can, we suggest the following: USD 4 per day for groups of 8+, USD 5 per day for smaller groups - this will be shared amongst the whole staff, including porters.

Insurance Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Health There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, as Throng La Pass trek includes maximum altitude up to 5416m, your health condition must be sound. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. In Jomsom there are small health posts for emergency treatment with limited equipments, limited health workers and medication.

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kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Altitude AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. Probability of AMS in this particular trekking is high, as this trails passes through altitudes above 5400 meters.

Although our routes are carefully planned to allow for proper acclimatization you may feel some effects of altitude for the first few days or at higher altitudes. An Acclimatization day in Manang is kept here in this itinerary. Breathlessness, lethargy and mild headaches are not uncommon and generally decrease as your body adjusts.

Maintaining adequate fluid intake is essential. Please advise your guide if you feel more severe symptoms and do not medicate yourself without discussing it with them first.

Climate Variation of climate is directly proportional to the altitude. For this trekking, the trekking route passes through altitudes between 700m up to 5400m. Between 2,700m and 3,000m a cool temperate climate prevails, and between 3,500m and 4,100m summers are cool and winters are very cold. Above 4,100m a cold, alpine climate prevails. There is variation of altitude in this trekking region. You should expect cool summer and very cold winter in this trekking region. Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Permits Trekking permits are required for this trek and will be obtained by Royal Mountain Travel. For the entry to Annapurna region, Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP) should be obtained. Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) is essential for the record of Nepal Tourism Board keeping in mind about probable hazards to occur.

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