Thorang-La Pass and Manang Valley Trekking
Many trekkers are attracted to Nepal with the goal of circling the beautiful area of the Annapurna mountain range. Annapurna Circuit trek starts from the small village of Syange which is reached after driving 8-9 hours from Kathmandu. The trek follows the Marshyangdi river valley which drains the terraced paddy fields of mid hills of the country. Slowly the trek reaches the alpine zone of Manang Valley, known in ancient Tibetan religious books as Nyshang. The valley is squeezed between the majestic peaks of Annapurna (I, ii, iii, iv), Manaslu (8516m), Pisang (6091m), Himluang (7120m) and many others. The most challenging day of the trek is the climb to the Thorong La Pass (5420m) which connects Manang valley with Kaligandaki on the other side. Just below the pass we see Muktinath, a site held sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. You may see pilgrims who have arrived from Pokhara to visit this holy spot, a cultural highlight of the trip. Previously, we would continue on to Pokhara, but now there is a road connecting Jomsom to Pokhara and regular flights from Jomsom. We will take a plane to Pokhara from Jomsom. Soon there will be a road connecting the Manang Valley to Pokhara, so it is crucial for visitors to come soon before there is much change.
Brief Itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek
01 Kathmandu Arrival
03 Kathmandu – Khudi- Syange by 4W drive or Van
04 Syange - Chamje
07 Rest at Manang for acclimatization
08 Trekking to Phedi
09 Cross over Thorong-La Pass and continue to Muktinath
10 Muktinath –Jomsom via Nubra Village
11 Jomsom – Pokhara
12 Pokhara -Kathmandu
13 Time to head back home or extend your stay.