- Enjoy two scenic valleys – Manang and Jomsom- during the trek.
- Exploring the Holy Muktinath temple of Nepal.
- Explore the remote trekking destination of Nar Valley.
- Trek to ancient villages with cultures that are centuries old.
- Walk along the lush rhododendron and oak forests of ACAP.
- Crossing the Kangla Pass and Thorong La Pass - The Highest Passes of Nepal.
In this Annapurna two-pass trek, claim victory over Kang-La Pass (5,320m) and Thorong-La Pass (5,416m). Trekking in the restricted areas of Nepal such as Nar Phu valley is one of the best parts of the trek. Although the trails are much less developed and with only a few tea houses and lodges that make it difficult for larger groups. But this trekking trail is one of the best trails in the Annapurna region to witness the authentic and untouched culture and mind-boggling landscapes. The trail is filled with beautiful yet brutal trails. Over the hidden valley, you will see small villages with traditional houses and a few new architectures with basic amenities.
In addition to the breathtaking landscape, you will have the opportunity to visit a multitude of ancient Gompas and monasteries that boast a rich history spanning centuries, each adorned with unique and intricate designs. During the trek, you will encounter several areas abundant with agricultural lands, where seasonal crops thrive and domesticated animals peacefully graze. Animals like yaks and horses can be found in arid regions. You will be captivated by the breathtaking view of the unnamed peaks. The arid trail will guide you to some of the most magnificent destinations. Embark on a physically challenging trek that will lead you to the most rewarding viewpoints. Every part of this trek is inspiring, rewarding, and soul-pleasing.
The seasons of Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November) are regarded as the best time for the Annapurna two passes trek Annapurna region. A moderate amount of sunshine and low chances of rainfall makes for some of the best trekking experience in these two seasons. The views of the mountain peaks are also wonderful this season. Both of these passes are situated over 5,000 meters above sea level because of that it is difficult to cross both of these passes during the winter. Regardless of which season you choose to travel the beauty of this place never goes unnoticed as it has so much to offer to its visitors.
Besides the wonderful mountains and raw trekking experience that you will get during the trek, you will also get to explore the city area of Kathmandu and Pokhara during your sightseeing day in Kathmandu and leisure day in Pokhara. During your sightseeing, you will visit the monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. These Historic world heritage sites represent the country's history, cultural significance, and authentic beauty.
Pokhara is also called the gateway to some of the breathtaking treks to the Annapurna regions. The natural beauty and modern facilities make Pokhara a top destination for relaxation and refreshing vacations. Pokhara is truly a stunning place as it is the adventure hub where you can do thrilling activities such as Bungee and peaceful short treks not far from Pokhara.
What is Annapurna Two Passes Trek?
Annapurna two passes trek starts from Kathmandu. On your second day in Kathmandu, you will have sightseeing of the historically rich temples, monasteries, and Durbar squares of the Kathmandu valley. Similarly, this day is also used as the trek preparation day and you can do the shopping for the necessary items for the trek. You will take a drive to Dumre on the Prithivi highway. From there you will move towards Besi Sahar which will take about 1 and a half hours to reach. Further drive will take you to the starting point of the trek to Koto village.
During the first day of the trek, you will reach the restricted area of Nar Phu valley. Meanwhile, during the day you can also have amazing views of the Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. The second day of the trek will take you to Nar village. Although it is near the Annapurna circuit trail it is rarely visited by trekkers, it is one of the less crowded routes in the Manang district (Annapurna Circuit trek route). The third day of the trek leads you to Ngwal village. Meanwhile, on this day you will also cross Kang La Pass. Kang La Pass is situated at an elevation of 5,315 meters above sea level. Which can be physically challenging but worth every step.
After leaving Ngwal you will descend towards Manang village following the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You will also pass through 500 years old Mugji village before reaching Manang. From Manang, it will take 3 days of trek to cross Thorong La Pass and reach Muktinath. You will stop over at Yak Kharka with an elevation of 4,018 meters and Thorong High Camp situated at an altitude of 4,800 meters above sea level for acclimatization. From Muktinath, you will trek to Jomsom. This is the last day of the trek and the next day you will fly/drive to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang are the mountains forming Thorong La. Thorong La Pass connects the Mustang and Manang districts of Nepal. Most trekkers cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath), which is the easiest and safest direction. Meanwhile, some of the trekkers also choose to trek from Muktinath Temple to reach Manang district. But one day is not enough to cross Thorong La pass from either side.
Situated at an altitude of 5,416 meters above sea level Thorong La Pass is the highest point of the Annapurna circuit trek. Trekkers traveling from Manang to Mustang stay overnight at Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is situated at an altitude of 4,540 meters above sea level. After Thorong Phedi there are no human settlements. The safest months to cross Thorong La Pass are March, April, October, and November. But with an experienced trekking guide and the proper trekking gear, it can be crossed in most months of the year.
Kang La Pass (5,320m)
Kanga La Pass is another high pass in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is situated in the northern corner of the Annapurna region in Gandaki Province. Kang La Pass and Nar Phu Valley were first opened for the trekkers by King Mahendra. Amazing views of the Annapurna ranges, as well as the dry valleys, can be seen during the trek to Kanga La Pass. Similarly, Tibetian culture, beautiful villages, and herbal medicines such as Yarsagumba are the main highlights of the Kang La Pass trek.
During the trek, Nar village is the most remote area. You will trek for a few days and cross Kang La Pass to reach Manang. Nar is also a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys that feature a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture. In addition, After crossing Kangla Pass you may have views east of Chulu East and join the main Annapurna trail.
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program. If your arrival is late after 5 PM we will meet the next morning during breakfast.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
At. 08:00 AM: After your breakfast, you will explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites inside Kathmandu in full-day sightseeing of Kathmandu durbar square which is one of three ancient formal royal palaces of Nepal. You can see some of the most influential structures with intricate art designs engraved in them. After Kathmandu durbar square, visit Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple located on top of a hill. One must climb hundreds of stairs to reach the top of the hill which can be physically challenging but rewarding as well. Next is Pashupatinath temple which is one of the most revered Hindu temples in Nepal.
Last but not least, Boudhanath Stupa. After sightseeing, you can shop for trekking and get the necessary gear from the trekking shops around Thamel. In the evening, the briefing for the trek will be provided by one of our informed office representatives. If you have any queries or want to know anything, you can ask our representative. You will be dropped back at your hotel in a private vehicle.
(Optional warm-up hike) If you don’t want to go sightseeing you can go hiking to the nearest viewpoint in Kathmandu. Going on a hike before a week-long trek will help you get used to walking. If you chose to hike you will visit Jamacho Gumba (Monastery) nested on a hill station near Kathmandu which you can cover in around 5-6 hours.
Drive to Koto
At. 06:00 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu and be ready for your drive to Koto. The total distance from Kathmandu to Koto via Besi Sahar is around 230 km which will take around 12 hours depending on road conditions. You will start your journey through the Prithivi highway and move towards Besi Sahar from Dumre. Driving through the Marshyangdi river you will reach Chamje. Mamansu and some other mountains can be seen from here and gradually up and down to Koto.
On the way, you can visit the Newari settlement, Bandipur, or the most revered Hindu Temple Manakamana which is optional. You can also choose to take part in an adrenaline-rushing water activity which is white water river rafting in Trishuli river.
Trek to Meta
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, You will start your journey towards Phu village. Today you enter the restricted area of Nar Phu valley with a packed lunch. Following the Nar Khola and Greenland forests. The trail is adventurous with a rocky trail and a long walk to Meta. You walk through a steep and constrictive path through the dense forest, after crossing the river the trek leads to pass the beautiful pine forest with a wide waterfall before arriving at Meta village. You can also see mesmerizing mountain views like Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. The distance between Koto and Meta is around 15km which takes approximately 6-7 hours to reach.
Trek to Nar Village
At. 07:00 AM: You will enter a narrow gorge and then descend to the river. You will follow the trail that heads north. You will climb steeply before descending gently towards a series of deserted buildings and large Chortens. Pass a line of wonderfully painted, bamboo-topped Chortens on the way into the ancient village. From here you will cross a suspension bridge to arrive at the village of Nar. you will see some mountains of the Annapurna ranges. Even though Nar is not far from the main Annapurna trail, it is rarely visited by trekkers and is about as picturesque as it gets. The total distance between Meta to Nar Village is around 7 km which takes around 5-6 hours.
Trek to Ngawal via Kang-La Pass
At. 05:00 AM: Today you start early to cross Kang-la Pass (5,320m). On our way to Kang-La, you may come across some yak herder’s camps. You will climb toward the top of the pass which is decorated with many prayer flags. From the top, you will have good views of Annapurna III and IV, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail), Tilicho Peak, and the entire Manang valley. You will descend from the top to reach the village of Ngawal. After you cross the Pass the descent is a bit rough and will be hard on your knees after all the climb. (Drink plenty of water to prevent altitude sickness as you will walk at higher elevations) Ngawal is a wonderful old village with a Buddhist school to teach monks, prayer wheels, and beautiful architecture. People visit this place to climb Chulu Peak. The total distance between Nar village and Nagwal via Kang- La Pass is around 15 km which will take around 9- 10 hours.
Trek to Manang
At. 08:00 AM: Leaving Ngawal you will follow the trail that descends to flat fields along the banks of Marsyangdi River. You will trek through the forested area passing through Mugji to arrive at the 500 years old village of Braga and then continue trekking to reach Manang. Manang is a wide U-shaped valley that hangs between two lines of snow peaks. This grand spot from a ridge offers scenic views of the valleys, Hongdae village with its short airstrip, and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, Chuli, and Pisang. The distance between Nagwal to Manang is around 10 km which you can cover in 4-5 hours as the trail is mostly descending.
Trek to Yak Kharka
At. 07:00 AM: Today you will trek to a unique place filled with adventure and a rewarding view of Yak Kharka. After breakfast and bag packing, put on your trekking shoes and get ready to walk. The distance to Yak Kharka from Manang is only 7 kilometers which you can cover in around 3-4 hours. Yak Kharka translates to Yak Pasture meaning you get to see the Himalayan beast's Yaks grazing in the pasture lands. Passing through Tan village, you will cross the suspension bridge and leave Marshyangd Valley behind making your adrenaline high. Today's total distance between Manang to Yak Kharka is around 10 km which will take around 6-7 hours as the trail follows a gradual ascend.
The trail to Yak Kharka will be a steadily uphill climb into the dry and alpine region of the Annapurna Mountain range. As you climb higher the air gets thin so keep yourself well hydrated as well and your motivation higher. As you get close to your today destination you will see either blue or red roofs declaring the end of today's walk. After you check in at your lodge, explore around.
(Drink plenty of water to prevent altitude sickness as you will walk at higher elevations)
Trek to Thorong High Camp
At. 06:30 AM: The trail from Yak Kharka leads to a slow climb up to reach the last settlement of Ledar. The trail then winds up offering grand views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilache and the close-up view of Chuli peaks. After around one hour of trekking from Ledar, you will descend towards the wooden bridge over the Kone Khola (river). You will continue along a zig-zag track toward Thorong High Camp. the distance between Yak Kharka to Thorong-la High camp is around 9 km which will take around 8-9 hours to cover. Once you reach the High camp, rest your bags at the local teahouse and rest well from the strenuous trek.
Trek to Muktinath via Thorong-La Pass
At. 04:00 AM: You will start early crossing the challenging Thorong-la pass, to avoid the strong winds at the pass after midday. You will climb steeply up towards Thorong Peak. From there you will continue climbing across the undulating moraine toward the top of the Thorong-la pass. After reaching an altitude of 5,416 meters at Thorong-La, you can catch the best views of the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti, and Dhaulagiri ranges of mountains from Thorong-La.
From the top, you will descend steeply towards the grassy meadows (in spring seasons filled with eye-catching wildflowers) and further to a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists – Muktinath. This will be the longest day in terms. You will trek 7-9 hours this day to cover a 13 km distance from Thorong High camp to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass. Check-in at the 3-star hotel and rest well as the difficult part of the trek is finished.
Trek to Jomsom
At. 07:00 AM: Muktinath temple is the ultimate destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The temple is home to waterspouts where freshwater pours out channeled from the streams above the temple. People believe, bathing in 108 stone taps in Muktinath Temple gets rid of negative karma. One has to climb stairs to reach the temple and it also gives you a beautiful view of Mt. Dhaulagiri which is the seventh-highest mountain in the world.
After spending time at Muktinath temple, you start your journey towards Kagbeni where you will have your lunch. Kagbeni is a village that has many memorial stupas and a small monastery. After a lunch break at Kagbeni, you will move towards Jomsom. The trail to Jomsom from Kagbeni cuts through windy areas in the Kali Gandaki Valley. The total distance between Muktinath to Jomson is 18 km which you can cover in around 7-8 hours. The trail includes a well-maintained motor road meaning you can drive to Jomsom if you don’t want to walk however it is optional and you need to pay extra add-ons. Jomsom is the main administrative center and headquarters of Mustang. Overnight stay at Jomsom.
Fly to Pokhara
At. 07:00 AM: After breakfast, move towards Jomsom Airport. Jomsom Airport is the only airport connecting Mustang with other parts of Nepal. The flight to Pokhara from Jomsom is operated until 11 AM only. (Flight time Jomsom to Pokhara 20-30 min)
(In case the flight gets canceled we will arrange your transfer by road which is equally rewarding.) The road follows the Kaligandaki River to Beni Bazar. You cross the Marpha, Kalopani, Ghasa, and Tatopani then reach Beni Bazar which is also the headquarters of the Myagdi district. After about 2 hours of the ride, you will reach Kushma which is the headquarter of the Parbat district. After Beni Bazar, the road is pitched and the drive will be smooth meaning you will reach Pokhara within 4-5 hours. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, transfer to the comfortable hotel in the LakeSide area where you can find several amazing restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can celebrate your successful trek.
Optional Activities in Pokhara (Price Subject to Change):
Fly to Kathmandu, Leisure Day
At 08:00 AM: Wake up and have your breakfast. After that, move towards the airport to catch a flight towards Kathmandu. (Flight duration 25 min) Upon reaching Kathmandu one of the official representatives will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your respective hotel. Check-in at the hotel and enjoy your leisure time as you want.
You can spend your time shopping for souvenirs, exploring the rustic beauty of the ancient city or treat yourself to a relaxing spa in Thamel after a week-long trek. In the evening, join us for a traditional Nepali dinner (Thakali Cuisine) with a live performance of folk songs as a farewell (If you want to visit other places, we can arrange it for you with extra add-ons)
You will have your breakfast at the hotel and then you will have free time (depending upon your flight time). Our office representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your flight time for airport formality. Carry loads of souvenirs, memories, and lifetime experiences back home, and Have a safe home return! We hope you enjoyed the trip! If you plan to extend your stay, we (Altitude Himalaya) are more than happy to make your visit memorable and enjoyable.
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Travel insurance: Travel insurance is important before traveling to a new place especially when you are traveling for adventure. Travel insurance covers risks such as loss of personal belongings, and any unexpected expenses. Travel insurance also covers sudden medical emergencies such as accidents. It also covers high-altitude emergency evacuation in case of trekking. Travel insurance is not compulsory but highly recommended.
Medical emergency: If you face any serious medical emergency during your trekking program you will immediately evacuate the place through Helicopter Rescue which the traveler’s insurance company will cover. While trekking to the highland of Nepal you may face minor health issues such as scratches, headaches, etc. For such a situation, your guide carries a well-equipped first aid kit, ensuring nothing happens to you.
High-altitude sickness: During the trek, you will walk through gorgeous valleys, traditional villages, and thrilling highlands above 3000m elevation. Altitude sickness is unpredictable; it can happen to anyone despite being physically and mentally fit. As you gain altitude, the chances of getting altitude sickness also slightly increase. To avoid getting altitude sickness you should drink 5-6 lt water per/day and food with high carbohydrates. Walking slowly and acclimatizing decreases the chances of getting altitude sickness. Focus on your breathing and maintain your walking pace.
Packing List Suggestions
Having a good backpack and necessary gear makes trekking easier. It becomes more important if you are trekking at higher elevations. If you are wondering about what to pack for trekking to the Annapurna region, then you can check our complete guide on Nepal Trekking Gear Checklist.
While making a backpack, it is important to include clothing, essential items, and a first aid kit. In difficult times, a good backpack can be life-saving.
Do’s and Don’t
Select the ideal time to travel.
Select a reputed trekking/ travel organization.
Training and getting ready for any kind of situation are necessary.
Efficient packing is the key. (Nepal trekking gear checklist)
Carry all the necessary paperwork (ACAP, another Important (Restricted Area permit) permit, and TIMs).
Maintaining body hydration is important while traveling to high elevations.
Having the proper personal gear makes your journey more enjoyable.
Respect the culture and people of the area.
Travel for experience and not for the sake of traveling.
Don’t litter, put trash in its place.
Why with Altitude Himalaya: Altitude Himalaya is one of Nepal’s growing travel companies providing excellent service to its clients. We believe in providing quality experiences and memories. We are concerned about maintaining and following our own standard service that includes a private transfer, at least a 3-star hotel accommodation in urban areas, the best available lodges/tea houses at the trekking trails, and dedicated personalized assistance. Additionally, we also operate our trips in Bhutan and Tibet.
Frequently Asked Questions
How hard is this trek and can a beginner trekker join this trek?
This trek ranges from moderate to strenuous difficulty, as you will traverse a rugged and challenging trail that includes several steep ascents and descents, as well as two high-altitude trekking passes: Kang La Pass (5,320m) and Thorong La Pass (5,416m). If you are new to trekking, this particular trek can be quite challenging due to its physical demands. If you are interested in participating in regular exercise, engaging in warm-up hikes to gain hiking experience will be beneficial for you.
What kind of food do you get throughout the trek?
When you visit developed places like Kathmandu and Pokhara, you have a variety of options available to you. You can find excellent restaurants, and the hotels in these areas offer a wide range of breakfast choices. However, when trekking in the highlands, your options become limited as you venture into more remote areas. In Nepal, we often say "Dal Bhat power 24 hours." This means that you can enjoy a Thakali Khana set, which typically includes white rice, lentil soup, and a variety of side dishes made with seasonal vegetables and meat, depending on what is available.
Do I need to carry food/snacks for the trek?
There are teashops available along the trail where you can purchase snacks. However, it's important to note that the options may be limited and the prices may be higher compared to regular stores. Carrying additional snacks can increase the weight of your bags, potentially slowing you down. Pack small amounts of high-calorie snacks to enjoy on the trail without adding excessive weight to your baggage.
Where are the Annapurna two passes trek?
Annapurna two passes trek is a combined version of the Nar Phu trek and the Annapurna circuit trek, trekkers will cross the two highest passes of the Annapurna region, which are Kang-la Pass (5,320m) and Thorong-la Pass (5,416m) in a single trip. These mentioned passes are some of the highest passes in Nepal.
What kind of accommodations do we get throughout the trek program?
During your stay in Kathmandu, Muktinath, Jomsom, and Pokhara, you will be staying in comfortable 3-star hotels/ comfortable places. During your walk, you will be staying in simple accommodations such as teahouses and local lodges. These places are located in remote areas and may have limited access to luxury amenities.
Can I charge my electronics such as my phone, camera batteries, and other pieces of stuff during the trek?
Yes, you can charge your electronics at the local lodges and tea houses which will cost an extra amount according to the lodge policy. Till Manang, you will have no problem getting electricity and a network and after you pass Yak Kharka there is no direct electricity but lights are powered by solar power. It's better if you carry extra batteries for your electronics.
What kind of medications should I carry for the Annapurna Two Passes Trek?
If there are any regular medicines you can bring that with you. Or purchase in Kathmandu with a proper prescription. The guide also carries the first aid kit and necessary medicine during your trek time. Besides that, if you are not sure about your health condition you can carry Acetazolamide or Diamox for high-altitude sickness.
How to avoid Altitude sickness?
Getting altitude sickness is very unpredictable and it can get anyone although you are physically fit and fine. There are a few things that you can do to avoid getting altitude sickness such as drinking plenty of water (4-6 lt/day), having enough carbohydrates, maintaining a slow and constant walking pace, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, and last but not least acclimatizing according to the high elevation.
How long do we need to walk during the trek?
Since this trek is classified as moderate to strenuous, it is important to have good physical health and a calm mindset. You will be traversing challenging trekking trails and crossing high mountain passes. In order to successfully complete the trek on schedule, it will be necessary to walk approximately 6-15 kilometers per day, which translates to about between 4-9 hours of walking each day.
Can I buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara before trekking?
It is crucial to have proper trekking gear for the hike, considering that the trail is rough and rugged. Trekking equipment is available for purchase in Thamel, Kathmandu, and Pokhara (specifically in the lakeside area). However, it is important to note that the prices in these locations may be higher compared to other places, and there is also a possibility that the quality of the supplies may not be as high. If you are coming from a location where you have access to the necessary gear, we recommend that you bring it along.
All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
Private transfer (Kathmandu/Koto) as mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic flight (Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
All necessary papers work. (ACAP, Restricted area permit, and TIMS Card)
English speaking licensed trek guide.
Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
All government and local taxes.
Guide’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
Well-equipped medical kit throughout the trip. (Carried by the guide)
Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid for by your traveler’s insurance company.
Sufficient amount of bottled drinking water during your sightseeing program in Kathmandu.
Sleeping bags, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.
Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.
Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 40 USD for a 30 days Nepal tourist visa; visa forms can be filled out online in advance)
International flight ticket.
Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)
Tips for the guide, porter, and driver. (Recommended)
Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Hot shower/batteries charge/heater/wifi/mineral water during the trek.
Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the including section.
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