The Annapurna two passes trek is a two weeks long trek. This trek is ideal for those trekkers who have time and appetite to venture into some of the less trodden remote regions of Nepal beyond the regular trekking routes. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate. But this Annapurna two passes trek is not for the beginners as it includes two of the high passes to cross. Similarly, trekking having previous trekking experience and normal physical fitness level can complete the trek easily.
Thorong La Pass and Kang La Pass are the two passes which you will be crossing during this trek. The elevation of Thorong La Pass is 5,416 meters whereas the altitude of the Kang La Pass is 5,315 meters above sea level. Both of these passes are located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Meanwhile, ACAP permit, TIMS card and a restricted permit are required to cross both of these high passes. Both of these high passes of the Annapurna region are dangerous to cross without experienced trek leaders and the proper trekking gears.
During the trek, marvellous views of the snow-capped mountains can be seen. Some of the mountain ranges include Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Hiuchuli and many more. Similarly, you will also get to visit the holy Muktinath temple and restricted areas of Nar Phu valley. Annapurna two passes trek is for those adventure lovers who are willing to trek in some of the difficult areas of the Annapurna region. This trek is ideal for the trekkers searching for less crowded, untouched and unexplored areas of the Annapurna region of Nepal.
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- 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.
Trekking in the restricted areas of Nar Phu valley is one of the best parts of the trek. Although the trails are much less developed and with a minimum Tea house and lodges it makes it difficult for the larger group. But this trekking trail is one of the best trails of Annapurna region to witness the authentic and untouched culture and traditions of the people. From Manag, you will trek in the Annapurna Circuit and get more options to stay overnight.
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 of 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.
About Annapurna Two Passes Trek
Annapurna two passes trek starts from Kathmandu. On your second day at Kathmandu, you will have a sightseeing of the historically rich temples, monasteries and durbar squares of the Kathmandu valley. Similarly, during 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 through 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 the 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 the trekkers. The third day of the trek leads you to the Ngwal village. Meanwhile, during this day you will also cross Kang La Pass. Kang La Pass is situated at an elevation of 5,315 meters above sea level.
After leaving Ngwal you will descend towards Manang village following the bank of 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 stopover at Yak Kharka with an elevation of 4,018 meters and Thorong High Cap 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 (5416m)
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 travelling 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 the experienced trekking guide and the proper trekking gears, it can be crossed in most months of the year.
Kang La Pass (5320m)
Kanga La Pass is one of the high passes of the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is situated in the northern corner of the Annapurna region in the 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 are the main highlights of the Kang La Pass trek.
During the trek, Nar village is the most remote area. We 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.
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Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you the details of your trek program.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
At 10:00 AM: You will visit for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek.
Drive to Koto
At 06:30 AM: Have your breakfast at the hotel and be ready for your drive to koto. We will start our journey through Prithivi highway and move towards Besi Sahar from Dumre. Driving through the Marshyangdi river we will reach Chamje. Mamansu and some other mountains can be seen from here and gradual up and down to koto.
Trek to Meta
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, We will start our journey towards Phu village. Today we enter the restricted area of Nar Phu valley with pack lunch. Following the Nar Khola and Greenland forest. The trail is adventurous with rocky trail and a long walk to Meta. We 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 wide waterfall before arriving Meta village. You can also see mesmerizing mountain views like Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Trek to Nar Village
At 07:00 AM: Will enter a narrow gorge and then descend down to the river. We will follow the trail that heads north. We 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 we will cross a suspension bridge to arrive at the village of Nar. we will see some mountains of 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.
Trek to Ngawal via Kang-La Pass
At 06:00 AM: Today we start early to cross Kang-la Pass (5320m). On our way to Kang-La, we may come across some yak herder’s camps. We will climb towards the top of the pass that is decorated with many prayer flags. From the top, we will have good views of Annapurna III and IV, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail), Tilicho Peak and the entire Manang valley. We will descend from the top to reach the village of Ngawal. Ngawal is a wonderful old village with a Buddhist school to teach monks, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture.
Trek to Manang
At 07:00 AM: Leaving Ngawal we will follow the trail that descends to flat fields along the banks of Marsyangdi River. We will trek through 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 which hangs between two lines of snow peaks. This grand spot from a ridge offers scenic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, Chuli, and Pisang.
Trek to Yak Kharka
At 07:00 AM: We will follow the trail that turns north and then climb a stone wall with a gate that stops domesticated livestock from leaving the grazing grounds of high pastures. From there we will gradually descend towards a suspension bridge over the Ghyanchang Khola. The trail heads up in the barren windswept terrains with juniper bushes along the way. From here an hour’s moderate walking will lead us towards Yak Kharka.
Trek to Thorong High Camp
At 07:00 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, Tilache and the close-up view of Chuli peaks. After around one hour of trekking from Ledar, we will descend towards the wooden bridge over the Kone Khola. You will continue along a zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp.
Trek to Muktinath via Thorong-La Pass
At 05:00 AM: We will start early for the crossing of the challenging Thorong-la pass, to avoid the strong winds at the pass after midday. We will climb steeply up towards a watercourse before climbing through another large gully formed by the melt of Thorong Peak. From there we will continue climbing across undulating moraine towards 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 range of mountains from Thorong La. From the top, we will descend steeply towards the grassy meadows and further to a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists – Muktinath. This will be the longest day in terms of trekking. You will trek 7-8 hours this day.
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 channelled from the streams above the temple. After spending time at Muktinath temple, we start our journey towards Kagbeni where we will have our lunch. Kagbeni is a village that has many memorial stupas and a small monastery. After a lunch break at Kagbeni, we will move towards Jomsom. The trail to Jomsom from Kagbeni cuts through windy areas on the Kali Gandaki Valley Jomsom is the main administrative centre and headquarter of Mustang.
Drive to Pokhara
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, We will start our journey towards Pokhara. The road follows the Kaligandaki River all the way to Beni Bazar. You cross the Marpha, Kalopani, Ghasa, Tatopani than reach Beni Bazar which is also the headquarter of Myagdi district. After about 2 hours of the ride, we will reach Kushma which is the headquarter of Parbat district. After Beni Bazar, the road is black covered so it’s a nice drive to Pokhara within 4-5 hours. Upon yours arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel in Lake Side area.
*Optionally you can choose a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara which cost additional 100$ per person.
Drive to Kathmandu
At 07:00 AM: It takes approximately six to eight hours drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. We drive over the Prithvi Highway which offers scenic hilly zigzag roads while driving along the banks of Trishuli River. The daily activities of the local people can be seen along the road when we pass through numerous villages and towns before finally arriving back to Kathmandu. You will get shopping time in Kathmandu and we will have a farewell Nepali dinner together.
*Optionally you can choose flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, which cost additional 80$ per person.
You will be free until your flight time; We will drop you at Kathmandu Airport 3 hour before your flight.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Annapurna two passes trek?
Annapurna two passes trek is a combined version of Nar Phu trek and Annapurna circuit trek, trekkers will cross two highest passes of Annapurna region, which is Kang-la pass and Thorong-la pass in a single trip.
- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Private transfer (Kathmandu/Koto/Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the trek itinerary.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
- All necessary paper works. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
- English speaking licensed trek guide.
- Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
- Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
- All government and local taxes.
- Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
- Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.
- Personal expenses.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)
- International flight ticket.
- Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
- Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section.