Thorong Peak at 6,144 meters above the sea level stands tall in the Annapurna Region. Climbing Thorong peak is a glorious journey that traverses through beautiful trails along many Manages and Gurung villages, set in the lap of the Himalayas.
The Thorong Peak Climbing takes us through verdant hills and into the heart of the Himalayas to offer spine-chilling adventure and exciting views.We are bound to be in awe of the grandeur of the journey taking us to the barren lands of Manang. The route (Annapurna Circuit) will also entail crossing the Thorong La pass (5416 m) and seeing beautiful views of the Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre Mountain ranges.
Starting from Lamjung’s lowlands along the banks of the Marsayangdi River and through dense forests, we will make our way to Manang’s arid region and finally enter the sacred Muktinath. The area is blessed with plenty of vegetation, animals, various kinds of birds, mountain goats, ibexes, and the elusive snow leopard. The area is also renowned in culture and tradition for its beauty.
There are many traditions among the people living in this area which are very unique to Nepal. However, it’s a non-technical trek, because of the long hours of walks, it can get tough at times. It is recommended for the good physical condition of people. We can enjoy the feats of our accomplishment after the successful climb, which almost feels like you’ve reached the top of the world.
Thorong Peak Climbing Difficulty: Route & Guide
Thorong Peak is relatively one of the easiest peaks climbing in Nepal. You do not need previous experience but requires good physical conditions and stamina to walk 5 to 7 hours a day. The foot of the Thorong La Pass Thorong Phedi which acts as a base camp. It requires setting up another camping near the Thorong La that makes it easier to reach the summit in one day.
The Thorong peak is at 6144 meters. The next day, leave early. One hour to reach the foot of the snow slope with an inclination of about 35°to 40°. Then we sat on a small plateau that we cross in a corridor that we go back to 100m. Finally, by large slopes slightly inclined, then reaches the summit.
The summit of Thorong peak offers you the panoramic view of Nilgiri peak, Tilicho peak, Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range along with beautiful scenery of mustang region and beautiful the Kali Gandaki valley.
Thorong Peak Climbing gears:
Your personal Gear:
- Ice axe
- Tape slings (2)
- Screwgate Karabiners (2 ouverts, 2 fermés)
- Descender/Abseild device
- Plastic Mountaineering Boots
- Helmet (optional)
Gears for the Group
- Snow bar
- Ice hammer
- Ice screw
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private tourist vehicle.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
We depart early in the morning to avoid traffic as the highways are usually full of traffic. We will see a beautiful view along the way next to some fast rivers that host fun sports like rafting and canoeing. We will pass the Trishuli and Marsayangdi River as we reach the village of Dharapani from where we will begin our trek. Overnight stay at a lodge.
As we reach the first hour of the hour, here we will be pretty close to getting the initial view of Annapurna II. We’ll walk on some steep paths through forests and rocky landscapes running parallel to the Marsayangdi River. When we reach Chame, we can see the prayer flags fluttering as we get the unique setting of Tibetan villages. Overnight stay at a lodge.
We are making our way to Pisang along the narrow steep trail. The trail runs along the Marsayangdi river via dense pine forests. In the stone houses we will see lovely apple orchards and small tea shops. We’re going to cross a suspension bridge and get a glimpse of the Pisang Peak (6091 m) and the Himalayan ranges. Overnight stay at a lodge at Pisang.
Today, we will continue to go up to Manang village. As this landscape gets drier, we’ll notice a change in the scenery. We will also see different crop fields swaying to the wind, and witness Yaks grazing on pasturelands. We can feel strong Buddhist faith in the region as the village welcomes us with fairly several monasteries. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Acclimatization is key to making any trek successful. Today we will be staying in Manang and discover the surrounding areas. We will spend the day hiking around the village and enjoying beautiful landscapes, taking short hikes. The village is a lovely treat and has a cluster of stone houses that are flat-roofed. It is possible to see from the village the Chulu East (6429 m), Chulu West (6419 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), and Gangapurna (7454 m). Overnight stay at a lodge.
After a good acclimatization at Manang, we continue our journey towards the Tilicho Lake, located on the west end of Manang following the route down to the river. After crossing the Khangsar Khola (river), we reach Khangsar and head towards the village area, still traditionally Tibetan and known as the Last Village of Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse.
We continue on a gravel path from Khangsar, passing a Gompa (monastery). The way ahead goes up to a high ridge on a recently built trail. There’s an intersection at one point. One path maintains the altitude, going through the slopes to a place where the valley is narrow; the other continuing up to the ridge line. The former is the old route, and it’s much tougher as it really goes steep; the latter is the new path which goes completely different. We continue along the new path, reach a high crest and descend to the sides of the main valley on carved out through the slopes. There is a brook at the bottom. On the other side there is a building called the Tilicho Base Camp at an altitude of 4,200 m. Overnight at a lodge.
Tilicho lake trek is popular as the Annapurna Circuit side hike. But nowadays, with Tilicho’s growing popularity, trekkers choose a direct trek to the lake.
The journey will definitely be one of the best trips that you have ever made. It has a breathtaking panoramic view, great cultural diversity with the tranquil settlement lush green forest and mountains surrounding the great massif of Annapurna. We will return same way back to base camp as there are no accommodation facilities at the Tilicho Lake area. Overnight at a lodge.
After breakfast at the base camp, you will take a gently winding trail high above Khangsar village with more views of the Himalayan giants as you pass through juniper bushes and old Khangsar’s ruins. From here, follow an unmarked trail leading you down to an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka, an area where yak herders graze their animals. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Today’s scenic trek begins with breakfast in Yak Kharka before you ascend slowly and gradually to your overnight place. You will walk up a ridge and notice that along the way the landscapes of high altitude are becoming more extraordinary. Then descend to the Marshyangdi where you cross the river on a covered wooden bridge turn leads to a small tea shop.
After a short ascent on the right bank of the mountain path, you can follow a narrow trail and then walk down to Thorong Phedi (meaning: hill foot). Once you’ve settled, choose to spend your free afternoon hiking to the High Camp lodge for some acclimatization or relaxing with a book and chatting with other trekkers. Overnight at a lodge.
day 14: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La 5416m/5-6hours,
Today, we’re going to reach Thorong la, a popular pass, and begin the ascent early in the morning to avoid strong winds. The pass is wide making it relatively easy to walk on, but due to the unpredictable weather changes, the journey can be challenging and is almost impossible to pass in winter. The pass is also the highest pass in the world and offers great views of the Annapurna massif. Overnight stay at a tented camp.
Today, we will spend a day for preparation and acclimatization of our great Thorong peak expedition. We are going to spend here planning for the climb today. The climbing experts will brief us on the do’s and don’ts for a successful safe climb. In anticipation of tomorrow, we will discover the surrounding area with the magnificent view. We also learn to use the climbing gear as we better acclimatize to the Himalayan atmosphere. Overnight at a tented camp.
We will start climbing early so we won’t be affected by the winds as much. We will be able to see the Kali Gandaki Valley as we start the steep climb. Approximately, 1-hour to reach the foot of the snow slope with an inclination of about 35°to 40°. Then we sat on a small plateau that we cross in a corridor that we go back to 100m. Finally, by large slopes slightly inclined, then reaches the summit. When we reach the top, the beautiful views of the ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna will welcome us. This is a great time to celebrate the summit of Thorong peak expedition! This also a great spot for photography. Now, we are going to make our way down a steep cliff to Muktinath. Overnight stay at a lodge.
This day is kept as a backup to attempt the peak, if the previous day is hindered by any unforeseen events and we push on to Muktinath today. Since the weather at high altitudes can change and worsen in a short time, we reserve today day as a contingency.
We will trek on the windy terrain today, mostly following a downhill trail. We also visit the Muktinath temple, one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites. The temple is surrounded by 108 taps where people take baths before performing various rituals. We can see far-off mountain villages and silhouettes along the route. There are small houses along the way that offer the amazing view of tea. We’re going to enter Kagbeni passing small streams. Overnight stay at a lodge.
We pack our bags this morning and get ready for Pokhara’s thrilling mountain scenic flight The flight transits between two high peaks of Mt. Annapurna (8091 m and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and gives us the opportunity to enjoy the best views of the Himalayan range of Annapurna & Dhaulagiri. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Today is a rest day and simply relax throughout the day.
We depart at approximately 7.30 am for Kathmandu by tourist bus. We arrive back in Kathmandu at around 2-3 pm. You will go back to Kathmandu with lots of good memories. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
It’s also spare day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip concludes! We will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.