Thorong Peak Climbing - 21 Days

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Thorong Peak is the classic Himalayan trekking peak, standing at 6144 m, 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 reommended 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.

When is the best time to climb Thorong Peak?

The Thorong Peak can be attempted year-round. Even during the winter, people have successfully summited Thorong peak, but cold weather may be unfavorable for some, particularly if you are a novice mountaineer. It’s not that the mountain is technically hard to climb, but it more depends on how comfortable you are with the extreme winter months.

Although the peak can be climbed almost year-round, the easiest and most suitable time to climb the Thorong peak during spring (March to early June) and autumn (September to November) are.

Both seasons (autumn and spring), the weather appears to be clearer and it is by far the most popular time to climb the peaks and high passes. This is also the best time to visit Nepal in general, and this time in Nepal is when most travellers want to go trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.

After monsoon season can often get crowded, but you will be pretty sure on the flip side that you will have the best weather conditions and climbing conditions.

I have never climbed peak before. Can I go for peak climbing in Nepal?

There’s always a first time for everything, including peak climbing. This is a non-technical peak which a fit trekker can climb safely, and even somewhat technical peaks can be attempted by a beginner climber with a professional native Sherpa climbing guide.

Thorong Peak Climbing gears:

Your personal Gear:

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Tape slings
  • Screwgate Carabiners
  • Descender/Abseiling device
  • Plastic Mountaineering boots
  • Ascender
  • Helmet (optional)

Gears for the Group

  • Snow bar
  • Rope
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw

We at Himalaya Discovery glad to guide you Thorong peak expedition with our native experienced Sherpa guides and expert team for a complete Himalaya experience.

Day 1
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m).

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.

Day 2
Day 2: Free / Permits preparation and gear check.

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.

Day 3
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani 1860m/ 8-9 hours

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.

Day 4
Day 4: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m/5-6hours

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.

Day 5
Day 5: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m/5-6hours

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.

Day 6
Day 6: Trek from Pisang to Manang Village 3540m/5-6hours

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.

Day 7
Day 7: Acclimatization and discover Manang.

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.

Day 8
Day 8: Trek from Manang to Khangsar Village (3,700 m) 4 hours

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.

Day 9
Day 9: Trek from Khangsar village to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m) 4-5 hours

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.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and return to Tilicho BC (4,200 m) 5-6hours

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.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek from Tilicho BC to Yak Kharka 4020m/4- 5hours

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.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4525m/6-7hours,

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 13
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La 5416m/5-6 hours

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.

Day 14
Day 14: Preparation day

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.

Day 15
Day 15: Summit to Thorong Peak 6144 m and trek to Muktinath 3760 m 7-8 hours

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.

Day 16
Day 16: Extra day for climbing due to bad weather or AMS

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.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni 2810m/4-5 hours

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.

Day 18
Day 18: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (820 m) 20 mins.

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.

Day 19
Day 19: Free / Rest day in Pokhara

Today is a rest day and simply relax throughout the day.

Day 20
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m).

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.

Day 21
Day 21: Free day / Fly to home.

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.

Day 22
Day 22: Fly to home.

The trip concludes! We will drop you off at the airport according to your flight schedule.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up & drop-off
  • From Kathmandu to Dharapani transport by bus and jeep.
  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Transportation from and to Pokhara by tourist vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits.
  • Peak climbing permit, Garbage deposit.
  • Peak climber’s (Sherpa) equipment’s charge
  • One trekking Sherpa guide/leader
  • Necessary porters including a cook (some nights will be camping and will require cook and cooking utensils)
  • All meals three times a day during the trek/climb (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodations in tea houses (lodges) and some nights for camping
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel.
  • Camping charges.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Insurance and equipment for the climbing & trekking staff.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with culture show.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal visa.
  • Any personal medical or evacuation expenses incur.
  • International Travel insurance which included rescue.
  • Tips for the guide & porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the ‘Price Includes’ section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 30 (approx. EUR 27.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 50 (approx. EUR 45.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 125 (approx. EUR 115.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

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Thorong Peak Climbing

Trip Facts

  • 21 Days
  • Challenging
  • Min. 2 to Max. 8 People.
  • March to May & September to November.
  • 6144m.
  • 16 Days
  • 4 to 7 Hrs
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Annapurna

MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa

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