Thorong peak stands at 6144m and it is one of the most rewarding and technically difficult peaks in the Annapurna region. Thorong Peak Climbing is a great combination of trekking through the Annapurna region. Along with the high pass of Thorong – La Pass. Then having the reward of summiting a peak. The government opened Thorong La peak climbing for the adventurers after Nepal government derestricted the trek to Manang valley.
The Thorong peak climbing trek starts from the lowland valley of Bensi Sahar. Our trekking trail takes us through the bank of Marsyangdi River, lowland farms, villages, and forests offering a diverse range of flora and fauna and the most spectacular mountain scenery of Annapurna and Manaslu from on the way The region is mostly inhabited by Gurung and Manages people practising typical culture and traditions and you will get an opportunity to experience the culture of the people.
The climax of the trek is crossing the iconic Thorong La Pass (5416m). We will also be able to see both the highest lake in the world. The lake is Tilicho Lake at 4900m and the deepest gorges in the world. With mountain views that will last a lifetime, you will not be disappointed. As we trek we will pass through and also stay in villages inhabited by many of Nepal’s different peoples, both Buddhist and Hindu.
Three nights accommodation in a Three star hotel in Kathmandu and Two night in Pokhara including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and One night after trek in Kathmandu and Two night after trek in pokhara.
All accommodation whilst on trek. You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is not possible for the Two nights camping where the group will have the same food.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing.
Flight Ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara and pokhara to Kathmandu.
Private Vehicle from Kathmandu to Bulbule.
camping equipment for the Two nights camping.
Climbing equipment for group.
Climbing Guide and leaders accommodation, and food.
Climbing Guide equipment and wages.
Cooking staff wages while camping .
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Climbing Guide and guide and porters insurance.
Climbing Permits for group.
Trekking permits and national park fees for the trek. Trekking in the Annapurna region also requires a conservation permit which is also included
Required kitchen utensils.
Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary tent and equipment.
Cooking fuel and lighting service.
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government taxes and Service charge.
Medical Supplies (Frist aid kit).
Travel and rescue Insurance
Hire of climbing equipment if not bringing own.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by a member of Top of the World Treks and after a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Kathmandu –Besi sahar - Bulbule Trekking time 2-3 hours.
We will leave the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu early and drive to Besi Sahar. We follow the Trisuli and Marshyandi Rivers, it is about a five hour drive and enables us to take in the changing scenery as we head to more rural areas. Once at Besi Sahar we will commence our trek and the valley becomes a deep gorge. We continue the narrow trail and then reach a long suspension bridge and then reach a large village called Khuldi. We follow the road until we reach our our first overnight stop at Bhulbhule.
Bulbule to Jagat Trekking time 5-6 hours.
We continue northwards up through the valley crossing many of Nepal famous suspension bridges we are also rewarded with many waterfalls along the way. Along with scenic river views we of course have mountain views and the peak Lamjung (6000m). We will arrive at the village of Bahundanda where we will stop for lunch. We then descend down to the river and then we climb back up the west bank and to the top of the ridge. We cross another suspension bridge and reach the village of Sange.We continue our gradual climb up, sometimes on the road until we reach our home for the night at Jagat. 1300m.
Jagat to Dharapani Trekking Time 5-6 hours.
We walk gradually up until to Chamge and will cross a suspension bridge. We then climb steeply for about 2 hours through rhododendron and pine forest. The valley now becomes more deep. We arrive at the borders of Manang district and from here we will enter the Manang district and we arrive at a small village which is the foot of a large waterfall.We continue onto Dharapani where we will spend the night.
Dharapani to Chame Trekking Time 4-5 hours.
We leave Dharapani and we climb through the forest to Bagarchhap, this is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. The trail is now heading west and we can see the Manaslu ranges and sometimes Annapurna 2. We continue through the forests and we will arrive at Chame (2600m) and our views of the mountains will become perfect.
Chame to Pisang Trekking time 5 - 6 hours.
Today we will cross the river many times and we will pass through the narrow steep sided gorge nearing the village of Pisang (3200m). We climb up to the top of the ridge and here we will get our first views of the Manang valley. This is one of the best views of the trek.
Pisang to Manang Trekking Time 4-5 hours.
Today we descend down through the valley and we follow the trail and arrive at the village of Manang (3500m).
Acclimatisation at Manang.
An acclimatization day in Manang and we can spend the day enjoying the views and the impressive mountains of Annapurna 2 &3, Gangapurna, Tilicho and the Chulu west and east.
Manang to Chulu Lader Trekking Time 5 hours.
We branch away from the Marshyandi Khola river and we climb steadly into an alpine region, we gradually climb up and we will be able to Yak Kharka, which is where the Yaks graze and we will have lunch there. We will then continue up to Chulu Ledar (4200m) where we arrive at our destination for the evening.
Chulu Lader to Thorong High camp Trekking time 3 -4 hours.
We will trek today to Throng High Camp which is at 4500m. From Chulu Ledar we will walk gradually down and cross the bridge and then we will climb up to Throng Pedi and we will have lunch here. After lunch we have a steep climb up for one and half hours to the High Camp. We spend the night at high camp, taking in the breathtaking views.
High Camp to Thorong peak Base Camp 12 Trekking time 9-10 hours.
Today we leave Thorong Phedi and Continue treak to Thorong peak Base Camp and After about 4 hours walking we reach the top (5416m) and enjoy the stunning views and the high Himalayan scenery. We can see the whole Annapurna range in the south, the Mukeak and the Mustang Himal to the west.Over night at Tent.
Acclimatisation at Thorong Peak Base Camp
Today we have rest and preparation for climbing and acclimatisating Thorong Peak Base Camp and spent night at Tent (5416m)
Summit Thorong and trek to Muktinath.
Early in the morning after breakfast we will start to climbing around at 3am and difficult climbing but not Technically and when The summit of this spectacular peak offers the most magnificent mountain view of the Nilgiri peak, Tilicho peak, Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range along with the beautiful scenery of Mustang region and beautiful Kali Gandaki valley. Then descent is steep and rough so again we take our time and this also allows us to take in the views of the Dhaulagiri range which we can soon see.We arrive at Muktinath where we will rest and spend the night.
Trekking Time 4-5 hours.
The final day trekking today will be to Jonsom, we descend through the valley and it is the worlds deepest gorge, the river name is Kaligandaki. We arrive at Jonsom and we spend the night.
Jomsom to Pokhara.
Fly from Jonsom to Pokhara. The rest of the day can be spent in Pokhara resting and enjoying the city.
Sightseeing in Pokhara.
A day to explore the city, we will cross the lake and then climb to the World Peace Stupa where you can enjoy the views. If anyone wants to go Paragliding this can be arranged at your own cost.
Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We catch a flight back to Kathmandu and then we will go to the hotel. After this you are free for shopping and dinner.
Fly to home.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.