Highlights of Annapurna two Pass Trek
- Enjoy two scenic valleys – Manang and Jomsom- during the trek.
- Exploring the Holy Muktinath temple of Nepal.
- Less crowded trekking trail with amazing views of the mountain ranges.
- Explore the remote trekking destination of Nar Valley.
- Trek to ancient villages with cultures that are centuries old.
- Walk along with the lush rhododendron and oak forests of ACAP.
- Crossing Kangla Pass and Thorang La Pass.
- Mesmerizing sunrise from Highest point of ACAP region Thorong La pass.
Annapurna two Pass Trek Overview
Annapurna two pass trek is a wonderful trekking in the Annapurna region that takes you to the amazing mountain valleys through the amazing Thorang La and Kang La Pass. This is a moderate level trek that is a little difficult as it involves trekking in two of the high mountain passes. A good physical fitness is necessary to complete the trek. In this trek, you will be exploring the mind-blowing natural beauty that extends to the diverse parts of the Annapurna region. The spectacular Himalayan views and an excellent opportunity to explore the culture and traditions of the locals are the major attributes of the trek.
Annapurna two pass trek takes you to the two major passes of Annapurna Region Thorang La Pass and Kang La Pass. The Thorang La Pass is a world popular pass which lies at an elevation of 5416 m. Whereas the Kang La Pass lies at an elevation of 5315 m. Mountain pass crossing is dangerous sometimes. So, a good trek leader is important while trekking in this area. Carrying essential gears to cross the high-altitude mountain passes can be life-saving. Also, to cross Kang La pass, you need restricted area permit. Since this trekking lies in the territory of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, you need to obtain an ACAP permit and TIMS card.
Trekking in the Annapurna region is a highly desired trekking area of Nepal. Because of the diverse topography, landscapes and geographical variations, the Annapurna region trekking is fascinating and offers experiences that is different from other trekking areas. During the Annapurna two-pass trek, you can witness the marvelous Himalayas and the lush green flora and fauna in the wild habitat. Some of the major mountain peaks you can explore in this trek are Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Hiuchuli and many other neighboring mountain peaks.
This trekking is the best fit for the trekkers who wants to explore the extreme mountain passes, valleys, and the lifestyle of the people. You will get an opportunity to visit the holiest Muktinath and some restricted areas of Nar Phu valley. This trekking is relatively difficult but offers the awe-inspiring views of the mountains. You will also visit some parts of Manang and Mustang. The authentic and pristine culture of rural villages is a rare privilege. But you will get an abundant of exploration in this area. The typical rural lifestyle in the mountains of Nepal is the best part of trekking in this region.
Thorang La Pass comprises of two mountains Khatung Kang and Yakawa Kang. This pass mainly connects the two beautiful districts Manang and Mustang. Kang La Pass is the highest of all passes in the Annapurna mountain zone. It lies north to the Annapurna and offers amazing mountain views. This pass carries a history that is associated with King Mahendra. This trekking route was opened by King Mahendra during his reign. The deep valleys, mountain villages, lush green forest, mountains and arid landscapes, Himalayan sceneries, flora, and fauna, etc. are the major highlights of the trek.
The pristine Himalayan virgin land and authentic culture and traditions are amazing part to explore during Annapurna's two-pass trek. The hidden valley of Nar and Phu is popular for their amazing Tibetan influenced Buddhist cultural practices. This area is also an excellent place to explore the rural monasteries and isolated and typical village lifestyle. The Nar Phu valley part is one of the best things in this trekking area however, there are very fewer accommodation facilities. So, you might have to adjust in the local space with the local people exploring the authenticity of rural life. The trail from Manang passes through the same Annapurna Circuit where you will have more accommodation options.
Annapurna two-pass trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu valley to Koto village through Prithvi Highway at an elevation of 2670 m. From Koto, you will trek towards Phu village following the Narkhola and Greenland forest. You will be entering the restricted area of Nar Phu valley. Passing through the dense forest, after crossing the river the trek leads to the beautiful pine forest with wide waterfall before arriving Meta village. Following the trail, from Meta village, you will trek towards Nar village following the steep climbs, waterfalls, and suspension bridges.
You will trek to Ngwal after crossing the Kang La pass. This strenuous pass lies at 5215 m and is technical. From the Kang La top, you can witness the Annapurna III and IV, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail), Tilicho Peak, and the entire Manang valley. Further, you will trek to Manang village where you can explore the mindblowing natural beauty and the amazing culture and traditions of the local people. From Manang, you will trek to Yak Kharka and High Camp to cross the Thorang La Pass. After crossing Thorang La Pass, you will reach Muktinath via Kagbeni and reach Jomsom. A flight from Jomsom will take you to the Pokhara valley and a drive will take you back to the capital Kathmandu.
Annapurna two pass trek is wonderful trekking in the Annapurna region. You can explore the beauty of restricted areas enriched with the culture and traditions along with excellent natural beauty. This trek is ideal for the avid trekkers who want to explore the rural and naturally rich areas of Nepal.