Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Public Vehicle & Tourist Bus
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Namum La Pass (5560m)

Highlights

  • All three passes - Namun Bhanjyang (5560m), Kang la pass (5306m), and Mesokanto la pass (5330m)
  • Visit Tilico base camp and Jomsom.
  • A cultural exploration of beautiful Gurung villages.
  • Distinct landscape and lifestyle.
  • Various rivers, monasteries, temples, etc.
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna II (7937m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Lamjung Himal (6988m).

Description

Annapurna Three Passes Trek takes you through an unforgettable journey towards the Himalayas. It is one of the adventurous and demanding trekking trails of the Annapurna region. Annapurna mountain is also known as the goddess of harvests. The whole Annapurna conservation area is a paradise for trekking lovers.

Annapurna three passes trek comes under Annapurna Conservation Area. Annapurna Conservation Area is the largest conservation area of Nepal. You will experience the scenic hidden valley of Manaslu, Nar and Phu. This journey will take you to the Tibetan border. The three passes that you will cover are Namun Bhanjyang (5560m), Kang la pass (5306m), and Mesokanto la pass (5330m).

If you want to go even higher than this then there are few other options. You can choose the route via Namun la pass to Teri la pass (5595m), and Saribung la pass (6042m). The tourism infrastructure throughout this region is basic. You will experience ancient Tibetan culture, magnificent Himalayas, and many more. You may encounter some rare wild animals. You understand the real sense of wilderness.  

It is better to start this journey from Pokhara itself. The trails are full of Rhododendron forests. You will hike through different uphills. The majestic mountain ranges, rivers, waterfalls are all around you throughout this journey.   

Itinerary

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After your stay in Kathmandu, today is ride day for Pokhara. Pokhara is the tourist capital of Nepal. Lake city Pokhara is waiting for your arrival.

The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara would take to 5-6 hours. A Well-facilitated Tourist bus will be your traveling vehicle. You will travel along the Trisuli River. The view of the Trisuli River is captivating. You may also see people having rafting over there.

On one side you see Trisuli River whereas on the other side you see hills. There are human settlements on these hills. Traditional houses made up of mud and stone. It feels like you are seeing the beautiful painting. It is a downward journey.

Roads are under construction. There may be few disturbances. Malekhu is famous for the local fish. You can taste local fish from the Trisuli River. You can also buy some fresh fruit. After an hour, you will cross the bridge of Trisuli River. This place is Muglin. You may have your lunch here. You will continue your journey ascending upwards following Prithivi Highway.

After a few hours, you will reach your destination. You will rest in Pokhara. Pokhara is about Machhapuchhre and lakes. Nightlife is a specialty of Pokhara. You will enjoy it here tonight. You will also stay here today. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m

After having a delicious breakfast, you will head towards Siklesh. You will leave Pokhara for Sikles. It can be on a local bus or jeep.

Sikles is a Gurung village. It is in the north-east direction of Pokhara. This village is in the shadow of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Annapurna Conservation Area established this village as a model trekking village. It was part of their project.

The route is off-road so get ready to have a bumpy ride. A local bus may take more time, so it is better to take a jeep. The scenery from the window is outstanding. You crave this landscape and atmosphere.

This village offers you ancient water running flour mills. You will enjoy seeing the local lifestyle and handicraft production. You will stay here. You can enjoy folk songs and dances by local Gurung people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Siklesh
  • Altitude: 2000m

In the journey of Annapurna 3 pass trek, today is your first trek. You will reach Tasa Kharka and stay there.

The mesmerizing view of Madi Khola is all over your eyes. You will pass through the beautiful Rhododendron forest. Tasa Kharka is at the height of 2400m. It will take you 4-5 hours to reach Tasa Kharka from Sikles.

You can see a few mountains and rivers. Your stay will be at a mountain ridge. From here you will see the majestic Annapurna region.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tasa Kharka
  • Altitude: 2400m

After having breakfast, you will start your trek to Dharamsala. It is at the height of 3540m. It is a beautiful journey altogether.

You will gain height. Walking through beautiful Rhododendron forest. This is a beautiful place. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharamsala
  • Altitude: 3540m

You will rest here at Dharamsala. It is necessary to adjust your body with a changing environment. Oxygen level and air pressure continue to decrease.

This is the first day for acclimatization. It is important for the journey. Altitude goes on increasing. If you want to complete this Annapurna 3 pass trek, acclimatization day at Dharamsala is very important.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharamsala
  • Altitude: 3540m

Boksi Taal adds beauty to this trek. Freshwater of this lake will make you peaceful. After having breakfast, you will start your trek.

This trek will lead you to beautiful landscapes and the Rhododendron forest. Following the green trials, you will reach Boksi Taal that is Thulo Taal.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Boksi Taal (Thulo Taal)

After having a proper breakfast, you will start your trek to Thorju. It is at the height of 4200m. It is a beautiful place having few houses.

The view of Majestic Manaslu is astounding. You can share your tiredness with Manasalu. Manaslu will share its happiness with you. It would be a companion for today. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Thorju
  • Altitude: 4200m

Today is the second day for acclimatization. Thorju is the place to stay. You need to adjust your body with a changing environment because at the height of 4200m.

There are a few houses. You can enjoy local tastes and cultures. The sky is clear. Stars are all above you. This beautiful scenery is unexplainable. You want to touch the stars. It feels so close to you. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Thorju
  • Altitude: 4200m

After having breakfast, you walk towards Namun La Phedi. It is a downhill journey for some time.

It is the base of the Namun La Pass. Your tired legs will get some rest through this downward journey. Your body feels light. It is an easy trek to Namun La Phedi. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namun La Phedi

Today you will reach the first pass of your Annapurna 3 pass trek. Trek to Timang via Namun la pass is the journey for today.

Namun la pass is at the height of 5560m. To reach Namun la pass, you have to cross the river. As soon as you cross this river, you will ascend your journey. It will take you more than 4 hours to reach the top. The walk to the top is difficult but the view is worth the walk. You will see majestic Manasalu, Hiunchuli, peak 29, and many more.

Timang is a beautiful valley. The landscape is extraordinary. From Namun la pass, you will continue the downward journey.    

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Timang

Trek to Koto is an interesting journey. After having a proper breakfast in Timang valley, you will head towards Koto.

Koto is also a starting point of Nar Phu valley trek. Marshyangdi River follows you as you move towards Koto. Looking Marshyangdi river flowing at its best speed, you also increase your speed.  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Koto
  • Altitude: 2610m

Today is a day of rest. Your tired legs need some rest. Re-energize yourself. There has been too much trek.

Koto is a beautiful place. You will explore this place today. You have to trek upwards from tomorrow. Gain stamina, recharge your body and be ready to start the Annapurna 3 pass trek from tomorrow again.  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Koto
  • Altitude: 2610m

Meta is your destination for today. It is now an upward journey. Your breakfast at Koto should be able to hold you through this journey.

You cross the river which leads you to Nar Phu valley. You will continue to hike through the beautiful Juniper forests above Phu Khola and you rest there. You will pass through small caves. Before Dharamsala, you will pass through a wide waterfall.

The Himalayas become wider whereas forests become thinner. It may take you 5 to 6 hours to reach Meta from Koto. Meta village is smaller than Koto village. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Meta
  • Altitude: 3230m

You will follow the riverside to continue this journey. The route is full of cliffs, desert areas, forest areas, and many more.

There are a few traditional villages. Chyakhu and Kyang are among them. To reach Phu from Kyang it will take you 4 hours. People from Phu village migrate to Kyang in the winter season. This village is old. It is also traditional in its lifestyle. You will stay here tonight.   

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phu Village
  • Altitude: 4000m

It is a small and traditional village. It does not take you a long time to explore this village. Here are a few historical monasteries.

You can visit these places. Today you have rest and explore this beautiful village. You can have a conversation with local villagers. Understand their lifestyle.

Yak and sheep are everywhere. Without them, the living conditions here can be worst. Merchants all over the market. The sound of bells on the neck of yak and sheep feels organic music.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phu Village
  • Altitude: 4000m

Nar village lies in the Manang district. The trail follows steep hills, rough roads, bank of the river, and many more. It is a beautiful small village.

The view of mountains is perfect from this route. This village is bigger than Phu. Beautiful landscapes and forests cover this area. Old traditional stone houses are here in most numbers. The architecture of the houses is almost the same. People are friendly here. It is a more social and active village than Phu. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nar Village
  • Altitude: 4110m

Now again you will gain height. Kangla Pass is another pass in Annapurna 3 pass trek. This hike is not difficult.

It may be difficult if there is snow in the way. Kangla Pass 5320m is a beautiful pass. From here you can see Annapurna II, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna, and many more. You can also see the airport in Hongde. You will move downwards from here.

Nagwal is an upper route of the Annapurna Circuit. It takes 2 hours to reach there. Trek is easy and views as outstanding. Chortens and prayers flags are all over here. You feel spiritual in this place.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nagwal
  • Altitude: 3360m

Today you will walk alongside Marshyangdi River. By following this route you will reach to Manang.

You will cross different pine forests. On the way, you reach Braga village and see the farming terraces. You will enjoy the view of the Annapurna mountain range. You will also side trip to Gangapurna glacier. You will see various small monasteries. You will also visit Braka Gompa. It is 900 years old. Can you believe? Yes, 900 years old.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3500m

Today is your day to be at Tilicho Base Camp. It is a lake that lies in one of the world's highest altitudes.

It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Tilicho from Tilicho Base Camp. There are a few teahouses and hotels. You will not get any of these in Tilicho Lake. This is the place where you rest, have a drink and food. Prayers flag are all over. Everyone seems excited to reach Tilicho lake.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tilicho Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4200m

Have your breakfast and start the trek. Today is the day in this Annapurna 3 pass trek, you will reach Tilicho lake. It takes you 4 to 5 hours from Base Camp to reach Tilicho lake camp.

This route is full of crowds. Prayer flags all around. This is a beautiful trek. Tilicho lake is a lake in the highest altitude. It ascends higher. After walking for 2 hours, you will see a board saying Tilicho lake 30 minutes. You will reach Tilicho in few minutes. Relax and enjoy the Tilicho lake. It will take you 1 hour to explore Tilicho.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tilicho Lake Camp
  • Altitude: 5030m

Tilicho is the main source of the Marshyangdi River. You will follow the trail of Marshyangdi River. You will trek for some time.

Mesokanto is a beautiful pass. After enjoying the view, you will continue to climb Mesokanto la pass. It is also called the Tilicho pass. After crossing this pass you will reach Kharka. You will see more of alpine vegetation here. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Kharka

You will trek to Jomsom today. You will trek downwards. Jomsom is a beautiful town. It has an airport also.

It is not a hard trek to follow. The panoramic view of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and many more. It is a town in the Mustang district. It is famous for organic apples. It is famous for Marpha. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jomsom
  • Altitude: 2700m

Pokhara is your destination today. Pokhara is the tourist hub of Nepal. Drive from Jomson to Pokhara is an exciting journey.

Along the side of the Kaligandaki River, roads are small. Majestic Kaligandaki seems to follow you. You will see Hindu and Buddhist culture throughout this journey. You will see a few waterfalls during this ride. You will see Beni Bazar. You may have your lunch here. It is a big town on the bank of Kaligandaki River. You will enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara. This evening you will enjoy it here. 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m

Annapurna 3 pass trek ends here. After having breakfast, you will ride to Kathmandu. The journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is beautiful.

You will see beautiful settlements. It is about 7 hours to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara. You will cross Damauli, Muglin, and many other places to reach Kathmandu. Throughout this journey, you will see beautiful mountains, rice fields, vegetable fields, etc. After Naubise you will reach Thankot. It is the gateway to Kathmandu. In a few minutes, you will be in Kathmandu.

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop 
  • Camping accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Round Trip Tourist Bus (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
  • Local Jeep (Pokhara to Sikles)
  • Local Bus (Jomsom to Pokhara)
  • 2 Night Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast (Twin Sharing)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • Porter, Cook, Helper with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (Nar Phu Special Permit, ACAP and TIMS Card)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Meals in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, & Shower)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
28 Feb, 2020 - 22 Mar, 2020AvailableUS$2000

Useful Information

Best Time to Visit Annapurna 3 Passes Trek

 September to November is the best season to visit Nepal. All trekking routes are full of national and international trekkers. The weather is beautiful this season. It is the beginning of the winter season in Nepal. Everything is beautiful this season. 

Another popular season for this Annapurna three pass trek is from March to May. This spring season offers you beautiful scenery all around. Everything is blooming this season. Rhododendron makes everything colorful. Everything seems fresh and precious. The trails are dust-free. Monsoon has cleared the air and sky.   

How Difficult is Annapurna 3 Passes Trek

You should prepare yourself physically and mentally for this trek. These three passes exceed the height of 5000m. It may be difficult for you.  

You may not face difficulties in the lower altitude. But, at higher altitudes, you may face a problem. You have to walk 5 to 6 hours daily. You have to have good strength and stamina. This 24 days journey is amazing. There are various high hills and low hills. 

If you are a beginner then it would be difficult for you. This is a long trek. You should have time and budget for this Annapurna three high passes trek. Nothing is permanent at this altitude. Temperature and weather change every hour.