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Annapurna with Namun La Pass

Trip Overview

Namula Pass is one of remote and less-trodden trekking route in Annapurna region of Nepal. The Namula Pass trail used to be an important trade route between Mangang and Pokhara. The trekking route of Namunla Pass is connected with Annapurna circuit trail: you have opportunity to take the route less travelled and admire the famous peaks of the Annapurna region.

Opened for trekking in 2008, Namun La is paradise unexplored. Rarely visited by outsider, it is one of the most fascinating trail in the remote Himalayan of Nepal. The marvelous and off beaten trek allows to unlock the interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oak and rhododendron. The trek also offers the spectacular scenery of Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung and other popular Himalayan ranges.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02- Fly to Pokhara and  Drive to Siklis, 1,800m/5,906ft - approximately 5 hours.

Day 03- Trek from Siklis to Tasa, 2,350m/7,710ft - 5 hours.

Day 04- Trek from Tasa to overnight camp at 3,500m/11,483ft - 6 hours.

Day 05- Trek to Kori, 3,850m/12,631ft - 3 hours.

Day 06- Trek to Thulo Lekh, 4,100m/13,451ft - 3 hours.

Day 07- Trek to Thurju, 4,080m/13,385ft - 6 hours.

Day 08- Trek to Dudh Pokhari.

Day 09- Trek over Namun Pass, 4,850m/15,912ft - 4½ hours. Descend to Dafne Kharka , 4,250m/13,946ft - 2 hours.

Day 10- Trek to Timang 2,750m/9,022ft - 4 hours.

Day 11- Trek to Dharapani 1,900m/6,234ft - 2½-3 hours.

Day 12- Drive to Kathmandu- 10 hours.

Day 13- Departure

 

Itinerary

Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, we will come to pick up you on the airport and drop you to your location/booked Hotel.

Day 02- Fly to Pokhara and  Drive to Siklis, 1,800m/5,906ft - approximately 5 hours.


Today, you will fly to Pokhara. This is a spectacular and exciting flight passing over the Himalayan foothills. After reaching Pokhara, you will drive towards Siklis for about 5 hours. The drive is highly scenic with great views of the Lamjung Himal and  Fishtail Peak.

Day 03- Trek from Siklis to Tasa, 2,350m/7,710ft - 5 hours.

After having good breakfast, you start your trek towards Tasa. You will see a fantastic views of the Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II on your trek. After about 1½ hours you reach a suspension bridge at 1,400m/4,593ft, cross it, and then begin climbing on a stony trail. After some hours, you will reach Tasa where you will have a camping night.

Day 04- Trek from Tasa to overnight camp at 3,500m/11,483ft - 6 hours.

You can enjoy the early morning views at your campsite before heading off on a trail. You continue your gradual ascent through oak forest, passing the odd area of grazing land. This uninhabited region is home to Himalayan black bear, danfe, musk deer and Himalayan thar. After around three hours walking, you will have lunch in the forest near the water tank This spot is at 3,175m/10,417ft and next to an ACAP sign to Dudh Pokhari (the holy lake). The trail continues upwards through rhododendron and bamboo forest, passing sheep grazing clearings.

Day 05- Trek to Kori, 3,850m/12,631ft - 3 hours.

Today's walk involves approximately 3 hours of ascending through forest to reach Kori, which has a stone shelter, a goat hut and an ACAP sign. It's a wild, remote place with stunning views of the surrounding hillside and snow-capped peaks.

Day 06- Trek to Thulo Lekh, 4,100m/13,451ft - 3 hours.

There are fantastic views of Fishtail Peak and surrounding snow-capped summits to be on the ridge above the campsite.After 1½ hours walking the trail opens out into a large meadow. Another hourbrings you to an ACAP signpost to Dudh Pokhari at 4,080m/13,386ft. You continue following the red and white ACAP poles to Thulo Lekh. 

Day 07- Trek to Thurju, 4,080m/13,385ft - 6 hours.

Today, You will have to cross two passes over 4,000m/13,123ft. You begin walking up the valley following the river on a trail. It takes around 2 hours to reach the pass. From here you see a superb views of the Manaslu range of peaks, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurnas towards the west.After thAT, descend slightly on a good path, following the odd red arrow and contour around the hillside. After 1-1½ hours from the first (highest) pass you reach the second pass at 4,380m/14,371ft - Furju Deurali.

Day 08- Trek to Dudh Pokhari.

For added acclimatisation, you can walk up to the holy lake where the pilgrims go in August - Dudh Pokhari.

Day 09- Trek over Namun Pass, 4,850m/15,912ft - 4½ hours. Descend to Dafne Kharka , 4,250m/13,946ft - 2 hours.

You begin by walking on the flat, before descending to the river, crossing it and beginning your long ascent to the pass.At the top of this (2 hours) there are a few prayer flags and it flattens out.There are fantastic views of snowy peaks all around. You will feel altitude as you make your final climb to the pass at 4,850m15,912ft, marked with prayer flags and an ACAP sign. There are superb views of Manaslu here. The descent to Dafne Kharka, 4,250m/13,946ft, gives glorious views

Day 10- Trek to Timang 2,750m/9,022ft - 4 hours.

After an initial 10 minute climb up to the ACAP sign at 4,280m/14,042ft, you descend on a good trail in open hillside to begin with whics then winds through the forest all the way to Timang.

Day 11- Trek to Dharapani 1,900m/6,234ft - 2½-3 hours.

It's a pleasant amble down from Timang to Dharapani, passing the occasional village and tea houses on the main Annapurna Circuit trail. You are definitely out of the wilderness now! You'll see the trail the other side of the suspension bridge in Dharapani leading to the Manaslu Circuit trail.

Day 12- Drive to Kathmandu- 10 hours.

Today you drive to the town of Mugling, and then head east on the main Kathmandu-Pokhara road. On arrival in Kathmandu you have the rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Day 13- Departure

We will drop you to the airport for your return flight before 3 hours of your flight time.

Equipment List

Document List:

  • Valid passport
  • 2 extra passport size photos
  •  Photocopies of passport and visa form 
  • Dollars in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport
  • Credit cards, bank/ATM/cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlight with batteries
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Small wash towel                 

Personal Clothing items:

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • warm fleece hat
  • Black Sunglasses

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket 
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down vest or jacket 

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:

  • Underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof pants

Feet:

  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:

  • Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
  • toothpaste/brush set;
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • 1 synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) 
  • Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • cold medicine.
  •  antibiotics for stomach infection
  • anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide)
  • water purification tablets

Useful Info

This trek can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at mountainsunvalley@gmail.com.

FAQ

1. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

2. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

3. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. 

4. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

5. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

 

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Duration 15 days
Transportation Bus/Jeep
Group Size 2-10
Difficulty medium
Max Elevation 5416m
Accomodation Lodge + Camping
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