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Thorong Peak Climbing / Expedition

Thorang Peak Climbing provides you the best views of Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Nilgiri Peak, Tilicho Peak and breathtaking landscape of Mustang region with the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki and you can also get the great chance to explore the local Gurung culture with their own unique culture and tradition.

Thorong Peak climbing (6144m) covers best location of Annapurna Region and because of this, it is one of the most popular peaks climbing. Many climbers and adventure seekers mix up the route of Thorang La Pass (5416m) with Annapurna Round. You can observe Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Nilgiri Peak, Tilicho Peak and breathtaking landscape of Mustang region with the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki valley in this trekking climb. Other highlights includes the charming settlement of Gurung community & their slate covered houses with incredible presence of rhododendron covered hills. Climbing to Thorong peak 6144 m / (20157 fit) it’s in central aprt of the Annapurna region while we climb Thraong peak it’s relatively easy and you don’t need any previous climbing experience. Though sound physical fitness and stamina aids in smooth ascent. You need climbing permit and guidance of experienced climbing guides to successfully summit Thorong Peak.

Our trip starts form Kathmandu followed up by drive to Bhulbule. From Bhulbule we trek to Jagat and then to Dharapani. As we trek, we get to cross famous rivers, pass through amazing hillside, unique settlements, waterfalls, lush forest and get insight of different cultural ethnicity residing in Annapurna region of Nepal. We trek to Chame from Dharapani and then trek to Pisang from there. While we reach in Manang – Manang is a famous village with flat-roofed houses from where amazing views of mountains like – Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna to the South – Lake Tilicho (7132m) & grand Barrier to the west – mountain Chulu West (6583m) & Chulu East (6059m) to the North. We reach Yak Kharka from Manang & then trek to Thorang Phedi from where we climb to Base camp of Thorang peak. After successful summit of Thorang Peak, we trek to Muktinath – popular of Muktinath Temple. Then we trek to Jomsom from where we take scenic flight to Pokhara. In Pokhara, you can shop around or rest. Afterward, we take another flight to Kathmandu. Upon arriving Kathmandu, we organize small get-together celebration with climbing guides, Sherpa’s and other staffs.

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m)

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our airport representative picks you up from airport and transfers you directly to reserved hotel. A small meeting will be held in the evening to introduce with climbing guides and other staffs. Also, we discuss about the upcoming adventure depending upon your arrival time.

Day 2
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

For the day time, you explore historically important monuments and heritages of Nepal while we prepare necessary equipments and gears for your smooth climb. Climbing equipment is inspected by licensed climbing guide and then only after his/her approval we finalize the gears to be equipped. Late in the evening, depending upon the situation, you take basic training of peak climbing.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbule (850m) 7-8 hrs

Driving from Kathmandu to Bhulbule is amazing, you get to drive thought beautiful rivers with countryside hill as we drive further and further. Most of the hillsides are on the footsteps of Annapurna & Manaslu. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Trek Bhulbule to Jagat (1330m) 7-8 hrs

Crossing few local wooden and suspension bridges, we pass waterfalls, several ups & downs, corss rice paddies and subtropical forest to reach Bahundanda (1310m) and then descend through rice terraces, steep vertical cliff, lush green forest and some interesting villages to reach Jagat after corssing a suspension bridge over Mayshyangdi River. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 5
Trek Jagat to Dharapani (2160m) 6-7 hrs

Early in the trek, we have to walk across rocky trail to reach Chamje Village – Chamje is a small village settlement with primary school and surrounded by Bamboo bushes. We continue our trek toward a suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River and we can see waterfall, rocky lands and trails with small teashop. Then, we cross a river, continue our walk through cliff to reach Dharapani. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 6
Trek Dharapani to Chame (2670m) 5-6 hrs

Starting our day off from Dharapani, we trek to Chame. First, we encounter Bagarchhap village, where we get first view of Mt. Annapurna II. Our trail today passes through steep forested landscapes and there are some landslides on the route. En-route, we see Tibetan style villages before reaching Chame – Chame is district headquarter of Manang with close-up view of Mt. Lamjung & Annapurna II. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 7
Trek Chame to Pisang (3200m) 6-7 hrs

After the stay in Chame, we pace forward crossing some narrow paths and dense forest. Right after the hours of walk, the steep and big rock (1500m.) can be seen. Crossing this rock can be an adventure before we reach to the accommodating area in Lower Pisang. We get the first glimpse of Pisang peak with other Himalaya Ranges during this trail. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 8
Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) 5-6 hrs

The Moments passing through Geru is excellent that offers us stunning landscapes and magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna and Pisang. Today, we will be going to Barge monastery, also the biggest monastery of whole Manang. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 9
Acclimatization day at Manang village (3540m)

To stay fit for further journey and atmospheric adaptation, we take a day off here in Manang for acclimatization. For the whole day, we will be doing some walk around the village viewing beautiful mountain sceneries because experts suggest us to stay active instead of idle for better acclimatization. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 10
Manang to Yak Kharka (4110) 5-6 hr

Leaving Tilicho Lake off the trail on the left corner, we take short trek to Yak Kharka. Today, we have to gradually ascent a small hill and hike right behind the hill before reaching Yak Kharka. We can also hike to little hill for good view of surrounding mountain. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 11
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4925m) 5-6 hrs

This day we trek to the foot of Thorang La & we will have to climb uphill, cross a suspension bridge and ascend down a towering cliff. During the trek we are rewarded with the wonderful view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak & Mt. Khatungkang. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 12
Thorong Phedi to Thorong Peak Base Camp (5200m) 3-4 hrs

We trek to Thorang Peak Base Camp and upon reaching the Camp. We learn techniques to climb and measures to take in case of emergencies. We also have to reserve as much energy as possible for tomorrow’s ascent. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 13
Summit to Thorong peak (6144m) & trek to Muktinath (3810m) 9-10 hrs

With proper gears and equipment, summit will go smoothly and at the top of the mountain, we take rest for a while, enjoy the moment and trek to Muktinath. Today, we should struggle for about 10 hours to complete the summit and return back to Muktinath – very popular place for Hindu pilgrimages. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 14
Reserve day for unforeseen condition

In case of bad weather, we have to postpone climbing or if any member feels uncomfortable with the environment, we take reserve day to fight the inconvenience. If the climbing goes smoothly, we do not use this day. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 15
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2500m) 5-6 hrs

Today we trek back to Jomsom through the same route of Kagbeni after visiting some monasteries and Hindu temples in Muktinath. Reaching Ekle Bhatti, we continue our trek to Jomsom – Jomsom is a large town and headquarter of Mustang region with airstrip which links the old Trans-Himalayan Salt trade route to Tibe.. Down the way, we get to see magnificent views of mountains and fields. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 16
Flight/Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara (8 20m) 20 min

After breakfast, we take jeep/bus/Flight from Jomsom and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of mountains and rivers. We pass Magar, Gurung & Thakali villages and enjoy fresh as well as dry apples and apple products. Pokhara is second tourist hub of Nepal, where we can choose from range of adventurous activities and houses many tourist attractions. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 17
Pokhara to Kathmandu drive 6-7 hrs

Pokhara to Kathmandu drive takes around 5/7 hours. It is a scenic drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers. After your arrival in Kathmandu, in the evening, you are treated with a special dinner program with climbing guides and other staffs as a complimentary commencement from our side. Meals included: Breakfast, and finally an overnight stay in hotel. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 18
Farewell/Departure

After completing the trip, our representative drops you to the airport for your journey home. You are dropped off 3 hours earlier so that there is no any delay in flight. Or you can join another adventure and explore hidden gems of Nepal. Till then, have a safe journey to Home!

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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 6144 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • September- December and March - May
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • 18 Days
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 1-18 Pax