Trip Overview

Annapurna Three Passes Trek is a challenging alternative to the usual Annapurna Circuit and is a recently developed route eliminating much to the road element sections of the circuit. This trail includes visiting some ancient settlements and unique terrain that is found in the Annapurna region and ultimately crossing three major high passes, Namun Bhanjyang 5560m, Kang La 5306m, Eastern Pass 5340m and Mesokanto La at 5330m.

The trek starts from Sikles village then follows the old trade route that links Pokhara to the communities in the Marsyangdi valley. Continuing north up the hidden valley to Phu before returning to cross the Kang La and into Manang on the Annapurna Circuit. Leaving the best and hardest to last the trail goes to Tilicho Lake before crossing the Eastern Pass 5340m and Mesokanto La 5330m and then dropping down into Mustang. This trek passes through the very heart of the Annapurna Himal and the ethnic communities (Gurung, Magar, Tibetan Buddhist and Thakali).

This challenging 24 day long trek suitable for individuals who have prior trekking experience at altitude and are physically fit. Although this trek can be done in lodge accommodation camping will allow the freedom to select the more remote overnight stops.

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu via Pokhara to Sikles village 1980m
Day 3 Trek from Sikles to Forest Camp 2200m
Day 4 Trek from Forest Camp to Dharmasala 3540m
Day 5 Explore and Acclimatization at Dharmasala
Day 6 Trek from Dharmasala to Boksi Taal 3960m
Day 7 Trek from Boksi Taal to Namun Bhanjyang Base Camp 4800m
Day 8 Trek from Namun Base Camp to Namun Bhanjyang 5560m Namun Phedi
Day 9 Trek from Namun Phedi to Koto 2600m
Day 10 Rest day at Koto
Day 11 Trek from Koto to Meta 3560m
Day 12 Trek from Meta to Kyang 3820m
Day 13 Trek from Kyang to Phu Village 4080m
Day 14 Trek from Phu to Kyang 3820m
Day 15 Trek from Kyang village to Nar 3490m
Day 16 Trek to Kang La 5306m then to Ngawal Camp 3660m
Day 17 Trek from Ngawal to Manang village 3540m
Day 18 Rest day Manang short trek to Tare Gompa 3870m
Day 19 Trek from Tare Gompa to Tilicho Base Camp 4155m
Day 20 Trek from Base Camp to Tilicho Lake then High Camp 5020m
Day 21 Trek from High Camp to Eastern Pass 5340m and Mesokanto La 5330m to Chauri Kharka
Day 22 Trek from Chauri Kharka to Jomsom 2720m
Day 23 Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 800m and onward to Kathmandu

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