Annapurna two high passes trek with Yartung festival

Annapurna two high passes trek in the off the beaten path under the rain shadow in Nepal. It is for those hikers who are coming in monsoon (July/August) in Nepal and looking for a long trip in the Himalaya.

Mt. Kangaru Himal

Mt. Kangaru Himal view from Nar

The journey begins with traveling from Kathmandu to Besishar by Micro bus and also Jagat by jeep in a day. One walks through beautiful countryside along Marsyangdhi valley following Annapurna Circuit trail to reach out at Koto. We leave the busy trail at Koto and heading to North for Nar Phu valley trek in the off the beaten path. Nar Phu valley has unique culture, Tashi Lakhang monastery, remote villages, narrow canyons, lovely forest of Rhododendron, oaks, pine and juniper, Yaks and amazing views of Annapurans. It was visited on first by Timan in the 1950s. Then, it was closed for foreigners until 2002. This hiking destination is still new for foreigners even though it is a week trek from out of main trail of Annapurna Circuit.

After visited Phu and Nar distance villages beyond the Himalaya, we go for first adventurous Kang La 5306m high pass that connects Nar Phu to Manang valley at Annapurna Circuit again.

The grand Yartung festival held in Manang around middle of July each year. The horse racing festival Yartung is celebrated in Manang village for centuries. The custom of Tibetan origin is the exciting exhibition of the horses strength and riders abilities and also authentic expression of the ancient culture of High Himalayas.

July/August is very good time to visit Manang. The landscape is lush green and flowers are in blossom. The valley is in the rain shadow of Annapurna. So, the raining is quite rare and when it happen, it’s quite mild and short. While the views of the mountains are not as clear as in autumn, there is good chance to see majestic peaks of Annapurna massif at the morning and during the clear days. The temperatures in Manang are quite comfortable even in the night time.

We make a day hiking to Ice Lakes with wonderful views of Manang village and Annapurna massif reaching the beautiful mountain Lakes in the elevation at 4600 meters.

We go to Tilicho Lake after Manang vicinity round covering Braga gomba, Karki gomba, Pocho gomba, Milarepa cave and Gangapurna Lake. For Tilicho Lake, July/August is actually considered as the best time.

We are heading for second adventurous Mestokanto La 5121m pass after explore the world’s highest; Tilicho Lake. This high pass connects Manang and Jomsom at Mustang district. It requires two nights of camping in the wilderness of Annapurna region.

Then, all this fun ends with catching fly or drive out to Pokhara from Jomsom. Relax in Pokhara couple of days after adventurous two high passes trek in Annapurna region. Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight.

  • Trekking Facts
  • Itinerary
  • Cost
  • Enquiry
  • Trekking gears
  • Trek Departure

Annapurna Two High Camp Passes Trek:
Duration : 22 nights/ 23 days.
Clients numbers : Minimum two and maximum 10.
Trek start/end : Jagat/Jomsom.
Grade : Difficulty because of high altitude.
Trek style : Teahouse + Camping.
Trek season : May to middle of November.
Activities: Walking/Trekking.
Highest elevation : Kang La 5306m pass.
Ethnic group : Majority of Gurung and Thakali communities.
Culture : Buddhist.
Himalayan Scenery : Mt. Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV(7525mm), Ganggpurna (7555m), Kangaru Himal (6981m), Himlung (7126m), Pisang Peak (6091m). Chulu East, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Nilgiri North (7061m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) etc.

Itinerary of Annapurna Two High Passes Trek:
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Trek briefing, preparation and visit Budhanath Stupa in the afternoon.
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Besishar by public bus and to Jagat by jeep.
Day 4 : Trek to Dharapani 1900m/6hrs.
Day 5 : To Koto 2600m/6hrs.
Day 6 : To Dharmasala 3230m/7hrs.
Day 7 : To Kyang 3820m/6hrs.
Day 8 : To Phu Gaon 4080m/4hrs and retrun to Kyang 3hrs.
Day 9 : To Nar Phedi (monastry campsite) 3300m/6hrs.
Day 10 : To Nar Gaon 4110m/3hrs.
Day 11 : Rest day.
Day 12 : To Kang La Phedi 4600m/3hrs.
Day 13 : To Nawal 3660m/7-8hrs via Kang La 5306m pass.
Day 14 : To Manang 3540m/4hrs (Visit Braga monastery on the way).
Day 15 : To Visit Ice Lake and Manang village.
Day 16 : A day hiking to Ice Lake 4600m.
Day 17 : Visit Melarepa Cave and Monasteries.
Day 18 : To Khangsar 3734m/3-4hrs.
Day 19 : To Tilicho Base Camp 4150m/4-5hrs.
Day 20 : To Tilicho Lakeside 4919m/4hrs.
Day 21 : To Dharmasala 4320m/7-8hrs via Mesokanto La 5121m high pass.
Day 22 : To Jomsom 2740m/7-8hrs.
Day 23 : To Pokhara by flight or drive.
Day 24 : A day relaxing in Pokhara.
Day 25 : To Kathmandu by tourist bus 6hrs.
Note : Trek itinerary can be changed for interested side trip, an extra day for acclimatization if needed while on trek. Please inquiry for Yartung Festival date.

We offer Teahouse package + camping service organize for Annapurna Two High Passes Trek. Please inquiry for cost.
Cost includes :
1) Airport pick up and departure.
2) Two nights accommodation (Standard double or twin bed room with breakfast) at 2* Hotel at Thamel (Tourist center)/Kathmandu. Note:- The accommodation in Kathmandu can arrange/book according to client choice Hotel type. The clients have to pay differences if needed.
3) Annapurna Conservation trekking entry fees.
4) Nar Phu special trekking permit fees.
5) Kathmandu to Besishar by public bus to Jagat by jeep for clients, guide and porters.
6) Teahouse meals for client: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with tea or coffee during the trekking days. Meals can be selected from Menu and will have enough while on trekking.
7) Room at Teahouse during the trekking days.
8) Food, fuel, kitchen equipment and tents for camping period.
9) Nepali staffs: An experience trek guide, cook and necessary porters.
10) Three times meals and daily salary for guide, cook and porters.
11) Insurance of guide, cook and porter.
12) Jomsom to Pokhara by flight or drive.
13) One night accommodation in Pokhara.
14) Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Cost does not include :
1) Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
2) Personal trekking and equipment of clients.
3) Snack, Juice, Coca, Fanta, Sprite, Beer, Whisky, Boil and Mineral water during the trekking days.
4) Personal Insurance of clients such as medical, emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue USD10000-12000), flight and trek cancellation etc.
5) Expenses for personal nature: Hot showers, laundry, donations, museum entry fee, movie/film watching, postage, telephone calls and email/Internet etc.
6) Attach bath room during the trekking days. If the clients want attach bathroom where is possible, there have to pay differences between common and attach bathroom.
7) Tips for guide, cook and porters.
8) Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan etc. (City tour guide and transportation can arrange on request of clients).

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Trekking gears for Annapurna Two High Passes Trek:
Camping: we supply Northface Tent with sleeping pad, kitchen equipment, food and fuel from Kathmandu.
Hiking boot, sleeping bag and some other good trekking stuffs require for Two high passes trek. We will be sent a detailed equipment list upon trip booking.
Note: We have down jacket and sleeping bag renting felicities for our clients. It is cost USD1 per sleeping bag and down jacket per day.

Upcoming Trip Departure for Annapurna two high passes trek:
Trip Departure Date: Trip departure on client's requested date.
Trip Booking Available: Book this trip now as spaces are available.