Polar Trek

Annapurna 3 Pass Trek



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Duration25 days


Max Altitude5,416 m

Group Size1 +

Trip StartsPokhara / Kathmandu

Trip EndsPokhara / Kathmandu

Group StylePrivate


Best SeasonMar to /May Sept /Dec



  • High passes over 5000m like Larke Pass (5,160m), Kangla Pass (5,399m) and Thorongla Pass (5,416m)
  • Restricted area and untouched areas with Tibetan-influenced culture and monasteries.
  • Traditional lifestyle of remote villages like Jagat, Lo gaon, and Samagaon.
  • Ascend to the awe-inspiring Larke La Pass and relish stunning Himalayan vistas.
  • Witness the stunning Manaslu Peak (8,163 meters), world's 8th highest peak, and its neighboring mountains.
  • Uncovering the hidden Nar and Phu valleys.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Tibetan culture and witness untouched traditions and rituals.
  • Explore the isolated settlements of Nar and Phu, steeped in ancient Buddhist and BonPo traditions.
  • Traverse through lush river banks, suspension bridges, green pastures, and majestic boulder faces.
  • Conquer the Thorong La Pass, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple, a place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists, nestled amid the mountains.
  • Trek through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, flanked by Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks.

Overview about Annapurna 3 Pass Trek

To complete this extraordinary Annapurna pass takes 22 days. Beginning in the lively city of Kathmandu or Pokhara, this trek begins from entering Manaslu region and takes you on a picturesque drive to Machha Khola, the starting point of the trek. The trail weaves through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, showcasing the authentic rural life of Nepal. As you ascend, you’ll encounter the dramatic Budhi Gandaki river gorge, traverse suspension bridges, and relish the tranquility of the region. The ascent leads to the Larke La Pass at an exhilarating (5,160m) offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Descending, you’ll pass through the enchanting villages of Bhimthang, Tilje and to Dharapani and follow  the main route of Annapurna region for Nar Phu valley and Kangla pass (5,160m).

Embark on the Nar Phu Valley Trek, an exhilarating journey through the untouched beauty of the Northern Annapurna region. This trek unveils the hidden gems of the Himalayas, offering a unique blend of Tibetan culture, rugged landscapes, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. Notably, the trek includes segments of the renowned Annapurna Circuit, enhancing the adventure.
Crossing high Himalayan pass Kang La Pass (5,399m), offers an ultimate test of endurance and adventure. These passes provide unparalleled panoramas of the Annapurna range and a chance to observe the mountains extending into the Tibetan Plateau.
Ancient Monasteries and Temples: The Nar and Phu villages are home to unadulterated Buddhism and BonPo Religion. The Tashi Lhakhang Monastery stands as a timeless symbol of spirituality.
The blend of pristine landscapes, ancient cultures, and health benefits make it an enticing adventure for trekkers seeking a unique and rejuvenating experience. It is awesome to join the Annapurna trail again, spending the night in Nawal the next day heading towards Manang.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a mesmerizing odyssey that begins from Nawal village and winds through lush valleys, terraced fields, and quaint villages. Trek through to Manang, acclimatizing and embracing the lake at highest altitude and unique culture of the region. A detour leads you to the Gangapurna Lake, one of the beautiful lakes in the region surrounded by rugged mountains. Continue through the Thorong La Pass, an exhilarating feat at (5,416m), and descend to the sacred Muktinath Temple. Traverse through diverse landscapes, including the Kali Gandaki Gorge, before reaching Jomsom, where you conclude this unforgettable journey.



Day 0: Day 0) Airport picks up on arrival and transfers to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, short arrival info and trip plan.


Day 1: From Pokhara/Kathmandu to Machhaa khola village (930m) via Arughat.

After breakfast around 8 hour drive to the destination, including lunch break. The next day we trek along the riverbank of Budhi Gandaki.

Day 2: Machha khola village to Jagat village (1,410m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

We entered the Manasulu Restricted area. Our trek heads through the several Mane walls, indicating the Tibetan influence. We cross the Iron Bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river.

Day 3: Jagat to Dyang village (1,800m) via Philim village (1,590m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

After breakfast, the trail ascends towards the village and flat path along the valley with the great views of Baudha himal(6,672m) and beautiful villages.The trail then enters an amazing part of the uninhabited gorge, surrounded by wild orchids on top of it. Ascending steep to the west side of the valley will lead us through bamboo forest to Dyang.

Day 4: Dyang to Namrung village (2,660m) 6 hrs, including lunch break.

The trail leads us across Buddhist influenced regions, with minor ups and downs through well conserved paintings and an elegant mani-wall. And the valley starts off steeply as the trail ascends through bamboo and rhododendron forest until arriving at Namrung village, in the Nupri Region. Descendants of Tibetan Immigrants inhabited there.

Day 5: Namrung to Lho gaon (3,180m) via Li gaon (2,910m) 4 hrs, lunch camp.

The trail from Namrung to Lho is an easy route with the great view of Manaslu mountain and it greets us all the way. At Ligaon we can enjoy the beautiful views of Himal chuli peaks. A little ahead, Syogaon welcomes with incredible views of the Manaslu North face and Naike Peak. From Lhogaon we can catch the amazing view of Manaslu Massif. Rimung Gumba and the Mani walls are other attractions of Lho. Overnight at a local teahouse.

Day 6: Lho gaon to Samagaon (3,530m) via Syalagaon (3,520m) 4 and half hrs, lunch camp.

After breakfast, the day commences with gradual ascend via Lho gaon and Syalagaon. It is one of the great places to witness the majestic Manasulu(eight highest peaks in the world). After Syalagaon we head through meadows and pine forest to our destination Samagaon from where the view of Mt Manasulu is breathtaking.

Day 7: Rest day for acclimatization, 3 to 4 hrs hike.

To allow us to adjust to the high altitude. Explore the local area, observe the local culture, hike up to the Birendra Tal(lake) and visit Gumba or simply relax. Time is available, if you'd like to stretch your legs we can take a detour to visit the Punggen Gumba (4,742m) viewpoint.Which offers you amazing view of Manasulu, north, Himal chuli, Peak 29 and Naike peak etc.. then return to Lodge.

Day 8: Samagaon to Samdo village (3,690m) 3 and half hrs, lunch camp.

After the breakfast the trail takes us along the Budhi Gandaki river and as the valley widens we cross juniper and birch forest until reaching Kyonggma Kharka. The route descends through a wooden bridge, we then reach Samdo. It is the last settlement close to the Tibetan border.

Day 9: Samdo village to Dharamshala (4,470m) 3 and half hrs, lunch camp.

Today we have a short descent on a wide trail through a beautiful field to an old stone arch before we cross the river via a wooden bridge to Larke Bazaar. This place used to be a thriving market but nothing today remains. We have spectacular views of Larke peak, Samdo peak, and Manasulu Northwest. Keeps eyes open on blue sheep on the Himalayan slope. We stay at a big dormitory tent, a type of basic shelter. It has a very basic facility.

Day 10: Dharamshala to Bhimtang (3,720) via Larke la pass (5,106m) 8 hrs, including pack lunch break.

Today is the highlight of the trek, It is a long and challenging day but hugely rewarding. After breakfast: Early morning we begin in the dark, walking along the gradual trail, which offers great views  of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. Following along the glacier moraine we start a ascent to Larke La pass. The views are fantastic: Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. Later a steep and sometimes slippery descent to another grassy moraine down to a large meadow and stay the night at Bhimtang Situated in a huge valley surrounded by high peaks.

Day 11: Bhimtang to Tilche (2,300m) 6 hrs, including lunch break.

After the breakfast our trek commences through the meadows to the Dudh Khola(river) where we cross a wooden bridge. We descend further into rhododendron and pine forest. After climbing to a ridge, we have different faces of the Majestic mountain Manasulu. We stay at a local teahouse, they have hot shower facilities there but(depends on weather).

Day 12: Tilche to Koto (2,600m) 6 and half hrs, including lunch break.

After breakfast we will walk along the way to Dharapani (permit check post), Timang (2,270m) and Koto village through an easy trail. We'll enjoy the amazing view of Manasulu range and Lamjung Peak, the route is very gradual. You will reach to Koto by late afternoon. Overnight at the local teahouse.

Day 13: Koto to Meta (3,560m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

After breakfast we will start our trek. The route to Meta will take us through beautiful dense forests, past small cave shelters and resting places for pilgrims. We will also have the opportunity to see cascading waterfalls and amazing mountain vistas. We will stay the night at a local teahouse.

Day 14: Meta to Phu-Gaon (4,080m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

On this day, we will be exploring the local culture and traditions of the Tibetan-influenced village of Phu Gaon, which is located at an altitude of 4080 meters. After breakfast, we will embark on a gentle 7 hour hike to Phu Gaon. This trek will allow us to learn about the local community’s unique architecture, customs, and values. We will also visit the Nar Phedi monastery and Tashi Lhakhang Gompa, which are the day’s main attractions.

Day 15: Acclimatization day at Phu-Gaon.

Today is an exploration day, which means we will spend time in Phu Gaon to get used to the high altitude. We will take a short hike to the base camp of Himlung Himal (7,125m) that was recently opened for climbing. Along the way, we may see herds of blue sheep expertly navigating the steep cliffs. After our hike, we will stay the night at a local teahouse.

Day 16: Phu-Gaon to Nar Phedi (3,490m) 6 hrs, including lunch break.

Nar Phedi is our pre-planned destination for this day. After breakfast, we will set off to Nar Phedi from Phu Gaon. Explore the amazing vista, landscape, and Nar Phedi monastery. Stay overnight at the local Teahouse.

Day 17: Nar Phedi to Nar (4,110m) 3 hrs, including lunch break.

Trek to Nar from Nar Pedi, we will pass through a windy path. Explore the wonderful ancient village and their handmade product, Annapurna trails etc. we need to walk for about 3 hours to reach Nar Pedi.Stay overnight at local Teahouse.

Day 18: Nar to Ngawal village (3,675m) via Kang La Pass (5,399m) 8 hrs, Including pack lunch.

Today is our challenging day to Ngawal village via Kang La Pass  which leads back to the popular Annapurna Circuit region. It is not a difficult pass, but it can be a long day as the effects of altitude will be felt. You can explore the great views of snow-capped mountains  Annapurna II, III,IIII, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak etc. Stay overnight at a local Teahouse.

Day 19: Ngawal to Manang village (3,540m) 4 hrs, lunch camp.

After breakfast we will trek through pine trees and in between we can see  beautiful small ponds and beautiful views of Annapurna 3, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Tilicho Peak and Pisang Peak. After that we will hike in a zigzag trail  and continue on our trail to Manang. Our destination is a large Tibetan lifestyle village, with numerous stupas and monasteries, surrounded by mountains. Sunset and sunrise over these great peaks are truly amazing.Stay overnight at a local Teahouse.

Day 20: Rest and Acclimatization day at Manang.

As we have gained a lot of elevation, and our body needs to acclimatize, so we will stop at Manang for a day. We will use this day to explore Manang.  In the early morning, we hike up to Gangapurna Lake. During the day after lunch, we can also explore Manang village. Most trekkers visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraga village to learn about Acute Mountain Sickness, its symptoms, and ways to prevent it.

Day 21: Manang (3,540m) to Kak kharka (4,060m) 4 hours.

After breakfast we start our trek. The trail from Manang to Yak Kharka is mostly gradual uphill. Along the way, you will be passing various meadows where the Yak and horse grazes. A big stream having its source Chulu Peak is one of the attractions of the day. You will be reaching Yak Kharka late afternoon. In the free time, you can walk around, lunch at Camp.

Day 22: Yak Kharka (4,060m) to Thorong Phedi (4,525m) 4 hours.

After breakfast we will walk gradually uphill from Yak Kharka to reach Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is the last village that comes before the Thorong La Pass. While walking uphill, you will get to see mesmerizing views of several mountains - including Gudang, Syagang, Khatungkan, and Throrong Peak. Lunch at camp.

Day 23: Trek from Thorong Phedi (4,525m) to Muktinath Temple (3,760m) via Thorong La High Pass (5,416m) 9 hours

Today's trek will be the most challenging part of this trip, as we will be crossing Thorong La Pass - one of the highest passes in the world. It is also the highest point of the trek. To avoid the afternoon wind, we wake up at Thorong Phedi at 3 am and push ourselves against high altitude and icy air. When you reach the Thorong La Pass, just by seeing the incredible scenery, you will feel that nature has paid back your efforts handsomely. From here, you can see the Himalayan peaks extending to Tibet in the north, and if you look back, you will see Annapurna standing proud and tall. We descend from Thorong La Pass to reach Muktinath - a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists. Lunch at camp.

Day 24: ) Muktinath (3,760m) via Jomsom to Marfa (2,670m) 3-4 hours.

After a holy visit to Muktinath Temple, come back to the lodge. We take a local bus that takes us to Jomsom. And then walk toward Marfa village. Explore and enjoy the village

Day 25: Marfa to Pokhara (860m) 8 hours Drive.

Today is our last day of the trek, after breakfast we catch the Bus and drive towards Pokhara, which is pretty rough, full of twists and turns. We can see the world's deepest gorges and the falls called Rupse Chahara(waterfall), in Nepali. Our path will take us through the bustling Beni Bazaar and finally to Pokhara. Lunch will be taken on the way. Our guide will transfer you to the hotel and say goodbye until next time.

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What‘s included

    MCAP, ACAP, Restricted area entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
    A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide.
    02 guest to 01 porter (Max weight limit for a porter- 20 kg (10 kg per trekker, weight limit).) with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
    We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
    Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    Pokhara to Trek Start Point and from Trek Ending Point to Pokhara by Bus/Jeep.
    Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day.
    First aid kit box.

What‘s excluded

    Your Nepal Visa fees.
    All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.
    All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
    Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu/Chitwan transportation (if you want we can organize for you with additional cost).
    Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
    Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
    Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).

Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

Duffel/Rucksack bag

Walking Pole

Day pack.

Trekking shoes.

Sports shoes or sandals.

Sun Hat/cap

Warm woolen cap.

Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket

Waterproof Gore-Tex layer

Pullover or warm sweeter


4/5 pairs of good quality socks

Hand gloves.

2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.

3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred).

Sun glasses

Water bottle

4 season sleeping bag

Flash or Torch light

Camera and batteries

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