Namunla pass and Annapurna Circuit alternative trekking route

Nepal alternative treks and expeditions designs the optional route via Namun La pass to Annapurna circuit  as  recently the classical route is degrading environment due to road construction.We have planned to take you through alternative route to avoide the dusty and muddy road.  Here is briefed about alternative route in short.

Dudhpokhari ( Milky Lake) situated on the border of Lamjung, Manang and Kaski districts of Nepal is at an altitude of around ( 5300m) above the sea level. Legend has it that three thousand year ago the Gurung (Tamu) community of Nepal entered this area from Tibet via Namun Bhanjyang pass and made their settlement here. There this place is also known as Tamuwan. The Tamu community had their own kind in the ancient period, you can see remains of their palace till now.

During the Janai Purnima ( Sacred thread ceremony) thousand of pilgrimage and visitors visit this place for holy worship. A lot of devotees take this place as the gateway to heaven. Zthere is a strong belief that if you take a bath in this Dudhpokhari ( Milky lake) three times then all you sins committed in this lifetime get purified. Therefore this place is rich in culture.

The Namun La Pass Trekking is an interesting to walk into the Annapurna region following the village of Kalikasthan in Pokhara. You will pass the Namun La Banjyang with full of excitement and lots of fun. It can be defined as adventure trek of Annapurna region and one high difficult pass. But it is very exciting and the challenging Trekking. You can see the nice scenery of Annapurna, Manaslu and Lamjung ranges and other popular mountain scenery in this area.


Trip Duration     

18 day Trekking

Max. Altitude:

5410m./17853 ft.

Minimum Altitude:

850m./2805 ft.






Tented Camping


Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee


Overland /Plane

Trek Departure:

Every day throughout the week

Group Size:

1 person (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)

Best season:

Feb, March, April, Sep,Oct & Nov.

Available Time:

All months

Per day hiking:

5 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Upon arrival in Kathmandu international airport, transfer to the hotel (Kathmandu garden home) on b/b basis. Orientation of the trip. 

Day 2: Drive Kathamandu/ Besishar / Karpur gaon . Trek to Ghale gaon(2016m.). Stay at tented camp.

Day 3: Ghlegaon to Rabrachu(3100m.) 6 hrs. Hard walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 4: Rabrachu to Thorju. (4300m.) 6 to 7hrs. Hard walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 5: Early in the morning trek to Dudha Pokhari (4500m.) back to Thorju. 5 hrs walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 6: Thorju/ Namunla Pass (4850m)/ Dafe Kharka. 5 & 1/2 hrs walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 7: Thorju/ Namunla Pass (5560m)/ Dafe Kharka. 5 & 1/2 hrs walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 8: Danaque/ Chame.4h walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 9: Chame/ Pisang (3294m). 4h walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 10: Pisang/ Manang (3351). 5 & 1/2h walk. O/n at tented Camp.

Day 11: Rest in Manang. Excursion to Manang Village. O/n at tented camp.

Day 12: Manang / Yak khark(4050m).4h walking. O/n at tented camp.

Day 13: Yak Khark- Thorngpedi. (4407m). 3h & 1/2h walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 14: Thorang pedi- Thorong La(5416m.) Muktinath (3805m). 8h walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 15: Muktinath- Jomsom(2710m) / Via Kagabeni(2840m). 5h walk. O/n at tented camp.

Day 16: Jomsom-Pokhara. (Over flight ) 22 minutes . Stay at hotel (Hotel Panorama)  on b/b basis.

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu. Afternoon free time. Stay at hotel ( Kathmandu garden home)  on b/b basis.

Day 18: Transfer to  international airport for final departure.


For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a special permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Information management system( TIMS) However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1.       Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

2.       Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3.       Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.

4.       Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal alternative Trekking Company -Registered no. 303047487).

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

                       Trekking season in Nepal 
Trekking area name Grade Good season No. of days Type of trekking 
Annapurna Area trek 1 to 3 Autumn and Spring 5 -27 days Tea house/Lodge
Arun Valley & Makalu  3 Autumn and Spring 15-20 days Tea house/Camping
Nepal tour 1 All seasons 4-10 days Hotel/Resort/home stay
Dhaulaghiri Area Trekking 4 April-May, Sept-Nov. 21-28 days Camping/organised only
Dolpo Area Trekking 2-4 April-July, Sept.-Nov. 16-27 days Lodge/Organized 
Everest Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-28 days Lodge /Tea house
Ganesh Himal Area Trekking ( ruby valley trek) 1-2  Autumn and Spring 5-18 days Home stay/Camping
Manaslu Area Trekking 2-3  Autumn and Spring 13 -18 days Lodge/Camping trek
Langtang Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-15 days Lodge/Camping
Tsum valley trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay/Lodge/Camping
Kanchanjunga 3 Autumn and Spring 16-23 days Lodge/Camping
Mustang Trekking 2-3 March-Nov. 10 -18 days Lodge/Camping
Panchase Trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 4-6days Camping/Organized only
Panchpokhari trek 3 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Campingm/organized only
Rara and Jumla trek 2 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Camping/Organized only
Royal trek 1 Autumn and Spring 4-5 days Camping only
Siklish Trek 1 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay
Tamang heritage trail  2 Autumn and Spring 6-8 days Community lodge/home stay 

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:TREKKING EQUIPMENTS/ CHECK LISTS


- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.

- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.

- At night -track top, pants

- Cotton T-shirts.

- Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion.

- Small daypack - 25 liters.

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack.

- Small towels

During winter Ads:

- Warm down fiber filled jacket.

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.

- Flannel shirt

- Beanie with ear flaps

- A pair of gloves

- Snow glasses and strap

- Snow gaiters.

Additional suggestion:

- Sandals or slip on shoes

- Camera and film.

- Spare boot laces.


It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below:


Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2800m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.


this involves longer treks (eight to fifteen days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 1100 m to 3200 m.


these treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3200 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Very strenuous

this trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

Thomas Fisher Sedona Arizona

As an American who has trekked and climbed often in the Himalayas nothing has compared to the service, kindness, professionalism and caring that I have always received from Tej and his company on many of my trips to Nepal.

You will find many companies offerring a similar package---- but the quality of what Tej offers has always made me return each time to use his services. Over the years, I have referred many of my friends to connect with Tej and they have always called me afterwards expressing their thanks and gratitude.

I wish all of those of you who choose to connect with Tej and his company to have the trip of a lifetime. I can say---- YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT.

Rita Beger

Really good trek with Dhan and Dal ; We met a lots of people from all over the world. We saw the life in mountains and it was amazing. I enjoyed the thorong la pass and Namun la pass. It was really nice and helpful. I will do the trek again to go over the pass.  The services we got from this company is appreciated. We never forget !

George Henry Beger

I was glad about to show my children the Annapurna circuit and Namun la pass. It was amazing to go with them and show there the rhododendron forests and feel the mountains again. I liked to see Dhan again. He is a wonderful guide and he has a nice family. The lunch at his home was really good. All this make to happen by Nepal alternative treks so I want to use this office again for next time.

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