Ghale Gaun 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     

15 day Trekking

Max. Altitude:

5410m./17853 ft.

Minimum Altitude:

850m./2805 ft.






Lodge/ Tented


Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee


Overland /Plane

Trek Departure:

Every day throughout the week

Group Size:

2 persons (minimum) to 15 persons (maximum)

Best season:

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

Available Time:

All months

Per day hiking:

5 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary 

Day 1: Kathamandu - Besishar - Karpur gaon drive . Trek to Ghale gaon(2016m./6652ft.) 3 hours walk. Overnight at homestay.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Ghlegaon- Rabrachu (3100m./10230ft.) 6 hours walkin. Overnight at tent.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Rabrachu - Thorju. (4300m./14190ft.) 6 hours walk. Overnight at tent.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore Dudha Pokhari (4500m./14850ft.). 5 hours walk. Overnight at same place.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Thorju- Namunla Pass (4850m./16005ft.)- Danfe Kharka (4000m./13200ft.) 6 hours walk. Overnight at tent.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Danfe Kharka - Danaque- Chame (2630m./8679ft) 4 hours walk. Overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Chame - Upper Pisang (3294m./10870ft.) 4 hours walk. Overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Upper Pisang - Manang (3351m./11058ft.) 6 hours walk. Overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Rest in Manang. Excursion to Manang Village.
Meals included  : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Manang - Yak khark(4050m./13365ft.).4 hours walking. Overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Yak Khark- Thorngpedi. (4407m./14543ft.). 4 hours walk. Overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Thorang pedi- Thorong La(5416m.) Muktinath (3805m./12556ft) 8 hours walk. Overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Muktinath- Kagabeni (2840m./9372ft.) 3 hours walk. Overnight at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Kagbeni- Jomsom ( 2710m./8943ft.) 4 hours walk. Day walk to Marpha. Overnight at lodge in Jomsom.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Jomsom-Pokhara. (Over flight ) 22 minutes .
Meals included : Breakfast

Trek ends


Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)
The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)  permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC Rs. 2260 ( Two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) per person to Mardi himal Trekking. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy, one passport size photograph and fee in Rs. 2260 ( two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period. We have included in our package.

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)
The main aim of TIMS has come into implementation from Jan.2008.  Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal tour tourism board (NTB) has jointly recording the trekker's detail and issuing TIMS for trekkers. It is inlcuded in price. 

TIMS can be applied through Government registered trekking agency as Nepal alternative treks. TIMS fees are NPR 2260 for individual trekkers and NPR 1000 for organized trekker. Individual TIMS has to be obtained at NTB in Kathmandu and Pokhara yourself . You are required passport copy, one passport size photograph and the amount NPR 2000 for individual TIMS. You have to applied by Trekking agency if you are joined trekking agency and the amount is NPR 1000 for company joined in cash.

Trekking Clothing equipment for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

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:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 
- Light weight pants, shorts
- At night -track top, pants 
-  T-shirts. 
- Long sleeve 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 
- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 
- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 
- A pair of gloves 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). The highest point is Thorong la pass which is elevated at 5410 meter, you have a chance of AMS. If you be precautious about high altitude and follow our guide then you can avoid it. 

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line


  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.


We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as there will be various choices. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trek. We will arrange shared washing room and toilet.


During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in lodges. Threre will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your choice from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Annapurna Base Camp alternative route is moderate level of trek,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 5410 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.

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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