Namun La Pass Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 14 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionDudh Pokhari(5300m), Namun La Pass (5560m)
  • Maximum Altitude5560m
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

  • The unique off-the-beaten trekking trail
  • Savor the beauty of the holy lake of Dudh Pokhari
  • Enjoy the fascinating views of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Fishtail, and Manaslu
  • Experience the pristine culture and lifestyle of the Gurung people
  • Explore the remnants of the King’s palace

Namun La Pass Trek is one of the isolated and less crowded trekking trails in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Far from the hustle and bustle, this trek offers trekkers the wilderness experience of trekking. You can enjoy the incredible views of the Annapurna, Manaslu, and Lamjung ranges while trekking. The trail of this Namun La Pass used to be an old trade route between Pokhara and Manang. Also, the track is near the famous Annapurna Circuit Trail. 

This recently introduced Namun la Pass Trek, the trail heading to the Dudh Pokhari(5300m) and Namun La Pass (5560m), is located in Lamjung, Manang Kaski districts of Nepal. Legends describe that some three thousand years ago, the Tamu community of Nepal entered this area from Tibet crossing the Namun La Pass. After that, they made their settlement here.  Hence this place is also known as Tamuwan. The Tamu community, who are now well known as the Gurung community, had their own King and Palace in those days. You can still observe the remnants of the Palace.

The Namun La Pass Trekking trails are full of thousands of pilgrims heading towards the holy lake of  Dudh Pokhari during the Janai Purnima festival. This festival falls in August. According to Hindu Religion, taking the sacred bath in the water of Dudh Pokhari washes away all your sins committed in this lifetime and purifies your body and soul. Therefore, by joining this adventurous trek, you can immerse yourself in the new culture and serene nature of this Himalayan country, Nepal. 

Moreover, the fascinating places, joyful people, charming villages, and the serene forest of Oak, Pine, and Rhododendron add more excitement and adventure to your journey. As the region is home to various flora and fauna, you can have insight into some of them while trekking. 

 

 

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan airport, our team member will transfer you to the hotel. You will stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Around 7 hours of drive from Kathmandu, we will reach Khudi. At Khudi, we will explore the monasteries, Khudi river, and Khudi Bazar. Then, we will stay overnight at the lodge in Khudi.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On this day, we will commence our trek journey from Khudi to Ghalegaun. Ghalegaun is a charming Gurung village. Enjoying the captivating mountain scenery and the great hospitality of the locals, we will stay overnight at the homestay in Ghalegaun. In the evening, we will see different forms of cultural dance performed by the locals.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After taking the early breakfast, we will head towards Maidu. Invigorating walk along the trail, we will be astonished by the beauty of nature. We will spend overnight in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we will head towards Kyubara, which lies at an attractive location. We will stay overnight in a tented camp here.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Spending the great night at Kyubara, today we will wake up early morning to reach Thorju. Overnight stay at tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After enjoying the early breakfast, we will hike up to Dudh Pokhari. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach there. Dudh Pokhari is the holy lake located at an elevation of 5300m. Every year during Janai Purnima, thousands of devotees visit this destination. People believe that taking a bath in the holy lake of Dudh Pokhari cleans all the sins committed in their lifetime. After strolling around the white milk pond for some time, we will return to Thorju and stay overnight in a tented camp.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5300m

After the morning breakfast, we will proceed with our journey towards Danfe Kharka, situated at an elevation of 4000m from sea level. First, we must cross the Namun La Pass to reach Danfe Kharka from Thorju. It will be pretty challenging to cross the pass; however, the rewarding views of mountains make the trek worth it. We will spend the night at a tented camp in Danfe Kharka.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5560m

Today we will leave for Timang. It is where we will connect with the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can enjoy the captivating views of Manaslu and Hiunchuli while trekking. After spending several fights at tented camps at Timang, you will stay overnight at the teahouse.

  • Lodge/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Descending from Dharapani today, we will trek to reach Dharapani. First, we will pass the elevated pasture land through the Burdin Khola. Then, further descending downward into the Rhododendron forest, we will reach Tilije. Finally, around 45 minutes of the trek from Tilije, we will reach Dharapani, staying overnight at the lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After taking the morning breakfast, we will trek to Chamje. Passing the beautiful Pine forest and wonderful waterfall village of Tal, we will finally reach Chamje. We will spend the whole night at the teahouse or lodge here.

  • Lodge/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we will head towards Besisahar. Reminiscing the rejuvenating Namun La Pass trek journey, we will stay overnight at a local teahouse or lodges at Besisahar.

  • Lodge/Teahouse
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our representative will depart for the airport

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Hotel-Airport picks up and drops by car/van depending on group size.
  • 2 Nights twin deluxe bedroom in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Government registered, well experienced, and friendly, helpful guide.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies, and fresh fruits are served during the trek.
  • All necessary camping equipment.
  • Accommodation, food, salary, equipment for your guide and porter.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara by A/C tourist coach.
  • Pokhara – Sikles by local jeep transport.
  • Necessary insurance for your guide and porters.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS Cards.
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag.
  • All transportation, tourist service charges, vat, tax, and Office Service charge

Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, Fanta, sprite, and mineral water.
  • Travel insurance, Nepal Tourist Visa fees, Items, and expenses of personal nature.
  • Sightseeing tour, lunch, and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment and rescue operation in case of emergency.
  • Any costs arising due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, political trouble, strikes, etc.
  • Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater charge, and wifi services.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver.

Essential Info

What are the attractions of the Namun la pass trek? 

According to legend, around three thousand years ago, the Tamu clan, which is now Nepal's  Gurung community, crossed the Namun Bhanjang Pass from Tibet and settled here. As a result,  Tamuwan is another name for this location. In the past, the Tamu people had a King, and you can still see remnants of their palace today. The holy lake is significant from a religious, tourism, and environmental perspective. The region is home to various plant and animal species, making it rich in biodiversity. Thorju, the base camp of Dudhpokhari and Namun La Pass (5560 meters), is said to be 4,500 meters above sea level and serves as the geographic center of the Lamjung,  Manang, and Kaski Districts. Due to its height, the Namun La Pass, also known as Namun  Bhanjyang or Namun La Bhanjyang, has become a popular tourist destination. 

What to expect in Namun la pass trek? 

Namun la Pass is one of the most remote and unexplored trekking routes in Nepal's Annapurna area. A significant commercial route once connected Mangang with Pokhara via the Nampula  Pass track. The Annapurna Circuit Trail connects with the Namunla Pass trekking route, allowing you to follow the less-traveled path and take in the iconic peaks of the Annapurna region. Namun La is an undiscovered paradise. One of the fascinating trails in Nepal's high  Himalayas is seldom ever traveled by outsiders. The fantastic and off-the-beaten-path walk makes it possible to discover charming locations, people, villages, valleys, and peaceful pine,  oak, and rhododendron forests. The walk also offers breathtaking views of the Manaslu, Lamjung, and other well-known Himalayan mountains. 

How challenging is Namun la pass trek? 

The Annapurna Region of Nepal Himalayas recently opened this brand-new high pass and arduous camping trek. One challenging high crossing makes it an adventure hike in the Annapurna region. But trekking is a highly thrilling and challenging activity. It would be best if you traversed the Namun La Banjyang with lots of joy and thrill. In this region, you may enjoy the lovely landscape of the Annapurna,  Manaslu, and Lamjung ranges and other well-known mountain scenery. This little-known jewel in the heart of the Annapurnas is ideal for anyone looking for a reasonably short but challenging Himalayan trip amid untamed alpine landscapes. 

What should you pack for Namun la pass trek? 

In addition to keeping you warm, dry, and sun-protected during the evenings and at night, the equipment's primary goal is to keep you comfortable. Generally speaking, you should bring a good pair of trekking boots, thermal clothing, a fleece or down jacket, a light wind cheater, trekking shorts and pants, long and short-sleeved T-shirts, a duffel bag, a day pack, gloves, enough pairs of socks, sunglasses, a headlamp, woolen beanie hats, water bottles, personal toiletries, technology,  and books. In our blog, we have the trek's packing list.

 

FAQs

  • Q1. What type of meal is provided in Namun la pass trek? 

    When we go on camping treks, a skilled cook joins us and prepares the best regional cuisine for us to eat. Our duties during camping expeditions include providing food and lodging. On camping expeditions, three meals are provided. 

  • It can be described as an adventurous journey in the Annapurna region with one particularly challenging pass. However, trekking is a really thrilling and difficult activity. You must proceed through Namun La Banjyang with great thrill and enjoyment. In this region, one may witness the beautiful beauty of the Manaslu, Lamjung, and Annapurna ranges. 

  • The route to Dudh Pokhari (Milk Lake) and the Namun La Pass is situated on the outskirts of the  Lamjung, Manang, and Kaski districts of Nepal and provides a typically undiscovered and little-traveled access to the unparalleled Annapurna Circuit. 

  • There is a strong belief that bathing in the Dudh Pokhari can wash away sins committed over a  lifetime. To attend this exquisite location during the Janai Purnima, pioneers travel from all over  Nepal. Many enthusiasts believe that this location is a gateway to paradise.  

  • If you follow a few easy guidelines, you can almost completely avoid getting altitude sickness:  trek high and sleep low, drink at least 2 liters of water each day (avoid beer and other alcoholic beverages), and be sensible. Inform your porter or guide and take a quick break if you experience shortness of breath, a light headache, or vertigo. Lie down and hydrate. Consider dropping down a few hundred meters if you're still feeling bad. Do not pretend to be fine and do not descend by yourself. You might be totally capable of starting your trek again tomorrow with just a few hundred meters of drop during the course of the night. 

  • We want you to be aware that while we make every effort to stick to the schedule provided,  occasionally local trials or weather circumstances may force us to make small alterations. The itinerary may potentially change a little depending on how quickly our trekkers acclimate. Our goal is to request as much flexibility as possible if and when it is necessary for the safety of your trip and your life because this odyssey travels through uncharted areas above the timberline. Your life is precious to us. 

     

  • Please do not be afraid to query your guide. All of the tour guides are knowledgeable and willing to explain any topic you may be interested in. They have received instruction on how to impart knowledge while trekking. 

  • A team of guides, cooks, sherpas, and porters will join you on a camping trek, which is completely planned and supported. Our porter's transport all of the trekking supplies, as well as food, gasoline,  and personal items. Our chefs produce hot, delectable dishes. Trekkers simply need to bring a  modest bag that will fit their needs for the day. At night, mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags,  as well as tables and seating, are provided and set up in tents for dining, sleeping, and bathroom use.

  • Spring(April-May) and Autumn(Sep-Nov) are the best seasons for Namun La Pass Trekking. The moderate temperature and the stable weather allow you to enjoy the stunning views of mountains and the surrounding environment. Further, there is little chance of rainfall during these months. Hence, you are more likely to be safe from natural disasters.

  • Namun La Pass is one of the adventurous and challenging high passes to cross. To successfully complete this trek the trekkers need to be physically fit and psychologically prepared. However, previous trekking experience is not compulsory for this trek. A person with a good fitness level can complete this trek easily.

Client Reviews

  • Incredible trek

    It's incredible how a walk so close to the Annapurna Circuit feels so far away. After leaving the settlement of Siklis on the first day of the walk, you are truly in wilderness territory, where you are unlikely to encounter another soul until you reach Timang at the conclusion. This old commerce route features spectacular scenery throughout, including many snow-capped Himalayan peaks, a dramatic high pass about 5,000 meters high, a holy lake visited by pilgrims in the summer, and beautiful rhododendron forests.

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    Amora RobertsUnited StatesMay 29, 2022
  • Great experience

    Mountain Rock Treks is the finest option for anyone looking for excitement and a true Nepal trekking experience. We joined them on their camping hike to Namun La Pass, which led to the Manaslu circle. Until we join the hike with Manaslu circuit part one, it is completely remote and wilderness experience without the throngs of visitors on that trail.

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    Theo RobinsonUnited StatesApril 05, 2022
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