Namun La Pass Trek

This less touristic, wild and challenging trek offers the divers nature, different types of vegetation including immense rhododendron and many kinds of wild animals in Annapurna region. Initially, we can discover the groups like Bahun, Chhetri, Dalit etc. though majority of ethnic Gurung who are historically very famous as brave Gurkhas in 1st world war and 2nd world war. We can find the influences of Buddhism and Shamanism in Gurung societies. We can observe the villages with stoned roof typical Gurung houses, their local agriculture in terrain hilly farm lands etc.

This region is also very popular for traditional wild honey hunting in steep bee hives with hanging in rope and bamboo ladder. We can enjoy with walking in humid off the beaten trails of Lamjung Balcony, Dudhpokhari (Milky Lake 5300m)  a  Hindu religious Lake where Hindu pilgrims go for sacred bath once in year, massive and very slippery  Namun La Pass (5560m) with ice and snow etc. During this trek, we can see the spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Manaslu range, Ngadi Chuli, Himlung Himal, Kangaroo Himal etc.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Namun La Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5560m. 
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 17 day or 14  days according to your selection in itinerary version 01 or 02.
Mode of Operation:  Camping Trek
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate and strenuous.
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Namun La Pass Trek (Version 1)
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel comfort  bed and breakfast.
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola by bus and trek to Kalikasthan. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 04: Trek from Kalikasthan to Lamachaur. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Trek from Lamachaur to Siklish. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06: Trek from Siklish to Tasa. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Trek from Tasa to Dharmashala. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Rest day explore around Dharmashala 5300m. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09: Trek from Dharmashala to Boksi Tal. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek from Boksi Tal to Namun La Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trek from Namun La Base Camp - Namun La Pass 5560m - Phedi. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Trek from Phedi to Bagarchhap. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Bagarchhap to Syange. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Syange to Bhulbule. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu with tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included.
Day 16: Kathmandu free day shopping or visit around optional. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 17: International departure.

Outline Itinerary: Namun La Pass Trek (Version 2)
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi by tourist bus 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 03: Trek from Khudi to Ghalegaon 2016m. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 04: Exploring the Ghalegaon and Ghanpokhara Village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 05: Trek from Ghalegaon to Rabrachu 3100m (6 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 06: Trek from Rabrachu to Thorju 4500m (7 hours). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 07: Excursion to Dudh Pokhari 5300m (4 hours) and back to Thorju. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 08: Trek from Thorju - Namun La Pass 5560m - Danfe Kharka 4000m 7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 09: Trek from Danfe Kharka to Dharapani. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek from Dharapani to Syange. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trek from Jagat to Bulbule. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Drive from Bulbule to Kathmandu 6 hours by tourist  bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 13: Free day shopping or visit optional around Kathmandu bed and breakfast included.
Day 14: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu  bed and  breakfast .
-1 night hotel comfort in Pokhara bed and breakfast included.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project & TIMS cards.
-Accommodation in tented camping with foam mattress.
-Camping equipment: sleeping tents with foam mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, utensils, etc.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook  and porters.
-Kathmandu - Pokhara  and  Bulbule - Kathmandu by tourist bus.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook  & porters.
-13 % compulsory government and local taxes.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook  and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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