Kangla Pass Trek

This challenging trek offers the less touristic and less crowded trekking route in Annapurna region. At the beginning from Besisahar, trek follows the classic route of Annapurna round till Koto Manang and trek goes ahead to explore the hidden Nar Phu Valley, it's pristine Tibetan culture, typical villages with stoned roof local houses, ancient Buddhist monuments like chhortens, stupas, magnificent landscapes, Himalayan wild rivers, caves, waterfalls etc. After this valley, we arrive at Ngawal crossing massive Kangla Pass 5350m. Then, we continue to Tilicho Base Camp 4150m through Manang to discover the Tilicho Lake 4900m situated in the highest altitude in the world, vertical up Eastern La pass 5200m and challenging Mesokanto Pass 5300m.

During this trek, we can enjoy with the natural diversities, different kinds of vegetation, flora, fauna,  multi ethnic culture, wild rivers, glacial lakes, rocky mountain foot hills, the splendid views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna Peak, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Himlung Himal, Kangaroo Himal, Chulu Far East, Chulu East, Chulu Centre, Chulu West , Dhampus (Thapa peak), Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri I etc.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Kangla Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: 5350m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 22 days
Mode of Operation: tea house lodge + 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: Kangla  Pass Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Formality of Nar Phu Valley special permits & ACAP permits hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 03: Kathmandu– Khudi – Bhulbhule (800m) 6 hours by bus. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 04: Bhulbhule- Jagat (1300m) 7 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 05: Jagat – Dharapani (1900m) 6 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 06: Dharapani – Koto Manang (2600m) 6 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 07: Koto- Dharamsala (3210m) 6 hours walking. Overnight Camping.
Day 08: Dharamsala- Kyang (3840m) 5  hours walking. Overnight Camping.
Day 09: Kyang- Phu Gaon (4078m) 4 hours walking. Overnight Camping.
Day 10: Phu Gaon - Nargaon (4160m) 6 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 11: Naar Gaon - Kangla Phedi (4546m) 4 hours walking. Overnight Camping.
Day 12: Kang La Phedi – Kangla pass (5350m)- Ngawal (3650m) 7 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Ngawa l- Manang (3540m) 3 hours walking, visit Gangapurna Lake & Deurali view point. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Manang - Shree Kharka (4100m) 6 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 15: Shree Kharka - Tilicho Lake Base Camp/Phedi ( 4150m)  4 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 16: Tilicho Lake Base Camp  -Tilicho Lake (4900m) 7 hours walking. Overnight camping
Day 17: Tilicho Lake - Eastern La Pass (5200m) - Camp Site (5000m) 5 hours walking. Overnight camping
Day 18:  Camp Site - Mesokanto  pass (5100m) – Chauri Kharka (4000m) 7 hours  walking. Overnight camping.
Day 19: Chauri Kharka – Jomsom (2700m) 5 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 20: Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu  by plane 25mn + 25mn and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 21: Kathmandu reserve day if weather condition is bad in Jomsom bed and breakfast included.
Day 22: International departure.

-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu  bed and  breakfast .
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project , TIMS & Special permit of Nar Phu Valley.
-Accommodation in tea house lodge and camping with foam mattress twin basis.
-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.
-Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu  by plane  and domestic airport tax.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook  & porters.
-13 % compulsory government and local taxes.

-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on 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, 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.
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
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
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
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)
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
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
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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