5 Best High Pass Trekking in Nepal

  • Jul 1, 2023
  • Jyoti Karki

Nepal, the "country of the Himalayas," has long been regarded as a mountain adventurer's paradise. Nepal is a popular travel destination because of its stunning landscapes, different regions, lovely scenery, culture, and history; as a result, a sizable number of travelers come here every year to explore new things. High scores The beauty of the mountains and the essence of trekking to various locations are both represented in Nepalese treks. When trekking in the Annapurna, Langtang, Everest, and Manaslu regions, you must cross some passes. These passes are frequently difficult and elevated. You should be aware of the height of high passes in Nepal if you don't want to feel unwell as a result of the elevation shift.

Nearly all trekking regions have mountain passes, and some trekking routes are well-known for having them. Mountain passes, which are utilized to cross mountains, are usually referred to as "La" in Nepal. It often divides two remote locations with a saddle-like shape between mountains.

For thousands of years, mountain routes have been essential for both trade and migration between Nepal and Tibet. Mountain passes are the highest points that hikers can reach on various trekking routes, and they serve as entrances to basecamps in modern times. Numerous national trekking routes are made more challenging and exciting by the passes.

The passes can also be considered to be the best vantage points from which to view the majestic and impressive mountain ranges. Each trekking region has at least one mountain pass that is renowned for both its beauty and difficulty. For instance, the Thorong La Pass is the most well-known and often-used mountain pass in the Annapurna area. Trekkers can locate a ton more high passes in Nepal that are similar to this one to add to their journey. There are several Passes lying 5000 meters above sea level. Thus, you must be knowledgeable about high-altitude trekking. There are a few safety precautions that should be taken before traversing the passes.

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Why would anyone choose to trek across a high pass in Nepal?

Trekking across a high pass in Nepal is indeed a challenging and rewarding experience that provides trekkers with a chance to witness the majestic landscapes and natural beauty of the region up close and personal. High-pass trekking allows trekkers to climb higher and faster than other treks, which provides stunning views of the mountains and valleys. High-pass trekking will encourage you to climb higher, which comes with some of the most beautiful views, in contrast to other treks where you gradually acquire height.

You have the best view of both the enormous mountains towering to the north and the blue mountains stretch as far as the eye can see to the south because you are centered between the high and the low. This makes high-pass trekking an excellent choice for tourists seeking stable mountain trips, especially when combined with the challenging trekking experience. 

However, it is important to note that high-pass trekking is not suitable for beginners or those with limited trekking experience. It is essential to have good physical fitness, stamina, and prior experience in trekking and hiking to undertake a high-pass trek. Trekkers must also be prepared for changing weather conditions, altitude sickness, and other challenges that come with trekking in high-altitude regions. Nonetheless, if it's your first time trekking, we advise starting with at least a brief, uncomplicated trek.

How to be prepared for the High Pass Trek?

The Himalayan high pass treks are not easy to complete, so each trek should be ready for any eventuality and set of circumstances before beginning. Get back to the gym or begin running at least a few months before you embark on your expedition. Regular exercise and wise lifestyle decisions will boost your confidence, fitness, and immune system. If you're heading to the mountains, we'll assume you're aware of the risks associated with acute mountain sickness, the need for acclimatization, and the required equipment. If you are traveling with us, we will do all in our power to assist you in getting ready for the trip. If you're traveling alone, it makes sense to do some research and prepare for the journey.

Here are the 5 best high pass treks in Nepal:

Thorong La Pass Trek (Annapurna Region)

With a height of 5,416 meters, Thorong La Pass is the highest pass in the Annapurna Mountains. The Thorung La Pass Trek connects Manang and Mustang, two of Nepal's most well-known and stunning districts. It is a rather risky walk that is also difficult. Yet, the scenery and hardship of getting to this pass are worth it for the views of the mountains and the surroundings. From here, one can see numerous peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, and the views are really beautiful.

The trek will certainly begin in Besi Shahar in Lamjung or Jagat in Kaski. Though it is a long ascent at a high altitude, the climb from Manang to the pass is not challenging. You must carefully organize your vacation if you want to avoid suffering from severe mountain sickness. In the event of an emergency, your only option will be to return all the way to Besi Shahar. However, a freeway that extends all the way to Manang has since been built in case of an emergency and to make it easier to transport cargo.

Best Time: Spring and Autumn/fall 
Difficulty Level: Challenging (moderately difficult) 

Everest Three High Pass Trek (Everest Region)

There are not one, not two, but three breathtaking Himalayan passes that must be traversed during treks in Nepal's well-known Everest Region, which is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and rewarding treks in the Everest Region. The Everest Three Pass Trek involves traveling across three high-altitude passes Renjo La Pass (5465 m), Cho La Pass (5420 m), and Kongma La Pass (5535 m). According to sources, the magnificent Everest vistas from Kala Patthar are surpassed by the views of the mountain from the top of Renjo La Pass (5,464m). There are also magnificent views of Gokyo Lake. Cho La Pass (5,420m) is built between the snow-capped summits of Lobuche (6,135m) and Cholatse (6,443m). Although the ascent is challenging and occasionally chilly, the views of Ama Dablam are stunning. More like a "precarious fight among skittering stones" is the Kongma La Pass. The trail crosses a glacier and a glacier-fed river as it ascends to the high pass in Everest, which has the maximum rise at 5,535 meters.

Nonetheless, it is essential to adjust to the altitude properly because they are all higher than 5,000 meters. If the weather is excellent, you won't even need the aid of tools like crampons, axes, and ropes to cross these passes.

Best Time: Spring and Autumn/fall 
Difficulty Level: Challenging

Larkya Pass Trek (Manaslu Region)

A well-known Himalayan journey that will take you to a distant preserve of active Tibetan culture is the Manaslu Circuit Trek, also known as the Larkya Pass Trek. It needs to cross high passes that are 5,160m/16,930ft in elevation to connect the Manaslu and Annapurna trekking zones. It is safe to say that this trek itinerary expertly blends the exciting and cultural elements into one to make sure your vacation is one you won't forget.

The journey begins in Arughat. But another choice is to begin at Soti Khola or Macha Khola. In actuality, crossing the Larkya La Pass is a really challenging adventure. It will nonetheless take you into uncharted and inhospitable regions of the Nepali Himalayas. While on your tour, you can take in a lot of magnificent views. However please remember that the passes are usually only accessible during the trekking season. The pass cannot be traversed in the winter because of the snow, but it is viable to hike during the monsoon.

Best Time: Spring and Autumn/fall 
Difficulty Level: Difficult (strenuous)

Ganja La Pass Trek (Langtang Region)

The riskiest and most difficult trekking path in the Langtang region is without a doubt the Ganja La Pass trek. The difficult ascent over the Ganja La Pass (5,106m) from Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang to Take Ghyang in Helambu, however, is the most gratifying and unforgettable trekking trip you will ever have.

From the pass's summit, you can take in breath-taking views of the Langtang Lirung and other equally stunning Tibetan peaks, including the eight-thousander known as Shisha Pangma. In a nutshell, the greatest of the Langtang region may be found on this hike. But, keep in mind that in order to cross the pass, one must go up a very challenging section in an avalanche-prone valley. You will want a ton of camping equipment to complete this walk.

Best Time: Spring and Autumn/fall 
Difficulty Level: moderately challenging (Difficult)

Kang La Pass (Annapurna Region)

Kang La Pass is located in the isolated Dolpo area at the northern end of the Annapurna Region. The Kang La Pass standing at a height of 5,320 meters is one of the most well-known and challenging Himalayan passes in Nepal.

The Kang-la Pass in the Himalayas spans the magnificent Annapurna mountain range. You can also get a glimpse of the isolated Tibetan culture from the Middle Ages. This path allows for exploration of the Tilicho Lake and the Gangapurna Glacier. Although challenging, Kang La Pass is not unduly demanding. Thus, a person in good physical shape can traverse this pass with ease. This amazing journey offers the magical views of the Tilicho mountain, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhaulagiri range, and Annapurna massif, which make this walk, even more, fun and exciting for travelers. 

Best Time: Spring and Autumn/fall 
Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Are high pass treks risky?

High-pass trekking is not an easy endeavor and should not be taken lightly, despite the fact that mountain animals may seem to find it simple to scale the steep rocks in search of minerals and salt. You are walking on land that former glaciers carved out and damaged. You must use prudence, stick to the guidelines, and comply with the laws.

We acclimatize periodically to get our lungs ready for lower oxygen levels at higher elevations in order to reduce these hazards. If you encounter an AMS, have an accident, or find yourself in a situation where climbing is not an option, comprehensive travel insurance will guarantee that you are picked up by a helicopter and transported to safety. All of this help to lower the risk involved in high-pass trekking in Nepal. However, a trekker must be aware of these risks before climbing any peaks in Nepal or elsewhere in the world.

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Jyoti Karki

Jyoti Karki

Jyoti Karki is an expert travel blogger. She has been writing blogs for a long time. Along with writing about diverse locations. She personally travels to many different places, went hiking and trekking in Nepal, and has also visited several areas of India and enjoys writing on her blogs about them.