Thorang-La Pass, Nepal [5416m/17, 769ft ] Many groups of trekkers are excited at Annapurna Circuit while many are intimidated. Standing before their ultimate enjoyment is the incredible is Thorong La pass, unperturbed and tall, between Manang and Muktinath. For those who are seeking the ultimate test of their physical stamina and their need to embark on this ultimate journey, Thorong La rewards them with the best views that one can’t even begin to imagine. At 5416 metres, Thorong-La (Mountain Pass), situated in the Mustang District, is perhaps the most challenging in the Nepal Himalayas. Nevertheless this is one of the most crossed passes in Nepal. During peak season hundreds of trekkers cross this pass giving them a great sense of accomplishment. One encounters this pass as the most difficult portion of the famed Annapurna Circuit Trek and this is the highest point of the entire trek. With relatively less oxygen in the atmosphere and the steep climb up to the pass, Thorong La, although enjoyable can also prove to be quite risky for reckless trekkers.
This falls on the trail from Manang to Muktinath. Many take the route from Manang to Muktinath because it allows them to spend a night at Yak Kharka and then at Thorong Phedi which is situated below the pass at 4540 meters. It is advisable for trekkers to spend some time around Manang to get acclimatized in order to trek through this pass to lessen the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness. In October 2014, when blizzards hit the upper stages of the Annapurna Circuit trek, it killed dozens of trekkers, porters and guides right at Thorong La Pass. This pass has to be taken seriously because of the uphill climb to get there and the sheer altitude it is located at. Once you reach the pass, there are remarkable views of the Annapurna Range and ridges and a hazy but vast expanse blow. The best season to cross this pass are from March–April and October–November. Although there may be many videos on social media about trekkers crossing the pass in December, it is not advisable for all because the weather can be harsh and unpredictable after November.