This is a momentous day and requires an early – very early – start at around 3.30 a.m. The idea behind this is to reach the pass before the wind picks up later in the day. It can be quite cold, blustery and exposed at the pass. If we reach the pass early enough we will also have much improved, and spectacular views over the northern Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from Thorong Phedi follows a rocky path uphill, initially reaching a ridge before again heading higher to a small glacial lake and a teahouse. Another 1.5 hours has us at the pass.
We must be cautious at this altitude due to the possibility of altitude sickness and maybe snow. At this high altitude of 5416m at the top of the pass we will have some breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains. Descending from the pass is rugged and steep, but there is some compensation as we are blessed with excellent views over Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m). We continue heading down to the bottom of the pass toward the holy village of Muktinath.
We will stop at the bottom of the pass for a rest and tea. Another hour along the trail takes us to the Muktinath which is held sacred, and is a place where pilgrims come to from India and from within Nepal. It is sacred to both Hindu & Buddhists. We will stay at a guesthouse tonight with breakfast, lunch & dinner included.