Namula Pass is an exciting trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The Namun La (5,560m), a high pass connecting the old trading route between Pokhara and Manang. This route proved to be a unique and less-trekked way to connect onto the main Annapurna Circuit Trail. Mountain Sun Valley Trek offers the opportunity to walk in these old footsteps across a spectacular region of Nepal’s Annapurna Himalayas.
Recently the trail to Dudh Pokhari (Milk Lake) and the Namun La Pass are combined as new the trekking route that connects Lamjung, Manang and Kaski districts of Nepal and provides a little-known and little-traveled access onto the great Annapurna Circuit. History of the Namun La Pass tells that Tamu community (now Gurung) of Nepal settled in this area after crossing the pass from Tibet. This region is also known as Tamuwan and, at one time, had a king and palace which remaining can still be seen.
The belief that bathing in the chilly Dudh Pokhari can wash away a lifetime of sins gathers pilgrims and devotees from all around Nepal during the Janai Purnima (Sacred Thread Ceremony) to take bathe on this holy lake. Many devotees think this place is a gateway to heaven. During Namun La Pass Trek, you’ll encounter a wide range of sights; picturesque villages, terraced farmland, glacial lakes, steep-sided gorges, and raging rivers.
Namun La Pass is one of the most fascinating trail in the remote Himalayan of Nepal, a paradise unexplored. The marvelous and off beaten trek allows to unlock the interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oak, and rhododendron. The trek also offers the spectacular scenery of Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung and other popular Himalayan ranges.
Destination: Kaski, Nepal
Trip Routes: Kathmandu - Siklis; Pokhara - Tasa - Kori - Thulo Lekh - Dudh Pokhari - Danfe Kharka; Namun Pass - Timang - Dharapani - Kathmandu
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: March to April and September to November
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person.