Exploring Everything About the Top 12 Highest Mountain Passes in Nepal


25 Oct 2023 Chandra Gurung

Nepal is a popular getaway amidst breathtaking mountain landscapes. Geographical features in Nepal range from lowland to high snow-capped mountains, There are unique characteristics, histories, challenges, and rewards that await. Join us when exploring the high mountain passes, and nature’s grandeur, and learn more about the awe-inspiring vistas heavenly Nepal has to offer. 

The perfect blend of adventure, nature’s serenity, and cultural diversity. As we all allure the mysteries of high mountain passes in Nepal, glancing at the finest mountain pass challenges. Here are key takeaways from the top 12 highest mountain passes in Nepal and why trekkers and adventurers find them appealing.

1. Thorong La Pass 

Thorong La Pass is a highly elevated mountain pass in the Annapurna Region, above 5,416 meters above sea level. It is the highest hikeable (walkable) pass in the mountains offering rugged trails and cultural encounters with an outraging view of the Annapurna massif. It also touches the edges of the Tibetan plateau, making it a risky yet walkable trek route in Nepal. Crossing Thorong La Pass has been many trek enthusiasts’ goal.

Thorong La Pass is one of the highest trekking trails between Manang and Mustang. In the Annapurna Circuit Trek, you will be passing through this, which offers you a noteworthy outlook of Mustang Peak, Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and the Upper Mustang area. So, challenge yourself if you are willing to conquer Thorong La Pass in your 14-day itinerary plans.

2. Larke La pass (Manaslu Region)

Larke La Pass is one of the longest mountain passes in Nepal, in the Gorkha district of Nepal. It is situated at 5,106 m above sea level and comes on the way to the deadliest peak, Mt. Manaslu. You can have a thrilling adventure at Larke La Pass. With the help of an experienced guide, you can cross the Larke La Pass, with glimpses of remote villages and cultural diversity.

3. Cho La Pass (Everest Region)

Cho La Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the SoluKhumbu region of Nepal, with an elevation of  5,420 meters. Cho Lo Pass is a popular yet challenging route when ascending on Gokyo trails. By embarking successfully on mountain ridges and walking through wild forests, you get to see the remote area of Khumbu and praise the views of Mount Everest and its sanctuary. 

Cho Lo Pass provides a link between the Dzongla and Thagnak villages located on rugged trails between Everest Base and Camo Trek. The strenuous, difficult trek to the highest mountain pass in Nepal requires proper gear and clothing. One must have sound physical strength and condition to conquer this rugged and steep terrain pass.

4. Renjo La Pass (Everest Region)

Renjo La Pass is a high mountain pass with an altitude of 5345 meters in the Everest region of Nepal. It is an adventurous trek yet comparatively easier than the Everest three-pass trek. This remote crossing of Renjo La Pass leads to the Gokyo Lake Trek to the north of Namche Bazaar. From exploring breathtaking vistas to gearing up for the adventure, you need to be prepared for everything.

5. Kongma La Pass (Everest Region)

Kongma La Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass in Nepal with an elevation of 5,545 meters above sea level. Trekking through the Himalayan regions and crossing the Kongma La Pass is a rewarding experience that comes with its own set of challenges. From glancing at the wilderness through the lush fields, and crossing suspension bridges, rocks, and passes, what stays is the memory of the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

6. Mesokanto Pass – Annapurna Region

At a height of 5099 meters, Meshokanta La Pass offers stunning views. It is also one of the crossing routes between Jomsom and Manang and can be terraced by trekkers in between Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Surrounded by glaciers, Mesokanto Pass offers panoramic and invincible vistas amidst the Annapurna region. Mesokanto Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in Nepal, which truly is evidence of how beautiful Nepal is.

7. Amphu Labtsa Pass

Amphu Labtsa Pass, also known as Amphu Lapcha Pass, is one of the high mountain passes located in the Sagarmatha National Park. The remote glaciated pass is often less trailed, with an elevation of 5,845 meters (19,177 feet) above sea level. This challenging pass requires mountaineering skills and special equipment to cross. Situated between Hinku Valley and Imja Valley, this pass in the Mera Peak region is one of the most difficult passes to conquer in Nepal. This pass offers breathtaking vistas of Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and others.

8. Gosaikunda Pass

Gosaikunda, also known as Lauribina La Pass, is a high mountain pass in the Langtang region of Nepal. It connects two villages, Melamchi and Dhunche. This trekking trail is popular, with an elevation of 4610 meters( 15,125 feet) above sea level. Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa are beautifully picturesque from the top of the hills. 

It also holds religious value because of the holy Gosaikunda Lake in its heart. Inspiring hope and reflecting on an adventure in life followed by spiritual values, passing the Gosaikunda Pass will lead to a memorable experience.

9. Kang La Pass

Kang La Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,320 meters above sea level. It is located in the Manang district of Nepal. You can spend time crossing through Kangla Pass in the Nar Phu Valley Trek in central Nepal. Amazing vistas of snow-capped mountains like Annapurna Himal, Damodar Himal,

10. Saribung La pass

Saribung La Pass is a highly challenging mountain pass in Nepal, located in the restricted area of Upper Mustang. It has an elevation of 6,042 meters (19,820 feet) above sea level. It is only suggested for experienced trekkers. By understanding permit requirements, essences, and what you can expect in Saribung La Pass, you can make the most of your adventure.

11. Ganja La Pass (5,135m)

Ganja La Pass is a high mountain pass located in the Langtang National Park region of Nepal, at an altitude of 5135 meters above sea level. After ascending from Syabrubesi and approaching Kyanjim Gompa village, you come across Ganja La Pass. You can get natural scenery and breathtaking panoramic views of the Langtang region and Ganesh Himal.

12. Nangpa La Pass

Nangpa La Pass is a popular trekking destination for adventure enthusiasts who want to conquer heights of 5,806 m above sea level. It is situated in the heart of the Himalayas, on the Nepal and Tibet border. For extreme cold, rugged landscapes, and challenging terrain, Nangpa La Pass is being visited.

13. Other Mountain Passes in Nepal

Salpa High Pass trek, in Mundum trail, is one of the lesser-known Sherpa settlement areas. You can add this to Arun Valley (one rich in avian diversity), a thrilling expedition, and pass through Holy Lake Salpa Pokhari (3458m) to freshen up your adventure to high glacial altitude.

Teri La Pass, in the remote northern part of Manaslu (5,577m or 18,297ft), is one to add. Besides, Numa la Pass (5,310 m/17,421 ft) is another lesser-known mountain pass in Nepal, which can be the next bucket list destination for remote trekking in Nepal.

Tips to Successfully Conquer High Mountain Passes in Nepal

Experts argue that one must have sound physical condition to summit high mountain passes. A range of mountain levels can be conquered, from beginner to advanced, when you prepare mentally and physically. Some tips for successfully conquering high mountain passes in Nepal are as follows:

  • You need to be prepared for cold weather with suitable gear and clothing. 
  • Stay hydrated so that you do not dehydrate and zone out at high altitudes 
  • Slow and gradual ascent towards mountain passes is the key here 
  • Acclimatize properly and rest accordingly to keep moving in high altitude 
  • Hire an experienced guide who can guide you safely in the mountains 
  • Be aware of any sort of risk in steep and rugged landscapes.


For many generations, Nepal has been known for its natural beauty, mystical mountains, and distinct land topography that is welcoming enough for tourists. Through ice and snow, you will be leading a steep path along the Himalayas. From unpredictable weather to the increasing risk of altitude sickness, you need to be prepared to correctly assess your needs.

Subtropical forests, alpine landscapes, and a range of breathtaking sceneries through the trail are what excite trekkers to conquer high mountain passes in Nepal, which is worth it. Book your adventure to Manaslu, if you are an avid adventure seeker, with Manaslu Guide.