This trek around the famed Annapurna Massif offers the most diversity of any trek in Nepal: fascinating ethnic groups each with their own language, incredible views of many of the Himalaya's most famous high peaks and constantly changing panoramas - from lush, tropical rice paddies to moss-laden rivulets.
There are Rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs which will amaze you. Starting with a drive to Beshisahar you ascend along the Marshyangdi river valley. You pass beneath snowcapped Annapurnas II, III and IV and a range of 6,000m. peaks stretching north to Tibet. You cross Thorong La pass (5,418m.) to reach the holy shrine of Muktinath. From there, you descend into the mighty Kali Ghandaki Valley - the deepest river valley on the face of the earth - 7,000m deep between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. At the end, you trek through a wonderful rhododendron forest along the ridge and the picturesque Gurung villages before finishing back at the town of Pokhara.
As this is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal, and you will find many lodges along the route. Apart from being able to enjoy homely comforts you will have the added advantage of being guests to families of different ethnic people typical of this area. The Manang and the Kali Gandaki valleys lie along an ancient trade route between India and China and a variety of ethnic peoples have settled here: Newars, Chettris, Gurungs, Manangies and Thakalis.
|Activity||Trekking in Nepal|
|Max Altitude||5416 m|
|Final Dest||Tho-rongla Pass|
|Starts From||Beshi sahar|
|No. of Days||24|
|Activities Per Day|
|5 hour walking per day|
Welcome to vibrant Kathmandu where your Nepal adventure begins.
Our trip begins today in Kathmandu, Nepal. After clearing through immigration and customs at the airport, you are met by our friendly staff and transferred to our hotel in the heart of the city, Thamel. The area is within walking distance of all major restaurants, unique shops and well equipped outdoor gear outfitters to help you purchase any trekking gear that you may require.
The afternoon is left open to rest and explore the surrounding local attractions.
Our tour guide will take you around Kathmandu to visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while explaining its background and history.
Today, will give you the first glimpse of Nepal's rich cultural and traditional heritage.
The drive to Beshi Sahar (district headquarters of Lamjung district) will take around 6 hours. The road is quite panoramic, through the emerald green of Trisuli and Marsangdi River Valleys.
Overnight at Bashi Sahar.
We start our day early in the morning, and after breakfast we will walk for about 6 hours towards Nadi through narrow tracks, suspension bridges and a deep river gorge.
Overnight at Nadi.
After breakfast we will walk for about 7 hours towards Jagat through the valley crossing several suspension bridges, passing several beautiful waterfalls and view the tower of Mt. Lamjung (22,291ft), Manaslu (26,759ft) and Peak 29 (24,652ft).
Overnight at Jagat.
Today we will be walking for about 7 hours following the path starting from Jagat to Dharapani. We will be entering the Manang disctict from here onwards. The region is famous for its rich cultural heritage.
Overnight at Dharapani.
The trail will head to the west side of the Manaslu during the first part of our trek. The hike will take around three hours. As we continue, we will enjoy also the view of the Annapurna II and after that, before reaching our destination, the entire Annapurna's range will open for a splendid view.
Overnight at Chame.
Keeping along the side of river all day for about 7 hours we will pass through narrow and steep gorges before reaching Pissang from where the Manang Valley forms a
U-shaped valley, hanging between the giant snow peaks.
Overnight at Pissang.
Today we will have the opportunity to stop and visit the important and ancient Monastery of Barge, the village itself is the district's largest with around 600 households.
We will spend the night in Manang.
The village has about 600 household. The village provides an excellent location for recovering and acclimatizing. You can explore the village, stop by local monasteries and amazing panoramic view points. You can spend time relaxing by the Gangapurna Lake at the bottom of the huge glacier. From here on, one can visit Tilicho Lake (4,919 m.), which will take two days.
Today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m) village. We will enjoy panoramic views of the mountains throughout the trek.
Overnight at Kharka.
Leaving Yak Kharka we will start to climb a slope considered of a medium level, it never goes to steep but it is quite a long one. we start descending to the headquarters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
We will wake up early today reach the top of Thorang Pass (5416 m) and enjoy one of the most exciting views of the Himalayan scenery.
We will have in front of us 360 degrees of nature, much of which is completely untouched by human settlements.
After eating our lunch we begin the descent (to be considered easy) up to 3,710m to the town of Muktinath, where we spend the night.
The trekking route today will take us initially through arid country (same geographical and climatic zone as parts of Tibet) into the gorge formed by the waters of the Kali Gandaki and then, ffter passing through old fortress town of Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni 2812 m, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures, descend about 2,812 m from the village of Kagbeni (natural border between south and north Mustang), too, it has been inhabited by Tibetans and, apparently, for a long time ... since the Monastery of Kagbeni has been dated back to the 15th century.
The trail that will take us from Kagbeni to Jomsom is rather difficult to deal with during the afternoon, due to high winds, so today we start early enough and we will try to arrive in Kagbeni before ten o'clock in the morning. Once in Jomsom we will be able again to access the internet, the most importanant town of Mustang is well catered for tourism with many good restaurant and hotels.
The route today will take us through the various settlements of ethnic groups, Thakalis, Gurung and Magar to the village of Marfa, where we will have lunch. With about five hours of walking today descend up to 2,591 m from the village of Tukuche, where we spend the night. Along the way you will see numerous apple orchids. You can also visit the local apple brandy factory and sample some of the drinks. The drink from the factory uses the local apples and are exported to all major town of Nepal and even exported beyond.
Today we will walk more than six hours, the vegetation along the descent becomes more lush, the path that we will follow is still open, the views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna to keep us company. We will settle in for the night at Ghasa (1,971m).
To reach Tatopani (1,189m) we will spend about six hours, the trail descends gradually through valleys and cultivated lands up to the waterfall of Rupse Chhahara, near by the village of Dana, our location of our lunch, with its impressive gorge (one of the deepest on the planet). After a couple of hours, we'll be at Tatopani, where we spend the night. Tatopani, directly translates to hot water in Nepali, you will be able to visit the local hot spring to relieve the aching muscles.
After about seven hours we will climb up to 2,793 m to reach Ghorepani. We will eat our lunch on the trail, at the village of Sikha. We will be at Ghorepani before sunset time so that we can still enjoy the views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
From Ghorepani you climb quickly to the point of observation Poon Hill, which offers amazing views of at least 30 snow-capped peaks including the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. This will be our only physical engagement of the day. For those on a tight schedule may choose to hike all the way to Tadapani.
The stretch that we will cover today is light but quite long, which is why we will wake up early and leave for Tadapani (1,951 m.), which is reacheable in five and a half hours. From the village we will walk about three more hours until Ghandrung, the largest Gurung settlement of the region.
We will plant our tents on a green field near by the small settlement.
Following the course of the Modi river we will go down for about six hours, until the point fixed for the meeting with our driver who will take us to Pokhara where we will spend the night.
You can choose to return to Kathmandu on board a tourist bus or fly back to Kathmandu. The difference is about sixty euro, in terms of time the minibus takes about six hours,while the plane take only twenty five minutes.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you can take advantage of the free time and have a massage or go for a swim at one of the pools of Kathmandu, visit the monuments you have not seen yet or do some shopping in the tourist area of Thamel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
A member of our staff will accompany you to the airport three hours before your flight.
If you wish to extend you trip, you can join one of the other popular trekking packages or try one of the adventure sports like, paragliding, mountain biking, rafting to name a few.
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