Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Our representative will be there at the Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The same evening, you and your team members will be offered typical Nepali food in a fine restaurant. You will also be briefed about the trip, and dropped at your hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300 m/4,264ft)
After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft) via Beshishahar (830m/2,723ft), 9-10 hrs drive
This morning we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Annapurna. Drive by 4WD Jeep to Beshishahar first through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Beshishahar is big town and district headquarters of the Lamjung District, stop here for quick lunch. Later on, you have another 5-6 hours shaky ride to Dharapani through Marsyangdy River valley passing by small mountain settlements Ngadi, Jagat, Chyamje, and Taal. Overnight stay in quiet Dharapani village situated on the riverside.
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6-7 hrs
We continue our trek further to Chame. From where the vegetation changes, people and the landscapes changes and the air will get cooler, the trail then climbs through pine forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come at Danaque and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Manaslu, Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marshyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Timang, Thangchok, and Koto before further half an hour brings you at Chame for overnight at the hotel. This headquarters of Manang district with the grand view of Annapurna II.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,496ft), 5-6 hrs
The trails lead from the other side of the river on the northern bank passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach the orchard village of Bhartang for an apple orchard. We continue on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari for the lunch. After walking out of the tree line a great view of Pisang peak on the north and the Chulu peak can be seen with Pisang village below you, from this top a gentle descent of one hour brings you to the windswept village of Pisang for overnight. Evening visit upper Pisang for the Tibetan style of houses and monastery with a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and valley.
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 4-5 hrs
The trek starts with a pleasant walk through pine forest and the scenic view. The walk climbs gently up for half an hour and reaching the top, stop at a ridge to get our first view of the Manang valley, This grand spot offers a spectacular views of the valleys, Humde village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho and on the right Chulu east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk forward to Humde and pleasant walk up to the Braga village for traditionally built up Tibetans style of houses and if can be visited the monastery, it has an outstanding display of statues, Thanka paintings, and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight.
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)
Today is full of rest for acclimatizing and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters) to the South - Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. After explore and relaxing day at Manang, visit the Himalayan Rescue Association if needed and go for the movie show.
Day 08: Trek to Siri Kharka (4060m/13320ft), 4-5 hrs
From Manang, we will head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. Crossing the river, we will continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forests. After reaching the Kangsar Village, we will walk further up towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have the Gungang Himal and Mount Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company.
Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4140m/13582ft), 5-6 hrs
While the path from Siri Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp isn’t very steep or physically strenuous, it could be exhausting as we will have to walk on narrow paths in a loose scree and landslide-prone area. Our trail goes through the middle of the landslide area where we can see impressive rock formations along the trail. Overnight stay at the Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 10: Visit the Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16207ft) then Trek back to Siri Kharka, 5-6 Hrs
After the initial tough ascent, our trail continues to pester along the side of the mountain in a gradual steep incline before reaching the watershed. On the way, we can enjoy yaks and deer grazing along our trail. On the other side is the Tilicho Lake, a large spectacular lake nestled at the foot of the north face of the Tilicho Peak. The lake was referred to by the leader of the French expedition team as ‘The Great Ice Lake’. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake is featured in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus, The Ramayana. After spending some time at the lake, we will retrace our step and return back to Siri Kharka.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4040m/13254ft) 4-5 hrs
We will leave Siri Kharka and descend towards the Khangsar Village today. On the way, we will pass Tare Gumba- a thousand-year-old monastery which is very important to the local people there. Upon reaching the Khangsar Village, we can see that it is unhabituated except for occasional herders during festival times. Following a rock wall out of Khangsar, we will walk further until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. After crossing the river, we will ascend for a while to a plateau. Next, we will be walking until we reach Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400m/14,432), 3-4 hrs
We start our trek with slow and own pace to get to Phedi. We still have the same amazing view of mountains and landscapes. After an hour walk reaches Ledar and continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get a small tea shop. We stop for a wonderful view and tea breaks, we follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. Phedi, which means 'foot of the hill', is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb.
Day 13: Trek to to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Throng La (5,416m/17,765 ft), 7-8 hrs
Today is the longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches high camp. Walk at your own pace viewing with sunrise and glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng-La top and with a great feeling of victory take a short break for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made to Muktinath, one of the famous pilgrimage site in Nepal, after 7-8 hrs long walk and overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,670m/8,760ft), 5-6hrs
We visit temple in the morning and continuing our journey descending to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekle Bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, from here onwards the valley gets very windy path, the walk follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom a town and a headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River. After lunch explore the surrounding area and overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 25min
You will fly back to Kathmandu mostly in the morning. You will be dropped at your hotel and rest of the time explore the lakeside area or simply relax and overnight at Hotel.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 7-8 hrs
The morning we'll drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, your guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Final Departure
Transfer to the international airport and fly to the onward destination.
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