Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's authentic food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and Trek Preparation
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: Kathmandu – Dharapani (1,920m/6,300ft), 9-10 hrs drive
The westward journey to Dumre (400m, 4½hrs) winds over the forested Middle Hills that separate the High Himalaya from the Nepali and Indian lowlands. The road links Hindu villages and terraced farming communities, crossing several important rivers that flow from the ice fields to the north. At Dumre we turn north into the Marsyangdi Nadi Valley. A secondary road leads to the commercial center of Besi Sahar (760m, 2hrs). A minor road then heads into the hills (2-3hrs), passing a new major hydroelectric project, before climbing to Syange (1 080m).
The road then enters a canyon and climbs above the river to a ridge: and Jagat (1 330m, a former salt-route toll depot to Tibet). Continue, through Chyamje to Dharapani (1,920m/6,300ft). Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 04: Dharapani – Surki Khola (2 700m/8 860ft), 6-7hrs trek
In the linked village of Thonje, turn northeast (away from the crowds), cross the Marsyangdi Nadi and head up the narrower Dudh (Milk) Khola Valley to a suspension bridge; and the eastern bank. Later, re-cross to the attractive, stone paved Gurung cluster-village of Tilje (2 300m) for lunch.
Continue up the valley through fields and stands of oak and rhododendron to Gho, with lovely views of the river. To the east, Manaslu, Nadi Chuli, and Himal Chuli come into view. Annapurna II rises to the south. Beyond, the oak and rhododendron forest becomes denser and shady. The trail later climbs to flags on a ridge below which the river has cut an S bend. Drop down from the ridge pass the hamlet of Karche and cross a landslide to reach attractive Surki Khola. Overnight in Surki Khola.
Day 05: Surki Khola – Bimthang (3,720m/12,201ft)), 5-6 hrs trek
The river rises from the Suti Glacier one of the numerous glaciers that flow south from the huge curve of ice giants along the Tibetan border that tower over the Ponkar Lake region. Today’s trail zigzags up the Dudh Khola Valley through the magnificent mixed forest. The walking is easy with some steep sections including the final rise to Sangura Kharka (a yak pasture, 3 020m) for lunch at their new lodge.
Continue up the forest trail to Hompuk (3 430m), a rock shelter and goth (herder’s hut). Ahead is the lower end of the Bimthang Glacier. Exit the forest onto its moraine and drop on loose gravels to cross the glacier. The ascent on the far side is easier, the trail then follows the eastern bank as it rises gently to Bimthang (Plain of Sand). Ice-walled views behind are framed by forest and ahead barren rock and ice peaks rise tantalizingly above the brown wall of the glacier. Overnight in Bimthang.
Day 06: Bimthang – Ponkar and Nayamlo Tal exploration (3 970m/13 025ft) – Bimthang explore day
Enjoy a fairly early breakfast, then set out to explore the stupendous rock and ice world behind the glacier wall. Cloud often forms from late morning and may obscure the views. Follow the gentle trail north of the dwellings to a ‘T’ junction. To the right is the 3km trail to Dangboche Kharka at the foot of the Larkya La (Victory Peak) and Manaslu region. Ahead is a tough slippery track over loose dust and gravels that climbs the steep side of the moraine, then leads to the confluence of three glaciers: clockwise the Kechakyu, Ponkar, and Salpudanda. (The Suti glacier is hidden behind the western Tibikle Panlemu Danda.) The medial Nayamlo Tal is trapped between the first two moraines and the track works its way to and around the larger Ponkar Lake between the central and third moraine. Thrill to the majesty, silence, and glacial power.
Peaks (clockwise from the west) include Kang Garu (6 981m), the Chombi cone (6 704m), the Kechakyu pinnacle (6 358m), Gyalji Kang to the north (7 074m) and Nemjung (7 140m). Then from the SE, Larke (6 249m), the northwest faces of Manaslu (8 163m), and Phungi Himal (6 538m) in the south. Return to Bimthang for the night
Day 07: Bimthang – Gho (2,515m/8,250ft), 5-6 hrs trek
The return journey to Gho is almost all downhill, dropping 1150m for a lower and warmer night. Take time to enjoy the richness of the forest and its fauna.
Day 08: Gho – Chamje (1 410m/4 630ft), 5-6 hrs trek
Beyond Gho, the last views of Manaslu, Nadi Chuli, and Himal Chuli will be seen. Annapurna II and its satellite peaks will continue to be visible to the south. Trek back to Thonje and Dharapani on the Annapurna Circuit. Follow the road down to Karte (1 850m) then cross the suspension bridge to the dust-free old trail back to Tal. Continue down to Chamje for the night.
Day 09: Chamje – Besi Sahar (760m/2500ft) – Kathmandu (1 300/4 260ft), 8-9 hrs drive
After an early breakfast, take a jeep down to Besi Sahar, then transfer to Kathmandu by public bus. Free evening.
Day 10: Final Departure
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to your next destination
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