Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon your arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a company representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. You 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. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner can be scheduled for the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking (1,300m/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), 9-10hrs
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 river side.
Day 04: Trek to Koto (2,610m/8,700ft) 5-6hrs
Koto is the destination of the day. Taking the higher route, we first hike up to Danakyu that offers dramatic views of the mountains. A steep hike from Danakyu will take us to the village of Timang. Passing through the forest of Pine, we descend to the settlement of Latamaro. We cross the bridge to the village of Thanckok. A gentle ascent, from the village, will finally take us to the settlement of Koto. Chame, the district headquarter of the Manang district is very near to this village. The night will be spent at a lodge in Koto.
Day 05: Trek to Meta (3235m/10613ft) 7-8hrs
After breakfast at the lodge, we first register our area permit at the police checkpoint in Koto and without any delay we proceed towards the Naar Phu Khola gorge. Staying on the right side of the river we walk for about 2 hours. The trail then passes through beautiful pine forest, many small streams and suspension bridges, before Dharmasala. In fact, a very beautiful waterfall greets our arrival, before reaching Dharmashala. Soon after Dharmashala, the climb towards Meta begins. The route, now climbing away from the river, passes through the forest, ascending steeply up till the Meta Village, situated on a Tibetan Plateau. Meta is the first of a few ex-Khampa settlements on this route. This steep climbing leaves us tired at the end of the day. Therefore, the night will be spent here in Meta in a teahouse that provides both dinner and accommodation.
Day 06: Trek to Phu (4050m/13287ft) 7-8hrs
Phu Gaon is the destination of the day. After breakfast, the journey continues on an up and downhill trail and on various suspension bridges over different streams. Staying on the true left bank high above the Dho Khola, we will soon reach Junam Goth- the next ex-Khampa settlement. The trail then descends steeply to the side valley with two parallel streams. Crossing the stream we continue on a trail ascending to Lower and Upper Chyako – another Khampa settlement. Beginning with a small ridge above Chyako, the trail passes through a steep slope and after a few up and downhill climb the trail descends to Kyang –another Khampa settlement. The trail from Kyang is rocky and dangerous; however, we continue on the same trail for about 3-4 hours, before reaching a huge wall, a steep climb from which takes us to the entrance gate of one of the hidden valleys- the Phu Valley. Soon after the valley widens and we cross the bridge, walk past some old Chortens and mani walls, before reaching a beautiful village perched on the hill at the confluence of Phu River. The houses of this village are very well maintained, therefore, despite the availability of camping site by the river we spend the night in the teahouse.
Day 07: Rest day in Phu and explore around
A day will be spent in Phu, both for the purpose of acclimatization and exploration. Therefore, after breakfast, we visit Thashi Lakhang Monastery –believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. We also visit Yak pasture below the glacier. We then explore the landscape and also the settlement of the Phu valley, in order to understand the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the ethnic groups living in the village. After, exploration of the village, we get back to the tea house for overnight stay.
Day 08: Trek to Nar Village (4155m/13613ft) 6-7hrs
After breakfast at Phu, we walk all the way down to the Naar Phedi to cross the suspension bridge over the Gorge of Lapche River. We cross a number of small streams and suspension bridges, before reaching this bridge. Once we cross the bridge, we will have to continue upwards on a winding, steep trail, up till the scenic terraces. We further climb ahead on the level path above the terraced field to get to the Nar Village- a very beautiful settlement with neat houses. Various Buddhist stupas greet us on the way to the village of Nar. The night will be spent in a teahouse.
Day 09: Explore monasteries around Nar
Tomorrow we will be climbing the Kang La Pass (5,322m). It’s very important to adapt to the thinning air, before climbing the pass. Therefore, instead of hiking further, the day will be spent doing side trips and other activities that help in the process of acclimatization. We explore the settlement and the lifestyle of people in the village. The night will be spent in a teahouse in Nar Gaon.
Day 10: Trek to Ngawal (3675m/12057ft) across Kang La Pass (5315m/17437ft) 8-9hrs
Today, we start our day earlier than other usual days. First, we proceed towards the Kang La Phedi or the base of the Kang La Pass, which takes about 2.5 hours from the Naar village, following the wide level valley and yak pasture. You can enjoy the sight of many grazing yaks while heading towards the Kang La Phedi. From the Phedi, the trail steeply ascends, passing a number of landslide areas to the Kang La Pass, which takes about 3 hours. The top greets us with a mesmerizing view of the Annapurna Range and other small peaks. After spending some time enjoying the view, we descend crossing the steep moraine towards the grassy path, which is quite steep and usually dangerous in hard snow. The beginning of the grassy path presents us the view of Chulus waterfall. Then a steep descent through the grassy path for about 3 hours will finally bring us to the destination, Ngawal. The night will be spent in a lodge.
Day 11: Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft) 4hrs
Today we follow the Annapurna trail, an easy day to Manang with the superb view of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Gandharva chuli and Pisang Peak in the background. We pass a famous and huge Braga monastery built in the 17th century. While we waiting for Lunch makes worth to visit Gompa on the side of the cliff. After Lunch short walk through the upstream of the Marshyangdi River to large modern village Manang with cozy Guest Houses.
Day 12: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) 7hrs
Chame is the destination set for the day. This is an administrative headquarter of Manang district with the grand view of Annapurna II. The tail slightly descends down to old Braka Village then Humde, Pisang, Dhukur Pokhari, Bhrartang and finally Chame. Overnight at Chame.
Day 13: Trek to Chyamje (1,410m/4,626ft) 7hrs
Today, we retrace the path used earlier to climb up till Chame. The trail, following the south bank of the river initially descends to Koto, which then slightly ascends to Timang. From Timang, a steep descent through the forest of Pine and Fir will take us to Dharapani, crossing Bagarchhap. Leaving the stone gateway at Dharapani the trail descends to the village of Tal then finally Chyamje. The night will be spent at a lodge in Chyamje.
Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu 8-9hrs
After breakfast, a sharing jeep ride along the dusty and bumpy road to Besisahar and a public bus ride along the paved road back to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final departure
Yes, we will see you off at the Tribhuvan International airport.