Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be greeted by our staff who will escort you to the Hotel. In the evening complimentary welcome dinner is provided in one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu with necessary transfer and overnight at Hotel.
One full day Kathmandu valley sight seeing
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. After your breakfast proceed your full day sight seeing tour to Kathmandu Durbar square visiting, ancient palace, living goddess temple Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka and Kastamandap temple. Transfer to Swoyambhunath stupa is also known as the Monkey Temple, further transfer to Pashupatinath temple the holiest shrine of the Hindu people and Boudhnath stupa of Buddhist pilgrimage center and back to hotel, evening briefing about the trek with guide introduction. Be ready this evening for tomorrow leaving to trek and overnight at Hotel.
Drive to Pokhara 820m
An early start by the main east-west highway leading towards west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city and a remarkable touristy spot. Leaving the city suburbs, the road climbs to the valley rim and begins its descent along the Trisuli River valley. This scenic journey drives takes us on the long winding road through many villages and farmlands. As the drive continues we can have glimpse of Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna snow capped peaks.
Pokhara-Jomsom to Kagbeni (2858m) 4-5 hrs
After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom. It is quite a scenic flight of only 20 minutes and Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang. It is also a major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon. From Jomsom, the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here, an hour of easy walk reaches you to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting wind swept village situated on the main age-old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.
Upon arrival, we will check in to the Lodge with afternoon free for a stroll around the village.
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3817 m) 4-5 hrs
From Kagbeni, the route leads up most of the way with a few gradual level portions till Jharkot village is reached after 2-3 hours of good walk, from this village, another hour uphill trek brings you at the Muktinath area, where there are good lodges including the Bob Marley Lodge.
The trek to Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus & Buddhists with a Gompa. The Pagoda Temple houses lord Muktinath, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The place itself is very soothing with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak, The most interesting & importance of the area however is the spot with burning natural gas. You will have time to visit the Temple complex where there 108 interesting water spout one of the tributary and the source of Kali Gandaki also. Total hour to reach here approx: 3-4 hrs.
Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) 5-6 hrs
Early morning wake up with a divine sound of temple bell, after breakfast easy trek down to Ekley-bhatti the trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Marpha. After few hours walking from Ekley-bhatti one reaches Jomsom, the path continues following down stream of Kali Gandaki with different views of mountain and sandy path. Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom towards south east brings you at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product. Visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around.
Marpha to Ghasa ( 2010m) 5-6 hrs
Dramatic changes of vegetation from dry arid desert to pine & conifer forests can he found while passing between Dhaulagiri & Annapurna region. Passing through Kalopani, magnificent views of Annapurna range can he seen.
Overnight rest at Ghasa. Walking distance is approximately 6 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Marpha, today’s a long good to Ghasa, our route follows the wide gravel river banks to Ltukuche and Larjung village. One of the most charming places on this route, after an hour walk from Larjung and crossing the river, the trail climbs over a forested ridge, then heads down again and makes a long but easy traverse along gravel bars beside the riverbed. It then crosses the river back to the west side via a series of temporary bridges just before Kalopani (a small Thakali village) at 2,590 m. This is a best view point for Mt.Annapurna ‘I’ and only one place to catch in your eye along whole circuit. This is long and tidy Thakali village with a Dhaulagiri technical school.
Kalopani, another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. Walk from Kalopani onwards leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. After two hours of trek brings you at Ghasa village.
Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) 4-5 hrs
A good day walking towards warmer region, after Ghasa one can witness a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry arid desert to pine and conifer forests while passing through and between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The trek passes through the village of Rupsi with its beautiful waterfall, from here an hours brings you at Dana, situated near the deepest gorge of the world between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From here another hour reaches you at our overnight stop at Tatopani. From Tatopani the view of Mt. Nilgiri is magnificent. Natural hot spring bathing is a main attraction at Tatopani. Tato is ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’ in Nepali. Walking distance is approximately five hours.
Tatopani rest at Hot spring
A rest day after long walking days and free from the hassle of packing. Enjoy this day in the Hot spring by the Kali Gandaki river bank, here you can have a massage service near by the poolside and explore around Tatopani bazaar.
Tatopani to Ghorepani (2750m) 6-7 hrs
After a wonderful time at Tatopani and in its warm pool, our trek continues towards east on the gradual trail for an hour crossing a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki river, the path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. Our route diverts from here taking the uphill climb, the first uphill to a ridge is quite steep, where there is a small tea house, from here ahead of us lies a steep terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day to the Magar / Gurung village of Sikha with a view of terrace field and landscapes.
From here it’s a gradual climb for most of the way, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching to the village of Ghorepani. We stop for the night at Ghorepani Deurali for the best views of the sunset with excellent of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. This is most popular spot among the trekkers, the best view of the mid and western Himalayas.
Ghorepani - Poon hill (3190m) – Tadapani (2650m) 3-4 hrs
The guide will wake you up early for the 45 minutes walk up to Poonhill, where you can view the sunrise over the long Himalayan chain of mountains from the far western Dolpo peaks, Dhaulagiri massive, Annapurna, Manaslu and as far to Ganesh Himal range including the beautiful majestic Mt.Machhapuchere (Fish Tail). After the busy photo session return back to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani the trail follows to the upper ridge to Deurali almost to the same height as Poon hill with constant view of the snow capped peaks and through rhododendron forest, then descend from Deurali where the path narrows down through the temperate rain forest, stepper section at some places as you come to Bhanthati a place in the middle of the forest, after a short break here or lunch, the trek continues on the gradual trail for an hour, after coming down to a small stream in the middle of the rhododendron forest with an hour uphill walk to Tadapani. Tadapani is in the middle of the forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia and Oaks. From this place a grand view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchare (fishtail) can be seen at a close distance. Tadapani with 8-10 lodges a settlement made by the local Gurung people from Ghandrung and Kimrong to serve and cater the needs of the trekkers.
Tadapani to Ghandruk (1960m) 4-5 hrs
Today’s walk leads through serene forest for an hour on the gradual path to Bhasi Kharka, from this spot the trail descends with occasional view of the Mt. Annapurna ranges & Machhapuchare (Fishtail).
The trial descends through forest, creeks and small streams and into the maze of trails till Ghandruk village is reached. This is a semi-modern village and gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. On reaching Ghandruk at lunch time and as well for the night stop with enough time to explore the village and Gurung culture. The trail descends through the deep forest and huge boulders into the maze of tracks around Ghandruk at 1940 m. This is a modern village of Nepal and nice village settlement in terrace field. Overnight at Ghandruk.
Ghandruk to Pokhara via Birethanti (1040m) 5-6 hrs
A pleasant walking on this last day, the trek leads to a long descend towards Syauli Bazaar for two hours from here the path follows the Modi River all the way to Nayapool and passing through another nice village at Birethanti. From this place a short walk of 30 minutes reaches you at Nayaul for two hours scenic drive to Pokhara for the overnight stop near by the Lake Phewa.
Drive back to Kathmandu
After a wonderful time in the mountains and at Pokhara which is one of the most scenic spot to relax after the trek. Morning after breakfast board on the Bus for the five to six hours scenic journeys back to Kathmandu.
Transfer to airport for final Departure
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency) and your passport handy. Our Staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
USD 1657 per person based on 1 pax
USD 1203 per person based on 2-3 pax
- 03 nights twin share accommodation on bed and breakfast plan in standard hotel in Kathmandu
- 02 nights twin share accommodation on bed and breakfast plan in standard hotel in Pokhara
- 01 full day guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary
- Deluxe tourist bus drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back
- Domestic flight Pokhara to Jomsom for guests and guide
- 09 nights twin share accommodation in teahouse lodges
- 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from teahouse menus
- 01 English speaking, license holder trek guide and 1 shared porter (02 clients:1 porter); insured, meals, accommodation and daily wages all paid
- ACAP Permit
- TIMS permit
- All airport pick up and drop in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Welcome dinner
- 13% VAT (Government tax)
- International flight to and from Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Expenses of personal nature like bar and beverage bills, laundry bills, phone bills etc
- Insurance of any kinds for clients (mandatory)
- Tips to the trekking crews
- Anything not included in Service Includes section
‘Journey on the ancient trans-Himalayan salt trade route and through the world’s deepest gorge’
Our trek follows one of the most ancient trade routes of the Trans Himalaya, passing through many interesting villages, local people, and traders, donkeys and mule trains. The trail also follows through beautiful enchanting forests of rhododendron, oak and pine trees with constant views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountain range.
We start this marvelous trip in Pokhara which is located in the mid western Nepal. Pokhara, is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley’s in the Himalaya, and arguably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the imposing Annapurna Range, including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchare, and its beautiful lakes.
The trail at one time served as a major trade route linking India and Tibet. Yak caravans loaded with salt descended from the Tibetan plateau, while mule trains carrying grain headed up river from Nepal’s hills, meeting halfway to barter their precious commodities. The Thak Khola region you enter after Tatopani was the centre of this vital and ancient tradition of trade.
It is also the homeland of one of Nepal’s most successful ethnic groups, the Thakalis. Thakali tribes are wide spread from Pokhara up to the Mustang region, which used their strategic position on the trade route to great advantage. As you enter the cobbled streets of Marpha, you have entered another world, a reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau. From Jomsom the trail stretches on the Kali Gandaki Valley, and up towards Kagbeni, and Muktinath; a Tibetan-like village with the ruins of fortresses set in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river Valley. Headquarters of the Mustang district, Jomsom is an important government centre.
In the heart of this scenic, magical valley lies Muktinath, one of the most sacred of pilgrimage places in all of Nepal. Here, the natural elements are displayed in miraculous form; flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burn on water, stone and earth in an offering said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu creator.
The country changes dramatically in the days walk from Dana onwards, with fabulous views of Nilgiri Himal, the Annapurnas, and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The culture and the people changes as you reach from higher to lower elevation. Prayer flags and stone chortens (prayer walls) marks the entrance to Tibetan influenced Buddhist villages and clustered around monasteries several centuries old.
As the trek enters Tatopani onwards we will be walking on the deepest gorge in the world between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri 8,172m and Annapurna 8,091m with only 35 km apart, turning the plunge to the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their high top peaks into a staggering 6,660m gorge.
Slowly, this marvelous trek comes to an end near Pokhara with glamorous scenery all the way a short interesting drive brings you at Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.