Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hustle and bustle of the city. You will be accompanied to your hotel in Kathmandu by a company representative. You can rest at your hotel or choose to explore the nearby areas around the hotel.
Kathmandu drive to Besisahar (820m) then Bhulbhule (840m)
The road-trip from Kathmandu to Besisahar is a long drive of about 7 hours. The town of Besisahar is a beautiful town led to by roads that wind around the neighboring hills. From here on Bhulbhule is about 1.5 hours away, and the road is not as comfortable as before. This fact is compensated by views of the surrounding low hills along the way.
Bhulbhule Trek to Ghermu (1050m)
We traverse along the east bank of the Marshyangdi with views of Manaslu (8163m) and Ngadi Chuli (7871m) before arriving at Ngadi. The road leads you to the village of Bahundanda. From here the trail moves along the river to Khanigaon. You will spend the night at Ghermu which arrives shortly after.
Ghermu Trek to Tal (1700m)
The trek begins by crossing the Marshyangdi on a long suspension bridge at Syange. As you cross the bridge, you also transition from the lower hills into the sheer canyon faces. You will arrive at Jagat, which is a village of Tibetan heritage. Further ahead is the village of Chamje from where you cross to the east bank of the Marshyangdi. The trail then goes through farmed fields, Bamboo and rhododendron forests before arriving at Tal.
Tal Trek to Chame (2670m)
The trek today is long and climbs a decent amount. The path follows the Marshyangdi River along the hillsides to Dharapani, where we can catch a brief glimpse of Mount Manaslu (8163m). From here on, we cross the villages of Danakyu, Timang, Lata Marang, and Koto finally arriving at Chame. Chame is the district headquarters of Lamjung so the lodges here have internet access.
Chame Trek to Pisang (3200m)
You begin beside the Marshyangdi river on your left and dense pine forests on either side of the river. As you move further away from Chame, Manaslu appears fainter in the distance. The trail all the way to Manang can also double up as a vehicle path, but the trekking route also winds around the forests. On your way you will arrive at Bhratang. You can end today at either Upper or Lower Pisang but, Upper Pisang offers better views of the Annapurna ranges.
Pisang Trek to Manang (3540m)
As you enter deeper into the Manang Valley, you make your way closer to Tibet. Also, the aridness of the landscape also increases as we trek deeper into the rain shadow zone. You will also notice great views of Tilicho Peak (7134m). Just before reaching Manang you will get to see a splendid and timeless Tibetan village at Braga, which houses an ancient monastery.
Acclimatization in Manang (3540m)
You can explore the village of Manang and its settlements. If you want more of a challenge and proper preparation for the trek ahead, you can visit the beautiful blue Gangapurna Lake. The lake also provides excellent mountain views of mountains in the region such as Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Khangsar Kang (7485m). If you trek further you will arrive at Milarepa cave where a historic monk Milarepa was said to have meditated.
Manang Trek to Khangsar (3734m)
We begin by crossing a suspension bridge again, above the Jarsang Khola as we descend away from Manang. The village is in between two hills on either side and a huge grassy meadow is located nearby where yaks are often seen grazing. Khangsar also houses a traditional styled palace, with a square build and vertically rectangular windows.
Khangsar Trek to Tilicho Base camp (4150m)
You can notice a layered wall of hills in front of Khangsar that ends with snowcapped mountains in the distance. The trail to Khangsar climbs above and through a sea of brown shrubs. Along the way, there are many streams that split from or go to join the main rivers below. The highest point of the trek today is at 4650m a pass marked by stones and prayer flags, from here on it’s a sharp descend down to Tilicho Base Camp.
Visit Tilicho Lake then trek to Khangsar (3734m)
We will climb to Tilicho lake early in the morning. The lake is turquoise in color and sits majestically in front of the Tilicho peak (7134m) which dominates the background. The lake is also one of the highest located in the world. After a stunning experience we carefully trek back to basecamp and back to Khangsar village to stay overnight.
Khangsar Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
The trek today is unmarked and there seem to be less Mani stones and chortens along the way. You will be crossing a river on a log bridge passing from Gunsang to Yak Kharka. Before arriving at Yak Kharka you will notice a high meadow at almost 4000m. Further ahead from the meadow is Yak Kharka where you will be spending your night.
Yak Kharka Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
Our first destination reached today is Chauri Ledar as we climb higher to get to Thorung Phedi. From here the trail is along the Jarsang Khola crossing it with a wooden bridge. The path to Thorung Phedi is a gradual climb but the trail is tricky due to several loose rocks sitting across the narrow ridge you will be climbing on, so take it slow and careful. We will be spending the night at Phedi.
Phedi Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La Pass (5416m)
You begin the trek before the break of dawn for great sunrise views higher up in the Thorung La Pass (5416m), later in the morning. The hard trek is rewarded by magnificent views of the Annapurna and Gangapurna Ranges with the huge kali Gandaki basin below. From the top of the Thorung La Pass (5416m), you descend all the way to Muktinath. Muktinath is a spiritual powerhouse as it houses the Muktinath temple which is of great significance to both Buddhists and Hindus.
Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m)
You can explore the Muktinath Temple in the morning. The temple houses 108 water taps in which people bathe and cleanse themselves on the icy cold water. The temple also houses an eternal flame, which has never gone off for centuries. Thereafter, you start trekking to Jomsom via the Jharkot village. Jomsom is the capital of lower Mustang thus, the town is well endowed with lodges and a stone paved path runs across the town.
Jomsom trek to Tukuche (2590m)
After leaving Jomsom, the journey continues on to the Thakali village of Tukuche. The views of Nilgiri (7061m) on the east will keep you wonderful company with Gangapurna (7454m) far behind. The village of Tukuche is home to the proud Thakali people the village houses many good lodges and shops, and even traditional utensils on display.
Tukuche Trek to Marpha (2680m)
Leaving Tukuche, the trek follows the barren banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Plenty of monasteries and player flags decorate the trails on the trek. A relatively short trek brings you to Marpha. Marpha is another delightful Thakali village built around the spinal stone pathways. Marpha is famous for its apples, and apple products such as cider and dried snacks along with apricots and Peach wine.
Marpha Trek to Tatopani (2710m)
From Marpha it’s a pleasant trek to Tatopani along the Kali Gandaki River. Passing the village of Ghasa on the descending trail, you can also witness the views of Nilgiri (7061m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). The trek passes numerous settlements along the way including Dana and Guithe. Tatopani houses natural hot springs, which are perfect places to relax after a long hard trek.
Tatopani Trek to Sikha (1935m)
As we trek from Tatopani to Sikha, the Kali Gandaki moves away from our sight heading up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail is surrounded by terraced lands with the familiar mountains in the background. The lush vegetation is in stark contrast to a few days before when the lands were barren. A short trek heading east settles at Sikha.
Sikha Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
The trek today takes you through beautiful forests decorated with flowers especially the rhododendron trees. The trail also allows you to immerse in the views of the Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges. Ghorepani is a beautiful village located atop a ridge. The popularity of this destination means there are several good shops and lodges along the way for refreshments.
Visit Poon Hill (3210m) trek to Ulleri
You begin the trek early in the morning to the Poonhill viewpoint amazing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains at sunrise. In addition to these, from atop the Poon Hill you can witness numerous other high mountains like Lamjung Himal (6983m) and Nilgiri (7061m). The trek to poon hill is steep but short, and, after enjoying the Himalayan scenery, we return to Ghorepani. After breakfast at Ghorepani, we head back down the rhododendron forests and green ridges and cliffs and waterfalls to Ulleri.
Ulleri trek back to Pokhara
The famous stone steps of Ulleri take us to Birethanti and then to Nayapul. From Nayapul, a short drive will bring you back to Pokhara. As you will arrive Pokhara relatively early, you can explore the city for the remainder of the day. Phewa Lake, Peace Pagoda, Mahendra Cave, and Bat Cave are some of the attractions in and around Pokhara.
Pokhara Drive to Kathmandu.
From Pokhara we cross the countryside roads that wind through hills beside rivers to Kathmandu. You will see the Marshyangdi River which you saw previously in the trek which has gotten bigger as it flows lower. You will head along many towns and then drive back into the Kathmandu through the Thankot.
Leaving the country of Himalayas, you prepare to head to your next destination. You can feel free to recommend us to your friends and family for future visits to Nepal. Goodbye!