This trekking area encircles the famous Annapurna range and pass through a great variety of landscape and vegetation from the tropical diversity to the Tibetan Plateau. A breathtaking view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri can also be enjoyed. The highest point is the Thorong La pass (5416m). The trek gives also the opportunity to see different pictures of some ethnic groups of central Nepal Like: Magar, Gurung and Thakali. The trekkers require excellent health and to be physically fit.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu – Besisahar (820m/6hrs)
After breakfast get ready, after the crews & the bus arrive, we set to drive to Besisahar. The drive takes about 6 hours to reach to Besisahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung district of Nepal. The drive continues for four hours on the Prithvi Highway towards Pokhara & passes several valleys and villages mostly through the banks of beautiful rivers like Trishuli & Marsyangdi. After Dumre on Prithvi Highway the way takes a right turn & separates from Prithvi Highway to Besisahar. Now you drive through the forests, terraced plains on the bank of Marsyangdi River for about two hours & reach to Besisahar for the night halt.
Day 02: Besisahar – Nagdi (930m/6hrs)
After breakfast we start the first walking day of the trek. Ten minutes north of Besisahar the trail drops down to cross the Pawa Khola. Across the river you can either follow the new road that is easier or make a short but stiff climb to join the old trail. The trail continues & reaches to a Gurung Village named Khudi, standing above the Khudi Khola. The trail crosses the east bank of the river & reaches to Bhulbule taking almost 4 hrs walking time. From Bhulbule 840 m, you can have the best views of Himalchuli 7893 m, Nagdi Chuli 7835m. Now the trail continues through the bank of Marsyangdi River for about two hours & reach to Nagdi, this village is too much cleaner & a nice place to stay in.
Day 03: Nagdi – Jagat (1300m/ 6 – 7hrs)
After breakfast, we start the trek. We cross the big suspension bridge over the Nagdi Khola and skirt around the conical hill to begin the ascend to Bahundanda where the tea shops welcome you, the ascent from Nagdi takes about 2 & half an hour. Now the trail continues dropping steeply through the terraced rice fields & in about two hours reaches to Syanje, where few lodges are located right above the river & you can have superb views of the waterfall. Following the river & climbing gently and across the river you can see some Hot Springs, just some of the many that can be found along this valley. But most of the Hot Springs is often submerged during the monsoon season. As the climb gets steeper you can see Jagat on the ridge above & this ascent from Syanje takes about 2 hrs.
Day 04: Jagat – Dharapani (1900m/5 – 6hrs)
Crossing the long suspension bridge and climbing gradually, the wide valley now becomes narrow gorge with the river thundering through it. There are also some steep paths, after an hour of steep climbing reach to Chamje. Then continue the climb through the forest to the wide valley of Taal almost for three hours. Taal is the district boarder with Manang, the people here are Buddhist of Tibetan ancestry, living in mud & thatch houses with flat roofs, rainfall is considerably lower and subtropical vegetation start to give way to the firs and pine trees of the highlands. After Taal pass the fields of maize, barley & potatoes and the valley soon becomes narrow again. After passing few lodges at Karte the trail heads to the North & reaches to Dharapani. The village is approached through stone gateways, characteristic of all villages in Manang.
Day 05: Dharapani – Chame (2670m/5hrs)
The route to Manang continues ahead. Up till now you’ve been travelling roughly north but the trail now swings due west. After an hour walk, the trail takes you to Bagarchhap, some lodges are located her. You can have the excellent views of Annapurna II & Lamjung from here. Tibetan influences in the area obvious: there are stone houses with firewood sacked on their flat roofs & above the village is a Buddhist Monastery which you see the fir on this trail. The route continues through the forests of Pine and fir takes to Lata Marang where you can find few small lodges. A 2 hours gradually walk takes you to the small village of Koto Qupar, where few tourist lodges are located. Sign the book at the checkpoint and continue the trail ahead for 30 minutes & a large gate with corrugated iron roof marks welcomes you to Chame. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang.
Day 06: Chame – Pisang (3300m/5 – 6hrs)
The trail to Manang continues along the river through Bharatang, which is surrounded by apple orchards and has few lodges. Again continue the walk through the bank of the Marsyangdi & after 30 min walk cross the river & ascend gradually for another 30 min to Duku Pokhari. Now the trail becomes straighter & after an hour reaches to Pisang. From Pisang you can have the best views of Annapurna II & Pisang Peak.
Day 07: Pisang – Manang (3540m/5 – 6hrs)
There are two routes to Manang from Pisang High Route & Low Route. Low Route is easier & quicker than High Route so we will follow the low route. We follow the trail through the Lower Pisang for the low route to Manang. It’s a pleasant walk through the forest, climbing gently at first, with one steep section to reach on the top of spur. There are tall prayer flags and a small shrine here. After the 2 hour walk takes you to Humde. This consists of the remote airstrip of Manang and few houses & lodges in small but spread – out – settlement. One of the longest prayer wheel walls in the region, consisting of 266 prayer wheels, runs through the centre of the village. Continuing the trail for an hour, you reach to Sabjikhola where Nepal Mountaineering Association School is located. Then a walk through the meadow takes to you Braga where is the region’s oldest and most interesting gompa, believed to be at least 500 years old. After Braga, the trail continues for an hour to Manang. Manang offers the best views of the Annapurnas, Gangapurna & the glacial lake below it. In Manang, more than 200 flat – roofed houses are tightly packed together with prayer flags on long poles above them.
Day 08: Manang.
Today is the acclimatisation day. Or you can visit around the Manang in the afternoon.
Day 09: Manang – Churilatter (4200m/4hrs)
After the breakfast at Manang, we set for our onward journey. After half an hour walk you reach to Tengi where some basic lodges are. Then a hard climb for an hour takes you to Ghunsang but the views during this climb are really magnificent as you can have the best views back of Gangapurna, Annapurna III across the Manang Valley. Then another one hour gradually climbs takes you to Yak Khara, which means Yak Pastures & grazing Yaks can be seen here. The trail continues through the meadows & grazing Yaks on it & after an hour you reach to Churilatter for the night halts.
Day 10: Churilatter – Thorung Phendi (4450m/3 – 4hrs) or High Camp (5hrs)
After breakfast, we set for another day of our treks. Today the trail is a bit harder as it goes steep up for 3 hours to Thorung Phendi, the foot of Thorung La. Rest of the day can be stayed free for acclimatization as you will have the toughest trail for tomorrow.
Day 11: Thorung Phendi Or High Camp – Thorung La (5416m) – Muktinath (3800m/7 – 8 hrs)
Today get up early in the morning, after the breakfast we set for the toughest trail of the trek. The trail begins with the ascent of steep slope immediately behind the last lodge of Thorung Phendi. The route is too steep at first but becomes less as you gain altitude. You pass many small cairns built by the travelers. After Thorung Phendi you cross a small valley, descending to the stream & climbing far across the far slope. The 4 – 5 hours steep climb takes you to a large Chorten and a short distance after the prayer flags welcome you marking the top of the icy pass. Two peaks rise up from the saddle of the pass. To the north is Yakawa Kang 6482 m and to the south Khatung Kang 6488 m & far below Kaligandaki Valley. After Throung La, the descent can be very tough though it’s not steep at first. You pass within about 50 m of a large glacier. You pass few yak herders hut, the trail continues steeply down from here, crossing a stream to another collection of huts. You pass through the meadows & reach to Muktinath. The entire walk from Thorung – La is about 4 hours & during this trail you can have the first views of Dhaulagiri 8167m (the world’s seven highest mountain).
Day 12: Freeday in Muktinath (3800m)
The walled temple complex of Muktinath has been attracting pilgrims, both Hindu & Buddhist, for centuries. The temple of Muktinath is dedicated to Hindu Lord Vishnu. Today is the free day; you can have a complete rest after the tired walk. Or during the day you can visit around the area of Muktinath.
Day 13: Muktinath – Jomsom (2710m/5 – 6hrs)
Today the trail leads through the meadow down to Kagbeni. pass Ranipauwa & Jharkot on the way & today the trail becomes more flat. After 3 hours you reach to Kagbeni. The trail Kagbeni to Jomsom is other worldly experience & through the Kaligandaki River Bank. Now the landscape changes into barren, the wind blows very heavily. After 3 hours walk you reach to Jomsom for the night halt.
Day 14: Fly Jomsom – Pokhara
20 minutes scenic flight with the great views of the Himalayan Ranges Upon arrival transfer to the hotel & rest of the day free.
Day 15: Fly Pokhara – Kathmandu
After Breakfast Transfer to the Airport and Fly to Kathmandu.
US $ 1436/- per person*
Air fare Jomsom - Pokhara US $ 113/- per person
Air fare Pokhara - Kathmandu US $ 107/- per person
( Air fares are subject to change without prior notice and you can take a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of the flight)
*Cost applicable from minimum 2 pax