Upon our arrival in Nepal the capital city Kathmandu, which is one of the historical places where you will find lots of cultural heritage which also comes under the world heritage site. Our Freedom Adventures’ staff will receive you from the airport to drop you by hotel. After some rest and fresh up enjoy Thamel Street at night which is the best tourist hub in the town with the view of live music bars, local market and reputed restaurants. There will be briefing in the evening about our trip by Freedom Adventures and also acknowledgement of any question we ask regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight at Kathmandu.
At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.nn nnAfter the pre-trip meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.nn nnThe rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, you will be supplied with our Trek Pack and departure information for the next day. Overnight at a hotel.
Trekking staff will arrive at the hotel at 7 a.m. to pick you up for the seven hour bus drive to Besisahar (830m). Overnight at guesthouse.nn
Today our five hour journey starts at Besisahar, following the trail until we reach the first Gurung village at Bhulbhule. Our first day on the trail introduces us to the cultural elements of Nepal; we encounter houses and the local people, exchanging greetings of “Namaste” as we pass by. Overnight at Bahundanda
The trail drops steeply by Syange at (1070m), from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forests to Chamje at 1400 meters, a day’s walk of five hours. Overnight at Chamje.
Our five hour trek day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi River steadily uphill to Tal (1675m), the first village in the Manang district. We cut a trail across a wide, flat valley, reaching a stone stairway to 1860 meters. We then climb up another stairway, continuing up and then down to Dharapani (1890m). There we find a stone entrance, typical of the Tibetan influence to be seen in villages from here northwards. We then reach Bagarchhap (2160m), which offers the typical flat-roofed stone houses of Tibetan design, although the village is still in the transition zone, before the dry highlands. Overnight at Bagarchhap.
The trail climbs to Tyanja (2360m), continuing through forest parallel to the river, until we reach Kopar (2590m). When we reach Chame (2630m), headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we pass through a local community said to have migrated from Tibet long ago, evidenced by their physical features, which notably differ from those of other Nepalese. With them, they bought Tibetan architecture and traditions. Overnight at Chame.
The day begins by passing through a deep forest located in a steep and narrow valley. From there we cross a river on a long suspension bridge (2910m). We then cross another bridge (3040m), after which the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face begins to appear. From there the trail climbs up to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters, a day’s trip of five hours. Overnight at Pisang.
Today is spent acclimatizing in Pisang. We’ll explore the area, catching the magnificent views around the village. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Pisang.
On today’s six hour trek the trail makes a steep ascent, passing through Upper Pisang. En route we cross forests of pine and local vegetation. The views of the Annapurna range welcome you. From today the accommodations will be tented camps for a few days, with food cooked on site by our professional chef. Overnight in tented camp at Pisang Peak Base Camp.
Today another six hour trek leads along a rocky glacier path to the high camp (5450m). You’ll be met by panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. Overnight in tented camp at High camp.
A day will be spent here for us to acclimatize and adjust to the high altitude. We’ll also take a short trek around the camp to prepare for the 6000m adventure tomorrow morning. Overnight in tented camp at High Camp.
Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll set out early to climb Pisang peak. At the summit of Pisang (6091m), you have a closer panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, the Tibetan mountains, Kang Guru Peak, Gyaji Kang peak, Tilje peak, Kuchubhro peak, and many more. After an easy trip to the top, we make our way back down to the base camp. Overnight in tented camp at Pisang Peak Base Camp.nn
The trail moves steeply down during the five hour trek to Pisang Village (3300m). The view of the Annapurna range accompanies the descent. Beginning today, accommodations will once more be guesthouses for the rest of the trip. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna range. The people of this region herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy the special trading rights they gained back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have a choice between trails heading north and south of the Marsyangdi River, meeting up again at Mungji. The southern route goes by Hongde (3325m) and involves less climbing than the northern route by way of Ghyaru. While containing a more rigorous path, the route along the northern bank of the river holds better mountain views than the southern. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3475m) to nearby Manang (3540m). Overnight at Manang.nn
Today we leave Manang, the trail making an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka (4000m) after five hours, where the many yaks and abundant vegetation begin to grow steadily sparser. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
From Yak Kharka our trek head towards Thorang Phedi Base Camp. We start our pace slow by slow along the bank of Jorsang river until we descend down to cross the bridge. Afterward passing narrow path for about an hour we finally reached Thorang Phedi Base Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.
|Day 19||Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3760m/12336ft), via Thorong-La Pass (5416m/17770ft) - 8hrs|
Today holds a long trek beginning at 4 a.m., enabling us to reach the pass by 9 or 10 a.m. Otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters, and can be exposed to strong winds if the crossing is made too late. We start climbing up a steep path that is regularly used and easy to follow. Problems may arise, however, due to the high altitude and snow. Snow often makes the crossing for more difficult. About four hours’ climb we’ll reach the pass, marked by chortens and prayer flags. At the top we’ll be rewarded by the magnificent view, after which another four will take us to the holy town of Muktinath (3800m).nn nnMuktinath, meaning “place of Nirvana,” is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows are relieved when visiting the temple, a scared pilgrimage site to Hindus and Buddhists alike. The chief pilgrimage usually takes place in September. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and features 108 waterspouts from which holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple, which contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Muktinath.
Our descent continues five hours through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom (2715), headquarters of the Mustang district and home to many apple orchards and apple delicacies. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste during the journey. Overnight at Jomsom.
This morning a thirty minute flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once at the Pokhara airport, we’ll drive to a hotel. In the afternoon will be a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Waterfall, a museum, a Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower Cave, and more. Overnight at Pokhara.
We return to Kathmandu on a seven hour bus ride. If you are interested in continuing exploring upon our return, Kathmandu holds much to do and see. Some suggestions are Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure, Kathmandu Shopping Tour or Scenic Everest Flight. Overnight at Kathmandu.