Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Freedom Adventures’ representative will greet you. You will be dropped off at the hotel, and after checking in, you could walk around Thamel, a popular tourist hub in Kathmandu. Observing the market and some souvenir shopping will freshen your mind. Dinner at an excellent restaurant will give you a taste of Nepali cuisine. Your trek guide will brief you about the trip. Overnight at Kathmandu.
After breakfast you will drive for 178 km which takes around with beautiful scenic view to Besisahar along with Trishuli and Marshyandi Rivers. Once we arrive at Beshishar we will have our lunch, then we start our trekking towards to Bulbule. Overnight in Bulbule.
Our trail goes through Marshyandi River along with astonishing waterfalls, terrace rice field, and subtropical forest. With 3 hours we will reach Bahundanda where we will have our lunch. We continue our trek for two hours to reach Jagat where we stop for overnight stay at a local lodge. Overnight in Jagat.
Our trail goes up to the Jagat through a rocky path by passing beautiful waterfalls across the river. We enter the Manang District today. Finally after about 6 hours of walk we reach Dharapani where we stay overnight at a tea house. Overnight in Dharapani.
Today our aim will be to trek to Chame which is headquarter of Manang District. This place is situated on the banks of Marshyangdi River. At the start, the trail ascends up through oak and pine forest with beautiful landscape of Latamanang and Koto villages. It takes 5 hours to reach Chame. Overnight in Chame.
The trail climbs up to Pisang through fir and pine forest, rocky and steep path with magnificent views of Pisang Peak (6,091m), Annapurna II and waterfalls near Brothan Village. It takes about 6 hours to reach Pisang. Overnight in Pisang.
From Pisang our trail climbs up towards Manang through beautiful Yak pastures, crops fields and Tibetian monastery with the magnificent views of Annapurna II, III, IV, and other snowcapped mountain. It takes about 5 hours to reach Manang. Overnight in Manang.
Acclimatization is crucial before proceeding to higher elevations. This day you can visit the spectacular side trips to Bhojo Gompa, Gangapurna Lake and Glaciers. Also if you are interested to get more information you can visit Himalayan Rescue Association post. Overnight in Manang.
After breakfast at Manang, you will start you trek goes up the trail with magnificent view of mountains. About 5 hours of hike you will finally reach Yak Kharka. This is the joining place for those people who do Thorpng-La pass and also people from the other side Manang stay at this place. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
From Yak Kharka our trek head towards Thorung 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 Thorung Phedi Base Camp. Overnight in Thorung Phedi.
|Day 11||Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3760m/12,336ft) via Thorung-La Pass (5416m/17,770ft)-8hrs|
Today is the most challenging day of our trekking as we have to pass the gruelling Thorong-La Pass which stands at 5,416m. We start early in the morning and walking 4hrs uphill we reach the pass. From here we have an incredible panoramic view of high desert mountains along with Kaligandaki valley. Then our trails descend downs for 6-7 hours to Muktinath, our destination for today. Muktinath is a holy place of Hinduism and Buddhism. Overnight in Muktinath.
After breakfast we descend down to Kagbeni. We trek along Kaligandaki River with view of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri as well as other snowcapped mountains. Kagbeni is a Thakali village and the gateway to Upper Mustang. It is famous for apple gardens and apple products. It takes 3 hours to reach Kagbeni. We will visit the local community, this village is the perfect picture of Upper Mustang at a glance. Overnight in Kagbeni.
We start our trek after breakfast, and head towards Jomsom, district capital of Mustang District. We have our lunch at Jomsom, and spend sometime exploring the local bazaar. We walk towards Marpha following Kaligandaki river, and see if we can stumble upon fossils on the river bank! Marpha is quite famous for apple and apple products. Overnight in Marpha.
Today we pass through some interesting villages with traditional architecture, following Kaligandaki River. We reach at Larjung village after 5 hrs of trek. Overnight in Larjung.
Following the Kaligandaki river, we pass through different villages which reflect tradition lifestyle and snowcovered mountains always smile on the edge of Himalayas – Dhaulagari, Nilgari, Annapurnas and many more. Overnight in Ghasa.
We move from dry landscape to pine vegetation after 5 hrs trek we will reach at Tatopani (which translates to hot springs). In the evening we will enjoy the natural thermals springs at the heart of this small town. Overnight in Tatopani.
Today we start the ascent to Ghorepani. Crossing several villages which will get you closer to Nepali traditional life style, we slowly contour up to Ghorepani all the way up. Ghorepani is the village of Magar people with their own culture and tradition. Stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri welcome us to this quaint village. Overnight in Ghorepani.
|Day 18||Trek from Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1540m/5053ft) , with Poonhill hike (3210m/10,532ft) - 5hrs|
We hike for 40 minutes to Poon hill through the rhododendron forests to view the breathtaking Mountains like Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Baraha Shikar, Annapura I, Annapurana South, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhere, and so on. The sunrise over the mountains will be a sight to savour. We walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast and start the trek into deep forests until we reach Banthanti. Downhill trail towards to Tikhedhunga passes Ulleri, and on stony steps we descend to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Walking for three hours with the company of lovely waterfalls we pass through lush forests. We stop at Naya Pul, whence we drive back to Pokhara on a 1hr drive. Overnight in Pokhara.
On a seven-hour drive on a tourist bus, we reach Kathmandu. You can spend some leisure time reflecting on the trek and doing last-minute shopping in Thamel. We meet up for dinner in the evening and celebrate successful completion of our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.