This trek offers fascinating landscape, Bhotia (Tibetan) Buddhist culture mixed with local tradition, high Himalayan passes, panoramic view of Annapurna range, and beautiful villages in Annapurna foothill. We travel by bus to Besishar and follow well-maintained trail through Marsyangdi river valley to Manang. Ascend the steep and often snowy trail that leads to 5335m Thorangla pass, cross the pass and then descend to Muktinath. The descent continues to Jomsom.
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Day 1: Depart for Nepal:
Depart UK for Kathamndu
Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu:
We arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our Hotel. Spend the day getting used to our surroundings and picking up any last-minute necessities!
Day 3: Drive to Khudi:
The following morning, we will drive by bus to Besisahr and then catch a ride by jeep to Khidi (790m). There will be good views of Lamjung Himal on our left and Himalchuli on our right. We will be staying in Khudi and getting some sleep before the exciting and challenging days that lie ahead…
Day 4: Trek to Syange (912m):
Our trek will commence and the journey begins with a gentle climb along the Marsyangdi River towards the village of Khudi. Where the Marsyangdi swings north, the trail will rise higher, revealing incredible views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. We will continue up the east bank of the river.
When we reach the Bahundanda ridge (1310m) we will begin our descent towards the river once more. We arrive at our destination, Syange (912m) – the northern limit of rice cultivation in Marsyangdi valley – after another two and a half hours where our accommodation will be for the night.
The total trekking time today will be between seven and eight hours.
Day 5: Trek to Tal (1646m):
Today, our trail will ascend slowly and become increasingly narrower throughout one of Annapurna’s magnificent canyons.
We cross the river over a suspension bridge near Chyamje and travel past the rock barriers of Ngadi Chuli and Numun Bhanjyang. The trail meanders through Jagat Village (1300m) and the Chamje area (1430m).
Our destination, Tal (1646m), is a further 2 hours. Tal is known as the gateway to Manang District and is home to a beautiful flat meadow with several Bhotia houses and a spectacular waterfall.
Day 6: Trek to Bagarchap (2165m):
Our adventure will ascend through main gorge on the east bank of the Marsyangdi River. At times, the trail here is cut out of vertical cliffs – very exhilarating!
When we reach Dharapani (1890m) we cross the river to scale through lush forests and meadows. The climb continues steeply upwards from here towards Namun Bhanjyang La pass and Tebang Meadow – some of the more remote, but remarkable sections of the trek.
We will be able to experience breath-taking views of Manaslu and the peaks situated above the Larkya Pass before reaching our accommodation at Bagarchap (2165m).
Day 7: Trek to Chame (2714m):
On day 7, the trail runs diagonally from the Tebang meadows through Thankchok Village (2865m) and back down towards the river to a place named Kupar. Kupar lies above the junction of the Marsyangdi and the Nar Rivers.
There is a police check point here before arriving at Chame (2714m) where our accommodation will be for the evening.
Day 8: Trek to Pisang (3171m):
Today we will cross the enclosed bridge which was built by Tibetan Khampas people who once had a camp nearby. This will take us to the north side of the river near a horticultural apple farm in Brathang (2744m).
It is now that the spectacular ascent to Pisang begins!
We will soon come to a hair-pin turn which marks the beginning of the rain shadow. This is the mysteriously dry side of the mountain. This is experienced between the high plains of Ghasa and Tukuche where there are fantastic views of the surrounding peaks. The wind and rain gain momentum to break their way through the line of the main Himalayan Range between Annapurna II and Manaslu.
When we arrive at Pisang (3171m) there is a choice of camp sites below the village – south or north of the river, or about half an hour before in a pleasant wooded area, sheltered from the prevailing wind.
Day 9: Trek to Manang (3537m):
Today’s journey will take us through easy terrain and among forests to a small ridge at 3445m. Below us we will see Upper Manang Valley that stretches into the distance. The southern tier of this valley is walled by the peaks of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Visible just to the south of a distant sharp rock peak, is the Great Barrier and the basin containing Tilicho Lake (7193m). To the north, we will see Thorung La (5416m) and Thorungtse (6483m) and a long ridge of over 2000 peaks!
Descending from this incredible view point, our path will cross with a large plain and pass Hongde airstrip (3280m). As we continue trekking, we will progress beyond Sabje Khola (a tributary to the Marsyangdi River) and Braga (a cliff-side village with several impressive monasteries) before arriving at Manang (3537m).
Day 10: Acclimatisation day at Manang:
Acclimatisation day at Manang. This is a fantastic spot to take an acclimatisation day. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. It is possible to take treks to the lake which is about three hours north of Braga at 4818m, to the main Manang Gompa or to Khangsar (3740m) on the trail to Tilicho lake.
Day 11: Trek to Ledar (4230m):
Today we will pass through Yak Kharka (4035m) to Churi Letdar (4230m) where you might be lucky enough to enjoy some tea at the tea shop!
Our accommodation for the evening will be here. We can also embark on an extra trip up the stream following the West Chulu Peak if time permits.
Day 12: Trek to Thorang Phedi:
The trail turns northwest up the tributary valley of Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. Cross a covered cantilevered bridge and ascend to Phedi Village (4781m) where we will stay for the night.
Day 13: Cross Thorang pass (5335m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m):
Ascend steeply for two hours then along an undulating trail to the highest point of the trek – Thorong La Pass (5335m)! There are unforgettable views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal Peak to the west. We will feel on top of the world!
Our descent will later begin through Mustang on a steep downhill trail (with remarkable sights of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak) for three hours to Muktinath.
Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Whilst here we may even see a glimpse of pilgrims bathing in the holy water.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2713 m):
We will descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then steeply into the Kali Gandaki River Valley. Follow the valley southward to the headquarters of Mustang District, Jomsom (2713m).
Day 15: Fly to Pokhara and explore:
Today we will fly to Pokhara – the city on Phewa Lake. We will have time to explore the area and visit local restaurants. Take in the outstanding scenery and reflect on the amazing achievement we have just accomplished!
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu and explore:
From Pokhara, we will drive to Kathamndu by bus. This will be a long journey but we will be able to admire the views along the way.
Day 17: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport:
Today we simply transfer to the airport to depart Kathmandu.
Day 18: Return to the UK:
Arrive back in the UK.
No experience is needed, however we strongly recommend you practice and train well. You will require a reasonable amount of fitness and a strong will to succeed. Remember that you are walking between 4 and 8 hours a day, uphill to an altitude of 5335m.
Training should involve long uphill walks (with a daypack) to accustom yourself to long distance hiking. Once you have booked on the trip, you will be given an advice pack which will contain information on how to train and make sure you are prepared physically to make the trek.
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Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!