Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel transfer.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (823m/6hrs). You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway until Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the River Marsyangdi to reach Beshishahar Beshishahar is a administrative headquarter for Lamjung district, in the evening you look around the town, the mountain can be seen in distant from here are lamjung Himla, Himal chuli and annapurna 2nd.
Day 4: Besisahar to Bahundanda (1305m/6hrs). The first part of the trek along the Marsyangdi river is quite easy most of the way. You can enjoy the rice field terraced natural sceneries and the Gurung cultural settlement along the walk, after lunch quite tough ascend of 2 hours brings you to hilltop location Bahundanda In Bahundanda there are some shops to buy groceries, camera films (still in a reasonable price) and there is even a telephone.
Day 5: Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m/5hrs). A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows flat path through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf, which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.
Day 6: Chamje to Dharapani (1960m/5.30hrs). The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m) before us. Though cliffs enclose it, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy riverbank, which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone kani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m), and our camp for the night.
Day 7: Dharapani to Chame (2675m/5hrs). As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, in 1995 monsoon few Canadians and locals were dead from the horrible landslide during night at bagarchhap. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge, which takes you to follow steep ascent path up to Timang. It lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where you can already see some of the high peaks of the Annapurna above you, Chame which is also the administrative headquarters for the Manang district has government offices, shops, and hotels.
Day 8: Chame to Pisang (3100m/5hrs). Starting with Mountain View at Chame then soon the mountain disappears just after the short ascend up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard on the first go. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area, as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m). In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the northeast. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.
Day 9: Pisang to Manang (3440m/5hrs). Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge, which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Passing an airstrip at Hongde (3320m), you come to a level area from where the northeast face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalayas spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m.) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m.). After a short steep climb you reach Manang, which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. You camp here for the night, amidst the fluttering prayer flags, which adorn the houses.
The alternative route from Pisang to Manang is to climb up to a village called Ghyaru then descends back to Manang. It is quite a hard climbing, but it is worth it - the panoramic view from Ghyaru is spectacular. And - Ghyaru and another village Nawal you'll reach on this way are really special. It is a long walking day, but the view on the way is amazing. The peaks of Annapurna II (7937 meters), Annapurna IV (7525 meters) and Annapurna III (7855 meters) are just above you; these peaks are covered with heavy snow, while the other side of the river looks dry like a desert.
Day 10: Rest and acclimatize in Manang. This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village, which makes an interesting and worth visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m/4hrs). The way from Manang takes you upper to the origins of the Marsyangdi river - you'll reach the adjoining of "Khangsar Khola" and "Jhargeng Khola", where they turn into the big "Marsyangdi" river. From now on you'll walk up the Jhargeng Khola (until Thorung-La pass). From Manang you pass Gungsang and reach Yak Kharka - 4000 meters high. It is not even a village, just a place with some guesthouses for travelers. Go to "Gangapurna" guesthouse. Good food. Note that on those heights, you already feel the low density of the air. Every step requires more effort, and you need to rest many times during walking - Take it easy, don't rush! This is the key for avoiding mountain sickness. And - drink a lot, even when you're not thirsty.
Day 12: Yak Kharkha to Phedi (4420m/4hrs). Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge then reach. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Day 13: Phedi to Muktinath (3850m via pass (5416m). You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.
Day 14: Muktinath to Kagebeni (2895m/3hrs). You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures. People living there follow the Tibetan life style and culture. There is situated a monastery said to belong to 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang.
Day 15: Kagebeni to Marpha (2650m/5h5hrs). You now begin the flat path along the bank of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet up to Marpha. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village, which has its own cultural importance. It is rich in cultivating apples. The apple brandy available there is famous among the local people and travelers.
Day 16: Marpha to Ghans (2013m/5hrs). Your trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m).
Day 17: Ghansa to tatopani (1189m/5hrs). The trail descends steeply up to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) facing each other near Rukse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopani is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Along this, it gives you physical and mental refreshment as well.
Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m/6hrs). Your trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. Now path goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve Gorkha Regiment and Indian Regiment as well. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki River with panormic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
The trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) is a small pass and the village of Deurali. Although there is time enough to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that you can make the morning trip to Poon Hill (3180m.) for an outstanding panorama of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, Iv, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgir ranges, Annapurna I, Bahra Sikhar (Twelve peaks or renowned as French Fang), Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The view you can see from here is probably the best view in the world. Different visitors to enjoy the sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountain crowd not only this, Poon Hill.
Day 19: Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1475m/5hrs). Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, you again follow gradual descent path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. It is a small village where you can pause for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m), a big Gurung village from where you can enjoy view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tirkhedhunga is steeply descent passing terraces and some villages.
After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tirkhedhunga, you reach Hille. It is also a small Gurung village with surrounding green hills. Most of the inhabitants of this village are occupied in agriculture.
Day20: Tikhedhunga to Nayapul then Pokhara (813m): This day’s trek gradually descends following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before you cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge. You are amazed to pass small villages, see the magnificent waterfalls and walk through the sparse forests. From nayapul to Pokhara is 50km drives.
Day 21: Pokhara to Kathmand (6hrs/ 200km). While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.
Day 22: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 23: Departure.
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