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Kaligandaki Trekking Nepal

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 665 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 700 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing. Sightseeing of Bouddhanath, The biggest Buddhist stupa and then to Pashupatinath, the biggest Hindu Temple and finally to Bhaktapur. Includes: (B).

Day 3: Kathmandu to Lumle (drive) and trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,540 m), walking hours about 4. Drive in the morning about 6-7 hours to Lumle by normal bus. Our Trekking Crew will travel with us to Lumle. Then we proceed the walk through the meadow and terraced fields, after an hour the trail reaches across a big bridge, by the confluence of Bhurungdi Khola and the Modi River where a large village bazaar lies named Birethanti.

After the Annapurna Conservation Project entry registration, we continue the walk now the trail climbs up gently and easy to follow. There are two suspension bridges across Bhurungdi Khola, which you should pass by. The trail still passes few lodges and after one hour reaches to Hille, then again 15 minutes walk takes you to Tirkhedhunga for the night halt. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 4: Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,750 m), walking hours about 7. Today the walk is almost through the stone steps up to Ulleri. After the last suspension bridge at Tirkhedhunga, more than 3000 stone steps stand between you and the breath taking views from Ulleri. This pretty slate roofed village is largely comprised of Magar People. They are Tibeto-Burman in origin and very skilled craftsmen in stone and wood.

From here you can have the good views of Annapurna South and Himchuli as well as the Bhurungdi Valley below. Now the trail climbs less steeply and after an hour reaches to Banthanti where few tourist lodges are situated, after the last lodge the beautiful rhododendron forest begins, which is really spectacular in March and April. About two hours gradually ascend the trail reaches to Ghorepani, surrounded by Rhododendron Forest and this village is inhabited by the Magars (ethnic group). Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 5: Ghorapani to Tatopani (1,180 m), walking hours about 6. Today's walk is a lot easier as it is mainly downhill to Tatopani. However before we set off, we make an ascent of Poon Hill (3210 m) to obtain magnificent, unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains. The walk up to the top of Poon Hill takes approx. one hour but is well worth the effort. From Deorali, the trail descends through rhododendron and magnolia forest, to Chitre at 2390 m, and continues down to Sikha at 1980 m, and then Ghara at 1705 m.

From here it is a steep descent of 500 m to the Ghar Khola, where the trail then climbs briefly before crossing the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge. It is then a short walk to Tatopani at 1180m. Tatopani is a large village with many well-appointed tea-houses and takes it's name, 'hot water', (tatopani) from the hot spring bathing pools on the banks of the river. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 6: Tatopani to Kalopani (2,560 m), walking hours about 7. The trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is considered to be the deepest in the world, situated as it is between the two 8000 m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently to reach Dana at 1400 m, and on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550 m, where there is a stunning waterfall.

The trail then crosses to the eastern bank of the river to reach Kopchepani, but then crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935 m. From here it is a short climb to Ghasa at 2080 m. We continue to ascend and pass through Lete at 2470 m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560 m. Meals: (B, L, D).

Day 7: Kalopani to Marpha (2,665 m), walking hours about 6. Today we start by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560 m. We then continue on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with it's narrow alleyways. Our lunch spot is the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590 m. From Tukuche we continue up the Kali Gandaki, with the terrain becoming much more barren and the breeze increasing as it passes through the gorge.

On the way to Marpha we pass a Tibetan refuge settlement and then a horticulture research station. Marpha at 2665 m is a large Thakali village with many excellent tea houses, but it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, and whitewashed buildings. There is also a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist gompa which can be visited. Meals: (B, L, D)

Day 8: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,810 m), walking hours about 5. We leave Marpha and continue to climb along the side of the valley to reach Jomsom at 2713 m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement which is the administrative centre of the region, containing the airport, army camp, and numerous hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank and continue onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730 m.

From here there is a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810 m. Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. It is a fascinating village with many Tibetan influences. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 9: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800 m), walking hours about 5. From Kagbeni we make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley and join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200 m. From here we continue on the trail high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500 m. This village is well worth exploring and so we will stop here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath.

From Jharkot the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800 m. We initially reach Ranipauwa where there are many tea houses and shops, and where we stay for the night. The actual religious site of Muktinath is a further 10 minutes walk up the hill and this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists alike, and the area includes a Buddhist gompa and a Hindu temple. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713 m), walking hours about 7. Today we trek descending to Jomsom with the view of wonder Mt. Dhaulagiri and Kali Gandaki river. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 11: In the morning fly to Pokhara (850 m), flight about 25 minutes. On this day we fly through the biggest gorge of in the world. During the flight you will have an opportunity to see the world's 8000 m snowcapped mountain and beautiful landscape. Flight to Pokhara is just 25 minutes. This excellent Mountain flight are not always on time, flight may delay or cancel due to the bad weather. In case of flight cancel and for the evacuation if use helicopter guest must pay it. Free afternoon at Pokhara. Overnight Hotel. Includes: (B).

Day 12: At noon flight to Kathmandu. At noon we fly to Kathmandu, and afternoon at Kathmandu you can spend rest time on your own style. Includes: (B).

Day 13: Back home. Drive to airport for return journey back home. Includes: (B).

Note: From Pokhara to Kathmandu, it also possible to use bus transport. If transport by bus the cost will be deduct USD 72 per person. Everyday bus Departure from Pokhara at 7:00 am in the morning.

Group Leader: 100% free if the paying clients are above 15 and if it is above 10 just 50% of total amount.

Price Includes:
- International airport pickup and drop service
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara category in 3 star in double occupancy
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Sightseeing throughout English speaking guide
- Sightseeing entry fee and transport
- Bus transport to trekking start point
- Trekking conservation permit
- Trekking Register Certificate
- Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter in between 2 person, one porter will carry 25 kg)
- Experienced and first aid trained license holder trekking guide
- Tea House accommodation during the trek in double occupancy
- All meals during the trek
- Breakfast will be served with tea
- Flight ticket: Jomsom - Pokhara and Pokhara - Kathmandu.

Price Excludes:
- Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage)
- Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency
- Personal insurance
- Personal use trekking equipment
- Tipping to guide and porter
- International and domestic airport tax
- Donation to the local people.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 1 pax: USD 700
- 2-5 pax: USD 660
- Above 5 pax: USD 635
- Single supplement: USD 85.

Price Includes:
- Domestic flight Pokhara to Jomsom flight ticket.

About This Supplier
Location: Nepal
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2007

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