Day 1: By flight/bus or van, to Pokhara, and rest of the days on Phewa Lake, with the Annapurna Range rising to 26,000 feet north of us.
Day 2: Today we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (elevation 8900 feet), the administrative center for the Mustang district to Nepal. En-route we fly between Annapurna I (26500 feet) ad Dhaulagiri (26,800 feet). It is a spectacular flight. We meet our porters in Jomsom. From here we trek up the wide, Kali Gandaki Valley to the Fortress-like town of Kagbeni (9200 feet). The scenery around us is spectacular. To our south are the glaciated peaks of the Himalaya. To our north is the drier, dessert-like countryside of the Tibetan plateau, a maze of barren high mountains (8 miles).
Day 3: Climbing 3000 feet out the Kali Gandaki Valley, we have excellent views of the Annapurna Range, Muktinath and Mustang. We traverse into the spectacular Chalung Khola, climbing and descending side canyons along the way, to the village of Sangdak, elevation 12,500 feet (15 miles).
Day 4: We ascend the convoluted Chalung gorge, then climb 400 feet, to 16,800 - foot, Sangdak Pass, the eastern entrance to Dolpo. The scenery is magnificent. This has got to be one of the grandest viewpoints in the world. Descending the pass we follow the Thajang Khola to the village of Chharka, 13,500 feet elevation (25 miles).
Days 5-7: From Chharka we climb 3000 feet to Chharka Pass (16,500), then descend into the Keheng Khola. This is one of the most remote regions in Nepal, an area where there could still be the magnificent Marco Polo sheep or the Tibetan wild yak. The landscape is Arctic desert, barren in places with alpine meadows in others. We hike past the very Tibetan villages of Tinje, Shimengaon and Saldang (50 miles).
Days 8-11: Entering Phoksundo National Park, we climb 3000 feet over a 17,300 - foot pass and descend, to famous Shey Gomba, elevation 13,950 feet. We spend a layover day here watching blue sheep, looking for snow leopards and wolves and touring the monastery (10 miles).
Days 12-13: Leaving Shey Gomba we climb 3200 feet over a 17200-foot pass. Views of the 22,000-foot peaks of the Kanjiroba Range are excellent. We descend 5000 feet into the Phoksundo River drainage and work our way along beautiful Phosksudo Lake (12,000 feet). We find ourselves perched on cliffs, high above the lake. If you don’t like heights you won’t enjoy this section. A layover day is planned at the lake (16 miles) Ringmo - Sepka 2700 m, Sepka - Dunai, 6 hours. Then observes the village, Dunai - Juphal 2 hours. And back packing and Juphal - Nepalganj - Kathmandu by flight.
Days 14-16: From Phoksundo Lake we descend past the spectacular waterfall draining the lake. Leaving the main route we follow the Durjam Khola through the village of Pungmo (9600 feet), to the base of Kagmara Pass. Since crossing the last pass we have entered the lusher side of the Himalayas. Beautiful forests of pine, spruce, hemlock and birch are common (18 miles).
Days 17-19: Descend Garpung Khola 8 miles to Hurikot and the park boundary. Continue down 2 miles to the Bheri River, at 8600 feet elevation. Contour through villages and apple orchards past potato and corn fields, climbing to camp at Mauriya Phedi, elevation 10,200 (20 miles).
Days 20-21: Ascend steeply, 2300 feet, through forests of pine and oak, across avalanche tracks to Mauriya Pass (elevation 12,500). Views of the snowy peaks to our north and east are exceptional. Descend steeply, 2600 feet, through birch, oak and rhododendron forests to Chotra, elevation 9900 feet (7 miles).
Day 22: For the next two days we descend the Tila Valley through spruce forests, past barely fields and rice terraces, irrigation works and water driven mills, to Jumla, elevation 7700 feet, the administrative center for the region (20 miles).
Days 23-24: From Jumla we fly to Nepalgunj and fly to Kathmandu.
Days 25-26: An easier day in Kathmandu.
Day 27: Departure/drive to airport.
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