Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
Evening dinner at the Hotel
Day 2: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Today after the breakfast we’ll be touring around the Kathmandu valley. The Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa are the major sight-seeing areas around the Kathmandu valley. These all are listed in a world heritage sites. The Durbar square shows us the regal life of ancient periods. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages. Swayambhunath temple and Boudhanath Stupa is the Buddhist temple which is very popular around the globe. Swayambhunath is also known as money temple stands on the hilltop west of the Kathmandu valley. It can also be known as the viewpoint of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath temple is the biggest Chorten ever made around the world.
Later on, after the sight-seeing, we will introduce to our fellow participants and discuss our trip preparations.
Day 3: Drive to Jagat via Besisahar. - 10 hrs drive
We will pick you up from your hotel for the drive to Besi Sahar. Our journey begins through deep gorges as you trace the Trisuli River westwards. We will be passing through the small town of Mugling where the Trisuli and Marsyangdi rivers meet. Approximately after 7 to 8 hours’ drive, we reach foothills around Besi Sahar (760m). Through the villages of Ngadi and Lampata, the trail leads to Bahundanda and continuing high above the river eventually western side of the Marsyangdi at Syange after which the trail becomes steep in parts, reaching the ancient village of Jagat.
Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1860m) - 5 hrs walk
The initial route of trek begins from Jagat where the trail continues with a zigzag way across the right side of Marsyangdi river view and after crossing again suspension bridge in the Marsyangdi River the trail goes uphill and gradually steep flat and get to Tal. It is one of the famous places for valley views and waterfalls. We enter Manang district after crossing the bridge near Tal. The trail advances through barely, rice and potato fields; and the waterfalls continue to accompany us even today. Afterward, we pass through the village of Kodo before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang Valley.
Day 5: Trek to Chame (2670m) - 5 hrs walk
After registering in ACAP office, we advance our climbs over a spur, steep forested ridges en-route to Chame. Throughout the day you can enjoy spectacular views of Annapurna II (7937m). Climbing steeply zigzag section of the road through Rhododendron forest, the trail climbs through the fir forest which follows the river for a time amongst the maple and oak trees. Finally at the entrance to Chame, is along with many prayer wheels; the administrative headquarter of Manang district.
Day 6: Trek to Pisang (3200m) - 5 hrs walk
Today we will head out to Pisang walking through the apple orchards to the village of Bhratang. We then walk through a trail of a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising from the river that provides us beautiful scenery of the journey so far. Then, we move towards the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating Tibetan Plateau landscape.
Day 7: Trek to Manang (3500m) - 7 hrs trek
Continuing on the south side of the river, the trail includes a long climb over a ridge which passes through Upper Pisang via Ngawal as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak. On the way, we pass through pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. As we walk near Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry.
Day 8: Acclimatization day at Manang - 5 hrs trek
Today is an important rest day to acclimatize before crossing the Thorong La. There are multiple day hikes - such as climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village; a visit would be an interesting and educational one. Moreover, you can also visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake which is just half an hour walk from the village.
Day 9: Trek to Khangsar (3734m) - 4-5 hrs trek
Today we will trek to Khangsar which takes approximately five hours walk. The trail starts with a gradual descent then crossing a suspension bridge over JharsingKhola (stream). In a clear weather, the panoramic views of Annapurna range can be seen while walking. Khangsar is inhabited by Gurung village where you can find a small monastery, mani walls, and prayer flags.
Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4150m) - 6/7 hrs trek
Today we will head on to Tilicho Base Camp. The trail is steep; passing through the small Chortens on the way, we continue through Juniper and sea buckthorns bushes. After crossing through few streams we reach a crest with prayer flags and further continuing the zigzag trail down the slope, we reach Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Tilicho lake (4920m) and back to Khangsar. – 7/8 hrs trek
Early morning climb to Tilicho Lake passing through moraine, making a long climb to 4710 m. Once you reach the lake, enjoy an outstanding view of Tarkeghyang, Gangapurna and the Khangsar Kang. Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at (4920m), presents a particularly dramatic spectacle. The lake is 4 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide. Sometimes its turquoise water reflects the surrounding peaks but more often it stays frozen solid. After spending some quality time at Tilicho Lake, we will trek down to Khangsarfollowing the same route, for overnight stay
Day 12: Trek to Yak Kharka (4120m) – 5/6 hrs trek
Today, we will trek to Yak Kharka crossing the river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. After passing the small village of Gunsang (3900m), you will cross a large stream that flows from Chulu west and Gundang. Then the trail passes an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow at 4000m. Beyond here is Yak Kharka, also known as Koche.
Day 13: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m) – 5/6 hrs trek
After less than one hour walk from Yak Kharka, we will reach Chauri Ledar (4250m). From Ledar, the trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 meters. After making a short ascent to a teashop, the route then follows to Thorung Phedi.
Day 14: Trek to Muktinath (3700m) via Thorung la (5350m) – 8/9 hrs trek
Set out early in the morning from Phedi for the Thorong La. Today is one of the most challenging walks. Crossing the pass, you enter the valley of the Kali Gandaki River and further lead you to Muktinath (3800m) – the doorways of Mustang
Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2700m) – 7/8 hrs trek
Today’s trek begins with the downhill walk to Kali Gandaki Gorge having arid landscapes opening on the Tibetan plateau to the north, high mountains covered with snow to the south (Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri Himal). Passing down to Jomsom, we cross Jarkhot and Kagbeni which are also worth visiting. Further descending down we reach Marpha, a delightful Thakali village. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Marpha is well known for its apples, apple cider, apricot and peach wine.
Day 16: Trek to Kalopani (2500m) – 7 hrs trek
After breakfast, we head out to Kalopani, crossing the river and walking through Tibetan Refugee camp at Chairoto Tukuche. From Tukuche, the trail is undulating and passing through small villages of Sauru, Kobang and Larjungon the way, making our way down to Kalopani.
Day 17: Trek to Tatopani (1200m) – 7 hrs trek
From Kalo Pani, we follow the standard trail until we reach Ghasa. From Ghasa the trail descends steeply up to RupseChhahara (Waterfall). From Rupse, the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani. The word “Tatopani” is also known as the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Take a dip into the hot spring to relax your sore muscles after long walks.
Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) – 6/7 hrs trek
Today we climb steadily through thick forest until we reach Shikha. From this vantage point, we have stunning views down through the Kali Gandaki Valley and across to the Dhaulagiri range. Continuing through rhododendron forest we make our way to Ghorepani.
Day 19: Morning visit Poonhill (3150m) then trek to Tikhedhunga (1350m) - 5-6 hrs
Early morning take a short hike to Poon Hill (3210m.) to enjoy the panoramic sunrise views over the peaks of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri amongst others. Afterward, we return to Ghorepani for a breakfast before descending to Tikhedhunga.
Day 20: Trek to Hille and drive to Pokhara (900m)
Today we will trek down to Hille which takes approx. 2 hrs walk. Our vehicle will be waiting for you and will transfer you to the hotel.
Pokhara is Nepal's second largest town and is far more relaxed than Kathmandu. It’s beautiful lakeside setting beneath the imposing shadow of the stunning Annapurna Range, make it the perfect ending point for our trek.
Remaining day at leisure.
Day 21: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Morning at leisure. Late afternoon visit Davis fall, then to Gupteshowar Mahadev Cave, Tibetan Refugee camp.Enjoy boating at Phewa Lake. Evening stroll around the Lakeside area.
Day 22: Fly back to Kathmandu
Today morning, you are transferred to Pokhara airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are transferred to Hotel.
Day 23: International departure
Depending on your flight time, our airport check in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.
Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.