Day 01: You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to
Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the
Marshyangdi River to Besi Sahar (823m.). It takes almost
six hours. Beshishahar is the district headquarters of
Lamjung district. All the local government offices are
situated here. From here, you can see some of mountain
peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the
daily activities of local people. This headquarter is the
centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied
to the different villages and numerous towns.
Day 02: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) which
it takes about six hours. The first part of the trail passes
thorough flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi river.
You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung
community. After lunch, the trail goes steeply upwards to
Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. At this point, you
can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with
snow capped mountains.
Day 03: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) which takes
about six hours.
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 Marshyangdi 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 Marshyangdi valley. Now,
the trail begins to observe small ups and downs to Chamje
through the forests.
Day 04: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) which
takes about six hours. 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,
we see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. Though
it is enclosed by cliffs, 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. Here, you can enjoy the exhilarating
water fall. 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 mani marking the entrance to Dharapani
(1960m.), and our camp for the night.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) which takes
about five and a half hours. 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 Marshyangdi 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. 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 Lamjung Himal.
The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where
there are government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is
the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) which takes about
five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning
sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you
climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard.
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 north-east. Continuing on, you
come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village
Day 07: Rest at Pisang. This day you can hike to Upper Pisang
for visit to monastery and you can go for village tour to
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Pisang Base Camp which takes
about six hours. The trail is steep ascent passing through
Upper Pisang. En route you cross forests of pine and local
vegetation. The views of Annapurna rang welcome you.
Day 09: Rest at Pisang Base Camp. This is an acclimatization
day for the preparation of Pisang summit.
Day 10: Trek from Pisang Base Camp to Pisang High Camp which
takes about four hours. You trek along rocky glacier path
to High Camp. You will be completely charmed by the panoramic
views of Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal
peak, Tilicho peak and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.
Day 11: Summit Pisang peak and back to Pisang Base Camp
which takes about ten hours. At the summit of Pisang peak,
you can have closer panoramic views of Annapurna range, Chulu
East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak, Manaslu,
Ganesh Himal, Tibetan mountains, Kang Guru Peak, Gyaji Kang
peak, Tilje peak, Kuchubhro peak and many more.
Day 12: Trek from Pisang Base Camp to Pisang and it takes
about four hours.
The trail moves steep down all the way to Pisang. The view
of Annapurna range accompanies you.
Day 13: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) which takes
about five and a half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs
a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley
and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip
at Hongde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the
north-east 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 Marshyangdi 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 Himalaya 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.
Day 14: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.
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 educational visit. Moreover ,you
can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day
a memorable one.
Day 15: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) which takes
about three and half hours. Now, the trail ascends gently
all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.)
village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day.
Day 16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) which
takes about 3 and a half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb
gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters
of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge.
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 17: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via
Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours.
You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La [5416m].
The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as
this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of
years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and
after around 4 hours of steady climbing you reaches 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 18: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.) which takes
about three and a half hours. 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 lifestyle and culture. There
is situated a monastery said to belong to 15th Century. Kagbeni
is the border for Upper Mustang.
Day 19: Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m.) which takes
about five and a half hours. 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 20: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m.) which takes
about six hours. Your trail stretches at almost flat level
through forests to Kalopani, a Thakali village and the southern-most
limit of Tibetan Buddhism. En route, you find Larjung which
is situated near Dhaulagiri Glacier. The first part of the
trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests,
rhododendron forests and birches are seen. At Kalopani, you
are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Annapurna I (8091m.),
Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).
Day 21: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1189 m.) which takes
about six and a half hours. 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. The trail again descends
slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements.
You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopati
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
Day 22: A rest day at Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot
spring bath. It is believed that one who takes bath get rids
of skin diseases. After several days trekking, it is a great
idea to take bath at hot spring and relax.
Day 23: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) for about
seven hours. 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
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) are a small pass
and the village of Deurali. Although there is time enough
to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that
we 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. Not only this, Poon
Hill is crowded by different visitors to enjoy the sunrise
and sunset over the snow-capped mountain.
Day 24: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani
(2675m.) which takes about five and half hours. 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 trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the
deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route,
you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local
birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded
by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view
of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II
and so on.
Day 25: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.)
and it takes about three hours. It is very easy trek by
descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak
and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different
kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the
popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is
a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and
Gurung museum. From this village you could see good views
of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna
III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
Day 26: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.)
which takes about six hours. First part of your trek is steeply
down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu
or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on
the bank of Modi Khola. Now your trail steeply ascends following
the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently
for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour
to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.).
From this point you can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri
I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.),
Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.),
Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now the
rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing
through Pothana village (1900m.).
Day 27: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) which
takes about four hours. Your trail descends gradually for
at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and
then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village,
paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon
your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you could take a vehicle to
Day 28: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. 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. You can also fly from Pokhara to
Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.