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Classic Himalayan Trek

A rewarding trek, providing the opportunity to explore the scenery of both the northern and southern Himalaya. From thick fir and rhododendron forests to the harsh, thin atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau the ethnic groups encountered, lowland Hindu and highland Buddhist, are as varied as the landscape. From the dizzying heights of the Thorung Pass (5416m) line upon line of snow ridges stretch before you whilst below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge a busy pilgrimage and trade route controlled by Thakali and Mustang tribes.

 


Days 1-2: Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.
 
Day 3: Drive via Dumre to Besi Shahar, the bustling supply town for the villages of the Marsyandi Khola.
 
Days 4-7: Follow the Marsyandi River through terraced rice paddies, bamboo forests and Tamang, Baun and Gurung villages, making several suspension bridge crossings and passing several beautiful waterfalls. Above Jaga the gorge becomes narrower and steep-sided in many places.Views of Lamjung, Manaslu and Peak 29 and, nearing Chame, Annapurna.

Days 8-10: Starting out through barley fields and apple orchards, follow the river through a steep, narrow gorge to enter the upper Manang district. In this cold, almost arid climate wheat, barley, buckwheat and potato crops are limited to one per year and villagers depend on their herds of yaks, goats, cows and horses. From Pissang to Manang is definitely a ‘viewing’ day. All along the trail are sacred objects of Tibetan Buddhism – chorten, mani walls and, in Braga, a fascinating gompa stands above Tibetan houses which cling to the hillside, their balconies formed by the roof of the house below. In the afternoon Annapurnas II, III and IV become increasingly imposing. The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers.

Days 11-12: Branch away from the Marsyandi Khola, steadily climbing into quiet alpine areas. Again the mountain views are commanding.

Day 13: The most difficult day, but perhaps the highlight of the trek as you cross the Thorong Pass (5416m). It is a long, tough ascent via a number of small hills, but when you reach the prayer flags at the top you are rewarded with absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery and over to the Kaligandaki valley through the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west. It is then a long descent to Muktinath.

Day 14: Muktinath is a fascinating village; sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists it attracts many pilgrims. Here spring water flows from a rock face via 108 spouts (108 is a sacred number to Buddhists). This water wall surrounds a temple sacred to Vishnu and below the statue runs a trickle of water with pale flames caused by natural gas. There are shrines to Shiva and his consort and Padmasambhava as well as numerous chorten and the surrounding poplar grove supposedly sprang from the staffs of the 84 Siddhas. The mass of Dhaulagiri I makes a striking contrast. The walk to Jomson, renowned for the best apples in Nepal is mostly downhill with dramatic landscapes along the way.

Day 15-17: The Kali Gandaki is home to Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars. Many of the hills bordering the northern end of the valley are yellowish due to desertification and make a striking contrast to the green farmland of the valley floor. The Thakhali dominated the lucrative trade routes with Tibet and today have turned their entrepreneurial spirit to other businesses, the neglected Buddhist shrines of Tukuche testament to their 19th century conversion to Hinduism in their climb to power. The descent to Tatopani follows the increasingly narrow valley, though one of the world’s deepest river gorges, past the beautiful Rupse Chaharo waterfall, with fantastic views along the way and the lure of hot springs at the end. Take a dip at night with the sound of the river rushing below and starts above.

Day 18-19: It is a challenging ascent to the pass at Ghorepani, yet the sunrise and sunset views from nearby Poon Hill are truly magnificent and a fitting reward for the effort. From Poon Hill the Pokhara and Mustang valleys are visible as are more than 30 snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. From here descend through pastureland and bamboo forests along the Bhurungdi Khola to Pokara.

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu, or you may choose to fly. USD 98.00 one-way.

Day 21: Depart

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Day Altitude
Time
1
Arrival
1300m
 
2
Kathmandu
 
 
3
Drive Besi Shahar
760m
7 hrs
4
Bahun Danda
1310m
7 hrs
5
Chamje
1430m
6˝ hrs
6
Dharapani
1860m
7 hrs
7
Chame
2670m
6 hrs
8
Pisang
3200m
7 hrs
9
Manang
3540m
7 hrs
10
Rest day
 
 
11
Leder
4260m
3 hrs
12
Throng Phedi
4450m
3 hrs
13
Throng La (pass)
5416m
 
 
Muktinath
3800m
12 hrs
14
Jomsom
2710m
6 hrs
15
Tukche
2590m
6 hrs
16
Ghasa
1970m
6˝ hrs
17
Tatopani
1189m
7 hrs
18
Ghorepani
2750m
9 hrs
19
Pokhara
915m
8 hrs
20
Drive Kathmandu
1300m
6 hrs
21
Depart
 

Grade: Extreme
Duration: 21 Days
Best season: Mar-Jun / Sep-Nov
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