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Destination: Annapurna Region
Trek Duration: 16 Days
Mode of Trek: Teahouse
Grade of Trek: Moderate
Entry Point: Khudi
Exit Point: Jomsom
Max. Elevation : 5,416 Meters/17764ft
Culture: Tibetan, Tamang, Gurung, Thakali Nepali, etc.
Major Attractions: Natural Environment, Wildlife, Mountains, Peaks, Hills, Flowers, Flora-Fauna etc.
Transportations : Flight & Bus/Jeep/Car
Arrive in Kathmandu (Tribhuwan International Airport), High Spirit Treks representative will welcome you and take you to your hotel, (Hotel Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis)
We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. Khudi, the starting point of our trek can be reached by trekking for an hour from Besisahar or by bus. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Trek from Khudi trail up to Sirung involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass through ethnic Tamang settlement of Tranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge,(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The trail from Sirung to Jagat is relatively easy. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns, and woodland. We pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mira then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Seattle. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach the steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) at Dharapani.
Walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek, we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Overnight in Chame, Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right, where the valley widens, stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
Hike around Manang, enjoy the views and beauty of Manang and prepare yourself for the coming days walk. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi, Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We can then head towards Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath. Teahouse/Lodge, (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we visit to a Vishnu Temple and Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni then to Jomsom
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (850 M/2789), 25 minutes, (Hotel + B),
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350 M/ 4429ft), 7-8 hrs. Farewell dinner in the evening. Hotel +B
Final Departure from Kathmandu.