- Ascending the Marshyangdi River valley
- Get acquainted with the mountain people in the heart of Himalayas
- Views of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th) and Annapurna I (10th)
- Tilicho Lake, the highest located lake in the world
- Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m
- The pilgrimage town of Muktinath
- Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
At a glance
The entire northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorong Peak’s glacial melt are collected in Tilicho Lake, which is located at 5,200 meters.It is stated to be the lake with the greatest elevation in the globe.
A private vehicle car will take us from Kathmandu to Syange.Depending on the traffic and the state of the roads, the travel takes 7 or 8 hours.Starting at Syange, the trip follows the Marshyangdi River and offers spectacular views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This amazing journey takes you to lovely villages home to a wide variety of people from various ethnic groups and provides breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Since this route is nearly identical to the Annapurna Circuit, we have altered it.
Day 01: Arrival, Transfer to Hotel
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital and cultural hub of Nepal! We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel. Plan on an evening briefing on last-minute specifics about your trek and an early lights-out: you have a big day ahead.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today, we will take you on a sightseeing tour to iconic monuments in Kathmandu that are included in Unesco’s World Heritage List. Our first stop will be at the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the world's largest and holiest shrines to the Hindu god Shiva. We visit another World Heritage Site, Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the country. It is believed that the stupa is the tomb of an incarnation of Lord Buddha. On top of that, we can visit Swayambhu, which is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The complex consists of a stupa and a variety of shrines and temples, some dating back to the Licchavi period. A Tibetan monastery, museum, and library are more recent additions. The stupa has Buddha's eyes and eyebrows painted on it.
Day 03: Drive to Syange (1,100 m)
From Kathmandu, we will travel by private vehicle to Syange. Depending on the traffic and the road conditions, the drive will last 7 to 8 hours. A concrete-paved road leads to Besisahar, which used to be the beginning point for treks. After this, the drive will be on an unsteady dirt road till Syange. The best car that complies with the rules of the road will be provided by us. All of our drivers have a great deal of expertise and carry a license that is approved for use on mountain roads.
Day 04: Trek to Tal (1,700 m)
Now tighten up the shoes laces. We will start walking gradually following the beautiful Marsyangdi River. This walk will be slightly ascending and we will come across the beautiful waterfalls on this walk. We will rest at Tal tonight.
Day 05: Trek to Danaque (1,860 m)
Our wonderful day is today. We will go on from the Marsyangdi River and continue traveling to see the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak, as well as the lovely countryside and historic settlements. Don't pass up the chance to capture Nepal's mountains, waterfalls, and rural way of life in gorgeous photos. We'll take a nap at Danaque.
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,670 m)
We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way. Today will be an easy day. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach to Chame, the headquarter of Manang. It’s a beautiful little town with more facility than our previous days.
Day 07: Trek to Upper Pisang (3,300 m)
We resume our hike to Upper Pisang after breakfast. We will travel through a thick forest, cross the Marsyangdi River, and pass by stunning panoramic vistas of meadows and mountains along the way. We will get our first glimpse of the enormous, bowl-shaped Paungda Dada rock face during this trip. Eventually, after a six-hour walk, we will arrive in Upper Pisang, where we may rest today and observe the majestic Annapurna II towering over to the south.
Day 08: Trek to Ngawal (3,660 m)
Get up early today to see the stunning sunrise and the first sunbeam on Annapurna II. We will resume our trip toward Ngawal after breakfast. Despite being around 400 meters higher than the lower trail, the Ngawal trail offers excellent possibilities to see high altitude vegetation and fauna, stunning gorges, Annapurna II and III, and Pisang Peak. Our resting place will be Ngawal.
Day 09: Trek to Manang (3,500 m)
We carry on our journey by foot through the tall hills, the jungle, and the wetlands. Beautiful vistas, stupas, and a lama school can be seen along the trip. We will arrive in Manang, one of the bustling locations of the route, after six hours of trekking.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day
In Manang, we acclimate for a day. We spent the entire day taking lovely day hikes and admiring the breathtaking vistas in and around the settlement. We head back to our lodging around the end of the day so we can get some rest.
Day 11: Trek to Khangsar Village (3,700 m)
After adjusting to the environment in Manang, we continue our journey toward the Tilicho Lake, which is located on the western edge of the city, by using the road that leads to the river. We arrive in Khangsar after crossing the Khangsar Khola and proceed to the village area, which is still very traditional in Tibetan culture and is referred to as the Last Village of Nepal.
Day 12: Trekking to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m)
After passing a Gompa, we continue from Khangsar on a broad trail. The way up ahead ascends to a high ridge via a recently built path. There is an intersection at one site. In order to reach a point where the valley is narrow, one road continues to ascend, while the other maintains elevation and travels down the slopes. The latter is the new trail that takes an entirely different route; the former is the old path and is far more challenging because it continues very steeply. As we continue on the new route, we come to a high crest and drop down a path carved out of the surrounding slopes to the valley's sides. Its opposite side houses a structure called the Tilicho Base Camp at the elevation of 4,200 m.
Day 13: Trek to Tilicho Lake (5,200 m) and Return to Tilicho Base Camp (4,200 m)
Our journey starts early in the morning at around 6 am as we try to avoid the wind. From the Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and is the highest located lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake, we will return the same way back to Base Camp as there are no accommodation facilities at Tilicho Lake area.
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m)
Continuing on from Manang, the trail ascends to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out.
Day 15: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m)
After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5,416 m)
Getting to the pass by 9 or 10 am will require a tough hike that begins before dawn at 4 am. Otherwise, the route will be significantly impacted by the weather (high gusts), especially at the Thorong La Pass. We follow a predictable and simple route as we climb steeply. However, snow and altitude could cause some issues. When the pass is heavily snowed over, it frequently presents excruciating difficulties for travelers. We will be rewarded with breathtaking views from the summit of the hill after spending four hours hiking to the pass marked with chortens and prayer flags. We still have another four hours of walking to do to reach the sacred city of Muktinath. The name Muktinath, which means "site of nirvana," is the location of the Muktinath Temple and a number of monasteries. It is stated that going to the Temple brings relief from all of our sorrows. Both Hindus and Buddhists visit this holy location to make pilgrimages. September is the busiest month for pilgrimages. The Lord Vishnu-dedicated temple is surrounded by 108 waterspouts. The Jwala Mai Temple, which features a beautiful natural spring and an eternal flame powered by natural gas, is another attraction in the area.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m)
We continue the trail down to the Eklebhatti, then the Kaligandaki River, till we arrive in Jomsom. Jomsom is a sizable city with lots of amenities. Additionally, it serves as the official town and administrative center for the whole Mustang district, where all district government offices are located.
Day 18: Morning Flight to Pokhara
A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel.
Day 19: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m)
In the morning, we will drive back to Kathmandu. (There are several options available if you want to extend your stay, including a Chitwan jungle safari, a river rafting excursion, a shopping tour of Kathmandu, mountain biking, and other activities. )
Day 20: Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu
This is a day of rest for you after your strenuous hiking. In case there wasn't a flight the due to terrible weather, this is also a backup day to utilize for the flight back to Kathmandu.We host a farewell meal in the evening. Overnight Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure
It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. END OF OUR SERVICES
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