Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Explore the city and prepare for the trek.
You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.
Day 03: Drive to Besi Sahar [820m]
We will start the trek today with high level of enthusiasm and spirit. We will drive along the Prithivi Highway till Dumre and take a rough road through the Marshyangdi River as we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields for around 6 hours until we reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar, a small market area in the bank of Marshyangdi River is the Headquarter of Lamjung District.
Day 04: Trek to Khudi [790m]
After breakfast we will leave Besi Sahar and walk along the trail turning right at the canal on the outskirts of the village and descend towards Pam Khola through the stone paved narrow trails. After sometime we will arrive at the village of Denauti, a small Nepali village where the life style is different than what you see in usual Nepalese village. We will continue through the banks of the Marshyangdi River while we pass through lush green forest and paddy fields. We walk further for sometime in the same trail until we reach the village of Khudi for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05: Trek to Bahundanda [1310m]
After breakfast we will start heading north up the Marshyangdi Valley, away from Khudi, where you will experience the first view of the Annapurna range. We will start ascending the hills and have a short break at the village of Ngadi. The trail is a bit challenging as we leave Ngadi and March towards Bahundanda. Bahundanda has two words “Bahun”, which means Brahmin, people of highest caste as per Hindu caste system and Danda means a hill. As the name suggests it is a settlement of the Brahmin community. This village came into lime light when John wood wrote a book, Microsoft to Bahundanda based on the activites he did in this village after resigning his job from the Microsoft Corporation.
Day 06: Trek to Jagat [1290m]
We will follow the steep descend after breakfast, through paddy fields, and climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange 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 we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which juts out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley.
Day 07: Trek to Dharapani [1920m]
We will descend until through the trail until it reaches the river and then walk through a lush green forest after one hour of walk we come across the village of Chamje. We will further continue to Sattale. 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 steep forested village of Karte. Walking through the cliffs and waterfall we will reach the village of Dharapani for the overnight stay.
Day 08: Trek to Nar Phu Valley first Camp (2740m)
It is a 6 hours of walking today as we as we 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, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Koto (2600 m) from where we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II - a sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan Mountains! This is also where we leave the Annapurna Circuit; we cross the Marshyangdi River and enter the Nar Phu valley. From the bank of Nar Phu Khola we start climbing to our first camping site, which we reach about two hours from Koto.
Day 09: Trek to Sinhenge Dharmasala (3230m)
The walk today starts along the small jungle paths, which is quite a change from the bigger trail around Annapurna. After a walk of couple of hours we climb up gradually towards Choto (2840m). After walking through frequent ups and downs we reach the Nar Phu Khola. At the altitude of 3090m we cross a suspension bridge; here the valley is very narrow and just before the bridge there are some hot springs. The rock carved path now becomes very exciting, as the trail seems more adventurous and there are hot water springs along the trail.
Day 10: Trek to Upper Chaku Village (3720m)
After breakfast we will cross the Methang River and start climbing through the Methang pastures Methang area is full of small and big Chortens and this pristine area also offers panoramic view of the Kang Guru. Further on we pass the abandoned Methang village (3560m), from the village there is a path to Kang Guru BC. The next village we encounter is Chaku village, with a thin population and about 150 inhabitants. Further walking for half an hour we reach our overnight destination, the upper Chaku village. The walk lasts about 5 hours today.
Day 11: Trek to Phu Village (3980m)
We begin our 6 hours long walk through the hard steep ascent to the abandoned Kyan village Vhaku. We continue on an amazing tunnel carved rocky path 70 meters above the river and then decent to the riverbed, we follow the riverbed and pass some Mani Chortens. We then climb up from the riverbed to the Phu valley entrance door (Phuohii Yalgoe). About an hour from the valley entrance we cross the Phu Khola and begin climbing up to the village. Phu village consists of about 30 houses, which are home to 100-150 people.
Day 12: Rest in Phu Village.
Today is a rest day to explore the Phu village and you can also interact with the local villagers.
Day 13: Trek to Nar Campsite (3550m)
After breakfast we start our journey towards the Nar village, walk past the Chaku in 2 hours we will reach bridge which joins the villages of Nar and Phu. We will cross the bridge and head towards our campsite in the village of Narphu.
Day 14: Trek to Kang La Phedi (4530m)
From our campsite it is a steep couple of hours climb to Nar Village (4110), we have lunch here near the village, so we can take a look at it before we walk on. We continue on a long but gentle ascent through the lateral moraine of Temdenzon River, on a nice path. At the bottom of Kang La, we camp on a nice grassy spot.
Day 15: Trek to Munje (3330m)
The 7 hours long walk today starts after a nice breakfast. We have to cross the big Kang La pass (5280m). It is a very steep ascent to the top of the pass where there is a nice Chorten and some great views of the Annapurna massive. Just before we reach the pass there is a small lake where we take a rest before making the last effort to reach the top. From the top of the pass it is a very steep decent, but after an hour we a grassy path which leads us to Ngawal, where there is both restaurants and lodges. We continue all the way to Munje where there is some beautiful forest and we camp there for the night.
Day 16: Trek to Manang (3540m)
We will observe the beautiful view of Manang valley and the Tilicho peak (7132m) as we descend through Manang's airstrip. After walking for some time we reach from where we can see the north-east face of Annapurna III. We will further walk ahead through the Sabje Khola Valley from where you can witness the Annapurna IV, which stands 7525m. Further on, we cross a wooden bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below us after which we enter the village of Mungji. We continue downwards until we reach Manang with the panoramic view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m] in the background of the trail.
Day 17: Trek to Letdar [4250m]
AS we will be feeling much better and ready for Thorung La, we start walking after the breakfast. We will Climb to Tengi, and 120meters above Manang and ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Jarsang Khola and continue further to Gunsang (3960 m) , a small village with houses that have flat roofs made up of mud. We walk past picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper etc, we encounter horses and yaks grazing. We will continue walking and cross the large stream coming down from the Chulu west and follow the trail until we reach a rich pasture at 4000 meters.
Day 18: Trek to Thorung Phedi [4500m]
Leaving Letdar, we 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, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Day 19: Trek to Muktinath [3800m]
Today is the most exciting day of the trek as we will be crossing the Thorung La [5416m], the highest mountain pass. We will start early for the climb and the following descend. The trail is very steep but well defined and easy to track as it has been used by the villagers since hundreds of years. The walk is uphill and hard for next four hours until we reach the place with prayer flags and a small stupa/chorten. From the top we can see the majestic snow capped mountains, hills of mustang and the valley of Kaligandaki. After a brief rest we start descending downwards to Muktinath (3800m).We will walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage in the Himalayan region for both Hindus and Buddhist.
Day 20: Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
After the short descend in the morning you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries which give you the opportunity to witness the interrelation and similarity of Tibet to this area. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is splendid throughout the trail. We will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the bank of kali Gandaki River. We can spend some time exploring the headquarter of the mustang district, Jomsom.
Day 21: Fly to Pokhara.
Early morning flight to Pokhara and free day at Pokhara.
Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 23: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek.
You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.