Day 01: Get here!
Get here and we'll handle the rest. An Advout - tour guide will pick you up at the airport. Get a feel for the streets the first day, absorb the sights and sounds, or rest at the hotel. We discuss the game plan in the evening.
Day 02: Namaste Kathmandu.
Kathmandu, the capital city, boasts an intense mix of cultures and religions unique to Nepal. Turn the Buddhist prayer wheels at Swoyambhu- the monkey temple, and meet the steady gaze of the Buddha's eyes at the famous Bouddhanath stupa. Experience the valley's olden days at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, which has remained authentically Nepali even as modernization has crept in all around it. See Kathmandu, with your AdvoutTM guide.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Besishahar
Drive out of Kathmandu after breakfast to Besishahar where you’ll spend the night.
Day 04: Besishahar - Bahundanda (1310m).
Today our journey starts at Besishahar where the trail starts to climb till we get to Khudi at 790m, our first Gurung village. As we continue, the trail offers good views of the Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli(Peak 29) mountains . It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m and then to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1310m.
Day 05: Bahundanda to Chyamje (1400m).
We start down a sharp descent as the trail takes us through a suspension bridge to Syange -1070m - and then Jagat before walking through a forest to Chyamje at 1400m.
Day 06: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m).
We walk down a rocky trail following the Marsyangdi river climbing steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the district of Manang. After crossing a wide flat valley, the trail climbs a stone stairway to Dharapani at 1890m. A Tibetan style chorten entrance of stone greets us before we get to Bagarchhap at 2160m.
Day 07: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m).
We walk uphill again to Tyanja at 2360m, and then walk by a river through a forest to Kopar at 2590m and then to Chame where our eyes can feast on the sights of the looming Annapurna II. Also, chill in one of the two small hot springs by the town.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3300m).
We walk through the woods, crossing rivers through narrow bridges, till we get to Pisang, sprawling between 3200m and 3300m.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3500m).
Now in the drier upper regions of Manang, cut off from rainfall by the Annapurnas, we walk watching herds of yaks and sharing the trail with traders that've acquired special trading rights since 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternative routes North and South of the Marsyangdi River that both end up at Mungji. The Southern route goes through Hongde with its airstrip and involves less climbing than the Northern route which boasts better views. We walk past Mungji and Bryanga at 3475m till we get to Manang at 3500m.
Day 10: Manang - Acclimatization day
Now we're pretty high and must spend a day acclimatizing. We do nice walks on picturesque terrain, gain some altitude walking uphill, and come back down to Manang where we spend the night.
Day 11: Manang to Ledar (4250m).
Leaving Manang, we climb steadily through Tenki exiting the Marsyangdi Valley to Ledar at 4250m through the Jarsang River valley.
Day 12: Ledar - Phedi or High camp (4600m).
The trail descends to cross a river at 4310m before climbing up to Phedi at 4420m or High Camp at 4600m. It's a good idea to rest early today, to prepare for the strenuous but rewarding trek tomorrow.
Day 13: Phedi or High Camp - Muktinath via Thorung La Pass (5416 meters)
The air here is thinner, vegetation sparse and barren rocks surround us on all sides. Today we cross the Thorung La Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Majestically beautiful mountain faces glare at us from all directions as we make our way through the pass and descend to the holy Muktinath village- one of Nepal's most famous religious sites.
Day 14: Muktinath - Marpha
Today we walk around Muktinath a little, drink in the sights, before walking towards Jomsom through Ranipauwa and Kagbeni, both picturesque and awe-inspiringly beautiful places. At Jomsom, you have two options - to fly back to Pokhara or Kathmandu, or to keep walking towards Marpha.
Day 15: Marpha - Ghasa (1620m)
Marpha's known for its apples and apple liquor. Take your fill before walking to Ghasa at 1620m through the green pretty villages of Kobang and Larjung.
Day 16: Ghasa - Tatopani
A mostly downhill hike will take us along the broad river valley to Tatopani at 1140m. Tato pani, in Nepali, literally means "hot water", a name it derived from the two hot springs it has. Relax at the springs after a pleasant walk through forests and fields adorned by many waterfalls.
Day 17: Tatopani - Ghorepani
We walk uphill today to get to Ghorepani at 2785m, which got its name from the little pools horses used to drink from back in the day ("ghoda" in Nepali means horse, and "pani" is water). Now a prosperous town with many amenities including the internet, and bars and even a place you can play pool at, boasting sights of the beautiful mountains of Nilgiri South and Annapurna I, Ghorepani is a good place to relax.
Day 18: Ghorepani - Nayapul - Pokhara
A 45 minute walk from Ghorepani early in the morning can take you to Poon Hill, a popular destination for many trekkers without a lot of time, where you can see mountains of the Annapurna range as well as the Dhaulagiri range. A beautiful sunrise to witness before breakfast can set the mood for the long walk to Nayapul today. A vehicle will pick you up at Nayapul and take you to Pokhara where you can celebrate the end of your trek at one of the many bars that dot the lakeside.
Day 19: Fly or drive to Kathmandu
Fly or drive back to Kathmandu and look for souvenirs in one of the many little shops in Thamel, or relax in one of its many restaurants, bars, or clubs.
Day 20: Departure
We'll drop you off at the airport, possibly discussing plans for your next visit.