|Daily Walking Hour:||6-7|
|Best Season:||March and April, September -mid December|
This demanding trek is considered to be one of the classic walks of the world. The route passes through four distinct climatic zones and through the varied villages of several different ethnic groups. The trail curls along the turquoise Marsyangdi river to the high plateau of the Manang valley, before crossing the 5416m high Thorung La pass and descending into the arid, windswept region of lower Mustang, This is Tibetan Buddhist country and their monasteries and prayer flags dot the landscape. From here, you traverse the almost flat Thak Khola river valley, before descending the giant gorge of the Kali Gandaki. Only a hundred meters wide at its narrowest point, the river plummets between the massive bulks of the 8000m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, making it the world's deepest river gorge. Passing through first alpine and then temperate forests, the trail descends further to the cultivated terraces of the middle hills, with their banana trees and sub-tropical vegetation.
6 hours drive to Beshi Sahar and towards Ngadi through small settlement and great views of rolling hills and the Himalayan summit in the distance. Then we make a short hike through Ngadi passing suspension bridges and a deep river gorge. Overnight at Ngadi.
We walk for about 7 hours towards Jagat through the valley crossing several suspension bridges, and passing several waterfalls to get spectacular views of Mt. Lamjng, Manaslu and other peaks. Overnight at Jagat
From Jagat, the trail descends to the Marsyangdi and follows along the riverbank. All the villages from here to Kagbeni have entrance chhortens at both ends of the village as the Tibetan influence becomes stronger.
The trail now leads west towards Mansalu with the splendid backdrop of Annapurna appearing occasionally to the south. Overnight at Chame.
Keeping by the side of the river for about 7 hours we pass through a narrow and steep gorge to reach Pisang, Manang Valley (a wide U-shaped valley) hanging between the two giant snow peaks. Overnight at Pisang.
Today's walking is very relaxing & enjoyable due to a relatively flat meander all the way to Manang. Side visit: On the way you can trek to Bhraga village which is 45 min away from main route and there is an 900 years old Buddist monastery Bragha Gumba (3439 m)
Today is a necessary day to rest and acclimatize in Manang. It is worthy visiting around during your acclimatization in Manag such as Gangapurna glacier view, Ice Lake (4600 m), Praken Gumba, Milarep’s cave etc. The village contains about 500 flat roofed houses.
The trial climbs steadlity through Tengi and Ghunsang Leaving Marsyandi valley. The We branch away from the Marsyandi Khola steadily climbing into quiet distinct alpine areas. Crossing the Jarsang Khola, we climb to a small grassy valley and spend overnight at Yakkharka or Letderi.
Thorung Phedi is foot of the hill of Thorungla Pass. Vegetation became less as you hike up above 4000 m and you will experience a dessert type of environment with big rocks sometimes. On the way you can see prayer flags (Lungta) all the way till Muktinath.
We have to cross the pass early in the morning to reach the top of Thorang La High Pass (5416m). After the good effort of trekking we can view worthy scenic view from the top of the pass including the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the West and Kaligandaki valley. Trekking time is about 8 hours. Muktinath is a famous pilgrim site for both Hindus and Buddhist religions. You can see Tibetan monks, traders and sadhu babas from South India. The holy shrine in a grove of trees includes of Buddhist gumba and Hindu god Vishnu temple. There is also Jwala Mai (goddess of fire) temple. This Jwala Mai shelters a spring and a natural gas jets that provides Muktinath (freedom from rebirth) famous internal flame.
3 hours Easy walk to Jomsom and rest of the time is given to recreational activities, walking or horse riding.
Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Adventure Journey. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; However, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.