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13 Days
Kathmandu
Manang,Mustang
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 32

Go round the incredible Annapurna massif through the Manang and the Mustang valleys, two of the most popular and ancient Himalayan districts to enjoy one of the worlds most thrilling trekking routes. You can take side trips to impressive caves, ice lakes, glacial lakes and really high passes around the Annapurnas.

Tour Details

We go round the breathtaking Annapurnas through beautiful valleys, lakes and snowcapped peaks following the Marshyangdi Khola up north from the hills of Besisahar. We follow the Marshyangdi River through the Neshyang valley filled with apple trees and lovely people up the Thorang- la pass (5410m), passing by gorgeous lakes of Kicho(ice lake)(4620m), Gangapurna (3540m) and Tilicho (4919m) towards the Mustang valley, one of oldest civilizations in the middle of the Himalayas which incorporates some parts of the Tibetan plateau. We are treated with gorgeous views of the Manaslu (8156m), Nilgiri (7061m), Dhaulagiri (7751m), Annapurnas, Lamjung Himal and Gangapurna Himal.

We also go through the deepest George in the world created by the Kali Gandaki River called Dana which separates the massive peaks of the Annapurnas from the Dhaulagiri massif.(The kaligandaki valley has also recently been selected as a venue for the Formula E races for 2021). We will be accommodated in a teahouse during our trek.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Departure Time

Early morning

Price Includes

  • Teahouse/ Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Trekking GuideGovernment lisenced
  • Entrance and Permit FeesACAP permit and TIMS
  • Ground transportation during the trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • Porters and other supporting staffs(if needed)

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expensesincluding Alcoholic beverages and other drinks not included in the package
  • Room Service Fees
  • Rescue and emergency fees
What to Expect

We work with a team of highly qualified guides and other staffs who will give their all to make your trip wholesome 🙂

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu- Besisahar:

It’s our first day of the journey and we drive to Besisahar, Lamjung leaving the hustle and bustle of the capital city behind us. We leave early so as to avoid the traffic in the highway. We lunch in the fish town of Malekhu and head towards Besisahar through the Prithvi highway. We spend around 6 hours driving along the Trishuli river in the beginning and then along the Marshyangdi before we reach Besisahar where we rest for the day as we have a whole day of adventurous driving the next day(a lot more adventurous than this day 😉 ).

Day 2Besisahar- Chame, Manang:

We have our breakfast early and head towards Chame, Manang through one of the most adventurous highways in the world, filled with views of the majestic Manaslu (8156m) and the Marshyangdi River. We lunch at lovely Chyamche waterfall and continue our drive towards Manang locally famous for being one of few places being beyond the Himalayas. (While the most of our country lies in the south of the Himalayas, Manang and Mustang are few places that lie in the North.). We are welcomed at Chame by the lovely views of the Annapurna, after around 5-6 hours of heavy driving, a little tired maybe but ready to walk these beautiful valleys from the next day ;). We rest for the day after having our lovely Himalayan dinner.

Day 3Chame (2650m) - Pisang (3250m):

We finally start walking this day. We start early after breakfast going through lovely coniferous forests with the Marshyangdi River always by our right and the Annapurnas to our left. We lunch at the airport town of Humde and keep heading west. We reach Pisang before dark and rest for the day. We have dinner and get ready for the next day. (The best way to get ready is to get a nice long sleep and drinking lots water of course 😉 )

Day 4Pisang – Manang (3519m)

We start early after breakfast and head towards some of the most ancients of settlements of this region. We start gaining elevation slowly, so, feeling a little fatigued from this day onwards is completely normal. We lunch somewhere in the middle in one of the tea houses and keep following the Marshyangdi crossing Braga until we reach the old town of Manang, our destination for the night. We go on a short sightseeing tour of the Gangapurna glacial lake and come back to our teahouse and rest for the day. We have dinner and get ready for the next day.

Day 5MANANG EXPLORATION

MANANG EXPLORATION- ACCLAMATIZATION DAY:
We hike up to the Kicho Taal (ice lakes) this day which is a ~6 hours round trip upto an altitude of (4620m). This will aid us a long way in adapting our body to the physical demands of crossing the Thorang –la pass (the highest point during our trip). We ascend around 1,080 m of elevation to the ice lakes which are bound to test us. We return the same way we went up to Manang and rest for the night as we head towards the Tilicho Lake the next day.

Day 6Manang-Khangsar (3700m)

We start early after breakfast and take the path to the Tilicho Lake, a turquoise colored beauty up in the laps of the high mountains. We have our lunch in a teahouse and head towards Khangsar which is our stop for the night. We rest at Khangsar readying ourselves for the enjoyable walk amongst the mountains the following day.

Day 7Khangsar-Tilicho Base Camp:

We have to leave early after breakfast so as to reach the Tilicho base camp in time. Because of the scarcity of accommodation up there, getting in time means better beds :D. We reach there in time for lunch and rest for the day and get ready for Tilichoooo!

Day 8Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake:

We pack our breakfast and head towards Tilicho lake early in the morning. We walk through either really dry or very snowy landslide terrain depending on the season and follow a difficult path up Tilicho lake. We finally reach Tilicho lake and have our breakfast there or during the way. The serenity of this huge beautiful lake surround by magnificent ice capped peaks blows you mind away. As much as you’d like to build a small home and live there for the rest of your life, we have start walking before ferocious wind starts blowing you during the later parts of the day. We head back to Tilicho Base Camp and rest for the night.

Day 9Tilicho base camp (4500m) – Yak Kharka (4018m)

We head back the way we came to take a different path to Yak- Kharka which leads us to Thorang-la pass. We have a long day of hiking today. We lunch at Khangsar and reach Yak kharka before dusk. Along the way we come across majestic views of the Himalayas behind us as we ascend along the Thorang Khola. We rest for the day at a teahouse.

Day 10Yak Kharka- Thorang fedi (~4600m):

Although we have a short hike ahead of us for the day, we climb a considerable altitude this day. We can get to Thorang fedi either for lunch or we can lunch at Yak- Kharka and leave after that. But we need to be careful to manage our eating times as there are no teahouses in between Yak-kharka and Thorang fedi.
We get to Thorang fedi, rest for a little while and go up to Thorang high camp for a little acclimatization hike and come back to our accommodation at Thorang fedi. We need to sleep a little early this day as we need to start walking at around 3 am the next day.

Day 11Thorang fedi- Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang-la pass (5410m):

Thorang fedi- Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang-la pass (5410m):
Finally it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, the pass crossing day. We finally cross Manang to reach the ancient civilization of mustang. We cross the Annapurnas to head towards the Dhaulagiris. We pack our breakfast and leave early at around 3am in order to avoid foul weather during the day in the high mountain pass. We aim to reach the top of the Thorang- la pass before 11 am. After a long morning of continuous walking in the mars like looking landscape of the high pass, we finally reach the top and sip a glass of hot beverage remembering the hardships we went through just for this. Though it might seem like our journey might have ended, we still got a ~3 hours, 70 degrees steep downhill hike to complete before we finally reach Muktinath temple one of the holiest sites of the Hindu- Kush civilization. This site is considered sacred by followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Bon, a tantric Himalayan religion. Although at a whooping 3800m, we can find a big bazaar at Muktinath with lots of lodges- even one named after the legendary singer Bob Marley who according to legends, during his visit to the Himalayas, had spent a night there. There are also several banks at Muktinath. We spend our night in one of the lodges. We are also welcomed in Muktinath by the breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains.

Day 12Muktinath – Jomsom via kagbeni:

It’s the last of our walking days and we only go downhill. We leave early morning after breakfast and head towards Kagbeni for lunch. Kagbeni too is a very important site for the Hindus as well as Buddhists. Hindus from all over the world come here to pray in the banks of the Kaligandaki for good afterlife of their departed relatives. We lunch at kagbeni and head downhill along the huge basin of the Kaligandaki River. We can reach Jomsom before sundown and rest in one of the many lodges in Jomsom. There is also an airport here, so, if we decide to leave by flight, this would be the last day we get to enjoy our trip.

Day 13Jomsom - Pokhara/Kathmandu:

After breakfast we leave mustang either by flight or drive. If we drive, we have to go through a really adventurous highway. We pass through the deepest George in the world and a massive Rupse waterfall on our way back. We reach Pokhara during the evening and we decide to stay at Pokhara and end our trek or head to Kathmandu together and then end our trek. Anyway this would be the last day of our adventure. We leave with a massive smile on our faces and lots of memories that can last a lifetime.

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