A trek considered by many to be the best trek in Nepal offering all characteristic of Nepal. Green forests, the best mountain views and a variety of cultures and not to mention a good exercise. The trail leads northwards initially, crossing fields of paddy before dividing the Marshyangdi river gorge, it passes through various exciting villages on route.
The journey initially comprises of steep and narrow and the trail goes through deep forests which eventually emerges into the arid Manang valley. This region is much more like Tibetan highland and lifestyle.
You have an extra day for acclimatization purposes before crossing of the Thorang-La pass (5,416 m). This is a long but very rewarding day with splendid views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak amongst others. From the pass a steep descent (2-3 hours) leads to Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists situated in lower Mustang. After crossing of the Thorang-La we follow the Kali Gandaki gorge via many exciting lower Mustang and Thakali villages. We rest up for some great food and a day at the hot springs at Tatopani before a further one day trekking to Ghorepani.
The wonderful overnight at Ghorepani and the following morning we are up early for the trek to Poon hill for sunrise view over the Himalayas and head towards beautiful Tikhedhunga.
The final day is an easy descent to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara Hotel one and half.
Day 01: Arrival – Hotel transfer, tour briefing Day 02: A full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (7 hours) – trek Bhulbhule Day 04: Bhulbhule / Syange (1100m) Day 05: Syange / Tal (1707m) Day 06: Tal / Danaque (2082m) Day 07: Danaque / Bhratang (2850m) Day 08: Bhratang / Pisang (3200m) Day 09: Pisang / Manang (3540m) Day 10: Rest at Manang (for acclimatization) Day 11: Manang / Yak Kharka (3980m) Day 12: Yak Kharka / Throng Phedi (4450m) Day 13: Throng Phedi / Thorang-La (5416m) / Muktinath (3810m) Day 14: Muktinath / Kagbeni (2800m) Day 15: Kagbeni / Marpha (2670m) Day 16: Marpha / Kalopani (2530m) Day 17: Kalopani / Ghasa (2010m) Day 18: Ghasa / Tatopani (1190m) Day 19: Tatopani rest (hot springs) Day 20: Tatopani / Chitre (2390m) Day 21: Chitre / Ghorepani / Poon Hill (2750m) Day 22: Ghorepani / Tikhedhunga Day 23: Tikhedhunga/ Birethanti (end trek) – drive Pokhara – transfer hotel Day 24: At leisure Day 25: Flight to Kathmandu (30 mins) transfer Hotel Day 26: At leisure Day 27: Transfer airport – flight to onward destination
I contacted Firante Treks & Expeditions to get help organising a trek in the Annapurna area (part of the Annapurna Circuit). Since we did not have enough time to do the usual amount of days I asked for help getting transport further in, a guide, porters and accommodation. Janga (was of great assistance for the upfront organising, we got a great guide (Dawa) and the Rai relatives were the best porters. We where 6 people attending the trek and they all made our trek great. All of them helpful and friendly.