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Kathmandu – Besi Sahar – Nagdi – Jagat – Dharapani – Chame – Pisang – Manang – Lattar – Thorung Phedi – Muktinath – Marpha – Ghasa – Tatopani – Galesower – Pokhara – Chitwan – Kathmandu
The Annapurna region in central Nepal, is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. Over 2,500 trekkers visit the Annapurna sanctuary region every year. The Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) working along with the king Mahendra trust for nature conservation has declared this region as area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq. km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes such as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars and the Tibetans. This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world's deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900-metres / 22,563 ft. below some of the worlds largest and most beautiful mountains such as the Annapurna I (world's 8th highest) and Fishtail (one of the most beautiful). Animals and birds are in abundance in this region. 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live in this area.

Day 1 Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan international airport the guest will be received and transfered to the hotel. Evening: a short briefing about the trek. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley
Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. After breakfast meet a tour guide with the representative at the hotel lobby and proceed for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath and Bhaktapur city. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3 Drive to Besi Sahar (823 m)
Drive to Besi Sahar (823m) from Kathmandu.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive by car / coach to cover 173 kilometers to the village of Besi Sahar, from where the trek starts. We recommend for a stop at Riverside Spring Resort, Kurintar for a Thali lunch.
Besi Sahar (823m) is the main town of Lamjung district. Until recently, this market town of 2000 inhabitants was called Besigaon.


However, since the opening of the road to Manang, in the late seventies, the village became a compulsory stop over for those who go trekking around the Annapurna and was renamed Besi Sahar. There are several administrative offices here, as well as post-offices and a police check-post where your trekking permit will be examined for the first time. Dinner and overnight camp at Besi Sahar.

Day 4 Trek to Nagdi (860 m)
This day, we start by heading northwards, until we reach the district forest office. Then ascend 150 meters, heading towards Pam khola on the other side of the small bridge. The track goes up again till the hamlet of Sanuti, less than thirty minutes away.
Walk across paddy, barley and corn fields to reach the village of Bhalam in about an hour time. Then we cross the Khudi khola suspension bridge to reach the first Gurung village also named Khudi (792m). It takes about two and half hour to reach the Nagadi village (860m) from Khudi.
Dinner and overnight camp at Nagdi.

Day 5 Trek to Jagat (1,340 m)
We start by moving north up to a suspension bridge crossing the Nagdi khola. From this point, the track on the right leads to the village of Utsa. The path going up towards Marsyangdi leads to the village of Lampata in the Manang district. The climb is quite steep and it takes about two hour to reach Bahundanda, a village perched at a height of 1314 meters. Bahundanda means “Brahman’s hill” which explains the origin of the people. We stop here for lunch and to enjoy the view of Mount Phungi (6379m), towards the North.
After lunch climb down a steep slope for about thirty minutes to Dhule khola, cross over to reach the village of besi. In about an hour time we get to see the magnificent waterfall at Syange (1136m) flowing from the high plain hamlet of Ghulima. From here it takes about two hours to reach Jagat, a village along the ridge of the mountain, at a height of 1340m. Dinner and overnight camp at Jagat.

Day 6 Trek to Dharapani (1,943 m)
In the morning after ascending for about forty-five minutes, we will reach Bhatti, from where it will take another thirty minutes to reach the village of Chamje (1433m). It takes about one hour to reach the hamlet of Sattare (‘top of the hill’, in Tibetan) from Chamje. We have our lunch since this is the ideal place to have meals.
After lunch we start by walking along the ridge of the hills and then climb uphill for about an hour through the bamboo forest, to reach the village of Tal, set in the middle of the broad valley at a height of 1707 meters. Tal means ‘lake’ in Nepali language. From Tal, it takes about two hours forty-five minutes to reach Dharapani (1943m), which means 'stream'. Dinner and overnight camp at Dharapani.

Day 7 Trek to Chame (2,713 m)
It takes 45 Minutes to reach the village of Bagarchap (2164m), literally ‘the river bank’. Bagarchap marks the barrier between the humid valleys of the south, which we have crossed on the way, and dry regions of the high- Marsyangdi. That the monsoon is more or less absent in this region is evident by the change in vegetation.
From Bagarchap, it will take an hour to climb up to the hamlet of Dhanagya (2300m) where we stop to have our lunch. After lunch, it takes us about 2-½ hr to 3 hr through the hamlet of Thanchock and Besi Salla (which means “the Garden of Pines”) to reach Kodo (also called Koto) meaning 'Millet' and then to the village of Kyupar (2600m). Outside the village, a police check post controls the access to the Nar Phu Khola valley, which leads to Tibet. We have to show our trekking permits here again, before proceeding to Chame (2713m), the district headquarters of Manang district, which is another forty-five minutes away. Dinner and overnight camp at Chame.

Day 8 Trek to Pisang (3,185 m)
We walk along the river to reach the village of Bratang (2919m), mainly populated by Tibetans. Here we stop to have a hearty lunch. On the way to Bratang we pass through a splendid pine forest with splendid views of Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV. After lunch it’s about two hours walk to reach the top, where trekkers traditionally plant a pine sapling, not only to establish that they have made it to the top, but also to contribute to the reforestation of the area. We have to go down to Pisang (3185m) from here and it takes about an hour to reach there. There are neither houses nor any water resources on the way down. Dinner and overnight camp at Pisang.

Day 9 Trek to Manang (3,530 m)
After crossing the Pisang khola forty-five minutes steep climb takes us up to steep pass. From the top of this pass we get a glimpse of Paunda Danda (4655m), mount Pisang and Manang valley with Mt. Tilicho right before us. On the way down to Hongde we come across a check post where the trekking permits will be examined once again. We will have our lunch here till the permits are examined. After Hongde, the valley widens and we get to see the Annapurnas III and IV (7555m and 7525m) to the left, east and west Chulus (6584m and 6419m) on the right. The highest peak of Mt. Thoroung can be seen in the horizon and the crown of Mt. Pisang in the east. From Hongde we climb up to the ancient village of Braga (3505m).
We can take time to wander around Braga to see this picturesque village with its flat roofed houses and to visit the Gompa which is not only the largest in the region but also the richest with its fine collection of thangkas (religious scroll paintings) and prayer books. It takes only forty-five minutes to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau at 3530 meters. Dinner and overnight camp at Manang.

Day 10 Rest day at Manang
We take an extra day to rest and acclimatize before we proceed to higher altitudes. We go for a walk in the afternoon to the north of the village, which offers a panoramic view of Annapurna IV and II to the southeast and Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang or Ice dome (7202m) to the southwest.
Dinner and overnight camp at Manang.

Day 11 Trek to Lattar
After leaving Manang, the path climbs up till we reach the hamlet of Tengi (3642m). From here, it takes about an hour to reach Gunsang (3850m). From here, it’s another one hour forty-five minutes up hill to Lattar (4250m). These Himalayan pastures are domains of yak, a bovine of Tibetan origin, reared for its wool, milk and to transport goods. The Thar, a kind of wild goat that lives in herds, is also found here. Dinner and overnight camp at Churi Lattar.

Day 12 Trek to Thorung Phedi (4,220 m)
It takes about two hours to reach Thorung Phedi after crossing the Thorung-La Pass. Thorung Phedi means ‘foot of the hill’. It is situated at the height of 4220m on a small hill overlooking the high plateau. Dinner and overnight camp at Thorung Phedi.

Day 13 Trek to Muktinath (3,802 m)
We have to cross about twenty hills on the way to reach the summit, Thorong la, at 5,415 meters and it takes about 4-½ -5 hr to reach there. On the way up we get to see many prayer flags several cairns (small mounds of rock). From the top, we get to see the Yakgawa Kang or Thorungse (6481m) to the north, and Khatung Kang (6484) to the south. Dhaulagiri (8169m) and Mount Tukuche (6920m) are also visible in the western horizon. From the summit, the descent to Muktinath (3802m) takes about three hours and the difference in altitude is of 1600m. Here we will find another check post where we have to show our trekking permits. Dinner and overnight camp at Muktinath.

Day 14 Rest day at Muktinath
Rest day at Muktinath to acclimatized and explore the surrounding village near by the Muktinath temple. Dinner and overnight camp at Muktinath.

Day 15 Trek to Marpha (2,667 m)
After we cross the hamlet of Ranipauwa, adjacent to Muktinath, we will reach the village of Jharkot (3612m), mainly populated by Tibetans. It takes about two hours through rocky terrain and horse caravans to reach Kagbeni (2807m). It will take us about two –three hours to reach Jomsom (2713m) from Kagbeni, the administrative headquarters of the region. Jomsom has an airport with regular flights to Pokhara, a bank, post office, hospital and few hotels. We have to show our permits again before moving on to Syang (30 Min. away) and then to Marpha (2667m) our camping place for the day. Marpha is famous for its apple liquor and it has a charm of its own with its black-salted streets and unusual architecture. Dinner and overnight camp at Marpha.

Day 16 Trek to Ghasa (2,012 m)
We start by walking along the bank of the river Kali Gandaki for an hour and half to reach the village of Tukeche (2951m), dominated by the name of the same peak, which stands at the height of 6930m. This beautiful village is populated by Thakalis, whose houses reflect just how significant this centre of Trans- Himalayan trade is. After Tukeche, the path meanders along the Kali Gandakhi valley for about one and half-hour to reach the village of Lajung (2560m). Outaide the village there is against pine where villagers sacrifice chickens and goats to propitiate the Goddess Kali.
The hamlet of Sokung (2951m) is another thirty minutes away. From here it takes about forty-five minutes to reach the hamlet of Dhampu. Here we have to cross the river to enter into Kalopani (or ‘black water’) located at 2530m.We will have lunch here and enjoy the impressive views of Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiris (South: 6839m, Central: 6940m and North: 7061m) and Annapurna I (8091m). From Sokung the path climbs up and down over a low altitude tropical forest to reach the village of Ghasa (2012m) which is two and half hours away. On the way, we have to show our permits at the check post in the village of Lete (2438m). Dinner and overnight camp at Ghasa.

Day 17 Trek to Tatopani (1,189 m)
It will take us about forty five minutes to reach the hamlet of Panoi Thaala and fifteen minutes from here to reach Deorali, the border hamlet between Mustang and Myagdi district. After crossing several hills from here, we start to descent until we reach the bridge leading to the west of the river. Few minutes walk from here will take us to the village of Rupse Chhara (1550m), near huge a waterfall. We stop to have our lunch here. From Rupse, it takes us about forty-five minutes to reach the village of Dana (1446m), distinctive because of its large houses and decorative windows. From here, it takes us about two hours easy descent to reach the camping place for the night, Tatopani (1189m). The name of the village means ‘hot spring’ for which the village is famous. Dinner and overnight camp at Tatopani.

Day 18 Trek to Galesower
After breakfast, trek along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River to Tiplyang Village where we stop for lunch. After lunch continue to descend towards our destination for the day, Galesower. Check in at the hotel near the suspension bridge overlooking the river below. Time permitting; you may go to the temple of Galesower Mahadev, which is one of the manifestations of Lord Shiva. What is interesting about the temple is that the entire complex is built on top of one massive rock. Dinner and overnight camp at Galesower.

Day 19 Walk to Beni and drive to Pokhara (884 m)
After breakfast, check out from hotel and continue to trek towards Beni Bazaar, which takes approximately 1-½ hour. Upon arrival at Beni board the waiting vehicle and drive towards Pokhara.
After reaching Pokhara, transfer to the hotel. After refreshing, one can enjoy the evening by boating on the Phewa Lake. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Day 20 Drive to Chitwan
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Chitwan from Pokhara, which is around 156 kilometers connected by the Prithivi and Mahendra Highway. The drive is through terraced rice fields and scenic countryside along the banks of the Trishuli River. Overnight at the Resort in Chitwan.

Day 21 Full day Jungle Activities inside Royal Chitwan National Park
Full-day Jungle activities inside the Park, includes: elephant safari, canoeing, nature walk and bird watching, etc. Overnight at the Resort in Chitwan.

Day 22 Drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, transfer to the park exit point, board the waiting vehicles, and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu

Day 23 Free day at Kathmandu for shopping and packing
Evening: Farewell dinner at a local Restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 24
Transfer to airport for final departure.


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