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.
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
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.
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 Brahmans hill
which explains the origin of the people.
We stop here for lunch and to enjoy the
view of Mount Phungi (6379m), towards
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.
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.
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
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.
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 its 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
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.
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.
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, its
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.
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.
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.
Rest day at Muktinath to acclimatized
and explore the surrounding village near
by the Muktinath temple. Dinner and overnight
camp at Muktinath.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full-day Jungle activities inside the
Park, includes: elephant safari, canoeing,
nature walk and bird watching, etc. Overnight
at the Resort in Chitwan.
After breakfast, transfer to the park
exit point, board the waiting vehicles,
and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at the
hotel in Kathmandu
Evening: Farewell dinner at a local Restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Transfer to airport for final departure.