Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from the Peak Explorations team holding a sign with the group name, Peak Explorations, at the arrivals hall. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around the backpacker haven of Thamel.
Day 2 Kathmandu city tour & free day
Today, after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu including Durbar Square, and Pashupati temple that are both Unesco World Heritage Sites. You will also visit the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath), which is one of the large Stupas in the world.
Day 3 Drive to Besisahar (820 m); and then to Jagat (1290 m)
Today, we will review our plan and begin our Annapurna trekking adventure. Afterwards, we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre past the Marsyangdi River. We will pass through several scenic low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours, we will reach Besisahar; the capital of the Lamjung District. We continue our drive to Jagat (1290 m) where we overnight before we start our trek.
Day 4 Trek to Dharpani (1920 m)
Today we start our 6 to 7 hour trek to Dharpani (1920 meters) in the lowlands of the Annapurna region, passing through Tal and entering Manang district. You will see waterfalls and the famous bridges along the way.
Day 5 Trek to Chame (2630 m)
We start our hike through a narrow field offering views of Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. Views of Annapurna II become visible as we approach Bagarchhap; a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We will stop for a rest and take time to admire the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine forest before entering the pristine hamlet of Kotho that offers the most enthralling view of Annapurna II. As we continue, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and banks in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction and a great way to relax after your hike.
Day 6 Trek to Pisang (3190 m)
After a mesmerizing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal (6893 m) in the morning, we head off for Pisang, crossing a large suspension bridge along Marshyangdi as we pass quaint houses and lodges on the northern side of the river. Our trekking trail meanders through barley field leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave rolling mountain passes, we enter a fascinating apple orchard and near a bridge at 2840 meters. While crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. History has it that Bratang used to be a Khampa settlement. A stone memorial of a Japanese climber has been built in this place. After leaving the forested village, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape as the Annapurna mountain range comes into full visibility. Further on, we continue our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 meters. The bridge offers excellent views of the Paungda Danda rock rising more than 1500 meters from the river. En route, we will soak in splendid views of Annapurna II rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak before arriving to the village of Pisang.
Day 7 Trek to Manang (3520 m)
As we continue with our trek, we head along a steep ridge providing beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above at 7132 meters. As we descend through Manang's airstrip, we come to Hongde lying beneath the gigantic Annapurna III on the northeast face. The route leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley offering timeless views of Annapurna IV (7525m). We continue past a wooden bridge, as the Marsyangdi Khola gushes below us before passing through the beautiful village of Mungji. We will continue passing along the cultivated fields before visiting the monastery at Bryaga. While trekking down to Manang, we will enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range including sights of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m).
Day 8 Rest day in Manang
After reaching Manang, we take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization before crossing the Thorung La. We can spend this day exploring Manang or venturing down the river to see the tremendous icefall cascading down from the glaciated mountain peaks. A short visit to Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post makes for an interesting visit.
Day 9 Trek to Letdar (4250 m)
Thoroughly acclimatized, we advance towards Thorung La, crossing a stream before climbing to Tengii. We will continue past the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. Amid the spectacular vistas of Annapurna mountain range, we trek beyond the lush vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses to reach the small village of Gunsang. Gunsang is a delightful collection of flat mud roofs just below the trail at 3960 meters. We then continue through picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper and other indigenous plants and will see wild horses and yaks grazing in the meadow. The trail then continues further along a large stream that flows from Chulu West and Gundang, and leads to a rich pasture at 4000 meters.
Day 10 Trek to Thorung Phedi (4500 m)
The trail from Letdar continues as we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi River via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Day 11 Trek to Muktinath (3800 m)
We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient flattens after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach chorten as prayer flags form our pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below we are surrounded by the brown and purple hills of Mustang offering a once in a lifetime vantage point. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600 m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, home to many curious shrines and temple.
Day 12 Trek to Jomsom (2743 m)
We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge & we will reach the so famous Kagbeni, which is the entrance of Upper Mustang Trek. Here, you will have lunch and then you will proceed to Jomsom.
Day 13 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Today you can do the Tour of Pokhara on your own and take a rest in Pokhara from a long trek. There are a few activities in the area as well such as paragliding, hanggliding etc.
Day 14 Bus to Kathmandu
We take tourist bus back to Kathmandu.
Day 15 Fly home in the evening
You will be provided with transfer to the airport. Please check the status of your flight and advise Peak Explorations representative if there are any changes.