Among the hardest available treks but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit. These trips go above 5000 meters and for the duration of 15 – 20 days walking up to 6-7 hours in a day.
Travel to the farthest corners of the Annapurna region and to the fabled kingdoms of Manang and Mustang. We will take you to every place there is to see in western Himalayas.
The Annapurna region is so beautiful because it is so remote. There is not much interference of modernity to debase the serenity of the region and you have to walk across mountains, rivers and forests to see these places. So we will embark on a mission of visiting all the exotic villages which give this region its unique character till we reach the ancient towns of Manang and the holy shrines of Mustang. We will only be content when we come out of this experience with rich memories.
A representative of Mountain Kick will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (4,600 feet). Rest overnight at your hotel musing over your Himalayan adventure ahead.
We will leave for Syange in the morning in a private vehicle. It takes about seven hours to get to Besisahar through serpentine roads in the hills with stops for lunch and snacks. There are several small towns among green hills and it’s certain that you will not be bored. From Besisahar, Syange village is about one hour’s ride away. You will be treated with beautiful views of Mount Annapurna II, Mount Macchapuchhre and Mount Lamjung from this village.
This will be a tough day of trekking uphill. We have walk past the Marshyangdi River Valley via a rocky trail till we reach Tal after five hours. The panoramic view of the Himalayas will act as motivation for you to carry on.
We follow the Marshyangdi River through forests and steep hills towards Danaque village. There are numerous villages and farmlands along the way where we can drink tea and gather stamina while the scenery of the river and the forests will keep you occupied during the walk.
From Danaque, it is a rocky terrain uphill which is difficult to tread. After making the climb, we can again walk smoothly till Chame. It is a four-hour journey in total. There is a hot water spring at Chame that will ease your pain a little.
We trek uphill through forests first and then vast farmlands as we pass through several villages to reach Pisang village. Half of the way is pretty smooth for walking but the other half is challenging and we will have to struggle for most parts. You will notice the vegetation and landscape is very different this high from the sea level. It takes six hours to reach Upper Pisang.
First signs of altitude fatigue will set in for most of the travellers. We will have to walk for five hours through yet more farm villages separated by rocky trails till we reach Ngawal. But you can see the majestic Himalayas during the entire trek which might provide you with some energy.
Majority of the day will be spent walking on the sides of steep mountains but almost all of it is smooth. We will gain quite an altitude as we trek alongside rivers to reach Manang. Here we walk past world’s highest commercial airport, the Manang Airport, and the ancient Buddhist monastery of Braga. We will stay at a guesthouse in Manang village. We will reach our guesthouse in Manang village after five hours of trekking.
Spend the day sightseeing in Manang. You will again have to climb more than 1,500 feet the next day so rest well.
We will trek uphill to Khusang and this will be a tough climb which will take a toll on your body. However, the forests and the mountains provide a very good distraction from your fatigue. Three-fourths of the track is smooth. It takes about four hours in total to reach Yak Kharkha.
You have to climb up for five hours. This will definitely put a lot of pressure on your legs but we will pass through several villages and stops to keep you fresh. Consider views of the Himalayan peaks as pain relief.
This is a very long and hard day of trekking. We start before sunrise and walk through a windy trail for to Thorong-La Pass, the highest point in our travel. A steep downhill trail takes us to Muktinath from there. You have to trek for eight hours this day. The Muktinath Mandir is one of the holiest shrines for both Hindus and Buddhists as is believed to be the home of the god of liberation, Lord Muktinath (Lord Shiva). A lot of devotees, including holy Sadhus, make the pilgrimage to this place.
It’s again a day for eight hours’ trekking. We make a heavy descend today all the way from the Himalayas to the lowlands. But we have to climb up first to cross the Lubra Pass. The place is so remote and rugged, you will feel like you are in one of Game of Thrones scenes. From there, we pass through Jomsom and the landscape from Jomsom is all waterfalls and steep mountain ridges alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Further downhill, apple orchards will come into view as we move towards Marpha which is famous for its apple brandy. There are souvenir shops, a monastery and breweries around the village if you wish to go for a leisurely stroll.
We cross the Kali Gandaki River and walk past the river valley towards Kalopani. It is an easy seven hours of trekking and we can have fun hunting gems or bathing in the river.
The Annapurna massif will be on the background throughout the six-hour trip as we pass through forests and villages to reach Tatopani. “Tatopani”, translates into “hot water” in Nepali, and you will spend the evening in the natural hot water spring here that will heal your body of all the pain of trekking so much.
You will be so tired upon reaching Tatopani that you will need to gather your energy before returning. So rest well and relax at the hot water spring.
We trek further away from the Himalayas as we have to start getting back now. It’s a six hour climbing down to Ghorepani passing through several villages and forests.
Poon Hill lies in the village and we trek to its summit. People say the western part of the Himalayas look more beautiful than the eastern ranges and nowhere is this true than from Poon Hill at 10,535 feet above the sea level. After the summit, we trek all the way down to Tikhedhunga village. Steps have been laid out all the way down.
An easy walk for three hours will get us to Nayapul. Our trekking ends here and you will be taken to Pokhara from here in a private vehicle. We reach Pokhara in the afternoon and the beautiful city on the bank of the Phewa Lake offers an amazing nightlife to relax you ahead of your trekking trip.
We take the long road back to Kathmandu. It is a seven hour ride through roads carved into the hills. The view of the Himalayas in the distance will surely remind you of your travel there. We will host a farewell dinner for you before you leave.
You will be on a plane back home and we will be there to see you off. Thank you and come again.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 230.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
We give you the power to choose the departure date that suits your group best. A private trip is a perfect solution if you can’t find a published departure date that you and your companions agree on. You can set up a private departure for most of the trips we offer.
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As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.READ MORE ABOUT CSR