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Kaligandaki Valley trek

Trip Name: 
kali Gandaki Valley trek
Duration: 
15Days
Transportation: 
By Bus & Flight
Start Point: 
Nayapul
End Point: 
Jomsom

Kaligandaki valley Trekking
Kali Gandaki valley trekking is popular in trail in Annapurna trekking area where you will enjoy with an spectacular Himalayan views, the desiccated landscape and mixed culture with HJT professional trekking guides. Kali Gandaki Valley was the main trading route with Tibet and the system of lodges and teahouses here is well developed. The Thakali people who inhabit kali Gandaki area are renowned for their hospitality and for being obliging hosts. your trekking trail follows the Kali Gandaki River valley from the Hindu lowlands in the south to the Buddhist villages and people in the upper valley. At Tukuche you head off the main trail and head to the spectacular Dhaulagiri icefall where you are treated to superb views of the icefall and across the deep valley to Annapurna. As you continue north towards Mustang and Tibet the scenery changes dramatically, the landscape becoming much drier and the riverbed widening. At Muktinath you have time to explore the famous Hindus and Buddhist temples and make an excursion to the base of Throng La Pass before descending to your treks end at Jomsom and a spectacular mountain flight to Pokhara.

Day 1:Katmandu (1310m)

Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7km and takes about 10 minutes. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan
Day 2:Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing & Permit making process
After breakfast beautiful "Kathmandu Valley" sight seeing. This day we visit Shwoyambhunath Stupa, Baudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan
Day 3:Kathmandu to Pokhara(910m), 6 -7 hours drive.
Breakfast, Our Trekking guide will come at the Hotel an early morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and we walk from the hotel about 10 minutes to get bus station. Bus leave at 7 am to Pokhara. We drive to Pokhara by tourist bus, enjoying an afternoon at Pokhara or by flight  25 -30 minute from Kathmandu to Pokhara O/N at Pokhara Hotel .B.B Plan.
Day 4:Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge), and trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495m), 3:30 hours.
Breakfast. After an hour drive to Naya Pul then commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. Head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tirkhe Dhunga. From here the trail crosses a stream and then ascends a step stone staircase to the large Magar village at Ulleri (2070m) Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 05:Trek Tikhedhunga  to Ghorepani (2810m) , 7 hours. 
Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2855m.): A steep ascends up to Ulleri and gradually ascending up to Ghorepani.You will walk whole day through dense forest of Rhododendron , oak trees and bamboo grooves watching beautiful rhododendron and orchid flowers. You will certainly enjoy the chipping birds and butterflies. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 06:Ghorepani Tatopani (1189M),7and 1/2 hours
Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani (1189m.) This day offers you an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, you trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani. After descending through the rhododendron forest, fine vistas open up we approach Chitre, with the Dhaulagiri Range straight ahead. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue to descend, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, we then cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from here it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name from the hot springs near the river below the village. At Tatopani, you can enjoy the Natural Hot Spring Bath. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 07: Tatopani-Ghasa(2013m), 5 hours
Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa. The followed route ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana , which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa. This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 08: Ghasa to Marpha (2667m.) ,6 and 1/2 hours
The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki for about six to seven hours. Through out the trek you will be enjoying the mighty Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali and few Tibetans. On the way to Marpha we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki through the Apple orchard, you can eat apples if it happens to be the fruit season. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 09: Marpha -Jomsom(2713m.) / Kagbeni (2897m.),5 hours
We are continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Tukuche is a delightful village where narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards attempt to provide some shelter from the winds which howl through the gorge. The wind generally picks up after about midday, but will at least be blowing at our backs as you head up to Jomsom. After passing through stone-walled orchards, a stone gate marks the entrance to Marpha. White walled houses line both sides of the narrow paved street, under which flows a cleverly made drainage system. Marpha makes a good lunch stop and the courtyards of the many lodges make ideal resting and refreshment places. The local apple brandy is especially well-known! As the trail continues towards Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and grey, contrasting with the white snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. By afternoon, the stiff winds begin to blow, hastening our way to Jomsom. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 10: Kagbeni-Moktinath(3795 m.), 4 hours
The Trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred Meters. While gradually walking, you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages , apple Garden , Yaks Herds, Sheep Herds and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. You can enjoy delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit Monastery believed to be built in 15 century. Now you head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path for half an hour. You stay overnight at Muktinath village. From here you hike to Rani Pauwa (3700m.), an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Here you come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Now you walk for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple , where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. The people of Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath are close to the life style, culture, religion and idea of Tibetan people. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 11:  Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m) ,3 hours
We now begin descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet . After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we sight tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River , and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek. Overnight stay at guesthouse with breakfast, lunch and dinner included with Tea and Coffee.
Day 12:  Flight Jomsom to Pokhara
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then catch a further flight back to Kathmandu . overnight stay at hotel.
Day 13: Rest day at Pokhara
Early orning breakfast ,fullday city sightseeing on the lakeside and boating at Phewa Lake. if you are interested paraglading in this day it will be extra . Overnight at hotel.B.B Plan.
Day 14:Pokhara to Kathmandu
Early morning, transfer to pokhara tourist bus station for driving back to Kathmandu and it takes around 6 hours, check in Hotel in Kathmandu , overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15: Departure your destination
Transfer to international airport for your final departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal


 

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