This trek opened in October 1991 to trekkers under a special permit is the most popular and fascinating trekking in Nepal. It should be done in compliance with the rules of the Nepalese government setting the rules of quota system depending upon the season and that it be fully organized. Most of the people of this region are influenced by Tibetan culture. This route, almost treeless barren Landscape, steep rocky trail up and down the hill and eye-catching panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and many other beautiful peaks is a very attractive trekking destination. This trekking has been made for 21 days but it can be shortened to 14 days using both way flights to and from Jomsom.
Trip Duration: 21days
Maximum Altitude: 3950m
Trek Grade: D
Start from: Pokhara (drive)
End at: Jomsom (flights)
Best Season: April-June, Sept-Nov
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara: Drive by tourist bus or by flight.
Day 02: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga: drive to Birethanti for about 1 hr., start trekking towards Tikhedhunga.(1525m.)
Day 03: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani: Ascend steeply for two hours and the top of Annapurna south, Hinchuli mountains come into vision. Ascend up to Ulleri, a large Magar village and walk for another 3 hours to reach Ghorepani.(2834m.)
Day 04: Ghorepani to Tatopani: Descends to Sikha village, a prosperous Magar village then gently descend to Ghara and cross the Kaligandaki River and reach Tatopani.(1200m.) This day We climb up to the Poon Hill at 4.30 a.m. for the sunrise and beautiful mountain scenery.(3200m.)
Day 05: Tatopani to Ghasa: Go further to Dana (deepest gorge in the world) inhabited by Magars, a few Brahmins and Thakalis. The trail then passes through the beautiful Rupse Chhahara (waterfall) then descends to river and Ghasa.(2080m.)
Day 06: Ghasa to Tukuche: Go further to Tukuche, a village inhabited by Thakalies.(3590m.
Day 07: Tukuche to Jomsom: In this route, the trail offers many religious monuments and large Gompas along the way of Kaligandaki. The trail then forwards to Jomsom, the district head quarter of Mustang District.(2713m.)
Day 08: Jomsom to Kagbeni: Go ahead to Kagbeni via Chhanche Lhumba better known as Ekle Bhatti in English " Lonely Hotel" which follows the river to Kagbeni, a green oasis at the junction of Jhong Khola and Kaligandaki.(2810m.)
Day 09: Kagbeni to Chele: Ascend to Tanbe village and have a look at Nilgiri Peak dominating the northern skyline at Kagbeni. Walk further and discover the origin of Kaligandaki River. Now the trail leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up to Chele. (3030m.)
Day 10: Chele to Geling: Ascend through some treeless dry terrain and some Chhortens to Samar. Go up and down to a large gorge and enter another valley. Go ahead and descend to Shyangmochen; Go up to a pass and down to Geling for a rest.(3440m.) Highest elevation in this day is 3800m.
Day 11: Geling to Charang: Climb gently to the interesting NYI LA pass(3950m.) and descend to the valley and the Tangmar Chu (river), the climb the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climb over another passes and descend to Charang. (3490m.)
Day 12: Charang to Lo Manthang: Go down and cross the Charang Chu 9 river and climb up. There the walled city of Lo is seen. Descend and cross a stream and up into the plateau of Lo Manthang. (3730m.)
Day 13: Lo Mangthang : Tall Chanipa Lakhang "God House ", red Thungchen Gompa, Raja's four storied palace, Chyodi Gompa and the entrance Hall are the main attraction of this place.
Day 14: Lo Manthang: Tingkhar, the Raja's summer palace on the western valley, Kimling and Phuwa, the Gompa of Nangyals " The Monastery of Victory" the newest and most active Gompa in Lo are the main attraction of this palace.
Day 15: Lo Manthang to Ghami: Ascend to a pass offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Descend through two more valleys, meadows and streams. Descend again to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is older then Samye Gompas in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal. Then cross a ridge way down to Ghami. (3460m.)
Day 16: Ghami to Samar: Climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar through the same route.
Day 17: Samar to Kagbeni
Day 18: Kagbeni to Muktinath: Muktinath is one of the most important Pilgrimage sights to both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is also a home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists. Miraculously a fire burns in water by the temple.
Day 19: Muktinath to Jomsom.
Day 20. Jomsom to Pokhara: Fly back: Sightseeing in Pokhara.
Day 21 Pokhara to Kathmandu: By flight or drive back to Kathmandu.