This unique and seldom traveled route offers the adventurous trekker a bit of everything that makes Nepal so special. From Besisahar, we will gradually ascend the Marshyangi River Valley to Koto. Here, we head northwards and enter the recently opened NarPhu Valleys of Upper Manang. Passing through the chorten gate that designates the entrance to NarPhu, it’s as if we’ve been transported into a land where time has stood still. The Himalayan Pine quickly give way to high plateau, remote Tibetan villages built of stone, ancient Buddhist monasteries and grand views of the Annapurna Range.
This magical area is known to have one of the highest concentration of snow leopard per square kilometer of anywhere in the world. After numerous days of exploration, we regrettably exit this valley via the exciting 5,315 meter Kang La pass. Here we pick up the main Annapurna Circuit route at Braga, continue to Manang Village and steadily make our way up and over the Thorong La pass (5416 meters). From the holy village of Muktinath, we trek to Kagbeni (the gateway to Upper Mustang) and on to the airstrip at Jomsom for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu:
Our company representative will pick up you from international airport and you will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu (1300 meter)
Day 02: City tour.
Our city guide will take you to historical places around Kathmandu valley which is also listed on world heritage sites by UNESCO.
Day 03: Briefing and Preparations for trekking.
You will be given general information about trekking regarding Do and Dons during trekking, and daily routine / schedule will be given to you by our tour guide every day evening.
Day 04: Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m)
Beshisahar can be reached in 6-7 hours driving by private bus or Jeep from Kathmandu. We follow the Prithivi high way up to Dumre and the follow branch road towards right side. This is the district headquarter of Lamjung.
Day 05: Besisahar to Ngadi (930m)
From Beshisahar we drive forward to Bulbule for around one hour on bumpy road and then we start walking after crossing the steel bridge we follow the trekking trail from next to Marsyangdi river to get to Ngadi. Some people some people direct go by driving to Ngadi.
Day 06: Ngadi to Jagat (1300m)
From Ngadi we go up to Bahundanda observing the terrace field and local lifestyle. From Bahundanda the trail descend little down and gets easily to Jagat. Which is small village just above the Marsyangdi river.
Day 07: Jagat to Dharapani (1860m)
In the morning we start walking to chyamje (1430 m) and following the trekking old trail via Taal village (1700 m) we get to Dharapani in the afternoon, which is in Manag district. It takes around 6-7 hours walking.
Day 08: Dharapani to Koto (2600 m)
Koto can be reached after passing away the village Bagarchhap ( 2160 m), Timang (2750m), Tangchok and Koto (2600 m).it is a beautiful village having few teahouse lodges which is just 30 minutes walking distance form district headquarter office.
Day 09: Koto to Dharamshala (3230 m)
A Branch trail heading toward north from Koto is the way to Dharmashala. It goes through the pine forest by the side of the Narphu river and can be reached after little flat and then gradual upward walking of five hours. There is a small shelter where we spend one night. This is also the way to Saribung Peak and Damodar Kunda.
Day 10: Dharamshala to Kyang (3820 m)
we have to walk gradual upward up to Meta / Metathang (3560m) which is the tree line and from there the trail heads to north . We can see the Kangaru Himal (6981 m) on our left and Pisang Peak (6091 m) to the right as well as many peaks to the north side. It takes around 5-6 hours to get to Kyang , which is a small village having very natural and typical stone old houses.
Day 11: Kyang to Phugaon (4080 m)
By the side of Phu river there is a rocky , narrow trail which leads us to Phugaun. There we can not see trees and it is surrounded by grey and brown hills where we can see blue sheep a wild animal. Phu gaun can be reached in 4 hours, it is an attractive Himalayan village situated on a small hill which is fully covered by the stone houses.
Day 12: Rest day at Phugaon(4080m)
This day we will explore around the houses, we share some information with local, spend our time observing their daily schedule and studying cultures.
Day 13: Phugaon to Mahendrapul (3490 m)
This day we walk back down following same trail and across the Kyang village we will set out camp at Mahundra pul near the bridge at the elevation of 3490 meter. After 4-5 hours walking Mahendra pul can be reached.
Day 14: Mahendrapul to Naar (4110 m)
From Mahendra pul the trail goes slope upward . On the way we can see Mani walls and stupas, which represents that the majority of people are Buddhist in this region. We can reach to Naar after four hours walking. It’s a village on the snow line. The culture and life style of this village is almost similar with Tibetan people.
Day 15: Nar to Kanglaphedi (4530 m)
On this day we step ahead towards west side following the flat forward to get to Kanglaphedi(4530 m). It takes around 4 hours of easy walking. It is the bottom point of Kangla Phedi. The wild animal blue sheep and some other alpine incredible birds also can be seen here around.
Day 16: Kanglaphedi to Nawal (3660 m)
The trail ascend up from the Khang La phedi. We have to walk on Steep Moraine path around Kang La Pass (5306 m). It’s a good view point .from where breath taking scenery of Domodar himal , Saribung Himal , Saribung Himal and many other peaks . After the top of Kang La the Steep path descend down and we reach to Ngawal , Where we can observe monastery, mani walls , and stupa.
Day 17: Nawal to Manang (3540 m)
From here we follow the trail vai Munchi village(3467 m) and walk forward to Manang village. On this we have to walk around 5 hours. On the way we can to visit to an old Monastery at Braga village. This is a good chance to gain some knowledge of Bhhudism history.
Day 18: Rest Day at Manang (3540 m)
We make one rest day here. It is for maintaining the body with local environment. It’s for preventing from high altitude sickness problem. On this day we can visit to Ice Lake or gompa and Milarepa cave as a short and easy day tour.
Day 19: Manang to Yakharka (4050m)
We start our trek after breakfast and we will ascend up to almost 500 meters on this day above tree line region. On the way we can visit small stupas and maniwalls. Observing the animal Bluesheep and some other good looking birds in the steep hills, we keep going upwards to Yakkharka which takes around 4 hour of walking.
Day 20: Yakharka to High Camp (4925m)
As much as we go higher we will have more beautiful scenery. This day we can see more panoramic Mountain View and unique landscape on snowline.some people do not stay at high camp they start thorung pass direct from Phedi (4450 m).
Day 21: High Camp to Muktinath (3760m)
We start walking very early in the morning after breakfast and have to walk slope upwards to the Thorung La (5416 m) top following the snowy path of Himalaya. From the top We can view incredible mountains range.It take four hours to get to the top of thorung La and then the path goes downward to Muktinath on this day totally we have to walk around 8-9 hours of walking.
Day 22: Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m)
Muktinath is a holy place for both bhuddist and hindu pilgrims , where we can see one pagoda styled small temple and 108 water taps on its back.and nonstop flaming light in side there. We walk down to jomsom on this day which is very easy. We can follow the trail either directly to jomsom or via Kagbeni. To get to Jomsom we can also get ride to jeep.
Day 23: Fly back to Pokhara (800m)
This day we can fly to Pokhara from here in the morning crossing over the one of the good view point and the major tourist destination Poonhill (3210 m). During 25 minutes flight Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range can be seen.
Return to Kathmandu
Day 24: Return to Kathmandu (1300 m)
To return to Kathmandu by tourist bus, which departs 7 o’clock in the morning. And it takes around 6-7 hours to get to Kathmandu. We have two alternatives. Either we can take 30 minutes flight.
Day 25: Reserve day
This is the day for looking around city and also for buying something as per your interest. We will have farewell dinner all together in Kathmandu on this evening.
Day 26: Departure
This day we will come to hotel and take you to airport on your given time for the final departure to home with wishing you a nice journey.