Trekking in Nepal

Annapurna Kali Gandaki Jomsom Trek

Annapurna Kali Gandaki Jomsom Trek
  • Total Duration

    13 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate
  • Trek Duration

    09 days
  • Max Elevation

    3760m at Muktinath
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse
  • Trek Starts

    Jomsom
  • Trek Ends

    Nayapul
“Journey on the ancient trans-Himalayan salt trade route and through the world’s deepest gorge”

Overview

Our trek follows one of the most ancient trade routes of the Trans Himalaya, passing through many interesting villages, local people, and traders, donkeys and mule trains.

The trail also follows through beautiful enchanting forests of rhododendron, oak and pine trees with constant views of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountain range. We start this marvelous trip in Pokhara which is located in the mid western Nepal. Pokhara, is one of the most unique sub-tropical valley's in the Himalaya, and arguably in the world, where one can marvel the beauty of the Himalayan landscape and reflection of the imposing Annapurna Range, including the towering majestic peak of Mt. Machhapuchare, and its beautiful lakes.

The trail at one time served as a major trade route linking India and Tibet. Yak caravans loaded with salt descended from the Tibetan plateau, while mule trains carrying grain headed up river from Nepal's hills, meeting halfway to barter their precious commodities. The Thak Khola region you enter after Tatopani was the centre of this vital and ancient tradition of trade.

It is also the homeland of one of Nepal's most successful ethnic groups, the Thakalis.Thakali tribes are wide spread from Pokhara up to the Mustang region, which used their strategic position on the trade route to great advantage.

As you enter the cobbled streets of Marpha, you have entered another world, a reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau. From Jomsom the trail stretches on the Kali Gandaki Valley, and up towards Kagbeni, and Muktinath; a Tibetan-like village with the ruins of fortresses set in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river Valley. Headquarters of the Mustang district, Jomsom is an important government centre.

In the heart of this scenic, magical valley lies Muktinath, one of the most sacred of pilgrimage places in all of Nepal. Here, the natural elements are displayed in miraculous form; flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burn on water, stone and earth in an offering said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu creator.

The country changes dramatically in the days walk from Dana onwards, with fabulous views of Nilgiri Himal, the Annapurnas, and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The culture and the people changes as you reach from higher to lower elevation. Prayer flags and stone chortens (prayer walls) marks the entrance to Tibetan influenced Buddhist villages and clustered around monasteries several centuries old.

As the trek enters Tatopani onwards we will be walking on the deepest gorge in the world between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri 8,172m and Annapurna 8,091m with only 35km apart, turning the plunge to the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their high top peaks into a staggering 6,660m gorge.

Slowly, this marvelous trek comes to an end near Pokhara with glamorous scenery all the way a short interesting drive brings you at Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

12 March to 26 March
08 April to 22 April
05 May to 19 May
06 September to 20 September
10 October to 24 October
14 November to 28 November

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of “Kumari”, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (830m) 06 Hrs
After an early breakfast, we will travel by tourist bus towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalayas, made more comfortable in recent years by road repair. The drive continues with several stops on route before Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will transfer to the hotel with enough time in the afternoon for a stroll around beautiful Phewa Lake. Overnight in Hotel
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 03 Hrs
After an early breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom. It is quite a scenic flight of only 20 minutes and Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang. It is also a major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon. From Jomsom, the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After good stop here, an hour of easy walk reaches you to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age-old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. Upon arrival, we will check in to the Lodge with afternoon free for a stroll around the village. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 05: Trek to Muktinath (3760m) 04 Hrs
From Kagbeni, the route leads up most of the way with a few gradual level portions till Jharkot village is reached after 2-3 hours of good walk, from this village, another hour uphill trek brings you at the Muktinath area, where there are good lodges including the Bob Marley Lodge. The trek to Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus & Buddhists with a Gompa. The Pagoda Temple houses lord Muktinath, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The place itself is very soothing with great views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak, The most interesting & importance of the area however is the spot with burning natural gas. You will have time to visit the Temple complex where there 108 interesting water spout one of the tributary and the source of Kali Gandaki also. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 06: Trek to Marpha (2670m) 06 Hrs
Early morning wake up with a divine sound of temple bell, after breakfast easy trek down to Ekley-bhatti the trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Marpha. After few hours walking from Ekley-bhatti one reaches Jomsom, the path continues following downstream of Kali Gandaki with different views of mountain and sandy path. Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom towards south east brings you at Marpha for the overnight stop, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product. Visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 07: Drive to Tatopani (1190m) 04 Hrs
Dramatic changes of vegetation from dry arid desert to pine & conifer forests can he found while passing between Dhaulagiri & Annapurna region. Passing through Kalopani, magnificent views of Annapurna range can be seen. The road goes along Kaligandaki valley passing traditional villages Tukuche and Larjung. It then crosses the river back to the west side via a series of temporary bridges just before Kalopani (a small Thakali village) at 2,590 m. This is a best view point for Mt. Dhaulagiri and only one place to catch in your eye along whole circuit. This is long and tidy Thakali village with a Dhaulagiri technical school. Kalopani, another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent tea houses and lodge with grandeur view of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri's and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. Drive from Kalopani onwards leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, as we pass between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges. The road passes through the village of Rupsi with its beautiful waterfall and Dana, situated near the deepest gorge of the world between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. By the lunch time, you will reach at Tatopani. From Tatopani the view of Mt. Nilgiri is magnificent. Natural hot spring bathing is a main attraction at Tatopani. Tato is „hot‟ and pani is „water‟ in Nepali.Overnight at Teahouse
Day 08: Trek to Ghorepani (2750m) 07 Hrs
After a wonderful time at Tatopani and in its warm pool, our trek continues towards east on the gradual trail for an hour crossing a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki river, the path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. Our route diverts from here taking the uphill climb, the first uphill to a ridge is quite steep, where there is a small tea house, from here ahead of us lies a steep terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day to the Magar / Gurung village of Sikha with a view of terrace field and landscapes. From here it’s a gradual climb for most of the way, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching to the village of Ghorepani. We stop for the night at Ghorepani Deurali for the best views of the sunset with excellent of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. This is most popular spot among the trekkers, the best view of the mid and western Himalayas. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 09: Trek to Tadapani (2630m) with visit to Poonhill (3210m) 05 Hrs
The guide will wake you up early for the 45 minutes' walk up to Poonhill, where you can view the sunrise over the long Himalayan chain of mountains from the far western Dolpo peaks, Dhaulagiri massive, Annapurna, Manaslu and as far to Ganesh Himal range including the beautiful majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail). After the busy photo session return back to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani the trail follows to the upper ridge to Deurali almost to the same height as Poonhill with constant view of the snow capped peaks and through rhododendron forest, then descend from Deurali where the path narrows down through the temperate rain forest, stepper section at some places as you come to Bhanthati a place in the middle of the forest, after a short break here or lunch, the trek continues on the gradual trail for an hour, after coming down to a small stream in the middle of the rhododendron forest with an hour uphill walk to Tadapani. Tadapani is in the middle of the forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia and Oaks. From this place a grand view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (fishtail) can be seen at a close distance. Tadapani with 8-10 lodges a settlement made by the local Gurung people from Ghandrung and Kimrong to serve and cater the needs of the trekkers. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 10: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 04 Hrs
Today’s walk leads through serene forest for an hour on the gradual path to Bhasi Kharka, from this spot the trail descends with occasional view of the Mt. Annapurna ranges & Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). The trial descends through forest, creeks and small streams and into the maze of trails till Ghandruk village is reached. This is a semi-modern village and gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. On reaching Ghandruk at lunch time and as well for the night stop with enough time to explore the village and Gurung culture. The trail descends through the deep forest and huge boulders into the maze of tracks around Ghandruk at 1940 m. This is a modern village of Nepal and nice village settlement in terrace field. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul (1070m) 04 Hrs and drive to Pokhara 1.5 Hrs
A pleasant walking on this last day, the trek leads to a long descend towards Syauli Bazaar for two hours from here the path follows the Modi River all the way to Nayapul and passing through another nice village at Birethanti. From this place a short walk of 30 minutes reaches you at Nayaul for 1.5 hours scenic drive to Pokhara for the overnight stop near by the Lake Phewa. Overnight in Hotel
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu
After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek and swap stories with fellow trekkers. After breakfast, we will board the bus for the 5 - 6 hour scenic journey back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel
Day 13: Transfer to airport for final departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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