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Jomsom Kali Gandaki Trek (19 Days)
Jomsom Kali Gandaki Trek Jomsom Kali Gandaki Trek Trek of Level 2. No particular difficulty. Experience of trek advised. This trek borrows one part of the KALI GANDAKI river valley, one for the most beautiful valleys of Nepal, traveled by the pilgrims and the traders transporting salts and other commodities on the back of mules. The region of Jomsom-Muktinath resembles Tibet - dry and windy. The massifs of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri dominate the trek during the entire length of the valley.


Trekking Days: -› (16)
Total Days: -› (19)
Min. Altitude: -› (919m./3015ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (3800m./12467ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 4- 7hrs
Route Nature: -› Lodge + Camping [TH or FOT]
Difficulty: -› Medium
Season: -› Autumn/Spring.

Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu – Pokhara (900m) 6 hours drive

Day 04 :  Fly from Pokhara – Jomsom (2800m) and trek to Kagbeni (2807m) 20 minutes fly and 2 hours 30 minutes walk

Day 05:  Kagbeni – Chele (3030m) 5 hours

Day 06:  Chele – Geling (3580m) 6 hours

Day 07:  Geling – Tsarang Village (3600m) 4 hours

Day 08:  Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3700m): 6 hrs

Day 09:  Explore Lo-Manthang

Day 10: Lo-Manthang – Dhi Village (3938m) 5 hours

Day 11 : Dhi Village – Ghara Village (3640m) 5 hours

Day 12: Ghara Village – Tange Village (3370m) 4 hours

Day 13: Tange Village – Tetang Village (3455m) 6 hours

Day 14 : Tetang Village – Muktinath (3800m) 5 hours

Day 15 : Excursion day in Muktinath.

Day 16:  Muktinath – Jomsom 4 hours

Day 17 : Fly from Jomsom – Pokhara

Day 18:  Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 19: last day of yours trip in Nepal

Trekking price based on group participants.

Trekking Ref. No. ANN-8N

Price Per Person

Price in Euro

2 to 3 Participants

1520 €

4 to 6 Participants

1390 €

6 to 9 Participants

1180 €

10 to ... Participants

1040 €

"For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost."
Trip Cost Includes

All airport/hotel transfers

Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and two nights hotel in Pokhara

Welcome and farewell dinner

Accommodation during trek in lodge/guesthouse/teahouse

A full days sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees

All ground transportation as per itinerary in private vehicle

An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging

All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )

A comprehensive medical kit

All government and local taxes

Trip Cost Does Not Include

Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Excess baggage charges

Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, etc)

Tips for guides and porters

Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance don't cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.

In The trek
the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make changes any form of program may not ask any money compensation to the agency.
 

Day 01:  Arrival Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
You will be welcomed by the boss of  company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transfer to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent Touristic Restaurant where you will enjoy  with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Morning:

We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole. After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square situated the center of Kathmandu where you can see the House of Living Goddess “KUMARI” Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, big bell-big drams, erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc. All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming. We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.

Afternoon.

You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swayambunath stupa has it that Manjushree, found of Kathmandu valley, and discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on which site the great stupa of Swayambunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents alike compassion. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNICEOO heritage side.  It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.

From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.

Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu – Pokhara (900m) 6 hours drive

 This morning after have a breakfast you will drive to Pokhara (200km). It takes six hours drive by Tourist bus. The road mostly follows the River Trisuli and Marsyangdi; along the drive you will enjoy beautiful scenery. You will arrive late afternoon at Pokhara with enough time to enjoy the colorful town of Pokhara.

Day 04 :  Fly from Pokhara – Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2807m)

Early in morning fly Northwest from Pokhara toward the great portal between the snows covered peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will enjoy the well-raised massifs of more than 8000 meters, and the river created deepest gorge on this planet. Jomsom is the district headquarters of Mustang zone. On arrival to Jomsom meet the rest of the trekking staffs, the guide will be with you from Kathmandu, and start the trek to Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang. Kagbeni situated at an altitude of (2807m) is one of the important places since centuries. Kagbeni village was formed around 14th century as a check post for traders between Nepal and Tibet and still there is a checkpoint to control the groups departing toward Muktinath and Mustang, is the main gate to enter Mustang. There is a monastery, a Police check post and ACAP (Annapurna conservation area project) office inside this visit worthy village.

Day 05:  Kagbeni – Chele (3030m)

The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki climbing over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe village. The town is a labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peak, dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni, will be enjoyed all the way by different shapes. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang village in about 1-½-hrs trek and crosses the river and continues north climbing up to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kali Gandaki valley and climbs steeply up a rocky gully to Chele (3030m) from here the culture changes from the Manangi culture to the Tibetan culture of Lo.

Day 06:  Chele – Geling (3580m)

The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to a pass and cairn of rock at (3540m) then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar village. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a Ridge at (3800m) the route climbs over yet another pass, follows a Ridge and then descends to Shyangmochen. From there gently climb to a pass at (3770m) and descend to Geling Village.

Day 07:  Geling – Tsarang Village (3600m)

 From Geling village the trail climbs gently up to an interesting pass Nyi-La and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river) you will arrive to a Mani wall perhaps the longest and most spectacular Mani wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at (3600m), the route makes a long gentle descent to Tsarang village. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa are the main attractions to visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha's.

Day 08:  Charang to Lo-Manthang (3700m): 5-6 hrs

Today, we trek to Lo-Manthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Manthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Manthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. We stay at hotel for the overnight stop.

Day 09:  Explore Lo-Manthang

Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar,  the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Manthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya.

Day 10: Lo-Manthang – Dhi Village (3938m)

 From Lo-Manthang the trail walks straight till Dhi pass (4100m). and descends down to Dhi village. The trek from Lo-Manthang to Muktinath is harder, but more rewarding and interesting than the west side of the valley. Dhi village is one of the best villages of whole Lo-Manthang and it seems more prosperous and it is settled in a very suitable place.

Day 11 : Dhi Village – Ghara Village

After breakfast, trek to Luri Gompa via Yara and Ghara villages. Today, Located above the villages of Yara and Ghara, Luri Gompa (Monastery) sits high above the crumbling landscape like an eagle's nest. It is some of the last cave monasteries in Lo and Tibet. No written record exists for the construction of Luri Gompa. Luri Gompa and some other monasteries are affiliated with the Kagyu sect (one of the sect of Buddhism). The style of painting suggests they were done by Nepalese (Newari) artists working for Tibetan patrons. The cave temple dates from the 13th - 14th century. The central chamber of the Gompa is carved out of the rock creating a domed ceiling on which are painted a series of Mahasiddha, Sakyamuni Buddha and Chenrezig figures etc, which are the true masterpieces. Lining the walls are series of 14th century paintings, which depict India Mahasiddha. Some are real individual and other mythical.

Day 12: Ghara Village – Tange Village (3370m)

Today, the trail goes through the river for around 2 hours and crosses a river from Damodar Kunda, one of the sacred lakes, there are no bridge on the river and need to deep the bare feet in the water to cross this river. After crossing the river the trail climbs up till high above a pass of (3850m). The trail goes through a grassless, treeless bare hill. After the pass the trail again drops directly to Tange village at an elevation of (3370m).Tange is a small village of around 30 houses but most of the houses are attached each other. On the rooftops one can see piles of dry woods, which also reflect the prosperity in their society.

Day 13: Tange Village – Tetang Village

The trek begins with a fine trail for around one hour and crosses a river without bridge. After crossing the river the trail climbs high up till the Chacho-La pass. From Chacho-La pass one can enjoy a wide range of mountains including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukche peak, Tilicho Peak and Thorang peak etc. On this elevation one can enjoy also many varieties of flowers and blue ship etc. After the pass the trail descends to Pa Khola. From Pa the trail walks mostly straight with minor climbing and descends to the village of Tetang. The trail walks through a steep ridge of hill providing some fine views of wind carved hills. Continuing the trek you can see the village of Tetang. Tetang village is formed between 2 hills; they should have found it a safe place to avoid the strong wind that hits the entire Kaligandaki valley. Tetang is the upper village of the Chuksang, which we visit on the first day entering to Mustang from Kagbeni. From Tetang village it takes one day to go to Jomsom and a day to arrive to Muktinath.

Day 14 : Tetang Village – Muktinath

From Tetang village the trail climbs till the Gnyu Pass, which take around 3:30 hours. The entire route provides a fine panorama of the Himalayan range and green valley with many kinds of Himalayan flowers. From Gnyu Pass you can see the whole Muktinath area in a distance of 2 hours gentle walk. Overnight at lodge.

Day 15 : Excursion day in Muktinath.

 The Name of the Muktinath (God of salvation) is name of a Hindu’s god. Muktinath is a holy place for all the devotees. Every year thousands of devotees from Nepal, India and Tibet come to visit this place for the salvation and purification of their belief. History tells that many Kings of Asia visited the place for meditation and salvation. Muktinath is decorated by Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tilicho to the southeast, Dhaulagiri to the southwest and Thorang peak and Yakawa Kang to the north. It is one of the most important religious centers of both Hindus and Buddhist. For Hindus, beside the Holy water, the importance of the Muktinath is in the belief that the incarnation of Lord Vishnu is in the form of Saligrams. Saligrams are found in the water of Kaligandaki River, just a few hours walk from Muktinath. Overnight at lodge.

Day 16:  Muktinath – Jomsom

This is the last day of the trek. The trail goes through the village of Jharkot where one can visit the Jharkot monastery, Tibetan herbal medical center and the old fortress of Jharkot, once served as palace. Continuing the trek toward Jomsom one will enjoy the view of the Kaligandaki valley and Kagbeni village the entry point to Mustang. We get a round trip of our trek in Ekle Bhatti visiting all the surprises of the human effort in this corner of the World of such an isolation and solitude. Arrive to Jomsom. Overnight at lodge.

Day 17 : Fly from Jomsom – Pokhara

Today, early morning we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to your hotel at lakeside. After check in hotel we will visit Pokhara City including David’s fall, Tibetan refugee camp and its handicraft centre. In the evening drive to Fewa lake side and enjoy free time. This free time can be used by making an hours boating on Lake Fewa enjoying the calm environment of sun-set time with the changing colors of the giant Himalayan range that cradles the Pokhara city. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal, to the mid-western region of Nepal. It is richly decorated by beautiful nature on earth. The most beautiful jewel of Pokhara Mountain called Mt. Machhapuchhare with Mt. Annapurna and Lamjung. By the 17th century Pokhara was part of the Kingdom of Kaski, one of the most powerful of central Nepal's Chaubise Rajya or 24 Kingdoms. Kaski was ruled by a sub-branch of the Shah royal family. The hilltops surrounding Pokhara are dotted with the ruins of medieval stone forts. Kaski and the rest of the Chaubise Rajya were annexed by Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1786 and absorbed into the growing kingdom of Nepal. Around this time Pokhara developed into an important trade entrecote, lying on major trails between both Jumla-Kathmandu and India-Tibet. Each winter, mule caravans arrived from the north, laden with bags of salt and wool from the Tibetan Plateau. These were exchanged in Pokhara for grain and goods carried in from Butwal by porter. As a major government centre in central Nepal, Pokhara has naturally become a focus of development. Progress has been accelerated because it's such a pleasant place for to visit and live. Pokhara is now the biggest tourist destination in Nepal outside of the Kathmandu Valley, drawing 30% of visitors to Nepal. Overnight at lodge.

Day 18:  Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon. You're free in Kathmandu for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 19: last day of yours trip in Nepal

It's time to enjoy a bit of Kathmandu and the ultimate view of the great mountains! Free time in Kathmandu and transfer to the airport two hours before departure of your flight home, after a final goodbye! On the way back, you'll have time to plan a new adventure in Nepal, that country so magical!

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