Jomsom Kali Gandaki TrekJomsom 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
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.
03:Drive from Kathmandu – Pokhara
(900m) 6 hours drive
: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
Lo-Manthang – Dhi Village (3938m) 5 hours
: 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
: Tetang Village –
Muktinath (3800m) 5 hours
: Excursion day in
Day 16:Muktinath – Jomsom 4 hours
: Fly from Jomsom –
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
4 to 6 Participants
6 to 9 Participants
10 to ... Participants
"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
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 ofcompany 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
enjoywith a fine meal. Overnight at
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 –
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
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 –
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 –
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