From Kaligandaki to Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 22 Days

in the ancient trans-Himalayan salt trade route-charming villages,-constant views of the snow capped peaks of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri mountain range in the holy Muktinath area, on the arid Tibetan like terrain and in the midst of Annapurna at the sanctuary.

One of the most truly inspiring walking journey on the worlds’ deepest gorge in the midst of towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range, this trek follows the ancient cavern route through a more diverse range of climate, vegetation and cultures than most small countries can boast in their entire country.

The trail leads to ups and downs path, passing through many traditional villages along the way. This wonderful adventure begins with a flight to and from Jomsom, tiny thatched roofed villages; set among the terraced fields, makes an attractive picture with the backdrop of the magnificent snow range of Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The pleasant walk eventually leads to lower Mustang from Jomsom and to the highest spot of Muktinath one of the holiest pilgrimage place for the Hindu’s and Buddhist the trek leads back to Jomsom and then to Marpha following the Kaligandaki till Tatopani and on towards in the midst of amphitheatre of snow peaks at Annapurna Sanctuary and to its Base Camp and ending this wonderful trek at Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 2
In Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 3
Drive to Pokhara 200 k.m. 5-6 hrs rides.

As per the drive time, transfer for the scenic driving journey to Pokhara. After 5-6 hours of good ride brings us to the stunning Pokhara Valley, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to Hotel. Pokhara is the second largest township in Nepal and enjoys a beautiful setting beside the large lake of Phewa, Rupa and Begnas.

Day 4
Fly to Jomsom 2,715m and begin trek to Kagbeni 2,810 m 3-4 hrs walks.

From Jomsom, the trail leads on the Kaligandaki plains in the rainy season the road diverts to the right bank of the river plain, the walk is pleasant with few ups and down most of the way to the place of Ekali Bhatti (lonely inn) where there is three or four tea-houses at present, it used to be one tea-house when its got its name Ekali -Bhatti. From here the path splits into two ways the higher up leads to Muktinath well the other one leads you to upper Mustang and Tibet via Kagbeni.

Our trail leads past Eklai-bhatti towards north west, the walking gets much easier on the gradual winding route as the the road widens as you walk further on the river bed towards the windswept village of Kagbeni for the overnight.

Day 5
Trek to Muktinath 3,760m. 4-5 hrs.

Walk leads to a slow uphill, with gradual path in some section on arriving at Jharkot village, another 1 -2 hours of climb brings you at the Muktinath area for the overnight stop in of the many good lodges.

Day 6
Rest day at Muktinath.

A leisure day and with time to marvel the great view of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt.Tukuche and Nilgiri range of mountains visiting Muktinath Temple, in the auspicious time this place is flooded with pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist, the Temple of Muktinath and with its 108 water spout, which is also the source of Kaligandaki river. Afternoon free for independent activities.

Day 7
Trek to Marpha 2,670m via Jomsom. 5-6 hrs.

A good gradual walk on the downhill slope all the way to the Kaligandaki River Valley from here the path is almost level all the way to Jomsom.

Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom 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.

Day 8
Trek to Lete, 2,480m. 5-6 hrs.

From Marpha, the walk is enjoyable following the Kaligandaki river down stream soon reaching at Tukuche village, beneath the towering Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with spectacular views of Mt.Nilgiri’s and the massif icefalls which tumbles from the Dhaualgiri’s east face, after an hour walk from Tukuche coming to Larjung village, then crossing the broad river bed, either by way of a series of temporary plank bridges over numerous channel if the river level is low, or via a high suspension bridge, ater an hour walk, getting back to the tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron, the path meanders away from the river for a while for an hour then coming back to the river bed just before Kalalpani village, just near Kalapani the trail leads to a suspension bridge over the gorge of raging Kaligandki River with awesome view of Dhualgiri peak and its icefall, from the bridge a short walk brings to Kalapani village. Kalapani, another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent lodges with grandeur view of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. A short descends brings you at Lete village for the overnight stop.

Day 9
Trek to Tatopani 1,190m. 6-7 hrs.

Walk from Kalapani onwards leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, passing between the two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. The first two hours of trek passes through the village of Ghasa with constant view of the snow capped peaks through the cool forest surrounding, there are many settlements and isolated lodges and tea houses, with open areas with enchanting forest and impressive views.

Below Ghasa, which is the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

Day 10
Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m. Approx. 6-7 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on the gradual trail for an hour crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the path leads by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails. Route diverts from here leading to the uphill climb, from here ahead lies a steep terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching to the village of Chitre, from here continue towards Ghorepani a short up hill walk through the rhododendron and pine forest brings till Ghorepani is reached for the overnight halt.

Day 11
Hike to Poon hill 3,195m and trek to Tadapani 2,721m.

Early morning hike to Pun hill before breakfast, if the day is clear for the grand panorama of great eight thousander Himalayan peaks along with the beautiful sunrise over the snow capped peaks. Pun hill which is about an hour walk uphill, from here trek down to Ghorepani and continue walk to Tadapani, the walk first leads through thick forest of Rhododendron on up hill path on reaching the top ridge which almost the height of Pun hill, the path descends through a gorge coming to another village called Bhanthati. After lunch here, the walk leads through the forest on the downhill path on reaching at a small stream, an hour climb brings you at Tadapani a settlement of 8-10 houses serving as Lodges for the trekkers, Tadapani offers awesome views of Annapurna South, Annapurna II and IV and beyond towards east and the sunrise from this place is equally captivating.

Day 12
Trek to Chomrong 1,951m approx. 6 hours walks.

The trek from Tadapani leads away from the main trail on the long descent towards Kimrong Valley and climbing towards Chomrong on reaching the good wide stone paved path. The walk from here is fairly gradual with downhill till Chomrong village is reached for the overnight stop. Chomrong village situated in the small valley just near beneath the peaks of Annapurna south. This is the last permanent village.

Day 13
Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050m 6 hours walk.

From Chomrong the trail leads to the terraced farm fields as you descent to the river, after the bridge it’s uphill most of the way for 2-3 hours till a small place of Khuldi-ghar is reached, after Khuldi the trail leads down hill for 1-2 hour through the bamboo bushes till you reach Bamboo, a place in the mid of the bamboo, rhododendron and oaks forest with couple of teahouses / lodges. After a brief stop here an hour walk on the gradual uphill path brings you to the overnight halt at Dovan, an isolated spot with 2-3 teahouses, in the midst of the forest near the raging Modi River.

Day 14
Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp 3,720m- 5-6 hrs.

From Dovan walk continues in the cool shade of the forest with gradual ups’ most of the way following the river Modi upstream, the trail meanders with few ups and down as you reach Himalaya Hotel near Hinko cave, located at the bottom of Hiunchuli peak. The trail from here is up for another 1-2 hours to Deurali the last tea-house on route Maccahapuchare Base Camp. On reaching at Deurali the vegetation and tree lines disappears leaving for high alpine flora and shrubs.

From Deurali, the trail leads up to follow the raging Modi River upstream, the track is quite pleasant in some places with few strenuous climb for an hour in between as you reach the Maccahapuchare Base Camp for the overnight stop. Machhapuchare base camp has about 4-5 Lodges located beneath the towering North Face of Machhapuchare peak.

Day 15
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,095m 3-4 hours walk.

Today’s walk leads you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the Annapurna Base Camp, the path follows ascends for few hours on the grassy path, the trek is very pleasant as you reach the higher ground with magnificent view of an array of snow peaks all around you with Annapurna I, a great wall of a mountain on this north west face. Annapurna Base Camp has 2-3 teahouses.

Day 16
Trek to Himalaya Hotel 2,900m. 6 hours walk.

After a wonderful time at ABC, retrace the journey back to Himalaya Hotel near Hinko Cave via Machhapuchare Base Camp for the overnight. A good day walk in the tranquility of the mountains and in its tranquil wilderness, the trek leads back to the lush green vegetation; the walk is more or less downhill with few ups to Himalaya Hotel.

Day 17
Trek to Chomrong. 4-5 hrs.

From Himalaya Hotel retrace the journey back to Chomrong by the same path, the morning walk leads to a short climb to Khuldi where you check out in the register. The trail descends all the way to the bridge, from the bridge uphill will to Chomrong.

Day 18
Trek to Ghandrung or Ghandruk 1,750m. 5-6 hrs walks.

From Chomrong, walk leads to a short uphill, descending towards Kimche Khola valley as the trail splits here where the path from Landrung and Kimche Valley joins, the route leads to Kimrong khola valley, the trail branches off from last Tea-house of upper Chomrong, the walk is pleasant on the wide track for an hour till Kimche valley is reached. From Kimche Valley a short gradual path leads to the bottom of the Kimrong danda ridge, the climb takes for an hour towards the Kimrong danda where there are few teahouses / lodges where you can refresh with soft drinks and teas. From here a gentle downhill walk reaches you at Ghandrung village for the overnight stop.

Day 19
Trek and drive to Pokhara. 3-4 hrs walks with 2 hours drive.

The last day walk from Ghandrung leads to a descend on the wide stone paved path passing through farm villages of Kimche till Syali Bazaar is reached, from here the path leads on the gentle winding trail following the River Modi all the way to Nayapul. Few hours of good walk reaching at Bhirethati a charming village. From here cross the bridge over Modi Khola and follow the Modi Khola till Nayapul is reached. On reaching Nayapul board on the Bus for an hour and half drive to Pokhara for the overnight after a wonderful time in the tranquility and wilderness up in the mountains.

Day 20
Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.

As per the flight time schedule a scenic sweeping half hour flight reaches you back to Kathmandu.

Day 21
Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.

Day 22
Transfer to Airport for International departure.

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Incursions

  • Airport Picks up and Drops off by private tourist vehicle
  • Three nights’ twin sharing basis accommodation at 3 star category hotels in Kathmandu and two nights’ in Pokhara with Breakfast
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle
  • A government licensed holdet city Tour Guide
  • Full board meal (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) during the trek
  • Lodges, Guest Houses accommodation during the trek
  • Professional license holder English speaking Trekking Guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters (2 Trekkers = 1 Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card for trekking
  • Down Jacket, Duffle bag and sleeping bag by Himkala Adventure if required
  • Drive from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist coach
  • Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by vehicle
  • Airfare from Jomson to Pokhara with airport tax
  • Farewell Dinner with Nepalese Cultural Show
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charge

Excursions

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Emergency Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal expenses like: hot and cold drinks, phone bill, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower etc
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Cost Includes' section
May I charge my electronic gadgets during Kali Gandaki Trekking?

Most of the places in your tea houses have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. It’s good if you bring TWO or THREE pin travel adapter and put your gadgets at warm place at night.

How is Kali Gandaki Trekking in Nepal?

Kali Gandaki Trekking is an alternativer trekking trail of Annapurna Region in the western part of Nepal.The newly explored trek reaches up to 3,760 m from the sea level. It is a moderate trek and can be done by anyone. Kali Gandaki Trekking goes through the worlds deepest gorge made by Kali Gandaki River cutting deep through the Himalaya between the massive peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. As we trek up the Kali Gandaki valley we pass through the traditional and prosperous villages of Tukuche, Ghasa, Marpha and Jomsom.

What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?

Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal require the certain level of physical and mental fitness. So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.

Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in thinner air, up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are.

How do I find Himkala Adventure for my pick up at the airport?

Our representative will display a small board of company or your name on the sheet of paper outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.

What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu and Pokhara ?

Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.

How are tea house facilities during Kali Gandaki Trekking?

Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Tea houses in Kali Gandaki Trekking area are highly professional though they are simple but with neat and clean lodging offering fine views and plain but fresh and hygienic food with friendly atmosphere Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.

What sort of accommodation do I get in trekking?

Guesthouses/Tea Houses/Lodges provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.

What sort of foods, water and drinks can I expect in trekking?

The foods in the Himalayas are very simple. There are mostly the family members themselves to cook and serve the meal. They are simply trained but experienced because they have been offering such services for many years in this busy route. The food is hygienic, fresh and delicious. We recommend you to drink mineral water or the boiled or using water purification pills or drops.

Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup is popular as it helps you with acclimatization. You could better be vegetarian in the mountains.

All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food. You can find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination.

What mode of transportation do I use?

We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.

What is the best season for this trekking?

The best season for Kali Gandaki Trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.

What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?

The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Kali Gandaki Trekking is comfortable.

Who will be guiding me during this trip?

We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed. All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government. We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.

How much additional money is required for this trip?

It’s a very personal question as expenses depend on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for a hot shower during the trekking. Other personal expenses will be your own calculation.

Are there communication or internet services during Kali Gandaki Trekking?

All guesthouses/lodges in the trekking trails have telephones and internet services. They provide the WIFI service with some extra charge which helps to get updated with social Medias, friends or family. All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends. We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal

May I get chances for shower during Kali Gandaki Trekking?

Most of the guesthouse provides hot shower with some extra cost. In few places, bucket water will be provided for the shower.

May I add extra days in trekking?

We are ready to operate your holidays as per your interest and requirements. You can spend extra days on your loving or favorable places or even can make it shorter. We will always do our best to manage your hotel bookings, flight booking and everything.

What happens in case of emergency?

We prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.

Do I need to have insurance for this trip?

We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal. Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking. Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism. Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact.

Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places. So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal.

What is the baggage allowance from/to Kathmandu – Pokhara flight?

One can fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is scenic flight over the mountains which takes 25 minutes.Normally, it is 20 kg free allowed per head flying from/to Kathmandu – Pokhara flight. If we have bought tickets in a group then it calculates member and multiply 20 X …, rest we need to pay approximately USD 1 per Kg. They allow up to 7 kg for the hand carry.

What type of shoes should I wear during Kali Gandaki Trekking?

You could better have carefully chosen hiking boots which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots for Kali Gandaki Trekking. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.

Can I use credit cards in the Kali Gandaki Trekking route?

Of course not, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara but not in Kali Gandaki Trekking route. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.

Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?

Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek.

However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

  • US$ 1,845 per person in the group of minimum 1-2 pax.
  • US$ 1,655 per person in the group of minimum 3-5 pax.
  • US$ 1,575 per person in the group of minimum 6-9 pax.
  • US$ 1,375 per person in the group of minimum 10-15 pax.
  • US$ 1,360 per person in the group of minimum 16-20 pax and above

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Trip Facts

  • Tea-House / Lodge
  • Moderate to Adventurous
  • 15 - 16 days
  • 3,760m
  • 21 - 22 days
  • All year round except from June till mid September.
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