Kaligandaki Trek
Kaligandaki Trek

There are many interesting places for trekking in Nepal. Among them Jomsom- Muktinath trek is taken as one of the best trekking routes of Annapurna region in Nepal. It can be done within 9 days with the splendid views of Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. The Kali Gandaki (Thak Khola) valley has been a major trade route for centuries. The main aim of this trek is to visit the popular hot spring and holy temple of Muktinath. The temple is located on the elevation of 3800m and very famous for pilgrims. It is believed that if you visit this temple once in your present life you can get rid of sin and bad aspect of your life and becomes true your entire dreams what you wished and asked for the holy shrine. It is one of the best trails to avoid the high altitude. This trek is considered as a classic tea house trek where you can sleep in the nice lodges with great taste of local foods. You can see the deepest gorge of the world as well on this trek.
The attractions of this trek are typical mustang villages such as Tukuche, Marpha and Jharkot with the medieval king palace and Bonpo Gompa.


Brief itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) 6/7 hours
Day 04: Pokhara to Nayapul (1,070m) drive and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,300m) 4/5 hours
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m) 7/8 hours
Day 06: Ghorepani to Shikha (1,935m) 3/4 hours
Day 07: Shikha to Tatopani (1,190m) 3/4 hours
Day 08: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,010m) 5/6 hours
Day 09: Ghasa to Larjung (2,550m) 5/6 hours
Day 10: Larjung to Marpha (2,670) 4/5 hour
Day 11: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,800m) 5/6 hours
Day 12: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,760m) 4/5 hour
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m) 5/6 hours
Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) by flight 40 minute
Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 17: Final Departure

 

Type of Services:

In Nepal the trekking can be categorized into three types: Therefore we have the three types of services for trekking on the client's requirement and request. You can choose any one among these three and the programme and price will be changed accordingly.

01: Fully Organized Camping Trek:

Camping trekking is that kind of trekking on which all the food are prepared and served to the clients in their own dinning tents and they have to spend their night an open area in the tent during the trek. This type of trekking are organized in those areas where Lodges are unavailable and difficult to accommodate during the trek. All the members have to sleep in the tents and breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the cook and Kitchen staffs.  The essential things such as tents, foods, utensils, tables, chairs, stoves and kerosene are taken from Kathmandu. Hence, this type of trekking is a bit expensive instead of tea house trek because we have to take everything from Kathmandu. The price covers all permits, transportation, staffs salary and insurance along with your domestic flight tickets, transportation and accommodation in Kathmandu as well.

02: Full Package Lodge or Teahouse Trek:

Teahouse or Lodge trek is a type of trek on which we will eat and sleep at lodge during the trek. The package covers all the foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) accommodation, trekking permits, hotel in Kathmandu, arrival and departure, round transportation and domestic flight tickets along with staffs salaries, foods accommodation and their insurance.

03: Guide or porters with accommodation:

This type of trekking is based on lodge trek. The price includes only guide or porter, his foods, accommodation, insurance and your accommodation and trekking permits during the trek.We are always flexible for the price and itinerary and please never hesitate to ask question if you have any queries. We are here just for you to give quality of service.

 

Key Notice for Trekkers


Foods:

You can have the food on the basis of your order on the fixed priced menu on this trek. We will serve you three times meal a day during the trek. Breakfast and dinner with tea or coffee are served at the same hotel where we stay but the lunch we will take on the way to trek. The best authentic Nepalese food is Daal bhat (that comes with lintel, rice, pickle, meat or vegetable). You can consult with your guide for lunch, dinner and breakfast so that you will get the authentic and hygienic foods during the trek. Most of the clients have to eat food at the hotel where they stay according to the rules and regulation of the local. As you check in lodge, you have to give the order for dinner and fix the time because in the mountain the hotel kitchen is small where the innkeeper cooks everything over a single wood or kerosene stove with a limited supply of pots. So, it may take a bit longer.

Accommodation in Annapurna region:

Nepal is the only one country of the world where you have to adjust with the climate of Himalayan, hilly and Terai region. The climates and facilities of accommodation as well differs place to place and region to region. The Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be in 3 star categories hotel. All accommodations are normal on a twine-shared basis. The room sharing partner will be arrange on the basis of your age and sex. All the accommodation will be in normal lodges and most of the rooms will be common shared bathroom on the trek. You will get room with attached only in few places during the trek. The United Brothers Trek and Expedition will book the best lodges during the trek as they can. You can get room with attached only in few places during the trek but the bathroom will be frozen due to cold in the higher places. If you want single room, please notify it before your arrival, and we will tell the extra price for that and book the hotel accordingly. You can get the single room in city like Kathmandu and Pokhara easily on the basis of your choice but in the mountain during the trek, sometimes the hotel owner does not want to give single room due to lack of rooms or overflow of trekkers. In such cases, you have to consider and sleep on twine sharing basis with your friends.
There are only limited lodges mainly at Annapurna Base Camp, Tilicho Base Camp and Thorong Phedi the way to Annapurna circuit. In those places sometimes all the rooms will be fully booked due to over flow of tourist and in such case, we have to sleep in the dormitory room or dining hall with 10-15 persons.

Temperature in Annapurna region:

The weather and climate differs from place to place in Nepal. The best season for trekking starts from September to December and March to April. The best season for trekking in Nepal can be divided into autumn (fall) and spring. September to December season falls on Autumn Season. September and October are the best and peak season in Nepal. During these months the weather is warm and pleasant. The temperature during the day is 15 to 20 degree celcius but at night will be cold. As you go higher the weather will be colder. The sky will be clear and monsoon is over. Sometime it snows and that time the temperature goes to be below 0 degree during the night.
November and December is also good season for trekking. These two months will be a bit colder. Temperature during the day is 15 to 20 degree celcius but at night the temperature goes to be below 0 to -10 degree celcius. Hence you need to bring good sleeping bag for Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna circuit Trek. January and February is taken low season due to cold. During these period, the weather will be too cold at higher place and the way to Thorong pass, Tilicho Pass and Annapurna Base Camp will be blocked sometimes due to over snow. Most of the hotel at high pass will be closed due to cold. The temperature during the day will be like 5 to 10 degree celcius but at night goes to be -10 to -15 degree celcius.
Likewise March to May is the good season for trekking. The weather is warm and good for climbing as well. The sky will be clear and all the way will be dry but a bit dusty and windy. The hilly region covers by the beautiful flowers of Magnolia and rhododendron and seems colorful. The temperature is 20 to 25 degree celcius during the day but will be cold below 0 degree at night at the higher place.
June to August is rainy season and most of the areas are a bit difficult to travel due to landslide and rain. Most of the hills will be covered by clouds and all most all views cannot be during this season.

Drinking water:

Drinking water is the most important thing for the travel. During your trek, all the trekkers are requested not to drink the water directly from the tap. The tap water on the way is not pure to drink .You can buy mineral water on the way to drink but it may not get all the way because the ACAP has banned the plastic bottles to prevent environmental pollution. So, you can take personal water bottle from Kathmandu and fill the drinkable water in it from the available place or you can put in purification tablet before drinking. That is the best way to be safe from the disease which may cause from impure drinking water during the trek. Some of the trekkers use to drink water from the tap due to the lack well information. So, it's not good to drink water from the tap for your health.

Physical Strength and pre-experience:

Trekking means walking on foot to visit and observe panoramic beauty being close to Nature. You have to walk at least 5/6 hours per day. The trekkers must be physically and mentally fit enough. Everyday walking and jogging help you to achieve the target. If you have pre experience of trekking that helps a lot but nothing is impossible if you wish from your bottom of heart. Hence, clients are requested to do a lot of exercise for walking. You can walk or jogging every day before travelling that makes your muscle strong and fit for the trek. Better to do short trekking before joining longer trek like Passes above 5000m.

High Altitude Sickness:

High Altitude Sickness (HAS) or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is one the main problems during the trekking and any one (Mountain climbers, hikers, skiers or travelers) can be victims of AMS apart from their Physical Strength. It is the most dangerous things which has no any specific medicine and one needs to be cautious from the initial period. It starts normally above 2400m and the main causes are walking faster, less drinking water, lack of acclimatization, addiction of alcohol and cigarettes and lower level of oxygen and air pressure. The prime symptoms of AMS are dizziness, headache, vomiting, nausea, insomnia and anorexia. The best way to prevent it is to drink plenty of water, and enough acclimatization at above 2400 m. Our tour leader and staffs will have sufficient first aid medicine and kit but in case of creasing situation of AMS one might need to cancel the trip and descend down. If the situation of the patient is getting worse, clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

Essential equipment and packing list:

Please read the brief guideline for packing list which assist you to be well prepared. We have listed most of the important equipment list here but it may differ a little bit according to the season, area of trip and the duration of trek. The sleeping bag and down jacket are provided through United Brothers Trek and Expedition but if you want to bring your own that will be better and fit for you. The porter will carry your luggage but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Hence we want to request you to pack the necessary thing that you need during the day.

Valuable documents and items:

Passport with valid date and flight tickets
Photocopies of valid passport, Passport sized Photos, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Some cash (Dollar, Pound or Euro) for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Wearing Clothes and equipment:

Sleeping bag (good one -15 degree)
Down jacket
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Few pairs of T-shirts
One pairs of hiking shorts
Fleece or woolen trousers
One pairs of hiking trousers
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Warm hat (that covers your ears)
Few pairs of underwear
Warm gloves
Few pairs of shocks
Cap or Hat (that can be used during the day at lower place to protect from Sun)
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Trekking boots
Trekking shoes (light)
2 pairs of Sunglasses
Headlamp with extra bulbs and batteries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Gaiters and Crampon (For winter, high passes or peak climbing only), optional
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables things

Medical:

Small, personal first-aid kit. (Normal and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc
Water purification tablets or water filter

Toiletries:

Toothbrush/paste
1 small folding knife
Multi-purpose soap
Sun Cream
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Tissue /toilet roll

Anti-bacterial hand wash

 

 

 

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one international airport of Nepal from where you will be welcomed with a great hospitality by the representative of United Brothers Trek and Expedition and transferred to the hotel. After having checked in the hotel, we will give you a short briefing about the trip and collect the essential documents (Passport and Photos) from you to issue the trekking permits. You can rest the leisure time exploring around and stay a night at the hotel with breakfast.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu

You can get up in the morning and have breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we will come to pick you up at the hotel and take for full day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley (the world heritage site). At first, we will drive you to Swayambunath Temple. Swayambunath means self-originated Buddhist Temple which is known as Monkey Temple as well. It is located on the top of the hill from where you can see the superb view of the whole Kathmandu Valley. After having visited this holy temple, we will drive you to Boudha Stupa. It is a holy place for Buddhist and pilgrims which was slightly damaged during due the tremor of 2015 but later rebuilt. It is one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. From here, we will take you to Pashupatinath Temple that is pretty close from Boudhanth. Pashupatinath Temple, located at the bank of the Bagmati River is one of the biggest and most popular Shrines where you can behold for Hindus. Pashupatinath Temple which is the biggest Hindu Temple. You can see the ritual and cremation activities according to the Hindus Culture. At the end of the day, we will return back to the hotel. By the evening, we will take you to a Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner with typical Nepali cultural dance. At last, we will drop you to the hotel and spend a night with breakfast.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) by tourist bus 6/7 hours

On the next day, early in the morning, we will go to the tourist bus station to head to Pokhara which takes approximately 6/7 hours. Pokhara is 200km far from Kathmandu and the journey commences with the beautiful scenery of Trishuli River, Manaslu Himal, Lamjung himal and the green countryside. After 6/7 hours of long drive we will get to Pokhara. Pokhara a beautiful city for tourist is the starting point of most of the short and longer treks of the western Nepal. It has its own value due to the tremendous view of Mt. Fishtail, Gangapurna, Annapurna iii, Lamjung Himal, Stupa view and Fewa Lake. You can visit, Devis Fall, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Barahi Temple, World Peace Stupa and Sarangkot. World Peace Stupa and Sarangkot are the best view point of Pokhara from where you can see the picturesque views of entire Pokhara valley and mountains views of Annapurna range. We spend a night there with breakfast.

Day 04: Pokhara to Nayapul (1,070m) drive and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,300m) 4/5 hours

Today, we will drive you to Nayapul by car which takes about 2 hours. On the way to Nayapul you can see the wonderful Fish Tail, Annapurna South, and Annapurna II along with other mountains along with Pokhara valley. Nayapul is the starting point of our trek from where we commence the trek through small village to Birethanti which is the main entrance of Ghorepani trek. From here, the route climbs gently up to Tikhedhunga along the bank of stream with the beautiful scenery of natural waterfall and local country side. It takes about 4 hours to get to Tikhedhunga from Nayapul.

Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m) 7/8 hours

This is the longest way of this trek. We cross the river and ascend to Ulleri approximately 2 hours. Ulleri is the huge village of Magar community where we will stop for a cup of tea and then continue our journey to Banthanti with the picturesque view of Annapurna South and the natural green scenery of the local area. From Banthanti the route goes through a dense forest of rhododendron, magnolia, and oak tree to Ghorepani which takes about 3 hours. If you are lucky sometimes you can see the white monkey as well. We stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Ghorepani to Shikha (1,935m) 3/4 hours

Ghorepani is famous place due to its own popular view point called Poonhill. It is a very nice village situated on top of the hill which is surrounded by the national flower of Nepal called Laligunras (rhododendron). Poonhill is located on the elevation of 3200m which takes around 45m from Ghorepani from where you can see sunrise and the entire Annapurna ranges along with Fishtail and Mt.Dhaulagiri. You have to take only your camera and a bottle of drinking water for ascending and take the picture of sunrise and magnificent snowcapped mountain then come back to the lodge and have breakfast. From Ghorepani the route slowly descends down to Chitare through rhododendron forest with the spectacular view of Annapurna South, Bahara Shikhar, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak. The trail again continues down and finally arrives at Shikha where we spend overnight.

Day 07: Shikha to Tatopani (1,190m) 3/4 hours

Shikha is a nice Magar village from where we start our trek after breakfast. The way descends constantly down to Kaligandiki River and crosses two long suspension bridges and goes through rocky landslide trail and finally arrives at Tatopani. Tatopani means hot water in Nepali language. There is a natural hot spring and it has its own value. You can remove all the skin diseases if you washed in the hot spring. It is located at the bank of Kaligandaki River where many nice lodges are available for accommodation. We spend overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,010m) 5/6 hours

From here, the trail goes through rocky and landslide along with Kaligandaki River and arrives at Dana (1400m). We continue our journey to Ghasa and on the way to it you can see a long water fall above the Rukse Chhahara 1630. The way goes through small jungle, crosses the Kaligandaki River and ascends up to Ghasa. Ghasa is a small village located at the bank of the Kaligandaki River which is taken the deepest gorge of the world. We stay overnight there at lodge.

Day 09: Ghasa to Larjung (2,550m) 5/6 hours

After having spent a night at the deepest gorge of the world, we continue the journey through pine forest with gentle ascending and cross a long bridge and again climb up and finally arrives at beautiful village called Kalopani. It is situated on the lap of Mt. Dhaulagiri where a vocational training School is located and many students from different region of Nepal come to study at this school for special vocational training. From here, the route goes through the bank of Kaligandaki River with the stunning view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Nilgiri and the green countryside. At last we cross Boksi Khola originated from Mt. Dhaulagiri and arrives a small village called Larjung where we stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Larjung to Marpha (2,670) 4/5 hours

On the next day, the entire way is flat and easy. The way goes through a small village and you can see the pray wheels and Apple trees and the typical houses of Thakali Community and arrives at Tukuche. It is famous for apple distilary and most of the apple cider and brandy produce here. You can visit the factory as well. This village has good relationship with Japan due to its similar name, culture and natural beauty. From here, we continue the trek to Marpha which is one of the famous places of Nepal for apple farming. You can visit a very old Buddhist monastery here. This village is unique because of its unique culture and typical Thakali houses. We spend a night at lodge.

Day 11: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,800m) 5/6 hours

As usual, we commence our trip after breakfast. The trail goes through sandy road and crosses a small stream. After 2 hours of walking, you will get Jomsom which is the main headquarter of Mustang. Most of the Government offices, Travel and Ticketing offices and bank are located here. There is a small airport as well. From here we can fly directly to Pokhara. It is one of the beautiful villages of Kaligandaki trek. From here we cross the Kaligandaki River and continue our journey through the bank of Kaligandaki River to Eklobhatti with the nice views of Mt. Dhaulagir and Kaligandaki valley. This area is a bit windy after 12 pm and you can find fossils as well. After 3 hours of long walking we arrive at a small village called Eklobhatti 2749m. We follow the lower way which goes to Kagbeni and upper Mustang. The upper way goes directly to Jarkot and Muktinath. Kagbeni is the main entrance place for Upper Mustang where you can visit a very old Buddhist Monastery as well. We stay a night there at lodge.

Day 12: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,760m) 4/5 hours

Leaving Kagbeni, the trail gently climbs up with the beautiful scenery of the treeless desert of Mustang and gets to Jarkot. Jarkot is a small village where you can visit a very old Buddhist monastery and then continue our journey to Muktinath. Muktinath is the famous pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhist. There is a famous Temple and around the Temple you can see 108 water tap. You can see a natural flame inside of the monastery. It has its own value due to its holy temple and one can get rid of sin and bad aspect of his or her life if one visited this temple before dying. Such kind of deep faith is still in Nepalese Community. We stay overnight here.

Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,720m) 5/6 hours

We return back to Jomsom through the same route after having visited Muktinath Temple. The way descends down to Eklobhatti where we stop for lunch. Then after we head towards Jomsom and stay a night at lodge.

Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara (820m) by flight 40 minute

Today, we fly Jomsom with the beautiful scenery of the entire Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri which takes around 40 minutes. We do sightseeing around Phewa Lake at Pokhara and spend a night there.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m)

Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara remembering the wonderful moments of the trek

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu

Today you have whole day free and can do shopping for your final departure. By the evening we will do farewell dinner for the last day of your trip and spend overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Final Departure

We will drop you to the airport for your final departure and say good bye to all of you until your next visit.

What is Included in the Cost

  • Arrival and departure transportation by private vehicle

  • 3 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • 2 Nights Hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast

  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transportation

  • One Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • All entrance fees in Kathmandu during sightseeing

  • Pokhara to Nayapul Transportation

  • Jomsom/Pokhara flight tickets

  • Welcome and farewell dinner

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary

  • All government, local and airport taxes

  • All essential paperwork for trekking permits

  • Tims Card

  • National park fees

  • Accommodation in trekking on twine sharing basis

  • Foods (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee during the trek

  • Porters (2 trekkers- 1 porter)

  • An English speaking and government license holder trekking guide

  • Staff's salaries, their insurance, equipment, foods, accommodation and transportation

  • Medical Kit

  • Sleeping bag

  • Down Jacket

  • T-shirt, cap and map from united brothers trek and expedition with its logo

  • Trekking poles

 

What is Excluded in the Cost

  • Visa fees in Nepal

  • Excess baggage charge

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • International flight tickets

  • Travel Insurance

  • Helicopter Rescue

  • Medication

  • Wi-Fi

  • Telephone Call

  • Hot Shower

  • Heater

  • Battery Charge

  • Mineral water

  • Hot water

  • Personal expenditure (bar bills and laundry)

  • Extra porter

  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Tips for guide and porters

Trip dates trip price trip status
07 Mar, 2019 - 20 Apr, 2019 0.00 Available

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tirp fact

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip area : Annapurna region
  • Type of Trek : Lodge Trek
  • Group Size : 1-12 pax
  • Max height : 3,760m
  • Starting point : Nayapul
  • Ending point : Jomsom
  • KTM/PKR : Tourist bus
  • PKR/Nayapul : Car/Jeep/ Hiace
  • Jomsom/PKR : Flight
  • PKR/KTM : Tourist bus

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