Hiking in Nepal

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Trip Overview


A hiking trip in Nepal promises an unforgettable adventure through some of the world's most spectacular landscapes. Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, this enchanting destination offers a rich blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor exploration. Here's a brief overview of what to expect on a hiking trip in Nepal. Nepal, renowned for its towering peaks, boasts a wide range of trekking routes suited for both novice and experienced hikers. The most famous trekking regions are the Annapurna and Everest regions. The Annapurna Circuit, for instance, takes you on a circuit around the Annapurna Massif, offering stunning views, lush forests, and encounters with diverse ethnic communities. The Everest Base Camp trek allows you to follow in the footsteps of legendary climbers while taking in breathtaking views of the world's tallest mountain. The diverse landscapes of Nepal include high mountains, deep valleys, serene lakes, and dense forests. Along the trails, you'll pass through charming villages, where you can immerse yourself in the rich local culture and sample traditional Nepalese cuisine. The warmth and hospitality of the Nepali people are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Spiritual Exploration and Natural Wonders: Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is not just about hiking; it's also a spiritual journey. The country is home to numerous monasteries, temples, and stupas, including the famous Boudhanath Stupa and the ancient city of Kathmandu. These spiritual sites add a spiritual dimension to your trek, allowing for reflection and exploration of Nepal's deep-rooted spirituality. Nepal's biodiversity is another highlight. You may spot rare wildlife like snow leopards, red pandas, and various bird species in protected areas like Sagarmatha National Park and Annapurna Conservation Area. For nature enthusiasts, Nepal offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world. The hiking season in Nepal primarily falls during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is ideal for trekking. However, there are trekking options available year-round, including during the monsoon season, when the lush landscapes are at their most vibrant.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, a hiking trip in Nepal is a thrilling journey that combines natural beauty, cultural exploration, and spiritual experiences. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or someone in search of a transformative travel experience, Nepal's trails offer something for everyone. Trekking in Nepal is not just about reaching a destination; it's about embarking on a life-changing adventure in one of the most captivating places on Earth.

Trip Highlights

  • Pass by the yak pastures
  • Natural hot springs at Tatopani where you can choose to take a dip
  • Jomsom – the headquarter of Mustang
  • A day at tourist hub Pokhara
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Visit the beautiful Manang district
  • Magnificent lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, and stunning waterfalls
  • Visit Muktinath (a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists) known for 108 stone faucets, and eternal flame
  • Cross Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters
  • Visit Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang district
  • Poon Hill Viewpoint (3,210 m)


Day 01: Kathmandu to Jagat (1290m, 10hrs)

Our first day of the trek starts early in the morning. After breakfast, we take a bus from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule. The route takes us out of the Kathmandu valley along the picturesque Trishuli river to Besisahar, and finally to Bhulbhule. Bhulbhule lies by the side of Marsyangdi river. Throughout the ride, you will get to see the terraced farms, traditional villages, and Ganesh & Manaslu snow peaks. At Bhulbhule, we register our permits at the check post for trek entry.

After a nourishing breakfast, we will set foot on the trails this day. The route follows a pleasant path through the fertile jungle and terraced fields upriver, along the flowing Marsyangdi river. We take a leisurely lunch break and pass through several rural settlements and more farmlands to gradually reach the peaceful village of Jagat, a former trading post. 

Day 02: Jagat to Dharapani (1830m, 7hrs)

We begin our 3rd day of the trek following the Marsyangdi river, and after a steep climb, we enter the vicinity of the Manang region at Tal village. Here we can see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We will hike through the barley, rice, and potato fields and reach Kodo – one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Moving forward, we cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the stone Kani, we reach Dharapani – the destination for this day.

Day 03: Dharapani to Chame (2710m, 6hrs)

We leave Dharapani and follow the trails through the forests with pine, fir, oak, and maple trees along the Marsyangdi river to reach Chame – the district headquarter of Manang district. You will find yourself surrounded by the green forests around and over you, and as you look up, you will see remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We will also stop by a small hot spring for a short rest.

Day 04: Chame to Pisang (3300m, 5hrs)

This day, after breakfast, we walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of a massive rock wall – the Paungda Danda Rock, considered very sacred by the local people. The Paungda Danda Rock is a curved rock face rising 1500m from the Marshyandi river. From the trails, we also see clear views of Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast. Then our path descends taking us to the Manang Valley floor into the Pisang village, where we will spend our night.

Day 05: Pisang to Manang (3540m, 6hrs)

On our sixth day, we will be trekking on the upper trails through Upper Pisang via Geru, from where we can catch outstanding views of the north face of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. As the path ascends, you will feel the air turn cold, dry, and harsher. This trail goes through the Tibetan settlements, and we get a chance to explore Buddhist culture. We will not miss visiting Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in Manang. You will find that the path is dotted with Buddhist shrines as we pass more monasteries and finally reach Manang bazaar- an area that caters to tourists.

Day 06: Acclimatization Day (Day trip to Praken Gompa) (3540m, 3hrs)

We will be acclimatizing on this day. However, we will remain busy throughout the day exploring Manang village. In the morning, we will visit  Gangapurna & Ice Lakes, and spend the rest of the day soaking in the magnificent views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. In the afternoon, we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village, where we will be briefed about acute mountain sickness, its symptoms, and prevention methods. 

Day 07: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m, 4hrs)

After a day in and around Manang, acclimatizing to the high elevation and allowing our bodies time to rest and get used to the environment, we move Yak Kharka. First, we cross a stream and climb to Tenki village, then head out of Marshyangdi valley northwest to Jar Sang Khola valley. The trail ascends slowly, as we head northwards.

We will be passing through several pastures and juniper forests. As our trek continues, we will pass through a small village called Gunsan that has houses made of flat mud roofs. You will also get to see yak and horse pastures. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we make our way up the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka. 

Day 08: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m, 3hrs)

Today we head to the foot of Thorong La passThorong Phedi. From Yak Kharka, we will climb up to a ridge, then head down and cross the Marsyangdi river on a wooden bridge. After climbing up the mountain, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorung Phedi. The uninhabited, rugged terrain is otherworldly and much different than the lush lowlands that we passed on the way up during the initial phase of the trek.

Day 09: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La

This day will be remarkable as we will trek from Thorong Phedi (4,525m/14,525ft) to Muktinath Temple (3,760m/12,623ft) via Thorung La high pass (5,416 m/17,756 ft). It is also one of the most challenging parts of the trek as Thorong La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world, and it is the highest point of the trek.

We start early in the morning and push ourselves through the icy air and high altitude, but the views from the pass are totally worth it. Northwards, towards Tibet, we will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks, and if you look back, you will see the Annapurna range.

We then descend to Muktinath – a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call Muktinath – Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means Hundred Waters. Muktinath Temple is known for 108 stone sprouts with water flowing from the Kaligandaki. You can also see the eternal flame that has been burning there for more than 2,000 years.

Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom (2643m, 6hrs)

In the morning, we visit Muktinath Temple and then continue our journey on a local bus ride to Tatopani. It will be a rough drive as the road passes through some of the deepest gorges in the world. We will be moving from the arid highlands to lush green forests. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs, and it is a place where we can immerse ourselves in the hot springs and relax. The waters of Tatopani are said to have curative properties against skin diseases. 

Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight (822m, 30min)

Take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes around 30minutes. During the Flight, You can take a Panoramic Views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu Range.

Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m, 6hrs)

Your Annapurna Circuit Package ends today. We wake up in Pokhara this day, and after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. It’s a 200 km route that initially follows the Marsyangdi River and Trishuli River later. You may also choose to return by a 25-minute flight (not included in the package) from Pokhara. Our trek package completes at Kathmandu.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 1 nights accommodation in Pokhara Kuti Resort or similar
  • Guide for 12 days
  • Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Trekkers information management system card
  • 12 x breakfast, 12 x lunch and 11 x dinner while on the trek

Price Excludes

  • One Porter for 16 days USD 310
  • Kathmandu Private Transport USD 180
  • Pokhara Kathmandu Private Transport USD 120
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