A trek considered
by many to offer all aspects of trekking in Nepal. Green forests, tremendous
mountain scenery and a mosaic of cultures not too mention a good work out !.
The trail leads northwards initially, crossing fields of paddy before dissecting
the Marshyangdi river gorge, it passes through various interesting villages on
initially comprises of a fairly steady ascent which eventually emerges (with a
dramatic change of scenery) in to the arid Manang valley, this region is
much more Tibetan in outlook and lifestyle. The following delightful few days
are spent traveling through the valley which affords some tremendous views and
some fascinating settlements.
A day is taken for
side trekking for acclimatisation purposes before continuing on to our crossing
of the the Thorang-La (5,416 mtrs). This is a long but very rewarding day
with splendid views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak amongst
From the pass a
steep descent (2-3 hours) leads to Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for
both Hindus & Buddhists situated in the region of lower Mustang.
Our return follows
the Kali Gandaki via many interesting lower Mustang and Thakali villages. We
rest up for some great food and a day at the hot springs in Tatopani
before a further two days trekking to Ghorepani.
morning we are up early for the trek to Poon hill and sun rise over the
Himalayays. On our return we rest up on our final night in the beautiful large
Gurung village of Ghandruk.
Our last day is an
easy descent to Nayapul where transport awaits for the one & half hour journey
back to the hotel in Pokhara.