Kali Gandaki valley Trekking

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Travel and explore Nepal with the Kali Gandaki valley trekking, which is a comparatively easy trek where the trails have been affected by roads, but has still a popular pick among those trekkers who wish to trek in the mountain region without having a major risk of high altitude sickness. This pleasant, serene and gorgeous trek gives us stunning views of the high and majestic Himalayan giants including the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna ranges.

The Kali Gandaki valley trek goes all the way up to the holiest Muktinath temple, from where we go back to the final stop of our trek, Jomsom. Back in the day, Kali Gandaki Valley was very popular as it was the main trading route with Tibet and hence, a decent number of guest houses and lodges are available in this area. The inhabitants of this region are the Thakali people and are renowned for their hospitality and for being obliging hosts and also their signature Thakali food. During this trek, we go through amazing trails that follow the Kali Gandaki River valley where there are Hindu lowlands in the south and Buddhist habited villages and people in the upper valley. As we get to Tukuche, we get off the main trail and head to the spectacular Dhaulagiri icefall where we are confronted by the breathtaking views of the icefall and the deep valley to Annapurna.

When we go north towards Mustang and Tibet the scenery changes dramatically, the landscape will drastically be different. Hills will be dry and barren with no signs of green vegetation, the winds will be at their driest and highest and the river bed widens. Fulfil your curiosities when we get to Muktinath where we have adequate time to explore the renowned Hindu temple and we can also manage an excursion to the base of Thorang La Pass

Highlights

  • Explore the classic route, Thakali villages, Holy Temple
  • Enjoy the high Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna ranges 

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrival in Nepal at TIA Airport (1350m)

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our trekking guide will welcome and greet you with the colourful garlands, transfer you to the hotel. Rest and relax till evening. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

Drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 6 hours drive or 35 minutes flight. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.  

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,25m

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by a private vehicle and trek to Ulleri (2320m), 5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ulleri
  • Maximum Altitude:2,200m

Breakfast at Ulleri, start a pleasant hike to Ghorepani, lunch will be on the way. Upon arrival at Ghorepani check in to the guest house, rest and relax and dinner. 5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghorepani
  • Maximum Altitude:2,800m

Early hike to Poon hill, watch panoramic view including the Fishtail (Machhapuchhare), Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli and trek to Shikha then Tatopani, 8 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Shikha Tatopani
  • Maximum Altitude:3,210m - 1,920m

After breakfast at Tatopani, we enjoy natural hot spring at Tatopani and then trek to Ghasa, 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghasa
  • Maximum Altitude:2,013m

We trek from Ghasa to larjung, 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Larjung
  • Maximum Altitude:2,543m

We further trek to Marpha, this is a beautiful village popularly known as apple wine village. There is a factory for making apple wine, also we taste a Marpha brandy here. 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Guesthouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Marpha
  • Maximum Altitude:2,676m

Trek to Eklebhatti and make an excursion in around Kali Gandaki River.5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Eklebhatti
  • Maximum Altitude:2,832m

Trek to Kagbeni, the getaway to Upper Mustang region. 5 hours walking. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kagbeni
  • Maximum Altitude:2,840m

Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath, 5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Muktinath
  • Maximum Altitude:3,850m

 In the morning Muktinath Temple excursion and trek down to Jomsom, 6 hours walking. Overnight at hotel in Jomsom.  

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Jomsom
  • Maximum Altitude:2,700m

After an early breakfast, we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Rest and relax in Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel.  

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,25m

After breakfast, drive or flight to Kathmandu. Rest and relax. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, we drop you international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight, hope to see you again in the future. 

    Inclusion

    • The entire airport picks up and drops.
    • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, return trips or one way.
    • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit.
    • Tims card (trekking information management system card).
    •  All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
    • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period.
    • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs.
    • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance.
    • All necessary grounded transportation.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
    • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
    • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.


     

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    Useful Information

    Please write to us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

    Note: If the above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal. 

    FAQs

    Can I do Kali Gandaki Valley Trekking?

    This trek is a perfect trip for any hiker looking for a mountain trek with a little adventure and amazing views of the Annapurna Himalayas. For this trek, you do not need previous trekking or mountaineering experience. However, daily jogging or cardio exercise is useful and you should be in the good physical condition and be able to walk 5-6 hours daily. 

    When should I come to do Kali Gandaki Valley Trekking?

    This hike is good for all seasons, so any month from January to December is a good time to do this hike. Although February, March, April, May, and September, October, November, and December are the best months for hiking in this region.

    What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

    Kali Gandaki valley trekking is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 3850m walking through villages, rivers, and green hills, so you need to pack the right equipment with you. Find a packing list below: 

    Footwear
    Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
    Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or traveling
    Warm socks for colder areas
    Gaiters, in case of rain or snow.
    Ice cleats/shoe gripper if you are going to trek on an icy trail or winter trek during snowfall. 

    Legwear
    Loose, casual trousers for trekking
    Thermal leggings for colder areas
    Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers
    Waterproof trousers

    Bodywear 
    Selection of T-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
    Thermal shirt for colder areas
    Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
    Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
    Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
    Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

    Head/Hands
    Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
    Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
    Sunglasses or goggles
    Warm gloves

    Other items
    Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
    Daysack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents  personally
    Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
    One liter water bottle, Personal first aid kit to include essential items
    3-4 Season sleeping bag, headlamp/torch
    Camera and memory cards, charger, a tripod if necessary.
    Large handkerchief/bandana for neck, towel and toiletries.

    Optional items
    Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS. 
    Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

    What food can I get during the trek?

    We provide a full board during the trek. Freshly cooked food is always served (Western, Continental and Nepalese dishes are available everywhere). Meals are provided three times a day.

    How can I book Kali Gandaki Valley Trekking?

    Once you confirm the journey, we require a photocopy of your passport and a 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit processing. 

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