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. Fulfill 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.



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

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350m):

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, our trekking guide will welcome and greet you with the colorful garlands, transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till evening. Join the welcome dinner; enjoy the local meal with short brief about Kali Gandaki valley trekking. Overnight at hotel. 

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

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

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:825m

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by a private vehicle and trek to Ulleri (2500m), 5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house. 

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ulleri
  • Maximum Altitude:2,500m

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

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • 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:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Shikha
  • Maximum Altitude: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:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghasa
  • Maximum Altitude:2,013m

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

  • Accommodation:guest house
  • 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:guest house
  • 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 hotel. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pokhara

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

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu

Breakfast will be at hotel, stroll around city on your own. In the evening join the farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel.

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu

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. 


    • 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.


    Useful Information

    Kali Gandaki valley Trekking Trip Cost

    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. 


    How can I book Kali Gandaki valley trekking?

    Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

    How can I enter in Nepal?

    Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

    Can I do Kali Gandaki valley trekking?

    This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek with stunning views of Annapurna Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

    When should I come for Kali Gandaki valley trekking?

    This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April, May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

    Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?

    Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, is a beautiful city with lakes and caves, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

    Can I join with group?

    Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Kali Gandaki valley trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

    Do I need to join with group?

    It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

    Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?

    Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

    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 have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info

    What kind of meals I can have during the trip?

    All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

    Do I have pre-departure meeting?

    Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

    Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?

    Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

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