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Kali Gandaki valley Trekking

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

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16 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3850 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Travel and explore Nepal with the Kali Gandaki valley trekking, which isa 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 amajor risk of high altitude sickness. This pleasant, serene and gorgeous trek gives usthe stunning views of the high and majestic Himalayan giants including 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 which 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 trailsthat followthe 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 thedeep 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 bedwidens. 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.

Kali Gandaki Valley trekking short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m).
Day 03: Pokhara to Ulleri (2500m).
Day 04: Uller to Ghorepani (2800m).
Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Shikha (1920m).
Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa (2013m).
Day 07: Ghasa to Larjung (2543m).
Day 08: Larjung to Marpha (2676m).
Day 09: Marpha to Eklebhatti (2832m).
Day 10: Eklebhatti to Kagbeni (2840m).
Day 11: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3850m).
Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m).
Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara, 35 minutes flight.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Free day in Katmandu.
Day 16: Final transfer.

Trip cost:Please write 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 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.

Kali Gandaki Valley Trekking – Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
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.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m).
Drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 6 hours drive or 35 minutes flight. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 03: Pokhara to Ulleri (2500m).
Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul by a private vehicle and trek to Ulleri (2500m), 5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Uller to Ghorepani (2800m).
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.

Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Shikha (1920m).
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.

Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa (2013m).
After breakfast at Tatopani, we enjoy natural hot spring at Tatopani and then trek to Ghasa, 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Ghasa to Larjung (2543m).
We trek from Ghasa to larjung, 6 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Larjung to Marpha (2676m).
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.

Day 09: Marpha to Eklebhatti (2832m).
Trek to Eklebhatti and make an excursion in around Kali Gandaki River.5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Eklebhatti to Kagbeni (2840m).
Trek to Kagbeni, the getaway to Upper Mustang region. 5 hours walking. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3850m).
Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath, 5 hours walking. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m).
In the morning Muktinath Temple excursion and trek down to Jomsom, 6 hours walking. Overnight at hotel in Jomsom. 

Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara, 35 minutes flight.
After an early breakfast, we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Rest and relax in Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, drive or flight to Kathmandu. Rest and relax. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Free day in Katmandu.
Breakfast will be at hotel, stroll around city on your own. In the evening join the farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Final transfer.
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.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • 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

Service Excludes

  • 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

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Kali Gandaki valley trekking:

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/p>

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.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus or at camp cooked our master cook. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

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Equipments & Packing List for Kali Gandaki valley trekking

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

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Annapurna Region Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).


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