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Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere,
Included Meals: none
A private vehicle will take you overland to the village of Dharapani (1860m) with a stop for lunch along the way.The journey takes the best part of the whole day. From Besisahar the transfer will be in a locally chartered jeep.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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It is impossible to avoid trekking on the 'road' that has been pushed through the Marsyangdi Valley. However, as much as possible it is avoided throughout the trek. But, this is a constantly changing situation as 'progress' is made and one that it is not possible to take full account of in this itinerary. Today you walk to Chame (2713m). It should take around 5hrs walking.
Your climb further up into the Marsyangdi Valley continues and involves several crossings of the river (via suspension bridges) to emerge above forests and to a more open grazing landscape affording particularly good views of Annapurna 2 and onto Upper Pisang (3300m). Walking time is around 5hrs with an overall height gain of around 590m and involves a distance of just over 17km with around 1300m ascent and 650m descent.
Todays walk continues to climb higher up from the valley floor and along the upper slopes. The Tibetan influence becomes more appparent in terms of the villages you pass through with their Buddhist monuments. Passing through Gyaru (3680m) you walk as far as Ngawal. Overall this takes around 4hrs walking and a height gain of 300m. The distance is just over 10km with 650m ascent and 300m descent overall.
The walk starts by dropping down towards the lower part of the valley and back onto the principle Annapurna Circuit trail as you head steadily up to the very Tibetan village of Manang (3540m). Walking time is around 4-5hrs. The distance is almost 12km and involves 350m ascent and 465m of descent.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Todays walk only takes around 3-4hrs and as you're now going above 4000m the gradual climb up to Letdar (4250m) should be taken slowly. Height gain today is about 715m. The distance is just over 12km and there's just about 830m of ascent and 80m descent,
Another short walking day that can usually be completed by lunch time, meaning the remainder of the day can be wisely spent resting at High Camp (4750m). Height gain 500m. It's under 7km to High Camp and overall there's 700m of ascent and 420m descent.
The crux of the trek and for most the toughest day (as well as the highest too). The walking is made all the more challenging by the high altitude. A reasonably early start is required. It's a steep climb up to the Thorung La (5416m) but it does ease off a bit towards the top. Snow and ice are always a possibility. Usually it takes around 3hrs of walking to reach the pass and there are some fantastic views at the pass. It is then downhill virtually all the way to reach sacred Muktinath, which you'll be more than glad to have reached. Today you'll be walking for around 6-7hrs, ascending around 700m and descending almost 1800m. The distance is under 14.5km but it will feel much more.
There is now a jeep road from Jomsom all the way up to Muktinath. This has recently been metalled. Indeed this jeep road is an extension of the 'road' that now has been forced all the way up the Kali Gandaki Valley from Beni. On the walk down to Jomsom most of this road can't be avoided. From Muktinath it takes around 3hrs of descending to reach the Kali Gandaki Valley floor and there are great views of Dhaulagiri as well as tantalising glimpses of the arid landscapes of Mustang too. A further 2 hours of relatively level walking along the valley floor is required to reach Jomsom. Overall the distance walked today is just over 20km and there's around 1400m of descent and about 450m of ascent.
Day 12 - Fly to Kathmandu via Pokhara
The flight from Jomsom down to Pokhara only last around 18mins, but will stay in your memory forever as the tiny plane flies between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Effectively you're in transit until it's time for for the late afternoon, short flight back to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel. You can always add in some extra nights in Pokhara if you wish and enjoy some chill out time in the balmy sub-tropical climate by the lake. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights , or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.
Included Meals: Breakfast
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