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The tiny mountain village of Thasang (approx 1800m) could be a contender for most spectacular location with vehicle accessibility in Nepal you've never heard of. We've by-passed it many times whilst trekking and biking the Annapurna Circuit. Quite possibly most other trekkers walking the Annapurna Circuit have missed Thasang too. This is principally because the village isn't really on the trekking route itself, which is (at this stage) following the Kali Gandaki River Valley from Tukuche down to Tatopani. The village is perched high above the Kali Gandaki Valley floor, so it's hardly surprising it gets by-passed as certainly until very recently there was nowhere to stay.
So, the village itself has to date remained a delightfully traditional and authentic teeny weeny mountain village. Buckwheat crops and Yak herding being the main staples farmed here on a small, subsistence scale.
As you may or may not be aware, a 'road' has been constructed in the Kali Gandaki Valley, which one day will enable overland travel right through Upper Mustang and into Tibet.
Of course this is meant to be about Thasang, but the 'road' is almost entirely the reason why we are highlighting Thasang as a place to visit as part of a Nepal holiday and essentially why there is now an excellent comfort lodge to stay in. (see Thasang Accommodation).
So, why make the overland journey from Pokhara up to Thasang? As we said at the beginning, the location is truly spectacular. Literally right above the village the imposing bulk of Dhaulagiri rises to 8167m, and you have completely uninterrupted views of this Himalayan giant, including it's mind-blowing icefall.
But, wait a minute....we're not finished yet. Across the now broad Kali Gandaki Valley are the south peaks of the Nilgiris reaching over 6800m, as well as the 8091m Annapurna 1 summit that geographically forms the 'other side' of the Kali Gandaki Valley. So, basically what you have is an 'eagles nest' view of the deepest valley in the world!
This means that you no longer need to be a hardy trekker to reach such a spectacular location. From Pokhara it is for sure a bumpy, slow ride up through the Kali Gandaki (it is a powerful landscape you are travelling through) of around 6-8 hours, but for the views alone it is worth it.
For example if landscape photography is your thing, the vehicle access means we can get you and your kit here and out again, then all you have to do is wait for it all to happen right here at Thasang. Otherwise it would previously have taken you days of tough trekking to get here.
For those hoping to catch a glimpse of Himalayan wildlife and don't want day upon day of arduous trekking either, then Thasang presents 'possibilities' too. Of course you'll still need to get 'out there' on foot to look and wait, but at least you are based somewhere comfortable, and of course there are always the views.
We would also confidently say that the day walk to the sacred lake of Sekong, beneath Dhaulagiri could be one of the best day walks anywhere in the world. There are also several other and equally delightful day walk possibilities from Thasang too. See our Mustang Magic Luxury Trek.
To perhaps whet your appetite further, take a closer look at the image below. The one and only building is where you'd be staying. We did say it had a great location!
Alternatively you could fly up to Jomsom from Pokhara in just under twenty minutes and then trek down to Thasang from Jomsom in a full day.
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