We receive our valuable guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. One of our company staffs will be waiting to welcome our guest(s) with a small display board that reads Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Also there will be display board with the guests’ name. The guests are dropped at the hotel and taken to the city for a short sightseeing. Then in the evening the guests are served Welcome Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. The representative of the company will meet us for introduction and brief about our trek/tour that we gonna make in the days to come.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A City guide from the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition takes the guests for sightseeing in Kathmandu. The sightseeing includes Pashupati area, Boudhanath, Patan and Swoyambhunath area. The time for sightseeing begins after breakfast; it goes generally 9.00am to 5.00pm. On the same day the company makes the permit and does other paper works for the trekking. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Syange (1100 m) 6-7hours drive
Special tourist bus that runs in the Prithvi Highway carries you from Kathmandu to Pokhara but for you we hire private vehicles since it is a camp trek. The distance is just 200km but the road has several bends, ups and downs. Hence it takes generally 6 hours including rest to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna. After Kathmandu, the road goes downhill and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see people rafting in Trisuli. We may stop on the way for breakfast and lunch.
After about four hours of driving, we stop for lunch and then the journey continues to Dumre. There we leave the main road to Pokhara and turn to turn up the mountains to Khudi Bhulbhule through the town of Besi Sahar, the headquarter of Lamjung District.
We drive ahead through terraced cultivated lands that looks splendidly beautiful. Also the water falls add more beauty to the nature. We view the mountain slopes and Marsyandi River rougher. At Syange we witness a large waterfall. We spend the night here. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Syange -Tal (1700 m) 4-5 hours
This is the day on which our real trekking begins. Trekking routes go through motorable roads in the various places. So many waterfalls view on the way. At Tal, we witness a great waterfall that directly touches the ground from a hill.
Day 05: Tal – Bagarchhap (2160m)4-5 hours
The view in this trek is extremely beautiful. Steep cliffs, waterfalls, vast green forests and several suspension bridges are the special views for today .In Bagarchhap, there is a beautiful monastery that we can visit. Also there is a health post, telephone and internet facility. In the autumn of 1995 Bagarchhap was hit by a landslide in which 24 houses were destroyed and 20 people had been killed. About one and half an hour before we reach the camp, we can see a trail at Dharapani that leads to Manaslu, special permit area. We spend the night at Bagarchhap.
Day 06: Bagarchhap – Chame (2670 m) 4-5 hours
Today we trek through a beautiful high hill forest we to Chame, the headquarter of Manang, chief town of the area. This town has many facilities like internet telephone. From the balcony of the lodge we can see Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Chame is famous for Hot Spring where many visitors go for shower after booking lodge. We don’t take shower at lodge on that day.We have belief that the person who bath in Hot Spring , they are healthy all over their life.
Day 07: Chame – Upper Pisang (3300 m)5-6 hours
The route climbs through a beautiful forest to the wide Manang valley in the northeast. The first village is Pisang. We can see the houses built differently in this area, the houses with mud roof since very little rain falls and snow falls in great quantity in this region through the year. The Marsyandi River narrows and bridges built over the river are of the cantilever type, made of locally available long trunks supported by other tribes anchored again by neatly stacked stones.
Day 08 Upper Pisang (3300m) (Acclimatization Day)
Today is set aside for acclimatization alone. Spending extra time at a high altitude location will guarantee that we have a successful trip.On this day The Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition climbing guide gives training to use climbing gears ice axe, climbing boots and crampons and explains about the Pisang Peak. Likewise, he explains how to climb peaks . We spend the whole day resting and exploring the village. Exploring the village and interacting with the locals will help us get a better glimpse of the local lifestyle. Throughout the day, the views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho are ours to marvel at. Overnight in Upper Pisang.
Day 09 Upper Pisang – Pisang Peak Base Camp (4380m) 4-5 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast towards the Pisang Base Camp. We ascend on a trail that passes through a thin forest and grasslands. The pasture is used for grazing yaks and is also the best place to set up our camp. The ground is flat and falls on a frequented trail. Overnight at the Pisang Peak Base Camp
Day 10 Base Camp – High Camp ( 5400m)
We ascend on the south-west ridge and reach the high camp. After setting up our camp, we participate on a basic climbing . Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guides will support to climb peak and useclimbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. This is like training which will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Pisang Peak climbing, we strongly believe that this activities will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience. We stay overnight at Pisang Peak High Camp.
Day 11 High Camp – Summit (6091m)-Base Camp
We begin our trek early in the morning after breakfast. Today’s trail will be mostly on rocky surfaces. The peak is steep; therefore, there is not much snow and climbing is a bit difficult but Himalyan Vacation Treks and Expedition guides will fully support to make climbing thrilling. We will require around 25m of rope to climb on a ridge. Around the summit is around 70 degree of slope which will require the usage of around 200m rope. Both fixed rope and main rope will be used. The views of the Annapurna ranges and others are extraordinary from the summit. We return to the base camp for an overnight stay
Day 12: Pisang Peak Base Camp to Manang Valley (3,450m): 5-6 hours
From the base camp of Pisang peak, we trek towards Pisang village. From Pisang, there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up. We stay overnight at Manang.
Day 13: Manang -Ledar (4200 m)4-5 hours
We walk uphill to Yak Kharka crossing Gunsang, an old and beautiful village of Buddhist people. We hardly see the shrubs as vegetation other the land is almost barren. After crossing Ghyanchang Khola through a suspension bridge we walk along the Thorung Khola. We view Stupas and Mani walls on the way. Then we reach Yak Khark, the green pastures for the Yaks. The route has slight rise and fall, we walk crossing the rivers in several places and also along the rivers. The Yak Kharka add more beauty in the nature. After Yak Kharka we walk through the path hit by landslides from time to time. After crossing a bridge we reach Ledar. We spend the night in a lodge here. Annapurna Conservation Area Project check lies here.
Day 14: Ledar- Thorung Phedi (4450 m) to Thorung High Camp (4833 m) 5- 6 hours
We are going to leave behind the Manang valley today before our lunch. The path today is slightly uphill and in some places there is risk of landslide. After crossing Kone Khola we walk to Thorung Phedi where we may take our lunch. And after some hour’s rest we climb to Thorang high camp. We don’t see any human settlements except a few tea shops in some points. We spend the night at Thorang High Camp.
Day 15: Thorung High Camp – Muktinath (3800m) 6-7 hours
Today is the big day, because we are going to cross the highest pass of our Journey, the Thorang La Pass (5416m). We wake up early; because we have start our journey before the sun rises so that everyone will have sufficient time to reach the pass before the afternoon. From the noon the wind usually begins to blow so hard that it is hard to rest long in the Pass. Slowly but surely, we go beyond the world and whenever we think we have jumped over the last hurdle, it follows another one and another one. Sometimes there is snow on the route, sometimes not. On top is the Lhato the pass, a symbol of the gods who control the pass. It is common for the locals to call (Ke Ke, So, So, Larke Lo) as a prayer and add a stone to the pile already located there. Prayer flags are placed over the card. After the pass the route slowly descends and we have to walk slowly and carefully through the steep path. The view to the northwest is of the fantastic barren landscape of Mustang. In the southwest we see the huge Dhaulagiri summit.
We gradually head to Muktinath. Muktinath is a miraculous place. It is a place of pilgrimage with both Hindus and Buddhist temple and stupa. There everlasting burning flames are on top of a mountain stream. Around it is a temple and Hindus see it as the materialization of Shiva. From far and wide come here to pilgrims to go all the way into the divine. A bath under the 108 cold jets of water is a must for the pilgrims.
Day 16: Muktinath – Dhangla Dada Pass (3815m)- Lupra (2790m) – Jomosom (2850 m) 5 -6 hours
Today, we head to Dhangla Dada Pass after breakfast.From Dhangla Dada Pass, we see splendid view of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Dhampus Peak (6012m)Tukuche Peak (6920m) and barren terraced hills . Then slowly we descend to the Panda Khola . After crossing Panda Khola ,we reach to Lupra, the famous Thakali village of Mustang. At Lupra, there is Bonpo Gompa (Monastry ) and teahouses .We follow Panda Khola until we reach Kaligandaki river. We are walking on the north side of the Himalayas and heding to Jomosom the headquarter of Mustang with the access of air service. From here we can choose to fly Pokhara or drive in a bus or jeep. But drive will take 2 days to reach Pokhara because we stop at Tatopani (hot spring) for a night to have a great relax and hot medicinal bath that, we trust, gives the treatment to various illnesses.
Day 17: Jomosom – Pokhara (827 m) flight 18-20 minutes
From here we can either fly or travel by jeep/bus. Honestly saying the road is not so good. If we choose the road transportation, we stop at Tatopani for a night to have hot spring bath which gives us complete relax to our body which is almost fully exhausted due to the long and hard trek. So, it takes 2 days to reach Pokhara from Jomsom. But if we choose the air transportation then we reach Pokhara within 18 -22minutes.
Day 18: Pokhara Sightseeing (827)
Pokhara is a great little town to recover from the fatigue of a journey. The climate is extremely pleasant, the views magnificent. You can swim and sail in a boat to the other side of the lake. You can do well in all kinds of incredibly tasty dishes in the numerous restaurants. And there is anything for sale in the many souvenir shops.
Day 19: Pokhara – Kathmandu(1337) 6-7 hours drive
Today we travel to Kathmandu by bus that takes about 7 hours in generally reach Kathmandu in the afternoon, so we still will have some time to look around, go shopping and to prepare ourselves for the flight back to home country.
Day 20: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Bhaktapur Sightseeing 3-4 hors
This day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country. Or if you wish you will be taken to Bhaktapur for sightseeing for 4 hours. But you have to extra charge for this. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu(1337 )
Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition representative will manage vehicle and a staff to drop our valuable guests at the airport and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye to you but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.