Kaligandaki Valley Trek

kaligandaki valley trek

BUNA Treks & Expeditions Lower Mustang & Kaligandaki Valley Trek one of the most picturesque area in all Himalaya where you can travel with views of snow capped mountains daily on trek in the comfort of nice cozy lodge, a trekking destinations for all types of travelers from family, school / collage groups to corporate people, as this trek does not exceed above 3, 860 meters high at Muktinath, less chances of getting altitude sickness as our itinerary days are flexible with enough time to get acclimatized before heading into higher area, where the height reaches 2,867 meters in Ghorepani and 3,110 meters at scenic view point at Pun Hill the highest point of this adventure after Muktinath, where you will be surrounded by high mountains of Annapurna range Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) world’s tenth highest and one of the toughest mountain to climb to its summit. Other major peaks overlooking the Sanctuary include the Annapurna South (7,219m / 23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m /- 24,457ft.) and Annapurna III (7,555m / 24,787ft) including towering Vara Shikar, Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters, Nilgiri’s and Tukuche Peaks.

Lower Mustang & Kaligandaki Valley Trek, a popular trekking route due to its easy accessibility to its area, but with never a dull moment on the trek, always some exciting moment, walking into beautiful rhododendron, magnolia, oaks, and pines forest and visiting traditional mid hills villages of Manang, Thakali and Gurung people. This awesome trekking where you will feel the great difference with BUNA team of experienced staff and strong friendly porters certainly make you feel you are in the safe hand showing you the wonders of the Himalaya and its rich culture and more………..

Trekking journey to Lower Mustang & Kaligandaki Valley starting with a scenic flight to Jomsom at 2,715 meters and then a trek to holy Muktinath Temple area where you can observe the pilgrims on prayer a holy spot for both Hindu’s and Buddhist which is the highest point of this trip, with great views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri’s mountains.

From here walking towards Pokhara valley with spectacular mountain scenery with incredible and cultural diversity and walking through country farms and villages, the walk enters deep gorge between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya at Kaligandaki forming world deepest gorge at Kaligandaki River valley, once in the Northern Annapurna area with colossal mountain fortress with awesome panorama.
After being around Lower Mustang & Kaligandaki Valley return journey, taking an alternative route back to Pokhara valley, a picturesque destination with pristine Phewa Lake, in the shade of stunning Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu mountain range including the majestic peak Machhapuchare (Fish-Tail).

Outline Itinerary for Kaligandaki Valley Trek:

Day 01:       Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02:       Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03:       Drive to Pokhara 8,60m – 06 hours journey.
Day 04:       Fly to Jomsom 2,715 m and trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m -04 hrs.
Day 05:       Trek to Muktinath 3,860 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06:       Trek to Marpha 2,640 m via Jomsom – 06 hrs.
Day 07:       Trek to Lete 2,130 m via Kalapani – 06 hrs.
Day 08:       Trek to Tatopani 1,030 m – 06 hrs.
Day 09:       Trek to Ghorepani 2,867 m – 06 hrs.
Day 10:       Trek to Tirkhedunga 1,540 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11:       Trek to Nayapul and to Pokhara – 04 hrs walk / 02 hrs drive.
Day 12:       Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.

On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport BUNA staff will meet and transfer to a nice and pleasant Hotel Amaryllis in the hub of Thamel area an exciting place to be while in Kathmandu, after refreshment our guide will provide with necessary information regarding Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking including brief note on Nepal.


Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Morning as per the time informed by our guide and staff, depart hotel for half day sightseeing tour at places of interest in and around Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which includes Old Palaces and courtyard (Durbar square) ancient temples and monasteries which you will find interesting and impressive during our 2-3 hours of exciting tours.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 860 meters – 06 hrs journey.

Morning after breakfasts depart hotel (please don’t forget to hand over the key at receptions) if you have any extra baggage to leave, hotel will store it till you return from the trip, any valuables that you don’t need to carry, hotel have safe deposit. The drive to Pokhara is interesting on the main popular highway with so many impressive places to see and observe the local way of life, the drive passes many villages, farms and towns and after a good drive of 6 hours reaching at Pokhara city and then transfer to respective hotels by the lake Phewa (Fewa) with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom 2,715 meters and trek to Kagbeni 2,830 m – 04 hrs.

Early morning transfer to Pokhara airport for a short scenic flight of 22 mins, an awesome panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and adjoining peaks with Mt. Manaslu range including majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” during this sweeping flight to Jomsom, on reaching Jomsom meet our trekking staff and guide to begin the first day trek of this trip stating towards Kagbeni village from this nice Jomsom town, Jomsom with its small airstrip, and regular morning flight from to and from Pokhara, Jomsom the headquarter and main town of Mustang area, famous for apple orchard and its product like apple juice, dry apples, cider, brandy and local brew, in Jomsom with ample time for a visit around this nice village.

This area is also known as Apple Pie Trail, the people of Jomsom are of Thakali ethnic tribe practice Tibetan Buddhism religion, culture and tradition. From here trek towards Kagbeni is a pleasant walk on the Kaligandaki river valley for 3-4 hours following the river upstream reaching a small place of Eklaybhatti with few lodges and houses where the path to Muktinath and Kagbeni splits, our route heads west above the valley floor for an hour or more, then reaching at Kagbeni a windswept village located in a barren and arid country landscape where the houses are of Tibetan style here the natives known as Mustang people very Tibetan alike with its features, way of life, culture and religions as Kagbeni is the door to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet border. Here at Kagbeni with time in the afternoon for short hike at leisure.

Day 05: Trek to Muktinath 3,860 m – 04 hrs.

Morning having breakfast, setting out for one of the highlight of this adventure towards the highest point of this trip at 3,860 meters, walk leads on the gradual winding uphill path with tremendous views of surrounding high peaks of Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri Himal range, and then after a strenuous climb the walk leads to Muktinath with a moderate steep climb till it reaches on a good level path to Muktinath for overnight stop.

Muktinath one of the holy spot for Hindu’s and as well for Buddhist, where there is a 108 water spouts known to be the source of Kali-Gandaki river, the place houses a sacred temple within its Temple complex which is located in a tranquil environment with great views of the mountains.
At Muktinath with ample time for visit to the temple or just relax after a good morning hard walk.

Day 06: Trek to Marpha 2,640 m via Jomsom - 06 hrs.

After a day in the highest point of this trip at Muktinath, today a pleasant walk with downhill towards the Kaligandaki River valley, trek passes few interesting villages of Jharkot and then reaching the level ground at Kaligandaki river valley, the walk leads on the river bed for few hours to reach the town of Jomsom with its small airstrip, and regular morning flight from to and from Pokhara, Jomsom the headquarter and main town of Mustang area. Probably stopping here for lunch break, this area in the afternoon can be quite windy from Jomsom walk continues for few hours to the charming white washed village of Marpha famous for its apples orchard and product like apple juice, dry apples, cider, brandy and local brew. At Marpha with ample time for a visit around this nice village or just relax and enjoy the apple cider, pies.


This area is also known as Apple Pie Trail, in Marpha there is an old important monastery for optional visit located on top of the village.

Day 07: Trek to Lete 2,130 m via Kalapani – 06 hrs.

With a nice and pleasant time at Marpha morning walk leads following Kaligandaki River downstream passing another nice village of Tukuche located just beneath the beautiful Tukuche Peak which lies close to Mt. Dhaulagiri, from here great views of Nilgiri North and Mid peaks, as the walk progress walking on the good trail on the river bed reaching at Larjung village and then crossing the bridge over the river to reach back at green vegetations and tree lines of rhododendron, pines and oaks forest, from here a slight steep climb and then descending to Kopchepani village and carry on trekking to Kalapani village which is another nice place with beautiful lodges and guesthouses beneath the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks and views of ice falls and glaciers, a short walk from here brings at Let for overnight stop, with awesome views of Annapurna I, Annapurna Fang, Nilgiri’s with Dhaulagiri, a plunge from the high summit of Mt. Annapurna I and Mt. Dhaulagiri of more than 6,000 meters to the river valley making Kali Gandaki area as world deepest gorge.

Day 08: Trek to Tatopani 1,030 m – 06 hrs.

After a pleasant stay at Lete with awesome views of snowcapped peaks with great contrast of green hills and pines, rhododendron forest against the blue sky certainly makes this place a picturesque spot, morning walk begins with easy gentle walk on leaving the Lete village with superb views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche mountains with Dhaulagiri Ice Fall and glacier towards North West, the trek continues reaching at Rupse Charra with its massif cascading waterfalls right next to the road, from here the temperature gets warmer of sub tropical climate zone, walk leads through Dana village and into several farm lands then reaching the overnight destinations at Tatopani village, which is quite large place with many good restaurants, lodges shops and stores with hot springs where the name of this village is known by Tato pani “hot water” from the spring nearby on the bank of Kaligandaki river.

Day 09: Trek to Ghorepani 2,867 m – 06 hrs.

At Tatopani with refreshing time in the hot spring, today a long day walk uphill to Ghorepani back to cooler region for few days, morning starts leaving the village following the Kaligandaki River downstream after crossing the bridge with an easy walk for an hour, and then the path climbs up with steep haul for an hour to reach the farm village of Ghara, from here a gradual uphill walk for few hours to reach

large villages of Sikha and Chitre mostly inhabited by Magar Pun tribe, the walk with scenic views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri range of mountains and Annapurna South and Annapurna Fang or Vara Shikar towards North East.

After Chitre village the air gets cooler as the altitude gains entering into beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine tree lines then an hour of steep climb brings at Ghorepani village with blue houses serving as lodges and guest houses with tremendous views of Dhaulagiri range with Annapurna Himal this nice village located in the midst of the lovely rhododendron forest beneath the famous view point of Pun Hill.

Day 10: Trek to Tirkhedunga 1,540 m – 05 hrs.

Early morning if it’s clear worth the climb for an hour to the top of Pun Hill at 3,110 meters high offering striking sunrise over panorama of Himalayan peaks range from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal all the way to eastern horizon, Pun Hill one of the most fabulous and scenic spot in the Himalaya. After a glorious time return back to Ghorepani and continue trek on the downhill through beautiful serene forest passing nice villages of Bhanthati and Ulleri, from Ulleri a steep descent on stone steps to Tirkhedunga for overnight stop, back to warmer area from Tirkhedunga onwards.

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and to Pokhara - 04 hrs walk / 02 hrs drive.

After a nice stop at Tirkhedunga, today the last day walk of this wonderful trip on the gentle trail, passing many farm villages and farm terraces with views of impressive waterfalls along the walk, and then reaching at a nice village of Bhirethati by the river Modi with views of Mt. Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” towards north. From Bhirethati 40 minutes of easy walk brings to the road head at Nayapul for two hours drive to Pokhara, an interesting journey all the way to Pokhara with grand views of Annapurna. On reaching at Pokhara by the lake Phewa transfer to respective hotels with rest of the afternoon free at leisure.
Pokhara a scenic and famous touristic spot in all Himalaya with grand views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains reflecting on the surface of tranquil Phewa lake.

Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.

From Pokhara with an option of short flight to Kathmandu or a drive of 6 hours to reach Kathmandu, whatever the options the drive is interesting with more of Nepal and its nice village and towns along the six hours journey, on reaching Kathmandu check in Hotel Amaryllis your home in Himalaya, with afternoon free at leisure.


Day 13: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for a scenic mountain flight for views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu and array of adjoining peaks that makes the Himalaya world’s highest Mountains.

Day 14: Transfer to airport for international departure.

Today as per your international flight time, BUNA staff will accompany with a transfer to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Trip Highlights

In and around Mid West Himalaya within Dhaulagiri & Southern Annapurna area
from warm sub tropical to alpine and arctic terrain in high mountains area
awesome panorama where you will be encircled with snow capped peaks
visiting local traditional mountain villages the land of legendary Gorkha
into enchanting forest of rhododendron, magnolia, oaks and pine tree lines

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