Kali Gandaki valley Trekking - Guided trekking holidays in Annapurna

Kali Gandaki valley trekking is a relatively easy trek in Annapurna region. Although the road has affected the trekking trial, this trek is still popular among those trekkers who wish to trek in the mountain region without having a risk of high altitude sickness. The trek is pleasant and we get rewarded by the stunning views of the high Himalayan giants including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna ranges.

Kali Gandaki valley Trekking

Kali Gandaki valley trekking is one of the easy and famous trekking in the Annapurna region that goes all the way up to the holiest Muktinath temple and back to Jomsom from where the trek with our professional trekking guide will be end and fly to Pokhara. Kali Gandaki Valley was the main trading route with Tibet and the decent guest houses and lodges are available in this area. Mainly the Thakali people who inhabit kali Gandaki area are renowned for their hospitality and for being obliging hosts. This trekking trail follows the Kali Gandaki River valley from the Hindu lowlands in the south to the Buddhist villages and people in the upper valley. At Tukuche, we can head off the main trail and head to the spectacular Dhaulagiri icefall where we are rewarded by the breathtaking views of the icefall and across the deep valley to Annapurna. As we continue the trail north towards Mustang and Tibet the scenery changes dramatically, the landscape becoming much drier and the river bed widening. At Muktinath we have time to explore the famous Hindus and Buddhist temples and make an excursion to the base of Thorung La Pass.

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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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.

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Kali Gandaki valley Trekking Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu/ Pokhara

Destination: Muktinath temple

Trip Duration: 16 days

Mode of trek: tea house

Max. Altitude: 3850 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.15

Best Season: Jan, February, March, April, May, June September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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