Around the Annapurna, Lake Tilicho & a trek to The Kingdom of Lo. 23rd Sept- 12th Oct 2018

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The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has declared this region as area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2,600 sq. km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, Manangis and the Tibetans.

This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Ghandaki, lying some 6900 meters /22,563 ft, below some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world’s 8th highest) and the most beautiful Fishtail Peak. Animals and birds are in abundance in this region. 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live in this area.

The Tilicho Lake at 4920 m, is one of the highest lake in the world.

Lo-Manthang is a medieval walled city on the Tibetan Plateau north of the main Himalayas range. Lo-Manthang served as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, which survives as the Kingdom of Lo or “Upper Mustang”. Lo Manthang was founded in 1380 by Ame Pal, who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures in the early 15th century. The monarchy officially ceased to exist on October 7, 2008 by Nepali Government order. The last king (raja or gyelpo) is JigmeDorjePalbarBista (born c. 1933), in the direct line of the historic monarchy dating back 25 generations to 1380. The population includes ethnic Lhobas.

 

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    All about the Around the Annapurna, Lake Tilicho & a trek to The Kingdom of Lo. 23rd Sept- 12th Oct 2018.

    Grade:                                      3+

    Time duration:                     20 nights / 21 days

    Trek Duration:                      17 Nights / 18 Days

    Drive:                                      Kathmandu to Besisahar to Dharapani

    Flight:                                      One ways from Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Warning:                                  Altitude Sickness

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • All transfer to and from Airport / Hotel / Airport in a private deluxe non a/c vehicle accompanied by English speaking representative.
    • Welcome Dinner at a Typical Nepali restaurant including transfers
    • Full-day hike around Kathmandu valley with necessary transfers in a private a/c deluxe vehicle escorted by experienced English speaking guide.
    • Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar in a private deluxe a/c vehicle accompanied by Trek crew.
    • Drive from Besisahar to Dharapani in locally hired Jeep/s accompanied by the Trek crew.
    • Annapurna Areas Conservation permit fee of US $ 20 plus taxes per person (Subject to change without prior notice).
    • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fee of US $ 10.00 (Subject to change without prior notice).
    • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permits of USD 500.00 per person
    • 17 nights / 18 Days trek in the Annapurna Region with including Lake Tilicho & The Kingdom of Lo trek with
    • (a) Camping section : 8 nights / 9 days Camping arrangements with accommodation in 2 Man “A” OR Dome tents, Dining, Kitchen and Toilet tents and meals (breakfast + Lunch + Tea + Dinner) prepared by our own Camping Cook, kitchen helpers, Sherpa Support Staff, a team of reliable porters to carry luggage and camping Gear and led by a knowledgeable and experienced Trek Leader / Sirdar. .
    • Tea House Section : 8 nights / 9 days Tea House arrangements to Upper Mustang with 2 nights stay at the Ohm’s Home in Jomsom with attached baths and accommodation in other places at the best available local lodges / Tea houses (attached bathrooms are available in only a few places), Meals  (Breakfast + Dinner) served at Lodges and guest houses and lunch on enroute stopovers at local lodges, services of an experienced trek leader / Sirdar and strong & reliable Sherpa and porters.
    • All expenses for the guide and porter, their daily allowances including meals.
    • Staff & Equipment destination charge (PRE AND POST TREK FROM JOMSOM TO KATHMANDU)
    • Flight Jomsom / Pokhara @US$110.00 net per person (Subject to change without prior notice).
    • Flight Pokhara / Kathmandu @US$133.00 net per person (Subject to change without prior notice).
    • Insurance for Nepali staffs only.
    • Comprehensive Medical Kit.
    • Government taxes tolls and entrance fees where applicable.
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International Airfare.
    • Personal Trekking Equipment (such as sleeping bags. Trekking poles etc).
    • Beverages and expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc.
      • Insurance for or against accidents, loss of life, theft etc.
      • Emergency Rescue evacuation if needed.
      • Personal Medical Supplies.
      • Tips to staffs.
      • Costs incurred due to cancellation of flights, strikes, landslides etc. or any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Sacred Summits (P) Ltd.
    1. Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1340 m)

      Arrive Kathmandu, upon arrival, met by representatives and transferred to the hotel. At the hotel, the guests will be welcomed with a welcome drink and assigned the rooms.

      Eve:meet the trek leader at the hotel lobby for the briefing about the trek

      Overnight at the hotel

    2. Day 02 Hiking around Kathmandu

      Early morning breakfast and we head out to Champadevi Hike. A pilgrimage site having a Buddhist stupa and a Hindu shrine situated at an altitude of 2285 m south – west of Kathmandu serving good view of the combination of city and mountains (valley vista) is what we define as Champadevi.,

      Commence the day’s activity by a 16 km drive southwards from Kathmandu for an hour to  Pharping (on the way to Dakshinkali Temple). From here we start our hike gradually uphill for about half an hour. The trail toward the north ridge and through pine forested area provides fresh smell of wild roots. We continue hiking for about another 3 hours gradually uphill following the trail towards CHAMPADEVI. Langtang and Ganesh Himal, mountain ranges are visible in clear weather.

      After resting for a bit, we then continue hike downhill to Hattiban for a much deserved lunch break.

      After lunch we leave this tranquility of the area and decend through pine forest for about  40 mins to meet the road head and board the waiting vehicle for the 1 hr drive to Kathmandu.

       Overnight at the hotel

    3. Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu / Besisahar5 ½ hrs) & local jeeps to Dharapani (3 hrs)

      After breakfast board the waiting vehicle and start drive to Besisahar (7 hrs) along the newly constructed scenic road. On the way we stop for lunch at the Kurintar Spring side Resort. After lunch continue drive to Besisahar. Besisahar (823 m) is the main town of Lamjung district. Until recently this market town of 2000 inhabitants was called Besigaon. However since the opening of the road to Manang, in the late seventies, the village became a compulsory stop over for those who go trekking around the Annapurna and was renamed Besisahar.

      There are several administrative offices here, as well as post-offices and a police check-post. TIMS card will be examined for the first time at Besisahar before we drive further. After the formal documentation, we now board the local Jeeps drive for about 3 hours on a very challenging, dusty graveled track to arrive at Dharapani “Stream Water” at 1943 m.

      Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge

    4. Day 04 Trek from Dharapani to Chame (5 hrs) (2,713m)

      The trek begins with a pleasant morning walk on a gradual trail. After walking for about ten minutes there is a police check post and ACAP office where we do the usual formalities of trekking permits to register your presence.

      From here it takes forty five minutes to reach the village of Bagarchap (2164m) which literally means ‘the river bank’. Bagarchap marks the barrier between the humid valleys of the south, which we have crossed on the way, and dry regions of the high- Marshyangdi. The monsoon is more or less absent in this region is evident by the change in vegetation.

      From Bagarchap, it will take another forty five minutes to the hamlet of Danaque 2300 meters, from here begins ascending from the far end of the village through a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. It take an hour to reach the village of Timang, views of the Annapurna range of mountains are breathtaking from this village. The trail also becomes gradual at the top of the village, all the way up to our lunch camp at Thanchowk, which take an hour and a half walk through this pristine pine forest, with the back drop of Mt.Manaslu where we stop to have our lunch.

      After lunch it takes us about an hour to reach Kodo (and also called Koto) meaning ‘Millet’ and then to the village of Kyupar (2600m). Outside the village a police check post controls the access to the Nar Phu Khola Valley which leads to Tibet. We have to show our trekking permits here again before proceeding to Chame (2713m), the District Headquarters of Manang District, which is another thirty minutes of easy walk to Chame.

        Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge

    5. Day 05 Trek from Chame to Pisang (5 hrs) (3,185m)

      The trek begins through the village and mane walls of Chame, though the trail is gradual but there are few short climbs in between through a picturesque landscape. It takes two hours to reach the first village Bhartang after Chame. We walk along the river and through the pine forest to reach the village of Bhartang 2919meters, mainly populated by Tibetans. We continue on the trail for another hour and a half to reach the lunch point at Dhukur pokhari.

      Here we stop to have a hearty Lunch. On the way we pass through a splendid pine forest with splendid views of Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV.

      After lunch it’s about an hours walk again through the pine forest on a gradual trail to reach the village of Pisang. Pisang is divided into two villages upper and lower section, upper Pisang is the main old village but then recently people are moving down to lower Pisang to do more business, as it lies on the main highway to Manang.

      Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge

       

    6. Day 06 Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,530m) (4 hrs)

      The trek from Pisang to Manang is a short day hike of about four hours. The trek start with a gradual walk through the pine forest though there are few short climbs in between but then most of the walk is fairly easy, it’s only the altitude that makes the trek interesting.

      The first village after Pisang is Humde, which is just two hours of easy walk. Humde is a small village in Manang district, the only place where travelers and domestic tourist fly in and out from Manang. After crossing the village there is a police check post where we have to register our presence, we continue on the trail for about an hour, cross the MarshyangdiRiver on a suspension bridge to reach our lunch point at Bharka.

      While the lunch gets ready, we can take time to wander around Bharka to see this picturesque village with its flat roofed houses and to visit the Gompa, not only the largest in the region but also the richest with its fine collection of thankas (religious scroll paintings) and prayer books.

      After lunch, it takes only forty-five minutes to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau of 3530 meters.

      Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

      Day 07: MANANG / KHANGSAR / TILICHO BASE (4100 m) 7 hrs treks

      After breakfast, leave the main trail to Thorong La and then set off towards the village of Khansarfrom where we continue to a tiny Thare monastery from where there are amazing views of the Grand Barrier – the huge mountain backdrop above Tilicho Lake. It is an ideal place to stop for lunch

      Start out on a short but rather demanding stage of our trek as we head up the valley before traversing a series of scree slopes to a secluded camp at the base of the climb that leads to the Tilicho Lake. A 7 hour hike in this altitude takes its toll and we camp here for the night.

      Note: our group leader / Sherpa Sirdarwill recce the route to the base camp and his advice we may have to follow an alternative higher and more demanding route to camp.

      Dinner and Overnight at Camp

    7. Day 07 MANANG / KHANGSAR / TILICHO BASE (4100 m) 7 hrs treks

      After breakfast, leave the main trail to Thorong La and then set off towards the village of Khansarfrom where we continue to a tiny Thare monastery from where there are amazing views of the Grand Barrier – the huge mountain backdrop above Tilicho Lake. It is an ideal place to stop for lunch

      Start out on a short but rather demanding stage of our trek as we head up the valley before traversing a series of scree slopes to a secluded camp at the base of the climb that leads to the Tilicho Lake. A 7 hour hike in this altitude takes its toll and we camp here for the night.

      Note: our group leader / Sherpa Sirdarwill recce the route to the base camp and his advice we may have to follow an alternative higher and more demanding route to camp.

      Dinner and Overnight at Camp

    8. Day 08 To Tilicho Lake (4900m). Walk approx 3-4 hrs

      We start early morning to ensure breathtaking views east to Manaslu while a host of peaks including the Grand Barrier define the impressive northern ridge of the Annapurna Massif. It is not a hard climb to Tilicho Lake but a trek above 400 meters does seem tough. Reaching a vantage point above the huge sacred lake, we can appreciate its dimensions which is about 4 km by 1.2km, and around 85 meters deep.

      Then descend to our campsite on the banks of the lake.

      Dinner and Overnight at Camp

    9. Day 09 At Tilicho Lake (4920m).

      We have the option of undertaking a number of day walks – although there is no trail that goes around the lake! Alternatively rest and savour one of the finest campsites in the Himalaya.

      Overnight at Camp

    10. Day 10 Overnight at Camp Day 10: Tilicho Lake / Mesokunda La (5025m) to camp. Walk approx.6 hrs

      It’s a tough stage at first involving a 300m ascent to a ridge high above the lake. The traverse includes a couple of ridge crossings before a short steep ascend to the Mesokantu La. From the pass anticipate views that stretch back to the lake as well as views to the Nilgiri peaks and Dhaulagiri on the far side of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. From the Mesokunda La there is a steep –sometimes under snow – descent to camp at 4440m. Alternatively we might continue for a further hour to a lower camp at 4000 m. From these vantage points you gain an eagle’s view to the village of Marpha way down in the Kali

      Gandaki Gorge.

      Overnight at Camp

    11. Day 11 Mesokunda la / Jomsom (2670m). Walk approx 6 1/2 -7 hours.

      Early wake up and after a quick breakfast, a short descent and then ascend for about 20 minutes to the ridge. Follow the ridgeline trail for about an hour to arrive at the Tilicho Pass at 5352 m. From here, a long descent for about 2 ½ hours brings us to Yak Kharka and then gradually descend down to the Kali Gandaki River and the village of Jomsom in about 3 hours. On arriving we will stay in a comfortable lodge close to the airport.

      Overnight at Om’s Home

    12. Day 12 Drive Jomsom/Kagbeni/Chuksang& trek to Chele to Syamochen (3820 m)

      Walk to the jeep station and board the jeep for the 2 ½ hour drive to Chuksangwith a mandatory stop within the hour at the Kagbeni Check post to register our permits.Kagbeni at an altitude of 2840 meters is a small Tibetan village that still hasa medieval look but has all the modern amenities that a traveler’s require.This village also boasts of an age old ruined fort where local people still dwell in it and a Monastery. The monks here are of the yellow hat or the Gelupa Sect and are only recently opened to the visitors with a legitimate entrance fee of Rs 100.

      Continue drive for another 1 ½ hours to arrive at Chuksang. Here we sort our bags for the porters to carry and then trek for another 1 ½ hour to Chele for lunch.

      Rest of the day is at leisure.

      Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

    13. Day 13 Trek from Chele toSyangmochen (3820 m). 12 km

      The climb from the Chele is up a steep spur to a cairn at 3130 m. From here there is view of the Gyagar village across a huge canyon. The dusty climb continues along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to Chele La at 3540 m. The trail makes a gradual descend to some Chortens on a ridge and then further descends on a pleasant trail to Samar (3660 m) situated in a grove of Poplar trees. Here we stop for an early lunch, as there is no other convenient place to stop for lunch.

      After Lunch, the trail climb to a ridge then descend to a stream , cross over the wooden bridge and ascend gently to the Chorten painted in red, black, yellow and white.The trail again descent’s to another stream cross the river and then climbs on steep stone stairs to the ridge. The trail continues to ascend steeply till you finally come to Vena-la at 3870 m, from here the trail joins the main motor able road,(which is still under construction)since we have done most of the tough climbing , now the trail become gradual and undulates though we do have some small climbs in between till we arrive at the Yamdo la at 4050 meters. From the pass the view of the surrounding peaks like the Nilgiri (6940 m) which dominates the southern sky, Tilicho (7134 meters) are most beautifully seen.From here the trail gently descends all the way to the Syangmochen at an elevation of 3820 meters.Syangmochen is a small Tibetan village with only three lodges, upon arrival we check in to the lodge.

      Dinner and Overnight at a lodge in Syangmochen.

      Trek Duration 6 ½ -7 Hrs

    14. Day 14 Trek from Syangmochen toTsarang (3650 m)

      After breakfast, climb gently to the Syamochen Pass at 3770 m and enter another valley. The path then slips through dunes and creeps through narrow passages and ghostly labyrinths, going down to Ghiling, which is a scattered over vast fields of barley in the pitiless wind. From Ghiling to Tsarang there are ruins scattered everywhere; castles, houses and temples, there are two passes to be crossed namely Nyi La Pass (3950 m) and the Choy La Pass at 3870 m and then descend to Tsarang at 3520 m marked by a huge “chorten” gate (24 feet high). It is a maze fields willow trees and houses separated by stone walls.

      Arrive for lunch and check in to the Guest house.

      Tsarang at 3650 meters is one of the famous villages’ that falls in Lo TshoDyun. This village lies on the main trekking route in the restricted area in Upper Mustang. The village surroundings are characterized by semi-arid cold desert condition with the village itself being an oasis with water and greenery.

      In the afternoon tour around Tsarang.

      The name Tsarang is derived from Tibetan word ChaptrunTsetrang (cock’s crest), the crest being the narrow rocky ridge upon which the castle stands. Tsarang is a well-watered and far greener place of Lo, with gardens and neat whitewashed houses and thriving Populous and Salix trees. It is a maze of fields and willow trees and houses separated by stone walls.

      The huge 5 storied White Dzong and Red Gompais perched on the east end of the village. The Gompa houses a collection of statues and thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.

      After the sightseeing tour, return to the Lodge / Guest House

      Dinner and Overnight at a lodge, in Tsarang.

    15. Day 15 Trek Tsarang to Lomanthang (3780 m)

      The trail descends about 100 m and crosses the Tsarang Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail on ridge opposite the village at 3580 m and enters the Tholung valley. Turn north and climb gently to an isolated chorten and marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo. Still climbing, the trail crosses a stream then becomes a grand wide thoroughfare traveling across a desert like landscape, painted in every hue of grey and yellow. Finally from a ridge at 3850 m, there is a view of the walled city of Lo. A short descent leads on to the plain of aspiration at   3780 m. After crossing a stream, climb up onto the plateau of Lo-manthang. The whitewashed walls around Lomanthang is shaped like a misshapen with a short vertical arm oriented north-south and a very fat, almost square horizontal arm. Upon arrival, check into the Lodge.

      Lunch at the Lodge.

      Lo-Manthang is a medieval walled city on the Tibetan Plateau north of the main Himalayas range. Lo-Manthang served as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, which survives as the Kingdom of Lo or ”Upper Mustang”. Lo Manthang was founded in 1380 by Ame Pal, who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures in the early 15th century. The monarchy officially ceased to exist on October 7, 2008 by Nepali Government order. The last king (raja or gyelpo) is JigmeDorjePalbarBista (born c. 1933), in the direct line of the historic monarchy dating back 25 generations to 1380. The population includes ethnic Lhobas.

      In the afternoon, proceed for the sightseeing of Lomanthang. The major Temples inside the walls are ChampaLakhang(God House) which houses the massive 45 ft. statue of Maitreva, the future Buddha, The red ThugchenGompa with several large images of Sakyamuni, Avalokitesvara and Maitreya, and theChyodiGompa of the Sakya sect which has several monks in residence and is the site of the annual Mani Rimdu festival in many which is referred as ’tegi’ in Lomanthang. They are all supposed to have been built in 1420. Despite the apparent squalor of Lo Manthang, the city is prosperous and maintains a strong sense of community. Though the people call themselves Lobas- people from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practice a sophisticated culture and economy.

      The King’s palace is an imposing 4 – storey building in the center of the city. It used to be the home of the Late King –JigmeParbalBista. The Honorary title ”Bist – a high caste title in Nepali” was conferred by the King of Nepal. Though his duties were largely ceremonial, he was respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout Lo. Horses are available on hire to visit the neighboring village. However, everyone is required to mount and dismount outside the city gates as only the King may ride a horse within the city walls.

      Dinner and Overnight at a lodge in Lo-Manthang

    16. Day 16 Sightseeing aroundLo-Manthang

      After a leisurely breakfast, we get ready for the days adventure. Today we are going to visit one of the most interesting sites of the pre human settlement in this unexplored valley. (Note: It is possible to hire a Jeep or Horses for this excursion).Since it is located near this village of Chhoser and so, famously known as the Caves of Chhoser. Beside these interesting caves it is also famous for the magnificent landscape and Nymphu monastery built on the cliffs. On our way back we can also visit the Namgyal village and monastery.

      The journey begins from the main walled city of Lo-Manthang and descends at the northeast end of the village to the river and then climbs to the other side of the valley. As you leave the walled city behind the landscape and vista slowly changes and become more beautiful and open in the aired high altitude desert. The journey on the horse back will take you through the sparsely scattered settlement and agricultural farm lands and the never ending horizons of the rolling hills of the southern Tibetan plateau.

      As you approach the Chhoser village, you could see numerous caves in the front of the cliff that once use to be the home of the pre historic Loba’s and the monks. Cross the river and ride a little further towards the village where the horse / horseman will come to a stop. From here it’s time to walk towards the Cave, make sure you carry some money with you as they charge roughly about two hundred fifty Nepalese rupees. The Cave keeper, usually a monk, will come with the keys to assist the guest who have come to visit the caves. After the caves, we then visit the monastery nearby.

      After the sightseeing tour, we return back to the city of Lo, on the way back we can also visit the Namgyal village and monastery and then finally back to the lodge for hot lunch. Rest of the day at leisure or free to explore the walled city

      Dinner and Overnight at lodge in Lo-Manthang

      Horse ride / Jeep drive duration 3 ½ to 4 Hrs

    17. Day 17 Trek from Lomanthnag to Lo Gekar to Ghami

      Set out immediately on a trail past the City and climb steadily to a pass marked by cairn offerings which also provides a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. The trail contours across the head of the valley and crosses another ridge then drops into another large desolate valley. After descending to the valley floor, the trail heads to the right, up the center of the valley to its head. Cross the ridge at 4070 m. and traverse across the heads of two more valleys to an indistinct pass. Cross the pass to some meadows and a stream. The trail then makes a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley where Lo Gekar or known to locals as GharGumba, is situated in a grove of large trees alongside a stream.

      Lo Ghyakar means pure virtue of Lo, is also known as GharGompa – house temple as the structure is built like a house with small separate rooms. The Gompa is decorated with paintings and statues and several large prayer wheels. The real treasures of Lo Ghyakar are the hundreds of painted carved stones displayed on the walls in wooden frames. There is no village nearby but there are a series of quarters for monks and pilgrims near the Gompa that provides protection from the wind. Lo Ghyakar or GharGhumba is also considered as one of the holiest places for the people of the region and Lo, as it is one of the most important Ghumba / Monastery of Nyingmapa sect is built here. It is believed that the monastery is around 1200 years old and older than the Shay Ghompa in Tibet. According to the legend the Shay Gompa could not be completed in Tibet until and unless they built the monastery in Lo Ghyakar which was ordered by Guru Rinpoche and thus the Monastery was built here.

      From Lo Gekar climb to a ridge and across a valley and a pass at 200 m above Lo – Gekar. The route crosses some alpine meadows then drops down a steep eroded gully to upper Marang village. A large stream meanders through this village. The trail then descends alongside stonewalls and fields of this extensive village then climbs to a ridge. From here it is a short descent to the village of Drakmarat 3440 m.

      Dinner and Overnight at a lodge in Drakmar  

      Trek Duration 6 ½ – 7 Hrs

    18. Day 18 Drive from Drakmar to Chuksang&then trek to Kagbeni

      After breakfast, board the waiting local Jeep for the 4 hour drive to Chuksang which is the last point that the vehicles from Mustang can go. (Note : For drives from here on, we need to change Jeeps) so we stop here for a much deserved rest and lunch.

      Due to the condition of the road, the ride is a bumpy one and it is pleasant very enjoyable to be able to trek the final distance to Kagbeni.

      After lunch, we once again, collect our baggage and then start the 2 hour trek to Kagbeni via Tangbe.  The hike is through river beds and in the afternoon, the winds do build up. Look out for Saligrams“Silas” (fossilized stones) considered very holy.According to contemporary geologists, the Saligrama – silas (found at the banks and river bed of the holy river Kali Gandaki) are fossils of a prehistoric insect.

      Kagbeni, an old medieval fortress town is a green oasis at the JhongKhola and the Kali Ghandakiriverand looks like a town out of the medieval past, with closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleys, imposing chortens and a large ochre-colored gomba perched above the town.  It was once the center of an independent kingdom, as its ruined palace testifies. With its central wall of prayer wheels and close packed mud walled houses bristling with stacked fire wood. It’s hard to find a more Tibetan feeling town in Nepal. Here one can visit the Shakya monastery founded in the 15th century with frescoes and mounds of ancient bronzes.

      Dinner and Overnight at the Red House

    19. Day 19 Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath and drive to Jomsom

      After breakfast, set out on a 3 ½ hour trek to Muktinath which starts immediately by ascending from the village to the road head.The trail continues upriver through desolate barren landscape past Jharkot andall the way to Muktinath.  The local name for Muktinath is ChumigGyatsa (Hundred Waters).

      Lunch at a local restaurant, at Muktinath.

      After lunch, sightseeing tour Muktinath.

      In Muktinath-ChumigGyatsa all the elements are represented, not only earth, air and holy water, but also fire. Beside trees are growing at an unusual altitude, For this and reasons unseen yogis from both religion do their meditation at Muktinath. For Tibetan Buddhists Muktinath – Chumig Gyatsa is a place of Dakinis, goddeses known as Sky Dancers. It is of great importance for Buddhists that Chumig Gyatsa is one of the 24 Tantric places. For Hindus, beside the natural fire representing Brahman and the holy waters, the central meaning of the Muktinath area is veneration of the god Vishnu in the form of ammonites (shilas) called Saligrama – Shilas.

      There are many stories which tell of Vishnu turning into stone and all of them are closely connected to the holy Kali Gandaki River. This fossilized prehistoric insect is mentioned in the BhavisyaPurana. Therein, Tulasi, the sacred plant so dear to Vishnu, cursed Vishnu to become a stone during one act of their eternal lila. Vishnu said, “To fulfill your curse, I will become a stone (Salagrama-sila) and will always live on the banks of the Gandaki River. The millions of Vajrakita worms that live at that place will adorn those stones with the signs of my cakra by carving them with their sharp teeth”.

      PM: Later we board the waiting vehicle and start driving back to Jomsom

      Upon arrival check into the Hoteldrive is for about 2 ½ hours on rough road passing through river bed and crossing rivers to reach Jomsom.

      Jomsom is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. Being the district headquarters, it is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local inhabitants of the region, known as the Thakalis. Jomsom (2713 m) is the Administrative center of the Mustang region and the gateway to the Annapurna region. A land of mystique, the rugged peaks of the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagari gaze down in their awesome splendor at weathered landscapes that contrast with the deep river ravines over noisy riverbeds. Jomsom is a mixture of hard work, social frivolity tempered by culture founded on deep religious traditions. It has the only airport that operates daily scheduled flights to Pokhara in the early mornings before the winds build up.

      In the evening a farewell dinner will be organized for the group by the staff.

      Dinner & Overnight at Om’s Home, Jomsom.

      Trek 3 ½ Hours &Drive duration 2 ½ Hrs

    20. Day 20 Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu

      Early morning after breakfast bid farewell to the staff and board the Jomsom to Pokhara and connect flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet assist and transfer to the Hotel.

      Rest of the day is free

      Overnight at the Hotel.

    21. Day 21 Final Departure

      Free for final minute packing and shopping until transfer to the airport for final departure.

    AFTER ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

     

    1. TREK BRIEFING:

    On your arrival in Kathmandu, we will arrange to meet for a pre-trek briefing. Full information on all aspects of your trek, questions and doubts will be discussed. On trek your Sherpa leader (sirdar) will give you more details about the route, villages, people and other information regarding the trek.

     

    1. PACKING:

    Please bear in mind the domestic airline baggage weight restrictions when packing. In this matter we request you to try and limit your baggage to around 15 kgs. (about 35 lbs.). You may leave behind part of your luggage in your hotel or our locker room before the trek, in Kathmandu. All baggage are to be clearly marked and locked. Kindly refrain from carrying or wearing valuables on the trek. You may leave them behind at the safety deposit box at your hotel or with us.

     

    1. HOW TO PACK:

    Your clothes and equipment should fall into the following 4 categories:

    1. What you are going to leave behind in Kathmandu.
    2. What you are going to wear on the trail.
    3. What you are going to carry in your day pack.
    4. What you would like the porters to carry for you.

     

    Excess clothes and luggage can be stored in your hotel’s storeroom, and valuables in the safety deposit box. Please label your luggage and make sure to take a receipt from the front desk of your hotel for all the things you would like to leave behind while you are away.

     

     
    ON TREK

     

    1. FOOD AND DRINKS:

    On the trek the food will consist of the food available at the lodges. Menu will be available at the lodges and the guest will have a choice of the food they like. The water provided is pressure boiled. Water bottles may be filled at night so that you have cool water to drink the following day. Mineral water in bottles can be bought on many trek routes at an additional cost.

     

    1. YOUR STAFF ON THE TRIP:

    Will consist of one English speaking Sirdar or Escort who will be wholly responsible for the execution of the trip once it hits the trail. Sherpa(s) and reliable porter(s) will assist him and the numbers vary according to the size of the group.

     

    1. WE WILL PROVIDE:

    For persons who purchase the whole vacation package from us, we will also provide pick-up and drop at Kathmandu Airport, domestic surface / air transport, welcome drink and hotel in Kathmandu with American breakfast. The price of the trip does not include the hire of sleeping bags and down parkas, personal expenses like laundry and bar bills, tips and gratuities (Tips to staff).

     

    1. A TYPICAL DAY:

    A normal day on trek would start at about 6:00 am with a wake up call and a cup of steaming tea or coffee served in your room, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing – also delivered outside your room. Breakfast will have to be ordered before one goes to bed and the breakfast will be served at the dining room (common) and we advise guests to pack their bags and leave it outside their room so that the Sherpa boys can load them on the porters baskets.

     

    The morning part of the trip would begin after breakfast and last about three to four hours when a stop for lunch would be made. The afternoon part of the trip will be another two to three hours to camp Relax through the evening until dinner time. After dinner you have the choice of sharing yarns with your colleagues or fellow trekkers.

     

    1. SANITATION AND PERSONAL HYGIENE:

    A latrine, which is usually outside the lodge, is the most common type of toilet all through out the trek. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. The streams and rivers, and at times hot springs along the trail helps. However, there are a few tea – house / lodges that currently have attached bathrooms. Arrangements will be made to include tea – houses with attached baths where possible / available.

     

    1. DAILY WEAR:

    Your Sherpa or guide/escort can help you plan your daily wear before each day’s walk. Please carry an extra shirt or a T-shirt and a light jacket in your backpack. The mountain air is cold, so you can keep dry and warm after sweats and chills.

     

     

    1. WHAT TO CARRY DURING THE TREK:

    Your daypack, preferably waterproof should be light, small and comfortable. All small personal items like toilet paper, water bottle, medicines, extra shirt, light warm wears, rain gear, gloves etc., that may be needed for the days trek should be packed. Your duffel will be carried by porters who may not be with you at all times.

     

    1. GENERAL MATTERS:

    Your personal belongings will be looked after by our staff so please help them by not leaving them unattended in villages and other public places. The common dinning room has a fire place which is usually lit at round 5:00 pm.

     

    We do not want to add to the large scale deforestation problem in the country. You will find the Nepalese people friendly, charming, inquisitive and quite ignorant about the west. We request you to maintain and follow the local customs.

     

    Handouts by trekkers has led to increase begging especially among village children, affecting their independent-spirited nature. As dental hygiene is a big problem no chocolate and sweets for the children, please. The Sherpa or leader/Escort can advise you if you are keen to help locally.

     

    1. MONEY ON TREK:

    You may want to buy drinks at wayside shops and souvenirs from the natives. Small change should be carried. As customary, we can help discuss in detail in the pre-trek briefing.

    WHAT TO WEAR:

    Light clothing are only for short treks up to seven days at altitudes up to 6000ft (1830m) during fall (autumn) from September to November and in spring between March to May. The other months at all altitudes will be cold and at most times the temperatures will be below zero.

     

    Footwear: 

    You will need hiking boots with ankle support, sneakers for flat trails and flip-flops or chappals for use around the camp / guest house.

     

    Clothes:

    Shirts, T-shirts (4), blouse, etc., for day wear and a woolen shirt for evenings.

     

    MEN:            Shorts, cotton trousers, jeans, sweat-pant (recommended) etc.

     

     

    LADIES:       Shorts (not too short), long skirts are acceptable in well trekked areas,

    jeans or trousers if preferred. Sweat pants are recommended.

     

    Undergarments & Socks:

    Thermal underwear and inner trouser for the above 7,000 ft. treks. Thick trek socks.

     

    Warm Clothes:

    A light sweater, a windcheater or light lined/padded jacket and down jacket or parka for above 7000 ft. treks. Woolen thick cap and warm gloves.

     

    Sun / Rain:

    Rain gear or umbrella and a sun hat is essential. Global warming has led to freak weather conditions and it has become more and more difficult to predict weather conditions.

     

    Note: Umbrellas are cheap and easily available in Kathmandu.

     

    HOW TO PACK

     

    In The Day Pack:                                      In The Duffel Bag:

     

    Sun glasses                                          Towels

    Moisturizing/Sun screen lotion                Flash light

    Prescribed medicines                            Spare batteries

    Camera and spare film                          Toiletries

    Binoculars-optional                                Washing soap

    Reading Reference book/Note book       Spare clothes all wrapped in plastic bags

    Pencil/Pen

    Water bottles

    Trek permits

    Toilet paper

    Umbrella/rain gear

    Sweater

     

    Additional Items:

    For most treks from mid-November till mid-February and for those above 10,000 ft./3000m., in Spring and Autumn, anti-dazzle glasses or goggles with side attachments are recommended and High altitude food supplements (favorite snacks) if necessary.

     

    NOTE:         

    Although Sacred Summits (P) Ltd. provides sleeping bags on request for a nominal fee, it is best to bring your own if you wish. You may have your sleeping bags checked during the pre-trek briefing to make sure that it is the right one for the trek you will be going on.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE:

    In the event of an accident or serious ailment on a trek, helicopter evacuation can be arranged. The helicopter fare with 10% service charge and the hospital/medical charge will have to be cleared before departing from Kathmandu. A risk, release and guarantee form has to be signed before leaving on a trek with us. It is advisable to leave behind approximately US$ 1000.00 for an emergency back up measure.

     

    INSURANCE:

    We strongly recommend you to take a comprehensive holiday insurance in your own country covering adventures involving some elements of risk. However there is now, a few insurance companies providing insurance to foreigners travelers visiting Nepal.

     

    BOOKS:

    Trekking in the Nepal Himalayas by Stan Armington published by the Lonely Planets books provides you a comprehensive information on all matters regarding trekking in Nepal

     

    The Trekking Peaks of Nepal by Bill O’Connor published by Crow Wood press in U.K. provides you with information on all matters regarding climbing peaks in Nepal.

     

    Trekking in Nepal by Toru Nakano published by Allied Publishers gives you some insight into some important trekking areas in Nepal. A map of Nepal is enclosed in the book.

     

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