12 days - The best of Nepal in the Monsoon, including a 6-day trans-Himalayan trek
6 days moderate trekking in the trans-Himalaya (max. elevation 3,800m / 12,460′)
Spectacular views of the Annapurna & Nilgiri Himal ranges
Trek through the arid, semi-desert trans-Himalayan region of lower Mustang
Muktinath, renowned pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus
Sightseeing and leisure in Kathmandu & Pokhara
Our trek takes us to the Tibet-like, semi-desert region of the Thak Khola canyon and the Jhong Khola valley; here the effect of the Monsoon is hardly felt. The trek begins and ends with the spectacular half-hour STOL flight from Pokhara to Jomsom up the Kali Gandaki gorge, cutting between the 8,000m / 26,000′ ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. The highlights are a two-night stay at the magnificent fortress town of Jharkot and the shrine at Muktinath, sacred to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims alike. Stops include the charming Thakali town of Marpha, and Kagbeni, a citadel at the confluence of the two rivers draining the region. We stay in simple, authentic lodges and savor the fare of the legendary Thakali innkeepers.
A splendid encounter with trans-Himalayan Nepal and its peoples.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu. Orientation.
Day 2 Morning tour of Swayambhunath stupa and old Kathmandu. Afternoon flight to Pokhara.
Day 3 Fly Pokhara (884m / 2,900′) – Jomsom (2,760m / 9,050′). Trek via Thinigaon and Dhumba Lake (2,830m / 9,280′) to Marpha (2,680m / 8,790′).
Days 4-6 Trek to Kagbeni (2,840m / 9,320′) and Jharkot (3,500m / 11,480′). Side trips to Muktinath (3,800m / 12,460′), Jhong (3,580m / 11,740′) and Purang (3,450m / 11,320′) from Jharkot.
Day 7 Trek to Jomsom via Lupra (3,000m / 9,840′).
Day 8 Fly Jomsom – Pokhara. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 9 Drive to Kathmandu. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 10 Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of Patan.
Day 11 Morning tour of Bhaktapur. Afternoon tour of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Day 12 Depart for onward destination.
Dates and Pricing
Aug 13 - Aug 24
Aug 28 - Sep 8
Sep 12 - Sep 23
|2 - 5 persons||US$ 899|
|7 - 12 persons||US$ 790|
|Single room supplement||US$ 160|
|Airfare Kathmandu - Pokhara; Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara||US$ 348|
|Kathmandu||Nirvana Garden Hotel|