This charity hike or trek is best of the Annapurna Circuit, offering a unique insight into the physical and cultural diversity of Nepal. From Kathmandu we travel to the road-head at Besishahar and trek following the Marsyangdi River through rice paddies, terraced fields and Hindu villages in the shadow of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.
As we ascend, the valley becomes narrower, waterfalls plummet from high above, and the scenery gains a rugged alpine appearance. The trail then bears west behind the Annapurnas, to enter a Trans-Himalayan region populated by people of Tibetan origin whose prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries are constant reminders of the thriving Buddhist culture.
There are dramatic views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Gangapurna as we make the gradual ascent to the village of Manang. We rest and acclimatise for a day here before undertaking the challenging crossing of the Thorong La (5420m) that links the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Valleys. At the top of the pass we savour majestic mountain views before descending to the holy temples at Muktinath. We further descend into the valley at Jomsom at the foot of worlds deepest gorge, cutting between the peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From Jomsom we fly to Pokhara where we enjoy two nights close to the beautiful Phewa Tal Lake.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival 1360m
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu-Besisahar 860m
Day 04: Besisahar-Ngadi 930m
Day 05: Ngadi-Jagat 1341m
Day 06: Jagat-Dharapani 1890m
Day 07: Dharapani-Chame 2685m
Day 08: Chame-Pisang 3475m
Day 09: Pisang-Manang 3535m
Day 10: Manang rest and exploration
Day 11: Manang-Ledar 4200m
Day 12: Ledar-Phedi 4420m
Day 13: Phedi-Mukhtinath 3800m
Day 14: Mukhtinath-Jomsom 2665m
Day 15: Jomsom-Pokhara 850m
Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu
Day 17: Katmandu Departure