Arrival in Kathmandu.
After clearing the immigrations and collecting your bags, you will need to come out and look for the sign Icefall Adventures. Our representative will greet you and take you to the hotel. In the evening, we will take you to a traditional Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner.
You will spend the second day sightseeing around Kathmandu - there’s the monkey temple, the Boudhanath Stupa and some ancient heritages of Nepal to be visited. In the latter half of the afternoon our guides will brief you and help you sort out all the equipment for the trip.
The highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara follows deep river valleys, across bridges and modern townships with roadhouses for travelers to stop and eat. The journey is about 5 hours long and if we start early you’ll be in Pokhara by mid day. You can spend the rest of the day strolling around Lakeside, a chilled out place to eat and hang out, go paddling in the Phewa lake and sort out any last minute trekking gear.
Nayapul is an hours ride from Pokhara and is the starting point for our trek. Today’s destination is Tikhedhunga which is a 540 meter ascent from Nayapul. The trail starts with a steep set of stairs, levelling up to some flat fields and then ascends up a hill into the woods before ending in Tikhedhunga.
The strenuous part of the trek begins today as you climb 3500 stone steps only to reach Ulleri which is only halfway to Ghorepani. The ascent never stops until you reach Ghorepani after climbing a tiring 1300 meters! The hike to Ghorepani is infact one of the more difficult trekking days during the entire trek.
An early morning ascent of Poon Hill (3210m) makes sure you see an extraordinary sunrise view, where the sun seems to rise from behind the mountains. You’ll then head back to your tea house for an early lunch before you start walking to Tatopani. After a gradual descent in the beginning the trail becomes very steep as you climb down some 1700 meters.
The trail mostly climbs up the Kali Gandaki gorge. You will pass the Rupse waterfall, one of the attraction of this trek and you will reach Lete after crossing several Thakali settlements, including Ghasa.
The trail between Lete and Marpha is almost ‘Nepali’ flat with gradual climbs in between. Marpha is one of the most beautiful village along this trial. Marpha is famous for its apples and apple growing community.
Today you’ll hike up along the Kali Gandaki river again on your way to Kagbeni. You will be passing through Josom where you will spend the last night of the trek. The trail to Kagbeni passes along the Kali Gandaki river bed where you can find Fossils. Kagbeni is also the entry point for trekkers headed to Upper Mustang. and the hike is fairly gentle because there is no more than 100 meters of altitude gain.
An early morning start and some gradual leads you out of Kagbeni as you arrive in time for lunch at Jharkot, a very interesting village. From Jharkot the trail climbs further to Muktinath, a pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Hiking to the Thorang La Pass is hard work, because you wake up really early in the morning to hike across a rugged path which is covered with snow during winter. More than the path, the altitude can make the hike difficult because you climb more than 1700 meters until the pass and descend back another 1700 meters.
The trail descends to Kagbeni passing through some interesting villages and gives you a taste of the forbidden Mustang kingdom. Along the path you’ll also come across a 2,700 year old cave settlement just above Myabruk. You will continue the trek through the Kaligandaki river to Jomsom.
We will fly back to Pokhara early in the morning. This 15 minutes flight is an experience. You will enjoy the view of the himalays on both sides while coming down to Pokhara. You can spend the day in Pokhara relaxing by the lake.
The journey between Pokhara and Kathmandu is about 5 hours long and if we start early you’ll be in Kathmandu by mid day. You can spend the rest of the day strolling around the eateries and souvenir shops of Thamel.
An entire day in Kathmandu for yourself. Eat as much as you want, go shopping or do nothing at all! In the evening, we will take you for farewell dinner at Rum Doodle restaurant. This is an unique restaurant in Kathmandu where they have signatures of all everest summiteers on yeti foot.
Again our representatives will be there to transfer you to the airport and bid you farewell.