Annapurna Special with Manang


10 Days | 9 Nights

Short Itineraries

  • DAY 1:
    Arrive in Kathmandu
  • DAY 2:
    In Kathmandu
  • DAY 3:
    Fly to Pokhara and trek to Sanctuary lodge / Birethanti
  • DAY 4:
    Trek to Mala lodge / Tamijung
  • DAY 5:
    Trek to Basant lodge / Dhampus
  • DAY 6:
    Helicopter flight to Hongde airport, hike to Braga
  • DAY 7:
    In Braga
  • DAY 8:
    In Braga
  • DAY 9:
    Helicopter flight to Pokhara, connect to Kathmandu
  • DAY 10:
    Final Departure

Detailed Itineraries

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Yeti Adventure will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Meals: None
Check In and Overnight in Kathmandu

DAY 2: IN KATHMANDU

After breakfast embark on the day’s visits

BOUDHANATHOne of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is a spherical stupa structure imposing at a height of 36 meters with three massive Mandala style platforms. Located 08 kilometres east of Kathmandu, the stupa with four pairs of eyes at the four cardinal directions is believed to be keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity.
Built on an octagonal base inset with 108 prayer wheels, the shrine is ringed by the settlement especially of the Tibetan refugees who entered Nepal in the 1950s. They have developed the place into a ‘Mini-Tibet’ ever since.

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE: The durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country’s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath.

THAMEL:After sightseeing tour of Durbar Square get on a rickshaw (tricycle) for an interesting 20-minute ride to the tourist hub of Thamel. Travelers and the locals consider it a tourist haven. Its filled with narrow streets, all lined with budget hotels, small shops selling everything from food and provisions to clothes, carpets, walking gears, music CDs, DVDs, handicrafts, paintings which make it an ideal place for souvenir shopping. The area also has some very good restaurants when you need to stop for munching.

Meals:- Breakfast
Overnight in Kathmandu

DAY 03: FLY TO POKHARA AND TREK TO SANCTUARY LODGE (1150 M)

Our representative will assist you till the departure terminal at domestic airport just in time before you will board a short-sweet 25 minutes flight to the beautiful Pokhara.We transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point {1.5 hour}. Our walk will follow a ridge line in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti. Or you may choose to spend the afternoon exploring the surrounding river valley (Trek time 3-4 hours).

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Sanctuary lodge / Birethanti

DAY 4: TREK TO MALA LODGE, TAMIJUNG (1,445 M)

Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Mala Lodge at 1450 meters. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Trek time to the Lodge is just 2 hours. After lunch at the lodge, we have an option to hike to the local village of Tanchok. There will be a talk at a local house, now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day to day traditional village life. We could also visit a local school.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Mala lodge / Tamijung

DAY 5: TREK TO BASANTA LODGE, DHAMPUS (1525 M)

This morning we start our trekking through the unspoilt village of Patlekhet. Our walk then takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 3.5 hours, we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. In the afternoon we could join in an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Basanta lodge / Dhampus

DAY 6: FLY HONGDE (3325 M) – HIKE TO BRAGA (3475 M)

Early morning after breakfast take a helicopter ride towards the North of Pokhara where our new adventure awaits at Hongde airport of the elusive Manang. Arriving at Hongde airport (3325m). This region is known as Nyeshang, the upper portion of Manang District. It is a magnificent valley, an area rich in culture and tradition, deeply religious and with a strong Tibetan influence. The region is dry, receiving a small amount of rainfall during the monsoon because the Annapurna range alters the climate significantly. Half an hour beyond the airport is the huge Sabje Khola Valley with Annapurna III and IV at the head. Just south of the trail, in this spectacular setting, is the building that houses the mountaineering school funded by the Yugoslav Mountaineering Federation and operated since 1980 by the Nepal Mountaineering Association in cooperation with UIAA, the Union of International Alpine Associations.

After crossing over the Sabje Khola the trail goes up the Marsyangdi River that we cross over near Mungji at 3360m, in a nice meadow. Majestic Annapurna II is dominating here. The altitude being above 3000m, we should take care of not walking too fast too high. Therefore for those who want to take it easy it’s better to go directly to Braga. For the adventurous ones, we shall have a hike up to Ngawal.

From this point we walk up about 2 hours to Ngawal. Along the trail we pass by chorten and mani wall. From Ngawal we overlook the Marshyangdi Valley 200m below and Annapurna III and Tilicho in the east. This village being out of the main Annapurna trail sees few visitors and is very peaceful. We find a very big tree and one white stupa. A very steep trail in arid area climbs up to the kang la pass. We shall have our lunch in one guest house of this charming place. After lunch it’s time to climb down the way to Munji.

From this place, 35 minutes later we arrive at Braga (3475m), a Tibetan-style village of about 200 houses hiding behind a large rock outcrop. The houses are stacked one atop another, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbour’s rooftop. The 500 year old gompa, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues and thangkas.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in lodge / Braga

DAY 7: HIKE BRAGA - MANANG

The country here is very arid, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River during about 4 km. Along the trail we pass by a long mani wall. We pass under the Manang welcome arch. After a short gentle climb we pass the entrance chorten. All the hotels and guest houses are situated at the beginning of Manang. There is a new white big stupa. Going further we enter the old village of Manang. Before the trekking starts, there was a forest in the actual new village of Manang which has been cut to build new hotels and guest houses.

HIKE TO CHONGAR VIEW POINT
Before the white stupa we take on the left before going down to the Marshyangdi River that we cross over a bridge. We climb up 45 minutes along the moraine with a beautiful glacial turquoise lake. Gangapurna is towering the lake and so close and majestic! It takes one hour to reach Chongkor view point at 3980m. The whole valley is seen below. We walk down to Manang for having our lunch and we spend afternoon visiting Manang and the boutiques. The old Manang is worth a visit. The village is a compact collection of around 500 flat-roofed houses separated by narrow alleyways. The setting of the village is most dramatic, with the summits of Annapurna and Gangapurna less than 8 km away. At the end of the afternoon we walk back to our lodge in Braga.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in lodge / Braga

DAY 8: HIKE BRAGA – PRAKEN GOMPA

After breakfast we hike to Manang on the same trail we have practiced the day before. Today we plan to visit a small monastery high above the valley: the Praken Gompa. Of course, as every view point here, we need to climb up. The beginning is easy till a beautiful chorten and later on the trail twists steeply to the monastery built into a cave. Here an aged nun lives alone and blesses the visitors coming here in order to get better chances to cross successfully the Thorung Pass.

After an hour’s climb we reach the gompa and a tiny wooden gate greets us, cracked as though expecting our arrival. The stone gompa is built into the mountain, a white stupa stands proudly in front, prayer flags wave in the wind. The view from up here is tremendous, the Annapurna range snow covered and mighty, the village of Manang like a toy town far below. We climb down to Manang and have lunch there. The afternoon might be spent strolling around Manang or hiring a horse to move around.

Meals:- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in lodge / Braga

DAY 9: FLY BRAGA - POKHARA - KATHMANDU

After breakfast, walk back to humde airport to find a waiting helicopter to fly us back to Pokhara. From here connect on a fixed wing flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival visit Bhaktapur.

BHAKTAPUR DURBAR SQUARE
Located 12 km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon literally meaning ‘the City of Devotees’ is the smallest city in the Kathmandu valley. Its Main Square or ‘Layaku’ is famous for the 15th century Palace of 55 Carved Windows with the Golden Gate as a royal entrance. In front of the palace building are innumerable temples and architectural showpieces including the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla mounted on a giant stone pillar and the stone temple of Vatsala Devi; another beautiful example of Shikhara-style architecture. There is a bronze bell on the terrace of the temple, which is also known as the Bell of Barking Dogs. This was erected in 1737 by King Ranjit Malla; its sounding announced the beginning and end of a daily curfew.

Meals:- Breakfast
Check in and Overnight in Kathmandu

DAY 10: FINAL DEPARTURE

Transfer to the International Airport to connect the flight for onward journey.

Meals:- Breakfast

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