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