This trek opened in October 1991 to trekkers under a special permit is the most popular and fascinating trekking in Nepal. Most of the people of this region are influenced by Tibetan culture. This route, almost treeless barren Landscape, steep rocky trail up and down the hill and eye-catching panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and many other beautiful peaks is a very attractive trekking destination. This trekking has been made for 21 days but it can be shortened to 14 days using both way flights to and from Jomsom.
Trip Duration: 14 days
Maximum Altitude: 3950m
Trek Grade: D
Start from: Jomsom (flights)
End at: Jomsom (flights)
Best Season: April-August, Sept-Nov
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara: Drive by tourist bus or by flight.
Day 02: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni: Go ahead to Kagbeni via Chhanche Lhumba better known as Ekle Bhatti in English " Lonely Hotel" which follows the river to Kagbeni, a green oasis at the junction of Jhong Khola and Kaligandaki.(2810m.)
Day 03: Kagbeni to Chele: Ascend to Tanbe village and have a look at Nilgiri Peak dominating the northern skyline at Kagbeni. Walk further and discover the origin of Kaligandaki River. Now the trail leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up to Chele. (3030m.)
Day 04: Chele to Geling: Ascend through some treeless dry terrain and some Chhortens to Samar. Go up and down to a large gorge and enter another valley. Go ahead and descend to Shyangmochen; Go up to a pass and down to Geling for a rest.(3440m.) Highest elevation in this day is 3800m.
Day 05: Geling to Charang: Climb gently to the interesting NYI LA pass(3950m.) and descend to the valley and the Tangmar Chu (river), the climb the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal.Climb over another passes and descend to Charang. (3490m.)
Day 06: Charang to Lo Manthang: Go down and cross the Charang Chu 9 river and climb up. There the walled city of Lo is seen. Descend and cross a stream and up into the plateau of Lo Manthang. (3730m.)
Day 07: Lo Mangthang : Tall Chanipa Lakhang "God House ", red Thungchen Gompa, Raja's four storied palace, Chyodi Gompa and the entrance Hall are the main attraction of this place.
Day 08: Lo Manthang: Tingkhar, the Raja's summer palace on the western valley, Kimling and Phuwa, the Gompa of Nangyals " The Monastery of Victory" the newest and most active Gompa in Lo are the main attraction of this palace.
Day 09: Lo Manthang to Ghami: Ascend to a pass offering a last glimpse of Lo Manthang. Descend through two more valleys, meadows and streams. Descend again to Gekar. Lo Gekar Gompa is older then Samye Gompas in Tibet and one of the oldest Gompas in Nepal. Then cross a ridge way down to Ghami. (3460m.)
Day 10: Ghami to Samar: Climb to NYI LA and descend to Samar through the same route.
Day 11: Samar to Kagbeni
Day 12: Kagbeni to Jomsom.
Day 13: Jomsom to Pokhara: Sightseeing in Pokhara.
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu: By flight or drive back to Kathmandu.