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10d Jomson Trek

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Few places in the world have such a splendid variety of natural beauty as the Annapurna region. It is a rare combination of long arrays of snow-capped peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges, Tibetan monasteries, hot-springs and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly ethnic people. A sacred valley ringed by enormous peaks, the A  apurna Sanctuary is a hidden glacial hollow that shimmers like a jewel in the midst of the mountains.

DAY 01: SINGAPORE / KATHMANDU

Arrive in Kathmandu city and transfer to hotel in Thamel, the heart of Kathmandu city. The rest of the afternoon is free. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Nepali meal accompanied by traditional Newari music. O/N in Kathmandu at 2 Star Hotel Nature or similar.

 

DAY 02: KATHMANDU / POKHARA (827M) (BREAKFAST)

After breakfast, we depart Kathmandu in a bus for a scenic drive along the Trisuli River to Pokhara (200km). Own lunch along the way. Pokhara is a picturesque city focused around the beautiful Phewa Tal Lake with the classic Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain) in the background. O/N in Pokhara at Hotel Stupa or similar.

 

DAY 03: POKHARA / JOMSOM (2713M) (B/L/D)

Fly to Jomsom, the centre for Mustang District, and spend the day sightseeing. It is a town with many facilities. The countryside to the north is very dry, while to the south, the Dhaulagiri impressively guards the Thak Khola Valley. The Thak Khola is named after the native Thakali, who are distantly related to the Tibetans. O/N in Jomsom at Teahouse Lodge.

 

DAY 04: JOMSOM / KALOPANI (2560M) (B/L/D)

We descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields. We follow the river, now known as KaliGandaki, and arrive at the Thakali trading centre of Tukuche. As the trail continues through coniferous forest, and we reach the main river valley and Kalopani. From here, there are spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. O/N in Kalopani at Teahouse Lodge.

 

DAY 05: KALOPANI / TATOPANI (1190M) (B/L/D)

A beautiful walk through sub-tropical vegetation where we see water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good scrub. O/N in Tatopani at Teahouse Lodge.

 

DAY 06: TATOPANI / GHOREPANI (2820M) (B/L/D)

After climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani. We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snowcapped Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs. O/N in Ghorepani at Teahouse Lodge.

 

DAY 07: GHOREPANI / GHANDRUNG (2010M) (B/L/D)

Today’s trail undulates through giant rhododendron forest and orchid colonies to the pretty Gurung town of Ghandrung. The Gurung is an ethnic group renowned for bravery as Gurkha soldiers. They are Sino-Tibetan and speak their own unwritten language. View-wise, the Annapurna range and Machapuchare (Fishtail) dominate, with glimpses of Lamjung Himaland the Manaslu further east. O/N in Ghandrung at Teahouse Lodge.

 

DAY 08: GHANDRUNG / BIRETHANTI / POKHARA (B/L)

From Ghandrung, we follow the Modi Khola downstream to the riverside town of Birethanti, from where we take a bus back to Pokhara. O/N in Pokhara at Hotel Stupa or similar.

 

DAY 09: POKHARA / KATHMANDU (BREAKFAST)

Today we say goodbye to the scenic city of Pokhara and head back to the bustling Kathmandu by bus. O/N in Kathmandu at 2 Star Hotel Nature or similar.

 

DAY 10: DEPARTURE KATHMANDU (BREAKFAST)

The day is free until the transfer to the airport for your flight home to Singapore.