The Kali Gandaki Trek is a part of the Annapurna circuit and one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight into the rural life of Nepalese people. The main feature of this trek is walking through the gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which, carries water from the Tibetan plateau to eventually join the Ganges in India.
The starting point of this two-week trek is Dhampus, a few hours’ drive from Pokhara, and takes you on an ascent till Chitre whence we head to the Kali Gandaki Valley. Walking through fine villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, we also get to revel in spectacular and majestic views of snow-capped Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking. We return to Pokhara from Jomsom to enjoy all the wonderful activities and a relaxing ambience at the serene lakeside city to top off our trek
Departure from Nepal
The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft). Free day at Kathmandu
We catch a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The short flight takes us over the hills and mountains that glisten below. Once we reach Kathmandu, the rest of the day will be leisure and free for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.
Free day at Pokhara
This is a free day at Pokhara for relaxation and reflection of the wonderful trip we’ll have successfully completed. It is also a contingency day in case of flight cancellation to Pokhara. In the lakeside city, there is a ton of amazing activities you could try including paragliding, microlight and zipliner among others.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)
A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. We then head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on a scenic 4-hour drive.
Trek from Marpha to Jomsom (2,720m / 8,924ft)
On the last day of our walk, pass through more desert-type landscape, we walk from the Kali Gandaki Valley and follow the river northwards up the windy valley to reach Jomsom. We get a good close-up views of Nilgiri mountain here. Jomsom is a bustling town where there are several interesting places of interests to visit.
Trek from Ghasa to Marpha (2,670m / 8,760ft)
From Ghasa, we continue our ascent through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha, where we get strong gusts of winds up to Marpha. The town is renowned for its apple orchards and we can also taste the apples and apple products like wines and pies. Don’t forget to try Apple Brandy, which is a local specialty you don’t want to miss!
Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2,010m / 6,594ft)
We leave Tatopani after breakfast and head northward to reach the district of Mustang. The trails till Ghasa have some alternative routes we can take to dodge jeep tracks.Ghasa, the first town of Mustang, welcomes us with its pristine culture and welcoming smiles. Greenery is still abundant in the town of Ghasa, but we’ll soon get to experience changing landscapes of Mustang in the days to come.
Trek from Chitre to Tatopani (1,250m / 4,101ft)
From Chitre we descend to the famous hot springs of Tatopani, from where the sight of Nilgiri mountains gleam from the north. Spend the evening relaxing in the hotsprings and loosening your muscles, preparing for the gradual uphill we’ll be headed the next day. The small market of Tatopani along the shores of Marshyangdi is also worth exploring.
Trek from Tadapani to Chitre (2,331m / 7,648ft)
After a hearty breakfast in Tadapani, we move on through the jungle section to reach Chitre in late afternoon. We’ll be gaining some altitude today, and through not at a very high altitude it is important not to pace ourselves comfortably and tread carefully through the woods en route Chitre.
Trek from Landrung to Tadapani (2,170m / 7,119ft)
From the lush greenery of Landrung and the rolling hills and towering mountains we get to witness, our journey takes us on ridgelines and thin settlements along the way. The fresh air and serenity of the environment make it worth every drop of sweat! When we reach Tadapani, observe Annapurna, Machhapuchare and a wide range of peaks seen from your lodge.
Trek from Dhampus to Landrung (1,699m / 5,574ft)
From Dhampus, on undulating trails we reach Landrung in the later afternoon. Enjoy the wonderful and unspoilt village lifestyle in this part of the Annapurnas with mountains seen in the horizon. We’ll take it easy today, walking on comfortable pace and prepare ourselves for the gradual ascent we’ll be headed tomorrow.
Drive from Kathmandu to Dhampus (1,700m / 5,577ft), via Pokhara (900m/2,953 ft)
Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. We proceeds onwards from Pokhara to Dhampus, which is the starting point of our trek.
Visit old town of Kathmandu
A professional guide and vehicle are provided for a day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
Upon arriving at at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.