Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu(1330m)
Our airport representative will meet you at the Kathmandu International airport and transfer to the Hotel Sangrilla. A pre-trek briefing, given by trek leader/guide, will be scheduled for the afternoon in which trekking program and any last minute arrangement is co-oridnated. A welcome dinner is organized in one of kathmandu’s typical Nepali restaurants.
Day 02 : In kathmandu:
A half day guided sightseeing is organized for you while our office staff will be obtaining the permits, necessary to get into this restricted area. In the afternoon you will be provided with the trek pack (kitbag, sleeping bag and Down Jacket) which comes as a part of the package.
Day 03 : Bhubule(920m)-Driving 7/8 hours.
We depart early morning from Kathmandu to avoid any possible delays in roads. As we drive out the valley, the road cuts through terraced hills and on good weather day, we get spectacular view of the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range. The road then follows Trisuli river upto Mugling and turns right and follows the Marshyangdi river. We will stop in one of the road side tourist restaurant for lunch and continue our bus journey to the foot hill town called Beshisahar. From here the road gets narrow and ungravelled upto Bhulbule.
Day 04 : Jagat(1340m)-Trekking 6/7hours
Few meters from our lodge, we will cross the river and follow the east bank of the river Marshyangdi. After a short distance, views of Manaslu(8156m), Peak 29(7541m) and Lamjung (6986m) dominates the skyline. Beyond Ngadi we cross a small suspension bridge over the Musi khola an start a gradual climb to Baundanda located on a ridge line. After a short descent we continue to follow the river valley to Syange for lunch. In the afternoon we follow the newly constructed ungravelled road for about a hour and then the trail cuts through a cliff high above the river to Jagat, an ancient Tibetan trading post.
Day 05 : Dharapani(1890m)-6/7hours
Our trail following the left bank of the Marshyangdi river for about half an hour, steadly climbs to Pony parking place Chamje. After a short descent we cross the river begin a gentle climb. The trail then cuts into a cliff high above the river and enters Tal, the entry point of Manang region. Today the vegetation changes rhododendron and pine forest. We take lunch in Tal and the afternoon walk begins through a deep valley. We cross the river again and our trail continues the left bank of the river to Dharapani.
Day 06 : Koto(m)-5hours
Today onwards the air becomes cooler. We continue the river valley to Bagarchap where Annapurna ll (7937m) dominates the western skyline and onto Danaque where we climb steeply to a Tibetan settlement called Timang. The view Manaslu Himal dominates the southern sky. We are now in alpine region and the vegetation is mainly pine and fir. We have lunch in Timang. In afternoon, it’s a gentle walk of about two hours to Koto.
Day 07 : Meta(3550m)-8hours
Today, after completing the permit formalities at the check post, we brach off from the popular Annapurna Circuit route. After crossing a suspension bridge, we trek along the Nar Phu khola valley through pine and fir forest. The valley gets narrower as we trek in deeper into the valley. Today we will take packed lunch in order to save time enroute. A mixture of oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest, sheer cliffs towering hundreds of meters above the trail, a series of suspension bridges as we cross back and forth and as we ascend gradually up the valley. Early afternoon we come pass a camp site built by the ACAP. We continue to climb gently further to a small spring where the trail begins to climb steeply to an open space among juniper bushes. This is Meta, a former Tibetan Khampa settlement, laying at the foot of Kanguru Himal(6981m).
Day 08 : Kyang(3750m)-3.5hours
The trail mainly contours around the hillsides and the scenery is in contract to that of the lush vegetation of the Annapurna Circuit. Today the landscape is as one would imagine that of Tibet. The Bamboo is replaced by outcrops of scrub juniper and the occasional outcrop of fir. From Meta, we contour to the open valley at Chaku and then follow the right hand side of the valley to Jhunum. The trail then enters a tributary valley and then descends small river before ascending two small passes that lead to Kyang, the summer grazing pastures of Phu village.
Day 10 : Phu(4010m)-4hours
From our camp at kyang the trail immediateyly follows a spectacular route carved into the cliffs. This lasts only for a few minutes before descending to the canyon floor which is followed for a few hours crossing few tributaries. Soon the valley narrows and appears to be blocked by an impressive rock pillar that hides a short zig zag short climb to the gate of Phu. A ruined fort can be seen on other side of the canyon and after following a narrow trail cut into the steep valley sides we descend to reach a group of impressive mani walls and stupas with the remote village of Phu nestling on the opposite side of the valley. This is a spectacular location, great mountain views and the houses of this stone built village built on top of each other. The afternoon is free to relax or explore the village.
Figure 1PHU VILLAGE, view from monastery : Peter Allen, an Australia’s adventurer and climber describes Phu as “Separated from the world by, ruined fort and a hidden gateway, Phu is set back in time to a way of life that depends on the cycle of seasons, crops of the medieval village. At one with earth from which it is created, the natural cycle of life plays, unaffected by the modern world, against the backdrop of the unspoilt Himalayas.
Day 10 : Phu(4010m)-Acclimatization day
For better acclimatization, we take a rest day here. We can explore Tashi and Samdo Choling monasteries and a ruined ancient fort built on defensive location. A short walk up the Layju Khola provides a spectacular mountain views and a bird’s eye view of Phu village.
Day 11 : Himlung Base Camp(4890m) – 4hours
We cross the river coming from Himlung and the adjacent peaks and gradually climb the top of the terminal moraine. Following a trail on the west side of the moraine, we come past a yak farm. About an hour ahead on the trail, we turn east and climb to a gentle slope with rocks piled up to support prayer flags and tent spot cut on slope. This will be our base camp. A perfect spot to be a base camp.
Day 12 : At Base camp
We will do essential mountaineering training during our stay at the base camp. Our training will mainly focus on climbing on different slopes using crampon and ice-axe, walking on fixed ropes and dynamic rope, crevasse rescue etc. The aim will be to train the people to be able to climb up and down independently on fixed rope and with dynamic rope tied on.
Day 12 : Climb to Camp l (5600m) – 5/6hours
Day 12 : In camp l
Day 12 : Climb to Camp ll (6100m)
Day 12 : In camp ll
Day 12 : Climb to camp lll (6300m)
Day 12 : Climb to summit and back at camp lll
Day 12 : Climb down to Base camp
Day 12 : Rest day in Base camp
Day 12 : Trek back to Phu
Day 12 : Trek back to Meta
Day 12 : Trek to Timang
Day 12 : Trek to Jagat
Day 12 : Trek to Bhulbule
Day 12 : Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 12 : Departure
COST : US$4866 per person. (Depending on the no. of pax cost may go down)
• All permits and park / conservations fee
• Hotel accommodation in KTM BB basis twin sharing room for 3 nights
• Round trip domestic airfares and domestic airport tax.
• All airport/hotel/airport transfer
• All essentials camping, kitchen and climbing equipments
• All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
• High altitude dry food for climbing period
• EPI gas with stove for high camp
• All necessary Climbing hardware gears including Climbing ropes.
• A group first Aid kit
• Insurance and wages of crew members
• Equipments allowances to climbing sherpas and staff
• Weather Forecast, Communication set and Sat. Phone
• Feather jacket and Duffel Bag
• Things of personal nature like hard and soft drinks, laundry etc,
• Crew tips & Summit bonus to climbing sherpas
• Major Meals in Kathmandu
• Personal clothing
• Any other tour extension than specified in itinerary
• Your insurance, obligatory. Must cover evacuation:
• International Airfares.