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Trekking in Nepal > Kali Gandaki Trek

Trek from the foothills up through the deepest gorge on earth to finish up on the edge of the high Tibetan plateau. All of this in a short, nine day, trek makes this a great first time experience in Nepal.

The trek starts on the lower reaches of the Kali Gandaki near to Pokhara. From the starting point the trail climbs up a high ridge from where magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges can be seen. Descending once more to the river, the massive gorge of the Kali Gandaki is entered. Bounded on each side by the 8000 metre peaks of Annapurna 1 and Dhaulagiri and with a valley floor at 2000 metres, this gorge is six kilometres deep. Up the sides of the slopes the vegetation changes from tropical to sub alpine in a matter of a few kilometres.

As you travel up the gorge you will see people with different ethnic backgrounds every day as you approach the remote and restricted district of Mustang. It is this diverse range of cultures that makes this trek so rewarding.

The high point of the trek is the pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike this small village, the last habitation before the Thorong La pass, is the focal pint for devotees not only from Nepal, but from many neighbouring countries.

The trek ends with a short light aircraft flight back to Pokhara from the main town in the valley, Jomsom.

Trek Facts

Duration of trekking : 13 days

Grade : Moderate

Type of Trek : Camping / Lodge

Recommended season : Spring / Autumn / Winter

Trekking starting point : Kathmandu / Pokhara

Trekking ending point : Pokhara

Maximum height : 3300 m.


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