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Kaligandaki Valley Treks 12 days

Type of Venture Code Nos. of Day Size Type of Treks Elevation Grade Price Best Season
Kaligandeki Valley Treks NTC-009 12 Days Above 3 Person Camping Trek 3550M


In List Autumn/Spring

The Central Nepal region consists of the Mustang area, Jomsom, Muktinath, and the Manang Valley. This region was not opened to foreigners till 1977. The area had in fact been used by the Khampa rebels as a base in their attempts to free Tibet from Chinese occupation. Valley of the Kali Gandaki

A well-known rebel, Wangdi, had established his base camp about 6 to 7 km from Jomsom as it was the closest point to Lhasa and had a climate and terrain similar to that of the Tibetan plateau. He enjoyed a lot of sympathy among the locals, till the Nepalese government, bowing to Chinese demands, sent its army into the area, annihilated the base and killed him. Since then, the army had maintained a permanent presence in the area and had been conducting regular courses in mountaineering and rock climbing for its personnel.

The Nepalese in this region are however generally in favor of a gradual transition to a democratic system and are making efforts to bring themselves closer to the King.

Mustang is the name given to the arid region at the northern end of the Kali Gandaki. Locally, Mustang is known as Lo and it is believed that the word Mustang (pronounced moo-stang) is a mispronunciation of the capital of Lo — Manthang. Officially, the district of Mustang extends along the Kali Gandaki from the Tibetan border in the north to Ghasa further south. The capital of the Mustang District is Jomsom. North of Kagbeni is a region of Tibetan influence called Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions. The southern region, with five villages, is inhabited by people related to the Manangis – – the inhabitants of the Manang Valley. The northern region is the location of the ancient kingdom of Lo, where the language, culture and traditions are almost purely Tibetan. The capital of Lo is Manthang, which, in Tibetan, means “plain of aspiration.

The Mustang Bhote region boasts a famous pilgrimage center: Muktinath. The climate and landscape here are similar to those of the Tibetan Plateau since it is situated in the rain shadow of the Greater Himalayas. Flowing through the region from north to south and forming deep gorges is the Kali Gandaki river, which as its name implies (kali = black) is a black river –the black stones of the riverbed and black soil contributing to the effect.

Scattered in the region are villages like Jhang, Jharkot, Kagbeni and Khingar, which cluster around the streams that make cultivation possible. These green patches are the only oases in this otherwise desolate “desert”. In Kagbeni, “saligrams” are common. They are small, round, fossilized stones, which are easily recognizable by the presence of a conical eye on the surface. When broken, they are generally found to contain fossils. They are considered to be “blessed” by the cosmic power responsible for the universe as we know it. More importantly, they are proof that the Himalayas at one time were under a deep sea.

Most of the people are Buddhists. They are a versatile and aggressive lot but very hospitable to their guests. They neither bury nor cremate their dead. Instead, amidst the chanting of mantras, the lamas cut the bodies into pieces and spread them out for the vultures. They owe allegiance to a local “King”, who collects revenues from them and submits these to the King of Nepal. For his efforts, this man has been given the rank of colonel in the Nepalese army. The people trade regularly with Tibet, bartering yak butter, ghee and salt for rice, clothes and other consumer durables.

Day 01 Drive/Fly to Pokhara & overnight stay at Pokhara Tea House.
Day 02 Drive to nayapool & trek to Tikhedhunga, overnight stay at Tikhedhunga Tea House.
Day 03 Early morning Hike to poonhill & Trek to Tadapani, overnight stay at Tadapani Tea House.
Day 04 Trek to Ghasa & overnight stay at Ghasa Tea house.
Day 05 Trek to Tukuche, overnight stay at Tukuche Tea House.
Day 06 Trek to Marta, overnight stay at Marta Tea House.
Day 07 Trek to Jomsom, overnight stay at Jomsom Tea house.
Day 08 Trek to Kagbeni , overnight stay at Kagbeni Tea House.
Day 09 Trek to Muktinath, overnight stay at Muktinath Tea House.
Day 10 Trek back to Jomsom, overnight stay at Jomsom Tea House.
Day 11 Fly to pokhara, overnight stay at Pokhara Tea House.
Day 12 Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu OR sightseeing around the pokhara

Trekking Route Name Day Group size Cost

Kaligandaki Valley Treks

12 Days 1-3 $128 Per person, Per day
4-10 $125 Per person, Per day
11-20 $120 Per person, Per day
21 above $115 Per person, Per day


  • Domestic Air Fare
  • Domestic Air Fare for guide
  • Trekking Guide cost
  • Trekking assistance cost.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee/ Special tax
  • TIMS card Fee
  • 3 time meal during the trek
  • 2 night Twin sharing accommodation at Pokhara medium tourist Hotel with BB plan.
  • 2 night Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu tourist Hotel with BB Plan
  • One hour Spa treatment at Kathmandu after the trek.
  • Land transport cost (Bus, Jeep)
  • Medical Kit Bag
  • Single supplementary
  • Your insurance
  • Alcoholic & Beverage item
  • Int’l air fare.
  • Goods cargo cost
  • Medical/Emergency rescue cost (If require)
  • Personal body guard (Optional)
  • Personal Medical assistance (Optional)
  • Personal expense
  • Departure Tax/Personal equipment
  • Tips for your assistance
  • Visa fee

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    50% discount for a tour leader if there are 15 – 20 pax in a group and 100% free for the tour leader if there are 25 and above pax in a group.