Kali Gandaki Valley Trek
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Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Summary
- Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Duration: 8 Days
- Highest Elevation: 3,800m/12,468 feet
- Walk Hour: 6 Hours daily
- Trekking Group – Size: 1 – 14 People
- Foods and Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Best Months to Explore: March, April, May, October, November and December.
- Trip Mode: Guest House Basis
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
The Kali Gandaki Valley Trek explores the tremendous diversity of the Annapurna region following the old trade route to Tibet along the bank of the Kali Gandaki river valley. The river valley of Kali Gandaki is known as the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge is estimated to be roughly 6,000 meters deep. But the very bottom still has yet to be confirmed, while the mountains surrounding it reach an utmost height of 18,000 feet.
Hike at Kali Gandaki is also famous to collect Shaligram fossils, revered as one of five non-living forms of Lord Vishnu. The Kali Gandaki River source coincides with the Tibetan border and the Ganges-Brahmaputra watershed divide. The tributary then flows south through the ancient kingdom of Mustang.
Moreover, the trek attracts over 75% of all trekkers (more than 30,000 annually) visiting the Kali Gandaki Canyon. Likewise, Dhaulagiri Icefall is another top attraction from where the tourist can review the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range across the beautiful Himalayan settlements.
Despite that, the best time to visit Muktinath of Kali Gandaki treks is either in the autumn season or the spring season. In the monsoon months, trekking in this trans-Himalayan zone is not the worst but also not the best for hikes. Weather often gets clean, blue sky with the sun shining and warm enough but often in the afternoon catch the rain.
In addition, the majestic Kali Gandaki Gorge Trek is religiously important to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main shrine is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu; there are 108 waterspouts around the Temple. Jwala Mai temple nearby contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural gas underground. Since ancient times, the divine flames of jwala have been worshiped as Jwaladevi (the goddess of flame).
How much is the Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Package Cost?
The cost of the Kali Gandaki Valley of Muktinath trek package with a Gokyo Trek Agency ranges between US$ 625 to US$ 898. But of course, the Kali Gandaki Valley trek cost depends upon the hiking members that you travel to and the service you choose. However, this package price includes transportation, accommodation, guide and Porter, food, permit cost, etc.
We also have a discount deal for group travel leaders for a hike to Kali Gandaki. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) on your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike the Kali Gandaki territory free of cost.
However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.
Hike the Muktinath is a standard trip package price for 8 days. If you are 2 visitors Kali Gandaki Valley Trek cost US$ 750 for 8 days as per the given plan. We can modify the trek route and the price as per your wish also. Here is the price list for Kali Gandaki Valley Treks.
Price Per Person for 8 days hikes in the Kali Gandaki territory.
|Number of Tourist||Price Per Person|
|1 Person||US$ 898|
|2 Person||US$ 750|
|3 Person||US$ 750|
|4 to 6 person||US$ 710|
|7 to 9 Person||US$ 675|
|10 and more than 10 Person||US$ 625|
If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.
The best of Kali Gandaki Valley Trek itinerary details
Muktinath tour at Kali Gandaki canyon classical itinerary about 7 nights 8 days compared to most walks in Annapurna mountain trails. The particular Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri hiking route is designed for globetrotters who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner. However for travelers who wish to explore the ice fall view trek quickly but are walking with limited time wise ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.1 DayDrive to New Bridge, 8-9 hours and trek to Birethanti Bazaar (1,065m/3,494 feet), 30 minutes.
Guide will meet you at your hotel and drive to Gongabhu Bus station to get a regular coach to New Bridge [sharing]. Drive with a regular bus, you will have beautiful landscapes on the way passing some of the most scenic places in Pokhara city. The total length is 240.3 kilometers and takes about nine hours roughly.
Optional: You can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara [airfare cost US$ 95 per person] paying an extra cost for each foreigner, takes only 25 minutes then we drive to New Bridge with a private taxi. Birethanti village is a scenic place of beautiful lodges and center points for the Modi River valley.
Today, for the first part of the journey, we take a local bus near to Tikhedungha settlements takes about two hours drive. From Tikhedungha, we start our hike by ascending stones steeply for the first 2 hours and ascending softly passing through Ulleri (2,070m.) and Banthanti.
Additionally, you will see a good view of Machhapuchhare known as Mount Fish Tail (6,997m.), mount Hiunchuli (6,441m), and as well as Annapurna South (7,219m). Now, our trail is quite easier passing through Rhododendron shadow trees and ascending gently up to the final steps at Ghorepani guest houses in upper Ghorepani village.
Wake up and check sunrise time in Poon Hill today. Hike early in the morning to reach Poon Hill at 3,220m to get an impressive rising sun. It is the highest hill station to achieve the best-rising sun in the morning.
Tourists can get the rising sun with rays at Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Tukuche Peak (6,920m.), Nilgiri (6,940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7,847m.), Mount Annapurna I (8,091m.), Annapurna South (7,219m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,855m.), Machhapuchhare (6,993m.), Annapurna IV (7,525m.), Annapurna II (7,937m.), Lamjung Himal (6,931m.)..etc. Moreover, there are other numerous snow-capped shining mountains together with those popular mountains in a row.
While on a hike, we walk through nice villages, and the Rhododendron forest, the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom. Descend downhill to get a hot delicious breakfast at Ghorepani Lodge and continuously walk downhill all the way to Tatopani. Tatopani is a local Nepali name for a natural hot spring.
Follow the trail that ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards Dana village surrounded by orange groves. During the Annapurna trails, you come across locals who are selling oranges. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail.
Rupse is a gorgeous waterfall in Nepal and one of the top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. Continuously hike towards Ghasa recognized as a Thakali village where you see several flat-roofed Tibetan-style houses.
The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kaligandaki. Throughout the trek, you can enjoy the Thakali villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali, and a few Tibetans. Larjung village is a gateway to hiking to Dhaulagiri Icefall which takes about 3 days (optional).
Continue to hike through Kali Gandaki riverside across the Apple orchard, you can eat apples if it happens to be the fruit season. Marpha is a big community enriched by a Buddhist Monastery in between just the village.
You continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing several villages. The wind generally picks up after about midday, but will at least be blowing at our backs as you head up to Jomsom (2,730m/8,955 feet). Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang district, Nepal.
Later on, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows, and grey, contrasting with the white snowcaps mountain. Kagbeni is another important pilgrimage site and a gateway to exploring Lomanthang. As you reach Jharkot, you can visit an ancient Shakya Monastery believed to be built in the 15 century.
In the morning, you can visit the Muktinath temple which is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists. Here you come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you.
Likewise, you can enjoy a holy bath at 108 Mukti Dhara to get enlightenment. From the Muktinath temple garden, you can see an excellent view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m.)..etc. Descend to the hotel for breakfast, collect your all gear, and retrace your steps to Jomsom Bazaar. If you are fit enough after reaching Jomsom, make a plan to go to Dhumba Lake.
Optional day hikes to get to Dhumba Lake
Dhumba Lake is a wonderful, clear water lake located at the Mount Nilgiri Base Camp. Trekkers can reach Dumba Lake walking about 5.5 kilometers from Jomsom airport. You can begin the trek by coming to Jomsom Bus Park and intersecting the wooden extension there to arrive at the left half of the runway. Along the journey, you’ll locate a signboard pointing towards the best approach to Dhumba Lake/Thini Village.
The principal achievement of the trek to get to ancient Thini Village is roughly 5 kilometers from Jomsom. The following half-kilometer trek will take you to Dhumba Village and thusly to Dhumba Lake. The backdrop of Dumba Lake is the Himalayas, which are outstanding.
Additionally, there is a small rest stop near the pool. There’s also a circumferential path to walk around the lake to better enjoy the natural beauty. In the evening you celebrate the trek completion party with the trekking crew.
Get the early flight takes about only 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. The flights are available in the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent changes in the weather prevent the flight from being landed and taken off in the afternoon.
During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear. So you are amazed at the Annapurna Himalaya best view and return to Kathmandu by Bus. Our trip ends, and we wish you your wonderful journey further.
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How much does Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Package Price?
The given Kali Gandaki valley trek package price US$ 750 per person is a standard package on a double occupancy basis. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding buses reduces trip expenses.
For deluxe and luxury trekking plans, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
Likewise, hotel accommodation with attached toilet/bathroom in the possible places en route. WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
Kaligandaki Valley Trek Tour Package Price includes:-
- Kathmandu international airport transfer with a private car/taxi /Van.
- Single night double bedroom accommodation on a tourist standard in Kathmandu.
- Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara city airfare with an applicable tax on your return.
- 7 Breakfast serve with a cup of tea/coffee, 7 Lunch and 7 Dinner [main course] at Kaligandaki valley trek tours.
- 7 nights Guest house basis trekking accommodation (with a common toilet) while on Mustang trekking days.
- Regular Bus (Baglung Bus Yatayat) transfer from Kathmandu to New Bridge, Kaski district [shared].
- Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder local trekking guide.
- An assistant guide will provide for 7 plus group tourists.
- Professional porter to carry your luggage (2 guest = 1 Porter basis). Because each porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos of Tourist backpacks.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits (ACAP) and TIMS permits for Kaligandaki Valley Treks.
- Pokhara airport to the hotel on Phewa lakeside with a private taxi transfer.
- Insurance, Food and accommodation, and salary of Nepali trekking Guide and porter.
- Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity) and trekking poles if Necessary – return after hikes.
- First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate every day to save from high altitude risk.
- Updated Muktinath trek map and trek completion certificate – keep as a souvenir.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.
Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Package Price Excludes:-
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
- Tourist personal trekking types of equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, all types of beverage drink bills.
- Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
- Donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
We can organize a private Kali Gandaki Valley Trek or Muktinath Tour starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
|20 Nov, 2023 – 27 Nov, 2023||Available||750|
|05 Dec, 2023 – 12 Dec, 2023||Available||750|
|20 Dec, 2023 – 27 Dec, 2023||Available||750|
|10 Feb, 2024 – 17 Feb, 2024||Available||750|
|20 Feb, 2024 – 27 Feb, 2024||Available||750|
|10 Mar, 2024 – 17 Mar, 2024||Available||750|
|20 Mar, 2024 – 27 Mar, 2024||Available||750|
|25 Mar, 2024 – 31 Mar, 2024||Available||750|
|05 Apr, 2024 – 12 Apr, 2024||Available||750|
|10 Apr, 2024 – 17 Apr, 2024||Available||750|
|20 Apr, 2024 – 27 Apr, 2024||Available||750|
|25 Apr, 2024 – 01 May, 2024||Available||750|
|01 May, 2024 – 07 May, 2024||Available||750|
|10 May, 2024 – 17 May, 2024||Available||750|
|20 May, 2024 – 27 May, 2024||Available||750|
|10 Sept, 2024 – 17 Sept, 2024||Available||750|
|20 Sept, 2024 – 27 Sept, 2024||Available||750|
|05 Oct, 2024 – 12 Oct, 2024||Available||750|
|10 Oct, 2024 – 17 Oct, 2024||Available||750|
|20 Oct, 2024 – 27 Oct, 2024||Available||750|
|25 Oct, 2024 – 01 Nov, 2024||Available||750|
|05 Nov, 2024 – 12 Nov, 2024||Available||750|
|10 Nov, 2024 – 17 Nov, 2024||Available||750|
Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited – Only few space available
Question: Do I need the experience to do Kali Gandaki Valley Trekking?
Answer: No. Earlier hiking experience is not essential.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request to pick up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.
Question: Is Muktinath Annapurna trekking Safe for Solo Female Trekkers?
Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; the kali Gandaki trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect?
Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with cozy beds with nice mattresses and blankets. However, we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect to trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Annapurna trekking, have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice and lentils, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables. Dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day. Likewise, we serve Lunch on the way to the next place where you go.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Kali Gandaki Valley Trekking?
Answer: The guesthouses along the trekking trail, offer 24 hours of hot showers. You can get it often for free of cost and only sometimes you do need to pay.
Question: How do I get drinking water on a short Jomsom Muktinath Lodge Trek?
Answer: There are enough hotels on Kali Gandaki Valley hiking routes where you buy bottled mineral water. But we advise you against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, tourists can buy safe drinking water or buy AQUA tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite en route.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.
Question: Are there any communication facilities on Kali Gandaki Valley Trekking?
Answer: Yes. The best thing to do is to buy a Nepal Telecom SIM card for call and internet purposes. So, you will have easy to call your home country at a cheap price, and also you can use 4G internet buying a data pack as per your wish.
Question: Can I use a credit card payment in Kali Gandaki Valley Treks?
Answer: Only some luxury hotels, accept credit card payments. Not everywhere. So better to bring cash along with you.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-call bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 15% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Kali Gandaki valley Trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kilos luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: The distance you cover on hiking each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you need to prepare to walk roughly about 5 hours to cover an average of 8 kilometers.
Question: Is it possible to hire a local expert guide for Kali Gandaki valley trekking?
Answer: Yes of course. If you are travelling in a tight budget for Kali Gandaki valley trekking routes and have no wish to book the complete full board package trek, you can hire our expert local guide to make your holiday tour safer. Email to us to get a cost quotation for a local guide hiring in details.
Question: Do I need walking poles?
Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are suggested but not necessary.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.
The best Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Highlights and its side trips
- See the Mount Annapurna mountain range within 160 deg angle from poon hill sites
- Hike Dumba lake in Mustang is also beautifully located on the foothill of Nilgiri Mountain.
- Most demanding trek tour by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage devotees.
- Natural hot spring TATOPANI, beautiful Rupse cascade along the trek routes.
- Experience the Gurung, Magar, and Thakali ethnic groups and their way of life.
How to reach Muktinath?
Check with us the regular price from Pokhara to Muktinath jeep fare if you are driving by local or private jeep. The price variation is on the months that you are traveling.
Another interesting fact is, that you can Muktinath yatra by helicopter from Pokhara. In the high season, we also use charter flights from Kathmandu to the Muktinath helicopter, the fare is roughly US$ 4,300 for each charter helicopter.
In addition, if you travel to Beni then Beni to Jomsom distance is 95.7 kilometers, and possible to reach with an overland drive in 6 hours 30 minutes. However, if you are traveling for only 2/3 days and want to visit Muktinath temple? then choose the flight option. We recommend you take Kathmandu to Muktinath by flight to get to Muktinath as the quickest way if you have a group of travelers.
Notice for the Kali Gandaki Valley Trekkers!
The Jomsom airport to Muktinath temple tour information stated above is just a standard template guideline. However, the tour is possible to amend your request to accommodate your specific requirements? Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
Likewise, tourist standards luxury hotels in Jomsom and as well as in Muktinath are available at extra cost. Because of the Muktinath tour package what we have designed is on a double occupancy basis for travelers in standard lodge accommodations.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
What makes Kali Gandaki Valley Trek trip special?
Hike at Kali Gandaki Gorge is an amazing trip for your life journey. However, opportunities for challenging similar trekking are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern.
We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Review
Kali Gandaki and Dumba Lake Trek Just Awesome
Back in 2010, our journey with Ammar began, and since then, he has been instrumental in organizing several memorable hikes for us and our friends. One such unforgettable adventure took place in September 2017 when we embarked on a hike to Muktinath.
It was during this expedition that Ammar, the ever-attentive guide, recommended a visit to the serene Dumba Lake as an optional addition to our itinerary. Without hesitation, we embraced the suggestion, and it turned out to be a stroke of brilliance, providing us with an experience that surpassed even our great trip to Muktinath. Dumba Lake’s tranquil ambiance, far from the clamor of civilization, left an enduring impression on us.
For genuine hiking enthusiasts yearning to explore the mesmerizing beauty of Mustang, Dumba Lake trekking is an absolute must. Ammar, as our dedicated guide, took care of every detail, expertly handling lodge bookings, porter arrangements, private jeeps, permits, and even securing our flights from Jomsom to Pokhara. His meticulous planning ensured a smooth and hassle-free journey.
With immense gratitude, we extend our thanks once again to Ammar and his team for making our adventures truly extraordinary. Looking forward to our next venture with you guys!
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Dr. Isable T,
We are absolutely delighted by your wonderful review about Kali Gandaki and Dumba Lake. Your satisfaction is of utmost importance to us, and we are overjoyed that you had a fantastic experience with our services. We can’t express how grateful we are for your kind words.
Your appreciation motivates us to continually strive for excellence in delivering exceptional Himalayan adventures. We eagerly look forward to serving you again on another remarkable trip in the near future. Your return will be a true pleasure for us.
Thank you once again for choosing us and for sharing your positive feedback. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions or if there’s anything else we can assist you with.
Warm regards, Ammar Raj Guni
Best Trek Operator
We have done 2 treks with Ammar and his crew. Our guide, Som, was fantastic and the porters were happy and reliable. Ammar is great to deal with. We are coming again next year and will use Gokyo Treks. Dr Rob H Australia
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Thank you Robert Hilton for your feedback regarding Kali Gandaki valley trekking in Nepal.
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|No. of people||Price Per Person|
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|10 +||USD 625|
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