Kali Gandaki Valley Trek

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Kali Gandaki Valley Trek

Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Summary

    1. Kali Gandaki Valley Hike Duration: 8 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty: Easy Grade
    3. Highest Elevation: 3,800m/12,468 feet
    4. Walk Hour: 6 Hours daily
    5. Trekking Group – Size: 1 – 20 People
    6. Foods and Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    7. Best Months to Explore: March, April, May, October, November and December.
    8. Trip Mode: Guest House Basis
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

Overview

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. And some of them explore the valley after Thorong la pass. Furthermore, the hiking trail marks Dhaulagiri icefall from where the tourist can review the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges 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 rain.

Moreover, 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, divine flames of jwala have been worshiped as Jwaladevi (the goddess of flame). Likewise, the Muktinath trek passing poon hill is even more amazing and interesting in spring as the whole forest along the trail turns red, pink, and white Rhododendron flowers. Kali Gandaki trekking tour is possible to explore at any time throughout the year.

How much is the Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Package Cost?

The cost of the Muktinath trek package with a Gokyo Trek Agency (a local agency in Kathmandu Nepal) ranges between US$ 625 to US$ 850. Of course, the Kali Gandaki valley trek cost varies according to the group size you are traveling to and the service you choose. We also have a discount deal for group travel leaders for hikes to Mustang. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) to 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 trek. If you are 2 visitors Kali Gandaki Valley Trek cost US$ 730 for 8 days trek according to the given hike to the Muktinath plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes 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 TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 850
2 PersonUS$ 730
3 PersonUS$ 730
4 to 6 personUS$ 710
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 675
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 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.

Itinerary

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 ice fall view trek quickly but are walking with limited time wise ask us for a tailor-made itinerary.

1 DayExpress drive to New Bridge, 8/9 hours. 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. Driving a regular bus, you will have beautiful landscapes on the way. During the drive, you will pass some of the most scenic places in Pokhara city. The total length of a drive today is about 8/9 hours.

Optional: You can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara [airfare cost US$ 74 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.

2 Day Ghorepani trek (2,875m/9,432 feet), 6 Hours

Today, for the first part of the journey, we take a local bus near to Tikhedungha settlements. From Tikhedungha, we start our hike. we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and ascend 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 (7,219m) south. Now, our trail is quite easier passing through Rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascending gently up to the final camp at Ghorepani guest house at upper Ghorepani village.

3 DayEarly morning hike at Poon hill tower. Descend to Tatopani (1,050m/3,445 feet), 7/8 hours

Wake up and check sunrise time in Poon hill today. Hike early in the morning to reach Poon Hill at 3,220m to get 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 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.

4 DayGhasa Trekking (2,013m/6,604 feet), 6/7 hours

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.

5 DayMarpha village trek (2,667m/8,750 feet), 6/7 hours

The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kaligandaki. Throughout the trek, you will be enjoying many ethnic 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 hours (optional). Continue hiking trail goes 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 the village.

6 DayMuktinath trek (3,795m/12,451 feet), 6/7 hours

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, of 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.

7 DayMuktinath temple hiking. Descend to Jomsom (2,730m/8,957 feet), 5/6 hours

In the morning, you can visit the Muktinath temple which is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu and Buddhist. Here you come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. You can enjoy a holy bath at 108 Mukti Dhara. From the Muktinath temple garden, you can see an excellent view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m.)..etc. Descend down to a hotel for breakfast, collect your all gears 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 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.

8 DayMorning, Jomsom to Pokhara flight, 25 Minutes

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 change in the weather prevents 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, we wish you your wonderful journey further.

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Cost

How much does Kali Gandaki Valley Trek cost?

The given Kali Gandaki Valley Trek price is US$ 730 per person 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 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Additionally, with an attached toilet/bathroom while on trekking routes. WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

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 applicable tax on your return.
  • 7 Breakfast, 7 Lunch and 7 Dinner at Kaligandaki valley trek tours.
  • Guest house basis trekking accommodation 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 tourist.
  • Professional porter to carry your luggage (2 guest = 1 Porter basis). Because each porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos of Tourist backpacks.
  • Duffel bag and Sleeping bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • 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 porters.
  • Updated Muktinath trek map 1 piece. Keep it as a souvenir.
  • Agency’s Certificate of appreciation after the successful Muktinath trekking.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Package Price Excludes:-

  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40.
  • 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 equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, all types of drinks and bar 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].
  • Other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize a private Kali Gandaki Valley Trek or Muktinath Tour starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

Departure Date Availbility Price Book
20 Sept, 2022 – 27 Sept, 2022Avaiable730
05 Oct, 2022 – 12 Oct, 2022Avaiable730
10 Oct, 2022 – 17 Oct, 2022Avaiable730
20 Oct, 2022 – 27 Oct, 2022Avaiable730
25 Oct, 2022 – 01 Nov, 2022Avaiable730
05 Nov, 2022 – 12 Nov, 2022Avaiable730
10 Nov, 2022 – 17 Nov, 2022Avaiable730
20 Nov, 2022 – 27 Nov, 2022Avaiable730
05 Dec, 2022 – 12 Dec, 2022Avaiable730
20 Dec, 2022 – 27 Dec, 2022Avaiable730
10 Feb, 2023 – 17 Feb, 2023Avaiable730
20 Feb, 2023 – 27 Feb, 2023Avaiable730
10 Mar, 2023 – 17 Mar, 2023Avaiable730
20 Mar, 2023 – 27 Mar, 2023Avaiable730
25 Mar, 2023 – 31 Mar, 2023Avaiable730
05 Apr, 2023 – 12 Apr, 2023Avaiable730
10 Apr, 2023 – 17 Apr, 2023Avaiable730
20 Apr, 2023 – 27 Apr, 2023Avaiable730
25 Apr, 2023 – 01 May, 2023Avaiable730
10 May, 2023 – 17 May, 2023Avaiable730
20 May, 2023 – 27 May, 2023Avaiable730
10 Sept, 2023 – 17 Sept, 2023Avaiable730

Guaranteed – Trip is Guaranteed to run.

Available – Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled

Limited – Only few space available

FAQ

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 the 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 to express Kali Gandaki Valley Treks?

Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress 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 on the mustang 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 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 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 20% 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 rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

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.

Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Review

Kali Gandaki and Dumba Lake Trek Just Awesome

Rated 5 out of 5
April 16, 2022

We met Ammar in 2010 and arranged some hikes for our friends sometimes. In 2017 September, we hike to Muktinath with our friends. Ammar suggested an optional visit to Dumba Lake. Yes, we did. We made a great trip but Dumba lake hiking was even better because of being out from the noise. If you are a true hiker and want to visit some cool places in Mustang, do not miss Dumba lake trekking.

Our Guide was Ammar and he arranged almost everything like booking lodges, porters, private jeeps, all permits, and Jomsom to Pokhara flights. Once again, thank you, and looking forward to going on another trip with you guys. –

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Dr Isable and friends, Salzburg, Austria.

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Dear Isable, we are glad to receive your feedback regarding Kali Gandaki valley trek in Nepal.

Best Trek Operator

Rated 5 out of 5
March 7, 2016

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

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Dr. Robert Arthur Hilton, Melbourne city, Australia !

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Robert Hilton for your feedback regarding Kali Gandaki valley trekking in Nepal.

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.

The Kali Gandaki Valley Trek Note:

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 accommodation.

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.

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