Kaligandaki Trek with us

Mostly a downhill journey, this trek offers a tantalising mix of the best that the Annapurna region has to offer along its most developed yet most dramatic trails, the deepest gorge in the world (lying between mountains 8,000 metres and above in height), an arid, Tibet-like landscape, lush green forests and the spiritual meeting point of Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

The Kali Gandaki Trek starts at Jomsom amid the arid Tibet-like landscape of Mustang. At the sacred place of Muktinath, situated at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass, we will have a day to explore the central temple, local monastery and village, and enjoy wonderful mountain views. Between Jomsom and Muktinath are the typical Mustang villages of Tukuche, Marpha, Jharkot, with its medieval king’s palace, and Bonpo Gompa. Part of the trail is an ancient trade route between Mustang and Tibet.

This trek will take us to the deepest valley in the world, situated between the two Himalayan titans of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m). The trail ascends the Annapurna foothills, passing through picturesque Gurung villages, and continues upwards through rhododendron forests to Poon Hill, a vantage point offering a sensational sunrise view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

The deep valleys and high mountains encircling Annapurna embrace a diverse range of ethnic communities and enthralling variations in terrain, from subtropical jungle to a dry, high-altitude landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. This is one of the most popular trekking regions in the world. It is also among the tamest hiking areas, with excellent lodges run by Gurung and Thakali families lining the main routes. The Thakali, traditional traders, have converted their charming and wonderfully clean homes into trekkers’ lodges and are well known as some of the most gracious and successful innkeepers in all of Nepal.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. You will also pass through a bustling Sherpa Village as you take the historical trade route between Tibet and Nepal en route to Base Camp. You will feel the prevalence of ancient Buddhism in the region, brought from Tibet by Sherpas hundreds of years ago. You will also see first-hand the philanthropic work done by Sir Edmund Hillary in the area. You will visit a world class research centre and medical centres operated by volunteers in this remote part of the world.

Our Services


At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (if you are going on a group camping trek). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (if possible at the location) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

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