The trip begins in Kathmandu as you drive west from the capital to Arughat. Following the Budhi Gandaki River north, the road trip continues to Soti Khola from where the trek officially begins. The trail takes you to Machha Khola and continues through several Magar villages before you stop at Deng. As you continue in the company of Nubri ethnic people, the trail will head west and take you to Namrung. Then, the next trek takes you to Sama Gaon, where you can rest for an extra day and explore. On this day, you can head to the Manaslu Base Camp and soak in the views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m). While exploring, you can also head to the Birendra Lake or Pung Gyen Gompa.
After completing the detour to the base camp, you head north towards Dharmashala. Further, the altitude increases to reach 5160 meters at the top of Larkya La Pass. The top grants surreal sights of the vistas in Manaslu, Annapurna, and Cheo Himal ranges. Then, the descent from the pass will take you to Bimthang. Finally, the trek heads to Dharapani and join Annapurna route.
Further, the walk continues north to settle at Pisang. You will leave trees line behind and walk through open wide area to reach Manang. It is a village with Manangi people and Tibetan heritage. As you spend a day in Manang, you can visit local attractions like Gangapurna Lake and Braga Gompa. Explore around the village before you head off towards Batase Danda. Then, the next part of the trek leads you to Yak Kharka.
You reach the base of the Thorung La Pass at Thorung Phedi. From here, you begin to ascend across stone trails to reach the top of the pass. The top offers a panorama of the Chulu, Annapurna, Muktinath, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri ranges. From the pass, you start the descent and reach Muktinath. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and houses numerous artifacts and shrines. Then, you head to Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Following the views of the high Tibetan Plateau, you will explore the region of Upper Mustang. Crossing the tough and beautiful Lo La Pass (3950m), you will arrive in Lo Mangthang. Observe the traditional houses of Lo Mangthang village and explore the royal palace and the impressive caves, including Jhong caves. Visit the stunning monasteries that showcase the Tibetan culture. Passing through the quaint villages, you will return to Jomsom and then fly back to Pokhara. From the lake city of Pokhara, you will drive back to Kathmandu.
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