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Monsoon Nepal - The best of Nepal in the Monsoon.

posted Sep 5, 2010, 2:54 AM by Einar Olav Carlsen   [ updated Sep 5, 2010, 2:57 AM ]

The trans-Himalaya fortress town of JharkotMany areas and aspects of Nepal are best discovered in the Monsoon. Nature is at her most resplendent, rural activity is also at its peak; moreover, a myriad of Nepal’s traditional festivals falls in this season. Monsoon Nepal is our selection of the best trips in the rainy season, featuring the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara, a six-day moderate grade trek in the Nepal trans-Himalaya, and optional high water rafting and wildlife safari extensions.

Our trek takes us to the Tibet-like, semi-desert region of the Thak Khola canyon and the Dzong Khola valley; here the effect of the Monsoon is hardly felt. The trek begins and ends with the spectacular half-hour STOL flight from Pokhara to Jomsom up the Kali Gandaki gorge, cutting between the 8,000-meter ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. The highlights are a two-night stay at the magnificent fortress town of Jharkot and the shrine at Muktinath, sacred to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims alike. Stops include the charming Thakali town of Marpha and Kagbeni, a citadel at the confluence of the two rivers draining the region. We stay in simple, authentic lodges and savor the fare of the legendary Thakali innkeepers. A splendid encounter with trans-Himalayan Nepal and its peoples.

The shrine at Muktinath, sacred to Hindus and BuddhistsTrip Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu; orientation. Afternoon walking tour of oldKathmandu
Day 2 Morning tour of Swayambhu and Patan. Afternoon flight toPokhara.
Day 3 Fly Pokhara (3,150') - Jomosom (8,900'); trek to Tukuche (8,500') & back to Marpha (8,740'). 
Days 4-5 Trek to Kagbeni (9,220') and Jharkot (11,850'). 
Day 6 Side trips to Muktinath (12,500') and Purang (11,320') from Jharkot. 
Day 7 Jharkot - Jomosom. 
Day 8 Fly Jomosom - Pokhara. Rest of day at leisure. 
Day 9 Drive to Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure. 
Day 10 Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. 
Day 11 Morning tour of Thimi &Bhaktapur. Afternoon at leisure. 
Day 12 Depart for onward destination.