Day 1: Arrival
We had arrived at the airport and talked to a representative from Nepal who wanted to brief us on the various activities. He talked about what the region offers as well as other cultural norms that he thinks we should know he also asked us if we had any questions. After that, it was a very long plane ride.
Day 2: Kathmandu
We ate a delicious breakfast and then later we got to see some great places. Some were just aesthetically pleasing, others had more cultural and religious significance. It was a great time to just embrace everything that we have because the next day is going to be very big.
Day 3: Driving
Today we for around seven and a half hours to Bhuhbul. It was overnight, so not everyone else go to see the visuals. We got to go over the Marsyangdi River and is a sight I will not forget. Such a great visual was something that I got to cherish that day, but we will get to many other great things and go on grand treks.
Day 4: Ghermu
Now we finally started to cross the Marsyangdi River and everyone got to see what made it so special. This trek was over 1,000 meters long. We went upstream until we reached Nadi Khola. Later in the trek we would go to Bahundanda Ridge and learn a lot different tactics to use. When we arrived in Ghermu, the team did a lot better then I had thought. We would have a long way to go.
Day 5: Chamje
After waking we talked about our plan for the day and ate breakfast. After that, we started a trek that would be longer than the previous one. The trek to Chamje started with following the trail to Marsyangdi Khola. On our journey, we got to see a lot of interesting locales and were even greeted by some people. We would then later be crossover to Jagat. Overnight lodge.
Day 6: Dharpani
We would go to Dharapani and realized that we would be doing more with trek than yesterday. We would be traveling over 400 meters more than we did we did with Chamje. The team ate breakfast and we were off to begin our day. Eventually we would cross the East bank of the river over to Tal. This was about 1,700 meters into our trek. After that we had a delicious lunch, then we went to Dharapani. We would have an overnight lodge.
Day 7: Koto
Today was going to be our longest trek by far. The trek to Koto was over two and a half kilometers. Like every other day, the team ate breakfast before we started our trek. First, we went on the trail that led us to the hillside of Timung. At that location, we would have lunch. Then we went to the Thenchok Village where we could stop and relax before going to Koto. Overnight lodge
Day 8: Pisang
We enjoyed breakfast for realizing that we had another major trek ahead of us. Pisang was going to be 3 kilometers from our location. We walked through Chame and then later Brathang. Then we entered the upper Marsyangdi Valley which offered us a change of scenery. We got to see more valleys and forests which we didn’t get to see before. We were also welcomed bu the Marsyangdi River once again. Overnight lodge.
Day 9: Braga
Today we had a trek that was the same distance as Pisang, just a different location. Starting the day off we had a delicious breakfast that was different than every other we had eaten. Today was incredibly beautiful. We got see views at the end of trek of Annapurna II, III and IV. Gangapurna, made the team appreciate the weather that we had to deal with, which made us embrace the journey that we were on. We also got to see the Glacier Dome, passed Sabji Khola, then went to the village. This night had an overnight lodge
Day 10: Acclimatisation Day
Today we had an optional trek to Manang, which I decided to go on. It was a three and a half kilometer walk to Manang to try out one of the bakeries. We got to try out some unique baked goods that weren’t available in the UK. We could’ve also chosen to explore one of the Braga monasteries which other people chose to do. This was an overnight lodge.
Day 11: Chakadunga
Our trek today wasn’t all that special but it was going to be incredibly lengthy. Chakadunga was very long but there wasn’t a whole lot to set it apart from the other treks we’ve done. It was around four kilometers, and despite the length, we almost forgot about it because it wasn’t very special. We had to go through Manang and Thansey which led into an overnight lodge.
Day 12: Thorong Phedi
After breakfast and a talk with the team, we would go north to Thorong Phedi. Through our passage we would go to another passage in Jargeng Khola. This trek felt much longer despite only being half a kilometer longer because of all that there was to see. Time was really starting to pass because Thorong Phedi was the final settlement through Thorong La Pass. Overnight lodge.
Day 13: Thorong La to Muktinath
The days would get longer and longer. If you consider going on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, consider what you feel now. Whether it be enjoyment and adventure or chaffing and soreness. Once we walked four ours in we got to find a tea shop. We would then descend for a little bit over five kilometers. There is a detour you can take, which will run you at least eight hours to Muktinath. It has some neat temples you can visit.
Day 14: Spare weather day
Today was just a nice time to relax in case we got bad weather. Fortunately, the weather was bearable for our team. Normally we would’ve had to cross the Thorong La again. It was a great day for us to just relax and embrace the environment that we were in. We realized that our time was coming to a close and embraced the environment around us. This meant talking to people, eating new and exciting foods, and exploring temples that were available to us.
Day 15: Jomsom
This is going to be our last trek and its one of the shorter ones. We had the choice of descending through the Jomsom trading center. The other option would’ve been to got to the Tibetan village of Kagbeni. We also walked to the jeep and used the bus to Beni. This would be our last overnight lodge.
Day 16: Pokhara
Today was the first part of our two part journey to Kathmandu. We took a flight at 7:30. It was almost another leisure day for. Though we weren’t enjoying the culture, it was still enjoyable for us.
Day 17: Leisure
Today was our last day before our flight back home. We got to go to Kathmandu and have one last experience for everything we enjoyed. We got to eat wonderful foods, explore temples and shop in the markets. Its was fine to just take a break from trekking and do something that was convenient. It was definitely a day to remember. We spent the night in an overnight hotel.
Day 18: The flight back
Today was over flight back to Home.