This is a very rewarding trek as you get to explore the rich and varied scenery of both the northern and southern Himalayas. The thin atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau and its harsh environment contrasts starkly with thick fir and colorful rhododendron forests lower down. On the way, you meet a great variety of people, from the lowland Hindus to the highland Buddhists. After driving to Besisahar via Dumre, the trail follows the Marsyangdi River and passes over several suspension bridges. On the way up, lie a number of Gurung villages and you are is treated to the imposing view of Annapurnas II, III and IV on the trail from Pisang to Manang. A virtual procession of snow-white ridges makes for a magnificent panorama from the dizzying heights of the Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters, to way down below, where the sub tropical Kali Gandaki gorge lays, one of the world’s deepest gorges and a busy pilgrimage and trade route of Thakali and Mustang tribes. The Kali Gandaki is also home to Magars and Gurungs. A long descent downhill from the Thorung La takes you to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. You continue down to Jomsom, which is renowned for its luscious apple orchards. After a challenging ascent uphill, you reach the pass at Ghorepani, where the magnificent sunrise and sunsets seen from nearby Poon Hill help rejuvenate tired bodies and weary souls. Trek down to Pokhara, one of the most scenic cities of Nepal, where the lovely Machhapuchre Himal glints silver at sunrise and towers over the city. The tranquil lakes beckon you to come and partake of the pleasures their cool and shimmering waters promise.
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