ABC trek starting from Muktinath / Jomsom area
Extended ABC trek starting from Muktinath / Jomsom area.
Normally, ABC trek are for 8-10 days. But below here, you can see my long ABC itinerary of mine which is little different compared to normal ABC trek. I am not sure how many people would be interested in following my itinerary.
Below plan is what I intend to follow. It would be great if I could get some trek partners for this trek.
The reason for this somewhat different itinerary is last year I did Annapurna circuit trek only till Muktinath due to shortage of leave and jeep ed out the remaining part to Pokhra. After seeing the beauty of Kali gandaki valley and some of the villages which was very beautiful, I wanted to come back here again not only to stay in those villages like Kagbeni / Marpha, but also complete the circuit. This year, my plan was to do Annapurna Base camp and since I had little bit more leave, wanted to start the trek from Muktinath / Jomsom area and then move towards Annapurna Base Camp.
I will be reaching Pokhra on Nov 23rd early morning. Will take ACAP / TIMS permit on the same day (which should not take more than 30 mins..…I think last year it took me 15 mins to get these permits done by myself) Idea is to leave for Jomsom by public transport / shared jeep on early 25th morning and reach Jomsom by evening, else stay at Ghasa and continue next day. I know it will be very long and tiring trip. I have to be in Kathmandu by 11th – 12th December as I am flying out of Kathmand back home on 14th Dec. My tickets are already booked.
Below is the itinerary I have planned and this might change on the go. If I like a place, I might stay there an extra day.
My itinerary is as follows:
Day 1. Nov 23 ==> Arrive at Pokhra early morning and get ACAP permit + visit to mountaineering museum. Will be staying around lakeside in some budget place.
Day 2. Nov 24 ==> Pokhra ==> Visit around buddha stupa(shantivan?) etc.
Day 3. Nov 25 ==> Leave Pokhra early morning to Jomsom via Beni and Ghasa by bus / shared jeep.
Day 4. Nov 26 ==> Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni 3 hrs and enjoy scenic beauty of Kali Gandaki valley at Kagbeni…..supposed to be the one of best villages on Kali Gandaki valley to stay.
Day 5. Nov 27 ==> Kagbeni to Muktinath and back to Kagbeni. Visit monastery / temple etc (About 4hrs to go up and 2 hrs to come down).
Day 6. Nov 28 ==> Kagbeni to Marpha (3-4 hrs). Another beautiful village. Enjoy the famous Marpha apples, apple pie, apple brandy.
Day 7. Nov 28 ==> Marpha to Larjung via Tukche 5hrs
Day 8. Nov 29 ==> Larjung to Dhaulagiri ice fall 3hrs up, one hour on top and 1.5 hrs down Larjung and then to Lete village.
Day 9. Nov 30 ==> Lete to Tatopani 5hrs (Hot water springs at Tatopani)
Day 10.Dec 01 ==> Tatopani to Chitre 6 – 7hrs
Day 11.Dec 02 ==> Chitre to ghorepani 5-7 hrs
Day 12.Dec 03 ==> ghorepani to Poon hill (early morning sunrise) and then to Chomorong 7 – 8hrs
Day 13.Dec 04 ==> Chomorong to Himalaya 4-5 hrs
Day 14.Dec 05 ==> Himalaya to ABC 4-5hrs
Day 15.Dec 06 ==> Sunrise at ABC and down to Bamboo
Day 16 Dec 07 ==> Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (hot water springs at Jhinu Dhanda)
Day 17 Dec 08 ==> Jhinu Dabda to Birethanti and then to Pokhra
Day 18 Dec 09 ==> Pokhra
Day 19 Dec 10 ==> Pokhra to Kathmandu by overnight bus.
Day 20 Dec 11 ==> Kathmandu
Day 21 Dec 12 ==> Kathmandu
Day 22 Dec 13 ==> Fly out of Kathmandu, back home.
The idea is to stay in tea houses and have food there. But will be carrying my small portable stove and one cooking vessel just to make soups / oatmeal / boil hot water while during any of the small day side trips (Dhaulagiri ice fall etc) where food might not be available.
My trek pace is not very fast, but rather slow and steady and to enjoy the scenery….kind of moderate speed. But it doesn’t mean that the other trek partner has to stick to my speed. He or she can trek at his own speed and my idea behind a trek partner is to beat the boredom and learn new things from others…..basically, it’s all about experience. Also there is somebody just in case if anything goes wrong although this route will be crowded with other trekkers and villagers…it’s kind of gives extra confidence when you are in a group.
I am not taking any guide or porter and since I was there last year in some parts of this route and kind of know the route. Also, these routes are very well marked and there is no chance for one to get lost.
Thanks for going through my rather big posting and do let me know if this itinerary suits you or if you would be interested in joining this trek ?
I can also be reached at zemugap at gmail dot com
Cheers and happy outdoors!