This trek follows the Kali Ghandaki Valley between the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and finally emerges to the north of the main Himalaya range, on the dry, desert-like Tibetan Plateau. The final destination is the holy temple of Mukinath, a further day’s walk beyond Jomsom.
A trail passes through the Lower Mustang region of Nepal, ending at the village of Kagbeni, a Tibetan influenced village filled with prayer wheels, chortens and a Buddhist monastery. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River which forms the deepest ravine in the world; on one side lies the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there are views of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world. The Kali Gandaki is a quarter of a mile wide river bed; during the winter the river will be dry, but during the summer and monsoon it fills with rain water and melting snow. The scenery of the trail ranges from forests of bright Rhododendrons (Nepali: लालीगुँरास) to rocky cliffs and desert. The culture along the track is a rich Combination of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism. The trail’s highest point is Muktinath at 3800 m, a holy site of temples sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus for centuries.