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Hike Kagbeni - Jomsom

Through valley of Kali Gandaki

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Hike Kagbeni - Jomsom
Updated: 23.11.2013
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Ten-kilometer journey from Kagbeni (131 trek km) to Jomsom (141 trek km) leads in a wide, sometimes up to half a kilometer, valley of river Kali Gandaki. In the afternoon, the walk is particularly annoying because of strong headwinds. The most beautiful is the view back to the oasis of Kagbeni and to the massive top of Nilgri (7 061 m asl). Around in the middle of the walk there is a small village Ekle Bhatti ideal for a break with tea or lunch.
 

View of Nilgri

At the beginning of this stage you have two options. If you set off directly from Kagbeni as most tourists do, you will go along the lower path around fields and you will join to the road practically in Ekle Bhatti. Someone wants to see Kagbeni just from a lookout at the road during the descent from Muktinah and then continues on along it. The views are more panoramic from this path. Horizon is dominated by six thousand high Nilgri.

View of Nilgri
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Path in fields

The walk through the lower path leads along picturesque fields.

Path in fields
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View of the oasis from the upper path

The views are nice and panoramic from the upper path – fields beautifully contrast with the arid landscape of Mustang.

View of the oasis from the upper path
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Kali Gandaki river

From the bottom path you can admire the tangled currents of Kali Gandaki. The river flows each year in a wide valley in different place, so it is not possible to build any bridge, however, except for the places where is the river narrowed by natural rocky promontory.

Kali Gandaki river
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Oasis Kagbeni

After half an hour of walking Kagbeni and its vast oasis slowly begins to lose in the distance. From there, you can clearly see both ways – the upper and lower.

 

Oasis Kagbeni
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Bridge to Dangarjong

Close behind Ekle Bhatti is one hundred meters long suspension bridge. If you have more time, you can go along it to the village Dangarjong or even higher and see the valley of Kali Gandagi from the other side.

Bridge to Dangarjong
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