This well-loved trail threads through millet and maize fields, farmlands and forests, beneath the revered peaks of Machapuchare and the Annapurnas. You’ll cross suspension bridges over roaring rivers, mount stone steps, follow ridge lines, to be delivered each day to another friendly stone village to bathe in the warm mountain welcome of the Gurung. Accept a glass of chai outside a tiled-roof teahouse as you drink in the stunning views. Sample fresh local produce. Dive into local stores, tranquil monasteries, and farms full of children and chickens. Connect with fellow travelers. And end each day’s hike in pure MLN comfort.
The Gurungs’ northern origins shine through the broad faces and strong cheekbones of this Tibeto Burman ethnic group who for thousands of years have settled Nepal’s mid-hill slopes and welcomed passing travellers. In their own language, they are Tamu (“Ta” means thunder, “mu” is sky), followers of a tolerant combination of Buddhist, Hindu and animist religions.
Emanating such warmth, it’s interesting to know the Gurungs are also proud soldiers who served the early Shah kings during their expansionist military conquests. These are the men who compete each year to join the British and Indian fighting forces, the Gurkhas. Veterans, still wearing their medals, will be keen to share stories. The capable women (equal to men in this culture) will be bantering together in the sunshine, or preparing their local specialties, and the children, too, will delight you with their energy and curiosity.
Absolutely fab place. Great staff and fab food. nothing is too much for the staff here to make your stay special. The tomato soup when we arrived for lunch was so appreciative. Packed lunch was so good on our strenuous hike.
Rona Moss, TripAdvisor Review
Experience fantastic trekking in fine style with professional local guides. And for those who want that really special, extra something, a helicopter sightseeing excursion or simply a lift up the mountain are also offered.
This lodge is amazing with wonderful views of the Annapurna Range. The rooms are furnished simply but they are comfortable and there is plenty of hot water for showering. They provide down jackets, sandals and a hat for cooler mornings/evenings. The food is hearty and very good (you won't be hungry) They will put hot water bottles in your bed in the evening and bring tea in the morning. The breakfasts are amazing.
Heather, TripAdvisor Review
March to May offers clear weather and relative calm before Everest expedition teams descend on the region and then the days start to become rainy and overcast in May.
September to November may be the most ideal time to visit, with most of the tourists gone and the monsoon season over, making way for crisp, pre-winter days. During these four months expect comfortable temperatures and blue skies during the day and opportunities for some exceptional long exposure photography and many shooting stars at night.
May and September, expect damp and overcast weather on the trail, and with it weather-related delays for flights in and out of Kathmandu.
In case of flight cancellation due to weather, dates can be postponed based on availability.
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