Morning drive towards Beni and Baglung, hill towns west of Pokhara valley. The drive is very interesting as we cross small Tibetan settlements of Hyangja and Suikhet along the Yamdikhola river bank. The road then runs steep and winding as we rise from the valley floor of 800m to Naudanda village at 1455m. The mountain views from here are simply breathtaking. Straight ahead is the famous Machhapuchare (6993m), to its right is Annapurna South (7219m) and to its left, Annapurna II (7937m). The road then runs along the Naudanda ridge offering a bird’s-eye view of Pokhara city and the Phewa lake.
We disembark at Lumle, an agricultural research centre funded and established by the British government. From here we commence our hike westward along the ridge which offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. A short walk away is Chandrakote, a small village astride the eastern flank of the Modikhola river which cascades down from the Annapurna Base Camp. From here one can have an uninterrupted view of Annapurna South and the adjoining peak of Hiunchuli.
Walk down steep stone steps to cross the Modikhola river at Birethanti, a large trading village where pony caravans are loaded to carry essentials such as kerosene, cloth, sugar, salt etc; to remote mountain villages in the upper reaches of the Himalaya as well as trading items across Mustang valley to Tibet. You may stop for lunch at one of the good restaurants here. Explore this interesting village then take a short walk down to the roadhead at Nayapul where your vehicle would be waiting to take you to Begnas. (Total driving time 2hrs, walking time 3hrs. appro.)