Chame is the headquarters of Manang District in the Gandaki Zone of northern Nepal. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census it had a population of 1129 people living in 279 individual households, Manang District is the lowest populated district in Nepal. The village was affected by an earthquake on 25 April 2015, reports from the area indicate that the roads and buildings of the village are damaged
The Gandaki River is one of the major rivers of Nepal and a left bank tributary of the Ganges in India. In Nepal the river is notable for its gorge through the Himalayas. It has a catchment area of 46,300 square kilometers. The basin contains three of the worlds 14 mountains over 8,000 metres, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri is the highest point of the Gandaki basin. It lies between the similar Kosi system to the east and the Karnali system to the west, the Kali Gandaki river source is at the border with Tibet at an elevation of 6,268 metres at the Nhubine Himal Glacier in the Mustang region of Nepal. The headwaters stream on some maps is named the Chhuama Khola and then, nearing Lo Manthang, in Kagbeni a major tributary named Johng Khola, Kak Khola or Krishnaa descends from Muktinath. If one measures the depth of a canyon by the difference between the height and the heights of the highest peaks on either side, this gorge is the worlds deepest. The portion of the river directly between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I,7 kilometres downstream from Tukuche), is at an elevation of 2,520 metres, the river is older than the Himalayas.
As tectonic activity forces the mountains higher, the river has cut through the uplift, south of the gorge, the river is joined by Rahughat Khola at Galeshwor, Myagdi Khola at Beni, Modi Khola near Kushma and Badigaad at Rudrabeni above Ridi Bazaar. The river turns east to run along the edge of the Mahabharat Range. The largest hydroelectricity project in Nepal is located along this stretch of the river, the Gandaki crosses the outermost foothills of the Himalayas—Sivalik Hills—into the Terai plains of Nepal. From Devighat, the river flows southwest of Gaindakot town, the river curves back towards the southeast as it enters India where it is called the Gandak. Below Gaindakot the river is known as the Narayani or Sapt Gandaki and these are the Kali Gandaki, the Trishuli River, and the five main tributaries of the Trishuli known as the Daraudi, Madi and Budhi. The entry point of the river at the Indo–Nepal border is the confluence called Triveni with rivers Pachnad, pandai river flows into Bihar from Nepal in the eastern end of the Valmiki Sanctuary and meets Masan.
The Gandak flows southeast 300 kilometres across the Gangetic plain of Bihar state through West Champaran, Saran and it joins the Ganges near Patna just downstream of Hajipur at Sonepur. Its drainage area in India is 7,620 square kilometres, from its exit from the outermost Siwaliks foothills to the Ganges, the Gandak has built an immense megafan comprising Eastern Uttar Pradesh and North Western Bihar in the Middle Gangetic Plains. The megafan consists of sediments eroded from the rapidly uplifting Himalaya, the rivers course over this structure is constantly shifting. It is said that the river has shifted 80 kilometres to the east due to tectonic tilting in the last 5,000 years, the Gandaki river basin is reported to contain 1025 glaciers and 338 lakes
Ngawal is a village development committee in Manang District in the Gandaki Zone of northern Nepal. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census it had a population of 274, Ngawal VDC is one of the Seven Village Development Committee in Upper Manang. One of the attraction of this village is a centuries old cave of Guru Rinpoche that is on the hills overlooking Ngawal village. The local people believes the cave leads to Mustang, and a monastery in Tibetan Nyingma pa sect which is called Portoche Monastery
Thorong La or Thorung La is a mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 metres above sea level in the Damodar Himal, north of the Annapurna Himal, in central Nepal. Thorong La is the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit, a 300 km route around the Annapurna mountain range, in addition to trekkers, the pass is regularly used by local traders. Most trekkers cross the pass from east to west, which is the easiest and safest direction and it is possible to cross Thorong La from Manang to Muktinath in one day. Choosing this option decreases the elevation gain and loss for that days hike, the staff of the Himalayan Rescue Association post in Manang recommend that trekkers spend five nights between their arrival in Manang and the crossing to Muktinath. The additional time spent in Manang allows trekkers to acclimatize sufficiently to minimize the risk of acute mountain sickness, the Himalayan Rescue Association operates a medical clinic at Manang, and a small satellite medical clinic at Thorong Phedi.
The route from west to east is more difficult, because it does not allow most trekkers sufficient time for acclimatization to the altitude. For trekkers choosing this direction of travel, the last place where it is possible to spend the night is located at Ranipauwa, there is a very basic lodge located at Muktinath Phedi, situated at 4,190 metres, but this lodge is only open seasonally. Trekkers going from west to east must therefore ascend at least 1,230 metres, the safest months to cross the pass are March–April and October–November. Trekkers usually depart Thorung Pedi / Thorung High camp a few hours before sunrise, the local climate on the western side of the pass is much drier than on the eastern side. Stan Armington, Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya
Marshyangdi is a mountain river in Nepal. Marshyangdi joins river Trishuli near mugling as one of its tributaries, Marshyangdi starts from a confluence of two mountain rivers — Khangsar Khola and Jharsang Khola, that is located northwest of the Annapurna massif at an altitude of 3600 meters near Manang village. Marshyangdi flows eastward through the territory of Manang district and southward through the territory of Lamjung district, daraudi Marshyangdi joins with River Trishuli near Mugling
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which is mistakenly called Muktinath. Within Hinduism, it is called Mukti Kshetra, which means the place of liberation or moksha. This temple is considered to be 106th among the available 108 Divya Desam considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava sect, the ancient name of this place in Sri Vaishnava literature, before Buddhist origin, is Thiru Saligramam. This houses the Saligrama shila, considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayana – the Hindu Godhead and it is one of the 51 Shakti peethams. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means Hundred Waters, although the temple has a Vaishnava origin, it is revered in Buddhism. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is an important place of dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokiteśvara, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas, Muktinath is one of the most ancient Hindu temples of God Vishnu.
The murti is of gold and is enough to compare with a man. The prakaram has 108 bull faces through which water is poured, the worship is conducted by Buddhists, with a Buddhist monk present. A local nun manages the pujas in the temple, pilgrims who go there are expected to offer a prasad to the deity. The Muktinath Temple is considered to be a Shakti Peetha for a yatra, Shakti Peethas are sacred abodes of Shakti, formed by the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered. There are 51 Shakti Peethas revered by Shaktism, connecting them to the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit, each Shakti Peetha has a Shakti shrine and a Bhairava shrine in its temple. The Shakti of Muktinath is addressed as Gandaki Chandi, and the Bhairava as Chakrapani, Sati Devis temple on the forehead is believed to have fallen here. The Tibetan Buddhist tradition states that Guru Rinpoche, known as Padmasambhava and this temple is praised by many saints of Hindu tradition. The scripts narrating the importance of temple are available in Vishnu Purana with the Gandaki Mahathmya.
The waterway downstream from Muktinath along Kali Gandaki is the source of all Silas or Shaligrams that are required to establish a temple of Vishnu and it is considered to be one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. It has 108 water springs, a number which carries great significance in Hindu philosophy, as an example of the mystery surrounding the number 108, in Hindu astrology, there are mentions of 12 zodiacs and 9 planets, giving a total of 108 combinations
Manang Airport is an airport serving Manang valley, a town in the Manang district of the Gandaki zone in Nepal. The airport is situated 2,5 kilometer East of Manang town, the airport resides at an elevation of 11,000 feet above mean sea level. It has one runway which is 610 metres in length, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has expanded and done improvement work at Manang Airfield. It is hoped that the improvement of airport will be able to increase the frequency of air services to. List of airports in Nepal Accident history for NGX / VNMA at Aviation Safety Network