Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu.
Half day visit of Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. PM: Free, preparation for the trekking. O/N hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Arughat (530m)
7 hours driving.
Day 4: Trek to Soti Khola (730m).
The trek starts through a forest to Shante Bazar with views of Shringi Himal up the valley. The Buri Gandaki valley becomes steeper and increasingly more difficult as the trail crosses the Arkhet Khola, climbing through fields and rocky outcrops. We descend to a high cascading waterfall and make the long climb up the valley to Keurenipani, a Gurung-Magar village at 820m. The trail goes throught Soti and a little further to Soti Khola where we camp for the night- it is near a good swimming hole with a small waterfall.
Day 5: Trek to Labishe (880m).
The trail crosses a bridge and climbs to the ridge above huge rapids in the Buri Gandaki and continues to Korsani. The trail now gets a bit more challenging as it climbs over a large rock and crosses a stream on a singlelog bridge then weaves its way up and down again to the banks of the Buri Gandaki. It continues up a steep rocky trail to the Gurung village of Labishe.
Day 6: Trek to Dobhan (1,070m).
Today, the valley narrows and in places the path is cut into the steep valley side. From Dobhan it climbs behind a rocky outcrop to an old school from where the valley widens, then the trail drops to a high waterfall with a wooden bridge. The trail climbs over another ridge and descends to the sandy riverbed.
There is a short walk before a climb to avoid a spot where the river has eroded the original trail and after a short descent there is another climb to a ridge then a traverse to the village at Machha Khola. From here there is a steep ascent to a ridge then down to a hot spring and a stone structure that marks Tatopani. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki the trail climbs a stone stairs to Dobhan.
Day 7: Trek to Jagat (1,370m).
Today the trail gets quite rugged and starts by climbing to two teashops at Duman, then crosses a landslide area and after some ups and downs through ravines it reaches a large field.
There is some scrambling over gravel slopes until a descent to the wide river valley. After crossing a suspension bridge the trail ascends a set of stone stairs, drops to the river and ascends once again to Thado Bharyang. Once over the river, the trail continues for a while before climbing to Jagat.
Day 8: Trek to Serson (1,750m).
Today you can start by either rock-hopping across the Bhalu Khola or crossing the suspension bridge upstream; from here there is a climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri. There are good views of Shringi Himal as you walk along the side of a cliff. The trail descends to Setibas where the mani walls (prayers engraved into wayside rocks) show that we are entering a region with increasing Tibetan influence. The valley widens a little and continues past the stone houses of Ghattu Khola, crosses the rocky stream bed and moves upstream to a suspension bridge.
The trail crosses this bridge and follows a route on the east bank climbing to Philim and then turns north just above the lowest houses in the village and stays fairly level until Serson.
Day 9: Trek to Deng (1,860m).
Beyond Serson the trails enters a steep gorge and descends through grassy slopes, dotted with pine, to cross a cantilever wooden bridge at the river's narrowest point; below you will see the confluence of the Shar Khola and Buri Gandaki rivers. The trail makes its way up the west side as the valley and offers a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to Deng Khola and the village of Deng.
Day 10: Trek to Ghap (2,380m).
A short distance out of Deng, the trail crosses back over the Buri Gandaki onto what is now its north bank near Rana. From the bridge the trail climbs a little before heading west on level ground and passing a large waterfall. Once over a wooden bridge, the trail contours up and out of the canyon and climbs high above the river before dropping into the Shringi Khola Valley. After the suspension bridge over the Shringi Khola there is a steep climb and the trail traverses along the Buri Gandaki as it flows between vertical walls of rock. After a few more ups and downs through forests, the trail turns a corner and arrives at Ghap through an intricate kani with well preserved paintings and elegant mani wall.
Day 11: Trek to Namrung (2,540m).
After leaving Ghap, you pass more mani walls on the southern side of the river before heading into some woods. The trail climbs along the river, past a waterfall and continues through deep fir and rhodhodenron forests with a wooden bridge in the middle which crosses the Buri Gandaki. The trail continues along the north side to a big cave, then crosses the river again under the watchful eyes of grey langur monkeys. Back on the south bank, the trail makes a long climb through bamboo and rhodhodenron and finally enters Namrung (or Namdru) through a stone archway.
Day 12: Trek to Shyala (3,330m).
The trail now enters the Nupri region - the people here are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived over 500 years ago. Typical Tibetan features include the entrance gates to the villages, mani walls and Buddhist gompas. From Shyala you climb past the fields and houses of Barcham and into a forest of fir and rhodhodenron to a promontory. Next, the trail enters Li through a stone arch and after passing a gompa exits the village into a wooded canyon.
The trail crosses the Hinan Khola on a double span cantilever bridge and up to a mani wall that leads into Sho. The view is spectacular with Manaslu’s north peak and Naike Peak appearing at the head of the valley. After crossing a small ravine to a big prayer wheel, the trail climbs through fields to Shrip. There are some strange looking platforms here which are watchtowers used to stop the bears coming for their crops.
The trail then climbs past a small stream to Lho, a village with a large gompa and drops down to the Damonan Khola where a bridge is crossed before a climb up the north fork of the stream through damp forest to finally emerge onto a plateau at Shyala. There is a great view from here including Himalchuli, Ngadichuli and Manaslu.
Day 13: Trek to Samagaon (3,390m).
The trail crosses the ridge onto the Buri Gandaki Valley side and then descends to a rock strewn moraine. After crossing some boulders, the trail emerges onto the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon. There is a lot to explore in Samagaon, it is a little piece of Tibet with many gompas and a traditional Tibetan village.
Day 14: Rest day and acclimatisation day.
Another day to explore this fascinating village or a day visit to the Pung-gyen gompa, hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu, can be arranged. Local superstition believes that the 1953 destruction of the gompa in an avalanche was the manifestation of the wrath of the Gods at foreigners climbing the mountain!
Day 15: Day trek to Manaslu base camp (4,300m) and back.
You can use this day to explore the Manaslu Glacier and camp 1 area.
Day 16: Trek to Samdo (3,690m).
Follow the Buri Gandaki northwards to a bridge over a side stream where the trail forks: the left leading towards the Manaslu Base Camp, the other passing several mani walls heads for the Larkya La. The valley widens along an easy trail past juniper and birch forest to the stone huts at Kermo Kharka, then drops off a shelf to cross a wooden bridge and climbing between a fork in the river to a promontory. From this vantage point, one can see the white stone kani marking the entrance to Samdo.
Day 17: Rest and acclimatisation day.
Day 18: Trek to Larkya Rest House (4,460m).
Today we start the ascent to the pass along the traditional trade route to Tibet. The wide trail descends past fields to a big old mani wall and stone arch, dropping to the river and crosses it on a wooden bridge at 3850m. This place shows up on maps as the mythical Larka Bazaar, which used to be a flourishing market, but there is nothing remaining there now. A mani wall marks the beginning of ascent to the pass where the trail starts climbing through tundra and juniper; the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu can be seen from here. Stay on the ridge to the right to find a trail that crosses over the top of two ravines. The trail grows steeper, climbing up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000m. Climb in and out of the gorge and contour to the only shelter en route to the pass which is a rest house at 4460m.
Day 19: Cross the Larkya La (5,213m), trek to Bimtang (3,590m).
The trail starts as a long gentle climb across moraine, it descends a little to a lake and then becomes rough and indistinct as it crosses to the south of steep grassy slopes. The trail stays on the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns, from here the prayer flags marking the pass are visible. Descend to the four frozen lakes then make the final steep climb to the pass. On the descent from the pass the trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine then descends more gently on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow and spring at 4,080m. The valley becomes wider as the trails heads down to a large meadow, past a mani wall and a small resthouse that marks Bimthang at 3,590m.
Day 20: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m).
The trail drops to a glacial stream, the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, and crosses a wooden bridge and descends into pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk at 3,430m. The trail improves as it descends to a fork in the river and then follows the river to a stable at 3030m. Not far from here you reach Karche's fenced fields, then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. It makes a descent to the river bank at Gho and continues through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak to arrive at Tilje, a large Gurung village. Exit the village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Pass through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.
Day 21: Trek to Syange.
The trail now follows the Annapurna Circuit route in reverse as you pass through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi gorge.
Day 22: Syange to Besi Sahar, Drive back to Kathmandu by Car / Van / Tourist Bus (7/8 hrs)
Day 23: Departure
- Warn welcome airport in Kathmandu & transfer hotel
- All arrival and departure transfers using private vehicle
- Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis in all places except in Chitwan
- Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on FB (Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) basis in Chitwan
- Hotel accommodation on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis
- All sightseeing with local English speaking guide
- All transfer by private vehicle; it is depend on group size
- Necessary entrance fees
- Farewell dinner with Nepali with live cultural performance
- Airfare to/from Nepal.
- Nepal visa fee – available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
- Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
- Any Optional Sightseeing Tours and extension of tours, hotel accommodation etc.
- Tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
- Personal Insurance.
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