DAY 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m/2328 ft), 8 – 9 hours
We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m/ 3360 ft )but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
DAY 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft),6 – 7 hours
At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.
DAY 03: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft), 6 – 7 hrs
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
DAY 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m/5917 ft), 6 – 7 hrs
We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.
DAY 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m/8626ft), 6 – 7 hrs
After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
DAY 06: Trek from Namrung to Lho(3100m/10170m), 4-5 hrs
After breakfast the trail leads through the river upstream and dense forest. On the way you can see beautiful peak Himal Chuli. After that the trail leads continue ascends where many chortens and many barley terraces gives you perfect walk of the day. You will encounter an excellent view of Ganesh himal and finally reach to Lho for overnight.
DAY 07: Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft), 6-7 hours
The trail leads through the shady forest which is an excellent walk where you will enjoy the natural beauty of the valley including snow Peak Mountains and peaks. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manaslu( 8361m / 26781 ft) from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli)(7871m / 25187 ft) to the left, band large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.
DAY 08: Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa to Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours exploration
We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.
DAY 09: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft), 4 – 5 hours
Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
DAY 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C (4460m/14, 628 ft), 4 – 5 hours
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.
DAY 11: Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya la (5160m/16, 924 ft) to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft), 8 – 9 hours
After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang.
DAY 12: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani(1800m/5905) ,7 hrs
Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani.
DAY 13: Drive from Dharapani to Besishar to Kathmandu (1080m/3542 ft), 12 hrs drive
Drive from Dharapani to Besishar to Kathmandu takes about 12 hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
- Three Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the whole trek.
- Clean tea-house accommodation during the whole trek.
- We will provide you some of the equipment like: -15 degree Celsius Sleeping bag, gaiters, trekking poles, duffle bag and spikes, which you have to return us after finishing your trek.
- All ground transportation according to itinerary.
- Government license holder English and Hindi speaking Guide and his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine and transportations.
- Porters on the basis of 2 :1 and his accommodations, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine and transportation.
- Restricted Manasalu Area permit
- Manasalu Conservation Area Project (MCAP)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
- Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
- Travel & Rescue arrangements.
- All our government taxes, VAT and other official expenses.
- Entrance fee while doing sightseeing around Kathmandu
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, hot water, hot shower etc. during your trek.
- All beverages and bar bills.
- Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5545 meters).
- Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
- Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond MyNepalTours’s control.
- Tips for guide
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