|Max Altitude||Trip Duration||16 days|
|Tour Grade||Difficult||Group Size||2+|
|Starting Point||Kathmandu||Ending Point||Kathmandu|
|Accommodation||Two nights accommodation in kathmandu & 13 nights during the trek at lodges with breakfast.|
|Meals||Breakfast both in Kahtmandu & during the trek|
|Transportation||All ground transportation as per itinerary by Public buses/share Jeeps|
Nepal’s most exciting treks to the world’s eighth highest peak, Manaslu (8,163 m), at the same time most dramatic and gorgeous treks with Himalaya peaks, scenic valleys, remote pastures, traditional villages and ever changing scenery. The remoteness of this trek is the biggest highlight compare to other popular treks in Nepal.
The first quarter of the trek is overlaps with the Tsum Valley Trek that gives both Nepalese Hindu and Tibetan-Nepali Buddhist cultures. The trek can be started either from Histrical Gorkha or Arughat Bazaar that follows the deep blue waters of the Budhi Gandaki (river). The Conservation area has been achieved by the monks put into practice a hunting ban and this valley is now a safe haven for snow leopards, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan tahr , more than 110 species of birds, about 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and three reptiles can be found. The Larkya La (pass) (5,133 m) offers magnificiant views of richly snowcapped peaks including tallest Manaslu with some frozen lakes and prayer flags at the pass. And then descend to Dharapani to join the Annapurna trail for your last two days.
The best season is October or November, but could equally well be done from March to early May considering some snows on the pass.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Free day to rest and explore while the Company is sorting out the trekking permits.
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Arughat (535m)
Day 4 : The Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (710m)
Day 5 : Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 6 : Machha Khola to Jagat (1,410m)
Day 7 : Jagat to Bihi Phedi (1,990m)
Day 8 : Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2,660m)
Day 9 : Namrung to Samagoan (3,180m)
Day 10 : Samagoan to Samdo (3,860m)
Day 11 : Samdo – Tibetan Border – Samdo or rest and explore near by samdo area.
Day 12 : Samdo to Larkya Guest House (4,480m)
Day 13 : Larkya Guest House to Bimtang (3,720m)
Day 14 : Bimtang to Dharapani (1,920m)
Day 15 : Dharapani to Jagat
Day 16: By share Jeep to besisahar and then by bus to kathmandu takes about 10 hours.
Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Adventure Glacier Treks receive you at the Tribhuvan international airport Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel after short rest walk around in Thamel dinner and over night at hotel.
After your morning breakfast, you will be received by your guide for the sightseeing at Kathmandu. The sites you will be taken for are:
SwoyambhuNath Stupa: Located on the top of the hill, Swoyambhunath Stupa is a Buddhist holy site also known as the monkey temple. The dome shaped Stupa with eyes on all four sides is absolutely beautiful. The view of the whole Kathmandu valley from the top of the stupa is breath taking.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Located at the heart of Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the ancient palaces in Kathmandu Valley; Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square being the other two. The Durbar Square comprises of a palace, a courtyard, the temples and various statues.
Pashupatinath Temple: The holy Hindu temple, Pashupatinath is the temple of Lord Shiva and also comprises of many other temples. This UNESCO world heritage site is magnificent in structure and the holy Bagmati River that flows alongside is where cremation rituals is performed. Boudhanath Stupa: Situated to the north eastern outskirts of Kathmandu, this is another holy place for the Buddhists. The dome, mandala, pinnacle, the umbrella and the whole Stupa itself is a true work of art and beauty. Recently renovated Stupa post-earthquake gives the serenity in the crowded city.
Your trekking guide will meet at your hotel, after breakfast, we will drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar by the Buri Gandaki River. (8 hour drive).
The trek through Gurung and Magar villages, along the river throughout bird-filled forests with monkeys and waterfalls, to Sante Bazaar with its overhanging pipal tree ( Bodhi trek, the same kind of tree Buddha did his meditation for 7 years to get his enlighten) . Can be hot and humid during march to September.The main crops fields are rice, maize and millet. We hike up stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier, steeper and narrower as we trek into Arkhet. Hiking through fields, over a ridge, down to a waterfall up to a ridge at Kyorpani and trek down to Soti Khola (river) (710m), (6 hour trek).
Trekking from Soti Khola the trek passes through forests of sal trees on the way to Khursane. There are beautiful two waterfalls cascading down and emitting very well spray that creates the rainbows. After this beautiful moment, we will be continuing to trek into the stunning Buri Gandaki Gorge. The trek winds through rice terraces to the Gurung village of Lapubesi and on to Machhekhola. village (5 hour trek)
Trekking today will be up and down and hike crossways sandy river-flats, chances to see monkeys and langurs in the jungle. The large Gurung villages are way on top of the trek passes few houses (lower Khorlabesi was mostly shattered by a huge rock slip years ago, though a survivor has built a botanic garden. Finally, we arrive Tatopani the Natural hot spring(930m and then hike over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on the suspension bridge, on marble stairs in the narrow valley of Doban (1,000m). and then to Yaru Khola (1,363m) to Jagat (1,410m), a pretty flag-stoned Gurung village. Where there is check point for our permits. (6 hour trek).
trekking along the riverbed and then on the rocky ridge to Salleri (1,440m) catching wonderful sights of Sringi Himal (7,187m), trek down to Sirdibas (1,430m), where we’ll see our first signs of Buddhist culture on this trek. Trekking and crossing crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge and then hike up to the wealthy Gurung village of Philim (1,590m). Philim has amidst fields of maize, potato and millet, azure pine and oak. Trek to Ekle Bhatti and then enter a steep gorge, cross the Budhi Gandaki that you are entering Manaslu area as we trekked on common tral of Tsum & Manaslu till now. Ssmall village of Deng is set by Bamboo forest and Shringi Gompa (monastery) to Bihi Phedi. (7 hour trek).
We will be trekking down to the Sringi Khola Valley and then cross the river then after hiking through forests till we get the Village of Ghap. We can feel that we are higher up and the pleasant cooler nights and Himalaya views getting to closer. The forests of fir and rhododendron, Nepal’s national bird Lophophorus ( Kind of Pheasant), Himalayan monal that we are heading to picturesque Namrung through a stone khani (archway). (6 hour trek).
The area is greatly influenced of Tibetan society and the surroundings has changed from our last days, Cliffs are vanishing, that we are trekking to valley with views of Manaslu (8,163m), Manaslu North (7,157m) and Naike Peak (5,515m) are standing like a magic ! Keeping to hike through forests of fir, rhododendron, oak, khani that we arrive the village of Lihi, where there are few of gompas. We exit the village through a wooded canyon hiking over the Hinan Khola to enter the village of Lho and then trekking cross a gorge Shrip. NB the platforms in the fields are watchtowers from which people scare off crop-raiding bears. From the village of Lho, trek through dense forests that appears onto a plateau at Shyaula (3,520m) the views of Himalchuli (7,893m), Ngada Chuli (7,879m) and Manaslu are eye-catching. As we arrive by lunch time, we have enough time to visit Pungyen Gompa and Manaslu Glacier Lake (Birendra Tal). (6 hour trek plus side-treks).
Walking today looks easy as the trail is more or less flatter through juniper, birch forests via Kermo Kharka to and then hike down to cross the river. After reaching the meeting point of the Budhi Gandaki and Shyale Khola valleys to the village of Samdo, Samdo is Tibetan refugee settlement under the summit of Pang Puchi (6,335m).The last permanently engaged valley by Tibetans also as pilgrims, traders and smugglers. Can rest abd explore the village of Samdo (3 hour trek).
We can take an interesting 8 hour side-trek to the Tibetan border with our packed lunch and enough drinking water or just walking around the village of Samdo and see their daily life is also very interesting.
Now we trek down to 3,850m to cross the Budhi Gandaki before hiking up through juniper and tundra in and out of ravines toward the Larkya Guest House, the last stop before Larkya La (pass)., this place known as also Dharamsala(4 hour trek).
We must start early morning to catch sunrise on the pass and to avoid the strong wind after mid day on the pass. Please keep your torch light handy, to begin the long impressive trek over countless false ridges to the prayer flags, cairns and fabulous views of the Annapurna Massif that mark the high point of the Larkya La before beginning the steep hike down to Bimtang. (8 hour trek). The small frozen lakes on the pass are so impressive when the sun light arrives on the half frozen lake.
Trekking Bimtang to all the way down through the forests and pastures of the Dudh Khola Valley to Dharapani where we join the more popular, but, sorry, less spectacular thank Manaslu, the Annapurna Circuit Trek. (8 hour trek).
We trek down the Marsyangdi Nadi gorge to Jagat. (6 hour trek).
Drive with beautiful landscape first half by share Jeep to besisahar and then by public buses to kathmandu.
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