Arrive Kathmandu (1 300m/4 264 ft)
Outside the airport terminal, the representative of Destination Unlimited Treks and Expeditions will be waiting you to take you to the hotel in Kathmandu in around 20 minutes but make sure that you have checked your name at play card and transfer to the hotel.
Drive Kathmandu to Aarughat (670m/2 198ft) 5-7 hrs
Driving through the beautiful route and passing through the middle hills to Malekhu, and then moving 35km through the secondary road to Dhading Besi we arrive at Aarughat on the Budhi Gandaki River. This is a big Newar and Gurung community with many mango orchards. We stay there overnight.
Aarughat to Khursane (820m/2 690 ft) 5-6 hrs
From the glaciers of the Larke, Manaslu and Chuli Himal west of the trail, the Budi Gandaki rises; from the Jarkya, Nysing, Lajung and Kutang Himal to the north and water flow from the T-sum Valley and off the Ganesh Himal to the northeast. The trail follows its valley, over countless ridges, to the Larkya La. The trek continues through terraced rice paddies and millet fields to Arkhet Bazaar. Then it crosses the Arkhet Khola, becomes rockier and rises precipitously to Khurepani before dropping to the river at Soti Khola. At khursane, we stay for a night.
Khursane - Machha Khola (890m/2 920 ft) 6-7 hrs
The path swells over edges and passes cascades on a steep trail adhered to the side of a cliff. It then drops to pass rice paddies before climbing to the attractive Gurung village of Labubesi. Further than, the valley opens out and the track slopes onto gravel banks along the river before rising to the village of Machha Khola (Fish River).And above the river, we can see the 7 000m Ganesh Himal. Overnight at Machha Khola.
Machha Khola – Dobhan (1 000m/ 3 280ft) 6-7 hrs
The fine track follows trivial ups and downs, often falling to the gravel bar before crossing the Thado Khola and walking a rocky gorge to Khorlabesi. We can also see a small hot spring at Tatopani. The track then climbs a point before crossing the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. After a good flight of stairs, we arrive at Dobhan. We spend our night at Dobhan.
Dobhan – Philim (1 590m/5 216ft), 6-7 hrs
Today the path leads us to the east bank to a 93m suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, and then climbs stone stairs up and back to the river before climbing to Thado Bharyang. It crosses to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climbs a ridge and follows the river gently upwards to the village of Jagat. Walk on to Salleri, via a cliff-side trail – with amazing views of Sringi Himal (7187m) to the north. Coming down to Sirdibas; and the first signs of Buddhist culture, another suspension bridge leads to the east bank, and a tiring climb up to Philim: a prosperous Gurung village, the Chholing Sandu Gompa and bordered by fields of maize and millet. Overnight at Philim
Philim to Chumling (2 360m/7 750ft) 6-7 hrs
Pass through the north of Philim, through woods up the tightening valley to Ekle Bhatti. The path then descends down through a vertical gorge under pine trees to a intersection point at new bridge which leads to the Larkya La. To the right (east) a well-graded, exposed, zigzag track leads up through pines and rhododendrons, to Lokpa and the narrow lower Tsum Valley. Then, we move down through stunning forest, cross streams and circle under a bluff on the river before climbing steeply on well-made but uncovered steps. Later, we go across steeply up through pines and rhododendrons, and later drop to Gumling and the Siyar Khola that drains much of the valley. Again, we cross the wooden bridge and finally go up the steep, narrow and exposed track to Chumling. The houses are typical Tibetan with hurdle of firewood on the sloping roofs to deal with the abundant rain and snow. They farm maize and potatoes. Overnight at Chumling
Chumling to Chhekampar (3 010m/9 850ft) 5-6 hrs
Comparably, it is an easier day today. We cross the suspension bridge and new forest mounting over a recent landslide. Higher up, we can see the terrific views of the Ganesh Himal. Beyond Rainjam, the route falls to cross the Sarpu Khola that drains the Syakpa Glacier off Sringi Himal (7101m) to the north. And later on again we have to climb for some 2-5 hours, on well-graded but exposed track, to the Upper Tsum Valley and the linked villages of Chhekang and Paro, commonly known as Chhekampar. Now, the valley expands and the stone houses situated under cliffs make full use of the spacious fields for barley, maize, buckwheat and potatoes. We can observe Himalchuli (7893m) to the west. Overnight at Chhekampar.
Chhekampar to Nile (3 480 m/11 415ft) 4-5 hrs
Firstly, we explore the linked villages and mount north to a move away. The path passes through small villages and a local school, then goes up to a ridge with Chortens before passing through Lamagaon (3020m). Beyond the village of Burji a trail to the north leads to Milarepa's Cave (Piren Phu – Pigeon Cave): one of the many places where the spreader of Buddhism to Tibet is supposed to have meditated. Later, we cross the Siyar Khola to stick together the trail from Rachen Gompa to Nile. There is an remarkable round stupa before the inspiring doorway to the large village of. Further upstream, a bridge leads to the final climb to Nile. Overnight at Nile
Exploration day: Nile - Mu Gompa (3 709m/1 2169ft) - Chhekampar (3 010m/9 870ft) 6-7 hrs
We wake up early to start out the walk up to Mu Gompa, through dry Tibetan countryside – with rows of broadening mountain vistas. On three sides there are enticing views of the Tibetan border – with three passes frequently used for business by the Tsumbas just out of scene. There are wide-ranging seasonal yak pastures, the Lungdang Glacier to the east and high peaks in all directions. If time, include a visit to the Dhephyu Doma Nunnery (4 000m) to the west. On the way back from the trek it is likely to visit the Rachen Gompa from Phurba and rejoin the trail to Chhekampar at Ngakyu Leru. Overnight at Chhekampar
Chhekampar - Gumba Lungdang (3 200m/10 496ft) 5-6 hrs
We go back over the trail to the small Gompa at Gho, then walk down south to a wooden bridge over the river and continue to Dumje which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. The way then go ahead steeply, through pines and rhododendrons to a Mani wall, after which it goes across along an exposed direction, before meandering up through huge silver pines to the Gompa perched on a ridge. The mountain views in all directions are fantastic: this is likely to be a highlight of the trek. Overnight at Gumba Lungdang.
Exploration day: Gumba Lungdang to Ganesh Himal BC (4 200m/13 780ft) – return 7-8 hrs
We walk crisscross down to a lower imprecise track and follow it through the forest and cross the wooden Lungdang Khola Bridge. Then, we go up steeply through pines and rhododendrons and across a kharka up to the edge. We continue up a birch-lined creek-bed and come forward onto green flats east of the Torogumba Glacier's sideways moraine. The Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m/13 780m) is now seen. Return to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja. Overnight at Gumba Lungdang
Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet (2 470m/8 100ft) – Lokpa (2 240m/7 348ft) 7-8 hrs
Walking down the path to Dumje, we cross the Lungdang Khola and take the south bank trail down the Siyar Khola that climbs over deep gorges and cantilever bridges to the high abundant valley of Ripchet. Sheer stairs lead down to Gumling on the river before the trail climbs through temperate forest to Lokpa. At night we stay at Lokpa.
Lokpa to Bihi Phedi (1 990m/6 530ft) 6-7 hrs
We will follow the out in the open trail down to new bridge and the walk up from Philim. We will cross the Budhi Gandaki and go through its narrow gap on an up-and-down trail with river crossings. After a suspension bridge the pathway enters bamboo forest and rises to the village Deng. This is the doorway point to Nupri, a region inhabited by Gurungs who follow Buddhism and do business across the passes with Tibet. From here and there we can see good views of Shringi Himal to the northeast. The track then crosses to the east bank and climbs to Rana and on, uphill to Bihi Phedi. Overnight at Bihi Phedi
Bihi Phedi to Lho (3 180m/10 430ft), 6-7 hrs
From Bihi Phedi to Lho, the track mounts, easily, over 700m and from Lho to Samagaon another 570m – then we will have a rest day. The track continues and after crossing the Serang Khola it raises steeply, then we go across above the river before rolling through forest with birds that include the pheasant, then past maize and wheat fields to Ghap. Again, another bridge crosses the river where it rumbles down a gorge after which the forest thins and the trail becomes trouble-free. It then climbs through bamboo and rhododendron forest to Namrung which has also a hydro electric plant; and great views of the Shringi and Ganesh Himals to the west. The trail then inclines downwards and crosses a side-valley and the Hinang Khola. To the front of the double-span bridge it rises ruthlessly to a detailed chorten and the packed houses of Sho. There are fine views up the valley as the trail climbs, past a large prayer wheel on the trail, before the village of Shrip (where watch towers in the fields are manned to scare away bears at night). A final steep leads to the edge and large village of Lho. There are spectacular views of Manaslu and neighboring peaks from a Kani above the village. This night we will be staying at Lho.
Lho to Samagaon (3 530m/11 578 ft) 5-6 hrs
Far below in the valley, The Budi Gandaki flows. And our route trail passes a gigantic wall west of Lho, and then moves down to cross a bridge over the Damonan Khola prior to following a northern tributary upwards all the way through shady pine forests. Now, we have a short ascend to a highland and the wretchedly deforested village of Shyala. Gigantic mountains are visible now Himal Chuli (7893m) and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli, 7873m) to the south, Manaslu (8156m) and large glaciers to the front, more snow-capped peaks to the west and north, and further than the eastern end of the valley, Ganesh Himal and the mountains of the T-sum Valley. Now, we cross a bridge over the Numla Khola that draws off the Pungyen Glacier from Manaslu. We continue to a big chorten where we can see the two rows of houses creating the main part of Samagaon. Night will be spent at Samagaon.
Rest and Exploration day: Samagaon to Pungyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp
We roam around the village and explore the customs. We can see the numerous mani stones with texts and paintings and we will have a trip to the Monastery. We can observe eight temples buildings: the largest, Pemba Chholing Gompa which contains a remarkable statue of Guru Rinpoche. Again, we walk to the Pungyen (Bracelet) Nunnery above the Pungyen Glacier. It lies beyond a ridge, and looks out onto Manaslu known commonly as Kang Pungyen). All day hike, which is alternative one rises up to 1000m to the Birendra Tal, north of Sama and then west on the track above the muzzle of the Manaslu Glacier to the Base Camp (4400m) which takes around 7-8 hours. Day 18: Samagaon to Samdo (3 860m/12 660 ft)
Samdo to Dharmasala/Larkya Phedi (4 460m/14 628 ft) 4-5 hrs
A broad mild track passes fields of wheat, prayer flags, a big mani wall and stone doorway. We then, go down to the river, cross a wooden bridge and climb upwards, over two streams, before the first sight of the Larkya Glacier. It then works its way around and up the valley of the Salka Khola before climbing up to the stone 'guest house' (4450 m), a simple stone shelter on the Larkya La Phedi called Dharmasala. Tents are mandatory at this time as the shelter is without doors or a absolute roof. A short walks can lead to better view the Larke (6249m) and Naike (6211m) peaks. Overnight at Dharmasala
Dharmasala –to Larkya la (5 100m/16 728 ft) to Bimthang (3 720m/12 201 ft) 8-9 hrs
If the route is snow free, then we need 3-5 hours to ascend the 800m to the summit and 3-4 hours to go down the 1500m to Bimthang. It can be very freezing, particularly if windy. The trail along the Larkya Glacier is not complicated but is lengthy and rocky. From Dharmasala, it mounts tenderly to the edge followed by a extensive gentle climb to a moraine. Larke Peak (6249m) and Cheo Himal come into sight to the north of the glacier. A short climb leads to a valley on the northern side of the glacier followed by a descending route to pass four frozen lakes, before a steady ascent up the glacial moraine that becomes steeper on the final pull to the summit. Consequently, we can witness views to the west that include: anticlockwise from the north – Cheo Himal (6 820m), Himlung (7 126m), Kang Garu (6 680m) and the huge Annapurna II (7 937m) away to the east. Below lies a complex of glaciers from the surrounding peaks: this makes for incredible scenery on the down route. Over again, the turn down begins from the peak of the moraine near a deep gorge, beyond which it drops steeply on long movable scree slopes above the Salpudanda Glacier. It then follows a lateral moraine into the attractive, widening valley that leads to the picturesque village of Bimthang (Plain of Sand). Night stay at Bumthang
Bimthang to Tilje (2 360m/8 396 ft) 6-7 hrs
We need to descend 1200m with a climb onto the lateral moraine above Bimthang, to cross the glacier, then up to enter perfect rhododendron and pine forest. Back to Manaslu, views are outstanding all along this route. The trail then descends quickly along the right bank of the Dudh Khola past a rock shelter, a kharka and the highest cultivated land at Karche. Further ahead, agricultural production increase as the trail drops through thickets of oak and rhododendron to the large stone-paved Gurung village of Tilje where we spend our night.
Tilje to Chamje (1430 m/4760 ft) 5-6 hrs
An additional 1400m descendent begins through a stone arch from Tilje to a bridge that crosses to the left bank of the river prior to dropping down rapidly towards the Marsyangdi Valley through scrub forest. Ahead of Thonje, the trail proceeds, to the right bank and then climbs to join the main Annapurna Circuit a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi Khola. Catching the south, the trail crosses back to the left bank and climbs away from the river to the charming village of Tal, set in a flat valley at the foot of a striking waterfall. Passing through an impressive gateway we arrive at Marsyangdi Valley to the small Tibetan village of Chamje, on the left bank. Chamje will be the place for spending night.
Chamje to Bulbule (840m/2 755 ft) 6-7 hrs
The final full day trek passes the jeep road through the narrow valley to Jagat and Syange before crossing one more water fall which is nearly a 60m to the right bank. This section appears to be low and wet enough for widespread rice terraces; and the very last views north of Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli. The track continues through numerous small villages to Bahundanda (Hill of the Brahmans) with exceptional views over the lower Marsyangdi Valley. An easy walk along the broad valley leads to Bulbule. Overnight at Bulbule
Bhulbule – Kathmandu (1 300 m/ 4 264ft) 2 hrs trek, 6-7 hrs drive
After having our breakfast, we cross the bridge to the right side and respond the road from Jagat. Busses from here travel to Besi Sahar and join the Kathmandu to Pokhara highway at Dumre Bazaar. We got to travel 106 km to reach Pokhara from Besi Sahar and 170 km to reach Kathmandu. And, we will take you back to the hotel in Kathmandu.