The trails are relatively empty of tourists, the culture and traditions of the people are intact, and the scenery is magnificent. This trek follows a route that has long been covered by Himalayan buffs, going north behind Himalchuli (7,893 m) Peak 29 (7,835 m) and Mt. Manaslu (8,118 m). It explores villages where westerners are still a rare sight and the way of life unchanged for decades, even centuries.
Starting from Gorkha, the ancestral home of the Nepalese monarchy and of the famous Nepalese Infantrymen, the trail passes through primitive villages where the people are shy, often running away from the camera wielding trekkers. From Nyak the trails continues westward towards Namru via the Village of Ghap. There is a marked change in the culture being people and Buddhism becomes the pro-dominant religion. The trails are lined with Mani stones engraved with the eternal prayers "Om Mane Padme Hum", meaning, "Himal to the jewel in the lotus".
This is a fascinating trail with Ganesh Himal, offering a stunning backdrop with others Himalayan peaks surrounding you. On the way to Somdu, the most remote permanent settlement in these parts, you will enjoy magnificient views of Mt. Manaslu. Larke La usually snow covered, to Pangal and on to Tanbuche. After Tanbuche the trail enters a wide level valley following the expedition route to Manaslu Base camp. Crossing the Dudh Khola you will descend through rhododendron forests crossing Karche La wich leads into the upper Marshyangdi River Valley. Trekking back towards Gorkha along this valley you will again experience of the extreme demographic changes as you enter the middle and lower hills of Nepal. At Gorkha a vehicle will be awaiting you for drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Kathmandu - Dhading - Kafalpani. Drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi and corss the dense sal forest along the way to Buchung village in a steep valley' then enter to Dhading village from where peaks of Ganesh Himal are visible to north. The trail goes ahead to Nigalapani, from where the views of Annapurna II, Manaslu can be seen. Afterwards, the trail crests the ridge at Kafalpani (1350 m), the beautiful sight of Annapurna, Manaslu (8163 m), Shringi Himal (7187 m) and Ganesh Himal (7406 m) are visible from here.
Day 2: Kafalpani - Aarughat. On this day, the trek descends to Chainpur and again descends steeply to a stream, then crosses a long suspension bridge over Ankhu Khola and climbs to Salyan Taar, after walking a few km. the trail enters the valley of Budhi Gandaki. The flat trail through the forest reaches to Doren and then Aarughat. There is a trail junction here turns west across the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and continue the trek' the eastern route is joining from Trishuli Bazaar. In the west of the bridge through the Bazaar there is Cheak post.
Day 3: Aarughat - Sati Khola. The trek starts to go ahead to sati Khola via Sante Bazaar and Budhi Gandaki valley and reaches to Koir pani, a lmall village of Magar and Gurung. The trail descends to Ahati Khola. There is a small water fall just above the trail,, a larger water fall with a 60 m drop is visible by climbing upstream. This valley is famous for honey, which is harvested in manner as described in the book "Honey Hunters of Nepal".
Day 4: Sati Khola - Labu Besi. After crossing the bridge, the trek climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and reaches to Khorsaani. Then it, the trail, gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream. The rocky trail then goes up and down through large stand of nettles, passes tropical waterfalls and again backs down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The trek goes up again on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of Labu Besi and rests overnight.
Day 5: Labu Besi - Doban. The trek forwards to Machha Khola after crossing several streams on the way and reaches to the place where a cable ropway is hanging over Budhi Gandaki, it should be crossed in a small cable car called "Ghirling". The trail again forwards to Doban Khola via Khorlavesi, Tatopani etc.
Day 6: Doban - Jagat. The route climbs on a Rugged Rocky trail to Duman. Then passes the villages of Yaru Khola, Thado Bharyang and crosses Budhi Gandaki again and climbs over a ridge, trek along the river for a while and reaches to the compact village of Jagar at 1410 meters.
Day 7: Jagat - Serso. The trek climbs over a rocky ridge up to salleri. Shringi Himal offers good views from this Village. The trail descends to Setibas (Tara) a Gurung village influenced by Tibetan culture. Continuing upstream, the trail follows the best and new route to Manaslu via Ngyuak (Nyak), climbs up to Philim (Dodang) at 1550 m. The trail then leads to Ganesh Himal is called Tsum. It is still off limiars to foreigners. This village of Tsum is inhabited by Tibetans and is towards Tibet across to passes ahead of the shar Khola (East River) Valley. Later on the trail reaches to serson.
Day 8: Serson - Deng. After serson, The trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees then, the trail hangs on a cliff after crossing the Budi Gandaki. The tiny village Deng comes after crossing a bamboo forest and Deng Khola (river).
Day 9: Deng - Ghap. Today the trail re crosses Budi Gandaki and climbs up then passes a waterfall after crossing a stream it continues to climb ahead before dropping to Shring Khola crosses it and climbs steeply to reach to Ghap. Many of the carvings of Buddha in various meditative poses and others are of the Tibetan saint Milarepa who is said to have travel and meditated in this valley.
Day 10: Ghap - Namrung. The trail then crosses a 26 m long bridge over Budi Gandaki at 2100 m and passes more many stones to enter in to the woods then, the trail climbs two long main walls and a water fall will be on the way to village at Budi Gandaki Valley which is a trading route to Tibet. The trek climbs over a big rock and continues up through deep fir and Rhododendron. the forest entering Namrung (Nsamdru) through a stone archway at 2600 m, there are excellent camps in the forest, the another part of Namrung remains across the bridge.
Day 11: Namrung - Shya. After Numrung the trail follows Nupri region, a region, a region of Tibetan immigrations. On the way village Li at 2900 m, the trail passes village Barcham (Bartsam) and the forest of fire and rhododendron. The trail leaves the village and crosses Hinan Khola and reaches to Sho Sho, where children demand for Shim a Tibetan word for Sweets or candy. After leaving Budi Gandaki valley, the spectaculars views of Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu north (7154 m) and Naike Peak come in to sight. The Trail then follows to Lho at 3100 m pass Shrip, a small settlement. Lho is a big village with gompa (monastery) a stone Archway at the entrance a Tibetan styles chorten and huge Mani wall. The Trail drops down to cross Damonan Khola, Starts to ascend again and finally emerges onto a platue at shya (3520 m) with a wide views of Himal chuli, Ngadi chuli and Manaslu.
Day 12: Shya - Gompa. The trail crosses a ride and descends on to a tock- strewn Moraine then emerges on to a ridge over looking pastures and fields of Samagaon (Ro) the samaGompa is nestled against a wooden moraine at the far end of the valley. Spare a day to climb the ridge to the south of samagaon to the Pung- Gyen Gompa hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu. The Japanese call this Honsanso Gompoa. An avalanche destroyed it in winter of 1953, killing 18 inhabitants.
Day 13: Sama Gompa - Samdo. The trail descend to Budhi Gandaki and leads to Manaslu Base "Camp. The Larkya La trail passes several Manmu walls and reaches to Kermo Kharka after crossing the Juniper, Birch forest. The trail then climbs steeply to find Samdo nestled behind a bridge at 3860 m. Somewhere in the village a police Cheak post lurks' a major trade route to Tibet heads ahead east through the village over Lajyang La at 5098 m. A day's walk from here.
Day 14: Samdo - Larkya. The trek descends to the river and crosses it then proceeds on to climb to Larkya La. Again climb gently through Juniper and Tundra opposite to Larkya La Glacier. The trail gets steeper and climbs the side of the ridge about 4000 m. Where there is a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge. The trail climbs in and out of the and reaches to the only shelter on the route to the pass, a rest house at 4480 m.
Day 15: Larkya rest house to Bimtang. Starting up the ridge in front of the rest house the trail reaches at the top of the moraine at 7400 m. And climbs steeply to the pass at 5100 m. It takes about 3 - 4 hrs. To reach to the pass so, it is best to start earlier. The tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126 m) Cheo Himal (6820 m) Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru (6981 m) and Annapurna II (7937 m) can be seen on the west from here. Then the trail descends to Bimtang (3720 m), which means "Plain of Sand" in Tibetan language. This a huge valley surrounded by high peaks.
Day 16: Bimatang - Gho. The trek descends to Dudh Khola and reaches to Gho at 2560 m crossing Pine and Rhododendron forest via Hompuk, Karchep village. At foot of the valley, part of Lamjung peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight.
Day 17: Gho - Dharapani. The trail continues though the fields with rhododendron Oak forests to Dharapani via Tilje (Tiljet), Thonje (Thangjet villages. In Thonje, the Sirdar of Liaison Officer will contact to the police to show off the collected garbage to obtain a clearance certificate. Afterwards the trek follows the trail to Dharapani (1920 m) for rest overnight.
Day 18: Dharapani - Syange. On this day the trek goes to south through steeps part the Marshyangdi Gorge.
Day 19: Syange - Bulbule. The trek again follows Marshyangdi south and enters in to terraced rice field country side.
Day 20: Bulbule - Besishahar. Today, the trek goes ahead to Besishahar and rests overnight.
Day 21: Besi Shahar - Kathmandu. From Besi Shahar vehicles are available to Kathmandu.
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