The trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the upper Buri Gandaki, a region known as Nupri ('the western mountains'), are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. There is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the crossing of the Larkya La (5213m) is one of the most dramatic of any pass in the Himalaya.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. Free evening time around the local market.
Day 2: This is the day for to make the Special trekking permit for Manaslu Trek and check all the trekking equipments and other necessary things. We will visit the Swyambhunath Buddhist temple in late afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (7 Hrs drive). Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m) which takes about seven hours. we will start our trip at 7 a.m. after breakfast in Hotel. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; you turn towards the Dhanding Bensi Bazar. After Dhading Bensi the road gets a bit rough but you will reach your destination Arughat Bazaar in approximately seven hours from Kathmandu. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 4: Arughat Bazzar to Soti Khola (530m), 5-6 Hrs walk. Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m) and it takes about six hours. You trek over flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki river through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and you are quite surrounded by green forest. This day you take lunch at Arket Bazaar which lies middle way to Soti Khola. This is the best place to relax and can enjoy swimming to ease your tiredness of walking. To reach Soti Khola, the trail is ups and downs through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The swimming spot is nearby here. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 5: SotiKhola to Machha Khola (890m)- 6 hrs walk. Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) which takes about six hours. The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian. Now you again go through the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. There is a small market with few shops, lodges. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 6: Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m)- 6 hrs walk. Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m) takes about 6 hours. You cross the Machha Khola - Fish Stream - and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 7: Jagat to Philim (1700m)– 3 hrs walk. Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m.) which takes about three hours. The early part of trek moves gentle uphill and then somewhere through flat leveled path. You cross suspension bridge over Buri Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by Gurung people. There are small monasteries, chortens, prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and typical houses. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 8: Philim to Deng (2095m)- 6 hrs walk. Trek Philim to Deng (2095m) takes about six hours. You trek over flat leveled path mostly through the pine forest, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross few bridges and can see villages at far distance. There are few houses at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 9: Deng to Namrung (2900m) – 5 hrs walk. Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m) takes about five hours. In the beginning, you trek almost flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are some monasteries, water turbine, hydro electricity power house, mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Namrung to Lho Gaon (3100m)- 4 hrs walk. Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m) takes about four hours. You trek over winding path which moves through inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy. While walking, you come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach Lho Gaon, you pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. There is a monastery named as Chon at a ridge and there is a Buddhist school at Lho Gaon run by Buddhist monks. People mainly grow oat, barley, buck wheat, potatoes and vegetables. You can catch panoramic view of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak too. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 11: Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon (3390m) – 4 hrs walk: Trek Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon (3390m.) takes about 4 hours. Leaving the village, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail, you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. You camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 12: Rest Day at Sama Gaon: Rest day at Samagaon for acclimatization. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you take a rest day to acclimatize and relax.You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo(Pang phuchuli),Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall too. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m) – 4 hrs walk: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m) and it takes about four hours. You trek gentle uphill all the way to Samdo through desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and many more. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 14: Samdo to LarkYa La Phedi (4460m)- 3-4 hrs walk. Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m) which takes about 3-4 hours. The trail is rocky and zigzag all the way to destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market Larkya Bazaar (market) where is held seasonal Tibet fair/ market. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. This place also called the Dharamsala. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 15: Larkya to La Phedi to Larkya Top (5213m)- Bhimthang (3590m) –7-8 Hrs walk: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5213m) to Bimthang (3590m) and it takes about 7-8 hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek steep ascent path (Up hill) until Larkya La through rocky and windy path. This day you carry packed lunch. From the top, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you move steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you can see many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Overnight at tented Camp.
Day 16: Bhimthang to Tilje(3900m) 6 hrs slowly down hill overnight at Camp.
Day 17: Tilje to Dharapani (1860m) to Tal (1815m)- 4 hrs walk. Trek from Tilje to Dharapani (1860 m) and to Tal (1815m) takes about 6 hours. 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 forests 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 for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi river. And continuously trek down to Tal for another 2 hours. Overnight at tented Camp. Tea- House lodges are also available for hot showers.
Day 18: Tal to Jagat (1800m) to Bahundandaa (1950m) – 7 hrs walk. You trek all the way over descent path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi river. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Jagat, Syange, Ghermu which is an attractive village with pretty waterfall, farming land and green hills. Overnight at tea- house lodges.
Day 19: Bahundanda to Ngadi to BhulBhule (870m) – 5-6 hrs walk. Easy down hill with the views of local villages and farming lands. Overnight at Bhulbhule.
Day 20: Bhulbhule to Kathmandu by bus for 7 hours. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 21: Kathmandu Sight Seeing day to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath. Free evening for shopping and overnight at Hotel.
Day 22: After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to airport and departure.
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