Itinerary

Your day starts with a lovely breakfast after which you set off along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway towards the west to Arughat via Dhadingbesi. Beautiful landscapes, rural communities, small towns, green terraces, and lush hillsides will captivate your eyes when you drive through the road. The road soon becomes a dirt path and you’ll see the views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. After Arughat, the drive passes through the Arkhet Bazaar, beautiful waterfalls before you arrive at Soti Khola, which lies in the Budhi Gandaki valley. Overnight at Soti Khola.

You start the trek from Soti Khola and walk up and down through beautiful forests, rushing rivers, rice paddies, and marvelous waterfalls. After crossing a bridge, you trek through Sal forests, climb onto a ridge above the rapids of Budhi Gandaki river. You then reach Khursane upon which the trail weaves up and down, passing through tropical waterfalls on a rocky, vertical trail. The trail descends past few rice paddies and continues up to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Now, you’ll climb a hill where you see the wonderful river flowing next to the valley. Cross a suspension bridge by the river to reach the village of Maccha Khola.

You begin today’s walk to Jagat with equally winding trails, which follows the gorge and continues up the river. After crossing a few streams, Tharo Khola and some rocky ravines you reach Kholabesi. After a short walk, there’s a small hot spring In Tatopani, also an ideal place for a break. Climb over another ridge, cross another suspension bridge to reach Dobhan. This region is famous for welcoming Gurung villages, and also for Langurs, so keep a close eye on them. Keep walking on a steeply rising trail to reach Yaru Khola. From here, cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki river, trek along the river to reach the village of Jagat, your destination for the day. Overnight in Jagat.

After breakfast in Jagat, your trek begins with climbing a rocky ridge to Salleri and then head down to Sirdibas. We also cross the Manaslu Conservation Area and the trail will lead up to Philim, a large Gurung village. Then, the trail turns north from here and crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. After you descend some grassy slopes and pass through steep gorges, cross the Budhi Gandaki river. Following the trail, you pass through bamboo forests to reach Deng. Overnight in Deng.

After the sun rises up, you begin the most important and culturally significant parts of the trip. Moving further, you cross a suspension bridge by the Budhi Gandaki river to climb to reach the trail joining to Bihi Phedi. On this trail, you can find various birds and monkeys visiting villages for a free feed. The trail further passes through green forests, picturesque villages and some ethnic tribes of Manaslu region. From here, the trail proceeds to Ghap passing via some Mani prayer stones. The walk continues steeper up the valley as it opens to a magnificent view of Kutang Himal range, Pang Phuchin, and Saula Himal. After a short walk on an uneven trail, you’ll reach the village of Namrung, where there are nice teahouses, restaurant, and rest houses. Overnight in Namrung.

The day starts with an amazing view of the beautiful village of stone houses where you get to explore and witness the Tibet-influenced traditions, culture, and lifestyle of Nubri people. Nubri is a dialect spoken by Tibetan Buddhist people of the Tibetan Nepali border. You walk past green terrace farmings, mani walls through Banjam and the trail opens into a pine, rhododendron and oak forest before you climb to Sho village. Walk up to the vantage point to see the best view of Mt. Manaslu. You’ll be seeing many locals dressed in traditional Tibetan attire as you pass the village of Sho. After walking through some rocky trail, you finally reach Lho, an important village with a monastery and Lama school. Overnight in Lho.

After breakfast at Lho, you start walking to Samagaon which is a really short trek because of problems in acclimatizing with the high altitude. You get to see the picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu all along the trail today. After walking in an easy trail to Shyapla passing through Thusang Khola and Numla Khola, the valley fades away and you reach Samagaon. Samagaon is one of the old salt trade route to Tibet from Nepal and most of the people here still trade with Tibet by walking for 2-3 days. Samagaon also accommodates a large gumba, health post, helipad, and wifi service. Tomorrow is a rest and acclimatization day at Samagaon. We explore around the village and take a good rest.

As an acclimatization hike, you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp which lies on the north of Samagaon. Follow the trail past Birendra Tal and go left to the base camp route. Then, walk some steady trails to the north of Manaslu glacier and reach basecamp at 4400m. To avoid the problems caused by high altitude, maintain body hydration and walk slowly. Alternatively, you can hike to Pungyen Gompa, where you get to see captivating views of Manaslu and also some Himalayan Thars and yaks grazing. You can also interact with the locals and observe their culture staying at Samagaon. Overnight in Samagaon.

After acclimatizing in Samagaon, you start to walk towards Samdo, your destination for today. You’ll notice extended grasslands with many mani walls as you begin to trek up in the valley. Leave the tree line and walk on a ridge across the wooden bridge of Budhi Gandaki and then climb steeply up a hill in a mossy trail to reach Samdo village. Once at Samdo, you can either hike to Samdo Peak or explore nearby villages. Overnight in Samdo.

You begin your trek on a wild mountain route, crossing the Gayala Khola and climb up a ridge to reach a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar. Cross the Budhi Gandaki for the last time while witnessing the Larkya La glacier. You’ll be seeing many monasteries all along the trail. Climb further up across rugged terrains to reach Dharmashala, also known as Larke Phedi, situated at 4470m. Once you’ve settled in, you can further relax in the afternoon and be prepared to cross the pass tomorrow.

You start today’s trek early in the morning to cross the pass avoiding the high wind which usually blows with full force after midday. You’ll reach on the north side of the Larke glacier after a short climb where you can cherish the amazing views of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. Walk across the glacier and a gradual climb takes you to the steeper section of the pass. Once at the top of the pass, you get stunning views of Himlung Himal near Tibet and Kang Guru and Annapurna II. On descending from the pass, you again get to see huge icefalls, mountains on all sides, Pongkar Tal between the Pongkar and Salpudanda glaciers. The trail leads to Bimthang after a short walk.

After you have your breakfast at Bimthang, you’ll now descend down and cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola to reach a place known as Karche. Then, walk through lush green fields and climb over a steep ridge to reach the Gho village and eventually Tilije. Continue going down on a stone paved trail and climb up a trail that opens into a pleasant view of some rhododendron and pine forests. Continue walking the trail until you reach Dharapani. Stop for lunch in the village and take a four-wheel drive to Bhulbhule, and after a delightful lunch, we begin rafting to Marshyandi Hydro Dam. Buckle up because the ride is going to be bumpier as we hit continuous rapids of class IV and V. Witness lush green jungles in between paddling along the raging river. You will be camping for the night at Paundi.

This is the final day of your journey. You raft from Paundi and head towards the final take-out point at Turture. Celebrate your success with a light snack in the bazaar of Turture. You take a bus back to Pokhara, where you can chill in the evening.

After having breakfast in Pokhara, you take a scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The flight is about 30 minutes. So, you’ve got the whole day at Kathmandu for yourself. Choose from a variety of options to spend your time at Kathmandu ranging from going to temples, shopping souvenirs, enjoying the local food or just sitting back to relax.