Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m) 8 – 9 hours
You set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, you enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. You will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region , drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Day 2: Soti Khola – Maccha Khola (900m): 6 – 7 hoursAt the crossing of the bridge, trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. You then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. You further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, you walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Day 3: Maccha Khola -Jagat (1410m): 6 – 7 hrs
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends you come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, you climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, you climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Day 4: Jagat – Deng (1804m): 6 – 7 hrs
You begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. You further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and back again. As you continue through the trail the valley widens and pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, you reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.
Day 5: Deng – Namrung (2630m): 6 – 7 hrs
After a brief walk beyond Deng, you cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and many where you turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. You further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
Day 6: Namrung – Samagaon (3530m): 6-7 hours
Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. You climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. You further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. Enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village you will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where you spend the night.
Day 7: Samagaon – Pungyen gompa – Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours exploration
Spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, you get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. Enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.
Day 8: Samagaon – Samdo (3860m): 4 – 5 hours
Today, you descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. You drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch you can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani you find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
Day 9: Rest Day in Samdo
This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take you to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints you pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo.
Day 10: Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m): 4 – 5 hours
Today, continue your walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier you go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.Overnight in Dharmashala.
Day 11: Dharamsala – Larkya la (5160m) – Bimthang (3720m): 8 – 9 hours
After a short climb, you reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where you can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience.Overnight in Bimthang.
Day 12: Bimthang – Tilije (2300m): 5 – 6 hours
From a ridge at Bimthang, you can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. You descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. You walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. You pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday’s tiredness you might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so we recommend to stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.
Day 13: Tilije – Tal (1700m): 5 – 6 hours(1700)
You climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. Then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, you go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. You have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, you come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking you cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. You also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal.
Day 14: Tal – Syange [(1080m): 6 – 7 hours
You follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.
Day 15: Syange – Kathmandu: 8-9 hours
The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. You also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
- Please note, This itinerary is a guideline only. The program can be amended or canceled at any time. We will follow the itinerary as far as possible but due to weather conditions, health conditions, natural disasters and other unfavorable phenomenon your guide might decided to amend or cancel the ititneray for your own safety. Your guide will help you at any time with providing information regarding conditions and safety and you will be fully requested to be flexible and understandable (if necessary) during the treks.