Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m) | Welcome Dinner
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will warmly receive you at the airport and bring you to your hotel. After checking-in, you will meet your guide and discuss the trip. In the evening, your guide will take your for a welcome dinner at one of the finest diners in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Restricted Area Permit procedure
While your guide is preparing your permits for Manaslu Conservation Area and ACAP, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Explore some of its unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll get to visit the age-old Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Buddhist sites of Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath, and the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. You can also prepare for the trek and buy equipment that are necessary for the trip.
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (570m) by private vehicle and trek to Soti Khola (730m)
After an early breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic road journey to the northwest of Kathmandu. You’ll commute through the Trishuli Highway and numerous gorges to reach the quaint village of Arughat. The trek officially begins at Arughat. After a brief rest, you’ll start trekking and advance to Soti Khola village in Gorkha district for an overnight stay.
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
The trek gradually advances anti-clockwise and moves northeast to the village of Machha Khola. Leaving Soti Khola, you’ll cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests and ridges above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. You’ll take a downhill trail from Khursane pass along few rice fields before making to Lapubesi. A short trek from here will bring you at Machha Khola.
Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1370m)
Leaving Machha Khola, the trek will advance to the northern village of Jagat. The narrow trail passes through Tharo Khola before reaching Khorlabensi. A short hike from here, you’ll arrive at the natural hot spring of Tatopani. You’ll cross Budhi Gandaki River and arrive at Dobhan. Crossing another bridge over the Yaru Khola, you arrive at Tharo Bharyang. After a short trek along the Budi Gandaki River, you’ll arrive at Jagat.
Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860m)
You’ll begin the day by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. The trail continues upstream towards a long suspension bridge in Philim. From here, the trail continues north and advances along the millet fields to arrive at Ekle Bhatti. You’ll cross the Budhi Gandaki River and walk across the thick bamboo forests en route to Deng.
Trek from Deng to Namrung (2540m)
From Deng, the trail goes upward and crosses Budhi Gandaki River and climb towards Rana. You’ll continue upwards and head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. En route, you’ll make a brief stop at Prok village which offers a beautiful sight of Shringi Himal (7161m). After crossing Budi Gandaki several times and passing Buddhist monasteries, you’ll make your way towards Namrung.
Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3390m)
Leaving Namrung, the trail advances towards Sama Gaon. En route, you will get some great views of Ganesh Himal (7422m), Shringi Himal (7161m), and Himal Chuli (7893). You’ll make your way towards Lihi, a Buddhist village with many chortens and barley terrace fields. The trail crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal and further pass through Sho, Lho, and Shyala villages to arrive at Sama Village. The Manaslu (8163m) will be visible from here.
Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)
A hike up to Manaslu base camp makes a great day trip from Samagaon. You’ll rather walk easy and acclimatize en route. The walk up from Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp and back may take around 5 hours. The base camp serves as a vantage point to witness the entire Manaslu range and Mt. Himal Chuli (7893m). You can also visit the serene Birendra Lake on the way to the base camp. After exploring the base camp, you’ll trek back to Samagaon.
Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m)
From Samagaon, you’ll make your way towards Samdo village. Leaving Samagaon, the trail passes through Budhi Gandaki River and advances towards Larkya La Trail. You’ll pass through several Mani walls to arrive at Kermo Kharka. From here, you’ll cross the river before making your way to Samdo via Kyonggma Kharka.
Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m)
Leaving Samdo, you’ll continue along the Larkya La trail and cross Budhi Gandaki River to arrive at Syacha Khola. You can also enjoy the views of the Naike Peak (6211m) as you head west. En route, the trail offers a beautiful sight of Larkya Glacier before climbing up to Dharmasala. Dharmasala is also known as Larkya Phedi.
Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5160m)
Today is the toughest part of the trek as you leave Dharmasala and climb Larkya La Pass (5160m). From Dharmasala, you’ll ascend along the valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers while enjoying the scenic sights of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak (6249m). The last section of the pass encounters a steep climb from where you can enjoy the outstanding views of Himlung, Cheo, Manaslu, and Annapurna ranges. From here, you’ll descend towards Bimthang village.
Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2300m)
Bimthang offers the great sights of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Himlung Himal (7126m), and Cheo Himal (6812m). You’ll start descending and cross high pasture land to arrive at Sangure Kharka. The trail will invite you with thick rhododendron bushes and tall Sal trees. Leaving Sangure, you’ll trek to Kharche and walk further west to arrive at Gho. The Tilije village lies close to Gho.
Trek from Tilije to Tal (1680m)
Leaving Tilije, you’ll make your way south to the village of Tal. From here, you’ll leave Manaslu region and enter the pristine Annapurna Conservation Area. You’ll encounter numerous exotic flora and fauna endemic to the Annapurna region. You’ll make your way across Dudh Khola and trek to Thonje village. After getting your permits checked at Dharapani, you’ll trek further down to Karte village.
Trek from Tal to Syange (1150m)
You’ll leave Tal and follow the trail to Chamje village. Crossing Marshyangdi River, you’ll arrive at the wide terrace fields and culturally rich villages. You’ll be walking along the rhododendron and pine forests to reach Syange. Thereon, you will pass Jagat to head further south. The Marshyangdi River will be a constant companion throughout the trek.
Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by private vehicle (Optional: Trek to Besisahar and drive to Kathmandu Next Day)
The trek concludes at Syange. From here, you’ll embark on a scenic ride back to Kathmandu. Syange lies 201.8 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu and it may take well over 7 hours to complete the journey. The road from Syange to Kathmandu goes through Besisahar and along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers.
Departure from Kathmandu
We’ll drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. As the adventurous journey comes to an end, you can prepare to plan for other trips or future visits in the country.