You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swayambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Baluwa (750m) through Gorkha (1160m) 8 hours vehicle.
Today about 5 hours’ drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains, through Prithvi Highway, takes us to Gorkha, a small city which was the Capital of Medieval Nepal. Hence, it is the place of historical importance. Gorkha Darbar, the palace of King, known as Gorkha Darbar now and historical museum lies here but we have no time to visit to those places. We drive Kathmandu to Baluwa directly. Or, if we have private vehicle then we can stop for few hours to visit those places of Gorkha. Then we can drive to Baluwa.
Day 04: Baluwa – Barpak (1915 meter) 5 hours walk
We can drive to Barpak by a jeep but better we start walking from today. The path goes flat for some hours. At the point where Daraudi River and Rangrung Khola meet, we cross a bridge here. Then the path goes steep uphill up to Barpak. The views are alike the past days. After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 the path has been slightly damaged by the landslides. But it has no that much effect on the trekking routes. Barpak is a very big and beautiful Gurung village which now has been totally ruined by the earthquake. The people are rebuilding the village gradually. The lodges where we spend the night are not much affected by the earthquake. They are safe. In the afternoon we have time to explore the village. Barpak is a large village consisting of a Hindu and a Buddhist area. Barpak village which is situated upon a hilltop is a famous Gurung village where Gaje Ghale, the 2nd World War veteran who received Victoria Cross from the Queen of Britain was born and lived.
Day 05: Barpak – Laprak (2100 m) 4 hours walk
The path goes slightly uphill today. Bouddha Himal adds a fabulous background to the sprawling, beautiful village of Barpak as we climb the small ridge. We walk through the small, stony path to the right of the main path after an hour or so, and a total of three hours later, we reach the pass, Gupsi Dada (2950m) which separates the two beautiful villages; Laprak and Barpak. The view from the pass is, of course, panoramic along with herds of sheep grazing on the grassy hillsides from the peak. Bouddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range that span at the horizon serve us breath-taking view. If it is spring then the forest is full of the rhododendrons blooming brilliantly in pink and red, around us, providing great photographs with the snow-peaks in the backdrop. We walk steep down for an hour or two and reach the large Gurung village of Laprak. We explore the village; take a walk down the hill and a look into some of the houses. We have a chat with the simple and hard working Gurung people.
Day 06: Laprak – Khorlabeshi (970m) 4 and half hours walk.
We walk down to the Budhi Gandaki River from the village of Laprak today. We cross a suspension bridge and we climb steep path that goes through the terraced fields. We contour around several hillsides through a narrow path up to the village of Singla. From here, the walking becomes easier and we enjoy the views of Kutang Himal and Sringi Himal to the north as we walk down through more terraced fields and papaya trees, through the Gurung village of Khorla, and then down along a narrow, winding trail to Khorlebeshi on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. We need to be careful since we walk through the rocky path just before the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi. We will probably get a visit in the evening from this village’s cultural ambassadors, and perhaps have another show for our entertainment. This village is the view point of Ganesh Himal. We camp near the bank of Budhi Gandaki River.
Day 07:Khorlabeshi – Jagat (1340m) 5hours walk.
We start walking along the river for about an hour. Then we walk by the terraced field of tobacco and buckwheat. After some time the path becomes stony that leads us to the hot springs in the center of the small, terraced village of Tatopani, Here we can enjoy for some time to soak our exhausted bodies in the garrulous hot water, and then perhaps go for a swim in the ice-cold river below, drying off on the wonderful river-side beach. Then a slight climb through the woods past with a spectacular waterfalls, across an old, wooden suspension bridge and through a short section of forest path and we reach Dobhan. Above Dobhan, the Bhudi Gandaki River flows down in an impressive series of steep rapids. From here, our path climbs high above the river. We cross the river on a long, new suspension bridge and climb high on stone steps before coming into our camp at Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project. It will be really good to wander around this beautiful, stoned paved village full of mani walls. Sringi Himal looks picturasque from here.
Day 08 :Jagat to Philim (1,570m) 3hours walk
In the beginning we climb over a rocky rim to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The valley seems widened a bit in this point and the path continues up to Ghatta Khola. We continue upstream to a long suspension bridge. Then we climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. The Ama Samuha, a group of mothers in the village, make our evening joyful with their cultural show. We can visit to Chhyoling Sandu Gompa in the village. The village is view point for Sringi Himal.
Day 09: Philim to Chumling (2386m) 6 hours to 7 hours walk
We walk pass Philim now heading to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley. After Ekle Bhatti, we cross the gorge, and enter the pine tree forests. we walk down to the path that leads us to the Tsum Valley. We climb through pine and rhododendron forests. We enjoy the panoramic view of Himalchuli and other famous mountains. We pass Lokpa and climb further north through pines and rhododendrons forests. We walk down to Ghumlong, and climb up to Ripchet. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally we arrive at Chumling. We visit the old Chumling gompa, and love to walk on the stone paved streets of the village here.
Day 10: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3031m) 4 hours to 5 hours walk
We cross the suspension bridge over Samatikring Khola and reach to the path on the opposite bank. We cross Tanju Chorten on the way. We enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. We walk pass Rainjam and cross Serpu Khola. Now we slowly enter the hidden valley of Tsum. Another steep climb takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. If the weather is clear we can enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters.
Day 11: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m), via Milarepa cave 5 hours to 6 hours
Since we are walking in the high altitude these days, we need to be aware of altitude sickness while climbing above Chokhangparo. We walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. We climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave. Then we cross the Siyar Khola. We continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, we climb upstream and cross the bridge to arrive at Nile finally.
Day 12: Nile to Bhajyo (4030m) 5 hours walk
Today, we walk almost close to the Tibetan border. We walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. We climb up to the Mu Gumpa, the monastery of the high place in this region. From Mu Gumpa, we climb further up to Bhajyo and we are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. Bhajyo is a remote area there is not any houses for human settlement. Only we can see some yak farm houses. The camp site is in a widly opened area. After having the lunch we walk round the area.
Day 13: Resting Bhajyo
Today, we take rest at Bhajyo both for acclimatization and sightseeing. We discover the highland around Bhajyo. If the weather is clear, we can also enjoy the magnificent views of Ngula Dhojyang pass as well as the glaciers of the Yamdro Valley.
Day 14: Bhajyo to Rachen Gumpa: (3240) 4 hours walk
Now, we make our way back from Bhajyo, walking down to Rachen Gumba. The Gompa was established in 1905 AD, and it is a famous nunnery Gompa in the Siyar Khola Valley. This nunnery Gompa is one of largest gompas of this region and has great importance. The interior of the Gumpa is splendidly decorated with mural paintings of Buddhist culture.
Day 15: Rachen Gumpa to Chumje (3230m) 4 hours to 5 hours walk
We continue heading to south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. We walk down below Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa comes at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje crossing Yaju.
Day 16: Chumje to Bihi (3130m) 6 hours walk
From Chumje, we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley. We pass the village of Dorjon Kharka just before reaching Rana. We cross the large suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. we walk further up to the beutiful village of Bihi.
Day 17: Bihi – Lho (3180 m) 5hours to 6 hours walk
In the beginning, slowly going uphill but after lunch we walk through steep path and we have to walk through the trail that has landslides, wet pieces and slippery stones. We are now completely turned to the west and the Tibetan border is less than 10 km from of us. We are now entering the area inhabited by Tibetan refugees. Hence, the sight of Tibetan culture and lifestyle is common in this area. The trail goes uphill and downhill both. At Namrung, our special permit will be checked. This is village where there is hydro power station. This is the view point of Shrigai Himal and Ganesh Himal. There is a famous beautiful gompa called Namla Gompa.
We can make telephone call here. We pass the gompa of Lihi and continue to rise until we go through the stone gates of Sho. Lihi is the view point of Himchuli too. A little later, we have a magnificent view of the Naike Peak, Manaslu north and eventually Manaslu Peak. Lho is a beautiful village. In the east we have a view of the peaks of Ganesh Himal and north to the glaciers on the mountains that form the border with Tibet. We can visit the Kandjur Scripts monastery of Lho and Ribung Gompa. Lho is the view point of Manaslu. We can make telephone call from Lho.
Day 18: Lho to Samagaon (3520 m )4 hours walk
We walk a downhill to the river in the beginning. Then the path goes slightly uphill along the river. We cross small jungle area in several places. We arrive to Shyala. It is a comparatively new village and is populated by Tibetan refugees who are still on the old trade route through the pass called Lajyung Bhanjyang. We cross Numala Khola through the suspension bridge and walk to Samagaon which is a very beautiful Tibetan village. We stay her e for 2 nights.
Day 19: Samagaon Acclimatization /( Resting day in 3350m)
Today, as it an acclimatization day, we can have just rest for the whole day or there are so many things we can do. Maybe we can get a hold of Puja (prayer) in the gompa or the monastery. We can bathe and make washing. If we wish to observe Tibetan culture, we can walk through the village and see how the Tibetan villagers live and work in this region. We can make a walk to the Birendra Lake or a piece of way to Manaslu BC or a longer walk to Pung Gyen Gumpa also is the things we can make. The Gompa is in the altitude of about 3900 m on one of the slopes along the Numla Khola. This is point from where we can see the view of Manaslu, Larke, Naike Peak , Manaslu glacier etc. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.
Day 20: Samagaon- Samdo to (3875 m) 2 and half hours walk
Today we have a short trek along the Budhi Gandaki River. Since we are walking in the high altitude, we slowly acclimatize. We climb uphill gradually. Slowly we feel the cold wind as we climb up. So, the warm clothes in your rucksack are suggested. We follow the Budhi Ghandaki in a northwesterly direction to the last inhabited village before the pass. We walk through yakweiden with dozens of meters long manimuren. We have camp in Samdo in a lodge. Telephone service is available here. Mani walls and stupas can be seen everywhere here. We can visit to the view point from where we can witness Naike and Pangboche Peak.
Day 21: Samdo – Dharmashala (Larke Phedi)( 4460 m) 4 hours to 5hours walk
We walk today flat first then slightly uphill. We have to take it easy because today we rise about 800 meters and tomorrow await us a hard day as we will cross the pass Larke La. On the south side of the path we have a view of the North Peak, Naike Peak and the Larke Peak and the Manaslu massif and to the north, the barren, rough stone desert that lies between us and the Tibetan plateau. This will be the coldest night on this trip and probably also the shortest. We spend the night in a lodge in Dharmashala in the other word Larke Phedi.
Day 22: Larke La Pass (5160 m) – Bhimthang (3590 meters) ( 8 hours to 9 hours walk
We get up very early and leave early because today because may be most of the snowy pass and which may in particular make the long steep descent difficult and time consuming. The run-up to the pass is gradual and hopefully it’s a bright sunny day so that, once the light is able to enjoy the impressive landscape. Moraines, glaciers, snow-capped peaks which stand out stridently against the blue sky and the icy glacier lakes are the view of surrounding. The pass is not really showing signs of a sharp transition but the prayer flags tell us that we have arrived at the highest point which is the view point of Kanguru, Annapurna II, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larke Peak, Namjung Himal and Ratnachuli.We too, hang our prayer flags in there.
In the succeeding descent it goes again slightly uphill and then comes the long and very steep down but we occasionally take the time to enjoy the extraordinary view. Only at the moraine path becomes less steep and the going easier. Along the moraine-shore we walk to the large lawn with some houses. We walk for long hours today; we must bear in mind that average of 10 to 11 hours walk including a few short breaks along the way. But the duration can vary since it depends on the local conditions like weather. In the evening we are very much exhausted but contented today. We stay in a lodge for the night in Bhimthang. Bhimthang has telephone service facility. There is a view point of Lamjung Himal, North-East face of Manaslu, South face of Phungi, Cheo Himal and North-West face of Himlung.
Day 23: Resting at Bimthang
Bimthang is an open place and beautiful place to have rest after crossing the Larke La pass. Especially ,Nepali staff s would like to enjoy drinking the local alcohol here and enjoy the rest. The trekkers also can join the drinking party. There are only the tea houses for the trekkers to stay. No people live there in winter since it is very cold. There is a view point of Lamjung Himal, North-East face of Manaslu, South face of Phungi, Cheo Himal and North-West face of Himlung at Bimthang. We can enjoy the spectacular views today. We just rest for the whole day enjoying the views, taking photographs or sleeping the bed to have full rest. If we wish, we can visit to the nearby Himalayan beautiful lakes; Nayamlo Tal and Ponkar Tal today. We go there crossing Salpudanda Glacier. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today. We may go to visit the beautiful lakes named: Nayamlo Tal and Ponkar Tal.
Day 24: Bimthang – Tilije (2300 m) 5 hours walk to 6 hours walk
Today our journey goes down slowly. In the beginning we walk through glacier shore. Then beautiful forests with great views of the peaks of the Manaslu behind us, we walk quietly along the river to Kharche. This is just off the Suti Khola, a river coming from the northwest and flows into the Dudh Khola. We walk along the Dudh Khola down south. Small villages with tea houses are on the way. First a horrible climb over the Pass of Kharche but then mostly down along moraines, yak kharka, white beaches and rocks along the river that swirls down and called Dudh (milk) delivers. Also, we see beautiful view of waterfalls and the forest with mosses. We love the path that has a view of the magnificent mountains around us. We slowly head to the big Gurung village of Tilje, where we will spend the night in a lodge. We can visit Tilije Gompa here and telephone and NTC mobile service is available here. Apple Wine and brandy is produced here since the apple farm is there. We can have taste of local wine, alcohol and other products here.
Day 25: Tilije – Jagat ( 1300m) 5 hours to 6 hours walk
We leave the Gurung village Tilje and walk downhill to the point where the Dudh Khola comes together with the Marsyangdi River. We reach the Annapurna trail. At Dharapani we go over the bridge to the west bank of the Marsyangdi and we will check with the post mark to let our permits. We are now in a completely different world with many tea-houses, restaurants and lodges in comparison of the routes we walked in the past. We pass typical villages like Tal and Chamje and finally reach to Jagat where we stay overnight.
Day 26: Jagat – Syange (1100m) one hour’s walking – Kathmandu (by bus or jeep) 8hours to 9 hours
Today, we walk for one hour as an ending part of our trekking then from the place called Syange we get in a jeep upto Besi Sahar( Headquarter of Lamjung District) throughout bank of Marshyagdi river.,We reach Dumre at Prithivi Highway by local bus to Kathmandu. Upto Besisahar, the road is rough as it is just gravelled.But from Besi Sahar, the road is pitched. At Dumre, we reach the road that runs from Pokhara to Kathmandu. As well as on the way, we will have lunch in Mugling. The drive will take 6 to 8 hours. It depends on the situation of the road traffic and especially the pass to the Kathmandu valley can sometimes cause delays.
Day 27: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Or Sightseeing in Bhaktapur (1401m) 3-4 hours
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 28: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.