01Day 01Arrive Kathmandu

Our representative at the airport will meet you and brought to your hotel.

We start our jeep ride to Soti Khola after breakfast along the Nepalese countryside. We leave the main highway at Dhading Bensi and take a newly opened fair weather road to Soti Khola. Total journey takes 6-7 hours.

We trek through Sal forests. Upon reaching Khursane, the trail is series of ascends and descends along a narrow path. There are numerous Waterfalls along the trail which is very impressive just post monsoon in October. The trail leads us to a Gurung village of Lapubesi where we stop for lunch. The trail climbs to a rocky outcrop where the valley widens along the Budi Gandaki that meanders amidst stunning scenery. The path brings you down to a sandy riverbed with a short climb before dropping back to the river bed until we reach Macha Khola.

The trail is a series of ascends and descends crossing the Tharo Khola before reaching Khorlabesi. A few more ascends and descends follow before we come across Tatopani (Hotsprings). From Tatopani, we climb over yet another ridge, then cross the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge. We climb on a wide staircase, followed by a landslide area and over the hill to Doban. We cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and continue to climb the stone stairs and before dropping to the river only to climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. We cross to the west bank of the Buri Gandaki, climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.

We begin the trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens up as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We continue our walk upstream to the longest suspension bridge on the trek to reach Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north and remains a relatively flat trail as we pass through terraced fields to Ekle Bhatti. The trail now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. We descend to a grassy land, cross the Buri Gandaki. We trek along the west bank for a while before passing to the east bank and back to the West side again. We continue through the widening valley until the Deng Khola (River). We reach the small village of Deng.

We cross the Budi Gandaki after a short hike and climb to Rana. We cross a bridge, after which we climb a bit to join a trail, we head west along the Budi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and Mani walls towards Ghap village. We take the path that goes through Prok village. From Prok village Shringi Himal is visible. The Budi Gandaki has to be crossed several times today. We will come across several gompas along the way. While continuing upstream, we come across a spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge. There is a steep ascend before reaching our destination.

The trek continues to climb steadily into an Alpine terrain. We will see the first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. You will notice that the locals dress up in Tibetan style attires. Ribung Gompa is famous Monastery in this village.

This is a short hike to Samagaon with an array of mountain views, hiking through moss-laden Rhododendron forest before arriving at Sama Gaon.

Today is an acclimatization day. We trek to either Pungyen Gompa or Birendra Tal.

The trail from Samagaon to Samdo is flattish and takes about 4 - 5 hours to get there. From Samdo the path to the right goes towards Tibet. You might see caravans of Yaks returning with loads from Tibet.

We continue our walk down the edge, cross a wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin hiking upward. We will see the Larkya Glacier while going around the valley of the Salka Khola. We continue to climb up 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. The accommodation here is very minimal and desolate. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Today we go over Larke La 5135 meters; we will walk alongside a glacier with a glacial Lake Cho Chanda. Upon reaching the top of the pass, you will witness a superb panoramic view of Himlung Himal 7126 meters, Cheo Himal 6820 meters, Gaygi Kung 6981 meters and Annapurna II 7937 meters. The Larke La pass is the natural border between the Manaslu and Annapurna region. The descent is steep and slippery to Bimthang. This is a lovely spot with beautiful views of the Manaslu range.
It is a steep and slippery yet beautiful trek to Bimthang.

From Bimthang, we can enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu north, Nemjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We start descending to cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. The trail goes through rhododendron forest and a narrow valley until we reach Karche. We trek across fields before doing a steep climb over a ridge. The path comes off the hill to a river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho.

It is an easy trekking day following the Dudh Khola through bamboo forests down to Dharapani, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. We take a local jeep to Besisahar to shorten tomorrow's journey to Kathmandu.

The road is blacktopped from Besisahar most of the way to Kathmandu.
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