23 Days

Begin the trek from the historic centre of Gorkha after a 6-7 hrs drive from Kathmandu. The trail heads up the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic group. The trail circumvents interesting Manaslu peak [8156m.] crossing Larkya pass at 5100 meter and finally emerges onto the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit.

Trek further to Jomsom at Kali Gandaki river valley crossing which is another high and arduous hike through Thorung la pass at 5416 meter. Along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Annapurna Massifs and Dhaulagiri peaks.

Itinerary Highlights
Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing Of Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Kathmandu – Arughat Bazaar
Day 04: Arughat Bazaar – Sundi Khola
Day 05: Sundi Khola – Machha Khola
Day 06: Machha Khola – Jagat
Day 07: Jagat – Deng
Day 08: Deng – Ghap (2100m)
Day 09: Ghap – Lho Village
Day 10: Lho Village – Sama Gaon
Day 11: Rest Day
Day 12: Sama Gaon – Larkya Lodge (Dharamsala)
Day 13: Larkya Lodge – Tanbuche
Day 14: Tanbuche – Karche
Day 15: Karche – Bagarchap
Day 16: Bagarchap – Chame
Day 17: Chame – Pisang
Day 18: Pisang – Manang
Day 19: Manang – Thorung Phedi
Day 20: Thorung Phedi – Muktinath
Day 21: Muktinath – Jomsom
Day 22: Fly To Pokhara/Kathmandu
Day 23: Departure:


Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu

A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing Of Kathmandu Valley

AM: Proceed for sightseeing tour to Kathmandu city visiting, the ancient palace square also known as the Durbar Square where you will witness the ancient palaces and the temples, Kasthmandap temple made out of a single tree during ancient age, temple of the living goddesses the Kumari, etc. Later, proceed towards Swoyambhunath stupa, one of the Buddhist shrine and also known as the monkey temple situated on the hillock towards the west of Kathmandu and overlooking the Kathmandu valley. Unlike other stupas, this stupa has got a spiral shape which has typical significance.

PM: Proceed on to another city of the valley called Patan city which is also known as the city of fine arts where one can witness splendid artifacts of the medieval period. Afterwards, drive back to the Hotel and rest of the evening will be at leisure
Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.


Day 03: Kathmandu - Arughat Bazaar

We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; we then head towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. The road gets a bit rough after Gorkha. We will reach our destination, Arughat Bazaar, after seven hours from Kathmandu.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 04: Arughat Bazaar - Sundi Khola

On our first day on the trail we head north, following the Buri Gandaki. In the low country rice paddies and picturesque hamlets surround us. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, we descend once again to the river and at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. It is a nice first day not too long, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 05: Sundi Khola - Machha Khola

The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khola, which has a number of teashops.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 06: Machha Khola - Jagat

We cross the Machha Khola – Fish Stream – and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides remain steep until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we will cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 07: Jagat - Deng

After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, we climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal (7187m). The path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal while crossing the river at Gata Khola. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge with towering walls. We cross the river thrice in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng.
Overnight at tented camp.

Deng - Ghap-2100m

The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive. We cross the village of Lama, and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering a high country Buddhist region. After only about four hours we reach the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan area. There’s a perceptible change in the climate and culture. It gets pleasantly cool, as we start to gain the altitude.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 09: Ghap - Lho Village

The higher altitude takes us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani walls and 3 more crossing of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing gently now, and crossing a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, we reach the Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m. We will get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead from Sho. As we continue we come to Lho, a large village at 3150 metres where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Lho Village - Sama Gaon

Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We reach Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village and Samdo, near the Tibetan border.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Rest Day

Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, today we take a rest to acclimatize and relax. It is a good time to catch up on that book or wash clothes.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Sama Gaon - Larkya Lodge (Dharamsala)

The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. We are surrounded by spectacular mountains from all sides. Manaslu is particularly impressive. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village thrived as a trading point, with Tibet lying over the Gya La. The commerce seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlers. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built to serve the travelers crossing the Larkya La.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Larkya Lodge - Tanbuche

After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We walk across the 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. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A further on, a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Tanbuche - Karche

Below us is Bimthang, a broad and level ablated valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 metres, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche (2785 metres).
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Karche - Bagarchap

We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La pass, and can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marshyangdi river. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marshyangdi river and join the main Annapurna Circuit, and the hoards of trekkers. We arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Day 16: Bagarchap - Chame

Today we continue to climb through forests of pine and oak. We pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back at the views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Kotho from where we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II – a sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan mountains. From here the trail climbs through a fir and pine forest to Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are government offices, shops, and hotels. This is only a half day trek.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 17: Chame - Pisang

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area, as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang. In the past, this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolutionaries. The dilapidated buildings are the only remainders of that era. A short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the north-east. Trudging along, we come to a long mani stone wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Pisang - Manang

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge, which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hongde, we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point, we cross the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path. Off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalayas spread out before us – Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134m).After a short steep climb we reach Manang, which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain pocket.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 19: Manang - Thorung Phedi

From Manang, we climb to the next village of Tengi, with the magnificent Annapurna Himal in view, while behind us we can see Peak 29 and Himalchuli from the distance. We are now past the tree line and the vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper. Climbing the path, past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorung La, which we are going to cross tomorrow. The trail goes up and down. As the elevation gradually increases, we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar. Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing a wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable screed slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 20: Thorung Phedi - Muktinath

We will start our journey a little early today to cross the Thorung La (5416m). The trail is steep but well-trodden, as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years. As we continue, the gradient eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic: from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which spreads out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a tiring 1600m descent but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 21: Muktinath - Jomsom

We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley through an arid region which lies in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom and are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.
Overnight at tented camp.

Day 22: Fly To Pokhara/Kathmandu

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge and provides wonderful views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then catch a further flight back to Kathmandu.
Overnight at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza.

Day 23: Departure:

Free till departure and later, transfer to the International airport to connect the flight to onward destination.
  • 20 days camping trek to Round Manaslu and Annapurna as specified in the above itinerary on full board (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) with the accommodation at two men tents.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at the hotelin Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
  • Sherpa sirdar, guide, porters, cook as camping crew.
  • All the camping gears such as tents, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, dining tents, mattress etc.
  • All the trekking gears for the trekking staffs as well including their wages.
  • One way airfare for the sector Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu for guests and the Sherpa guides as well.
  • Manaslu restricted area fee, ACAP fee, Tims card fee and prevailing government tax.
  • Any international airfares, Airport tax, Visa fees etc.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages, telephone & laundry bills, camera fees etc.
  • Insurances of any sort and any extra cost arises during the trip due to the natural calamities, political disturbances or due to any reason which is beyond the control of Adventure Gear Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • Any other services which is not mentioned in the COST INCLUDES section above.

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