A relatively new route opened up to outsiders and is also an alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is, therefore, a less trekked area and one encounters fewer other trekkers; so the tranquility and essence of wilderness is intact. In addition, it offers you so much in terms of the Himalayan panorama, culture, and biodiversity.
the best and only way to reach the beginning point is to drive from Kathmandu to arughat for about 8 hrs and change another bus to Soti Khola for 2 hrs. however, you can choose 4 wheels private jeep on an additional 300 USD cost which will be much more comfortable and a bit fast to Soti Khola. from where the real trekking starts.
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Enjoy your private transfer from Kathmandu's International Airport to your hotel. In the evening relax with a welcome drink followed by a trip briefing by your experienced, professional guide
Today enjoy your private, full-day sightseeing tour with English speaking guide to Kathmandu's cultural, religious and historical UNESCO World Heritage sites including Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at your Kathmandu Hotel.
after an early breakfast, we get moving early today for Sotikhola. In the course of the drive, we enjoy views of Nepalese rural life along with some lovely mountain scenery. We will be driving on a tarred road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarters of Dhading (1050m) but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. On reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight at Soti Khola in a teahouse lodge
The landscapes change as we go higher, the wide valley narrows and at times the trail cuts into the steep valley which is densely forested. Then we pass a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of this valley, on our opposite 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 wider section, sandy Riverbank and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley path. In the end, we have to climb up once again to get to Machhakhola, which has a number of teashops.
We cross over Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The whole valley here becomes steeper to the limits till the route to cross then switches to the left bank by a suspension bridge. The trekking trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places. After a short section of forest trail, we reach a single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban village, the Buri Gandaki descends with some notable flowing of rapids. Beyond this hard steep section, the River is much more placid, meandering across a wide gravel bank and from Lauri, we will cross the River by hiking over an airy suspension bridge, and then climb on a high trail to the fields of Jagat for the night
our hike today begins by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, after which we descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We 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, we 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 then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.
After a short hike beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a little to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We 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 a striking 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, we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung
Namrung village offers a great viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. Following the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama, we reach the village and it takes a further 20 minutes to reach the monastery. There are excellent views of Manaslu from here. In the afternoon, there are a number of possible walks to help your acclimatization. There’s a monastery located on a ridge south of Sama Gaon. Today’s walk concludes in Samagaon where we spend the night.
We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Tibetan 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’, an ideal description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believe 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.
Today finds us descending to the Budhi Gandaki River, which has turned north and follows 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. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a headland between two forks of the river, we find Samdo.
today sees us continuing our walk down the edge, crossing the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. on crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharamshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.
on completing a brief climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we 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 awesome experience.
after conquering heights and lengths of Larkya La, the trail today goes easy and normal. The trail to Tilje passes through paddy fields with moderate climbing. 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. Moving forward, we have to cross Karcha La pass and then the trail drops down through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Due to yesterday's tiredness, we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so ‘Just Adventure’ recommends we stay at Tilije.
Continuing our journey, we will head to Tal after we have our breakfast. A 5 hours walk goes through the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal
We stick by the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyangdi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clinging very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. we will take a jeep from syange to Besi Sahar.
We get set for an 8 hours scenic drive to Kathmandu you will be escorted into our hotel. We either spend the day leisurely or perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping or explore any sights we missed during our first day in Kathmandu.
Our team will have a private vehicle standing by to take you to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport or if you'd like to extend your stay we have many short tours available for your enjoyment. You can go on an exciting game drive in Chitwan National Park, experience the exhilaration of white water rafting or take a thrilling mountain bike ride on some of Nepal’s urban trails. Always wanted to visit Tibet or Bhutan? We have the experience to handle the details. At Travel Maker South Asia it is an honor to serve you and we look forward to welcoming you back to beautiful Nepal in the future. We wish you a safe journey.
Doing the Manaslu circuit trek via Travel Maker South Asia was a very good choice! I booked the trek with a friend when I was in the Netherlands, and the communication with the company was smooth from the beginning (also when we weren't in Nepal yet). We received quick and…Continue