Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
The program will be: the Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square monuments with their wooden pagoda-temples, the Boudanath or Swayambhunath’s buddhist sanctuaries and Pashupatinath hinduist one where the cremations occur, not to speak of the many temples spread about along the crowded and busy streets of the antique city.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Gorkha (1150m)
Leaving by bus early in the morning to Gorkha, a 5h ride for 140km. Lunch in a small local restaurant at Mugling Bazar. At Gorkha, all the local staff is waiting for us. Some time is needed for the loads sharing and we can start. A great adventure begins. A series of stone staircase for reaching the old royal palace we will visit on the way. Camp a little bit down in very nice rice fields facing Manaslu and Annapurna range.
Day 4: Camp - Khanchok (1150m) 5 Hrs Trek
Today a day across ricefields and other crops fields as millet, mustard, all terrace fields carved into the hills. Gorgeous views because out trail is often on the ridges.
Day 5: Khanchok - Arughat (700m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek
After crossing a short pass, we go down the thalweg and cross a small river many times. Past rice and millet fields, hamlets scattered all along the valley. After a suspension bridge at the Buri Gandaki confluence point, we reach Arughat. Checkpost and have a short rest. Camp a little bit upstream near Kati Bazar alongside the Buri Gandaki river.
Day 6: Arughat - Korsanadera (800m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek
Now during 8 days we are going upstream the Buri Gandaki, till its spring. On the right bank, the trail crosses a very cultivated region, then drops to the riverbed (useable only in the dry season). We cross many tributaries till the confluence with the Soti Khola and 55mn away, in the most convenient spot, we have our camp.
Day 7: Korsanadera - Maccha Khola (900m) – 6 Hrs Trek
Today the landscape definitely changes. We cross forest covered hillsides before the banks change into vertiginous cliffs. The gravelled trail goes up and down... A little bit up, at Lapbesi, the valley widens again and we walk along the bottom, a large white sandy bed. Camp at the Maccha Khola confluence.
Day 8: Maccha Khola - Nero (1400m) – 5/6 Hrs Trek
The cultivated area ends because the slopes become too steep and the rare remainded fields are poor. We walk upstream the river caught between two cliffs till Tatopani hot springs. We go to the other bank by crossing a suspension bridge, and we walk through a woody area. Farther the river is getting turbulent, forcing its way through the rocks. Camp in a valley widening place between very high cliffs.
Day 9: Nero - Philim (1700m) – 4/5 Hrs Trek
Past Jugat in the morning, a small village interesting by the style of its houses which is caracteristic of high valleys entrance. In front of us a modest 7000m high mountain: “The Shringi Himal”.
Day 10: Philim - Umbale (2050m) – 7 Hrs Trek
The valley is extremely deepsided. The landscape is getting clearly alpine and wonderful, with nice pine forests. We walk on a balcony path cut through the cliff above a drop. Views of ganesh and Chuli mountains. Camp 300m down on a flat spot limited by mani walls.
Day 11: Umbale - Namru (2700m) – 7 Hrs Trek
The river is flowing in the bottom of a deep and narrow gorge, a nice canyon we follow on a cliff trail. It definitely starts to go up through an extraordinary forest mingling the features of different kinds of vegetation and with many monkeys. We are now in buddhist area with a lot of nice mani walls. Camp just near Namru village, at the foot of a high waterfall.
Day 12: Namru - Sama Gompa (3550m) – 7 Hrs Trek
Past Ligaon, Sho, Lo..., all very nice Tibetan villages with many people in the fields: it’s magnificent. The Manaslu with its different satellites appears above larch forests and temples. Camp a little far away Sama, the valley center ,at the foot of the Manaslu north face. An extraordinary day of beauty,one we will never forget.
Day 13: Rest day
Hike around for acclimatisation and taking pictures.
Day 14: Sama Gompa - Pungen Glacier Camp – 5 /6 Hrs Trek
The Manaslu east face, still unclimbed, is towering us more than 4000m, with beside it the Ngadi, Peak 29... amazing!
Day 15: Pungen Glacier - Larkya B. C. (4450m) – 3 Hrs Trek
We still steadily go up through high altitude yak pastures. On the left, black glaciers and austere rock faces. Camp near a brook.
Day 16: Larkya B. C. - Larkya Pass (5135m) - Bimdakhati (3800m) – 8 Hrs Trek.
The ascent continues on the east hillside of the pass, gently, then clearly too gently, giving us the impression of not going ahead, with the very nice Larkya Peak as a focal point. From there and all along the way down of a huge moraine,an eerie panorama of the Peri Himal cirque.
Day 17: Bimdakhati - Tilje (2300m) – 6 Hrs Trek
During a few hours we don’t know where to look: the Peri Himal massif, the huge west side Manaslu cirque... amazing! A fairy atmosphere through the forest: rhododendrons, very big trees, branches covered with lichens, glaciers on the background and the Dhudh Khola, an impetuous torrent, we are walking along. Camp in the playground of the Tilje school.
Day 18: Tilje - Tal (1250m) – 6 Hrs Trek
Walking down along the Dhudh Khola till Thonje, where is the confluence point with the Marsyandi river, and we rejoin the Annapurna round trail. Camp 2h far away downwards Tal village, near Chamje.
Day 19: Tal - Bahudanda - Syange (800m) – 6 Hrs Trek
The trail goes across terrace rice fields, then up to Bahudanda, a Gurung village on a hill, then drops to the confluence point of the Ngadi river and the Marsyandi torrent. A nice campsite near the bridge over the Ngadi.
Day 20: Syange - Besi Sahar (850m) – 4 Hrs Trek
The Marshyandi valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepaleese farmers. We cross several interesting villages as Bhulbhule, Khudi. Then we walk on a flat part alongside the left bank of the Marsyandi. A last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar, a dusty and busy place which marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the civilisation. Last camp around.
Day 21: Besi Sahar - Dumre - Kathmandu
We put everything any-old- how on a truck. Better to squeeze together for standing by each other along the 3 to 4h bumpy road to Dumre where we get a bus to Kathmandu. After a 5h ride we are happy to go in a comfortable hotel after a so hard day.
Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu
We deserve a free day where we can relax in our hotel garden with some chilled beers or go for a full day sightseeing that can be arranged upon request.
Day 23: International departure
Depending on your flight time, our airport check in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.