A. Itinerary in Detail (22 Days)
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome from vthe airport / transfer to hotels / introduction program and briefing about the trip.
Day 02 : City tour of Kathmandu Valley
City tour (tour to include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple – Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath – The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Kathmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion regarding the trek.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat bazaar / 550m, approx approx 7 hours
Drive to Arughat by 4 wheel jeep / lunch Dhading Besi(3-4 hours drive) on to Arughat (3 hours) with scenic view of landscape, villages, river , Mt. Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. This place lies at the bank of Buddhigandaki river (means ‘The old River’)
Day 04: Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola, 720m, approx 5-6 hours
The first day trek starts from Arughat to Soti KHola by following Budhigandaki river. It is a hours easy walking.
Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola, 930m, approx 5-6 hours
The trek starts by following the Buddhigandaki river (old river) the trail gradually rises with the river gorges.
Day 06: Machha Khola to Doban, 1390m, approx 5-6 hours
This place is situated at the confluence of 2 rivers, the Shiar Khola and Sarpu Khola. Today’s walking is moderate to strenuous with some steep ascents and descents.
Day 07: Doban to Philim, 1760m, approx 6-7 hours
Today we walk through some hamlets and scattered houses through Gurung villages ( Gurung is one of the many ethnic groups of Nepal). When we approach to the village of Philim, we will see the good view of Shringgi Himal
Day 08: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum), 2275m, 7-7:30 hours
Walk through crossing a small stream / follow an easy path / the trail gradually ascends to Lokpa / finally arrive at Chumling / ascents and descents.
Day 09: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) 3030m, approx 5 hours
Day 10: Excursion around the valley in the morning / trek back to Lokpa 1800m, 6-7 hours.
Day 11: Lokpa to Bihi Phedi , approx 6 hours
Easy climbing / reach Chautara /good views of Shringgi Himal to the north / cross suspension bridges then walk through pine forest.
Day 12: Bihi phedi to Namrung, 2560m, approx 5-6 hours
When we trek ahead westwards, the same of local houses seem of dry-stone structure and architecture of houses are influence of Tibet. We will see many Mani walls, chorten, buckwheat and barley fields.
Day 13: Namrung to Sama, 3620m, 6-7 hours
Leave Namrung / cross a small river known as Therang Khola/further on nice waterfall / arrive Lho (3180m) / Good views of Mt. Manaslu and its surroundings.
Day 14: Rest day and acclimatization day
Explore the village and gompas or visit Birendra Kund for reflections of Mt. Manaslu and its northern icefall.
Day 15: Sama to Samdo 3870m / approx 4-4:30 hours
Samdo is a Tibetan refugee settlement of about 40 – 50 houses. Today walk through the grassy Kharkas (Yak Pasture land) which runs parallel to the Budhi Gandaki river.Reach summer herding area of Kermo Kharaka /excellent view of Mt. Manaslu.
Day 16: Samdo to Lakya Phedi (Dharmasala) 4460m, approx 4 -5 hours
The trail descends to a river by crossing a bridge over the Gyala Khola. Today we will see a view of Larkye peak and North face of Mt. Manaslu.
Day 17: Larkya phedi to Bimthang, 3590, via Larkye la pass, 5135m, apprlx 9 hours
Today is the longest and toughest day of the whole trek / day to see magnificent views of the Himalayas including Mt. Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kang and Annapurna III.
Day 18: Bimthang to Tilje, 2300m, approx 6 hours
Good views of west face of Mt. Manaslu if weather is good enough. The trail descends steeply down through rhododendron and pine forest.
Day 19: Tilje to Sirichaur 1150, approx 7 hours
We join the Annapurna Classic trek trail in parallel to Marshyangdi river.
Day 20: Sirichaur to Beshishahar, approx 6-7 hours
Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu / transfer to hotel
Day 22: Transfer to airport / departure to onward destination