Trip Overview

The eighth highest peak of the world is a beautiful destination beyond description and pilgrimage site of Buddhist culture and Tibetan lifestyle untouched by modernity. Pass through terraced farms, Budhi Gandaki River, small villages – a totally different world. Explore small villages, entirely different cultures, homestay in the Sherpa community, and beautiful scenic views to enhance your trekking experience.

Highlights

  • Get a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and from Chamje to Kathmandu
  • The zone is inhabited by Brahmins, Tamang, Chhetri, Magar, Gurung, and Tibetan people
  • See local creatures like snow leopards and red pandas
  • Pass through tropical green slopes secured with oak and pine timberlands

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu

Our staff will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at the hotel in private vehicles. You can either take rest in the hotel or meet at the office to know about the arrangement in detail.

Day 02: Briefing about the trek

After a delicious breakfast, you will meet with the trekking guide in the hotel. You’ll get a briefing and other crucial details about the trek. Kindly bring your passport, 3 passport size photographs, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. You may use your leisure time in exploring local sites including Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Get an early morning drive in private or public vehicle to Dhading Bensi and then to Arughat. From Arughat, we will get a drive to Soti Khola, which is well known for the freshwater bath. Stay overnight in a guest house near the river.

Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola

After crossing the bridge, the trail passes through Sal forests. Ascend through the bridge overlooking the rapids of Budhi Gandaki, which brings us to Khursane. Gurung village is the last part of the rocky trail. After crossing the rocky trail, you’ll reach the rounded an area of stones and sand. Cross over the suspension bridge to arrive at Machhi Khola village. Stay overnight in Machhi khola.

Day 05: Machhi Khola to Jagat

Pass through a small settlement alongside Khorlabeshi till Tatopani. You’ll see Gurung settlements and see herders moving in the hills. Pass through Tatopani and climb the ridge for crossing through Budhi Gandaki to reach Yaru River. Cross through a bridge built in 2016 with Swiss technology to reach Jagat for staying overnight.

Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa

Jagat is another village inhabited by Gurung. As you pass through the agrarian village, the rocky climb will start till you reach Salleri with a picturesque view of Mt. Sringi. Descend to Sirdibas and mover further for crossing the suspension bridge and climb to Lokpa at the north of Philim. Pass through the forest area to reach Ekla Bhatti. Move along the forest to reach a gorge and drop on a junction. Take the right trail to reach at Tsum valley for staying overnight on Lokpa.

Day 07: Lokpa to Chumling

Today you’ll start trekking in the Tsum valley. The glimpse of the Tsum valley is a pleasurable sight. It will start appearing as you descend to Ghumlong and climb to Ripchet. A short walk will take you to Chumling – traditional Buddhist village with an old monastery, prayer flags, and traditional houses, stone-paved streets, and Mani walls. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo

Cross the suspension bridge and pass through potato and maize fields. After crossing the valley through a scenic ridge, you’ll reach the small settlement under the cliff at Chhokang Paro.

Day 09: Chhokanparo to Nile

Have a delicious breakfast and head towards the Nile. After having lunch left your luggage in the tea house and head towards Mu Gompa. Ascend on the trail towards Mu Gompa – the largest region of monasteries and the highest point of Tsum valley. After having a 5-hour round trip, stay overnight at Nile.

Day 10: Nile to Rachen Gompa

A short walk will take you to Chhule and Phurbe. Here you can enjoy Sherpa homestay. Walk on the banks of Siyar River and further cross plains to Rachen Gompa. Stay overnight at Rachen Gompa.

Day 11: Rachen Gompa to Chumling

Cross river to pass through Chhokang Paro and drop to Chumling. Walk for about 2 hours and pass through the white monastery for dropping off at Siyar Khola. An abundance of clean water is suitable for washing clothes. Stay overnight at Chumling.

Day 12: Chumling to Dang

Descend from Chumling and cross through the suspension bridge. The trail begins on a rocky ridge with an engaging view of Sringi Himal. Pass through Ghatta Khola and continue to farms of millet, maize, potatoes, and vegetables. Pass through an uninhabited gorge and pass-through a bank of Budhi Gandaki and bamboo Forest of Deng River. Stay overnight at Deng village besides the Deng River.

Day 13: Deng to Namrung

Beyond Deng trail climb up to Rena. Pass through some houses till trail raises high above the river and comes down into Sringi valley and pass through many Tibetan Mani walls and vibrant forests till you reach Namrung. The trail has a beautiful Sringi Himal view. Cross through Budi Gandaki River many times. Stay overnight at Namrung.

Day 14: Namrung to Lho Gham

With the picturesque views of Sringi, the trek begins from Namrung and climb up steadily to the alpine – blessed with stunning mountain views. The village of Namrung has marked the beginning of pure Tibetan inhabitants. Pass through villages, forests, and barley terraces for getting the stunning view of Manaslu while Accenture of Lho Village. Stay overnight at Lho village and enjoy sunset and sunrise with the view of Gompa or Lodge.

Day 15: Lho Gham to Samagaon

Pass through Gompas, alpine scenery, and Tibetan settlements and cross through a short trek to reach Sama Gaon for stopping. The retreat is for both rest and acclimatization. You can get acquainted with Sherpa culture and traditions. Set on the foot of pastures with the view of 500 years old distinctive architecture. Entrance gates at the village entrance are common here with the sale of Chinese brandy or women weaving wools into gowns. You can hike up or wander at the streets of Sama Gaon. Stay overnight at the mountain lodge.

Day 16: Acclimatization in Samagaon

Descend at the Budhi Gandaki River and follow towards the north till you reach a bridge. Take a left from here to reach Manaslu Base Camp. Pungyen Gompa is 3 to 4 hours away and Birendra Tal is 1 hour from here.

Day 17: Samagaon to Samdo

Larkya La trail passes through several Mani walls which lead towards Juniper and further birch forests. Descend back to Budhi Gandaki and cross through a tine bridge and climb to ‘Kane’ for entering into Samdo. This village has 3 valleys and well known for traditional yak herding. This village depicts traditional Tibetan lifestyle with rearing goats, sheep, horses, and fields of barley.

Day 18: Samdo to Larkya Phedi

Pass through ridges and cross wooden bridges over Budi Gandaki. Cross two steams before you come across Larkya glacier and reach the dramatic gorge. Climb upon 4450 meters to reach Larke Phedi and take shelter in Dharamshala. This is a short walk, which provides plenty of time for acclimatization.

Day 19: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang

Take a short climb to reach the north side of Larkya glacier. Enjoy the scenic views of Larkya Phedi and Cho Danda. The climb towards Lrkya Phedi passes through a gradual beginning and steep path towards the end. Steep is a strenuous but equally rewarding experience. Bimthang waits in the end. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 20: Bimthang to Tilje

With picturesque views of Lamjung Himal, Cheo Himal, Manaslu, and Himlung descend from Bimthang and cross over pastures land, rhododendron forest, Dudh Khola and steep climb over a ridge will lead to Gho. Gho has lodges but Tilje has a quite better option for lodges.

Day 21: Tilije to Chamche

Cross over a ridge and stone-paved trek for passing through a beautiful village. You can see Tibetan settlements along. Descend into Marsyangdi valley and from Dharapani to meet the classic Annapurna trail. Walk across the Karte village and cross through Marshyangdi Khola. Get a warm welcome with Mani walls to the village of Tal and move further to Chamche. Stay overnight at Chamche.

Day 22: Chamche to Kathmandu

Get a drive back to Kathmandu in private or public vehicles. The drive to Kathmandu is mostly along the banks of Trishuli and Marsyangdi River. In the evening celebrate the successful completion of this trip with farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 23: Departure

Staff will drop you at the international airport before your scheduled flight in private vehicles. If you wish to stay a little longer, we can help you plan another trip.

Included

  • Pick up and drop off service from hotel to airport and back
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in 3-star hotel
  • Sightseeing tour for half day in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation facility during trekking
  • All meals during the trek
  • A licensed Sherpa guide
  • Porter for carrying your bag (2 people – 1 porter)
  • All necessary permits for trekking and Manaslu & Tsum valley
  • TIMS (trekkers information management system)
  • Necessary equipment for instance down jacket and sleeping bag
  • Salary, food, salary, and transport facility for guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance for porter and guide
  • Necessary flight tickets (domestic)
  • Rescue help in case of emergency (paid from travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner with cultural show
  • All program as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Beverage (soft or hard)
  • Visa and international flight tickets

Good to Know

Food

Enjoy tasty, freshly cooked meals three times a day, along with the choice of tea or coffee with snacks. Snacks will provide during the trek. You may carry some packaged snacks if you want.

Accommodation

Accommodate in spacious and clean rooms equipped with all basic amenities. Get a chance to stay in tents, homestay at Sherpa home, and lodges during the trek. Accommodate in 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu.

Trekking essentials

Here is the list of some trekking essential to help you during the trek

  • Sleeping bag (optional)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep gear (a porter will carry this bag)
  • Day bag pack for yourself
  • Down jacket
  • Shade hat
  • Woolen cap
  • Lightweight warm gloves
  • T-shirts (2 to 3)
  • Torchlight
  • Thermal tops (lightweight)
  • Fleece jacket
  • A pair of nylon shorts
  • Underwear and two pair of long underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Warm socks
  • Medium weight hiking/trekking boots (waterproof)
  • Water bottle

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu

Our staff will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at the hotel in private vehicles. You can either take rest in the hotel or meet at the office to know about the arrangement in detail.

Day 02: Briefing about the trek

After a delicious breakfast, you will meet with the trekking guide in the hotel. You’ll get a briefing and other crucial details about the trek. Kindly bring your passport, 3 passport size photographs, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. You may use your leisure time in exploring local sites including Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Get an early morning drive in private or public vehicle to Dhading Bensi and then to Arughat. From Arughat, we will get a drive to Soti Khola, which is well known for the freshwater bath. Stay overnight in a guest house near the river.

Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola

After crossing the bridge, the trail passes through Sal forests. Ascend through the bridge overlooking the rapids of Budhi Gandaki, which brings us to Khursane. Gurung village is the last part of the rocky trail. After crossing the rocky trail, you’ll reach the rounded an area of stones and sand. Cross over the suspension bridge to arrive at Machhi Khola village. Stay overnight in Machhi khola.

Day 05: Machhi Khola to Jagat

Pass through a small settlement alongside Khorlabeshi till Tatopani. You’ll see Gurung settlements and see herders moving in the hills. Pass through Tatopani and climb the ridge for crossing through Budhi Gandaki to reach Yaru River. Cross through a bridge built in 2016 with Swiss technology to reach Jagat for staying overnight.

Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa

Jagat is another village inhabited by Gurung. As you pass through the agrarian village, the rocky climb will start till you reach Salleri with a picturesque view of Mt. Sringi. Descend to Sirdibas and mover further for crossing the suspension bridge and climb to Lokpa at the north of Philim. Pass through the forest area to reach Ekla Bhatti. Move along the forest to reach a gorge and drop on a junction. Take the right trail to reach at Tsum valley for staying overnight on Lokpa.

Day 07: Lokpa to Chumling

Today you’ll start trekking in the Tsum valley. The glimpse of the Tsum valley is a pleasurable sight. It will start appearing as you descend to Ghumlong and climb to Ripchet. A short walk will take you to Chumling – traditional Buddhist village with an old monastery, prayer flags, and traditional houses, stone-paved streets, and Mani walls. Stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo

Cross the suspension bridge and pass through potato and maize fields. After crossing the valley through a scenic ridge, you’ll reach the small settlement under the cliff at Chhokang Paro.

Day 09: Chhokanparo to Nile

Have a delicious breakfast and head towards the Nile. After having lunch left your luggage in the tea house and head towards Mu Gompa. Ascend on the trail towards Mu Gompa – the largest region of monasteries and the highest point of Tsum valley. After having a 5-hour round trip, stay overnight at Nile.

Day 10: Nile to Rachen Gompa

A short walk will take you to Chhule and Phurbe. Here you can enjoy Sherpa homestay. Walk on the banks of Siyar River and further cross plains to Rachen Gompa. Stay overnight at Rachen Gompa.

Day 11: Rachen Gompa to Chumling

Cross river to pass through Chhokang Paro and drop to Chumling. Walk for about 2 hours and pass through the white monastery for dropping off at Siyar Khola. An abundance of clean water is suitable for washing clothes. Stay overnight at Chumling.

Day 12: Chumling to Dang

Descend from Chumling and cross through the suspension bridge. The trail begins on a rocky ridge with an engaging view of Sringi Himal. Pass through Ghatta Khola and continue to farms of millet, maize, potatoes, and vegetables. Pass through an uninhabited gorge and pass-through a bank of Budhi Gandaki and bamboo Forest of Deng River. Stay overnight at Deng village besides the Deng River.

Day 13: Deng to Namrung

Beyond Deng trail climb up to Rena. Pass through some houses till trail raises high above the river and comes down into Sringi valley and pass through many Tibetan Mani walls and vibrant forests till you reach Namrung. The trail has a beautiful Sringi Himal view. Cross through Budi Gandaki River many times. Stay overnight at Namrung.

Day 14: Namrung to Lho Gham

With the picturesque views of Sringi, the trek begins from Namrung and climb up steadily to the alpine – blessed with stunning mountain views. The village of Namrung has marked the beginning of pure Tibetan inhabitants. Pass through villages, forests, and barley terraces for getting the stunning view of Manaslu while Accenture of Lho Village. Stay overnight at Lho village and enjoy sunset and sunrise with the view of Gompa or Lodge.

Day 15: Lho Gham to Samagaon

Pass through Gompas, alpine scenery, and Tibetan settlements and cross through a short trek to reach Sama Gaon for stopping. The retreat is for both rest and acclimatization. You can get acquainted with Sherpa culture and traditions. Set on the foot of pastures with the view of 500 years old distinctive architecture. Entrance gates at the village entrance are common here with the sale of Chinese brandy or women weaving wools into gowns. You can hike up or wander at the streets of Sama Gaon. Stay overnight at the mountain lodge.

Day 16: Acclimatization in Samagaon

Descend at the Budhi Gandaki River and follow towards the north till you reach a bridge. Take a left from here to reach Manaslu Base Camp. Pungyen Gompa is 3 to 4 hours away and Birendra Tal is 1 hour from here.

Day 17: Samagaon to Samdo

Larkya La trail passes through several Mani walls which lead towards Juniper and further birch forests. Descend back to Budhi Gandaki and cross through a tine bridge and climb to ‘Kane’ for entering into Samdo. This village has 3 valleys and well known for traditional yak herding. This village depicts traditional Tibetan lifestyle with rearing goats, sheep, horses, and fields of barley.

Day 18: Samdo to Larkya Phedi

Pass through ridges and cross wooden bridges over Budi Gandaki. Cross two steams before you come across Larkya glacier and reach the dramatic gorge. Climb upon 4450 meters to reach Larke Phedi and take shelter in Dharamshala. This is a short walk, which provides plenty of time for acclimatization.

Day 19: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang

Take a short climb to reach the north side of Larkya glacier. Enjoy the scenic views of Larkya Phedi and Cho Danda. The climb towards Lrkya Phedi passes through a gradual beginning and steep path towards the end. Steep is a strenuous but equally rewarding experience. Bimthang waits in the end. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 20: Bimthang to Tilje

With picturesque views of Lamjung Himal, Cheo Himal, Manaslu, and Himlung descend from Bimthang and cross over pastures land, rhododendron forest, Dudh Khola and steep climb over a ridge will lead to Gho. Gho has lodges but Tilje has a quite better option for lodges.

Day 21: Tilije to Chamche

Cross over a ridge and stone-paved trek for passing through a beautiful village. You can see Tibetan settlements along. Descend into Marsyangdi valley and from Dharapani to meet the classic Annapurna trail. Walk across the Karte village and cross through Marshyangdi Khola. Get a warm welcome with Mani walls to the village of Tal and move further to Chamche. Stay overnight at Chamche.

Day 22: Chamche to Kathmandu

Get a drive back to Kathmandu in private or public vehicles. The drive to Kathmandu is mostly along the banks of Trishuli and Marsyangdi River. In the evening celebrate the successful completion of this trip with farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 23: Departure

Staff will drop you at the international airport before your scheduled flight in private vehicles. If you wish to stay a little longer, we can help you plan another trip.

Included

  • Pick up and drop off service from hotel to airport and back
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in 3-star hotel
  • Sightseeing tour for half day in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation facility during trekking
  • All meals during the trek
  • A licensed Sherpa guide
  • Porter for carrying your bag (2 people – 1 porter)
  • All necessary permits for trekking and Manaslu & Tsum valley
  • TIMS (trekkers information management system)
  • Necessary equipment for instance down jacket and sleeping bag
  • Salary, food, salary, and transport facility for guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance for porter and guide
  • Necessary flight tickets (domestic)
  • Rescue help in case of emergency (paid from travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner with cultural show
  • All program as per itinerary

Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Beverage (soft or hard)
  • Visa and international flight tickets

Good to Know

Food

Enjoy tasty, freshly cooked meals three times a day, along with the choice of tea or coffee with snacks. Snacks will provide during the trek. You may carry some packaged snacks if you want.

Accommodation

Accommodate in spacious and clean rooms equipped with all basic amenities. Get a chance to stay in tents, homestay at Sherpa home, and lodges during the trek. Accommodate in 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu.

Trekking essentials

Here is the list of some trekking essential to help you during the trek

  • Sleeping bag (optional)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep gear (a porter will carry this bag)
  • Day bag pack for yourself
  • Down jacket
  • Shade hat
  • Woolen cap
  • Lightweight warm gloves
  • T-shirts (2 to 3)
  • Torchlight
  • Thermal tops (lightweight)
  • Fleece jacket
  • A pair of nylon shorts
  • Underwear and two pair of long underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Warm socks
  • Medium weight hiking/trekking boots (waterproof)
  • Water bottle