Arrive in Kathmandu
On arrival, you will be met at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport by an Expedition Base
representative and taken to your hotel. It’s then a free day to recover from your international
flight. Later in the evening, there will be a group briefing and welcome dinner with the team.
This is a free day for you to explore the fast paced but wondrously beautiful city of Kathmandu.
It is home to 5 World Heritage sites. Kathmandu is a stunning landscape of handcrafted
wooden palaces (durbar or palace squares of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) and glorious
Buddhist stupas (Swayambu and Boudhanath).
Drive to Arughat (530m) -6 hrs
We drive out of the Kathmandu Valley exiting via the busy west gate of the city, and down the
hillside with direct views of the Langtang mountain range. The windy road eventually turns
right into Gorkha district and up to Arughat, our trailhead. We have the afternoon to explore
this little riverside town as we prepare for our trek.
Trek Arughat (530m) to Khursani Bari/Liding (860m) -6 hrs
We follow the Budhi Gandaki river north passing Gurung and Magar farming villages, and
through forests noisy with monkeys. During summer especially and also autumn, large
waterfalls stream down gorge cliffs feeding the Budhi Gandaki river. It’s a refreshing sight in
the heat at this low altitude. However, be prepared for fun and wet stream crossings! The
scenery is breathtaking.
Trek Khursani Bari (860m) to Machha Khola (930m) - 6 hrs
We continue to follow the undulating trail along the river and through forests. The gorge
narrows against steep cliffs and dense forest, and then widens for pleasant riverbeds. There’s
a steep climb up to Machha Khola or ‘fish river’ for our night’s stop.
Trek Machha Khola (930m) to Dobhan (1,070m) -5.5 hrs
At Tatopani or ‘hot water’ you can stop to enjoy a natural hotspring bath under a cliff. After
crossing a suspension bridge to the other side of the river, there’s a climb up stone steps to
Trek Dobhan (1,070m) to Philim (1,570m) -6 hrs
The trail continues on the true left of the river until Thado Bharyang just below the town of
Jagat. We cross the river to Jagat, and
to more prominent Buddhist communities as seen by
chortens and mani walls in the villages. The route crosses the river again and up to Philim.
Trek Philim (1,570m) to Deng (1,860m) -6 hrs
From Philim we enjoy more thunderous waterfalls and a sensational gorge walk high above the
river. The trail then wanders through pine and bamboo forests to the Gurung town of Deng.
Trek Deng (1,860m) to Namrung (2,582m) -6 hrs
The Budhi Gandaki river thins further as
we continue the journey now high in Upper Manaslu.
We trek north-west in parallel to the Tibetan border only 5km north when we reach Ghap. We
trek through forests filled with alpine rhododendrons and oak trees up to Namrung.
Trek Namrung (2,582m) to Sama gaon (3,525m) -6 hr
As we journey deeper into the Nupri valley, the Bhotia way of life and devote Buddhist culture
can be appreciated in each village. Old monasteries or ‘gompas’ can be seen positioned high
above the trail route. Look south-west for your first views of the twin peaks of Manaslu
(8,163m), and south to take in Himal Chuli (7,893m, 18th highest mountain in the world).
Acclimatisation in Sama gaon
To allow for adequate acclimatisation before crossing our highest point at Larkya La pass, we
will spend an extra day in Sama gaon. You can visit the local monastery that offers splendid
views of Manaslu, spend the day trekking the steep trail up to Manaslu Base Camp (4,500m, 7-
8 hr for the 1,000m climb and return) that passes the beautiful Birendra Tal glacier lake or you
can otherwise relax with a good book.
Trek Sama gaon (3,525m) to Samdo (3,860m) -3 hrs
Today is an easy day that traverses north up the valley through birch and juniper forests. We
pass stone huts, mani walls and cross wooden bridges to reach Samdo. Samdo is the old
trading centre for routes between Tibet and Nepal.
Trek Samdo (3,860m) to Dharmsala (4,460m) -3.5 hrs
It’s a slow but short climb towards Larkya glacier and our pass crossing. We walk to the glacier
terminal moraine passing through a barren high altitude landscape consisting mostly of juniper
shrubs. The popular north- west ridge route to Manaslu can clearly be seen as we trek up to Dharmsala.
Trek Dharmsala (4,460m) to Bimthang (3,610m) via Larkya La pass (5,106m) -8 hrs
Depending on conditions, the pass is a long snow and rock traverse on Larkya glacier. To avoid
unpleasant afternoon winds, we start the crossing early in the morning. Trekking first up the
rocky glacier moraine and then onto the pass itself, it’s a slow trudge at high altitude. However,
the panoramic view from the high point is a spectacular scene encompassing Himlung, Cheo
and Kang Guru. The 1.5 hr descent follows steep switchbacks on rock scree. Trekking poles
are advised, and even crampons if conditions are icy. Eventually, the track drops into a grassy
meadow, which we follow to Bimthang.
Trek Bimthang (3,610m) to Tilje (2,300m) -4.5 hrs
This is mostly a downhill day except for a crossing of Karche pass (2,710m) as we now follow
the Dudh river or “milk river” south into Manang and the Annapurna Conservation Park. The
trail to the classic Annapurna circuit trek connects at Dharapani. We see the familiar sights of
Gurung villages in Tilje as we move further south from the Tibetan border and Bhotia
Trek Tilje (2,300m) to Tal (1,707m) -4 hrs
Our last day of trekking is another gorge
trek down the beginnings of the mighty Marshyangdi
river. The evening meal at Tal will be shared with our portering staff whom we will farewell the
Drive Tal to Besisahar -5 hrs
We take an interesting drive down a new road that connects Tal to Besisahar along the river.
You’ll be happy to see the small town of Besisahar, our rest for the night.
Drive Besisahar to Kathmandu - 6 hrs and in Kathmandu
We return to Kathmandu via the same route. Once in Kathmandu, you have the afternoon to
have a shower and relax.
Relax or catch a spot of shopping and sightseeing before your departure home. The choice is
You will bid Kathmandu and Nepal farewell... until next time. We will be sad to see you go.