Trek - 21 Days / 20 Nights
is a fascination course which visits the three peaks of Manaslu, known
as "The Japanese Peaks". It is a well-loved trek from Gorkha
to the Budhi Gandaki, Passing through a huge precipitous valley to
the contrasting world of Sama, crossing snow-covered Larkya La, and
descending to the Marshyangdi river. Sama, before you cross the pass,
is ideal for this, you can enjoy strolling about the glacial lake
and Pungen Glacier there.
Drive approximately 4-5 hours to reach Gorkha. In the afternoon sightseeing
around Gorkha bazaar and the palace of Gorkha King where firstly brave
Gorkha solidiers originated from.
GORKHA/KHANCHOWK (956 M.) 6-7 HRS
The trail separates from here north-east toward Budhi Gandaki river.
We follow the right trail toward Khanchowk bazaar for the night halt.
Khanchowk commands good view of Gorkha himal.
KHANCHOWK/ARUGHAT (530 m.) 5-6 HRS
Continue on to Arukot. The trek today involved little bit of up and
little bit of down toward Budhi Gandaki. Arughat is the largest village
of this river basin.
ARUGHAT/SETI KHOLA (750 M.) 6-7 HRS.
Follow the river Budhi Gandaki toward its point of origin. We pass
the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat river. After Arkhat
we ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. Camp today near the confluence
of Seti river - an ideal place to take a fresh water bath.
SETI KHOLA/MACHHA KHOLA (890 M.) 6-7 HRS.
The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge
to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley
here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At
Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki.
Camp tonight at Machha river.
MACHA KHOLA/JAGAT (1350 M.) 6-7 HRS.
Cross Machha river and head upstream along the river's edge. After
crossing Khola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani".
The trail follows forested area after this toward Doban. Below Doban,
there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases,
the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete trasformation. At
Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will
JAGAT/NGYAK (2300 M.) 7-8 HRS.
Descend to the riverbed again. After crossing the river, ascend to
a terraced hill of Saguleri. Sringi Himal (7177 m.) can be seen from
here. At Ghatte river, cross the river Budhi Gandaki to continue toward
Sirish Gaon. Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous
Free for the local excursions.
NGYAK/GHAP (2095 M.) 6-7 HRS.
Follow the trail upstream of Deng river - a tiny village of 4 houses.
We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding
the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with
Mani stones and chortens all around.
GHAP/ LHO GAON (3150 M.) 5-6 HRS.
Cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki to follow the path lined
with houses interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is
a police check post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating
from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north
(9774 m.) and Manaslu (8150 m.) is visible from here. Camp near a
spring at Lho gaon - a small village.
LHO GAON/SAMA GOMPA (3500 M.) 4-5 HRS.
Pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after
Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion
to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu.
Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the
village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for
SAMA GOMPA/SAMDO (4000 M.) 3-4 HRS.
Trek along the level table land and skirt around the ridge like lateral
moraine heading to Karmo Kharka and Kermo Maman. Climb a terraced
hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki from here toward a most
remote permanent settlement - Samdo. Here amid the most sever condition
of nature live some 200 villagers in forty houses check-by-jowl. Camp
Free day for local excursion.
SAMDO/GUEST HOUSE (4450 M.) 5-6 HRS.
Descend a mountain path from Samdo and until you cross Gyala Khola.
Ascend again to the ridge overlooking the remains of a thriving Lyarke
bazaar. cross two small streams before Larke Glacier appears before
you. Ascend from here to stirringly built buildings called "Guest
GUEST HOUSE/LARKE PHEDI (4450 M.) 5-6 HRS
Early morning tea and prepare for the pass. Climb slowly toward Cho
Canda and continue on to further ascending steep uphill heading to
Larkya la (5135 m.). Magnificent view of Himlung Himal (7126 m.),
Cheo Himal, Gyaij Kang, Kang Guru (7010 m.) and Annapurna II are visible
from here. It is steep descent again on the other side of the pass
covered with full of snow. Tired & exhausted camp at the foot
of Larke pass called Phedi.
LARKE PHEDI/KARCHE (2785 M.) 6-7 HRS.
Descend again to Larcia and to a hill called Pangal. Excellent view
in the background from here. At Tangbuche, you descend again toward
Bimtang. Climb the lateral moraine for a while until moraine ends
to a riverbed. Descend again through Rhododendron forests to Hompak
toward cultivated field to arrive at Karche for the night halt.
KARCHE/DHARAPANI (91943M.) 6-7 HRS.
Ascend through the paddy fields toward Karche La. From the pass the
track descends through numerous fields to Tillije. Cross Dudhkhola
from here to reach Thonje check post. You will join Marshyangdi valley
from here. Camp to night at Dharapani.
DHARAPANI/CHAMCHE (1433 M.) 5-6 HRS.
Follow the trail down stream of Marshyangdi river, passing through
the scattered villages to reach Chamche village for overnight camping..
CHAMCHE/NGATTI (846 M.) 7-8 HRS.
Ascend gently to Bahun Danda until descend again to Nagatti for the
NGATTI/BESI SAHAR (823 M.) 6-7 HRS.
The trail runs gently down stream of the river passing the village
of Bhulbhule. Camp at Besi Sahar.
After early breakfast, drive for about 7-8 hours back to Kathmandu.