Want to see Nepal at its best? Visit Manaslu, still untouched by tourism and the trails are serene and beautiful.The views of the mountain tops from Larkya pass are unrivalled by any other locations.Though the trek is more difficult than normal treks, a visitor can enjoy rural Nepal which has not been polluted with mass tourism.
|Day 01:||KTM / GORKHA
It takes about five hours by bus from Kathmandu to Gorkha. Gorkha is situated almost halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara and it has a bazaar on the flank of the hill. Gorkha is also well known as the birth place of the present dynasty. There is the old royal palace and many temples in the village. You can spend the night in Gorkha, but you are recommended to trek about one hour further to the campsite in Kharikhatang. Start from the bus station, you will approach to the temple. Climb this approach of stone steps for about 30 minutes and you will reach a magnificent brick temple with beautiful wooden windows. This place offers marvelous view of the Himalayas and you can have panoramic view of the Annapurna Himal, Manaslu, the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal. Going through the temple compound, descend the other side of the hill. You will soon come across the terraced fields and reach Karikhatang, the campsite.
|Day 02:||KARIKHATANG / KOYAPANI
Leave the campsite, and the path will descend by the stone steps. Since this place was once a strategic point of the Gorkha Dynasty, the stone pavement is carefully done. Passing a hamlet, you will reach Pandeko Chautara in about one hour. It is a hamlet with several houses. Continue down a gentle descent by the stone-paved path, and you will come to Ahle a village with a school. From here to Taple, the path becomes a gentle ascent. After Taple, you will come to a pass and continue from a while on the ridge with an open view. Descend the steep slope by the path, you will reach Khanchok. This is a large village where travelers stop for lunch. A descent continues further from Khanchok. Once you reach the stream, cross it by stepping on the stones. Make a little ascent and you will be in Koyapani (950m). The campsite is the grassy spot by their houses. Approximately 5 hours.
|Day 03:||KOYAPANI / ARKET
From behind Koyapani, the path will make an abrupt descent to the valley. When you reach the river shores, move on down stream switching from one bank to another. In about 50 minutes, you will come to Tin Chautara. From this place on, you will often see rice paddies. In about one hour and a half, you will reach Ganesh Tang and in another hour, Shiraune Bash, which has two bhattis. Ahead of this point, the path traverses high on the flank. After a little while, you will start to see the river terrace. Move on, and you will be overlooking the Burhi Gandaki that flows in the Burhi Gandaki, and you will reach Arughat Bazar(530m). This village is a strategic point of the road from Trisuli Bazar to Gorkha and then to Pokhara. It is the largest village in the Burhi Gandaki basin and there are many stores and even a bank and a post office. By the time you arrive here from Koyapani, it will be lunchtime. For a lunch break there is a good meadow soon after passing the village. The path will go along the Burhi Gandaki all the way to its headwaters. When you go through a wide area of rice paddies, you will come to Simre. Now move on the shores of the Burhi Gandaki, cross the Arket Khola, and you will reach Arket (610m). The campsite is the nearby farm fields. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 04:||ARKET / LAPBESI
After leaving the village, you will once ascend though rice paddies and farm fields. In about 30 minutes you will pass the small Kokethar hamlet. Move on further and after a Little descent, you will cross the Amas Khola. Move on through the rice paddies again. Go around the forested area, and soon after you see rice paddies, you will reach Kyoropani. From here, repeating ascents and descents, you will be traversing until you come down close to the shore. Move on along the river, and you will soon come to Soti Khola (620m), dotted with some houses. It will be about time to have lunch. From Soti Khola, the course will repeat ascents and descents. When you ascend about 100m, you will come to Almara, a village on the flank. Move on traversing the forested area. After finishing a steep ascent, you will reach Korsandhara. Continue on the rocky path, you will soon be trekking through the terraced fields and Lapbesi (840m) is near the campsite. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 05:||LAPBESI / TATOPANI
From Lapbesi, traverse the slope that has farm fields and rice paddies. In about 40 minutes, you will come to a hamlet. Soon after the hamlet, you will find a bridge over the stream where a big waterfall drops. Further ahead, the valley will begin to widen and you will see Sringi Himal also called Chamar(7187m) far beyond the valley. The path will soon go down to the shores of white sand and go back again on the mountain flank. After a short descent, you will reach Kani Gaon. This is also a big village with houses scattered in a wide area, requiring a 30 minutes walk from one end to the other. The path goes down again to the shores and after some distance, it climbs back onto the flank. In about one hour, you will reach the Machha Khola( 850m). In this area, this can be called a big village. Soon after you pass the village, you will be crossing the Machha Khola. Then follow the path, go down to the river shores. And move on along the river. Cross over the Namyung Khola using the rocks in the water as stepping stones and you will come to Kholabensi. When the water level is high, you can use the suspension bridge upstream. Pass the village and the valley becomes narrower. Follow the narrow path about 50m above the water. You will soon reach Tatopani (930m), tonightâ€™s campsite. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 06:||TATOPANI / JAGAT
Ahead of the campsite, you will find a hot spring. Its abundant water is about 50 degrees centigrade. After you move for sometime, cross the suspension bridge to the left bank, pass the forested area, follow the path and you will reach Doban. Soon after the village, cross the Doban Khola using the suspension bridge and move on repeating ascents and descents. When you pass the scree section, you will come to Yungur with a solitary house. Continue traversing the slope with huge cacti, gaining altitude steadily. The Burhi Gandaki here is a torrent the t rushes down an altitude difference of about 300m. When you finish the steep ascent, the view shows a drastic change. The valley widens and the Buhri Gandaki sluggishly snakes through the large, white sandy river shore. Trekking on the shores continues for a while and then the valley narrows again to become a ravine that is dark even during the day. The path will move to the mountain flank and pass through the forest. You will come to Lauri with a solitary house. Move to the right bank and descend close to the river. Trek for a while on the path in the farm fields, and you will come to Jagat (1350m), which has a check post. This is the limit of trekking with a normal permit. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 07:||JAGAT / DENG
Since the journey today is long, you are advised to leave early in the morning. Leaving the village, descend the stone steps to the wide river shore. Cross the Pangour Khola, move on traversing repeatedly, and you will reach Saguleri. From here, you can see Sringi Himal beyond the valley. Leaving the village, trek a while, you will soon reach Seti Bash, a small flat opening on the flank. Repeating small ascents and descents, the path goes down close to the river shore. Pass Gata Khola village, and cross the suspension bridge. Ascend the flank for some distance and you will reach Fhilim, a good-sized village. Leave this village, the path will become gentle and continue on the flank gaining altitude. You will soon reach Seirishon Gaon. On the opposite bank, you will see a village with a big chorten. Further ahead of this point, the Burhi Gandaki becomes like a gorge with steep rock faces on both sides. The path will start descending. The Burhi Gandaki will soon narrow and become a torrent. Cross the bridge and traversing around the pine forest on the flank. You will see the Sher Khola flowing in on the opposite bank. Move on, repeating ascents and descents and changing bridges left and right and again move further. From here, when you start ascending you will see a steep mass of rock. Follow the narrow path that continues on this rock. Move on and you will come to where the Deng Khola flows in from the left. If you cross it, you will reach Deng, which has some houses. It is a village of the Gurung, a Nepalese people, but it seems to have a strong Tibetan influence. The campsite will be the flat land around the houses. Approximately 8 hours.
|Day 08:||DENG / GHAP
Leave the village and make a small ascending traverse. The path will then go down to the river shores. Steep cliffs continue to surround the valley. Ascend a little while along the Burhi Gandaki, and cross the suspension bridge to the opposite bank. You will then make a short, steep ascent and you will reach Lana that has some houses. The path from Lana becomes a gentle ascent on the flank. After passing Unbae with a kanni and mani stones, the path will go down to the riverside again. Climb back up onto the river terrace and the path will pass below the village of Bih. From here on you will come across mendans and kannis one after another. Cross the Sringi Khola by the suspension bridge, follow the level path on the flank for a while and you will reach the hamlet of Pur. As you traverse through the forest, you are gradually approaching the Burhi Gandaki. You will come to farm fields and go through the kanni. Then you are at Ghap(2095m). This is your campsite for tonight. Approximately 5 hours.
|Day 09:||GHAP / LO GAON
From within the village of Ghap, cross bridge and move on through houses and farm fields. When you see the Tom Khola flowing into the Burhi Gandaki, the path will be going by the mendan and will enter a forested area. You will soon cross the bridge over the Burhi Gandaki, which is a gorge here. Move on through the forest, and there will be a bridge again. Cross over it to the right bank again. The path becomes steeper. Keep ascending in the forest with various trees and you will reach Namru(2630m).There is a check post off the village. The path will become a descent and you will cross the stream by a bridge. Ascend for a while and you will come to a meadow, from where you can look up at a waterfall. After passing the meadow, you will enter Bengsam village. Continue the ascent on the flank for sometime through the kanni and you will come to Li, where the wheat fields stretch.
Go through the kanni again and leave the village behind. The path goes around heading for the Hinan Khola, crosses the stream and climbs up again. When you reach about the same altitude as the kanni in Li, you will come across another kanni. Go through it and you are in Sho village. When you walk through the village for about ten minutes, the view opens up. You can see Naike peak, Manaslu North Peak ((7157m) Manaslu(8163m). The houses in Sho are scattered in the farm fields on the flank. Leaving Sho and going through the kanni, you will be in the neighboring village Lo (3150m). It has wide farm fields on the gentle mountain flank. It is a large village with many houses and a fine gompa. The view of Manaslu is more beautiful. When you turn around, you will wee Ganesh Himal I (7429m) downstream of the valley. The campsite will be the farm field near the place where villagers come for water. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 10:||LO GAON / SAMA GAON
Kannis and mendans are lined up alternatively along the long wall of the village, from where the path descends to the valley of Damonan Khola. Cross the wooden bridge over the stream and you will come to the flourmill. Towards the up stream, climb back up the steep slope and you will see Peak 29 ahead of you. Soon the Shara Khola will flow in from the right. The path will continue for about 5 minutes along this stream and then it will fork into two. The path that goes straight will lead directly to Sama and the other that turns to the left will go to Sama via Honsanho Gompa. The latter is recommended, though it is longer. Soon after the junction, you will cross the stream using the wooden bridge and zigzag up the forested area. After about 30minutes ascent, you will reach Honsanho Gompa (3450m). It has an open view here. You can see Manaslu North Peak, Manaslu and Peak 29. It takes about two hours to climb to the Pungen Glacier. If time and you Physical condition allow it is worthwhile trying it. The path to go there, however, is not clear and you should challenge this only when you should challenge this only when you have a guide well acquainted with the area. From Honsanho Gompa, descend along the stream in the forest, and you will join the main path. The valley ahead of you will soon open wide and you will descend to the wide, flat, meadow, where yaks are left to graze. Move on from one choten to another. You will see many potato fields, and you will soon reach Sama (3500m), which is surrounded by a large number of mani stones and chortens. Leaving this village, head for the small hill ahead, and you will reach Sama Gompa in about 20 minutes. The gompa on top of the hill is very fine and worth visiting. After passing the gompa, there is a wide grassy land, which will be good for the campsite. Manaslu which you will see in the evening and in the morning is so beautiful that you may think you are in another world. Approximately 4 hours.
|Day 11:||SAMA GOMPA / SHELTER
From the campsite continues on the flat land, where bushes and meadows are mixed. Soon after you descend to the shores of the Burhi Gandaki, you will cross the wooden bridge over the stream that comes from the Manaslu Glacier. From here, you can make a return trip to the glacier lake in about one hour. It is worth trying. If you along the stream, you will come to the glacier lake. If you climb the ridge like moraine you will reach the cliff, over looking the glacier lake. Manaslu embracing the glacier lake looks magnificent. When you enter the meadow from the path on the river shores, you will reach Kermo Kharka, looking up at Manaslu right in front of you. Pass the kharka and you will be going by a long mendan. The valley narrows gradually and the path traverses up the flank. You will soon go through the level terraces and descend again to the river shore. You will then cross the wooden bridge to the opposite bank and climb back up the steep slope to the terraces. Go through the kanni, move on for a while and you will reach Somdu (3900m), the remotest village in the basin. Follow the path down on the gentle flank, cross the wooden bridge over the headwaters of the Burhi Gandaki, and the path will begin ascend. To your left, you will be overlooking Larkya Bazar, which is in ruins now. Cross the two streams. And you will see the great Larkya Glacier. If you go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again, you will come to the stone guest house (4450m), which is not a lodge but a kind of a shelter called â€œDarmasalaâ€ to be used for crossing over the pass. The campsite will be the flat land near this shelter. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 12:||GUEST HOUSE / BHIMTANG
After a small ascent from the campsite, you will be in the ablation valley. Keep ascending on the gentle slope, looking at Cho Dhanda in front on the right and Cho Dhana on the left. When the glacier lake can be seen, you will see Larkya Peak beyond ad to the left of Cho Dhana. Pass the side of the glacier lake and descend to the glacier. From here, you will try to gain some altitude. Since the slope is very gentle you are not going higher fast and you will rather find the ascent very long. After a while, a steep ascent starts. When you finish it, you will be on Larkya La (5135m), where colorful flags are flapping in thee wind. The view to the west is wide open. You can see Cheo Himal (6820m), Nemjung(7140m),Gyaji Kang(7038m)and Kang Guru(6981m). Now you will have a steep descent on the snow-covered slope. After passing the scee section and then entering the ablation valley, you will reach Larcia. From here, continue descending the path on the side moraine, and you will come to Tanbuche, which is a very small Kharka with a collapsed stone hut. You can barely find a space to put up a tent. Make a little descent from the Kharka and you will enter the ablation valley again. When you come to wide meadow with a stream, you have reached Bimtang (3750m). At the end of the meadow, there is a sturdy cottage that is well used by trekkers till late autumn. The campsite will be the dry spot near the cottage. In Bimtang you can see Manaslu West Face and Phung (6398m) in front. On the opposite side stands Nemjung, which is especially beautiful in the evening and in the morning. Approximately 7 hours.
|Day 13:||BHIMTANG / GOA
From the campsite, cross over the side moraine and descend. You will soon see the Dhudh Khola down below. Go down to the river shores, cross over by the wooden bridge, and climb up the moraine of the opposite bank. If you turn around, you will see the panorama of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu North Peak, Cheo Himal, and Himlung . When you cross over the moraine, the path will descend through a forested area. Follow the path on the gentle flank, and then make a steep descent towards where the noises of the river, and you will reach Hampuk with a rock Shelter. A descent in the forested area continues from Hampuk and in about 30minutes you will reach the meadow of Sangure Kharka. Passing the kharka, the path will enter the forest again. Continue a steep, zigzag descent. When you cross the Surki Khola that flows from the right, you will start seeing farm fields around you on the opposite bank, the first village Karche, can be seen. Climb up by the path in farm fields, cross over the pass, and you will be descending again. You will soon reach Goa (2575m), which has a bhatti. The campsite will be the square in front of the bhatti or the nearby farm fields. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 14:||GOA / TAL
From Goa, Continue to follow the path in the forest on the right bank of the Dhudh Khola. For a while, the descent remains gentle with few ascents and descents. Cross the stream and pass the wooden bridge over the main stream. Keep descending, and you will pass by the school and enter Tilije (2785m). Walk through the village crowded with about 40 houses and go through the kanni. After leaving the village cross the wooden bridge to the left bank of the Dhudh Khola. The path on the left bank is also a gentle descent, in about one hour and a half you will reach Thonje. There is a bhatti. Cross the Marsyandi River using the suspension bridge and you will reach Darapani (1860m), where the course to Annapurna joins this course. There are many lodges and the number to trekkers increases all of a sudden. You will now descend to Tal. After walking for two and half hours in between two hills along the Marshyandi River, you will reach a pleasant narrow valley, Tal our campsite for tonight.
|Day 15:||TAL / SYANGE
Walking along the riverside through the canyon the first village you will reach is Talbesi. From here, descend down further more you will reach Satale. It has some bhatti. Bhatti in Nepali means tea shop. After a while you will reach a suspension bridge which when you cross then you will enter in the village called Chamje. Chamje is in the canyon. The river in front of the village runs very fast and there is a steep rock face behind the village. From here, river becomes gradually wider. After moving along the river making many ascents and descents, you will reach Jagat. This village is mostly inhabited by Gurungs and Tamangs. From here, it takes an hour and half to reach Syange, our campsite. All the way to Syange you will be walking by the Marshyandi river. Along the way, you will pass through the village called Shreechuaure where there are some houses. The total time taken will 5 hours.
|Day 16:||SYANGE / BULBULA
From here, crossing the suspension bridge and move further more through six or seven houses which are scattered among spacious farm land. Then there is Kanigaon. If you move on from here, you will reach another village like Badolubisauna, a Tamang village. Around this village you will see a waterfall that falls in several steps. Move from this village and ascent for about an hour you will reach Bahandanda. This village has several restaurants and lodges and people who live here are mostly Bauns, Tamangs, and Gurungs. Since this village is situated on top of the hill, you can see a nice view around. After taking some rest, you will be mostly descending down. On the way, you cross through the suspension bridge and move further onwards till you reach Ngatti Bazar with lots of shops and restaurants. And descent down further more and walk through the rice paddies fields you will enter the village called BulBula. But before reaching this village you have to cross the suspension bridge. On the way you, will pass through the small village called Tarangche. Approximately 6 hours.
|Day 17:||BULBULA / BAGLUNG PANI
Cross the suspension bridge and follow the path along the river overlooking the Marsyandi river. You will soon reach Khudi. There are some bhatti and store selling daily necessities. After crossing another suspension bridge you will find another sub-course, which leads to Balungpani our tonightâ€™s campsite. The main course goes to Besi Sahar. From here onwards, you will walk away from the Marsyandi river. Along the way you will finds villages like Saling, Shero and Galeigaun. These are villages with a mixed population of the Bauns, Chhetris, Tamangs and others. Gradually ascending, you will reach another village called Puma, a village on the mountain flank. From here, you can see marvelous views of the three Manaslu Peaks. Ascent further more about one and half hour until you reach a village. This is Baglung pani. The campsite is the grassy land behind the lodge and you will have a wide mountain view. Approximately 5 hours.
|Day 18:||BAGLUNG PANI / KURFUTAR
Moving through the forest area on the mountain flank for about 40 to 50 minutes, you will encounter a Chautara (rest point). This is also nice point to see the good view of Manaslu Himal and Annapurna range. From here you can see even Basisahar. A town, which links the highway to Pokhara. Continue the trek further, move through forested area for half hour on the flank then descend down for more that two hour straight until the river bank. Cross the wooden bridge and move by the river shore through the paddies fields. Working for about 3 hours from here you will reach Kurfutar, the campsite for tonight. Along the way, you will be approached by many villages, which have well the facilities. Mixed population of Bauns, Chhetris, Tamangs and others inhabits Kurfutar. This is village located in a nice valley. This village is quite big one. Approximately 6 and half hours.
|Day 19:||KURFUTAR / CHISOPANI / BEGNAS / POKHARA
Ascend gradually up through the forest for an hour till Phedi. Phedi in Nepali means base of the hill. From here, the path becomes steeper. After ascending for about one and half hours you will reach Serko Bhanjang. There are some teashops. From here, path becomes easier. You will be descending down and moving straight through the rice fields for about an hour to reach Tal Besi. This is the bed of the Rupa lake. Crossing the small bridge and walking further more, you will start ascending again for an hour to reach Sundari Danda. This is located on top of the hill and nice spot to see the views around. You can see Annapurna range and both Begnas Lake on the right side and Rupa lake on the left side. This hill separates the two lakes. After continuing the trek further more, ascending for sometime and most of the time descending down you will be in Begnas. Itâ€™s a bazaar where there are lots of restaurants and bus station as well. To reach Begnas from Sundari Danda, it takes about an hour and all the way you will see houses and school and plus nice view of Begnas lake. From Begnas, you will be transfer to Pokhara by bus, which takes about 40 minutes. In Pokhara, check into hotel.
|Day 20:||POKHARA / KTM
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, it takes about 7 hours.