Day 1: Arrival
An Outdoor Himalayan Treks staff, waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will rest and relax for the rest of the day in the hotel.
Day 2: Trek Briefing, Trek Preparation (Optional- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing )
Shortly after breakfast in the morning, you will meet your trekking team, including the trek guide, in our office. He will brief you about the trek. Then you will proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. We will cover as much of the UNESCO heritage sites that showcase the rich cultural heritage from medieval Nepal as possible during the sightseeing. We also complete all preparations for the trek during the day.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat
A long bus journey (nearly 8 hours) will take you to Arughat, the point of departure of our trek. So we start from Kathmandu early in the morning at 7 o’clock. We spend our night in a tent.
Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Seti Khola (775m)
The hike lasts for about 6 hours, following the Budhi Gandaki river bed towards its origin. We pass several small villages on the way. Some of them are Arkhat and Simre. From Arkhat onwards the path goes gently upward as far as Kyoropani near the Seti River. We pitch our tent there to spend our night there.
Day 5: Trek from Seti River to Machha Khola (900m)
Short ups and downs as well as level walking along the Budhi Gandaki River valley today brings us to our destination. We go down a little at first, and then climb over a mountain ridge at Almara. Walking through forest, we arrive at Riden Gaun and enter into the Budhi Gandaki Valley to reach a little a further from Lambesi to pitch our camp for the next day.
Day 6: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m)
The total duration of the trek is about 6 hours. We walk along river banks and villages. We also meet a natural hot spring named “Tatopani.” Then under the cool shade of trees to reach “Dovan,” a confluence of two rivers. After we leave the Dovan, most of the day’s elevation gain follows, making a total change in the sceneries and surroundings as we move on and on. We spend our night in a tent in Jagat.
Day 7: Trek from Jagat to Ngyak (2310m)
We gain a lot of elevation today in about 7 hours’ trek today. We start to get enticing sceneries of mountains from different points along the trail, including that of Sringi Himal. As usual, we spend our night in a camp.
Day 8: Trek from Ngyak to Ghap (2100m)
Settlements are very few and far between as the altitude increases. We move up in the direction of the Deng River. The influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture begins to feel itself from Ghap with Mani walls and chortens. We move inside the tent for our night stay.
Day 9: Trek from Ghap to Lho (3200m); 6 hrs
We meet more settlements today than yesterday. Cross the Budhi Gandaki river, walk through settlements and terraced fields. Again cross another river— Hinan — and climb up to Sho. It is an excellent viewpoint, offering incredibly beautiful views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and other peaks. We reach a tiny village called Lho for our night’s stopover.
Day 10: Trek from Lho to Sama Gompa (3500m); 6 hrs
We move deep into the high mountain territories today. We walk on the debris of Pungen Glacier to reach a small village called Sama. From here, we move on about half an hour to reach Sama monastery. We erect our tent in the vicinity and rest for the night
Day 11: Acclimatization and exploration day.
A day’s break here is necessary to beat our fatigue and also to get our body used to the high altitude. But staying idle does not help in acclimatization, so the best way to keep ourselves fit for the days ahead is to walk around the area during daytime and take in the marvels of the Himalayas. Night in the tent.
Day 12: Trek from Sama Gompa to Dharmasala (4450m); 6 hrs
More and more amazing spectacles unfold around us today. We are still following the Budhi Gandaki river, which changes now into a rather small stream. We leave the last settlement of the trail today at Sumdu to reach Dharmasala. But before that, we pass through a stream coming from Gya La, a pass leading into the Tibet, and also the ruins of Larkya Bazaar. This bazaar probably was a prosperous trading point with Tibet a few centuries ago. But after the opening of roads to link Nepal and Tibet, this place seems to have been abandoned. Night in the tent.
Day 13: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi (3590m) via Larkya La pass (5215m); 8 hrs
Certainly one of the most adventurous days in the entire trek. After successfully climbing the pass, however you will hold your breath while soaking up the views of Himlung Mountain, Cheo Mountain, Kang Kuru, Annapurna II and many others. The descent on the other side is steep through glacial debris to Bhimphedi. Night in the tent.
Day 14: Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje (3900m); 5 hrs
As we start to come down to lower elevations, we again see farmlands and forests. This is the case today, as we pass alpine forests of rhododendron and fig trees to reach Tilje. Night in the tent.
Day 15: Tilje to Tal (1725m); 5 hrs
We walk down the trail alongside the Marsyangdi River. After days of walking in uninhabited high alpines, the villages we encounter during the day give complete new experiences. We stop at Tal, a small village, for the night.
Day 16: Tal to Besisahar (720m); 7 hrs
Today we trek from Tal to Jagat where our trek ends, and catch a vehicle to reach Besishahar.
Day 17: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu; 7 hrs
After breakfast, we return to Kathmandu in a long bus journey.
Day 18: International Departure
We drop you at the airport and pay you farewell there.