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Food

  • Breakfast is included throughout the trip. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. Please allow £15 - £25 per day for other meals and drinks on trek and in Kathmandu. We do not include lunch and dinner on trek allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. The menus in the lodges are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Please note that if you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the above amount.

Activities

  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • New trip
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Guided Group
  • 1

    Start Kathmandu.

    The tour starts at our hotel in Kathmandu. Those on the group flight from London will arrive into Kathmandu in the afternoon and will be transferred to our hotel. There will be a full trek briefing at the hotel tonight.

  • 2

    Drive to Arughat Bazaar.

    After breakfast we have a long drive to Arughat Bazaar (8-10 hours). We drive out of the Kathmandu Valley and head west following the Trisuli River towards Pokhara. At Dading we turn off the main road and drive to Dading Besi, where we have lunch. After lunch the road condition deteriorates and it is a bumpy and dusty drive north to Arughat in the Buri Gandaki Valley. (Occasionally the road to Arughat is blocked so we may have to drive via Gorkha).

  • 3

    Trek through forest and fields to Lapu Besi.

    Our route begins by following the Buri Gandaki Valley north. Today is a fairly easy walk passing several small villages and cultivated fields. There is a jeep track to Soti Khola, shortly after which the road ends. We continue to follow the Buri Gandaki through Liding and across a landslide to Lapu Besi. Although we do not gain much height today the walk can be hot, humid and dusty. Walk Profile: Approx. 7-7.5hrs / 20km (12.4mi)

  • 4

    Follow the Buri Gandakhi River up to Dovan.

    Throughout the day the rocky trail undulates, sometimes by the river and sometimes high above the river, passing several small hamlets and farms. The valley narrows and there are some spectacular waterfalls. Passing through Khanibesi, as the trail continues to undulate, we get glimpses of the Shringi Himal ahead. We have a tea break at Machha Khola (fish river), which is a tributary running into the Buri Gandaki. Continuing up the valley, a short climb followed by a descent brings us to Khorla Besi for lunch. From here a rocky trail climbs up through the forest to Tatopani (which means 'hot water'). The water from the natural hot springs here is funnelled through a few taps in the centre of the village. Crossing the river by bridge the trail wiggles its way to Dovan, where there are a few lodges. Walk Profile: Approx. 7-7.5hrs / 22km (13.6mi)

  • 5

    Ascend through bamboo and rhododendron forest to Jagat and on to Philim (1,565m).

    We continue heading north and after an hour we pass through Shyauli from where there are more ups and downs (some quite steep sections), until we drop to the river at Yaruphant. The trail levels out for a while and then we cross a suspension bridge after which the trail undulates to lunch at Jagat, a well-kept paved village. From Jagat the trail continues up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Shringi Himal ahead. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. Walk Profile: Approx. 6.5-7hrs / 24km (15mi)

  • 6

    Trek through terraced hillsides to the Gurung village of Deng (1,860m).

    The trail starts today by undulating spectacularly with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. Passing the small settlements of Chisapani and Eklabatti we descend a little and cross the river by bridge. At the bridge the trail splits, the trail on the right-hand side of the valley leads to the remote Tsum Valley. We cross to the left and continue following the Buri Gandaki, climbing up at first as the trail rounds the valley, which becomes narrower. We cross the river twice more as we undulate up the valley through forest to Phewa, and further on to the small village of Deng. Walk Profile: Approx. 6-6.5hrs / 14km (8.7mi)

  • 7

    Cross the river and ascend via a magnificent valley to Ghap (2,110m).

    An easy day today. From Deng we descend to the river and cross by bridge. After the river our route climbs, steeply in places, up onto a spectacular trail. We pass through some small settlements as we ascend the impressive valley. We will see mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are now in a Buddhist area. We pass through the small settlements of Rana and Bihi Phedi. The trail continues ascending (sometimes steeply) but at one point descends to cross the river. We will get to Ghap by lunchtime and in the afternoon the energetic can walk up to the monastery at Prok. Walk Profile: Approx. 5hrs/ 13km (8mi)

  • 8

    Continue to Lho (3,180m), offering fantastic views of Manaslu North.

    Today is quite a strenuous day with a lot of ascent. The valley now becomes wider and there is extensive farmland all around where we may see the occasional look-out platform, built to ward off bears. From Ghap we cross the river three times and have a long steady climb through the forest (look out for langur monkeys), to Namrung. A short descent followed by another climb brings us to Lihi, where we will have lunch. Another descent to the river and climb brings us to Sho, after which we climb further to Lho. We are now passing through Tibetan style villages and we start to see the magnificent mountain views all around. From Lho we get our first view of Manaslu, Naike and Larkya Peak. Walk Profile: Approx. 7.5hrs / 18km (11mi)

  • 9

    Climb to Samagaon (3,530m).

    A short but magnificent walk as we continue up the valley and gain altitude. The trail climbs out of Lho and follows the valley with great views of Manaslu ahead. The trail climbs for a couple of hours to Shyaula village, from where we are surrounded by amazing views. Manaslu is ahead and we can also see Himalchuli, Peak 29, Maike and Larkya Peaks. Soon we reach the fields and stone houses of Samagaon (3,530m), where we stay for the next two nights. From the lodge there are magnificent views of Manaslu. We should arrive at Samagaon by lunchtime so there will be time to explore the village and visit the monastery in the afternoon. Walk Profile: Approx. 3.5-4hrs / 8km (5mi)

  • 10

    Acclimatisation day in Samagaon; visit the Gompa with its amazing views of Manaslu.

    We spend the day at Samagaon acclimatising. We have a half day walk to Birendra Tal, a glacial lake below the huge icefall that tumbles down from Manaslu. The views are wonderful – Manaslu towers above us and down the valley the ice flutes of Himalchuli fill the skyline. In the afternoon, we can explore the old part of Samagaon with its tiny stone built houses. Walk Profile (acclimatisation walk): Approx. 2-3hrs / 4km (2.5mi)

  • 11

    Trek to Samdo (3,860m).

    The trail crosses grazing areas and gradually climbs the valley. We have fantastic views of the mountains especially Himalchuli behind us. We can also see Baudha and Ngaddi Peaks and as we reach our destination Samdo Peak rears up behind us. It’s an easy half day walk to Samdo, the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon, there will be time for an acclimatisation walk and time to explore the village. (Please note the lodges in Samdo are basic). Walk Profile: Approx. 3-3.5hrs / 9km (5.5mi)

  • 12

    Ascend to Dharamsala (4,480m).

    Leaving the village we cross a stream (the last time we see the Buri Gandaki) and climb steadily to the deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago this village thrived off trade with Tibet. Behind we can see Samdo Peak and as we climb Manaslu comes into view to our left and we can see the whole spectacular climbing route to the summit. Climbing all the time with a few steep sections, we reach a very basic lodge at Dharamsala at 4,480m, which is the last place to stay before the pass. Look out for Blue Sheep which often come down to the small stream near the lodge. In the afternoon, the energetic can climb a hill behind the lodge for even better views of the surrounding mountains. (There is only one very basic lodge at Dharamsala and most of the sleeping accommodation is in fixed tents with beds and mattresses). Walk Profile: Approx. 4-5hrs / 6km (4mi)

  • 13

    Cross the Larkya La (5,130m); descend to Bimthang (3,700m).

    An early start (usually in the dark). Today is a long day and if there is any snow it can take us a long time to cross the pass, especially the descent. The trail leaves Dharamsala and climbs steeply at first but then more gradually by the side of the moraine of the glacier with great views of Larkya Peak. The ascent is gradual most of the way and is fairly easy if there is no snow (if there is snow or ice it will take us longer). As dawn nears Hindu Peak glows orange with the first rays of the sun. It’s a long and rocky ascent on the moraine with some short steeper sections all the way to the top of the Larkya Pass (5,130m). The first area of prayer flags at 5,130m is the official Larkya La from where the views are outstanding - a wonderful panorama of peaks including Larkya Peak, Cheo Himal and Hindu Peak and in the distance we can see the tip of Annapurna 2. From the top there is a 10 minute almost level walk to the second summit (which is a little higher and is also marked with a few prayer flags). From here the long very steep descent starts. We need to take care as the path is steep and narrow. It is a sandy scree trail when there is no snow but if there is snow and ice we need to take care on the descent. There is a landslide which we must cross carefully. The steep part of the trail eventually eases off onto a path which takes us down to the glacial moraine. The views are superb as we descend and we can just spot Ponkar Lake, a brilliant blue glacial lake amidst the three glaciers below us. We stop for a well-deserved rest at the bottom of the steep part of the descent surrounded by immense snow-capped peaks. The descent now becomes a bit easier, but no less spectacular, as we descend the valley to Bimthang, where we stay tonight at 3,700m. If it’s clear we can just see the summit of Manaslu high above camp. Walk Profile: Approx. 9-11hrs / 16km (10mi)

  • 14

    Spectacular walk to Tilje (2,240m).

    From Bimthang we cross high pasture land and have a magnificent walk down into the valley of the Burdin Khola. The walk from Bimthang is one of the most spectacular of the trek as a wall of mountains lies behind us and in front of us. We pass the terminal moraine of the Cheo Himal and cross a small wooden bridge. Ahead we have our last magnificent views of Manaslu. We now descend into rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley to Karche and the Soti Khola. A short climb past terraced fields brings us to the Karche La from where we will be in sight of the Marsyangdi River below. Descending through forest we come to Tilje, where we spend the night. Walk Profile: Approx. 6.5hrs / 14km (8.5mi)

  • 15

    Join the main Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani; on to Jagat.

    From Tilje we have an easy descent, and cross two bridges to Dharapani, where we join the main Annapurna Circuit trail and the Marsyangdi River. We descend the valley to Tal for lunch. A short climb out of Tal brings us to a long descent to cross the Marsyangdi by bridge followed by a short climb to Chamje and then a last short walk along the new jeep track to Jagat. Walk Profile: Approx. 6.5-7hrs / 18km (11mi)

  • 16

    Short walk to Syange; jeep to Besisahar; transfer to Kathmandu.

    Leaving early we have a short 1-1.5hr walk to Syange, where we pick up local jeep or bus transport to Besisahar. Although the distance is not great, the road is quite rough and bumpy. From Besisahar we continue by private bus to Kathmandu (approx. 6hrs). We will arrive in the evening at our hotel.

  • 17

    Free day in Kathmandu.

    Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath, or the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath. We offer a full range of sightseeing tours, which can be booked and paid for locally. Please see the Exodus notice board in the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 18

    End Kathmandu.

    The trip ends after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flight will be transferred to the airport after breakfast.

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