Day 01: Namaste Nepal [1,330 m]: Upon your arrival, a representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in. Please let us know if there is anything special you would like to do while in Kathmandu and we can help you arrange that. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Cultural Tour in Kathmandu (1,330m) - (B): After breakfast in the Hotel we have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu vally which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square - The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century.
PM: Visit Pashupatinath temple one of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath. Overnight stay at Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat [600m] - (B/L/D): After an early breakfast we'll start our journeys with drive through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach at Arughat, on the footsteps of Manasalu. There is approx 5 hour drive (142km) from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Gorkha, the Capital of Medieval Nepal. Another 42km drive on a dirt road and we reach Arughat, our trek start point. Please note that the dirt road from Gorkha to Arughat may not be drivable during the monsoon season. In that case, we may have to begin our trek right from Gorkha and reach Arughat in the evening.
Arughat Bazzar is clustered on both sides of the River Budi-Gandaki linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley and it is also a junction to various important places. The path from here across the River leads to Dhading & Trisuli Bazaar and our route from here leads north. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average driving time is 06 - 07 hours.
Day 04: Arughat - Soti Khola [710 m] - (B/L/D): After breakfast this morning we break camp and begin our trek by following a well used trail that leads us past an ever-changing tableau of rice fields and Gurung villages. The walking today is fairly gentle and affords us our first views of Shringi Himal from Shanti Bazaar, from where the clear glacial run-off of the Budhi Gandaki provides a constant backdrop to our hike up into the mountains. Crossing a suspension bridge, we then follow the trail down to Soti Khola, and our camp amongst the landscapes of the famed 'Honey Hunters'. The foothills of Central Nepal have, for generations, been famous for their twice yearly harvests, when men gather from the surrounding villages to undertake the dangerous task of collecting the honey of the Apis Laboriosa (the world's largest honey bee) from the cliffs that are their home. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 05 to 06 hours.
Day 05: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900 m] - (B/L/D): Today, the path from here at times cuts into the steep valley, which is densely forested, passing through a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, till we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Burhi Gandaki river. The terraced cultivated fields belong to the upper village of Lapubesi (880m). From here our path descends to the wide, sandy riverbed which follows a trail meandering below the steep, craggy valley side. We have last climb up to brings you at near villages where is some teashops and nearby we'll stay for overnight Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 05 to 06 hours.
Day 06: Maccha Khola - Jagat [1,350 m] - (B/L/D): After breakfast we start our trekking to Jagat. Today, the trail leads to more interesting farm villages and fields as the vegetation changes slowly, after crossing bridge and heading upstream to the tiny village of Kholabesi and the hot springs at Tatopani.
From the Hot Spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, climb over a ridge, trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat where we will spend overnight. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 07 to 08 hours.
Day 07: Jagat to Deng [1,804 m] - (B/L/D): Firstly we descends to a long series of stone steps to the river, from here the path climbs a terraced hillside to Saguleri, overlooking distance view of Sringi Himal 7,187m from this spot, the walk follows ups and down trail as we reach to the bridge over Budi-Gandaki, after crossing the bridge from Ghata-khola, the path winds up towards Philim village. From here the trails climbs slowly along the hillside passing through small settlements of Aga, Lokwa. After Lokwa it's a downhill to camp at a small place Eklaibhati near Shiar khola with great views looking over the valley towards Pangsing. An hour walk after Eklai-Bhatti, we cross to the east side of the river. The path follows up and down in some section the trail is cut into the sheer cliff walls, after this dramatic portion the track finally improves as the walk leads to Deng village for the overnight. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 07 to 08 hours.
Day 08: Deng to Namrung [2,700 m] - (B/L/D0: The trail now leads us to Ghap (2380m) after about 6 hours of hiking. First, we cross the Budhi Gandaki again and climb up past a waterfall over a stream, and then ahead to Shringi Khola until we reach Ghap (also known as Tsak). We will have lunch at Ghap and continue on to Namrung. The trail then crosses over Budhi Gandaki and then enters the woods, before climbing up the side of the valley. After a climb over a big rock, we continue up through deep fir and rhododendron forests, and then enter Namrung where we stay for the night. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 07 to 08 hours.
Day 09: Namrung to Samagaon (Sama Gumpa) [3,520 m] - (B/L/D: The trek from Namrung continues through alpine forest from where you will get the first glimpse of Manaslu 8163 m and Manaslu North 7157 m. From here on the people we encounter are closer to the Tibetans culturally and religiously. We continue to Samagaon walking through Oak, Rhododendron forest and visit open fields where the villagers grow their crops. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 07 to 08 hours.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (Sama Gumpa) [3,520 m] - (B/L/D): It’s important to spend an extra night at Samagaon for acclimatization purposes before venturing higher. We will have a day hike to Manaslu Base Camp (8-9 hrs) or Pungyen Gompa (4 hrs) or just explore the village. Overnight stay at Tea House.
Day 11: Samagaon (Sama Gumpa) to Samdo [3,860 m] - (B/L/D): The trail crosses grassy grazing areas and climbs gradually up the valley. We have fantastic views of the mountains with Manaslu looking particularly impressive. We finally reach Samdo (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. There will be time in the afternoon to look round the village and explore the surrounding hills. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 04 to 05 hours.
Day 12: Samdo Trek to Dharamsala/Larkya Base Camp (Larkya Phedi) [4,460 m] - (B/L/D): We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Buri Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmasala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We camp here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrows crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 04 to 05 hours.
Day 13: Dharamsala Trek to (Larkya la 5,160 m) Bimthang [3,720 m] - (B/L/D): After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it's an experience not to be missed. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 09 to 10 hours.
Day 14: Bimthang Trek to Dharapani [1,930 m] - (B/L/D): Today, we trek down to Dhara Pani( 1992m) which takes about 7 hours. The trail descends to Dudh Khola and reaches Gho Crossing, through lots of Pine and Rhododendron forests. At the foot of the valley, part of Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight. The trail continues to the villages of Tilje and Thonje. Once at Dharapani we will have joined the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 09 to 10 hours.
Day 15: Dharapani Trek to Syange [1,080 m] - (B/L/D): The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail continues on to Chyamje, recrossing the river once again. It then descends through forests of rhododendron and pine to Syange. Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 07 to 08 hours.
Day 16: Syange Trek to Bhulbhule [7900 m] - (B/L/D): The Marsyangdi valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages as Bhulbhule, (Khudi) Overnight stay at Tea House. Average trekking time is 04 to 05 hours.
Day 17: Trek to Bensisahar drive to Kathmandu [1330 m] - (B/L): After breakfast at Bulbule we walk on a flat part alongside the left bank of the Marsyandi. A last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar, a dusty and busy place which marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the civilization. We arrive at Besisahar from where drive to Kathmandu. The drive on the way to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of road. In Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel, the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. In the evening, we host a Nepali dinner with a local cultural show to celebrate our successful completion of Around Manaslu Trek. Average trekking time is 02-03 hours drive 5-6 hours.. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 18: Fly back home - (B): We will transfer you to the airport and assist with check-in procedures. (Please note that airport reporting time will be at least 03:00 hrs before of your international flight's time).