This trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. The trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The Tibetans of the upper Buri Gandaki, a region known as Nupri, are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. There is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet; Chinese cigarettes, for example, are found more frequently than Nepalese cigarettes. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the Larkya La is one of the most dramatic Himalayan Pass crossing.
Trip Duration: 15 days
Maximum Altitude: 5213m.
Trek Grade: D
Start from: Arughat (drive)
End at: Besisahar (drive)
Best Season: April-Jun, Sept-Nov.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Kafalpani to Aarughat:
Drive to Dhading Besi, then to Bunchung village, enter Dhading village from where the peaks of Ganesh Himal are visible to the north, and further at Nigalapani Annapurna II, Manaslu can be observed. The trek further continues to the ridge at Kafalpani (1350m.)
Day 02: Aarughat to Shati Khola:
The trek goes through Sante Bazar and Budhi Gandaki valley a (a famous place for honey which is also mentioned in the book honey Hunters of Nepal) and reaches to Koir Pani, a small village of Magar & Gurung. Then the trail descends to Sathi Khola.
Day 03: Shati Khola to Jagat:
Cross the bridge, ascend to a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki, and reach Khorsaani. The rocky trail then goes ups and downs. The trek goes up again on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of Labu Besi.
Day 04: Jagat to Deng:
Ascend a rocky ridge up to Salleri then to Setibas. The trail follows the best and new route to Manaslu via Ngyak. Then the trail goes ahead to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Later on, the trail reaches to Serson. Now the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Budhi Gandaki. Further on, the tiny village Deng comes after crossing a bamboo forest and Deng Khola.
Day 05: Deng to Ghap:
Cross Budhi Gandaki again and climb up, pass a water fall, cross a stream, and continue to climb ahead to Shringi Khola; cross it and reach Ghap (Tsak).
Day 06: Ghap to Namrung:
The trail crosses over Budhi Gandaki enters woods then it climbs up to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trek climbs over a big rock, continues up through deep fir and rhododendron forest, and then enters Namrung.
Day 07: Namrung to Sama Gompa:
The trail follows to Nupri region; the trail passes Barcham and crosses Hinan Khola and reaches to Sho. The trail then follows to Lho and drops down across Damonan Khola. Ascend again to a plateau at Shya. Crossing a ridge the trail descends onto a rock - strewn moraine and goes onto a ridge over looking pastures and fields of Samagaon. The Sama Gompa is nestled against a wooded moraine at the for end of the valley.
Day 08: Sama Gompa to Samdo:
Descend to Budhi Gandaki and to Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya La trail passes several Mani walls and reaches Kermo Kharka. The trail then climbs steeply to find Samdo nestled behind a ridge.
Day 09: Samdo to Larkya Rest House:
Go further on to Larkya La. The trail forwards and climbs in and out of the gorge and reaches the only shelter on the route to the pass, Larkya Rest House.
Day 10: Larkya Rest House to Bimtang:
Start earlier. The trail reaches at the top of the moraine at 4700m. and climbs steeply to the pass at 5100m. Then the trail descends to Bimtang (" Plain of Sand" in Tibetan Language). This huge valley surrounded by high peaks.
Day 11: Bimtang to Dharapani:
The trek descends to Dudh Khola and reaches Gho crossing 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 Dharapani via Tilje and Thonje villages. Here the Liaison Officer will contact the Police to declare the collected garbage to obtain a clearance certificate. And trek further to Dharapani (91920m.).
Day 12: Dharapani to Syange:
Trek goes south through steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge.
Day 13: Syange to Bhulbhule:
The trek again follows Marsyangdi south and enters the countryside with terraced rice field.
Day14: Bhulbhule to Besishahar:
The trek goes ahead to Besishahar and rest overnight.
Day 15: Besishahar to Kathmandu:
Drive back to Kathmandu.