Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
Upon your arrival one of our representatives will be there to welcome you then he/she will take you to your hotel. The representative will provide a quick explanation of your further travel plan. There will be no planned activities for day one so you may relax at your hotel room or roam nearby your hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
Your second day will be like getting a preview of the country Nepal. After breakfast, you will be sightseeing the exquisite beauty of cultural heritage sites listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites, which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and the Pashupatinath Temple. Again overnight stay will be at the hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs
You will be picked up by your trek guide at 8 am then we will drive to Arughat. Out of the eight hours trip, the first four hours till Dhading Bensi will be the smooth pitched road drive then to reach Arughat we will be through rough road. From Arughat (695m/2280ft) to Soti Khola we will take a jeep, another two hours drive. Your overnight stay will be at a guesthouse. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner included).
Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
Your trail today will be through forest, following the upstream of Budhi Gandaki river then we will descend along the river bed then we will ascend elevated terrain while overseeing the river below. You will start experiencing windy weather from today onward. Your night stay will be at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs
From Machha Khola we will pass through Khrolabesi to head towards hot springs at Tatopani. Trail through a moderate forest will lead us to Dovan Khola, from there we will walk to make our tonight’s stay at one of the guest houses in Budhi Gandaki Valley. Jagat is the gorgeous agricultural village in the valley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 06: Jagat to Chumling (2386m/7870ft), Duration: 8 hrs
From Jagat we will pass through Philim leading our journey towards the Ganesh himal base camp. Following peaceful terrain we will reach Ripche, which is also known as lower Tsum. Our today’s stay will be in one of the hotels in Ripche. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 07: Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3031m/10002ft) Duration: 5 hrs
From chumling we will lead to Chhokangparo. Chhekam and Paro are two settlements of a small village which is called Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is the gateway of Upper Tsum valley. From there we will trek to the Nile/Chhule. This is the last village in the north of Tsum valley. On the way we can observe the Piren Phu cave; which is also called the pigeon cave and one of the auspicious caves of Tsum valley. Our stay will be at a local guest house. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 08: Nile/Chule to Mu Gumba (3700m/12136ft) Duration: 5 hours
We will be trailing up to reach Mu Gumba, which is the largest monastery in the region. This monastery is ancient and also the farthest point of our trek in Tsum valley. We will also visit Dephyudonma Gumba, which is even more ancient than Mu Gumba and its in 2-3 hrs distance from Nile/chuli village. Magnanimity of these monasteries is so sacred in that region. Overnight stay will be at a local guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 09: Mu Gumba to Ranchen Gumba (3240m/10630ft), Duration: 5 hrs
We will be trekking to Rachen Gumba, which is the largest nunnery in the Tsum valley. The nunnery is located in the Shiar Khola valley in the southern part of the mountain range. You will be allured by the artistic interior of the Gumba. We will stay at the guest house. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 10: Trek to Deng (1860m) Duration: 7-8 hrs
We will be descending through the trail to the Deng settlement. We will be trekking appreciating the enchanting beauty of nature. Overnight stay will be at a guesthouse in Deng. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 11: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs
See today’s trail will be steeped even further, we will walk up and down to cross the river then will continue towards the valley. Today’s tiring walk will be appreciated by the Mani (prayer stones) artistically chipped onto the rocks along the trail. Before dinner we will be exploring around the small settlement of Pork. Our overnight stay will be at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 12: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs
From Namrung’s comfortable stay we will pass through the stone and then be followed by the Mani (divine prayer stones) wall of Lho village. From there you will be seeing the beauty of 29 peaks which is also known as Manaslu II which is between Manaslu and Himalchuli. You can either go to the Pungen Glacier to get a very close up view of Manaslu or follow through the moraine of Pungen to reach Sama. Tonight’s stay will be even further from Sama at Sama Gompa. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 13: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
Today is for acclimatization because our body needs to adapt in such elevated terrain for at least one day before going further. For acclimatization you can either take a half or full day walk. The full day walk will be of 6-7 hours round trip of the Manaslu Base camp and half day walk will be 3-4 hours round trip to the glacier across the valley. Overnight stay will be at Samagaon again. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 14: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs
We will ascend further while encountering mesmerizing views of mount Manaslu to reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village. We will spend our afternoon exploring the village. Tonight’s stay will be in this village which is only one day walking distance from the Tibetan border. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 15: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs
From Samdo passing multiple streams we will head to the Larkya Bazaar. From Larkya Bazaar we will climb the steeped mountainous path to Dharmashala. Our delightful stay will be at the guesthouse tonight and tomorrow we will touch the highest point of our trail. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 16: Dharmashala to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) Duration 8-9 hrs
From Dharmashala we will climb towards Cho Chanda and from there we slowly walk up towards the steep and snowy pass, Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft), the panoramic view from the peak will be breathtaking. We will be surrounded by Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981meters) and Annapurna II (7937meters). Then we will descend the steeped snowy trail again towards Bhimphedi slowly and very carefully. Tonight’s soulful stay will be at Bhimphedi. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 17: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs
While descending we will pass through agricultural fields and will cross Karche La pass. We will walk through the rhododendron forest to reach Tilje. In spring this forest looks like a garden. Our night stay will be in Tilje. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 18: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
While following the trail through a small ridge we will rejoice in the beauty of the stone paved path across a beautiful village. We will walk on the suspension bridge of Dudh Khola and climb up and walk along the Mani (prayer stones) wall to reach the Thonje village. After encountering a police checkpoint we will continue towards Dharapani. Dharapani comes under Annapurna Circuit. We will descend through Karta village, cross Suspension bridge of Marshyangdi River and will reach Tal village while overseeing Mani walls for the last time in this trek. Tal village is located south of a gorgeous waterfall. With further descent we reach Chamje village. This is our last stop before returning to Kathmandu tomorrow morning. Our stay will be in a guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Day 19: Chamje to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs
We will take a drive to Beshisahar then we will take another vehicle to Kathmandu. We will have a farewell dinner with the team. Your restful stay will be in Hotel Kathmandu. (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Day 20: Farewell
This is the day of your departure with the baggage of memories you have created throughout the journey. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight one of our team will take you to the airport. Have a safe flight back home. We will depart with the hope to meet again.
What to pack in your bag?
If you are planning your trip to a Himalayan country you should consider packing some warm clothes. in mountain weather keeps changing, we can find different weather on the same day. Weather in mountains tends to be windy to sunny to wet so we have listed a few things as a checklist for you.
- hat or p-cap to prevent the face from sunburn
- woolen cap to keep warmth
- scarf or muffler
- the face mask is a virus precaution and protects your nose from heavy wind
- sunglasses to protect the eyes and to see better in mountain
For feet and hands
- warm gloves
- Sandal and sneakers
- Thin cotton socks and thick woolen socks
Trekking special items
- sticks (which you can hire at Thamel, Kathmandu as well)
- Waterproof thin jacket
- Windproof down jacket
- Stretchable and warm trousers
- breathable cotton t-shirts and pullovers
- breathable cotton thermal wear
- hiking shorts
- Trekking boot
- comfortable backpack and duffle bag
- Sleeping bag (lightweight and appropriate for zero or below temperature)
- tissue papers
- shampoo and soaps
- inner garments
- Reusable water bottle useful for hot and cold water
- medicines (if you are taking any medicines or supplements)
- other personal belongings
Food during the trek
Any kinds of food are available during the trek. Guesthouses have a menu that consists of both international cuisine and local Nepali cuisine. You can also try new cuisine which you haven’t tried before. Here are a few breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are commonly found during the trek.
We can have a wide range of options for breakfast such as omelets, bread, cornflakes, cookies, oats, pancakes, milk, tea, coffee, hot lemon, boiled or fried beans, etc. somewhere you get traditional breakfast items such as Gurung bread (famous breakfast in Annapurna region), cell roti, puri, roti curry, etc.
Lunch and Dinner
Traditional Nepali lunch and dinner is Nepali khana consisting of Lentil soup, Rice, curry, pickle, and some salad. There is a famous saying around trekking areas “Dal Bhat power twenty-four hour” which means Nepali khana’s strength remains for twenty-four hours. For instance other than Nepali khana you can have varieties for lunch like; pizza, momo, chowmein, fried rice, noodles, spaghetti, soups, naan roti, etc. lunch, and dinner menu look similar you can choose as per your comfort, and preference.
Note: If you are vegan or in any diet restriction or allergic to anything, let your trek guide know beforehand.