Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan
International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a
representative from Red Dragon Travel Bureauwho will drop us off at our hotel.
After checking in, we take a rest or visit ETrip Nepal’s office. We may also
stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir
shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Red Dragon
Travel Bureauwhere you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine
which will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast we start a guided
tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu.
Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the
historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous
'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one
of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip
discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Red Dragon
Travel Bureaubriefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to
ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight at
Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 7-8 hours drive
A 7-8 hour's drive from Kathmandu into
the western mountains takes us to Arughat via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the
Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery
hills we reach Arughat, our trek start point. Arughat is a major town in the
region and is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between
them. Overnight at Arughat.
Arughat to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 5-6 hours
We cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki
and begin our trek from the western part of Arughat., we follow the stone-paved
street north through the bazaar. We pass through the hydro- electric power
plant, fields of rice and millet to Mangaltar, and through forests we arrive at
Shanti Bazar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the
trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge,
passing the shops of Arkhet Bazar. Descend to a high, cascading waterfall making
a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani. Then from here the trail descends to
Soti Khola. Overnight stay at the campsite at Soti Khola. Overnight at Soti
Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours
Cross the bridge and trek through the
beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi
Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical
waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It
eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around
to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the
valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the
sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side
ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village.
Overnight at Machha Khola.
Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft): 6-7 hours
The narrow trail makes some minor ups
and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine,
then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small
trailside hotspring, from where we reach to 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 Dobhan Khola, the trail
climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we
reach at Yaru Khola. 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, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours
After completing with the ACAP
procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to
Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola.
Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large
gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police
station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the
narrowing valley we reach Chisopani. Overnight at Chisopani.
Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hours
After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge and
half an hour walk in the right side we get to see the big and beautiful
waterfall and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the
Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of
Himalchuli Mountains at 7893m and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful
village. Pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing
jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and
rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at
Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa,
and the stone streets of the village.
Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours
Cross the suspension bridge onto the
opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to
Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes
us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of
Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo.
Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours
While climbing above Chokhangparo,
better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope
suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery
Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue
walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and
Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of
Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you
consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is
located in the top of area.
Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours
We are now almost close to the Tibetan
border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes.
Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a
visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.
Mu Gompa, sightseeing
Today we make a sightseeing of the whole
Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa
lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring
the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of
Pika Himal (4865m).
Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hours
Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on
the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi
village is a small beautiful village.
Climb up to the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for
its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.
Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours
Continue trekking watching the greenery
of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue
descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu
Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.
Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours
The trail continues to Lokpa. After
lunch south on a flat trail we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls.
Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes
through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Philim to Khorlabesi (970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours
Trek starts today from Philim to
Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani.
Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend
takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical
green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani.
There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the
hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.
If not continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest
place for the day.
Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours
The trail crosses the Tharo Khola
flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha
Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of
Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a
cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and
cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (600m/1,968ft): Walk 4 hours and drive 7-8
Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani.
Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrive at Arkhet.
Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at
Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the
hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat
Bazar. Back 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 the road. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey,
we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Red Dragon Travel Bureau will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Pickups And Drop Offs From Airport(S) And Hotel(S), 3-Star Hotel In Kathmandu And Teahouses During The Trek On A Twin-Shared Basis, Breakfast In Kathmandu And All Meals During The Trek, Transportation In A Comfortable Private Vehicle, English-Speaking, Trained And Experienced Guide, Potter Service Charges During The Trek, All Fees For Sightseeing Including Entry Fees For Visiting Temple(S),Monument(S), Trekking And National Parks, Welcome And Farewell Dinners, Down Jacket, Four-Seasonal Sleeping Bag, Red Dragon Travel BureauTrekking Duffel Bag, T-Shirt, And Trekking Map (Down Jacket And Sleeping Bag Are To Be Returned After Trip Completion), A Comprehensive Medical Kit
All necessary paper work(s) and permit(s), All applicable taxes and service charges.
Nepalese Visa Fee, International Airfare To And From Kathmandu, Excess Baggage Charges, Lunch And Evening Meals In Kathmandu, Extra Night Accommodation(S)
Travel And Rescue Insurance, Personal Expenses (Phone Calls, Laundry, Bar Bills, Battery Recharge, Extra Porters, Bottle Or Boiled Water, Shower, Etc.), Tips For Guides And Porters
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