LALUPATE TREK (LT)

LALUPATE TREK (LT)

The Lalupate (Poinsettia) Trek is named by my friend Andrees de Ruiter. Actually this is NATT’s first trail section as Besisahar to Tal or a round trip of Besisahar - Tal or Thoche – Siurung and Khudi, where you can avoid more than 95% motor horning road and enjoy the nature, landscapes including snow peak mountains views, rice fiends, villages, people and their daily life styles, numbers of breath taking waterfalls etc. I heard about the poinsettia plant in Europe you get only small in size. But you find them in Nepal more than bushes, nearly like a tree, so for many people it would be interesting to step the paths with full of Poinsettia flowers!! I’m sure for a short holiday holders; the Lalupate trail gives you a full satisfaction.


BESISAHAR TO BHULBHULE 840 m. (3 hrs approx)
It begins at the end point of Besisahar, in 5/8 min. descent at Sahaji bus station, turn left and cross the suspension bridge over Pumakhola and climb through rice fiends, forest soon come to Chanaute village. Continue your walk to Tallo Makaidanda besi chautaro – Gotamethok – descent over Bhalamkhola bridge (temporary), ascent up to Bhalamera (Sera) village. In case you running out of time, you can stay at one of the homes, they can provide you locally prepared dal bhat. Purna Gurung told me, they are going to set a basic restaurant here. Still keep walking sometime on the rural dirt road Subedi gaon (village) and to Khudi. It is red/white marked by local authorities
The road at Khudi makes a long bend and cross a motorable metallic bridge near Maya Hotel and walk about 30 meter further to climb the staircase through fountain. After 8/10 min, you will go across the rural road near the gompa of Chhabbise village and continue couple of min. till the fork of trail.


NOW, THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS:

A) FOLLOWING BLUE/WHITE MARKERS; CHHABBISE GOMPA TO SIURUNG VILLAGE 1864 m. (4 – 5 hrs approx);
Turn left at the fork of trail and climb up the lower part of Tarafu village, walking through the fields and beautiful village, come to a football ground at upper part 20/25 min, continue on the rural dirt road till Kavre a little village 45 min. There is a little tea shop near the fountain, the couple will provide you noodle soup, tea, biscuit, roasted corn and soybean, may be cold drinks, local chhyang and if you asked for dalbhat also possible but will take time. Keep climb in the forest or thick bushy trail walk to Remro field 40 min, at the end you will join again the same road; continue to Kaule with 3 beautiful houses. The couple can make dalbhat and tea on request. If you are running out of time then can stay here overnight. At least another hour will take to reach at Siurung. 
Siurung itself is truly beautiful; the stone slat roofed round houses, the mountain and landscape scenery, organic food, if you are small size in a group then can ask to sit around fire in the kitchen and seeing live cooking your food, chatting with the family is rarely gotten chance in life. There are several homestays are available.



SIURUNG TO SILDHUNGA 1574 m. (1.66 – 2 hrs max);
Slight descend to the dirt road for some minute and continue it to Kalaghiring a little village will take about 30 min, there is one home-stay. Follow the blue/white markers; in 1.33 hrs you will reach at Sildhunga a beautiful village. An interesting thing is ~ there is no single officially registered home-stay, even though some houses with enough space can offer you to stay in. Important person to contact at this village is Mr. Baish Bahadur Gurung, his mobile nr: +977 9846429291. It is right near the way you walk through, and his wife said up to 10 people can sleep at once. She requested me to write Sildhunga Homestay on her front wall and I nicely did it.
The main attractions of this village are locally-stay and rock honey hunting ~ there are two seasons in a year to hunt. In spring - 3rd week of April to end of May and in autumn last week of October to 3rd week of November.

SILDHUNGA TO SYANGE 1100 m. (1.58 hrs approx)
Gently descend to Chhapdanda in 40 min, there are few homestays. Another 30 min, to Ngipra, also few homestays and 25 min, to Syange 1100 m, connecting with the main NATT trail. At Syange it will worth to visit the beautiful waterfalls.
B) FOLLOWING RED/WHITE MARKERS:
Turn right side to follow red/white signs to reach Jyamire in 20 – 25 min. Descent to the main road and go further to Thorongla guest house of Bhulbhule. You will already see the long suspension bridge of main Bhulbhule.

BHULBHULE TO GHERMUPHANT 1100 m. (5 hrs approx)
From the last house of main Bhulbhule, you walk about 100 meters on the road and will follow the red/white signals on the right, passing through the beautiful waterfall and to Nandeswara take about 25/30 min, next 20 min, to Sirubari (also called 1st Ngadi), after crossing a suspension bridge of Ghattekhola, there are two choices: if you follow blue/while markers via Taranche village, then to late Dr. Harka Gurung’s cemetery spot at Tanglichowk and descent at Ngadi Bazaar 30 - 40 min, Or continue red/white trail via Baluwa (middle Ngadi) and to Ngadi bazaar near the hydro-dam. Now, just after dam turn right and follow the old trail, cross the suspension bridge of Dovanchaur 15 m, few meters on the road and you will see the new trail is being constructed. As Mr. Teju (Til) Gurung said in a month will complete it till Lampata 45 min. From here to Bahundanda (30 min.) is not a problem, most part existing old path and they just need to clean it. 
At Bahundanda yet you can take the rural dirt road to Lilibhir with nearly no traffic takes about 1.33 hrs But in long term there is an alternative trail Andrees and I already walked it. It is not marked yet. Near the big tree at chautari of Bahundanda, you have to turn right to come behind the school, turn left and descend through the rice field, climb up to Basthople and Khaijara village, walking through the field, soon join the bigger trail turn left to descend at Khoriya khet and the bridge, then few min, climb up to Liligaon (I think it will make 40 min. longer in minimum).

Cross Lilibhir (it’s being opened motorable track). In 20 min, reach to Khanigaon has some interesting story according to Mr. Kamsarki Gurung: “Khani – mine” and “gaon – village”. Till last seventy years, there was a “salt-mine” right 200 meters below this village (currently the Marsyangdi River flows over it). Just above the village is a naturally made rock-garden. There is a legend believed that in the antique era; there was a tiger’s mouth shaped massive hill, sometime in the past it collapsed and the jaw of that tiger dropped over the existing garden. Gurung people call; “kanbu – jaw” and “kon – tiger’s back”. In the time of Ghale King of Ghermu used this place as a shelter for his horses and sheep. Continue to the last hotel of Ghermuphant will take 25 min.

GHERMUPHANT TO JAGAT 1300 m.

(a) Upper trail ~ 3 - 4 hrs maximum
At Rainbow lodge of Ghermuphant, turn right walk through the water fountain, passing the rice fields, in some minutes turn left (do not climb directly up) continue to the school of lower Chipla. It is marked with blue white so enter the village.There are few homestayes are actively running. Both Chipla people are aware about the importance of tourism business.
In the middle of this village, you have to find the markers will lead you through a football ground, keep going soon you come along the big hydro water pipe, now you even can see the trail where to go and descent at the suspension bridge. Now, you will have to climb a very steep stairs but it is safe for fit trekker for 50 min, last time Andrees and I met a 70 years old Australian guy was climbing up without problem!  Come at the trail junction, you need to turn left and continue to the basic lodge of upper Chipl’s lowest part. You already see Jagat and further view including the marsyangdi valley below. Another 30 to 45 min. descent to the suspension bridge and come at the village of Jagat. This trail is very beautiful yet I recommend it just for fit trekker to walk.

(b) Trek to Jagat via Srichaur 3 hrs approx
From Rainbow lodge continue on the classic trail to Syange and walk some min, on the road, soon you will see red white marked trail, just climb it and continue beautiful walk pretty far above the road with the joyous musical sound of Marsyangdi River to come at Boomerang lodge of Srichaur. There is just made the hot spring pool at the shore of Marsyangdi.

To continue further walk you can see blue white and red white signals at suspension bridge. Just after bridge right directions leads you to hot spring, left side will bring you near the hydropower station house. You come just above it and turn left, follow along the rice fields and come to the suspension bridge that is same you cross while coming via lower Chipla.

(c) Directly trek to Jagat 1.5 hrs max from Srichaur
Or you continue to Jagat from Srichaur most of time on the road, well about 40% you still can skip the road that some parts are made stair cases.

JAGAT TO GHATTEKHOLA 1290 m. (30 – 45 min)
Walk on the road to the last house, there are two choices to hike; a) entering the narrower gorge to Ghattekhola on the road, or b) newly built trail marked with red white will take some time longer but it definitely will worth.  There is a nice lodge belonging to Mr. Pancha Gurung. He has been playing an active role against wild animal poaching. Also in his activeness - there are made two hot spring pools. It takes about 30 – 40 min as round trip either to Ghattekhola or to Jagat.

GHATTEKHOLA TO CHAMJE 1430 m. (45 min to 1.75 hrs)

Now, there are two options to go to Chamje:
a) Directly to Chamje; you just need to follow the beautiful pristine classic red white marked trail instead of walking on the road. I saw many time guides come from Kathmandu, who force their clients to walk on this road! The views of surrounding sky touching massive hills, mind blowing waterfalls and the gorgeous landscapes are truly unforgettable.

b) Via old Jagat to Chamje; in the leading role of Mr. Purna Gurung and his entire team with Marsyangdi Rural Municipality (Chair Person Mr. Arjun Gurung), ACAP, Andrees and myself did mark it with blue white (including Siurung, Nache – Tamrang gompa etc).
After Ghatte khola follow the red white for few min, while you will see blue white markers can follow it to old Jagat 1475 m. Then Nepali flat to Naskuche takes 10 min, at both places you can stay at homestays. Easy descent to Chamje, it will make about 1 hr longer.

CHAMJE TO TAL VILLAGE 1700 m. (2.5 hrs approx)
At the end point of the village, turn right and descent to the suspension bridge over marsyangdi and tough climb to Sattale, and to Tal. You will skip the road by 100%.
Tal is one of the most beautiful spots along the whole Annapurna circuit trek and, it is laid on Marsyangdi river bed. There is a beautiful waterfall. There are many standard lodges and restaurants. It is starting point of Annapurna Seven Passes Trek as well.


EXTENDED LALUPATE TREK (ELT)

TAL TO NACHE 2260 m. (3.3 hrs approx)
Main Tal to Siran Tal and to the trail junction before the suspension bridge will take 30 min, turn right following the red white signals, climb up to the ridge and continue to landslide area. Watch out sometime may fall rocks and you finally come at Karte, 1 hour. There are couples of lodges with restaurant. Now, 1.8 hrs straightly climb to Nache a beautiful village. There are few homestays. This is gateway to Donalake valley and Annapurna Seven Passes Trek.

NACHE TO TILCHE 2355 m. OR GOA 2544 m. (2 – 3 hrs approx)
Few min, descent after Donalake Homestay, turn left and flat walk a while and continue descending along the ridge, entering forest soon to cross a suspension bridge, which is claimed Asia’s 5th highest bridge 412 meters high and 130 meters long (Oh poor man..! it’s impossible to cross for my Russian friend Dmitri..!!). And the hike in the pristine forest to Tambrang gompa 2269 m (1 hr), one of the best spot on this trip! There is a beautiful gompa with 4/5 female and male monks live always. If you want to stay overnight here also possible. They have some basic guest rooms, can have dalbhat and Tibetan tea and do chanting in the gompa with monks.  Another hour easy walk to Tilche, there few lodges are available. It would be nice to continue 45 – 1 hr more to Goa village is beautiful and quiet.

GOA OR TILCHE TO TACHE 2355 m. (5 – 6 hrs approx)
You directly can walk the beautiful trail to Tache from Goa or Tilche or any people who come from Manaslu circuit may continue it instead of walking on the road to Dharapani. You will see the gorgeous view especially from Chhipla Bhir.

Tache itself is a huge hidden village of 63 households, majority of Gurung and few dalit shilpi families as well. Most of the houses made of stone with clay roof. Tache is located on the sunny side, the best fertile soil in whole Manang valley and they grow; corn, wheat, barley, potato, buckwheat, beans, vegetable, peach, plum, honey etc. Those stuffs supply to Manang, Nar and Phu. As well as they have yaks, cows and goats. They also collect himlayan herbs like; ban lasun (Fritillaria cirrhosa D. Don), satuwa (paris-polyphylla) and yarsagumba (cordyceps sinensis) and kutki (gentian) etc…
There are 20 home stays. 3 to 5 guest can sleep in each. They cook for you a delicious local food including dal-bhat. You can try raksi (home-made alcohol).

These people celebrate a unique festival in May is called “Ton-pooja.” At this occasion whole villagers trap few ghorals (wild goat) with a huge net at Chhipla Bhir. They bring it live and sacrifice at this ceremony. Any interested tourist can join it as well. Even though catching any wild animal is illegal in Nepal but it’s culturally being practiced for hundreds of years. As well as they perform cultural dance and programs on this occasion.

TACHE TO DHARAPANI VIA THOCHE 1960 m. (1.5 hrs approx)
Descend at the field, you will join the dirt road without traffic, turn left see red white signals and continue to Thoche. If you are planning to stay at Dharapnai then Thoche is beautiful, sunny side and more quiet. Hotel California’s owner Kerry Smith and Nanu Chhetri are amazing!! Rooms with western toilet, good food and nice dining hall. And walk few min, to the suspension bridge, a bit climb and you are at the check post of Dharapani.



ITINERARIES:

Option ~A: (Lalupate Cultural Trek) 

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu / Pokhara to Besisahar 820 m. (5 - 3 hrs approx) and trek to Bhulbhule 840 m. or Ngadi 900 m. (2 – 3 hrs approx).
Today you will start hiking the Lalupate trail via Chanaute, Gotamethok, Bhalamsera, Khudi and Bhulbhule or Ngadi Bazar.

Day 02: Bhulbhule / Ngadi bazar to Ghermuphant 1100 m. (5 - 6 hrs approx) 
Tough climb up to Bahundanda 1310 m with beautiful views, rice fields and the landscapes and to Ghermuphant.

Day 03: Ghermuphant to Jagat / Ghattekhola 1400 m. (4 hrs approx)
Up to you, depends which trail you like to follow today. If you have a group of 8/10 can stay at Ghattekhola and for bigger group staying at Jagat or Chamje, it is better having enough space to sleep. And not to miss taking bath of the beautiful hot spring.

Day 04: Jagat / Ghattekhola to Syange 1100 m.  (1.5 hrs approx) 
Trek to Syange. There are some lodges, book room, have lunch and visit the beautiful waterfalls above. You easily can spend hrs near the waterfalls and nature.

Day 05: Syange to Siurung village 1864 m.  (5 hrs approx)
Ascend to Ngipra, Chhapdanda, Sildhunga, Kalaghiring and Siurung. Lots of climb but will worth - while you reached to Siurung is a real inviting lively Gurung cultural settlement with good food, mountain views and the  landscapes.

Day 06: Siurung to Pokhara 800 m. or Kathmandu 1300 m. (6 - 7 and 8 - 9 hrs approx)
Trek to Khudi about 2 - 3 hrs, and drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu. Pokhara is the place where you must spend at least two extra days and relax, do activities as you want including paragliding, boating, visiting to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the whole range of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and Manaslus etc… in the lack of time can directly drive to Kathmandu as well. 


Option ~ B: (Standard Lalupate Trek)

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu / Pokhara to Besisahar 820 m. (5 - 3 hrs approx) and trek to Bhulbhule 840 m. or Ngadi 900 m. (2 – 3 hrs approx).
Today you will start hiking the Lalupate trail via Chanaute, Gotamethok, Bhalamsera, Khudi and Bhulbhule or Ngadi Bazar.

Day 02: Bhulbhule / Ngadi bazar to Ghermuphant 1100 m. (5 - 6 hrs approx)
Tough climb up to Bahundanda 1310 m with beautiful views, rice fields and the landscapes  and to Ghermuphant.

Day 03: Ghermuphant to Jagat / Ghattekhola 1400 m. (4 hrs approx)
Up to you, depends which trail you like to follow today. If you have a group of 8/10 can stay at Ghattekhola and for bigger group staying at Jagat or Chamje, it is better having enough space to sleep. And not to miss taking bath of the beautiful hot spring.

Day 04: Jagat / Ghattekhola to Tal 1700 m. (3 - 4 hrs maximum)
Today is shorter and beautiful hike. You can be earlier at Tal, take rest etc. If you want to  spend an extra night here still good idea

Day 05: Tal to Pokhara 800 m or Kathmandu 1300 m. (5 – 7 and 8 - 9 hrs)
Drive with jeep is best yet. Pokhara is the place where you must spend at least two extra days and relax, do activities as you want including paragliding, boating, visiting to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the whole range of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and Manaslus etc… in the lack of time can directly drive to Ktm as well.

Option ~ C: (Extended Lalupate Trek) 

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu / Pokhara to Besisahar 820 m. (5 - 3 hrs approx) and trek to Bhulbhule 840 m. or Ngadi 900 m. (2 – 3 hrs approx).
Today you will start hiking the Lalupate trail via Chanaute, Gotamethok, Bhalamsera, Khudi and Bhulbhule or Ngadi Bazar.

Day 02: Bhulbhule / Ngadi bazar to Ghermuphant 1100 m. (5 - 6 hrs approx)
Tough climb up to Bahundanda 1310 m with beautiful views, rice fields and the landscapes and to Ghermuphant. 

Day 03: Ghermuphant to Jagat / Ghattekhola 1400 m. (4 hrs approx)
Up to you, depends which trail you like to follow today. If you have a group of 8/10 can stay at Ghattekhola and for bigger group staying at Jagat or Chamje, it is better having enough space to sleep. And not to miss taking bath of the beautiful hot spring.
Day 04: Jagat / Ghattekhola to Tal 1700 m. (3 - 4 hrs maximum) 
Today is shorter and beautiful hike. You can be earlier at Tal, take rest etc. If you want to spend an extra night here still good idea.

Day 05: Tal to Tilche 2268 m or Goa village 2544 m. (5 – 6 hrs approx)
You can start a bit earlier today to Karte, can have some tea and snacks, then tough climb to Nache a beautiful village, may have lunch there are few homestays, continue to Tamrang gompa via south Asia’s most high suspension bridge and to Tilche or 45 min, more  to Goa is more inviting with surrounding green high mountains and peaceful stay overnight.

Day 06: Tilche or Goa village to Tache 2355 m. (4 – 5 hrs max.)
Now, an old existing trail between Tilche and Tache is cleared and widened. The views of Odar, Dharapani, Thoche, Nache and further valley including Annapurna II are exceptional. There is a big chance to see Ghoral at Chhipla Bhir. You can bring water and may be light packed lunch.

Day 07: Tache to Syange 1100 m.  (3 - 4 hrs approx)
Trek to Thoche and Dharapani about 1.5 hrs and drive to Syange. If you will get a jeep on  time then you will able to reach an earlier at Syange. There are some lodges, book room, have lunch and visit the beautiful waterfalls above. You easily can spend hrs near the waterfalls.

Day 08: Syange to Siurung village 1864 m.  (5 hrs approx)
Ascend to Ngipra, Chhapdanda, Sildhunga, Kalaghiring and Siurung. Lots of climb but will worth - while you reached to Siurung is a real inviting lively Gurung cultural settlement with good food, mountain views and the landscapes.

Day 09: Siurung to Pokhara 800 m. or Kathmandu 1300 m. (6 - 7 and 8 - 9 hrs approx)
Trek to Khudi about 2 - 3 hrs, and drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu. Pokhara is the place where you must spend at least two extra days and relax, do activities as you want including paragliding, boating, visiting to Sarangkot for sunrise view over the whole range of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and Manaslus etc… in the lack of time can directly drive to Kathmandu as well.

Thus, your trip ends and much congratulation!!


CONTACT:
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PREMS NEPAL TREK PVT. LTD.
Lakeside – 6 (street no: 19), Pokhara Nepal.

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PREMS NEPAL TREK (PNT)

It is owned by three professional trekking guides (Prem, Sukra and Maina) in Pokhara. They are more than one and half decade experienced in trek and tour leading throughout the Himalayas of Nepal. Prem is one of the NATT~book (New/Natural Annapurna Trekking Trail) writers with Andrees de Ruiter in Germany, www.nepal-dia.de

PNT is a big different than other trekking agencies in Nepal, how?

I've seen many agency or company owners and managers in Nepal, who have never been to Annapurna or Everest; still designing your program!!

Our agency manager Sukra Rai is a most competent trekking guide as well, that’s why he has all kind of knowledge regarding the trek and tour including NATT. Therefore; three of us can design all your programs and lead the tour is a perfect combination.

Our staffs are well trained; most of them are involved marking and finding the NATT trails including the Annapurna Seven Passes Trek, North Annapurna Base Camp, newly designed the Lalupate Trail and all major treks in Nepal. They are well equipped and ensured with their insurance. Also most of them are skilled with Massage Therapy; during the trip if anyone requested for it, they may easily available. To entertain clients, they can perform singing and dancing as well as few of them can play bamboo flute and Nepali traditional drum. Most of them are English speaking, few of them can speak Korean and Chinese.

Also our team is working for EEF (earthquake emergency fund), and delivered many relief aids to the affected families mainly in Gorkha and Dhading. We have built 8 houses in Gorkha and handover for the families who did lost homes from the last earthquakes in Nepal. https://www.facebook.com/prem.rai2/media_set?set=a.1583433211698806&type=3


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It is owned by the professional trekking guides and NATT (New/Natural Annapurna Trekking Trail) book writer in Nepal. You totally get here a family environment. There are 6 rooms on rent. Four of them for couple, one twin bed and one single. Every room has private porch, cupboard, 24 hour hot shower with the attached bath and toilet and free Wi-Fi service. It's good to sit at the peaceful roof-top garden with the dramatic view of the para-glider over Sarangkot and the background scenery of Machhapuchre Himal including the surrounding green hills, villages, the Fewa Lake and the Stupa (World Peace Pegoda) in the west.

It is located at Lakeside - 6, Khahare Marga (street no: 19) near the Khahare Chowk (about 300 meters far from the lake shore), same building of Fishtail Paragliding and you can Google PREMS NEPAL TREK right behind the hotel Mandap and Tropicana.

Also a perfect guest house for the budget travellers. On request we prepare Nepali breakfast and if anyone interested for a short cooking course of Nepali Thali (veg and none-veg) you can learn and cook it yourself with us at our kitchen.

Still Maina's "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN MASSAGE" therapy service is available on request.


Contact:

Prem Rai

PREMS NEPAL TREK PVT. LTD.

Lakeside – 6, Khahare Chowk (street no: 19), Pokhara Nepal.

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