Off The Beaten Track to Southern Manaslu
12 May 2023 Bodhi Adventures
“Ajirkot to Dudhpokhari, Dordi, and Marsyangdi Rural Municipality”
If you’re looking for an adventure in the off the beaten track then a part of western Gorkha and eastern Lamjung, a trek from Ajirkot to Dudhpokhari, Dordi, and Marsyangdi Rural Municipality, in the lap of Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Ngadi/Harka Chuli/Peak 29 might be the best what you need. This remote area is nestled in the foothills of the Mansiri Himalayan Range, Just southern part of Mt. Manaslu, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks from Dhaulagiri to Ganesh Himal range, rushing rivers of Chepe, Dordi, Ngadi and Marsyangdi the tributary rivers of Gandaki River which goes to Ganges and peaceful ethnic dominant by mainly Gurung and Tamang, countryside.
The trek starts in Ajirkot (very popular fort of Chaibare Gurung before the modern unification of Nepal), a small village that serves as a gateway to the rural municipality. From there, you’ll hike through once very popular local small settlement of Bhachchek Bazar then ridgeline to north with beautiful views of charming hamlets and terraced fields, east and west until Namkyu of Sirandada. The trail gradually climbs up to Sirandada, a picturesque village perched on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.
Continuing on, you’ll reach Dudhpokhari, estuary of holy Chepe /Champawati border river of Gorkha and Lamjugn district, a sacred lake that is believed to have been formed by Lord Shiva’s trident. The crystal-clear waters of the lake reflect the stunning mountain scenery, making it a favorite spot for photographers and nature lovers alike. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva near the lake, where you can offer prayers and seek blessings on the full moon day (Janai Purnima) of June July.
The next stop on the trek is Lipedada, very popular hillock about 3100m elevation above sea level that offers the best view of mountain range from Dhaulagiri 8167m to Ganesh Himal range. you can see dozens of hilly ranges to south and even plains of Chitwan you get on clear day. You can interact with the friendly shepherds, learn about their customs and traditions, and even taste some of the local shepherds dairy products.
The trail then leads to Barhapokhari, another beautiful village with a stunning Himalayan backdrop. You can rest here and take in the serene surroundings before continuing on to Bahundada, the final stop on the trek. This village is famous for its traditional architecture, with intricately carved wooden houses and narrow alleys.
The trek ends in Bahundada, from where you can take a bus or jeep back to Kathmandu or Pokhara. The trek is moderate in difficulty and can be completed in 5-7 days, depending on your pace. You’ll need to carry your own food and camping gear, as there are no tea houses or lodges on the trail.
Overall, the Ajirkot to Dudhpokhari, Dordi, and Marsyangdi Rural Municipality trek is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquility of rural Nepal. Away from the crowds and commercialization of popular trekking routes, you’ll get a chance to immerse yourself in nature and connect with the local culture. So, grab your backpack, lace up your boots, and head out for an adventure of a lifetime!