ExpERIENCE a new way in nepal

ExpERIENCE a new way in nepal

Ashara Retreats


Himalayan sacred lakes Trek

HGA and Ashara Retreats invites you to take time to breathe and immerse yourself in rich Nepali culture and spirituality, surrounded by the majestic views of the Annapurna, Chulu, Ganesh and Manaslu mountain ranges. This specially crafted trek for our Ashara community is off the tourist trail and includes 13 days in the hills and a 10 day introductory trek to the remote sacred Lakes of Nyemje Pokhari and Nag Pokhari (3200m), led by our experienced Australian Himalayan Guide, Helen Dobra. It is NOT like a commercial trip around the main tourism regions. 


EARLY BIRD PRICE – Book before the 25th December and pay only $1,800

Peace & Tranquility

off the tourist trail 

Breathtaking Views from Nag Pokhari and Dharche Danda 

“The land north of gangadwar is known to the wise as paradise ground. apart from this land, the rest is called earth elsewhere”

Kedarkhand Skanda Purana

TREK details



Thank you for your interest in our Ashara Retreats Himalayan Sacred Lakes Trek in the Manaslu region in Nepal. 

In Brief

  • 2 full days and 4 half days in Kathmandu

  • Fully catered trek … All meals outside Kathmandu are provided

  • Experienced Australian Himalayan guide, Helen Dobra

  • Twin-share accommodation in a Hotel in Kathmandu

  • 10 days moderate trekking to and around Nag Pokhari 3200m

  • 2 days bus touring 

  • 1 day cultural experience at Lig Lig Kot historic site

  • 1 large tent per 2 people and sleeping mats for each member

  • Based in the remote, tourist-free monastery village of Sirandanda 2060m and the Sacred lake Nag Pokhari 3200m

  • In the Manaslu region of Nepal

  • Amazing views of Manaslu 8165m, Himalchuli 7893m the Ganesh and Annapurna Himals

  • Easy access via bus and jeep or tractor

  • $1,980 AUD ex KTM Nepal

  • Trek Difficulty 2/7


  • We have traveled to the region many times before 

  • We visit local sacred sites with deep spirituality

  • We travel to villages and regions off the tourist trail

  • We have deep connections with the villages and their people

  • Many of our staff have family in the region

  • The trek is led by a qualified and experienced western leader


 Day 01

Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the Karma Hotel. Meet group and dinner at Bon Appetit.

Meals provided – None 

Day 02

In Kathmandu. Vist Swyambunath (Monkey temple) in the morning. Afternoon at leisure for shopping, last minute gear purchases and being a tourist!

Meals provided – B

Day 03.

Chartered bus trip to Saurpani (1439m) in the Lower Manaslu region ( 6+ hours) (jeeps or tractors may be used depending on road conditions). Establish tented camp in the village centre.

Meals provided – B, L & D

Day 04. 

Trek from Saurpani uphill to Nyauli Kharka (2600m) 

Meals provided – B, L & D

Day 05.

Trek to Dharche Danda (3200m) 3 hours for great evening and morning views of the Ganesh and Manaslu Himals. 

Meals provided – B, L & D

Day 06. 

Trek to Mamche Hotel 2780m 5hrs.

Meals provided – B, L & D

Day 07 .

Trek down hill to Barpak (1920m) 3hrs and then to our riverside camp on the Dauradi Khola (900m) 3hrs.

Meals provided – B, L & D

Day 08.

Trek uphill to Gyalchowk (1494m) 3hrs.

Meals provided – B, L & D  

Day 09.

Trek up to Nyemje Pokhari (2300m) 4hrs.

Meals provided – B, L & D

Day 10.

Trek up to Nag Pokhari (3200m).

Meals included – B, L & D 

Day 11.

Rest day in Nag Pokhari (3200m).

Meals included – B, L & D

Day 12.

Rest day in Nag Pokhari (3200m).

Meals included – B, L & D

Day 13.

Trek down to Sirandanda (2092m).

Meals included – B, L & D

Day 14.

Bus to Lig Lig Kot (2 hours).

Meals included – B, L & D

Day 15.

Bus to Kathmandu (5 hours).

Meals included – B, L 

Day 16.

At leisure in Kathmandu.

Meals includeed – None

Day 17.

Depart for home.

Meals included – None



  • Transfers to and from Kathmandu airport to hotel in Kathmandu

  • Internal transport to trek start and finish points in a private chartered bus and, or a jeep or tractor

  • Accommodation at a hotel in Thamel on a twin share basis. Single rooms available for an extra charge.

  • Qualified and experienced Australian Guide, Helen Dobra

  • Fluent English speaking Nepali Guide (Sandesh Tamang)

  • Porter to carry all your gear (max 15 kg each)

  • Expedition medical kit and Satellite phone (for emergency use)

  • Whilst on the trek all meals at lodges and in tented camps are cooked by our Expedition cook

  • 1 large tent for 2 members (twin share). Single tents are available for an extra charge. 

  • 2 foam/sleeping mats. If you want your own Thermarest (inflatable), you will have to bring it yourself

  • Boiled water for the next day and evening

  • Morning and evening washing water

  • Toilet tent

  • Dining tent

  • Trekking permits

  • Expedition kit bag for use on trek

  • Himalayan Guiding Australia t-shirt (upon arrival in Kathmandu)

  • Down jacket for inexpensive hire

  • Sleeping bag for inexpensive hire

  • Pre-trip gear advice and discounts

Not included

  • Soft Drinks

  • Bottled water

  • Alcohol

  • Lollies and snacks

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (about $20 a day each should cover this)

  • Taxis/Travel in Kathmandu

  • Personal trekking gear

  • Personal medical kit

  • Travel insurance

  • Flights to and from Australia

  • Tips for staff


In Kathmandu, we normally stay at the Hotel Karma in Thamel. It has been a home for us since 1995 and we hope you like it too. Twin-share accommodation is included in your trip price. Single room surcharge applies.

When tenting in on the trek we use only the most proven tents made in Australia specifically for the purpose. 


29th March 2024 Arrive Kathmandu

14th April 2024 Trip Concludes in Kathmandu


**EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – Book before Christmas and the price is $1,800 AUD per person ex KTM Nepal.

A deposit invoice will be emailed to you with this discount after you fill in the booking form on the next page. 

Book after Christmas and it will cost $1,980 AUD per person ex KTM Nepal.


Want more information? Download and have a look at our detailed notes for the Ashara Retreats Himalayan Sacred Lakes Trek. This has all the essential information you need to know before booking. After booking, we will send you additional trek notes, including; a gear list, checklist and essential information regarding arrival into Kathmandu.

You will have everything you need to know to be fully prepared for this once in a lifetime expedition! 









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