A small wooden bridge crosses the Panda Khola stream, and then follows the river course to the village of Lupra (1hr approx), one of the most ancient settlements of the region with its old-world charm still intact. Highlight of the day is a visit to the Lupra monastery, which was founded in the 12th century by Lupragpa, a famous Bon master. Bon is an ancient shamanist faith which was once prevalent in Tibet and the adjoining Himalayan territory. Later it was largely incorporated into mainstream Tibetan Buddhism.
Lupra (2,790m) is an interesting offbeat side-trip; few trekkers make it here but the village, with its adobe houses and traditionally clad inhabitants is certainly worth a visit.
Rejoin the main trail (1hr approx.) and continue your trek to Larjung, passing via Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche and Kobang (3.5hrs approx.). A longer but less-frequented and very scenic route is also available for those interested. This route passes through Thini, without crossing over Kali Gandaki river to Jomsom. It passes by the holy Dumba Lake to Chhairo and Chokhepani. (BLD)
Day 4: Day Hikes from Larjung
(O/N Thasang Village Lodge). You’ll be spoilt for choice today. The options are:
- Hike to Titi Lake and Kunju village (5-6hrs approx.)
- Hike to Guru Sangpo Cave (5hrs approx.)
- Hike to Bhuchharchho & Syokong Lake (5-6hrs)
Day 5: Return to Jomsom
(O/N Om’s Lodge). A return trek along the Kali Gandaki River, visiting along the way the villages of Tukuche and Marpha to take in and admire their delightful colours and characters. (BLD)
Day 6: Early morning return flight to Pokhara. (B)