Stage 7 – Bimtang to Dharapani

manasli from bimtang

Last view of Manaslu from Bimtang

A final long day. From the gorgeous flat ground of Bimtang with its mountain views, we plunge along a technical forested trail with a lot of descent. The start is always cold in Bimtang. The place is surrounded by mountains and glaciers – the cold air sinks from the pass you crossed yesterday. The sun arrives around 8:30am but by then you’ll be long gone.

A stage of mainly downhill & oxygen – some supremely runnable trails, through gorgeous forest and a growing, turquoise torrent. The stage used to be longer, but the 22km allows you to let it rip for the final enjoyable stage and a finish in warm sunlight.

Morning start at Bimtang

Cold start in Bimtang

running manaslu circuit

One of the bridges halfway along the stage

running near tilije

Super nice riverside running, just a few kilometres from the finish.

finisher of the manaslu trail race


recuperation of running legs

Recuperation of running legs

Beyond the small village of Tilije, we drop on to a jeep track to Dharapani where we meet the trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit.

Bimtang to Tal profile

— The End —

Almost! When we’ve gathered everyone, we will take jeeps and drive some four or five hours to the evening’s hotel in Besisahar. It’s a long, hard drive (on an impressive but very rough road) but worth it as hot showers and clean linen will await you on arrival.

gateway himalaya hotel besisahar nepal

Back to Kathmandu!