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Manaslu Circuit: Unique & Off-The-Beaten-Path Trek

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Duration

18

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Specific Tour

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Group Size

10 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Manaslu trek Nepal was officially opened in 1991, allowing trekkers to extensively explore the region. Officials grant permitted access to this restricted region allowing only a limited number of trekkers each year, therefore, adding further appeal to the trek. Today, mainly group treks are organized in the region. It is a unique and less crowded than other treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure. Manaslu trek leads to high Himalayan passes through ethnic Tibetan villages, with the spectacular views of snow-peaks and campsites.

Manaslu trek can be a great alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trek. The path ascends through the beaten tracks providing tea-houses along the trail.We can experience enjoy local culture and lifestyles of Himalayan people.
Larke La Pass (5,135m/16,847ft) divides Manasalu and the Marshyangdi valley, afterwards, it is a straight descent through thick alpine forests and meadows to the mainstream Annapurna circuit trail. Few more days of trekking continues towards Pokhara via another secret route seldom used by trekkers offering stunning views of the Manasalu, Annapurna and Machhapuchre (Fish Tail).

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Awe-inspiring natural beauty of the forests, rivers, & flora in the Manaslu region
  • Friendly people, rich culture which includes both Nepalese & Tibetan ethnic groups
  • Larky-La Pass (5167m), the highest point of the trek
  • Stunning view of some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II
  • Abundant wildlife including Thar (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots & if you are lucky Snow Leopard
  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu & its world famous monuments

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel 1,300m

Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will meet our guide/representative and transfer to Hotel. Rest and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Taday we will explore Kathmandu city including UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan & Swayambhunath Temple, followed by briefing and final preparation for the trekking in the evening.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Sotikhola(730m) 8 hrs drive

After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu for our long trek to Manaslu. Drive by private jeep to Sotikhola through the tiny village, bazar, paddy fields, river etc. Upon arrival in Sotikhola, check in to the guest house. If time permits, explore the surrounding area and stay overnight.

Day 04: Sotikhola to Liding (860m), 5 to 6 hrs trek

Today begins the actual trekking and journey will head northwards followed by Gandaki River passing through terraced fields and scattered farmhouses. After climbing briefly to Keurenipani, we descend once again to the river valley and pass Soti Khola. Overnight at tea house.

Day 05: Liding to Korlabesi (970m), 5 – 6 hrs trek

Today, the valley narrows and in places the path is cut into the densely forested trails. We pass through a number of small villages until the valley widens and the trail descends to the sandy riverbed. The trail climbs to Machha Khola and to Khorlabesi. Stay overnight at tea house.

Day 06: Korlabesi to Salleri (1,360m), 5 – 6 hrs trek

After breakfast, we will start our journey to Salleri. On the way we will come across (hot spring) “Tatopani” where our porters will no doubt take the opportunity to have a quick wash. After Tatopani, the trail crosses to the left bank of the Budi Gandaki after a suspension bridge. Through the forest we reach the village of Doban where we can watch the Budi Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids and further up the river valley opens up. Stay overnight at tea house.

Day 07: Salleri to Deng (1,860m), 6 – 7 hrs trek

Today, we will pass by village Sirdibas and Budi Gandaki over a large suspension bridge and climb steeply to Philim. The trail traverses the hillside and passes through Ekle Bhatti (lonely teahouse) before crossing back over the river below the confluence of Budi Gandaki and Siyar Khola. From here we enter a dramatic section of the gorge high above the river. The trail makes its way up the west side of the valley and offers a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the village of Deng. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 08: Deng to Ghap (2,380m), 3 – 4 hrs trek

Today is a shorter trek day as we gradually climb up and enter the area influenced by Buddhism. After a few more ups and downs through forests, the trail turns a corner and arrives at Ghap through well-preserved paintings and elegant mani wall. Stay overnight at tea house.

Day 09: Ghap to Lho (3,180m), 4 – 5 hrs trek

The valley becomes steeper and there is a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Namrung. The trail now enters the Nupri region. The people here are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived over 500 years ago. Typical Tibetan features include the entrance gates to the villages, mani walls and Buddhist gompas. Beyond here the valley opens out and soon passes through the Tibetan village of Sho. Above this village we get the views of Manaslu and Naike Peak and from the next village of Lho we see Ganesh I down the valley. Stay overnight at tea house.

Day 10: Lho to Samagaon (3,450m), 5 – 6 hrs trek

We will follow the right bank of the river with views of Peak 29 ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest bring us to the village of Shyala, offering superb views of Phungi, Manaslu and Him Chuli. Crossing a wide pasture with many marmots we enter the village of Samagaon. Our camp is at the top end of the village below the impressive Sama Gompa with impressive views of Manaslu. Stay overnight at tea house.

Day 11: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

Today is free & easy day. After breakfast, simply hike up & take a side excursion nearby monastery is well worth a visit. This is a great day exploring the villages with a great views of surrounding Himalayas. Hike higher and come lower & stay overnight at tea house.

Day 12: Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m), 3-4 hrs trek

Today we begin a slow-pace trek following Budi Gandaki northwards, crossing a bridge over a side stream where the trail forks; the left leading towards the Manaslu Base Camp, the other passing several mani walls heads to the Larkya-La. The valley widens along an easy trail past juniper and birch forest to the stone huts at Kermo Kharka, and then drops off a shelf to cross a wooden bridge and climbing between forks in the river to a promontory. From this vantage point, one can see the white stone kani marking the entrance to Samdo. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 13: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,460m), 3 – 4 hrs trek

Today we start the ascend to the pass by descending through fields to an old mani wall and stone arch before dropping to the river and crossing on a wooden bridge. This place shows up on maps as the mythical Larkya Bazaar, which used to be a flourishing market, but there is nothing there now. Another mani wall marks the beginning of ascent to the pass where the trail starts climbing through tundra and juniper; the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu can be seen from here. Stay on the ridge to the right to find a trail that crosses over the top of two ravines. The trail grows steeper, climbing up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000m. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach Larkya Phedi, where there is a small lodge, built to serve travellers crossing the Larkya La, which lies now just ahead above. Stay overnight at tea house.

Day 14: Larkya-La (5,135m) - trek to Bimtang (3,590m), 7 – 8 hrs

After an early start, we soon reach the ablation valley on the left side of the Larkya Glacier with impressive views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We continue walking along glacial moraine and start making the gradual ascent to the summit of the Larkya-La pass. From the top, there is a panoramic view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. On the descent, the trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine then descends more gently on snow to a grassy moraine. Depending on the conditions if icy then crampons and ice axe are advisable for the descent. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow and spring at 4,080m. The valley becomes wider as the trails heads down to a large meadow, past a mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bimthang. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 15: Bimtang to Tilje (2,300m) 5 – 6 hrs trek

After crossing the pastures of Bimthang, the trail drops to a glacial stream at the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, crosses a wooden bridge and descends into pine and rhododendron forest. Not far from here you reach Karche’s fenced fields, then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags before making a descent to the riverbank at Gho. The trail continues through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak to arrive at Tilje, a large Gurung village. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 16: Tilje to Chamje (1,430m/), 5 – 6 hrs trek

Exit the village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Pass through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. The trail now follows the Annapurna Circuit route in reverse as you pass through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi gorge. Stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 17: Chamje to Besisahar (drive) and continue drive to Kathmandu

Today we drive down stream follow the Marshyangdi River passing though the Tal village by local transportation to Besisahar. At Besisahar the jeep will be waiting to pick you up and continue drive to Kathmandu. We will arrive Kathmandu and check in to hotel. Rest and relax at the hotel and overnight.

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu

After breakfast, our representative will help transfer to airport, and fly back home.

Included/Exclude

  • Local transportation as per itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All meals with hot beverages during trek
  • Service of a licensed and trained guide & porters
  • Guided tours in the Kathmandu
  • National park/conservation area entry permits
  • Trekking Permit and Manaslu special permit
  • Down sleeping bags and lining
  • Pre-trip briefing
  • Air travel from your home country and return.
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Drinks (soft and alcoholic)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips for porters and guide

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