• Manaslu Trekking

Manaslu Trekking

Overview

Trip Information

The Manaslu Circuit is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination but there is still fewer trekkers compared to the established trekking routes in the Annapurna Region. The circuit is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range. Along the trail you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist villages. The trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arugath to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5125 m). Starting from the starting point (around 700 m), the landscapes incredibly vary from green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers.

Crossing the Larkya Pass (5125 m) is tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight around you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The Pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bhimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Besisahar. The Manaslu trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It originally starts in the town of Arughat or Gorkha, however, with roads being built many trekkers start at either Barpak or Soti Khola, a bit further up the trail.

We start the trekking from Soti Khola and end in Chyamche or Besisahar where is also the starting point for trekking in the Annapurna Circuit. The itinerary below is one of the many possibilities. The trekking can be longer or shorter depending on the length of your walking days and starting point. There are teahouses along the track. We can arrange camping for you if you prefer camping to stay in guesthouse. You can also visit the Tsum Valley, a beautiful, secluded valley where century old Tibetan traditions prevail.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel
Day 02: Get permits, prepare for trekking or visit ancient temples
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (700m)
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (869m)
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1340m)
Day 06: Trek to Deng (1860m)
Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2630m)
Day 08: Trek to Samagaun (3520m)
Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day
Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3860m)
Day 11: Trek to Dharmasaala (4460m)
Day 12: Trek to Bimtang (3750m) via Larke Pass (5135m)
Day 13: Trek to Dharapani (1963m). (Long day downhill walk)
Day 14: Drive to Besisahar – Kathmandu (Long day drive)
Day 15: Fly back home or extend the trip    

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (KTM)
On your arrival to the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Welcome drink and a short brief about your trip. For early arrival, you can go around or sightseeing after settle in hotel. Overnight in KTM. Meals: Not included.

Day 02: In Kathmandu
While we apply the permits of Manaslu trekking, ACAP and MCAP for you, you can do preparation for trekking or visit the ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples such as the Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (known as Monkey Temple among tourists). KTM has more World Heritage sites than any other cities in the world. Moreover, there are amazing bookshops, local markets, handicraft shops, cafés and restaurants, and centers for cultural and spiritual practice nearby. Guided sightseeing can be provided on your request. Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola
Drive to Arughat in early morning by bus/private jeep. It takes 7 hours but the landscapes on the way are beautiful. At Arughat, change to local connection bus to Soti Khola where is at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight in trekking lodge. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (869m)
Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River and through the shady forest of sal trees. When walk uphill along the steep and rugged cliff side, you can see the river roars wildly below. Then we go downward to the Gurung village of Labubesi and follow the river bank to the village of Machha Khola where we spend the night. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1340m)
We follow the gorge and continue up the river. Langur monkeys can usually be heard playing in the jungle high above. We trek through villages in Khorlabesi, Tatopani, Dovan, Thulo Dunga and finally Jagat where you can see the first Tibetan Buddhist village in the Manaslu trail. Overnight in Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06 Trek to Deng (1860m)
We begin by walling upward in a rocky ridge where views of Mt. Sringi Himal (7,187m) emerge. Continue through rich terraced fields of maize, potato and millet. Then we enter Nupri, the Western Mountains, via bamboo forests. We spend the night in a Buddhist village in Deng. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2630m)
From Deng, we pass numerous Tibetan Mani walls (intricately hand carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures) and weaved in and out of canyons. Later, we go through a colourful forest of firs, oaks and rhododendrons to the settlement in Namrung where we stay for the night. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 08: Trek to Sama Gaun (3520m)
From Namrung, the trek climbs steadily into the alpine where you can see the first stunning glimpse of Mt. Manaslu North and Manaslu. On the way, you meet people in thier tradition Tibetan costume (Chubas). Continue trekking to Sama Gaun through village in Shyo, Lho and Shyala. This is a long day walking of 7-8 hours. Overnight in Sama Gaun. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day at Sama Gaun
Rest day is to allow your body to acclimatize to the high altitudes. We can spend the day exploring the surroundings - Birendra Taal (a beautiful lake), the Buddhist monasteries and Samagaun (a big Tibetan community), or go a side trip to Pun Gyen Gompa or Manaslu Base Camp but both side trips require almost a full day for each. We can see the marvelous view of Mt. Manaslu. Stay overnight at the same place. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3860m)
This is a short day of trekking to allow you to better adjust to the altitude. Here is a land of yaks and marmots. The pastures can only grow barley and potatoes due to the high altitude. We are finally above the tree line! A pleasant walk brings us to the picturesque village of Samdo –a town well-known for its yak herding. Samdo is also at the convergence of 3 valleys and is only a day’s walk from Tibet. You are quite likely to see traders coming from the valleys carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods. Stay overnight at Samdo. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Trek to Dharmasaala (4460m)
We walk along a wide and broad path. Then cross the Budhi Gandaki River and continue along a Mani wall. We can have a grand view of a huge gorge in a ridge while we trek upward to the Larkya Glacier. Overnight at Dharmasaala. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12: Trek to Bimtang (3750m) via Larke Pass (5135m)
Today’s trekking is physically demanding. The track is not difficult but the 5135-meter height Larkye Pass is challenging. From Larkya Phedi, it takes 5 hours to cross the glacial moraine and four frozen lakes to reach the Larke Pass where you can see incredible views of Mt. Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyaji Kung (7,030m), Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7937). After the great view, we descend along a steep gully which eventually peters out into more level area of grassy moraine. The valley opens up as we continue descend to Bimthang where we stay overnight. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13: Trek to Dharapani (1963m)
We cross a glacial stream, walk over the side of the moraine and then descend to a spectacular forest of rhododendron and impressive pine trees. The view of Mt. Manaslu is still splendor. Descend to Dudh Khola and continue through a more agricultural landscape to reach the village in Goa, Tilje. Walk further down to Dharapani where we stay the night. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14: Drive to Besi Sahar – Kathmandu
Today is a long day of driving. After breakfast, we take a local jeep/bus to Beshisahar, and then change to a hiace van to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu in late evening. (For a more relaxing journey, you can consider to stay the night in Beshisahar and return to Kathmandu early next morning). Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15: Fly back to home
Your adventure trip comes to an end. Our representative transfers you to the airport 3 hours before your departure time. Hope to see you soon. Namaste and good bye!

 

 

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport Pick up and drop services during your international arrival and departure
  • Deluxe 3 star category accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast according to itinerary.
  •  kathmandu to Soti Khola drive by local bus
  •  Besishahar to Kathmandu drive by local bus
  •  beautiful and clean accommodation at guest houses/lodges during the trek.
  • Meals of full board during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with a cup of hot drinks)
  • one trekking guide highly experienced, friendly, English speaking, government licensed, ministry of tourism trained with his salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurance.
  •  one very strong porter with salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurance
  •  Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits. Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits.
  •  Down jacket, Four – seasonal sleeping bag, Duffel bag, and trekking map (duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag have to be returned after trip completion)
  • Complementary welcome or farewell dinner in typical Nepali cultural restaurant
  •  all necessary paper works, Government tax and office services charges.
  • Assistant trekking guide if your group size 6 or more than 6 persons with salary, meals, accommodation, transportation and insurance
  • First AID medication and medicines with your guide.
  • certificate of your trekking signed by the company manager and your trekking guide.

What is not included?

  • Kathmandu city lunch and dinner (also not include in case of early returns, late departure than schedule itinerary)
  • international airfare to and from Nepal
  • travel, medical insurance, Emergency evacuation
  • Items of personal Nature (Hot shower, alcoholic beverages, Telephone, laundry, personal snacks, Internet, electronic or battery charging, hot water, Cold drinks)
  •  Extra accommodation in Kathmandu rather than itinerary
  •  Nepal visa fees (two passport photographs, US$ 25 for multiple entry 15 days, US$ 40 multiple entry for 30 days, US$ 90 multiple entry for 3 months) Can be issued upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  •  Gratitude for your guide and porter
  •  City monument fees and other cost arising by mishaps, natural calamities.
  •  Services that are not mentioned in service include sections.

FROM US

$995

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