Manaslu ... Here are a wilderness, unspoiled and uncrowded tourism, which is open to hiking in recent years. Through paths unknown, roads covered with snow and huge steep valleys, this walk crosses among populations still living as the last century, particularly Tibetans and Gurungs who always trade with Tibet. For those wishing to walk in the wilderness and authentic, meeting the three peaks of Manaslu (the 8th summit of the world with its 8163 m) is the ideal circuit!
However, this hike is for walkers who have a very good experience of walking and physical fitness.
Trekking Days: -› (17) Total Days: -› (20) Min. Altitude: -› (1143m./3750ft.) Max. Altitude: -› (5100m./16732ft.) Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-8hrs Route Nature: -› Lodge [Tea House Trek] Difficulty: -› Hard Season: -› Autumn/Spring (Sept - Nov /Mar-May).
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m) Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek Preparation Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat Day 04: Arughat - Soti Khola Day 05: Soti Khola - Machha Khola Day 06: Machha Khola -Jagat Day 07: Jagat - Deng Day 08: Deng - Ghap Day 09: Ghap - Lho Day 10: Lho - Samagaon Day 11: Acclimatization day in Samagaon Day 12: Sama – Samdo Day 13: Samdo – Dharamsala Day 14: Dharamsala - Larkya la - Bimthang Day 15: Bimthang - Gho Day 16: Gho - Dharapani Day 17: Dharapani - Syange Day 18: Syange - Besi Sahar Day 19: Besi Sahar to Kathmandu Day 20: Farewell Friend
Note : This itinerary is guideline and standard pattern only. The itinerary can be revised according to your desire and requirements.
The price includes:
* Reception at the airport and hotel transfers (return)
* In Kathmandu, 2-star hotel in the Thamel district (breakfast is included, and the rooms are with double bed and shower)
* Accommodation and meals in lodges (local food of good quality, commanded by the guide).
* The entire route of the trek is all inclusive.
* All transportation (to and from places of trek and during the trek).
* Accompanied by an English speaking professional guide and a porter for 2 people to carry your bags (20 kg up to 2 people).
* Trek permits and entry to national parks
* Reconfirmation of your return ticket
Trek in tent
* All equipment is provided of the trek.
* Accompanied by an English speaking professional guide, a professional cook and porters.
* Overnight in tent (two places), and meals are carefully prepared by our chef.
* A tent for meals, a tent for the kitchen, a toilet tent
* Sleeping bags and mattresses
* All requirements necessary to Nepalese staff (meals, insurance, equipment, land transport).
Price does not include:
* Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu (except breakfast, which are included)
* Personal beverages throughout the stay and trek (except teas or coffee in breakfast).
* Entries monuments, cities and museums
* Your insurance
* The ability to hot water shower in some lodges during the trek
* Nepal visa (40 dollars US cash)
* Airport taxes for domestic flights
Note: All participants must submit a copy of their insurance, with address, phone and fax from the insurance company. This insurance must cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or illness. In the event that your insurance does not cover the helicopter rescue, you must complete a form to Kathmandu and sign an agreement stating that you pay yourself the amount of expenses incurred by Nepal Treks Assemble your helicopter rescue or fees of research. Without this agreement, you may not participate in this trek.
During the duration of the trek, the guide is allowed to change the route depending on weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make changes to the program may not claim any compensation money to the agency.
Day 01: Arrival in
Kathmandu (1300 m)
You will be welcomed by the representative of company at Tribhuvan
International Airport .After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc)
pick up your luggage and look for our representative with ours company
display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel. After
check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other
participants. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu
sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital,
Kathmandu.We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.
We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the
blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese
people.We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and
We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it
will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference
between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great
surprise how these two religions live together.
We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of
Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices,
incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will
see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples.Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal
Tole.After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.
All the most important monuments of the city are in this
area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so
ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to
spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture,
considering the animation of places, dreaming.We will take lunch at the top of
a restaurant, with a great plunging view .
You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the
streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local
buildings and narrow streets.Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey
Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and
it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all
four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important
Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.
From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on
all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset.We will come
back hotel by bus.
Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we
introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.
03:Drive Kathmandu to
Today after breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (600m). A 5 hour drive
(142km) from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Gorkha, the
Capital of Medieval Nepal. Another 42km drive on a dirt road and we reach
Arughat, our trek start point. The dirt road from Gorkha to Arughat may not be
drivable during the monsoon season. In that case, we may have to begin our trek
right from Gorkha and reach Arughat in the evening. Arughat is a major town in
the region and is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki River flowing
between them. Overnight at Arughat.
04:Arughat - Soti Khola
After have a breakfast, Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (710m). It takes 6
hours walk. Today, we cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin our trek
from the western part of Arughat. After completing with the ACAP procedure, we
follow the stone-paved street north through the bazaar. We pass through the
hydro- electric power plant, fields of rice and millet to Maltar, and
through forests Sante Bazaar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes
steeper and the trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a
suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet. Descend to a high, cascading
waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kyorpani. Then from here the
trail descends to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at the campsite at Soti Khola.
Overnight at Soti Khola.
05:Soti Khola - Machha
After Morning breakfast, trek start from Soti Khola to
Machha Khola (900m). It takes seven hours walk. Today, Cross the bridge and
trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge
rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach to Khursane. The rocky trail
then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky
trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and
past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi.
Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki
meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along
rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river
and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola.
Day 06: Machha
After having a Morning breakfast trek start from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m).
It takes six hours walk. This day, the narrow trail makes some minor ups and
downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then
reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside
hot spring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over
another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a
wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to
Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone
stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo
Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, trek
along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.
Day 07: Jagat
After breakfast trek from Jagat to Deng (1804m). It takes seven hours walk.
Today, Climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The
valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue
upstream to a long suspension bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung
village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and
stays fairly in level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Beyond Ekle
Bhatti the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. Descend to the grassy land
slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while,
then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we keep walking the valley
widens through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Crossing the khola we
arrive at the tiny village of Deng. Overnight at Deng. Day 08: Deng - Ghap
After morning breakfast trek start to Ghap (2165m). It takes 4 hours walk.
Today, after a short distance beyond Deng we re-cross the Budhi Gandaki on to
the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. From the bridge we climb a bit
to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Crossing
various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley. Making ups and downs
in forests, we pass Mani walls and then turn to a corner and contours to
Ghap. You can make a side-trip to Prok. Visit the Tibetan Gompa at Prok. There
is also an MCAP office in Prok village. Overnight at Ghap. Day 09: Ghap - Lho
After having a morning breakfast trek start from Ghap to Lho (3180m). It takes
seven hours walk. Today, the trail follows the river upstream through dense
forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a
narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The
pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namru. To the
south rises a huge peak, Himal Chuli. Climbing steadily in the shade of a
forest takes us to Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and many barley
terraces. We still have quite some way to go to Lho. Ganesh Himal raises high
into the sky when we turn around. The trail drops and crosses the sidevalley of
Simnang Himal. A chorten with detailed paintings announces Sho, another nice
village with fine views up the open valley. One final steep slope needs to be
climbed and then we reach the houses that are lined up on a ridge. Overnight at
Lho. Day 10: Lho - Samagaon
After breakfast, trek from start Lho to Samagaon (3530m), It takes five hours
walk. Today, the Budhi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary
instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. A short climb to a
plateau and the village Shyala. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and
Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead,
other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come
from stands Ganesh Himal. From a large chorten we look down into a little dip
where two rows of houses form the main part of Sama. At the far end of the village,
overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Overnight at
Samagaon. Day 11: Acclimatization day in Samagaon
Morning have a breakfast after trek start from Samagaon to Pungyen Gompa and
come back to Samagaon again. Today, we spend the day at Samagaon both for rest
and acclimatization. Ponder at the thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist texts
and pictures. Meet the village women in Samagaon who wear a nice silver spoon
as jewelry. On a little hill near Samagaon is an old Gompa. Take a side trip to
Pungyen Gompa, a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu;
Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a
year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals
believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a
year they met so much resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They
finally summated the mountain in 1959. Overnight at Samagaon. Day 12: Sama - Samdo
After Breakfast trek start from Sama to Sando (3860m). It takes five hours
walk. Today, descend to the Budhi Gandaki that has turned north, and follow it
to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base
camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several Mani walls as the valley begins to
widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and
birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki
on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the
river. From a stone arch we can see a large white kani, finally passing through
the kani we find Samdo. Overnight at Samdo. Day 13: Samdo - Dharamsala
After Breakfast trek start from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B.C (4460m). It
takes five hours walk. Today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the
wooden bridge over Buri Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and
witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb
up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a
kind of shelter called Dharamsala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We camp here
today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrows crossing of the famous and most
awaited Larkya Pass. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for
acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight at Dharamsala. Day 14: Dharamsala - Larkya la - Bimthang
After Morning breakfast trek start from Dharamsala, Larkya La (5100m) to
Bimthang (3720m), Today, after a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on
the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of
Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a
gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From
the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru
and the huge Annapurna II. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the
pass. It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low
pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it's an experience not to
be missed. Overnight at Bimthang. Day 15: Bimthang - Gho
After have a breakfast trek start from Bimthang to Gho (2560m). It takes four
hours walk. Today, Cross the high pasture, descend the valley of the Burdin
Khola. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to
the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the
headwaters of the Dudh Khola, descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a
trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in
this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. From here we cross a slide, then go
across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the
ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond
is the village of Gho. Overnight at Gho. Day 16: Gho - Dharapani
After breakfast trek start from Gho to Dharapani (1920m). It takes four hours
walk. Today, Continue through the fields, over a clear stream, passing through
the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. Staying
on the north bank we trek into Tilje. Climb over a small ridge to the stone -
paved village and wind among the closely spaced houses of this large Village.
Leaving the village, cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment.
Cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climb up
through a chorten-shaped arch and past a Mani wall to Thonje. At the village of
Thonje, we go through a police checkpoint, and then continue to Dharapani.
Overnight at Dharapani. Day 17: Dharapani - Syange
After morning breakfast trek start from Dharapani to Syange (1080m). It takes
six hours walk. Today, the remainder of our trek follows trails used on the
first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyangdi
River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and
hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at
the foot of a large waterfall. The trail continues on to Chyamje, re-crossing
the river once again. It then descends through forests of rhododendron and pine
to Syange. Overnight at Syange.
Day 18: Syange
- Besi Sahar
After have a breakfast trek start from Syange to Besi Sahar (800m). Today, the Marsyangdi
valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to
the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several
interesting villages as Bhulbhule, Khudi. Then we walk on a flat part alongside
the left bank of the Marsyangdi. A last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar, a
dusty and busy place which marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the
civilization. Overnight at Besi Sahar. Day 19: Besi Sahar to Kathmandu
After breakfast Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus. It takes
seven hours drive. Today, A 7 to 8 picturesque drive on the way back to
Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid
views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of
road. In Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel, the day at leisure to rest, perhaps
catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during
your first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, we host a dinner to celebrate our
successful completion of Around Manaslu Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu. Day 20: Farewell Friend
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an
end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions
and organize your photos. You will be transferred to the Airport before 2 hours
of flight with nice farewell. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to
plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.