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Manaslu Trek - 12 Days

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highlights
  • Cross one of the highest passes in the world - at Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters
  • Explore typical Tibetan and Gurung villages in this culturally fascinating region
  • Enjoy this trek that is off the beaten path featuring a diverse and impressive landscape
The Manaslu Valley Trek is a remote and spectacular trek with steep tracks and beautiful views throughout the trek.

It is culturally fascinating with strong links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley, and even includes the Larkya La (5106 m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvelous and spellbinding.

The trek around Manaslu can be done more conveniently these days because there are several lodges available all along the route. There are even phone and mobile access in some parts of the trekking trail. Nearly every village now has a proper lodge. You can certainly find porridge, tsampa, noodles, omelette and roti at most places. While simple, they are clean for the most part. There are also small shops in most villages along the way with limited stocks of soap, toilet paper, batteries, bottled water, biscuits, noodles, beer, whisky etc.

Among the trips to Nepal, this is the absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting.The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained intact.

A special Restricted Area Permit is required for Manaslu. In addition, you will need to pay both the Manaslu Conservation Area Park (MCAP) fee and the Annapurna Conservation Area Park (ACAP) fee for the section from Dharapani to Besi Sahar after you join the round-Annapurna trail. All of these permits are covered in your tour price so you don't need any extra money for these permits.

See the detailed itinerary section for day-by-day programs.
Day 1 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) 8-9 hours Guest house

Your guide will pick you up at 8:00 am and we will start our 8 hours drive to
Arughat.

The first four hours to Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m), is
on paved roads, but for the section to Arughat, we will be driving on a rougher surface. From
Arughat we drive another 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola by public jeep.

Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2 Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) 5-6 hours Guest house

Today’s walk follows a constantly undulating trail mainly through woodland as we continue to
head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki.

We then descend to the wide, sandy riverbed and then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 Machha Khola to Jagat Checkpoint (1340m/4395ft) 6 hours Guest house

After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at
Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until we cross Dovan Khola. We then make our way
to Budhi Gandaki Valley.

As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation, with white sandy areas along the riverside.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 Jagat to Deng (2095m/6871ft) 6 hours Guest house

The trail continues in a well paved village, and the uo the valley to Sirdabas, offering
great views of the Sringi Himal.

We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb up to Philim.

In the afternoon, we’ll explore the village and the surrounding hills.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5 Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) 6 hours Guest house

Today we will scramble steeply up into a spectacular trail before descending to cross the river.
We pass through some small settlements and then climb to an impressive valley. There we will
encounter Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks - a sign that we are entering
Tibetan territory.

In the afternoon, we take a side excursion to the small settlement of Prok - a two hour round trip.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6 Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) 6 hours Guest house

We’ll pass the stone gate and the long Mani stone wall of the village of Lho, with an astounding
view of Peak 29 ahead.

You can take a side excursion to Pungen Glacier in order to get a close up view of Manaslu from here. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes a further 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for our night halt.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7 Acclimatization day at Samagaon Guest house

This day has been set aside for acclimatization and you can opt for a full or half day walk. The
full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip).

Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Tal.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 8 Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) 3 hours Guest house

The Manaslu Circuit Trek now crosses grazing areas and gradually ascends the valley. Fantastic
views of the mountains, especially Manaslu, are ahead of us as we reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border.

In the afternoon, we will explore the village and surrounding hills.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9 Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) 4 hours Guest house

After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach Larkya Bazaar. This is a village which thrived
from trade with Tibet years ago.

After a steady climb we will arrive at our lodge at 4450m at Dharmashala.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10 Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft) 8-9 hours Guest house

Leaving Dharmasala behind, we will gradually climb towards glacier moraines that offers excellent views of nearby Larka Peak and surrounding peaks and valleys.

Eventually, we make our way through steep terrain and arrive at the highest point of our trek - the Larkya La Pass (5106 m). From this high pass, never seen before view of Annapurna 2, Cheu Himal, Himlung Himal and other surrounding peaks are visible with Manasalu Himal right in front of us.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

We stay overnight at Bimthang.

Day 11 Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m ) 7-8 hours Guest house

We will walk south below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimtang Glacier. We will climb up the far moraine wall quickly to avoid stone-fall and enter some of the best forests in Nepal.

With the gentle riverside walking to Karche (2700m) we take lunch after about 3.5hrs.

In the next hour we will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined - the track becoming quite rough. We will climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Gurung Goa (2560m), the first real village since Samdo.

Then we will go towards Dharapani (1860m) and we will rest in one of the hotels at Dharapani.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12 Dharapani to Kathmandu (1400 m) 6 hours Hotel

We will come back to Kathmandu in a jeep via Besi Sahar as we enjoy the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, rivers and valleys and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains.

After a few hours’ journey we reach Kathmandu where we will spend the last night in Nepal.

what’s included
  • Airport transfers: pick-up and drop-off (in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Dharapani - Kathmandu
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Licensed English or Chinese or Korean or Hindi along with Nepali speaking trekking guide
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance for your guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case if you don't have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Carried by the guide)
  • All the required permits and government paperwork
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant (complimentary)
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter
  • Tips for guides and porters
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 12 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Maximum altitude 5106 meters
Trek difficulty Moderate
meeting/Start point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
Cancellation Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
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