Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek, one of the classic treks in Nepal is a lifetime experience journey trekking through a huge and spectacular valley with stunning views of Manaslu (8156m), and crossing the famed Larkya La to the contrasting region of Sama. The regions & villages through which we trek are predominantly Buddhist, and the remote areas surrounding Manaslu base camp are amongst Nepal’s most beautiful, and with restricted access we see only a limited number of trekkers. We travel to the borderlands with Tibet, experience Tibetan style culture, great mountain views and extensive forests on this stunning circuit trek of the Manaslu region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
You will be picked up by our airport representative and transferred to the hotel. You can have refreshment at the hotel and explore around city.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today, we will drive you to Bhaktapur for sightseeing. It is one of the oldest heritage site of Kathmandu valley where you can see the ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Square and others old temple as well. After that you will be taken to BoudhanathStupa which is the most popular and huge Buddhist temple of Nepal. Having finished it, we will drive you to Hotel and prepare for the next day’s trip.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m)
We drive to Sotikhola along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road which continues till Sotikhoal.

Day 04
: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m)
Cross the suspension bridge to the left bank, pass the forested area, follow the path that looks like it is carved in the rock and you will reach doban khola and finally arrives at Machha Khola where we spend a night.

Day 05: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m)
On the next day we start our trip to Jagat and trail makes some minor ups and down .After few ascending and descending, we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon 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. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.

Day 06:  Jagat to Deng (1,804m)
We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. We continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Phidim, a large Gurung village from where the trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we 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 continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng where we spend a night.

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2630m)
From here the trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. We continue our journey through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a 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 Namrung where we stay overnight.
 
Day08: Namrung to Lho (3100m)
Another attraction place for  the best view of manaslu (80163m) and Late afternoon  trip to Monasteries Overnight at Lho.

Day 09: Namrung to Samagaon (3530m)
After having spent a night there, we climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). We stay a night there.

Day 10:  Rest day at Samagaun
Sama gaun is small beautiful village where we spend another night for acclimatization. Today, we explore around Samagaon and visit an old Gompa (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.

Day 11:  Samagaon to Samdo (3860m)
From Samagaun, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, 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 and finally arrive at Samdo. We stay a night there.

Day 12:  Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m)
The trail descends at the beginning and, crosses the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begins walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi where we spend a night.

Day 13:  Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m)
After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience and stay a night there.

Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije (2300m)
As usual, we start the trek after breakfast with the views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola continue  through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We go pass the Guha village and finally arrive at Tilije where we spend a night.

Day 15:  Tilije to Tal (1700m)
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. We spend a night at Tal.

Day 16:  Tal to Syange (1080m)
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.

Day 17: Syange to Kathmandu:
We catch aJeep and drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and by the evening we arrive in Kathmandu and stay a night at hotel.

Day 18: Final departure
Today is you final departure and a representative from Himalayanabode will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight

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