Manaslu Trek

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  • Duration: 19 days

Manaslu (8,156 m), also known as Kutang, is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal. Manaslu, meaning ‘Mountain of the Spirit’, comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’, which means ‘intellect’ or ‘soul’. Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a relatively untouched region of Nepal. Opened for trekking only since 1991, it provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and China and is now a controlled trekking route which allows organized trekking groups with special permits to venture round its spectacular circuit.

Manaslu has a unique environment, which is exceptionally rich in biodiversity that has made this region one of the finest tourist destinations of Nepal. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area consist of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna.

Trek Profile:

Grade : Moderate Hard
Average walking per day : 6 hrs
Maximum altitude : 5,213 m
Best seasons : Mar-May, Sep-Nov
Type of Trek : Camping
Starting Point : Arughat
Ending Point : Beshishahar

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 2

Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.

After that, get ready for the sightseeing tour that will start at around 09:30 AM. A private vehicle and professional tour guide is provided to guide you through the Kathmandu Valley including Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A full-day sightseeing takes no more than 8 hours to complete including the lunch time and rest of the time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 3

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (640 m)

After early breakfast, drive for around 3.5 hrs on a paved road till Dhading Beshi and further 4 hrs on a bumpy and winding dirt road to Arughat. Overnight at tented camp, Arughat

Day 4

Trek to Soti Khola (730 m)

The trail goes along the Budhi Gandaki River all the way to its point of origin. Pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach the Arkhet River. Hereafter, ascend slowly toward Kyoropani and camp near the confluence of Soti Khola, an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. Overnight at tented camp, Soti Khola

Day 5

Trek to Machha Khola (900 m)

From here, descend slowly until you climb again to a mountain ridge to Almara; pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambeshi, the trail follows down to the sandy riverbed of Budhi Gandaki. Overnight at tented camp along the bank of Machha Khola

Day 6

Trek to Jagat (1,350 m)

Cross the suspension bridge over Machha Khola and pass through the forested area following the path which looks like it is carved on the rock to reach Dovan. Soon after crossing villages and suspension bridge on Dovan Khola, the trail repeats ascents and descents bringing you to Jagat. Overnight at tented camp, Jagat

Day 7

Trek to Ngyak (2,310 m)

After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7,177 m), continue toward Sirish Gaon. Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls. Overnight at tented camp, Ngyak

Day 8

Trek to Ghap (2,100 m)

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River through a newly built rock tunnel avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around. Overnight at tented camp, Ghap

Day 9

Trek to Lho (3,100 m)

After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki, follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post. After Namru, crossing the Hinan River originating from Linda Glacier, continue on to Sho, from where the views are open for Naike Peak, Manaslu North and Manaslu. Overnight at tented camp near a spring at Lho, a small village

Day 10

Trek to Sama Gompa (3,500 m)

After Lho, pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa. Overnight at tented camp, Sama Gompa

Day 11

Trek to Larkya Phedi (4,480 m)

From here, climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River toward a most remote permanent settlement, Samdo. Here, amid the most sever conditions of nature live some 200 villagers in 40 houses. Overnight at tented camp, Larkya Phedi

Day 12

Rest day for acclimatization

Spend a day acclimatizing to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be adjusted for higher altitudes in the days to follow. Overnight at tented camp, Larkya Phedi

Day 13

Trek to Bimtang (3,890 m) via Larkya La Pass (5,213 m)

Keep ascending on the gentle slope towards Cho Danda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. Glacier Lake can be seen when you reach to the top of Larkya La; colorful prayer flags are flapping in the wind. The view to the west is wide open. After crossing the pass, the trail descends all the way to Bimtang. Overnight at tented camp, B

Day 14

Trek to Tilje (3,300 m)

The trail gets easier. It starts with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La Pass and descends through fir tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Overnight at tented camp, Tilje

Day 15

Trek to Syanje (1,350 m)

Follow the trail that continues downstream of the Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Syanje. Overnight at tented camp, Syanje

Day 16

Trek to Bhulbhule (910 m)

The trail continues along the bank of Marshyangdi River to Bhulbhule. Overnight at tented camp, Bhulbhule

Day 17

Trek to Beshishahar (760 m) & drive to Kathmandu

Walk for about 2.30 hrs on a relatively flat trail that leads to Beshishahar (the ending point of the trek). From Beshishahar, it’s around 5 hrs drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 18

Free day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, relax and enjoy the day on your own. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu

Day 19

Departure

After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.