Manaslu Trek - 20 Days

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  • DestinationManaslu Trek
  • ActivitiesCultural / Tour Trekking
  • Best SeasonFebruary to May & Sep to second week of the December
  • Starts/EndsKathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
  • Accomodation3 to 4 stars hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan & mountain lodge( Tea-house ) in trekking.
  • TransportationAirport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car- By flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and by tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu trek starting point and trek ending point to Pokhara.
  • Meals IncludedBreakfast and welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Manaslu Trek is a well-loved trekking route, providing with pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure sum up the trek experience around the 8156m Manaslu. Opened in 1992, this area offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity.

Manaslu at 8163 meters (26, 775') is the 8th highest peak in the world and is located near to the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means "The Spirit-Mountain" in the local dialect, referring to the benevolent and strong deity, which dwells within. Trekking in Manaslu is one of the most delightful adventures.

If you would like to sample both extremes of the trekking experience in Nepal, and really get to see what all the fuss is about in terms of the most breath-taking mountain scenery on earth, then look no further than the circuit of Manaslu via the Larkya La. The Tibetan enclave of Nupri, north of Manaslu at the head of the Buri Gandaki, was closed to foreigners for years on account of its proximity to Tibet. The area was surreptitiously opened in 1991, but it took several years for the word to get out.

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel.[R & D Plan].
  • Day 02: Kathmandu, make a permit and brief regarding about the trip.[R & B Plan].
  • Day 03: Drive to Arughat (700m). Driving 5:30 hours.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 04: Trek to Sati Khola (815m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 05: Trek to Labu Besi (900m.) O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1250m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 07: Trek to Ngyak (1950m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2050m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 09: Trek to Lho (3148m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 10: Trek to Samagompa (3517m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3738m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 12: Trek to Dharamashala( 4480) O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 13: Rest and acclimatization. O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 14: Larkya La pass (5213m), and trek down to Bhimtang (3890m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 15: Trek to Tilje (3010m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 16: Trek to Tal (1725m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 17: Trek to Syange(1175m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 18: Trek to Besishar(825m). O/N at mountain lodge.[R B L D Plan].
  • Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu. O/N at the hotel in Kathmandu.[R B L Plan].
  • Day 20: After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.[B Plan].

:: R & D Plan = Room & Dinner :: R B L D Plan = Room, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner :: B & R Plan = Breakfast and Room :: B Plan = Breakfast

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer in in tea house. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu. Make a permit and brief regarding about the trip.
  • Day 03: Drive to Aarughat by Landcruiser. Your Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 8.00 am to pick you up, from there we have an 6 hour driving journey to Arughat. O/N at mountain lodge.
  • Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (775meters) 6 hours. Follow the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. We pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River. After Arkhat we ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. Camp today nears the confluence of Seti River - an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (900meters) 5.30 hours. The trail descends slowly until you climb again to 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 Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River. O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1340meters) 6 hours. After crossing Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked. O/N at mountain lodge.
  • Day 07: Trek to Ngyak (2310meters) 6 hours. After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7177 meters) we continue toward Sirish Gaon, Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls. O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2100meters) 6 hours. Follow the trail upstream of Deng River - a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around. O/N at mountain lodge.
  • Day 09: Trek to Lho (3200meters) 6 hours. Today is a wonderful trekking day; after passing through the seemingly deserted seasonal village of Nambachhe, planted with fields of barley and lined with mani walls, we ascend through a dense, cool forest for an half an hour, crossing the Buri Gandaki once on a wooden bridge, to Namrung, at 2540 meters, where we will stop for a cup of chai at a lodge run by a Tibetan family. As we gain altitude, we reach alpine territory and are treated to increasing mountain views. Namrung village is the start of Nubri, the region of purely Tibetan inhabitants speaking a dialect of western Tibet. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. A few hours later, we reach the village of Lihi at 2840 meters, a substantial altitude gain. We are climbing climb gently now, cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, and reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000m, where we stop for lunch. Look for the bear claw on the upper deck of the house, and across the river to the ruins of an old Tibetan fort. From Sho, the views of Ngadi Chuli are spectacular, and further on, towards Lho, we are finally treated to views of Manaslu itself; quite an impressive afternoon! We set up camp in Lho, a lively village adorned with many prayer flags, in the yard of a small lodge. Sunset and sunrise from the campsite are wonderful, and the small gompa just below our campsite worth a visit. O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 10:

    Trek to Sama Gaon (3500meters) 6 hours. Walking through the upper reaches of Lho, with the snowy peaks of Manaslu ahead of us in the distance, we pass the new gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the Tibetan settlement of Shyla, where the villagers are often out in the fields. Another few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery leads us past Tibet grazing settlements, the train to Pung Gyan Gompa, and then Sama Gaon, or Ro, as the locals call it. Sama Gaon sits in a bowl at the foot of the pastures leading to the high peaks, with mani walls, a small gompa and tightly packed rows of houses at the lower reaches of village, and the large gompa at the upper reaches. The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago, and the two gompas date from this time, both having unique architecture and built of wood. The Tibetan villages here have entrance gates which are very distinctive from the Tibetan ones, and they maintain an active trade with their co-religionists in Tibet (notice the Chinese brandy and beer on sale). If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool (baal) from Tibet into gowns - which are then traded back to Tibet. Taxes were actually paid to the Dzongka Dzong (fortress) at the border of Tibet, a few days walk from Sama Gaon, as late as the 1940's until it was taken over by the Gorkas in the late 19th century. Later, after 1959, the region was home to Tibetan guerillas, and thus closed to trekking until 1992.

    Take the afternoon to hike up to the gompa above town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village. O/N at mountain lodge.

  • Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3850meters) 5 hours. Another day of incredible mountain views during the walk up to Samdo, an easy three hours away. En route we pas the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Bhudi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the 'kane' entrance of Samdo; look back down valley for great views. The villagers of Samdo came across the border from the village of Riu after 1959 and built their new village here, at their old herding settlement (see below). Samdo village is a collection of houses and lodges at 3850 meters, and most trekkers miss the heat of a week ago as we huddle around the stove and a wind from Tibet batters the windowpanes. Get out and take a walk around the village, where the inhabitants live an essentially Tibetan lifestyle, herding their yaks, sheep and goats, training their horses and planting barley. There is a small home gompa in a house mid-village which we visited during our last village, a puja being held by several of the reincarnated lamas living in the Samdo. O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 12: Acclimatization and exploration day. We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air and also for local excursion. On our rest day here why not a day trip to the border of Tibet; no passport required. It takes five hours walking to the Gya La ('large pass') to do just that, and then take in the views and ruminate on the border markers at the top: 'China, 1962.' We will probably share the trail with groups of Samdo residents, carrying timbers over the border to Tibet. True High Asia! Like the people of Ro, Samdo inhabitants are Tibetan, and were ceded the land by the king of Jumla over 500 years ago; but, unlike the Ro people, they only claimed their land after the Chinese takeover in the early 1950s. Since then they have established a trade with China and India, marketing among other things, the aphrodisiac root that grows in the region. We'll try to get into some of the local houses for chang (Tibetan barley beer), salt butter tea and perhaps a few carpets to buy! O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 13: Trek to Dharamsala/Larkya Phedi (4460meters) 4 hours. We leave on the trade route to Tibet and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After two hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We'll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow. Overnight at Tented Camp.
  • Day 14: Cross Larkya La (5215meters) and trek to Bimtang (3590meters) 7 hours.

    After a short climb above the campsite, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which should take us about three hours to crest. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge other II. If there is fresh snow, we may see Snow Leopard prints from the evening before; it's also blue sheep (Bharal) and Tibetan Snow Cock territory.

    The views from the top of the pass are truly unbelievable. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, and yelling 'Ki ki so so lha gyalo' (may the Gods be victorious), get ready for a steep, ankle straining drop to a trail following the glacial moraine, very slippery if covered in snow so have your 'Yak tracks' ready if you've brought them, and definitely use trekking poles. It is a longer day then usual to our campsite at Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it's an experience not to be missed. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, to Bimtang, where the three sisters of the 'Three Sisters Hotel' are on hand with Himalayan chilled beer. Overnight at Tented Camp.

  • Day 15: Trek to Tilje (2500meters) 5 hours. The campsite at Bimtang is frigid in the morning, so get to the dining tent quickly for a cup of fresh coffee! Porters pour hot water over tent pegs to get them out. Pee bottles freeze. No option if you want to get warm, move down valley into the sun, through forested hillsides to Tilje, at the end of our lost world. Here the inhabitants are a mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so eat a mix of dal bhaat, buckwheat dhiro, tsampa and Tibetan tea. The gorge ahead marks the land of apple pie, cold beers and hot showers - the other Circuit. Overnight mountain lodge.
  • Day 16: Trek to Tal (1725meters) 5 hours. Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Tal village for overnight stay. O/N at mountain lodge.
  • Day 17: Trek to Baundanda (1275meters) 5 hours. Ascending gently for 30 minutes and the trail runs gently down to Sanjee village, then trail goes up for 15 minutes to Gharmuu Phant. From here another 2 hours easy walk and 30 minutes up will take to the village of Bahundanda. O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 18: Trek to Beshisahar. 5 hours. The last day of the trek, and a hot, five hour walk through gentle, muted hills and colorful villages to Bhulbhule and Khudi, where we will meet our transport back to Besi Sahar. If the road isn't passable, we continue walk to Besi Sahar to start the five-hour drive back to Kathmandu following morning O/N at mountain lodge
  • Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu by Japanese Toyota Hiace. 6 hours. It is a different world back in the Nepali hills, and the gentle light sends us on our way back to the bustle of Nepal's capital. O/N at hotel in Kathmandu.
  • After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. Please, let us know, we will follow accordingly. Extend your trip (For the extension options, please click here).

Month Tour Start Tour End
February 06 Feb 16 Feb
February 09 Feb 19 feb
February 16 Feb 25 Feb
February 22 Feb 04 Mar
march 01 Mar 11 Mar
march 06 Mar 16 Mar
march 14 Mar 24 Mar
march 19 Mar 29 Mar
march 22 Mar 01 Apr
march 29 Mar 06 Apr
April 02 Apr 12 Apr
April 05 Apr 15 Apr
April 12 Apr 22 Apr
April 19 Apr 29 Apr
April 26 Apr 06 May
April 01 May 09 May
May 03 May 13 May
May 10 May 20 May
May 17 May 27 May
May 24 May 03 Jun
June 04 Jun 14 Jun
June 07 Jun 17 Jun
June 14 Jun 24 Jun
June 22 Jun 30 Jun
July 03 Jul 14 Jul
July 09 Jul 19 Jul
September 03 Sep 13 Sep
September 06 Sep 16 Sep
September 13 Sep 23 Sep
September 20 Sep 30 Sep
September 28 Sep 06 Oct
October 02 Oct 12 Oct
October 08 Oct 18 Oct
October 15 Oct 25 Oct
October 22 Oct 01 Nov
October 30 Oct 07 Nov
November 01 Nov 11 Nov
November 08 Nov 18 Nov
November 15 Nov 25 Nov
November 26 Nov 06 Dec
December 03 Dec 13 Dec
December 10 Dec 20 Dec
December 17 Dec 27 Dec
December 25 Dec 04 Jan 17
Month Tour Start Tour End
February 06 Feb 16 Feb
February 09 Feb 19 feb
February 16 Feb 25 Feb
February 22 Feb 04 Mar
march 01 Mar 11 Mar
march 06 Mar 16 Mar
march 14 Mar 24 Mar
march 19 Mar 29 Mar
march 22 Mar 01 Apr
march 29 Mar 06 Apr
April 02 Apr 12 Apr
April 05 Apr 15 Apr
April 12 Apr 22 Apr
April 19 Apr 29 Apr
April 26 Apr 06 May
April 01 May 09 May
May 03 May 13 May
May 10 May 20 May
May 17 May 27 May
May 24 May 03 Jun
June 04 Jun 14 Jun
June 07 Jun 17 Jun
June 14 Jun 24 Jun
June 22 Jun 30 Jun
July 03 Jul 14 Jul
July 09 Jul 19 Jul
September 03 Sep 13 Sep
September 06 Sep 16 Sep
September 13 Sep 23 Sep
September 20 Sep 30 Sep
September 28 Sep 06 Oct
October 02 Oct 12 Oct
October 08 Oct 18 Oct
October 15 Oct 25 Oct
October 22 Oct 01 Nov
October 30 Oct 07 Nov
November 01 Nov 11 Nov
November 08 Nov 18 Nov
November 15 Nov 25 Nov
November 26 Nov 06 Dec
December 03 Dec 13 Dec
December 10 Dec 20 Dec
December 17 Dec 27 Dec
December 25 Dec 04 Jan 18
Short Description Mode Of The Packages: What Are Included In The Packages?

Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu, Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast at 3stars level, Meals3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking, Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking, necessary permits, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the necessary permits, please find in details what is included and excluded in the cost as follows:

Service Includes in the Cost in Details:
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu as per your desire.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 2 nights) with breakfast at 3stars level.
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking for you.
  • Twin sharing comfortable and clean private room in trekking( 16 nights).
  • Trip Map.
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English-speaking trekking guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek (2 trekkers:1 porter).
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • Duffel/kit bag( Gift from our company).
  • All necessary paper works and National park entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.
Service Excludes in the cost in details:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)- (Except welcome dinner).
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu (USD 20 per person).
  • Personal equipment.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

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