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Manaslu Trekking-12 Days

Trip 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

Trip Introduction


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.

Outline Itinenary


  • Day Day 1::  Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft)
  • Day Day 2::  Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)
  • Day Day 3::  Machha Khola to Jagat Checkpoint (1340m/4395ft)
  • Day Day 4::  Jagat to Deng (2095m/6871ft)
  • Day Day 5::  Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)
  • Day Day 6::  Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft)
  • Day Day 7::  Acclimatization day at Samagaon
  • Day Day 8::  Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft)
  • Day Day 9::  Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft)
  • Day Day 10::  Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft)
  • Day Day 11::  Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m )
  • Day Day 12::  Dharapani to Kathmandu (1400 m)

Itinerary


  • Day Day 1:: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft)

    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.

    Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 2:: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 3:: Machha Khola to Jagat Checkpoint (1340m/4395ft)

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 4:: Jagat to Deng (2095m/6871ft)

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 5:: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 6:: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft)

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 7:: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 8:: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft)

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 9:: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft)

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 10:: Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft)

    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.

    We stay overnight at Bimthang.

    Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 11:: Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m )

    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,Dinner And Accommodation.

  • Day Day 12:: Dharapani to Kathmandu (1400 m)

    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.

    Breakfast,Lunch And Farewell Dinner.

Cost Includes and Excludes


Cost Includes

  • 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

  • Porter
  • Private vehical jeep

Cost Disincludes

  • 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

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  • Trip Code

    NLT-MT-12
  • Trip Duration

    12 Days
  • Destination

    Nepal/Manaslu Region
  • Activity

    Trekking
  • Price

    USD 1100
  • Meal

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Accommodation.
  • Transportation

    Bus/Publice Jeep
  • Accommodation

    Tea house/Lodge
  • Group Size

    2-10
  • Trip Grade

    Moderate
  • Season

    February-May/September-December
  • Altitude

    5106 Meters
  • Trip Attraction

    Cross one of the highest passes in the world - at Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters

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