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

Itinerary


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

    Your guide will pick you up at 8:00 am and we will start our 8-hour 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

     

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

    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.

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

    Today’s trail passes through Ghap (2380m). We will be walking through west of Budhi Gandaki and crossing some waterfalls and Sringri khola on a funky suspension bridge. The trail then climbs steeply and traverses above Budhi Gandaki. The trail passes through a Kani with intricate, well-preserved paintings. On the trail, we may encounter some colourful birds including Dhafe. The trail climbs alongside the river, past two long Mani walls and the waterfalls. As we cross the Rhododendron forest before finally reaching Namring, we will be able to spot grey Langure monkeys swinging from branch to branch.

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

    Beyond Namrung, the trek enters into upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan style and most people dress in chubas, the Tibetan style of wrapping around cloak. The trail leaves the village through a Kani and makes a long sweep into a wooded canyon and crossing the Hiran Khola on a double span cantilever bridge. One can now capture a spectacular sight of Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m).

    The trail will pass through Lho (3080m), Syala (3350m) and we will have to cross a ridge and trek in and out of the canyon of the Thosang khola. We will then descend onto a rock-strewn moraine and reach Sama Gaon.

  • Day 7: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

    Today we can visit the Pungyen Gumba. We’ll enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier.

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

    As we continue on with our trek, the valley begins to widen. The route is an easy trail on a shelf above the river past juniper and birch forests and the stone huts of Kermo kharka. From a stone arch, you will be able to see a large white Kani. It gives an illusion of being close but will take you a long time to reach the Kani before reaching Samdo. Samdo is at the junction of three valleys.

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

    The trail descends into a wide, gentle land from Samdo, past many fields to a large Mani wall and a stone archway. After more than an hour of walking the trail becomes indistinct. We will be staying high on the trail that crosses the top of the two large ravines. Watch for the unique blue sheep as the trail gets steeper and climbs the side of a ridge to about 4460m.

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

    The trek today will test one’s endurance level and patience. We will trek to Bhimthang by crossing the Larkya pass. It might take 4 to 5 hours from Dharmasala to Larkya La and it is recommended to make an early start in order to cross the pass safely. It can be extremely cold and windy during the climb. However, the views are tremendous.

    The peaks seen to the west of the pass are Himlung (7030m), Kanggure (6981m) and Annapurna Second (7937m). The trail then descends along the top of a moraine to the west and drops steeply and traverses screed slopes to alongside a set of steep, rough switchbacks. Once off the top the trail crosses the moraine and descends more gently. The trail becomes easier, descending along the grassy moraine to a small meadow. The trail heads down to a large meadow, a Mani wall and a small rest house; we reached Bhimthang, which in Tibetan means “Plain of Sand”

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

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

Customer Review


  • ylinne lynch

    USA 29th Jun, 2018

    We went with a group of 5 friends to Nepal for 2 weeks. Shiva help us customize a 12-day trek around Manaslu. It was amazing -- blooming rhodedendrons, baby yaks, and a chance to experience the local culture. Our guide Binod and assistant guide Raj took awesome care of us, recommending on-the-fly changes to our itinerary to make sure we crossed the Larkhe pass safely and stayed on schedule without running into too much weather. If we go back to Nepal, we will definitely be booking with Nepal Lion again!

  • Quentin Macpherson

    UK 29th Jun, 2018

    An excellent and demanding trek, after the long journey to start and return on some harrowing jeep/bus rides. A wonderful experience overall, and good choice of trek as it is not inundated with tourists”

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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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