Manaslu Trek incorporates the passage through the mystical Manaslu Region of Nepal. A considerably strenuous trek it involves views of the pristine peaks situated in the region along with the chance to observe the perfect harmony of the Buddhist and Hindu populations living in the region. The entire region is adorned by prayer flags and consists of a number of Gompas, monasteries and stupas which depict the Buddhist influence present all over the region. This trek has been deemed to be strenuous, yet adventurous, owing to the huge number of rocky paths and glaciers.
The major attractions of this trek are the passage through the Manaslu Conservation Area and the views of the pristine peaks like the Simrang, Mt. Manalsu, Hiunchuli, Ngadi and Cheo. Through the Masryangdi Valley, the trek offers also an opportunity to witness the warm hospitality of the various ethnic populations residing in the area.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu- Sotikhola (1300m-710m)
Day 04: Soti Khola- Maccha Khola (710m- 900m)
Day 05: Maccha Khola- Jagat (900m-1410m)
Day 06: Jagat- Deng (1410m-1804m)
Day 07: Deng- Namrung (1804m-2630m)
Day 08: Namrung- Samagaon (2630m- 3530m)
Day 09: Explore the Pungyen Gompa
Day 10: Samagaon- Samdo (3530m-3860m)
Day 11: Exploring Samdo
Day 12: Samdo- Dharmasala/ Larkya B.C. (3860m-4460m)
Day 13: Dhramasala- Larkya La- Bimthang (4460m-5160m-3720m)
Day 14: Bimthang- Tilije (3720m- 2300m)
Day 15: Tilije- Tal (2300m- 1700m)
Day 16: Tal- Syange (1700m- 1080m)
Day 17: Syange- Kathmandu (1080m- 1300m)
Day 18: Departure
- All land transportation by Car, Van, Hiace or, tourist Bus.
- 3 Nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast plan
- Full board in lodges during trekking to base camp and back.
- An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
- Equipments allowance, daily wages of porter and guide.
- Insurance of guide and porter.
- Special Manaslu Permit.
- National Park entrance fee (MCAP).
- Trekking permit (TIMS)
- If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets , duffle bag.
- First aid kit will be available.
- Fresh fruits, tea,coffee,hot water, etc. during the trek.
- Welcome farewell dinner in kathmandu.
- Agency service charge.
- 13% Government tax.
- International airfare from/to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport at upon arrival).
- Hotel after 3 night stay in Kathmandu.
- Personal trekking gear and equipment
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
- International airport departure tax at Kathmandu Airport.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
- Tips and bonuses.
Arrival in Kathmandu
This day, we arrive from our respective locations into the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We then move towards our respective hotel locations where we can taste the unique Nepali cuisine and rest and prepare adequately for the upcoming trek.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
The capital of the beautiful country Nepal, Kathmandu has some of the UNESCO Wolrd Heritage sites worth visiting and exploring, Kathmandu is home to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbabr Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Syambunath Stupa, Boudhanath stup and many more which can be visited if time is available to us. The necessary materials required for trekking are also collected today.
Kathmandu- Sotikhola (1300m-710m)
This day, we depart early to reach the starting point of our wonderful trek. Amalgamated with the views of the mountainous sceneries and the views of the exquisite Nepali countryside, we reach Dhading through a paved road. From the Dhading Bensi, we reach Arughat through a rough road and drive towards Sotikhola where we spend the rest of the night. 8-9 hours drive.
Soti Khola- Maccha Khola (710m- 900m)
The actual trekking will begin today. We cross the bridge of the Soti Khola and trek along Sal forests. We climb onto a ridge which passes above the rapids on the top of the Budhi Gandaki. This trial brings us to Khursane. From here the path is a rocky one which involves an up and down path. We pass through two waterfalls and several rice terraces. The path then winds up and brings us to Labubesi. Climbing further behind a rocky outcrop, we reach a portion where the valley widens and Budhi Gandaki is seen above gravel bars. We descend down to the sandy river bed and walk around a ridge. The path again head down to the river and crosses the suspension bridge upon which we reach Machha Khola where we spend the night. 6-7 hours trek.
Maccha Khola- Jagat (900m-1410m)
The trail toady is a narrow one with minor ups and downs. The path crosses the Tharo Khola ro reach a place called the Khorlabesi. After some more up and down paths, we come across a hot springs which can be used to phase away the pain of the tiring muscles. Form here, another ridge will be crossed, after which we cross the Budhi Gandaki khola through a suspension bridge. A well-crafted staircase is present here which we climb to reach a landslide, upon crossing the landslide; we climb over a ridge to Dobhan. We cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb stone stairs. Through several ups and downs that follow, we finally reach Tharo. From here we cross the bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb a ridge and finally climb towards the village of Jagat. 6-7 hours trek.
Jagat- Deng (1410m-1804m)
Today, the trek climbs over a ridge to reach Salleri. The path then descends down to Sirdibas. As the trail now moves upwards to the Ghatta Khola, the valley widens a bit. The trail then moves upwards to a suspension bridge to reach Philim, a village full of Gurung inhabitants. Now, the trail stays on a fairly straight level and passes thorough millet fields and reaches Ekle Bhatti. We now reach a steep uninhabited gorge and descend down to a grassy land through the Budhi Gandaki River. As we go further along the trail, the trail widens and passes through bamboo forests into the Deng Khola and finally up to Deng. 6-7 hours trek.
Deng- Namrung (1804m-2630m)
After walking briefly beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki River and climb up to Rana. From this bridge we climb upwards and join a trail from Bhi. The trail then enters the Budhi Gandaki valley, passes through several forests, mani walls and contours towards Ghap. The trail then moves towards the Prok village which offers spectacular views of the mystifying Siringi Himal. Today too, the trail will make us cross the magnificent Budhi Gandaki Khola several times and we also come across several gompas across the way. Through a dense forest, the trail moves upwards and then from an impressive spot, thunders down to a narrow gorge. The walk now becomes a pleasant one, after which we finally reach Namrung. 6-7 hours trek.
Namrung- Samagaon (2630m- 3530m)
To obtain and marvel upon the views of the magnificent peaks like the Siringi and Ganesh, Namrung is the best spot. Also provided is the view of the Mt. Himal Chuli the views of which will accompany us as we climb upwards and pass through several forests to reach Lihi. The village with barley terraces and chortens is left behind as the trail drops and crosses down into the valley which offers views of the Simnang Himal as well as the Ganesh Himal nearby. To reach the Sama village we pass through other villages like the Sho, Lho as well as Shyala villages. Upon reaching the Lho village we are offered with exclusive views of the Mt. Manaslu. Also provided is the opportunity to explore the Ribung gompa which is situated here. We then reach the Shyala village after further trek and will be surrounded by exquisite views of the mountain peaks like the Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, several glaciers and Manaslu. Other summits including the Ganseh Himal are seen at the far end. We spend the night at Samagaon. 6-7 hours trek.
Explore the Pungyen Gompa
This day is dedicated to rest, acclimatization and the exploration of the Pungyen Gompa. To get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture and know the traditions cultures followed by the people there, we spend the day mixing up with the ethic inhabitants there. We explore the huge number of mani stones inscribed with writings and witness views of the Sherpa women wearing traditional clothes, ornaments and other unique dress up. The Pungyen gompa is situated in a small hill near the Samagaon. The monastery offers spectacular views of the glacier nearby and was named after Manaslu. Upon exploring the gompa, the night is spent at the Sama village. 6-7 hours exploration.
Samagaon- Samdo (3530m-3860m)
Today, the trail descends down to the Budhi Gandaki River and follows the bridge and passes through a stream. The trail now passes into the Larkya La through several walls inscribed with Buddhist writings. The valley now widens and the trail now becomes a comparively easier one as it passes through birch and juniper forests. Upon dropping off the shelf, we cross the Budhi Gandaki rover, climb a wooden bridge and reach between the portion of two forks of the river. A large kani can be viewed from a stone arch placed high above. We reach the village of Samdo finally. 4-5 hours trek.
This day is set aside to acclimatize with the altitude and to explore Samdo. We hike up the valley, behind the Samdo village to reach the trade pass to Tibet. This trade pass offers exclusive views of the pristine Mt. Manaslu, amalgamated with other Himalayan ranges like Ngadi, Larkye, Simrang, Cheo, Kang Guru and other such peaks. Before reaching these viewpoints, we will also get an opportunity to pass through seasonal settlements called the doksa. Also provided is the opportunity to witness beautiful birds like the Lopophorous, Himlayan Griffin as well as Lammergeyer. We can also use the opportunity to go into the Gya La, situated to the north of Samdo village which is another trading route that takes us directly to Tibet.
Samdo- Dharmasala/ Larkya B.C. (3860m-4460m)
Today, the trail starts by walking down a ridge and crossing through the Budhi Gandaki with the help of a wooden bridge. We then walk upward, cross two streams and witness the exclusive views of the Larkya Glacier. Upon going around the valley, of the Salka Khola, we climb to a guest house made of stone. This stone guest house is known as the Dharmasala or the Larke Phedi, i.e. the base of the Larkya La. This day has a short pleasant walk and offers the chance to acclimatize with the growing altitude pretty well. 4-5 hours trek.
Dhramasala- Larkya La- Bimthang (4460m-5160m-3720m)
We reach the north side of the Larkya Glacier and reach a valley after a short climb from Dharmasala. Upon enjoying the marvelous views of the Cho Danda as well as the Larkya Peak, we walk through glacier moraines and ascend up a steep path and finally reach the Larkya La pass. The pass offers the spectacular views of the mountainous peaks like the Cheo Himal, Kangguru, Himlung Himal as well as the Annapurna II. The path to Bimthang is a lengthy and tiring one, but the views of the Mt. Manaslu and its icy peak looming close, along with the evening mist, is a one in a million experience to be cherished. The night is spent in the village of Bimthang. 8-9 hours trek.
Bimthang- Tilije (3720m- 2300m)
A ridge situated in Bimthang offers spectacular views of the Lamjung Himal, Manaslu Himal, Himlung and the Cheo Himal which can all be viewed right in the morning. We descnd downwards and reach a pasture known as the Sangura Kharka which is passed to cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola. Upon crossing the river, we pass through forests, filled with rhododendron trees and reach a narrow. This path will take us to Karche, the most cultivated land of the Manaslu valley. Again, upon passing through several famrs, we pass a ridge and cross a river to reach the village of Gho. From Gho, we move to Tilije and spend the night there, as it has better lodging facilities than Gho. 5-6 hours trek.
Tilije- Tal (2300m- 1700m)
Again the path makes us climb a small ridge and brings us to a path paved with stone. The path takes us through a beautiful village and takes us across a bridge, over the Dudh Khola. The trail then climbs upwards towards an arch shaped like a chorten, takes us into a mani wall crossing which we reach the village of Thonje. We continue up to Dharapani, which is situated in the Annapurna Circuit. We finally reach the village of Tal by crossing through the Karte village, and the Marsyangdi Khola. We also pass through several walls, inscribed with Buddhist writings before reaching Tal where we spend the night. 5-6 hours trek.
Tal- Syange (1700m- 1080m)
The trail now passes into the Chyamje village. Upon crossing the Marshyangdi Khola, we reach the Marsyangdi valley full of terraced field and several villages strewn across the hillsides. We now descend down, through forests of rhododendron and pine to reach the village of Syange where we spend the night. 6-7 hours trek.
Syange- Kathmandu (1080m- 1300m)
Out actual hike and trekking activities have finished and from Syange, we catch a bus to Kathmandu. The drive takes us to Besi Sahar first, from where we can observe the exclusive views of the mountains and hills of the Annapurna circuit one last time. Upon passing through the Marsyangdi and the Trishuli Rivers, we reach Kathmandu and give rest to our aching muscles and relax in the ambience and beauty of this incredible capital city of Nepal. 8-9 hours drive.
It’s finally time to bid goodbye to an incredible experience and to the beauty of Kathmandu and Nepal. After collecting souvenirs for friends and family, we finally bid goodbye to the country, only to promise to come back for more whenever suitable.