MANASLU TREK

Trekking in the Manaslu area means passing through a diverse landscape, walking along rivers and valleys, through forests and crossing high passes, climbing up towards glaciers and high peaks. It’s also a cultural trip, meeting with local people of many ethnic groups.

Valley of light and mountain of spirits

Deep in the heart of hidden valleys, we reach the land of the Samapa, people of Tibetan origin living at the foot of Manaslu. This part of the Himalayas remains pure and reminds one of the Nepal of 20 years ago. Far less visited than the Annapurna circuit, but just as beautiful, this trek around Manaslu (8,163 m.) crisscrosses diverse landscapes, takes you along rivers, through forests, high passes like the Larkya La Pass at 4,990m, and in the vicinity of icy glaciers and mountain peaks over 7000 m.
Trekking across many Himalayan layers brings you face to face with Nepalese of several ethnic groups, such as the Gurungs, Tibetans and Manangi in their respective villages. The Himalayas reveal many secrets hidden in the remote valleys.
HIGHLIGHTS
- Manaslu from all angles.
- A region with fewer people.
-Meeting with the Gurung, Samapa & Manangi ethnic groups.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: March - April & October - November
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Number of walking days: 14
  • Highest Altitude: 5160 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during trek
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Day
Pick-up at the airport, transfer to the hotel and check-in.
- Accommodation: Hotel

A day to discover the gems of Kathmandu Valley, visit Pashupatinath, the holiest Shiva shrine for Hindus dating back to the 12th century. It also serves as the cremation grounds for Hindus, while pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred Bagmati River. We then move across to Boudha, the largest Buddhist stupa where devotees circumambulate throughout the day. Both these monuments are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Then we walk through the delightfully narrow streets of old Kathmandu. After lunch, we drive to Bhaktapur, a beautiful medieval city of the Newar people with exquisite temples, museums and galleries.
- Meals on your own
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

We reach Gorkha in a private vehicle (vehicle depending on the size of the group) in about 4 hours by road then 4 hours on the track along the river to Ranglung before climbing by jeep to the large Gurung village of Barpak.
- 8 hrs drive
- Accommodation: Lodge.
Steep ascent mainly by steps to Pushu Danda located at 2800 m, superb view of Buddha Himal and Ganesh Himal. We then descend to Laprak, Gurung village, and continue to Gumda village
- Elevation plus: 1400 meters
- Elevation less: 1500 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 6-7 hrs
- Accommodation: Lodge.
Breakfast and lunch at the inhabitant. We follow the ridge to Macchakhola from where we have a very beautiful view of Ganesh Himal. From Macchakhola we follow the river to Khorla Bensi where you can swim in the cool mountain water near the mouth of the two rivers joining there.
- Elevation plus: 100 meters
- Elevation less: 930 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 6-7
- Accommodation: Lodge
After breakfast and lunch in Laprak, we descend to the river, cross a suspension bridge and climb up to Singla (2,300 m.) on the side of a mountain. After the village of Singla, we make a steep descent, walk down the steps, through rice and millet fields. We reach Khorla Besi where we can swim in the fresh mountain water near the mouth of the two rivers.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 1700 m.
- Duration of hike: 7 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
Regions inhabited by Gurung and Tibetans. We continue in the gorges which widen and allow us to take advantage of the sunshine on the valley and the opposite slopes. Check-in at the checkpoint in Eklebhatti then pass Nyak Phedi to continue to Pewa, a small village in the shade, near the river.
- Elevation plus: 800 meters
- Elevation less: 300 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: Lodge
Walk in the sunny gorges crossing stone villages that have remained intact until we reach the village of Ghapsya where we will spend the night.
- Elevation plus: 600 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 6h30
- Accommodation: Lodge

With luck, we will meet many pilgrims, some coming from Tibet following the famous salt route. After crossing many villages sometimes housing monasteries, climbing gradually, we will end up with a steep climb bringing us to the large village of Lhö Gaon.
The closer we get to the village, the clearer the view will be until we see the Manaslu on which we can observe the sunset as well as the morning light when we wake up the next day.
Depending on the weather and time of arrival, we will have the opportunity to take a walk before dark to the monastic school located on top of a hill on the outskirts of the village.
- Elevation plus: 800 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 6h30
- Accommodation: Lodge

Day excursion and first acclimatization to the monastery of Pungyen Gompa – generally uninhabited – and depending on the form, the possibility of climbing higher to the foot of the glacier of the same name. Return to spend the night in Shyala Gaon a little higher than Lhö Gaon
- Elevation plus: 1000 meters
- Elevation less: 700 meters
- Number of hours of walking: 6-7h
- Accommodation: Lodge

Day of walking facing the Manaslu through the stone villages and the first steppe panoramas. Once installed at the Samagaon lodge, always depending on the time and the climate, we can take a leisurely walk to Lake Birendra, a magnificent sky blue, surrounded by numerous cairns. You will then have the opportunity to overlook the valley to admire the view as well as to acclimatize thanks to a break by the lake at 3900m.
- Elevation plus: 600 meters (350 meters to go to the lake)
- Elevation less: 400 meters (350 meters to return from the lake)
- Number of hours of walking: 4 (+2h walk for the lake)
- Accommodation: Lodge

We climb up gradually to arrive at the village of Samdo. Then, if the weather and our own conditions are favorable, we can take an acclimatization walk of 1 or 2 hours up to 4000 m. on one of the bordering mountains.
- Ascent: + 400 m.
- Duration of hike: 4hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

In Samdo, we may have the opportunity to see an improvised trade between Tibetans and local people. We climb gradually through the glacial valley followed by an hour of steep climbing and reach the foot of the Larkya Glacier. We spend the night in tents in the village of Dharmasala. We then set up a fixed camp planned for those who wish to climb up to Larkya Pass (5,106 m).
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Duration of hike: 4 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

 

It’s going to be a long day, so we start early, leaving by 4 am, under the starry sky with our headlamps on. As we climb up, we watch the dawning of a new day and the surrounding mountains lit up by the colorful morning light. We cross the Larkya La Pass and from the top, the view is simply astounding. Then, it is a long and steep descent over a dry path to Bhimthang where we overnight in a lodge.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 1400 m.
- Duration of hike: 8 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We descend through a forest to reach the river below and arrive at the village of Tiliche populated by Manangi people.
- Descent: - 1300 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We follow the Marsyangdi River and reach the Annapurna area in Dharapani. Then, we descend to Tal, a village surrounded by tall cliffs. This is Manangi country. We move on and finally reach the large village of Chamje to spend our last night in a lodge.
- Descent: - 1000 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We drive by private/ local vehicle from Chamje to Besisahar. There we change to another private vehicle and head back to Kathmandu. Free time in the city.
- Duration of drive: 8 hr
- Accommodation: Hotel

Transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to itinerary including jeep/minibus for Baluwa
- Chamje - Besisahar transfer by local jeep (s)
- 3 nights at the Holy Himalaya hotel or similar in Kathmandu in BB
- Trek full board in Lodge
- English-speaking guide for trekking
- Trekking team: assistant from 4, porters according to group size for the entire trek.
- Carrying of luggage up to 13 kgs/person during the trek
- Manaslu special trek permit
- MCAP, ACAP & TIMS trek permit
- 1 day guided tour with vehicle and English-speaking cultural guide
- Staff insurance

What's not included

- Meal in Kathmandu & Pokhara excluding breakfast
- Nepal visa to be obtained at the airport ($50 + photo).
- Entrances to sites during visits
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, sleeping bag, hot shower during the trek…

Suppliments

>> Single room in Kathmandu (3 nights): 90 US$

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