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 drive to Gorkha by private vehicle (vehicle depending on the group size) along a paved road and arrive in Gorkha town about 4 hours later. Then, continue along a dirt track for 3 hours to reach Baluwa.
- Duration of drive: 7 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We start hiking along the river that we saw yesterday and head for Ranglung. Then, we climb steeply up the steps to reach Barpak.
- Ascent: + 1400 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 to 7 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge
We make a steep ascent to Pushu Danda (2,800 m). There are superb views of Boudha Himal and Ganesh Himal. After having our picnic lunch, we hike down to Laprak, a Gurung village.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 600 m.
- Duration of hike: 5 to 6 hr
- 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
We walk along the river and reach the first gorges. We cross bridges one after the other from one bank to the next and reach the village of Tatopani, where we find hot water springs with water coming down from the mountains. When we reach Jagat, we cross the checkpoint. Overnight at Jagat.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Duration of hike: 7 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We’ve come to an area where the population is predominantly Gurung and Tibetan. As we walk through the gorges, they expand progressively, allowing plenty of sunlight to shine through to the valley and on the opposite sides. We register at the checkpoint in Eklebhatti. Then, we walk on to Nyak Phedi and Pewa, a small village lying in the shade near the river.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 300 m.
- Duration of hike: 8 hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

We walk through the gorges to reach the village of Ghapsya.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

If we are lucky, we will meet many pilgrims, some of them coming from Tibet, following the famous salt trade route. We walk through many villages and visit monasteries while we climb up gradually. We end the day’s hike with a steep climb to arrive at the large village of Lhö Gaon.
The closer we get to the village, the clearer the view. Then, we finally get a grand view of Manaslu and enjoy watching the sun’s rays light up the great mountain during sunset and again in the morning during sunrise.
Depending on the weather and time of arrival, we will have the opportunity to take a walk before night falls, to visit the monastic school located at the top of a hill close to the village.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Duration of hike: 6 ½ hr
- Accommodation: Lodge

On this day’s hike, we enjoy the sight of Manaslu as we walk through villages of stone houses. We reach the Samagaon Lodge, and if time and weather permit, we can take a stroll to the Birendra Lake with its beautiful blue waters, surrounded by many cairns. From here, we get to admire the view overlooking the valley. We rest here and acclimatize by the lake (3,900 m).
- Ascent: + 600 m. (+ 350 m. to go to the lake)
- Descent: - 200 m. (- 350 m. to come-back from the lake)
- Duration of hike: 4 hr (+ 2 for the trip to 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). After dinner in the dining room of the lodge, we sleep in our tents for a short night‘s rest.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Duration of hike: 4 hr
- Accommodation: Bivouac

 

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) : 80 US$

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