Around Manaslu trek begins by sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu to trekking in the beautiful Manaslu region. While on the trip we get to marvel at the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the eight tallest mountain in the world, coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. This trek ensures adequate time for proper acclimatization. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails, and is within the capabilities of people with good cardiovascular fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3,000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.
Departure from Nepal
The trip concludes today. You will be dropped at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport by our airport representative for your flight departure from Nepal.
Free day in Kathmandu
This is a leisure and free day in Kathmandu for exploration. You are free to go souvenir shopping, spa and more exploration of the city, or extend your trip to include bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, Everest mountain flight and other adventurous activities. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Mul Chowk Restaurant’s cozy and elegant dining ambience.
Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
We drive to Kathmandu on the national highway running parallel to the gorgeous Trishuli River. With gorgeous views of the hills, farms, mountains and river along the way, the drive is very picturesque and you can also observe the daily lives of Nepalese people on the way.
Trek from Bahundanda to Besi Sahar (830m/2,723 ft)
The trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Naadi. From here the trail takes you to the bank of Marshyngdi River and town of Bhulbhule, Khudi all the way to Besisahar. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Jagat to Bahundanda (1,310m / 4,298ft)
Ascending gently for 30 minutes and the trail runs gently down to Sanjee village, then trail goes up for 15 minutes to Gharmuu Phant. From here another 2 hours easy walk and 30 minutes up will take to the village of Bahundanda. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Tal to Jagat (1,360m / 4,462ft)
Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Chamje and Himal pani . We will have overnight stay at Jagat. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Tilje to Tal (1,700m / 5,577ft)
Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Tal village for overnight stay. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje (3,900m / 12,795ft)
The route gets easier. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fig tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Stone Hut to Bhimphedi (3,590m / 11,778ft), via Larkya La (5,215m / 17,110ft)
We first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937m). The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. Overnight at tented camps.
Acclimatization and exploration day
We will spend a day acclimatizing to the thinning of the air. It is recommended that your body acclimatizes to the high altitude and be adjusted for higher altitudes in the days to follow. Overnight at tented camps
Trek from Samagompa to Stone Hut (4,500m / 14,764ft)
Today we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement - Samdo. Here amid the most severe conditions of nature live some 200 villagers in forty houses. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Lho to Samagompa (3,500m / 11,483ft)
You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for night halt. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Ghap to Lho (3,200m / 10,499ft)
After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7,774m) and Manaslu (8,150m) are visible from here. Tonight we camp near a spring at Lho gaon - a small village. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Ngyak to Ghap (2,100m / 6,890ft)
Follow the trail upstream of Deng River - a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Trek from Jagat to Ngyak (2,310m / 7,579ft)
After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7,177m) we continue toward Sirish Gaon, Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,340m / 4,396ft)
After crossing Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called Tatopani. The trail follows a forest, then reaching Dovan, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Overnight at tented camps.
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m / 2,953ft)
We trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish river). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name. We camp for the night by a wide campsite.
Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (775m / 2,543ft)
From Arughat Bazar we trek to Soti Khola. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola.We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola(‘khola' means river in Nepali).
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (640m / 2,100ft)
We take an 8-9 hrs bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware.
Visit old town of Kathmandu
A professional guide and vehicle are provided for a day of sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley. These include Boudhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings), along with other popular cultural attractions. We get to observe the lifestyle of Nepalese people, holy sadhus and monks, fascinating history as well as awe-inspiring architecture.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m/4,413 ft)
Upon arriving at at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our airport representatives who will warmly greet you and transfer to the hotel on a private tourist vehicle. We provide 3-star accommodation in the city and we arrange for a trip briefing with dinner in the evening.
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