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Manaslu Round Trekking

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It is also known as Kutang: the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “Mountain of the Spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that “just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain”.Manaslu at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above mean sea level (m.s.l) is the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape.This  region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi), skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki river..

Trip Highlights

Duration 23 Days Country Nepal
Trip Name Manaslu Round Trekking Region Manaslu
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 5350m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Arughat Trip end Point Beshi Sahar

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Drive to Arughat Bazaar
Day 04 Trek to Sundi Khola
Day 05 Machha Khola
Day 06 Jagat
Day 07 Deng
Day 08 Ghap
Day 09 Lho Village
Day 10 Sawa Gaon
Day 11 Rest Day
Day 12 Larkya Lodge (Dharamsala)
Day 13 Tangbuche
Day 14 Exploring from Tangbuche
Day 15 Karche
Day 16 Dharapani
Day 17 Jagat
Day 18 Bahundada
Day 19 Bhulebhule
Day 20 Trek to besishahar
Day 21 Drive to Kathmandu
Day 22 Fly to Pokhara / Kathmandu
Day 23 Depart Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience as exotic panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range peaks sprawls before you. The Nepali support team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu PeopleKathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal , is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities which bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine PASUPATHINATH, the largest Buddhist stupa in town BOUDHANATH, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and SOYAMBHUNATH. In the evening, a trip orientation meeting will be organized.

Day 03 Drive to Arughat Bazaar
We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; we turn of towards to the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough but we will reach our destination Arughat Bazaar in approximately seven hours from Kathmandu.

Day 04 Trek to Sundi Khola
On our first day on the trail we head north, following the Buri Gandaki. In the low country rice paddies and picturesque hamlets surround us. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, we descend once again to the river and our campsite at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. It is a nice first day not too long, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.

Day 05 Machha Khola
The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi . We descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khola. We camp outside the village, which has a number of teashops.

Day 06 Jagat
TrekkingWe cross the Machha Khola – Fish Stream – and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we recross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where we camp.

Day 07 Deng
After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, we climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal, 7187m. Crossing the river again, at Gata Khola, the path splits, with the right – hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng (four houses), where we camp. Today is a longer day of around 7 hours trekking.

Day 08 Ghap
The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive. We cross to the village of Lana , and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering a the high country Buddhist regions. After only about four hours we reach our camping place at the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan areas and the cultural change is obvious, and the climate change is also obvious the trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to gain the altitude.

Day 09 Lho Village
NepalWe gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani walls and 3 more crossing of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing climb gently now, and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, and reach the Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m. We get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead from Sho. As we continue we come to Lho, a large village at 3150 metres where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible. We camp just outside the village.

Day 10 Sawa Gaon
Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border.

Day 11 Rest Day
Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a rest day to acclimatise and relax. It is a good time to catch up on that book or wash clothes.

Day 12 Larkya Lodge (Dharamsala)
The once large Buri Gandaki is now merely a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. Everywhere you look are mountains, as spectacular as they get and Manaslu is particularly impressive. After crossing to the East bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet , and there is the ruins of another village here known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade that is now much diminished. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built to serve the travellers crossing the Larkya La.

Day 13 Tangbuche
After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A further hour on a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m in pleasant forest.

Day 14 Exploring from Tangbuche
The valley system here is huge and well worth exploring – or perhaps you want a rest day?

Day 15 Karche
NEpal trekking VillageBelow us is Bimthang, a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 metres, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 metres.

Day 16 Dharapani
We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La (Pass), and can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marshyangdi river. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marsyandi River and join the main Annapurna Circuit, and the hoards of trekkers. We stay at or near Dharapani.

Day 17 Jagat
An initially tight gorge briefly opens to Tal, which means lake. The area here as formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind. the lake has long gone and now the village of Tal sits on the river flats. Over the nest day and a half we are passing through the main Himalayan range, between Manaslu and the Annapurna range, no wonder it is a steep-sided valley.

Day 18 Bahundada
Down from Jagat is Syange, where we cross a suspension bridge to the east side of the Marsyandi Khola and onto easier terrain. We have a short but stiff climb to Bahundanda. then a beautiful descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. We are back into rice paddy country again.

Day 19 Bhulebhule
Today we have a beautiful descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. We are back into rice paddy country again.

Day 20 Trek to besishahar
With barely a hill in the way, this is an easy days walk. We might take the little-known east bank route from Bhulebhule to Besi Sahar.

Day 21 Drive to Kathmandu
It is approximately seven hours drive to Kathmandu and to a wonderful hot shower. We will have lunch at a good roadside restaurant.

Day 22 Fly to Pokhara / Kathmandu
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We then catch a further flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 23 Depart Kathmandu
Our The Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Programmed Cost US 2355,$ Per/Person

  • Airport pickup and drop to (TIA) Airport Transfer to Hotel.
  • Full day Guided tour in Kathmandu Valley and preparation
  • One English speaking Guide (government license holder trek Guide)
  • 2 client have 1 porter ( porter carry only 25 Kg)
  • All Nepali trekking stuff Insurance and accommodation food transportation salary.
  • 3 time meal I.e (breakfast, lunch, Dinner, Tea, coffee, Hot lemon)
  • Accommodation at local guest house twin sharing Camping
  • 3 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 3/ 4 star categories twin sharing with B/B Basic
  • Manaslu conservation fee
  • Annapurna conservation fee
  • Manaslu special permit
  • TIM Card
  • Drive to Arughat by private bus /Jeep
  • Drive back from beshi sahar to Kathmandu.
  • Porter equipment

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  • International airfare charges
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  • Extra porters, boiled water, shower, heater, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and porter

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