Manaslu Trek is located at the Gorkha district of Nepal and lies within Annapurna trekking region. Mt. Manaslu is elevated up to 8163 meters and shares northern border with Tibet. Though it is opened for trekkers recently it has been celebrated for its supreme beauty and mixture of Tibetan and Nepalese culture adventure. This place is known for wildlife, different variety of wild flowers and rhododendron, powerfully flowing rivers and highly dramatic panorama of mountains. The best part of Manaslu trek is unquestionably the stunning and unopposed view of Manaslu. Due to improved trails along the Budhi gandaki the trek has become much easier than before. Each year 2000 people visit this place half of these visit during the month of October. Which is fewer then the trekkers visiting Annapurna and Everest. This is due to lack of camping facilities and due to its restricted area status. Manaslu circuit trekking is known for its prosperous biodiversity and superb scenic view of the mountain.
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu and transfer your hotel and rest and relax at hotelDay 02: Leisure day in kathmandu
Manaslu permit preparation day in Kathmandu. Also you will pack your manaslu trekking gearsDay 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola 710m
You set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. you will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region you drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola.Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola - Maccha Khola 900m
At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. You head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.Day 05: Trek from Maccha Khola -Jagat 1410m
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.Day 06: Trek from Jagat - Deng 1,804m
You begin today climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. You further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, you reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.Day 07: Trek from Deng - Namrung 2630m
After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.Day 08: Trek from Namrung – Samagaon 3530m
Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon..Day 09: Trek from Samagaon - Samdo 3860m
Today, you descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. you drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani you find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.Day 10: Trek from Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. 4460m
Even today, you continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.Day 11: Trek from Dharamsala - Larkya la 5160m - Bimthang 3720m
After a short climb,you reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience.Day 12: Trek from Bimthang - Tilije 2300m
From a ridge at Bimthang, you can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. You descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday's tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.Day 13: Trek from Tilije - Tal 1700m
You climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, you come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. You also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal.Day 14: Trek from Tal - Syange 1080m
You will follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu from Syange
The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road, reach to Kathmandu and transfer your Hotel.Day 16: Departure for your onwards flight
We decided to book the Manaslu Trek directly with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks (avoiding the cost of a Spanish agency). Devi responded promptly to our requests and questions and/or concerns. This together with the competitive price Devi quoted for the trek were the reasons why we chose this agency. The Manaslu trek is amazing and our fantastic guide, Kumar, our assistant guide and the porters made the trip very enjoyable. We hope to return to Nepal and do Everest or Kanchenjunga trek!
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Average walking per day: 6 hrs
Maximum altitude: 5213m
Best seasons: February- May, June-November
Type of Trek: Tea house
Duration: 16 days