Manaslu Region
Location
6/10
Difficulty Level
17 days
Duration
Sept – Nov, Mar – April
Best Dates

Manaslu Trekking is a remarkable trek, passing through a huge and spectacular valley with stunning views of Manaslu (8156m), and crossing the famed Larkya La pass to the contrasting region of Sama, returning via the Marsyandi. The trail passes through a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery similar to the classic Annapurna Circuit.

The trek starts at Arughat, a full day’s drive from Kathmandu, passing the historic town of Gorkha on the way. The trail passes through bamboo forests and Gurung villages in the narrow Burdhi Gandaki gorge with perpendicular cliffs and tracks high above the river. As we approach predominantly Buddhist villages of Namrung and Lho, you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way. In Samagoan (3450m) we visit the glacial green lake of Birendra, before crossing into mystic Samdo village, a mere 15km from the Tibetan border. We start the approach towards the Larkya La pass from here. Crossing this high Himalayan pass is a challenging day but within the capability of any fit and determined hill walker with no previous mountaineering experience. The view from the Larkya La Pass is superb with Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal mountains towering above. The trail descends down to another equally spectacular Bimtang valley, leading down to Dharapani where it joins the Annapurna Circuit track on the Mersyandi River.

The Manaslu Circuit trek will reward you with stunning mountain views, spectacular valleys, experience of Tibetan culture and the achievement of crossing the dramatic Larkya La Pass.

The Mansalu trek follows the trail leading to several mountain peaks popularly known as “Japanese Peaks”. The trail from Arughat bazaar to Ekle Bhatti passes through a huge precipitous valley to the contrasting world of Sama crossing snow-covered Larkya La Pass and descending to the Marshyangdi Khola (river). The Mansalu trek starts at the town of Soti Khola passing through bamboo forests and Gurung villages. After Lho village we enter the Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants where you will see colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way.

After Samdo village we start the approach towards the Larkya La pass, crossing this high Himalayan pass is a challenging day although would be a good objective for a fit hill walker with no previous mountaineering experience. The view from the Larkya La is superb where you will see Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal mountains.

SEASON March to May, September to November
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tribhuvan International Airport
PLEASE CONTACT US ON ARRIVAL
INCLUDED
Arrival pick up and drop off from Tribhuvan International Airport

All trekking permits (Region Permit and TIMS)

All internal-local transportation to and from the trekking trail

Flight to/from Lukla

Breakfast in Kathmandu/ Breakfast, lunch and dinner during trek

3 Star hotel in Kathmandu

Teahouse accommodation during trek

Trekking with English-speaking experienced guide

1 porter for 2 guests

Basic first aid kit

NOT INCLUDED International flight to Nepal

Visas

Travel and medical Insurance

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Personal expense

Tips

Please note: The trek dates can be viewed on the calendar when booking.
If the treks dates are not your preference, please email us your preferred dates.

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Day 1

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to the land of Buddha. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our company representative at the arrival gate with your name written on it. You will be then escorted to hotel. You will spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
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Day 2

Group meeting and Sightseeing in Kathmandu
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.
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Day 3

Drive to Arughat by bus(640 m) 6 – 7 hours & Soti Khola by jeep (775 m) 2 hours
Today is around seven hours drive. Four hours of the drive is along comfortable highway while the rest of the four hour drive is on a rough road. The first day of trek starts along the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. We pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River. Camp today near the confluence of the Soti River.
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Day 3

Trek to Machhi Khola (900 m) 6 hours
The trail passes through a sal forest,rocky mountains and Magar and Gurung villages. The trail follows down the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki river.
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Day 5

Trek to Jagat (1340 m) 7 hours
After crossing Machhi River and Khrolabesi, there is a hot spring called “Tatopani”. The trail follows forested area and Dovan river’s rapids and waterfall. After Dovan, there is an hour and half ascent and two hours straight walk before reaching camp.
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Day 6

Trek to Philim/ Ekle Bhatti (1698 m)
The trail ascends for around two hours via the villages of Salleri before crossing the Budi Gandaki river to reach Philim. From Philim on a clear day you can view Mt. Baudha (6672 m), Himal Chuli (7893 m) and Sarangi Himal.
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Day 7

Trek to Namru (2660 m) 7 – 8 hours
This is a long day that involves 7-8 hours of walking. The day begins with around 3 hours of uphill walk before lunch. After lunch there is around three hours of straight walk and around one hour of uphill walk before reaching camp at Namru, which is a Sherpa village. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki gorge there are pine forest. You will experience rhododendron forests.
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Day 8

Trek to Lho (3200 m) 4 – 5 hours
This is around four hours of relatively straight walk and about half hour of uphill walk before reaching Lho, which is another Sherpa village. You can see Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Simang Himal towards the west and Kuntang Himal and Saula Himal (6238 m) towards the east.
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Day 9

Trek to Sama Gaon (3530 m) 7 hours
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 Mt. Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa or monastery.
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Day 10

Acclimatisation day at Samagaon
Today is the day for acclimatization. You have many options; you can go for hiking or go to the lake, visit Monastery or explore Sama gaon village, where you will find a big Tibetan community settlement. You can also visit Manaslu base camp and back.
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Day 11

Trek to Samdo (3780 m) 4 hours
The trail heads north and separates from the trail heading to the base camp. We pass several Buddhists shrines and mani or prayer walls then reach the pasture of Kermo khaka. Samdo is another beautiful village offering views of Simang Himal, Samdo peak, Himalchuli and Peak 29.
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Day 12

Trek to Dharamshala (4480 m) 4 hours
This is around 4-5 hours of uphill walk. The walk continues with mountain views and through barren steppes. Dharmshala is the high camp before the Larkya La pass.
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Day 13

Trek to Bimtang (3900 m) via Larkya La Pass (5125 m) 8 – 10 hours
This is the most difficult day of the trek that involves crossing a very long Larkya La Pass (5125 m). The day starts at around 0330 hours and trek starts immediately after breakfast. Around 750 m ascent of around 5-6 hours and upon reaching the pass you will have packed lunch. Then there is a descent of around 1300 m for 4-5 hours till Bimtang. The pass offers spectacular views of several mountains.
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Day 14

Trek to Dharapani (1995 m) 7 – 8 hours
Today is a combination of steep and gradual descent for around 7 -8 hours through bamboo, pine and rhododendron forests.
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Day 15

Trek to Syange (1100 m) 7 – 8 hours
Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through scattered villages. Mostly gradual up and downhill walk. This is a 7 – 8 hours of walk day.
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Day 16

Drive to Syange by Jeep, Syange to Kathmandu via Besisahar by bus
From Shyange we will take local jeep or bus transport to Kathmandu for around 8-9 hours drive.
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Day 17: Return

Departure from Nepal
About 3 hours prior to your flight time, we transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.

Fixed Dates – Please select your dates on the “book the tour” section

Sat 16 Sep 17 – Mon 2 Oct 17

Sat 23 Sep 17 – Mon 9 Oct 17

Sat 30 Sep 17 – Mon 16 Oct 17

Sat 07 Oct 17 – Mon 23 Oct 17

Thu 12 Oct 17 – Sat 28 Oct 17

Sat 14 Oct 17 – Mon 30 Oct 17

Thu 19 Oct 17 – Sat 4 Nov 17

Sat 21 Oct 17 – Mon 6 Nov 17

Sat 28 Oct 17 – Mon 13 Nov 17

Sat 04 Nov 17 – Mon 20 Nov 17

Sat 11 Nov 17 – Mon 27 Nov 17

Sat 18 Nov 17 – Mon 4 Dec 17

Sat 25 Nov 17 – Mon 11 Dec 17

Thu 14 Dec 17 – Sat 30 Dec 17

Thu 21 Dec 17 – Sat 6 Jan 18

Sat 13 Jan 18 – Mon 29 Jan 18

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