Manaslu Round Trekking

Mt. Manaslu 8163m, 8th highest peak in the worldEncampment at DharmashalaManaslu Round Trek

Manaslu region, the home of ethnically Tibetan inhabitants who still maintain strong links with Tibet, and the fascinating and magical region offering perfect blend of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed Himalayan beauty, and a rich mountain biological diversity perfect combination of rich culture heritage, matchless Himalayan scenery and a variety of  rich mountain natural heritage. Trekking to Manaslu Round is a great trip not to be missed, an absolute highlight. The living Buddhist culture is virtually untouched because of their isolated locality and wildlife abounds.

The journey starts from Arughat of Gorkha, a main trade center of the local. From lush rice paddies with water buffalo and thatched huts, we trek north along the incredible, mountain-capped high route, through sprawling Gurung villages perched on high, terraced hilltops covered in Rhododendron, to reach Kutang, or lower Nubri. Here the ethnically Tibetan inhabitants speak their own dialect, partly Tibetan and partly Gurung, and live a lifestyle that spans Nepal and Tibet.

Trekking ever higher to upper Nubri, purely Tibetan; we share the trails with yak caravans. Here, trade with Tibet continues as it has for centuries and Tibetan villages have been forged from the wilderness by Tibetan refugees. Sublime mountain panoramas, dominated by Manaslu itself, are a highlight of the trek as are side-trips to Pun Gyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, Rui La/ a traditional trade route to Tibet at the Nepal-Tibet boarder, the valley above Samdo near the border of Tibet and the epic crossing the snow-covered Larke Pass to Bimtang and Manang region of the Annapurna circuit. We, Wilderness Excursion Pvt. Ltd can modify the original itinerary as per your need to suit your time frame and offer you most competitive cost for this trip. 
 

OUtline Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu – Arughat 525m/1722ft. 7-8 hours drive and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 02: Arughat – Sotikhola 710m/2329ft. 4-5 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 03: Sotikhola – Macha Khola 887m/2919ft. 5-6 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 04: Macha Khola - Jagat 1345m/4412ft. 6-7 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Jagat – Dang 1960m/6430ft. 6-7hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Dang - Ghap 2380m/7808ft. 5-7 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Ghap – Namrung 2700m/ 8858ft. 4-5 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Namrung – Lho 3180m/6465ft. About 4-6 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 09: Lho – Samagaun 3520m/11546ft. About 5 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day in Samagaun. Explore and day hikes. Overnight in lodge
Day 11: Samagaun – Samdo 3860m/12402ft. 3-4 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 12: Explore natural and cultural heritages, day hikes to Samdo Peak or Rui La.
Day 13: Samdo – Larke Rest home/Dharmasaala 4460m/14532ft. Overnight in lodge
Day 14: Larke Rest Homes – Bimtang 3750m/12300ft. via Lakrke Pass. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 15: Bimtang – Goa 2560m/ 8397ft. 4-6 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 16: Goa – Dharapaani 1963m/ 6438ft. 4-5 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 17: Dharapaani – Jagat 1300m/4264ft. 5-7 hours walk and stay overnight in lodge.
Day 18: Jagat – Kathmandu, drive to Besi Shahar catch the micro bus for Kathmandu.
 

Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program. 

Day 01: Kathmandu – Arughat 525m/1722ft.
Early morning, drive to Arughat, 7/8 hours by bus or jeep through the beautiful landscape. Arughat is the biggest market in the area for local trade, at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Explore the surrounding area. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 02: Arughat – Sotikhola 710m/2329ft.
Our first day of trekheads to the north along Budhi Gandaki River and we pass the villages of Santi Bazar, Arukhet and ascend slowly toward Kyoropani near the confluence of Soti River – an ideal place to take a fresh water bath.  We walk 6 hours today. We stay overnight at Soti Khola. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 03: Sotikhola – Macha Khola 887m/2919ft.
We head to Machha Khola, 6 hours walking. The trail descends slowly until we climb again to mountain ridge to Armala. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Labubesi, the trail follows down to the sandy riverbed of Budhi Gandaki. Stay there overnight in lodge at Macha Khola.

Day 04: Macha Khola - Jagat 1345m/4412ft

We walk continue to Jagat, 7/8 hours walking. In the beginning we cross Machha River and head upstream along the river´s edge. After crossing Khorla besi, there is a hot spring “Tatopani". The trail follows woody area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Stay overnight at in lodge at Jagat.

Day 05: Jagat – Dang 1960m/6430ft.
Trek to Dang, 8 hours walk, ascend a rocky ridge up to Salleri then to Setibas. We have lunch at Filim today; the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Budhi Gandaki. Further on, the tiny village Deng comes after crossing a bamboo forest and Dang Khola. Stay overnight in lodge at Deng.

Day 06: Dang - Ghap 2380m/7808ft.
The trail leads us to 4/5 hours walking. After breakfast we cross Budhi Gandaki again and climb up, pass a waterfall, cross a stream, and continue to climb ahead to Shringi Khola; cross it and reach Ghap (Tsak).  Stay overnight there in lodge.

Day 07: Ghap – Namrung 2700m/ 8858ft
We walk today to Namrung 4/5 hours walking. The trail crosses over Budhi Gandaki enters woods then it climbs up to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trek climbs over a big rock, continues up through deep fir and rhododendron forest, and then enters Namrung at the crest. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 08: Namrung – Lho 3180m/6465ft
Beyond Namrung the trek enters upper Nupri. The trail passes through many mani walls, kaanis and Buddhist monasteries on the way to Lho. Today we walk via Barsam, Lihi and Sho. The view is spectacular today; we can see giant and mighty Manaslu 8156m, Manaslu North 7157m, Himalchuli 7893m and many other peaks. Stay overnight in lodge at Lho.

Day 09: Lho – Samagaun 3520m/11546ft.
We head to Samagaun 7/8 hours walking. We follow to Nupri region; the trail passes Barcham and crosses Himan Khola and reaches to Shyo. The trail then follows to Lho and drops down across Damonan Khola. Ascend again to a plateau at Shyo. Crossing a ridge the trail descends onto a rock - strewn moraine and goes onto a ridge overlooking pastures and fields of Sama Gaon. The Sama Gompa is nestled against a wooded moraine at the end of the valley. We stay overnight there.

Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day in Samagaun.

Rest days to get physically acclimatize. We can spend the day taking a day walk to Birendra Taal (lake), monasteries or by relaxing and exploring Samagaun, a big Tibetan cultured community and a side trip to Pungyen Gompa but this side trip requires almost a full day). We will see a marvelous view of Manaslu. Stay overnight at same place.

Day 11: Samagaun – Samdo 3860m/12402 ft
We trek to Samdo 3/4 hours walk, as trail widens we walk through juniper and birch forest. The trail passes several Mani walls and a stone hut at Kermo Kharka. The trail then climbs steeply to find Samdo nestle behind a ridge.

Day 12: Explore local culture and tradition
 Hike up to Lajyung La/5098m or Rui La/4998m Nepal-Tibet boarder and stay in Samdo.

Day 13: Samdo – Larke Rest home/Dharmasaala 4460m/14532ft.

We trek to Larke rest house 4 hours walking. We go further on to Larke La. The trail forwards and climbs in and out of the gorge and reaches the only shelter on the route to the pass, Larke Rest House. Stay there overnight at Samdo.

Day 14: Larke Rest Homes – Bimtang 3750m/12300ft

After having an early breakfast we start the trek at 5:30AM today. The trail reaches at the top of the moraine at 4,700m. (15,420ft) and climbs steeply to the pass at 5,135m/16,847ft. with the tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6826m), Gyaji Kang, Kangaru Himal (6981m) and Annapurna 2nd (7937m).  Then the trail descends to Bimtang “Plain of Sand" in Tibetan Language. This huge valley surrounded by high peaks. Stay there overnight at Bimtang.

Day 15: Bimtang – Goa 2560m/ 8397ft.
6 hours walk down to Goa at 2560m; the trail crosses glacial stream and rhododendron forests on the way to Hampuk (Rock shelter cave) and trail passes Yak Kharka, Surti Khola on way. Stay at Goa overnight at Goa.

Day 16: Goa – Dharapaani 1963m/ 6438ft.
4/5 hours walk down to Dharapaani. Trail continues through the fields, oak and rhododendron forest and reaches to Tilche (a Gurung village) and cross a suspension bridge at Tilche over Dudh Khola then descend to Dharapaani.  Stay there overnight at Dharapani.

Day 17: Dharapaani – Jagat 1300m/4264ft.

Walk 5/6 hours. Trek down through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge. Stay there overnight at Jagat.

Day 18: Jagat - Kathmandu
Drive 7/8 hours to Kathmandu from from Jagat by local bus, have lunch at good place on the way to KTM.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private car/van
  • 2 nights room in peace, clean and standard hotels in Kathmandu, B and B service.
  • Well experienced, government registered, fluent English speaking and friendly guide.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trekking.
  • All ground transportation, first aid kit and water purifier during the trek.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
  • Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking Permit, ACAP and MCAP Permits.
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water, laundry service, toiletries.
  • Personal nature expenses, hot shower, hot water, internet and phone calls.
  • Personal travel insurance, rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Hiring horse, gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

 

 Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program. 

Fixed Departure Dates

Start Dates End Dates Status  
09 Sep, 2017 27 Sep, 2017 Available Book
15 Sep, 2017 03 Oct, 2017 Available Book
01 Oct, 2017 19 Oct, 2017 Available Book
10 Oct, 2017 28 Oct, 2017 Available Book
Lho Village in ManasluPrayer Wall on Manaslu Route

Trip Facts

Total Duration:
18 Days
Trek Duration:
18 Days
Difficulty
Medium Hard
Group Size :
2-15 Pax
Best Season:
Autumn and Spring
Max. Altitude :
5155m
Accommodation:
Teahouse and Lodge
Transportation:
Bus, Jeep

Route Map

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