- Destination: Nepal
- Activities: Trekking
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
- Arrival on: kathmandu,Nepal
- Group size: 1-12 peoples
- Best Seasons: April - May and Sept - Nov
Manaslu Trek is a remarkable lifetime experience journey trekking through a huge and spectacular valley with stunning views of Manaslu (8156m), and crossing the famed Larkya La to the contrasting region of Sama. The regions & villages through which we trek are predominantly Buddhist, and the remote areas surrounding Manaslu base camp are amongst Nepal’s most beautiful, and with restricted access we see only a limited number of trekkers. We travel to the borderlands with Tibet, experience Tibetan style culture, great mountain views and extensive forests on this stunning circuit trek of the Manaslu region.
- Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat by Jeep
- Day 02: Aarughat to Soti Khola (730m). The trek goes through Sante Bazar and Burhi Gandaki valley (a famous place for honey which is also mentioned in the book Honey Hunter of Nepal) and reaches to Koir Pani, a small village of Magar & Gurung. Then the trail descends to Soti Khola.
- Day 03: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930). Cross the bridge and ascends to a ridge above the huge rapids of Burhi Gandaki and reach Khorsaani. The rocky trail then goes up and down. The trek goes up again on a steep rocky trail and down then around to the Gurung village of Labu Besi.
- Day 04: Machha Khola to Jagat (1370).
The cultivated fields end when you leave the village, no doubt due to the precipitous valley walls. Cross the abundant flow of the Tado Khola to the village of Kholabeshi. You follow the edge of the Burhi Gandaki, both bands of which are sheer rock walls, to the hot spring of Tatopani. Walk through a forested area; continue through the path at the river’s edge to Doban. Cross to the right bank, climb a high, winding path, and descend to the riverbed; then walk through the field to Jagat (1370m). It is the last village
Day 05: Jagat to Deng (1860m).Ascend a rocky up to Salleri then to Setibas. The trail follows the best and new route to Manaslu via Nayak. Then the trail goes ahead to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Later on, the trail reaches to Serson. Now the trail enters steep uninhabited gorges and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Burhi Gandaki. Further on, the tiny village Deng comes after crossing a bamboo forest and Deng Khola.
Day 06: Deng to Ghap (2380m). 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).
Day 07: Ghap to Namru (2540m). The trail crosses over Budhi Gandaki enters woods then it climbs up to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trek climbs over a big rock and continues up through deep fir and Rhododendron forest and then enters Namru.
Day 08: Namru to Sama Gompa (3390m).The trail follows to Nupri region; the trail passes Barcham and crosses Hinan Khola and reaches to Sho. The trail then follows to Lho and drop down across Damonan Khola. Ascends again to a plateau at Sho. Crossing a ridge the trail descends into a rock-strewn moraine and goes on to a ridge over looking pastures and fields of Samagaon. The Sama Gompa is nestled against a wooded moraine at the far end of the valley.
Day 09: Rets day for local excursion at Sama Gompa (3390m).
Day 10: Sama Gompa to Samdo (3690m). Descends to Burhi Gandaki and to Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya La trail passes several Mani walls and reaches Kermo Kharka. The trail then climbs steeply to find Sam nestled behind a ridge.
Day 11: Samdo to Larkya Rest House: Go further on to Larkya La. The trail forwards and climbs in and out of the gorges and reaches the only shelter on the route to the pass, Larkya Rest House (4460m).
Day 12: Rest day for acclimatization (4460m).
Day 13: Larkya Rest House to Bimtang(3690m). Start earlier. The trail reaches at the top of the moraine at 4700m, and climbs steeply to the pass at 5213 m. Then the trail descends to Bimtang. This is a huge valley surrounded by high peaks.
Day 14: Bimtang to Dharapani (1943m) The trek descends to Dudh Khola and reaches Gho crossing Pine and Rhododendron forest. At the foot of the valley, part of Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight. The trail continues to Dharapani via Tilje and Thonche village.
Day 15: Trek to Khudi/ Ngdhi
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu via Beshishar
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A typical day
You will be woken with a cup of tea brought to your tent between 6 am and 7 am, followed by a small bowl of warm water for washing. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until camp that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.30 am and 8.30 am. Following a good morning’s walk, we stop for lunch at around 11 am. Lunch is usually a 2 hour break to allow for the trekker’s meal followed by the crew meal. This break also enables you to do your washing in the warmest part of the day, catch up on your diary, read or rest.
The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3 pm to 4 pm. Once we have reached camp and the kitchen is set up afternoon tea is served. Washing water is again provided to enable you to wash at the end of the trek day. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. Dinner is usually served around 6 pm to 7 pm. Remember to bring your torch and water bottle to the mess tent so it can be filled with boiling water. It then makes a great hot water bottle. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with the local people, it is always a special time. All camp chores are done for you, leaving you free to use your time to the fullest. You carry only a light day pack as your gear is carried by yaks or porters.
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