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A Trek to the Unspoiled Beauty of Western Nepal

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Arrival City
Kathmandu
Starting Point
Kathmandu
Max Altitude
8163 m
Tour Language
English
Suitable Age
+18
Group Size
Min 2 Person
Types of Clothes
Warm
Accommodation Standards
4 Start Hotel
Medicine
First aid
Season
March-April-May / Sep-Oct-Nov
Ending Point
Mansiri Himal
Departure City
Kathmandu

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters above sea level, situated in the west-central part of Nepal. The name Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit" and is derived 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, given the many unsuccessful attempts by the British to climb Everest before New Zealand Edmund Hillary, "just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain".

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Manaslu Trek: A Journey to the Hidden Gems of Western Nepal

Manaslu Trek: A Journey to the Hidden Gems of Western Nepal
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15 Day(s)
1 Guest(s)
Feb 01, 2023

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The Manaslu area is bordered by River Budhi Gandaki and to the west River Marshyangdi. This area is marked by two cultural highlights: Gorkha, which is the ancestral seat of the reigning Shah dynasty, and the temple of Manakamana. Since the treks in the Manaslu region originate at around 1000 meters and reach as high as 5200 meters, the trekker will see a wide range of flora typical of the middle hills and alpine regions of Nepal. The wildlife includes barking deer, pika, and Himalayan marmots, and Plants to be seen around here are pine, and rhododendron, Birds to be sighted in the region are pheasant, raven, and chough. People of Tibetan origin inhabit several villages. Other groups found here are Gurung and Tamangs. The best time to trek here is between September and May. A few teahouses are seen in the Manaslu Conservation Area; however, teahouse trekking is not a suggested option. Government regulations require all the groups trekking to the Manaslu Circuit to be fully sufficient.

Includes
  • Traditional welcome on arrival with Nepali scarp or Garland
  • Arrival & departure transfers by private vehicle as per the group size
  • 02-nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on Twin sharing basis (MAP Plan) Only Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • 01-nights’ accommodation in Besisahar on Twin sharing basis (BB Plan)
  • All Meals (Brekfast, Lunch, Dinner) included while Trekking
  • Accommodation while Trekking in tea house / lodge 
  • Transportation Charge KTM-Arughat-Besisahar-Kathmandu
  • All Trekking Permit Fees
  • Applicable Govt Taxes
  • Fulltime assistance
  • Price included for four star category.
Excludes
  • International return air ticket,
  • Travel Insurance,
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee,
  • Lunch & Dinner except mentioned in the itinerary
  • All expenses of personal nature.
  • Emergency Evacuation Service (EES).
  • Any other services not mentioned in cost includes section
  • Force mejoure
  • TIPs and Donations and gratuities
Itinerary

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu, Welcome and transfer to the hotel. Late-night welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant with a Going Nepal member and a short briefing about the trip. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Elevation of Kathmandu: 1300m/4264ft
  • Transportation: Private car
  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Meal: Welcome dinner            

After the early breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, and then to Soti Khola. In the first few hours, we will reach Dhading Besi. From there, we will drive to Arughat where the roads are a little rough. Throughout the drive, we will be able to view beautiful mountains such as Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range. The next few hours’ drives will take us to Soti Khola where we will spend our night.

  • Elevation of Soti Khola: 710m/2328ft
  • Transportation: Private car
  • Driving distance: 138km/5-6hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Breakfast and dinner 

we will cross Soti Khola with a fresh view of waterfalls and rivers. After that, we will walk through the dense Sal forest, to reach a ridge above the huge rapids of the Budhi Gandaki River. After passing some of the rocky trails, we will reach Khursane. Then we will trek down to the rice fields to Lapubesi, which is a Gurung Village. After a few hour's walk through the sandy river beds of Budhi Gandaki, we trek down to Naulikhola crossing a suspension bridge. We will then reach Maccha Khola village where we will spend the night at a tea house.

  • Elevation of Machha Khola: 900m/2952ft
  • Trek duration: 6/7hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route 

The trail has some ups and downs which will make our trail challenging to some extent. From Machha Khola, we will cross the TharoKhola and reach Khorlabesi. Khorlabesi is another small yet beautiful Gurung village. After another steep climb, we will reach Tatopani, a hot-spring site where we will be spending some time enjoying the natural sauna. Then we will climb over a ridge, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River through the suspension bridge and climbing up the staircase and a ridge to finally reach Doban. After crossing another suspension bridge, we climb another stone staircase, go down to the river and climb the stairs again to reach Thado Bharyang. Then we will cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki River, climb over the ridge and walk along the river to reach Jagat village. It is the entry checkpoint of the Manaslu Conservation Area. We will stay here for a night.                         
  • Elevation of Jagat Checkpoint: 1340m/4395ft
  • Trek duration: 6/7hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee

We will start with a climb over a ridge towards Sirdibas. We continue to Ghatta Khola and walk through a long suspension bridge to reach Phillim. Philim is another large Gurung settlement village. As we head north across the terrace fields to Ekle Bhatti, we will enter a steep, deserted gorge. Then we descend down to the grassy land slopes with tall pine trees and cross the Budhi Gandaki bridge. As we trek along the west bank, we will pass through bamboo forests. We will then reach Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach Bihi Phedi. We spend our night in the village.
  • Elevation of Bihi Phedi: 1990m/6529ft
  • Trek duration: 6/7hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

As we follow the trail upstream of Deng river, we continue our trek further with more steep climbs and winding forests. We will pass a route with Mani walls to reach Ghap. From Ghap, we will take the route through the Pork village which is an amazing viewpoint of Siring Himal. We cross the Budhi Gandaki a few times and follow through a forest that has a variety of birds and animals including Danphe, Nepal's national bird as well as a tribe of gray Langur monkeys. We will also be walking through deep bamboo forests to reach Namrung village where we will spend our night.
  • Elevation of Namrung: 2700m/8858ft
  • Trek duration: 5/6hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

Past Namrung, the trek goes into upper Nupri where the lingo changes to a type of Tibetan style, and the vast majority dress in chubas, the Tibetan style of folding over a shroud. The trail leaves the town through a Kani and makes a long range into a lush ravine and intersection the Hiran Khola on a twofold range cantilever connection. One would now be able to catch a terrific sight of Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m), and Naike Peak (5515m). The trail will go through Lho (3080m), Syala (3350m) and we should cross an edge and trek all through the gully of the Thosang Khola. We will at that point slide onto a stone-strewn moraine and reach Sama Gaon.
  • Elevation of Sama (Ryo): 3520m/11548ft
  • Trek duration: 5/6hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

Today we can visit the Pungyen Gumba. We'll appreciate seeing a huge number of mani stones with Buddhist messages and pictures and the Sherpa ladies clad in conventional garments and adornments. On a little slope close to the Sama town is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a religious community with incredible perspectives on the ice sheet.

  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

As we proceed with our trek, the valley starts to augment. The course is a simple trail on a rack over the stream past juniper and birch woods and the stone cabins of Kermo kharka. From a stone curve, you will most likely observe a huge white Kani. It gives a deception of being close however will set aside a long effort to achieve the Kani before coming to Samdo. Samdo is at the intersection of three valleys.

  • Elevation of Samdo: 3780m/12402ft
  • Trek duration: 5/6hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

We leave on the trade route to Tibet and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After two hours of climbing passing glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We'll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow. Overnight at Lodge/Tea house.
  • Elevation of Dharamsala/Larke Phedi: 4460m/14632ft
  • Trek duration: 3/4hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

We have views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent that becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which takes us about three hours to summit. In the past, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, and the huge mountain Annapurna II. If there is fresh snow, we may see Snow Leopard prints from the evening before; it's also blue sheep (Bharal) and Tibetan Snow Cock territory. The views from the top of the pass are truly astonishing. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, and yelling 'Ki ki so so lha gyalo' (may the Gods be victorious), get ready for a steep, drop to a trail following the glacial moraine, very slippery if covered in snow so your 'Yak tracks' ready if you've brought them, and definitely use trekking poles. It is a long day than usual to our campsite at Bimthang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it's an experience of a lifetime not to be missed. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, to Bimtang, where the three sisters of the 'Three Sisters Hotel' are on hand with Himalayan chilled beer. Overnight at Lodge/Tea house.
  • Elevation of Bimthang: 3590m/11778ft
  • Trek duration: 7/8hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

We will walk south underneath Bimthang behind the moraine divider for quite a while before intersecting the Bimtang Glacier. We will move up the far moraine divider rapidly to stay away from stonefall and enter probably the best woods in Nepal. With the delicate riverside strolling to Karcher (2700m), we take lunch after about 3.5hrs. In the following hour, we will see numerous indications of an icy flood, with tree trunks crushed and banks undermined – the track ending up very harsh. We will climb steeply over an edge and drop to Gurung Goa (2560m), the principal genuine town since Samdo. At that point, we will go towards Dharapani and we will rest in one of the inns at Dharapani.
  • Elevation of Dharapani: 1963m/6440ft
  • Trek duration: 5/6hrs
  • Accommodation: Tea house/Lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

Breakfast and drive towards Besisahar from here, you can hire a jeep or even take a local bus to Besisahar from Dharapani. It makes you about 4-5 hours to reach Besisahar from Dharapani. Dinner and overnight at Besisahar
  • Drive duration: 5/6 hrs.
  • Accommodation: Hotel/ lodge
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

Begin in the morning with a scenic drive across several small villages. You drive along the Prithivi Highway, enjoying the beautiful scenery of hills, flowing rivers, terrace fields, small towns, and occasional mountains. After driving for about 5-6 hours, you’ll reach Kathmandu.
  • Drive duration: 5/6 hrs.
  • Accommodation: 3-star Hotel
  • Meal: Full Meal Board with tea/coffee en route

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your onward destination

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Highlights
  • Trekking through the remote and rugged region of Manaslu, in west-central Nepal, known for its stunning mountain vistas and diverse cultures.
  • Spectacular views of Manaslu (8163m) and other peaks in the Himalayas
  • Passing through traditional villages and terraced farmland
  • The opportunity to experience the unique culture and way of life of different ethnic groups in the region, such as Gurung, Tibetan and Tibetan-origin people.
  • Challenging trek that will test your physical fitness and mental endurance
  • The chance to reach Larkya La Pass (5106m) for panoramic view of Manaslu and other peaks.
  • The trek also offers the chance to explore the beautiful rhododendron forest, alpine meadows and glaciers.
  • The trek is also known for the hospitality and warmth of local people.
  • The trek is considered as less crowded and less commercialized compare to other popular trekking routes in Nepal.
Things to know
  • Visa requirements: Make sure to check the visa requirements for Nepal before you travel. Tourist visas can be obtained upon arrival at the airport or in advance from a Nepalese consulate or embassy.
  • Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR) is the official currency of Nepal, but US dollars are also widely accepted. It's a good idea to carry cash, as credit cards and debit cards may not be accepted in some places.
  • Weather: Nepal has a diverse climate, with temperatures varying greatly depending on the region and altitude. It's important to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly.
  • Altitude sickness: Altitude sickness can be a concern when travelling to higher altitudes in Nepal. It's important to be aware of the symptoms and to take necessary precautions to prevent it.
  • Food: Nepal has a diverse cuisine, with a mix of Indian, Tibetan, and Nepalese dishes. Some traditional Nepalese dishes include Mo:Mos (dumplings), Dal Bhat (lentil soup and rice), and Chow Mein (stir-fried noodles).
  • Language: Nepali is the official language of Nepal, but many people also speak English.
  • Culture: Nepal is a culturally diverse country with a mix of Hindu and Buddhist influences. It's important to be respectful of local customs and traditions, and to dress modestly when visiting temples and other religious sites.
  • Conservation and sustainability: Nepal are home to many unique and endangered species and fragile ecosystems, it's important to be mindful of environmental conservation and sustainability while traveling.
Travel Information
  • Permits: A Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card are required for trekking in the Manaslu region. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or through a trekking agency.
  • Best time to go: The best time to trek in the Manaslu region is between September and November and March to May when the weather is clear and stable.
  • Route: The most popular route for trekking in the Manaslu region is the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which typically starts and ends in Arughat and takes around 8-12 days to complete.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation during the trek is typically in teahouses or lodges. These provide basic but comfortable accommodation and meals. It is also possible to camp but it will require hiring equipment and porters.
  • Physical fitness: The Manaslu trek is considered challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. It is important to be prepared for long days of hiking at high altitude and to acclimatize properly.
  • Altitude sickness: Altitude sickness is a concern at high altitude. It is important to be aware of the symptoms and to take necessary precautions to prevent it.
  • Guides and porters: It is possible to trek independently but hiring a guide and porters is recommended for safety and to ease the burden of carrying equipment.
  • Insurance: It is important to have comprehensive travel and trekking insurance before embarking on a Manaslu trek. Make sure it covers emergency evacuation and medical expenses.
  • Respect the local culture and customs: The Manaslu region is home to diverse ethnic groups and it's important to respect their culture and customs. Dress modestly and be mindful of cultural sensitivities.
  • Be prepared for changeable weather: Weather in the mountains can change rapidly, so make sure to pack accordingly and be prepared for any eventuality.
  • The trek is challenging and it's important to be prepared for a remote and rugged experience. Be prepared for the fact that facilities and services are limited and basic.

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