Adventure Backpacking Trekking and Hiking Manaslu Trek

Duration
17 Days
Destination
Nepal
Travellers
1+

Trekking in Nepal Himalayas The Killer Mountain

The Manaslu Trek (or Manaslu Circuit Trek) is a 14-day tea-house trek which circumnavigates the 8th highest peak in the world (8,156 m). The trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal including both Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wild flowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges, and stunning mountain scenery.
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The Manaslu trek is much easier than it used to be with greatly improved trails along the Budi Gandaki river gorge. In terms of difficulty, it is comparable with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek. Its highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular unhindered views of Manaslu. Just over 2,000 people complete the trek per year with more than half visiting in October. This is substantially fewer than visiting Annapurna, Everest or Langtang. There are two main reasons for the fewer numbers.

The first reason is that the trek used to require camping, as there were too few tea-houses along the trail. In particular, there was no lodge below the Larkya La (a pass at 5135m) requiring an enforced night of camping. This is no longer the case. Since 2010 there is a tea-house below the pass and all the way up from the starting point. A few of the tea-houses are still basic compared to counterparts on the Annapurna Circuit, but most are comfortable.

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal
Return Location
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tour Start Date & Time
October 22, 2019 8:00 am View other Times
Price includes
  • Accommodation in Pokhara at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis
  • Accommodation in tea house or provided tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type
  • Accommodation including breakfast at star HOTELS in Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers
  • Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) card and National Park permit
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek
  • Kathmandu City Tour with an Experienced Tour Guide (Kathmandu Valley) depends on your time frame
  • Meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea
  • Porter (2 clients: 1 porter)
  • Transportation to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu with deluxe tourist bus before and after the trip and Pokhara - Nayapul -Pokhara by private car.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs
Price does not include
  • Other International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Visa arrangements

How hard is Manaslu trekking?

This journey starts with a moderate walk uphill and downhill, includes few gradual paths involves high altitude above from 2,000 m to 3,800 meters high, as altitude wise it is one of the safest treks without a problem of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Our itinerary set with a rest day for proper acclimatization.

How cold will be on Manaslu and Larkya-la pass?

This trek leads from warm sub-tropical climate to cooler temperatures as the walking progress above 2,000 meters, with mild alpine climate with morning and night time cooler but the day is bright and sunny sometimes the afternoon can get windy with wind-chill factor.m 15°-18° C average and minimum of 0° to 5° C, autumn/winter daytime 15°-16° C Can be cold as season wise, autumn and winter months can get cold above 3,000 m with strong UV. In spring and su mmer above ,3000 nd can get below -5° C during morn / night time.

What happens if sick during the trip?

One of the safest trekking despite high mountains, chance of altitude getting AMS is bare minimum, starting with slow moderate walk with rest day in between for acclimatization. If some people get sick with other problem or diarrhea which is normal due to change of foods, air and environment, we do carry medical kit on every trek as our guide have enough medical experience, they will advice what is best and in case of serious illness and accidents, emergency evacuation is necessary by any means of transport including helicopter service to reach nearest hospital.

What kind of accommodation and food to expect on this trek?

On leaving Kathmandu starting from Soti-Khola for overnight, the lodges are simple with rooms to accommodate 2 people in a room, however if one requires private / single room can be arranged at extra cost. The rooms in most places are simple and basic but nice, cozy with warm dining rooms, hot / cold shower available in some lodges with clean toilet facilities. Foods varies to seasonal vegetables, it is better to stick with vegetarian meals rather than fresh meat products for safe and hygiene wise this is way avoids medical problem on trek, however eggs items are ok. Breakfast of cereal, porridge, corn flakes with milk, eggs (variation as per your choice) and toast, Tibetan bread, pancakes. Lunch simple bread with mild vegetable curry and salad with seasonal fruits, dinner Nepali Dal-Bhat (boiled rice-lintel soup with vegetable) Chinese Fried veg / egg noodles, pasta, Indian Pilau rice, chappati (bread) for birthday and anniversary please let us know in advance so that we can order the lodge to bake cakes on special request.

  • Day 1
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  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our staff who will transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed from jet lag, our guide / leader will brief on Manaslu Trek including hotels, lodge on route with evening welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment.

Day 2

Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs journey.

Starting this wonderful journey around Manaslu Himal area with morning drive on the main road for few hours, and then over Trisuli River to reach at Dhading Besi, a hill town, from here on the dirt / rough road to Arughat bazaar. From here transfer to another vehicle taking a rough drive on dirt road to Soti Khola passing several villages and farm areas, with views of Mt. Manaslu driving ups and downs till Soti Khola is reached for overnight stop.

Day 3

Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.

From this village, first day walk starts on a good trail following Buri Gandaki River, passing farm land and villages, and then crossing a bridge over Nuali khola with nice views of waterfalls. Walk leads on neat stone steps with another bridge to cross to reach Machha-Khola for overnight stop, this village named as Machha- Khola which means a Fish streams.

Day 4

Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

Morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding trail to Tatopani “Hot Spring”. At Tatopani time permitting enjoy the refreshing hot bathe, after a fine stop walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages, following Buri Gandaki River to Jagat village after crossing a short suspension bridge. Jagat a nice village with lodge, shops and stores that makes this village important for travelers to stop for overnight.

Day 5

Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.

From Jagat continue to walk to the higher area still following Buri Gandkai River, coming across small farm village of Sidibas Bazaar, a lovely neat village with rest here a short climb and downhill to cross a suspension bridge to reach at Nagjet. From here climb up to Philim, this is quite a large village with scattered farm houses, after Philim trek onwards through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then climb a rocky ridge top into bamboo forest to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

Day 6

Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs

After Dyang onward heading to more cooler climate into alpine zone, morning walk continue with descend to a river reaching at Bihi Bazaar. A small village near river side, villages from here higher up with more Tibetan culture of Buddhist religions, walk leads on gradual trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village for overnight stop.

Day 7

Trek to Lo 3,180 m - 06 hrs.

Morning from Ghap village walk along Budhi Gandaki River, crossing the river through scattered small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets, and then to Numrung village with of Mt. Manaslu North Face, from here continue walk passing villages of Banjham, Lhi and Sho, gaining much altitude with an hour up to Shrip village, from here few hours walk to Lo Bazaar for overnight stop in a nice lodge with local hospitality.

Day 8

Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs

After Lo village, feel the altitude with cool temperature, from here onward tree lines disappears for few short juniper bushes and some Willow and Juniper trees, walk on a nice trail with views of snowcapped peaks and finally reaching a large village of Samagaon for two overnight stops, situated on route Manaslu base camp and Larkya-la.

Day 9

Rest day at Samagaon for acclimatization.

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher area and over Larkya-la pass, on this leisure day explore the interesting village of Samagaon of typical Tibetan culture and custom, this village lies on the old caravan route of Nepal / Tibet.

Day 10

Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs

Morning walk heads towards last village at Samdo, on route Tibet and Larkya-la trail, local villagers been in trade with Tibet since hundreds of years. The trade exchange still exists one can find many Chinese goods around shops and stores in these villages. Continue walk with gentle climb overlooking views of snowcapped peaks and then ending the day walk at Samdo village for overnight stop.

Day 11

Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya phedi 4,460 m - 04 hrs

Today a short walk to Larkya phedi or Dharmasala, after Samdo village leading to cross few streams towards dry and barren area, morning walk is not tough except for altitude. Walking with few short ups and downs and then completing the day at Larkya phedi, means base of Larkya-la pass. Afternoon take a short hike and explore this beautiful area, where strong trade market used to take place with Tibetans in early days.

Day 12

Cross Larkya la 5,214m and to Bimthang 3,720 m - 08 hrs.

A Big Long Day! Starting early morning to reach top of Larkya-la pass at 5,214 meters, climb leads with amazing views of surrounding hills and valley including Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli and of Peak 29. After a hard climb reaching at the top of the pass, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags, after enjoying the views and rest, descend back into forested area to reach Bimthang for overnight stop after a hard days walk.

Day 13

Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs

After a tough and long days walk of the previous day, today an easy moderate trek with downhill most of the way to Gho, located in the middle of pristine forested area.

Day 14

Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 06 hrs.

From Gho morning last day walk on downhill to Telje village by Marsyangdi River, after this nice village an hour climb to Dharapani village, a nice large village of alpine climate standing at a junction of Manaslu and popular Annapurna circuit trail of Manang area.

Day 15

Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshishar – 07 hrs.

The last day in the Himalayan countryside, morning drive leads downhill passing many nice villages of Syange, Nagdi, Bulbule following the Marsyangdi River all the way to a big town at Besishar, the headquarter of Lamjung district, from here a few hours’ drive brings to Dumre on the Pokhara –Kathmandu highway, from here another 3-4 of interesting drive reaches to the bustling city in Kathmandu after a great mesmerizing time in the high mountains.

Day 16

Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.

A free or leisure day in Kathmandu for own individual activities and souvenirs shopping, for interested people one can book for sightseeing tours around Kathmandu-Bhaktapur and Patan cities at places of interest, as Nepal is steeped with historical and World Heritage Sites.

Day 17

International departure homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal with wonderful experience around Manaslu & Larkya-la trekking, as per your flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

More about Nepal

The Manaslu trek is much easier than it used to be with greatly improved trails along the Budi Gandaki river gorge. In terms of difficulty, it is comparable with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek. Its highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular unhindered views of Manaslu. Just over 2,000 people complete the trek per year with more than half visiting in October. This is substantially fewer than visiting Annapurna, Everest or Langtang. There are two main reasons for the fewer numbers.

The first reason is that the trek used to require camping, as there were too few tea-houses along the trail. In particular, there was no lodge below the Larkya La (a pass at 5135m) requiring an enforced night of camping. This is no longer the case. Since 2010 there is a tea-house below the pass and all the way up from the starting point. A few of the tea-houses are still basic compared to counterparts on the Annapurna Circuit, but most are comfortable.

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Personal Equipment:

  • 3-4 season sleeping bag with hood
  • Thermo rest self-inflating pad or foam mat
  • Main luggage- Rucksack or Duffel
  • 30 - 40 liter Daypack- to carry water bottles, camera, lunch & extra clothing
  • Stuff sacks and plastic bags for keeping your gear dry and organized
  • Water bottles with a wide mouth
  • A pair adjustable trekking poles
  • Insulated plastic mug (optional)
  • Pocketknife Swiss army style (optional)
  • Toiletries bag for toilet paper, soap, saving items, tooth paste & toothbrush etc

Footwear:

  • Running shoes or sandals-to used in camp/ teahouse lodge
  • Hiking boots- good quality
  • Gaiters- a pair to use to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground
  • Woolen or Pile Socks-heavy weight wool to be worn over the liner socks
  • Liner Socks-smooth thin liner socks to reduce of getting blisters
  • Knee or ankles support pad

Clothing items for Trip:

  • Gore-Tex pants and jacket with hood
  • Medium weight down jacket with hood
  • Light trekking trouser
  • Long sleeve light colored polypropylene shirts
  • Polar Tec fleece jacket
  • Thermal underwear for both top & bottom
  • Polar Tec fleece pant
  • Personal under garments
  • Quick dry type towel
  • Casual wears before after the trek

Hand Wear:

  • Polypropylene liner gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Good quality mittens or gloves

Headwear:

  • Warm woolen or fleecy hat/balaclava
  • Sun hat or cap with bandana for shading the neck
  • Bandana or scarf
  • Headlamp for use at night around the camp with extra batteries and spare bulbs
  • High quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Dust mask

Other Travel Accessories:

  • Sunscreen and lip salve SPF 30 or above
  • Insect repellant
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine)
  • Favorite snack items
  • Reading & writing materials, ipod and cards
  • Camera, memory card and extra battery
  • Passport photo copy & photos
  • Insurance certificate copy
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Baby wipes (optional)
  • Anti bacterial hand gel (optional)

Personal first aid kit pack:

  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Antibiotics capsules
  • Imodium and anti amoebious, bacterial tablets
  • Blister treatment plasts
  • Dehydration solution
  • Analgesic- Paracetamol, aspirin
  • Anti cold tablets
  • Diclofenac gel
  • Bandages
  • Antiseptic cream & throat lozenges
  • Diamox for AMS
  • Sanitary pad (for women)
  • Ear & eye drop
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Manaslu Trek

Duration
17 Days
Destination
Nepal
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