Trek type: Camping
Trek Grade: Challenging
Activities: Trekking, camping, sightseeing,
Best time to go:April to October
Departure dates: by arrangement
Round Manaslu trek is an amalgamation of rich culture, adventure, scenic beauty and rudimental rural civilization that represents ancient Tibetan lifestyle. This newly opened trek encircling the entire Manaslu massif, offers a chance to comprehensively explore the full range of Nepal's natural and cultural diversity.
As we start trekking from historic centre of Gorkha, central Himalayan Range appears in the backdrop with layering green hills and view of sweeping Valleys. As we head up towards the Mt. Manaslu, the trail reveals unexplored country inhabited by Gurungs. The trail eventually circumvents Mt. Manaslu crossing Larkya Pass (5,100m) and comes down to classical route of Annapurna. Here you can either continue trekking Around Annapurna crossing another arduous pass of Throng La (5,416m) or come back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu o/ n hotel Lai Lai
Day 03: Kathmandu-Kurintar
You leave your Hotel by minibus for the 3 hours drive to Trishuli river for rafting. Upon yours arrival at Chroundi rafting starting point the crew of rafting will take care for everything and short brief about rafting and the Trishuli river. After brief the raft will start among the river through out yours destination. The lunch will be provide around 1.30 pm some where in river bank. After lunch You will continue raft descent to your tented camp at Kurintar.
Day 04-: Kurintar-Arughat or Tadibensi
After breakfast descent to Arughat via Dhading Bensi. Camp at Arughat or Tadibensi its depend on time. If the skies are clear, you may have an excellent view of-the peaks ranging Ganesh in the north-east to Daulagiri west of Annapurna range. Camping
Day 05: Arughat - Soti Khola
Trek head north, following the Buri Gandaki. In the low country path surrounded by rice paddies and picturesque hamlets. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, path descends once again to the river and our cmpsite at the confluence with the tributary of Soti Khola. It is not a long day, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country. O/n Camping
Day 06: SotiKhola- Macha khola
The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapu besi. Trek descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Macha Khaola. We camp outside the village, which has a number of teashops. O/n Camping
Day 07: MachaKhola - Jagat
We cross the Machha Khola- Fish Stream- and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani (which I want to investigate). The valley sides steepen until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single tea house at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we recross the river on a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where we camp. O/n Camping
Day 08: Jagat - Pewa
After descending a long series of stone steps to the river,trek climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal, 7187m. Crossing the river again, at Gata Khola, the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Mustang. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng, where we camp. O/n Camping
Day 09: Pewa-Ghap
The valley is still steep- sided and most impressive. We cross to the village of Lana, and start to see mani stones, a sure signs that we are entering high country Buddhist regions. After only about four hours we reach our camping place at the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan areas and the cultural change is obvious, and the climate change is also obvious the trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to fain the altitude. O/n Camping
Day 10: Ghap-Lho
We gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more mani walls and 3 more crossing of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing climb gently now, and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, and reach the Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m. we camp just above the village we get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead. O/n Camping
Day 11: Lho- Sama Gaoun
Let the exploring start! We will discuss with locals what our best option is to get to the gompa. Our sherpas reckon it could be a very nice walk to take the smaller direct trail…. We pass thru Lho, a large village at 3150m where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible. Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. At a fork in the trail, we take a detour to the left, which leads up to Honsansho Gompa and the Pungen Glaciers, from where there is a stunning view of Peak 29 and Manaslu. O/n camping
Day 12: Sama gaon-Samdo
Now that we are more used to the altitude we take some time to have a good look around. We may camp higher in the valley. O/n Camping
Day 13: Rest day at Samdo
Descending to the main trail via a direct route, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. we camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border.O/n camping
Day 14: Samdo - Dharamasal
The once large Buri Gandaki is now merely a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. Everywhere you look are mountains, as spectacular as they get and Manaslu is particularly impressive. After crossing to the East bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream which runs down the Gya La (pass), the pass to Tibet, and there is the ruins of another village here known as Larkya Bazaa. Presumably this village thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade which is now much diminished. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m which has been built to serve the travelers crossing the Larkya La. O/n camping
Day 15: Dharamasal-Bimtang Via Larkela Pass 5213m
After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A further hour on a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m in pleasant forest. (Note that the Larkya La is normally quoted at 5115m or so, I have it from a surveyor that the correct altitude is more lilke 4910m) O/n camping
Day 16: Bimtang - T I Lje
The valley system here is huge and well worth exploring.O/n Camping
Day 17: Tilje- Jagat
Below us is Bimthang, a broad and level ablation valley with a number of mani walls and deserted houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150m, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 metres. O/n Camping
Day 18: Jagat-Khudi
We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La, and can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marsyandi river. At thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marsyandi River and join the main Annapurna Circuit, and the hoards of trekkers. O/n Camping
Day 19: Khudi - Pokhara via Bensishar
A short walk then drive about 4 hours to yours next destination to Pokhara. O/n Hotel Moon light resort.
Day 20: Pokhara-Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu 6/7 hours. O/n Hotel
Day 21: Day free O/n Hotel
Day 22: Transfer to airport for onwards destination.
Cost included :Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara ( Tourist standard) on BB plan. 1 day & 1 night Rafting (Tented camp)on full board basis. 16days Camping trek on full board basis. Trekking guide & potters, Sherpa, Cook & kitchen helpers. Camping & kitchen gears. wages & insurance of Trek crews. All ground private transportation, National park fee, 2 week Restricted Aria Trekking permit etc.
Cost not included :
Health &Travel insurance, Personal cloth & expenses, Medical kits, staff tips, Drink ( mineral water, beers, hard & soft drinks), Rescue charge, any cost of Kathmandu & Pokhara except the accommodation on BB plan.s