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Lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys in the central-western Nepal Himalaya’s Kali Gandaki valley 40 miles east of Annapurna, Manaslu is the world’s eighth highest mountain. Mount Manaslu altitude reaches to a lofty 8,163m (26,781ft) with six established routes to reach the summit, of which the south face is the toughest in the climbing history. Spending a night at the Manaslu base camp will be a wonderful experience for you in Nepal.
Manaslu summit offers an alternative to Cho Oyu for those who wish to climb a more varied and challenging 8,000er. Manaslu’s long ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions on various Manaslu climbing routes culminating in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape.
|Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 02 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola||710m/2,330ft|
|Day 04 Trek to Machha Khola||900m/2,953ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 05 Trek to Jagat||1,410m/4,626ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 06 Trek to Deng||1,804m/5,919ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 07 Trek to Namrung||2,630m/8,629ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 08 Namrung - Samagaon||3,530m/11,582ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 09 Acclimatization at Samagaon||3,530m/11,582ft||6-7 hrs|
|Day 10 Trek to Manaslu Base Camp to Samagaon||4,700m/15,421ft||7-8 hrs|
|Day 11-35 Climbing period of Mt. Manaslu & descend to base camp||8,163m/26,783ft|
|Day 36 Trek to Samagaon||3,530m/11,582ft||3-4 hrs|
|Day 37 Trek to Samdo||3,860m/12,665ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 38 Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C.||4,460m/14,633ft||4-5 hrs|
|Day 39 Dharamsala - Larkya La to Bimthang||3,720m/12,205ft||8-9 hrs|
|Day 40 Trek to Tilije||2,300m/7,546ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 41 Trek to Tal||1,700m/5,578ft||5-6 hrs|
|Day 42 Drive back to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 43 Final Departure||1,350m/4,429ft|
Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s authentic food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There will be a brief pre- trip group discussion followed by trek preparation during late afternoon at Himalayan Glacier’s office in Thamel around noon. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m) but the drive from Dhading Besi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.
After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.
The day is set aside for both rest and acclimatization at Samagaon. For this, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture enjoying sight of thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. We will also get to see the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near Sama village is an old monastery (Pungyen Gompa) with great views of the glacier named after Manaslu. Another option to acclimatize at Samagaon is a short hike to the nearby beautiful lake Birendra Taal. Overnight in Samagaon.
We begin our day’s trek after breakfast following a steep trail from Samagaon. The trail has a short start in the forest with gradual exposure on the steep slope above Samagaon northwards of Manaslu Glacier. With a gain in altitude the scenery becomes more spectacular with the glacier nearby and the turquoise lake beneath. The last past of the trek is the steepest portion on the trail on a slippery trail on a narrow moraine. After 4-5 hours, we will reach the base camp, savor the beauty of the surrounding and return back, which takes about 3 hours. Overnight in Samagaon.
25 days climbing towards Mt. Manaslu (Tented camp). The climbing leader will determine the summit climbing duration depending on the weather conditions and the requirement of acclimatization days at various elevations. During acclimatization days, climbers will hike much time up to high camps and return at lower altitudes to sleep. After over three weeks of climbing and a successful ascension of the Mt. Manaslu, the entire climbing team will retrace back to the base camp and rest the night here itself. Overnight in base camp.
After breakfast in the tent, we begin retracing on the same path that we walked to get to the base camp from Samagaon earlier. Although quite slippery, walking downhill requires lesser time and we will again be blessed by the awesome view of the glacier and the turquoise lake. We slowly begin to lose altitude as we descend and walk on the trail filled with forests before we finally reach Samagaon in around just 3 hours. Overnight in Samagaon.
Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.
After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang.
From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday’s tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.
After breakfast today, we climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal.
The drive from Tal to Kathmandu via Besisahar, offers an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli Rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The day in Kathmandu can either spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last-minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure comes to an end today. If you have a late evening flight, then you may take a stroll around the nearby marketplace or simply relax at your hotel room organizing your photos. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
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All Meals on full board basis will be served during trekking whereas only breakfast will be served in Kathmandu. During trekking, three meals a day will be served from the tea house or lodge menus or local homes. Each day's dinner and breakfast are taken in the same place that we stay the night. Lunch will be taken in a tea shop on the way to the destination. Please know that the Manaslu region does not have a well-established tourist infrastructure as in the Annapurna or Everest region (and this is the main attraction of this region). Therefore, a variety of foods will not be available or possible. We mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal bhat, tsampa porridge and other simple local foods. During climbing session, hygienic freshly cooked food will be provided cooked by our very own chef Himalayan Glacier suggests that we be ready for a remote experience. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
We will be accommodated in Yatri Suites & Spa or Similar in Kathmandu, teahouses during trekking and tents when climbing. Most teahouse accommodation will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodation, foam mattress will be made available. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodation is on twin-shared basis. Note that the Manaslu region is a newly developed trekking destinations therefore the facilities in the teahouses will be very basic. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement is available and will cost an additional amount of USD 500.
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