Langtang Region

Manasalu Trek – 14 Days

Manaslu  is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “mountain of the spirit”, comes 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 “just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain”.

Manaslu at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above mean sea level (m.s.l) is the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar.

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu / Arughat (6, 13 m.) 6 hrs. And continue drive 1 more hr. to Sotikhola (8,20m.) Overnight at Lodge.
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat takes around 6 hours travelling via Prithvi highway. Before reaching Malekhu turn north to Dhading Besi and then deive to Arughat Bazar. From Arughat drive to Soti Khola which takes around 1 hrs. Stay Overnight.

Day 02: Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870 m.) 5 hrs. Walk. (16.4 Km.)

img_0435In the morning after having breakfast, we start our trek from Soti Khola. Passing through the small villages and forest to Laphubesi. The valley opens and trail drops to the gravelled banks along Budhi Gandaki River. Before reaching the village of Machha Khola we can have nice views of Ganesh Himal. Stay Overnight.

Day 03: Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (1380 m.) 6 ½ hrs. Walk (23.6 Km.)

Crossing Machha Khola via upto small village Khorlabesi and reach natural hot spring named Tatopani. Passing short section of forest and smail village called dobhan. We hike through farming terrace and tropical villages until to Jagat. Jagat is entry point of the restricted area where permits be checked. Stay Overnight.

Day 04: Trek Jagat to Deng (1885 m.) 6 hrs. Walk. (24.8 Km.)
Trail begins climbing a rocky ridge in the morning with views of Mt. Singri (7187m.) Then trail continues following the river of Budhi Gandaki, along a gorge section to the terraced field of agriculture to Philim village. Through the villages like chisapani, yekle Bhatti and pine forest we will finally reach Dang village. Stay Overnight.

Day 05: Trek Deng to  Namrung. (2800m. / 06 hrs. (18.02 Km.)

Trail goes down to the Budhi Gandaki River and climb up to Rana village. Hiking along lovely forest of pine. Then crossing bridge to Bihi Phedi from where we can have clear views of Mt. Kutang. Crossing different streams with gradual ups and down to reach Ghap. Then climbing to Namrung. Stay Overnight.

Day 06: Trek Namrung to Lho (3154m.) via Hinang Glacier (3515 m.) 9 hrs. Walk. (26.8 Km.)IMG_1889

The trail bit descend to stream via rhododendron forest and beautiful village with Buddhist Monastery. Then trail goes easy to Lho. Lho is a village with lovely little Monastries, Ribung Gompa and Chortens. In Lho, we have stone gate and long Mani stone wall. Also you can witness excellent view of Mt. Manaslu from Lho. Stay Overnight.

Day 07: Trek Lho to Samagaon (3515 m.) Via Pungyen gompa. 6 hrs Walk (14.7 KM.)

The trail from Lho going to be along forest of pine and rhododendron forest takes you to a Tibetan village Syala. You will see wonderful mountain panorama view along the way. From Syala walk bit easy to Suspension bridge. After the bridge one trail ascend along the stream all the way to Pungyen. There is big and old glacier ground where we can see 360 degree wonderful panoramic view of mountains and also gumpa from. After enjoying the view walk down to nearby same Suspension bridge. Then walk to Samanaon via potato and barley fields. Samagaon you can see women weaving wool into gowns that are traded to Tibet. Stay Overnight.

Day 08: Sama Gaon to Manaslu Base Camp (5200 m.) to Sama Gaon 8 hrs. Walk. (13.9 Km.)

Early in the morning, we follow trail through forest before steep ascent to a slope and to a moraine. There is magnificent view of glacier, a turquoise lake and wonderful mountains and view of Birendra Tal (lake) from all angles. From Base Camp you will see wonderful 360 degree view of magnificent view of the Manaslu glacier and icefall, where the Manaslu expeditions begin. After spending some time there then back to Samagaon stay overnight.

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Day 9: Sama Gaon to Samdho (3863 m.) 3 hrs. Walk. (6.5 Km.)

IMG_1967Walking along the side of Budhi gandaki river leads you to the Manaslu Base Camp. You cross Larkya La Trail and moving ahead. You will pass a widening Budhi Gandaki valley. On the way pass several Mani walls and forest of Birch and Juniper before Kermo Kharka. From Kharka you follow downward trail to cross the Budhi Gandaki. From river you trek climbing around 30 mins. Trail that you reach village of Samdo. The best option from Samdo is extra Excursion after lunch to towards the valley into the northeast of Samdo way to Tibet. This hike also provides spectacular view. Back to Samdho. Stay Overnight.

Day 10: Samdho to Dharmasala (4496 m.) 4 hrs. Walk (6.4 Km.)

The trail gradually descends briefly and then starts to ascend afterwards towards the Larkya Glacier After about three hours of climbing passing glaciers, with increasingly wonderful panoramas, then walk to Dharamsala where you can gaze out at the views. Arriving at Dharmasala you can visit Mani walls, shops and enjoy attractive view of villages like Larkya and Phedi. Stay Overnight.

Day 11: Dharmasala to Larke Pass to Bhimthang (3620 m.) 8 / 9 hrs. Walk. (15.6 Km.)

An early start and trail passes through the most demanding trails of Manaslu Circuit as you have to cross high pass of Larkya La. Gradual ascend into the Larkya Glacier. Trail to valley on north of Larkya Glacier. While trekking along valley you can enjoy dazzling views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. Then trail ahead moves across moraines of Larkya Glacial mass and following climbing steep trail to highest section of Larkya La Pass. The top rewards with the views of Himlung (7126 meters), Annapurna II (7937 meters), Kang guru (6981 meters) and several other pinnacles standing above 6000 meters. Descending trail from Larke Pass passes via low pasture land with the view of Bhimthang located on a huge flat ground. Stay Overnight.
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Day 12: Bhimthang to Tilije (2281 m.) 6 hrs. 15mins. walk (16.8 Km.)

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After enjoying the fascinating Himalayan panorama of Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Lamjung Himal and Cheo Himal. The trail quickly drops in, and out of a glacier then starts to drop towards the lower valley through the forest. The path descending trail to Sangure Kharka. Walking from this pasture land cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola. Passing through rhododendron forest thin valley to highest cultivated land valley of Karche. The path continues to get downhill and finally ends at Tilche. Stay Overnight.

Day 13: Tilije to Syange (1130 m.) 8 hrs. 15mins. walk (18 Km.)

The trail down to Dharapani through Dudh Khola along bomboo forest. Dharapani is a Tibetan village with prayer flags flapping in wind. Trek towards south on Annapurna Circuit trail, you reach at a suspension bridge over which you cross Marsyangdi river to small village called Karte. The trail Contining along small teahouses descend steep then crossing Marsyangdi River again. You can observe large plain lands and waterfall at lovely Tal which is the last village in Lower Manang Region. Then you can have the stunning view of different peaks like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna-II and Annapurna-IV on the route to Chamje the village of typical teahouses which are packed with tourists. After that descending through the forest, and large waterfall leads us to a lovely paved village of Jagat, situated on ridge beside the Marsyangdi valley. Descending sharply, to a small village of Syange. Stay Overnight.

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu

From Syange to Besisahar takes 02 hrs. Drive then it takes around 06 hrs. To Kathmandu. Crossing over some mountain passes and rivers along the way. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.