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Trip FactTrip name: Manaslu Round
Duration: 17 days
Grade: moderate – strenuous
Type of programTrekking
Max. Altitude: 5105m
Best time to Travel : April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Level 14/20: 14 days trekking with two high passes crossing. Stages average 5 to 6hours except for the pass crossing (8 to 10h). Gradually ascending it allows a better acclimatization. From 2011 lodges available on Manaslu area, making the entire logistic lighter.
With the famous and must trekked Annapurna Round being touched by the road construction, Manaslu trekking offers another very interesting opportunity to discover the legendary beauty of Nepal. This route offers a rich culture heritage, unsurpassed Himalayan beauty, and a rich mountain biological diversity. The route leads ahead Buri Gandaki river valley, which is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, ascends to Larkya La, a high pass at 5105m, before descending down to meet the Annapurna Round route at Dharapani.
Mount Manaslu is located east of the Annapurna range and its unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture offer a true adventure for the visitors.
From the Hindu middle hills culture to the Tibetan high-country dwellers, the Manaslu Circuit trek in the heart of the Nepal Himalaya is a cultural trek par excellence, without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal.
|Day1||Arrival Kathmandu||transfer to hotel|
|Day2||Drive >Arughat then jeep >Soti Khola||710m||lodge|
|Day3||Trek 1 Machhakhola, 6h||970m||lodge|
|Day4||Trek 2 Jagat, 6h||1370m||lodge|
|Day5||Trek 3 Deng, 7h||3060m||lodge|
|Day6||Trek 4 Namrung, 6h30||2550m||lodge|
|Day7||Trek 5 Lo, 5h||3180m||lodge|
|Day8||Trek 6 Sama Gompa, 3 à 6h||3420m||lodge|
|Day9||Trek 7 Samdo, 3/4h||3800m||lodge|
|Day10||Trek 8 Acclimatization around Samdo||3800m||lodge|
|Day11||Trek 9 Dharamshala, 3/4h||4460m||lodge|
|Day12||Trek 10 Larkye La 5210m – Bimtang 8/9 3600m||3600m||lodge|
|Day13||Trek 11 Tilje, 6h||2250m||lodge|
|Day14||Trek 12 Chamje, 5h30 1900m, jeep Besi Sahar||lodge|
|Day15||Bus drive to Kathmandu||lodge|
|Day16||Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing||lodge|
|Day17||Departure||transfer to airport|
Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel by a private vehicle.
Day 02 By private bus we drive from Kathmandu to Arughat,
140km away from the capital city and starting point of our trek. 6 to 7 hours transfer.
There is a rough track going upstream the valley and we will cover the section till Soti Khola by using local private jeep.
Day 03 Soti Khola – Machha Khola (970m) 6h
The landscape changes completely today with less villages due to high cliffs. The river now flows in a deep valley and the trail makes some ups and downs to reach Lapbesi, where the valley widens due to a lateral valley junction and offers again a dense cultivated area. At the end of that village the path goes down to the riverbed. The path makes again some ups and downs to reach Machha Khola.
Day 04 Machha Khola – Jagat (1430m) 6h
The path crosses the river and follows the bank. The cultivated area ends due again to deep cliffs and the path goes upstream the deep river till Tatopani. Due to the terrain the path goes on the opposite riverbank to enter a forested area till Doban where it crosses the Doban Khola. The Buri Gandaki river is now more tumultuous and further in Nero we pass through a section of very high rocky cliffs. The trail twists steeply before descending again to the riverbed and through some fields before reaching Jagat.
Day 05 Jagat – Deng (1860m) 7h
The trails crosses a stream and follows the river before ascending a terraced hillside till Saguleri where it offers good views of the Sringi Himal (7177m)at the back of the valley. The trail ascends gradually, passing by a mani wall at Sirdibas (1420m) and further on it will cross on the other bank of the river to reach Philim ACAP check post. The Buri Gandaki valley becomes very deep and narrow and the path goes through alpine landscape with a wonderful pine forest. The trail is hewn out of the cliff and offers views of Ganesh Himal and Chuli. We leave the main trail to climb up to Nyak.
Day 06 Deng – Namrung (2700m) 6h
The river flows in a narrow and deep gorge and by a cliff trail we follow this nice canyon. The path climbs really up through a superb forest providing various forms of vegetation and where we can see some monkeys. We are now completely in Buddhist area with many mani wall (carved stone wall).
Day 07 Namrung – Lho (32000m) 3h
After a short section the trail reaches some pasture and after Barcham climbs up a hill side to enter Lihi through its stone gate. It’s still up to Sho, a Tibetan village with its kani at the entrance and its painted chorten and little further we have good views of Manaslu massif. The trail climbs up a hill side with lot of crops and rural activity and reaches Lo, a beautiful Tibetan village with a long mani wall.
Day 08 Lho – Pung Gyen Glacier – Sama Gompa (3550m) 6h
After leaving Lho, the trail crosses a small affluent on a bridge and reaches Shyala at 3330m. Although it is possible to go directly up to Sama, it’s worth a detour to the glacier where we have tremendous views of Manaslu and Peak 29. From that village those who are courageous might go to pung gyen Glacier and even to the gompa and back to the main trail. From the main trail it is quite flat to Sama.
Day 09 Sama Gompa – Samdo (3800m) 4h
We start by a visit to the glacial lake of Manaslu Glacier and the trail skirts round the lateral moraine on a plateau to come out near the Buri Gandaki after a short section through a torrent coming from Manaslu. The trail reachs Kermo Kharka with magnificent views of Manaslu, then passes by Kermo Manan with its long mani wall. The trail goes on the hillside over the Buri Gandaki then crosses it before climbing up a terraced hillside to enter Samdo through its kani. It’s the last village, terribly isolated under the north face of Pan Puchi and its population lives permanently in tough conditions.
Day 10 Acclimatization day at Samdo.
Before the pass crossing we will spend our day acclimatizing walking north of Samdo toward the Tibetan border, reaching a glacier bordered by grassy meadow in some area that looks like the end of the world!
Day 11 Samdo – Larkya Phedi (4300m) 4h
The trail descends to enter a kani and cross the Gyala Khola before climbing gradually a hill side through high altitude pasture where yaks are grazing. On the left side we can see a black glacier and some dry cliffs.
Day 12 Larkya Phedi – Larkya La (5133m) – Bimtang (3850m) 8/10h
After getting up early in order to start walking at 5 o’clock the trail ascends slowly and is quite monotonous taking us in 4 hours to the pass for the fastest ones. From the top we have tremendous panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. The west side of the pass is steeper descending up to Pangal hill on the other side of the glacier allowing a superb panorama weather permitting. The trail continues descending on a lateral moraine till roofless stone hut at Bimtang.
Day 13 Bimtang – Tilje (2300m) 6h
The trail descends during ten minutes till the end of the moraine and view opens on the huge breathtaking Manaslu cirque! The trail goes on steeply down through a nice pine and rhododendron forest. The path continues down on the eastern bank of the narrow Dudh Khola valley till a cultivated area at Karche (2785m). The trail climbs up to a hilltop through fields to reach the top of Kharche La then descends to Gho and Tilje.
Day 14 Tilje – Chamje (1430m) 6h
The trail continues descending following the Dudh Khola till Dharapani, junction point with Annapurna Round trail after 1h. The route now descends following the west bank of the Marshyangdi river passing by a mani wall before crossing the river on another bridge and entering the broad, flat valley of Tal with the river meandering through it.
Jeep drive to Besi Sahar. After so many days in coldness it’s great to get hot shower in the lodge in Besi Sahar. It’s time to celebrate the end of that quite demanding trek before enjoying a good night
Day 15 Drive Besi Sahar - Kathmandu
Day 16 Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
We spend the all day visiting the rich valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur and its numerous pagodas and temples. On the way back we stop at the biggest hindu temple of Pashupatinath alongside the Bagmati river and finally circumambulating the huge white Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath with the Tibetan people doing the kora.
Day 17 transfer to airport for return flight.