Manaslu Trek is a well-loved trekking route, providing with pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure sum up the trek experience around the 8156 m Manaslu. Opened in 1992, this area offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity.
Manaslu at 8163 meters (26,775') is the 8th highest peak in the world and is located near to the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means "The Spirit-Mountain" in the local dialect, referring to the benevolent and strong deity, which dwells within. Trekking in Manaslu is one of the most delightful adventures.
If you would like to sample both extremes of the trekking experience in Nepal, and really get to see what all the fuss is about in terms of the most breath-taking mountain scenery on earth, then look no further than the circuit of Manaslu via the Larkya La.
The Tibetan enclave of Nupri, north of Manaslu at the head of the Buri Gandaki, was closed to foreigners for years on account of its proximity to Tibet. The area was surreptitiously opened in 1991, but it took several years for the word to get out.
If you have time, instead of going back to Besi Sahar after the Larkya pass, you can also continue following the more popular route to Jomson via the Thorung pass (5412m).
Depending on group size and people's interest, home stay is also available. But, one has to be ready to accept the local food and basic staying. In Oct. /Nov 2011, we organized both, home stay and tented trek by individual to group, both were highly appreciated. But even if you make this trek eating and sleeping in guest house, you will have to spend one night below the pass in camp.
>SEASON: september to november, march to april.
>GRADE: Strenuous (grade explanation)
>MODE OF TREK : Camping and home stay.
-Kathmandu city tour.
-Scenic dirt road driving to Arughat from Kathmandu.
-Exploring the Budhi Gandaki River valley.
-Experience the Nepalese and Tibetan mixture culture.
-Walking between the borders of Nepal and Tibet
-Crossing Larkya La over 5215 meters.
D-1: arrival in Kathmandu and transfert to hotel.
D-2: visit of Kathmandu: Durbar Square and its bazar, temples, Royal Palace, the goddess Kumari’s home.
Afternoon: visit of the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath, one of the oldest religious sites of Nepal, worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus.
Visit of Pashupatinath, the “Benares of Nepal”, dedicated to the God Shiva on the Bagmati River and visit of Bouddhanath and its famous Stupa, one of the biggest in southern Asia.
D-3: jeep taxi to Arughat bazaar (600m): 7h
D-4: trek to Sundi Khola: 4h
From Arughat we follow the Bhuri Gandaki to its point of origin. The route follows a level path amid cultivated fields along the bank of the river, sometimes on the river bed.
D-5: trek to Macchakhola (900m): 6h
The route descends to the river bed, winds up a forested mountain side and continues its up and down progression until Lababesi (880m). Just beyond the village we descend to the river bed and climb up the mountain side, we follow by an up and down path until Macchakhola.
D-6: trek to Jagat (1410): 6/7h
The path follows the edge of the Bhuri Gandaki, both banks of which are sheer rock walls until the village of Doban. After Doban the valley widens and the route goes through a forested area, ascending the mountainside from the riverbed and descending. Jagat is the last village with a shop.
D-7: trek to Deng: 7h
We spend the day crossing the river several times via suspension bridges; sometimes the valley narrows and we go through precipitous gorges.
D-8: trek to Namrung (2660m): 7h
After Deng the precipitous cliffs end but the steep mountainside continues and valley is V-shaped. After Lana we enter the Tibetan area with its mani stone walls, the route follows a level path that winds around the mountainside. Namrung is a strongly Tibetan flavered village.
D-9: trek to Samagaon (3500m): 5h
The route crosses the river several times, the valley is now more opened with nice views of the Manaslu (8163 m), Ganesh Himal (7429 m). Lho is a large village on a gentle slope with houses and stone wall-enclosed fields. After Lho we start the ascent of the moraine of the Pungen glacier, outstanding views of Manaslu. We follow the moraine and a short descent brings us to potatoes fields and houses of Sama Gaon.
D-10: acclimatization in Sama Gaon
D-11 : trek to Sumdo (3900m): 4h : We follow the level path above the now diminished flow of the Bhuri Gandaki : Sumdo is the last remote permanent settlement.
D-12 : trek to Larkya Phedi (4500 m): 4h
we climb a gently sloping mountainside until Larkya Phedi with its small shelter.
D-13: Larkya pass (5212 m) - Bimtang (3700 m) : 7h
The route enters a zone of ablation and continues a gentle climb which is rather monotonous as the elevation does not increase for quite a while. From the pass the vista opens up to the west: Himlung Himal, Kang Guru, Annapurna2, Manaslu…
The descent is steeper until an ablation valley and moraines to Bimtang.
D-14: trek to Tilje ( 2300m) : 7h
The path descends the moraine and enters a forested area. We pass Karshe the first village of the Dudh Khola and we pass the Karshe La. After the pass we descend to Tilje which consists of some 40 houses.
D-15: trek to Chyamje ( 1000m) : 6h
We descend along the Dudh Khola until we merge with the Annapurna course along the Marsyangdi in Dharapani..
From there you can continue by following the route to Thorung pass (5412 m) or by descending to Besi Sahar by the Marsyangdi Valley.
D-16: trek to Ngadi (920m): 5h
We are now on the Annapurna circuit following the Marsyangdi valley. We enter the plateau of Tal and continue along the river.
D-17 : trek to Besi Sahar
D-18 : drive back to KTM (7h)
D-19: rest day in KTM
D-20: Transfert to airport and return.
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