Around Manaslu Circuit Trek

manaslu base camp -larkye la

Manaslu Base Camp -Larkye La trekking is the best alternative of Around Annapurna trekking and no camping arrangement is required. The Manaslu Trek is on the Great Himalayan Trail and links Tsum Calley, Ganesh Himal and Paldor Peak Base Camp. Trekking to Manaslu Circuit (Around Manaslu or Manaslu Base Camp, the base of the eighth world highest mountain, 8156M) opened in 1992 and has summed up the pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure. This area offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. Trekking through the home of the celebrated Gorkha soldiers, visit the ancient palace of king Prithivi Narayan Shah are other highlights of the trip.

From here, begin your ascent through the Gandaki River valley, fed by innumerable rivers and water Falls and plunge into its refreshing pools. From here the strenuous section begins and yaks begin to outnumber people in a rocky landscape in Sama Gaon, visit the glacier green lake of Birendra, before crossing into mystic Samdo, a mere 15 km. from the tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries. There the view of the tibetan plateau against stark white Himalayas make this a truly spiritual place. Continuing, more monasteries await you in Larkya Bazzar a long biggest challenge – crossing Larkya pass. This 5160meters snow – covered pass demands the utmost respect. Snow – covered peaks over 6500m. tower above as we cross. The descent, once off the snow takes us through alpine, then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, water falls and aqua – blue green lakes laced with cotton – white beaches. Finally, the Manaslu will disappear behind you as you descend to Besisahar(832m). This three week’s excursion will leave you with a sense peace and respect for the people of Nepal and its ecological wonders.

Overview

Around Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights Include:

  • Crossing the Larkey La and panoramic views of Himlung Himal (7126M), Cheo Himal (6621M) between Nemjung Himal and Panbari, Kang Guru (6981M) and Annapurna II (7937M) from the top!
  • The Tibetan region of Nubri, the mixed Tibetan & Gurung inhabitants of Kutang, incredibly diverse scenery and cultures, spectacular mountain views and great side-trips and Tibetan Buddhist gompas.
  • Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wild flowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery are highlights of the trek
  • Most fascinating and popular trekking routes in the world, taking one through an amazing diversity of terrain and culture; from lush green foothills with pretty terraces and picturesque Gorkha villages to barren, Tibet-like landscape; through deep forested gorges and the high Larke La pass, through Buddhist villages with ancient cliff-top lamaseries to settlements that were one great marts of the trans-Himalayan barter trade.
  • Close up views of eighth world Highest mountain (Mount Manaslu -8156M) as well as six major peaks; Annapurna II (7937M), Ngadi Himal Chuli (7871M), Ganesh Himal I OR Yangra (7422M) & II (7118M), Shringi Himal (7187m), Himlung Himal (7126M) and other minor peaks; Kang Guru (6981M), Cheo Himal (6621M), Naike Peak (6416M), Larkya Peak (6249M), Simnang Himal and Samdo Peak (Pang Phu Chuli)
  • Beautiful fir, juniper and rhododendron forests in Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP)
  • Walk in a mountainous wilderness, reaching an altitude considerably higher than Mt. Blanc, moving sub-tropical forests to sub-zero temperatures.


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OUTLINES OF ITINERARY:

DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU

DAY 02: REST IN KATHMANDU, PERMIT PREPARATION

DAY 03: KATHMANDU TO ARKHET BAZAAR (670M/2198FT): 09-10 HRS, DRIVE

DAY 04: ARKHET BAZAAR TO LAPU BESI (890M/2920FT): 06-07 HRS TREK

DAY 05: LAPU BESI TO KHORLA BESI (970M/3181FT): 06-07 HRS, TREK

DAY 06: KHORLA BESI TO JAGAT (1340M/4395FT): 06-07 HRS, TREK

DAY 07: JAGAT TO DENG (1860M/6100FT): 08-09 HRS, TREK

DAY 08: DENG TO NAMRUNG (2630M/8626FT): 07-08 HRS, TREK

DAY 09: NAMRUNG TO SAMAGAON (3520M/11545FT): 07-08 HRS, TREK

DAY 10-11: ACCLIMATIZATION, MANASLU BASE CAMP (4400M/14432FT): 08-09 HRS, TREK

DAY 12: SAMAGAON TO SAMDO (3875M/12710FT): 04-05 HRS, TREK

DAY 13: SAMDO TO DHARMASALA (4460M/14628FT): 05-06 HRS, TREK

DAY 14: DHARMASALA TO BHIMTANG (3790M/12430FT): 09-10 HRS, TREK

DAY 15: BHIMTANG TO DHARAPANI (1963M/6440FT): 08-09 HRS TREK

DAY 16: DHARAPANI TO KATHMANDU: 10-11 HRS, DRIVE

DAY 17: FLY BACK. (B)

(Abbreviation: A-Accommodation, B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

 

PRICE:

Package Price (Per Person US$)

Solo

02-04

05-08

09-12

13-16

Single Supplementary

Economic Trekking Service

1355

1182

988

943

890

Not Applicable

Standard Trekking Service

1736

1472

1174

1126

1108

Not Applicable

Deluxe Trekking Service

2098

1794

1409

1348

1324

Not Applicable

* Price is subject to change according to the service you select from our package.


Non Package (Per Person US$)

Solo

02-04

05-08

09-12

13-16

Single Supplementary

Bed & Breakfast Basis

949 732 588 543 490

Guiding Hiring Service

817 350 298 281 266

Guide-cum-Porter Hiring Service

752 334 282 270 258


PRICE INCLUDES:

    • Welcome at KTM Airport, airport pick up service & transfer to your hotel
    • KTM 3 nights 2 stars hotel room with breakfast
    • Sightseeing in three cultural heritage sites for 3 hrs.
    • All necessary trekking paper works such as Manaslu Special Trekking Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) fee and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee.
    • Manaslu Region Special Trekking Permit Fee
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) fee
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee
    • Manaslu region 5 years experienced government licensed and trained local English speaking guide
    • Local people operated common room in lodges
    • All hot meals on trek as per itinerary order with hygienic food
    • Treated drinking water to fill in your bottle
    • Camp/dine fire/warm up charge where available
    • Guide staff/porter foods, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation & local taxes
    • All road transport by public/private vehicle as per itinerary
    • Kathmandu -Arkhet Bazaar public bus transportation
    • Dharapani to Kathmandu public bus transportation
    • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
    • Hotel-bus park-hotel transfers service
    • Travel and rescue arrangement support
    • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)
    • Trip success certificate (case of trip success)
    • Airport transfer to KTM Airport by vehicle after trip

Details

DETAILS OF ITINERARY:

Manaslu Base Camp -Larkye La trekking is the best alternative of Around Annapurna trekking and no camping arrangement is required. The Manaslu Trek is on the Great Himalayan Trail and links Tsum Calley, Ganesh Himal and Paldor Peak Base Camp. Trekking to Manaslu Circuit (Around Manaslu or Manaslu Base Camp, the base of the eighth world highest mountain, 8156M) opened in 1992 and has summed up the pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure. This area offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. Trekking through the home of the celebrated Gorkha soldiers, visit the ancient palace of king Prithivi Narayan Shah are other highlights of the trip.

From here, begin your ascent through the Gandaki River valley, fed by innumerable rivers and water Falls and plunge into its refreshing pools. From here the strenuous section begins and yaks begin to outnumber people in a rocky landscape in Sama Gaon, visit the glacier green lake of Birendra, before crossing into mystic Samdo, a mere 15 km. from the Tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries. There the view of the tibetan plateau against stark white Himalayas make this a truly spiritual place. Continuing, more monasteries await you in Larkya Bazzar a long biggest challenge – crossing Larkya pass. This 5160meters snow – covered pass demands the utmost respect. Snow – covered peaks over 6500m. tower above as we cross. The descent, once off the snow takes us through alpine, then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, water falls and aqua – blue green lakes laced with cotton – white beaches. Finally, the Manaslu will disappear behind you as you descend to Besisahar (832m). This three week’s excursion will leave you with a sense peace and respect for the people of Nepal and its ecological wonders.

DAY 01: FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU, PERMIT PREPARATION (A,B)

Airport representative of Mountain Climbers Treks & Adventure will meet, well-come you with flower beat and transfer you by private vehicle to your hotel. The rest of the day at leisure to adjust to the culture shock of medieval Kathmandu, with its bustling bazaars interspersed with shrines and temples and interesting architecture. In the evening you can either eat in at your hotel or venture out to one of the many restaurants in Thamel. Overnight.

DAY 02: FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU, PERMIT PREPARATION (A,B)
Today, you will visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhnath by yourself. All are World Cultural Heritage Site enlisted by UNESCO. We will make your all of permits ready and assist for final packing for the trekking.

DAY 03: KATHMANDU TO ARKHET BAZAAR (670M/2198FT): 09-10 HRS, DRIVE

After you take breakfast, our day long drive starts from Kathmandu. It will take six hours to reach the Gorkha Bazaar, the administrative capital of Gorkha District at where we will take a lunch before switching another bus to Arkhet Bazaar. Another four hours scenic drive leads us to Arkhet Bazaar for overnight stay.

DAY 04: ARKHET BAZAAR TO LAPU BESI (890M/2920FT): 06-07 HRS TREK

After breakfast, our trek starts over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, pretty waterfalls and green forest. The trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. We stop at Soti Khola for lunch which is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. After Soti Khola, the zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley’s until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly resided by Mongolian inhabitants. Overnight stay at the lodge.

DAY 05: LAPU BESI TO KHORLA BESI (970M/3181FT): 06-07 HRS, TREK

After breakfast, we traverse again the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. Machha Khola has perfect North East view of Ganesh Himal. There is a small market with a few shops and lodges. We cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi from where we can observe the perfect view of Ganesh Himal. Overnight stay at lodge

DAY 06: KHORLA BESI TO JAGAT (1340M/4395FT): 06-07 HRS, TREK

A six plus hour day today, starting with a walk through the village of Korlebesi and followed by an hour of walking along the river, by tobacco and buckwheat fields, past rocks washed smooth by the river, often climbing up stone steps, to reach the hot springs in the center of the small, terraced village of Tatopani. We have plenty of time to soak our grungy bodies in the gushing hot water streaming out of sculpted spouts. A gentle climb through the woods past some spectacular waterfalls and sculpted rocks brings us to a new suspension bridge which we cross. We continue through along a forested path and soon reach the large teahouse at Dobhan. After a short break we cross a tributary river on another suspension bridge; above Dobhan, the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. We'll share the trail with local sheep and goat herders, the youngest of the herd in rope baskets slung over their backs. More steep steps along cliff walls to climb as the river descends even more steeply and even more pronounced striated river rocks decorate our route. There are several chances to stop at fly-blown Nepali bhattis, shared with local farm animals, for a drink or snack en route. Now our trail climbs high above the river, nearly 200 meters, to descend through what appears to be a huge gateway into some secret place; in front the valley widens, the river makes a large S turn and then calms. Overnight at Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project.

DAY 07: JAGAT TO DENG (1860M/6100FT): 08-09 HRS, TREK (SPECIAL AREA STARTS)

After descending a long series of stone steps back down to the river from Jagat, we climb on slab steps along a terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Saguleri, just past where we can see the impressive Shringi Himal (7187m). Passsing through the paved village of Sirdibas and crossing the river again on a long, high suspension bridge at Gata Khola, the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, and again we have a steep climb past green fields of wheat to reach Philim. As we climb, look back for views of Ganesh Himal lV in back of us. After trekking through dense woods of rhododendrons, bamboo and many flowers for over an hour, we pass the small campsite of Pewa on the river, and after another hour we leave the gorge and climb briefly to the small village of Deng which is the start of the lower Nubri region (Kutang), where the people are ethnically Tibetan but speak a different dialect than the people of upper Nubri where the people are pure Tibetans. The Kutang dialect, called 'kukay', is a mix of Tibeto-Burman and Gurung. We have views of Lumbo Himal to the rear, as well as Lapuchen and Dwijen Himals. It starts to feel like a piece of old Tibet again.

DAY 08: DENG TO NAMRUNG (2630M/8626FT): 07-08 HRS, TREK

The valley becomes steeper and there is a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron to the village of Namrung. The trail now enters the Nupri region. The people here are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived over 500 years ago. Typical Tibetan features include the entrance gates to the villages, mani walls and Buddhist gompas. Beyond here the valley opens out and soon passes through the Tibetan village of Lho. Above this village we get views of Manaslu and Naike Peak and from the next village of Lho we see Ganesh I down the valley.

DAY 09: NAMRUNG TO SAMAGAON (3520M/11545FT): 07-08 HRS, TREK

Above Namrung, the valley opens out and we reach the village of Lihi (2840m), known for its unusual architecture; apartment-like units with a common roof. We are climbing gently now and views of Ngadi Himal and Manaslu north open up in front of us. Soon we cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers and reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho (3000m). From Sho, the views of Ngadi Chuli are spectacular, and further on, towards Lho, we are finally treated to breath-taking views of Manaslu and Manaslu North itself; quite an impressive afternoon! Lho is a lively, sprawling village adorned with many prayer flags. The local household deities in Lho are called 'pholhas' and are revered at small altars in all of the houses.

Walking through the upper reaches of Lho, with the snowy peaks of Manaslu ahead of us in the distance, we pass billowing green barley fields, a long mani wall and large, old chortens followed by the kane chorten, where we'll get the best views of Manaslu. We descend, cross small streams on wooden bridges and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the high, idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where we've found pelts of blue sheep tucked away in the rafters of the now-deserted settlement. There are extensive mountain panoramas from here and from the gompa route.

Past Shayla, we have a few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery, crossing two small bridges over glacial streams. Our trail leads us past Tibet grazing settlements, the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa off to the left, several doksas, or seasonal settlements and eventually past checkered fields of barley and potato to Sama Gaon, or Ro, as the locals call it.

Sama Gaon sits in a bowl at the foot of the pastures leading to the high peaks, with mani walls, a small gompa and tightly packed rows of houses at the lower reaches of village, and the large gompa at the upper reaches. The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago, and the two gompas date from this time, both having unique architecture and built of wood. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manaslu have distinctive entrance gates (kanis), and they maintain an active trade with their co-religionists in Tibet over several high passes nearby. If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool (baal) from Tibet into gowns - which are then traded back to Tibet. Taxes were actually paid to the Dzongka Dzong (fortress) at the border of Tibet, a few days walk from Sama Gaon, as late as the 1940's until it was taken over by the Gorkhas in the late 19th century. Later, after 1959, the region was home to Tibetan guerrillas, and thus closed to trekking until 1992. The economy is based on farming, herding and trading.

DAY 10-11: ACCLIMATIZATION, MANASLU BASE CAMP (4400M/ 14432FT): 08-09 HRS, TREK

A great excursion is a hike to (or towards) Manaslu Base Camp, just north and off to the left of the trail leaving Sama Gaon, where we’ll have stunning views of the lake, glacier and valley. This will take most of the day, so we’ll pack a lunch. Manaslu Base Camp has excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can visit Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake near the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight in lodge.

DAY 12: SAMAGAON TO SAMDO (3875M/12710FT): 04-05 HRS, TREK

Another day of incredible mountain views but an easy three hours away walking up to the Samdo. En route we pass the jungle of Himalayan Birch, the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Budi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the Kaani, entrance of Samdo. The villagers of Samdo came across the border from the village of Riu in Tibet after 1959 and built their new village here, at their old herding settlement. Like the people of Ro, Samdo inhabitants are Tibetan, and ceded the land by the king of Jumla over 500 years ago; but, unlike the Ro people, they only claimed their land after the Chinese takeover in the early 1950s. Since then they have established a trade with China and India, marketing among other things, the aphrodisiac root that grows in the region. We’ll walk around the village, where the inhabitants live an essentially Tibetan lifestyle, herding their yaks, sheep and goats, training their horses and planting barley.

DAY 13: SAMDO TO DHARMASALA (4460M/14628FT): 05-06 HRS, TREK

Today we start the ascent to the pass by descending through fields to an old mani wall and stone arch before dropping to the river and crossing on a wooden bridge. This place shows up on maps as the mythical Larka Bazaar, which used to be a flourishing market, but there is nothing remaining there now. Another mani wall marks the beginning of ascent to the pass where the trail starts climbing through tundra and juniper; the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu can be seen from here. Stay on the ridge to the right to find a trail that crosses over the top of two ravines. The trail grows steeper, climbing up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a Fhuge gorge at 4000m. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach Larkya Phedi, where there is a small lodge, built to serve travellers crossing the Larkya La which lies now just ahead.

DAY 14: DHARMASALA TO BHIMTANG (3790M/12430FT): 09-10 HRS, TREK

After an early start, we soon reach the ablation valley on the left side of the Larkya Glacier with impressive views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We continue walking along glacial moraine and start making the gradual ascent to the summit of the Larkya pass. From the top, there is a panorama view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna 2. On the descent the trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine then descends more gently on snow to a grassy moraine. Depending on the conditions if icy then crampons and ice axe are advisable for the descent. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow and spring at 4,080m. The valley becomes wider as the trails heads down to a large meadow, past a mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bimthang at 3,590m on a broad and level ablation valley.

DAY 15: BHIMTANG TO DHARAPANI (1963M/6440FT): 08-09 HRS TREK (SPECIAL AREA ENDS)

After crossing the pastures of Bimthang the trail drops to a glacial stream at the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, crosses a wooden bridge and descends into pine and rhododendron forest. Not far from here you reach Karche's fenced fields, then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags before making a descent to the river bank at Gho. The trail continues through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak to arrive at Tilje, a large Gurung village. Exit the village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Pass through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi.

DAY 16: DHARAPANI TO KATHMANDU: 10-11 HRS, DRIVE

After breakfast, we catch the bus early in the morning down to Bhulbhule for four hours. We switch another bus all the way to Kathmandu for another seven hours or so.

DAY 17: FLY BACK. (B)
We will serve you appropriate vehicle to transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport as per group size.

 

Price

PRICE:

Package Price (Per Person US$)

Solo

02-04

05-08

09-12

13-16

Single Supplementary

Economic Trekking Service

1355

1182

988

943

890

Not Applicable

Standard Trekking Service

1736

1472

1174

1126

1108

Not Applicable

Deluxe Trekking Service

2098

1794

1409

1348

1324

Not Applicable


* Price is subject to change according to the service you select from our package.

Non Package (Per Person US$)

Solo

02-04

05-08

09-12

13-16

Single Supplementary

Bed & Breakfast Basis

949 732 588 543 490

Guiding Hiring Service

817 350 298 281 266

Guide-cum-Porter Hiring Service

752 334 282 270 258


PRICE INCLUDES:

    • Welcome at KTM Airport, airport pick up service & transfer to your hotel
    • KTM 3 nights 2 stars hotel room with breakfast
    • Sightseeing in three cultural heritage sites for 3 hrs.
    • All necessary trekking paper works such as Manaslu Special Trekking Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) fee and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee.
    • Manaslu Region Special Trekking Permit Fee
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) fee
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee
    • Manaslu region 5 years experienced government licensed and trained local English speaking guide
    • Local people operated common room in lodges
    • All hot meals on trek as per itinerary order with hygienic food
    • Treated drinking water to fill in your bottle
    • Camp/dine fire/warm up charge where available
    • Guide staff/porter foods, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation & local taxes
    • All road transport by public/private vehicle as per itinerary
    • Kathmandu -Arkhet Bazaar public bus transportation
    • Dharapani to Kathmandu public bus transportation
    • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
    • Hotel-bus park-hotel transfers service
    • Travel and rescue arrangement support
    • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)
    • Trip success certificate (case of trip success)
    • Airport transfer to KTM Airport by vehicle after trip


PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDES:

      • Your all kinds of insurance
      • Visa fees
      • Single supplements except solo services
      • Accommodation in Kathmandu
      • Bar bills and laundry
      • Optional trips
      • Tips
      • All except explained in "PRICE INCLUDES" section above

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