Due to its proximity to the Tibetan border, Manaslu trek was in a restricted area for many years. Restrictions were lifted in 2006 and Tented Trekking was allowed, provided an additional fee was paid. The trek begins with a nine hour road trip to Arughat on the Buri Gandaki river. Following the river north, the first five days offer a fine introduction to the life and culture of Nepal’s middle hills, but can be hot and humid post monsoon. Climbing higher brings about a Tibetan influence, mainly Buddhist Tamang and Gurung country. Off to the north east lies the ancient Tsum valley, heavily influenced by Buddhist culture and monasteries approached through pine and rhododendron forest. The main route climbs away west, coming very close to the Tibetan border itself. The climb to the Larkya La is hard and the descent on the west side initially steep. A wonderful experience ends with a descent down into the Marsyangdi valley and transport for the return is met at Besisahar.
Price per person 2 pax: 2561.00 USD
Price per person 4 pax: 2218.00 USD
On arrival meet assist by Mountain Travel representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; then turn towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough. We will reach our destination Arughat Bazaar in approximately nine hours from Kathmandu including a lunch break.
Today we trek over flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki river through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, pretty waterfalls and we will be quite surrounded by green forest. This day we take lunch at Arket Bazaar which lies half way to Soti Khola. To reach Soti Khola, the trail is ups and downs through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Relax and enjoy some swimming here to ease your tiredness of walking.
We follow the zigzag path through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until we reach Lapu Besi. From here we proceed to Machha Khola.
We cross the Machha Khola - Fish Stream - and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. After a short section of forest path you reach Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where we camp.
The first part of the trek moves gentle uphill. You cross suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by Gurung. After the Phillim you trek over flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine and rhododendron to Nyag. From here we proceed to Deng, famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, and vegetables.
We cross the Buri Gandaki to the north bank near Rana. Just before Shringe Khola we leave the main trail and drop down to the riverside for lunch. Afterwards we continue walking north west to the campsite at Ghap which is located beside a small Tibetan settlement.
After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields to Namru. After Namru we cross the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7774 meters) and Manaslu (8150 meters) are visible from here. Tonight we camp near a spring at Lho gaon - a small village. Overnight at tented camp.
We will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. We can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Samagaon. Overnight at tented camp.
Today we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement - Samdo. Here amid the most sever conditions of nature live some 200 villagers. Camp at Stone Hut and overnight at Tented Camp.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air and also for local excursion. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Leaving early morning, we first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. This day you carry packed lunch. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche.
We trek downhill to Tilje where we have lunch. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, we trek downhill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi river.
We trek along the bank of Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi river. On the way, we walk through pleasant villages such as Taal. We continue to Jagat, a stone village situated on a shelf, which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley and then to Bahundanda. We cross Marshyangdi river at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of trek is pleasant through flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages. Past the Ghermu field, the trail goes uphill for at least half an hour to reach Bahundanda. This village is mainly populated by Brahmin and Chhetri.
We trek over flat levelled path all the way to Bulbhule.
It is a picturesque to get back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages at both sides of road. Overnight at Hotel.