Manaslu Round Trek

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TRIP OVERVIEW MANASLU ROUND TREK

Manaslu Round Trek:
Manaslu,meaning of the spirit in the Sanskrit.One of the famous and popular trekking routes of Nepal that is at the height of above 8,167m from the sea level is Manaslu round trek or Manaslu circuit trek. It is the world’s highest peak and has been known as the world’s eigth highest peak. Manaslu region is restricted area require special trekking permit to get entry into Manaslu region for foreigners. Many trekkers consider this trekking route as one of the easiest treking routes despite the height. There are many other trekking routes in Nepal that are at greater altitudes. This route is a very popular one and hence many tourists visit the trail every year. There are many international and national tourists that go through this trekking route, there has been an estimation of 2000 trekkers who visit the trail every year. The trail has a glimpse of magnificent Manaslu range. While on this route, we will pass through one of the highest passes ‘Larkya La Pass’ that is at the height of 5,213 meters. The altitude is very high and trekkers should be aware of the change in altitude on the way.

The route encompasses magnificent views of snowcapped mountains like mountains. We will be able ot view mountains like Mt.Ganesh, Mt, Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu itself on the route. We will trek to reach high mountains, crossing many other high mountains on our journey and encounter beautiful forests along the way. The forests will have the views of marvelous animals and birds. The trekking is a high altitude trekking but is easier than many other high altitude trekkings. Many trekkers take this trekking route enjoying the natural beauty of Nepal and viewing local customs,varities of ethinic local cultures. We will also come across different forms of flora and fauna on the way, which have made a home in the dense forest that lies along the trekking route. Also, numerous local villages come on the route where ethnic communities such as people from Gurung and Ghale communities live in harmony. Mainly people from Gurung and Sherpa communities live at a high altitude. We will see their cultures, their traditions and their lifestyle on the way.

The trekking route is not only about nature and beauty but also about observing local traditions and cultures. We will also see Chortens,old Gompas and Mane walls on our journey to Manaslu Circuit Trek. On the trekking tail, we will trek fallow up to Budi Gandaki River through gorges that lie in between Mt, Himchuli (6432m) and Mt Ganesh (7248 meters).Also, we will come across different Gompas and Chorten and gorges between mountains will lead us to a remarkable journey.
The trekking can be completed in 18 days which includes your day of arrival and departure.

Day 1: Arriving in Kathmandu (1350M)

We will come to pick you up at the Tribhuwan International Airport and take you to the hotel where you can take a rest and prepare for the next day.

Day 2:  Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek PreparationToday after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There will be a brief pre- trip group discussion followed by trek preparation during late afternoon at Himalayan Glacier’s office in Thamel around noon. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
Day 3:  Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m /9 hoursWe set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road.  Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola (B, L, D)
Day 4:  Soti Khola – Maccha Khola [900m) 6 / 7 hoursAt the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola (B, L, D)
Day 5:  Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m) 6 / 7 hrsThe narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat (B, L, D)
Day 6:  Jagat – Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrsWe begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.  Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng (B, L, D)
Day 7:  Deng – Namrung [2630m) 7 hrsAfter a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung (B, L, D)
Day 8:  Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/} 6/7 hoursNamrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night. (B, L, D)
Day 9:  Samagaon – Pungyen gompa – Samagaon: 6 / 7 hours explorationWe spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon. (B, L, D)
Day 10:  Samagaon – Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hoursToday, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo (B, L, D)
Day 11:  Rest Day in SamdoThis is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.  En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo (B, L, D)
Day 12:  Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m} 4 / 5 hoursEven today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala (B, L, D)
Day 13:  Dharamsala – Larkya la [5160m} – Bimthang (4499m) 9 hoursAfter a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang (B, L, D)
Day 14:  Bimthang – Tilije [2300m}:5  hoursFrom a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday’s tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village (B,L,D)
Day 15:  Tilije – Tal [1700m} 6 hoursWe climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal (B, L, D)
Day 16:  Tal – Syange [1090m}: 6  hoursWe follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange (B, L, D)
Day 17:  Syange – Kathmandu: 9 hoursThe drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping or explore any sights we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, we get to enjoy a farewell dinner meant to celebrate your successful completion of ‘Around Manaslu Trek.’ Overnight in Kathmandu (B, L, D)
Day 18:  Final DepartureYour adventure comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but we trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. A representative from Adventure Himalaya Treks will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)

What Is Included:

*  Airport pick up and drop
*  Sightseeing in Kathmandu by tour guide
* Accommodation in 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
* Accommodation during trekking in the mountains
* Three times meal during the trek ( Break fast ,Lunch and Dinner)
* Four times tea or coffe during the trek
* Fresh fruit during the trek
* Hot water during the trek
* Hot shower everyday
* Drinking water 2 liter per day
* All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
* All necessary staff with experienced expert guide
* One porter carry to baggage for two clients.
*  All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu)
* Adventure Himalaya Treks’s trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trekking)
* Travel and rescue arrangements
* Transportation from ktm to Arughat and besisahar to ktm by private vehicle
* Welcome and farewell dinner
* Adventure Himalaya Treks’ gifts
* Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
* All government and local taxes

What Is Not Included:

* Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
* International airfare to and from Kathmandu
* Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of if would you like spent more night in kathmandu or pokhara
* Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.when you will be back from trekking
* Travel and rescue insurance
* Personal expenses
*  Trips and sightseeing if extended
* Tips for guides and porters