Manaslu trek is a challenging adventure holiday around the Himalayas of Nepal. This challenging voyage starts off with a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. From that point the trek moves through the culturally diversified villages and surreal glimpses of dominant pinnacles like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Annapurna.
The highest point around the Manaslu trek area is the Larkya La Pass, which is categorized as a tough and technical pass around the Himalayas. Unlike most of the trekking destinations in Nepal, Manaslu offers remoteness and solidarity. The off-the-beaten trails of Manaslu are among the least used trekking trails in Nepal. Due to the remoteness of the region, most of the culture, tradition, nature, flora & fauna of Manaslu are unspoiled and untouched.
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Considered to be the one of the most beautiful portions of the Great Himalayan Trails, Manaslu Trek offers magnificent views of the snow-capped mountain, tantalizing lakes and enchanting monasteries along its way. The remote village of Manaslu is one of the most rarely visited parts of the country. The traditional villages and the isolated foothills of Himalayas reflect the old and resilient culture and traditions of Nepal. Manaslu trek offers a wide range of altitudinal variation, from 600m in the south to 8163m in the north within short vertical distance. And with such incredible variation, comes a wide range of climate, vegetation, flora and fauna, wildlife, culture, and livelihood pattern.
Manaslu trek is considered as one of the most challenging trekking trails in Nepal, offering spectacular panoramic views of mountain ranges right in front of your eyes. The Manasulut trek can be considered to be a perfect combination of cultural richness, natural diversity and adventure. The accommodation will be provided on local lodges owned by indigenous locals.
After an early morning breakfast at the Hotel in Kathmandu, we take a coach and travel to Gorkha, a hill bazaar and the ancestral home to Shah Dynasty, via Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. The drive along the foothills of the Himalayas is an interesting one with occasional views of towering peaks like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang as far as Annapurna. Our route diverts from the highway in the village of Abu Khaireni from where our route climbs to Gorkha. The drive then continues along the magnificent palace fort of Gorkha to farm villages and paddy fields. After 6-7 hours of drive, we reach a warmer sub-tropical region in the village of Arughat.
On this day, our walk follows the upstream of Buri-Gandaki river into a much narrow trail through rural villages and terraced fields with several streams to cross in between. Along the way, we pass through several villages like Mordar, Simre, and Arket. This low trail, which at times takes us to the river beds, is not possible to walk during the monsoon. After a brief ascend to Kyoropani, we descend towards the river for an overnight camping at the confluence with the tributary Soti Khola.
From Soti Khola, the route leads into the steep valley which is densely forested. We pass through various remote villages tucked into the hillside until the valley starts to widen up The terraced cultivated fields belong to the upper village of Lapbesi. We then descend towards a wide, sandy riverbed and cross the suspension bridge to reach our overnight destination Machha Khola.
After an early morning breakfast, the narrow trail makes some gradual ups and down crossing the Tharo Khola and eventually leading to Khorlabesi. After a few hours of walk, we come across a natural hot spring at Tatopani. From the hot spring, we ascend over another ridge, then cross the suspension bridge over Buri-Gandaki through the trail of forest to reach Dovan. After crossing the west bank of Buri-Gandaki, we climb over a ridge and walk along the river until we reach Jagat.
The trekking route from Jagat descends through a long series of stone steps towards the river. We then climb along a terraced hillside to the village of Saguleri, overlooking the magnificent Sringi Himal. From here the trails climbs slowly along the hillside passing through small settlements of Aga, Lokwa. After this, we will descend towards the campsite at a small village called Nyak or at Eklaibhati near Shiar Khola which offer a beautiful views over the valley towards Pangsing.
We start our day with about half an hour descend to the river and then climbing for another 30 minutes on a steep hill to reach Rana. After few hours of gradual walk, the valley remains steep-sided while we begin to a lot of mani walls and prayer flags. After about 2 and a half hour walk from the village of Bihi, we reach Ghap village. After leaving the village of Ghap, we walk into a pleasantly cool temperature along the alpine forest. After crossing the river, the walk gets slightly steeper in the stone stairs as we reach the Namrung village.
After leaving the village of Namrung, the walk slightly gets steeper as the valley opens up with extensive pasture. We then cross the massive stream flowing down from Linada Glacier. We can also enjoy the breathtaking view of snow-capped mountains like Kutang Himal, Pang Phuchin, Saula Himal and other unnamed peaks of over 6000m to the north. Similarly, on the south, lies towering Manaslu and Simang Himal range with its array of over 7000m peaks. After a few hours of walking, we reach a large village with an enchanting monastery, colorful chortens and mani walls at Lho.
After a brief walking from Lho, our trail leads to the river bank with a magnificent view of Peak 29 in the backdrop. Almost 2 hours of walking past the forest, we reach the village of Shala where we can enjoy the stunning view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. A couple of hours further, we reach Samagaun, the biggest village of this region. After about half an hour from Samagaun, we reach our overnight destination at Sama Gompa. In the evening, we visit the monastery.
After an early morning breakfast, we slowly climb towards Samdu. Although the distance from Sama Gompa to Samdu is not much, the increase in altitude and dry air makes the walk little slower. However, it is a fairly easy trail around the ridge of lateral moraine passing the birch and juniper forest of Karmo Kharka. As our trek advances near Samdu village, we climb a hillside across Buri-Gandaki to reach one of the most remote settlements in Nepal.
Much needed rest day at Samdu for acclimatization.
Today marks as one of the longest day in Manaslu Trek, so starting off early is mandatory. The walk from Samdu up and over the Larkya La Pass is a gradual winding climb. We then hike across the moraine of a glacier with a gradual ascend which only gets steeper on the last section of the pass. From the top of the pass, we can enjoy the panoramic view of Himlung Himal, Kangguru, Cheo Himal, and the towering Annapurna II. We then walk to Bhimtang in low pastures with magnificent Mt. Manaslu looming nearby.
The trail descends along the serene forest into the village of Goh. After almost an hour of walk, we pass the terraced fields to Karche La. Walking through a heavily forested valley, we reach the village of Tilije. From Tilije, we climb uphill for about an hour and then cross the bridge to arrive in the land which is part of the main trail of the famous Annapurna Circuit, Dharapani.
We follow an alternative trail down to the village of Tal (1700m), which is the last Buddhist settlement in the valley located in an unexpectedly flat plain where the rushing river pauses before plummeting headlong again down the valley. Beyond Tal, we follow an old trail on the east bank while the road takes the west bank. After Chamje trail comes together for the final steep section until our overnight destination at Jagat.
Leisure day kept for possible delays during the trek.
After a wonderful morning breakfast with the sound of the raging river, we take the coach back to Kathmandu on a scenic drive. Upon arriving, we may choose to rest in our hotel or shop around Thamel.
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