Mount Manaslu Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1340m) and transfer to Hotel. You’ll be met at the airport by a representative from Himalayan Mountain Treks. Our representative will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley guided tour. Our guide will take you around Kathmandu to show its background and history. You will be visiting temples, monasteries and the  colorful city, giving you a taste of Nepal.

Day 03: Drive to Gorkha. Trek to Kalikasthan 1060m. After breakfast in Kathmandu, you begin with about a 5 hour drive from Kathmandu to the historic town of Gorkha. Gorkha is the old capital of Nepal. The King’s palace, Durbar, and the Gorkha Durbar rest at the top of the hill of Hindu deities, perched high up in the surrounding hillsides and reached by ancient stone steps. After organizing the gear and loads with the porters, you will  head up to your first night’s campsite above the Gorkha Fort, stopping en route to visit this well-maintained site, home of the powerful Gorkha royalty until about a century ago.

Day 04: Kalikasthan to Arkul 570m. After breakfast you will head to Arkhul and pass through classic middle hills scenery, rolling forested hills, snaking rivers with rounded rock strewn on the beaches, local fishermen casting their nets, iridescent rice fields, papaya, lemon and orange trees, water buffalo, thatched huts and local ‘bhattis’ (Nepali tea-houses). You have a leisurely six to seven hour day for the first real day of trekking. You’ll encounter  many locals selling bananas and papaya  (bring small change). You’ll enjoy interacting with the many colorful local communities and Hindu locals. There will be plenty of time to stop at the many villages along the way. You’ll be camping along the beach just below the small village of Arkole.

Day 05: Arkhole to Baluwa 800m. Yesterday’s lovely scenery continues with another six hour day. The trek takes you over several swaying suspension bridges spanning the river, past a high waterfall which splashes on the trail, and back up to reach the camp at Baluwa in the early afternoon. This is the last campsite before the (large) hill. Head down to the river and sprawl out next to the wonderful swimming hole for a wash after the hot day. Afterwards enjoy chilled beer available from an enterprising little tea-house next to camp.

Day 06: Baluwa to Barpak 1915m. Eat hearty this morning because you’ll be off early to avoid the afternoon sun for our steep, long climb up to the wonderful village of Barpak. Barpak is situated perfectly on a green ridge overlooking the misty valley below. It should take under four hours to get to camp, with several chautaras (rest stops) while passing  lower village and a  lively school. Barpak is a large village densely populated by Gurung, Ghale (royalty) and Bisokarma,. It is extremely clean with wide alleys between the houses, grain and vegetables drying outside on the patios, several shops, viewpoints and flowers planted along the decks of these Gurung homes. Many of its men joined the Ghurkha Army, returned to Barpak with new wealth, and have built lovely houses. The villagers often organize ‘cultural shows’, the proceeds of which go to improving the village, so you may be treated to one in the early evening. Tower above is Bauddhi Himal,  a snow-capped peak which makes for wonderful sunrise and sunset photos.

Day 07: Barpark to Laprak 2200m. Another early start and a stunning climb. Bauddhi Himal provides a spectacular back-drop to the sprawling, scenic Barpak as you ascend the narrow ridge. Take the small stone trail to the right of the main trail after an hour or so. After a total of three hours you’ll reach the ridge – Gupsi Dada (3000m) which separates Laprak and Barpak. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic mountain views along with herds of sheep grazing on the grassy hillsides from the peak. Bauddhi Himal, Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range all span the horizon; a truly breath-taking view. The rhododendrons may be blooming brilliantly, in many hues of pink and red, providing great photographs with the snow-peaks in back. After another steep descent of a hour or two you’ll be at another large Gurung village – Laprak. The villagers often offer some friendly indoctrination. You’ll camp in the only campsite around, at the school in the upper section of the village, with several tea-houses nearby. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the village. Take a walk down the hill and a look into some of the mud houses painted with symbolic murals. The villagers are friendly, and there are many things to explore in Laprak’s winding maze of lanes.

Day 08: Laprak to Khorlabeshi 875m. This day will consist of a seven to eight hour day of hiking – all beautiful. You’ll begin by descending through Laprak’s maze of village paths and then to the river. After crossing a very rickety suspension bridge, you’ll climb an equally steep hill back up, passing terraced fields of pink sorghum and rice. The trek will take you around several hillsides on a narrow trail, barely visible at times, up to a small chorten just below the village of Singla. From here, the going is much easier. You’ll be surrounded by amazing views of the Manaslu Himal, Kutang Himal and Shringi Hima as you continue down through more terraced fields and papaya trees until you reach the Gurung village of Khorla,. From here you will hike along a narrow, winding trail to Korlebesi on the Buri Gandaki River. Take care as the rocky steps just before the long suspension bridge to Khorlabesi are treacherous. Look out for the local women weaving straw mats in the village. You will probably get a visit in the evening from this village’s cultural ambassadors and perhaps have another show.

Day 09: Khorlabeshi to Jagat 1370m. Another five hour day today, starting with 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. Here you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the gushing hot water, and then perhaps go for a swim in the icy river below. The trek continues with a gentle climb through the woods past a spectacular waterfall, across an old wooden suspension bridge and through a short section of forest until you reach Dobhan. Above Dobhan, the Bhudi Gandaki River descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here the trail climbs high above the river to descend through the river calms. You’ll cross the river on a long new suspension bridge and climb high on stone steps before entering camp below Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation National Park. It is worth exploring this beautiful paved village, where proud villagers have recorded how much they contributed to these paving schemes.

Day 10: Jagat to Philim 1570m. After descending a long series of stone steps back down to the river from Jagat, you’ll climb on wonderful stone steps along a terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Saguleri. From here you can see the impressive Shringi Himal standing 7187 meters high. You’ll pass through the charming, paved village of Sirdibas. The trek continues across the river again on a long, high suspension bridge at Ghata Khola, the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. The trek continues upstream ascending steeply to reach Philim. In the afternoon feel free to relax, wash at the dharapani (tap) across the path from camp, or explore the upper village and gompa.

Day 11: Philim to Deng 1865m. We cross the river first at a narrow section of the gorge on a new suspension bridge, ascend gradually along a wide hillside through an open forest, and then cross the river two more times in the next two hours on small, very badly maintained bridges, Nepali style. The first bridge sits at the intersection to Tsum valley, a remote valley leading to Tibet. After trekking through dense woods for over an hour, we pass the cold campsite of Pewa on the river, and after another hour we leave the gorge and climb briefly to the small village of Deng. Deng is the start of the lower Nubri region called Kutang, where the people are ethnically Tibetan but speak a different dialect than the people of upper Nubri where the people are pure Tibetans. We have views of Lumbo Himal to the rear, as well as Lapuchen and Dwijen Himals. It’s worth a visit to the upper floor of their house above us, perhaps for a glass of local ‘chang’, or Tibetan beer and for a chat around the hearth.

Day 12: Deng to Ghap 2165m. The day begins with steep switchbacks to a small, poor village of Lana, where the women usually have their looms out. After climbing through cool woods of pine and crossing a small bridge, you’ll reach Bihi Phedi. There is a good shop here and views of Kutang Himal. At this point you’ll start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks – particularly mani stones with pictures of gods and goddesses). This is a a sure sign that you are entering another of the tiny Tibetan footholds that mark the high Himalayan region. You’ll have three or four hours of trekking ahead, twice crossing the large Bhudi Gandaki River and twice over smaller tributary streams. The trek will be staying mostly high with many ascents and descents as you continue through the gorge surrounded by spectacular views. Soon after you’ll reach Ghap. This is where you’ll camp at the house of some of the villagers.

Day 13: Ghap to Lho 3180m. Today is a wonderful trekking day. Soon after leaving Ghap you’ll ascend for an hour through a dense, cool forest, crossing the Bhudi Gandaki River once on a wooden bridge, climb on smooth, stone steps and eventually arrive at Namrung, at 2540 meters at the Tibetan-run lodge. As you gain altitude, you’ll reach the alpine territory and will be treated to increasingly broad mountain views. Namrung village is the start of Nubri, the region of purely Tibetan inhabitants speaking a dialect of western Tibet. After a few hours you’ll reach the village of Lihi at 2840 meters – a substantial altitude gain. Lihi houses an old gompa, and is spread along the trail with its billowing fields of barley. The climb becomes more gentle now. Soon the trail cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers and reaching the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000m. You’ll stop here for lunch. After an hour you’ll reach Lho, where you’ll be  treated to breath-taking views of Manaslu itself. You’ll set up camp in Lho.

Day 14: Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) 3525m. The day begins by hiking through the upper reaches of Lho, with the snowy peaks of Manaslu ahead of you in the distance. You’ll pass the new gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the high, idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where the villagers are often out in the fields. Amazing mountain panoramas from here. Another few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery leads you past Tibet grazing settlements, the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa off to the left, and eventually past checkered fields of barley and potato to Sama Gaon.  The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manalsu have distinctive entrance gates (manes), and they maintain an active trade with other Tibetans over several high passes nearby. If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns – which are then traded back to Tibet. Take the afternoon to hike up to the old gompa settlement above town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village.

Day 15: Samagaon to Samdo 3850m. Another day of incredible mountain views, past craggy woods of Himalayan Birchon the hike up to Samdo, an easy three hours away. You’ll pass the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka. and view the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. The trek descends back to the Bhudi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the ‘kane’ entrance of Samdo. You’ll be high now and the wind can be chilling in the evenings, so tuck into the little tea-house next door to the campsite for a cup of salt-butter tea to warm you up!

Day 16: Acclimate in Samdo. Another rest and acclimatization day in this wonderful spot below Manaslu, which towers above. We recommend a hike up the valley directly in back of Samdo, heading towards one of their passes to Tibet, for amazing mountain panoramas. You’ll pass many lovely, slated herding settlements. The prayer flags strung up on a distant hill, sending messages out into the Himalaya makes a good stopping point before returning to lively Samdo.

Day 17: Samdo to Dharamshala (Larkya Phedi) 4460m. You’ll leave Samdo on the old trade route towards Tibet, crossing a bridge, and climbing through the ruins of Larkya bazaar. It is one of the trade markets that flourished years ago. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, you’ll come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where you’ll have lunch and marvel at the views. You’ll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. You’ll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow.

Day 18: Dharamshala / Cross Larkya La (4930m) to Bhimtang 3590m. After a short climb above the campsite, you’ll reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers where the views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya-La will spill out before you. The trek continue across the moraines of the glacier- often through the snow – making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. This section should take about four hours to crest. The views from the top of the pass are wonderful; a mountain panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II, which is equally stunning from both sides. After hanging the  Tibetan prayer flags, get ready for a steep, often slippery drop to a trail following the glacial moraine. Below the pass you’ll stop for lunch on the smooth rocks before continuing the descent. From here you’ll continue another three hours to the campsite. You’ll trek through a many boulders as your descent brings you to Bhimtang.

Day 19: Bhimtang to Tilje 2300m. A chilly but beautiful morning will greet you as the sun hits the peaks around you long before the campsite. After leaving the grazing fields of Bhimtang, the trek continues across a boulder-strewn river and descends through open forests of brilliantly blooming rhododendron, past the Kharka below Bhimtang. Lunch will be at a small tea-house. After lunch you’ll continue along the rocky river-bed and sliding hill-sides to several small, green villages, a sign that you’ve reached lower altitudes. Eventually, after a somewhat long, but very scenic day, you’ll reach the large village of Tilje. Tilje is a mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so it has a unique architecture, culture and mix of  foods such as Dal Bhat, buckwheat dhiro, tsampa and Tibetan salt-tea.

Day 20: Tilje to Tal 1680m. It’s an easy trekking day following the Dudh Khola through bamboo forests down to Dharapani, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Your trek stop at the gompa in Thongje on the old Annapurna trail. At the point you’ll join the main Annapurna Circuit trail and head south. You’ll soon arrive at a long suspension bridge to cross the Marsyangdi River to reach the small village of Karte and re-crossing it soon afterwards. You’ll continue along a winding, stunning cliff-side trail past several small teahouses at Khorte, and then switch backing down the steep trail before crossing the Marsyangdi river yet again. Sprawling in front of you will be a wide plain and waterfall at scenic Tal, the last village of the Lower Manang region.

Day 21: Tal to Syange. Drive to Besisahar. Continuing along the riverside, you’ll have a quick ascent to the entrance ‘kane’ of Tal. Shortly afterwards you’ll descend steeply past the small teahouses at Sattale, loosing even more altitude as you continue down through the lush forest to the river and cross another suspension bridge leading to Chamje. Chamje is an atmospheric, ‘wild west’ village of traditional-style teahouses, often packed with saddled local horses. From here the road building is in full swing so you’ll continue as far as you can until you are forced to hop in the  jeeps. But before that there is one more steep descent through the woods. You will be looking across the river to large waterfalls on your way to the lovely cobbled village of Jagat. Jagat is situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Descending steeply you’ll arrive at the small, somewhat wild-looking village of Syange. You’ll have a bumpy drive to Besisahar where you’ll set up your last campsite and get ready for our last night’s party with the staff and porters in the evening!

Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu. It’s a hot, 5-6  hour drive back to Kathmandu, so try to head off early and stop for lunch on the way.  Finally, back at the Kathmandu Guest house, and a real shower. Time to celebrate tonight!

Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities

Day 25: Go to airport for departure