The majestic Manaslu peak 8153 m high which is the world’s eighth highest peak is a beautiful isolated peak in the western region. The trek to Manaslu region was also restricted to the foreigners before and just been opened for the trekking which makes this region less touristic and unexplored unlike other popular treks of Annapurna, Everest and Langtang. The people are far away from the modern developments and are just content with their primitive lifestyle away from the outside world. The settlements and the lodge facilities as you go higher are therefore not in the best conditions. The promising views of the peaks, remote settlements, varied eco-system and the culture variation is something that you can observe in the Manaslu trekking. The highest elevation reached during the trek is at larkye la pass which is at 5106 m altitude. Though larkye pass is at lower elevation than Thorung la in the Annapurna circuit, trekkers find it more challenging. The trek starts from the Arughat bazaar at Gorkha district from the elevation of only 570 m which is quite interesting thing to see the changing vegetations and landscape from a low land to the high elevation at 5106m
About The Package
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Meet and greet by our staff at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 2 CULTURAL SIGHTSEEING OF THE KATHMANDU VALLEY
Today is the day for sightseeing around the historical and religious monuments in the Kathmandu valley listed under the world heritage sites. You will have the glimpse of the busy and vibrant city life of Kathmandu. Evening you can move around the city centre Thamel where you can also buy all trekking gears and equipments if you have need any.
DAY 3 DRIVE TO ARUGHAT BAZAAR
Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Arughat bazaar on a four wheel drive. The road till Gorkha is connected by good black topped road and few hours till Arughat will be by off road. The 6 hours drive should bring you at Arughat bazaar by the lunch time. Rest of the afternoon you will spent at Arughat.
DAY 4 TREK ARUGHAT – SOTI KHOLA (597m)
Today you will start your trekking from Arughat. The road today will lead you through small gurung villages and 6 hours walk will be taking you to Soti Khola.
DAY 5 SOTI KHOLA – MACHHAKHOLA (930m)
The way today goes through Lapubesi through many ups and downs with rocky paths. The walk today may be slower due to difficult walking terrain. The walk can take you 6-7 hours long.
DAY 6 MACHHAKHOLA – JAGAT (1330 m)
The trail today runs along the side of river Budhi gandaki with mighty mountains on either of the sides. You will come up with beautiful waterfalls and a hotspring (Tatopani ) on your way. After passing through the villages of Tatopani and Dobhan you aill arrive at Jagat. Jagat is the place where your Manaslu conservation Area Permit is to be checked.
DAY 7 JAGAT – PHILIM – DYANG (1800 m)
You will start your trek after an early breakfast today heading towards Philim. Philim is a beautiful gurung village on the right side of the Buddhigandaki. As we head further we come up at a junction in Chisapani which separates the path to Manaslu and to Tsum valley. We take the left way to move towards Dyang.
DAY 8 DYANG – NAMRUNG (2660 m)
Today’s walk will pass through the several villages of Bihi, prok, Ghap and Namrung. If you move to the left from Prok you can witness a beautiful lake kal. But we move further towards Namrung. At Namrung we can overnight at the lodges.
DAY 9 NAMRUNG – SAMA GAON (3480 M)
Our trail starts heading west from Namrung and passing through the Lho gaon as we head further we arrive at Sama gaon. You will get to see the Tibetan influence in these region. The monasteries, mani walls and the beautiful settlement are some major highlights of the trail.
DAY 10 SAMA GAON - REST DAY & ACCLIMATIZATION
The village of Sama gaon will be our rest day today and we have the opportunity to visit the monasteries and surrounding of Sama gaon today. The Manaslu base camp comes just few hours trek to the left of our trail.
DAY 11 SAMA GAON – SAMDO (3690 m)
Samdo is a village that we come along our way in the trip which is very near from the Tibetan border in the north. Just a few kilometers walk to the north will bring you to the Tibetan highland.
DAY 12 SAMDO – LARKE PHEDI (4470 m)
Our trek today will be short to Larke Phedi where we can take a good rest and acclimatize for the next day’s trek to the Larkye pass at 5106 m. a good place to have wonderful views of the surrounding peaks and regain your energy.
DAY 13 LARKE PHEDI – LARKE PASS – BIMTHANG (3720 m)
Today will be our highest point in the trek at larkye pass at 5106m. We will climb slowly up to the pass and after few minutes of passing through the pass we get good views of the peaks to the western side of the peak. We will descend down towards Bimthang slowly with good views of Lamjung himal.
DAY 14 BIMTHANG – TILCHE
The path today we follow is high pasture of Sange kharka crossing through the bridge of Dudh Khola. We walk through the Rhododendron forest and pass through Karche. After Karche we arrive the first big village of Gho after Sama gaon. When we move a bit further we arrive Tilje which will be a better place for accommodation as there are more better lodges.
DAY 15 TILCHE – TAL (1700 m)
After walking few hours we join the trekking route of Annapurna circuit at Dharapani and continue our walk along the Marshyangdi river on the Annapurna circuit. Crossing the bridge on the Marshyangdi river we reach to the otherside of the Tal village
DAY 16 TAL – SYANGE (1100 m)
Today will be our last day of the trek before we take drive to Besisahar and back to Kathmandu. From Tal we walk ahead towards Syange, the last stop of our trek. We can celebrate our last night of the trek in the lodge with the team.
DAY 17 SYANGE – BESISAHAR – KATHMANDU
Early morning after our breakfast we get on our 4WD vehicle for journey back to Kathmandu. The drive back to Kathmandu is 8-9 hours with beautiful views of the villages and mountains along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli river. After arrival in Kathmandu check in to the hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 18 KATHMANDU REST DAY
The day is for a good rest in Kathmandu after your successful completion of the trek. You have the opportunity to take a sightseeing around the world heritage sites in Kathmandu and shopping in the streets of Thamel or just relax in your hotel. Evening we will have a farewell dinner together in a good restaurant.
DAY 19 FINAL DEPARTURE
Today as per your flight timing you will be transferred to the international airport.
- All hotel-airport transfers
- TIMS & National park entry fee
- Hotels in Kathmandu on BB & lodges during the trek on full board.
- English speaking Guide for the trek with one porter for every two guests
- Transfer in private car before and after the trek
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu with a Cultural guide
- All entrance fees of temples, monuments during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Cost Excludes :
- Visa fee
- International flight ticket
- other meals not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Medical insurance and emergency Rescue if needed
Visa and passport for Nepal
It is necessary to have a valid passport that will be valid at least six months after the date of visa application. The visa can be obtained very quickly at the Embassy before departure or at each border crossing or arrival at Kathmandu airport (bring two photos and a short wait); tourist visa cannot give rise to a maximum stay of 150 days in a calendar year.
15 days, multi-entries: 25 USD (please make sure you have multiple entry visa for extended trip to Bhutan, Tibet or India)
30 days multi-entries: 40 USD (please make sure you have multiple entry visa for extended trip to Bhutan, Tibet or India)
90 days multi-entries: 100 USD (please make sure you have multiple entry visa for extended trip to Bhutan, Tibet or India)
90 days to 150 days: $ 2 a day, and 20 USD for multiple entry.
Other visas are more complicated to obtain; the instructions are on the website of the Embassy in your countries.
Weather, Gears & Equipments
The trekking in the Himalayas or any short hiking around the villages are best with right gears and equipment. If you are going for high altitude trekking you need to be clothed appropriately. The paths in the mountains are very rugged and difficult so one need to be with a good and comfortable pair of used boots. The temperature goes very low and below freezing level depending upon the time and place you are in. The warm down jackets, rain gears, caps, sun glasses are necessary to be carried for longer treks at higher altitudes.
You might need all of them or some of them to accompany on your trek. The following are the common necessary equipment list for your trekking in Nepal. You might have your own list of other important things and gears which you find suitable for yourself
|1||Hiking pants (full length)||Zip offs are recommended|
|1||Thermal/fleece long pants (full length)|
|1||Waterproof & windproof pants (full length)|
|1||Heavy fleece long sleeved top||Polartec300 or equivalent|
|2||Light-medium weight long sleeved tops|
|2-3||Thermal long sleeved tops|
|2||Hiking T-shirts||Ensure they are quick dry|
|2||T-shirts (for when not hiking)||Cotton is fine|
|1||Waterproof & windproof jacket||Gore-Tex, Hydro naught or equivalent|
|3-4||*Woollen hiking socks||Heavy weight|
|2||Comfortable socks||Light weight/thin|
|1||Heavyweight gloves/mittens||Must have a waterproof outer|
|1||Lightweight gloves||Polyprop or synthetic|
|1||Sun hat Peaked or wide-brimmed|
|1||*Hiking boots||Sturdy boots with spare laces|
|2||Water bottles 1L capacity each|
|1||Set of Trekking Poles|
|1||Daypack||For day pack, rucksacks for trek provided|
- Toiletries (for personal use)
- Soap (for washing clothes)
- Lollies / Chocolate / Dried fruit
- Books to read
- Journal to write in
- Camera with extra batteries and flash cards
- SPF 30+ sunscreen
- Lip balm (with SPF factor)
- Blister strips (Leucoplast style)
- Wet wipes or antibacterial wipes
- Electrolyte powder
- Cold & flu tablets
- Throat lozenges
- Antiseptic cream (Salvon or similar)
- Anti-diarrhoea tablets
- Paracetamol (Panadol)
- Multivitamin (including Vitamin C)
- General Antibiotic (as prescribed by your doctor)
- Diamox (if prescribed by your doctor)
- Any personal prescription medication you require