18 Days Manaslu Trek in Nepal
Opened for trekking activities since 1992, the quiet trail and simple villages, together with the stunning scenery, Manaslu trek is one of the classic yet unspoilt trekking adventures in the Himalaya. The crossing of Larkya La (5160m) pass, one of the highest Himalayan valleys, is a major highlight which offers remarkable panoramas of Manaslu, Himal Chuli (7893m), Himlung (7126m) and Cheo Himal (6820m).
- 360 degree view of Himalayas including Manaslu
- Experience well preserved authentic Tibetan culture of Nubri and Tsum people
- Cross Larkya La pass at 5160m
- Visit Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley
- Trek through Manaslu Conservation Area
WHAT TO EXPECT
Due to greater logistics requirements, this area is less touristic than the other popular trekking regions in Nepal. You will drive to Sotikhola and start ascending the impressive gorge of the Budhi Gandaki for a week then you will pass by tiny villages and enter to the world of Tibetan.
You will see the number of the high Himalayas around Nepal-Tibet border and the sceneries turn into even more impressive as you enter into alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La (5135m), with big peaks on all sides. The principal peaks that we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya La, you will drop down into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River, where you will be trekking beneath the giants of the Annapurna range, following the river down to a meeting with the road head at Ngadi where your trekking will be completed.
Date: 01 – 18 May 2019
Name of the trek: Manaslu Lyarke pass
Group Size: Min – 15 for above date. Can customise for min 2 pax on private group
Maximum altitude: 5200m.
Grade Info: Moderate/ Strenuous.
Season: September to late December and February to late June.
Transportation: By bus/Jeep
Total Days: 18 Days
Walking Hour: Approximately 6-7 hours each day.
Highlights: Gorkha Bazar, Larkya pass, Tal, Bahun Dada view, Beshi shahar.
Starting /Ending Point: Arughat/Beshi Sashar
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Hotel transfer and rest (D)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (BLD)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m; 8 hrs] (BLD)
Day 04: Trek Soti Khola – Maccha Khola [900m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Day 05: Trek Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Day 06: Trek Jagat – Deng [1,804m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Day 07: Trek Deng – Namrung [2630m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Day 08: Trek Namrung – Samagaon [3530m; 5-6 hrs] (BLD)
Day 09: Trek Samagaon – Samdo [3860m; 4-5 hrs] (BLD)
Day 10: Rest for acclimatization (BLD)
Day 11: Trek Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m; 4-5 hrs] (BLD)
Day 12: Trek Dharamsala – Larkya la [5160m] – Bimthang [3720m; 8-9 hrs] (BLD)
Day 13: Trek Bimthang – Tilije [2300m; 5-6 hrs] (BLD)
Day 14: Trek Tilije – Tal [1700m; 5-6 hrs] (BLD)
Day 15: Trek Tal – Syange [1080m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Day 16: Drive Syange – Kathmandu (9 hrs) (BLD)
Day 17: Free & easy Kathmandu (B-D)
Day 18: Departure
Day to Day Itinerary (Itinerary subject to changes)
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu (D)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. There will be a brief pre- trip group discussion followed by welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek Preparation (BLD)
We do the sightseeing tour in 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 Asia are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m; 8 hrs] (BLD)
We drive to Sothikhola; enjoying views of the landscape along with the mountain sceneries during the drive. We will be driving on a smooth road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi then the road from Dhanding Bensi to Sothikhola via Arughat town will be rough.
Day 4 Trek Soti Khola – Maccha Khola [900m; 5-6 hrs] (BLD)
We start the day trek by crossing a bridge, through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We continue our trek via Khursane, two tropical waterfalls and the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb up and then descend to the sandy river bed, cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.
Day 5 Trek Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Today we trek through narrow trail with a few ups and downs and finally cross Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. Continue the trek, we pass a small Hotspring in Tatopani before climb over another ridge before crossing the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. We shall climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase from here, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we walk toward Jagat via Tharo Bharyang.
Day 6 Trek Jagat – Deng [1,804m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Today, we trek up to Ghatta Khola passing by Salleri and Sirdibas. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a beautiful Gurung settlement. The route now goes through a steep, uninhabited gorge from Ekle Bhatti before descend to the grassy land slopes and cross the Budhi Gandaki. We continue through bamboo forests to the tiny village of Deng.
Day 7 Trek Deng – Namrung [2630m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
After leaving Deng, we cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and we will come across several Bombas along the route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river, the pleasant walk will arrive at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge. After a final steep climb, we reach Namrung village – an excellent viewpoint for Siring, Ganesh Himal and distant Mt. Himal Chuli in the south.
Day 8 Trek Namrung – Samagaon [3530m; 5-6 hrs] (BLD)
The trail continues to Lihi, a village with chortens and barley terraces. Continue trekking, we pass b more villages: Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Samagon Village. Along the way we can visit the famous Ribung Gompa while enjoying with amazing views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village. 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 peaks to the right, and distant Ganesh Himal.
Day 9 Trek Samagaon – Samdo [3860m; 4-5 hrs] (BLD)
Today, the trek is relatively easy. We descend to the Budhi Gandaki River on a shelf above the river, passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki bridge, we climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. The trek continues to kani before arriving at Samdo.
Day 10 Rest for acclimatization (BLD)
We’ll have two options today; either hiking behind the Samdo village for view of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo. Or do a longer trip to the Gya La (large pass) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet.
Day 11 Trek Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m; 4-5 hrs] (BLD)
We continue walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin gradual up. We pass by two streams, witness the Larkya Glacier, we go around the Salka Khola valley and walk up again to the shelter called Dharmshala at an altitude of (4450 m), also known as Larke Phedi. Today’s short walk will be worth for acclimatization.
Day 12 Trek Dharamsala – Larkya la [5160m] – Bimthang [3720m; 8-9 hrs] (BLD)
Today is the most challenging day in the entire journey. First, we head to a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where fantastic views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak are seen. The trail is gradual up from the glacier until we cross the Larkya Pass. Magnificent views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the vast Annapurna II from Larkya pass 5160m. Rest of the trail is easy until we trek to Bimthang from where outstanding panoramas of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal can be viewed.
Day 13 Trek Bimthang – Tilije [2300m; 5-6 hrs] (BLD)
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 make a steep climb over a ridge then to the river bank at 2580m before reaching Tilje village.
Day 14 Trek Tilije – Tal [1700m; 5-6 hrs] (BLD)
We pass through a beautiful village, then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach Thonje village. Here, we go through a police check post and continue toward Dharapani, and enter to the Annapurna Region. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We reach the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall.
Day 15 Trek Tal – Syange [1080m; 6-7 hrs] (BLD)
Once again, we follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange.
Day 16 Drive Syange – Kathmandu: 9 hours (BLD)
First we drive from Syange to Besi Sahar by Jeep and take private vehicle to Kathmandu along Marsyangdi and Trishuli river bank. Overnight Hotel
Day 17 Kathmandu Free & Easy (BD)
The day is free at leisure to relax for recuperation before a farewell dinner. Overnight Hotel
Day 18 Kathmandu Departure (B)
Free at leisure before transfer to airport for flight home.
Tour Code: NPL-MT_18
LAND Price per person in SGD: $ 2300
Based on Min 15 pax
Price is subjected to changes without prior notice
International airfare from S$ 580 with taxes
A deposit of S$ 800 per person is required upon confirmation and the balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the departure date. Non-payment by required date may result in the cancellation of your booking and subjected to cancellation charges.
LAND Price includes
- All accommodation in hotel on twin share basis in Kathmandu (Hotel Blue Horizon or similar) and teahouse during trek
- All meals as per itinerary
- 1 Singapore Trek Leader
- English speaking guide and 1 porter for every 2 trekkers during trek
- Complete trekking arrangement (Trek permit, National Park Fees, wages for porter & guide, insurance for Guide/porters, trek registration cert)
- Sleeping bag rental in Kathmandu
- Briefing prior departure
- 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries
- All international airfare & taxes
- Personal gears & expenses
- Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
- Beverages and any expenditure of personal nature
- Bottled water or boiled water during trek
- Meals not stated
- Visa (USD 30)
- Other activities such as ziplining