“Around massive peaks of Mt. Manaslu listed 8 th world highest mountains Magnificent panorama of towering peaks on daily walks with dramatic landscapes Explore beautiful rural farm villages adorned with ancient traditions and custom On the old Trans-Himalayan Salt and Caravan Trade Route of Nepal / Tibet Adventure on North Gorkha areas around high Manaslu with scenic Larke-la pass.”
Trip Accommodation: Hotels in cities and towns with local lodge on treks.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Highest spot: 5,106 m / 16,849 ft at high Larke-La Pass
People and Culture: Higher area Manaslu people of Tibetan origin mid hills Gurung, Magar both Buddhism / Hindu religions and cultures with traditional farm life.
Trek Duration: 13 Nights and 14 Days (with drive both ways)
Total Trip: 16 Nights and 17 days (from arrival to final departure)
March to May with Mid September to November months best months for treks when most of the days crystal clear for views, but cold in the morning and night time as well in shades with chances of snow sometimes during late autumn seasons. Where March to May will be lively when wild flowers are in full bloom with sunny days with cloudy late afternoon times.
Around Manaslu Trekking, one of most interesting and scenic walks within Nepal North Mid-West Himalaya, located within remote corners of Gorkha district on the old Trans Himalayan Salt / Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet. Around Manaslu Trekking, offers moderate to adventurous walks as journey progress to higher altitude and in between high mountains at scenic Manaslu valley enclosed by array of giant snow-clad peaks. Mt. Manaslu in local native language of Tibetan origin calls Kutung, where the word Manaslu came from ancient Hindu Sanskrit as Manas means mind or soul of the Gods (like holy Lake Manasrover located in Tibet). Around Manaslu Trekking takes you on both scenic sides of the massive Manaslu range of peaks which includes Himal-Chuli and Bouddha Himal with array of lesser peaks, which lies in the middle of Annapurna range to the west with massive Ganesh Himal in the east direction. A fabulous adventure that leads you after an exciting drive from Kathmandu to reach low warmer areas of Gorkha district, and then following raging Burigandaki River right up to its near glacial source at high Manaslu valley. Walk leads from warm sub-tropical temperature to reach cooler alpine areas covered within lovely forest of pines and rhododendron trees as our trek progress heading higher past lovely villages with neat farm terraces. Journey then reaches at Sama-Gaon the main village of upper Manaslu Valley with fascinating Buddhist culture and religion of strong Tibetan influence due to its close border to Tibet. On leaving Sama-Gaon and the last Samdu village within Manaslu and Gorkha areas where climb leads to traverse high Larke-la pass facing outmost panorama of mountains, and then with long descend to reach around Manang district at Dharapani village. Located on famous and popular Annapurna circuit trail, at Dharapani village our fantastic adventure completes, and then driving back to Kathmandu with endless memories and wonderful experience on Around Manaslu Trekking.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu international airport received by Life and Journey staff / guide greets you with warm welcome and then transfer into heart of Kathmandu city to your respective hotels. With time to get refreshed join in for group briefing regarding treks with other useful information as well with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome group dinner in a nice authentic restaurants with cultural program.
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities as well for options for sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest, as Kathmandu and its close other cities steeped with World Heritage Sites, rest of the afternoon preparation for Around Manaslu Trekking.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat and beyond to Soti-Khola 730 m -07 hrs.
Morning an interesting long drive leads to Nepal Mid West, journey head towards Gorkha district with many farm villages and towns to reach at Arughat around low warmer farm areas, and then on the dirt road to reach at Soti-Khola following Buri-Gandaki River upstream, drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Soti-Khola for overnight stop.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.
From Soti-Khola village slow climb on first day walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream heading into a gorge within forest, as walks climb to cool areas and then walk for near six hours to our overnight stop at Machha-Khola. A moderate size farm village, where Maccha means Fish and Khola for stream, a popular spot for fishing silver craps and other varieties of fish found in this Himalayan fresh stream.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.
From fishing village, walk follows Buri-Gandaki River for some hours the head towards Khorla-Beshi a small farm village, from here on winding trail to reach at Tatopani village with natural “Hot Spring,”. As time permits enjoy warm refreshing bathe then walk uphill to Jagat village for overnight stop, Jagat a nice large village with shops and stores, nice simple lodges enjoy the afternoon walking around this nice village.
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.
After overnight at Jagat, walk continues towards higher hill past farm villages and then on downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with many scattered farm houses. From Philim walk leads around golden fields of wheat’s and barley farm terraces, with climb on rocky ridge within bamboo forested area to overnight stop at Dyang village.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk from Dyang leads to cooler area where you can feel rise in elevation, as our route enters into higher Himalayan region and then with short downhill to a river side to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small village near a river side. From here onwards encountering more villages of strong Tibetan influence in culture and way of daily life, walk leads on gentle trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village is reached for overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs.
From Ghap village with nice good walk following Burigandaki River, then crossing this river through small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets to reach at Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face and adjoining peaks. Walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi and Sho, then as altitude gains with an hour up to Shrip village to Lo-Gaon (village) for overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Sama- Gaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs.
After Lo-Gaon tree lines drops for short juniper bushes with some willow trees, walk leads on nice path with views of peaks and finally the day ends at Sama- Gaon for overnight stop, a large mountain village located on route to Manaslu base camp, Larke-la pass and as well towards Tibet border.
Day 10: Rest day in Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.
Rest day in Sama-Gaon for acclimatization before reaching higher areas of Manaslu and Larke-La, at Sama-Gaon explore the lovely and interesting village and its monastery or hike to view point hill.
Day 11: Trek to Samdu 3,780m -05 hrs.
After Sama-Gaon, route leads to a climb to Samdu walk leads to high altitude and within dry air which makes walk slower. Walking slowly and steady leads you at Samdu village another last village before Larke-la base and pass, at Samdu for overnight a village of strong Tibetan influence due to its closeness to Tibet border where old time trade still exists.
Day 12: Trek to Larke Phedi a base camp for Larke Peak and pass at 4,450 m.
From Samdu walk leads to much barren country where route leads across Gyala Khola (stream), and then ascend to a ridge with ruins of a village known as Larke Bazaar. This village once thrived on trade with Tibet over nearby Gya La, a trade which at present has diminished but few compared to early days. Walk nears Larke Glacier reaching at Duwang or Larke Phedi also known as Dharmasala for overnight stop with last day around Gorkha and Manaslu area.
Day 13: Cross Larke-la pass 5,106 m and descend to Bhimtang - 08 hrs.
Adventure starts early morning to reach above Larke-la Pass at 5,106 m, where route leads on winding uphill, and then with steep up to reach our highest point of the trip on top Larke-La, the pass festooned with hundreds of Buddhist colorful prayer flags and marked with stones piles. From the pass offers glorious views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II, after a great moment a long descend leads you over snow and scree, to reach a valley to Larcia. Further walk on moraine leads to Tambuche at 3,900m from here short walk to our overnight stop at Bhimtang, a lovely place on a wide valley with number of good lodge to stay.
Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs.
After a long day walk to Bhimtang of previous day, today an easy trek from here onward to Dharapani past thick forested area of pines, rhododendron trees with view of snow peaks. From Bhimtang descend to a valley of Burdin Khola which is the base of west side of Manaslu, from a ridge with excellent view of Manaslu towards south east with Annapurna II in the south west. Our route leads over Dudh Khola, where descend follows a trail into a narrow valley within forest to reach our overnight stop amidst forest surrounding in perfect tranquility after 5 hours of good walk.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani village 1,943m. 5-6 hours.
From here our last day walk of the adventure leads downhill into forest passing small summer settlement and then climb on a terraced fields to Karche La, and then down to Marysangdi River. After few hours walk reaching at Tilje village following Dudh (milky) river downstream, passing number of villages, including Thonje. From Tilje an hour and last climb of the journey on crossing a bridge and then joining at main trail of Annapurna circuit in Dharapani village. Dharapani a lovely large village will be a civilization after being in complete wilderness, where one can celebrate with a beer and buy hot shower from local lodge.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels - 07 hrs.
Last day on high hills and mountains of Nepal Mid-West, after a marvelous experience and adventure around Manaslu where morning drive leads you back at Kathmandu. Driving along farm villages and terraced fields to reach a large town of Besisar and then on good road towards Kathmandu, where our memorable adventure completes, late afternoon free at leisure to relax after great walks around Manaslu trekking.
Day 17: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
Your last final day in Nepal the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your flight time depart from the hotel, where our guides and staff transfer you for International departure homeward bound or to respective countries.