Drive Arughat from KTM
(+ rest day – Manaslu base camp visit…)
(+ rest day – Tibetan border walk…)
Dharamshala / Larkya Phedi
Return to Kathmandu
Probably you could shave the 17th day off
- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
Group Size: 2-12 Pax
Max Altitude: 5,106m (16,733ft) at Larkya- La
Fitness Level: Strenuous
Duration: 18 Days
Best Season: Feb- may & Sep- dec
Trip Cost: $2100 USD/ person
Trip – Overview
The trek around 8156m Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain, was only opened to tourists in 1991, and for years it was only possible as a camping trek, following trails beaten by mountaineering pioneers like HW Tilman and Jimmy Roberts as far back as the 1950s. The Manaslu massif is gaining prominence as the best new teahouse trek in Nepal, challenging more famous routes in the Annapurna and Everest regions. Indeed, with its high pass and staggering views, many considered this to be Nepal’s best trek. Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East it is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants. This trek start from the northeast of Gorkha, the Around Manaslu trek passes close to the epicenter of the 25 April earthquake. While relief workers, Guides, and travelers from many countries reported to us that the route is perfect for trekkers and the damage to the Manaslu route is minor. The trails reopen and many people did this trek. It is completely the same and more adventurous to do this trek. The 5167 meters Larkya La pass is usually snow-covered and icy. Micro crampons are often used on the descent. Trekking to the pass requires a 3 am start in order to make the highest point before the winds come, usually around mid-morning. The trek traverses a large elevation range, from the unpleasantly hot and humid lower valleys (even in October and November) to snow on the pass, so you will need an appropriate range of clothing.
Permits & Regulations
You need a restricted-area permit to trek the Manaslu Circuit, which will be arranged by the Himalayan snow treks and expedition Office. The permit fee is $75 USD for the first week (then US$10 per day) from September to November and only $50USD per week (then US$10 per day) during the remainder of the year. The permit date starts from the day you leave Jagat. The Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is under the administration of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which levies a $20 Usd MCAP fee. You’ll also need to pay in advance an additional $20 as an ACAP fee for the section from Dharapani to Besi Sahar. The ACAP check post is in upper Dharapani, just after you join the Annapurna trail. As with other treks we cover you now also need to arrange a TIMS card. We also need a restricted-area permit for the Tsum Valley. The fee is lower than Manaslu, at US$35 per week from September to November, and only US$25 per week during the remainder of the year.
NOTE: If you are trekking the Tsum valley trek during Manaslu then it required 1 week’s additional restricted permit.
- Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)
- Day 2: Drive to Arughat - Trek to Soti Khola (700M/2460ft) -10/11 hrs
- Day 3: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola (930m/3117ft) - 6 hrs
- Day 4: Maccha Khola - Jagat (1340m/4397ft) - 7 hrs
- Day 5: Jagat - Deng (1860m/6102ft) - 6 hrs
- Day 6: Deng - Ghap (2110m/6922ft) - 4hrs
- Day 7: Ghap - Namrung (2660m/8727ft) 3hrs
- Day 8: Namrung - Lho (3180m/10430ft) - 4hrs
- Day 9: Lho - Sama (3530m/11582ft) - 4hrs
- Day 10: Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp (4800m/15748ft) - 5hrs / (Aacclimatization in sama)
- Day 11:Sama - Samdo (3860m/12664ft) - 3hrs (Aacclimatization)
- Day 12:Samdo – Dharmasala (4480m/14698ft) - 3hrs
- Day 13:Dharmasala - Larke la pass (5106M) – Bimtang (3720m/12204ft) - 8hrs
- Day 14:Bimtang – Gho (2560m/8398ft)- 5hrs
- Day 15:Gho – Dharapani (1860m/6103ft) 4hrs
- Day 16:Dharapani – Besi Sahar 1530m 4hrs
- Day 17: Beshi Sahar – Kathmandu ( Drive 6 hrs)
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m/4593ft)
On the day of your arrival
The Himalaya snow treks representative will be waiting at airport with your name card.
Please do try to find your name card after your Visa work completed on TIA Airport Kathmandu. You can easily get the Nepalese mobile Sim card (Mobile chip) for your mobile phone with data on it @ $10USD. Then we will drive you straight to our booked hotel in Thamel. We will provide you the city map and Manaslu Region Map which provide some local information that you should have to know around Kathmandu and in Mountain regions.
Day 2: Drive to Arughat - Trek to Soti Khola (700M/2460ft) -10/11 hrs
To begin the trek from Arughat we turn west across the bridge over the Buri Gandaki. We pass the stone buildings of the hydroelectric power plant and walk through fields of rice and millet to Maltar. We continue our trek past through forests full of monkeys to Sante Bazar with a view of Sringi Himal (7187m) up the valley. Now the trail becomes more difficult as the trail crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge and we pass through Arkhet (760m) to a stone paved trail that climbs through fields and descend to a high, cascading waterfall to make a long, steep slog up a ridge to Kyopani, a small Magar and Gurung village at 820m.From here the trail descends to Soti Khola where there is a good swimming hole and waterfalls.
Overnight at tented camp/ Tea House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola (930m/3117ft) - 6 hrs
Your Plan/ Walking
The trek starts on a mule track and climbs on perilous steps blasted into a cliff face, before dropping to Lyabrubesi (880m). Continue to Nauli Khola and a suspension bridge, and then follow the Buri (Budh) Gandaki river to Machha Khola (900m), where many trekkers were rescued after the 25 April quake.The trek is rerouted away from the river to an alternative overnight stop in Kashi Gaun on the east side of the river but we will overnight at Maccha khola.
Day 4: Maccha Khola - Jagat (1340m/4397ft) - 7 hrs
The route follows the river to Khorlabesi and the warm spring at Tatopani (930m), continuing on the eastern bank of the Buri Gandaki to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar (1370m). The trail crosses back and forth across the river on suspension bridges to reach the entry gateway for the Manaslu Conservation Area and Jagat (1410m), with its flagstone village square. There's a conservation area office here where restricted area permits are checked.
Overnight at Jagat .
Day 5: Jagat - Deng (1860m/6102ft) - 6 hrs
Above Jagat, the trail climbs to Salleri and Sirdibas, we continue our hike the terrain becomes increasingly arid as the trail snakes past waterfalls to reach Ekle Bhatti then the turn off to Lokpa on the trail to the Tsum Valley. Climb above the confluence of the Buri Gandaki and Shar Khola to Pewa and then we finally reach to Deng (1860m). overnight at Deng.
Day 6: Deng - Ghap (2110m/6922ft) - 4hrs
Ghap, the destination for Day 6, was severely damaged and an alternative overnight stop may be required. From Deng, the trail passes a side-trail to the stone-carving village the route of the Buri Gandaki. A side trail runs from Bhijam to the Buddhist village of Prok, but many buildings here were destroyed, including the monastery but renovation works are keep on going and you can see many people doing construction work. Eventually, the trail drops into Ghap (2110m).
overnight at Ghap.
Day 7: Ghap - Namrung (2660m/8727ft) 3hrs
Your Plan/ Walking
Today we climb above the Tom (Tum) Khola to Longa Chuta and then enter an enchanting forest of fir and rhododendron full of birds and langur monkeys on the north bank of the Buri Gandaki. Cross back to the southern bank to reach Namrung (2660m), a former customs post in the days of the salt route to Tibet.
Overnight in Namrung.
Day 8: Namrung - Lho (3180m/10430ft) - 4hrs
Your Plan/ Walking
Beyond Namrung the trek enters upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and most people dress in chubas, the Tibetan-style wraparound cloak. Climb past barley fields with watchtowers for bears, through Barsam and Lihi, where most houses were severely damaged. Above Lihi, the trail passes turn-offs to a series of local gompas and to the base camp for ascents of Himalchuli (7893m). Views become increasingly epic as Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m) appear at the head of the valley. It's a short walk on to Shrip and finally Lho (3180m).
Day 9: Lho - Sama (3530m/11582ft) - 4hrs
Your Plan/ Walking
Today we drop down and cross the bridge of Damonan Khola, and then ascend again. From here we take the right hand trail that follows the north fork of the stream up for a long distance through damp forests on either muddy or icy ground and finally reach a plateau at Shyaula (3520m) with a wide vista of Himalchuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m)and Manaslu. Now crossing the total desolation area of acres of blackened stumps of trees we cross a ridge and trek in and out of the canyon of the Thosang Khola, then descend onto a rock strewn moraine and cross through boulders and fields to reach Samagaon that has a large village gompa and crops grown are only potatoes and barely. Samagaun is locally known as a RO-...
Overnight at Samagaun.
Day 10: (Aacclimatization in sama) / Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp (4800m/15748ft) - 5hrs /
Your Plan/ Walking
The altitude gain requires one or even two rest days in Sama. Most spend the time exploring the gompa at Pungyen (4070m), a day hike via a side trail branching off halfway between Shyaula and Sama. It is possi ble to continue up this valley to the moraine of the Pungyen Glacier. Other options include trips to the lake at Birendra Tal (3450m) and the challenging climb onwards to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m). North of Birendra Tal, Milarepa's Cave was said to have been used as a meditation retreat by the Buddhist saint, but you'll need a guide to find it.
Day 11:Sama - Samdo (3860m/12664ft) - 3hrs (Aacclimatization)
Your Plan/ walking
The trail onwards drops back to the Buri Gandaki, passing the turn-off to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. The valley widens as you reach Kermo Kharka, but it's a long walk to reach the white kani (gateway) marking the entrance to Samdo (3860m). if we reach earlier and if we'll have time to walk then we can walk the peak above the village for grandstand views of Manaslu. If you feel like another acclimatisation day, a rewarding six to seven hour hike climbs 640m to the moraine of the Fukang Glacier, with sweeping views towards the passes used by locals to cross into Tibet.
(closed to foreigners).
Day 12:Samdo – Dharmasala (4480m/14698ft) - 3hrs
This short day descends through fields before starting the climb towards the Larkya La. There are stunning views of the Manaslu and the Syacha Glacier, and a chance of spotting blue sheep, as you climb to reach Dharamsala (4480m), as high as you can go for the day without risking acclimatisation problems. This is the only shelter before the pass and it is not known if the lone teahouse survived the quake. This section of the trek is prone to snowfall and the Samdo Lodge is usually closed from mid-December to mid-March, when snow blocks the Larkya La. Check in advance before trekking up from Samdo.
Day 13:Dharmasala - Larke la pass (5106M) – Bimtang (3720m/12204ft) - 8hrs
Your Plan/ walking
It takes three to five hours to cross the Lakya La (5100m), the high point on this trek. The ascent is cold and windy and the crossing can be dangerous if there is snow on the pass. We will make it sure if the status is ok before leaving from Samdo. The trail to the pass is marked by cairns but is indistinct and hard to follow after snow. Follow the moraine to four frozen lakes, and then ascend to the pass itself for a show-stopping line up of peaks: Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Descend to the west over treacherously slippery scree to reach Taubuche, where the trail becomes easier. As the valley widens, the trail drops into Bimtang (3720m), once a major trading post on the Tibetan salt route, where many trekkers gathered for safety after the 25 April earthquake. An interesting side-trek follows a trail above Bimtang to the crystal-clear glacial lake of Pungkar Tal (4110m).
Day 14:Bimtang – Gho (2560m/8398ft)- 5hrs
The descent begins in earnest on Day 14, so make the most of the scenery in the morning, before heading down to the Dudh Khola and on to Soti Khola (2700m), also known as Khare, beneath the looming mass of Phungi Peak (6258m). Follow a sweeping arc off the ridge down to the river bank and the village of Gho (2560m).
Day 15:Gho – Dharapani (1860m/6103ft) 4hrs
Your Plan/ walking
The landscape gets greener as you drop through fields and forests to follow the north bank of the Dudh Khola to Tilje (2300m), the first real village after Samdo. This flagstone-paved village is home to many Gurung people. Leave Tilje via the kani at the end of the village, then cross the stream to reach Thonje. Continue to Dharapani (1920m) by crossing a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. You have now connected with the Annapurna Circuit trek, and can enjoy creature comforts for the final descent to Besi Sahar and on to Pokhara.
Day 16:Dharapani – Besi Sahar 1530m 4hrs
Your Plan/ Walking
Dharapani has jeep connections to Besi Sahar, but the ride is such a bone-shaker that many continue on foot to pick up a bus in Chame or Bhulbule.
Day 17: Beshi Sahar – Kathmandu ( Drive 6 hrs)
Your Plan/ Driving
Today is the last day of our trek we can drive to Pokhara to Kathmandu from Beshi shar 7 hrs.
- Manaslu & Annapurna conservation area permit
- Restricted area permit
- Kathmandu to Soti Khola by public bus
- Dharapani to Kathmandu by public bus
- Guide for 14 days
- 13 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
- 16 x breakfast, 15 x lunch, 15 x dinner while on the trek
Trip Cost Excludes
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- International airfare and departure tax.
- Bar bills, laundry or other expenses of personal nature.
- Travel insurance including evacuation.
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell meals.
- Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
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