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Manaslu Trek

  • Overview
  • Itinerary

Enter a world of remote and ancient monasteries in a landscape steeped in Buddhist and Hindu traditions. This lesser-known trek, though gaining in popularity over the years, still retains an aura of being untouched. The route lies just east of the Annapurna Himal, beginning near the banks of the Budi Gandaki river and making a gradual ascent through an area containing some of Nepal's most diverse ecology. Culminating in a stunning pass at 5,100 meters across the Larkya La, this trek is an excellent alternative to the more popular routes in the Annapurna and Everest regions.

Max altitude: 5,100m/16,732ft across Larkya Pass
Difficulty: Challenging
Days out of Kathmandu: 17
Trekking style: Camping/Teahouse
Best time to go: Oct - May

Day 1: You will be received at the airport by representatives from Mountain Sisters and SLC level students from the Mitrata-Nepal children's home and provided transportation to your hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Dig in to the culture around Kathmandu valley today - try Newari khaja and soak in a nice vista in Kiritipur, take an amazing cable car ride to the temple at Manakamana, see the house of the living Goddess at Kumari temple, or visit Nepal's famous Hindu pilgrimage site at Pashupatinath. We will meet in the evening before dinner to discuss trip preparations and answer any questions before our departure in the morning.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,968ft): 5 hour drive
Depart from Kathmandu by private van or bus and head west into the Gorkha district, seat of the ancient Gurkha kingdom. Travel to Arughat, a major town in the region situated around the Buri Gandaki river and the starting point of our trek.

Day 4: Arughat to Seti Khola (710m/1,968ft): 5 - 6 hour wallk
Our trek begins with a steady ascent through fields of millet and rice, heading west from Arughat across the Bur i Gandaki. We pass through Sante Bazzar as we climb a steep trail to a waterfall and descend to Soti Khola, our first overnight stop.

Day 5: Seti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m/2,952ft): 6 -7 hour walk
We follow the Buri Gandaki along a winding trail cut across a steep cliff face lined with waterfalls and rivulets. The valley widens and our trail flattens out to reveal a sandy riverbed scattered with boulders. Stop in Labubesi and continue traversing the valley to our night stop at Machha Khola.

Day 6: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,410m/4,652ft): 6-7 hour walk
We pass through Khorlabesi as we continue, stopping at a hot spring at the trailhead to Tatopani. Crossing the Buri Gandaki over suspension bridge, we climb a stone staircase and ascend the ridge to Dobhan. Several more staircases and a pass over the Yaru Khola takes us to Tharo Bharyang, finally climbing over an adjacent ridge to Jagat.

Day 7: Jagat to Deng (1,804m/5,917ft): 6 - 7 hours walk
The valley widens as we continue upstream, making several more bridge passes and ascending to the Gurung settlement of Philim. We hike through millet fields to Ekle Bhatti and descend into a steep ravine, traversing grassy slopes and bamboo stands, we cross the Deng Khola and reach our overnight stop in the tiny cluster of houses at Deng.

Day 8: Deng to Ghap (2,165m/7,102ft): 3-4 hours walk
Our trail winds across a valley landscape striated with mountain rivers and streams. We pass an old stone Mani wall as we descend into the Sringi valley, through lush jungle to Ghap. We will arrive early at Ghap and can make an optional side trip to see the Tibetan Gompas at nearby Prok village. Overnight in Ghap.

Day 9: Ghap to Lho (3,180m/10,430ft): 7-8 hours walk
The jungle becomes thick and the river chugs along as we continue upstream to Namru. We climb to Lihi and are greeted by the massive peaks of Himal Chuli and Ganesh Himal. Crossing into the Simnang Himal valley, we pass a beautiful Buddhist chorten and arrive in the scenic village of Sho. A final ascent brings us to the ridge top village of Lho.

Day 10: Lho to Sermagaon (3,530m/11,578ft): 5 to 6 hour walk
By now we may have had our first glimpse of the secretive Manaslu. We begin to feel the difference in altitude as we climb high above the roaring Buri Gandaki in the pit of the valley below us. We crest a plateau and arrive in Shula, finding ourselves in the company of massive peaks all around us - before us lies Manaslu, buttressed by several large glaciers, and to our rear, Ganesh Himal, along with a host of peaks enclosing us on both sides. We arrive in the idyllic setting of Sermagaon, where we can visit the famous monastery before we head to sleep.

Day 11: Rest day at Sermagaon
A welcome day of rest helps us to acclimatize in Sermagaon. Visit the monastery of Pungyen Gompa and enjoy fantastic glacier views. Wander the surrounding hillsides and take in the vivid picture painted with towering peaks, rugged stone enclaves, intricately carved mani walls, and mountain yaks grazing under the tranquil vigil of weathered Buddhist gompas.

Day 12: Sana to Samdo (3,860m/12,660ft): 4 to 5 hour walk
 The valley opens as we continue passed several mani walls, we ascend along an easy grade through stands of birch and juniper trees. Crossing once more over the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge, we make a steep ascent and pass under a large stone Kani (Buddhist Gompa in the shape of an arch), to our overnight stop in the starkly beautiful terrain around Samdo.

Day 13: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,460m/14,628ft): 4 to 5 hours walk.
Several river crossings and short ascents bring us to Larkya Phedi, where we take an early rest in preparation for our tomorrow's climactic crossing of the Larkya La pass.

Day 14: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3,720m/12,201ft): 8 to 9 hours walk .
Today will be an arduous journey, but the stunning climb across the Larkya La pass at 5,200 meters, awash in some of Nepal's most dramatic mountain scenery, will remind you exactly why you set out on this journey to begin with. The day begins with a climb to a valley on the north side of the Larkya glaciers. We traverse glacial moraine in the shadows of Larkya Peak, and emerge into a landscape of iconic and profoundly beautiful mountain terrain. After crossing the pass we descend into an alpine valley surrounded by mammoth himalayan peaks, arriving to overnight at Bimthang.

Day 15: Bimthang to Gho (2,560m/8,396ft): 4 to 5 hours walk
Against a southeastern skyline dominated by Manaslu's 8,000 meter crown, we descend into lush rhododendron forests. The trail winds through pristine alpine forest to the banks of the Dudh Khola, from a where a short hike takes us to Gho.

Day 16
: Gho to Dharapani (1,920m/6,297ft): 3 to 4 hours walk

An easy walk through rolling mountain meadows peppered with oak and rhododendron, we cross the Dudh Khola twice and pass through another Kani arch to Thonje, and finally arrive in Dharapani

Day 17: Dharapani to Syange (1,080m/3,542ft): 6 to 7 hours walk
From Dharapani we join a trail that comprises the beginning of the Annapurna circuit. The valley widens out as we descend and cross the Marsyandi river. We pass through interesting settlements at Tal and Chamje, continuing through wooded trails to Syange.

Day 18: Syange to Besi Sahar (800m/2,625ft): 3 to 4 hours walk
We emerged into a quintessential countryside landscape of hamlets tucked into terraced hillsides, a patchwork of Nepali rural life. Admire the village culture in several settlements along the banks of the Marsyandi on the last stretch of this epic journey, ending at our transit point in Besi Sahar.

Day 19: Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu: 6 to 7 hour drive After a good night's rest and an amazing journey, return to Kathmandu via bus or private van.

Days 20 and 21: Spice up your sightseeing around Kathmandu with optional days spent volunteering at the Mitrata-Nepal children's home. This is a great opportunity to meet the children for whom your travels with Mountain Sisters will benefit. Join us for dance and music classes, help out in our gardens and chicken coop, or assist with lessons in our student's classrooms.

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