|Lowest Altitude||Approximately 606 meters Arughat|
|Activities||Manasalu Round Trek|
|Duration||19 Days Trip,17 Days trek|
|Group Size||Minimum two to Maximum Fifteen|
|Best Season||March-May, September-November|
Manasalu is the eighth highest mountain of the world, with its peak at a height of 8,163 meters above the sea level. With a plethora of natural and cultural heritages resting on its lap, Mansalu offers a trek which is recognized as one of the world’s best all-round treks.
The trek starts from Arughat Bazar. After a long drive to Arughat Bazar, you follow the main trail led by the Budhi Gandaki river. The trek is going to get more thrilling with each turn, with extremely steep cliffs, exciting suspension bridges, and narrow roads overlooking directly to rivers deep below. You pass several villages, which have their own unique cultures, cuisines, and lifestyle to show. You take a rest day at Samagaon, and continue towards the journey. Exploring the landscapes and villages, you trek down to Besisahar, and drive back to Kathmandu from here.
The trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. With thrilling adventures awaiting you at each turn, you should gear yourself up to be blown away.
Day One: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day two: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
Day three: Trek to Soti Khola
Day four: Trek to Machha Khola
Day five: Trek to Jagat and Philim
Day six: Trek to Pewa
Day seven: Trek to Ghap
Day eight: Trek to Lhogaon
Day nine: Trek to Samagaon
Day ten: Rest day at Samagaon
Day eleven: Trek to Samdo
Day twelve: Trek to Larkya La Phedi
Day thirteen: Trek to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass
Day fourteen: Trek to Tiliche
Day fifteen: Trek to Chamje
Day sixteen: Trek to Bahundanda
Day seventeen: Trek to Besishahar
Day eighteen: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day Nineteen: We drive you to airport on the basis of your schedule flight.
Note: We customize itinerary as per your interest to manage your specific requirements.
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
The way unwinds away from the valley, leading to Arughat Bazar, on the bank of Dudh koshi. The road is bumpy, but very scenic, and also crosses an interesting bridge on the way.
Day 03: Trek to Soti Khola
Along the bank of Budhi Gandaki river, you tread on a leveled path which stretches out to a vast green land. The way eventually narrows down as you pass several big villages, with houses painted in unique little drawings. You are most likely to be covered in sweat through the trek, and you can wash that down in the cold, refreshing water of Soti Khola.
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola
The path Zigzags through forests, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys to Lapu Besi, which is majorly inhabitated by Mongolians. You proceed towards Maccha Khola, passing a gorge with a nearly vertical wall, and terraced fertile fields. The lodge here is basic, but well-facilitated with a proper menu and dormitory.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat and Philim
You cross the Machha Khola, and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places, with steep cliffs, narrow rocky paths, and high suspension bridges. The river is much more placid, after the Dovan region, meandering across a broad gravel bed. You climb to the high path to Jagat, where you make your stop for lunch, before continuing the trek. The early part of trek moves uphill and flattens down eventually. You then cross over Budhi Gandaki to enter Philim, and have yourself surrounded by small monasteries, chortens, prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and typical houses.
Day 06: Trek to Pewa
Today’s trek is pretty easy, walking on a flat path through the forests of pine, rhododendron and others.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap
Accompanied by mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries, you climb to Ghap. The fields of Ghap are covered in oat, barley, buck wheat, potatoes and vegetables, making it a great view among the mountains of Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal and Lajing peak.
Day 08: Trek to Lhogaon
Winding through inner Himalayn range, you can see Rupinala pass, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, , and many other snowcapped mountains. The vegetation decreases as you feel the altitude pressurize you, but the views, and energy of the inhabitants of the villages that you pass will power you up.
Day 09: Trek to Samagaon
Leaving the village, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. You continue on the main trail led by the Budhi Gandaki, and find yourself in the lovely Samagaon.
Day 10: Rest day at Samagaon
Samagaon, also known as the gateway to Manasalu, is covered in slate-roofed medieval stone houses. For acclimatization, you can trek to Pung-gyen Gumba or to Birendra Lake.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo
You climb uphill gradually, all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo, however, passing the border from here is not permitted. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and many more.
Day 12: Trek to Larkya La Phedi
The rocky trail zigzags all the way to the destination. You pass the Larkya La market on the way, where a seasonal market is held. During the market, people bring goods from Tibet to sell it here.
Day 13: Trek to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass
You begin early morning to cover the pass and reach Bimthang. The ascent to the pass is steep and rocky, but once on peak, you can enjoy the spectacular sun rising amidst Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow-capped mountains.
You move downhill steeply on rock and ice, passing a number of icy lakes. Bimthang is a levelled valley, decorated with chortens and pretty houses.
Day 14: Trek to Tiliche
Today’s trek is very scenic, with excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West.
Day 15: Trek to Chamje
You enter the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) region, and descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the Base Camp. The way can be quite tricky, especially after the landslide. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a narrow trail to Karche. You also cross several naturally grown Marijuana patches on the way. After crossing a stream, you reach Chamje.
Day16: Trek to Bahundanda
Descending along the bank of Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi, you pass Jagat and reach Bahundada, also known as the Marsyangdi valley.
Day 17: Trek to Besishahar
You descend about 300 meters and then tread on an almost levelled path all the way to Besisahar, passing several villages and also some streams. Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. This is also the starting point of the famous Annapurna circuit trek.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu
The drive back is pretty tough with bumpy and narrow roads, but a picturesque one, passing Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers, with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on either side of the road.
Day 19: return Flight
We drive you to airpot on the basis of your schedule flight.
We customize itinerary as per your interest to manage your specific requirements.
The Cost Includes:
- A guide
- Special trekking permit for Manasalu.
- Entry permits for Manasalu Conservation Area
- Entry permits for Annapurna Conservation Area
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
- Necessary transportation
- All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for our guide during the trek
- Accommodation in teahouses (lodges)
- Rescue help (It is provided by your insurance company)
- First aid kits
- Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs
- Necessary Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down Jacket)
The Cost Excludes:
- Bar bills (coca cola, mineral water etc.)
- Personal Insurance & emergency rescue charges if necessary
- Extra porter & transport charges in the event of landslides
- Other personal expenses, airport tax, Kathmandu city entrance fee
- Personal, medical and evacuation insurance
- Laundry, cost raised by re-routing, cancellation, political disturbance etc.
- Tips and any other expenses, which are not mentioned above.
- Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (We can arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget).
To enjoy your trip more you need to be comfort and breathability all day long, for that you need to put emphasis on equipment’s that are necessary. The following list includes items that are necessary which can also be hired.
- Backpack: During your trip you need to be careful to make the weight of your clothing equipment down to minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weigh no more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds.)
- Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag rated to at least 15-degrees Fahrenheit (Optional/ Sleeping bag is provided by us if necessary)
- Duffel Bag
- Flash Light (Head lamp)
- Sun glass
- Water purifier
- Trekking boots
- Lightweight sandals
- Woolen socks (3 pairs)
While packing your clothes, you need to be careful to not to pack heavy clothes. It’s rather good to go on layers than in bulky clothes.
- Hat (For warmth)
- Lightweight long sleeve trekking shirts
- Long sleeves are good for sun protection. Light weight makes for easy wash material
- Fleece Jacket or pullover
- Underwear (4 pairs)
- Fleece or wool trouser/ Pants
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Thermal Clothing (As per the Season)
- Lightweight rain Jacket
- Warm Gloves or mittens
- Sports bra
- Sun block
- Toilet articles and towel
- Small Knife
- First-aid kit (containing all drugs prescribed to you)
- Batteries backup
Accommodation: You would be accommodated at Nagarjun homestay with facilities of hot water, western toilets, electricity, television, free WIFI during Kathmandu stay. And offered to stay at teahouses with facilities granted by teahouses during trek.
Meal: You would be offered breakfast, Nepali meal at homestay during time at Kathmandu while on trekking you would be provided Nepalese meals three times a day during trek.