Nepal; Manaslu Trekking YD01

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Trekking in the Manaslu region was opened in 1991 for foreigners although mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. Mt Manaslu at 8156 meters was first attempted by a Japanese expedition in 1953 then continued to dominate the climbing scene on Manaslu until 1971.

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Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
End Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge & Camps
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

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Trekking in the Manaslu region was opened in 1991 for foreigners although mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. Mt Manaslu at 8156 meters was first attempted by a Japanese expedition in 1953 then continued to dominate the climbing scene on Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers, including the peripatetic Hugh Swift, managed to obtain trekking permits for the region; otherwise this trek has always been the domain of the mountaineering expedition. Trekking in Manaslu offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and a great bio-diversity.

Starting from Arughat at an altitude of 570m, the main goal of the trek is to cross over the Larkya La Pass at 5135 meters. The first part of the trek leads you through the walls of the Buri Gandaki river valley which is perpendicular and involves a challenging amount of climbing. As you trek up to the upper Buri Gandaki, you will reach Tibetan inhabitants of a region known as Nupri. Here, people, speech, dress and customs are exclusively Tibetan, as Nupri is still a trade access point for the border people. The mountain views at Nupri are sensational and the crossing of the Larkya La is one of the most dramatic of any passes in the Himalaya. After the Larkya La Pass the remaining part of the trek takes place in the Marshyandi Valley, where the famous Annapurna circuit trek begins.


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

-4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
-Private minibus transfer
-Tent accommodation during trekking
-Trekking permit and national parks entry fees
-Supporting staff and porters
-Cooking utensil and fuels-
-Tents and mattresses
-Necessary foods supply during trek
-Insurance for trekking staff

-Meals in Kathmandu
-Monuments entrance fee in Kathmandu
-Alcoholic drinks
-Travel Insurance
-Emergency rescue by helicopter in case of necessary

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Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you at the airport provide transportation to the hotel. After refreshments at the hotel, our trek leader give a short briefing on our upcoming trek. From there we will travel to visit the historical palace of Hanumandhoka, to see the oldest monument and temple of the ancient royal palaces. Evening dinner will be provided at one of our favorite Nepalese restaurants before returning to the hotel.
Day 02. Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Kathmandu and the valley surrounding it boasts one of the largest collections of magnificent historical monuments and shrines in the world. Recognized as a world Heritage Site by UNESCO, there are diverse clusters that each feature the beauty and cultural relics of this historical land. Today we will visit Durbar Square in the heart of Kathmandu and the Hanuman Dhoka Palace complex. Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex consists of a huge Royal Square imposing a tremendous variety of temples dedicated to different Hindu gods and goddess. Most of the buildings we see here date from 15th to 18th century. The entire Palace Complex here is named after a monkey god called Hanuman and during our visit we can see a huge stone statue of Hanuman painted bright red right next to the main entrance (the golden gate) of the palace. Hanuman here is regarded as a powerful protector of the entire Durbar Square.
Day 03. Drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m/7hrs) You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; you turn towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough but you will reach your destination Arughat Bazaar in approximately seven hours from Kathmandu
Day 04. Trek Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m/6hrs) You trek over flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and you are quite surrounded by green forest. This day you take lunch at Arket Bazaar, which lies middle way to Soti Khola. This is the best place to relax and can enjoy swimming to ease your tiredness of walking. To reach Soti Khola, the trail is ups and downs through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The swimming spot is nearby here.
Day 05. Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m/6hrs) The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian. Now you again precede the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. There is a small market with few shops, lodges and donkeys are kept there.
Day 06. Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m/6hrs) You cross the Machha Khola - Fish Stream - and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, you re cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp
Day 07. Trek Jagat to Philim (1700m/3hrs) The early part of trek moves gentle uphill and then somewhere through flat leveled path. You cross suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by Gurung. There are small monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and typical houses.
Day 08. Trek Philim to Deng (2095m/6hrs) You trek over a flat-leveled path mostly through forests of pine, rhododendron and other forests. While walking, you will cross a few bridges and can see villages at a far distance. There are few houses at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buckwheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, and spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture.
Day 09. Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m/5hrs) In the beginning, you trek along an almost level path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, water turbine, hydro electricity powerhouse, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture.
Day 10. Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m/4hrs) You trek over winding path, which moves through inner Himalayn range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation get decreased. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy. While walking, you come across Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach Lho Gaon, you pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. There is a monastery named as Chon at a ridge and there is a Buddhist school at Lho Gaon run by Buddhist monks. People mainly grow oat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes and vegetables. You can catch panoramic view of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, and Lajing peak with others from Lho Gaon.
Day 11. Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m/4hrs) Leaving the village, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail, you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. You camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border.
Day 12. Acclimatization daySurrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you take a rest day to at Samagaon for acclimatization. Acclimatize and relax. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake nearby Manaslu Base Camp.
Day 13. Trek Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/4hrs) You trek gentle uphill all the way to Samdo through desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometres away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu icefall and many more.
Day 14. Trek Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m/3hrs) The trail is rocky and zigzag all the way to destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market Larkya Bazaar (market) where is held seasonal Tibet fair/market. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. There is a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi.
Day 15. Trek Larkya La Phedi-(Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590) Early in the morning you begin to trek steep ascent path until Larkya La through rocky and windy path. This day you carry packed lunch. From the top, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you move steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you can see many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses.
Day 16. Trek Bimthang to Dharapani (1860 m/6hrs) Crossing this high pasture; you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi River.
Day 17. Trek Dharapani to Jagat (1800m/6hrs) You trek all the way over descent path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Taal, which is an attractive village with pretty waterfall, and you can enjoy green hills. Eventually Jagat is a stone village situated on a shelf, which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley.
Day 18. Trek Jagat to Nagdi (850m/5hrs) Today we begin with a steep descent from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk through Ghermu Fath (Ghermu field). This part of trek is pleasant along a level path with views of green valley and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. Brahmin, Chhetri and few others mainly populate this village. Now, you descend all the way to Nagdi. Nagdi is a Gurung village and people who had migrated run the local lodges from Manang and other places.
Day 19. : Drive to Kathmandu via Besishaar (6hrs) It is a picturesque road that we follow back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages at both sides of road.
Day 20. Rest and visit monuments in Kathmandu. On this day our professional tour guide brings you to visit the city sightseeing on which you will get to see some of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu, a visit to local market can be very interesting to see by foot as well.,
Day 21. Transfer and departure from Kathmandu. Our airport representative will arrange transfer for your international flight at the given time