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Manaslu Trekking

Newly opened in 1992 to trekking by the Government this area unspoilt and a virtual paradise. Many of our guides count it among their favorites, due to the beautiful surroundings and peaceful nature.

This fascinating trek is constantly rewarding, be it the biological diversity or the unsurpassed beauty of Ganesh and Manaslu (at 8118m is ranked the 8th highest in the world) or the insight into the local cultures that you are after. Here you will find a cross-section of ethnic Nepalese tribes, the people of Gurung, Magar, Tamang and Bhotes (Tibetan) whose way of life has remained unchanged for decades (even centuries).

 

Beginning in Gurkha, home of the celebrated Gurkha soldiers, visit the ancient palace of King Prithivi Narayan Shah. Soon afterwards civilization fades and we pass through ancient villages, observing the simple agriculture habits of its people. We then ascend the Gandaki River valley, fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some of the many bathing pools. From here, the strenuous section begins and yaks begin to outnumber people on the rocky landscape.

 

In Samagoan (3450m) we visit the glacial green lake of Birendra before crossing into mystic Samdo, a mere 15km from the Tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit scared monasteries and combining the views of the Tibetan plateau against stark white Himalayas makes this a truly spiritual place. Continuing, more monasteries await in Larkya La, a 5213m snow-covered pass which demands the utmost respect. Snow-covered peaks over 6500m tower above as we cross and the descent, once off the snow lakes, takes us through alpine then tropical areas, busting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes laced with cotton-white beaches. Finally, Manaslu will disappear as we descend to Besisahar (832m). This three-week excursion will leave you with a sense of peace and respect for the people of Nepal and its ecological wonders.

Day 01: Arrival Katmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu- Arughat (530m.)
Day 04: Arughat - Khorsani Bari (750m.)
Day 05: Khorsani Bari - Machha Khola (890m)
Day 06: Machha Khola - Jagat (1350m)
Day 07: Jagat - Filim (2300m)
Day 08: Filim - Dang (2095m)
Day 09: Dang - Lho Gaon (3150m))
Day 10: Lho Gaon - Sama Gompa (3500m)
Day 11: Rest day in Sama Gompa
Day 12: Sama Gompa - Samdo (4000m)
Day 13: Samdo - Free day for local excursions and relaxing.
Day 14: Samdo - Dharmasala (4450m)
Day 15: Dharmasala to Larke La Pass (5216m) and camp Bimtang
Day 16: Bimtang - Dharapani (1943m)
Day 17: Dharapani - Chamche (1433m)
Day 18: Chamche - Ngatti (846m)
Day 19: Ngatti - Besi Sahar (823m
Day 20: Besi Sahar - Kathmandu
Day 21: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.

 

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your need, we can design a tailor made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
You will be met by Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure staffs at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and official work.
In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour visiting Boudhanath Stupa & Swoyambhu Nath Stupa. Here we may observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the Stupa. Where we can visit the surrounding monasteries and perhaps watch the monks as they chant their daily mantras. In addition, we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we will see Hindu holy men (or Sadhus), pilgrims bathing and, occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. In the evening, you will be supplied with your trek packs and final departure details for tomorrow.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu- Arughat (530m.) 6-7 hours
Drive Kathmandu to Arughat. Arughat is the largest village of this river basin

Day 04: Arughat - Khorsani Bari (750m.) 6-7 hours
Follow the Budhi Gandaki river towards its point of origin. We pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach the Arughat river. After Arughat we ascend slowly toward Kyoropani and camp today near the start of the Seti (white) river – an ideal place to take a fresh water bath.

Day 05: Khorsani Bari - Machha Khola (890m) 6-7 hours
The trail descends slowly before rising again to the mountain ridge of Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon where the valley cuts into the other side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi the trail moves down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki and tonight we camp by Machha river.

Day 06: Machha Khola -  Jagat (1350m) 6-7 hours
Cross the Machha river and head upstream along the river’s edge. After crossing Khola Besi, there is a hot spring called “Tatopani”. The trail changes to a more forested area after this and we continue towards Doban where there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation and at Jagat there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked.

Day 07: Jagat - Filim (2300m) 7-8 hours
Descend to the riverbed again where we cross then ascend to the terraced hill of Saguleri where Sringi Himal (7177m) can be seen. We then cross Budhi Gandaki once more to continue toward Sirish Gaon. Gandaki valley narrows from here with soaring precipitous walls towering above us before we reach Filim

Day 08: Filim - Dang (2095m) 6-7 hours
Following the trail upstream of Dang River, a tiny village of just four houses, we walk through a newly built rock tunnel thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around before we reach Dang.

Day 09: Dang - Lho Gaon (3150m) 5-6 hours
Cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki to follow the path lined with houses interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru there is a police check post again and after we across the Hinan river, which is fed by Linda Glacier, and continue on to Sho Naike peak where Manaslu north and Manaslu itself can be seen. Camp near a spring at Lho Gaon, another tiny village.

Day 10: Lho Gaon - Sama Gompa (3500m) 4-5 hours
Pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a close up view of Manaslu should you wish. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama and from here it takes just 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa

Day 11: Rest day in Sama Gompa

Day 12: Sama Gompa - Samdo (4000m) 3-4 hours
Trek along the level tableland before skirting around the ridge of lateral moraine heading towards Karmo Kharka and Kermo Maman. Climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki and from here we reach Samdo, an incredibly remote settlement. Amid some of natures most severe conditions live some 200 villagers in forty houses and it is here that we spend the night.

Day 13: Samdo - Free day for local excursions and relaxing.

Day 14: Samdo - Dharmasala (4450m) 5-6 hours
Descend a mountain path from Samdo until you cross Gyala Khola. Ascend again to the ridge overlooking the remains of thriving Lyarke Bazaar. Cross two small streams before Lyarke Glacier appears before you. Ascend from here to a stirringly built guesthouse at Dharmasala.

Day 15: Dharmasala to Larke La Pass (5216m) and camp Bimtang. (2785m) 7-8 hours After our climb through the pass we descend again to Larcia and to a hill called Pangal. Here there are excellent views and you can see the land stretched out behind us. Next we descend sharply towards Bimtang situated by a riverbed.

Day 16: Bimtang - Dharapani (1943m) 6-7 hours
Ascend through the paddy fields toward Karche La. From the pass the track descends through numerous fields to Tillije. Cross Dudh Khola here to reach Thonje check point. You will join Marsyangdi valley from here and camp at Dharapani

Day 17: Dharapani - Chamche (1433m) 5-6 hours
Follow the trail downstream of the Marsyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Chamche village for overnight camping.

Day 18: Chamche - Ngatti (846m) 7-8 hours
Ascend gently to Bahun Danda before descending again to Nagatti for the overnight camp.

Day 19: Ngatti - Besi Sahar (823m) 6-7 hours
The trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Bhulbhule. This is another pleasant walk after the tough days before and we camp at Besi Sahar.

Day 20: Besi Sahar - Kathmandu
After an early breakfast we begin the 7-8 hour drive back to Kathmandu. Tonight should you wish we will have a traditional Nepali dinner and dance, although you may prefer western food and beer

Day 21: Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.
Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.

Trip duration: 21 Days

Grade: Strenuous

Maximum altitude: 5216m

Accommodation:  Tented Camp

Best Time for Trek: February, March, April, May, September October and November.

 The trip cost will be vary depending on group size, duration of the days and services base. So PLEASE contact us for the cost with your interest of services, group size  and duration of the trip . Thank you

Note: Group leader travel free for groups of minimum 12 paying.

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