|Total Duration: 22 days||Trip Grade: Moderate||Altitude: 5, 213m.|
|Activities: Trekking||Area: Manaslu||Season: Mar - July, Sep - Dec|
|Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge||Transportation: Drive in - Drive out||Group Size: 2 - 12 pax|
This area has only recently been de-restricted and opened to international tourism. Located in the central Gorkha district bordering Tibet, the region is extremely rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Manasulu offers the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure into a remote wilderness, untouched by the effects of tourism. The trek circumnavigates the mighty Manasulu (8,156m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. We start the trek from the fascinating old city of Gorkha, the ancient kingdom of the Shah Dynasty that has a mixed Hindu and Buddhist culture. We follow the course of the Buri Gandaki River valley, crossing its thundering waters on various types of rope and suspension bridge, passing underneath towering rock cliffs, and through dense jungle. The topography changes each day, as we ascend through a number of climatic zones into rugged territory. We soon join the barren lunar landscape of the Tibetan plateau, where monasteries, temples, chortens and mani walls line the trail.
Climbing further through alpine wilderness, we gain stunning and rarely seen views of Manasulu. The Larkya La is our highpoint of the trek at 5,235m, from where we gain unsurpassed views of Himlung Himal (7,126m), Kang Guru (/7,010m) and Annapurna II. We then descend to the Marsayangdi river valley and onto Besisahar from where we catch our minibus back to Kathmandu. This long and demanding camping trek is a wonderful alternative to the Annapurna circuit. The Manasulu Eco-Tourism Development Project, working in c-operation with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation has made great efforts to preserve the pristine beauty of this region, and to trek amongst such inspiring scenery is a rare joy. A classic in the making.
Day 1. Arrival
Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, meet and greet assistance. Transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure. overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing
After having breakfast, full day sightseeing around Kathmandu and Patan city. Overnight at hotel
Day 3: Kathmandu - Gorkha
Drive Kathmandu Gorkha by private bus. Rise with the old place of Royal and short walk to Botheni (1300m) Overnight
Day 4: Botheni - Dodeni (600m)
Go along Dorondi Khola where the villagers are fishing. Overnight
Day 5: Dodeni - Barpak (1900m)
Stiff rise among fields in terraces until Barpak, large Gurung village (7 hours) Overnight.
Day 6: Barpak - Laprak (2300m)
Climb (2900m) forests of rhododendron are seen on Buddha Peak (6672m) 6 hours. Overnight
Day 7: Laprak - Kholabensi (1950m)
Seen splendid on Ganesh Himal and the valley of Machha Khola, passage E the river on a bridge and camping in the canyon of Buri Gandaki. (6 hours)
Day 8: Kholabensi - Jagat (1350m)
Assemble progressive along the first throats. (6 hours)
Day 9: Jagat - Pio (1750m)
Large conifers with the perfectly right barrel appears. Centaurs in balcony trail in the cliff. (6 hours)
Day 10: Pio -Ghap (2100m)
Walk progression in throats. First Tibetans villages the landscape and the population and have exchanges completely. (6 hours)
Day 11: Ghap - Lho (2960m)
Go up through forests of spruces. The itineraries will meet Bhotias, of origin Tibetan.
Day 12: Lho - Sama Gompa (3510m)
Go up to a glaciar plate which forms a circus with the foot of Himalchuli (7650m) Its importance camp of Tibetans have installed since 1950 AD.
Day 13: Rest Base Camp
Day of rest and exploration of the village and the camp bases of Manaslu. (4 hours)
Day 14: Sama Gompa - Yak Kharka (4410m)
Cross Samdo, located under the face of the Pang Chuli (6350m) rise at a sheep-fold. (6 hours)
Day 15: Yak Kharka - Larkya La 5213m) and Bimtang (3640m)
Departure early in the morning for a very progressive rise. Climb at the top (5213m). Panorama on the top of Larkya we can see Larkya Himal and of the Cheo Kang Guru. One day difficult to walk (8 hours)
Day 16: Bimtang - Tilje (2300m)
Descent and sight onNgadi, Himlchuli and Phungi. Return to the populated forest of monkeys langurs. (7 hours)
Day 17: Tilje - Chamje (1430m)
We join the valley of Marshyangdi River (6 hours)
Day 18: Chanje - Nayagaon (950m)
The valley widens the rise reappear. ( 6 hours)
Day 19: Nayagaon - Besishar.
Go almost flat up to the point of reconvert of the track. (6 hours)
Day 20: To Kathmandu
Drive Beshishar to Kathmandu by bus.
Day 21: Kathmandu
Free day for your own leisure.
Day 22: Departure
Departure transfer to airport for your onward destination.
National Park entry permit, Trekking permit, all surface transportation to and fro, a guide and required number of porter(s), all meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trek, insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs, Two Night Hotel in Kathmandu, Pick and Drop Airport to Airport, Welcome Dinner in Nepali Kitchen.
Cost Not Included:
Personal expenses (Cold drink,beverages etc.) Insurance, Tips, Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Alternative transportation etc