|Total Duration: 18 days||Trip Grade: Moderate||Altitude: 3, 700m.|
|Activities: Trekking||Area: Manaslu||Season: Mar - July, Sep - Dec|
|Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge||Transportation: Drive in - Drive out||Group Size: 2 - 12 pax|
Tsum Valley 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 01 Driving from Kathmandu to Arughat(535m-10 hours by bus)
Day 02 Trek from Arughat to Liding(860m-7km-4 hours walk)
Day 03 Trek to Machhakhola(930m-9km-5 hours walk)
Day 04 Trek to Jagat(1410m-11km-6hours walk)
Day 05 Trek to Lokpa(2040m-10km-5 hours walk)
Day 06 Trek to Chunling(2363m-7km-3.5 hours walk)
Day 07 Trek to Chhokangparo(3010m-13km-8 hours walk)
Day 09 Trek to Chhule-Nile(3361m-9km-4.5 hours walk)
Day 10 Trek to Mu Gompa(3700m-5km-3 hours walk)
Day 11 Trek to Rachen Gompa(3240m-8km-4.5 hours walk)
Day 12 Trek to Dumje(2440m-11km-6.5 hours walk)
Day 13 Trek to Gumba Lungdang(3200m-6.5km-4 hours walk)
Day 14 Trek to Ripchet(2468m-9km-5 hours walk)
Day 15 Trek to Dobhan(1070m-14km-7 hours walk)
Day 16 Trek to Soti Khola (720m-18km-9 hours walk)
Day 17 Trek to Arughat(535m-7km- 4 hours walk)
Day 18 Drive to Kathmandu(10 hours by bus)
National Park entry permit, Trekking permit, all surface transportation to and from, 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.