Manaslu provides fantastic mountain scenery, spanning altitudes from 375m to 5100m, a diverse range of ecosystems and ethnic cultures, and a trail that puts one physically closer to Tibet than any other trek in Nepal. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu, partly because of the greater logistics required. The quiet trails and simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu, make this one of the classic trekking adventures in the Himalaya. Join us for this 19-day adventure from 21 October – 08 November 2018 and 21 October – 08 November 2019.
|Trek Inclusions||Not Included|
|Back Track Adventures trek leader from Kathmandu||Visa and any passport costs|
|Trek crew consisting of local guides and porters||International flights|
|All accommodation including: 4 nights in Kathmandu, in a comfortable hotel with daily breakfast and 14 nights lodge accommodation on the trek||Meals other than those
shown on the itinerary
|18 breakfasts||Travel insurance (compulsory)|
|All tips for trekking crew||Personal clothing and all items of a personal nature|
|Kathmandu Airport transfers||Medical expenses|
|First night welcome dinner (food only) in Kathmandu||Group Size|
|All land and air transport for trek||Minimum 6|
|Down sleeping bag and kit bag for use on trek||Maximum 14 people|
|All trek permit fees||Plus trek leader|
|National Park entrance fees|
As well, a program for acclimatisation is built into each itinerary so everyone will have the maximum chance to acclimatise to the altitudes in which they are trekking. There is plenty of time to stop and take photographs, rest, or just have a cup of tea with the locals in a village tea house.
Our group size is limited to a maximum of 14 trekkers plus our Back Track trekking crew. Having only small groups ensures all trekkers are given maximum attention and assistance when required. Once booked, you will be issued with comprehensive pre-departure Information detailing your gear and clothing requirements and everything you need to know to ensure you are professionally prepared. In addition, you have access to a trekking expert at any time by calling us on our ’1300′ Trekkers Assist line.
Village Lodge Accommodation
While not as well established as trekker’s accommodation in other parts of Nepal, our lodge accommodation on the Manaslu Base Camp trek is clean and comfortable. Rooms have twin beds with shared bathrooms. Meals are mainly vegetarian, authentic Nepali style and are served in the central dining area. Staying in Village Lodge accommodation, you’ll be a first-hand observer of local customs and culture, festivals and religious practices. This is a great way to experience the real Nepal.
To save you money, for the duration of the trek a Trek Kit is provided consisting of a warm sleeping bag, suitable for cold Himalayan nights, and a kit bag to hold your belongings on the trek. The kit bag is carried by your porter.
This trek is graded challenging, requiring participants to commit to a dedicated training program prior to departure. Depending on your current level of fitness, if you are not as fit as you would like to be, a minimum 3-month program is required to ensure that you are fit enough to enjoy the trek. Back Track willingly provides advice to all our trekkers on how to obtain the required fitness level. Your pre-departure information guide contains extensive fitness training information.
Costs & dates
|TRIP DURATION||19 days from Kathmandu|
|2018 & 2019
COSTS^ & DATES
|TRIP LEADER||Ray Baker|
|TRIP HIGHLIGHTS||This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu, partly because of the greater logistics required. The quiet trails and simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu make this one of the classic trekking adventures in the Himalaya.|
The pace of this trek is slow and easy to allow trekkers to acclimatise in the high altitude and to absorb the stunning scenery of the area. You won’t be carrying a heavy pack either as our local crew carry your belongings. We stay in comfortable Sherpa lodges so there’s no camping on this trek. This is an awe inspiring, unforgettable trek and rightfully regarded as one of the top 10 treks in the world.
If you’re thinking about this Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lakes trek, or any of our other Nepal treks, have a look at our Adventure Add-ons and Independent Trekking options to extend your trip and help you make the most of your Nepal adventure holiday experience.
Back Track is one of only a few companies worldwide that operates its own fulltime office in Kathmandu, ensuring our trekkers a professional, well organised and safe holiday in the best trekking destination in the world.
*^Although we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs.
DAY 1 KATHMANDU 1300m
If arriving in Kathmandu today, we will be met and transferred to the Holy Himalaya Hotel. In the evening, we will have a group dinner in a nearby restaurant. (D)
DAY 2 KATHMANDU 1300m
After breakfast, we’ll be taken on a guided walk through the old city to visit the famous temple complex of Durbar Square. We’ll then be driven to a restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is staffed entirely by the disabled and your patronage here enables them to earn a living in a country with no government support for the disabled. After lunch there will be a tour of Bodhananth and Pashupatinath Temples. In the evening we can enjoy the food and atmosphere in one of the numerous restaurants near the hotel. (B)
DAY 3 KATHMANDU TO SOTI KHOLA 710m, approx 9 hours drive
The trek begins with a long drive to reach the trail head at Soti Khola. Depart early from Kathmandu and follow the Pokhara Road before branching off at Malekhu and crossing the Trisuli River. Pass by the large town of Dhading before reaching the wide valley of the Buri Gandaki. Turn north up the valley and proceed to Soti Khola, arriving late afternoon. The main inhabitants of the valley are the Gurung, a farming community. The women are noticeable by their colourful jewellery and elegant saris. (B)
DAY 4 KHOLABESI 970m, approx 7.25 hours
The zigzag trail follows a steep rocky path through sal forests, small villages, side streams, past pretty waterfalls and green hills to reach Lapubesi. There are small markets, quite a few shops and you’ll pass numerous donkey-trains carrying trade goods. Cross Machha Khola, a side stream, and head to our lodge accommodation in the tiny village of Kholabesi. (B)
DAY 5 JAGAT 1410m, approx 6 hours
Continue trekking up the steep sided valley on a series of steep ascents and descents. Pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. Climb over a high ridge then descend to cross the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Continue along the east bank of the river on a wide stone staircase trail and cross a side stream on a long suspension bridge. It’s along this section of trail that the trek bisects the Himalayan mountain chain. Cross to the west bank of the Buri Gandaki before arriving at the busy village of Jagat. (B)
DAY 6 DENG 1800m , approx 8 hours
Today is highlighted by the fine mountain views and the change of culture from Hindu to Buddhist as we enter the Tibetan influenced areas. The trail criss-crosses the Buri Gandaki a number of times before eventually reaching the west bank. Pass through a bamboo forest before reaching the settlement of Deng. (B)
DAY 7 NAMRUNG 2660m, approx 7 hours
This is a long but immensely rewarding day. The 860m ascent brings us into a strongly Tibetan influenced region with Buddhist rock carvings and long mani walls (rock walls consisting of many carved stone tablets with Buddhist inscriptions). The trail cuts through forests of fir and rhododendron as the Buri Gandaki valley narrows. A long, continual ascent through bamboo forest brings us to the delightful stone village of Namrung, for our overnight stay. (B)
DAY 8 SHYALA 3520m, approx 6 hours
Today is highlighted by the spectacular mountain views one gets as we approach the high altitude areas. Continue on the south bank of the Buri Gandaki through a forest of rhododendron and oak before emerging in to open fields. Later, the trail passes through wheat fields and small villages of closely packed stone houses. Stone archways at the entrance of each village denote the influence of Tibet and Buddhism. The trail rises to a large plateau and our overnight stay at Shyala Village. From here there is an imposing view of Manaslu, 8156m. (B)
DAY 9 SAMAGAON 3530m, approx 2 hours
This is a short easy day following consecutive days of reasonably tough trekking. Continue on the south bank of the Buri Gandaki through a stark landscape. Samagoan village is set in a valley strewn with field s of potato and barley. There is the opportunity to visit the impressive monastery of Kargyu Chholing. (B)
DAY 10 SAMAGAON 3530m, ACCLIMATISATION DAY. Approx 8 hours optional side trek to Manaslu Base Camp, 4800m
Today, we have the opportunity to trek high above the valley floor by making the ascent to Manaslu Base Camp. The side trek will provide excellent acclimatisation for the days ahead. From the area of the Base Camp, we’ll get stupendous views of the Manaslu Glacier, the large turquoise coloured lake and the endless vista of Himalayan peaks. (B)
DAY 11 SAMDO 3860m, approx 3 hours
Another short, easier day following the previous day of challenging trekking. The Buri Gandaki turns north and the trail follows the west bank on an easy trail. Cross the Buri Gandaki to the east bank and climb steeply to Samdo village. (B)
DAY 12 SAMDO ACCLIMATISATION DAY, approx 8 hours optional side trek to Rui La 4998m
Today, we have the opportunity to visit the border of Nepal and Tibet by undertaking a side trek to Rui La. This trek is along an easy to find trail which has a long history of trade between Tibet and Nepal. We may be lucky to encounter yak caravans carrying trade goods. Besides the breathtaking views obtained today, the trek to almost 5000m provides vital acclimatisation for the coming days. (B)
DAY 13 DHARAMSALA 4460m, approx 3.5 hours
Another short day ahead as we ascend to our highest overnight stop on the trek. Continue on a wide trail from Samdo that descends gradually through fields. Cross the narrow stream that the Buri Gandaki has become and ascend through scrub juniper. The trail is now opposite the immense Lakya glacier and climbs steadily toward our overnight shelter. (B)
DAY 14 BHIMTHANG 3720m via Larke La pass 5100m, approx 9 hours
After an early breakfast, we depart for the ascent to the highest point of the trek. The views all day are magnificent; nearby snow peaks, distant valleys and the sweeping alpine scenery make this a memorable occasion. This is the longest, most challenging, but ultimately most rewarding, day of the entire trek. (B)
DAY 15 TILJE 2300m, approx 6 hours
With the harder, high altitude days over, we’ll appreciate the warmer conditions as the trail makes a rapid descent down the Dudh Khola Valley. (B)
DAY 16 DHARAPANI 1920m, approx 4 hours
Another short, easy day that takes us to our final overnight stop on the trek. Tonight, we join with our crew to celebrate the completion of an amazing adventure. (B)
DAY 17 DEPARTURE TO KATHMANDU, approx 10 hours
Having completed the walking part of our adventure, we board our vehicle for the cross country drive to Kathmandu. We stop for lunch enroute and expect to arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon or early evening. (B)
DAY 18 KATHMANDU
This is a free day to explore Kathmandu. Our hotel is located a short walk from the narrow, winding streets of the old city. In the evening, we get together for a farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant. (B)
DAY 19 DEPART KATHMANDU
If you are departing from Kathmandu today, you will be advised of the pick-up time from the hotel. You will be transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward flight. (B)
Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, D – Dinner
Thank you to our Back Track trekkers who have travelled with us in Nepal and shared their feedback:
I would just like to thank Ray (Australian Trek Leader) and his crew for the exceptional support and care given to all of the members of the trek group. Making decisions on a trek with such exceptional circumstances (Nepal Earthquake), is always going to be very difficult. But I was always confident that Ray and the crew had the safety of trek and crew members as the first priority.
Paul, Everest High Passes, April 2015
I cannot even begin to explain how eye-opening this trip ahs been. Back Track ahs been AMAZING in organising and preparing us all for this incredible experience. I also have to say a huge thank you to all of the thoughtful, caring crew we’ve spent the last 2 weeks with. Always happy to help even if its not needed. The situation that happened with the Earthquake was handled amazingly and positively! Ray kept us all so positive. I’ll be back to trek with Back Track again for sure.
Anna, Everest High Passes, April 2015
Kylie was the perfect trek leader. Her knowledge and obvious passion for Nepal and its people was infectious. She guided us through each day with confidence, humour, warmth and energy. We were lucky to have her in charge!
Carolyn, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
A fantastic experience!!!! Kylie was a fabulous leader. Her passion and enthusiasm for Nepal is highly contagious. Kylie took care of all our needs no matter what was asked of her. She is an asset to Back Track. Food was awesome! Accommodation was very comfortable. Mila and Ram our local guides were great to have on board.
Jo, Everest & Gokyo Lakes November 2014
Kylie was an awesome trek leader. I can’t sing her praises enough. She was the consummate caring professional. I would travel with her again anytime. Kylie was also good for a chat and a laugh, she really made the trip enjoyable for me. I loved Nepal, I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to experience the culture, weather, food and those magnificent mountains which I will miss gazing at constantly. Our local crew were lots of fun and generous with their time and knowledge too. Thanks again and you know I’ll be boring all my friends, family, staff and patients silly with my photos and stories.
Sharlene, Everest & Gokyo November 2014
OMG what a fantastic experience. Everyone was in great shape physically and mentally – great group. The local crew where exceptional Ram, JB, Biru and Mila what a great crew. Learnt a lot from Damian. Thanks to all the staff at Back Track Adventures – it’s great to travel with you!
Chris, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Your Nepal trekking crew were sensational. Ram, Mila, JB and Biru were professional, fun and extremely supportive to al participants. Their efforts in getting everyone down the glacier were indeed outstanding. Lots of fun to be around.
Peter, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Damian was a fantastic leader. made the journey a lot of fun. Would love to do another tour with him. Our local crew Ram, Mila, Biru & JB were fantastic also. Altogether a memorable trip that will be remembered forever. Thanks Back Track.
Jim, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek leader Damian was sensational in all aspects of the track. Made our trek informative, safe and enjoyable.
Anon, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
As usual all guides and porters were fantastic. Damian’s advice, knowledge, help and support was very helpful/ A wonderful person to have shared this trip with. 10/10.
Allan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Damian’s knowledge of the Himalaya’s was amazing. The crew were fantastic – always looking out for us. Such a beautiful part of the world!
Lyn, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Particularly impressed with the planning of the Itinerary which gave max. opportunity to achieve the goal of reaching Base Camp. All staff were sensational.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Greatly appreciated Damien’s Leadership! Herding us ‘cats’ is no easy feat but Damien did it with Humour, Grace and Patience. I also appreciated that the Itinerary gave everyone as much time/opponity as possible to acclimatise and as a consequence, achieve all 4 major goals. A Big Thank you for the Birthday Wishes – the effort and fuss was a delightful surprise.
Rosemary, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
An excellent well-run trek. The support crew were amazing and Damian was also excellent and knowledgeable. The training program before going was well created, but nothing really readys you for trekking at altitude. Challenging but rewarding – Thank you.
David, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trip was absolutely amazing. Damian was an amazing trek leader who managed the group incredibly well and also kept everyone laughing. The trek crew were amazing and provided fantastic support as well. Overall it was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Sam, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
The trekkers, the guide, Ram and crew all combined to make a very enjoyable holiday – even it was ‘bloody hard’ work on quite a few days! Thanks for the experience – Again.
Warren, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
A very well organised trip – very professional (as usual!). Great bunch of people, everyones needs and desires met. Bhaktapur and Patan excursion was fantastic. Mind blown to see the real people and environs as the city stirred from its slumber. I rate the whole package AAA. Thank you Back Track.
Steve, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
Our Trek Leader Damian was exemplary in his performance. I love the trek and experience and will cherish it for a long time. I loved every second and would gladly travel with Back Track in the future.
Mathew, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2013
This Everest trip changed my life. Spencer was an amazing leader who was just there every step of the way! Words can’t describe the real experiences I’ve had in Nepal and I look forward to going back as soon as I can. Spencer was extremely knowledegeable, kind, uplifting and occasionally pushy – but that’s exactly what I needed!!! I want do so much more with Backtrack. Their service and knowledge is world class and so perfectly intimate! Thanks
Sheridan, Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes, November 2012
Just a quick note to say loved the trip. Struggled with the altitude from Namche and probably the odd day of not drinking enough. Everyone I have spoken to is so impressed that everyone in our group who wanted to get to base camp made it, as we heard that on other companies, a fair number struggling with the altitude don’t get there. Heather was great with managing each of us and our trekking family. If it wasn’t for her I don’t know whether I would have made it and enjoyed my time away. Do feel a real sense of achievement. Your other staff in Nepal also all worked well together and made life on the trail easier. Have passed your details onto those who ask along with a high recommendation.
K.A., Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes