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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.

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Itineraries

KATHMANDU 1300m

Day 1

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)

KATHMANDU 1300m

Day 2

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 Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples. In the evening we can enjoy the food and atmosphere in one of the numerous restaurants near the hotel. (B)

KATHMANDU TO SOTI KHOLA 710m

Day 3

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)

KHOLABESI 970m

Day 4

(7.5 hours trekking) 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)

JAGAT 1410m

Day 5

(6 hours trekking) 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)

DENG 1800m

Day 6

(8 hours trekking) 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 crisscrosses 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)

NAMRUNG 2660m

Day 7

(7 hours trekking) 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)

SHYALA 3520m

Day 8

(6 hours trekking) 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)

SAMAGAON 3530m

Day 9

(2 hours trekking) 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)

SAMAGAON 3530m, ACCLIMATISATION DAY

Day 10

(8 hours trekking 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)

SAMDO 3860m

Day 11

(3 hours trekking) 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)

SAMDO ACCLIMATISATION DAY

Day 12

(8 hours trekking 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)

DHARAMSALA 4460m

Day 13

(3.5 hours trekking) 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)

BHIMTHANG 3720m via Larke La pass 5100m

Day 14

(9 hours trekking) 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)

TILJE 2300m

Day 15

(6 hours trekking) 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)

DHARAPANI 1920m

Day 16

(4 hours trekking) 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)

DEPARTURE TO KATHMANDU

Day 17

Having completed the walking part of our adventure, we board our vehicle for the cross country drive to Kathmandu. We stop for lunch en route and expect to arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon or early evening. (B)

KATHMANDU

Day 18

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)

DEPART KATHMANDU

Day 19

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)
  • Arrival & departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • First-night welcome dinner (food only) in Kathmandu
  • Back Track leader from Kathmandu
  • All land transport required for the trek
  • All accommodation: 4 nights in Kathmandu, comfortable hotel, daily breakfast & 14 nights lodge accommodation on the trek
  • All breakfasts whilst trekking
  • Loan of a sleeping bag and kit bag
  • Trek crew consisting of guides & porters
  • Trek permit fees
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Tips for the trekking crew
  • International flights
  • Visa and any passport costs
  • Personal clothing
  • Medical expenses
  • Meals other than those shown on the itinerary
  • travel insurance (compulsory)
  • all items of a personal nature
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  • start: Monday October 21, 2019
    end: Friday November 8, 2019
    Group Size: 6 pax
    Status: N/A
    price: $3,990.00 /Person

    Trip Extras:

    Nepal Single Supplement
    $ 140 / unit