Around Manaslu Trekking
‘Trekking on the high trails of Manaslu on an ancient Nepal / Tibet caravan route’
BUNA Trek & Expeditions adventure “Around Manaslu Trekking”, where you will be amidst giant peaks within high hills of Manaslu, located East of Annapurna Himalaya and west of massive Ganesh Himal.
Around Manaslu Trekking offers grand vista of worlds 08th highest Mt. Manaslu at 8,163 m, 10th highest Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft), including Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish-tail) at 6,997 m towards east Ganesh Himal 7,405 m with more peaks across the horizon.
At present this marvelous trekking getting popular after being restricted past decade, many good lodges along the route have been established for trekkers comfort.
Around Manaslu trekking leads to a dramatic change in landscapes from warm subtropical to the Mediterranean climate of mild alpine to arctic temperature zone, walk starts from paddy fields to coniferous forest ending at barren arctic landscapes.
On exploring impressive and interesting villages of Lo-Samagaon and Samdo of Tibetan Buddhist culture and then adventure climb across high Larkya-la pass to reach popular Annapurna circuit route at Dharapani around Manang area.
Our fantastic and remarkable adventure “Around Manaslu Trekking” completes with a drive back to Kathmandu with great service of BUNA Treks &Expeditions.
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Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
On arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport, where BUNA staff receives you with warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city around exciting Thamel area, where most of the hotels-shops and world –class restaurants located.
After getting refreshed our guide and staff briefs you with information regarding your stay in Nepal with us includes full details of Around Manaslu Trekking, with evening welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trip preparations
Morning after breakfast our city guide will take you on a tour for few hours where you will be thrilled with interesting historical and cultural places, as Kathmandu valley steeped with history and world heritage sites, after an enjoyable tour back to hotel with free afternoon for individual activities and Around Manaslu Trekking preparations for next early morning.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m via Arughat- 07 hrs
Starting this wonderful trekking to Manaslu with an exciting drive following Trisuli River for a while along the busy highway of Nepal, that connects various destination, leaving the main road our route diverts across Trisuli River to mid hill town of Dhading-besi, and then on the dirt track for few hours reaching warmer area at Arughat bazaar.
From Arughat village continue drive on dirt road following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many scattered farm fields and villages with views of Ganesh II at 7,118 m, Ganesh IV 7,104 meters. Drive follows Buri Gandaki River to reach Arkhet village, from here an hour ride to Soti-Khola for overnight stop.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-khola 930m - 05 hrs
After a nice stop in this small village, walk starts with downhill to a river side with small tea shops, continue on the nice paved stone steps to cross NauliKhola (stream) overlooking waterfalls and then coming at Khanigaon a small village, then walk on gradual path to cross another bridge to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola, a small farm village by the stream where fishing is popular, the name of this village called Machha khola meaning fishing stream.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m- 06 hrs
On leaving warmer to cooler area as the morning walk starts following BuriGandaki River upstream passing small villages of Khorla Beshi, after few stops walk on winding trail to reach Tatopani a place with hot spring.
Tatopani for hot water or natural hot springs located in the midst of a forest. After a pleasant stop walk to Dovan and Yaruphants, after crossing a bridge a short climb to our overnight halt at Jagat village a moderate size and populated village of typical Nepali style houses with great number of shops and lodges.
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800m - 06 hrs
From Jagat village walk heads higher gaining much elevation to cooler area, leaving rice fields, farm villages and coming at Sidibas Bazaar, a nice small farm village and then uphill to cross a small bridge at place Nagjet, to reach at Philim village a nice large farm village and populated with nice houses. Slowly our walk heads up hill to reach a large rocky top walking into bamboo forest and coming to a clearing on leaving the forest reaching at Dyang village for overnight stop.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160m - 04 hrs
From this village onwards you can noticethe difference of Tibetan origin and culture and traditions. After Dyang a slow descent, then walk by river side to cross a fast torrent river to reach at Bihi Bazaar.
A small farm village with small stores and tea shops, and then continue walk for few hours to Ghap village for overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Lo 3,180m - 06 hrs
Walk continues along with scenic views to reach upper side of Manaslu area s the walk follows Budhi-Gandaki River, after crossing leading to scattered small farm villages and nice well maintained terraced of millets, wheat’s, barley (as rice are grown only in warm area below 2,000 meters) with few breaks in between, walk through Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face at 8,163 meters high with adjoining peaks.
After enjoying the grand views of mountains walk leads past Banjham, Lhi and Shosmall village another hour’s walk to Lo village for overnight halt, this village also called as Lo-Bazaar.
Day 09: Trek to Sama-gaon 3,530 m- 06 hrs
After Lo village with views of striking sunrise over towering Mt. Manaslu, walk today quite long but rewarded beautiful views, walk leads to Upper Manaslu within high hills and mountains both side of the valley and then reaching at Sama-gaon, the main / major villages of Upper Manaslu where strong trade used to take place in early days, the caravan route to Tibet trade still exists but in a small way.
At Sama-gaon after getting organized in a nice lodge with time for tour around the village with strong Tibetan culture.
Day 10: Rest day in Sama-gaon for acclimatization
A necessary rest day at this altitude before heading up at Larkya-la, explore the village and its monastery nearby with grand vista of snow peaks of many snow capped peaks with Mt. Manaslu.
From Sama-gaon located on route to Manaslu base camp as well.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860m - 05hrs
From Sama-gaon starting the morning walk heading higher on open wide valley with few vegetation of rhododendron and juniper bushes, from here onwards tree lines ends, walk passes few summer shelters and farm lands and over Manaslu Glacier with views of Birendra Lake also called Sama-gaon Pokhari (pond) as the walk progress towards Samdo village close to the border of Tibet.
After a nice walks for five hours reaching at Samdo the last village before Larky-la pass and to Dharapani village,
on the main Annapurna circuit route to Manang area.
Samdo a large village, where local trade with Tibet still goes on leading Yaks caravan to bring Chinese goods in exchange of Nepali food stuff and spices.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkyaphedi 4,460m - 04 hrs
After Samdo-gaon heading towards base of Larkya-la pass at Dharmasala or phedi, walk is short this morning for 3-4 hours to reach our lunch and overnight stop.
Starting the walk crossing a stream flowing from Gya La which is near Tibet border, walking ahead leaving the cross trail that leads to upper north towards Tibet frontier, with views then reaching at Dharmasala also called as Larkya Bazaar(before Chinese invaded Tibet, a market or bazaar used to take place here people coming from both side of exchanging and trading goods).
Day 13: Cross Larkya la 5,200m /17,060 ft and to Bimthang 3,720m - 08 hrs
Starting much earlier this morning for the Big and long day reach over Larkya-la at 5,200 meters / 17,060 ft high pass, walk leads to steep climb with views of mountains, then leading pasts four frozen ponds then last haul to Larkya La top, the highest point of this adventure with magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Himlung Himal and Ganesh Himal towards east. From the top downhill for few hours to reach back into tree lines of rhododendron, pines and firs forest, walk continues to reach at Bhimthang for overnight stop after a long day walk, Bhimthang a nice spot with large green meadow surrounded by tall coniferous trees.
Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560m - 05 hrs
From this wonderful place Bhimthang with number of small and neat lodges walk continues to reach Annapurna circuit route at Dharapani for last overnight stop, Morning an easy walk to Gho through beautiful forest on reaching Gho, a small settlement in the middle of enchanting woodland.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 05 hrs
Morning downhill all the way till Tilje village, walking into dense rhododendron, pines and oaks forest and then reach at Tilje, a nice village located by the Marysangdi River beneath Dharapani village, after rest and lunch break. From here climb to Dharapani village for overnight stop, this village has many good lodges along the popular Annapurna circuit trail.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu through Besisar 830 m - 07 hrs
Ending the walk at Dharapani, morning taking a jeep ride on the winding downhill road above Marysangdi river reaching warmer area, and back into farm terraces of rice paddies to Beshisar a headquarter town of Lamjung district. From here change of vehicles for the drive back to Kathmandu taking another 5 hours of exciting journey to reach city life of Kathmandu.
(BUNA services completes on this day after reaching your respective hotels in Kathmandu)
Day 17: International Departure homeward bound
Today your last day in Nepal the land of amazing Himalaya depart for your international flight homeward bound after a fond memory and overwhelming experience on Around Manaslu Trekking with expert guidance of BUNA Treks & Expeditions.
“Adventure around high valleys of world 08th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m and it series of peaks
On the ancient Nepal / Tibet caravan route and exploring interesting traditional village and culture,
Dramatic landscapes from warm sub-tropic to cooler alpine areas ending at arctic zone,
Crossing high and scenic Larkya-la pass towards famous Manang and Annapurna circuit trail
Grand panorama of massive mountains range of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Lamjung Himal”