Manaslu Trek Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek
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Trip Grade : two star

For those who wish to experience the wild, the Manaslu trek is considered to be one of the best treks in the Nepal Himalaya. From the middle hills dominated by Hindu customs and culture to the uniquely different lifestyle of the Tibetan high-country dwellers, this trek takes us to the heart of the Nepal Himalaya, The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word manasa, which means “intellect” or “soul”. Soaring to 8,156 m above sea level, it is the eighth highest peak in the world, and is, probably, one of the most fascinatingly beautiful Himalayan peaks.

We, Cho Oyu Trekking group, begin the classic high trek around Manaslu from the historic town of Gorhka some six to seven hours’ drive from Kathmandu before trudging upward on switchbacks along the Budi Gandaki river valley through wild and virtually unexplored country to the upper reaches where trade with Tibet still continues as it has been for centuries.

After experiencing the rustic culture of the lowland villagers for the first few days of our trek, we then begin to get glimpses of captivating mountain vistas while passing along small and scattered hamlets before crossing Larkya La pass (5,150 m), the highest point on our trek. Although crossing the Larkya La is not too difficult, the Manaslu trek is tougher than most in Nepal as the walls of the Budi Gandaki are almost perpendicular at many places and the trail is rather rough and steep. Having crossed Larkya La, however, it is a series of gentle ascents and descents till we finally emerge at the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of the Annapurna circuit. Our trek concludes at Besisahar from where we drive back to Kathmandu. 


Itinerary

Day Itinerary Altitude Accomodation
01 Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. 1,350 m Hotel
02 Kathmandu (at leisure) 1,350 m Hotel
03 Drive from Kathmandu to Golbhanjyang 570 m Lodge
04 Golghanjyang to Arughat  600 m Lodge
05 Arughat to Soti Khola 750 m Lodge
06 Soti Khola to Machha Khola 900 m Lodge
07 Machha Khola to Yalu Khola 1,350 m Lodge
08 Yalu Khola to Ekle Bhatti 1,700 m Lodge
09 Ekle Bhatti to Nach Deng 1,900 m Lodge
10 Nach Deng to Namrung 2,650 m Lodge
11 Namrung to Same Gompa 3,500 m Lodge
12 Rest day (you can opt for day hikes around the area) 3,500 m Lodge
13 Same Gompa to Samdo 3,900 m Lodge
14 Samdo to Larke Phedi 4,500 m Lodge
15 Larke Phedi to Bhim Than via Larkya La (5,150 m) 3,720 m Lodge
16 Bhim Than to Tilije 2,300 m Lodge
17 Tilije to Tal 1,830 m Lodge
18 Tal to Shengke 1,200 m Lodge
19 Shengke to Bulbule 900 m Lodge
20 Bulbule to Besisahar 823 m Lodge
21 Drive to Kathmandu from Besisahar 1,350 m Hotel
22 Kathmandu (at leisure) 1,350 m Hotel
23 Transfer to airport for international departure    

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