Manaslu Trek

ITINERARY


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Day

 

 

 

 

1

Arrive Kathmandu 

 

 

 

2

Kathmandu

 

 
 

3

Drive to Arughat Bazaar 570m

 

4

Trek to Soti Khola 730m

6hrs

 

5

Trek to Khorlabesi 970m

6-7hrs

 

6

Trek to Jagat 1,370m

5hrs

 

7

Trek to Deng 1,540m   

9hrs

 

8

Trek to Ghap 2,165m

3hrs

 

9

Trek to Lihi 2,840m

6hrs

 

10

Trek to Samagaon 3,525m

3hrs

 

11

Rest Day - Visit Gompa or Trek to Manaslu Base Camp 4,800m

 

 

12

Trek to Samdo, 3,738m

4hrs

 

13

Trek to Dharamsala
4,460m

4hrs

 

14

Cross  over Larke Pass 5,213m
Trek to Bhimthang 3,590m

8hrs

 

15

Trek to Tilije 3,010m

6hrs

 

16

Trek to Syange 1,175m

6hrs

 

17

Jeep to Besisahar 825m
Bus to Kathmandu

 

 

18

Trip Ends

 

 

TRIP OUTLINE

Firstly, we introduce you to Kathmandu with visits to the more interesting parts of this ancient and eclectic city; highlighting active temples and palaces, followed by time wandering around the bustling Thamel district with its menagerie of shops, restaurants and bars.

We travel by coach from Kathmandu through Gourka and onto the small town of Araghat, the staging point for our trek. We get onto the trail the next morning, travelling at a relaxed pace through small villages with terraced fields of rice and corn that are farmed by Hindus. As we ascend to higher altitudes, the vegetation evolves to green river valleys and forested hillsides, where the valleys are inhabited by Sherpa people. Due to the high altitudes in these locations, the primary produce is restricted to potato fields and the raising of yaks for the wool and milk products. The trail sidles the Budhi Gandaki River to its source in the shadow of Mount Manaslu, finally crossing over the high Larke Pass (4,460m/14,600ft) before descending the Dudh Khola and Marsyongdi Rivers.

The people we meet in the Manaslu region live very traditional lifestyles that have remained virtually unchanged over hundreds, if not thousands of years.  Each day we pass through the many fascinating villages and as we stop to lodge for the night, we can enjoy the evenings meandering about; often meeting up with some of the locals. Frequently it is these interactions that become the most enduring and pleasurable memories of the journey.

This is primarily a lodge based where we stop each night at a locally run guesthouse. Here you will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the local families and enjoy wholesome hot meals featuring fresh local foods.  

We take a rest day at the town of Samagaon. Those who are enthusiastic for more exercise can join in for a five hour hike to Manaslu Base Camp (some rest day!). But don’t worry, if you would prefer something more sedentary, you may instead elect to visit the local Gompa to receive a blessing from the head Lama, or merely sleep in to then wander around the fields getting up close with baby yaks.  Those visiting Manaslu Base Camp will see a small tent city established by the various expeditions that are here to climb this Himalayan giant. This side-trip aids our acclimatisation to enable us to adjust to the high altitudes, we’ll encounter as we cross the Larke Pass.

We set out early to hike to the summit of Larke Pass, where we are surrounded by Himalayan giants with views galore! We then make a descent over reasonably steep terrain and at times through snow. Stout trekking footwear is required for good security on this passage and gaiters will keep the snow from filling your boots. Once we have crossed over the Pass, we have only four more days to enjoy the views as we all-to-quickly descend down valley towards the culmination of this unique journey. By this stage of the trip everyone is fully immersed in the routine of the daily trek, which can become quite meditative as the trials and tribulations of our `normal’ lives are forgotten as we live `in the moment’ to enjoy the revelations that each corner of the trail brings.

While not considered a difficult trek, this journey would rate as a physical hike with one longer day during the crossing the Larke Pass. It is suitable for adventurous people looking to enjoy beautiful mountains accentuated with an insight to the local people and their culture.

Our staff are the most affable western or Sherpa guides working in conjunction with our excellent cooking teams to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

 

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