Manaslu (also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located forty miles east of Annapurna and dominates the Gurkha massif. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar. This mountain was previously known as Kutan l. ‘tang’ being the Tibetan word for flat place, thereby describing the mountain’s general summit. The name was later changed to Manaslu, which is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as Mountain of the Spirit.
The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. Like all Himalayan Glacier’s itineraries this trek also ensures adequate time for proper acclimatization. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails, and is within the capabilities of people with good cardiovascular fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000feet is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Physical Condition & Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the hotel where you will stay overnight.
Trek preparation day in Kathmandu
, we will gather to discuss in brief, the tour itinerary and other information. We will then check clothing and trekking equipment you will require during our travel. Overnight at hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola[710m/2328 feet], 8 - 9 hours
After early breakfast we will start our road trip which will be a long one. It will take approximately 5 to 6 hours to reach Arughat via Dhading. We will see more of roadside Nepal that displays many villages, rivers, farms, terrace farming, mountains and sceneries. We will enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. Overnight in Arughat.
Soti khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 feet], 6 - 7 hours
After breakfast we will cross Soti Khola (River) via an old bridge and trek towards Maacha Khola. This route is above the magnificent Budhi Gandaki River and via Sal forests. There are two waterfalls on mountains and the trail is just below a cliff that will reach to Maccha Khola. The route will take us through a classical Gurung village known as Labubesi. The route will follow uphill elevation and downhill after we cross Labusbesi. It finally descends down along the sandy banks of Budhi Gandaki until we reach Maccha Khola After crossing a suspension bridge.
Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 feet], 6 - 7 hours
We will be trekking to Jagat on this day. The trail is uphill and downhill all the time so it requires much energy than earlier treks. We will have lunch at Tharo Khola and reach Khorlabesi by noon. One can enjoy hot spring water along the way at Tatopani. It is our resting point. After crossing Budhi Gandaki again, via a suspension bridge we will reach dobhan. We will reach Jagat at evening and stay overnight there
Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5917 feet], 6 - 7 hours
Today’s trek will be technical and requires utter dedication as we will be walking for 6 hours approximately. We will initiate the trek by crossing and after few minutes we will reach sirdibas. This route is a wide one that welcomes trekkers warmly. We will have lunch at Ghatta Khola. The trek is uphill from here until we reach Philim which is a typical gurung village. We will rest for few and head towards Ekle Bhatti. There is a gorge on the way and it will lead us to pasture meadows and slopes. Further uphill we cross Deng khola and reach Deng Village. Overnight in Deng.
Deng to Gyap [3010m/8230feet], 3-4 hours
We can reach Numrung from Deng on a single day but we will assign two days for proper rest. So from Deng we will first travel to Gyap. Gyap is a small village where we will stay overnight. After breakfast we will trek towards Gyap will will take about 3-4 hours on normal trail. Overnight at Gyap.
Gyap - Namrung [2630m/8626feet], 3- 4 hours
On this day, we will trek relatively longer and our destination will be Namrung. The route to Namrung from Deng is full of panoramic views various mountains including Makalu and Manaslu. We will encounter many landslides and landscapes, gorges and forests on our route. Although Namrung is a remote place, it is also the business center of the district. Overnight stay at Namrung.
Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 feet, 6-7 hours
Early morning we will wake up for sunrise view and also see Siring and Ganesh Himal. Namrung is perfect view point to see and feel the surrounding glorious mountains and villages. One can slso see Himalchuli on a clear day if weather favors us. Our trek is steady and gradual up climb passing through forests and rivers. We will also travel via few villages and all along the way, the views of Ganesh and Simnang Himal is sure to catch everyone’s eyes. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. Samagaon is a small village surrounded by mountains and is best place to rest because of moderate and cool climate. We can also hike around evening and view glaciers nearby. Overnight at Samagaon.
Samagaon - Samdo [3860m/12,660 feet], 4 - 5 hours
We will trek along Budhi Gandaki River by initially descending towards the river. The trail that we will follow will lead us to the Manaslu Base camp. Our trails is known as The Larkya la Trail which passes several villages as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing few forests. We cross the river and reach Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
Rest Day in Samdo
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will hike shortly to stay active as well. Overnight in Samdo. GayaLa pass could be another option during day time for hiking if any member wishes to do so.
Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 feet], 4 - 5 hours
On this day we will begin ascending over Budi Gandaki River and cross tow steams on our route. We will encounter Larkya Glacier nearby the valley of Salkha Khola. We will witness a typical snow glacier and rest there for few. Gradually climbing up we reach Dharmasala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk on this day will leave plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the Afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.
Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 feet] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 feet], 8 - 9 hours
After breakfast we will climb a small hill to reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers. This valley is best to enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Again, we will walk across moraines of the glacier, making a slow and steady ascent which becomes steeper and steeper. From Larkya La pass, we will witness outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is not recommended to stay overnight at Larkya La because evening walk towards Bimthang via low pastures with the evening cloud coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by will be an experience you will never forget. Overnight in Bimthang.
Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544feet], 5 - 6 hours
Bimanthang is a viewpoint to enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. Our trek today will be downhill and slow descend crossing Sangure Kharka, a grazing pasture which is over Dudh Khola. Our route will lead us through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche situated at an altitude of 2785 meters. We will rest at a village known as Gho and start our treak again towards Tilije as there are better lodges in Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.
Tilije to Dharapani
This Day we will have Trek of 5-6 hours. We will have slow descend through the forest and rhododendron forests. Today we will stay overnight at Dharapani.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
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