The Manaslu Circuit is a newly opened promenade for travellers from all over the world, which is a wonderful blend of natural splendour and cultural mix of Nepal. Opened in 1992 the Manaslu region is a magnet for travellers and adventurers who are considering trekking in Nepal. Thus, Manaslu has managed to attract attention and curiosity, of travelers who in reality visit this place. The Manaslu Trek tour is rich in beauty with the inclusion of the well-trodden path. As you progress through the trek, you will find climatic, vegetation, cultural and wildlife diversity. Beyond the conservation area of Manaslu, this place is full of flora and fauna and, if you are lucky, you can find some species along the way. The trek of the Manaslu region is a remarkable place to welcome the magnificence of the Mt. Manaslu which is the eighth highest mountain in the world. The exuberant environment in the interior of the Dwarf Mountains, this area is a blessing for anyone looking for peace and happiness in the midst of nature.
1. The stunning natural beauty of the forests, rivers and flora of the Manaslu region.
2. The friendly people and the rich culture of the region, which includes Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.
3. Larky La Pass (5167 meters), the highest point of the walk.
4. A breathtaking view of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himalung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru and the Annapurna II.
5. Abundant wildlife that includes Tahr (mountain goat), Agali (blue sheep), pika (mammal that lives higher), Himalayan marmots and, if you're lucky, Snow Leopard.
6. Long walk up through the Budi Gandaki valley.
Today, after breakfast, we begin a tour to many of the Kathmandu's most historical and spiritual attractions. Some of these sites, including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist Sanctuary (Bouddhanath), one of the largest stupas in the world, are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There will be a brief group discussion before the trip, followed by a late evening trekking preparation at the Hotel where your accommodation is. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We leave early today for Sotikhola. During the trip, we enjoy a view of the Nepalese countryside and the mountains. We will drive along a paved road that connects Kathmandu with Dhading Bensi, District headquarters (1050 m) of Dhading, but the trip from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be difficult. Arriving at Arughat, an important city in the region, we continue our way to Sotikhola. We will spend the night in Soti Khola.
After crossing the bridges, we stroll through the beautiful forests of Sal, then climb a ridge over the huge rapids in the Budhi Gandaki. Then we arrive at Khursane, where the rocky trail sneaks between two tropical waterfalls on a steep rocky path that hangs on the edge of a cliff. It ends up going down some terraced rice fields, and then goes up to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We climb further behind a rocky promontory, where the valley opens and Budhi Gandaki meanders between large gravel bars. As we descend to the sandy bed of the river, we walk on rounded stones before climbing a side ridge. We go down to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach the town of Machha Khola. We will spend the night in Machha Khola.
The narrow track makes some ups and downs and finally crosses the Tharo Khola to get to Kohlrabies. After a few more ups and downs, we came across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot springs, we climb another ridge, then cross Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this point, we climb a wide, well-designed staircase, then cross a landslide and again cross a ridge towards Dobhan. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs, then descend to the river and climb again several stone steps leading to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, we climb a ridge, walk along the river, and then climb the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
We start today's walk climbing a rocky ridge to Salleri, then down to Sirdibas. The valley widens a little while the trail continues to Ghatta Khola. We then continue walking through a long suspension bridge towards Philim, a large village of Gurung. The road turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly flat road while crossing the millet fields towards Ekle Bhatti. The road now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend the grassy slopes, cross Budhi Gandaki, continue a long journey along the west bank and then return to the east bank. Continuing down the road, the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to Deng Khola. Crossing the Khola, we arrive at the small village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.
After a short walk past Deng, we cross Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910 m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to get to a path of Bhi, then we head west in the valley of Budhi Gandaki. The road also crosses forests and mani where we turn towards a corner overlooking Ghap. Even if there is another route, we take the route through the village of Prok. The village of Prok has a beautiful view of Siringi Himal. We cross the Budi Gandaki several times and find several gompas on the way. The trail follows the river upstream through dense forests. After crossing the river to an impressive place where it breaks a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail becomes good again. The walk continues and after a final steep climb we reach Namrung. Night in Namrung.
The village of Namrung is a good point of view for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village you can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb regularly and cross forests to reach Lihi, a beautiful village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail descends and crosses the Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always nearby. We then cross the villages of Sho, Lho and Shyala before reaching the village of Sama. We enjoy an extraordinary view of the Mt. Manaslu from the village of Lho and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In the village of Shyala, we will be surrounded by high mountains such as Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) on the left, Manaslu and large glaciers in front of you, as well as other snow-capped peaks on the right and at the end, Ganesh Himal too. Today's trip ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.
We spent the day in Samagaon for both rest and acclimatization. Today we are familiar with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the view of thousands of mani stones with Buddhists text and images and Sherpa women dressed in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a small hill near the village of Sama there is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with a magnificent view of the glacier. It is called Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful attempt by the Japanese to climb Manaslu. The locals thought that the climbing irritated the gods and when the Japanese returned a year later, they encountered many resistances that forced them to abandon their attempt. Finally they achieved it in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.
Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, which has headed north, and follow it to a bridge that crosses a stream. The road to the left leads to the Manaslu base camp. The Larkya trail passes through several walls of mani when the valley begins to widen. It is an easy path on a platform over the river through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We leave the plateau, crossed Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climbed abruptly on a promontory between two arms of the river. From a stone arch, we can see a large white kani. Finally, crossing the kani, we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
This is another day reserved for proper acclimation. There are two options for us today. The option that we strongly recommend is a walk through the valley directly in the back of the village of Samdo. This walk will take us to one of the commercial passes to Tibet to get excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other ranges of the Himalayas, including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these points of view, we pass by many seasonal grazing settlements called doksas and observed some beautiful mountain birds such as the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and the Griffin Himalayas flying above us. Another option for today could be a trip to Gya La ('grand pass') to the north of Samdo, a most used trade route to Tibet. But, this is a much longer walk (all day) and therefore it could be a bit strenuous. Overnight in Samdo.
Even today, we continue our walk on the edge, cross the wooden bridge on Budi Gandaki and start climbing. After crossing two streams and observing the Larkya Glacier, we round the valley of the Salka Khola and go back to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. Today's short walk also leaves plenty of time to acclimatize and relax in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.
After a short climb, we arrive at a valley on the north side of the Larkya glaciers from where we can enjoy magnificent views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we cross the moraines of the glacier making a gradual ascent that does not become more rigid than in the last part of the pass. From the pass, there is an exceptional view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. For Bimtang, the day is longer than normal, but you have to walk in these pastures with the fog in the afternoon with the mountain. Near Manaslu is an exciting experience. Night in Bimthang.
From a ridge in Bimthang, we can enjoy excellent views of the Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We go further and cross a high pasture (Blood of Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We cross a forest of rhododendrons and follow a path in a narrow valley to the highest cultivated land in the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We cross fields before making a strong climb on a ridge. The trail leaves the ridge in a large arch on the riverbank at 2580m. A little further away is the village of Gho. Due to the tiredness of the previous day, we could rest during the night in Gho, but there are better accommodations available in Tilije. We will spend the night in the village of Tilije.
We climb a small ridge and enjoy the paved stone path that runs through a beautiful village. We cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climbed a chorten arch, passed a mani wall and arrived at the village of Thonje. In the village, we pass a police checkpoint and continued to Dharapani. We entered the section of the Annapurna circuit from Dharapani. Further down, we cross the village of Karte and, after a good walk, cross a bridge in Marshyangdi Khola. We will also find some mani walls before reaching the town of Tal, located at the foot of a large waterfall. Night in Tal.
We follow the road to the village of Chyamje crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once more. The valley of Marsyandi opens with its terrace fields and very high hillside villages. The trail then descends through the rhododendron and pine forests and Syange. Overnight in Syange.
The road from Syange to Kathmandu through Besi Sahar offers the opportunity to enjoy the Hilly and Mountainous landscapes. The route is usually on the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also pass through beautiful villages with agricultural terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. To celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your adventure ends today. There is nothing more to do than exchange emails with other travellers and organize photos. A representative of the Taleju Adventurer will accompany you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the planned flight. On the way you will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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