The word “Manaslu” means “Mountain of the Spirit” in Sanskrit language. Manaslu region is one of the best selections for trekkers which provide variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometers (110 miles), skirts the Manaslu Mountain over the pass down to Annapurna.This is one of the most happening and remarkable Himalayan journey that goes across Budi Gandaki, passing stunning valley with astonishing view of Manaslu and crossing the famous Larkya La pass with contrast with Sama region before returning via Marshyangdi.
Despite of its grand natural beauty, it receives few trekkers compared to other established trekking route in Annapurna and Everest region. This trek is suitable for everyone with no proper trekking experience. You can also interact with the local peoples and know about their cultures and traditions. This is one of the fantastic and fulfilling journeys that one can have in life.
DAY 01: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU. (1335 METERS)
After arriving in Kathmandu representative of Nepal Trekking Trial associate with Actual Himalayan Group will pick up you by our private vehicle and transfer you to the Hotel.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU TO ARUGHAT
After an early breakfast we'll start our beautiful journey with drive through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach at Arughat, Arughat is on the footsteps of Manasalu. It takes about 5 hours (142km) from Kathmandu to reach Arughat, our trek start point. Overnight in Arughat
DAY 03: ARUGHAT-SOTI KHOLA (710M)
After breakfast this morning we will begin our trek by walking from Arughat to Soti khola which takes about 5 hours. The trials offer a wonderful view of the surroundings. We will pass several villages along our ways where we interact with the peoples of different tribes. Overnight in Soti Khola
DAY 04: SOTI KHOLA- MACCHA KHOLA (900M)
After having breakfast we cross the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.
DAY 05: MACCHA KHOLA– JAGAT (1410M)
Today, the narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani and Budhi Gandaki. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
DAY 06: JAGAT-DENG 1804M
Today we begin our trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.
DAY 07: DENG- GHAP 2165M
Today we will trek from Deng to Ghap which will take about 4 hrs walking. After we pass through some small settlements we ascend to the impressive valley where we can get chance to see prayer stones carved into wayside rocks. It is a sign that we are now in a Buddhist Region. Then we continue our walk by dropping down once more to the river and from there is a short climb to Ghap (2165m). Overnight in Ghap.
DAY 08: GHAP- LHO 3180M
Today we will walk through alpine forests, home to white-faced monkeys with beautiful nature. From Ghap we have a long climb to Namrung, and we pass the Tibetan village of Sho and just above the village we get our first heart taking view of Mt. Manaslu. In Lho we will find mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and a large monastery.
DAY 09: LHO- SAMAGAON (3530M)
We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. Then move to Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night. Overnight in Samagaon.
DAY 10: REST DAY AT SAMAGAON
We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two. Overnight in Samagaon
DAY 11: SAMAGAON- SAMDO (3860M)
Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo
DAY 12: SAMDO- DHARAMSALA
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala
DAY 13: DHARAMSALA-LARTKA LA (5213M)-BIMTHANG (3720M)
After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang
DAY 14: BIMTHANG-DHARAPANI
Today you will have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Descending through a rhododendron forest and following a trail through a narrow valley, we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. From short distance beyond there is the village of Gho. After that we will cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch and past a mani wall to Thonje. At the village of Thonje, we go through checkpoint, and then continue our trek to Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani
DAY 15: DHARAPANI-SYANGE (1080M)
Our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Then we will Trek from Dharapani to Syeange climbing up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Syange
DAY 16: SYANGE- BESI SAHAR (800M) - KATHMANDU
After having breakfast we will trek from Syange to Besi Sahar which will take about 7 hours. Overnight in Besisahar. After breakfast drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu which will take approximately 7-8 hours. Then transfer to Hotel. Afternoon free at Kathmandu Hotel.
DAY 17: DEPARTURE
A representative from Nepal Trekking Trial will transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with lots of a hope of seeing you again in the future.
I went for Manaslu Circuit Trekking in May 2018 with Actual Adventure. It was an excellent trip and the views were remarkable. I did the trek with my friend and we both had a wonderful journey. I’m indebted by the services of the company and the team members. Because of their endless effort we completed our trek successfully. We had no complaints regarding the accommodation and food. Our guide Sujan was very talented and was always concerned about our needs. Sujan and Actual Adventure team made our trip a life time memory. I would love to join this company for another holiday in Nepal.