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Manaslu Trek

Lying between two rivers Manaslu, also known as the Gorkha Himal, is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating.

Circumnavigating Manaslu is one of the toughest treks in Nepal, one with sensational mountain views and one of the most dramatic Himalayan passes, the 5213m Larkya La. Much of this trek is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade routes between the regions still active. Newly opened to trekking.


Days 1-2: Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive to Gorkha, birthplace of the present dynasty, and begin trekking to Charkot.

Days 4-6: Follow the Durondi Khola, before climbing to Barbak and across the Kharka Pass (2850m), watershed between the Durondi and Buri Gandaki.

Days 7-10: The sides of the Buri Gandaki are often sheer cliffs as we follow it north, between are waterfalls and forests of bamboo, fir and rhododendron. Mani walls carved with images of the Buddha and Milarepa indicate the areas Tibetan influence, although the people are Gurung.

Days 11-14: After Ghap the fir forests are alive with birds, including Nepal's colorful national bird, the impeyan pheasant and from the north a deep gorge brings the Tom Khola from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. This region still has strong trade links with Tibet and caravans of yak and horses can reduce the trail to a muddy bog. Above Namrung, a lovely village of stone houses, you enter the Nupri region where traditional Tibetan dress is still worn, chorten and prayer wheels mark the trail and the views become increasingly spectacular. Watchtowers are used to protect fields of wheat and buckwheat from bears.

Day 15: Climbing towards the Larkya La the trail passes several mani walls as it climbs in and out of the gorge. Reaching the moraine at 4700m the trail climbs steeply to the prayer flag adorned pass at 5100m. From here Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru and Annapurna II are all visible.

From the Larkya La the descent is into the huge Bimtang Valley (“Plain of Sand” in Tibetan), surrounded by imposing peaks and once a Khampa guerilla staging area.

Days 16-19: Re-enter the rhododendron forests and descend to Dudh Khola where Lamjung Peak becomes visible above the Marsyangdi Valley. Trek through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge before emerging into terraced rice fields.

Day 20: Return to Kathmandu

Day 21: Depart

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DayAltitude
Time
1
Arrive Kathmandu
1300m
 
2
Kathmandu
 
 
3
drive to Gorka
 
5 hrs
 
Charkot
600m
2 hrs
4
Siangdi Khola
650m
5 hrs
5
Daroundi Khola
700m
4 hrs
6
Barbak
1900m
6 hrs
7
Karkha Pass
2850m
 
 
Gumda
2050m
6 hrs
8
Jagat
1360m
6 hrs
9
Nyak
2300m
5 hrs
10
Ghap
2380m
5 hrs
11
Bengsam
2900m
4 hrs
12
Sama
3360m
4 hrs
13
Kermo Samdo
3780m
4 hrs
14
Larkya Bazaar
4400m
5 hrs
15
Larkya La
5220m
 
 
Bamtang
3630m
8 hrs
16
Tilche
2640m
5 hrs
17
Tal
1680m
4 hrs
18
Bahun Danda
1260m
5 hrs
19
Bensishahar
760m
3 hrs
20
drive to Kathmandu
1300m
6 hrs
21
Depart
 
 

Grade: Extreme
Duration: 21 Days
Best season: Apr-May / Oct-Nov
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