Manaslu Base Camp (4800m.): Manasalu is the eighth highest peak in the world at 8,163 m. above the sea level, which lies in the west-central part of Nepal. The word Manasalu is derived from Sanskrit word Manasa which means mountain of the spirit. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition team. The mountains long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar. Manaslu region offers a varieties of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 km, skirts the Manaslu massif over the Larkya La pass down to Annapurna. This trekking is permitted in 1991.The trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki River. There are more than 10 peaks above 6500 m. in Manasalu region. Trek to Manaslu Base Camp (4800 m.) is side trip from Sama Gaun, which takes around 4 hours to reach there. The trail offers amazing views of Manaslu Glacier, Birendra Lake and typical village Sama Gaun. This is also the route for expedition team who spend overnight here and the local Sherpas (porters) will help to carry the stuff for the team from Sama Gaun to Base Camp in the climbing period. There is a seasonal camping shelter available at Manaslu Base Camp especially for the expedition team.
|Fitness Level||: Moderate|
|Duration||: 20||Group Size||:2-15|
|Best Season||: Sep-Oct-Nov, Mar-Apr-May-June|
Day 1 :Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel
Day 02 :Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 :Drive to Arughat Bazaar 608m./6hrs.
Day 04 :Trek to Lapubesi 884m./7hrs.
Day 05 :Trek to Khorlabesi 960m./6hrs. OR Hot Spring (Tatopani)
Day 06 :Trek to Jagat 1340m./7hrs.
Day 07 :Trek to Deng 1860m./7hrs.
Day 08 :Trek to Namrung 2630m./7hrs.
Day 09 :Trek to Lho Gaun 3180m./5hrs. Visit Monastery
Day 10 :Trek to Samagaun 3520m./4hrs. Visit Monastery
Day 11 :Exploration Trip to Pung Gyen Gompa 4200m. / 5 hrs.
Day 12 :Explore Manaslu Base Camp 4800m. 8 hrs.
Day 13 :Trek to Samdo 3870m./ 4hrs.
Day 14 :Trek to Dharamsala 3hrs. /4460m.
Day 15 :Cross Larkya-La (5160m.)-Trek to Bhimtang 3590m./9hrs.
Day 16 : Trek to Dharapani 1963m./8hrs.
Day 17 :Drive to Besisahar 760m./6hrs.
Day 18 :Drive back to Kathmandu /6hrs.
Day 19 :Extra Day in Kathmandu
Day 20 :Final Deparutre
Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), our company representative will welcome you and drive towards the designated hotel. After a rest for a while, we will give a short briefing about our program and you will be provided with a Typical Nepali welcome Dinner in the evening.
Day 02 : Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Next day, we provide sightseeing guided by an expert to visit many beautiful places listed in the UNESCO heritage sites such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Durbar Square and many more.
Day 03 : Drive to Arughat Bazaar 608m./6hrs.
We start our journey early in the morning travelling by a tourist bus/Jeep from Kathmandu to Arughat via Dhadingbeshi, which is almost 126 kms from Kathmandu. The journey offers eye-catching views of steepy hills, terrace farming, local villages and some rivulets and rivers.
Day 04 : Trek to Lapubesi 884m./7hrs.
We will take a local transport to Soti Khola to save 3hrs of walking but the road remains untrafficked and passes through pleasant fields and villages. Trek through Local villages on the more scenic upper road where there is a choice, staying on the left bank (true right) of the Budhi Gandaki, which you will be following to its source. It can be hot and humid so wet rice, maize and millet are the main crops and you may see monkeys in the forests. Trek on through shady sal forests then climb up and down for some time on an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, eventually dropping to the Labubesi. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05 : Trek to Khorlabesi 960m./6hrs. OR Hot Spring (Tatopani)
After Breakfast, we will Continue up-river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the gravel riverbed, passing through Machhakhola, continue on the same side of the Buri Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats. Large Gurung villages are way above while the track passes few houses, like lower Khorlabeshi (960m) which was largely destroyed by a huge rockslip 24 years ago. A survivor has built a botanic garden and nice lodge. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 06 : Trek to Jagat 1340m./7hrs.
Today we continue up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani, where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful shower and soft skin due to natural minerals. Climb over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban. The Shyaule Bhatti lodge is 40mins later then 20mins to Manaslu Santi and Thulodhunga (‘big rock’) lodges where you can take tea and look at the wild gorges ahead. After a landslip andYaruphant (1140m) cross the bridge across the Yaru Khola (1363m) and emerge onto riverflats at Yaru (1140m). Look downstream at the massive rockfall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, cross to the true right bank and enjoy easy up and down to Jagat, a neatly flag stoned village where jagat is collected on Tibetan trade. You will need to show your MCAP permit at an office on the left. In this area, potato, maize and climbing beans are all planted at the same time – the potato for food and to suppress weeds, the maize for food and to supply a trellis for the beans, which are an important source of protein. Overnight at Jagat.
Day 07 : Trek to Deng 1860m./7hrs.
Today we will walk up the riverbank then climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri with views of Sringi/Ganesh Himal (7187m), and then descend to Sirdibas. Continue up-river on the left bank, up and down before crossing suspension bridge to the east bank and a tiring climb up to prosperous Philim surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. There are shops and lodges. Today we will make this trek within few hours, after having Lunch at Chisopani, than continue walk to Deng village through forest. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08 : Trek to Namrung 2630m./7hrs.
After taking hot Breakfast, you will Continue from Deng cross the bridge at Budhi Gandaki river to the east bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and pass Bihi Phedi with the trail up to the stone-carving village of Bihi (2130m.) The river roars below. Continue in and out of continuous wild canyons, with a village perched in every conceivable cropping situation, after crossing the bridge, climb shortly again before finally reachin to Ghap. The mani walls here and onwards as far as Bimthang often display intricate quality carvings of various Buddhas in meditation, incised in the hard local stone by a family of carvers from Bihi. A side-trip from here to Prok (2380m), with an ACAP office and emergency radio and an excursion to Kal Tal (3685m; Kalchhuman Lake), After Having lunch at Ghap, we will enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs. After about 1hr, climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m) with shops, restaurants about the flag-stoned square. At, Namrung, WIFI and hot shower is available with nice/clean accommodation.Overnight at Guest House.
Day 09 : Trek to Lho Gaun 3180m./5hrs. Visit Monastery
After Breakfast at Namrung, walk through the village,The architecture characteristic of upper Nupri starts here: several houses gathered together about a common courtyard and livestock shelters on the ground floor, with heavy wooden shingle roofs and log stairs to dark verandahs. Pass mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam, enter the fir, rhododendron and oak forest before climbing to Lihi (2900m). Most people from here onwards wear traditional Tibetan dress, with the children in small chubas. There are some particularly fine paintings in the kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. A leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho (3180m; Logoan) with the excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the gompa on the hill to the west. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 10 : Trek to Samagaun 3520m./4hrs. Visit Monastery
Today is short day, takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. The views of Manaslu are stupendous. Easy walk to Shyala (3520m) up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. Enjoy 360° views from here. Another easy hour to the large village of Samagaon offers great views of Manaslu, beautiful old Monastery, typical Tibetan village and many mountains. Day-long acclimatisation trips can be taken from here to Pung Gyen Gompa or to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m) An afternoon walk to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa is recommended. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 11 : Exploration Trip to Pung Gyen Gompa 4200m. / 5 hrs.
After Breakfast at Samagaon, we will start exploration trip to Pung Gyen Gompa (4200m.) on the Day-long acclimatization trips can be taken from here to Pung Gyen Gompa. We have to take packed lunch, dry food, water with us because there is no place to find water and food. The trails follows south-west ridge of samagaon and long climb up to Kharka with the views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, Nadi Chuli, Manaslu Glacier, and more.. There are several yak/sheep sheds for the seasonal time and the ground for grazing. After visit the pung Gyen Gompa, we will slowly back to Samagaon and take some hot drinks/food. Overnight at Samagaon. Legend: In 1954, a Japanese team approaching from the Buri Gandaki route to the peak faced a hostile group of villagers at Samagaon camp. The villagers thought that the previous expeditions had displeased the gods, causing the avalanches that destroyed the Pung-gyen Monastery and the death of 18 people. As a result of this hostility, the team made a hasty retreat to Ganesh Himal. To appease local sentiments, a large donation was made to rebuild the monastery. However, this philanthropic act did not ease the atmosphere of distrust and hostility towards Japanese expeditions. Even the expedition in 1956 which successfully climbed the mountain faced this situation and as a result the next Japanese expedition only took place in 1971.
Day 12 : Explore Manaslu Base Camp 4800m. 8 hrs.
After Breakfast at Samagaon, we will hike up to north side of Pema Choling Monastery. The trail leads through the Glacial Birendra lake and short starts into the forest and gently steep up to the impressive Manaslu Glacier to MBC. (4800m.) Trek to Manaslu Base Camp is side trip from Sama Gaun which takes around 5 hours to climb up to 4800m. to Base Camp and 3 hours to down to Sama gaun. We must have to take plenty of energetic food and water with us and start early to enjoy the best light and avoid later on to much sun and reflected light from the glacier. Manaslu Base Camp is founded and used by first expedition team. In the Expedition season, this camp is packed by tents, climbers, guide/sherpas and porters. The trail offers amazing views of Manaslu Glacier, Birendra Lake and typical village Sama Gaun. The expedition group will spend overnight here and the local people carry all the stuff from Sama Gaun to Base Camp in the climbing period. while climb up as you gain the altitude the scenery becomes much more spectacular with the nearest glacier, manaslu peak , Naike Peak and the views surroundings. The final part of climb between 4400-4800m, which is more stepy through the snow and ice. (seasonal). After reaching the Manaslu Base Camp at 4800m, you will feel "Oh my GOD! I am at paradise!!!
Day 13 : Trek to Samdo 3870m./ 4hrs.
After Breakfast you will trek to Samdo, it will be short day because of the altitude and save the energy for Larkya-La pass. Trek from Sama to Samdo is easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls. Juniper tree line all around, climb to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes few minutes to reach the stupa above and immediately behind is Samdo (3870m), a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding. Side of the valley there is standing views of Samdo Peak. The Larkya La trail is ahead up valley and left. You can see the main track for Tibet over the Lajya-La Pass, 5098m. The first village and road in Tibet is about 2hrs beyond the pass with access currently blocked by China even for locals. You could visit typical old Tibetan village at Samdo and explore around the village. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 14 : Trek to Dharamsala 3hrs. /4460m.
After hot Breakfast, Descend beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the river and Pass the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani wall. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks, very icy towards winter. There was Larke Bazaar (market) from Tibet to trade in this area. After gradually climb to north-west side you will reach Dharamsala (Larke Phedi, Larkya Rest house) is now a seasonal village with freezing rooms and tents. The views are marvelous. You will see large herd of blue sheep and some Himalayan animals in this place. Overnight at Camp.
Day 15 : Cross Larkya-La (5160m.)-Trek to Bhimtang 3590m./9hrs.
Today we have to note that if snow has fallen overnight and there have been high winds, then there may be less snow as you climb making the pass still crossable. Climb steadily over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. It takes about 3-5hrs to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with a risk of exposure if under-equipped or ill. The peaks to the west are Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range. There are several places where snow or ice would make this treacherous and some groups fix a rope on the steepest piece. Make a long descent on loose gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The track now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimthang (3720m; ‘plain of sand’), a descent of 1400m in about 3hrs. The views during the descent are huge – icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimtang Glacier whose lateral moraine towers over Bimthang. Overnight at Guest House
Day 16 : Trek to Dharapani 1963m./8hrs.
Today we will walk south below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimtang Glacier, which can be loose underfoot. Climb up the far moraine wall quickly to avoid stone-fall and enter the beautiful forest. If you are in rhododendron season, the mauves, reds, pinks and whites are stunning amongst the huge pines and the views of the back of Mt Manaslu are superb. Descend rapidly along the true right bank of the aptly named Dudh Khola through Hompuk (3420m) in a forest clearing. Gentle riverside walking continues rapidly to Surki 2700m. for lunch. In the next hour you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming quite rough. Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Goa (2560m) the first real village since Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron. Then you will each to Tilje village, Pass under a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and descend rapidly towards the Marsyangdi Valley to the north bank and climb up to join the main round-Annapurna trail, over the Marsyangdi River on a long suspension bridge. Turn left into Dharapani (1963m). Overnight at Guest House with clean hot shower.
Day 17 : Drive to Besisahar 760m./6hrs.
Today we will take transport (Jeep) on way to Besisahar with the views of Marshyangdi river, waterfalls, villages, mountains. It takes about 4/5 hours to Besisahar. Besisahar is the district center of Lamjung where you can find several shops, Bank, restaurant so on. You will have free time to explore the city. End of the trek, you can enjoy dinner with your Nepali staff. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 18 : Drive back to Kathmandu /6hrs.
After Breakfast at hotel, we will drive for Kathmandu, after 2 hrs drive, the road will meet the regular Prithvi hightway (KTM-Pokhara) at Dumre than continue drive through the bank of popular Trisuli River. The last part of driving is uphills for couple hour than you will reach Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19 : Extra Day in Kathmandu
Today, you will have extra day for relax-shopping. Farewell dinner with official staff at night. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 20 : Final Deparutre
Our representatives will drop you to International airport for your onward destination. see you next time. Naturally Nepal, Once is not enough!!
Airport picks up and drops by tourist car
Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant
Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by tourist vehicle
4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
One English Speaking Govt. License holder Trekking Guide
Trekking Permit and TIMS permit
Manaslu Conservation Permit
Annapurna Conservation Permit
Controlled areas (Manaslu) permit form Immigration
Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter)
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks
First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters
Tea House accommodation during the trek
Trail map and First aid Kit
All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles
Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, equipments.
Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be return after trek)
Government Taxes and paper works.
International air fare and Nepal Visa Fee
Food in Kathmandu accept Breakfast
Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills)
Temple/Monastery entrance fees
Extra night of Accommodation and extra days of trek
Travel Insurance and rescue flights
Late arrival and late departure extra night
Additional activities (Safari-Bungee-Paragliding-Rafting and so on..)
Tipping to Nepali staff (Guide and Porters)