Manaslu Trek

Manslu trek - walk through the culturally rich unspoiled ethnic villages and dense forest with gorgeous Himalayan flora and fauna on the back dropped of the breath taking mountain  range of Himalayas are the main attraction on this trip.

Manaslu Trek

Rising 8,163m, Mt. Manaslu lies just east of the famed Annapurna Region and shares a border with its northern neighbor Tibet. Opened to trekkers recently, Manaslu's unsurpassed beauty and rich cultural traditions offer the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure. This trekking trail offers brief glimpses into the simple lives and ancient ways of the areas inhabitants.

Here the trekking is moderately strenuous with ample opportunity to stop, relax and catch your breath amidst a land seemingly lost in an earlier era. In a few days, the Himalayas disappear from view as you descend into the Gandaki River Valley and proceed upstream. The Gandaki River is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, and the rushing, rumbling tumult of the frigid waters accent the silence of towering pines and lush bamboo groves.

During the day, the sun shines with clear intensity, while the nights are a bit more than cold. Moreover, villages and people become less frequent as the trekking becomes fairly strenuous. At this point you are more likely to pass a yak, cow or a sheep along the trail, rather than a person.

Following Larkya Bazaar, the trail rises to over 5,200m as you cross the Larkya Pass under the glow of soft, winless moonlight and twinkling stars. Buttressed by peaks reaching over 6,500m and covered by snow year round, Larkya pass commands your utmost energies and respect.

Having crossed the pass, you will quickly descend through an area whose vegetation is at once both alpine and tropical. Long-needled pines are draped in soft, fine ferns. Maples and elms share the ground with bamboo.

Frigid, rocky streams are beached by cotton-white limestone sand, and glacier lakes glisten with an aqua-blue green. The colors, sights, silence and sounds embrace every turn of this gently sloping section of the trail.

Trip Facts:

 Activities: Trekking
Start/End:
Kathmandu
Destination: Manaslu, Larkye pass
Trip Duration:
22 days
Max. Altitude:
4880 meters
Group Size:
Min. 2 / Max.10
Best Season
: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.
Trip Grade: Strenuous
Daily walking Hour: Approx. 5-7
Cost: Please contact us

Manaslu trek - Itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu; Spend the day on a guided tour of sacred Tibetan stupas and monasteries. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03 Jyamrung (1,400m/4,606ft); Drive 96km (5 hrs) along the Trishuri River to Golbhanjyang, and then trek 1 hour (3km) along the ridge to Jyamrung Dada (dada is a hill). From here one can see the Massifs for Manaslu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal. Overnight stay in tents

Day 04 Phul Kharka (1,500m/4,935ft); The day begins with an initial descent from camp to the Ankhu River Basin (800m/2,632ft) eventually meeting one of its tributaries, Baguwa Khola. The rest of the 15km (7 hrs) trek takes us up to Phul Kharka along terraced fields, thatched houses and rustic villages. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 05 Phul Kharka (1,500m/4,935ft); The day begins with an initial descent from camp to the Ankhu River Basin (800m/2,632ft) eventually meeting one of its tributaries, Baguwa Khola. The rest of the 15km (7 hrs) trek takes us up to Phul Kharka along terraced fields, thatched houses and rustic villages. Overnight stay in tents

Day 06 Manbu (1,400m/4,606ft); Trek 20km (6 hrs). We begin with a gradual ascent to Majhuwa followed by a level path leading to Manbu. This path rises above the lower hills and has a nice view of Baudha Himal. Manbu itself is predominantly a Gurung Village, however along the way you will come across mixed villages of Brahmins, Chhetris and Tamangs. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 07 Machhikhola (1,750m/5,758ft); This 15km (6 hrs) trek begins by descending to the Budhi Gandaki River, joining the main trekking route from Gorkha at Liding. From here it is a gradual ascent with a few creek crossings before reaching Machhikhola. You will see that the locals have constructed a pulley system as a means of transport to cross this river. Overnight stay in tents

Day 08 Jagat (1,900m/6,251ft); This 20km (7 hrs) trek takes us along the sandy banks of the Kali Gandaki River as we slowly ascend to Jagat, a clean and lovely little stone paved village with lots of flower gardens. Overnight stay in tents

Day 09 Ngyak Beshi (1,950m/6,416ft); Trek 17km (7 hrs) to Ngyak Beshi. The day begins by following the river bank again for the first hour up to Ghata Khola (ghata is a water mill). We then cross to the eastern bank before ascending to Philim, one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,960m/19,608ft). Overnight stay in tents

Day 10 Ghap (2,156m/7,093ft); This 19km (7 hrs) trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley until we reach the little settlement of Dang. We then cross the Budhi Gandaki River where the valley opens and we begin our ascent to Rana. The trail now takes us high above the river giving us views of the Manaslu Massif before descending to Ghap. Overnight stay in tents

Day 11 Namrung (2,660m/8,751ft) today we will trek 13km (6 hrs) through a dense forested river valley finishing with a 40-minute ascent to Namrung. The campsites here are managed by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project. Overnight stay in tents

Day 12 Samagaon (3,530m/11,614ft); Trek 18km (8 hrs) through the forests to Samagaon, passing several Buddhist villages along the way. These areas have been influenced by the Tibetan culture due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result you will find many monasteries, chortens and mani-walls. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. From Samagaon you can see Mt. Manaslu and the Kutang Himal Massif. Overnight stay in tents

Day 13 Samagoan; Spend the day resting, exploring Pungen Gompa (4,200m/13,818ft) or trekking to Mt. Manaslu Base Camp (4,000m/13,160ft). Both day trips are roughly 4 hours round-trip. When leaving the village consider taking the brief one-hour side trip to see Lake Birendra, named after Nepal's past King who officially opened the area in 1992. Overnight stay in tents

Day 14 Samdo (3,780m/12,436ft); Trek 12km (3 hrs) along the river, before finally ascending at the end to Samdo. A short fifteen kilometers from the Tibetan border, Samdo is the site of a Tibetan refugee camp and affords you a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of the Tibetan people. This settlement is along the old salt-trading route with Tibet, and is still used today (though much less since the Chinese occupation of Tibet). Overnight stay in tents

Day 15 Dharmashala (4,480m/14,739ft); Trek 11km (4 hrs) to the west leaving the Budhi Gandaki River and entering a sparsely vegetated area. The trail rises high above the Larke Khola leading the all the way to Dharmashala where the trail finally meets the river. Overnight stay in tents

Day 16 Bimtang (3,800m/12,502ft); This is a more strenuous day as we trek 15km (8 hrs) over the Larkya Pass (5,213m/17,151ft). The terrain consists of glacial moraine with a lot of scree to scramble up and over. Overnight stay in tents

Day 17 Tilje (2,800m/9,212ft); We will trek 18km (7 hrs), making a gradual descent through rhododendron and pine forest seeing the north face of Manaslu along the way. We will make camp in the apple orchards of Tilje. Overnight stay in tents

Day 18 Tal (1,600m/5,264ft); Trek 17km (6 hrs) along the Dudh Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi River, before arriving at the confluence in Dharapani. Here we join the Annapurna Circuit route and will be required to deposit any waste items we have collected from our trek. We will continue on to Tal where the river appears as a lake, and make camp next to a waterfall. Overnight stay in tents

Day 19 Syange (1,100m/3,619ft); Trek 14km (6 hrs) down to the foothills of the Himalayas, returning to the lush terraced fields and the densely populated Hindu/Gurung Villages. Overnight stay in tents 

Day 20 Khudi (800m/2,632ft); The days are now hotter and the final trek (20km/6 hrs) to Khudi will feel long, though the elevation is much lower. The terrain is easy and similar to the previous day. This is the last night of our trek, and we will definitely enjoy a hot bath at our riverside lodge. Overnight in lodge

Day 21 Kathmandu; Drive 200km (7 hrs) back to Kathmandu. Check into hotel

Day 22 Kathmandu; transfer to airport, fly back home.  

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Why choose us?

Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.

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Service Includes

  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Camping) during the trekking period including gears
  • National park fees and permits for Manaslu region
  • Domestic airfare (if necessary)
    Domestic airport tax (if necessary)
  • English speaking guide
  • Highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing & salary
  • Staffs insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Airport picks up & drops
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be provided from the guesthouse/teahouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same teahouse/lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Trekking Equipments:-

The following equipment lists are suggested and essential for both camp & teahouse trekking in the Himalayas. Make use of this list as a guideline; some of the equipment can be hired in Katmandu as well. Besides, keep in mind trekking gear can be bought in the many adventure shops in Katmandu, the majority of gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) although it is becoming more common for gear to be imported from China and therefore of better quality.

Luggage:

1) 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trekking. It should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
2) 1 rucksack or day pack: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:
1. Sunhat
2. A Bandana
3. Sunglasses
4.Warm hat
5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor
6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:
1. T-shirts
2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
3. Underwear
4. 2 Long shorts
5. 2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:
1. Down Jacket
2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
4. Waterproof pants
5. Baggy pants
6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:
1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
2. Spare laces
3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:
1. Water Bottle
Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:
1. 30-40 liter daypack
2. Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:
1. Bandage for sprains
2. Plasters/Band-aids
3. Iodine or water filters
4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
8. Oral rehydration salts
9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:
1. Binoculars
2. Reading book
3. Trail Map/Guide book
4. Journal & Pens
5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:
1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel
2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
4. Deodorant
5. Nail clippers
6. Face and body moisturize
7. Feminine hygiene products
8. Small mirror

Some Frequently Ask Questions by our valued customers

How can you trek in Manaslu Region?

How Camping Trek is operated?
In a typical Camping Trek, day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea or coffee followed by a bucked of warm water for their washing and cleaning. After packing up their stuff and daypack, the trekkers are requested to leave their camp and meet at the dinning table for breakfast. The trek started around 7.30 - 8 a.m. and the kitchen staffs go ahead of the group.

Our well trained staff packs all camping equipment and gears and the porters carry them to the next camping site. The trekkers should carry only personal belongings that they may need for the day like water bottle, rain gear, camera, etc.

The Trekkers can decide on their own on time for viewing the beautiful landscape, taking photographs and resting or making a short pause. The walk to the lunch spot normally takes 3 hours. Our cook and assistant serves hot lunch upon arrival. The afternoon walk takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach at the night camp around 4/5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our sherpa pitch the camp. The dinner is served around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent lit with a pressurized lantern and furnished with table and camping tools. We provide high quality tents, foam and mattress, and a simple toilet tent in every camp for your comfort.

Our well - trained and experienced cook and assistant prepare a variety of healthy, hygienic and clean food which is carried for the entire trek. Fresh Fruit and vegetable may taste on the way to trek.

When is the best season?
The best season for manaslu trek is half of February to First week of June and September to early December. Half of February to First week of June: From the half of February until the first part of June temperatures are relatively warm, 10° to 15° warmer than in the fall. Mornings are bright and clear with the air slowly becoming hazier as the day progresses. The rhododendron forests in springtime are spectacular, with color displays that are "Himalayan" in beauty. June is warm and green with many fewer people - the sense of solitude is much greater than other seasons.
September to half of December: September to early December is an ideal time for the best mountain views. The days are typically sunny and clear with moderate temperatures and the evenings are usually quite cold.

After your great trip to Manaslu Trek, you can enjoy and relax your time sending in jungle. We have 3 days tirp to Chitwan National Park so visit our Chitwan jungle safari page for more info. 

Acclimatization

Mission Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff
http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

Travel Insurance

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

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Contact Address

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P. O. Box: 19795, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tell.: 00977-1- 4442922
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