Named after Manaslu peak, Manaslu trekking trail lies in the west central region of Nepal. Manaslu region remains a popular choice for trekkers who love adventure and culture. Since the 1956 Japanese expedition led by Toshio Imanishi, several optional trek routes have been opened in the region. Among them the 15 days Manaslu trek is more ideal due to its shorter time duration and its all encompassing features. Also owing to issues of overcrowding and road construction in Annapurna, Everest and Langtang, Manaslu trekking is the best option.
The major goal of Manaslu trekking is to approach Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest peak in the world. To reach the vicinity of this massive Himalayan range, you will be required to cross Larkya La pass (5106m), which provides a spectacular panorama of south face of Mt. Manaslu along with Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli and Boudha peak. Trekkers are however guaranteed to catch beautiful views of Himalayan peaks such as Cheo Himal, Shringi, Langpo, Himlung Himal (Nemjung), Saula, and Kang Guru all along the trek.
The trekking trail makes an impressive jump from just 700m to over 5000m offering you the experience of three geo-climatic zones: tropical, alpine and arctic zones. Which means at one moment you pass through dense forests of rhododendron, pine and birch and a few days later you will be in barren landscape of trans Himalyan region near Tibet. The Tibetan culture and lifestyle of ethnic communities, especially in Tsum, Nupri and Samdo villages, will hold special significance for those travelers who want to learn about Himalayan sociology and history.
Obviously another major draw for trekkers to Manaslu trekking is the eco tourism promoted by Manaslu Conservation Area since 1998. Almost 1,663 sq. km. land is allocated to preserve rich flora and fauna of region such as snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer, red pandas, wolly hare etc.
Manaslu trek nowadays have sufficient lodges for lodged based trekking but if you are interested in camping trek it is also possible. Nepal Environmental Treks and Expedition is a leading trekking outfitter in Nepal and has been organizing trekking in Manaslu region for many years. Manasul treks are quite flexible and can be easily customized based on trekker’s interests and time frame.
Day 01: Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m.) via Arughat (570m.) takes about 7 hours.
Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) takes about 6 hours.
Day 03:Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about 7 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng (2095m) takes about 7 hours.
Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) takes about five hours.
Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Shyala (3500m) via Lho Gaon (3200m) takes about 6 hours.
Day 07: Trek from Shyala to Sama Gaon (3390m) via Pung-gyen Gumpa (4800m) takes about 5 hours.
Day 08: This day is for acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about 3 hours.
Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala (4460m) via Larkey bazaar takes about 4 and a half hours.
Day 11: Trek from Dharmashal to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La (Pass) (5106m) takes about 7 hours.
Day 12: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about 8 hours.
Day 13: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about 4 and half hours.
Day 14: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (930m) takes about 6 hours.
Day 15: Drive from Nagdi to Kathmandu takes about 7 hours.
Day 01:Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m.) via Arughat (570m.) takes about 7 hours.
You drive along well paved road up to Dhading Besi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli River and Thopal Khola. It is a beautiful picturesque journey passing through green hill, flowing stream, farming terraces, villages, small market and mountain views at far distance. Leaving Dhading Besi you continue on a un-graveled road to Soti Khola passing through Arughat Bazaar. Arughat is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Soti Khola is a river on the bank of which is a small settlement featuring few lodges. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 02:Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) takes about 6 hours.
Follow the river bank on a level path passing through jungles, villages and fields. Ever half an hour you will find teashops. The trail features Armala, Liding, Lapubesi and Kani villages before reaching Nyauli Khola where a splendid waterfall exists. The trail is surrounded by high hills on both sides. Maccha Khola is a traditional bazaar famous for local fish dishes. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 03:Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about 7 hours.
The trail follows uphill track alongside Budi Gandaki hemmed in by cliffs on both sides. Within 1hr of walk you will be in small town called Khorlabesi. Tatopani (hotspring) is at a distance of another 1 hour hike from Khorlabesi. Tatopani and Dovan is also separated by another 1 hour of hike. After spending lunch hour in Dovan, we will go gradually up for 2 hrs to be in Yaru. A little ahead of Yaru you will cross around 300m long cantilever bridge which was built right after 2015 earthquake. From the bridge to Jagat will require almost 1 hour trek. There is a tourist checkpost and Manaslu Conservation Project office in Jagat. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 04:Trek from Jagat to Deng (2095m) takes about 7 hours.
Leaving Jagat you will find an easy trail to negotiate decorated by a waterfall. In 1hr you will enter beautiful Salleri village followed by Sirdibas. The trail goes via Ghatte khola village to a point where there is a suspension bridge. 20 min uphill walk after the bridge will take you to Philim bazaar, which is the second district headquarters of Gorkha district. Chispani and Eklebhatti are two major spots you will touch leaving Philim and then descend slightly to Gampul (New Bridge). Now cross Budi Gandaki river and then walk up to Nyakphedi for 25 minutes. Continue uphill walk to Pewa for one hour through the jungle and another 1 hr to Deng on a forested path. A short moment before arriving in Deng you will witness Siringi Himal named after the Siringi Monastery nearby. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 05:Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) takes about five hours.
20 minutes after you leave Deng you will cross Budi Gandaki and then the trail goes uphill via Rana to Bihi. On your right is Siringi range and Prok village while on left is a sight of huge rocky hills. From Bihi to stone bridge via Gaap village the trail is horizontal. The trail ascends from Gaap village through jungles of Himalayan pine and bamboo up to Namrung. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 06:Trek from Namrung to Shyala (3500m) via Lho Gaon (3200m) takes about 6 hours.
For 45 minutes straight you take a horizontal trail through buckwheat fields and then 30 minutes uphill trek to Lihi. You will gradually walk uphill for 2 hrs and 30 minutes to Lo witnessing great Manaslu and Himchuli ranges. After taking lunch in Lho, continue trek for another 1.30 hrs up to Shyala. Stay overnight in lodge with beautiful views of mountains.
Day 07:Trek from Shyala to Sama Gaon (3390m) via Pung-gyen Gumpa (4800m) takes about 5 hours.
After breakfast take 45 minutes and then turn left from here. 2 hours trek from here with a combination of uphill and horizontal path will reach you Pung-gyen Gumpa. Along the trail you can enjoy spectacular views of Himchuli, Manaslu I & II and Shyaula peak. Return all the way down to Sama Gaon for 2 hrs. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 08:This day is for acclimatization.
This day you will visit Birendra Lake which is at the bottom of the Manaslu glacier. This trail will also take you to Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 09:Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about 3 hours.
Follow the horizontal path which is windy while enjoying great views of Samdo, Manaslu and Naike peaks. Cross Budi Gandaki River and walk uphill for 15 minutes to Samdo. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 10:Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala (4460m) via Larkey bazaar takes about 4 and a half hours.
Today you will see many beautiful mountain peaks and rock hills such as Samdo, Manaslu, North face, Pawar, Peri, Larkey La and Naike peaks along the trail. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 11:Trek from Dharmashal to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La (Pass) (5106m) takes about 7 hours.
Early in the morning you begin 4-5 hrs steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path and another 2-3 hrs to Bimthang. Along the way you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, Mt. Himlung and Himlung glacier, Punker glacier and Punker lake, Mt. Kimlung and Kimlung glacier. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 12:Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about 8 hours.
From Bimthang, take a 20 minute downhill trek and then cross a river fed by three glaciers. Follow all the way down through rhododendron forest enjoying Manaslu views on your left until Yak Kharka. The trail ahead gradually descends to Surki Khola and you will step on to easy trail to beautiful Goa village where you will have lunch. After lunch, 1 hr flat level path to Tilije and another 1.30 hrs down to to Dharapani. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 13:Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about 4 and half hours.
The trail ahead crosses Marsyangdi River and then follows left trail for one hour to the beautiful village of Taal. There is a big waterfall in Taal. From Taal, you will climb down for 1.30 hrs to Chyamje which also features a huge waterfall. Trek for another hour to arrive at Jagat. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 14:Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (930m) takes about 6 hours.
Today follow the shores of Gandaki to Syange for one hour before crossing Marshyangdi River. Next 15 minutes you will spend walking up to Ghermophat followed by 2 hrs horizontal path and 30 minutes ascend to beautiful village of Bahun Danda. The trail thereafter goes downhill for 2 hrs to Nagdi. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 15:Drive from Nagdi to Kathmandu takes about 7 hours.
It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road. The road from Ngadi to Besi Sahar is graveled and from there to Kathmandu is well paved.
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