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Manaslu trek starts from Arughat after a 6-7 hrs drive from Kathmandu throughout Dhading, the trail heads up the valley of the Buri-Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic group. crossing Larkya La pass at 5213 meter and finally emerges onto the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit crossing Thorong La Pass 5416 meters. You will have two options to conclude your trek either to Jomsom or further more to Beshisahar.
Beginning trek from Arughat after a 6-7 hrs drive from Kathmandu throughout Dhading, the trail heads up the valley of the Buri-Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic group. Then we ascend the Gandaki River valley, fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. From here, the strenuous section begins and yaks begin to outnumber people in the rocky landscape. In Samagaon (3450m) we visit the glacial green lake of Birendra, before crossing into mystic Samdo, a mere 15km from the Tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries and combined with the views of Tibetan plateau against stark white Himalayas makes this is a truly spiritual place.
Continuing, more monasteries await in Larkya Bazaar, along with the biggest challenge - crossing Larkya La (pass.) This 5213m snow-covered pass demands the utmost respect. Snow-covered peaks over 6500m tower above as we cross. The descent, once off the snow takes us through alpine then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes laced with cotton-white beaches.
Crossing another high and arduous Throng la pass at 5416 meter and conclude the trek by flying down to Pokhara from Jomsom and to Kathmandu via Pokhara, or you can also avoid flight by following the Annapurna trail in 4-5 Days. Along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Annapurna Massifs and Dhaulagiri peaks. Finally, Manaslu will disappear as we descend to Beshisahar (832m.) This excursion will leave you with a sense of peace and respect for the people of Nepal and its ecological wonders.
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After arrival to hotel, Short briefing and final procedures.
Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath.
Pashupatinath Temple is One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two storied pagoda houses a sacred lignum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Bouddhanath Stupa is the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design.
After your blessingful tour, you have to final prepare your trekking equipment for Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trek.
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat following the Pokhara road. Cross Trishuli River bridge, the drive proceeds to Dhading Beshi passing Muralibhanjyang, Nigalpani, Golbhanjyang, and Taribeshi before finally arriving at Arughat in lower altitudes of 600 meters.
Follow the route first enters the eastern part of Arughat, a large bazaar and turns west across the bridge over Buri Gandaki. The trail further passes through the forest of monkeys to Sante Bazaar (630meters) where you have views of Sringi Himal (7187meters). The trail becomes steeper and crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, before coming to Arkhet (760meters). Descending from the small Magar and Gurung village of Kyorpani (820meters) then you will reach to Soti Khola (710meters).
The trek crosses the bridge and onwards through the beautiful forest and reaches Khursane (820 meters). The rocky trail climbs up around to the Gurung village of Labubesi in altitudes only 880 meters.
Today the trail makes some minor ups and down. Dropping to the sandy river bed at 860 meters from Lobubesi and climbing about 110 meters over a side ridge to bring you to Machha (machha=fish) Khola village (900m). Crossing Tharo Khola you reach to Kholabesi and climbing over a small ridge, then making another step climb the route reaches Tatopani; where you can relax in the natural hot springs.
From the hot spring Tatopani the trail climbs over the ridge and reaches Dovan (1000m). Cross a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb some stone stairs to reach into the Tharo Bharyang. Trekking along the river for a while and climbing through small villages you get to Jagat (1410 meters) which is a beautiful flag stone village.
Slowly climb over a rocky ridge to salleri (1440m) where you have excellent views of Sringi Himal. The trail descends to Setibas (1430m) and climbing some while you reach to Ghatta Khola.From here you climb up to Philim; a large Gurung village. You will see the Manaslu Conservation area Project headquarters. Turn your trek to the north and you will reach to Ekle Bhatti (1600 meters).
The steeps enter to uninhabited gorge of Buri Gandaki, cross metal bridge of Buri Gandaki, the trail leads its way up the western side offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola and to the tiny village of Deng (1800 meters)
A short distance beyond Deng, the trail climbs to Rana (1980m). After passing some houses the trail climbs high above the river and drops into the Sringi valley. The trail makes further ups and down through the forest before you arrive to Ghap- almost 2100 meters.
Climbing steadily we enter the alpine zone forest of bamboo, oaks and rhododendrons. The trail leaves the Lihi village and enters another village of Sho (2960m) where you get spectacular and first views of Manaslu North 7157 meters and Naike peak (5515m) and further you reach the small settlement of Shrip. After climbing some time you reach to the village of Lho (3150m. / 10,335 feet).
Trek via Shala to Sama Gompa The trail emerges into the plateau of Shyaula with the view of Himalchuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m) and Manaslu. Cross the ridge the trek proceeds to Samagaon and climbing up you reach to Kargyu Chholing Gompa (3500m. / 11483 feet).
From Kargyu Chholing Gompa a shorter day up to the valley of Samdu. The route passes the juniper and birch forest and the stone hut of Kermo Kharka and finally reaches to Samdu (3860m. / 12664 feet).
From Samdo you descend on a wide gentle trail pass through a stone archway. Climbing gently over the huge Larkya Glacier you get to a ridge at about 4000 meters where there is a view point at the edge of a huge gorge. After some climbing you reach Larkya Rest House (4480 meters).
An acclimatization day at Larkya Rest House (4480m)
From Larkya Rest House crossing several moraines, descending past four frozen lakes you reach to the Larkya La (5135m. / 16847feet) . From here there are tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m).
Cross the Larkya La (5135m. / 16847feet) and initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then screed, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A further hour on a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m in pleasant forest.
Below us is Bimthang, a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West.
Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters.
We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La (Pass), and can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marshyangdi river. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marshyangdi River and join the main Annapurna Circuit, and the hoards of trekkers. We arrive at Bagarchaap, a Tibetan-Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.
Today we continue to climb through forests of pine and oak; we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Kotho from where we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II - a sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan Mountains!
From here the trail climbs through a fir and pine forest to Chame where there are government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame (2630 meters) is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.
With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang. In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the northeast. Continuing on, we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang (3190 m.). [walk approx 5 hours]
Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. Descending Manang's airstrip at Hongde, we come to a level area from where the northeast face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV [7525m] also becomes stunning visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m]. After a short steep climb we reach Manang (3520 meters) which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. [walk approx 4 hours]
An important rest and Acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorong La.
There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous ice-fall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is an Aid-Post of 'Himalayan Rescue Association' [HRA] in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit.
From Manang, we climb to the next village of Tengi, with the magnificent Annapurna Himal in view all the way, while behind us we can see Peak 29 and Himalchuli in the distance. We are now past the treeline and the vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper. Climbing the path past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorong La pass which we will cross tomorrow. The trail is up and down as the elevation gradually increases and we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar (4250 meters). [walk approx 3 hours]
Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi (4500 meters). [walk approx 3 hours]
An early start today for our crossing of Thorong La pass (5416 m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us.
The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath (3800 meters) and its shrines and temple. [walk approx 7-8 hours]
We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom (2713 meters) and are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of your trek. [Trek approx 3 and half hours]
Fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara or continue trek to Kalopani (2530 m.) We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
Some more longer trek (4 to 6 days) can get Pokhara. But we managed Flight options from Jomsom. Because of our longer trek of Around Manaslu and Thorong La Pass Trek.
Enjoy your happy Lunch in to the Lakeside view restaurant. Enjoy your day to Pokhara; Davis Fall and Gupteswork Cave, World Peace Stupa are attractions but the best would be enjoyable boating to Phewa Lake and Tal Barahi Temple.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus that takes 6-7 hours. You may also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe your Bus would climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.
Check into hotel and celebratory meal in Kathmandu with Cultural Dance.
Transferred to the International airport with Independent Himalayan Adventure's representative for your onward journey.
Minimum 4 persons
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