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Mount Manaslu - 8163 meters/26775 feet; is the 8th highest peak in the world and is located near to the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means "The Spirit-Mountain" in the local dialect, referring to the benevolent and strong deity, which dwells within. Trekking in Manaslu is one of the most delightful adventures.
Manaslu trekking is exciting adventure trekking route; offers huge mountain scenery, Tibetan culture, amazing glacier lakes, old monasteries, leading ethnic groups, typical Nepalese houses, green forest full of pines, oaks, rhododendrons bamboo and fascinating flora and fauna, providing with pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure sum up the trek experience around the 8156m Manaslu. If you would like to sample both extremes of the trekking experience in Nepal, and really get to see what all the fuss is about in terms of the most breath-taking mountain scenery on earth, then look no further than the circuit of Manaslu via the Larkya La. This area offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity.
The areas to the east of the Annapurna are the ranges of Manaslu group. Few visitors trek to this area, which makes a visit here all the more unique and unspoiled. The area is bordered by River Budhi Gandaki and to west by River Marshyangdi. This area is marked by two cultural highlights: Gorkha, which is the ancestral seat of reigning Shah Dynasty and the temple of Manakamana.
Plants to be seen around here are pine, rhododendron, wildlife include barking deer, pike and Himalayan marmots. Birds to be sighted in the region are pheasant, raven and chough. People of Tibetan origin inhabit several villages.
The Tibetan enclave of Nupri, north of Manaslu at the head of the Buri Gandaki, was closed to foreigners for years on account of its proximity to Tibet. The area was surreptitiously opened in 1991, but it took several years for the word to get out.
The best time for trekking Manaslu is spring and autumn season. A few teahouses are seen in the Manaslu Conservation area; however, teahouse trekking is not suggested option. Government regulations require, 'one should have joined the registered trekking company' for all trekking arrangement.
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.
We will finalize paperwork-permit for your trip. Final checking of your trekking equipments.
After breakfast, take time to enjoy a day of sightseeing on a guided tour of some of the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley. Visit Swayambhunath stupa, also known as the Monkey temple, with its fine views over Kathmandu and many interesting features as well as great stupa itself from 2700 years. Join the devotees, pilgrims and wandering sadhus at Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal as well as being one of the most important Shiva temple on the subcontinent, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. After that take your time around Bouddhanath stupa, one of the largest stupa in the world. Explore the myriad temples and courtyards of Patan Durbar Square, also known as the city of Fine Arts. Later the afternoon back to your hotel and simply relax or explore the surrounding yourself.
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. 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 descend along the grassy moraine to a small meadow to Bimthang (3855m. / 12648feet).
The trail from Bhimtang and crosses a glacier stream then it descends into a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3430m). Further descending you reach the fenced field of Karache , Excellent views of Manaslu and Annapurna II to Tilje village (2400m. / 7874ft.)
From Tilje; descending through a scrub forest you reach to Dharapani, join the Annapurna Circuit trail just 10 minutes north of Dharapani and follow the river down to Chamje (1390m. / 4560 feet).
Trekking south through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi gorge you can reach Synge. Follow the south of the Marsyangdi River and enter into an large terrace fields area get to Bhulbule.
Final day of trekking down to the roadhead at Kudi, and trek/drive down to Bshisahar.
Return drive to Kathmandu from Beshisahar. It would take 6 to 7 hours. Check into hotel and celebratory meal in Kathmandu.
A spare or contingency day in case of delays.
Free day for shopping in Kathmandu.
Transfer to the International airport with Independent Himalayan Adventure's representative for your onward journey. (Or stay longer for short tours such as Everest Mountain flight of early morning Jungle Safari at Chitwan or Bardia National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking).
Minimum 4 persons
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