Around Manaslu, 18 days trek/ 4 nights Kathmandu total 22 days
Level: Difficult (max. altitude 5,100 m)
Best months: March-May, Sep-Nov
This is one of the most challenging, remote, and spectacular treks that Nepal has to offer. There are the subtropical lowlands where tobacco and wheat are grown, and where the dress and appearance of people is more typically 'Nepali', but still far removed from the hustle and bustle and development of parts of east Nepal or the Annapurna circuit. There are the highlands (called Nupri), where the cultue, dress, speech, food - and even the products in the shops - tell a story of a centuries-long affinity with and descent from Tibet. There are frozen lakes and Tibetan monasteries, and in the lower reaches of the trek, that wonderfully syncretic mix that is Nepali culture and religion, for example, the Gurungs of the middle hills, who speak a completely different language from their namesakes just west in the Annapurna region and who practise religion on every part of the Hindu-buddhist spectrum. The thriving trade between Nupri and Tibet continues along the same ancient routes that criss-cross the path of the trek.
When you make your way up the very challenging trails along the near perpendicular Buri Gandaki Valley, the highlights of the landscape are the spectacular Manaslu (8,156 m), the seventh highest peak in the world and the sixth-highest in Nepal, as well as Himlung (7,126 m), Annapurna II ((7,937 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), and Ngadi Chuli (7,879 m). The flora and fauna range from sal, oak, bamboo, and rhododendron forests to juniper and birch forests, and langur monekys to blue sheep and impeyan pheasants, Nepal's national bird.
Day 01. You will be picked up by our representative from airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02. Free day in Kathmandu, night at hotel.
Day 03 On the bus to Gorkha, where camp will be set up.
Day 04 A relatively easy day's lowland walk through to Kanchowk.
Day 05 Through fields and forests to Arughat (600 m), the entry point to the Buri Gandaki valley.
Day 06 Labubesi (880 m).
Day 07 Khorlabesi (940 m).
Day 08 Today there are fields of tobacco and buckwheat, steep ridge walks with plenty of ascents and descents, hot springs and a comfortable stone staircase followed by a landslide, ridge walks, and more stairs to Jagat (1,410 m).
Day 09 Nyag (2,300 m), with a majestic view of the river.
Day 10 Ghap (2,100 m),
Day 11 Lho (3,180 m), from where there is an imposing view of Manaslu.
Day 12 Samagaon (3,550 m), famous for its gomba. Here there are women weaving and non-celibate monks living out their daily family lives, as well as yaks and horses, readed for trade with Tibet as well as over the Larkya La Pass into the Manang part of the Marsyangdi valley.
Day 13 Samdu (3,860 m), which also serves as an important trading post for the trade with Tibet.
Day 14 Larkya Bazar (4,480 m).
Day 15 Today you cross the stunning Larkya La (5,140 m). Bimtang (3,750 m). As late as 1950 this was one of the biggest market centres in the trade between Nepal/ Nupri and Tibet, and even today it is a major transit point in the trade between Nupri and the Marshyangdi valley.
Day 16: A walk through forests of pine, oak and rhododendron, ridges, bridges, and pastures takes you into the paved village of Tilije (2,785 m).
Day 17 to Chamje (1,410 m )
Day 18 Skip along past landslides and waterfalls alongside forests, across bridges and on boulders to reach Bhulbhule (840 m).
Day 19 It's an easy walk to Besisahar, where you can catch some local small-town atmosphere.
Day 20: On the bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
Day 21 Free day in kathmandu for shopping.
Day 22: Transfert to the airport or own destination.
Cost on your request
Cost quoted in itineraries includes:
Ł Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
Ł Domestic land and air transport as described in itinerary
Ł Four nights 2 stars accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast Hotel UTSE or similar.
Ł All trekking and conservation area and national park permit fees,
For Camping or Tented Trek
Ł All meals, camping gear (except sleeping bags) such as tents, kitchen equipment etc, salaries and insurance for guides, sherpas, cooks, porters (who will carry 15 kilos of personal belongings per person) etc during tented treks.
Ł Re-confirmation of flight
Cost quoted does not include:
Ł Your international flight into and out of Nepal
Ł Travel insurance
Ł Domestic and international airport taxes
Ł Lunch, dinner, drinks in Kathmandu (US$6-15 per day)
Ł Tips, souvenirs or other shopping