Trekking - Manaslu - Round Manaslu Trekking

Round Manaslu Trekking (24 Days)

Trip Facts

Manaslu TrekkingTrekking Type: Camping Trek
Trekking Grade: ▲▲▲ (?)
Maximum Altitude: 4480 m.
Best Season: October - November, March - May

This trek was officially opened to tourist in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950, a party led by HW.Tilman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and Col. Jimmy Roberts crossed Larkya La looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu (8156m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956, when the first ascent was made. Having become to be known as "Japanese Mountain", much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers, including peripatetic Hugh Swift, managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region, but otherwise this trek always has been the domain of the mountaineering expeditions.

The journey around these legendary mountains is enjoyable and tough.

Beginning from Arughat or Gorkha Buri Gandaki valley river, over Larkya La pass, and descend to the Marsyangdi River, you will trek down to Besi Shar, from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1500m) - transfer hotel - tour briefing with welcome dinner.

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu /AruGhat (510m) 7/8 hours drive with private transportation - commence trek 1/2 hour trek and camp at shanty bazaar.

Day 03: Arughat /Liding (710m.) 6 ½ hours trek.

Day 04: Liding / Khorlabesi (900m) 6 ½ hours trek.

Day 05: Khorlabesi / Jagat (1360m) 6 ½ hours trek.

Day 06: Jagat / Serson (1650) 5 hours trek.

Day 07: Serson / Ghap (2380m) 6 and ½ hours trek.

Day 08: Ghap / Lho (3180m) 6 hours trek.

Day 09: Lho / Sama Gaun (3360m) 3 hours trek and day excoriation to several very interesting remote villages and the monasteries.

Day 10: Rest at Samagoun (Explore around Manaslu base Camp with lunch pack and yak kharkha and back to camp.)

Day 11: Samagoun / Samdo (3780m) 5 hours trek.

Day 12: Samdo / Dharamsala (4480m) 4 hours trek.

Day 13: Dharamsala / Larkya pass (5213m) and descending to Bimthang 3630m) 7 and ½ hours trek.

Day 14: Bimthang / Dharapani (1890m)
6 and ½ hours trek.The trail continues across the Apple farming land descending the way down through the traditional village and over a forested valley and across a bridge to Dhharapani at 1890m. One and ½ hour beyond Dharapani lays and camp.

Day 15:Dharapani / CHAME (2670m.)
The trail continues through fine forest full of birds, through Dhanakyu to Temung phedi, a settlement with several hotels and the trail is rocky and rough but suddenly a broad level stretch appears. A fine wooden bridge near a waterfall and out standing stonework supports the trail. Tyangja, also known as lattamanang appears at 2360m. The track stays near Marsyangdi in forests of oak and maple, climbing and descending between water worn boulders to cross a large stream into Kumar and nice Camping.

Day 16: Chame / PISANG (3200m.)
The next village is Chame at 2630m, HQ of the regional administration with good views of lamjung and Annapurnas II and IV. From here cross a stream and then the Marsyangdi itself on a large suspension bridge and continue up the north side of the river to Talung and later, through apple orchard to Bratang, a now largely abandoned Khampa settlement. Return to the trail across the bridge and follow the new trail that has been blasted out of the cliff face through a narrow and steep valley. Pass through deep forest then cross to the south side of the river on a long suspension bridge at 3040m. There is a dramatic first view of the Paungda Danda rock face rising 1500m from the river. Over a ridge marked by prayer flags and stone cairn, continue the steep ascent to the upper Marsyangdi. The lower sections of Pisang appear as a cluster of homes with a long Mani wall.

Day 17: Pisang / MANANG (3540m.)
A short distance beyond Pisang the trail climbs a steep ridge that extends across the valley. Make a short descent than walk along the flat trail passing the airstrip of Hongde and the tail continues gently flat all the way to Manang before Manang visit Very old Monastery at Braga, from here another 35 minutes to walk for Manang.

Day 18: MANANG (3540m.)
Spend the day at Manang in order to acclimatize yourself for crossing over the thorang la. It is possible to cross the ridge north of Annapurna IV, II, and Glacier Dome or to descend from village to the glacial lake at the foot of a huge icefall descending from the northern slopes of Gangapurna. Manang village itself is compact collection of slightly over 500 flat roofed houses whose entrances are reached from the narrow alleys that interweave among them by ascending a steep log notched with steps.

Day 19: Manang / THRONG BASE CAMP (4450M.)
The trek now begins the 1800 meters ascent to Throng La. Begin by climbing up to the upper portion of Manang village, then climb out of Marsyangdi valley and turn northwest. The trail now goes north passing through scrub juniper and alpine grasses. After passing the last shelter, a two storey stone house, the trail ascends less steeply then crosses the Jarsang Khola on a small wooden bridge at 4300m and gentle climb for few minutes then flat way and again short descend to the river and cross it over the wooden bridge after crossing you will have to pass through the landslide area where you have to be always becareful, sometimes it may falls rocks and you finally find yourself at Basecamp hotel, stay overnight here.

Day 20:Thorungphedi / MUKTINATH (3800m.)
The trail is comes steep immediately after leaving the camp, up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the pass. As this trail was once followed by local people for hundred of years, the trail although steep is well defined and easy to follow. The only complication is the high elevation and the possibility of snow. The pass with its traditional shortens and stone cairn built by travelers is reached at 5416 meters about four hours from the last camp. The descent is steep – a loss of more than 1600 meters in less than three hours. The trail begins the descent in snow, which changes into moraines, and then finally yield to grassy slopes and the final descent to muktinath is a pleasant walk along the upper part of Jhong khola valley.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists a like sited in a grove of trees the holy shrines at muktinath include a Buddhist gompa and the pagoda style temple of
Jwala Mai containing an image of Vishnu.stay overnight at a hotel

Day 21: Muktinath / JOMSOM (2713m.)
These day the way about 6 hours walk and we pass through and begins a steep descent to the floor of the valley. However, your trip is through the village of Kagbeni. The kagbeni is very old village and have very old monastery and the colourful pray flag on the roof of the houses and looks very different colours, very old house and such nice Landscape in this valley the way divided from here to Mustang about a hour you have to spend here for looking round the village and visit to monastery the monastery entrance fee it cost 100 rupees for tourist per person after your visit to olo village Kagbeni follow the kaligandaki wide valley with the very nice view of Tilichok and Nilgiri North with the dry landscape but these day starting from Muktinath would be good in early morning because in afternoon in this valley daily very strong wind blows pushing you backward.Finally you arrived Jomsom. Stay overnight hotel.

Day 22: Early in morning breakfast and transfer to Airport and fly back to Pokhara (800m) and afternoon sightseeing around Pokhara. O/n hotel.

Day 23: Drive back to Kathmandu 6 hours and transfer to your hotel.

Day 24: After your break fast, Departure Transfer to International Airport.