19 days
Duration
Nepal
Destination
6903m
Max Elevation
Mar-May/Sep-Nov
Best Time
INCLUDED
All airport transfers Accommodation in twin sharing basis with breakfast
All transfers by private Japanese Vehicle for the whole trip Driver expenses for whole trip
16 days full package trek for Manaslu  1 good English speaking Sherpa guide with necessary porters
Special permit, TIMS card, MCAP & ACAP permit Trekking equipment’s like: dawn jacket, sleeping bag, trekking stick, water bottle, rain poncho etc
Insurance for our staff All Government taxes
Sightseeing entrance fees
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch & dinner during stay in Kathmandu
Any extra cost due to weather or political problem
All bar bills
Travel insurance

 

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Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu airport

You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel. After refreshment in hotel, short briefing about the programs.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE: Durbar Square, one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies.
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Day 2: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1315m)

Today we explore the Kathmandu valley.
SWOYAMBHUNATH: Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) with its commanding views of Kathmandu, its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism.
PASHUPATINATH: It’s a sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and yellow sit serenely meditating – when they are not posing for photos for rupees.
BOUDHANATH: The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the stupa.
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Day 3: Kathmandu to Arughat (600m)

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat following the Pokhara road. Crossing the Trishuli Khola on a bridge, the drive proceeds to Dhading Beshi passing Muralibhanjyang, Nigalpani, Golbhanjyang, and Taribeshi before finally arriving at Arughat. O/N at Arughat.
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Day 4: Arughat to Soti Khola (710m)

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 (630m) where you have views of Sringi Himal (7187m). The trail becomes steeper and crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, before coming to Arkhet (760m). Descending from the small Magar and Gurung village of Kyorpani (820m) you reach to Soti Khola (710m). O/N at Soti Khola.
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Day 5: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft): 6 - 7 hrs

At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach to Khursane. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Droping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola.
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Day 6: Maccha Khola -Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft): 7 - 8 hrs

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more walk ups and downs, there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot Spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight at Jagat
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Day 7: Jagat - Deng (1,804m/5917 ft): 7 - 8 hrs

Today at the beginning we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge. While climb up to Philim we will be at a large gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays fairly in level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Beyond Ekle Bhatti the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this moment, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we keep walking the valley widens through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.  Upon crossing the khola, we reach at the tiny village of Deng. Overnight at Deng
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Day 8: Deng - Namrung (2630m/8626ft): 6 - 7 hrs


After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki on to the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Making ups and downs in forests, we pass mani walls and then turn to a corner that contours to Ghap. Eventhough there is another route, we take route through Prok village. Prok village has a view point from where we see beautiful view of Siringi Himal. We further cross Budi Gandai several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight at Namrung.
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Day 9: Namrung - Lho (3180m/10,430 ft): 4 - 5 hrs

Namrung village is good viewpoint for Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal. There are also a MCAP office, health post, police station in Namrung. To the south rises, we will have the view of Himal Chuli, a huge peak. Climbing steadily in the shade of a forest takes us to Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and many barley terraces. We still have quite bit of trail to reach Lho. Ganesh Himal rises high into the sky when we turn around. The trail drops and crosses the sidevalley of Simnang Himal. A chorten with detailed paintings announces Sho, another nice village with fine views up the open valley. We cross a stream short after leaving Sho and one final steep climb takes us to village with superb view of Mt. Manaslu. It is Lho Village where we explore the famous Ribung Gompa. Overnight at Lho.
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Day 10: Lho - Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft): 4 - 5 hrs

The Budi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. Upon a short climb to a plateau we will be at Shyala village. Our arrival at the village will be surrunded by huge mountains and those are Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. From a large chorten we look down into a little dip where two rows of houses form the main part of Sama. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Overnight at Samagaon.
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Day 11: Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hrs exploration

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. We pay our attention to ponder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. At this juncture we meet the village women in Samagaon who wear a nice silver spoon as jewelry. On a little hill near Samagaon is an old Gompa. We take a sidetrip to Pungyen Gompa, a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year they met so much resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They finally summitted the the mountain in 1959. Overnight at Samagaon.
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Day 12: Sama - Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft): 4 - 5 hrs

Today, while descending to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north, we follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight at Samdo.
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Day 13: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m/14, 628 ft): 4 - 5 hrs

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We camp here today and have a rest to prepare for next day’s journey. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight at Dharmashala.
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Day 14: Dharamsala - Larkya la (5160m/16, 924 ft) - Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft): 8 - 9 hrs

After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. Upon this moment we will have the views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. At here, we savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang. But to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu will be an experience not to be missed. Overnight at Bimthang.
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Day 15: Bimthang - Tilije (2300m/7544ft): 4 - 5 hrs

From a ridge at Bimthang, we will have very beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal. We further walk down and cross the high pasture (Sangure Kharka). Beyond a bridge over Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785  meters. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday’s tiredness we might take overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends to stay at Tilije. Overnight at Tilije Village.
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Day 16: Tilije - Tal (1700m/5576 ft): 5 - 6 hrs

Today, we climb over a small ridge to the stone – paved village and wind among the closely spaced houses of this large village. Upon leaving the village, we cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment. Crossing at a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climbing up through a chorten-shaped arch and passing a mani wall, we will be at Thonje village. At the village of Thonje, we go through a police checkpoint and then continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna cirucit seciton from Dharapani. Further down we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walk we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. Further, we come across some Mani Walls before reaching village of Tal where there is ACAP office. Tal Village is situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight at Tal.
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Day 17: Tal - Syange (1080m/3542 ft): 6 - 7 hrs

Today, our journey from Tal to Syange begins. At the beginning the trail continues on to Chyamje recrossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through forests of rhododendron and pine to Syange. Overnight at Syange.
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Day 18: Syange - Besi Sahar (800m/2625 ft) - Kathmandu: 4 hrs

A 8-9 hours picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers offers splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The day in Kathmandu either spend on leisure or perhaps we catch up some last minute shopping or explore any sights we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will be at  a host dinner to celebrate our successful completion of Around Manaslu Trek. Overnight in Royal Penguin Hotel.
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Day 19: Departure

After breakfast we’ll head to airport for final departure or continue your onwards trips. Tour ends with THANK YOU!

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