Manaslu Trek is also called Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Manaslu trek has stunning close up views of the spirit mountain Manaslu, enchanting Hindu and Tibetan village and a challenging high pass, the Larke Pass at 5160m. There is tea houses and lodges along the Manaslu trekking route. Manaslu Circuit, the classic trek around the Manaslu – the eighth highest mountain in the world,is the best treks in Nepal for those looking for an alternative to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks. A challenging trekking in a remote region of Nepal Himalaya passes through a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery similar to the classic Annapurna circuit trek.
Manaslu Trekking is also getting popular as the new Annapurna circuit trekking. More than 5,000 trekkers trek to Manaslu region each year with more than half visiting in October. It is also nice, drive to Gorkha bazzar and find onward transfer to Barpak spend overnight there and continue to join the main Manaslu trek via Larpak. It is also good idea to make a side trip to Tsum valley, Manaslu Base Camp and Tibet border. If you have long time in Nepal, it is also entirely possible to combine with the Annapurna circuit trek from Dharapani, continue to Manang and over the Thorong La. Then fly or bus out from Jomsom to Pokhara. Other options include the trek to Nar Phu over another 5300m pass, taking advantage of your trek earned acclimatization and fitness.
Mission Eco Trek offers 16 days trekking in Manaslu, the world’s seventh highest mountain with fixed trek departure dates of 2017 for individual FITS and small group trekkers. Manaslu is one of the most beautiful and rarely visited area. Manaslu Circuit Trek via Larkya La Pass is a part of great Himalayan trail, an outstanding Himalayan trek led by experienced expedition leaders.
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we will receive there and transfer to Hotel. Free day on your own and trekking briefing in the afternoon.
We have a free day in Kathmandu. In the morning we have a guided tour of some of the city’s most memorable sights. The afternoon is free for relaxing or further independent sightseeing.
From Kathmandu we drive through the foothills of the Himalaya to the village of Arughat Bazaar (670m) in the Burhi Gandaki Valley where we check into a lodge.
Depending on the road condition we will drive or trek through the villages of Arket and Kyropani to reach the confluence of the Burhi Gandaki with its tibutary Soti Khola.
We continue our ascent of the Burhi Gandaki on an undulating trail, finally climbing to reach the village of Machha Khola (890m).
We travel through forests of bamboo and rhododendron and then sections where the trail climbs high above the river to negotiate deep gorges, before arriving at a wide and open part of the valley. Here we check into a lodge in the village of Jagat (1410m).
We trek through terraced hillside on an undulating trail. We cross the river on a suspension bridge at Nagjet and recross to climb to Nyak. From here the trek continues to the Gurung village of Deng (1860m), a superb viewpoint for the peaks of the Shringi Himal to the north east. We ovenight in a lodge at Deng.
Descending to the river we cross to the east bank before continuing north. We traverse a very dramatic section of the gorge as the river turns towards the west and we reach the Bhuddist village of Ghap (2040m). Crossing now to the south bank, we continue to Namrung (2630m) where there is a check post. Overnight in a lodge.
Climbing steadily we enter the alpine zone and get our first views of Manaslu North. Our lodge tonight is in the village of Lho (3150m).
We are surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kutang Himal to the north east and Manaslu to the south west. We pass the village of Shala before reaching Sama Gaon (3520m) which has a Gompa with impressive views of Manaslu. We check into one of the several lodges of this village.
We have a shorter day today, climbing up to the last permanent settlement in the valley at Somdu (3860m.). This is as high as we can go for today until we are better acclimatised to the new altitude.
An important day for acclimatisation and also a welcome rest day at Somdu. It is also possible to climb above Samdu to a viewpoint peak Overnight at the lodge.
Passing the trail to the Gya La, a centuries old trading route into Tibet, we ascend to Duwang (4450m) also known as Dharamsala. There is a basic lodge here or we may opt to stay in tents.
A big day but with the reward of sensational views of the Himalaya as we climb to the Larkya La (5135m) and descend to Bimthang (3855m. We will want to celebrate tonight! Overnight in a lodge.
We have excellent views of Manaslu and Annapurna II as we descend through the villages of Kharche, Gho and Tilje to reach Dharapani (1963m), where we meet the Annapurna Circuit trail. Overnight in a lodge in Dharapani.
We are now in the Marsyangdi valley on a suddenly busy trail and we are likely to pass many trekkers just starting out on their Annapurna Circuit. At Jagat (1300m) we are back in the humid sub tropics and we check into our last lodge of the trek here.
From Jagat we drive on a rough road by 4X4 vehicles as far as the large town of Beshisahar.
After breakfast here we transfer to a bus for the final journey back through the foothills to Kathmandu where we check into hotel.
Final transfer to Kathmandu airport to get flight back to home.