The Manaslu Himal is A mountain between the two big rivers: Budhi Gandaki and Marsyangdi. It is also known as the Gorkha Himal. It is connected through Peak 29 (7871m) and Himalchuli (7893m) which are well known as the three peaks of Manaslu. Mt. Manaslu (8163m), a popular mountain for climbing since 1952 but was only officially opened for trekking in 1991. Since then it has been a popular trekking spot known as a “beautiful trekking adventure destination”.
Whilst trekking around Manaslu, we experience the low humid land to the highest point of snow-covered Larkya pass (5140m). Trekking through the narrow edge of Budhi Gandaki River gorge and its sharp stony staircases, you will view various ethnic groups local to the area. The trek has an extremely beautiful landscape and culturally fascinating villages.
Additional options: If you have 7-10 more days available, follow the Tsum Valley trek as well as the Nubri Valley.
NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and time available.
ADVENTURE / STRENUOUS
MAX 5220 M
MARCH TO MAY & OCT TO DEC
Drive to Dhading, Gandaki River bed to Macha Khola by local or private jeep over winding roads with a view of terraced rice fields. First half of the journey will be a bit busy due to the main western highway but less traffic. Driving over gravel unpaved roads with puddles can be a bumpy and rough joyride. Local houses along the road and activities of local people are quite amazing experiences.
After an overnight at Macha Khola- we start our trek from lower land with a hot and humid path crossing suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River. Trek continues after the hot spring (Tatopani) , usually busy with transporting goods carried by donkeys, better stay on the safe side. Also you can see wild bee hives on the high rocky cliffs. Local little tea shops, Stone taps (Dhunge Dhara) and stone resting places “Chautara” we trek through Bramin, Chetri villages. Via hot spring, Tatopani, we trek overnight to Jagat (1410m).
Next morning, after entering the checkpoint of Jagat, Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP), we trek to Philim, a beautiful big Gurung village of the region. It has the view point for Shringi Himal (7161m) and Ganesh Himal ranges of 6000 meters above.
Typical local houses made out of slates and stone, cattle grazing at the shades we continue through narrow paths with views of distant scattered villages. We then enter the hilly side, splitting the trekking trail to Larkya pass and Tsum valley. We take the northern left route entering the millet field. Continue until Nyak Phedi (2240m). After Ekal Bhatti – it is steep until a grassy slope and pine forest which marks a pleasant walk to Deng (1800m). It is a Gurung village, but it seems to have a strong Tibetan influence.
By crossing Budi Gandaki and its steep ascent, you will have reached Lana Village. The path from Lana becomes a gentle ascent on the flank. After passing frequent Mani stones and Chorten, the path will go down to the riverside again. Climb back up onto the river terrace, and the path will pass below the village of Bhi. Continue until another cultivated field and a stone gate brings you to the village of Ghap. Another big village for an overnight stay is Namrung (2630m). Through the villages of Barsam, Lihi, Sho then to Lho all contain wide fields with houses presenting fluttering Buddhist prayer flags (Lungta). Many Mani Mantra carved walls in between the trails. From Shyala (3500m) stunning panoramic view of Mountains Naike Peak, Manaslu North Peak (7,157m) and the long awaited Manaslu (8,163 m). The path that goes straight will lead directly to Sama Goan.
Enjoy a pleasant trek on the flat land, where bushes and meadows are mixed. Soon after you descend to the shores of the Budhi Gandaki, you will cross the wooden bridge over the dark stream from Manaslu Glacier. Walk a short trek after climbing the terraced hill on the opposite bank and you will see the Village of Samdo which is a big settlement with about 40 – 50 houses. – 3 hrs. From here only locals are allowed to visit or graze their herds. In summer, the majority of the locals gather to collect special herbs. The next morning, trek with the barren view of Larkya pass trail to cross over the river and uphill to Dharamsala (Larkya base 4460m). The lodges in Dharamsala are comfortable for trekkers and do possess very basic facilities in this harsh terrain.
Before dawn, we start to ascend the left ridge until you reach the top of the moraine at 4690m. The trail becomes rougher and longer as altitude gains, it crosses the moraine to the south of steep, grassy slopes. On the left is Larkya glacier. Continue following the marker poles till the top where the prayer flags await at the summit of the Larkya pass at 5160m with a beautiful mountain view. You will see the west is wide open with Cheo Himal (6820m), Nemjung (7140m), Gyaji Kang (7038m) and Kang Guru (6981m). With the joy of the summit, follow a steep descent on the snow-coated slope. Continue until moraine and spend the night at Bhimthang valley at 3750 meters. 8-9 hours.
Descending down through the rhododendron and oak forest via Goa and Tilje. We will trek the river bed of Dudh Khola, crossing the suspension bridge over Duna and Marsyangdi river. Later stop at Dharapani, which is the junction for Annapurna route. There are plenty of lodges. Follow the downhill smooth trekking route back to Tal, Khudi – and finally, drive by jeep to Besishahar to continue onto Prithvi highway to Kathmandu.