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            Manaslu Trek - 22 Nights / 23 Days

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Day 01: KATHMANDU
Day 02: KATHMANDU/GORKHA
Day 03: GORKHA/KHANCHOWK (956 M.)
Day 04: KHANCHOWK/ARUGHAT (600 m.)
Day 05: ARUGHAT/SETI KHOLA (710 M.)
Day 06: SETI KHOLA/LABUBESI (880 M.)
Day 07: LABUBESI /TATOPANI (930M.)
Day 08: TATOPANI TO JAGAT(1410 M.)
Day 09: JAGAT TO DENG(1800 M.)
Day 10: DENG/GHAP (2095 M.)
Day 11: GHAP/ LHO GAON (3180 M.)
Day 12: LHO GAON/KARGYU CHHOLING GOMPA
Day 13: GOMPA/SAMDO (3860 M.)
Day 14: SAMDO/LARKYA REST HOUSE (4450 M.)
Day 15: GUEST HOUSE/LARKE PHEDI (4450 M.)
Day 16: LARKE PHEDI/GHO (2560 M.)
Day 17: GHO/DHARAPANI (1920M.)
Day 18: DHARAPANI/SYANGE
Day 19: SYANGE/BHULBULE (846 M.)
Day 20: BHULBULE/BESI SAHAR (823 M.)
Day 21: BESI SAHAR/DUMRE/KATHMANDU
Day 22: FULL DAY CITY TOUR
Day 23 DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT

 

Detail Itinerary

  Day 01: Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu. Welcome and Assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel Check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu.

 

  Day 02: KATHMANDU/GORKHA

After breakfast at the Hotel. Drive approximately 4-5 hours to reach to Gorkha. Arrive at Gorkha afternoon sightseeing of Gorkha bazaar and the palace of Gorkha King. Gorkha is the traditional starting point for treks up to Budhi Gandaki. Overnight stay at Gorkha.

 

  Day 03:

GORKHA/KHANCHOWK (956 M.)
From Gorkha it will take us near about 7 hrs to reach to Khanchowk. We follow the right trail towards Khanchowk bazaar for the night halt. Khanchowk commands good view of Gorkha himal. Overnight stay at Khanchowk.

 

  Day 04:

KHANCHOWK/ARUGHAT (600 m.)
As it takes us two days from Gorkha to Arughat after making a halt at Khanchowk, we continue on to Arukot. The trek today involves little bit of up and down towards Budhi Gandaki. Arughat is the largest village of this river basin. Overnight stay at Arughat.

 

  Day 05:

ARUGHAT/SETI KHOLA (710 M.)
Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the river Budhi Gandaki we turn towards west across the bridge over Budhi Gandaki to begin with the trek. After completing with the ACAP procedure, we follow the stone-paved street north through the bazaar. We pass through the hydro- electric power plant, fields of rice and millet to Maltar, forests full of monkeys to Sante Bazzar.. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet. We descend to a high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kyorpani. Then from here the trail descends to Seti Khola. Overnight stay at the campsite at Seti Khola.

 

  Day 06:

SETI KHOLA/LABUBESI (880 M.)
We cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climbs 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. Overnight stay at Labubesi.

 

  Day 07:

LABUBESI /TATOPANI (930M.)
We climb behind a rocky outcrop to a school, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. We drop to the sandy river bed at 860m and walk along rounded stones before climbing about 110m over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. Overnight stay at Tatopani.

 

  Day 08:

TATOPANI TO JAGAT(1410 M.)
After breakfast at the campsite we head for our other destination. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Now on the eastern side of the river, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Doban. The river valley widens, and the trail descends to the Budhi Gandaki, which is now meandering serenely among gravel bars. Crossing a 93m- long 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. We then cross to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, climb over a ridge, trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.

 

  Day 09:

JAGAT TO DENG(1800 M.)
We have two option while starting the trek from Jagat to Deng either we can rock- hop across the Bhalu Khola or go quite a distance upstream and cross the suspension bridge. We climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, then descend to Setibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We continue upstream to a long suspension bridge, crossing the bridge we climb up to Philim, 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. 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. We make our way up the western side getting the chance to see the large Shar Khola joining the Budhi Gandaki on the opposite bank. As we keep walking the valley widens providing a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola, crossing the khola we arrive at the tiny village of Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.

 

  Day 10:

DENG/GHAP (2095 M.)
After a short distance beyond Deng we recross the Budhi Gandaki on to the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. From the bridge we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi , then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Crossing various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley. Making ups and downs in forests, we pass mani walls and then turn to a corner and contours to Ghap. Overnight stay at Ghap.

 

  Day 11:

GHAP/ LHO GAON (3180 M.)
Crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses interspersed with cultivated fields and the bamboo and rhododendron forests, and reach to Namrung. At Namrung, there is a police check post again. Beyond Namrung, the trek enters upper Nupri and then climb to Barsam, then up through a forest of firs, rhododendrons and oaks to Lihi at 2900m. We leaving a village through a kani , make a long sweep into a wooded canyon and then to Sho. We cross a small ravine to a big prayer wheel in the middle of our trail, then climb through more fields to 3030m and then to the small settlement of Shirp. From here we climb past a small stream to Lho. Overnight stay at Lho gaon.

 

  Day 12:

LHO GAON/KARGYU CHHOLING GOMPA
We drop down to the Damonan Khola, crossing it on a bridge and then ascend again following the north fork of the stream through damp forests and then finally emerge onto a plateau at Shyaula, which has a chorten and a small gompa. Crossing the bridge and trekking in and out of the canyon of the Thosang Khola, then descend onto a rock-strewn moraine and then reach to Samagaon, which possesses a large Gompa. Climb up to the many buildings and residences of Kargyu Chholing gompa. Overnight stay at the campsite near the gompa.
 

 

  Day 13:

GOMPA/SAMDO (3860 M.)
We descend to the Budhi Gandaki, that has turned north, and 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 see a large white kani, finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Camp tonight here.

 

  Day 14:

SAMDO/LARKYA REST HOUSE (4450 M.)
We descend on a wide, gentle trail from Samdo, passing many fields to a big old mani wall, drop to the river, which is very small and narrow, and cross it on a wooden bridge. Climb again to the ridge overlooking the remains of a thriving Lyarkya bazaar. Cross two small streams before Larkya Glacier. Then, ascend from here to stirringly built buildings called "Guest House".

 

  Day 15:

GUEST HOUSE/LARKE PHEDI (4450 M.)
We start up the ridge in front of the rest house, eventually becoming a long, gentle climb beside a moraine. We climb slowly toward Cho Canda and continue on to further ascending steep uphill heading to Larkya la (5135 m.). Magnificent view of Himlung Himal (7126 m.), Cheo Himal, Gyaij Kang, Kang Guru (7010 m.) and Annapurna II are visible from here. It is steep descent again on the other side of the pass covered with full of snow. We camp at the foot of Larke pass.

 

  Day 16:

LARKE PHEDI/GHO (2560 M.)
We descend again to Larcia and to a hill called Pangal. At Tangbuche, we descend again toward Bimtang. We climb the lateral moraine for a while until moraine ends to a riverbed. Descend again through Rhododendron forests to Hompak toward cultivated field to arrive at Karche. 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. Night halt at Gho.

 

  Day 17:

GHO/DHARAPANI (1920M.)
We continue through the fields, over a clear stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. Staying on the north bank we trek into Tilje. We climb over a small ridge to the stone - paved village and wind among the closely spaced houses of this large Village. Leaving the village we cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment. We cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch and past a mani wall to Thonje. To get to Dharapani, we turn left just beyond the hotel, pass the large, tin-roofed high school and cross a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. We reach at Dharapani. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

 

  Day 18: DHARAPANI/SYANGE

After breakfast at our campsite at Dharapani we head towards Syange. We trek south through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi gorge. Camping at Syange.

 

  Day 19: SYANGE/BHULBULE (846 M.)

We follow the Marsyangdi Khola south into rice-terrace. Overnight stay at Bhulbule.

 

  Day 20: BHULBULE/BESI SAHAR (823 M.) 6-7 HRS.

From Bhulbule we trek to Beshi Sahar with this trek we are almost towards the end of our trek to Manaslu. Camp at Besi Sahar.

 

  Day 21: BESI SAHAR/DUMRE/KATHMANDU

After early breakfast, drive for about 7-8 hours back to Kathmandu.

 

  Day 22: FULL DAY CITY TOUR

AM: Breakfast at Hotel. Visit 2000 years old shrine Swyambhunath Temple, which is also known as temple of monkeys. It is said that Asoka paid a visit to the site 2000 years ago. By 1200s it was an important Buddhist center. Visit colorful Durbar square known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Temple of living goddess Kumari, Jagannath temple known for its colorfully painted wood carvings and Kasthamandap temple a three story pagoda style. It is believed that this temple is built from single tree in the 12th century.

Lunch: 1300hrs- 1400hrs

PM: After Lunch, Visit Old Royal Palace of Patan City including Krishna Mandir which is the best example of stone architecture in Nepal, 12th century Mahaboudha known in english as Golden temple of 10,000 Buddha Shikar style temple originally built in 1585. Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu.

 

  Day 23: Departure to Airport

AM: Breakfast at Hotel. Free time till departure to Airport.

 
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