Manaslu expedition offers a unique possibility to experience a fairly “untouched” place of Nepal and fantastic splendor along the border of Nepal and China. Manaslu 8,156 meters, (also known as Kutang) is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Manaslu lies in the Kali Gandaki valley of the Nepal Himalayas. Its name, which means that “Mountain of the Spirit,” comes from the Sanskrit word “Manasa,” meaning “intellect” or “soul.” Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. Having a vast range of altitudinal and climatic variations, the Manaslu expedition provides a beautiful and diverse habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
The journey of Lamjung district Manaslu region’s legendary mountain Mount Manaslu is enjoyable and tough. Beginning from Gorkha Budi Gandaki Valley River, crossings the snowbound Larkya La pass (5213m). Crossing via the Budhi Gandaki River and the villages of Machha Khola, Nyak, Jagat, Namur, Lho, and Sama Gaon, we reach to the base camp. Manaslu base camp is sincerely romantic due to the fact this region is filling-up with the rhododendron trees, fantastic hanging glaciers, and rugged icefalls. Manaslu region gives a spread of trekking alternatives. The famous Manaslu trekking direction of 177km skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna.
Manaslu expedition is very remote, and rescue in this region is complicated. This is a possible wilderness area to live a leopard of snow. The trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Manaslu’s lengthy ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions and culminate in a top that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. The climbing route follows a relatively straight line to the summit, which has few technical sections. Usually, four camps are set up during Manaslu climbing.
Manaslu expedition is famous among Japanese trekkers because most of the climbers who have successfully Climbed Manaslu are Japanese. Manaslu expedition is the new challenge for the Mountaineers, and the Manaslu expedition can be taken as a training expedition for the Mt. Everest expedition. Manaslu has not previously extensively been offered as a commercial peak, however for the autumn season, it is the best.
Duration: 59 Days
Max. Altitude: 8,156m
Best Time: Autumn / Spring
Transportation: Private Car/Van/Plane
Activity: Trekking, Expedition
Location: Manaslu Himalayan Range
Start/Finish Point: Gorkha/Gorkha
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit, we will help you check your clothing and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits, etc. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.
Day 03: - Rest day and legal formalities
This might be a rest day for you like all the trekking permits, and the official formalities would be finalized this day. You will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets.
Day 04: - Drive to Gorkha
The historical town of Gorkha is the traditional starting point for the Manaslu expedition. The bus ride to Gorkha follows the Kathmandu – Pokhara road as far as Abu Khaireni and then climbs 24km to Gorkha. Overnight spend in the lodge.
Day 05: - Gorkha to Khanchok
We walk today for about 6-7 hours. The trail separates from here north-east toward Budhi Gandaki river. We follow the right path toward Khanchowk bazaar for the night halt.
Day 06: - Khanchok to kursane bari (820m)
The route first enters the eastern part of Arughat, a large bazaar, and turns west across the bridge over Budhi Gandaki. Soti Khola is a tiny village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Their trail crosses the bridge and treks through beautiful sal forests, then climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and follows a path blasted out of the vertical rock to Khorsane bari.
Day 07: - Kursane bari to Machha khola (900m)
The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down through a large stand of nettles and passes tropical waterfalls. The path eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of LabuBesi. Dropping to the sandy river bed at 860m from LabuBesi and climbing about 110m over a side ridge to bring you to Machha Khola village.
Day 08: - Machha khola to Jagat (1410m)
Crossing Tharo Khola reaches to Khorlabesi and climbing over a small ridge, make another steep climbing, the route reaches Tatopani (930m), which means ‘hot water.’ The trail climbs over another ridge and crosses the Budhi Gandaki and climbs on a wide, well-crafted staircase over the hill to Doban (1000m). Trekking along the river for a while and climbing through small villages, you get to Jagat, which is a beautiful flagstone village.
Day 09: - Jagat to Ngyak
We will walk up about 6-7 hours day, descending to the riverbed again. The old (west bank) trail goes from Ghatta Khola up to Pangsing, climbs to Ngyak (Nyak), a Gurung village perched high above the river at 2300m. This is one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here, you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m). Spend your night in a lodge.
Day 10: - Nyak to Prok
There is a route from the bridge below the Bhi to Ghap that stays on the south bank of the river, passing through Prok (2380m) before rejoining the trail at Ghap. The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley and finally widens, offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forest and a collection of rock — overnight in lodge.
Day 11: - Prok to Namru (2660m)
The trails make a severe and long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests crossing the river several times. The trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki twice on wooden bridges above beautiful gorges before entering Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity powerhouse, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags which can be seen fluttering in the sky.
Day 12: - Namru to Lho (3180m)
You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range enjoying mountain views of Rupina la pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow-capped mountains and peaks. Climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks, the trail enters the tightly packed houses of Lihi (2900m) and several Buddhist villages along the way. The Tibetan culture has influenced the areas of Lho due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result, you will find many monasteries, chortens, and mani walls.
Day 13: - Lho to Sama gaon
Drop down to Damonan Khola, crossing it on a two-span bridge. The trail emerges onto a plateau at Whyalla (3520m) with a wide vista of Himalchuli, Ngadi chili and Manaslu. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. From Samagaon, you can see Mt. Manaslu and the Kutang Himal Massif.
Day 14: - Sama goan to Manaslu Base camp
Climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to Pungyen Gompa. You continue to Birendra Tal, a glacial lake at 3450m. Beyond the lake stevens and you need to be committed to climbing the 1200m (3-4hrs) to the Manaslu Base camp.
Day 15: - Climbing period
Day 16: - Base camp to Sama goan
We will have the return of around 4hrs trek. We will again do short sightseeing at Sama village with early arrival from the Manaslu Base camp.
Day 17: - Sama goan to Nyak
Retrace back to the same route to Nyak. It’s about a 5-6 hrs journey.
Day 18: - Nyak to jagat
We will walk up about 6-7 hours day ascending to the riverbed again. Jagat is a beautiful flagstone village where we spend our night in the lodge.
Day 19: - Jagat to Machha khola
We will cross Doban and Tatopani back to the same path to Jagat. It is full of amazing views all the way around.
Day 20: - Machha khola to Arkhet
Trek back to Arkhet from the trail passing through the Budhi Gandaki.
Day 21: - Arkhet to Gorkha
We walk today for about 6-7 hours. Today is the last day in the mountain region.
Day 22: - drive back to Kathmandu
It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of the road.
Day 23: - Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. In the evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied by cultural shows in the Hotel.
Day 24: - Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute; you have a few hours unique shopping for your relatives. If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
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