Trek Around the Manaslu Mountain
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Welcome and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can get around the old streets of Kathmandu, see the people and enjoy the buzzing ambiance
Day 2 Drive: Kathmandu - Gorkha - Barpak (1000m)
An early breakfast breakfast, then you leave Kathmandu for Barpak. You already see a Himalayan range from a Mountain Pass (1400m) at Thankot, an exit point from Kathmandu valley. The drive, through green hills and the valley of the Dhorandi Khola, takes you to Barpak. This Gurung village as a starting point allows you to make a pleasantly different, and less frequented itinerary of two days, before joining the classic route of Manaslu. During these two days, you cross many authentic villages of Gurung people like Laprak and Singla. You walk in the middle of the magnificent paddy fields that dot the hilly Nepal.
Drive: 7 hours
Day 3 Barpak - Laprak (2200m)
Trekking through a calm forest trail, you reach the Pushu Danda (3000 m). Your effort is rewarded with superb views of Himal Buddha (6672 m) and the various peaks of Ganesh Himal (7100 m). You then descend to Laprak, another authentic Gurung village. You get in and out of stone houses to receive a warm welcome from your hosts.
Trek: 5 hours
Ascent/descent: + 1100m / -700m
Day 4 Laprak - Singla - Khorla Bensi (970m)
You start the trek with a short descent to the Machha Khola River before taking up a gradual ascent towards Singla. You have a beautiful view of the villages of Laprak and Gumda, hung on the mountainsides, and of the terraced rice fields on hillsides as far as the eye can see. From Singla, you can see again the imposing massif of Ganesh Himal. Walk down to Khorla Bensi, from where you trek along the classic trail of the Manaslu Circuit.
Trek: 6 to 7 hours
Ascent/descent: + 450m / -1300m
Day 5 Khorla Bensi - Jagat (1370m) - Sirdibas (1420m)
It's a "riverside journey" from Khorla Besi! You trek along the Budhi Gandaki River for several days. You go through the hot springs, at Tatopani, before reaching the first gorges. You settle down in Sirdibas, in a local lodge.
Trek: 6 hours
Ascent: + 450m
Day 6 Sirdibas - Dyang (1860m)
You are in the region inhabited by Gurung and Tibetan people. With the altitude, the scenery changes gradually from tropical vegetation giving way to alpine one. You walk between densely wooded but also rocky areas to reach Dyang, where you end your day of trek.
Trek: 5 to 6 hours
Ascent/descent: + 440m
Day 7 Dyang - Namrung (2540m)
You are approaching Tibet! Walk through the gorges to reach Ghap village… it’s a Tibetan ambiance, with the manis walls and the chortens decorating the entrances and exits of the villages. Prayer flags float on stone houses with slate roofs. Tibetans have their own costumes and traditions ...
Trek: 6 to 7 hours
Ascent/descent: + 680m / -60m
Day 8 Namrung - Syala (3330m) - Samagaon (3390m)
You cross many typical villages along the trail. Arriving at Lho, you see for the first time the summit of Manaslu culminating at 8163 m, then continue on to Samagaon, a Tibetan village at the foot of the Manaslu mountain range.
Trek: 7 hours
Ascent/descent: + 870m / -150m
Day 9 Day excursion to the Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)
It is a day of acclimatization to prepare for the ascent of the pass of Larkya La (5100 m) that you cross in 3 days. You walk to Lake Birendra (3 hours round trip), fed by the glacier of Manaslu. The most courageous can continue to the base camp of Manaslu (3 more hours of walking). The first part of climb takes place in a wooded path, but very quickly you walk in the mineral atmosphere of the high mountains. You have a sweeping view of the impressive glaciers of Manaslu. Return by the same way to Samagaon.
Trek: 3 to 6 hours
Ascent/descent: + 1200m / -1200m
Day 10 Samagaon - Pung Gyen Monastery (3870m) - Samdo (3690m)
After breakfast, you head for the Pung Gyen Buddhist Monastery, located at 3870 m in a magical place a few steps from the gigantic glaciers. This monastery is built on a large meadow just at the foot of the majestic Manaslu massif. Your morning effort is largely rewarded by the breathtaking 360 ° view of the high peaks, including Mt. Manaslu. Walk down to Sama Gaon, then continue towards Samdo, the last village before the Larkya La (Pass).
Trek: 5 hours
Ascent/descent: + 920m / -550m
Day 11 Samdo - Dharmasala (High Camp - 4335m)
In Samdo, an improvised market is sometimes organized between Tibet and Nepal. You are only a few kilometers from Tibet. You climb up the glacier valley to reach the foot of the Larkya glacier.
Trek: 4 hours
Ascent/descent: + 550m
Day 12 Col of Larkya (5100m) - Bhimtang (3600m)
Finally, here is the most amazing day ... and adventure! This is the highlight of the trip with the pass of the Larkya pass (5100 m). The climb is gradual but rather long. The show is grand. The descent is long too but the view is sublime on the circus of Peri Himal. Overnight in Bhimthang, located in a paradisaical setting.
Trek: 8 to 9 hours
Ascent/descent: + 750m / -1500m
Day 13 Bhimthang - Tileche (2300 m).
You descend quietly by a bucolic trail, wooded with rhododendrons and conifers to reach the village of Tileche inhabited by Tibetan Manangis.
Trek: 6 hours
Day 14 Tileche - Jagat (1300 m).
A day of ascents and descents, skirting the Marsyandi River. Trek down to Tal, a village surrounded by cliffs. You are now in Manangi country.
Trek: 6 hours
Accommodation : Lodge
Day 15 Jagat - Besisahar - Katmandou
You take a public transport to Kathmandu, via Besisahar. Arrival in the Nepalese capital. Free afternoon.
Day 16 Free day in Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu. You can discover the historical sites on your own: Patan. Bodhnath or just get around the old streets of Ason Tole and Indra Chowk!
Day 17 End of our services
Depending on you flight schedule, free morning in Kathmandu or transfer to the airport for international flight.
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: No cancellation fees. Unless you have given a written agreement to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, internal flights, activities…). In that case, you shall be charged the corresponding amount
- Cancellation between the 30th and 21st day prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 30 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 70 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)