Mount Manaslu is the highest peak of the Gurkha massif, and is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located about forty miles east of Mount Annapurna. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape is a dominant feature. The first successful Manaslu expedition was in 1956 and the ascent was made by T. Imanishi (Japan) and Gyalzen Norbu (Sherpa). Climbing Manaslu takes about 7 weeks, including the scenic trek to Manaslu Basecamp at 4400 metres.
The trekking route relatively untouched and is a highlight on its own. At 8163 metres, Climbing Manaslu is about as technical and challenging as Cho Oyu (8,188 metres ) and Shisapangma (8027 metres) and is a good climb before attempting a serious technical 8000 metre mountain. The Manaslu expedition is very popular autumn these days as it sees higher success rates because the best Sherpas and climbers focus on the lower 8000m peaks during this season and the higher 8000m peaks are left for the spring season.
Mt. Manaslu a part of Nepalese Himalayas in the Gorkha massif with an altitude of 8161m is world’s eighth highest peak. It is also known as Kutang. The location of this mountain peak is in Mansiri Himal in Gorkha district of Nepal. “Manasa” in Sanskrit means “Mountain of the Spirit” is converted to this Gorkha’s highest peak Mt. Manaslu as "intellect" or "soul". This Mt. Manaslu is situated about 40 miles east of Mt. Annapurna of Kaski District. Manaslu is an imposing mountain being a 3092m prominence it extends from crops cultivation area to the area permanently covered with snow and ice; hence it looks like a serrated wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky.
Camp 3 is at 6850m. Generally, it is windy around the camp. Also visible from the campsite is the Tibetan plateau. For the summit push, prepare the rope that may be needed to cross many crevices and ice walls. Of the two ranges – that of Nepal is easier than the Tibetan side. Summit of the mountain on its summit at 7145m
Manaslu region is located in Central Nepal and was opened to trekkers only in 1991. But lots of mountaineering expedition teams had access for long time. In 1950 a group headed by H.W. Tilman trekked this area for the first time and ever since then this area has been quite popular among tuff trekkers. This area is still restricted to a limited number of groups and only organized trekkers in groups can trek in this area. Manaslu region is very remote and rescue is very difficult. This is possible wilderness area to live leopard of snow. Yet the trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Lots of people residing in this area especially in the upper Buri Gandaki (river) Valley are Tibetan. A place in this valley called Nupri (meaning Western Mountain in Tibetan) is a trading center among Tibetans and Tibetans residing in these areas.
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
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 fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: 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 essentially 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 leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 3: - Rest day and legal formalities
This might be a rest day for you as 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 leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 4: Drive to Soti Khola
We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with river bank the mountain sceneries to Dhding Besi. Drive from Dhanding Soti Khola will be on a rough road. Overnight in lodge of Soti Khola.
Day 5: Soti Khola to Machha khola (900m)
The rocky trail then weaves it way up and down through large stand of nettles and passes tropical waterfalls. The trail eventually makes it 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 6: Machha khola to Jagat (1410m)
Crossing Tharo Khola reach 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 a ridge to Doban (1000m). Trekking along the river for a while and climbing through small villages, you get to Jagat which is a beautiful flag stone village.
Day 7: 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 lodge.
Day 8: 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 9: Prok to Namru (2660m)
The trails make a serious 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 power house, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags which can be seen fluttering in the sky.
Day 10: 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 closely packed houses of Lihi (2900m) and several Buddhist villages along the way. The areas of Lho have been influenced by the Tibetan culture due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result you will find many monasteries, chortens and mani-walls.
Day 11: Lho to Sama gaon
Drop down to Damonan khola, crossing it on a two span bridge. The trail emerges onto a plateau at shyaula (3520m) with wide vista of Himalchuli, Ngadi chulli 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 12: Sama goan to Manaslu Base camp
Climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to Pungyen Gompa. You continue on to Birendra Tal, a glacial lake at 3450m. Beyond the lake stepens and you need to be committed to climb the 1200m (3-4hrs) to the Manaslu Base camp.
Day 52: Base camp to Sama goan
We will have return of around 4hrs trek. We will again do short sightseeing at Sama village with early arrival from the Manaslu Base camp.
Day 54: Nyak to jagat
We will walk up about 6-7 hours day ascending to the riverbed again. Jagat is a beautiful flag stone village where we spend our night in lodge.
Day 57: 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 road.
Day 58: 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 leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Day 59: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
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Airport Pick Up and Drop
Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) while on trek
Accommodation at guesthouses/ lodges on the trek
1highly experienced and friendly Guide, Porters, their food, accommodation. Remuneration, equipments, insurance)
Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS permit
Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara, inclusive of breakfast
Government tax and office service charge
Sleeping bag and down jacket (if required)
Walking poles (if required)
Duffle Bag (if required)
Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast
International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal Tourist Visa Fee US$25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15days, US$40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30days. Visa can be issued upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- Kathmandu
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages, hot water, hot shower charges on trek, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet
Tips for guide, porters and driver (not compulsory)