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Manaslu Base Camp 20 days

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Trip Overview

Duration: 20 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘160 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 5 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best season: March - July and September - December

The Manaslu is one of the world's fourteen 8‘000er mountains. With its 8'163 meters, it is the eighth highest mountain in the world.The Manaslu which means "Soul Mountain" is located in the Gurkha district and is also known as Kutang.

The Gurkha Himal forms with the Manaslu 8'163m, the Himalchuli 7'893m and the Ngada Chuli 7'835m a very dominant, independent mountain chain. It is bounded by the gorges of the Buri Gandaki and the Marsyangdi, leading to the north side of the Himalayan massif, the relatively dry and heavily influenced Tibetan valley.

In the Manaslu region, we encounter various ethnic groups such as the Gurung, Brahman, Chhetris, Newari, Tamangs etc. In addition, the area is characterized by the Tibetan culture and Buddhism, and offers a number of animal and plant life.

Normally the trek has four main camps. Between the first and the second camp are a few crevasses to manage and between the second and the third camp slippery snow. Avalanches are possible between the third and the fourth camp. This trek can be done in different variants.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazar 535 m

Day 04: Trek from Aarugat to Soti Khola 720 m

Day 05: Soti Khola – Machha Khola 930 m

Day 06: Machha Khola – Dobhan 1‘000 m

Day 07: Dobhan – Philim 1‘590 m

Day 08: Philim – Deng 2‘360 m

Day 09: Deng – Ghap 2‘165 m

Day 10: Ghap – Lho 3‘180 m

Day 11: Lho – Sama Gaon 3‘525 m

Day 12: Acclimatization in Sama Gaon, visiting Manaslu Base Camp

Day 13: Sama Gaun – Samdo 3‘850 m

Day 14: Samdo – Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi) 4‘460 m

Day 15: Larkey Phedi – Larkya La 5‘160 m – Bimphedi 3‘590 m

Day 16: Bimphedi – Tilje 2‘300 m

Day 17: Tilje – Tal 1‘680 m

Day 18: Tal – Syange and drive to Besi Sahar 825 m

Day 19: Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the famous historical and cultural attractions Kathmandu's, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath (holy Hindu Temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist Shrine) Swayembhunath (Monkey temple) etc. In the evening we meet our tour guide to prepare our trek.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazar 535 m
We leave Kathmandu and drive towards Dhading Besi - Gorkha Bazar - Arughat down into the Trisuli valley, passing villages and terraced fields. If the weather is good we have excellent views of Ganesh, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna.

Day 04: Trek from Aarugat to Soti Khola 720 m
Finally, our trek begins; we start with a walk along the river Budhi Gandaki. On the way we have a wonderful view to Shringri Himal. The path takes us further before we reach Soti Khola through Gurung and Magar villages, fields and beautiful waterfalls.

Day 05: Soti Khola – Machha Khola 930 m
On the way to Machha Khola we have the opportunity to have an insight look to the lives of the local people in this area. Machha Khola stands in Nepali for "Fish River".

Day 06: Machha Khola – Dobhan 1‘000 m
Before crossing the Thado Khola, we walk up and down. The path after Khorlabesi takes us through a rocky gorge, and then we reach the small hot spring in Tatopani (hot water). We walk a ridge high above the Budhi Gandaki and cross it via a suspension bridge. After a while we arrive in Dobhan.            

Day 07: Dobhan – Philim 1‘590 m
To get over the Yaru Khola we cross a 93 m long suspension bridge. After a while we cross the Budhi Gandaki again and follow it to Jagat. Once in Salleri we are rewarded with the fabulous view to the Sringi Himal 7'187 m. We now descend to Sirdibas and also detecting the early signs of the Buddhist culture. After another suspension bridge we arrive in Philim, the booming Gurung village.      

Day 08: Philim – Deng 2‘360 m
We will go into the region of the Tamang, the followers of the Tibetan Buddhism. On the way, we pass through a forest with eye-catching views and the valley getting narrower the closer we come to Ekle Bhatti. We walk up over an impressive gorge, passing pine trees and follow the trail to Ghap. We cross the Budhi Gandaki and enter a narrowing ravine. After a suspension bridge and a beautiful bamboo forest we reach the village of Deng.

Day 09: Deng – Ghap 2‘165 m
After crossing the bridge of Deng, we walk through a beautiful pine forest and then arrive in Bihi Phedi, where we see the Kutang Himal, Mani walls, chortens, etc. Our trail takes us two more times over the Budhi Gandaki and meanders through the beautiful countryside with stunning views. Finally we reach the beautiful village of Ghap.

Day 10: Ghap – Lho 3‘180 m
We cross the Budhi Gandaki again and walk up after Namrung. Along the way we have again stunning mountain views. The path brings us through pastures and prehistoric village Lihi. After we left the glacier Lidanda behind us, we reach the Tibetan village Sho. On the way we have excellent view of the Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu. The village Lho awaits us with its many prayer flags and its gompa. We enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Day 11: Lho – Sama Gaon 3‘525 m
Today's walk takes us first to the new Gompa, and then we climb up to the beautiful Tibetan village of Shayla where we have a striking mountain view. Continue to Pung Gyan Gompa, passing fields and finally we arrive in the legendary valley of Sama with their 500-year-old village of Sama Gaon. In the afternoon we will have time to visit the old Gompa above the village or just exploring the fascinating village.

Day 12: Acclimatization in Sama Gaon - visiting Manaslu Base Camp
Today we let our body some rest and give him time to acclimate. If you not did it yesterday, you have the opportunity to explore the town today, visit the gompas or the Manaslu Base Camp, from where we have a fantastic view to the lake, glacier and the valley. Another option is to walk to Pung Gyen Gompa at 3'870 meters above sea level and enjoy the unique nature.

Day 13: Sama Gaun – Samdo 3‘850 m
We leave Sama Gaun and hike through long Mani walls and chortens and walking again down to the Budi Gandaki River and finally arrive in Samdo inhabited by Tibetans. Samdo was in previous years, a trading centre of China and India. Today the residents keep herds of yaks, sheep and goats, train their horses and planting barley.

Day 14: Samdo – Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi) 4‘460 m
The trail continues along the ancient trade route to Tibet. We cross a bridge and then we go up and through the market of Larky Bazaar. After about 3 hours we pass the glacier with an impressive view and finally we reach the camp from Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La Pass, which is surrounded by mountains and awarded with a panoramic view. It is also the area of Blue Sheep that graze in the more barren hills.

Day 15: Larkey Phedi – Larkya La 5‘160 m – Bimphedi 3‘590 m
The trail takes us north of the Larkya glacier from where we have a view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. After approximately four hours hiking, we reach the Larkya La Pass 4'930 m, from here we can have a magnificent view of the Himlung Himal 7'126 m, Cheo Himal 6'820 m, Gyagi Kung Kang Kuru 6'981 m and the Annapurna II 7'937 m. After the pass, it goes slowly on a moraine ridge down until we get to Bimphedi.

Day 16: Bimphedi – Tilje 2‘300 m
It continues down along figs trees and rhododendrons, through a stony river bed and small villages. We finally arrive in Tilje, from where we can see a sign board for the Annapurna Circuit.

Day 17: Tilje – Tal 1‘680 m
In the valley of the Dudh Khola we walk through bamboo forests down to the Tibetan village Dharapani, passing prayer flags at the Gompa Thongje and take on the old Annapurna Trail. Further south we are finally on the traditional route of the Annapurna Circuit. We follow the Marsyangdi River, crossing twice a bridge and reach the small village Karte. Further, we walk along the stony cliff before we cross the Marsyangdi River. Then we reach the waterfall of Tal (Lake).

Day 18: Tal – Syange and drive to Besi Sahar 825 m
We descend and walk along the Marsyangdi River, passing through the valley Phedi, Sattale and green forests. We cross another suspension bridge near Chamje with its impressive cascade. The trail continues through the woods and brings us to the attractive village of Jagat, then we finally reach the small village of Syange, from there we go to Besi Sahar.

Day 19: Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu              

Day 20: Departure

 

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program, or full board with the full Package Program*
Accommodation during the trek
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Accommodation in Kathmandu
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Any kind of drinks
Tipping for guide and porter 
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* The B & B Program and Full Package Program covers only the time of trekking. The Hotel accommodations are all with B & B.