Manaslu-Round Walking holidays 23 Days

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03 Kathmandu – Baluwa (1380 m) 7-8 hours

Today, we start trekking from Kathmandu. We begin our trekking  with bus ride from Kathmandu. We pass through  Thankot , the gate point of Kathmandu Valley.  We follow  Prithivi Highway which contains many uphill and downhill fine tarred road. We follow the famous river Trishuli until we reach Mugling. After  15 minutes bus ride from Mugling., we reach Khaireni and diverted to 12 Kilo leaving Kathmandu Pokhara  Highway. From 12 Kilo we follow Daraudi river via Chhepetar . We follow offroad from Chhepetar and reach Baluwa. We stay overnight near Darkhu Khola riverside.

Day 04: Baluwa – Barpak (1915 m) 3-4 hours
The path goes flat for some hours. At the point where Daraudi River and Rangrung Khola meet, we cross a bridge here. Then the path goes steep uphill up to Barpak. The views are alike the past days.  After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 the path has been slightly damaged by the landslides. But it has no that much effect on the trekking routes. Barpak is a very big and beautiful Gurung village which now has been totally ruined by the earthquake. The people are rebuilding the village gradually. The lodges where we spend the night are not much affected by the earthquake. They are safe.

Day 05: Barpak – Laprak (2100 m) 3-4 hours

The path goes slightly uphill today. Bouddha Himal adds a fabulous background to the sprawling, beautiful village of Barpak as we climb the small ridge. We walk through the small, stony  path to the right of the main path after an hour or so, and a total of three hours later, we reach the  pass, Gupsi Dada (2950m) which separates the two beautiful villages; Laprak and Barpak. The view from the pass is, of course, panoramic along with herds of sheep grazing on the grassy hillsides from the peak. Bouddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range that span at the horizon serve us breath-taking view. If it is spring then the forest is full of the rhododendrons blooming brilliantly in pink and red, around us, providing great photographs with the snow-peaks in the backdrop. We walk steep down for an hour or two and reach the large Gurung village of Laprak. We explore the village; take a walk down the hill and a look into some of the houses. We have a chat with the simple and hard working Gurung people.

Day 06: Laprak – Khorlabeshi (970m) 4-5 hours

We walk down to the Budhi Gandaki River from the village of Laprak today. We cross a suspension bridge and we climb steep path that goes through the terraced fields. We contour around several hillsides through a narrow path up to the village of Singla. From here, the walking becomes easier and we enjoy the views of Kutang Himal and Sringi Himal to the north as we walk down through more terraced fields and papaya trees, through the Gurung village of Khorla, and then down along a narrow, winding trail to Khorlebeshi on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. We need to be careful since we walk through the rocky path just before the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi. We will probably get a visit in the evening from this village’s cultural ambassadors, and perhaps have another show for our entertainment.

Day 07: Khorlabeshi – Jagat (1340m)4-5 hours

We start walking along the river for about an hour. Then we walk by the terraced field of tobacco and buckwheat. After some time the path becomes stony that leads us to the hot springs in the center of the small, terraced village of Tatopani, Here we can enjoy for some time to soak our exhausted bodies in the garrulous hot water, and then perhaps go for a swim in the ice-cold river below, drying off on the wonderful river-side beach. Then a slight climb through the woods past with a spectacular waterfalls, across an old, wooden suspension bridge and through a short section of forest path and we reach Dobhan. Above Dobhan, the Bhudi Gandaki River flows down in an impressive series of steep rapids. From here, our path climbs high above the river. We cross the river on a long, new suspension bridge and climb high on stone steps before coming into our camp at Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation National Park. It will be really good to wander around this beautiful, paved village.

Day 08: Jagat – Ekle Bhatti (1600 m) 2-3 hours

After descending a long series of stone steps back down to the river from Jagat, we climb on wonderful stone steps along a terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive view of Sringi Himal 7,187 meters high. We pass through the charming, paved village of Sirdibas. We Cross the river again on a long, high suspension bridge at Ghata Khola, the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream, and again we have a steep climb to reach Philim. After Philim the path still goes uphill to Ekle Bhatti where we camp for the night.

Day 09: Ekle Bhatti – Bihi Phedi (1990 m) 4-5 hours

In the beginning the path goes flat then downhill to Budhi Gandaki River. We cross a new suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River at the point where the Siyar Khola meets with the river. From this point before we cross the bridge our trail splits. One goes to the Tsum Valley. The other leads us to village Bihi Phedi. After crossing the River, in one hour’s walk at the place called Nyak the ending point of Rupina La treks meets with our path. We catch the route that takes us to the village called Bihi Phedi where we will spend the night in a lodge.  After Nyak, from Deng we can have a spectacular view of Shringai Himal. Deng is a small Gurung village where the Buddhist culture is practiced. So Mani walls and prayers flags welcome us here. After Deng the path goes downhill upto Budhi Gandaki River. We cross a Trust bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and walk uphill to Bihi Phedi.

Day 10: Bihi Phedi – Namrung  (2630 m)4-5 hours

In the beginning, slowly going uphill but after lunch we walk through steep path and we have to walk through the trail that has landslides, wet pieces and slippery stones. We are now completely turned to the west and the Tibetan border is less than 10 km from of us. We are now entering the area inhabited by Tibetan refugees. Hence, the sight of Tibetan culture and lifestyle is common in this area.  The trail goes uphill and downhill both. At Namrung, our special permit will be checked. This is village where there is hydro power station. This is the view point of Shrigai Himal and Ganesh Himal. There is a famous beautiful gompa called Namla Gompa. We can make telephone call here. We spend the night at Namrung.

Day 11: Namrung – Lho (3180 m) 3-4 hours

A few hours later, we reach the village of Lihi at 2840 meters, a substantial altitude gain. We climb gently now; soon we cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers. We pass the gompa of Lihi and continue to rise until we go through the stone gates of Sho. Lihi is the view point of Himchuli too. A little later, we have a magnificent view of the Naike Peak, Manaslu north and eventually Manaslu Peak. Lho is a beautiful village. In the east we have a view of the peaks of Ganesh Himal and north to the glaciers on the mountains that form the border with Tibet. We can visit the Kandjur Scripts monastery of Lho and Ribung Gompa. Lho is the view point of Manaslu. We can make telephone call from Lho.

Day 12: Lho – Samagaon ( 3520 m)  3-4 hours

We walk a downhill to the river in the beginning. Then the path goes slightly uphill along the river. We cross small jungle area in several places. We arrive to Shyala. It is a comparatively new village and is populated by Tibetan refugees who are still on the old trade route through the pass called Lajyung Bhanjyang. We cross Numala Khola through the suspension bridge and walk to Samagaon which is a very beautiful Tibetan village. We stay her e for 2 nights.

Day 13: Samagaon Acclimatization / Rest day in ( 3350 m)

Today as it an acclimatization day, we can have just rest for the whole day or there are so many things we can do. Maybe we can get a hold of Puja (prayer) in the gompa or the monastery. We can bathe and make washing. If we wish to observe Tibetan culture, we can walk through the village and see how the Tibetan villagers live and work in this region. We can make a walk to the Birendra Lake or a piece of way to Manaslu BC or a longer walk to Pung Gyen Gompa also is the things we can make. The Gompa is in the altitude of about 3900 m on one of the slopes along the Numla Khola. This is point from where we can see the view of Manaslu, Larke, Naike Peak , Manaslu glacier etc. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today.

Day 14: Samagaon- Samdo to (3875 m) 2-3 hours

Today we have a short trek along the Budhi Gandaki River. Since we are walking in the high altitude, we slowly acclimatize. We climb uphill gradually. Slowly we feel the cold wind as we climb up. So, the warm clothes in your rucksack are suggested. We follow the Budhi Ghandaki in a northwesterly direction to the last inhabited village before the pass. We walk through yakweiden with dozens of meters long manis.  We have camp in Samdo in a lodge. Telephone service is available here. Mani walls and stupas can be seen everywhere here. We can visit to the view point from where we can witness Naike and Pangboche Peak.

Day 15: Samdo – Dharmashala (Larke Phedi (4460 m) 3-4 hours

We walk today flat first then slightly uphill. We have to take it easy because today we rise about 800 meters and tomorrow await us a hard day as we will cross the pass Larke La. On the south side of the path we have a view of the North Peak, Naike Peak and the Larke Peak and the Manaslu massif and to the north, the barren, rough stone desert that lies between us and the Tibetan plateau. This will be the coldest night on this trip and probably also the shortest. We spend the night in a lodge in Dharmashala in the other word Larke Phedi.

Day 16: Larke La BC – Larke La (5160 m) – Bhimthang (3590 m) 6-7 hours

We get up very early and leave early because today because may be most of the snowy pass and which may in particular make the long steep descent difficult and time consuming. The run-up to the pass is gradual and hopefully it’s a bright sunny day so that, once the light is able to enjoy the impressive landscape.  Moraines, glaciers, snow-capped peaks which stand out stridently against the blue sky and the icy glacier lakes are the view of surrounding. The pass is not really showing signs of a sharp transition but the prayer flags tell us that we have arrived at the highest point. We too, hang our prayer flags in there. In the succeeding descent it goes again slightly uphill and then comes the long and very steep down but we occasionally take the time to enjoy the extraordinary view. Only at the moraine path becomes less steep and the going easier. Along the moraine-shore we walk to the large lawn with some houses. We walk for long hours today; we must bear in mind that average of 10 to 11 hours walk including a few short breaks along the way. But the duration can vary since it depends on the local conditions like weather. In the evening we are very much exhausted but contented today. We stay in a lodge for the night in Bhimthang. Bhimthang has telephone service facility.

Day 17: Bhimthang Rest Day (3590 m)

Bhimthang is an open place and beautiful place to have rest after crossing the Larke La pass. Especially Nepali staff s would like to enjoy drinking the local alcohol here and enjoy the rest. The trekkers also can join the drinking party. There are only the tea houses for the trekkers to stay. No people live there in winter since it is very cold. There is a view point of Lamjung Himal, North-East face of Manaslu, South face of Phungi, Cheo Himal and North-West face of Himlung at Bhimthang. We can enjoy the spectacular views today. We just rest for the whole day enjoying the views, taking photographs or sleeping the bed to have full rest. If we wish, we can visit to the nearby Himalayan beautiful lakes; Nayamlo Tal and Ponkar Tal today. We go there crossing Salpudanda Glacier. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will arrange for our visit to the various places today. We may go to visit the beautiful lakes named: Nayamlo Tal and Ponkar Tal.

Day 18: Bhimthang – Kharche (2700 m) 3-4 hours

Today our journey goes down slowly. In the beginning we walk through glacier shore.  Then beautiful forests with great views of the peaks of the Manaslu behind us, we walk quietly along the river to Kharche. First a horrible climb over the Pass of Kharche but then mostly down along moraines, yak kharka, white beaches and rocks along the river that swirls down and called Dudh (milk) delivers. Also, we see beautiful view of waterfalls and the forest with mosses. We love the path that has a view of the magnificent mountains around us. We cross the Suti Khola, a river coming from the Suti Glaciers in the northwest and flows into the Dudh Khola. After crossing a bridge over Suti Khola, we have a camp at Kharche.

Day 19: Kharche – Tal (1700m) 3-4 hours

We walk down along the Dudh Khola. We slowly head to the big Gurung village of Tilje, where we can visit to Tilije Gompa. Telephone and NTC mobile service is available here. Apple Wine and brandy is produced here since the apple orchard is there. We can have taste of local wine, alcohol and other products here. We leave the Gurung village of Tilje and walk downhill to the point where the Dudh Khola comes together with the Marsyangdi River. We reach the Annapurna trail. At Dharapani we go over the bridge to the west bank of the Marsyangdi and we will check with the post mark to let our permits because the check post of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and Manaslu Conservation Area Project lies here. We are now in a completely different world with many tea-houses, restaurants and lodges in comparison of the routes we walked in the past. We head down to Tal. Tal is a typical village with the majority of Gurung and Magar tribes.

Day 20: Tal – Syange (1100m) 3-4 hours

We walk down along the Marsyangdi River. We cross the villages like Chamje, Ghattekholagaun and Jagat. These villages also have the majority of Gurung and Magar tribes. In some places beautiful views of waterfalls welcome us on the way. We finally reach Syange a small village beside the river bank of Marsyangdi where we stay overnight. We can witness many beautiful waterfalls here in Syange.  This is the ending point of our trekking. Tomorrow we will drive to Kathmandu.

 Day 21: Syange – Kathmandu (by bus or jeep) 6-7 hours

Sometimes we have direct bus service from Syange to Kathmandu. If not we get in a jeep up to Besi Sahar; the headquarter of Lamjugng District. Then from Besi Sahar, we can take local bus to Kathmandu. Until Besisahar the road is rough as it is just graveled. But from Besi Sahar, the road is pitched. At Dumre we reach the road that runs from Pokhara to Kathmandu. As well as on the way we will have lunch in Muglin. The drive will take 6 to 10 hours. It depends on the situation of the road traffic and especially the pass to the Kathmandu valley can sometimes cause delays.

Day 22: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Sightseeing in Bhaktapur (1401m) 3-4 hours

This day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country. Or if you wish you will be taken to Bhaktapur for sightseeing for 4 hours. But you have to extra charge for this. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.

Day 23: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.