‘walk around mighty Himalayan range in the shade of world 8th high Mt. Manaslu’
“Fabulous scenery from beginning to an end of trekking with high Larke-La Pass crossing,
Stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu range with high massive Annapurna in the west,
Walk from low warm climate to cooler hills and towards remorseless fields of ice and glaciers,
Beautiful enchanting woodland covered with tall rhododendron, oaks and pine tree lines,
Enjoy walks into remote farm villages of great interest enriched with old culture and custom”.
Brief Trip Profile
Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu with local lodge on treks.
Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot: 5,160 m/16,929 ft high at Larke-La Pass.
Walking Hours: Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 8 hrs sometimes
Activities: Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration: 13 Nights and 14 Days (with drives both ways)
Total Trip: 16 Nights and 17 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Best Seasons for Around Manaslu Trekking
Around Nepal Himalaya almost the same seasons including Around Mt. Manaslu the best and the high times from March to May with September to November months of the year.
Around March to May most days are clear for views and for pleasant walks of moderate climate temperatures, and with longer sunlight hours when wild flowers are in season, especially rhododendron of many different species from tall tree to bushes with varied colors (Rhododendron national flower of Nepal).
March to May late afternoon can get overcast sometimes with chances of rain and snow around high altitude as well on Larke-La Pass.
September to November during autumn /fall another best months with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 1,800 m high with chances of snow.
People and Culture
High Manaslu Valley populated by Manaslu people known as Bhotia of Strong Tibetan origin the ethnic hill tribes of North Mid Western Himalaya follows Buddhism religion similar culture as Tibetans with colorful impressive custom and heritage life of farming and cattle herding, the people of high Manaslu valley still trade and barters with Tibetan as the border located close to high Manaslu area.
Lower area and mid hills inhabited by mix hill tribes of both Hindu and Buddhism religions with various interesting cultures of Gurung, Magar and Bhotia with some Newar people includes Hindu Brahmin and Chettries also within farm villages on route trekking.
Around Manaslu Trekking leads you from low sub-tropical of heavily farmed country to mid cooler hills within enchanting coniferous forest to reach at high and scenic Manaslu valley to cross high Larke-La pass at above 5,160 m.
Adventure offers massive mountain range of Manaslu, Ganesh, and Lamjung Himal as far towards Annapurna peaks in the west direction, a great walk with varied temperatures, cultures and landscapes to enjoy on this marvelous walks Around Manaslu Trekking.
Around Manaslu Trekking specially the higher areas above Jagat village a restricted country where special permits has to be obtained, as this beautiful high Manaslu was closed for outsider for many years till it was opened around mid 1980’s.
Around Manaslu Trekking begins with long exciting drive from Kathmandu to reach Nepal Mid West within the district of Gorkha heading past number of rural farm villages and interesting town to reach the start of walks at Arughat and further at Soti-Khola small farm town.
Walk follows raging Burigandaki River upstream heading into cooler hills and visiting nice farm village inhabited by various hill people interwoven with both Hindu and Buddhism religion, as walk leads higher entering at Manaslu Valley from the village of Namrung onwards.
Adventure leads to beautiful areas and village of Lo-Gaon facing majestic views of world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu that stands at 8,163 m and 26,781 ft high first conquest by Japanese Expedition in May 9th 1956.
From Lo-Gaon heading towards the main large village at Sama-Gaon, having rest days to support acclimatization and to explore around its interesting villages of strong Tibetan Buddhist culture and heritage.
After Sama-Gaon towards the end of Manaslu rim and Gorkha district, where next morning climb takes you to traverse over high Larke-la pass the tallest spot of the adventure offering mind-blowing panorama of high mountain range.
With superb views as adventure leads to long descend to reach back into lovely woodland at Bhimthang and further down at nice and large Dharapani village where Manaslu and Annapurna circuit meets.
From Dharapani village ending our walk and then with long drive back to Kathmandu past Besisar the main town of Lamjung district and then on main highway to reach into hustle and bustle city at Kathmandu, after a great adventure and experience of Around Manaslu Trekking.
Short Guide Line Itinerary
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola village 940 m - 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Maccha Khola 960m -06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,340 m-06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Deng 1,814m - 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Namrung 2,630 m-06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m -06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m/11,578 ft - 06 hrs.
Day 10: At Sama-Gaon for acclimatization with short hike.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala /Larke Base 4,460m /14, 628 ft - 04 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Bhimthang 3,720 m crossing Larke-La pass at 5,160 m /16, 924 ft -08 hrs.
Day 14: Trek Ghoa 3,120 m - 05 hrs walks.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,963 m - 05 hrs.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride and transfer to hotel.
Day 17: International Departure to respective country.