Opened for trekking activities since 1992, the quiet trail and simple villages, together with the stunning scenery, Manaslu trek is one of the classic yet unspoilt trekking adventures in the Himalaya. The crossing of Larkya La (5160m) pass, one of the highest Himalayan valleys, is a major highlight which offers remarkable panoramas of Manaslu, Himal Chuli (7893m), Himlung (7126m) and Cheo Himal (6820m).
360 degree view of Himalayas including Manaslu
Experience well preserved authentic Tibetan culture of Nubri and Tsum people
Cross Larkya La pass at 5160m
Visit Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley
Trek through Manaslu Conservation Area
WHAT TO EXPECT
Due to greater logistics requirements, this area is less touristic than the other popular trekking regions in Nepal. You will drive to Sotikhola and start ascending the impressive gorge of the Budhi Gandaki for a week then you will pass by tiny villages and enter to the world of Tibetan.
You will see the number of the high Himalayas around Nepal-Tibet border and the sceneries turn into even more impressive as you enter into alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La (5135m), with big peaks on all sides. The principal peaks that we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya La, you will drop down into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River, where you will be trekking beneath the giants of the Annapurna range, following the river down to a meeting with the road head at Ngadi where your trekking will be completed.
Name of the trek: Manaslu Lyarke pass
Group Size: Min – 2
Maximum altitude: 5200m.
Grade Info: Moderate/ Strenuous.
Season: September to late December and February to late June.
The permanent snow line is reckoned above 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) elevation. Precipitation in the area is both from snowfall and rainfall; the average annual rainfall is about 1,900 millimetres (75 in) mostly during the monsoon period, which extends from June to September. The temperatures in the area also vary widely with the climatic zone: in the subtropical zone, the average summer and winter temperatures vary in the range of 31–34 °C (88–93 °F) and 8–13 °C (46–55 °F) respectively; in the temperate climatic zone, the summer temperatures are 22–25 °C (72–77 °F) and winter temperatures are -2–6 °C (28–43 °F) when snow and frost are also experienced; in the subalpine zone, during December to May snowfall generally occurs and the mean annual temperature is 6–10 °C (43–50 °F). The arctic zone is distinct and falls within the permanent snow line; there, the temperatures lie much below freezing zone.
Unlike many other regions, this valley is a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including Snow Leopards and Pandas. Over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and 3 reptiles have been recorded. Conservation of wild life in the area has been achieved by monks of the monasteries in the area by putting a hunting ban in place. This action has helped the wildlife to prosper. The area is now an important habitat for the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar.
Three main categories of vegetation have been identified in the area. These are categorised on the basis of the altitude as Low hill, Middle mountain and High mountain types with its exclusive types of dominant forests and other associated species. The types of vegetation, however, tend to overlap the adjoining ones at places. Depending on the microclimate and other aspects, an overlap of vegetation is noticed in adjacent areas. However, the forest types are fairly well defined. The flora in different forest types also does not show much variation. The valley basin has a rich ecotone diversity and includes nineteen different types of forests, most prominently Rhododendron, and also Himalayan blue pine, which is flanked by Ganesh Himal and the Sringi ranges. Medicinal herbs and aromatic plants have also been recorded in different forests types and adjoining vegetation. Overall, the presence of 19 types of forests and other forms of dominant vegetation have been recorded from the area.
There are two ethnicities mainly inhabiting this region; Nubri and Tsum. The branching off of the river at Chhikur divides these two ethnic domains. While Nubri has been frequently visited after Nepal opened itself for the tourism in 1950, Tsum, still retains much of its traditional culture, art, and tradition. In the central hills of the region, Gurungs are the main ethnic group who have joined the Gurkha army in large numbers. Closer to Tibet, the Bhutias (also spelt Bhotias), akin to the Sherpa group, of Tibetan ethnicity dominate the scene as can be discerned from their flat roofed houses, and they are distinctly Buddhists. The region is dotted with austere monasteries, maniwalls, chortens and other Buddhist religious landmarks. The traditional faith of non-violence and compassion augments the wildlife diversity of the region.
Price: per person
Price per person
Above prices are in US$ and per person on the basis of above Pax.
Group Leader is free above 15 Pax.
Children below 12 years 5% less.
Single supplement USD 350
Airport pick-up and drop off services
All Land transportations by Tourist Bus
English Speaking Trekking guide
Porter( One porter can carry up to 25-30 kgs luggage of two participants)
Trekking Permit of Manaslu and Tsum Valley
Trekkers’ Information Management system(TIMS) card
Annapurna Conservation Area permit
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
Accommodation at 3 star category Hotel in Kathmandu
Welcome and farewell Dinner in KTM
Insurance of staffs
International flights and Nepal Entry Visa fees
Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, etc.
Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
Sleeping bag, down jacket etc.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m]
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. There will be a brief pre- trip group discussion followed by welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
We do the sightseeing tour in the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one of the largest Stupas in Asia are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m]-8 hours
We drive to Sothikhola. We enjoy views of the landscape along with the mountain sceneries during the drive. We will be driving on a smooth road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi then the road from Dhanding Bensi to Sothikhola via Arughat town will be rough.
Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m] -6 hours
We cross a bridge right way we start out, and then continue trekking through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We continue our trek via Khursane, two tropical waterfalls and the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb up and then go down to the sandy river bed, cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.
Day 5: Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m] -6.30 hrs
Today we trek through narrow trail being a few ups and downs and finally cross Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. We come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani a bit further. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge, climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we walk toward Jagat via Tharo Bharyang.
Day 6: Jagat - Deng [1,804m]: 6 hrs
Today, we trek up to Ghatta Khola passing by Salleri, and Sirdibas. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a beautiful Gurung selltements. The route now goes through a steep, uninhabited gorge from Ekle Bhatti. We then descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki. We continue through bamboo forests to the tiny village.
Day 7: Deng - Namrung [2630m]-6 hrs
After leaving Deng, we cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several Bombas along the route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. The pleasant walk after crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge continues after a final steep climb, we reach Namrung. Namrung village is a excellent viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and distant Mt. Himal Chuli in the south.
Day 8: Namrung – Samagaon [3530m]- 5-6 hours
We reach Lihi, a village with chortens and barley terraces. We pass by Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We explore the famous Ribung Gompa enjoying with amazing views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village. In Shyala village, we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other peaks to the right, and distant Ganesh Himal.
Day 09: Samagaon - Samdo [3860m] 4.30 hours
Today, the trek is relatively easy. We descend to the Budhi Gandaki River. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We cross the Budhi Gandaki bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. Passing by the kani we head Samdo.
Day 10: Rest for acclimatization
We'll have two options today; either hiking at the backside of the Samdo village for viewing Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, Or even do a longer trip to the Gya La (large pass) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet.
Day 11: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m]- 4 - 5 hours
We continue walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin gradual up. We pass by two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier, we go around the Salka Khola valley and walk up again to the shelter called Dharmshala at an altitude of (4450 m), also known as Larke Phedi. Today's short walk will be worth for acclimatization.
Day 12: Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m]: 8 hours
Today is the most challenging day in the entire journey. First, we head a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where fantastic views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak are seen. The trail is gradual up from the glacier until we cross the part of Lyarke pass. Magnificent views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the vast Annapurna II from Lyarke pass 5160m. Restof the trail is easy until we trek to Bimthang from where outstanding panoramas of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal can be viewed.
Day 13: Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544ft]- 5 - 6 hours
We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We make a steep climb over a ridge being wide bend to the river bank at 2580m and get Tilje village around half an hour further.
Day 14: Tilije - Tal [1700m] 5 - 6 hours
We pass through a beautiful village, then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach Thonje village. Here, we go through a police check post and continue toward Dharapani, and enter to the Annapurna Region. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We reach the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall.
Day 15: Tal - Syange [1080m] 6 hours
Once again, we follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange.
Day 16: Syange - Kathmandu: 9 hours
First we drive from Syange to Besi Sahar by Jeep and take private vehicle to Kathmandu along Marsyangdi and Trishuli river bank.
Day 17: Sightseeing Bhaktapur or Patan City. Fare well Dinner
Day 18: Final Departure
We transfer you to the airport. You will be free for last minute shopping until you leave.