Among the hardest treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however good physical fitness and endurance are required. These trips go above 5000 meters and for the duration of 15 – 20 days walking up to 8 / 9 hours in a day. They may also explore very remote regions where camping over multiple nights is required.
Flanked at the remote setting encircling towering Mt. Manaslu; the world’s eighth highest mountain Manaslu region is taken as the classic form of the Annapurna circuit trek. Manaslu circuit trek is off- the beaten trekking destination that takes around Mt. Manaslu with moments to feast the eyes with the sight of the captivating towering vistas comprising Mt. Manaslu, Himlung, Nemjung, Cheo Himal.
The restricted region opened only in 1991 with special permit requirement for access and trekking is awaiting to stun with eye-appealing beauty of the art, craft, relics along the wilderness of the region as well as the lush scenery of the Manaslu conservation area. Apart from the fascinating beauty of the soaring snowcapped peaks and trek injects vibes, the zeal of the vibrant culture as well as stone-roofed villages ingrained to Tibetan Buddhism like Namrung, Lho, Samagaon nestled on the backdrop of sky-scraping Manaslu and Himchuli blow your mind.
Commence camping Manaslu trek from Sotikhola following the path weaved beside Budi GandakiRiver and crossing suspension bridges several times to cross Larkya La pass located at the altitude of 5100 meters.
Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition representative will greet you at an airport & transfer you to your hotel, after refreshment you will be picked from the hotel lobby to the office where you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
After breakfast, drive to Aarughat. The unsealed road from Dhading to Arughat bazaar is sometimes impassable after a heavy monsoon rain. The path will go along the Buri Gandaki all the way to its headwaters. The trail goes across forests populated by monkeys. When you reach a wide area of rice paddies you will come to Arkhet. From here the trail descends to a high cascading waterfall to kyorpani. This is a small village where there is Magar and Gurung people are living in. From here, the trail descends to SotiKhola. There are a good swimming hole and a small waterfall just above the trail.
From here, the course will repeat ascents and descents to Almara, a village on the flank .move on, traversing the forest area. Continue a steep ascent on the rocky path, you will come across a stream.
The trail eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up to the Gurung village of Lapubes.
From here, traverse the slope that has farm fields and rice paddies .further ahead the valley will become wider. There are views of SringiHimal also called Chamar(7187m). The path will go down to the shores of white sand .trail still descends and ascents to mountain flank. After a short descent, you will reach KaniGoan; it is one of the big villages. Soon after passing the village and crossing the MachhaKhola and NamyungKhola, you will reach to Kholabesi. Pass the village and the valley; follow the narrow path soon you will reach Tatopani where it has a hot spring.
Crossing the suspension bridge and passing through the forested area following the path looks like it is carved in the rock to reach to Doban. Soon after crossing villages and suspension bridges in Dobankhola, trail repeating ascents and descents will come to Jagat. It has beautiful flagstone.
Leaving the village and make a small ascending traverse the path will go down to river shores. Pass the Gatakhola village and Sharkhola .finally it offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. You will reach to Deng..at the tiny village of Deng you enter to Nepri. This part of Nepri is known as Kutsang. It is a small village of Gurung and it has a strong Tibetan influence. The path will go down to river shores. Steep cliffs continue to surround the valley. Crossing a suspension bridge to reach to Lana. The path will become a gentle ascent till Bih. From here on, traverse through the forest to come to farm fields and go through the Khani then you are in Ghap.
Climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks the trail enters the closely packed houses of Lihi (2900m). The trail leaves the Lihi village and enters another village of Sho (2960m) where you get spectacular views of Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike peak (5515m) and further you reach the small settlement of Shrip. After climbing some time you reach the village of Lho.
After passing through Bengsam village, LI and Khani you will come to Hinankhola. Crosses the streams, you will come to Sho village. From where the views are open Naike peak, Manaslu north peak, and Manaslu. Lho has wide farm fields on the gentle mountain flank, it is a large village with many houses and a fine Gimpa. The view from here is excellent. Soon after the junction, you will cross the stream using the wooden bridge and zigzag up the forested area to reach Honsanho Gompa. Where it has an open view. After crossing Pungen glacier valley will become wider. Move on from one Chorten to another to reach Sama Gaon. Which is surrounded by a large number of Mani stones and Chortens. The Gompa on the top of the hill is very fine and worth visiting.
We will take a rest and acclimatization day here with an optional hike to Pung-gyenGompa, or the day can be spent immersing oneself in the daily life of SamaGompa.
Passing by the foot of the great, white slide that is the Manaslu Glacier we pass the trail that branches off to Manaslu Base Camp. Our path enters a woodland where we might see marmots in the birch and juniper bushes before a final steep ascent brings us to the charming village of Samdo. The village has a well-established Tibetan refugee community –with Tibet being only a morning’s walk away.
It is a good day for acclimatization before crossing Larke pass. After an easy first part today we cross the BudhiGandaki for a final time before the trail gradually rises through juniper and tundra with a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La glacier. Climbing further we arrive at the Spartan Larkya Rest House.
An early morning start is needed for what is to be a particularly tough and extended day. A pre-dawn start to avoid gale force wind which usually gains in strength after mid-day at the pass. After a long gradual climb alongside a moraine, we make a short descent to a glacial lake and reach the head of the moraine (4,700m) which we cross to climb to the ridge top. Four frozen lakes lie below and then it is up to the crest of the Larkya La (5,100m). The reward for these difficult trekking conditions is brilliant westerly views of HimlungHimal, Kanguru, and Annapurna II as well as the looming omnipresence of Manaslu. On the steep descent, we drop around 600m in less than an hour. Our trail then levels off onto yak pastures before finally reaching Bimtang, a collection of typical summer kharkas.
We descend on easier terrain through meadows and pine and rhododendron forest, until arriving in Hampuk. Then the path drops further, following the course of the Dudh Khola, crossing the stream fed by the snows of the KichkeHimal and arrive at Karche and then onto the village of Gho – where rice is back on the menu and Nepalese ‘dhal bhat’ is revisited. Keeping to the west bank of the river, the afternoon is one of gradual descent to the Gurung settlement of Tilije which is famous for its apple brandy.
Leaving Tilije we cross to the eastern side of the Dudh Khola and match the gradient of the river down to Dharapani. Here is DudhKhola’s confluence with the Marsyangdi and also our meeting with the Annapurna Circuit trail which is ascending towards Manang. From this point, we will take local sharing Jeep to Besisahar.
The bus journey will take 6-7 hours.
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing country.
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