http://www.mountainmarttreks.com Manaslu trek of Manaslu region “Mountain of the Spirit,” rises above the foothills of the Gorkha District west of Kathmandu. Its villagers are Gurungs, a Tibeto-Burman people who practice Buddhism; with influences of Hinduism in the lower hills. In the Upper Tsumi Valley Trek , behind Manaslu, the people are purely Tibetan; having moved south to settle while preserving their old customs. The entire region has been largely ignored by development from the south and so remains poor, yet culturally rich.
The Manaslu trekking begins with a drive to Arughat and trail winds over countless ridges along the Budhi Gandaki Valley: through a mix of farmlands and forests of bamboo, rhododendron, oak and pine as it gradually ascends for the first seven days. Several landslides need to be negotiated but views of Ganesh Himal and other peaks reward the effort. From Namrung onwards, the scenery becomes particularly spectacular.
A rest and exploration day is set for Samagaon to visit the large Kargyu-Pemba Chholing Gompa of the Nyingma-pa Buddhist whose priests are allowed to marry. The Pungyen Nunnery is built on a ridge, south of the village, with superb views of Manaslu. A climb to the high Manaslu Base Camp may also be possible.
The crux of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the two-day climb through tundra and scrub-juniper from Samagaon to the Larkya Phedi ‘rest house’ and then the long, cold, pull up to the Larkya La summit (5160m). The scenery along the way and particularly from the summit is magnificent. The descent across scree slopes is steep at first, becoming more gentle lower down to Bhimtang.
Our around Manaslu trekking trail descends into the dense forests of the Marsyangdi River, crossing onto the Annapurna Circuit Trail that leads to Ngadi Bazaar and Bhulbule for the bus back to Kathmandu.
Sturdy boots, warm waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera sunscreen and hat are essential items. We offer both camping and Lodge trek that includes transport, your guide, chef, local porters, meals, sturdy tent accommodation, and trekking permits. Spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November) are the best months to trek. Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Leisure and easy day for different interest.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (670m/2 198ft) 5-7 hrs
Day 04: Arughat - Khursane (820m/2 690 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 5: Khursane - Machha Khola (890m/2 920 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 6: Machha Khola – Dobhan (1 000m/ 3 280ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 07: Dobhan – Philim (1 590m/5 216ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 08: Philim – Deng (2360m/7750ft) 6-7hrs
Day 09: Deng – Namrung (2660m/8725), 6-7 hrs.
Day 10: Namrung – Lho (3,180m/10,430ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 11: Lho - Samagaon (3 530m/11 578 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Rest and Exploration day: Samagaon - Pungyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp x-y hrs
Day 13: Samagaon - Samdo (3 860m/12 660 ft) 3-4 hrs
Day 14: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya Phedi (4 460m/14 628 ft) 4-5 hrs
Day 15: Dharamsala - Larkya la (5 100m/16 728 ft) - Bimthang (3 720m/12 201 ft) 8-9 hrs
Day 16: Bimthang – Tilje (2 360m/8 396 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Tilje – Chamje (1430 m/4760 ft) 5-6 hrs
Day 18: Chamje – Bulbule (840m/2 755 ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 19: Bhulbule – Kathmandu (1 300 m/ 4 264ft), 6-7 hrs drive
Day 20: Final departure
"OR" Extend your holiday with a visit to Chitwan National Park – on an elephant, or a tour of Tibet or Bhutan.
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