Manaslu Trekking Only

Manaslu Trekking Only

Manaslu trekking is an exciting trekking route circumnavigating the World's eighth highest peak, Manaslu (8,163 m) was officially opened to trekkers in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area.

The attraction of the under trekked trails and high mountain scenery is hard for the seasoned trekker to resist. This trek gives an insight into both Nepalese Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. Manaslu trek passing through Labubeshi is an unfolding natural phenomenon of bio physical dynamics. Leaving behind the historical town of Gorkha and Arughat, the trail follows the magnificent deep blue waters of Buddhi Gandaki, entering a wild gorge that cuts between Ganesh (7,429 m) and Himalchuli (7,893 m), where villages are linked by precipitous trails that make few concessions to the knees! Ascending, we gain our first views of Manaslu.

Manaslu trek starts from Gorkha, continues over Larkya La pass (5,133 m) down to Marshyangdi and ends up at Besishar.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipment
  • Useful Info

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive to Soti Khola [710 m] via Arughat [600 m]. "L,D". (Drive 06-07 Hrs).
Day 02: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 05-06 Hrs).
Day 03: Machha Khola trek to Jagat [1,350m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 06-07 Hrs).
Day 04: Jagat trek to Deng. [1,804 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 06-07 Hrs).
Day 05: Deng trek to Namrung. [2,700 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 06-07 Hrs).
Day 06: Namrung trek to Sama Gumpa. [3,520 m]. (Trek 07-08 Hrs).
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (Sama Gumpa) [3,520 m]. "B,L,D".

“Manaslu Base Camp (8-9 hrs) or Pungyen Gompa (4 hrs) or just explore the village.”

Day 08: Sama Gompa trek to Samdo [3,860 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 03-04 Hrs).
Day 09: Samdo Trek to Dharamsala [4,460 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 03-04 Hrs).
Day 10: Dharamsala trek to Bhingtang [3,720 m].Via Larkya-La Pass [5,160 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 09-10 Hrs).
Day 11: Bimthang Trek to Dharapani [1,930 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 07-08 Hrs).
Day 12: Dharapani Trek to Syange [1,080 m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 05-06 Hrs).
Day 13: Syange Trek to Bulbule [790m]. "B,L,D". (Trek 04-05 Hrs).
Day 14: Trek to Bensisahar [800 m] and Drive back to Kathamandu. [1338 m]. "B,L,". (Trek 02-03 hrs and Drive 05-06 Hrs). Trip Ends !

Detail Itinerary:


Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Aarughat [710m] - (L/D): After a hearty breakfast we begin our journey to western Nepal. We drive approximately for 6/7 hours to reach Soti Khola via Arughat, situated at Gorkha district, from where we begin our trek. Overnight in Tea House. Drive- 6/7 hours.

Day 02: Trek to MacchaKhola [900 m] - (B/L/D): The trail today sometimes cuts into the steep valleys which isdensely forested. We pass many waterfalls and paddy fields to reach Lapubesi. From here our path descends to the wide, sandy riverbed which follows a trail meandering below the steep, craggy valley side. We finally ascend for one last time to reach MachaKhola where we will be spending the night. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 05-06 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Jagat [1,350 m] - (B/L/D): We continue our trek after breakfast. The trail today takes us to other villages with the vegetation changing slowly. We then cross a bridge followed by an ascend to Kholabesi from where we head towards Hot spring. The trail then climbs over another ridge to cross the BudhiGandaki River on a suspension bridge. After ascending on staircase path to Dobhan we cross another suspension bridge over YaruKhola followed by a descend to the river. The trail then again goes uphill towards TharoBharyang. Finally after the last uphill climb of the day we walk along the river to reach the village of Jagat where we will be spending the night.Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 07-08 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Deng [1,804 m] - (B/L/D): After breakfast we begin a long descend on stone staircase towards the river followed by a uphill trek to Saguleri. From Saguleri, SiringiHimal can be seen in the distance. The trail then reaches GhataKhola where we cross yet another suspension bridge over Budi-Gandaki River. We then head in the direction of Philim village followed by a climb along the hillside passing many tiny settlements such as Aga, Lokwa. We finally camp at Deng which is a village followed by a gradual walk after EklaiBhatti. Overnight in Tea House. Average Trekking time is 07-08 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Namrung [2,700 m] - (B/L/D): Today’s trek is a little longer and harder.  There are many mustard fields and waterfalls along the way. As you head further, you can see carvings on the stones of various images of Buddha in meditation. You pass the rhododendron forests and cross some wooden bridges.  Then, a climb through some stairs and a walk through the pine forest will take you to the neat village of Namrung.Overnight in Tea House. Average Trekking time is 07-08 hours.

Day 06: Trek to Samagaon (SamaGumpa) [3,520 m] - (B/L/D: On this day we will continue further ahead through alpine forests from where we will have our first glimpse of Manaslu (8,163m) and Manaslu North (7,157m). The villages from here are highly influenced by the Tibetan culture. We trek through Oak and Rhododendron forests to reach Samagaon. Overnight in Tea House.Averahe trekking time is 07-08 hrs.

Day 07: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (SamaGumpa) [3,520 m] - (B/L/D): This is a rest day. We spend an extra day in Samagaon to acclimatize. Spending this extra day in Samagoan helps you to adapt with increasing altitude. We have a day hike either to Manaslu Base Camp or to PungyenGompa. Resting in Tea house and exploring the village around can also be another option. Overnight in Tea House.

Day 08: Trek to to Samdo [3,860 m] - (B/L/D): After breakfast at the tea house we resume our trek. We walk on the grassy land where farmers graze their cattles that goes gradually up the valley. Mount Manaslu rises majestically in the background as we continue further towards our destination. We finally reach Samdo (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border.Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 04-05 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Dharamsala/Larkya Base Camp (LarkyaPhedi) [4,460 m] - (B/L/D): Today we head in the direction of Larkya Base Camp (LarkyaPhedi). The trail goes down the edge to cross the wooden bridge over BudhiGandaki river followed by an ascend. We then cross couple of streams to witness LarkyaGlacier. We finally reach Dharmashala, a stone guest house at an elevation of 4,450m after going round the valley of SalkaKhola to climb uphill. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 04-05 hours.

Day 10: Trek to (Larkya la 5,160 m) Bimthang [3,720 m] - (B/L/D): After having an early breakfast we start the trek at 5:30AM today. The trail takes us at the top of the moraine at 4,700m. (15,420ft) and climbs steeply to the pass at 5,135m/16,847ft. with the marvelous views of HimlungHimal (7126m), CheoHimal (6826m), Gyaji Kang, KangaruHimal (6981m) and Annapurna 2nd (7937m). Then the trail descends to Bimthang “Plain of Sand" in Tibetan Language. This huge valley surrounded by high peaks.Overnight in tea house. Average trekking time is 09-10 hours.

Day 11: Trek to Dharapani [1,930 m] - (B/L/D): Today, we trek down to DharaPani( 1992m) which takes about 7 hours. The trail drops to DudhKhola and reaches Gho Crossing, through lots of Pine and Rhododendron forests. At the foot of the valley, part of Lamjung Peak above the Marsyangdi valley comes into sight. The trail heads to the villages of Tilje and Thonje. Once at Dharapani we will have joined the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 09-10 hours.

Day 12: Dharapani Trek to Syange [1,080 m] - (B/L/D): The remainin trail of our trek is similar to that which we use on first few days of Annapurna Circuit trek. We descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail continues on to Chyamje, recrossing the river once again. It then descends through forests of rhododendron and pine to Syange.Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 07-08 hours.

Day 13: Trek to Bhulbhule [7900 m] - (B/L/D): The Marsyangdi valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages as Bhulbhule, (Khudi). Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 04-05 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Bensisahar drive to Kathmandu [1330 m] - (B/L): We finally are at the end of our trek. Today, we will be returning to Kathmandu. We walk on a gentle trail alongside the left bank of Marshyangdi River. We trek to Besisahar where our car will be waiting for us. From Besisahar it’s a 5-6 hours’ drive to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu the remaining day is at leisure. You can walk down the streeets of Thamel for any last minute souvenir shopping. Overnight in Hotel.Average Trekking time is 02-03 hours. Trip ends !


Trip Cost Includes:

  • Trekking Duffle Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
  • Kathmandu Sotikhola by Private Jeep or Mini Bus.
  • Bensisahar Kathmandu by Private Car/Heice.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Trekking Region map.
  • TIMS / National park / ACAP / Conservation entry fees.
  • Special Permit for Manaslu. (Conservation fee for Annapurna+Manaslu Area)
  • Government taxes.
  • Office services charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days, you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Arrival & Departure Transfers.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu before and after trekking.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with an entrance fee.
  • Service which not mentioned.

Weather information

We offer trekking in Nepal from mid-September to May. However within this period there are clear seasons in the weather. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 deg C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0 deg C at higher altitudes.

Winter trekking, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20 deg C and at night may drop to 0 or as low as -10 deg C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rainstorms. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March, with temperatures of up to 30 deg C and mild nights at low altitudes. The increase in rainfall in the hills is more than compensated for by the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions, as in April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common. This is a period that generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is traditionally a time when mountaineering expeditions commence their ascents.

The monsoon creates a rainy season in Nepal, which lasts from mid-June to mid-September. During this time the Nepal Himalaya is unsuitable for trekking, with the exception of a few remote valleys. We offer treks during this period in Low altitude Treks in the Nepal Himalaya, Tibet & India (Kulu, Ladakh).

The post-monsoon period: From early September the monsoon rain starts to decrease. By mid-October through to mid-December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and decrease as you gain height. Over 3000 meters the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and may be hotter or colder, depending on whether it is sunny or windy etc. At night at lower altitudes, temperatures do not normally drop much, although as you approach November it does get colder and the days shorter. Up high it can drop sharply at night, from 0 to minus 10 or 15 and more when camped on the ice or snow.

The pre-monsoon period:In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up bringing occasional afternoon rainstorms. Views of the mountains in the middle of the day and afternoon may often be obscured. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period, however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

List of Clothing Equipments & Personal Effects

  • Lightweight Trekking (walking) (Waterproof) boots and spare laces. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes for evening and walk around campsite.
  • Warm Jackets (Fiber fill or down) down should be adequate.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or ponchos (Get guaranteed Waterproof)
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • A tracksuit.
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  • Few pairs of cotton T-shirts.
  • At least 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly to avoid sun born.
  • A woolen hat for morning and evening and Sun cap (Hat) during the day and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck..
  • A pair of gloves.
  • A pair of sandals to shower and campsite.
  • Few pair of thin and thick woolen socks.
  • Underwear: normal quantity and swimming costume.
  • Sleeping bags for night. (At least -20 Celsius)

Equipment and Accessories

  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gears while trekking. (We provide)
  • Daypack to carry personal day requirements. (25-30 Ltr) This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  • 2-5 large plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. Some small plastic bags for garbage.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Headlamp or torch light with spare batteries and bulbs.Candles or lighter to burn toilet paper and to lit on.
  • Snow gaiters essential during winter and High Altitude trekking.
  • Walking poles. (If you like to have).
  • Camera with spare batteries and films
  • Reading materials, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of
  • passport photograph
  • First aid kit with enough Personal medicine.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a through medical checkup and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive first aid box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hill of Nepal so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings; sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked. Travelers are requested to bring medicine prescribed by their doctor at home. Common medicine for stomach problems, headache, and malaria is available in Kathmandu. Medicine is usually not available in remote areas. So necessary medicine is advisable to carry with you. Before going to Nepal, it is advised to get injections against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

OVERCOMING ALTITUDE PROBLEM:

This is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is particularly a matter of important medical consideration while trekking in the Himalayas. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue; etc can be encountered as initials of the sickness. The major information source on prevention and treatment of the sickness is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and Adventure Treks Nepal (P). Ltd. is the confide life member of it. We assure every trekker that all our guides have followed the training conducted by HRA with the understated information.

CAUSE/FACTOR OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

1. Less Oxygen
2. Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
3. Rapid Ascent
4. Possible Dehydration
5. Hypothermia TYPE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

TYPES ALTITUDE SICKNESS

1. AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
2. HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
3. Hace - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

SYMPTOMS

1. (AMS) ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Mild symptom feels like hangover/not feeling good
a. Headache
b. Fatigue/Tiredness
c. Nausea
d. Shortness of breath
e. Loss of appetite
f. Sleep disturbance
g. Dizziness

2. (HAPE) HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (Water in lungs)

a. Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
b. Severe cough-dry/Productive
c. Very tired-Unusual fatigue while walking
d. High Pulse rate i.e. 110
e. Blueness of face, lips, finger nails that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

3. (HACE) HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (Water in the head)

Severe symptoms of altitude sickness

a. Severe Headache
b. Vomiting
c. Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
d. Mental confusion/Altered mental status
e. Irritable-Does not want to be bothered by other people
f. Unconsciousness or Coma
TEST - Tandem walking test, Heel to toe step fall off from the line.

DECISION MAKING

1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

PREVENTION

1. Acclimatization: - After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
2. Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast too high.
3. No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
4. Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
5. Do not carry heavy packs.
6. Climb higher sleep lower.
7. Do not travel alone.

TREATMENT

1. DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter.
2. Medicine:
a. Oxygen.
b. Diamox…for AMS 125mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated.
c. Nafedipine for HAPE
d. Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE
3. Hyperbolic Bag - Gammow Bag
4. Golden Rules
a. Awareness of ALTITUDE SICKNESS
b. If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher. Take Aspirin.
c. If you have worsening symptoms, go down.
d. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter.
5. IMPORTANT
a. Go up slowly.
b. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day)
c. Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Our advice: Drink 3-4 ltr of water minimum a day, don't exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take rest more than usual.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.


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