1195.00 Per Person (based on 10 days)
in Nepal's Gorkha District and rising 8,163 meters,
Mt. Manaslu lies just east of the famed Annapurna
Region and shares a border with its northern neighbour,
Tibet. Opened to trekkers recently, Manaslu's unsurpassed
beauty and rich, cultural traditions offer the dedicated
trekker a genuine adventure.
counter-clockwise around the base of Manaslu, you
will begin your trek from the historical city of
Gorkha (1,800m). Distant Himal views will tease
you for several days as you rise and fall through
numerous valleys, along panoramic ridges.
by various peoples, including the celebrated Gorkha
soldiers, and giving life to endless fields of dan
(rice), kodo (millet) and makai (corn), among others,
the trail offers brief glimpses into the simple
lives and ancient ways of the areas inhabitants.
the trekking is moderately strenuous with ample
opportunity to stop, relax and catch your breath
amidst a land seemingly lost in an earlier era.
a few days, the Himal disappear from view as you
descend into the Gandaki River Valley and proceed
upstream. Fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls,
the rushing, rumbling tumult of the Gandaki's frigid
waters accent the silence of towering pines and
lush bamboo groves.
on the time of year in which you trek, riverside
lunches bathed in a warming sunlight will provide
a welcome break along this relatively easy portion
of the trail. Be forewarned, however, certain sections
are rather precariously placed.
the end of your first week, will find yourself in
the village of Phillim at an altitude of nearly
2,700m. From here, your trek takes on a decidedly
different flavour. As the landscape becomes rocky
and mountainous, the weather cooler, and the local
culture more closely linked to Tibet, the trail
cuts through a land of nomadic peoples, yaks Buddhist
Gumpas and towering, snow -capped peaks.
the day, the sun shines with clear intensity, while
the nights are a bit more than cold. Moreover, villages
and people become less frequent as the trekking
becomes fairly strenuous. At this point, you are
more likely to pass a yak, a cow, or a sheep along
the trail, rather than a person.
eleven days into your adventure, you will arrive
at the village call Samagau (3450m). Having over
one hundred and fifty houses, Samagau is surprising
large and bustles with the energy of remote village
life. When planning your trek, consider stopping
here one full day.
as you leave Samagaon, consider taking the brief
one-hour side trip to see Lake-Birendra, Named after
Nepal's king when he officially opened the area
in 1992, this pristine, glacial lake glistens in
a frigid green. From here, you will ascend slowly,
passing through the villages of Samdo, (3900m) and
Lakya Bazar 4,400m) before crossing Larkya Pass.
scant fifteen kilometres from the border, Samdo
is the site of a Tibetan refugee camp and affords
you a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Tibetan
people, while stark white, snow-capped Himal loom,
they contrast sharply with the rough and arid northern
terrain which rises to constitute the Tibetan plateau.
Larkya Bazar, a half-day hike up the two hills situated
directly behind the single brick building, which
is the town, reveals the surrounding mountains in
their pristine grandeur.
Larkya Bazaar, the trail rises to over 5,200m as
you cross Larkya Pass under the glow of soft, winless
moonlight and twinkling stars. Buttressed by peaks
reaching over 6,500m and covered by snow year round,
Larkya pass commands your utmost energies and respect.
crossed the pass, you will quickly descend through
an area whose vegetation is at once both alpine
and tropical. Long-needled pines are draped in soft,
fine ferns. Maples and elms share ground with bamboo.
Frigid, rocky steams are beached by cotton-white,
limestone sand. Glacier lakes glisten with an aqua-blue
green. And colors, sights, silence and sounds embrace
every turn of this gently sloping section of the
your arrival in Dharapani (1,943m) on day sixteen
(16), the Himal will disappear behind the brown,
rocky, waterfalls cliffs which form the Marsyangdi
River Valley, Hotels and restaurants re-appear and
trekkers heading out for Annapurna share the trail.
As you wind your way to finishing in Beshishar (823m),
the trail, and the ridges which it crosses, seems
to recede endlessly, timelessly in the distance,
calling your to walk forever.
: Daily itinerary as described, all inclusive
camping or lodge trek with English speaking guide
and porters, all meals on trek, tea, all fees and
land transportation, coffee and boiled water, camping
gear such as twin sharing tent, mattress, toilet
tent, dinning/kitchen tent, necessary staff.
Included : Bottled beverages, tips, items of
a personal nature, delay due to weather, equipment
failure or situations beyond our control.