Trek Manaslu round
The trek around 8156m Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest mountain open for the trekking for the commercially after 1991. It was only possible for the camping trek, following trail beaten by mountaineering pioneers like HW Tilman and Jimmy Roberts 1950s.
Mt. Manaslu The Mountain of spirit is considering as the most challenging and strenuous trekking trail. This trekking offers unique Himalayan cultural experiences and considerably unscathed region of Nepal and an amalgamation of flora and fauna rich culture heritage, supreme beauty with diversified geographical miscellany. Indeed with its high pass and staggering views, many considered this to be Nepal’s best trek.
Before 2015 earthquakes the circuit around the Manaslu massif was gaining prominence as the best new teahouses trek in Nepal and regaining the teahouse and getting popular like Annapurna and Everest region.
So it is all the more disheartening to see the destruction caused by the Earthquakes on this spectacular trekking route. Starting just Northeast of Gorkha, the Around Manaslu trek passes close to the epicenter of the 25 April earthquake, and damage has been extensive, with trail blocked by landslides and collapsed houses and lodges all along the trail, including on the side trek to Tsum valley. This area is regained and lodges have been built and teahouses are in places now its safe to trekking this route.
The highlight of the trekking: Mt. Manaslu 8156m eighth-highest peak, culture, diversified landscape, Larkya La Pass 4930m from sea level with the views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Himalchuli and many other surrounding peaks.
- Trip Grade:Moderate, Hard
- Max Elevation:5100m
- Total Duration:16-20 days
- Best Time:March- May & Oct - Nov
- Best option for high passes and views:5 start
Itinerary at Glance
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Our company representative will be waiting at arrival just outside of the building of the airport with your name and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Stay in Kathmandu
Optional day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or rest in the hotel in Kathmandu, today we sort out permit and rest of the government paper and procedures.
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola and stay.
We adventure start around 6:30 AM right after the breakfast and our target to reach at the Soti Khola by 3 - 4 pm, we ‘ll stop and have some lunch in the local restaurant between 12 to1PM and continue our journey to our destination, road after Arughat is always subjective it will be bumpy and rough, if we’re traveling by public bus we have to change the vehicle after Aarughat.
Day 04: Trek to Machhakhola 5-6hrs altitude 1070m.
Trek starts on a mule track and climbs on perilous steps blasted into a cliff face, before dropping to Lyabrubesi 880m, and continue to Nauli Khola and a suspension bridge, then follow the Buri Gandaki river to Machha Khola 900m, this is old route new route would be different and away from the River. We start trekking around 8- 8:30 AM, lunch stop at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and reach at teahouse around 3 to 4 PM.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat altitude 1370m 5-6hours.
Follows the river to Khorlabesi and the warm spring at Tatopani (930m), continuing on the eastern bank of the Buri Gandaki to Dhovan, Thulo Dunga, and Yara Bagar 1370m. The trail crosses back and forth across the river on suspension bridges to reach the entry gateway for the Manaslu Conservation Area and Jagat 1410m with flagstone village square. Here we check our restricted area permits. We start trekking around 8- 8:30 AM, lunch stop at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and reach at teahouse around 3 to 4 PM.
Day 06: Trek to Deng altitude 1570m 5 hours and stay in the guesthouse.
Above Jagat, the trail climbs to Salleri and Sirdibas, where most destroyed, before reaching Philim, which scape with minor damage. The terrain becomes increasingly arid as the trail snakes past waterfalls to reach Ekle Bhatti then the turnoff to Lokpa on the trail to the Tsum Valley. Climb above the confluence of Buri Gandaki and Shar Khola to Pewa and Dheg 1860m. We start trekking around 8- 8:30 AM, lunch stop at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and reach at the teahouse around 3 to 4 PM.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap, and stay in the local guesthouse.
(4-5 hours, ascent 420m and 120m descent):
Ghap, the destination for Day 7, was severely damaged by Earthquake. From Dheg, the trail passes a side trail to the stone-carving village of Bhi, sadly ravaged by the earthquake, before reaching Bhijam, still tracking Buri Gandaki. A side trail runs from Bhijam to the Buddhist village of Prok, but many buildings were destroyed including the monastery, the trail drop down to the Ghap altitude 2110m. This area’s tea house has been rebuilt and ready for the overnight stay for the trekkers.
Day 08: Trek to Namrung and stay in the local Guesthouse.
(5hours, 680m ascent, and 120m descent)
Climb above the Tum Khola to Longa Chuta and then enters an enchanting forest of fir and rhododendron full of birds and another animal like langur monkeys along the Buri Gandaki River. Namrung at the altitude of 2660m and known as former customs post in the days of the mountain salt route to Tibet. Many buildings here were badly damaged by the earthquake but now some guesthouse is ready to serve both food and accommodation for the guest.
Day 09: Trek to Lho 5 hours, 610m Ascent and 90m Descent.
Beyond this place, the trek enters upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and most people dress in Chubas, the Tibetan-style wraparound cloak. Through Barsam and Lihi, where most houses were severely damaged. Above Lihi, the trail passes turn-offs to a series of local Gompas and the base camp for ascents of Himalchuli(7893m), before reaching Sho(2960m), also damaged by the earthquake. The scenery of the mountain will be amazing of north Manaslu(7157m) and Naike peak (5515m).
Day 10: Trek to Sama (Ryo) 4 hours ascent 570m and descent 220m.
There is no way we can escape from Earthquake destruction and damaged houses and Gompas in 2015. Passing more rural Gompas to reach Sama 3530m, there are several interesting monasteries in around the village and beautiful valley and mountain views during the trekking.
Day 11: Rest day optional day hike.
Day hike to the Manaslu base camp altitude 4400m and back to Sama (Ryo) altitude 3530m. Total altitude gain 870m, this side valley trek/hike will be a fantastic way to acclimatize before reaching higher than 4000m. The altitude gain requires at least one day in Sama. Exploring the Gompa at Pungyen 4070m or continue hike to Puggen Tal, green lake or optional taking challenging climb onward to Manaslu base camp (4900M). North of Birendra Tal Milarepa's Cave
Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3860m), 4 hours 340m Ascent.
The trail drops down to the Buri Gandaki, Passing the turn-off to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. The valley widens as you approach Kermo Kharka, its long walk to reach Kani gateway marking the entrance of Samdo 3860m. This village also badly damaged by the earthquake, now its already stood up and rebuild, suitable for the night hold and food. Some people stay one more day for acclimatization and explore the Samdo glacier and another glacier nearby.
Day 13: Trek to Dharamshala 3 hours ascent 620m, altitude 4480m
This short day hike descends through fields before starting the climb towards the Larkya La. There are stunning views of the Manaslu and Syacha Glacier, and a chance of spotting blue sheep, as you climb to reach Dharamsala 4480m, as high as you can go for the day without risking acclimatization problems. This is the only shelter before the Larkya La pass. This section of the trek is prone to snowfall and Samdo Lodge is usually closed from mid-December to mid-March when snow blocks the Larkya La.
Day 14: Trek to Bimthang(3720m) 8-9hours, 810m ascent, and 1570m descent.
Passing Larkya La takes about 4-5 hours (5100m), the high point on this trek. The ascent is cold and windy and the crossing can be dangerous if there is snow on the pass. The trail to the pass marked by Cairns but sometimes its hard to follow and find when it snow condition. Normally we follow the moraine to four frozen lakes, then ascend to the pass. Highlight of the day hiking on moraine, views of Himlung Himal(7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru(6981m), and Annapurna II (7937m), descend to the west over unfaithfully slippery scree to reach Taubuche, from here trail become much easier, valley widen the trail drop into Bintang (3720m) once a major trading post on the Tibetan salt route.
Day 15: Trek to Gho (2515m), 5hours descend 1160m
The descent begins in earnest on day 13, so make the most of the scenery in the morning before heading down to the Dhudh Khola and on to Soti Khola 2700m also known as Khare, beneath the looming mass of Phung peak 6258m and reaching Gho village for the night hold.
Day 16: Trek to Dharapani (1920m) descend 640m, hike 4-5hours.
The landscape gets greener as you drop through the field and forests to follow the north bank of Dhudh Khola to Tilje 2300m the first real village after Samdo, this village reaches the culture of Gurung people. Leave Tilje via the Kani at the end of the village then cross the stream to reach Thonje. Continue Dharapani by crossing a suspension bridge over the Marsyandi river, now we are connected with Annapurna Circuits trek.
Day 17: Trek to Jagat (1300m), descend 620m 3-4 hours.
Continue trekking along the Marsyandi River valley, beautiful green and forests and settlement and reaching the Jagat and staying overnight at the local guesthouse.
Day 18: Drive to Bulbule and Kathmandu.
Early morning catch or organize jeep to Bulbule about 1 to 2 hours, and bus to Kathmandu 6-7 hours and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: One extra day in Kathmandu for shopping/rest and gather up for post-trip meal with your trekking team and sharing the experiences, pictures and enjoy the last night in Kathmandu before long flight or journey ahead.
Day 20: Transfer to the airport: Our staff will drop you at the airport.
What is including?
- Experienced guide (4:1 ratio), local porter (2:1ratio).
- Private vehicle or transportation to from Kathmandu.
- Airport picks up and drops.
- 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu twin sharing room with breakfast.
- Essential group First aid.
- Trekking permit (MCAP, ACAP And restricted area permit), and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
- Our staff’s guides and Porter's salary, food, accommodation and their insurance.
- Food during the trekking, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and hot drinks tea & Coffee 3 times a day.
- Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking
What is not including?
- Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
- Personal Expenses (e.g. snacks, coke, Mineral water, chocolate, and deserts)
- Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottle beverages.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, accept sightseeing and other activities.
- International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
- Guides/ Porter’s tip.
- Emergency evacuation.
Cost and Dates
|Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Price||Availability||Book|
|2nd April, 2020||19th April, 2020||US$1835||Available||Book Now|
|20th April, 2020||5th May, 2020||US$1835||Available||Book Now|
|11th May, 2020||26th May, 2020||US$1835||Available||Book Now|
|15th September, 2020||30th September, 2020||US$1835||Available||Book Now|
|1st October, 2020||18th October, 2020||US$1835||Available||Book Now|
|19th October, 2020||3rd November, 2020||US$1835||Available||Book Now|
|5th November, 2020||20th November, 2020||US$1835||Available||Book Now|
Please be ready and keep in mind that adventure in the Himalayan Mountains requires an open & emphatic mind. During your trek you are lacking some of the basic need like attached bath, hot shower and electricity. Due to weather conditions, health issues, and other general issues of the group members or sudden natural disaster like landslide, snow storms, and other natural aspect we may to change your route. We try our best to follow our original plan when you booked your expedition, but your safety is our primary concern. In case the trip need reroute of your trek is necessary, our group leader/ guide make final call or decision.
- Camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking loose fitting shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc.
- Hiking boots, sports shoe, 3 to 4 pair's woolen socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat.
- Day backpack 35 ltr to 50 ltr, and a duffel bag for your clothing.
- Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, Thermals.
Create your dream trips together customize your holiday particular interest or wishes.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information about the area.
We will provide a comprehensive gear list on booking.
Manaslu Round trek is the best option in Himalaya in Nepal; the wilderness, remoteness, and culture are unmatched in any trekking region in Nepal.
Sam & Jenn Nicholson Montana USA
Mani; Clearly you are chosen & Choose across the globe to make a lasting impact on our children. Your strength, calmness, guidance/wisdom, and patience are so evident. We will forever be grateful for the effort + Impact that you have made on our son. Thank you from our bottom of our hearts for this. It’s unbelievable. Peace & love to you forever. Sam & Jenn Nicholson Montana USA 2018.
Journeying a river: Jai Karnali, January 2020
How did river Ganga come to be?
Mythology says that there was a noble King who requested that Ganga descend from heaven to bless humanity and quench the thirst of the land and its people.
Pleased to shower the world with blessings, Ganga rushed down with such gusto that people feared that all that came in the way would be washed away. The God Shiva came to the rescue and stopped the momentum of the water with his long thick long hair. Because of this, Ganga flowed smoothly and satiated the thirst of all beings and showered blessings on the land with each drop of precious water.
Ecologists interpret this myth as a metaphor- Shiva’s thick long hair is synonymous with dense jungles that help check the floods and stop the land from washing away as the river accelerates down the slopes from the melting glaciers.
Rafting down the river Karnali in Western Nepal last month, it felt as if the myth was true! In our group of 11 people were some seasoned sailors, kayakers, river guides, and rafting experts, but a few like me had never been on a raft. I am also not a strong swimmer; so, it was an act of faith and surrender to the river and expertise of our leader Mani, and river rafting expert Manu to go on the trip.
We put the rafts in the river after about 4 hours drive up the town of Surkhet at an altitude of about 800 m. The rafts and the equipment, including the tents and rations, were supplied with the generous support of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the States.
This expedition was conceptualized and planned by Ravi, NOLS India Programmed Director, and Mani ( #navigateoutdoor Nepal) NOLS senior Instructor and who co-led the expedition. The two kayakers, Ganesh and Nanu Kayaks and were in the tumultuous waters of Karnali watching and guiding our rafts at each and every rapid that came along. They were plenty of challenges to varying degrees!
For the next seven days we were out on the river, and camping at some of the most beautiful banks. We witnessed a vast expanse of pristine natural habitats along the way both on land and in the waters. We parked the rafts often to take a walk over to beautiful villages and bought fresh vegetables, fish, milk and yogurt, etc. from the villagers. We savored some delicious meals in cottage eateries that you can find along the traditional walking routes of the shepherds, traders, and village folk, that connect the plains with the high Himal region in the kingdom of Nepal and beyond on the Tibetan plateau. The river crisscrossed some of the most wonderfully crafted hanging bridges on these routes as well.
We saw how the simple and rich life of fishing communities sustainably harvest the bounty of fish from the river. They fish in their dug up canoes made from tree trunks. The fish from Karnali is famous across the region and fetches amongst the highest price in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. High value and low volume seem to be the guiding factor – it can be 2-4 days walk to sell and transport the fish, so, the fish is dried or smoked creating a very special, niche type of produce from the villages along Karnali.
Agriculture and livestock rearing is still flourishing in the villages. It was amazing to see some of the most appropriately designed dehusking, pounding, and winnowing equipment still in use – that has perhaps not changed in the last thousand years.
It is indeed a living culture that uses and maintains the landscape, in harmony with nature, using indigenous knowledge to enhance biodiversity and what we call ecosystem services. Our faith in the concept of the Gross National Happiness index was further strengthened. The common Human Development indices merely emphasize infrastructure and access to institutions such as hospitals and schools- but there is so much to be taken into account for true sustainability. While the intent is not to romanticize the old, biocultural heritage, the wisdom of the old seems to be working harmoniously and should well complement human development in a more meaningful way.
Some of the big questions being discussed in conferences and seminars across the world could be answered in a much more eco-friendly and happy way by experiencing the life and values of the community here and of other indigenous peoples across the world.
The modern idea of development as highly individualistic has become increasingly crippled with outdated notions of competition, rather than collaboration, also creating massive disparities in income and consumption of natural resources.
We could learn from the communities here, and take lessons from the past into the future: the dignity of physical work, interdependence, and interconnectedness are three principles that need to be central to human endeavor- there is no sustainability without equity and dignity.
Gradually, we descended down with the flow of the river, as it slowly calmed down in the Terai region. It’s a rich habitat for tigers, rhinoceroses, elephants, and another charismatic megafauna. The very sight of these deep jungles invokes awe. We got off the banks of the mighty Karnali at the little town of Chiso Pani.
We deflated the rafts, packed the gear, washed, and rushed to one of the many restaurants in this little town. Some of us relished the delicious fish from Karnali to their heart's content! For others like me, the restaurant served fabulous fresh greens with dal-bhat; as they say in Nepal “Dal Bhat power, 24 hours!”
May the river Karnali have a long life and continue to bless humanity as the King had anticipated in the ancient times. May present-day leaders start to wake up to the wisdom in conservation and sustainable utilization of the river, rather than damning it and threatening the sheer existence of these communities. May we all learn from the life of the people here; all the wonderful ways to weave a close-knit community and flourish together with nature.
Thanks for the whole team Chura Mani Aryal, Manohar, Nanu and Ganesh river experts, and beautiful Karnali River, and people from the river corridor.
"I want to thank you and your guides and employees again for the wonderful memories I have of the Manaslu trek and the lovely side trip into the Tsum Valley. The scenery and experiences were great and I especially loved the variety of forests, the wildlife, and of course the incomparable mountain scenery. I want to add a special thank you to you for the special care you gave me when my foot and leg became very swollen. Your help and knowledge allowed me to complete the trek with minimal discomfort. I still experience the problem to a minor degree but still, look forward to further adventurous travel when the situation allows in the future. Conversations with you about Nepalese history were also an enjoyable and informative aspect of the trek".
I would like to thank Navigate Outdoor for organizing such a joyful and safe trip to the Tsum and Manaslu region. I'd like to thank Mani and his entire team to make our trip such memorable and extra care to all of us on the trekking. I really enjoyed having my own personal time exploring the side valley taking pictures and interact with local people on the trail. Mani is an experienced leader who allows space while trekking. He helped, and always available for other trekkers they need medical attention. I saw him support others and interact with them in a really professional way. I appreciated and enjoyed the 24 days trekking in the Tsum valley and Manaslu round trekking.
Nick Green Australia 2018
I appreciate your attitude "Anyway life comes first and business comes second and other things." I can see you are really living that motto when you tell us of the wonderful time you are having with your family.
Dane, and I really enjoyed the trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. While I have been trekking in the Himalayas a number of times it was nice to do a trek with my son. Dane was very impressed to see the high mountains. Thanks for organizing Annapurna Base Camp trekking for me and my son Dane. Mani, I really appreciated sharing your previous experiences and telling stories about your own life and adventure career. We'll do another trip in the future. We'll share our experiences with our friends and recommended Navigate Outdoor. I can't express the joyful moment I had on the Annapurna Base camp trip you with, and felt 100% safe, thanks for taking care of us in the trekking.
Malcolm and Dane Dwyer Australia 2019
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Gray Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long-distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens, and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite, or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fishermen to add an extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included the bus journey.
Dan Colorado USA.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.