The trek around the world's 8 highest mountain, Manaslu (8,153m/26,748 ft.) is by many experts regarded as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in Nepal. Until 2013, it was only possible to make "Manaslu Circuit" as a group trek in tented camps and a big logistical setup with porters and kitchen team, but it has now become possible to do the trek as individually teahouse trek - at a great price. This is an outstanding opportunity to experience the real and authentic Nepal.
The route around Manaslu follows the lush Bhuri Gandaki valley up to the high alpine tibetan villages of Sama and Samdo. Here you will meet the tibetan bhotias people and hike to up Manaslu Base Camp, before you cross over the Larkya La Pass, (5,135m/16,847 ft.). Here you are only a few miles from the tibetan border and completely surrounded by Himalayan giants. From the pass you are heading down south through the subtropical Marshyangdi Valley where you will meet the Gurung people.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu the guide will meet you outside the arrival hall in the airport, and drive you to the centrally located hotel in Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening pre-trek info meeting.
After breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel for a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley, where you will visit the famous monkey temple Swayambunath. The temple is Kathmandu's oldest Buddhist shrine, and stands on top of a hill, overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. You will also visit Nepal's largest shrine Boudanath. The beautiful big stupa is surrounded by buddhist monasteries.. The day ends on the banks of Bagmati River and the Hindu temple Pashupatinath.
The trekking guide will pick you up at the hotel early in the morning and you will travel by bus to Arughat. Arughat is located on the banks of Bhuri Gandaki River. When you arrive in Arughat, you'll change to a jeep, which brings you the last miles to Seti Khola, (880m/2,887 ft.). Overnight at a teahouse in Seti Khola.
You walk out of the Seti Khola with a grand view of the snow capped peaks. As you get further up the valley the landscape change character. The valley narrows and the forested slopes transforms into vertical rock cliffs. After the Lapbesi village, the valley opens up again with lush terraced fields. You follow the sandy river banks to Maccha Khola, (900 m/2,952 ft.). Overnight at teahouse.
You follow the river, which wedges itself through some steep cliffs, to the hot springs in Tatopani. There are several small villages in this part of the valley, all of them inhabited by the Gurung people. It is a spectacular area you walk through, with waterfalls and suspension bridges stretching over the roaring river. By mid-afternoon you walk in into Jagat, (1,430m/4,691 ft.). Jagat is a nice little village with its characteristic houses. The village serves as a commercial center for the surrounding valleys with many small shops, a health center, a police checkpoint and a post office. Overnight at teahouse in Jagat.
Jagat marks the entrance to the alpine part of the trek around Manaslu. The route continues to follow the Bhuri Gandaki river. At the end of the valley you will see the snowy Shringi Himal rise in the distance. The trail winds its way through the pine forest. Later the landscape opens up, and the trail is carved into the hillside high above the river with great views of the snow capped Himalayas. Overnight at teahouse in Dyang.
The river flows through the narrow canyon-like valley and the trail climbs up through the beautiful forest. The vegetation changes character, and with a bit of luck, you will see the monkeys jumping around in the trees. You have now entered an area populated by tibetan Bhotias people. Along the trails you will pass the beautiful maniwalls with colourful prayer flags flapping in the wind. Overnight at teahouse in Namrung.
When you leave Namrung you will walk through the small tibetan villages of Ligaon, Sho and Lo. Women are working in the fields around the villages, harvesting potatoes and collecting yak dung used for heating. The view is magnificent with Manaslu, (8,163m/26,781 ft.). Overnight at teahouse in Syalagaon(3,520m/11,548 ft.).
From Syalagaon you hike up to the rim of the glacier at about 3,900m/12.800 ft. Manaslu's East wall rises 4,000m/13,000 ft over your head. Take time to enjoy the stunning natural scenery, before crossing the river and trek down to Sama Gompa (3,550m/11,646 ft.), where you will spend the night. Sama Gompa is a magnificent Tibetan village where the inhabitants live their lives, as they have done for centuries. There is plenty of time to visit the village's monastery and maybe you will have the opportunity to attend a "puja", which is the monks' daily afternoon cermony. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gompa.
It is important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before crossing the pass and the best way to do that, is to go high and sleep low. This can be done by taking a day hike up to Manaslu Base Camp at (4,800m/15,750 ft). The first part goes up through the pine forest, but soon you will enter the high alpine meadows. The view is amazing. The glacier lake is blistering in the sun below you. Manaslu’s twin peak summit are towering above you and on the way up to Base Camp, you will walk along the icefall. The ice is in constant motion and the glacier is heavily crevassed. The glacier can be observed at a safe distance and yet so close. Due to the altitude, the walk is strenuous, but it is a spectacular day. You will return to the teahouse in Sama Gompa, where you will spend the night.
The trek continues up through the valley. The terrain is easy and you will pass several tibetan mani walls en route and the yaks are grassing in the meadows. Samdo is inhabited by former tibetan refugees. The village lies on the old caravan route to Tibet, and there are only a few hours trek to the border. You will spend the afternoon relaxing in the village with plenty of time to visit the old monastery. Overnight at teahouse in Samdo.
You follow the Bhuri Gandaki River out of Samdo. After crossing the river one last time, you walk into Samdo Bazar. The ancient ruins were previously a trading post for yak caravans. From Samdo Bazar you turn west and walk up through the valley. You are now completely surrounded by giant ice capped mountains. You will reach Larkya Phedi at lunchtime. Overnight at a teahouse in Larkya Phedi.
Today you will cross the Larkya La pass. The trail out of Larkya Phedi follows the eastern side of the canyon up to the pass. Steep at first, but it soon levels out. It is strenuous walking and you can really feel the lack of oxygen, but the hard work is compensated by the stunning views. In the horizon towers Larkya Peak, Pang Chuli and Ganesh Himal. The pass is marked with prayer flags in red, white, green, yellow and blue colours. After the photo shoot, you start the decent and after a long hard day you will walk in to Bimthang, (3,780m/12,400 ft). You are now completely surrounded by ice capped Himalayan giants. Overnight at a teahouse in Bimthang.
An incredibly beautiful day is awaits you. When you walk out of Bimthang, along the long mani walls, Manaslu, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal is towering high above you. You find yourself in the middle of the high alpine Himalayas. The atmosphere is magical, as you walk down into the rhododendron forest. You will follow the Dudh Kosi River until you come to a beautiful covered bridge. You cross the bridge and continue to the small Karcha La pass and further along the riverbank, through the lush forest to Tilje, (2,300m/7,545 ft.). The village has about 40 houses and people are typically etnic Gurung. Overnight at a teahouse in Tilje.
You continue along the Dudh Kosi river and after a few hours, you come down to the Marshyangdi River and Dharapani, (1,970m/6,465 ft.). In Tibetan Dharapani means "Meeting Place" and the village are the cross road for the caravan routes from Tibet, Manang and the southern lowlands. It's almost a cultural shock to wander into Dharapani as trekking route “Annapurna Circuit" joins the trail here. It is a bustling place with trekkers, big teahouses, small shops and a lively trade among local residents from the surrounding valleys. You continue south to another large village of Tal, (1,700m/5,577 ft.). The village lies in the wide river valley, at the foot of a large waterfall. After Tal you still have a couple of hours unhill walking until you cross a long bridge to the village Chamje. You continue to Jagat, (1,300m/4,265 ft.) where you will spend the night in a teahouse.
After an early breakfast you jump into a jeep. After 3-4 hours of driving on the narrow, bumpy dirt road, you will drive into Dumre. After a quick lunch in Dumre, you jump on to the local bus to Kathmandu, where you arrive late afternoon. Now it is time for a hot shower and a nice dinner in town! Overnight at hotel.
Day at leisure in Kathmandu. Go shopping in Thamel or visit the old royal cities of Patan or Bhaktapur. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Thie is nother leisure in Kathmandu. In the evening there is a farewell dinner arranged with your trekking guide. Stay at the hotel.
The guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive you to the airport. End of services.
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