Manaslu (#11 )

About this package

Lying between two rivers Manaslu, also known as the Gorkha Himal, is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating.

Circumnavigating Manaslu is one of the toughest treks in Nepal, one with sensational mountain views and one of the most dramatic Himalayan passes, the 5213m Larkya La. Much of this trek is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade routes between the regions still active. Newly opened to trekking.

Day 1

Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2

In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.

Day 3

Drive to Gorkha, birthplace of the present dynasty, and begin trekking to Charkot.

Day 4

Follow the Durondi Khola, before climbing to Barbak and across the Kharka Pass (2850m), watershed between the Durondi and Buri Gandaki.

Day 5

Follow the Durondi Khola, before climbing to Barbak and across the Kharka Pass (2850m), watershed between the Durondi and Buri Gandaki.

Day 6

Before climbing to Barbak and across the Kharka Pass (2850m), watershed between the Durondi and Buri Gandaki.

Day 7

The sides of the Buri Gandaki are often sheer cliffs as we follow it north, between are waterfalls and forests of bamboo, fir and rhododendron. Mani walls carved with images of the Buddha and Milarepa indicate the areas Tibetan influence, although the people are Gurung.

Day 8

The sides of the Buri Gandaki are often sheer cliffs as we follow it north, between are waterfalls and forests of bamboo, fir and rhododendron. Mani walls carved with images of the Buddha and Milarepa indicate the areas Tibetan influence, although the people are Gurung.

Day 9

The sides of the Buri Gandaki are often sheer cliffs as we follow it north, between are waterfalls and forests of bamboo, fir and rhododendron. Mani walls carved with images of the Buddha and Milarepa indicate the areas Tibetan influence, although the people are Gurung.

Day 10

The sides of the Buri Gandaki are often sheer cliffs as we follow it north, between are waterfalls and forests of bamboo, fir and rhododendron. Mani walls carved with images of the Buddha and Milarepa indicate the areas Tibetan influence, although the people are Gurung.

Day 11

After Ghap the fir forests are alive with birds, including Nepal’s colorful national bird, the impeyan pheasant and from the north a deep gorge brings the Tom Khola from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. This region still has strong trade links with Tibet and caravans of yak and horses can reduce the trail to a muddy bog. Above Namrung, a lovely village of stone houses, you enter the Nupri region where traditional Tibetan dress is still worn, chorten and prayer wheels mark the trail and the views become increasingly spectacular. Watchtowers are used to protect fields of wheat and buckwheat from bears.

Day 12

After Ghap the fir forests are alive with birds, including Nepal’s colorful national bird, the impeyan pheasant and from the north a deep gorge brings the Tom Khola from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. This region still has strong trade links with Tibet and caravans of yak and horses can reduce the trail to a muddy bog. Above Namrung, a lovely village of stone houses, you enter the Nupri region where traditional Tibetan dress is still worn, chorten and prayer wheels mark the trail and the views become increasingly spectacular. Watchtowers are used to protect fields of wheat and buckwheat from bears.

Day 13

After Ghap the fir forests are alive with birds, including Nepal’s colorful national bird, the impeyan pheasant and from the north a deep gorge brings the Tom Khola from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. This region still has strong trade links with Tibet and caravans of yak and horses can reduce the trail to a muddy bog. Above Namrung, a lovely village of stone houses, you enter the Nupri region where traditional Tibetan dress is still worn, chorten and prayer wheels mark the trail and the views become increasingly spectacular. Watchtowers are used to protect fields of wheat and buckwheat from bears.

Day 14

After Ghap the fir forests are alive with birds, including Nepal’s colorful national bird, the impeyan pheasant and from the north a deep gorge brings the Tom Khola from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. This region still has strong trade links with Tibet and caravans of yak and horses can reduce the trail to a muddy bog. Above Namrung, a lovely village of stone houses, you enter the Nupri region where traditional Tibetan dress is still worn, chorten and prayer wheels mark the trail and the views become increasingly spectacular. Watchtowers are used to protect fields of wheat and buckwheat from bears.

Day 15

Climbing towards the Larkya La the trail passes several mani walls as it climbs in and out of the gorge. Reaching the moraine at 4700m the trail climbs steeply to the prayer flag adorned pass at 5100m. From here Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru and Annapurna II are all visible.

From the Larkya La the descent is into the huge Bimtang Valley (“Plain of Sand” in Tibetan), surrounded by imposing peaks and once a Khampa guerilla staging area.

Day 16

Re-enter the rhododendron forests and descend to Dudh Khola where Lamjung Peak becomes visible above the Marsyangdi Valley. Trek through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge before emerging into terraced rice fields.

Day 17

Re-enter the rhododendron forests and descend to Dudh Khola where Lamjung Peak becomes visible above the Marsyangdi Valley. Trek through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge before emerging into terraced rice fields.

Day 18

Re-enter the rhododendron forests and descend to Dudh Khola where Lamjung Peak becomes visible above the Marsyangdi Valley. Trek through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge before emerging into terraced rice fields.

Day 19

Re-enter the rhododendron forests and descend to Dudh Khola where Lamjung Peak becomes visible above the Marsyangdi Valley. Trek through the steepest part of the Marsyangdi Gorge before emerging into terraced rice fields.

Day 20

Return to Kathmandu.

Day 21

Depart to Kathmandu.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Weather

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously

changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

  1. Accommodation Kathmandu - Twin share including breakfast
  2. Airport transfers
  3. Nepali Welcome Dinner
  4. Half day Kathmandu city tour with English speaking guide
  5. All domestic transport as listed in itinerary
  6. All meals whilst trekking
  7. All National Park entrance fees
  8. Applicable trekking permits and fees
  9. Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear and group equipment
  10. 15kg luggage allowance while on trek
  11. Duffle Bag for your gear
  12. All camping equipment including 2-man tents, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag
  13. Full trek staff including guides, Sherpa's, cook and kitchen staff
  14. All group camping, cooking, eating and porter age equipment
  15. Comprehensive medical kit

  1. Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
  2. Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  3. International flights and departure taxes
  4. Visa and passport fees
  5. Travel insurance
  6. Emergency evacuation
  7. Tips and gratuities
  8. Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Legend Nepal

21 DAYS EXCLUDING FLIGHTS



Highlights

: 21 days
: 8163 m.
: Accommodation is room with Sharing Bathroom.
: Our expedition cooks, true chefs of the trail, are masters at preparing meals under difficult conditions and during your trek will provide a variety of local, Indian and Western food.
: 15 km. per day
: Bus, car or Flight
: Trekking
:
Spring (April – May)
autumn (October – November)
: 2
: Fully supported camping trek
: Moderate