Trip Facts
Duration
22 Days
Country
Nepal
Trip Type
Nepal Trek
Trip Grade
Strenuous
Max Altitude
5416 meter
Group Size
Min- 2pax
Max: 14pax
 
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Manaslu Trek
 
Manaslu and Annapurna Trek with Tilicho lake links the trek around Manaslu with the Annapurna region trails. During this trip, we also cross the Larkya La Pass (5,135m/16,847ft), the highest point on the Manaslu Circuit and Thorang La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft), the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit and visit the beautiful Tilicho Lake (4,949m/16,138 ft), one of the highest lakes in the world which also holds a great religious and cultural significance for Hindus. The trip begins in the beautiful Kathmandu city and will take you up the mountains where you will have the grandest views of some of the highest mountains in the world.
 
Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably untouched region of Nepal while Annapurna region is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world.  Combine these two with a visit to Tilicho Lake, and you get our unique Manaslu and Annapurna Trek with Tilicho Lake’s itinerary. Also, this trek takes you from a mere 710m/2328ft to 5416m/17,769ft where you get to be a part of a rich variety of natural landscapes and cultural heritage that Nepal so proudly boasts.
 
Brief Itinerary
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu 
Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazaar (570m) 7 hrs drive
Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (730m) 
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1410m) 
Day 07: Trek to Dyang (1800m)
Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2160m)
Day 09: Trek to Lho Village (3180m)
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaon (3530m)
Day 11: Rest day in Sama Gaon
Day 12: Trek to Larke Lodge (Dharamsala) 4470m.
Day 13: Trek to Tanbuche (3930m)
Day 14: Rest day 
Day 15: Trek to Karche (2715m)
Day 16: Trek to Dharapani (m) 
Day 17: Trek to Jagat
Day 18: Trek to Bahundanda
Day 19: Trek to Bhulebhule
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 22: Departure
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Overnight at Hotel.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu 
 
Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazaar (570m) 7 hrs drive
We drive along the kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; we then head towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. The road gets a bit rough after Gorkha. We will reach our destination, Arughat Bazaar, after seven hours from Kathmandu.
 
Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (730m) 
On our first day on the trail we head north, following the Buri Gandaki. In the low country rice paddies and picturesque hamlets surround us. After briefly to kyoropani, we decend once again to the river and at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. It is a nice first day not too long, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.
 
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (930m)
The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path,which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khola, which has a number of teashops.
 
Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1410m) 
We cross the Machha Khola-Fish Stream-and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides remain steep until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forrest path we reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we will cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat.
 
Day 07: Trek to Dyang (1800m)
After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, we climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive sringi Himal(7187m). The path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal while crossing the river at Gata Khola. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge with towering walls. We cross the river thrice in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng.Today we trek for a longer time i.e. 7 hours.
 
Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2160m)
The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive . we cross the village of Lama, and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering a high country Buddhist region. After only about four hours we reach the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan area. There’s a perceptible change in the climate and culture. It gets pleasantly cool, as we start to gain the altitude.
 
Day 09: Trek to Lho Village (3180m)
The higher altitude takes us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani walls and 3 more crossing of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this valley the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures. Climbing gently now, and crossing a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, we reach the Tibetan village of SHo, 3000m. We will get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead from Sho. As we continue we come to Lho, a large village at 3150 meters where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible.
 
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaon (3530m)
Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We reach Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village and Samdo, near the Tibetan border.
 
Day 11: Rest day in Sama Gaon
Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, today take a rest to acclimatize and relax. It is a good time to catch up on the book or wash clothes.
 
Day 12: Trek to Larke Lodge (Dharamsala) 4470m.
The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. We are surrounded by spectacular mountains from all sides. Manaslu is particulary impressive. After crossing to the bank of river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village thrived as a trading point, with Tiber lying over the Gya La. The commerce seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlers . Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 44450m., which has been built to serve the travelers crossing the Larkya La.
 
Day 13: Trek to Tanbuche (3930m)
After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass , there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanggruru and the huge Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A further on, a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m.
 
Day 14: Rest day 
The valley system here is huge and well worth exploring. But if you wish you can rest the whole day.
 
Day 15: Trek to Karche (2715m)
Below us is Bimthang, a broad and level ablated valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche (2785 meters).
 
 
Day 16: Trek to Dharapani (m)
We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La pass. A green and densely forested valley lies ahead, sloping down to the distant marshyangdi river.. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marshyangdi river and join the main Annapurna Circuit, with the hoardes of trekkers and soon reach Dharapani.
 
Day 17: Trek to Jagat
An initially tight gorge briefly opens to Tal . The area here was formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind the lake. The lake has long dried up an now the village of Tal sits on the flat land. Over the next day and a half, we pass through the main Himalayan range, between Manaslu and the Annapurna range.
 
Day 18: Trek to Bahundanda
Making our way down from Jagat we reach Syange, where we cross a suspension bridge to the east side of Marshyangdi Khola and onto easier terrain. We have a short stiff climb upto Bahundanda, followed by a descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule .
 
Day 19: Trek to Bhulebhule
Today we descend to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. Rice paddy field carpets the landscape again.
 
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu
It is approximately nine hours drive to Kathmandu .From Bhulebhule to Besisahar around 45minutes over  off road drive and Besisahar to Kathmandu 6 hours drive. We will have lunch at a good roadside restaurant.
 
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu
 
Day 22: Departure
Trip duration: 22 days 
Grade: Strenuous Trek 
Activity: Sightseeing & trekking 
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Trek type: FOT (Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek)
Transportation: Flight optional, private car or tourist bus
Accommodation: Hotel & camping 
Maximum altitude: 5416m
 
 
 
 
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