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A continuation of our exploratory series
From the Hindu middle hills culture to midst of the Himalaya to the Tibetan high country dwellers, the Manaslu Circuit trek is a cultural trek par excellence, without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal. We make it even better with some exploring up the Tsum Valley to the rarely visited Mu Gompa and up to the Tibetan border, then continuing around the circuit a second side trip to the Tibetan border and attempt a 6010m peak.
*See also our Manaslu Magic*
Because this is an exploratory trip, building on a previous exploration, I don't write a detailed itinerary.
18 - exploration camp
We camp close to the Tibetan border. We will NOT cross the border, just climb to the top of the pass for views that stretch into Tibet.
19 - trek Syangjang
20 - trek Lihi 2480m
21 - trek Sama Gaon (Ro) 3390m
Now in the Tibetan-style country the villages are picturesque. Peel snotty-nosed kids off your pants and tents...
22 - trek Samdo 3690m
23 - rest and explore Samdo
Samdo is a nice place to stay but this is a filler day, if we have used an extra day anywhere, we can take this one out.
24 - trek Dharamsala/Larkya Phedi 4460m
We camp at the normal place for crossing the pass tomorrow.
25 - trek base camp
Instead we camp somewhere around the top of the pass, hopefully at the base of the mountain.
26 - rest
After many days trekking we take a rest to further acclimatize and explore around for tomorrow.
27 - climb camp 1
We may have to make a simple camp 1; we have time to do this. Mostly on peaks we haven't climbed it takes longer than expected. We have that day.
28 - climb Larkya peak
Hopefully success and then return to camp 1 or more likely base camp.
29 - trek Bimtang 3590m
More incredible mountain views as we descend back to the tree line.
30 - trek Tilche 2300m
A day of autumn forests and kharkas.
31 - trek Chamje 1430m
We leave the restricted area and it is a shock to arrive back onto the overloaded Annapurna Circuit, although the trekking is still good.
32 - trek Ngadi 930m
Back in the low country we trek against the flow back into the low middle hills valley.
33 - trek Khudi/Besi Sahar 760m then drive Kathmandu
We start early to beat the heat and so that we can make it back to Kathmandu for dinner and hot showers!
34 - Kathmandu
35 - depart
Manaslu on the far left (!) while exploring
Our trekkers say
... but more importantly for a fantastic trek. You deliver an amazing product, the best staff, truly memorable food and great accommodation.
Dallas Clark, Kanchen Gola Wild 2005