The trek around Manaslu is an absolute delight, and we trek around "in reverse" which means a little longer acclimatizing in the beginning however on the eastern side we can then be flexible where we camp; and we are camping, in our wonderful style, rather than risking the tea houses. It is a trek of wonderful variety, from the lower country with kids herding buffalo on the way to school, to delightful villages, and Tibetan villages where you peel snotty kids off; we also trek and perhaps camp in grand forests and then those mountains...
And then we continue under the Ganesh Himal in those rough up and down middle hills through an area that sees very few trekkers. A cultural delight. Although our regular porters should know the way, route-finding might still be slightly interesting.
Manaslu could be a local leader if the team is small
Hotel Shakti, Thamel
tel: 441 0121, 442 9508
Local office contact
Tel: +9771 400 1066
Nabin Trital: +977 98510 04278
Pasang Nuru: +977 98130 91051
Our service includes
2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu, single with breakfast
domestic flights as needed, local departure tax
group transportation by private vehicle
entrance fees and permits as needed
all meals and hot drinks on trek
roomy single tent on trek
Our service excludes
insurance, Nepal visa, meals in Kathmandu
international flights, equipment rental, alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, laundry,
tipping and other items of a personal nature
Day 1 - arrive Kathmandu 1350m
2 - Kathmandu
We obtain all the permits today.
3 - drive Bhulbhule
Our first three days allow for various road conditions. Just how far can we take the road? This depends on the road works and all sorts of other conditions; in the spring part of it had fallen away stopping through traffic.
4 - drive/trek Jagat
If we can drive to Dharapani today then we have an extra day in hand. Let's see.
5 - drive-trek Dharapani
This is where we leave the Annapurna Circuit and the road.
6 - trek village
7 - trek Kharka camp
Last time here we thought we saw a red panda but it was a black and red marten, exciting all the same.
8 - trek Bimtang
We are now up to the alpine area and what mountains!
9 - trek Dangboche Kharka
We need some more acclimatization prior to crossing the pass, so camp a little closer and a little higher.
10 - trek old camp
We cross the ~5000m Larkya La pass today, spectacular! Most people stay at Dharmasala but there is another camp we can use, and have used previously.
11 - trek Sama
We trek down the delightful Nupri area with the tibetan villages.
12 - rest Sama
13 - trek Sho
14 - trek Ghap
15 - trek Rana
16 - trek Philim
17 - trek Jagat
18 - trek Doban
We camp at the junction of where we leave the main Manaslu Circuit, and the Ganesh trekkers will join us here.
19 - trek Kerauja / beyond
20 - rest day-extra day
Always good to have a day in hand...
21 - trek Nauban Kharka
22 - trek Khading
23 - trek Lapa Khola (/Lapchet?)
24 - trek Borang
25 - trek Shertung
26 - trek Laptung
27 - trek Marmelung Kharka
28 - trek Pangsang La
We camp near the top of the pass for extensive panoramas.
29 - trek Somdang
30 - trek Gatlang
31 - trek Syabru Besi
We drop to the road.
32 - drive Kathmandu
33 - depart
Manaslu only end
As above until day 19...
19 - trek Lapu Besi/Soti Khola
There is a road/jeep track being put through here and sometimes it is drivable, sometimes not. We have to allow time in case it isn't. It could be you reach Kathmandu a day earlier or have some shorter days, or find that the extra day in Kathmandu is needed on the trail.
20 - trek Arkhet
21 - drive Kathmandu
22 - Kathmandu
23 - depart
Ganesh Himal only start
The first few days of the trek will be hot and you will be staying in tea houses, probably, as we will be meeting the kitchen crew at Doban.
Day 1 - arrive Kathmandu
2 - Kathmandu / (late arrive Kathmandu)
3 - drive Arughat / Arkhet
4 - trek Labu Besi (drive Soti Khola?)
5 - trek Machha Khola
6 / 18 - meet Doban
Then we join the Manaslu trek team at Doban (their day 18) and the itinerary continues as above.
GHT Kanchenjunga; although we won't have to cross any bridge as adventurous as this, we always do have adventures on our GHT treks - Jamie McGuinness
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