Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest peak on the planet
- Duration 20 Days
- Difficulty Level Medium
- Includes Equipment, Drinks, Accommodations, Food
Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest peak on the planet, locally known as the ‘mountain of the spirit’ is one of the most spectacular snow-peaks in Nepal. For those who dream of Nepal, here is a superb tour that will fulfill your wishes. The region of Manaslu, close to that of Annapurna, offers similar characteristics, for less frequentation. As a result, the region exudes a scent of authenticity ensuring the traveler a real change of scenery. Accommodation, in tents, retains the authentic spirit of trekking but can also be done in a Lodge. The warm conviviality maintained with the local team, the charm of morning tea upon waking up. In the hills, the Gurung built beautiful villages with stone and wooden houses. Higher up, the Samapas, a “Tibetan” people, preserve their culture. This circuit, close to the “classic” tour of the Annapurnas, remains less frequented and therefore wilder.
DESCRIPTION OF THE CIRCUIT:
|>> Circuit Name : Tour du Manaslu|
|>> Number of days :20 Days (15 Trek Days)|
|>> Mountain Range: Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna Massif
>> New Hike: Kalchuuman Lake(3600m)
|>> Level : ▲▲▲▲|
|>> Maximum altitude : Col de Larkya-La 5200 m|
|>> Start and end locations: Baluwa – Besisahar|
|>> Private transport :Bus / jeep|
|>> Accommodation :Lodge|
|>> Hours of walking :approximately 5 to 7 h per day|
Our representative (Shree Adventure club) will meet you in airport and then Transfer hotel in Kathmandu. And welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel (SAMSARA HOTEL RESORT, Thamel)
We reach Gorkha by minibus by a road along the Trisuli River with beautiful views of the Himalayan range. Then we continue by local transport in the valley of the Dhorandi Khola to Baluwa (8 h drive in all by private jeep). This is the start of our trek around the Manaslu; we walk along the Trisuli to Ranglung where we start a fairly steep climb to Barpak, the largest traditional Gurung village in the Gorkha region. This is the region of the epicenter of the earthquake in Nepal.
After breakfast, climb for 3 hours to GUPSI DADA (3000m) with the Himal Buddha still in the background. GUPSI DADA separates BARPAK and LAPRAK and offers views of pastures with flocks of sheep. Buddha Himal, Shringi Himal, the Annapurna Range, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang stretch all around, a breathtaking view. In spring nearly 28 species of rhododendrons bloom profusely in shades of pink and red. 2 hours of steep descent and here you are in LAPRAK, a large village with more than 500 houses and 2,400 inhabitants. You are at the heart of the unique art of living of the Gurung of this region. They are mainly farmers and their standard of living is low and harsh. The barter system is still practiced (rice, oil, clothes, skins…).
We start from LAPRAK by a labyrinth of paths and then cross the Chyabru Khola by a suspension bridge. We climb slowly to the village SINGHA passing next to many crops of pink sorghum with always LAPRAK and GUMDA in sight. From here the trail is easy and we can admire the peaks of Kutang Himal and Shringi Himal. We cross other terraced crops and papaya fields before arriving at the Gurung village of KHORLA BESHI where women weave doormats.
Climb along the course of the Bhudi Gandaki. After an hour of walking, arrival at Tatopani (hot springs). A suspension bridge allows you to change banks. Passage to Dobhan then, following a nice plateau, to Shiauli Bhoti. Steep climb to Yaruphant and crossing the Yaru Khola. The trail continues and joins Jagat, a real entry point into the Manaslu Conservation Area.
Crossing the villages of Salleri and Sirdi Bash. Very steep climb to Phidim, the administrative village of the region and crossing the river by a long, brand new suspension bridge. Then, continuation along the right bank of the river by a very narrow and very wild gorge path. A few more small wooden bridges. We are in the forest.
It happened in the small village of Deng where the Tibetan influence is already being felt, as much by the architecture as by the faces of the villagers. From Deng, entry into bothias country (inhabitants of Tibetan origin). Cross a bridge and very steep climb to Rana (1910 m). The stone houses merge with the fields of… stones. The path carved into the cliff continues to rise slowly to reach Ghap.
Walk in a spruce forest then, on the left side of the river, steep climb before reaching Namrung. As far as the eye can see, large green fields and crossing the villages of Lhi and Shyu. The climb continues to the large village of Lho. The houses with terraced roofs are nested one inside the other.
Region mainly populated by Tibetans. A few small inns and shops allow the inhabitants to live. Track to the monastery of Sama, beautiful view of the Himal Chuli (7800 m), Manaslu (8163 m).
Slightly steep climb to the edge of the Pung Gyen Glacier (approximately 3,900 m) at the foot of several Himalayan giants including the imposing east face of Manaslu (4000-meter face undefeated to date, we understand why looking at it!) . After crossing the river that comes out of the glacier, we descend to the beautiful village of Sama (3360 m) before climbing up to Sama Gompa. Visit Lake Birendra too.
Accommodation: In Lodge
The climb is gentle along the Buri Gandaki. Here the birches succeed the larches. Cross the Buri Gandaki and steep climb to reach the plateau where the village of Samdo is located. Samdo is the last village before the Larkya pass. The yaks live on the ground floors of houses, the inhabitants upstairs…
Ascent to the barracks of Dharamshala via a balcony path. It is important to leave early due to the many intermittent torrents, which get bigger as the sun rises! Afternoon rest in anticipation of a tough day the next day.
A stage to start very early to avoid the fog that often invades the summits in the morning. The spectacle at the top is magnificent with a view of the Chéo Himal (6820 m), the Himlung Himal (7126 m), the Annapurna II (7937 m), the Kang Guru (6981 m) and many others. After enjoying this magnificent panorama, long descent to Bhimtang.
Very long descent on a path which again joins the exuberant tropical forest (giant rhododendrons, lichens, mosses…). Passage of some mountain pastures, Hampuk, Puktu Kharka, before the first villages inhabited by Tibetans Manangi.
Traverse the bridges suspend, we walk in the gorge of hills, forests. Short day in the last day of the trek.