Manaslu trek of Manaslu region “Mountain of the Spirit,” risesabove the foothills of the Gorkha District west of Kathmandu. Its villagers are Gurungs, a Tibeto-Burmanpeople who practice Buddhism; with influences of Hinduism in the lower hills. In the Upper Tsumi ValleyTrek , behind Manaslu, the people are purely Tibetan; having moved south to settle while preserving their oldcustoms. The entire region has been largely ignored by development from the south and so remains poor, yetculturally rich.http://www.mountainmarttreks.comThe Manaslu trekking begins with a drive to Arughat and trail winds over countless ridges along the BudhiGandaki Valley: through a mix of farmlands and forests of bamboo, rhododendron, oak and pine as itgradually ascends for the first seven days. Several landslides need to be negotiated but views of GaneshHimal and other peaks reward the effort. From Namrung onwards, the scenery becomes particularlyspectacular.A rest and exploration day is set for Samagaon to visit the large Kargyu-Pemba Chholing Gompa of theNyingma-pa Buddhist whose priests are allowed to marry. The Pungyen Nunnery is built on a ridge, south ofthe village, with superb views of Manaslu. A climb to the high Manaslu Base Camp may also be possible.The crux of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the two-day climb through tundra and scrub-juniper fromSamagaon to the Larkya Phedi „rest house‟ and then the long, cold, pull up to the Larkya La summit (5160m). The scenery along the way and particularly from the summit is magnificent. The descent across scree slopesis steep at first, becoming more gentle lower down to Bhimtang.Our around Manaslu trekking trail descends into the dense forests of the Marsyangdi River, crossing ontothe Annapurna Circuit Trail that leads to Ngadi Bazaar and Bhulbule for the bus back to Kathmandu.Sturdy boots, warm waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera sunscreen and hat are essentialitems. We offer both camping and Lodge trek that includes transport, your guide, chef, local porters, meals,sturdy tent accommodation, and trekking permits. Spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November)are the best months to trek.Outline Itinerary:Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft) “OR”
Leisure and easy day for different interest.Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (670m/2 198ft) 5-7 hrsDay 04: Arughat - Khursane (820m/2 690 ft) 5-6 hrsDay 5: Khursane - Machha Khola (890m/2 920 ft) 6-7 hrsDay 6: Machha Khola – Dobhan (1 000m/ 3 280ft) 6-7 hrsDay 07: Dobhan – Philim (1 590m/5 216ft), 6-7 hrsDay 08: Philim – Deng (2360m/7750ft) 6-7hrsDay 09: Deng – Namrung (2660m/8725), 6-7 hrs.Day 10: Namrung – Lho (3,180m/10,430ft), 4-5 hrsDay 11: Lho - Samagaon (3 530m/11 578 ft) 5-6 hrsDay 12: Rest and Exploration day: Samagaon - Pungyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp x-y hrsDay 13: Samagaon - Samdo (3 860m/12 660 ft) 3-4 hrsDay 14: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya Phedi (4 460m/14 628 ft) 4-5 hrsDay 15: Dharamsala - Larkya la (5 100m/16 728 ft) - Bimthang (3 720m/12 201 ft) 8-9 hrsDay 16: Bimthang – Tilje (2 360m/8 396 ft) 6-7 hrsDay 17: Tilje – Chamje (1430 m/4760 ft) 5-6 hrsDay 18: Chamje – Bulbule (840m/2 755 ft) 6-7 hrsDay 19: Bhulbule – Kathmandu (1 300 m/ 4 264ft), 6-7 hrs driveDay 20: Final departure "OR"Extend your holiday with a visit to Chitwan National Park – on an elephant, or a tour of Tibet or Bhutan.