Manaslu also known as Kutang is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Manaslu Himal, as it is popularly known among trekkers, provides views of the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas and allows close interaction with the different ethnic groups who live in hill villages scattered along the trek route. The region, which is also termed the Manaslu Conservation Area, comprises sub-tropical Himalayan foothills to arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet. Starting from Soti khola and extending into the Dharapani.
- What Will You DoItinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (800m, 8 to 9 hour)
Day 4: Start trekking from Soti Khol to Machha Khola (870m, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 5: Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340m, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 6: Jagat to Deng (1,860m, 7 to 8 hours)
Day 7: Deng to Namrung (2,660m, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 8: Namrung to Lho Gham (3,180m, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 9: Lho Gham to Samagaon (3,530m, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 10: Samagaon – Acclimatization Day. Optional hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4,800m) and Birendra Lake (4,450m) and back (4 to 5 hours)
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m, 2 to 3 hours)
Day 12: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (Dharamsala) (4,480m, 4 to 5 hours)
Day 13: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3,720m) via Larke Pass (5,160m) (10 to 12 hours)
Day 14: Bimthang to Dharapani.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu via Besishar
Day 16: Depart or extend your trip.
- What To ExpectFauna:
Unlike many other regions, this valley is a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including snow leopards and Red pandas. Other mammals include lynx, Asian black bear, grey wolf, dhole, Assam macaque, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, mainland serow, Himalayan goral, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, Himalayan mouse-hare and black-lipped pika also this action has helped the wildlife to prosper. The area is now an important habitat for the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan thar.
Three main categories of vegetation have been identified in the area. These are categorised on the basis of the altitude as Low hill, Middle mountain and High mountain types with its exclusive types of dominant forests and other associated species. The types of vegetation, however, tend to overlap the adjoining ones at places. Depending on the microclimate and other aspects, an overlap of vegetation is noticed in adjacent areas.
There are two ethnicities mainly inhabiting this region; Nubri and Tsum. The branching off of the river at Chhikur divides these two ethnic domains. While Nubri has been frequently visited after Nepal opened itself for the tourism in 1950, Tsum still retains much of its traditional culture, art, and tradition. In the central hills of the region, Gurungs are the main ethnic group who have joined the Brigade of Gurkhas in large numbers. Closer to Tibet, the Bhutias (also spelled Bhotias), akin to the Sherpa group, of Tibetan ethnicity dominate the scene as can be discerned from their flat roofed houses, and they are distinctly Buddhists. The region is dotted with austere monasteries, mani walls, chortens and other Buddhist religious landmarks.
- What Is IncludedAirport / hotel transfers
Transportation between destinations for the activities included in the itinerary
All accommodation on a double occupancy basis
Trekking Permit and TIMS fees
All meals during trekking, all breakfasts in Kathmandu, one welcome dinner and one farewell dinner
Duffle bag for trekking (to be returned after the trip)
Experienced English-speaking trekking guide and a team of porters (one for every two clients) and assistants during trekking (if big group)
Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Insurance for the trekking guide and porters
First aid kit (carried by the trekking guide)
- What Is Not IncludedInternational flight, travel insurance, visitor visa fee
All optional activities
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Personal trekking gear (available for rent)
Drinking water, snacks, hot shower and WIFI during trekking
Tips for guides and porters
Charges for excessive luggage
Any other extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances