Around Manaslu Trek
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 19 days - from £1,595 (land only) - from €1,870 (land only) - from $2,615 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We have a free day in Kathmandu. In the morning we have a guided tour of some of the city's most memorable sights. The afternoon is free for relaxing or further independent sightseeing. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 3: From Kathmandu we drive through the foothills of the Himalaya to the village of Arughat Bazaar (670m) in the Burhi Gandaki Valley where we check into a lodge.
Day 4: Depending on the road condition we will drive or trek through the villages of Arket and Kyropani to reach the confluence of the Burhi Gandaki with its tibutary Soti Khola. We check into one of the lodges here.
Day 5: We continue our ascent of the Burhi Gandaki on an undulating trail, finally climbing to reach the village of Machha Khola (890m). Lodge.
Day 6: We travel through forests of bamboo and rhododendron and then sections where the trail climbs high above the river to negotiate deep gorges, before arriving at a wide and open part of the valley. Here we check into a lodge in the village of Jagat (1410m).
Day 7: We trek through terraced hillside on an undulating trail. We cross the river on a suspension bridge at Nagjet and recross to climb to Nyak. From here the trek continues to the Gurung village of Deng (1860m), a superb viewpoint for the peaks of the Shringi Himal to the north east. We ovenight in a lodge at Deng.
Day 8: Descending to the river we cross to the east bank before continuing north. We traverse a very dramatic section of the gorge as the river turns towards the west and we reach the Bhuddist village of Ghap (2040m). Crossing now to the south bank, we continue to Namrung (2630m) where there is a check post. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 9: Climbing steadily we enter the alpine zone and get our first views of Manaslu North. Our lodge tonight is in the village of Lho (3150m).
Day 10: We are surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kutang Himal to the north east and Manaslu to the south west. We pass the village of Shala before reaching Sama Gaon (3520m) which has a Gompa with impressive views of Manaslu. We check into one of the several lodges of this village.
Day 11: We have a shorter day today, climbing up to the last permanent settlement in the valley at Somdu (3860m.). This is as high as we can go for today until we are better acclimatised to the new altitude.
Day 12: An important day for acclimatisation and also a welcome rest day at Somdu. It is also possible to climb above Somdu to a viewpoint peak Overnight at the lodge.
Day 13: Passing the trail to the Gya La, a centuries old trading route into Tibet, we ascend to Duwang (4450m) also known as Dharamsala. There is a basic lodge here or we may opt to stay in tents.
Day 14: A big day but with the reward of sensational views of the Himalaya as we climb to the Larkya La (5135m) and descend to Bimthang (3855m. We will want to celebrate tonight! Overnight in a lodge.
Day 15: We have excellent views of Manaslu and Annapurna II as we descend through the villages of Kharche, Gho and Tilje to reach Dharapani (1963m), where we meet the Annapurna Circuit trail. Overnight in a lodge in Dharapani.
Day 16: We are now in the Marsyangdi valley on a suddenly busy trail and we are likely to pass many trekkers just starting out on their Annapurna Circuit. At Jagat (1300m) we are back in the humid sub tropics and we check into our last lodge of the trek here.
Day 17: This is a contingency day in case of delays to our trekking schedule. The actual use of this day will be determined by the leader.
Day 18: From Jagat we drive on a rough road by 4X4 vehicles as far as the large town of Beshisahar. After lunch here we transfer to a bus for the final journey back through the foothills to Kathmandu where we check into hotel and enjoy a celebratory meal.
Day 19: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. On this trek we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC bag) and oxygen in case of an emergency.