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Trip Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A distinctive and improved version of the classic Manaslu Circuit with spectacular scenery from start to finish
  • Excellent acclimatisation with rest days before ad after crossing the Larkya La
  • Explore picturesque Tibetan villages in the Tsum valley
  • Staying in tea houses on trek and a three star hotel in Kathmandu

A challenging trekking holiday around Manaslu in the Nepal Himalaya. Manaslu at 8163 metres is the eighth tallest mountain in the World. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu and the simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu make this one of the classic yet unspoilt trekking adventures in the Himalaya. Travelling via Gorkha and Arughat to the south of Manaslu, we ascend the impressive gorge of the Burhi Gandaki for several days, passing through tiny villages perched on the steep valley sides, to reach the Tibetan world beyond the village of Ghap. We have the feeling of entering a secret Buddhist world of monasteries, mani walls and prayer flags as the valley starts to open out, and there are remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border, as well as those of the Manaslu group. The scenery becomes even more impressive as we climb up into the alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La (5135m), with big peaks on all sides. The principal peaks that we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya La, we drop down into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River, where we are now trekking beneath the giants of the Annapurna range, following the river down to a meeting with the roadhead. Once only accessible to fully self-sufficient camping groups, the Manaslu circuit can now be completed using local lodges and tea houses giving a unique opportunity to interact with the local people who live in these high Himalayan valleys.

Cost of the trip
The exact price of your trip depends on the date of travel and the number of travellers. We will quote you a price based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin/double room at a standard hotel in Kathmandu. If you require a single room or superior or deluxe accommodation please let us know. All prices quotes are starting from and ending in Kathmandu. The cost we quote you will include Pokhara to Kathmandu flights. Please see our pages on Visas and Flights.

Create your own trekking and tour Itinerary
The exact price of your trip depends on the date of travel and the number of travellers. We will quote you a price based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin/double room at a standard hotel in Kathmandu. If you require a single room or superior or deluxe accommodation please let us know. All prices quotes are starting from and ending in Kathmandu. The cost we quote you will include Pokhara to Kathmandu flights. Please see our pages on Visas and Flights.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
On your arrival at Kathmandu, Tribhuvan Airport, you will be met by a representative of Sacred Himalaya and taken to your hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu.
Included meals: Dinner

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu with a guided tour of the city’s main sights.
A day to recover from our journey and an opportunity to see the sights of the Nepal capital. In the morning we have arranged a guided tour of some of the city’s most important and colourful sights. Kathmandu is a fascinating mix of Hindu and Buddhist religions where an ancient and traditional culture provides an anchor for the emerging modern Asia. Those of us who have previously visited Kathmandu may wish to reacquaint themselves with particular places or to wander through the bazaars. The afternoon is free for further independent sightseeing or to buy those last minute items of equipment from the plethora of gear shops in Thamel or to simply relax in the gardens of the hotel. In the meantime our office staff will be completing the final paperwork for the group’s trekking permits.

 

Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazaar, a large village at 670 metres on the banks of the Burhi Gandaki River.
After breakfast in the hotel we board our bus for the drive through the foothills of the Himalaya following the Trisuli River to its confluence with the Burhi Gandakhi where we turn north to reach large village of Arughat Bazaar (670m). Clustered on both sides of the river, and linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley.

 

Day 04: Drive and walk to Seti Khola, depending on road conditions.
We continue northwards, following the west bank of the Burhi Gandaki travelling through terraced hillsides and passing many scattered farmhouses and small hamlets. Our route takes us through the Magar and Gurung villages of Arket and Kuerepani to the village above the Seti Khola which is currently the effective road head for our trek around Manaslu. We check into our lodge here. The road building programme is ongoing in this valley and so the exact position of the road head may vary and due to the condition of the road, we may also opt to walk part or all of this day.

 

Day 05: Trek along a narrow section of the valley through forest to Maccha Khola,
We begin the trek with a quite narrow section of valley, and the trail is at times cut into the steep hillside, which is densely forested and at this altitude it is still quite hot and ‘jungly’. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside and have a number of streams to cross, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Burhi Gandaki. After lunch at Lapu Besi, we descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. Finally we climb once again on a trail to Machha Khola (‘fish river’) where we check into our lodge.

 

Day 06: Continue to trek alongside the Burhi Gandai to Jagat, stopping off at the hot springs of Tatopani.
We cross the river that gives its name to Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Kholabensi and the hot springs at Tatopani, where it is possible to stop for a wash. The valley sides become steeper and steeper, until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank of the river by way of a suspension bridge. After a short section of forest path we reach some tea-houses at Doban, a good place to stop for lunch. Above Doban, the Burhi Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. We have a short, sharp climb to Louri, where we cross the Vana river on a suspension bridge and in a further hour we reach our next lodge in the pretty village of Jagat (1410m) with its paved street and lots of colourful flowers.

 

Day 07: Trek via Chisopani into the alpine zone, taking the trail to Nyak and Deng.
Our trekking permits are checked in Jagat, before we descend a long series of stone steps to the river and then climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see Sringi Himal (7187m) in the distance. At Gata Khola, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and climb steeply to Philim which we should reach after 3 hours trekking. In a further hour we reach Chisopani which is a good place to stop for lunch. The trail now proceeds across the hillside on a contouring path with stunning views to another bridge with a nearby waterfall. We are now entering a more alpine zone with pine trees in evidence. The trail passes the junction for the steep trail to Nyak on the left and shortly after enters a dramatic section of gorge where the trail climbs up and down across the vegetated walls of the canyon. In places, the trail is cut into the sheer cliff walls and it is cooler now, with occasional views of Ganesh lV. Crossing to the northeast side of the river we have a short climb before an easier contouring stage to the next bridge where we cross back to the southwest and climb up through Phewa to the lodges of Deng.

 

Day 08: Trek along the steep-sided valley passing mani stones to Namrung (2630m).
From Deng we descend for around 20 minutes to the river and steeply climb again for a further 20 minutes to Rana. An hour further, with a fair amount of up and down, we arrive at Bihi. Beyond the village we cross the Serang Khola and climb again on a trail which rises high above the main Burhi Gandakhi. The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive and we begin to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering an area influenced by Buddhism. After approximately 2.5 hours walking from Bihi, we reach village of Ghap (2040m), which straddles the river across a relatively short wooden bridge. For the first time, we can see that there is a strong Tibetan influence at this village. The trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to gain height and enter the alpine forest of pines and juniper with the occasional clearing giving glimpses of snowy mountains. The valley is now becoming steeper with ravines and water cascades. We cross the river again and begin a long climb with some steep staircases up to the village of Namrung (2630) which we should reach in approximately 3 hours from Ghap.

 

Day 09: Fields of barley and Tibetan villages are a feature of today’s trek to Lho.
After a couple of long days we now have a shorter one, trekking as far as Lho where we are above the 3000 metre contour and therefore need to restrict our daily altitude gain. Beyond Namrung the valley opens out and there are quite extensive barley fields and pastures as we trek through the village of Banjam. Climbing quite steeply, we reach the picturesque village of Lihi (2920m). We cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glacier, and pass through the Tibetan village of Sho. Just above this village we get a splendid view of Manaslu North and then of Manaslu itself straight ahead. We should reach our destination Lho (3150m) after approximately 3 to 4 hours of trekking and we will probably opt to take lunch in our destination lodge today. Lho is a large village with a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens, mani walls and a very ornate white stupa. The twin peaks of Manaslu now dominate our view but Ganesh 1 is also visible looking back the way we have come and to the northeast is a most impressive wall of rock rising to the snow capped summit of Saula (6235), part of the Kutang Himal. We can take the afternoon as a well earned rest day or it is possible to climb to a viewpoint above the village for unobstructed views of Manaslu, Manaslu North and Naike Peak.

 

Day 10: Trek to Sama Gompa (3520m), where there are fantastic views of Manaslu
Leaving Lho, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Ngadi Chuli ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest with occasional stream crossings on log bridges brings us to the village of Shala which commands a superb panorama of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. Descending the main trail, we cross the outflow from the Punggen Glacier and than climb beside the torrent to a ridge. We now have the luxury of downhill trekking for a while but soon we reach the fields of Sama Gaon and in a further 20 minutes we arrive at impressive Sama Gompa (monastery). There are breathtaking views from here of the granite pyramid of Manaslu. The altitude at Sama is 3520 metres and this is as far as we shall go today. It will take around 3 to 4 hours to reach here from Lho so as yesterday, we will most likely wait till we reach our lodge here before taking lunch. The afternoon is again free to relax, catch up on diaries or for a walk above the village.

 

Day 11: Follow the upper reaches of the Burhi Gandaki to Somdu (3860m), close to the border with Tibet.
The Burhi Gandaki is now quite small compared to the raging river we followed at the beginning of the trek. Leaving Sama Gaon, we continue to follow its course ever upwards heading north once again and there are now excellent mountain prospects around every turn of the trail. Manaslu which is now behind us, is particularly impressive from the meadows at Kermo Kharka which also marks the start of the trail to Manaslu Base Camp. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach Somdu (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This very remote village was established in the 1950’s by refugees from Tibet and is only a day’s walk from the border over the Lajyang La. Just 3 hours walking but an altitude gain of 340 metres is as much as we want to do for comfort and so we check into a lodge here.

 

Day 12:Vital acclimatization day at Somdu.
An important acclimatisation day at Somdu. The next stop on the trail after Somdu is a further 4460 metres higher and so we will spend a couple of nights at 3860 metres to prepare for the jump. This gives us the opportunity to explore the village, its gompa and the surrounding area. In general it is good for our acclimatisation to climb high during the day and then come back down to sleep and there is a terrific, but steep and strenuous, climb up the ridge behind the village which, depending how far you go, gives an increasingly impressive panorama of the area.

 

Day 13: Trek to Duwang (4450m), also known as Larkya Phedi, at the foot of the Larkya La.
Leaving Somdu we cross the stream which runs down from the Gya La, another pass crossing into Tibet. We pass the ruins of another village here (known as Larkya Bazaar) which once had a thriving trade with Tibet over the nearby passes. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach Duwang (4450m) also known as Dharamsala, where there is a small and quite basic lodge (at 4450m). This place is also referred to as Larkya Phedi which means the ‘foot of Larkya’ and this is where the climb to the Larkya La begins. We check into the lodge but we may also opt to stay in tents here and eat in the lodge. It is less than 6km walk today but at this altitude we need to take things slow and it will take 3 to 5 hours to reach our overnight stop.

 

Day 14: An early start for the crossing of the Larkya La (5135m). Descend to Bimthang (3855m).
An early (pre-dawn) start for the longest day of the trip. There is an initial, short climb above the lodge to reach the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier and from here it is a steady plod upwards. We pass small frozen lakes and there are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. We cross boulder fields and crest several ridge lines making for frustrating ‘false tops’ until finally after around 4 hours of ascent from the lodge, we see the summit cairn and its lines of fluttering prayer flags. If you have any breath left at this point, the view will take it all away. The incredible panorama of Himalayan peaks include Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. There is usually a chill wind blowing at this altitude (5135m) and so we are unlikely to want to stop long here. Initially, there is a steep descent which is likely to be over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail leading to Dangboche Kharka, a good place to stop and rest before continuing the descent to the welcome lodges of Bimthang (3855m), located in a broad and level ablation valley. A long, hard but ultimately rewarding day’s trekking in the Himalaya.

 

Day 15: Descend to Dharapani (1963m) on the Annapurna trail. Great views of Manaslu to the west.
Crossing the high pasture of Bimthang, we now descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the base camp for the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 metre, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a beautiful forest of cedar, birch and rhododendron and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley, at Karche. We now have to climb again passing through terraced fields to reach the Karche La, from where we can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marsyangdi River. We descend through more forests of fir and rhododendron through the villages of Gho (2515m) and Tilje (2300m). Crossing the stream beyond Tilje we now walk on a dirt road with Dharapani in the Maryangdi Valley – the end of our day’s walk – in sight below. Beyond Thonje village we drop down to cross the Marsyangdi River then climb a series of stone steps to the bustling town of Dharapani (1963m) on the Annapurna Circuit and check into one of the many lodges. Most people staying here will be just beginning their trek around the Annapurnas and we will look a very wild bunch to these clean low-land trekkers!

 

Day 16: Trek to the village of Tal and down to Jagat (1300m), the end of our trek.
The road which is steadily being pushed up the Marsyangdi Valley has reached Dharapani but travelling by jeep from here would be not much faster and infinitely less comfortable than walking. We follow an alternative trail down to the village of Tal (1700m), which is the last Buddhist settlement in the valley located in a unexpectedly flat plain where the rushing river pauses before plummeting headlong again down the valley. Beyond Tal we follow an old trail on the east bank while the road takes the west bank. Arriving at Chamje trail and road come together for the final steep section down to Jagat (1300m) which marks the end of our trekking. We check into a lodge here and will no doubt have an end of trek celebration this evening.

 

Day 17: Contingency day for possible delays.
This is a built-in contingency day in case of any delays to our schedule. The day will be used at the leader’s discretion either for additional acclimatisation prior to the pass or to split some of the longer days into shorter stages.

 

Day 18: Drive via Besisahar to Kathmandu. Final celebratory night dinner.
We make the return drive to Kathmandu, first descending the Marsyangdi on the jeep road in 4X4 vehicles to the start of the paved road at BesiSahar. Here we change to more comfortable transportation, boarding our bus or minibus to continue the journey. We travel on winding roads down the Marsyangdi Valley to its confluence with the Trisuli River where we meet the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road. Arriving in Kathmandu in the late afternoon we check into the hotel and have free time for relaxing or independent sightseeing before heading out to the bars and restaurants of Thamel for another celebration dinner.

Day 19: Final departure
Depending on the time of your flight departure, you may have time for a lttle more sightseeing or shopping in Kathmandu. We will then take you to Tibhuvan airport 3 hours before the departure time of your flight home and see you to your departure terminal where we will say goodbye and hope very much, that you will have enjoyed your time with Sacred Himalaya.

 

 

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Pax Book Now
March 3, 2018 March 22, 2018 £1400 Per Person 2-12 Book Now
April 1, 2018 April 19, 2018 £1400 Per Person 2-12 Book Now

What's Included

  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • Cost of staying in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during trek
  • Guided tour in Kathmandu
  • Temple and monument entry fee
  • All ground transportation
  • All meals during the treks no extra charge for single travelers
  • All porters costs
  • All costs for a Sacred Himalaya Guide/leader (First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking), a Sherpa assistant leader(s) and assistant Trek leader
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • Travel and Rescue arrangements
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)/ International airfare to and fro from home
    Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measures.
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
  • Tips for guides and porters

The Trekking Group
For Langtang Valley Trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Accommodations
We will be staying at 3 star Hotel in the Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional 150 USD. Sacred Himalaya will arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

Meals
Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided during the trek. While trekking, we can enjoy Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination.

Trip Overview

Trip Itinerary

Dates & prices

What's included