This camping trek circuit is a rugged alternative to the Annapurna circuit. Manasulu's unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepali cultures offer the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure in a remote and rugged region which provides a deep sense of exploration.
This area has only recently been de-restricted and opened to international tourism. Located in the central Gorkha district bordering Tibet, the region is extremely rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Manasulu offers the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure into a remote wilderness, untouched by the effects of tourism.
The trek circumnavigates the mighty Manasulu (8,156m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. We start the trek from the fascinating old city of Gorkha, the ancient kingdom of the Shah Dynasty that has a mixed Hindu and Buddhist culture. We follow the course of the Buri Gandaki River valley, crossing its thundering waters on various types of rope and suspension bridge, passing underneath towering rock cliffs, and through dense jungle. The topography changes each day, as we ascend through a number of climatic zones into rugged territory. We soon join the barren lunar landscape of the Tibetan plateau, where monasteries, temples, chortens and mani walls line the trail.
Climbing further through alpine wilderness, we gain stunning and rarely seen views of Manasulu. The Larkya La is our highpoint of the trek at 5,235m, from where we gain unsurpassed views of Himlung Himal (7,126m), Kang Guru (/7,010m) and Annapurna II. We then descend to the Marsayangdi river valley and onto Besisahar from where we catch our minibus back to Kathmandu.
This long and demanding camping trek is a wonderful alternative to the Annapurna circuit. The Manasulu Eco-Tourism Development Project, working in c-operation with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation has made great efforts to preserve the pristine beauty of this region, and to trek amongst such inspiring scenery is a rare joy.
Days Program Itineries
Day 01 Arrive Kathamandu. Check into hotel.
Day 02 Guided tour of Kathmandu
Day 03 Minibus Kathmandu to Gorkha and commence trek.
Day 04 Gorkha - Khanchowk (956 m)
Day 05 Khanchowk - Arughat (530 m)
Day 06 Arughat - Seti Khola (750 m)
Day 07 Seti Khola - Machha khola (890 m).
Day 08 Macha Khola - Jagat (1,350 m)
Day 09 Jagat - Ngyak (2,300 m)
Day 10 Ngyak - Ghap (2,095 m)
Day 11 Ghap - Lho Gaon (3,150 m)
Day 12 Lho Gaon - Sama Gompa (3,500 m.)
Day 13 Acclimatization day
Day 14 Sama Gompa - Samdo (4,000 m.)
Day 15 Samdo - Guest house (4,450 m.)
Day 16 Rest and day acclimatization.
Day 17 Guest House - Larke Phedi (4,450 m.)
Day 18 Larke Phedi-Larkya la pass (5,135m)-Bhimathang
Day 19 Bhimathnag - Karche (2,785 m)
Day 20 Karche - Dharapani (1,943m)
Day 21 Dharapani - Chamche (1,433 m)
Day 22 Ngadi - Besisahar (823 m)
Day 23 Besisahar - Dumre � Kathmandu
Day 24 Fly Home