The circular tour around Manaslu counts as one of the truly great Himalayan treks. Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East it is one of the most graceful of the 8000 meter giants. Less than two percent of trekkers go to Manaslu. This means that even in the high season you will not meet many trekkers. Manaslu is remote, physically demanding, culturally enriching and scenically uplifting. The circuit takes you from the steamy lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. Suspension bridges here are in a league of their own for both length and height, and the yearly monsoon often wash minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.
Only opened to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992 it still has the feel of a pioneering expedition. If you want to know what trekking the 1980’s was like then Manaslu is a visual feast from start to finish, but you better be fit. Slowly you wind your way North to the snow bound Larkya La next to the Tibetan border. Altitude here is a problem but almost forgotten with the jaw dropping views of Manaslu. At 5167 meters Larkya La pass is usually snow covered and icy. Micro crampons are often used on the descent. Trekking to the pass requires a 3 am start in order to make the highest point before the winds come, usually around mid morning. From the pass looking back the way you have come gives a clear view but by far the most amazing view comes after you have left the pass and waked along a corridor to the west.
Suddenly a great glacial cirque bursts into view. A stupendous wall created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru, casts down a stream of glaciers, while Annapurna II rises ahead. This view alone makes the trek worthwhile. Magical Nepal can arrange your all inclusive 15 days trek. The trek can be done on a teahouse basis unless you want to go off route where camping is the only option.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)||700 m||10 hrs|
|Day 2||Soti Khola to Maccha Khola||930 m||6 hrs|
|Day 3||Maccha Khola to Jagat||1340 m||7 hrs|
|Day 4||Jagat to Deng||1860 m||6 hrs|
|Day 5||Deng to Namrung||2630 m||6 hrs|
|Day 6||Namrung to Lho||2957 m||4 hrs|
|Day 7||Lho to Sama Gaun||3530 m||4 hrs|
|Day 8||Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp||600 m||7 hrs|
|Day 9||Sama Gaun to Samdo||3865 m||4 hrs|
|Day 10||Day trip to Tibet Border||5100 m||8 hrs|
|Day 11||Samdo to Dharmasala||4460 m||4 hrs|
|Day 12||Dharmasala to Bimthang||3590 m||10 hrs|
|Day 13||Bimthang to Tilije||2300 m||6 hrs|
|Day 14||Tilije to Tal||1669 m||4 hrs|
|Day 15||Tal to Kathmandu (Drive)||760 m||9 hrs|