Today we long drive by jeep to Sotikhola. This is an interesting drive on the highway and off-road. Until Dhadingbesi we drive a paved road after that we take off-road uphill and downhill. During our driving, we will stop for lunch in a local restaurant for Daal Bhat, noodle soup or fried noodles.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola - 7 hours.
Day 02 Trek from Sotikhola to Machhakhola - 6 hours
After having breakfast we cross the suspension bridge and walk through the saal forest onto a ridge above the high rapid of Budhi Gandaki River. Then we enter to the rocky cliff trail toward Lapubeshi by passing some waterfalls and scenes of waterfalls on another side. We further climb a rocky trail towards Machha Khola following the River bank.
Day 03 Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat - 7 hours.
After breakfast we again follow narrow trails which make some up and down, after crossing Tharo Khola we reach Khorlabesi. Then we walk some more up and down to Tatopani (hot spring) where we can take a quick wash. The trail diverts to the left bank of the river by crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki. After that, the trails lead toward Jagat.
Day 04 Trek from Jagat to Deng - 7 hours.
The beginning of the day starts uphill to the rocky ridge of Salleri and descends to Setibas. The valley takes you to the suspension bridge and climbs up to Philim, which is a big Gurung village. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki the trail leads to the west bank. We continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng.
Day 05 Trek from Deng to Namrung - 7 hours.
After morning breakfast we cross the Budhi Gandaki after a short walk from Deng and follow the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. Then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Crossing various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley.
After a few ups and downs in forests by passing many mani walls. Then we head to Prok village from where e could see the stunning view of Siringi Himal. We cross the River many times with monasteries en route. After a few up and down and at the end steep up we arrive at Namrung.
Day 06 Trek from Namrung to Samagaon - 7 hours.
After an early morning stunning view of Mt Ganesh Himal, Mt siringi, and Mt Himal Chuli in the south we head toward Samagaon. We climb up and pass through the forest to arrive at Lihi where we can observe many Chortens and beautiful barley terrace fields. We pass through Lho and Shyala village during our walking. From Lho we could see a picturesque view of Mt. Manasalu. Furthermore in Samagaon, we can see Glaciers and other mountains as well.
Day 07 Rest and acclimatization at Samagaon.
We will walk around the village and visit the monastery which is a Buddhist monastery where you can visit. We can see the rich Sherpa culture in this village. We can hike up to the ridge for the views of the mountains and the village. Hike to either Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa.
Day 08 Trek from Samagaon to Samdo - 5 hours.
The trail drops down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the sidestream. The trail leads north and follows into a bridge over a side. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to wider. It is an easy walk through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka.
Then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch, we can see a large white Kani which we do have to cross to get Samdo. If you have an extra day we can enjoy by hiking to the Tibet border and rest again at Samdo.
Day 09 Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala or Larkya la B.C. - 5 hours.
The trails lead st down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the wooden bridge. After a short walk through the valley, the trail leads up to the Larkya Phedi. It is also called Dharmasala because there is a huge stone a kind of Shelter. Evening walks around the hill to get acclimatized and overnight at Larkya rest house.
Day 10 Trek from Larkya la B.C. to Bhimthang (3720m) via Larkya pass (5160m) - 9 hours.
Today is the big and tough day of trekking. After a short climb, we reach the north side of the Larkya glacier. We walk across the moraines of the glacier and a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to get to the pass.
From the top of the pass, we can see gorgeous views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the huge Annapurna II. From the pass we steeply all the way down to Bhimthang.
Day 11 Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani - 8 hours.
The trail descends into a rhododendron forest towards a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche (2785m). On the way, one can enjoy the view of Manaslu, Annapurna, and many more mountains. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge.
The trail continues through the fields, over a stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests to Tilje. Then we walk further to the Dharapani Annapurna circuit section.
Day 12 Drive from Dharapani to Besisahar to Kathmandu or Pokhara - 8 hours.
Today we drive by local sharing jeep to Besisahar. Then take a vehicle to Kathmandu or Pokhara about takes 8 hours drive.