Valley of light and mountain of spirits

In the heart of hidden valleys, we reach the land of the Samapa, Tibetan people living at the foot of Manaslu. This part of Himalayas remained very wild. It gives this trek an atmosphere of Nepal as it was 20 years ago. Much less visited than the Annapurna circuit and certainly as beautiful, our itinerary around Manaslu (8163 m.) crisscrosses a wide variety of landscapes, goes along rivers, across forests and very near glaciers and 7000 m. + summits, especially while crossing the Larkya La Pass at 4990 m.
This trek across various Himalayan layers is also a real discovery journey. We meet several Nepalese ethnic groups, as we cross Gurung, Tibetan and Manangi villages. It is a beautiful approach of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the secret of the remote valleys.
HIGHLIGHTS
- Manaslu from all angles
- A region with very little traffic
- Our great wild trek in three weeks
- The Gurung, Samapa & Manangi ethnic groups
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: March - April & October - November
  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Number of walking days: 14
  • Highest Altitude: 5160 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge during trek

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Day
Pick-up at the airport, transfer to the hotel and check-in.
- Accommodation: Hotel
A day to discover the jewels of the Kathmandu Valley: Pashupatinath, this Hindu site dating from the twelfth century is a cremation place dedicated to Shiva where pilgrims come to bathe in the sacred Bagmati River. We also visit Bouddhanath, a great Buddhist site in the heart of the Tibetan district. Then, we stroll across the small streets of old Kathmandu. After lunch, you can visit Bhaktapur, a beautiful medieval Newari village, one of the jewels of the valley inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
- Meals on own
- Accommodation: Same as previous day
We reach Gorkha by private vehicle (vehicle depending on the group size) in about 4 hours of paved road. Then, 3 hours of track to Baluwa.
- Hours of driving: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
We start our trek along the river we saw yesterday and go to Ranglung. Then, we have a steep climb on stairs before we reach Barpak.
- Ascent: + 1400 m.
- Hours of walking: 6 to 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
Steep ascent to Pushu Danda at 2800 m. There, we have a superb view of Bouddha Himal and Ganesh Himal. Picnic lunch and descent to Laprak, a Gurung village.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 600 m.
- Hours of walking: 5 to 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Breakfast and lunch at the inhabitant. Descent to the river, we cross a suspension bridge and climb to Singla (2300 m.) on the mountain side. After the village of Singla, we start a steep descent, mostly steps, through rice and millet fields. We reach Khorla Bensi where we can swim in the fresh mountain water near the two rivers mouth.
- Ascent: + 500 m.
- Descent: - 1700 m.
- Hours of walking: 7
- Accommodation: Lodge
We walk along the river and reach the first gorges. We regularly cross bridges to move from one bank to another. In the village of Tatopani, we can find hot water taps coming directly from the mountain. In Jagat, we cross the checkpoint. Night on site.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 400 m.
- Hours of walking: 7.5
- Accommodation: Lodge

These regions are populated by Gurung and Tibetan. The gorges we walk through progressively expands, so we can enjoy the sunshine on the valley and opposite sides. We register at the checkpoint in Eklebhatti. Then, we go on to Nyak Phedi and Pewa, a small village in the shade, near the river.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 300 m.
- Hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: Lodge

Walk in the gorges to the village of Ghapsya.
- Ascent: + 600 m.
- Hours of walking: 6.5
- Accommodation: Lodge

If we are lucky, we will meet many pilgrims, some of them from Tibet are following the famous salt road. After crossing many villages and seeing monasteries in a gradual climb, we end up our day with a steep climb to the large village of Lhö Gaon.
The closer we get to the village, the clearer the view is. Then, we will see Manaslu on which we could watch the sunset and the morning light the next morning.
Depending on the weather and time of arrival, we will have the opportunity to take a walk before the night to the monastic school located at the top of a hill near the village.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Hours of walking: 6.5
- Accommodation: Lodge

Walking day facing Manaslu through stone villages. First views of steppes. Once at the Samagaon Lodge, always depending on the time and weather, we can stroll to the Birendra Lake with its beautiful blue sky color, surrounded by many cairns. From there, we have the opportunity to admire the view by overlooking the valley and to acclimatize with a break at the lake at 3900 m.
- Ascent: + 600 m. (+ 350 m. to go to the lake)
- Descent: - 200 m. (- 350 m. to come-back from the lake)
- Hours of walking: 4 (+ 2 for the trip to the lake)
- Accommodation: Lodge

Gradual climb to the village of Samdo. Then, if the weather and our conditions allow it, acclimatization walk of 1 or 2 hours up to 4000 m. on one of the bordering mountains.
- Ascent: + 400 m.
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: Lodge

In Samdo, we may have the opportunity to see an improvised market between Tibet and local people. We climb gradually through the glacier valley. After a last hour of steep climb, we reach the foot of the Larkya Glacier. We sleep in the village of Dharmasala under tent in the fixed camp planned for the tourists planning to climb to the Larkya Pass at 5106 m. After the dinner, in the dining room of the lodge, we reach our tents for a short night.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Hours of walking: 4
- Accommodation: Bivouac

 

Departure at 4 am, under the starry sky with our headlamps, as we ascend, we watch the day rise on the surrounding mountains. We cross the Larkya La Pass. At the top, the view is amazing. Then, it is a long and steep descent in the dry path to Bhimthang for a night in a lodge.
- Ascent: + 800 m.
- Descent: - 1400 m.
- Hours of walking: 8
- Accommodation: Lodge

Descent in the forest to the river. We reach the village of Tiliche populated by Manangi Tibetans.
- Descent: - 1300 m.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge

Following the Marsyangdi River, we reach the Annapurna area in Dharapani. Then, we descend to Tal, a village surrounded by cliffs. We are in the Manangi country. We finally reach the large village of Chamje for our last night in lodge.
- Descent: - 1000 m.
- Hours of walking: 6
- Accommodation: Lodge
Transfer by private local vehicle from Chamje - Besisahar then another private vehicle from Besisahar to Kathmandu. Free time.
- Hours of driving: 8
- Accommodation: Hotel
Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to itinerary including jeep / minibus for Baluwa
- Chamje - Besisahar transfer by local jeep (s)
- 3 nights at the Holy Himalaya hotel or similar in Kathmandu in BB
- Trek full board in Lodge
- English-speaking guide for trekking
- Trekking team: assistant from 4, porters according to group size for the entire trek.
- Carrying of luggage up to 13 kgs / person during the trek
- Manaslu special trek permit
- MCAP, ACAP & TIMS trek permit
- 1 day guided tour with vehicle and English-speaking cultural guide
- Staff insurance

What's not included

- Meal in Kathmandu & Pokhara excluding breakfast
- Nepal visa to be obtained at the airport ($50 + photo).
- Entrances to sites during visits
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, sleeping bag, hot shower during the trek…
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