Manaslu Restricted Area

The main entrance of the Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking is Gorkha but is also possible to start from Dhading Arughat who wishes to saves a day of walking compared to the trek from Gorkha and alternative trekking starting point from the Trisuli Bazaar. After 200 km scenic drive from antic city Kathmandu, our journey begins through the Nepal's middle hills historic place Gorkha, with its wonderful 'durbar' (palace) and home of Nepal's first kings. Then the trail goes to through the Burhi Gandali River passing a huge valley of lush rice terraces with animal husbandry and thatched huts dweller in the low elevation, and sprawling Gurung villages Barpak and Laprak on the edge of high terraced hilltops to the Kutang, or lower Manaslu.

New Open -Chepang Hill Trekking

The Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking trail leads us continue to upper Nubri, purely Tibetan, where trade with Tibet continues as it has for centuries, and we share the trails with yak caravans. The incredible mountain panoramas, dominated by Manaslu itself, begin after the first few days, and we meet most beautiful Tibetan villages, Sama Gaon and Samdo, with time to visit Manaslu Base Camp and trek high up the valleys toward Tibet, before cross the epic Larkya La pass (5,225m). A trek around the 'high' Manaslu circuit is a step back in time, a glimpse of unspoiled Nepali and Tibetan villages walk through the remote Himalayan paradise. The diversity of the trek, from the Hindu middle hills to the Tibetan high-country dwellers and the awesome mountain scenery of the Manaslu Himal and surrounding peaks combine to make this circuit one of the most fascinating, as well as one of the most challenging, trekking in Nepal Himalaya.

Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking possible to make shorter and longer as our Clients demands, most of trekkers do this trip via the over Larka La Pass then in Besi Sahar but some trekkers continue their trek to Annapurna circuit, Tilicho Lake or Narphu valley as well as Rupinala Pass. So it is also possible to include Rupinala pass on Manaslu circuit trek itinerary. Trekking in Manaslu region operate mostly camping basis / tent camp treks but now a day’s it is possible simple Teahouse trekking (stay in the lodge). “Off the beaten trail” Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking offers you ultimate experience in your lifetime. Nepal Mother House Treks & Expeditions operates Restricted Area Trekking in Manaslu with our highly experienced guides and staffs, according our Clients requirement and holiday schedule. This trekking is recommended only for highly qualified and adventurous people who love to test adventure trip in Nepal Himalaya.

Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking Trip Key Information:

Trekking Destination: Manaslu, Larkya La Pass

Activities: Trekking & walking, Sightseeing, Cultural Tour

Difficulty: Moderate and Fairly Strenious

Max Elevation: (5,160) at Larkya La

Trek/Tour Style: Camping

Accommodation: Hotel, Tea House & in Tented Camp

Meals: Full board on trek & Breakfast KTM

Operation: Hotel/Lodge

Transportation: Comfortable vehicle/ Tourist bus

Best Month: Sept - Nov & Mar - May

Trip Length: 24 days

Group Size: Min 1 people, Max 12 people

Suggested Itinerary

Note: we try to follow the itinerary below, at times local trail or weather conditions may make slight changes necessary. The trekking itinerary may also vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization condition.

Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking Suggested Itinerary -24 Days

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu, Upon arrival at international airport meet assist and transfer to the Hotel (star category, very nice and centrally located at Thamel, take rest and free at afternoon.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m) Our Tour Guide led you explore around Kathmandu valley for the sight seen. Have explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill knows as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNICECO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, Sadhus and pilgrims bathing at occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. Finally we have sightseeing beautiful Patan Durbar squares; the Krisna Temple has build just by stone with incredible crafts, Patan king’s palace, Golden temple and much more. It is very famous for woodcarving, Metal works, Temples and Monasteries. If we have time there are still more remark site; the one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley “Bhaktapur” is known as Living Museum. Where, old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. After these activates back to hotel and pre- prier for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03: Drive to Gorkha and Trek to camp above Gorkha Fort (1060m) – 5 to 6 hours Our trekking staff will pick up you Hotel early in the morning for the scenic five to six hours drive from Kathmandu to the historic town of Gorkha, with its old 'durbar', or King's palace, a mix of Buddhist and Hindu deities, perched high up in the surrounding hillsides. After organizing the gear and loads with the porters, we head up to our first night's campsite above the Gorkha Fort, stopping en route to visit this well-maintained site, home of the powerful Gorkha royalty until about a century ago. Or can staying in Hotel next options for you.

Day 04: Trek Gorkha to Arkole (570m) - 6 to 7 hours We wake up with mountain views in the morning; have a look over fresh coffee and chai! The trekking trail goes to through the classic middle hills scenery;, forested hills, snaking winding river where fishermen casting their nets, iridescent rice fields, trees loaded with fruits, water buffalos, thatched huts with diverse ethnic and local 'bhattis' (Nepali tea-houses) along the traditional villages trail for a quick dal bhat or cup of tea. After leisurely six to seven hour first day trekking, we set the camp below the small village of Arkole, and enjoy our first mountain sunset over the neighboring river.

Day 05: Trek Arkole to Kalibote (800m) -5 to 6 hours The trail lead us continue lovely scenery though the bustling Gurung villages, over several suspension bridges spanning the river, past a high waterfall trail and back up just a bit to reach our camp at Kalibote in the early afternoon. Then the rest of the time can explore around the village or walk down to the river and rest on you on the smooth river rocks next to the wonderful swimming pound. The staff might even pick up some small fish for dinner.

Day 06: Trek Kalibot to Barpak (1915m) - 4 to 5 hours After having breakfast we start another beautiful day early morning, to avoid the afternoon sun for our steep, long climb up with several chautaras (rest stops) to the wonderful village of Barpak. The photographer’s paradise Barpak is a large Ghale (royalty) Gurung village, extremely clean, with a weekly market, wide passage between the houses, grain and vegetables drying on the courtyard, several shops, viewpoints and flowers planted along the charming Gurung houses. Mostly men joined in the Ghurkha Army. We can see Bauddhi Himal, a high, snow-capped peak which makes for wonderful sunrise and sunset.

Day 07: Trek Barpak to Laprak (2200m) -5 to 6 hours Today the trekking trail leads us picturesque climb through the rhododendron forest and rewarding panoramic mountains view; Bauddhi Himal, Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range all span the horizon; a truly breath-taking view. After 5 to 6 hours walk brings us down to another large Gurung village, Laprak, perhaps not quite as scenic as Barpak but just as interesting. Then we explore rest of the day, walk down the hill with symbolic murals on the mud-brick walls houses. People of here are friendly, and there is a lot to explore in Laprak's winding maze of lanes.

Day 08: Trek Larpak to Korlabesi (875m) -7 to 8 hours We descend through agricultural fields below the Larpak village, and cross the suspension bridge afterward, we climb equally steeply back up, past terraced fields of pink sorghum. We contour around several hillsides on a narrow trail up to a small chorten just below the Singla village. We enjoy the views of the Manaslu Himal, Kutang Himal and Shringi Himal to the north as we walk down through along a narrow, winding trail to Korlebesi on the Buri Gandaki River, make camp nearby stream. We will probably get a visit in the evening from this village's cultural and live hood, and perhaps have another show.

Day 09: Trek Korlabase to Jagat (1370m) - 5 to 6 hours After breakfast our journey starts along the river, by tobacco and buckwheat fields, past rocks washed smooth by the river, often climbing up stone steps, to reach the hot springs in the centre of the small, terraced village of Tatopani (hot spring). A gentle climb through the forest and spectacular waterfalls, across suspension bridge and through a short section of forest path and we reach Dobhan and climb high on stone steps below Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu park. Stay overnight camp.

Day 10: Trek Jagat to Philim (1570m) - 3 to 4 hours Today is enjoyable short day trekking, the long series stone steps trail descending to the river, then climb on wonderful stone steps along a terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Saguleri with impressive Shringi Himal (7187m). The trail splits with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal nearby high suspension bridge at Gata Khola. Our route continues upstream, and again we have a steep climb to reach Philim. We arrive at our green campsite in time for lunch, and have the afternoon explore the interesting upper village and gompa, or sit and enjoy the afternoon at camp.

Day 11: Trek Philim to Deng (1865m) - 4 to 5 hours The trekking leads today, on a high beautiful trail through a narrow dramatic gorge section with towering walls, past a thundering waterfall just above us and cross the suspension bridge, ascend gradually along a wide hillside. After trekking through dense forest the small village of Deng, lower Nubri region called Kutang, where the people are ethnically pure Tibetans. We have views of Lumbo Himal as well as Lapuchen and Dwijen Himals. We camp nearby village, and get fresh greens from owns the land. It starts to feel like a piece of old Tibet at last.

Day 12: Trek Dang to Ghap (2165m) - 4 to 5 hours Another five hours day for today, is like similar length of yesterdays. The trail goes through the valley with across the bridge switchback steeply up to the small, poor village of Lana, after more climbing through lovely woods of pine and we reach Bihi Phedi, views of Kutang Himal and start to see mani stones, sign of the tiny Tibetan footholds mark in the high Himalayan places. We ahead twice cross the large Buri Gandaki, many up and dawn as we walk through the gorge, all the time enjoying spectacular views. Eventually we reach Ghap, where we set up camp wonderful village.

Day 13: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) – 6 to 7 hours Today is a wonderful trekking day; through dense forest crossing Budhi Gandaki wooden bridge, ascent gently up to Tibetan-run lodge Namrung, views of mountains. Then the trail goes to extensive pastures land to the ancient Lihi village and flowing down the Lidanda Glaciers reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000. On the way to Lho, the spectacular views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu itself; is quite an impressive afternoon. We set up camp in Lho, sprawling village decorated with many prayer flags, in the yard of a small lodge and Gomba. Sunset and sunrise from the campsite are wonderful.

Day 14: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) - 4 to 4 hours After breakfast the trail leads us from new Gomba and then ascends to the idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla with amazing mountain panoramas. Then the treks through the classic alpine leads us Pung Gyan Gomba, through the fields to the 500 years old settlement Sama Gaon, or Ro and unique architecture wooden two Gombas also same time. Dzongka Dzong (fortress) at the border of Tibet, a few days walk from Sama Gaon, as late as the 1940's until it was taken over by Gorkhas in the late 19th century. Later, make shelter by Tibetan guerrillas, it was closed for the treks until 1992.Take the afternoon to hike up to the old Gomba settlement above town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village.

Day 15: Explore day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization We have a rest day in Sama Gaon to explore the village and Gombas; a little piece of old Tibet. This is also an extra day in case anyone is having trouble acclimatizing...A great excursion is a hike towards Manalsu Base Camp where we'll have stunning views of the lake, glacier and valley. Another option is a hike up to Pung Gyen Gompa, at 3870 meters, explore around unique natural beauty.

Day 16: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 3 to 4 hours Another day of incredible mountain views, past the long mani wallsand Chorten at Kermo Kharka then descend to the Bhudi Gandaki and old herding settlement of Samdo inhabitants are Tibetan, and were ceded the land by the king of Jumla over 500 years ago. This is trading point of China and India in long time ago. Get out and take a walk around the village, where the inhabitants live an essentially Tibetan lifestyle, herding their yaks, sheep and goats, training their horses and planting barley. Camp tonight here.

Day 17: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 3 to 4 hours The trail leads us to the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the trade markets of Larkya bazaar. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly overwhelming panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch surrounded breathtaking mountains scenery and blue sheep territory, grazing nearby on the barren hill-sides. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We'll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow...

Day 18: Trek Larkey Phadi to via Larkya La (5,160m)- 4 to 5 Hours & to Bimphedi (3590m) - 4 to 5 hours After very morning breakfast, the trail goes to North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Then walking about four hours we will get on the top of the Larkya La (4930m), view of wonderful panoramic mountains; Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters) equally stunning from both sides. The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. After praing the God and yelling 'Ki ki so so lha gyalo' (may the Gods be victorious), get ready drop often slippery trail following the glacial moraine finally to the Bimphedi, where 'Three Sisters Hotel' , is the evening clouds gather and turn pink behind the surrounding peaks. It's all worthwhile now.

Day 19: Trek Bimphadi to Tilje (2300m) - 6 to 7 hours The trail descents along the fig tree and rhododendron fortes,through the rocky river-bed and sliding hill-sides to several small green villages. Eventually, after long but very scenic day, we reach the large village of Tilje, inhabitants of mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so have a unique architecture and culture, and eat mix foods - dal bhat, buckwheat dhido, tsampa and Tibetan salt-tea. We see ahead marks of Annapurna Circuit Trekking board.

Day 20: Trek Tilje to Tal (1680m) - 4 to 5 hours It's an easy trekking day following the Dudh Khola through bamboo forests down to Dharapani, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering at the gompa in Thongje on the old Annapurna trail. Trekking south on the main Annapurna Circuit trail, and following down the Marsyangdi River crossing bridge twice to reach the small village of Karte. And continue decent along the cliff rocky trail before crossing the Marsyangdi river. Before us, we see the wide plain and waterfall at scenic Tal (lake), the last village of the Lower Manang region. We'll set up our campsite on the grassy lawn of the last tea-house in Tal or can stay overnight in the simple facilitate hotel. Take the afternoon to amble over to the waterfall at the other end of town, and wander through this little hamlet.

Day 21: Trek Tal to Syange (110m) - 4 to 5 hours walk and drive to Besi Sahar (825m) - 2 hours Continuing walk down along the Masyangdi riverside, Tal Phedi and small teahouses at Sattale continue down through the lush forest and wild Mariana to the another suspension bridge nearby Chamje with a beautiful waterfall. From here, the road have been building, we descent through the woods, leads us to the lovely paved village of Jagat, afterwards we arrive at the small, somewhat wild-looking village of Syange, and hope our jeep is waiting for us. We'll have a bumpy drive to Besi Sahar where we set up our last campsite and get ready for our last night's party with the staff and porters in the evening!

Day 22: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu -5 to 6 hours In the morning we will back to Kathmandu with our scenic driving, so we'll try to head off early and stop for lunch en route back. It is a different world back in the Nepali hills, and the gentle light sends us on our way back to the bustle of Nepal's capital city Kathmandu. A celebration is definitely in order tonight!

Day 23: Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is day of ending your journey, so we would like offer you farewell dinner in Nepali typical Restaurant and hand over you Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for memory of Nepal trip.

Day 24: final Departure to your Destination Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until departure flight/drive. Our assist will be transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination, taking with you the memory of a life time.

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