The Manaslu and Ganesh Himal areas lie in the north of Nepal adjacent to the Tibetan Border and to the east of the Annapurna Region the main town and access point to the district is Gorkha.
Manaslu is the world&rsquos seventh highest mountain and has a worthy neighbour in the form of the greater Annapurna range. The area is relatively unknown to trekkers it was only in 1950 that Tilman first visited the area and as such was one of the early Europeans to see Manaslu and its neighbouring peaks.
Manaslu and Ganesh Himal appear from a distance as a giant barrier of jagged shimmering mountains hanging above the ground and only attached to the earth by thin slivers of mist. The foothills and lower valleys support ‘paddy’ terraces while water buffalo still play their part in pulling the plough, providing milk and meat. The local homes dotted all around the hillsides are thatched and painted in the traditional manner. Bananas are abundant and cicadas gather in the trees during the blossoming season, bringing another dimension to the landscape.
Many regions now provide the traveller with a relatively comfortable and well- serviced experience and the trekker in turn provids Nepal with a much needed income.
However, the trek to Manaslu through the Budi Gangdaki gorge is still a switch-back of continuous and demanding ascents and descents, many of which might pose a few problems to the inexperienced mountain trekker in fact, by some they could be intimidating. However, the views and the apparent close proximity to some of the big Himalayan walls keep the mind focused. This area still provides a &lsquoreal&rsquo adventure to the hardened Himalayan trekker.
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transfer to your hotel, We will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Some of landmarks that are the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of (Pashupati Nath), the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 03 Drive to Arughat Bazar, 7 hrs by bus
You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day and then drive towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough until reaching Arughat Bazaar.
Stay overnight in camp.
Day 04 Aarughat to Soti Khola (810 m)
The trail ascends through rice paddies and farm fields until you pass the small hamlet of Kokethar. Continue along the level path and you will see a huge rock to your left. From Kyoropani, repeating ascents and descents, you will be traversing until you arrive at the shores of Soti Khola.
Day 05 Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930 m)
From Lapubesi traverses the slope that has farmed fields and rice paddies. The trail soon goes down to shores of white sand and back again onto the mountain flank. In approximately an hour you will reach the Machha Khola.
Day 06 Machha Khola to Jagat (1,350 m)
Cross the suspension bridge to the left bank, pass a forested area, then follow the path which looks like it is carved into the rock and you will reach Doban Khola. Trek further along the path across farmed fields and you will reach Jagat, a small village with a police check post and lodges.
Day 07 Jagat to Filim (1590 m)
Leaving the village descend a stone path leading to the wide river shores. Cross the Pangour Khola (flowing from the left) before traversing rapidly and you will reach Saguleri, from where you can see Sringi Himal beyond the valley. Further along the right bank begin ascending until you reach Filim. Though it is a Nepalese Gurung it has a strong Tibetan influence.
Day 08 Filim to Deng
Leave the village and a small ascending traverse. The trail then goes down to the river shores. Ascend a little while along the Buri Gandaki and cross the suspension bridge to the opposite bank.
Day 09 Deng to Namru (2,630)
Cross to the right bank of the Buri Gandaki using the wooden bridge and more on through houses and farm fields. The path then enters a forested area where Himalayan cedars stand out. More on through the forest and cross over a wooden bridge again. Keep ascending in the forest until you reach Namru.
Day 10 Namru to Lo village (3,150)
The trail begins to descend then ascend until you reach a meadow. After passing the meadow you will enter Bengsam village. Walking through the village the view opens up. Here you can see Naike peak, Manaslu North peak (7,157 m) and the long-awaited Manaslu (8,163 m). The houses in the village are scattered amongst the surrounding farmed fields. Leaving this village and continuing through the Kanni you will reach the Neighbouring Lo village (3,150).
Day 11 Lo village to Sama Gaun (3,500 m)
From Lo village the path descends to the valley of Damonan Khola. Cross the wooden bridge over the stream and climb back up the steep slope. The trail will continue for about 10 minutes along this stream and then fork into two. The path going straight ahead leads directly to Sama (the other which turns to the left will go to Sama via Honsan ho Gompa. From Honsan ho Gompa it then descends along the stream in the forest before joining the main path). The valley ahead of you soon opens wide and you will descend to a wide, flat meadow where Yaks are left to graze.
Day 12 Sama Gaun (Rest day for acclimatization)
You can visit Sama Gompa in about 20 minutes from this village. The gompa, located on top of the hill, is well worth visiting. After passing the gompa there is a wide, grassy area of land from where you can see Manaslu (best in evenings and in the mornings). So beautiful that you may think you are in another world.
Day 13 Sama Gaun to Samdu/Dharmasala
Descend to the Buri Gandaki, which has now turned north again, and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. Take the trail to the left which leads to Manaslu base camp. When you enter the meadow from the path on the river shores you will reach Kermo Kharka, looking up at Manaslu right in front of you. After passing the Kharka you will be going by a long Medan. The valley narrows gradually and the path traverses up the flank. Follow the path down on the gentle flank and ascend again.
Day 14 Dharmasala to Larkya La/ Bimtang (3720 m)
Today’s route begins up the ridge in front of the guest house which eventually becomes a long gentle climb beside a moraine. The trail here becomes rougher and indistinct as it crosses the moraine to the south of a steep grassy slope. It takes 3 to 4 hrs from the guest house to the pass and is extremely cold and windy climbing on the Larkya La in snowstorms. The descending trail follows along the top of a moraine to the west, then drops steeply and traverses scree slopes. It makes a long set of steep, rough, switchbacks, crosses the moraine and then descends more gently. The trail improves before you reach a large meadow, a main wall and a small rest house. The palace here is called ‘Bimtang’, which is a Tibetan name meaning ‘plain of sand.’
Day 15 Bimtang to Tilje
The trail drops from the Bintang meadow and crosses a glacial stream, the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, by a wooden bridge. Climb over the side of the moraine and descend into a pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3430 m). The walking improves as the trail descends and switches back down to a fork of the Dudh Khola It then follows the river through forests to a goth (3030 m). Continue through fields, over a clear stream, passing houses and more fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests.
Stay on the north bank auntil reaching Tilje.
Day 16 Tilje to Jagat (1300m)
Cross the wooden bridge to the left bank of the Dudh Khola where the path begins a gentle descent. After about one hour cross the suspension bridge over the Marsyandi River before reach Dharampati (1,860m). we trek continue to Jagat 1300 m.
Day 17 Jagat to Bahundanda(1311 m). After breakfast we trek to Bahundanda we Pass the village of Ghermu follow the path through the rice paddies. Cross another suspension bridge over the Syange before climbing up onto the plateau.
Day 18 Bahundanda to Besishahar (820 m)
Your route to Bulbule cuts across terraces, ridges and sometimes you cross small streams on the way.
Stay overnight in camp.
Day 19 Drive back to Kathmandu
It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road.
Day 20 Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 21 Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport your departure flight to your on wards destination.
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