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Manasulu lies north of the historic fortress town of Gorkha, from where the last kings of Nepal ventured forth to conquer the rest of the country in the 18th Century. The Manaslu Circuit has recently become a teahouse trek, opening up the misty wood-shingled villages of the Nupri Valley. Tsum Valley trek has beautiful views of the four  7000m peaks of the Ganesh massif, and trekkers can experience the distinct Tibetan-influenced culture of the Tsumba people, who prohibit the slaughter of all living beings. No doubt this enhances the protection afforded to such endangered species as the Snow Leopard and the Red Panda.

The trek is beautiful with spectacular views of the Manaslu and going through authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages. The trail starts low, walking through green countryside passing small Hindu villages. Heading northwards, the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages which cluster beneath Manaslu’s sweeping North Face. Eventually the trail reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From here the trek head west and cross the Larke Pass (5160 m), a classic and tough route linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang, before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route and heading to the trailhead at Besi Sahar.

Trek Facts

Grade Moderate/Hard
Best Season Feb-May/Sep-Nov
Per day walking 6-7 hrs
Type of Trek Teahouse/Camping
Duration 14-21 days
Max elevation 5210m
Permit required Trekking permit Manasulu, Manasulu/Annapurna Conservation Area

Itinerary

Day 0 Arrive at Kathmandu

Day 01 Kathmandu – Arughat (550m) 7hrs bus and 2hrs jeep to Soti Khola (597m)
Day 02 Soti Khola to Machha Khola (825m) 6 hrs
Day 03 Machha Khola to Jagat (1330m) 7-8 hrs
Day 04 Jagat to Deng (1860m) 6-7 hrs
Day 05 Deng to Namrung (2580m) 6-7 hrs
Day 06 Namrung to Samagaon (3480m) 6hrs
Day 07 Rast day, acclimatization walk to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)
Day 08 Samagaon to Samdo (3865m)  3 & 1/2 hrs
Day 09 Samdo to Dharmasala/Larke Phedi (4470m) 3 & 1/2 hrs
Day 10 Dharmasala to Bimtang (3740m) 8-12 hrs via Larkya La (5210m) depending on weather conditions
Day 11 Bimtang to Tiliche (2255m) 6 hrs
Day 12 Tiliche to Chamje
Day 13 Chamje to Nadi Bazar 6 hrs
Day 14 Nadi Bazar to Besi Sahar 4hr, bus to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs

Itinerary Outline
(Please Note: If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest,we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.)

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