With its glacial lakes, icy waterfalls, endless views, and inspiring solitude, Manaslu is Nepal’s next great trekking region. On this two-week tour, you’ll discover that this challenging land rewards the intrepid. Diverse habitats are the standout, taking you up through bamboo forests and lush hills to the base of the world’s eighth tallest mountain. You’ll cross a pass at 17,103 feet and enjoy many days in the alpine wilderness, but there’s also all the comfort of teahouse trekking, with comfy...
Kathmandu – Arrival and Relaxation
When you land in Kathmandu, you’ll be privately transferred to a luxury hotel in the heart of the city, where the pedestrianized lanes of Thamel provide an exotic introduction to Nepal. You can easily explore on your own around here, with cafes, shops, and spas in abundance. Today is deliberately left free, which will give you time to relax and explore. There will be several great restaurant options at your hotel and within walking distance.
Kathmandu – Settling In and City Sightseeing
Sotikhola – Driving Into a Land of Beautiful Mountains
Machha Khola – Dense Forests and Rice Paddies
Jagat – Suspension Bridges and Quiet Villages
Deng – Deserted Gorges and Bamboo Forests
Namrung – Viewpoints and Langur Monkeys
Lho – Tibetan Culture and Chortens
Samagaun – Glacial Rivers and Alpine Panoramas
Samagaun – Altitude Acclimatization and Pungyen Monastery
Samdo – Juniper Forests and Manaslu Basecamp
Dharamsala – Magnificent Glaciers in the High Himalayas
Bhimtang – Crossing the Pass and Gazing Towards Annapurna
Tilije – Down Through the Pine and Rhododendron
Besisahar – Walking and Driving Past the Mani Stones
Kathmandu – Driving Back to Kathmandu Through Rice Terraces and Small Villages
Kathmandu – Departure
- Discover the sublime attractions of an off the radar Himalayan trekking destination Trek through a stunning collection of landscapes that feature monkey-filled forests, rice paddies, and villages, alpine plateaus and passes, and glaciers and rivers
- Enjoy some of the world’s ultimate mountainous panoramas, particularly as you pass Manaslu Base Camp and cross Larkya La
- Soak up the comfort of teahouse trekking with no camping required as you sleep in warm, comfortable accommodation along the route
- Embrace Gurung and Tibetan cultures, including intimate experiences in remote monasteries
- Connect with yourself as this two-week trek offers both a sense of escapism and a feeling of solitude
- Complement the trekking with a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, a chance to explore the intricacies of this World Heritage Site
It was only around 20 years ago that the world started to hear about Annapurna, a breathtaking Himalayan region that was recently made accessible to everyday trekkers, not just serious mountaineers. While Annapurna put Nepal on the travel map, Manaslu is the country’s next great destination. Teahouses now line the entire trail, which makes for comfortable nights in remote lands. Cultural experiences add something extra. Most important of all for a long trek, the setting is otherworldly. You’ll ascend toward the base of the world’s eighth highest mountain – Mt Manaslu stands at 26,781 feet – cross a 17,103 feet pass and find yourself deep in the highest mountain range on earth.
Alpine panoramas and varied landscapes make the Manaslu trek very special. Like Annapurna, Manaslu takes you on a journey through a complete range of Himalayan habitat. As you walk along the world’s highest mountains, rice paddies extend from Gurung villages, forests are alive with monkey song, remote Tibetan monasteries sit on barren ridgelines, and glacial rivers dominate alpine plateaus. It will be a challenging trek as you rise more than three miles in altitude from Sotikholo to the Larkya La highpoint. You’ll ascend for more than half the trip although the descent will be surprisingly short and easy on the legs. After your one-way trek, you’ll be picked up on the other side of the pass, where the Manaslu route joins the Annapurna trail.
The ultimate highlight of the journey will be the lack of other trekkers. Even in peak season, it’s rare to see more than a handful of others on the trail. The solitude is sublime as you escape into a land without roads or Wi-Fi. You disconnect from the rest of the world and connect with the mountains, just you, the guide, and the trail for the duration of your tour. You’ll detox from everything in a landscape that’s often too beautiful for words. Photos rarely do justice here, and the inaccessibility of Manaslu will help keep this land pristine and unknown for decades to come. Since the area is not accessible via plane, you must walk into the mountains to experience how the landscape unfolds slowly over two weeks.
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