16 Days of Manaslu Delight Trekking

Price: USD 2370

A Nepal classic among treks, though off the beaten tracks of the most congested treks in this country, the Manaslu Delight trek thrives on an epic mountain scenery, cozy teahouse accommodation, the typical thrill feast of crossing Nepal’s treacherous suspension bridges, and everything climaxing upon reaching the 17,000 ft high mountain pass overlooking the vast and the splendid! It is circumambulating the world’s eighth highest peak we are talking about, the magnificent Mount Manaslu, via Larkya La pass, perched above the clouds like the abode of the warden of the sky, and the thrill quotient in this one is just never-ending and exponentially rising on this 15-day tour. The 177 kilometers trek route round Manaslu skirts the massif over the pass and descends down to Annapurna, the long ridges and the valley glaciers of the mountain offering feasible and deliciously challenging sections to cross on the trekking spree. The trail is known to follow an ancient salt-trading route right along the Burhi Gandak River, to which the Nepalese Government permitted to access only by 1991.

The Manaslu Delight trek brings to vision at least 10 magnificent recognizable peaks en route, unveiling a brilliant panorama of soul-enriching mountain vistas. When you have accomplished the hard-earned summit of Larkya La, look out to spot the Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II tucked away in the blue eternity. Descending from Lakya, the trail will take you to Manaslu Base Camp, now meeting the outbound flank of the Annapurna Circuit Trek route.

Highlights of Manaslu Delight

  • Circumambulating the eighth highest mountain in the world, coursing through the beautiful Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas.
  • A sufficiently challenging trek, accomplishing the maximum elevation of 16,752 ft at Larkya La Pass within 15-days.
  • Homely accommodation in easily available teahouses all along the route in Nepal’s remote mountain hinterlands, saving the trouble of bringing tents and food on part of the trekkers.
  • There will be no issue with regards to reaching the trailhead as domestic flights to the regional airstrips are not required. One can reach Soti Khola, from where the trek flags off, by roadways from Kathmandu.
  • Staying at local-run teahouses is great fun and gives an exposure to indigenous life, local cuisine, and the inside story on the simplicity and hardships of the mountain people.
  • A greatly diverse topography, the scenery changing from subtropical jungles at the lower reaches, to the thick jungles in the Himalayan foothills, the acutely challenging hike up to Larkya La veering above 17,000 feet taking one into deep snow.
  • Following the trail of the Buri Gandaki, a windingly long river gorge dotted with numerous suspension bridge crossings.
  • The sheer joy of getting to enjoy a high mountain trail in Nepal that equals the Annapurna Circuit in terms of epic mountain vistas, comfortable teahouse accommodation, and a diversified natural setting, minus the overwhelming traffic. The Manaslu circuit is still a lesser-known gem in the deep reaches of Nepal.
  • The bonus of getting to visit the mountain capital of Kathmandu on day 1 and 2 of this trek, checking off Kathmandu’s spectacular cultural highlights.

Plenty of little pleasures on the Manaslu Delight trek, from visiting the hot spring at Tatopani, climbing on top of the wild rapids of Budhi Gandaki river, stopping over at the exquisite Gurung village of Labubesi, looking towards the snow capped Shringi Himal from the Manaslu region ethnic village of Prok, and a well-timed relaxing rest cum acclimatization day at the ethnic Sherpa hamlet of Samgaon, among a handful of some more delights.

  • Day 1–Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Day 2–Soti Khola to Macha Khola
  • Day 3–Macha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 4–Jagat to Deng
  • Day 5–Deng to Prok
  • Day 6–Prok to Syla via Pungen Glacier
  • Day 7–Syla to Sama Gaon
  • Day 8–Sama Gaon to Samdo
  • Day 9–Samdo acclimatization day
  • Day 10–Samdo to Dharamasala, Larkya Phedi
  • Day 11–Larkya Phedi to Bimthang via Larkya La
  • Day 12–Bimthang to Dharapani
  • Day 13–Dharapani to Tal
  • Day 14–Tal to Khudi
  • Day 15–Khudi to Beshi Sahar
  • Day 16–Back to Kathmandu
  • Pick-up and drop-off facilities from Kathmandu airport via private vehicle on prior notice.
  • Accommodation in hotels and teahouses on the journey.
  • Three fresh meals every day during the entire course of the trek.
  • Seasonal fruits and local delicacies in the meals.
  • Taxes and vehicle permits on the journey, like National Park entrance fees, Trekkers Information Management System cards, and others.
  • Professional English speaking trekking guides.
  • Porters for two members.
  • First Aid Kit containing basic medicine, oximeter, and blood pressure measuring kit.
  • Rescue and evacuation in worst case scenarios.
  • Flying  fares, international transportation costs of travelling to and from Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa fees.
  • Personal expenses like telephone bills, laundry, internet costs, bar bills, etc.
  • Food and accommodation cost in Kathmandu in case of early/late arrival and departure.
  • No refund upon leaving the trek route voluntarily.
  • Tips as a token of appreciation.
  • Cost incurred by the trekking party in case of natural calamities or situations beyond control.

Holding a special attraction for naturists and wildlife enthusiasts, the Manaslu Delight trekking region is made into a protected wildlife area and home to 33 species of mammals including snow leopard, musk deer, and Himalayan tahr, along with 110 species of birds, three species of reptiles and 2000 genuses of flowering plants. The Manaslu Conservation Area is one of the richest biodiversity zones in the Himalayas.

Recommended apparels and equipments you need to carry on Manaslu Delight Trek:

  • Waterproof Jackets, Warm fleece jackets, pullovers
  • Trekking or hiking boots of good quality
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Sun hats/scarf
  • Sunscreen lotions
  • Rubber sandals
  • Map
  • Water bottles (water purification system)
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles
  • Small wash towels
  • Toiletries
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