Manaslu, the immaculately untouched natural beauty is now a popularly desired destination amongst travellers. Located in the central Himalayas of Nepal, Manaslu (8,163m) is the eighth highest peak in the world. The journey around the Manaslu ranges explores the authentic cultures of the Tibetan and Tsum communities. With the picturesque view of the Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and the glorious massifs around it, the Short Manaslu Trek is an untarnished blend of a blissful experience.
Short Manaslu Trek
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Itinerary of Short Manaslu Trek
- Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola by Jeep
- Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola
- Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat
- Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Deng
- Day 05: Trek from Deng to Namrung
- Day 06: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon
- Day 07: Samagaon Exploration Day
- Day 08: Trek from Samagaon to Dharmasala
- Day 09: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimtang via Larke La pass
- Day 10: Trek from Bimtang to Dharapani
- Day 11 Drive to Kathmandu
Journey to Manaslu
Your journey begins with a long ride from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, passing through scenic views of landscapes en route. Your trek begins the next days as you head towards Machha Khola. This is your opening to the natural beauty this country holds.
The fourth day you will be heading towards Jagat. Your next destination will be Deng. You will cross the Budhi Gandaki River on your way and pass through the villages of Philim and Ekle Bhatti.
For the next day, you will head out to Namrung, which is located inside the Manaslu Conservation Area. The trek to Samagaon on the next day consists of both uphill and downhill trails and passes through Lho and Sho villages. Here, you enjoy a day off from your trek and get a chance to explore the Pung Gyen Monastery as well.
You have an option to hike to the Manaslu base camp or just wander around the villages and get a taste of the local life. If you want to hike to the base camp, it is recommended that you head out early in the morning. The trails are steep, narrow and uphill- thus making your decision wisely.
After resting a day in Samagaon, you will head to Dharamsala through Samdo. Dharamsala, also known as Larkya Phedi, has lesser number of tea houses and lodges compared to other villages on the route.
The next day, you will be crossing the Larkya Pass (5160m). If the weather is pleasant and clear, you can also spot the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges from here. Beginning the descent, the trails are steep and downhill thus requires you to be extra careful.
Bhimthang is the next stop on the trek followed by Dharapani. The trail is mostly downhill; so, make sure you take it easy on your knees! You can spend your night here with a hearty local meal and maybe a few drinks to relax after the exhausting trek. You return back to Kathmandu through the winding highways and bumpy off roads, whilst the scenic views go passing by your windows.
Special Features of Short Manaslu Trek
The entire trekking trail consists of beautiful scenic views of the landscapes. This region consists of off-beaten and rugged trails, serving as a great place for trekkers seeking adventure. It is less crowded than the other popular treks in the country, so there is low traffic of trekkers! You can also venture into different places like Tsum valley, Manaslu Base camp, Pung Gyen Gompa, Kal Lake, and Birendra Lake. Manaslu isn't only about the scenic Himalayan massifs but it is also about the prominent Tibetan influenced culture in the villages there. These are some of the prominent features of the Short Manaslu Trek.
Highlights of the Short Manaslu Trek
The Short Manaslu Trek is one of the best geographically and culturally integrated trek you will come across. You can see the vast cultural diversity along with the breathtaking biodiversity.
As most of the trekking trails lie within the Manaslu Conservation Area, the wildlife and vegetation will offer graceful welcome to the travellers. You will come across villages of Tsum and Nubri ethnicities where you will find a lot of historic monasteries, prayer wheels, and Tibetan-influenced settlements.
Monasteries like Tong Gompa, Ribung Gompa, and Pung Gyen Gompa offer insights into the lineage, history, and cultural influence of the entire region. Manaslu Base Camp is yet another magnificent detour that grants awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains. The Larkya Pass (5,0m) is another major attraction of this trek. The panoramic views of the Manaslu, Larkya, Lamjung, and Annapurna ranges are simply splendid from the viewpoint.
Short Manaslu Trek is an amazing way to experience the splendour of the great Manaslu massif. The richness of the culture and natural beauty of the entire Manaslu region is brilliantly reflected by the trek. With immersing local culture and arduous treks, the elegant Manaslu Himalayas offer comfort and thrill like none. Thus, the Short Manaslu Trek serves as the ideal way to quench your thirst and desire to travel to Nepal!