The part of Great Himalaya trail and perfect alternative of Annapurna circuit is well known as Manaslu Circuit trek via upper route. Exploring the newly opened, less explored, unspoiled Tibetan cultural, an amazing landscape, flora & fauna and abundant of beautiful waterfalls are the major aspects of Manaslu region. An adventure of 20 days challenging hike begins after driving 7hrs from Kathmandu to Barpak village. Barpak is the same village which was badly hit and epicenter of the earthquake in 2015 April. It is quite interesting and beautiful village of the Nepal situated at 1915m above the sea level and offers beautiful view of Buddha Himal. The trek begins steep ascending and reach at 2800m Mamche. It is great idea to have some rest, observing the magnificent views with some drinks and snacks at newly opened tea house. Then the trail descends to another unique Gurung village Laprak. Taking upper and alternative route is the best way of avoiding the crowded part of regular route from Arughat/Sotikhola and observing amazing views of Ganesh Himal, Siringi Himal, dense of lush forest, typical Gurung villages and theirs culture. The route also let us an opportunity of staying in home stay and deeply connect with the locals and arrives at Khorlabensi village ultimately which is junction of major trekking route begins from Sotikhola. The first few days of exciting challenging hike help us a lot for our forthcoming trip. It will also let you feel the difference and worth of doing upper route and continue to Jagat village from where the Manaslu restricted region begins. Trekkers should register their all necessary trekking permits of Manaslu region and they should have government registered local guide to enter the preserved Manaslu National Park.
The beautiful trek will continues to Philim and arrives at the intersection of Manaslu and Tsum Valley then leads to village called Deng. The ever changing rugged landscape and deep gorge takes us via upper route to beautiful village Prok. Without doubt Prok is one of the impressive villages of this region which also offers unbeaten side trip to Kal Tal (meaning in English Black Lake) situated at 3574m from the sea level. If trekkers are interested to hike Kal Tal we need one full day 8/9hrs for up and down and we have to hire a local guide from the village. Then next day we heads to Lho which will be one of the stunning day of the trek. Lho is the first village which offers imposing views of Mt. Manaslu 8163m tall from the sea level. The side trip of Ribung Gumpa adds on extra value in the trip. On the way to Samagaun we will pass another unique Tibetan settlement called Shyala which offers undisturbed 360 degree towering Himalaya surroundings. The largest village of this upper Manaslu is Samagaun which is gate way of the eight tallest mountain in the planet Mt. Manaslu. The Tibetan capital Samagaun offers stunning side trip such as Pungen Gumpa, Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake etc. Most of the trekkers will have extra day for acclimatization and not to miss such an opportunity of exploring most worthy part of the entire trip. Same way the day hike from Samdo to open Tibet border Rui La 4998m will add life time memory. We are not more behind than our final goal crossing the highest elevation of the entire trek Larke La 5160m and exploring splendid views of breath taking Himalaya vistas surroundings and descends to Dharapani passing by amazing town Bhimthang, Goa and dense of lush jungle. Dharapani is the meeting point of Annapurna region and since we get transportation from here, we will drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara. The best season to trek Manaslu circuit via upper route is March to May in spring and September to November in autumn. If you have further query please do not hesitate contact us!
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Barpak by public bus (7/8hrs, 1915m)
Day 04: Barpak to Laprak (6hrs, 2100m)
Day 05: Laprak to Khorlabensi (970m, 7hrs)
Day 06: Khorlabensi to Jagat (1340m, 7hrs)
Day 07: Jagat to Deng (1860m, 7hrs)
Day 08: Deng to Prok (2397m, 4hrs)
Day 09: Hike Prok to Kal Tal then back to Prok for overnight (3574m, 8/9hrs)
Day 10: Prok to Lho (3180m, 7hrs)
Day 11: Lho to Samagaun (3520m, 3hrs)
Day 12: Acclimatization day. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. Options can be discuss with your guide depending on your fitness and needs.
Day 13: Sama to Samdo (3860m, 3 hrs)
Day 14: One of an impressive day hike to open Tibet border Rui La 4998m and back to Samdo for overnight (8hrs)
Day 15: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m, 4/5hrs)
Day 16: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then overnight in Bhimthang (3590m, 8hrs)
Day 17: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1963m, 8hrs)
Day 18: Dharapani to Kathmandu by drive (9/10hrs)
Day 19: Leisure day
Day 20: Join with next program or farewell
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.
Welcome at Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Introduce about program then enjoy your first night in cultural diversity Kathmandu.
Free day for final trekking preparation
Drive from Kathmandu to Barpak by public bus and stay overnight. (7 hrs, 1915m) Barpak is one of the most beautiful town of Gorkha, Nepal. You will have great opportunity to explore one of the major cast Gurung communities, cultures and home stay. Also this is the town we had epicenter of earthquake last time in 2015.
The upper route of Manaslu trek begins steep ascends through the countless stones stairs, lush jungle and offers such a great view of Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, traditional villages and their lifestyle. While we are taking higher and alternative route, the scenic trek will be very peace and real adventure. Laprak village is one of the most beautiful and second biggest villages of this manaslu region. It will be worth staying overnight.
The trail descends all the way before crossing the suspension bridge then ascends gradually up to Singla village. It is situated at the top of the hill and offers spectacular panoramic Ganesh Himal range and rolling hills surroundings. Probably we might have lunch here and continue descending all the way to Khorlabensi. From here we continue regular route through bank of Budhi Gandaki River.
The trail will lead us through the bank of the Budhi Gandaki river to Khorlabensi. Once we continue from Khorlabensi then we will arrive at Tatopani(Tatopani meaning hot water). Tatopani is another interesting place where you can experience the natural running hot water. Probably we might have lunch at Dovan before we arrive at Jagat for the overnight. Jagat is a big town and the restricted area will start from here. It will offer a neat and clean stone paved trail, mani walls, MCAP office (Manaslu Conservation Area Project), Siringi Himal etc.
After breakfast, we will cross couple of suspension bridges and get in one of the most beautiful village called Philim. We can have cup of tea/coffee break over here before we continue next village. On this day we will get on the junction where the trail will separate Tsum valley and Larke La. We will take a left (towards Larke la) and continue to Deng for the overnight.
The trail begins mix of ascending, descending and some suspension bridges then reaches at Bihi Phedi. After hiking another 30 minute we arrive at junction where we will be separated from regular trekking route and continue towards to Prok village. Prock is one of the most surprising beautiful cultural plateau where we can experience staying in homestay and connect with local peoples.
After taking hot breakfast we will ascend through the dense of lush forest to Kal Tal which will take more or less 5 hrs to reach. It has situated 3500m at the top of the beautiful hill and natural surroundings. We have to take pack lunch and some snacks from the Prok which we can enjoy with stunning lake view.
Once again the trail descends all the way and meet at regular route Ghap. The landscape itself will open magically and most of the interesting parts of Larke La will begin from today. Probably we might take lunch at Namrung village and continues to another amazing village Lho. The beautiful village Lho offers the first incredible view of Mt. Manaslu and an amazing Ribung monastery on top of the hill. During the trek from Deng to Namrung we will have great opportunities to explore and enjoy the views of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal and a beautiful jungle just before reaching Namrung.
This is scenic and short day of the trek. Onward from today you should have full power on your camera because of the many beautiful and breathtaking views we will get from here on. The village of Shyala will offer 360 degree mountain vistas such as Mt. Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi peak, Naike peak, Kutang Himal, Pangbuche Himal, stupas, mani walls and so on. Once we reached at Samagun, we can hike to Birendra Lake if you wish.
This is great opportunity of enjoying with stunning side trip. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. Options can be discussed with your guide depending on your fitness and needs.
After 3 hours gradual ascending we reach at Samdo. This is final settlement of local peoples which is known as refugee camp of Tibetan people. So after lunch, if you have energy, we can hike around the hill to furthermore improve our acclimatization.
It sounds quite interesting side trip to explore ancient trading route/open Tibet border Rui La 4998m and back to Samdo for overnight. You will have stunning views of Himalaya, Fukang glacier and unique landscape surroundings.
In between Samdo to Dharmasala we won't get any tea houses and settlement. The tree lines will completely stop and offers towering snow caved Himalaya and just bare hills. Once we reached at Dharmasala we will take some rest then take a lunch. After taking lunch if you have enough time and energy we would advise you small day hike just to manage our time in high altitude, explore the beautiful nature and for better acclimatization.
Today is one of the crucial and most waited days of the entire trip. It will let us stand just with astonishing Himalaya surroundings at 5160m Larke La. Then we will descend to Bhimthang. Bhimthang is an amazing village which is situated at the lap of the Himalaya. We might have one of the best accommodations of the entire trek and offers spectacular Himalaya surroundings once again. It is a great place to celebrate the achievement of passing the challenging Larke La.
Walking through massive natural forest might be impressive experience ever. If you are in spring season then the forest will be colorful by national flower Rhododendron. Dharapani is part of Annapurna where we might have more traffic heading to Throng La/Annapurna circuit.
Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara
Free day for final shopping and relax after massif adventure!