Manaslu Trek Alternative Route - 19 Days

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Cost start: US$ 1075 (P/P)
  • Accomodation: Tea house/lodge
  • Trip Style: Trekking/hiking
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About Trip:

The word Manaslu means “Mountain of the Spirit.” It comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa meaning intellect or soul. The Manaslu circuit trek located in the Gorkha District is in the north central area of Nepal. Manaslu offers a wide selection of trekking options for almost every taste.

The current road construction which links Soti Khola with the Tibetan border offers an unexpected advantage for today’s trekkers. You’ll enjoy a stunning alternative trek which takes you on a higher scenic route through Baseri Village. Several Nepal Trekking Experts (NTE) guides are from the area, providing you a glimpse of Nepalese Village life when trekking with one of these locals.

The alternative route avoids the hot, crowded and dusty regular road, leading you through a deep and unspoiled gorge. Because this is an untrammeled, non-tourist area, you’ll experience a home stay rather than the typical teahouse. This meaningful experience establishes a direct connection with local villagers and exposes you to their unique dialect, history, culture and daily lifestyle.

From Baseri, you’ll make your way to Yarsa and then Kasigaun, which offers a beautiful view of rolling hills. An overnight in the massif village of Kerauja affords you a different perspective on this untouched area.

The Kerauja trail meets up with the regular route to Dovan and Jagat. Within two short days, snow-capped Mt. Manaslu will come into focus leading you to a fresh appreciation of the Himalayan surroundings. Enhance the experience with side trips to Pungen Gumpa, Manaslu Base Camp or the Tibetan border. This trek reaches an ambitious 5160m at Larke Pass and culminates in the Annapurna region’s Dharapani.

Reward yourself with this alternative experience on a “trail less traveled” by contacting NTE today.

Trip Highlights

  • A true “off the beaten path” experience of pure, traditional culture, organic food and charming home stays
  • Deep gorge and high scenic walks that avoid the crowds, heat and dirt of the traditional trail
  • Waterfalls, scenic views and breathtaking snow-capped Himalayan vistas
  • Preserved Tibetan culture and pristine flora and fauna
  • Opportunities to add side trips to Manaslu Base Camp, Pungen Gumpa, the Tibetan border and more

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Baseri (1100m, 7 hrs)

Day 04: Baseri to Kashigaon (1925m, 7 hrs)

Day 05: Kashigaon to Kerauja (2074m, 6 hrs)

Day 06: Kerauja to Dovan (1070m, 5/6 hrs).

Day 07: Dovan to Philim (1570m, 6 hrs)

Day 08: Philim to Bihi Phedi (1990m, 6 hrs)

Day 09: Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2660m, 6 hrs)

Day 10: Namrung to Loho. (3180m, 4 hrs)

Day 11: Loho to Samagaun (3520m, 3 hrs).

Day 12: Acclimatization day. Hike to either Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa.

Day 13: Sama to Samdo (3860m, 3 hrs)

Day 14: Acclimatization day. Hike to Tibetan border at Rui La (4998m) and return to Samdo (8 hrs)

Day 15: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m, 5 hrs)

Day 16: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then descends to Bhimthang overnight (3590, 8 hrs).

Day 17: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1960m, 7/8 hrs).

Day 18: Dharapani to Kathmandu or Pokhara by drive ( 9/10 hrs).

Day 19: Departure

Trip cost includes/excludes:

  • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
  • Complimentary welcome dinner
  • Two night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • All necessary trekking permits for Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Manaslu conservation area, Annapurna conservation area, TIMS card, etc.
  • All accommodation during trek
  • Three meals a day during the trek
  • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Complimentary  duffel bag/agency T-shirt
  • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
  • First-aid kit
  • Kathmandu to Baseri by bus
  • Dharapani to either Pokhara or Kathmandu by bus
  • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary
  • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
  • Certificate of achievement
  • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal Insurance,  personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc
  • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Tips to staff

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.

After a short introduction to your program, you can enjoy your first night in Nepal with an authentic Nepalese meal.

Day 02Free day for final trekking preparation.

Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Baseri (1100m, 7 hrs)

Day 04Baseri to Kashigaon (1925m, 7 hrs)

Day 05Kashigaon to Kerauja (2074m, 6 hrs)

Day 06Kerauja to Dovan (1070m, 5/6 hrs).

Day 07Dovan to Philim (1570m, 6 hrs)

Day 08Philim to Bihi Phedi (1990m, 6 hrs)

Day 09Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2660m, 6 hrs)

Day 10Namrung to Loho. (3180m, 4 hrs)

Day 11Loho to Samagaun (3520m, 3 hrs).

Day 12Acclimatization day. Hike to either Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa.

Day 13Sama to Samdo (3860m, 3 hrs)

Day 14Acclimatization day. Hike to Tibetan border at Rui La (4998m) and return to Samdo (8 hrs)

Day 15Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m, 5 hrs)

Day 16Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then descends to Bhimthang overnight (3590, 8 hrs).

Day 17Bhimthang to Dharapani (1960m, 7/8 hrs).

Day 18Dharapani to Kathmandu or Pokhara by drive ( 9/10 hrs).

Day 19Departure

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
21 November, 2019 09 December, 2019 US $1075 Guaranteed
28 November, 2019 16 December, 2019 US $1075 Guaranteed
05 December, 2019 23 December, 2019 US $1075 Guaranteed
11 December, 2019 29 December, 2019 US $1075 Guaranteed
19 December, 2019 06 January, 2020 US $1075 Guaranteed

Read Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews

2 marvelous weeks with Ram

2 marvelous weeks with Ram

Rating:  

Wow! These 2 weeks were really tough. We combined the classical Manaslu circuit with a trek into the Nar-Phu valley and were amazed by the deversity of the landscape. We definitely recommend this combined tour. Compared to e.g. Peru or Bolivia permits and the need to hire a local guide sum up the costs considerably but we finally felt it to be worthwhile. Some sort of restriction preserves authenticity and helps the guides to have some income. Rajesh organized everything in advance so we could start the trek almost directly from the Airport. Our guide Ram took care of us perfectly, was preventing us from starving or falling ill with AMS. We will definitely go to Dolpo and Kanchenjunga again with Ram!

, Germany

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
  • In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek

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