Manaslu (8,156m) is the world’s eighth highest peak. This area, situated close to the Annapurna massif, was only opened for trekking in 1992 and is now acknowledged as one of the finest trekking routes. Heading north from Gorkha, along the BurhiGandaki River, this route turns westwards into a high alpine valley with typical Tibetan villages, and a number of fine monasteries. A steeper ascent to Larkya La Pass (5,212m) is rewarded by stunning views of the Manaslu and Annapurna peaks. At Dharapani we join the Annapurna Circuit and follow the Marsyangdi River south.
We meet you at Trek Nepal’s sales office and provide you with all the necessary information regarding the trip. The same day you will also have an opportunity to meet your travel group before the final departure.
We walk north through the arid plateau lands that stretch up to Tibet. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. This enjoyable start is at the same time picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m) and, in the west, the awesome mountain above Kagbeni-Nilgiri. Over to the south and southwest the entire Annapurna Massif can be seen.
Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj, drive to Surkhet (3 hrs)
Once you are at Simikot, you feel like you are in a different realm because of the sudden rise in altitude and sudden fall in temperature. To leave behind the scorching hot climate and be in a tiny mountain village, breathing cool, fresh air gives you an adrenaline rush as well as a refreshing feel. We then start our trek to Dharapuri. We pass through a pine forest where we see local Hindu and Buddhist people in their traditional attire accompanied by their herds of cattle. The cattle carry the load for the people in this part of the world because there are no other modes of transport.
Today we start our trail following the Karnali River. We walk along the fields cultivated mainly with barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. In afternoon we relax in natural hot springs. Kermi is a small agricultural, Buddhist village. We visit two interesting, ancient Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi; Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa.
Trekking to Yalbang is a flat & steep ascent until reaching a small pass and crossing an iron suspension bridge over the Sali River. From here there are beautiful pine trees & the emerald Karnali downhill. We will visit Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery and a clinic in the monastery.
The path leaves the Karnali River below when it reaches the tiny village of Yangar. The greenery begins to vanish and so do the smaller bushes. They give way to pine trees and rocky hills. In the afternoon, after reaching Tumkot, we visit to Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region.
It will not be long before you feel the change in climate, vegetation and landscape. After a few miles of hike, the change begins to mark its authority. The landscape becomes more rocky and desolate. The trees that you see are not pine trees anymore. They are now short and low junipers.
Today is a tough day as we cross the first pass of the trek. The trees are gone by now and the landscape looks more like that of Tibet. After crossing the 4,620m Nara La pass, we will be instantly captivated by the breathtaking view of Tibet on the one side and spectacular view of Yari Village down below. We will find barren mountains in brown, copper, ash and dark yellow colors as far as you can see. From here on, it is a shaky descent down until we find ourselves standing in the border of Nepal and Tibet.
A big iron bridge bids you adieu from Hilsa. This trails follows the Karnali River in the eastern direction up to Manepeme. The path then climbs gradually with a few steep up and downs. You walk in a dramatic landscape of bare, steep rocks of amazing colors.
The trail climbs on and winds its way through the high, steep rocks. Between a small and wider path, we follow the small path since as it passes a meditation cave, Ya Yip Phuk. The trail is teeming with lush and green vegetation. We can find rampant juniper trees along the way, with some other shorter bushes. By the time we arrive at Til, we will find the environment has gotten green veils. The soil is fertile and the village is surrounded by birch trees and terraced barley fields. We can view two beautiful snow-capped mountains with impressive glaciers towering above the village. Til is one of the most beautiful Tibetan villages in Limi Valley. The gateway to the village is a chörten. The villagers still wear their traditional dresses.
We enter the Halji village passing a gate with chörten, after which a very big mani wall or, low wall with many stones in which holy mantra’s and Buddhist deities are carved, appears. In the afternoon, we visit ancient Rinchenling Gompa, a clinic, a micro-hydro power plant and solar plant close to the village. Then we move to Jang village. It’s very special to be in such a secluded place where the Tibetan culture still continues relatively untouched, as far from the modern day world as you can be.
Acclimatization day which gives us time for a sightseeing tour or an excursion towards the village of Jang.
During this trail, there won’t be any more villages until Kermi and you will be walking through impressive, completely desolate landscapes. The trail remains slow and steady and goes up until Talang.
Today is the second spectacular pass of our trek. Even it’s very tough, yet rewarding climb to the highest point of the trek, the Nyalu La, at 4,940 meters. From the pass you have a breathtaking 360 degree view into Humla and Tibet, with the glimpse of glorious mountains like Mount Saipal (7,031m), and Mount Kailash (6,714m) that make you want to push the limits. The path climbs down after you are beyond and across the pass. Getting lower, the nature changes dramatically and suddenly you see trees.
It’s a pleasant walk through pine and birch forests and along the beautiful Sali Khola, with rocks towering on both sides of the trail. You can relax a little bit here and dip your tired body into the hot springs. In the afternoon we visit Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa.
The day begins with few up and downs along the road until we reach Simikot.
Today is our final day of walking. Early morning flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Your time is free to either further explore Kathmandu and its shops or simply chill out.