Welcome to the trail with a thousand waterfalls! Well, too many to count, at least. Quietly nestled away in central Nepal along the Tibetan border, between two of Nepal’s more popular national parks is the protected Manaslu Conservation Area, home to the world’s 8th highest peak, Mt Manaslu (8,163m). Despite being situated above Nepal’s most historic city, Gorkha (origins of Nepal’s first king) and being home to its namesake Himalayan giant, Manaslu, few know the secret beauty of this region therefore it is only beginning to gain popularity for trekkers.Unlike other more popular trails in Nepal, this trail begins close to sea level in a subtropical climate at 530m! We follow the Budhi Gandaki river upstream into Upper Manaslu via a deep and narrow gorge trail with countless cascading waterfalls that feed into the river in summer and autumn. The trail meanders through traditional Gurung farming villages and dense forests on both sides of the river, so we will cross suspension bridges on the way. As you trek on a warm day, you will be tempted to cool off under an invigorating waterfall, and then just keep on trekking – a magical experience.
We steadily climb into low and high alpine climates, to lands inhabited by Bhotia people (Tibetan descendants). In Sama gaon we take an extra day to acclimatise and explore Pung Gyen monastery or, for those feeling energetic, a day trek to the base camp of Mt Manaslu and a beautiful glacier lake.
We will then make a long traverse of Larkya La pass (5,106m) from which you will enjoy a panoramic vista including Manaslu, Cheo and Himlung. Over the pass, we walk out through the Marshandgi valley, following the Dudh river, now in the Annapurna Conservation Area in Manang, and through Magar villages.
The significant altitude range involved in this trek requires a good level of fitness. Some days include long steep ascents and descents. Prior trekking experience is recommended to join this trip. You won’t be disappointed. This trip is truly magical. Get your friends together and let us know your preferred dates, or join our scheduled departure, and we can make it happen.
This trip involves medium-challenging trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 8-10 kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own- body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 3-4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2In Kathmandu
Day 3Drive to Arughat (530m) -6 hrs
Day 4Trek Arughat (530m) to Khursani Bari/Liding (860m) -6 hrs
Day 5Trek Khursani Bari (860m) to Machha Khola (930m) - 6 hrs
Day 6Trek Machha Khola (930m) to Dobhan (1,070m) -5.5 hrs
Day 7Trek Dobhan (1,070m) to Philim (1,570m) -6 hrs
Day 8Trek Philim (1,570m) to Deng (1,860m) -6 hrs
Day 9Trek Deng (1,860m) to Namrung (2,582m) -6 hrs
Day 10Trek Namrung (2,582m) to Sama gaon (3,525m) -6 hr
Day 11Acclimatisation in Sama gaon
Day 12Trek Sama gaon (3,525m) to Samdo (3,860m) -3 hrs
Day 13Trek Samdo (3,860m) to Dharmsala (4,460m) -3.5 hrs
Day 14Trek Dharmsala (4,460m) to Bimthang (3,610m) via Larkya La pass (5,106m) -8 hrs
Day 15Trek Bimthang (3,610m) to Tilje (2,300m) -4.5 hrs
Day 16Trek Tilje (2,300m) to Tal (1,707m) -4 hrs
Day 17Drive Tal to Besisahar -5 hrs
Day 18Drive Besisahar to Kathmandu - 6 hrs and in Kathmandu
Day 19In Kathmandu
Day 20Depart Kathmandu
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.