Day 1: Arrival and Hotel Transfer in Kathmandu.
The Snowy Horizon representative will assist for reception you from our International Airport (TIA) and transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu as per agreed category. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis in booked rooms. Single rooms are available if you prefer, for which a supplement is payable.
Day 2: At leisure in Kathmandu and briefing and Preparing.
There will be time for us to explore the markets, shops and monasteries of this fascinating Kathmandu city. The expedition leader will also examine everyone\'s climbing equipment so that any shortfalls can be purchased in Kathmandu. The leader will attend a briefing with the Department of Tourism Industries (DTI) and obtain our Expedition
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (606m).
The Trekking guide will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 7.00 am to pick you up and take you for 8 hours driving journey to Arughat by public surface transport. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi about 3 hours is comfortable drive however from there to Arughat for another 4 hours the drive will be on dirt road. Overnight Tented Camp accommodation with full board will be at Arughat.
Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (712m).
This trek will follow the Budi Gandaki River today toward its point of origin takes about 6 hours to walk. We pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River. After Arkhat River, we ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. You camp today near the confluence of Soti River an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. Overnight Tented Camp accommodation with full board will be at Soti Khola.
Day 5: Trek from Sati Khola to Machha Khola (883m).
The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara; pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy riverbed of Budi Gandaki. Within in 5-6 hours walk you camp tonight at Machha River at Tented accommodation with full board.
Day 6: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,415m).
After crossing Machha Khola (River) and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where the checkpoint of your trekking permit is situated. Overnight Tented Camp accommodation will set at Jagat for today.
Day 7: Trek from Jagat to Philim (1,606m).
The trail now crosses the river and climbs over a rocky ridge to the settlement of Salleri. We continue up the side of a cliff, and then descend to Setibas, where several Mani walls indicate we are now entering a region of Tibetan influence. The trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola, and then heads over to the east side of the river to Philim. It takes 5-6 hours to walk.
Day 8: Trek from Philim to Ghap (3.200m).
Beyond Philim, the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge. We descend grassy slopes and cross the Budi Gandaki on a wooden cantilever bridge where the river is at its narrowest. The trail now hangs on a cliff, climbing over ridges and descending back to the river. The valley finally widens and it\'s a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the tiny village of Deng. We have now succeeded in crossing the main Himalayan Range, and the trail follows the Budi Gandaki Valley as it turns from north-south to east-west. This region is known as Kutang and is inhabited primarily by Gurungs who practice Buddhism takes about 5 hours walk. We head west up the Buri Gandaki Valley, contouring up and out of the canyon, then drop into the Shringi Khola Valley. More ups and downs eventually bring us to Ghap, a village of five or six stone houses. The Mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings, many of which depict the Buddha in various meditative poses and others of the Tibetan saint Milarepa, who is said to ha ve travelled and meditated in this valley. This is our camping spot for tonight.
Day 9: Trek from Ghap to Namrung (2,670m).
Today, we head into the woods through fir trees alive with birdlife, including the monal, or impeyan pheasant, Nepal\'s colorful national bird. On the north side of the river is the Tom Khola, flowing in a deep gorge from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki. There is a lot of trading between villages in this region and those higher in the valley and also with Tibet. In the middle of the forest we cross a wooden bridge spanning the Buri Gandaki, then make a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Namrung (2,670m). This village has lovely stone houses and a police checkpost that controls access to the upper part of the valley. (About 5 hours.)
Day 10: Trek from Namrung to Shya (3,530m).
Beyond Namrung we enter the Nupri Region, inhabited by descendants of Tibetan immigrants. After passing through the villages of Barcham, Li, and Sho, we begin to get spectacular views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike Peak at the head of the valley. The trail finally emerges onto a plateau at Shya (3,530m), one of the most spectacular view sites in the Himalayas, with wide vistas of Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29), and Manaslu. We trek about 5 hours for this trek.
Day 11: Trek from Shya to Sama Gaon (3,541m).
From Shya, the trail crosses a ridge, enters and then exits a side canyon, then descends onto a rock-strewn moraine. From here we clamber across the boulders to emerge onto a ridge overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon (3,541m). Samagoan was the original Base Camp for Manaslu, though nowadays it is merely a staging post, and not occupied for the mainstay of the expedition. We will move our loads from here to ABC, and operate from this camp once everyone is acclimatized.
Day 12: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (3,541m).
This is the day for your acclimatization to prepare for further trekking up to the Manaslu base camp.
Day 13: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3,872m).
Re-energized following our rest day, we descend to the Budi Gandaki, which has now turned north again, and follow the trail to the Larkya La. Winding on a shelf above the river, the trail is at first good and easy, then gets rougher as it reaches a ridge where yak trains have ground it up. We continue to Samdo (3,872m), which is nestled behind a ridge. Today we only walk 3-4 hours and accommodate in camping.
Day 14: Acclimatization and walk up and down to ABC (4,750m).
We have the option of walking up to Pungey Gompa and the hill behind it, or heading all the way up to ABC. If there has been a lot of rain, there can be some difficult river crossings to get to ABC. ABC is the ‘Advanced Base Camp\' for expeditions to Manaslu. It is sited in a well-protected location on moraines, spacious and flat with room enough several teams.
Day 15: Final move to ABC for Camping (4,750m).
Manaslu Summit Climbing Period
These days are the major climbing days for you to ascend the summit of most awaited Mt. Manaslu. After some day’s acclimatization and exercise you will be taken to the higher camps to be closer to the summit of (8,163m) where you will be provided food for high altitude. You are allowed to trek from lower camps to higher camps or vice versa for more practice and acclimatization. Finally we wish for your success to reach in the summit. Here you get full board service with tented camp accommodation in all camps.
ABC to Camp One (5,500m)
You will face the easy rock scrambling with one straightforward step of 10-15 m below Camp 1. The rock is loose in places. Team members normally move together roped up \'Alpine style\', though some sections might be fixed. Camp 1 is located in a superb position on a col. 3 - 4 hours time for climbing time.
Camp One to Camp Two (6,400m)
The route between camp 1 and Camp 2 goes up to couloirs and through an icefall, weaving between seracs with crevasses underfoot. This area is prone to avalanche collapse as well - usually outpouring at well-defined chutes, which can be crossed quickly. 4 - 6 hours climbing to camp 2. Fixed rope - approximately 500 meters required in short sections between camp 1 and camp 2 (including the section through the icefall).
Camp Two to Camp Three (7,300m)
The route to camp 3 goes up to an icefall and then weaves up onto the main slope. A rightward trending ramp, which can be very icy, is traversed and leads into camp 3. The climbing period between camps 2 to 3 is about 6-9 hours.
Camp 3 to Summit (8,163m) and back to camp 2
The slope from Camp 3 is about 20 degrees behind camp, before steeping up to 30 to 40 degrees. In good conditions, this section does not need to be fixed. As you get higher the slopes get steeper and need to be fixed, first to the fore summit, then to the final highest summit, which is a steep pinnacle 150 meters away from the fore summit and 50 meters high. From the summit, the team will aim to return all the way to Camp 2. Anticipate an 8-12 hour round trip to the summit and back to Camp 2.
A ramp leads onto a plateau that is crossed to reach the summit. There can be heavy crevassing above Camp 3, requiring team members to move together roped-up, if the crevasses are covered. Some teams have become lost on the plateau in bad weather, meaning this section should be marked with wands at very frequent intervals, and GPS carried to mark the location of camps and key features. The summit ridge is exposed and is fixed with rope.
Clearly some significant but relatively well-defined areas of serac fall and crevasses fields, requiring caution and the use of appropriate strategies: speed, fixed rope, roping-up and navigation aids.
Day 41: Return trek to Samagoan from ABC after clean up the Camp.
Day 42: Trek from Sama village to Namrung (2670m), which takes about five hours, over night in the camp.
Day 43: Trek from Namrung to Philim village (1606m) which takes about four hours, over night in the camp.
Day 44: Trek from Philim Village to Macha khola (1330m), which takes about six hours, overnight in the camp.
Day 45: Trek from Machakhola, to Soti Khola (1165m), which Takes about five hours, overnight in the camp.
Day 46: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (950m), which takes four and half hours, overnight in the camp.
Day 47: Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu (1350m), which takes about seven hours, transfer to the Hotel.
Day 48: Final departure, or alternative Join other activities.
Day 42: Helicopter to Kathmandu
Helicopter flight back to Kathmandu (please be aware that the flight relies on clear weather and is likely to be very early in the morning). We return to the welcome delights of the Summit Hotel, with its peaceful gardens, cool swimming pool, welcoming rooms and inviting bar. In the evening, we have our farewell celebration and expedition dinner for which the hotel bar is kept well stocked!
Day 43: Transfer for Final Departure
This is the day that we are really missing you. We transfer you to the airport or any port for final departure or alternatively join other activities.
* the above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customised according to your available time and requirements.
the final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extend depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.
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