BlogFull information on Manaslu Trek
24 Jul 2019 Chandra Gurung
Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar or Sotikhola
Full information on Manaslu Trek start from this day. The majority of the trekking company make itinerary to start the trek in Arughat Bazar of the Dhading part. This pleasant marketplace town is situated on right part of the Budi Gandaki (Old River). This same day we can drive or walk to Sotikhola if trekkers have tide schedule and they prefer to walk.
Other side some itinerary through Gorkha side and they boy public bus ticket through Gorkha side then they can direct reach Sotikhola. Generally the public bus leaves only morning time in that place to and if you hire private Jeep then you can go anytime you prefer.
Arughat Bazar 570 meter.
Arughat Bazaar is gate way to around Manaslu trek, where bazaar mean itself market where people can buy things. This place is valley between Dhadingand Gorkha. which is border fo the Budi Gandaki River but they can go very easy both place as a lovely bridge and can take vehicle. Hilly part local people come to Arughat bazaar for their shopping, especially festival time.
Arughat bazaar has many lodges, local bus park and easily can take private jeep to their. There are many ethnicity live there Gurung, Newar, Brahaman, Chhetri, Tamang and Biswokarma. You can spend in peace place hotel overnight beside river bank.
Soti Khola 730 meter
Soti Khola is a small settlement, if walk from Arughat it takes 3-4 hours. We can have lunch or keep continue to next destination for overnight. Soltikhoa is last destination for drive after would need to walk. This place Inear Budi Gandaki so when you are over night there you can swim in fresh running water but river is quite big so you should careful. There are 3-4 hotels for trekkers to sleep with common room and inhabitant of this area is mixed.
Lapu Besi is situated in Gorkha district of provenance number 4 in Nepal. Actually, Besi mean lower part of village, that mean they have Lapu village up to lapu besi, they shifted lapu besi when trekking route is promoted and they came for business. There are two lodges with restaurant and room for trekkers. Gurug people live in this area and they grow many crops as a seasonal wise.
Machhakola 930 meter
Machha Khola is an enjoyable town built on the slopes of the mount with a number of guest houses. This rural community can absolutely be a suitable to stop place for the overnight. There are Birthing clinic and they have normal medicine so if some trekkers and Nepali got any problems then can go there for some normal medicine. Machha Khola mean, long years ago they had many fish, from that name this name became Machha Khola “ Fish River“.
Tatopani 990 meter
Totopani is in Nepali name and it means “Hot Spring“, which is natural hot water. Tatopani is located below big cliff on the way to Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal. There are 2 small ponds with taps so where you can take bath during your trek. There are 3 small guest houses, actually it is lunch break place but some trekkers stay there overnight. This place is near a Budhi Gandaki.
Thulo Dunga 1100meter
here is very big stone near the guesthouse, so that this place name called Thulo Duga. They’re very normal lodge so mostly trekkers they stop her for rest or tea break but some time trekkers sleep over night here. From here you can see nice river view and yaru phant.
Jagat 1340 meter
Jagat is an old place known as the border of the trade market, many years ago Tibetans brought something from Tibet then they collected taxes there and they went further to sell goods, but now it is not that system. Especially the cast of the Karki people lived there and now the days of the other casters also live there. This place has two tea houses which are normal standards. There is elementary school.
Jagat is a central village in Manaslu trekking so there is an MCAP office. This office you must enter your guests limited permission and tickets for the Manaslu conservation area project. And where you can collect trekker data how many people go through this trekking, both day and year.
Philim 1590 meter
Philim is the central village in the area. This place has a high school that is good for children with dormitories assisted by Japanese people. This is a very nice place and there are many guest houses and you can sleep here if you make camp. Most of the Gurung and Lama people live in this village. There is an MCAP office where you have to show your MCAP permit and ticket.
Ekle Bhatti 1600 meter
Ekle Bhatti is a lodges point on the trail, making it a convenient sleeping station. Which is after the gurung village Philim, mostly trekkers have break here for lunch.
Bihi Phedi 1985m / Bihi 2130m
Manaslu Cottage is located on the main road in Bihi Phedi (Literally – “at the foot of Bihi”). The large Bihi village is located on a footpath. We don’t have time to explore the village, but it seems like a suggested thing to do if you like Nepali village life. Not far from Bihi which is high on the slopes of a mountain in one of the neighboring villages, we saw the Gompa which might also be interesting to visit.
Prok 2380 meter
Prok is located on a surprising small plateau above the river. It seems like a village is stuck in time, with beautiful traditional houses, large fields, friendly residents and attractive active Gompa. There are 2 lodging options in Prok – Ask where Norbu Samdo or Hishi’s lodge is. Prok is also the base for day trips to Lake Kal (Kal Tal).
Namrung 2660 meter
Namrung is very nice town in manaslu circuit trek and feels touristic, although not so much as Deng. There are many nice lodges now days so where mostly Thakali and Lamas lives there. There is MCAP check post, permit and trekking guide license will checked by Nepali police, if guide does not have licensee then not they will not go from there.
Lihi 2910 meter
Lihi or Ligaon (“gaon” means village) is a small but attractive village. Houses here are built like American “town houses” – adjacent to each other in sequence, to save space. Some are built around a public courtyard. It also has a small active Gompa. Lihi is a recommended base for visiting Hinang Gompa and Himal Chuli. There are campsites and stay here.
Lho 3180 meter
you are dominated by the big Gompa, which includes homes many children who get education here. Gompa and its dormitory are located above the village. The top of the hill is the recommended viewpoint for first time to see Mount Manaslu. Manaslu looks best here, with its twin “fishtail” peaks. It is advisable to look at Manaslu because it fades at sunset, but is better during sunrise, when morning light shines on it. You don’t have to climb to the top of the hill – the area above the Gompa gate is a perfect viewpoint.
Shyala 3520 meter
Shyala gave us a strange feeling. Despite having significant agricultural activities, it seems that most of the villagers are currently busy in development. We have never seen so much construction anywhere during this trip. New stone houses were being built everywhere in what appeared to be village-made ‘villages’. It is not clear whether all of them are tourist oriented, but surely Shyala will soon turn out to be a preferred tourist stop, not that, because the snowy mountain scenery is one of the best on the trip. Nonetheless, the view of the forest cut down around the village is more than disturbing and adds to the disgusting attitude to this place. Shyala and Samagaon are good bases for visiting Punggen Gompa.
Samagaon 3530 meter
Samagaon is a beautiful village, where houses are parallel along a small river and face a beautiful courtyard. Land is located on both sides of the village above the level of the house. The lodges are located in the north of the village, and are full of action especially during the Manaslu climbing expedition period. The two climbing seasons are Autum and Spring, with excellence for Autumn. Despite the difficult weather this year, most climbers reached the top, some of them without using oxygen bottles. Samagaon is the closest village to the Manaslu Base Camp – the first station of the expedition, and villagers are often called to help carry items to and from the base camp, adding they are a significant source of income.
It is recommended to stop at Samagaon for more than one night, for several reasons: acclimatization, enjoying the village, and a day trip to Manaslu Base Camp, Punggen Gompa and village roads with a visit to Lake Birendra, a very pleasant city on Mt. Manaslu.
Samdo 3800 meter
Samdo is a last village before larkya pass and which is tiny lovely village located just under the majestic Samdo peak 6335m and the Samdo glacier. There are two normal lodges and camping places for camping trekkers. It is optional to stay in Samdo more than one night, for acclimatization and a day trip to the Tibetan border.
Dharamshala 4460 meter
Full Information on Manaslu Trek Dharamshala is a wide gradual mountain slope with campsite and two normal tented lodes. It was renovated in 2011 and now equipped with several double rooms and a well equipped kitchen. Forget about the awful stories you heard about this place. This is now one of the best places to stay, especially with the energy you need to gain before Larke Pass. There’s a great variety of food made to a tourist taste. Yes, at this stage of the trek, even complete Dal-Bhat lovers will not resist a good pizza. And it’s good here! It is surprising that one of the only places along the trek where you can actually get the fancy touristic food is right here in this remote high point… Prices are naturally much more expensive than in other places.
Larke Pass (Larkye La) 5106 meter
Larke (also spelled “Larkye”) Pass is not the typical pass you would expect in the Himalayas, where you usually reach the lowest “U” shape, get a glimpse of “another world” and gladly start your offspring.
Instead, the Larke Pass area is a group of rocky moraine. The lowest place of the ridge is actually under the road but is out of bounds because it is a glacier filled with cracks. From the first part of the pass, you don’t see “the other side”. You have to walk another 15 minutes along the moraine to reach the western side of the gap where you can see the Mountain View from the other side.
Bhimtang 3720 meter
Bhimtang is a surprising beautiful place that is located in an almost impossible place between the Bhimtang glacier and the Larke Himal range. At present this small meadow contains some very basic huts that are not too friendly to make you stay more. But this will change soon, because new luxury hotels with separate “cottage” rooms are being built, equipped with luxury kitchens, showers and rooms with attached toilets. This will make Bhimtang the right place to stay more than one night, because the scenery around it is charming and there many guest houses day by day.
Gowa 2560 meter
The village of Gowa stretches along the path, this place is between Bhimtang and Gurung village Tilje. This hotel is really fun and mostly trekker’s day camp from Bhimatang to Tilche but if you have time and short in your trekking then you can stay in Gho because it is nice and quite place to spend night.
Tilje 2300 meter
Tilje Village is a gurung village in Manang district which is last village from Manaslu circuit trek. Local of this villager are Buddhist region and grow barley, maize, vegetable and apple. There is still driving road so they transport all thing by people and donkey.
Darapani 1745 meter
Full Information on Manaslu Trek, Dharapani is a gate of the Annapurna circuit trekking and joining point of the Manaslu circuit trek. Long years there was not driving road so all trekkers walk through this trail but now days there is trekking trail so some of tourist they take jeep direct to chame. But all trekkers should stop there to check ACAP and TIMS card check. This are 95 percent inhabitants are Gurung and some are lama. From this place you do not need to walk because we can catch jeep but if you have days and prefer to walk that also option.
Besisahar 760 meter
Full Information on Manaslu Trek, this place is place after manaslu trekking. This is a district head quarter of Lamjung district so it is small down where all government administration offices are here. From here we can catch public bus, private car and Jeep as your interest and there is normal hotel to luxury hotel as well.