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Manaslu trekking with Serang Gumba is known for mixed experiences with sensational mountain vistas, unrivaled fascinating culture, tradition and Spiritual awakening. The trek offers biological diversity, for example, the lower part is covered with lush green forests and flowering rhododendrons in the spring. The gushing Budhi Gandaki River whose source resides in high mountains, including Mt. Manaslu, Sringi Himal, cuts gorges and tight valleys. Not to forget the most impeccable scenery and spiritual realization you can imagine of far reaching mountain views with Mt. Manslu and spiritual power places Serang Gumba itself.
Serang Gumba is the one of the most powerful Buddhist religious site probhesied by Guru Padma Sambhava in 8th century as a Beyul – Hidden Sacred Land. It is currently known as Kyimolung too. The heart of the Kyimolung is Serang Gompa. Beyul, Kyimolung - the Hidden Valley of Happiness, is referred in ancient Buddhist texts. Kyimolung means “Happy Valley” or “Valley of Peace”. This is a sacred pilgrimage site with religious significance located in northern Gorkha to the north of Buddha Himal and Himalchuli, west of Ganesh Himal, east of Mt. Manaslu and lap of Shringi Himal.
The trek spans from 600meters to 5160meters elevation – one of the Nepal’s Himalayan gems. Undoubtedly this Manaslu plus Serang Gompa trekking suits best to those who are looking for off the beaten track, physically challenging and spiritual adventure in Nepal. It is one of the restricted areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory to hire a licensed trekking guide. It is advisable not to miss this trekking route, which is part of the Great Himalayan trail and easily done in 21 days staying in the local teahouses. Also it is known as the best alternative of the classic Annapurna circuit.
This trek with attractive perspectives of Shringi Himal 7161m, Himalchuli 7893m, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) 7871m, Mt. Manaslu 8163m, Ganesh Himal II 7118m, Simnang Himal 6251m, Saula Himal 6235m, Cheo Himal 6812m, Himlung Himal 7126m and other beautiful peaks. Offering panoramic views, lakes, different species of birds, plants, mammals, vegetation, waterfalls and flora fauna. This region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals. Such as the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan goral and blue sheep – Keep your eyes open!!
We start our Manaslu trek with Serang Gompa from Lapubesi after a drive from Kathmandu via the Aarughat. Then trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River, the trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the around Manaslu trekking is in the region known as Nubri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaced by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates and Chortens as does the topography changes.
Manaslu region is officially opened for trekking in 1991. Mt. Manaslu 8163m is one of eight thousanders out of eight in Nepal. Larkya pass is the highest vantage point in the Manaslu trek. Classic and tough ancient salt trade route that links the Budhi Gandaki valley with Marsyandi valley literally Manaslu to Annapurna region. The view from the Larkya pass is simply Superb. Himlung, Cheo himal, Larke peak, Annapurna II and Mt. Manaslu can be captured from the pass. After crossing the Larkya-pass 5160m and entering Annapurna region we descent through the beautiful alpine valley at Bhimthang the Manaslu trek descents along the Dudh Khola, the milky river that spills into the Marsyangdi and joints the classic Annapurna circuit trail at Dharapani. However, Manaslu circuit trekking further takes down valleys through Tal village - Chamje – Ghyarmu, Bahun danda, Ngadi, Bulbule to Besisahar or take jeep from Dharapani to Besisahar. From Besisahar to Kathmandu you can drive via public bus/private jeep or car as your demand. We offer affordable price with local manual and sturdy porters in Manaslu circuit trek at any time of our client’s request. You simply need 21 days for this around Manaslu trek from arrival to departure from Kathmandu.
Day 01: International arrival Kathmandu 1350m
Day 02: Manaslu trek preparation, issue restricted area permit, Kathmandu 1350m
Day 03: Kathmandu – Soti khola 700m via Arughat 7-8 hrs
Day 04: Sotikhola to Machhakhola 869m (5-6 hrs)
Day 05: Machhakhola to Jagat 1400m (7-8 hrs)
Day 06: Jagat to Deng 1860m (6-7 hrs)
Day 07: Deng to Kwak Homestay (5 hrs)
Day 08: Kwak village to Serang Gonpa (7-8 hrs)
Day 09: Day in Serang Gompa
Day 10: Serang Gompa to Ghap (7-8 hrs)
Day 11: Ghap to Sho (5-6 hrs)
Day 12: Sho to Sama gaun 3525m (5-6 hrs)
Day 13: Acclimatization Day in Samagaun
Day 14: Samagaun to Samdo 3875m (4hrs)
Day 15: Samdo to Dharmasala
Day 16: Dharamsala to Bhimthang 3590m (7-8 hrs)
Day 18: Bhimthang to Tilije 2300m (6-7hrs)
Day 19: Tilije to Dharapani then drive to Besisahar 760m (6-7hrs)
Day 20: Besisahar to Kathmandu 1350m (6-7 hrs)
Day 21: International Departure
- Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, Tsum Valley Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fees or Local Govt. Entry Fee
Teahouse (sharing twin or double room)
- 21 days Trek is accompanied by a well experienced English speaking guide and porters
Note: - one porter will carry a maximum weight of 25kgs, 1 porter for every 2 guests and 1 sherpa will accompany every 6 guests). Includes all meals, accommodation, allowance, insurance of guide and porter & porter equipment.
- 20 nights accommodation in local lodges sharing twin room on full board according to itinerary. (B, L, D)
- Bus or Jeep fares Kathmandu – Sotikhola, Dharapni to Besisahar Jeep, Besisahr – Kathmandu on Bus or Car on your request.
- Guide and porters bus fares or Jeep and accommodation.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation of Guide and Porter.
- Airport pick up/ by private vehicle.
- Loan of sleeping bag, duffel bags and trekking poles.
- 03 night’s accommodation at local 3 star hotel in Kathmandu sharing twin / double room on bed and breakfast basis.
- All government VAT.
Note: We will provide the best available Local Lodges during the adventure based on the room availability. please also expect that some of local lodges in higher elevation may not have attached bathrooms and extremely basic services. Hence, clients will have to adjust on common bathrooms as well. However, we will try our best to allocate the rooms with attached bathroom wherever available.
What's not included?
- International airfares.
- Nepal visa fee.
- Travel insurance / Medical evacuation and Helicopter Rescue in case of emergency.
- Personal trekking Equipment not mentioned.
- Tips for trekking staffs and driver.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Inclusion section.
- Any beverages, including mineral water, alcohol drinks, soft drinks, etc. unless otherwise specified.
- Any items of personal nature such as telephone bills, laundry, bar bills.
- Services like accommodation, meals & transfers, etc. in Kathmandu except listed in inclusion.
- The prices do not include undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.
- Sightseeing, dinner transfers, entrance fees in Kathmandu.
- Cost of Showers during trekking.
- Any other items not mentioned in the cost inclusion.
- Fleece liner, down jacket, rain poncho, etc.
- Internet & Battery Charge.
International arrival Kathmandu 1350m
30 Min. Hotel BB
Welcome to Nepal!
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by Bodhi Adventures representative by marigold garland at the Kathmandu airport and transferred to your beautiful hotel. You will meet your qualified guide at 5 pm this afternoon and have a full briefing on your Kyimolung spiritual adventure.
Enjoy your dinner on your own this evening.
World Heritage Sightseeing in Kathmandu if you choose to, rest in your hotel, and prepare your equipment for the Manaslu Trek.
This day will mostly be riding. The bus trip from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar takes about 7 hours, passing though the lower Ruby Valley. The bus runs until Arughat Bazar, when a jeep will take you the rest of the way to Soti Khola where you will spend the night
Sotikhola to Machhakhola (869m/2,851ft)
6-7 hrs Guest House
This is the first day of trekking as the trail follows along the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail rises upwards as it follows the river, with many high overlooks and glimpses of Manaslu on a clear day. You will pass by the hot springs at Tatopani. Machhakhola is a pleasant Gurung village with good guest houses and good food. Walking time is 6-7 hours.
Jagat is a pretty village on the west side of the Budhi Gandaki River. It has paving stone streets. Today we see Chortens and Mani walls about Tibetan Buddhism and feel entering into the Beyul. The trail passes through many picturesque villages. Trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Jagat to Deng (1,860m/6,102ft)
The trail will cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge and then up the side of the mountain to the village of Philim. From here, the villages become few and far between. The river continues to narrow until it comes to the confluence of the Siyar Khola from Tsum valley and Budhi Gandaki River from Nubri Valley, where Kyimolung Valley leads to the left Nubri Valley. Trekking time is 6-7 hours. The food and lodging at Deng is adequate, and the store here is well stocked.
Deng to Gap
This day is not far to get Gap. There is no tourist tea house lodge in Kwak village so we stay in Gap. We just cross the suspension bridge after Deng to get Rana, the small village then to Bihiphedi from where also get to Serang Gumba but risky trail because of rock falls. So we take from Kwak village, longer but safe.
Kwak village to Serang Gonpa
This day is the hardest day trek to get Serang Gumba. Today after heavy breakfast we take pack lunch with tea on thermos to have on the way. There are no villages in between Kwak village and Serang Gumba. Dry fruits or snacks are really helpful. We advise to take enough water too. Lots of up and down today. You see many rock caves and retreat caves, beautiful Sringi Himal and on its lap beautiful Shangrila of Serang Gompa.
This day is special day for us, early morning we observe and participate in morning worship and Meditation in the main monastery of Serang Gumba with main Lama, nuns and monks. Then we may take time to interact with main Lama if he is in the Serang. We take a walk around the monastery, retreat centers. After lunch in monastery you can volunteer the students of Serang school run by monastery. In the evening even you can join the ritual learning by reciting prayers and playing instruments by school students.
Serang Gompa to Ghap/Banrung
This day after Morning Prayer we leave the monastery having breakfast. The Anis, monks, students will give us Khataks (sacred scarfs) to say good-bye and to visit again. We retrace the same trail back to Banrung Village. Trek time is 7-8 hours.
Ghap to Sho
Sho to Sama gaun 3525m
This is a full rest day so that you can wash your clothes, read your book, and take a warm shower. It is also recommended that you do an acclimatization hike to Pung Gyen Gompa (6-7 hrs) or Manaslu Base Camp (9-10 hrs). While hiking watch for Himalayan Tahr on the steep rock walls. Also explore the village of Samaguan and experience the local culture. See the many Mani walls, made of thousands of Mani (Jewel) stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers in Tibetan script and pictures.
Samagaun to Samdo 3875m
Today’s walk is brief because of the excessive elevation, but with exceptional mountain scenery. The trailheads to north, passing through juniper and birch forests, and then gets tougher as we start the yak trails. We pass through an extensive valley with long Mani partitions, and many marmots keeping watch from their burrows or sunbathing in the afternoon heat. After passing the starting point of the Budhi Gandaki River, we enter Samdo village. Samdo is a Tibetan refugee village, under the Samdo Himal 6335m and Samdo Glacier. The main pass to Tibet is over the Lajyang La Pass 5098m, sloping up the right hand valley. The Larkye pass is ahead and left. The pass to Tibet is currently closed, but stocks of timber are being carried up to Samdo by yak, in expectation of change.
Begin the path slightly uphill to the mythical Larkya Bazar, and from here, people head right to Tibet through Lajyang Bhanjyang 4998m and Gyala Bhanjyang 5375m, which has a flourishing marketplace. The large Larkye glacier coming from Mt. Manaslu is visible on the left, and the trail starts to ascend to the pass. We cross the Athara Saya Khola, and then go along the Larke Khola. Along the way maybe spot some Himalayan Blue Sheep or Tahr grazing on the slopes. They are the main prey of the elusive Snow Leopard, which lives in the higher alpine regions. After continuing the climb upwards we reach the mountain facilities at Dharamsala.
Dharamsala to Bhimthang 3590m
After an early wake up about 3am and breakfast, we make a short climb to reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak. We ascend the massive lateral moraine of the glacier, which becomes quite steep just before reaching the pass. Leaving early camp allows us to reach the pass before the strong cold winds come up towards the late morning. From the top of the pass we have breathtaking views of Himlung Himal 7126m near Tibet, Kanguru 6981m, Annapurna II 7937m range and other peaks. The descent is quite steep to begin with, and in the snowy months may require the use of crampons. After several hours the trail flattens out into a wide delightful valley - a descent of 1400m over 3-4hrs. It ends at the very scenic Bhimtang, where the exquisite view of Manaslu makes every step worthwhile.
Bhimthang to Tilije 2300m
After a great sleep and hearty breakfast, the trek starts and after 25m we pass the Kechakyu Khola glacier and enter the Rhododendron wooded area. If you are here in March and April you will see the incredible display of Rhododendrons bloomings in full display. The view of Mt. Manaslu is equally impressive. The trail eventually leads towards to the Gurung village of Gho 2515m, and on to Tilije where there are better accommodation choices.
Tilije to Dharapani then drive to Besisahar 760m
6-7 hrs Hotel
Exit the village on a stone path and descend rapidly to the Marsyangdi Valley in Thonje. You will then join the new road along the main Annapurna Circuit route in Dharapani 1963 mtrs. Here you will catch a public jeep all the way to Besisahar and overnight at a hotel.
Besisahar to Kathmandu 1350m
Besisahar to Kathmandu 1350m (6-7 hrs)
Besisahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Here you will catch a private car, or public bus to Kathmandu and follow the Marshyangdi river, passing numerous Gurung, Magar and different villages to reach Dumre bazaar. Then follow along the Himalaya rafting Trishuli river to the capital. Be dropped off at your hotel, and have a good nights rest after completing the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Namaste.