Manaslu Base Camp Trek

The Manaslu region lies in central Nepal close to the Tibetan border and north of the historic town of Gorkha. It is dominated by Manaslu peak (altitude 8,156 m), which is the seventh highest mountain in the world. The culture of the area has a heavy Tibetan influence. The inhabitants are descended from Tibetan immigrants and there is a brisk cross-border trade. The route to Manaslu flows the Buri Gandaki river valley which has very steep sides and involves a lot of climbing up and down.
Our adventure to Manaslu begins with a drive to the historic hilltop town of Gorkha from where the recent Shah dynasty hailed. We walk eastwards to the village of Arughat and crossing the Buri Gandaki river, we turn north to begin our slow climb to the base of the mighty mountain. The trail continues through forests where honey and deer hunters roam. We walk past precarious rice terraces and scenic waterfalls to Machha Khola and on to the hot water springs known as Tatopani. The route then swings west to Namruk from where onwards the climbing becomes very steep. There are fir and rhododendron forests and villages of stone houses. Terrific views of Manaslu and other peaks begin to appear. The village of Sama Gaun is surrounded by pastures and fields. Weaving is a major activity for the women here. From Sama Gaun we trudge on to Manaslu Base Camp, the end of our trail.

Day 01: Kathmandu Gorkha by any Vehicle
Day 02: Gorkha to Khanchok (Trek Start)
Day 18: Khanchok to Ghorkha (Trek End)

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