From Jagat nice village with pleasant overnight, the morning starts downhill to long stone steps to reach the river, where our route climbs towards the terraced hillside of Saguleri. Enjoy views of Shringi Himal as the walk continues with ups and down to reach a bridge above the Buri-Gandaki River. Crossing over, where trail winds lead up to another large lovely village at Philm enriched with well-cultivated crop fields and terraces. From here past spread-out villages then climb to golden fields of wheat’s and barley to reach a rocky ridge top.
The area is covered with dense bamboo forest as a walk leads to a lonely place at Eklai Bhatti, which means a lonely Inn, at present, this small settlement has been overgrown with more shops and tea-houses. After a short rest head towards Deng, as slowly country and landscapes change entering into a gorge above Buri-Gandaki to reach at Deng, from here onward into more Buddhism strong culture of Tibetan influence.
Start the morning walk that leads to a cliff wall, after going through a dramatic area, the route follows past several farm villages, as more houses and landscapes become different with the touch of Tibetan Buddhism. After a few hours' walks coming across a moderate size farm village at Bih, from here onward the locals harvest buckwheat, wheat, barley, and potatoes as staple crops, since trekking gain popularity around the area, spinach, carrots, and cabbages are also grown. From here onwards air gets much cooler, the walk continues for another two hours to a steep-sided scenic valley, encountering prayer stone walls called Mani, and then walking to Ghap village for a possible lunch stop.
After Ghap altitude gains slowly, heading into coniferous tree lines as the trail meanders to climb over a steep hill to reach an open valley of extensive pasture land, and then cross an icy stream that flows straight from the glacier of Lidana peak. As the walk continues enjoy views of Manaslu, where the local name is Kutang Himal includes Pang Phuchin 6,335 m, Saula Himal 6, 235 m with several unnamed peaks above 6, 000 m high. Then uphill altitude gains slowly walk takes you past farm villages to reach Namrung for an overnight stop, the village also known as ShoNamru. Check into a nice simple lodge with the warm hospitality of the villagers.
With a nice and pleasant stay in Lo-Gaon, from here morning walk heads on the gradual trail on entering the high scenic Manaslu valley, as trek leads to slow gentle climb facing grand views of Peak 29 that lies ahead, after few hours uphill then reach into a small woodland around Shala village. Offers view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. From here walk for a few hours further west to end the day on reaching Sama-Gaon village, with closest views of Mt. Manaslu.
Sama-Gaon village, one of the prime and largest settlements around Manaslu Valley, where local is mostly farmers cultivating buckwheat, barley the main crops that can grow on this high and harsh lands. As well raising livestock follows a similar way of traditional farm life like their Tibetan predecessor. Manaslu villagers are descended from South West Tibet with a history of more than 400 years old, where culture and custom link with ancient Buddhist heritage to its origin Tibetan ancestors. Manaslu villagers still trade and barter across the border in Tibet, which is a few days' walks to the frontier of Nepal and Tibet, as the old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route passes through Sama-Gaon.
Early morning starts to cover one of the longest days of this adventure, after breakfast and carrying pack-lunch for the day, head for a steep climb past a few huts of Dharmasala, as route, leads over the moraine of rocks and boulders past the ablation of Larke northern glacier, facing views of Cho-Danda and Larke peak, the climb continues with a long uphill slope to reach on top Larke-La marked with a board with the name and height of the pass. The top is festooned with Buddhist colorful prayer flags and offering with stone cairns enjoy rest and a stunning panorama of peaks that encircles the top.
The incredible scenery of Ganesh Himal towards the far-east, with peaks of Annapurna Himalayas views of the whole Manaslu mountain range, include Himlung Himal of Nar-Phu area, which is in Manang. From the top, a long descend to Larcia valley, walk heads further for another few hours on moraine ridge to Tambuche at 3, 900 m, to reach the bottom of the pass, from here on into Manang district, and back into tall tree lines as walk slowly reach you at Bhimthang for an overnight stop after a long, hard day of the adventure. Bhimthang with a number of lodges, located in beautiful surroundings with a wide green valley, the places marked with prayer Mani walls, surrounded by green tall trees of rhododendron-pines and oaks.
Yes, upper Manaslu falls on the list of restricted areas for outside travelers, in the past decades remained a forbidden and hidden country, then opened in 1991 but remains a restricted region for foreign visitors, to enter Upper Manaslu from Jagat village requires a special permit till it joins at Dharapani in Manang district. The restriction is mainly due to the close border with Tibet / China where the route leads from Sama-Gaon and Samdu to the frontier of both countries.
Every village based on the itinerary for overnight stops, do have electricity with hydropower, and some places with personal solar power where guest can charge their electronic gadgets like cell phone, laptop, etc……..on paying some fees per hour for each item.
Very limited places, in Gorkha or Besisar town at the end of the trek, best is to change your money in Kathmandu for your conveyance. As you are trekking on remote areas of Nepal Himalaya, but to change cash of foreign currencies, where very few lodges on the route may accept to exchange into local Nepalese rupees. Facilities for ATM or other credit cards besides Kathmandu, in Besisar is available or in major towns on both way drives.
The chances are small and rare, as the altitude gains gradually by the time you reach over Larke-La pass or around high Manaslu valley you will be well acclimatized by then. As we have set the itinerary flexible with rest days to make it easier for trekkers to get acclimatized during walks and overnight stops at certain altitudes.
However, if some people get a slight headache from high altitude, they will soon recover having rest, drinking enough water that helps to acclimatize from the symptoms of AMS or altitude sickness. For very serious conditions, the sick person needs to be brought down to lower areas like Jagat or at Arughat village as well back to Kathmandu, by fastest means of transport either hiring a local jeep, the best calling for helicopter service to reach the nearest and best place with medical facilities and hospitals.
As you are trekking to the most remote part of the Himalaya, where facilities of good accommodation and food are much limited. From the village of Jagat, some lodges are very simple and basic, but at Lho and Sama-Gaon and Samdu the lodge are much better but with small rooms to accommodate trekkers, it will be clean and hygienic with good foods to enjoy from continental, Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese famous Dal Bhat. It is best to carry warm sleeping bags and some snacks, like chocolate, biscuits, cookies, or dry fruits. Most lodge before Tilje and Besisar with common toilets and bath.
Due to the nature of rough road conditions, after leaving the main highway towards Arughat town and Soti Khola. Using comfortable coach or four-wheel drives like jeep or land rover for mountain and hilly roads. But from Besisar to Kathmandu on comfortable couch and buses or cars as per the size of a group.