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Tour du Manaslu: The Great Himalayan Route

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Join in this extraordinary trail running expedition around one of the highest mountains on the planet - Mt Manaslu. This fully-serviced small group expedition, will see you trail running the Manaslu Circuit – the eighth highest mountain in the world.
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Tour du Manaslu: The Great Himalayan Route route

Highlights:

  • Trail running around the 8th highest mountain on the planet - Mt Manaslu (8,156m)
  • Fully supported expedition with 12 days of trail running in some of the most extraordinary scenery found anywhere else on the planet
  • See Sherpa villages, temples and a kaleidoscope of changing scenery which varies everyday
Approximate details:
  • Total Distance: approx. 143.0 km
  • Total Running Days: 10 Days
  • Lowest Elevation: 730m
  • Highest Elevation: 5,160m
  • Total Elevation gain: +6645 m

Event Details

What’s Included
  • 4 nights accommodation at the Hotel Mulberry in Kathmandu, inclusive of breakfast
  • 12 nights accommodation in local tea houses (shared bathroom) when on the trail
  • Fully-supported trail running expedition
  • Full board throughout the trail run, including a team welcome dinner on the first night and celebratory meal on the last night
  • All transfers
  • 3:1 Runners to Guide Ratio
  • 1:1 Runners to Porter Ratio
  • Conservation and National Park Fees/Permits
  • Local staff Insurance
  • 12 Days of Trail Running on magnificent trails
  • Comprehensive First Air Kit inclusive of oximeter and PAC Bag (Portable Altitude Chamber)
Raceday Logistics

Day 1 - Arrival into Kathmandu
No trail running.

Welcome to Nepal!

Arrival into Kathmandu International Airport, process immigration and make your way through to the arrivals hall where your group transfer will be waiting to meet you.

You transfer to the Hotel Mulberry which is about a 25-minute drive from the airport to the hotel.

Check into your room and freshen up after your long journey. There will be a pre-briefing about the expedition before you then head out to a beautiful Nepali restaurant for a welcome dinner to help ease your way into Nepali life.

Day 2 - Kathmandu
City Trail Running

Today is set aside for you to explore Kathmandu and to see some of its best sites before you begin you trail running expedition tomorrow.

Kathmandu is a curious capital with ancient treasures dotted amongst the chaos and traffic of a bustling city. On the fringes of the Kathmandu Valley great mountains can be spotted.

The city trail running guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and take you on a light jogging/walking tour of the city, an ideal way to stretch your legs whilst seeing the cities charms at the same time.

On the journey today, you will visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and the adventurous Thamel District. In the afternoon you'll head to the Swayambhunath Monkey Temple.

Day 3 - Kathmandu - Soti Khola
Transfer to the trail heads. No Trail Running.


After breakfast you'll check out of the Hotel Mulberry and join your group transfer to the village of Soti Khola which is in the foothills of the Manaslu region.

The journey today will take you around eight hours’ worth of driving with plenty of stops along the way for toilet breaks and snacks. The nature of the roads and traffic in Nepal mean that travelling relatively short distances can take hours of effort, often along bumpy roads.

The vehicles used for transfers are all new, comfortable and fitted out with air conditioning which is designed to make the journey as comfortable as possible.

Arriving into Soti Khola you check into your tea house, an evening briefing about your first day of running tomorrow, as well as tucking into some local Nepali cuisine.

Day 4 - Soti Khola - Macha Khola
Approx. 14km (5 - 6 hours of Trail Running)


Over the course of the expedition the porters will leave every morning at 07:00 taking the bulk of your soft bag luggage to the next destination. You will only need your running packs, day provisions and camera for every day on the trail.

With laces tied and packs on you'll set out today to begin your part circumnavigation of the Manaslu Circuit.

Arriving into the village of Macha Khola, you check into your tea house and rest.

Day 5 - Macha Khola - Jagat
Approx. 22km (5-7 hours of Trail Running)


The trail follows an impressive gorge and skirts the edge of the Macha River with plenty of Nepali flat (‘little bit up, little bit down’).

You'll pass the village of Tatopani, a small hot spring and ideal spot to take a break. You cross several of the iconic suspension bridges as you journey deeper into the mountains, arriving at the village of Jagat – the entry point for the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Day 6 - Jagat - Deng
Approx. 15km (5 hours of Trail Running)


Depart from Jagat after breakfast at 08:00. Begin your journey to Deng.

The scenery really starts ramping up today as you traverse dense sub-tropical forests, small rivers and local villages. The route runs alongside large gorges with huge mountain scenery starting to emerge on the nearby horizon.

Day 7 - Deng - Namrung
Approx. 17km (5 hours of Trail Running)


Depart from Deng after breakfast at 08:00. Begin your journey to Namrung.

The terrain continues to vary as you travel through lush forests with the major Himalayan peaks towering on the horizon. Following the trail along narrow gorges and along raging mountain rivers we emerge into Namrung.

Day 8 - Namrung - Lho
Approx. 16km (5 hours of Trail Running)


You'll leave Namrung after breakfast at 08:00 for youryou journey to the village of Lho.

The trail begins to climb steadily as we continue to pass through forests and local villages, rich in stupas, prayer wheels and fields of barley. You then reach the spectacular village of Lho with eye-watering scenery and the best views of the world’s eight highest mountain – Mount Manaslu (8,163m).

Day 9 - Lho - Samagaon
Approx. 15km (4 - 5 hours of Trail Running)


Depart from Lho after breakfast at 08:00. Begin your journey to Samagaon.

You first pass through the village of Sama where extraordinary views of the Manaslu range continue, it’s hard not to take your eyes off the horizon.

You continue to Samagaon, a large village with a handful of local monasteries and plenty of prayer wheels, the terrain is reasonably forgiving with wide trails.

Day 10 - Samagaon - Samdo
Approx. 16.4km (2 - 3 hours of Trail Running)


Depart from Samagaon after breakfast at 08:00. Begin your journey to Samdo.

The terrain today is nice and easy, following a dry river bed with little incline. The mountain views along this part of the route are outstanding as you get closer to the Tibetan border.

Day 11 - Samdo
Rest Day. No Trail Running.


Day 12 - Samdo - Dharamsala
Approx. 12km (2 - 3 hours of Trail Running)


The trail begins to steepen as it follows past the seasonal Larkya Bazaar – a spot used by local traders to exchange and auction off yaks and cheese – the trail fringes the northern edge of the Larkya Glacier until we reach the opening of Dharamsala, a tented camp which is our base for a few hours. Dharamsala is a very basic spot with a makeshift canteen serving simple food and with very basic facilities.

You'll use Dharamsala as point to rest before your early morning departure the following day to ensure you reach the Larkya - La mountain pass by sunrise.

Day 13 - Dharamsala - Lakya-La - Bhimtang
Approx. 24.7km (5 - 6 hours of walking)


Very early this morning you'll depart Dharamsala (typically around 04:00). Today is a hiking day given the altitude. The route follows the remains of a glacial moraine field, walking past big boulders and surrounded by extraordinary scenery. The highest point of the pass is crowned in thousands of prayer flags flapping in the wind which is a perfect place to take in the views, realise your achievements and take photos – you are at 5,160m after all!

You'll follow the trail down into the impressive Annapurna range which steepens quickly and can make for difficult running given the dry scree slopes that gives away easily if you are not careful. Do take care.

The steep decline is tough on the legs, but eventually gives out by a small tented encampment where you can stop for a hot chocolate or bowl of noodle soup. The trail continues to ease until reaching the valley bottom at the village of Bhimtang.

Day 14 - Bhimtang - Dharapani
Approx. 16km (3 - 4 hours of Trail Running)


You have a final long day today, departing Bhimtang the terrain is wonderfully flat with outstanding mountain views in every direction you look. The trail runs past a raging glacial river and through a tall wooded forest as the descent continues. It is a beautiful trail for running.

You'll arrive into Dharapani, your last night on the trail before you head back to Kathmandu tomorrow.

Day 15 - Dharapani - Besishar - Kathmandu
No Trail Running.


The Manaslu Circuit is completed – Well done!

You'll check out of your tea house after breakfast where 4x4 jeeps will be waiting to transfer you to the town of Besisishar. The road is bumpy, and it will take up to four hours for you to make the journey from Dharapani. There will be stops along the way for snacks, drinks and to use the local facilities.

As you arrive into Besisishar, we change vehicles for your group transfer back to Kathmandu. The journey will take a further five-six hours depending on the traffic.

You'll arrive back at the Hotel Mulberry with check in for a well-deserved shower and time to relax.

Day 16 - Kathmandu
No Trail Running.


You'll have a full rest day today in Kathmandu. Have a leisurely morning or take your time to explore the city and to do any last-minute shopping before you leave tomorrow.

This evening you will have a farewell dinner for the group to celebrate your achievements and to toast the experience of your part circumnavigation of the Manaslu range.

Day 17 - Homeward Bound

It’s time to pack up and bid farewell to your new-found trail running friends and the local team.

Private transfers are arranged for you back to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan Airport in time to connect with your onward flight back home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa?
All travellers to Nepal must hold a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected departure from Nepal. An entry visa for Nepal is also required. It can be obtained either online or at the airport upon arrival in Nepal.
Why are groups kept so small?
By splitting the group will allow everyone to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.
What will the temperature be like?
Temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, but heat-up at midday due to the strong, direct sunlight at high altitudes. Clear mornings with the chance of clouds developing in the afternoons. Highs in the mid 20’s to mid-teens (Celsius). It will be perfect for trail running.

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