Below is a good approximation of the 2013 route. GPS is a useful tool, but not perfectly accurate. Distances will be slightly longer than represented below as the track was simplified. The height changes may be less than shown due to inaccuracies of GPS spot heights in the bottoms of river gorges.
Click the image to the right for a Google Earth file of the route for 2013. Specific days’ routes are given below in the list.
2014 will be very similar if not the same.
|1,2,3||Sat, Nov 8th||Days 1-3 – Kathmandu (8th arrive, 9th organise, 10th depart to start)|
|4||Tue, Nov 11th||Stage 1 [D4] – Arughat to Machhakhola||25km||1883m / -1523m|
|5||Wed, Nov 12th||Stage 2 [D5] – Machhakhola to Deng||39km||3808m / -2788m|
|6||Thu, Nov 13th||Stage 3 [D6] – Deng – Hinang Gompa||25km||2637m / -1388m|
|7||Fri, Nov 14th||Stage 4 [D7] Hinang to Samagaon||32km||1588m / -1182m|
|8||Sat, Nov 15th||Stage 5 [D8] Sama – Manaslu Base Camp – Sama||30km||1198m / -1198m|
|9||Sun, Nov 16th||Stage 6 [D9] Samagaon – Samdo||8km||438m / -102m|
|11||Tue, Nov 18th||Stage 7 [D11] Samdo to Bimtang||22km||1435m / -1586m|
|10||Mon, Nov 17th||Day 10 – Rest/Walking – Samdo – Tibetan Border – Samdo||(20km)||( 1200m / -1200m )|
|12||Wed, Nov 19th||Stage 8 [D12] – Bimtang – Dharapani||31.6km||1435m / -3472m|
|13||Thu, Nov 20th||Day 13. Return to Kathmandu (Drive)|
|14||Fri, Nov 21st||Kathmandu departure (14th day!)|
|212.6||14422m / -13239m|