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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Trip code
Package name Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Duration 22
Max. elevation 5215.00 m
Level MODERATE
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
Accomodation Double/Twin sharing in hotel/lodge
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 1,299 per person

Highlights

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trekking takes you to for the circumambulation of the 8th highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,156m) and the exploration of the challenging trail in a remote region in the vicinity of Nepalese Himalayas. Presence of Hindu and Buddhist culture, conserved wildlife and rare floral diversity, stunning mountain vistas, raging and perennial rivers, vertiginous bridges and authentic rural lifestyle that has preserved the aura since ages. A quaint trekking trail, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is at par with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or the trek to Everest region in terms of difficulty, diversity, scenery, and heritage. Join this trek, in a restricted trekking region, to explore the remote areas close to Tibet with full of wilderness, moderate strain, spectacular geography, culturally fascinating areas, challenging pass of Larkya La (5123m) and superb view of the snowy peaks including Annapurna II (7939m), Kang Guru (6981m), Himlung Peak (7,125m), Cheo Peak (6820m), besides the majestic Manaslu Peak. You will just enjoy the adventure here!

The adventure in the un-trampled trail of Manaslu Circuit Trekking begins all the way from Arughat and traverses through the bamboo forests and Gurung settlements along the gorge of Budi Gandaki River. Navigating through several rural settlements of Soti Khola, Almara and Machha Khola, dense forest, past scenic landscape and waterfalls, viewing the snowcapped mountain and encountering the ups and downs of the trail, we reach to Jagat. En route we also stop at the natural hot spring, called Tatopani in a local language. The ascent along the trail continues, as we trek through narrow valleys, small settlements including Gha and Lho, pass the Mani stones and hike to the lateral moraines of the glacier and ancient Gompa to reach a settlement of Samagaon. Through the wide grassy valleys, terraced hills and settlements with unique arrangements, we trek to the settlement of Dharmashala, a stoppage before conquering the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,215m). After enjoying a spectacular view of the towering peaks including Mt. Manaslu, we shall descent through moraines to Bhimphedi and through a small pass, some settlements, terraced fields and cultivations to join the major trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek at the Gurung settlement of Tal. The journey continues to the lower elevations through the settlements of mid-hills such as Bahundanda and Besi Sahar following the down streams of mighty Marshayngdi River. We shall then drive back to Kathmandu and have a full day exploration of the medieval cultural, historical and religious heritages of the buzzing city before concluding the adventure of Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants decorated by colorful prayer flags, monasteries and Mani walls, and the cultural diversities mark some of the highlights of this trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a moderately strenuous trekking experience and thereby needs the trekkers to possess above average fitness level; previous trekking experience is an added advantage. Larkya La Pass is challenging for some experienced trekkers as well. Trekkers should be able to endure an average of 6-7 hours of trekking per day with a light backpack and passion for exploration of remote areas. March to May and September to November is the preferred season for trekking; winter and monsoon season may be dangerous, especially while crossing Larkya La Pass. We bring to you carefully planned itinerary, professional service, and experienced trekking team. Dare to explore the remote areas around Manaslu Peak!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft )

Upon arrival at the international airport in Nepal, you will pick up and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment in the hotel, you will pick up for short day guided sightseeing tours to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later on the evening you will have short brief about your tours with cultural dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Full day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will have guided sightseeing tours to Swayambhunath stupa (known as monkey temple), Patan Durbar square (city of living arts), Pashupatinath Temple (holy Hindus temple) and Bouddhanath stupa (one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world). Back to hotel and make final preparations for the trip.  Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : Drive to Arughat (570m/1870ft) 6-7 hrs drive

Today an early morning after breakfast you will start day scenic countryside drive to Arughat Bazaar with trekking staff. Arughat is a starting point of this trekking which is situated bank of the Budhi Gandaki River. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 4 : Trek to Soti Khola (730m/2395ft) 5-6 hrs walk

The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River with few up and down to the Soti-Khola. Today walk pass through the several villages with nice view of the mountain and waterfall. Local people are very friendly from this area, there are mixed communities in this area. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 5 : Trek to Machha Khola (930m/3051ft) 5-6 hrs walk

The trail begin descends slowly for about one hrs than again ascend along the ridge of the mountain to the Almara. From here to get to the Riden Gaon we have to cross the forest with few up and down. The valleys here divide on two sections by the Budhi Gandaki which is very nice to see. From Lambesi the trail descends to sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki, the area call Machha Khola (Fish Khola) where we suppose get local Fish. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 6 : Trek to Jagat (1410m/4626ft) 5-6 hrs walk

Today we walk through the Hot Spring (Tatopani) where we can stop for hot bath for a while. After breakfast we cross Machha Khola over the suspension bridge than walk through forest along the Budhi Gandaki. After refreshment at Hot Spring the trail leads through the forest with few up and down to Dovan where you will able to see huge rapid of Bhudi Gandaki River. From here the trail ascend slowly with scenic view to the Jagat, this is a big town where we have to enter our trekking permit. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 7 : Trek to Ngyak (2340m/7677ft) about 6 hrs walk

The trail ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and from where we will have fantastic view of Sringi Himal (7177 m). The walk continues toward Ngyak through the narrows valleys. Today we have big and long ascended with such a lovely view of the mountain and Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 8 : Trek to Ghap (2160m/7086ft) about 6 hrs walk

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River - a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 9 : Trek to Lho (3180m/10433ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7774 meters) and Manaslu (8150 meters) are visible from here. Tonight we camp near a spring at Lho gaon - a small village. Stay overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 10 : Trek to Samagaon (3530m/11581ft) 5-6 hrs walk

You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here we have a very close view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa. Stay overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 11 : Trek to Lela Kharka (3650m/11975ft) 4-5 hrs walk

After wonderful time in Samagaon, we start day trek with gradual path along the river. Today the trail is very gradual up and down with nice view of the mountain. The valley is fantastic, where we are able to see several animals own by the local. We pass several small settlement and yak pasture area. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 12 : Trek to Samdo (3690m/12106ft) 3-4 hrs walk

Today the trail is very gradually up hill through the wide grassy valley. After breakfast, we settle our day with nice view of the mountain. We walk along the Budhi Gandaki River with few up and down; we have Fantastic Mountain from every minute which gives us energy to trek. Stay overnight at tented camp.    

Day 13 : Acclimatization day in Samdo

Today we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement - Samdo. Here amid the most sever conditions of nature live some 200 villagers in forty houses check-by-jowl. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 14 : Trek to Dharamashala (4470m/14665ft) 3-4 hrs walk

The trail ascends for while than again back to gradual up and down along the Bhudi Gandaki through the valley. We have magnificent views of the Mt. Manaslu and many smaller peaks. We have to make a slow pest because altitude getting higher and higher. After about 4 hrs walk you will get to the camp side. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15 : Cross Larke La (5215m/17110ft) and trek Bhimphedi (3790m/12434ft) 6-7 hrs walk

We first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top we have panoramic view of the; Himlung Himal , Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru  and the Annapurna II and many smaller peaks. Than the trail steep descent all the way, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16 : Trek to Tilje (2300m/7545ft) 5-6 hrs walk

The route gets easier. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the  small Karcha La pass and descend through fig tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje with the nice view of the mountain. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 17 : Trek to Tal (1725m/5659ft) about 5 hrs walk

Today we get back to major trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit. Follow the trail down stream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the several small villages to reach Tal village for overnight stay. Tal is a small Gurung settlement which is a border of Manang and Lamjung District. Here you can visit a small Gumpa and fantastic waterfall. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 18 : Trek to Baundanda (1250m/4101ft) 5-6 hrs walk

After short descend we have long ascended all the way to Sanjee village pass through the Chamje and Jagat village. You have such a nice and big waterfall on the other side of the Chamje. The trail follows downstream of Marshyangdi River through the narrow valley. After crossing the Marshyangdi River on the suspension from Sanjee the trail goes up for 15 minutes to Gharmuu Phant. From here we have about 2 hours easy walk and 30 minutes uphill walk through the nice scenery passing several settlements you will get to Bahundanda from where you will have such a nice view of the valley and mountain. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 19 : Trek to Bes Sahar (830m/ 2723ft) 5-6 hrs walk.

The trail quick drops down for about 01 hrs and a gentle walk down to the Naadi village, from here   the trail is very easy and soft along the Marshyangdi River passing through the Bhulbhule and Khudi. We will have a lunch break at Khudi from here we have an easy walk to Besi Sahar from where our trekking going finish.

Day 20 : Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m/4430ft) about 07 hrs drives

Today after breakfast we have day scenic countryside bus drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 21 : Full day in Kathmandu

Today you have the free day in Kathmandu for shopping. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 22 : Final Departure

Today you will be picked up from your hotel to the international airport by our office representative for your next destination

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