Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu circuit trek is considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal; it rewards the adventurous with an unparalleled alpine experience. The Manaslu circuit offers the perfect combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed Himalayan scenic beauty, and the fascinating Tibetan culture with its rich mountain biological diversity. Manaslu, at 8118 meters, is the 8th highest peak in the world and is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means "The Spirit-Mountain" in the local dialect, referring to the benevolent and strong deity, which dwells within.
Trekking in Manaslu region is one of the most delightful adventures. If you would like to sample both extremes of the trekking experience in Nepal, and really want to see what all the excitement is about in terms of the most breath-taking mountain scenery on earth, then look no further than the Manaslu circuit via the Larkya La. Pass. It is a challenging trip requiring good physical fitness and stamina.
The standard Manaslu circuit trek usually begins from Arughat and ends at Dharapnai in the Annapurna region. The Manaslu trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably "untouched" region of Nepal. This trek follows a route that has long been covered by Himalayan buffs, going north behind Himalchuli Peak 29 (7835m.) and Mt. Manaslu 8118m.
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Our airport representative will explain the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast
Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley including: Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola , 700m via Arughat 9 ½ hrs
Your Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 7.00 am to pick you up; from there we have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi (The district headquarter of Dhading1050m) for 4 hours is comfortable drive but from there to Arughat for another 4 hours we will be driving on rough road. From Arughat we drive to Soti Khola another 1.5 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (869 meters) 5.30 hrs
Trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1340 meters) 6 hrs
After crossing Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1570m) 5 hrs
A short day. The trail undulates to Jagat, a well kept paved village. From here the trail continues up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Sringi Himal ahead. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. There will be time in the afternoon to explore the village and surrounding hillside. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 07: Trek to Deng (1860) 5 hrs
The trail now undulates spectacularly with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We pass Eklabatti and head to the river and cross it twice on suspension bridges. We pass Euwa, where there is a small campsite and continue following the valley until we reach the village of Deng. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2630m) 5 hrs
Descending to the river our route crosses it before scrambling steeply up onto a spectacular trail. We pass through some small settlements as we ascend the impressive valley. We will see mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are now in a Buddhist area. This afternoon the energetic can make an excursion to the small settlement of Prok, which is a two hour round trip. There is an interesting monastery in Prok. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 09: Trek to Samagaon (3520 meters) 6 hrs
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 to get a very close up 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 for night halt. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
We spend the day at Samagaon acclimatizing, there are various options for full or half day walks. Those who are feeling energetic can take a packed lunch and walk towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 10 hour round trip). Alternatively there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Tal
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3875m) 3 hrs
The trail crosses grazing areas and gradually climbs the valley. We have fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu and reach Samdo (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon there will be time to explore the village and surrounding hills. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala (4460m) 4 hrs
Leaving the village we cross a stream to deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago this village thrived off trade with Tibet. Climbing steadily we reach a lodge at 4450m, which is the last campsite before the pass. Approximately 4 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 13: Trek to Bhimphedi (3590 meters) via Cross Larkya La pass (5215m) 8 hrs
We first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300 meters) 5 hrs
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. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 15: Trek to Chamche, 1430m 5 hrs.. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu 9/10 hrs
We catch local jeep to Beshisahar then drive by private car to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast
Day 17: Transfer to international airport for your final departure. “Farewell”
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:
Airport / hotel / airport pick up & transfer by private vehicle
Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by private jeep and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep
From Jagat – Beshisahar by public jeep and Beshisahar - Kathmandu by private car
Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need special permit to visit this area)
TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
First aid medical kit
Government taxes & office service charge
OUR SERVICES EXCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- All kind of drinks
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
*Trip Cost: US$ 1475.00*
Get USD 100.00 OFF per person
For a booking of four or more people.
Trip Length: 17 days
Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing
Difficulty: Moderate to Streneous
Max Elevation: 5,215m/at Larkya La Pass
Meal: Full board on trek, Breakfast at Kathmandu
Transportation: Private jeep and tourist bus
Best Month: Sept - Nov and Mar - May
Group Size: Minimum 2 people
Sightseeing Tour of Historical, UNESCO World Heritages Sites in Kathmandu,
Scenic drive to to/from - Kathmandu,
The trek familiarizes to the multi-ethnic villagers of the region including Nalma, Sho and others
Pristine mountain views
The beautiful backdrop of Ganesh Himal mountain rangen, Mt. Manaslu, rich cultural heritage, Sama Gompa, Larkya La pass, best views of waterfalls...
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Rob Adams and Garfield Saunders
Victoria, BC Canada
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