Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek
All Inclusive Price: 1,550
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Trip Code:
NHT 11
Destination:
Nepal
Trip Grade:
Strenuous
Max Elevation:
5220 m
Activities:
Trekking, Tours, Hiking
Total Duration:
17 days
Best Time:
March - May & Sept - Nov
Group Size:
02 - 20 People
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Come across the colourful cultures and dramatic valleys in the backdrop of fascinating Himalayan peaks! Manaslu Circuit Trek was once a secluded trek as there were no tea houses built which made this region a concern of only few trekkers who loved camping trekking in very less travelled region of Nepal[. But now as the tea houses are built in abundance, it has been able to gain attraction of many adventure lovers. Though, many travellers have shown their interest in this region, it is still secluded and off beaten due to lack of any infrastructural development. Manaslu Circuit Trek was opened in 1992 but it is still able to maintain its original, wild and spectacular beauty intact.

Manaslu Circuit Trek lets you experience the majestic beauty of Nepal that lies in wild and remote landscape holding the glory of the eight highest mountain of the world i.e. Mt. Manaslu. As you walk along the trail, you will pass the ancient salt trading route enjoying the white water rapids of Budhi Gandaki river. Discover the wildlife as you move deep inside the pine, rhododendron and bamboo forests and traverse through Mani walls, prayer flags and monasteries to discover the fascinating culture and tradition practiced in that region. As you ascend up to the Larkya La, you will be blessed with the breath-taking views of glacier terrain and the raw appeal of the eight highest mountain peak of the world i.e. Mt. Manaslu.

Apart from its wild and mountainous terrain, Manaslu Conservation region is a home to many floras and faunas. The endangered species of snow leopard has been spotted in this region. Admire the fascinating beauty of Mt. Manaslu as you traverse from sub-tropical jungle in Himalayan foothills to alpine region and finally to Larkya La at 5000 metres. The appealing beauty of Mt. Manaslu is awaiting you! Manaslu Circuit Trek is strenuous but if you possesses a good endurance capacity then it is a most versatile and worthy trek that will fulfill your quest for mountains and mountains wilderness.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs
  • Day 4: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 5: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 6: Jagat to Philim (1700m/5576ft) Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 7: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft) Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 8: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 9: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs
  • Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
  • Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs
  • Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs
  • Day 13: Dharmashala to Bhimphedi via Cross Larkya La pass
  • Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs
  • Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 16: Chamje to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs
  • Day 17: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (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
  • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need a 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 and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • 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.)
  • Drinks coke, Fanta, juice, water etc.
  • snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
  • Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

    You will be welcomed at the airport by our staff and transferred to a hotel for check in. Our airport representative will explain further details of the program and answer your questions. Overnight stay at the hotel (breakfast included)

  • Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour

    Today, we start our sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley which includes the cultural heritage experiences including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, culture, paintings, sculptures and a brief history of Nepal. Overnight at the hotel breakfast included.

  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs

    Your Trekking guides will pick you up at 8:00 am. Then, we will start our 8 hours’ drive to Arughat. The first four hours to Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m), is on paved roads, but for the section to Arughat, we will be driving on a rougher surface. From Arughat we drive another 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola by public jeep. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 4: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs

    Today’s walk follows a constantly undulating trail mainly through woodland as we continue to head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. We then descend to the wide, sandy riverbed and then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 5: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs

    After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until we cross Dovan Khola. We then make our way to Budhi Gandaki Valley. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation, with white sandy areas along the riverside. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 6: Jagat to Philim (1700m/5576ft) Duration: 5 hrs

    Day 6 on the Manaslu Circuit Trek includes relatively easy undulations. The trail continues to Jagat, a well paved village, and the non up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Sringi Himal. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the village and surrounding hillside. Stay overnight at guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 7: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft) Duration: 5 hrs

    Here the trail will fascinate you with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We pass Eklebhatti; head towards the river and cross it twice over suspension bridges. Then, we pass Euwa, traverse a small campsite and continue through the valley until we reach the village of Deng. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 8: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs

    Today we will scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail before descending to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and then climb to an impressive valley. There we will encounter Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks - a sign that we are entering Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we take a side excursion to the small settlement of Prok - a two hour round trip. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 9: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs

    We’ll pass the stone gate and the long Mani stone wall of the village of Lho, with an astounding view of Peak 29 ahead. You can take a side excursion to Pungen Glacier in order to get a very close up view of Manaslu from here. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes a further 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for our night halt. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

    This day has been set aside for acclimatization and you can opt for a full or half day walk. The full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. Stay overnight at the guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs

    The Manaslu Circuit Trek now crosses grazing areas and gradually ascends the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu are ahead of us as we reach Samdo (3860m), a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon we will explore the village and surrounding hills. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs

    After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach the Larkya Bazaar. This is a village which thrived from trade with Tibet years ago. After a steady climb we will arrive at our lodge at 4450m. It is the last overnight before the pass. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 13: Dharmashala to Bhimphedi via Cross Larkya La pass

    From Dharmashala, we trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft) Walking during approx: 8-9 hrs.

    We will climb Cho Chanda and then slowly head uphill towards the steep snow covered pass. The panorama from the top is truly magnificent. You will see Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep as we pass through moraines to Bhimphedi. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs

    With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we will head towards the small Karcha La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs

    We’ll climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a Mani wall and reach the village of Thonje. Here we need to go through a police checkpoint before continuing to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and later cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We can examine the Mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. There is now a short descent to Chamje village. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

  • Day 16: Chamje to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs

    We have reached the end of the Manaslu Trek and a local jeep will take us to Beshisahar. We then drive to Kathmandu in a private car. Stay overnight at the hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included).

  • Day 17: Farewell

    Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport and bid you farewell. You will take with you wonderful memories of a truly outstanding experience.

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