Manaslu circuit trek (17 Days)

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The Manaslu circuit trek is more remote and spectacular than many other treks and is sometimes called the best all-round trek in the Nepal. Manaslu Trek is a great tea-house trek that is certainly becoming a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit trek. Along the way you will circumnavigates the 8th highest peak in the world (Manaslu 8,156 m). This trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal including both Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wild flowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery. Its highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular unhindered views of Manaslu. In terms of difficulty, it is comparable with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek.

 

Trip Overview

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrive at Kathmandu (1320m).

Our representative will be at airport with your name card. Once you grab him you will be heartily welcomed by him putting garland on your neck which means welcome to Nepal. Then you will be driven to the hotel by car. Rest and enjoy the day around the town.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu city.

Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stoupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan’s Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swayambhnath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to enjoy your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (620m) about 8 hours.

Today we long drive by local bus or private jeep to Arughat. This is an interesting drive throughout highway and off road.  Until Dhading besi we drive paved road after that we take off road uphill and downhill. During our driving we will stop for lunch in local restaurant for Daal Bhat, noodle soup or fried noodle.

Tea House in Arughat- B, L, D

Day 04: Trek from Arughat to SotiKhola (710m) about 5 hours.

Our first trekking day, we follow the off road till Sotikhola experiencing village lifestyle. We follow Budhi Gandaki River with scenic view of cliffs and water falls on another side.

Tea House in SotiKhola- B, L, D

Day 05: Trek from SotiKhola to Machha Khola (900m) about 7 hours.

After having breakfast we cross the suspension bridge and walk through the sal forest on to a ridge above high rapid of Budhi Gandaki River. Then we enter to the rocky cliffy trail toward Lapubeshi by passing some waterfalls and scene of waterfalls on another side. We further climb rocky trail towards Machha Khola following the River bank.

Tea House in Machha Khola- B, L, D

Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) about 7 hours. 

After breakfast we again follow narrow trails which make some up and down, after crossing Tharo Khola we reach at Khorlabesi. Then we walk some more up and down to Tatopani (hot spring) where we can take quick wash. The trail divert to the left bank of river by crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki.After that the trails lead toward to jagat.

Tea house in Jagat- B, L, D

Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1804m) about 7 hours.

At the beginning of the day starts uphill to the rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Setibas. The valley takes you to the suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, which is big Gurung village. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki the trail leads the west bank. We continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng.

Tea House in Deng- B, L, D

Day 08: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) about 7 hours.

After morning breakfast we cross the Budhi Gandaki after short walk from Deng and follow the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. Then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Cossing various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley. Ater few ups and downs in forests by passing many mani walls. Then we head to Prok village from where e could see stunning view of Siringi Himal. We cross the River many times with monasteries en route. After few up and down and at end steepy up we arrive at Namrung.

Tea house in Namrung- B, L, D

Day 09: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3530m) about 7 hours.

After early morning stunning view of Mt Ganesh Himal, Mt siringi and Mt Himal Chuli on the south we head toward Samagaon. We climb up and pass through forest arrive Lihi where we can observe many Chortens and beautiful barley terrace fields. We pass through Lho and Shyala village during our walking. From Lho we could see picturesque view of Mt. Manasalu. Furhter more to Samagaon we can see Glaciers and other mountains as well.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization at Samagaon.

We will walk around the village and visit monastery which is Buddhist monastery where you can visit. We can see the rich Sherpa culture in this village. We can hike up to the ridge for the views of the mountains and the village.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m) about 5 hours.

The trail drops down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the side stream. The trail leads towards north and follow in to a bridge over a side. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to wider. It is an easy walk through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. Then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can see a large white kani which we do have to cross to get Samdo. If you have extra day we can enjoy by hiking to Tibet border and rest again at Samdo.

Tea House in Samdo- B, L, D

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala or Larkya la B.C. (4460m) about 5 hours.

The trails lead st down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the wooden bridge. After short walk through the valley the trail leads up to the Larkya Phedi. It is also called Dharmasala because there is a huge stone a kind of Shelter. Evening walk around the hill to get acclimatize and overnight at Larkya rest house.

Tea House in Larkya La B.C. – B, L, D

Day 13: Trek from Larkya la B.C. to Bhimthang (3720m/12201ft) via Larkya pass (5160m/16924ft) about 9 hours. 

Today is the big and tough day of trekking. After short climb we reach north side of Larkya glacier. We walk across the moraines of the glacier and a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to get to the pass. From the top of the pass we can see gorgeous view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. From the pass we steeply all the way down to Bhimthang.

Tea House in Bhimthang – B, L, D

Day 14: Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani (1963m) about 8 hours. 

The trail descends into a rhododendron forest towards narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche (2785m). On the way one can enjoy the view of Manaslu, Annapurna and many more mountains. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. Then after the trail continue through the fields, over a stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests to Tilje. Then we walk further to Dharapani Annapurna circuit section.

Tea House in Dharapani- B, L, D

Day 15: Trek from Dharapani to Syange (1080m) about 6 hours. 

Today last day of trekking, we walk down to Syange following off road by enjoying the waterfall seen. Tea House in Syange- B, L, D

Day 16: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu about 9 hours. 

We take long drive to Kathmandu today. If we take local vehicle we need to change it in Beshisahar and if private we direct head to Kathmandu. Rest, leisure and shop. In the evening we will have farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program.

Hotel in kathmandu- B

Day 17: Farewell day as you fly your country.

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards you will be taken to the airport. See you next time.

The above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We can follow accordingly.

Note of above Itinerary:

B = Breakfast

L = Lunch 

D = Dinner

 

Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Day 03- Drive to Arughat(620m/2034ft)

Day 04- Trek to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft)

Day 05- Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)

Day 06- Trek to Jagat (1410m/4625ft)

Day 07- Trek to Deng (1804m/5917ft)

Day 08- Trek to Namrung (2630m/8626ft)

Day 09- Trek to Samagaon(3530m/11578ft)

Day 10- Rest at Samagaon

Day 11- Trek to Samdo (3860m/12660ft)

Day 12- Trek to Larkya base camp (4460m/14628ft)

Day 13- Trek to Bhimthang (3720m/12201ft)

Day 14- Trek to Dharapani (1963m/6439ft)

Day 15- Trek to Syange (1080m/3542ft)

Day 16- Drive to Kathmandu

Day 17- Fly to Home country

 

Trip Start Dates

We will organise this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us today for a customised departure date.

 

Whats Included/Excluded

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pohkara per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
  • Respective region ( Manaslu) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Gratuities

 

 

Pricing Per Person

As this trekking region is in a restricted area, there are certain rules that must be followed. Depending on the area, there is a limit to the number of trekkers per season, but for most restricted trekking routes a minimum of 2 people is required. All participants must pay for and receive a special restricted area trekking permit, and the trip must be organised through an official, registered trekking company.

  • 2-4 People -$1240
  • 5+ People -$1195

 

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please  contact us at [email protected] or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-9851175534
Trip Summary

Duration: 17 Days

Grade: Moderate to Challenging

Maximum Altitude: 5,231m

Best Season: March – may, Sep – Nov

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Teahouse Lodging during Trek

Meals: As stated in itinerary

Transportation: Car

Are you looking for a Tailor made trip? Your enquiry is greatly appreciated and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
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