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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

DURATION19 Days ATTITUDE5100mtr STARTS ATKathmandu ENDS ATKathmandu GRADEModerate GROUP SIZE2-14 pax ACCOMODATIONHotel and local tea houses/camping MEALSBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner TRANSPORT Jeep and Local Bus

Trip Highlights

  • Circumnavigation of Manaslu, eight highest mountain in the world at 8,156 meters.
  • Diverse range of wildlife and vegetation.
  • Visit UNESCO World cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu city.
  • Explore the remote life of village people of Manaslu region.

Trip Overview

This is a characteristic outing of the real Manaslu Circuit Trek with fabulous scenery from the beginning to its conclusion…a well designed program for great acclimatisation with two rest/acclimatisation days before breaking through the Larkya La front…

The Manaslu circuit trek is a relatively new trekking circuit and most challenging outdoors across Manaslu region where the trail remains peaceful and breathtaking Mountain views can be seen all around. Most trekkers visiting Nepal are generally attracted toward the profitable routes of either the Everest or the Annapurna region. The Manaslu region Trek is in a league of its own in comparison…

Manaslu trekking started for trekkers in 1991. It takes backpackers near to the Tibetan border, which is why this trek requires special trekking permits. This trek circles around the impressive Mt Manaslu at (8156m) which is the eighth highest peak in the world. The trek offers diverse wildlife and lush green vegetation of this area along with prehistoric culture and traditions experienced in this unique region.

This trek begins from Gorkha Bazaar. Gorkha is a lovely ancient village town of Nepal from where king Prithivi Narayan Shah started his reign. Another place to start is Arughat Bazaar which lies in Dhading district bordering Gorkha district. It consists of a big river called Budi Gandaki which flows between the border of Dhading and Gorkha district. Some trekking groups take the Beshishahar route and some groups follow via the Thorung La pass trail. You can combine Tsum valley and Manaslu which is a newly discovered trekking route in Nepal. You need to pay an extra charge for Tsum valley which is about USD 35 for a week.

Manaslu round trekking is little bit difficult over the Larkya la pass from where the altitude rises from 5100m above sea level. Going down from Larkya pass is easier. But you will be away from this because of our carefully trained crew and their experience of a decade. The Manaslu trek can also be done by camping or you can also bunk out in teahouse lodges which are the best way to explore local lifestyles and culture along the trails.

Check our designed itinerary of Manaslu circuit trek which is made for trekkers but if you have any special plan or interest then we can customize your itinerary according to your needs. Just get friendly and send us an email if you are interested.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,360m) You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. You can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world Meals included: 1 welcome dinner.
Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Today we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon. Meals included: 1 breakfast.
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar Our trip takes-off after b/fast with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Highway for the first part of the drive; then we turn towards the north from Anbu Khaireni bazaar of Gorkha. The road gets pretty roughshod after Gorkha. We will reach Arughat Bazaar after driving for seven hours from Kathmandu. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day 4 : Trek to Seti Khola - 5 hrs walk Spending a night at Aarughat, we will head towards Soti Khola after having our breakfast. A 5 hours trek goes along river through beautiful villages. Starting our trek, we will follow Budi Gandaki River towards northern side. On the way, we pass through beautiful Morder and Simre village and then we will reach Arkhet River. Crossing the river, we will slowly start climbing towards Kyoropani. We will camp at the junction point with Seti Khola. You can freshen up by taking bath in the river. Overnight at local lodge with full board meals.
Day 5 : Trek to Machha Khola (9,90m) - 5-6 hrs walk The landscapes change as we go higher, the wide valley narrows and at times the trail cuts into the steep valley which is densely forested. Then we pass a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of this valley, on our opposite where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wider section, sandy Riverbank and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley path. At the end, we have to climb up once again to get to Machhakhola, which has a number of teashops. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day 6 : Trek to Jagat (1,370m) - 6 hrs walk We cross over Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The whole valley here becomes steeper to the limits till the route to cross then switches to the left bank by a suspension bridge. The trekking trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places. After a short section of forest trail we reach a single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban village, the Buri Gandaki descends with some notable flowing of rapids. Beyond this hard steep section, the River is much more placid, meandering across a wide gravel bank and from Lauri, we will cross the River crossing a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high trail to the fields of Jagat. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day 7 : Trek to Ekkli Bhatti (1,610m) - 5 hrs walk The next 5 hours walk is to reach up to Ekkli Bhatti. The trail goes ascending through a terraced hill of Saguleri village where you can get enchanting views of Sringi Himal (7,177m). We can rest a while to enjoy the views of beautiful mountains. Continuing the journey, the trail goes through Sirish Gaon and narrow Gandaki valleys and some tall walls. Overnight at lodge with full board meals.
Day 8 : Trek to Bihi (1,990m) - 6 hrs walk After having a hot breakfast, we will set off for Bihi which is about a 6 hours walk. The trek starts following Deng River and the trail next goes through a newly built rock tunnel. The influences of Tibetan culture start to appear as you can see Mani stones and Chortens around it. Overnight at lodge with full board meals
Day 9 : Trek to Lihi (2,920m) - 6 hrs walk We Wake up, be fresh, have breakfast and walk up to Lihi. Another 6 hours trek and the journey goes through a wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki River. Going forward the trail passes some houses and cultivated fields. We will find a police check post when we reach at Namru. After we pass Nimru, we will go across Hinan River and then Sho. The trail also provides you the view of peaks like Naike peak, Manaslu north (7,774m) and Manaslu (8,150m) which will lessen you exhaustion. Overnight at lodge with full board meals.
Day10 : Trek to Samagaun (3,500m)- 6 hrs walk Today follows the right section of the River bank, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trekking trail, we soon reach first section of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We reach Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village call Samdo, near the Tibetan border. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day11 : Samagaun Exploration Day Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest hide away, we take an acclimatization day here and explore around and relax. Maybe you can catch up on that book you love so much, or even do some washing, if not this then just contemplate on your lovely surroundings. Overnight at Sama Gaon Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day12 : Trek to Dharmasala (4,460m) - 4 hrs walk The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we walk ahead to its upper course which seems to never end; hereabouts we are surrounded by spectacular mountains from all around. Manaslu is particularly impressive after crossing over to the east bank of the River; we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu, after the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), way to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. Perhaps, this village must have been a trading point with Tibet lying over the Gya La at some time in the past. The local market seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlement near the Larkya Glacier; we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built for travelers after they cross over the Larkya La. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day13 : Trek To Bhimphedi (3,950m) vis Larkya La (5,215m) - 8 hrs walk Today is a little adventurous and longer trek than before as we have to walk for about 8 hours passing an altitude of 5215 meters. Our journey starts after we have our breakfast. The trail ascends towards Cho Chanda and then slowly goes steep up to the Larkya La pass which requires lots of strength and stamina. After we reach at the top, we can have the magnificent view of snowy peaks of: Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937m) standing in front of us. After this we descend down to Bhimphedi walking over steep paths. Overnight at lodge with full board of meals.
Day14 : Trek to Tilje (3,900m) - 5 hrs walk Conquering heights and length, the trail today goes easy and normal. The trail to Tilje goes through paddy fields with moderate climbing. Moving forward, we have to cross Karcha La pass and then the trail drops down through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Overnight at lodge with full board of meals
Day15 : Trek to Tal (1,725m) - 5 hrs walk Continuing our journey, we will head to Tal after we have our breakfast. A 5 hours walk goes through the trial downstream of Marshyangdi River. On the way, we pass through some villages before we reach Tal. Overnight at lodge with full board of meals.
Day16 : Trek to Jagat (1,300m) - 5 hrs walk In the beginning we come across a tight gorge which briefly opens to Tal. The area here was formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind the lake. The lake has long dried up and now the village of Tal sits on the flat land. Over the next day and a half, we pass through the main Himalayan range, between Manaslu and the Annapurna range. The landscapes here are lovely. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day17 : Trek to Bahundada (1,275m) - 5 hrs walk As we make our way down from Jagat we reach Syange, where we cross a suspension bridge to the east side of the Marshyangdi Khola and onto gentle terrain. We have a short but stiff climb up to Bahundanda, followed by a descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Day18 : Trek to Beshisahar - 5 hrs walk With barely a hillock to climb up today, today is a walk you will do whistling your favorite song all the way. We might take the little-known east bank route from Bhulebhule to Besi Sahar.
Day19 : Drive back to Kathmandu - 7 hrs drive This is an approximately seven hour’s scenic drive to Kathmandu. We lunch out A la carte at a good roadside restaurant. After so long, we will drive back to Kathmandu by bus goes through Marshyangdi and Trishuli River. You can observe the people and their lifestyles staying beside the highway. After we reach Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel. You can freshen up and enjoy an evening walk around Thamel.
Day20 : Departure Day Our office support staff will be on standby with a vehicle to take you to the airport for your connecting flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as game drives, some go-wild safaris at National parks, or maybe some white water rafting, there are mountain biking thrills or you can even get bolder & cross the border for some fantastic overland tours to Tibet.

INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES

Includes

  • All the surface transportation inclusive airport transfer as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive bed and breakfast.
  • Conservation area trekking permits and other essential documentations.
  • An experienced and well equiped trekking guide.
  • Required supporting porter to carry your luggage.
  • Full board meals during the trek. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
  • Simple lodges twin sharing accommodation during the trek.
  • A comprehensive medical kit box and water purification tablets.
  • One day sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu city.
  • Welcome dinner program at typical Nepali restaurant.

Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa and international flights
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
  • Riding horse along the trek
  • Restaurant food bills, if the client decide to go other restaurant during the trek
  • Tips to Staff

Trip Notes

  • The above program is only a guideline pattern which we provide. Trekking on the Manaslu Circuit can also be done for 19 days & can be tailor-made to suit your specific requirements. Its also vital to note a trekking tour of this type is prone to unpredictable calamities related to mountain weather, local politics, and transportation etc, which will be beyond Glorious Himalaya’s control and as a result, this may require a change in your itinerary. However, it is very unlikely that such circumstances may occur but our effort is to minimize its effect, and we will not be responsible for any situation developing in delays or changes to your program. In the event of any changes, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.