Manaslu circuit trek

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Manaslu circuit trek begins is Kathmandu valley with a day Khathmandu sightseeing tour to Boudhanath and Swayambunath stupas, the most famous and largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Mount Manaslu is located in the west central part of Nepal and it is the eighth highest mountain in the world at the elevation of 8163 meters ( 26781ft ) and trekking to Manaslu is one of the best trekking tours in Nepal. Manaslu gives variety options of trekking in Nepal and Manaslu circuit trek is one of the best trekking tour in Nepal.


During the Manaslu circuit trek, we will see beautiful countryside villages surrounded by the greenery landscapes, extreme Gandaki River valley which is full of many rivers and waterfalls, offering a chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. The Valley stands with a majestic backdrop mountain views of the Baudha Himal, Ganesh Himal Sringi Himal, and other beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges. There are many Buddhist monasteries and temples that we will visit during our Manaslu circuit trek and the monks in the monasteries or temples are always kind and smiling which will give us another warm welcoming and peaceful feeling in the other side of the world. In 11th century, Milarepa, Tibet’s greatest Yogi used to come to the valley of Manaslu circuit trek and stayed here for meditation and blessed the entire place as a very holy Buddhist place.


Enjoy taking a very comfortable bath in the hot spring in Tatopani and continue trekking through beautiful villages, views of different kinds of snow peaks including Annapurna mountain, fantastic view of Manaslu glacier, greenery forested landscape, adventure of crossing traditional suspension bridges, talking to the ethnics of Gurung and Gorkha people. The most challenging part of the Manaslu circuit trek is crossing Larkya la mountain pass [5160m/16, 924 ft], walking over the snow and glacier, enjoying the most dramatic view of the beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges and Manaslu. The most remote and beautiful Tsum valley is located to the northern part of Manaslu and it is bordered to Tibet.


 
Days Trip Outline Daily Activity Accommodation Guide & Driver Meal
01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) Tribhuvan international airport-Kathmandu city-Thamel Bazar Hotel Nepalese B
02 Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation Boudhanath stupa-Swayambunath stupa-Kathmandu Durbar square Hotel Nepalese BB
03 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft/8-9 h ] Dhading Bens-Arughat-Soti Khola Lodge Nepalese BLD
04 Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft/6-7 h ] Budhi Gandaki-Gurung village of Labubes-Machha Khola village Lodge Nepalese BLD
05 Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft/6-7 h ] Tharo Khola-Khorlabesi-hot spring in Tatopani-Yaru Khola-Tharo Bharyang-Jagat Lodge Nepalese BLD
06 Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5917 ft/6-7 h ] Ghatta Khola-Philim-Deng Khola-Deng village Lodge Nepalese BLD
07 Deng village - Namrung [2630m/8626ft/6-7 h ] Budhi Gandaki valley-Prok village-Namrung Lodge Nepalese BLD
08 Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft/6-7 h ] View of Siring, Ganesh Himal & Manaslu-Shyala villages-Samagaon Lodge Nepalese BLD
09 Sama Gon - Pungyen Gompa - Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft/6-7 h ] Samagaon exploration-Pungyen gompa-Great view of Manaslu glaicer Lodge Nepalese BLD
10 Sama Gon - Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft/4-5 h ] Budhi Gandaki Rive-Manaslu Basecamp-Larkya la Trail passes-Samdo Lodge Nepalese BLD
11 Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft/4-5 h ] Budi Gandaki-Larkya glacier-Dharamsala Lodge Nepalese BLD
12 Dharamsala -Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft/8-9 h ] Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft]-Larkya Glaciers-Larkya peak-view of different mountains Lodge Nepalese BLD
13 Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544ft/5-6 h ] Great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal Lodge Nepalese BLD
14 Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 ft/5-6 h ] Dudh Khola-Dharapani-Marshyangdi Khola- village of Tal Lodge Nepalese BLD
15 Tal - Syange [1080m/3542 ft.6-7 h ] Chyamje village-Syange Lodge Nepalese BLD
16 Syange -Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft/8-9 h ) Besi Sahar-Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers-Kathmandu Hotel Nepalese BL
17 Departure for home Kathmandu-Tribhuvan international airport End the trip Nepalese B

Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • BB in Kathmandu and fullboard during the trek
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Nepal trekking tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Different kinds of snack like biscuit, cheese, dried and fresh fruit during trek
  • All government and local taxes

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft) Hotel on B

    After arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation. Hotel on BB

    Boudhanath stupa-Swayambunath stupa-Kathmandu Durbar square

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft/8-9 h ] Lodge on BLD

    We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola.

  • Day 04: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft/6-7 h ] Lodge on BLD

    At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.

  • Day 05: Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft/6-7 h ] Lodge on BLD

    The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.

  • Day 06: Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5917 ft/6-7 h ] Lodge on BLD

    We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As 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.

  • Day 07: Deng village - Namrung [2630m/8626ft/6-7 h ] Lodge on BLD

    After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung.

  • Day 08: Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft/6-7 h ] Lodge on BLD

    Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.

  • Day 09: Sama Gon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft/6-7 h ] Lodge on BLD

    We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959.

  • Day 10: Sama Gon - Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft/4-5 h ] Lodge on BLD

    Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, 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 view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo.

  • Day 11: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft/4-5 h ] Lodge on BLD

    Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.

  • Day 12: Dharamsala -Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft/8-9 h ] Lodge on BLD

    After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience.

  • Day 13: Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544ft/5-6 h ]

    From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday's tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije.

  • Day 14: Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 ft/5-6 h ] Lodge on BLD

    We 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 Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall.

  • Day 15: Tal - Syange [1080m/3542 ft.6-7 h ] Lodge on BLD

    We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange.

  • Day 16: Syange -Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft/8-9 h ) Hotel on BL

    The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Day 17: Departure for home. End the trip.

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to the end today! Our representative will accompany you to the airport. We recommend to leave from your hotel 2-3 hours before your scheduled flight. Say good bye to the ancient city of Kathmandu and welcome back.

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program on twin sharing room basis
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • BB in Kathmandu and fullboard during the trek
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries during your Nepal trekking tour
  • One good local English speaking guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist vehcile
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Different kinds of snack like biscuit, cheese, dried and fresh fruit during trek
  • All government and local taxes

Exclusive

  • Both International and domestic flight
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All kinds of insurance such as personal insurance, evacuation and medical insurance
  • Personal and medical evacuation insurance
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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