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Manaslu Circuit Trek


Trip Facts

Duration:
20 days,
Trip Destination:
Larke la (5160 meters)
Max. Altitude:
5160 meters,
Minimum Pax:
2,
Activities:
walking & sight Trip,
Start Trip:
Aarughat,
End Trip:
Kathmandu,
Accommodation:
Lodges,
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & dinner,
Best Season:
Sep to Nov & March to may,
Transportation:
Bus,
Per Day Walking:
4 to 7 hours,
Trip Grade:
gradegrade
Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a relatively new trek in the repertoire of most Nepali trekking Guides. It was only released to people outside Nepal in 1991 and follows an old salt trading trek along the Budhi Gandaki River and the Budi Gandaki Gorge with its most fantastic views. The trek leads you through the Pristine Wilderness with a view from Mount Lho to Bhimtang like you have not seen any other. If you want to know what Heaven on earth means, this is the place to come and to experience. Mount Manaslu (8156m) was first conquered by Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, on May 9, 1956, as part of a Japanese expedition.

One of the not to miss attractions of this trek is the Samdo Village. It is the highest Village in the Budhi Gandaki Valley and is Inhabited by Bhotias. From this Village, you have an Excellent view of the valley and Pang Phuchi Village; with the Tibetan border in its far.

The Manaslu Round trekking is not just attractive because of its Spectacular views. It is a must-go Destination for any nature lover. In an almost untouched area, you can experience 110 species of Birds including the Golden Eagle, Eurasian Griffon, Himalayan Griffon, Blood Impeyan, Kalij and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan and Tibetan Snow Cocks and the Crimson Horned Pheasant.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is also very diverse in its flora. For example, it inhibits nineteen different types of forest, most of it, however, constitutes of the Rhododendron, and Himalayan Blue Pine. A side trip to the Manaslu Base Camp is an experience of its own kind. From there you can easily get to the Pungyen Monastery with its Breathtaking view of Himalchuli (7331m). A Glacier you need to see to believe.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a circuit and at one point meets up with the Annapurna circuit trek via Bhimthang. However, this only happens after you have passed the Larkya-La Pass (52235m) and then descend through Dharapani. From the Lara pass you can enjoy a stunning view of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, and Kang Guru and as a special eye candy, every now and then you will get a glimpse of the massive Annapurna itself.

Manaslu circuit trek service includs:

  • Airport Pickup & Drop in a private Transport.
  • All the grounded Transportation as per itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Teahouse/ Lodges Accommodation During your trek,
  • Bed & Breakfast During your trek,
  • Manaslu & Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card,
  • Kathmandu city map if needed,
  • Good English speaker Guide who have authorized license,
  • Guide and Porter salary,
  • Staff Insurance during the trek
  • Emergency Helicopter management,

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu TIA airport and transfer to your Hotel.

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu TIA Airport, we will manage your pick up service as we have rules. Our airport representative will pick up you from the airport to your Hotel. After you checked in to your hotel we let you rest and be a refresh for some time than around evening time we introduce you to our team leader (Guide) who will take you to the mountain. Overnight at Kathmandu  Hotel.

Included food: Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu city tour & Trip preparation.

Today is our city exploration day after we have breakfast at your hotel. Our professional guide will pick up you from your hotel than he/ she will take you around the world heritage sites such as  Pashupatinath Temple, Syanmbhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Kathmandu Durbar square and Bauddha Stupa. After visiting those popular places around we will drop you at your hotel and give you some brief about your trip.

Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.
Meals: Excluded

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Aarughat.

We will get the bus in the morning from Kathmandu to Aarughat which is direct bus takes about 7 hours then next Short drive to Soti Khola. During this period till Soti Khola, we will get to see the local Nepali houses, farming, rivers, forest and paradise valley view. The first 92 km drive till Dhading Besi will be paved road is quite nice then we will be following the off-road till we reach Sotikhaola. Sotikhola is a small local area where we will spend the night at Tea House.

Included Foods: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900 m/2952 ft) -6 hours

We will get our early breakfast at lodge than we   follow the small trekking route crossing of the bridge and trek through Sal tropical trees, after some walk we will reach the ridge of Mountains above Budi Gandaki River Than we continue our walk following the natural path which is quite an easy walk till Khursane we than follow the rocky path ascends and descents on the mountain cliff. The walking route will be easy after passing this un and down trails that we follow the trail via terrace field till we reach Beautiful Gurung village Lapubesi. After passing this village we will climb up to the hill then we will see the open Valley of Budi Gandaki river. After that, the small trail leads us to the gravel bar of the river before we begin to climb the other side of the hill. The last bit to walk today is downhill after reaching the top ridge passing suspension bridge just before we reach Machha Khola.

Over Night stay: Machhakhola,
Included Foods:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat(1410 m/4625 ft)

The trail from Machha Khola to Jagat at the beginning is quite narrow going uphill and downhill towards small suspension bridge overt Dhado Khola we than reach to Khorla Besi. We continue our walk to Tatopani (Hot spring) following some up and downhill walk we then climb another small Ridge of the mountain than after we will cross the suspension bridge over        Budi Gandaki River. We will have some rest at this junction then follow the path going through the massif landslide before we reach Donovan. We continue our scenic walk on a stone made steeps than descends to the River than again small stone made climb till Dharo Bharang than after some time we will follow the river bank of Budi Gandaki before we climb up to the west ridge after some easy walk to will reach at Jagat.

Over Night stay at Tea House Accommodation
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1804m/5917ft)

Our first walking trail today will be steeply uphill over the rocky ridge of Salleri than we go downhill to Sidebars. The trails will be more and more natural each step ahead, however, we continue our scenic walking upstream to the suspension bridge at Philip it is also known as a very big Gurung residency area. We follow the North side trail after Passing Philim Village than we will go through millet field than we reach Elle Bhatti. The trail will be quite difficult now on a steep trail, Deep Gorge we than go down to the lawn area cross the river and walk along the west bank than East River bank walk than back again. The last walking route will be though bamboo forest to reach Deng which is the small settlement is Manaslu trek.

Over Night at Deng lodge
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek From Deng to Namrung(2630m/8626ft)

We begin our walk after breakfast at our lodge we stayed in. The short walking takes us to the River where we have to go over the bridge to cross it and ascent to Rana located at 1910m.  The trail takes us to west Budi Gandaki River Passing Bhi. The beautiful walking route takes us to the forest some time via religious Buddhist Mani than we after some walking we reach Gap. After that, we cross Budi Gandaki River Several times & River up steams along the valley and forest.  As we walk uphill after passing that forest the forest becomes less dense than the trail will be much easier. The last walking trail will be steep up for some time that we reach Namrung.

Over Night at Tea House Accommodation Namrung
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08:  Namrung to Samagaon(3530m/11,578ft)- 7 hrs

After spending a night at Beautiful Nmarung village we begin our journey to Samagaon. The trails lead us to steeply through barley field, Buddhist Curtains and villages after that we will be walking on the side of Simpang Himal as it is steeply downhill walking we than continue to walk through Sho-lo & Shyala Small Village before we react at Sama Village. Today we get to see beautiful Mt. Manaslu and Ribung Monastery which is historical and religious Tibetan monastery for ages. When we react at Shyala we can see very up close snow Cap Mountains views around Such as Peak 29(Ngadi Chuli), Himal Chuli massif Mt. Manaslu. However, today we will see so many snow cap peaks, buddies Curtains, Monastery and indescribable landscapes along the way to Samagaon.

Overnight stay at Lodge/Tea house at Samagaon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Samagaon to Samdo(3860m/12,660ft)-5hrs

It is about 5 hours walking today from Samagaon to Samdo passing the river, Mani Walls, Juniper and Birch forest. We first decent to Budi Gandaki river than we cross a small bridge over it after that the small trail going to the left side takes you to Manaslu base camp and other is Larke la pass goes beyond Mani walls than we reach at Karmo Kharka as it is an easy walk through the forest.  Each and every step ahead we can observe the extraordinary views of massif peaks. Landscapes and paradise valley as we go all the way down to Budi Gandaki Valley again cross it than ascending to Kani than we reach Samdo Village.

Over Night stay at tea house accommodation at Samdo
Meals inclusive: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Rest day at Samdo

Today we have a rest day but still, there is an option either you can go and visit Tibet border which is very long day walking go and back so we only recommend you to go there if you are fit otherwise just explore around Samdo village and enjoy the extraordinary vies of Himalayas.

Day 11: Trek from Samdo Village to Dharmasala / Larke Phedi(4,460m/14,628ft)

We today also walk downhill to the edge and cross the river Budi Gandaki than follow the trail upwards to Dharmasala. Today we have to cross two Kholas (Streams) and walk along the massif Glacier than after short walk following the small trail take us to Stone made shelter called Dharamsala. We have to rearrange the room by ph or sending message before you reach Dharmasala otherwise there will be quite difficult to get even sharing Accommodation in Peak season. We have a very short walk today meaning after reaching Dharmasala, you can enjoy true nature around and prepare for Larke La pass tomorrow.

Overnight stay at Stone made shelter Dharmasala
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang via Larke La pass( 5,160m/16,924ft)- 8 -9 hrs

We begin our journey today after we have breakfast at Dharmasala than we follow the trail ascending up to the hill after that we reach to the north side valley of Larke la glacier, from where we will see admirable views of towering massif mountains including  Cho Danda Larke peak and many other peaks.

Day 13: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang via Larke La pass( 5,160m/16,924ft)- 8 -9 hrs

We begin our journey today after we have breakfast at Dharmasala than we follow the trail ascending up to the hill after that we reach to the north side valley of Larke la glacier, from where we will see admirable views of towering Massif Mountains including Cho Danda Larke peak and many other peaks. After exploring the magnificent view we gradually ascent towards Larke La Pass which is highlights of Manaslu trekking route. The last bit just before Larke la pass we have to go steeply up but once we reach the top we can see just outstanding Himalayan panorama. As usual today we will have a long walking day but after Larkey pass, the route will be just descending all the way to Bhimtang.

Over Night Stay at Bhimatang Teahouse/Lodge

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Bhimtang to Tilije(2300m/7544ft) 5 to 6 hrs

Bhimtang is such a beautiful village from where we can see Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, him long, Cheo Himla and many other Rolling green hills. We begin the day after the breakfast following the downhill to Sanger Khraka than we cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River. We continue our walkthrough Rhododendron forest and narrow walking route and valley goes down gradually to Karcher located at 2785m. Mostly today we are going downhill except short steep walk before Gho. It is alternative settlements instead of Tilije but if you can push yourself to reach Tilije than it will be much better for food & Accommodation.

Over Night stay at Teahouse /Lodge at Tilije

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Trek from Tilije to Tal(1700m/5576ft) 5 hrs

The first short walking today we will follow the steep up walk to the small ridge than continue walking ion a stone made easy trail goes through the local villages. After the village walk, we have to pass the bridge over Dudh Koshi river than short climb up to the ridge beyond buddies religious Mani, Stupa and prayer flags that we arrive at Tonje Village where we have to show our permits they checkpoint then continue our walk to Dharapani. After Passing Dharapani we entered into the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation area project). The beautiful trekking path smoothly takes us through villages and cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi River than we pass some buddies Mani walls after that we reach Tal.

Over Night Stay at Tal Tea House /Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

Whats Included?

Service Includes

  • Airport Pickup & Drop in a private Transport.
  • All the grounded Transportation as per itinerary.
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Teahouse/ Lodges Accommodation During your trek,
  • Bed & Breakfast During your trek,
  • Manaslu & Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card,
  • Kathmandu city map if needed,
  • Good English speaker Guide who have authorized license,
  • Guide and Porter Salary,
  • Staff Insurance during the trek
  • Emergency Helicopter Management,

Service Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of the temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
  • your lunch & Dinner in the city
  • Tea, coffee & Alcoholic drinks,
  • Mineral water, chocolates, and all cold drink items
  • Tip for guide porter & Driver

Essential Infos

Is Nepal Safe to Trek?

Yes, it is safe country since 10 years especially when rebel party involves in election and peace agreement in 2006 than all political party is already in parliament and doing their best, it means where ever you go to Nepal you are safe. if you feel scared still you can have your authorized guide who will take care of you and give you much information.

How Can I get Nepal visa?

To get visa for Nepal is a easy once you arrive In TIA Kathmandu you can get visa within 20 minute, you just need to get 2 p.p size photo, your passport and  some money such as 15 Days stay in Nepal cost 25 USD per person, 30 USD for 30 Days and 100 USD for 3 month tourist visa. All service you will get easier when you arrive at Kathmandu airport.

Where is the best area to trek in Nepal?

There are so many trekking routes in Nepal, but few of them are really popular as it is nicer than many other treks in n Nepal. Everest base camp trekking, Gokyo lake trekking, Annapurna base camp trekking, Annapurna circuit trek, Poon hill trek these are the most popular trekking route in Nepal. If you prefer to visit restricted area or, rural area to explore the localities of Nepal there are so many options that we have and you can visit safely.

Which season is the best to travel to Nepal?

Nepal is a rich in biodiversity as it has many different temperature and climate within a few hour drives. So, as we have four seasons in a year we trek mostly in winter (Sep. to Dec) and spring (Mar. to June). The best season of the year is Sep to Dec, you will have clear weather and spectacular view each day this is why people used to call the best season of the year.

What type of equipment do I need to bring for the trek?

The trekking equipment will depend on where you are going if you are trekking to Everest base camp or Annapurna base camp trek you should bring proper equipment such as down Jacket, Sleeping Bag, Windproof pant so no. You have to bring this trekking equipment which is as below:

  • Sleeping bag, torch,
  • Down Jacket,
  • Trekking pools, a pair of t-shirt and pair Pant,
  • Pair of suck and Sun Glass,
  • General medicine,
  • Rucksack and day bag,
  • Windproof jacket, Gloves, warm hat,
  • Inner drawer and thermal,

Can I trek in Nepal?

Yes, you can easily trek in Nepal because there are so many trekking routes. If you are going to trek in Nepal for the first time you can make an easy trek to Poon hill, or Langtang trek these are an easy walking trek. If you are adventurous trekkers you can go to Everest base camp, Gokyo trekking, Chola pass trekking, Annapurna base camp, Annapurna circuit trek etc. so you consult with your local travel agent when you decide to go to Nepal which is the best area up on your pace.

Can I get an experienced guide in Nepal?

Yes, you can get an experienced guide in Nepal if you book your trip with trekking company or agent. You have to check very well who is going with you through your agent than figure out he is a nice guy or not. There are so many options but manly package trekking and day ways salary base trekking.

What is the price of Everest trekking?

There are so many different trekking and travel company who organize all trekking and touring activities in Nepal and they have their own strategy and price but the fact of the trek is the same so if you are in Nepal to make Everest base camp trekking and if you are alone it cost comparatively more than groups, in general for solo trekkers Kathmandu to Kathmandu 12 days Everest base camp trek cost 1299 USD and if you are two people going there cost 1199 USD. If you are budget travelers still you can save some money with this cost but this price is just enough to do all activities during your 12 days time up to the mountain. you have more than 8 people in your group one get free trip while you are in Nepal except for your domestic flights.

What is the maximum weight for the porter in Nepal?

Nepal tourism board published some rules and regulation for porters who used to work generally with tourist they carry 25 kg , so in general you will get one porter for two trekkers it means one trekker need to make their weight about 12.5 kg and if you have extra clothes or any extra things that you bought from your country you can leave in hotel locker in Kathmandu once you are back you will get it, it is safe.

What is the maximum weight can I take to Lukla in a plane?

Flying to Lukla we will be in a small plane whereas just 14  to 16 people in one plane it is small this is why there is short of strict rules need to be just 15 kg per person as a luggage and small day bags as a hand carry you can take with you. if you have any extra things in your bag you can leave in Kathmandu hotel before you leave than it helps a lot to repack and to follow the rules. Still, after repacking your bag have more than 15 kg you have to pay 5 USD per kg than you can fly in or out.

How much do I need to tip for guide and porter?

Tipping things is not compulsory but it is highly expected from field staff during your trek in Nepal such as waiter Driver, Guide porters. Mainly if you are in Nepal and doing more than week trip with guide or with porter you can tip about 100 USD for guide and 80 USD for porter but if they make your special trip with lots of information take caring and you feel safe all the time with them than you can add more tip on top of that.

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Giusy Bertolotto Aug 1, 2012

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The trip to Nepal was a great experience.  I organized the tour (10 days) with Santosh Gauli . Very good flexibility on his part to change the program to suit our needs (both of time and things to see). Santosh welcomed us at the airport and we have always followed the best. I was really happy for his organization of all the pro ... Read More

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