Trekking in Nepal

Manasalu Circuit Trek

Manasalu Circuit Trek

"Manaslu circuit trek continues through the traditional villages with their flat-rooted timber houses and workshops in secluded Buddhist monasteries. Enjoy inspiring views of Manaslu. Larkya La Pass marks the divide between Manaslu less trekked western side and the Marshyangdi River valley."


The Manaslu Circuit trek is amazing ethnic and scenic diversity, still relatively un-trekked; the lush rice paddies and traditional villages of Nepal's 'Middle Hills'. This Manaslu trek lead us to high Himalayan passes, purely Tibetan villages, spectacular snow-peak panoramas and wonderful campsites. The trekking around Manaslu has long been a restricted area due to the close proximity of the Tibetan border and is now open, but only for organized groups. The route initially traverses a ridge line before descending into the Budi Gandaki River Valley, where we ascend gradually from lush sub-tropical terrain into alpine forest and then the barren yet mystical rain shadow area to the north of Manaslu and Himalchuli peaks.

The regions through which we trek are predominantly Buddhist and there are few large villages. This is a remote trek into one of Nepal's most beautiful areas. We're permitted access to a restricted region granted only limited number trekkers each year, which simply adds to the appeal of this trek. Manaslu circuit trek beginning this wonderful adventure with an interesting drive towards Gorkha district of north mid-west region of Nepal, after a good drive starting the trek following the glacial Buri-Gandaki River upstream all the way near to source around higher valley and mountains of Manaslu area, as the trek progress from low sub-tropical climate heading higher to cool alpine area of Jagat, Deng, Lo Gaon and to Samagaon villages. With a great time on Manaslu area heading towards Manang area at Dharapani village where the famous Annapurna Circuit trek trail joins, the last leg of this trekking completes at Chamje village for the drive to Kathmandu with glorious memories and moments of Manaslu circuit trekking with excellent service of Himalayan Smile treks with friendly guide and porters.

Manaslu trek continues through the traditional villages with their flat-rooted timber houses and workshops in secluded Buddhist monasteries. Enjoy inspiring views of Manaslu. Larkya La Pass marks the divide between Manaslu less trekked western flanks and the Marshyangdi River valley. Manaslu circuit trek offers grand vista of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m/26774ft), Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23/693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24/457ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m/24787ft), including Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) at 6,997m/22950ft stretches up towards east massif Ganesh Himal or Yangra (7,422 m / 24,350 ft) with stunning sunrise in some of the high ridges of Manaslu adjoining peaks of this amazing landscapes, hills and valleys with lovely alpine forest full of rhododendron, pines, hemlock, and oaks tree lines in country.


Trip Fact: 19 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude:5153m/16901ft
  • Destination:Manaslu circuit, larkya la pass
  • Fitness level:strenuous
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge, camp and home-stay during trek

 


Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshisahar to Kathmandu
  • The unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people
  • Pristine Budi Gandaki River valley
  • Fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and others
  • Larkya La pass (5153m/16901ft) crossing
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri people
  • Diversified unspoiled ecosystems
  • Walking through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests at the beginning of the trek

     


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hrs

Day 4: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 5: Maccha Khola to Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 6: Jagat to Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 7: Deng to Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 8: Namrung to Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hrs

Day 9: Samagaon: rest and acclimatization 

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs

Day 11: Samdo: rest and acclimatization

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs

Day 13: Dharamsala to Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft] via Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] : 8 - 9 hrs

Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hrs

Day 15: Tilije to Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hrs(1700)

Day 16: Tal to Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 17: Syange to Besisahar Trek or by jeep( 6-7 hrs)

Day 18: Besisahar to kathmandu ( 6 hour drive)

Day 19: Final departure

 


Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Paten and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hrs
We start early drive toward Sotikhola with views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to a rough road to Arughat. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola.
Included meals: Breakfast,

Day 4: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
We start our trek crossing  the bridge, beautiful Sal tree (Shorea Robusta) forests,a ridge above huge rapids on the Budi Gandaki, we reach Khursane. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climbing further we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge to reach Machha Khola village.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Maccha Khola toJagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Trail heads to Jagat which ascends and descends along the path across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, trail starts over another ridge, crossing the Budhi Gandaki  we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase,  across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. 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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Jagat to Dengi [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
We begin today‚Äôs 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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Dengi to Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
After a brief walk we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river the pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung.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.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Namrung to Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hrs
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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Samagaon: rest and acclimatization
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
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
Today we start our trail descending to the Budi Gandaki River. 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 Budi 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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo
This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. we  recommend for a hike, to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La ('large pass') to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet and  back to the Samdo village.. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
Even today, 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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Dharamsala to Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft] via Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft]: 8 - 9 hrs
After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers with 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
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Tilije to Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Tal to Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
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. 
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Syange to Besisahar: 8-9 hrs
The drive from Syange to Besi Sahar( option of trekking is also available) offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Besisahar to kathmandu (6 hrs drive)
The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu 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. 
Included meals: Breakfast,

Day 19: Final departure


Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft or local bus or private jeep which ever is necessary
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

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