|Fitness Level||: Gentle||Max-Altitude||: 5106m / 16751.76ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu, all meals on trek|
|Accommodation||: 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, standard tea houses on trek|
The Manaslu Circuit Trek would be the perfect choice for those looking for an incredible trekking experience in Nepal on a less travelled path. You can enjoy the luxury of the tea houses and discover mountain life of the mid western Himalayas. Surely this trek is gaining popular and has proved to be a good alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal. One can surely have a lifetime experience of a true remote adventure combined with cultural exploration. Get awe inspired to see the world’s eight highest mountain- Mt. Manaslu (8163 m) doing the circuit trek.
The route of the Manalsu trek has it all what other classic treks in Nepal offer stunning sceneries, high pass and crossing suspension bridges. At 5106 m there lies the challenge to traverse the Larkya Pass for trekkers doing this trek- the challenge is worth in the end. From here your breath will be taken away to see the superb views of mountains like Himlung (7,125m), Cheo (6820m), Kang Guru (6981m), Annapurna II (7939m) and Manaslu (8163m) (and When you are on this trek you’d see that the Manaslu region encompasses the sub tropical foothills to the dry, high Trans-Himalayan pastures lying close to Tibet. So you’d be passing through areas with rich biodiversity, culture and unsurpassed beauty. Trekking from village to village gives you the opportunity to interact with the locals of the region uncovering the lifestyles of the people in areas you’d be traversing. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best combination of beautiful terrain, cultural insight and awesome mountain scenery.Next to the iconic treks of the Everest and the Annapurna in Nepal , the circuit of the Manaslu trek is what any avid trekker should try and discover the charm of this trek.
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As you make your way out of the arrival gates, look out for a cheerful face of our Wind Horse representative holding a placard, with your name on it. He will drop you to the hotel. Rest awhile to shake off that jetlag! Stroll around the vicinity and acquaint yourself to the city, the vibrant marketplaces and the colorful ambience of the surroundings will definitely spellbind you. It may seem chaotic at first, but eventually you will give in to the city’s charisma. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today join us for a pre-trip discussion in our office for the last minute preparation before the trek. Here you can meet your trek leader as well as other members of the group. If there are any questions you can ask the trek leader and also the management.
Altitude: 710m/2328ft| Drive 7-8 hrs
After breakfast it’s time to get ready for the journey ahead. Hop into the vehicle and drive through lovely countryside crossing the Trishuli River to reach Dhading Besi passing many quaint villages. You’d get to see terrace fields, rivers that can be captivating. But the trail from Dhading Besi to Arughat is rough, so the ride could be bumpy. Then, you’d reach town of Arughat. From here you further drive to Soti Khola, here is where you’d be halting for the night. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Altitude: 900m/2952ft| Trek 6-7 hrs
Fill yourself up with a hearty breakfast, today you’d commence the trek. There is a suspension bridge over the Soti Khola (river) you’d be crossing, then entering the Sal forest walking along ridge above the Bhuri Gandaki river. Few hours of trek you’d reach Khursane, from here trail becomes rocky, passing by waterfalls and walking along cliffs. With continued walking uphill through terraced fields to reach Labubesi- Gurung village. The trail continues through a sandy river bed, walking over stone ridges and moving down to the river, crossing suspension bridges you’d come to the village of Machha Khola, your final destination for the today. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Altitude: 1410m/4625ft|Trek 6 hrs
The trek gets better with the trails becoming narrower and you’d be making small ascents and descents reaching the Tharo Khola, from here you’d carry on walking to Khorlabesi. Once you reach this place you’d walk steeply up a ridge to walk downhill and reach Tatopani (hot spring). There is another ridge to climb, and then we’d cross the Buri Gandaki River treading on a suspension bridge. Now, you’d be heading to Doban for which you’d need to climb a staircase that leads to a landslide and a ridge-it’s adventurous! Several climbs and descents, thereafter Thado Bharyang is reached. Next, you’d proceed to the west bank of Buri Gandaki River after crossing the river again and then the village of Jagat is reached. Here you’d be resting for the day for the day. Overnight in Jagat.
Altitude: 1804m/5917m| Trek 6-7 hrs
Today’s trek is going to take you for some cliff walks, and some good views of the mountains can be enjoyed. After having walked uphill over a rocky ridge you’d reach Salleri village, from here walking down the village of Sirdibas is reached. You’d carry on with the walk to reach Ghatta Khola; here you’d find the valley widen a bit. After having walked upstream for some hours crossing a long suspension bridge there is a large Gurung village called Philim. So, trekking northwards traversing through fields of millet and maize along an easy trail you reach the village of Ekle Bhatti. Now you’d be trekking through an uninhabited steep gorge followed by a downhill walk traversing the grassy slopes and crossing the Budi Gandaki River to trek along the west bank and then cross again to the east bank and then cross back again. Thereafter, you’d find yourself walk through bamboo forests along a slightly wide trail to reach Deng, here you’d be spending the night. Overnight to Deng.
Altitude: 2630m/8626ft| Trek 6-7 hrs
After breakfast, its time say goodbye to Deng, and continue the trek. Again you’d be crossing the Budi Gandaki and walking uphill to reach Rana (1910m). The trek carries on westward following a beautiful waterfall. You’d walking through beautiful rhododendron forests and might also spot some white-faced langurs. You’d be crossing this river several times and also see many gompas (monasteries) en route. With the trails flat and easy, there is one final climb after which you’d reach Namrung where you’d be spending the night. From this village you can see the lovely views of mountains- Ganesh and Himalchuli. Overnight in Namrung.
Altitude: 3530m/11,578ft| Trek 6-7 hrs
Today get ready to climb steadily passing through forests to reach Lihi, from here you’d get to see the stunning view of Ganesh Himal (mountain). Here you’d get to see many chortens and barley terraces. You’d continue trekking through villages of Sho, Lho and Shyla. The view of Mt. Manaslu from Lho is amazing and sight to behold; here you can also visit the well-known Ribung Gompa. Once you reach Shyla you’d be surrounded by peaks like Himalchuli, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), Manaslu and Ganesh Himal with many glaciers- it’s like heaven on earth. Once we reach Samagaon, you’d stop and halt for the night. Overnight in Samagaon.
Exploration 6-7 hrs
Today is day to rest and acclimatize or there is an option to hike to a nearby hill where you can visit the famous Pungyen Gompa, from here you’d get to see the great views of the glacier. When trekking to the Monastery you’d meet lots of local, Buddhist pilgrims in their traditional clothes and a chance to uncover mountain culture. You’d get see many mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures of the local people in their traditional costumes and ornaments. This is the village where you can either take complete rest or engage on exploring the charms of Samagaon. Around six to seven hours’ exploration trip helps you to acclimatize properly. Samagaon is full of ferocious Sherpa settlements and hence strolling around the village provides you the glimpses of rich Sherpa culture and long unique traditions. Apart from these, you will enjoy the sight of thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist texts, pictures and the Sherpa women dressed in traditional clothes in the village. After exploring the village you can hike up to Sama village to explore the Pungyen Gompa - an old monastery with great views of the glacier. Trek back to Samagaon. Overnight in Samagaon.
Altitude: 3860m/12660ft| Trek 3-4 hrs
After breakfast get ready for today’s trek. This would involved a downhill walk that leads you first to Budi Gandaki River and you’d reach the Manaslu Base Camp as you continue trekking ahead on the side of river. The trail today you’d traverse also goes by the name of Larkya La trail. As you carry on the trek ahead through this trail you’d see the widening of the Budhi Gandaki valley. En route you will pass by many Mani walls and through forests of juniper and birch towards Kermo Kharka. Now, you’d descend to cross Budhi Gandaki River. From here you’d climb a trail which ultimately lands you at a stone arch from here you can see can the large white Kani. Finally passing through the site of Kani you’d reach Samdo. Overnight at Samdo.
Today you’d be resting to acclimatize below Manaslu- a breathtaking sight to behold, towering above us. There is a hike you can do climbing up the valley directly behind Samdo, which leads tp one of the passes to Tibet, so be ready for some really captivating and amazing mountain scenery. En route, you’ll pass many lovely, slated herding settlements. You can see prayer flags fluttering strung up on a distant hill, sending messages to the souls of the departed out into the Himalaya make a good stopping point before returning to lively Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
Altitude: 4460m/14,628ft| Trek 3-4 hrs
Today will be a short trek with sufficient time to acclimatize. The trail descends at to cross the Budi Gandaki River followed by a climbing trail ahead. You’d be crossing two streams getting the opportunity to see the Larkya Glacier before reaching the valley of the Salka Khola. Now, the trail climbs again till you reach a stone guest house at 4,450 meter. The guest house is a kind of shelter en route also called Dharmshala locally. This place is also recognized as Larke Phedi or Larkya La Pass Base Camp. Overnight at Dharamsala.
Altitude: 3720m/12,201ft| Trek 8-9 hrs
Today would be a challenging day when you’d be trekking the most demanding trails of the Manaslu Trek. That would be crossing the Larkya La Pass at 5160 m. Hence, at first there comes a short trail you need to climb which later leads you to reach a valley on the northern side of the Larkya Glacier. On this trek, walking through the valley you will be awe struck at the outstanding views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Then, you’d continue walking to cross the moraines of Larkya Glacier at first, followed by a climb and then there is a steep trail to reach at the highest section the Larkya La Pass. Atop the pass you’d be rewarded with spectacular views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the giant Annapurna II. Then you’d descend from the pass traversing through the areas of low pastures, finally reaching Bimthang the final destination of the day. Overnight at Bimthang.
Altitude: 2300m/7544ft| Trek 5-6 hrs
On this day you cannot escape the captivating vistas of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. The trek continues descending first crossing Sangure Kharka and then you’d reach a pasture and cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola (river). Then the trail traverses through a rhododendron forest and a narrow valley until you reach Karche (2,785m)- the highest cultivated land of the valley. You’d reach Gho and walking ahead from Gho connect you with Tilije – a village en route with better lodges in this section of the trip. Overnight in Tilije.
Altitude: 1,300m/4265ft|Trek 5 - 6 hours
On this day you’d be walking through a stone arch and crossing the Dudh Khola River. Thereafter, you’d descend through a scrub forest walking along the walls of the Marsyangdi Valley and you can also see views of the houses in Dharapani at a distance. As you carry on trekking it brings you to Thonje and passes through a Chorten-shaped arch, finally bringing you at the Marsyangdi River. Dharapani lies on the other side of a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. From Dharapani, you’d follow the trail of the famous Annapurna Circuit route in reverse. It’s a descending walk today, passing through forests of rhododendron and pine to reach Jagat, the final place destination of the day. Overnight in Jagat.
Drive 8-9 hrs
After breakfast, you’d be boarding your vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu. You’ be driving on gravel road till Besisahar and from here it’s on blacktop road all the way to Kathmandu. So, you can enjoy the adventurous ride pass through villages and captivating scenery. Once you reach Kathmandu, you’d be transferred to your hotel. Free to explore on your own, indulge in some last minute shopping or visit some UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to the flight departure. The mystic land of the Himalayas holds many more secrets to be told. Come back again for another adventure visiting our spectacular mountains.
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