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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu trek offers magnificent views of Manaslu (8,163m) which is the eighth tallest mountain in the world coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region.Around Manaslu trek begins by sightseeing of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu to trekking in the beautiful Manaslu region.The highest point of this trek is the 'Larkya La Pass' which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas.while entering the Manaslu region, we have a feeling of entering the secret Buddhist world of monasteries, many walls and prayer flags. The trek also offers a variation of landscapes like starting from lowland to touching almost to Tibet border.
 
Himalayan Excursion Nepal itinerary for around Manaslu circuit trek has been designed by consultation with professional mountaineers & guides ensuring adequate time for proper acclimatization. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails and is within the capabilities of people with good cardiovascular fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.The first half of the trek ascends the BudhiGandaki valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages.

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Crossing Larkya La over 5,215m.
  • Exploring the Budhi Gandaki River valley.
  • Enchanting deep forest, beautiful rhododendron and pines tree lines.
  • Visiting rural villages and monasteries of immense ancient culture.
  • Scenic off road driving to Arughat from Kathmandu.
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage site; Pashupatinath, Swayambhu (monkey temple), Boudha stupa.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in kathmandu Tribhuwan airport (1,300m).
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300 m).
  • Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m), 8-9 hours.
  • Day 4 : Soti Khoal to Machha Khola (900 m) 6-7 hours.
  • Day 5 : Machha Khola to Jagat (1410 m) 6-7 hours.
  • Day 6 : Jagat to Deng (1,804 m) 6-7 hours.
  • Day 7 : Deng to Namrung (2,630 m) 6-7 hours.
  • Day 8 : Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m) 6-7 hours.
  • Day 9 : Samagaon to Pungyen to Samagaon, 6-7 hours exploration.
  • Day 10 : Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m), 4-5 hours.
  • Day 11 : Rest day in Samdo.
  • Day 12 : Samdo to Dharamsala (4,460m) 4-5 hours.
  • Day 13 : Dharamsala to Larkya La (5,160m), Bimthang (3,720m) 8-9 hours.
  • Day 14 : Bimthang to Tilije (2,300m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 15 : Tilije to Tal (1,700m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 16 : Tal to Syange (1,080m) 6-7 hours.
  • Day 17 : Syange to Kathmandu, 8-9 hours.
  • Day 18 : Transfer to Airport for your final departure.

Day 1 : Arrival in kathmandu Tribhuwan airport (1,300m).

After arrival at Kathmandu airport Our company representative's will welcome you and then transfer to hotel. After time to get refreshed, evening we'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip. 
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Max. Altitude: 1,300m
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300 m).

Today, After morning breakfast you'll visit different historical and cultural sites of the Kathmandu valley with our professional guide. You will go for the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Boudhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit hitorical Kathmandu Durbar square with temple, unique architectures and kumari (living goddess).
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Max. Altitude: 1,300m
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m), 8-9 hours.

Today we set off early 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 headquarters of Dhading (1050 m) but the drive from Dhading Benbsi to Arughat will be in a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. 
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 8-9
  • Max. Altitude: 710m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Soti Khoal to Machha Khola (900 m) 6-7 hours.

Today, 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 & down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down & past a few rice terraces, then upa and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up & 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 & cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. 
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 6-7
  • Max. Altitude: 900m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Machha Khola to Jagat (1410 m) 6-7 hours.

Today the narrow trail makes some minor ups & downs & eventually crosses the Tharo Khola & reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends & 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 & over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yarku Khola, we climb the stone stairs & then drop to the river & again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along & then climb towards the village of Jagat.
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 6-7
  • Max. Altitude: 1410m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Jagat to Deng (1,804 m) 6-7 hours.

We begin today's trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, & 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 & 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 desend  to the grassy land slopes, crosses the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then crosses to the east bank & then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens & we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.

Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng.
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 6-7
  • Max. Altitude: 1804m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Deng to Namrung (2,630 m) 6-7 hours.

Today, After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki & 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 & mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through prok village. Pork village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budhi Gandaki several times today & 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 & the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues & after a last steep climb we reach Namrung.
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 6-7
  • Max. Altitude: 2630m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m) 6-7 hours.

Today, Namrung village is good viewpoint for siring & Ganesh Himal & from the village one can also see Mt. Himal chuli in the south. We climb steadily & pass through forests & reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens & barley terraces. The trail drops & crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho & Shyala villages before reaching Sama village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village & also explore the famous Ribung Gompa.
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 6-7
  • Max. Altitude: 3530m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Samagaon to Pungyen to Samagaon, 6-7 hours exploration.

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest & acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts & pictures & the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes & ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama villages is an old 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 unsuccesful 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.
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 6-7
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 : Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m), 4-5 hours.

Today, We descend to the Budhi Gandaki river, that has turned north & follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The larkya la passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on as shelf above the river passing the juniper & birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge & climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani.
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 4-5
  • Max. Altitude: 3860m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Rest day in Samdo.

Today is the day for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo & possibly Kang guru behind the pass.
 
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 : Samdo to Dharamsala (4,460m) 4-5 hours.

Today, We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki & begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams & witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola & climb up again to the stone guest house which is not a lodge but kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization & relaxing in the afternoon.Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Basis.
 
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 4-5
  • Max. Altitude: 4460m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 : Dharamsala to Larkya La (5,160m), Bimthang (3,720m) 8-9 hours.

Today, After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda & 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 & the huge Annapurna II. It is longer day than usual to Bimtan, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. .
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 8-9
  • Max. Altitude: 5160m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 : Bimthang to Tilije (2,300m), 5-6 hours.

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu,Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal & Cheo Himal. We descend further & cross a high pasture followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through Rhododendron forest & follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche 2,785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge.
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 5-6
  • Max. Altitude: 2300m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 : Tilije to Tal (1,700m), 5-6 hours.

Today, We climb over a small ridge & enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola & climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall & reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint & continue to Dharapani. we have entered the annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village & 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 the large waterfall. 
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 5-6
  • Max. Altitude: 1700m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 : Tal to Syange (1,080m) 6-7 hours.

Today, We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields & villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through Rhododendron & pine forests to Syange. 
  • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Hours: 6-7
  • Max. Altitude: 1080m
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 : Syange to Kathmandu, 8-9 hours.

Today, the drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill & mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi & 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 lesiure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping or explore any sights we missed during our first day in Kathamndu. In evening. we get to enjoy a farewell dinner meant to celebrate your successful completion of 'Around Manaslu Trek'.
 
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Hours: 8-9
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 : Transfer to Airport for your final departure.

Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your onward destination.
 
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized as your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Customize My Trip

What's included

  • Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
  • 3 Nights twin sharing hotel accomodation in Kathmandu.
  • Full day Kathmandu sightseeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • Professional English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
  • All standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during the trek
  • Best available lodge/Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
  • License holder english speaking trekking guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, Equipment, Medicine & Insurance for all staff.
  • Necessary entry permit fees & traveler TIMS card.
  • Himalayan Excursion Nepal sleeping bag & duffel bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary pick up drop by toursit vehicle.
  • All government & local taxes.

What's not included

  • International airfare & necessary airport taxes.
  • Nepal entry visa fees at present USD 25 for 15 days, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for three month. (bring accurate USD cash & two pp size photo).
  • Lunch & dinner in kathmandu & pokhara.
  • Temple & monastries entry fees in Kathmandu.
  • Beverages,alcholic drinks,mineral water during trek.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue & evacuation.
  • All personal & bar expenses in Kathmandu during the trek.
  • Tips for trekking staff & driver (tipping is expected
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc) and Any other expenses which are not mentioned above.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is suitable for any kind of person who is moderately fit, no previous experience is required. To  condition yourself for the trek, some physical fitness programs such as walking, running, swimming and hiking are recommended before you embark on your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering any trek.
Yes, our company representative will be there to greet you. He will be displaying Himalayan  Excursion Nepal sign board outside the airpot terminal. You will be transferred to your hotel by our private vehicle.
Best season for trekking is usally March-April and October-November but Manaslu Circuit Trek can be done in February,June,April,May and December as well.
 
Weather in the mountains is very difficult to predict.At night it is generally cold and the days are generally warm.The temperature could be as high as 25 degree celsius to -20 degree celsius low.
During trek guesthouse does not facilitate with heater or air conditioner,But they have facility of hitting the dinning area by providing kerosene or metal heater. USD 2 to USD 5 per person would be applicable to use this service and this is payable directly to the guesthouse.
 
Depending on nature of travel we provide different vehicle service.we provide tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and airport pickups-drops. The transfer from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Syange to Kathmandu will be by public bus as there is no facility  of any tourist bus in this route.How ever we can arrange private vehicle if needed. 
There are landline telephone in some village along the trekking routes from which you can contact with your family and friends. some place there is also internet access which you can use by paying some charges.Also you can buy sim card for your cell phone by giving your xerox copy of your passport and PP size photo.
In the cities, off course yes but once you are outside of the cities, all you have to pay in cash. Also you have exchange the currency in Nepali rupees before you go outside the cities.
Generally, in kathmandu you can allocate USD 15-20 for lunch and dinner.During trekking USD 10 to 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water,chocolates,biscuits,pay for the hot shower and a few drinks.
Yes, charging facilities will be available in every guesthouse & lodges but sometime there maybe load shedding problem so its better to bring power bank or spare batteries.
There are many restaurant available in Kathmandu city where you can find any delight of your choice. But in trekking route most teahouses.On the menu you may find noodles soup,steam mo:mo,daal bhat, green salad, finger chips,eggs,potatoes, fresh vegetables. You can get tea,coffee,hot lemon,hot chocolate. Every day breakfast, lunch , dinner will be at a lodge.
 
 
Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides,porters,accomodation and food.Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangments accordingly.
 
If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible where as if you were in group then this group the option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.
 
Lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals so there is no problem at all for vegetarian. Also we always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning. Non-veg meals at the high altitude is not safe for the stomach.
Hot water in bucket will be provided for shower and you have to pay for hot water.
Yes, they have received training from NATHM (Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management).They have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).
Actually tipping is not compulsory, but small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters.The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvment with your guide.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.Click here
Duration
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Trip Info

Trip Code: HEN/TAH-01
Grade: Moderate grading info
Best Month of the Year : Oct-Dec & Mar-May
No. of Person : Min 2 to Max 14
Hotel Accommodation : Hotel & Lodge
Trek Type : Tea house
Maximum Elevation : 5,160M.
Average hours of walking per day : 6-7 Hours
Destination: : Nepal

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