MANASLU CIRCUIT TREKKING
Manaslu circuit trek is one of the most challenging treks, around Mt. Manaslu the world’s eighth highest mountain. Mt. Manaslu [8163m] is the eight highest peaks in the world. Manaslu peak is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The trekking to Mt. Manaslu provides perfect views of mountains, combination of rich cultural heritage, genuine adventure, incomparable beauty and biological variety. The word Manaslu means the spirit-mountain; the local dialects refer it to be the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within them. The trekking to Manaslu circuit appeals everyone who is ready to take challenge while trekking in such a remote region like Manaslu. The area offers a good mix of cultural diversity and fantastic mountain scenery. The trekking in Manaslu region is one of the most delightful adventures. Mt. Manaslu is one of the most challenging and yet untouched mountain lying in western part of Nepal. It provides the views of the pristine mountains, rich culture and genuine adventure. Manaslu trekking is a controlled trekking route, allowing organized trekking groups special permits is required through the Government registered trekking company of Nepal for entrance in Manaslu region and venture round, its spectacular circuit.
Detailed Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport (1320m/4331ft) Transfer to hotel.
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have a meeting with your trekking guide and discuss the equipment needed for the trekking, and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit, we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits, etc. If you arrive at night, we will have the same discussion in next day morning after breakfast.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley & Permit Making day.
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and mostly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square, reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture, are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner, and perhaps take a stroll through the famous streets. Today we will prepare for a special permit for the trek; please note that we need your original passport and one full day Government working day for the trekking permit. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, an Dinner.
Day 03: - Kathmandu Drive to Soti Khola ( 710m/2329ft) about 8 hrs drive
We have an 8-hour driving journey to Soti Khol. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day till Dhading Bensi. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi (district headquarter of Dhading 1050m) for 4 hours is a comfortable drive, and from there to Arughat for another 4 hours, we will be driving on a rough road with the scenic view of landscape, villages, river, Mt Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Overnight stay at a local guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 04: - Soti Khola trekking to LabuBesi (880m/2887ft)
The trail crosses the bridge and treks through beautiful Sal forests, then climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and follows a path blasted out of vertical rock to Khorsane (820m). The route gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down through a large stand of nettles, passes tropical waterfalls, and again backs down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Some parts of the trail are particularly narrow and suffer from landslides and require extra care, especially when mule convoys are around. The path eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of LabuBesi.Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 05: - LabuBesi to Doban (1000m/3281ft)
The path climbs behind a rocky outcrop. The trail makes some minor ups and downs. Dropping to the sandy river bed at 860m from LabuBesi and climbing about 110m over a side ridge to bring you to Maccha Khola village (900m). Crossing Tharo Khola reaches to Khorlabesi and climbing over a small hill, make another steep climbing, the route reaches Tatopani (930m), which means ‘hot water.’ From the hot spring, the trail climbs over another ridge and crosses the Budhi Gandaki and climbs on a wide, well-crafted staircase over the hill to Doban. This place is situated at the confluence of 2 rivers, the Shiar Khola and Sarpu Khola. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 06: - Doban trek to Jagat (1410m/4626ft)
A ling suspension bridge carries the trail over the Doban Khola. The route stays low at first and then climbs on a rugged rocky trail to Duman. Crossing a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola (1330m) and climbing some stone stairs, you reach to Tharo Bharyang. Trekking along the river for a while and climbing through small villages, you get to Jagat, which is a beautiful flagstone village. There is a good campsite in town and another below the village by the Bhalu Khola. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 07: - Jagat trekking to Ngyak Bensi (2300m/7546ft)
Climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1440m), where you have excellent views of Sringi Himal. The trail descends to Setibas (1430m), and then the valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola. Following the old path up to Pangsing, climb to Ngyak, one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here, you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, an Dinner.
Day 08 - Ngyak Beshi trekking to Ghap
The trail descends grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees. The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley and finally widens, offering a pleasant walk through bamboo forest and a collection of rock as we reach the little settlement of Deng (1800m). A short distance beyond Deng crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, the trail climbs to Rana (1980m). After passing some houses, the trail climbs high above the river and drops into the Sringi Valley. The path makes further ups and down through the forest, giving us views of the Manaslu Massif before reaching Ghap.
Day 09: - Ghap trekking to Namrung (2660m/8727ft)
Pass a few houses and three streams in a forest of big fir alive with birds, including Danphe (national bird of Nepal). The trails make a severe and long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests crossing the river several times. The trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki twice on wooden bridges above beautiful gorges before entering Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity powerhouse, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags which can be seen fluttering in the sky. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 10: - Namrung trek to Samagaon (3530m/11581ft)
You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range enjoying mountain views of Rupina la pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow-capped mountains and peaks. Climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks, the trail enters the carefully packed houses of Lihi (2900m) and several Buddhist villages along the way. The Tibetan culture has influenced these areas due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result, you will find many monasteries, chortens, and mani walls. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. From Samagaon, you can see Mt. Manaslu and the Kutang Himal Massif. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, an Dinner.
Day 11: - Rest Day in Samagaon
It is recommended to rest in Samagaon for more than one night for acclimatization, enjoying the village and a short trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Punggen Gompa. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu icefall. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 12: - Samagano trekking to Samdo (3860m/12664ft)
You trek gently uphill to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. From Kargyu Chholing Gompa, the route passes the juniper and birch forest and the stone hut of Kermo Kharka. It climbs gradually towards Samdo, and just before entering the village passes through the point where the Budhi Gandaki starts – at the confluence of Larke Khola and the river coming from Samdo Glacier. Samdo is the site of a Tibetan refugee camp and affords you a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of the Tibetan people. This is an excellent viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall, and several other majestic peals. Stay at a local guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, an Dinner.
Day 13: - Samdo to Dharmashala/Larkya Rest house (4480m/14698ft)
Descend on a full, gentle trail from Samdo past many fields to a large Mani wall and stone archway. The trail is rocky and zigzags to your destination. The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards, surrounded by spectacular mountains from all sides. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. Above the village, we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. The trail rises high above the Larke Khola leading to Dharmashala, where the trail finally meets the river. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 14: - Dharmashala to Bimtang (3720m/12205ft)
The trail becomes rocky as it goes along a moraine and reaches a beautiful turquoise lake that reflects the surrounding snowy mountains. The path becomes somewhat tedious as it climbs on numerous rocky moraines hills surrounded by rocky cliffs and snowy ridges beyond. This is a more strenuous day as having to cross over the Larkya Pass (5213m). The impressive Larke Pass is followed by a steep tiresome descend through a slippery trail towards the moraine of Salpudanda glacier. The path then becomes gradual as it goes along the moraine and parallel to Bimtang glacier towards Bimtang. From here, there are tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Bimtang is a broad and level ablation valley with several Mani walls and deserted houses. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 15: - Bimtang to Tilje (2300m/7546ft)
The trail drops from Bimtang and crosses a glacial stream, the headwater of Dudh Khola on a wooden bridge. Make a gradual descent through rhododendron and pine forest seeing the north face of Manaslu along the way. You reach the highest cultivated land in this valley of Karcher at 2785m, and walking down, you cross a stream through fig tree and rhododendron forests to reach Tilje. We will make camp in the apple orchards of Tilje. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 16: - Tilje to Tal (1700m/5577ft)
Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. You trek over a fallen path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marsyangdi River. Another bridge takes you over the Marsyangdi River to Dharapani (1920m), where you join the Annapurna tourist highway and start missing the quiet days in Manaslu, where you had Nepal almost all to yourself. It takes half a day to continue to Tal where the river appears like a lake and make camp next to a waterfall going down the Marsyangdi river trail. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 17: - Tal drive back to Kathmandu:
The down part of the trail has road now so we can take a local jeep or bus to Besisahar, and from there the bus to Kathmandu, we can stay overnight at Besisahar and can drive to Kathmandu also next day. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
Day 18: - Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have a few hour personal shopping for your relatives. If you have more time, you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
Meals included: Breakfast
What is Included in the Cost
- All arrival and departure transport
- All ground transport during trek
- Twine sharing basis accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
- Double sharing room in Lodge with three meals a day during the trekking
- Trekking guide and 2 person 1 porter for Lodge trek
- Cook and Sardar in the case of camping trek
- National park, TIMS permit fees and government royalties
- Medical insurance of trekking staff
- Domestic air ticket
What is Excluded in the Cost
- International air ticket and Nepal visa fees
- All kinds of drink during trekking
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance and cost of medical services of client
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips for supporting staff (Tips is expected)
- Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency