Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Restricted trekking route due to proximity with Tibet
- Heavily Tibetan Influenced Lifestyle
- Chortens, Gompas, Yaks, Mani Walls
- Fir, Juniper, Oak, Rhododendron Trees
- Wooden and Suspension Bridges and Kaligandaki Gorge
- Splendid view of Manaslu, Annapurna Himala II
Specialty of Manaslu Circuit Trek:
Manaslu circuit trek also known as the New Annapurna Circuit Trek is popular for its virgin trails, untouched natural beauty and relatively primitive trekking experiences. Classified as restricted by the Nepal government, this trek is for those who are just looking pure trekking without much expectations for trekking luxuries that are available in the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Along with unravished trekking route during which you rarely see a human being, this trekking route is focused on circumnavigating around the Mount Manaslu- the 8th highest peak in the world (8,156 m) along with spectacular views of Himchuli (7890m), the Ganesh Himal (7429m) along with other peaks of the Annapurna Himalayan Range.
Manaslu Trekking Circuit Vs Other Trekking Circuits in Nepal
The Manaslu circuit trek provides all the elements of trekking in Nepal- Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wild flowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning snow capped mountain scenery and deep and wild gorges. Developed as part of the Greater Himalayan Trail, the Manaslu Trekking Circuit, is probably the best trekking route in the region provided that the trekkers are wiling themselves to some hardships – like not expecting better tea hours and European class tea, let aside the continental dishes. And most importantly – it takes a lot of willingness and desire to explore the wild nature for opting this trek.
Short Itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Day 1: Arrival, getting to the capital of Himalayas.
- Day 2: explore Kathmandu city, Preparation for trek.
- Day 3: Roll out wheels for Arughat (720m), 6 hours drive.
- Day 4: Trek to Labubensi (930m), 6-7 hours.
- Day 5: Trek to Jaget (1440m) 7 hours.
- Day 6: Trek to Deng (1845m) 6 hours.
- Day 7: Trek to Namrung (2560m) 4 hours.
- Day 8: Trek to lo (3500m) 3-4 hours.
- Day 9: Trek to Samagaon (3515m) 4 hours.
- Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon.
- Day 11: Trek Samdo (3800m) 4 hours.
- Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala (4460m) 4-5 hours.
- Day 13: Cross larke pass (5345m) and trek down to Bimtang (4455m) 8 hours.
- Day 14: Trek to Dharapani 7 hours.
- Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
- Day16: Flight back home.
• All airport/hotel transfers
• Welcome and farewell dinner
• Full board meals: B, L, D and accommodation during the trek.
• A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
• Pickup and drop, Kathmandu-Gorkha-Arughat and Jagat – Kathmandu by Jeep
• An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
• Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag,and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
• A comprehensive medical kit
• All government and local taxes
• Nepal Visa fee
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
• Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Tips for guides and porters
Detailed Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Day 1: Arrival, getting to the capital of Himalayas.
Nepal is small country in terms of its area but it’s a huge cauldron of various races, cultures and religions. And Kathmandu valley is one of the best metros of the nation that brings all of these diverse segments together. On reaching Kathmandu- you will realize that this city is seriously cosmopolitan and historic in character. On your way to hotel – we will try that your curiosity about Nepalese gets a healthy dose of information and prepare your appetite for the next 15 days.
Day 2: Living the Kathmandu Life
Kathmandu is famous for its decorative display of rich cultural and historical artifacts across its three holy cities: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. The essence and aura of these three cities deliver the best of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a world filled with temples, palaces and people all around. Religious shrines like the Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath and architectural masterpieces like the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar squares reflect the rich architectural and cultural heritages of Nepalese people. Millions of tourists and pilgrims wander through the windings of these cities – some searching for the beauty of life and some the meaning of life. Let’s see if you can find yours.
Day 3: Hitting the highway for Arughat (720m), 6 hours drive
With plenty of know how about the Nepalese, today we will head for the main rendezvous. On our way to Aarughat- a small town in Gorkha around 130 Km from Kathmandu, you will see more of the Nepali style. Our highways are full of settlement and the inhabitants change according to geography. After nearly 6 hours of drive, half of which is on off-road – we will be left with some time to stroll the town of Arughat and get to know the town at close quarters.
Day 4: Trek to Labubensi (930m), 6-7 hours
After completing permission procedures at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Aaurghat Bazaar we will head on our trek by walking along the stone paved stone-paved street toward north. On our way we pass through hydro-electricity plant in the area, think forests inhabited by monkeys and after crossing Sante Bazaar our trek becomes more steep. After reaching Kyorpani our descent starts and that will take us to Seti Khola. A good place for having some tea and snacks. From then on we continue through Budhi Gandaki river ridge listening to the rapids of the glacial river, terrace farms, water falls leading to the Gurung village of Labubesi- our keep for the night.
Day 5: Trek from Labubensi to Jagat (1440m) 7 hours.
The journey from Labunensi to Jagat goes along the banks of Budhi Gandaki, ravines and plenty of uphill and downhill trail. Travelling through Machha Khola village, and than through the narrow rail to Tharo Khola we reach Tatopani on our way passing through some hot water springs. The journey is enticing as we the terrain continues changing sometimes taking through steep uphill and sometimes on the banks of the river and sometimes over it through high suspension bridges. The journey from Tatopani to Doban takes us through a cluster of well crafted stone staircases and then from Yaru Khola to Tharo Bhanjyang are some experience of local craftsmanship. And at the end of the day we will reach the beautiful village of Jagat- resting here for the night.
Day 6: Trek to Deng (1845m) 6 hours.
We start todays journey by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, then descend to Setibas. From than till Ghatta Khola, the walk is easy. At the end of it we cross over a long suspension bridge and than trekk up to the famous Gurung village of Philim. From here till the trek is flat till Ekle Bhatti providing ample of opportunity to enjoy the surroundings. From here the trail becomes narrow, steep and crisscrosses the Budhi Gandaki River several times. As we approach near we enter a wide valley that leads into bamboo forests and which leads us to the village of Deng. Here we will stay for the night.
Day 7: Trek to Namrung (2560m) 6 hours.
The journey from Deng to Namrung will take through the Sringi Valley – a beautiful place that acts as a precursor to the tundra region. While we continue crisscross Budhi Gandakii today along with encounters with mani walls and suspension bridges, the journey becomes fascinating as we climb up to Rana and than to the Ghap village – a place where you will find some good tea houses to have a hearty bite. From there on we will cross the Kali Gandaki river once again – but this time it will be a wooden bridge and than through the cultivated terraces, and alpine forests full of bamboos, rhododendron we willl make our way to the beautiful village of Namrung- over stay for the night.
Day 8: Trek to Lho Gaon (3500m) 5 hours.
One of the most famous site in Manaslu trekking circuit is the Lho Gaon (meaning the village of Lho). To reach it through the day we will climb over 1000 meter altitude and that you can imagine sets us par in the range for Himalayan breeze and dryness. The journey to Lho Gaon will lead us to a new type of vegetation – tall and wind ridden fir and oak trees. On our way we will pass along the villages of Nupri, Barsam, Lihi, Sho, Shirp and lastly the Lho Gaon.
Day 9: Trek to Samagaon (3515m) 4 hours
As we have come up in higher altitude our trek will be slowed down today – so as to acclimatize to the rising altitude. However, the journey from Lho Gaon to Samagaon also known as the Kargyu Chholing gompa is very steady trek. On our way we will pass through the Damonan Khola and the large plateau of Shyaula that is decorated with a chorten and a small gompa and finally to Samagaon – which has a large gompa known as the Kargyu Chholing Gompa. We will stay here over night.
Day 10: Acclimatization in Samagaon
As we have walked over considerable altitude, today we will take a day off in Samagaon. We have selected this as our retreat for the day because the town is home to the Garphuk Kagyu Njing Samten Choling Gompa. It is one of the revered Gompas in the Upper Mustang area which provides ancient Buddhist education to children. We will visit the monastery and visit the surrounding to know more about the local lifestyle.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3800m) 4 hours.
Today we will head for the village of Samdo – a village that is mostly influenced by Tibetan way of life. It is the last village before the village of Larkya La. As the altitude continues we feel the heavy feet and along with that as we head north in the rain shadow the climate becomes more and more dry. Leaving out the way to Manaslu Base Camp we head for the village with the mani walls on the side after crossing juniper and birch forests of Khermo Kharka and than up a hill till we spot the Chorten that denotes the reaching of the small village of Samdo- our stay for the night.
Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala (4460m) 4-5 hours.
Today we will have a small distance to cover but the considering the rising altitude we will make a very slow journey Dharmasala. For the last time we will cross over Budi Gandaki River today and a huge Mani wall and head for the pass. Before reaching on top to have splending view of the Larkya La Glacier we will pass for the last of the Tundra forest. A short distance from the view point we rest at the small settlement of Dharmashala (4460m). .
Day 13: The Big Day: Cross larke pass (5345m)
Today is a big day for us- we will finally reach our final destination: Larkya La pass and from there we will enjoy one of the most natural splendor: An eye to eye view of Lamjung Himal, Kangurru, and Annapurna II as well as the Manaslu Himal. But for that too happen we will head out early in the morning. The trek to Larkya La pass will slow and gradual. After reaching somewhere in the mid day we will start our down hill journey back to Dharmsala.
Day 14: Trek to Dharapani 7 hours.
Today our journey will bring back us to Dharapani – from where we will head out for Kathmandu tomorrow. As we come down the altitude our journey becomes easier and easier with the decreasing altitude. And on our return we pass through the village of Tangbuche, Bimtan, Karche, Gho, Titje, Dudh Khola and finally after crossing over the Marsyangdi river to the small town of Dharapani.
Day 15: Back to Kathmandu
It will take around 8 hours to reach Kathmandu but on our way plenty of things will make up the day. It’s a long ride but the vista is amazing and the food is real good on the way. In Kathmandu we will have a small farewell dinner in the evening and share our experiences during the trek.
Day16: Goodbye times
According to your schedule we will organize trips for you to reach airport but if you have made any other plans – we will more than glad to provide assistance.
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