Manaslu circuit trek also is 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 on 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 wildflowers, 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 willing themselves to some hardships – like not expecting better tea hours and European class tea, set aside the continental dishes. And most importantly – it takes a lot of willingness and desire to explore the wild nature of opting this trek.
Day 1: Arrival, getting to the capital of Himalayas.
Day 2: explore Kathmandu city, Preparation for the trek.
Day 3: Roll out wheels for Soti Khola via Arughat (720m), 6 hours drive.
Day 4: Trek to MachhaKhola (870m), 6-7 hours.
Day 5: Trek to Jagat (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 Clarke pass (5345m) and trek down to Bimtang (4455m) 8 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Gho (Goa) 2515m, 6-7 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Chamje 1430M, 6 hours.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: Flight back home.
Nepal is a 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 the hotel – we will try that your curiosity about Nepalese gets a healthy dose of information and prepare your appetite for the next 15 days.
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 heritage 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.
Today we will head for our great adventure. On our way to Aarughat / Soti Khola - 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 7 hours of drive, we will reach the small town Soti Khola.
Today we start our trek through Budhi Gandaki river ridge listening to the rapids of the glacial river, terrace farms, waterfalls leading to the Gurung village of Lapubesi. After a lunch break in Lapubesi, we continue our hike to Machhakhola.
The journey from Machhakhola to Jagat goes along the banks of Budhi Gandaki, ravines and plenty of uphill and downhill trail. Trekking 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.
We start today's 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 then trek up to the famous Gurung village of Filim. 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.
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 to crisscross Budhi Gandaki today along with encounters with mani walls and suspension bridges, the journey becomes fascinating as we climb up to Rana and then 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 then through the cultivated terraces, and alpine forests full of bamboos, rhododendron we will make our way to the beautiful village of Namrung- overstay for the night.
One of the most famous sites 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.
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 a 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 overnight.
As we have walked at 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 Nanjing 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.
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 then up a hill till we spot the Chorten that denotes the reaching of the small village of Samdo- our stay for the night.
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 a splendid view of the Larkya La Glacier we will pass for the last of the Tundra forest. A short distance from the viewpoint we rest at the small settlement of Dharmashala (4460m).
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 the top of Larkepass we will start our downhill journey to Bimtang.
Today our journey will bring us to Gho, another small village in Manang District. 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, and finally after we will reach the small village Gho. Overnight in Gho.
After breakfast we start our hike to Chamoe, today hike mostly walks a downhill. Along the way we pass through several villages: Dharapani, Tal and to today destination Chamje.
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 good on the way. In Kathmandu, we will have a small farewell dinner in the evening and share our experiences during the trek.
According to your schedule, we will organize trips for you to reach the airport but if you have made any other plans – we will more than glad to provide assistance.
What is Trekking?
Trekking is a thrilling adventure! And this activity requires a multi-day hike and climbs on mountain villages and park trails. The mountain trail usually steep, gradual and likely to encounter with snow at high elevation (that above 3000m/9840ft in winter and 5500m/18040ft in summer).
How Challenging is This Trek?
As we have to cross the high pass (over 5000m) This trek is quite challenging but recommend this trek is for everyone who loves outdoors, physically fit, have a good health condition and patient. As we are hiking on a higher altitude, you better to have some physical training before going for this trek.
Does This Trek Require Previous Experience?
Well, if you have a healthy circulatory ability and good strength to cope with high altitude and lower oxygen density then it doesn’t require early experience. But if you have early experience on trekking or hiking then you can enjoy your Himalayan adventure maximum!
What is Altitude Sickness? How to Deal with?
Altitude sickness, also known as “mountain sickness” is a symptom that can attack while you hike or climb to the higher elevation. Especially this can be happening after 3000m/9840ft. if you walk too quickly.
There are three types of Altitude sickness
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness: Very common one. Symptoms: dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: Can happen when it build up fluid in lungs. This is very dangerous and even life threating.
HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema: this is the most severe form of altitude sickness and it can happen when fluids take a place in the brain. This is life threating, as soon need to seek medical attention.
What should you do
What is the best time for Manaslu circuit trek?
March to end of May and Mid-September to end of November would be the best time for this trek.
Are any permits require for this trek?
Yes, trekking to Manaslu you need to get a permit from the Conservation Area Project, which cost $30. Special entry permits from Immigration of Nepal Government that cost $70 and TIMS fee $10.
How long have to walk every day?
In average, we walk 5 to 6 hours a day. But in higher elevation (over 4400m/14430ft) normally we hike 3 hours a day.
What types of meals we can get in this Trek?
Continentals menus are generally available in this trek. As well you can get traditional Nepali Dal-Bhat and some Sherpa dishes (Sherpa Stew, Tsampa porridge).
What types of accommodation do we utilize?
Most of the area in this place we can get a clean and comfortable guest and lodge. Some luxury hotels also available.
I and my friend Maria organized the Manaslu circuit trek with Green Society Adventure, simply an amazing trip! Our guide and crew were kind, cooperative, well organized and a pleasure to travel with. This was a once in a lifetime experience with incredible views of the mountains. If you want to travel to this part of the world, simply trust them and get ready for an unforgettable adventure. I highly recommend Green Society Adventures.
I have traveled to Nepal several times and always booked my adventure trekking with Green Society Adventure. Their service is great, and the price is very affordable. Raj is a really very nice guide, always kind, helpful and genuine. He arranged both of our treks. This time I did the Manaslu circuit trek, the overall experience was just amazing :) Many thanks to Green Society Adventure and Raj! I'm planning to arrange my next trip to Upper Mustang with them too. And highly recommended them.
Hotel and Teahouse
Breakfast in Kathmandu and Three Times Meal during the Trek