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Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Price
  • USD 1900
  • Trip Grade
  • Difficult
  • Max Elevation
  • 5160m
  • Best Time
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Activities
  • Trekking
  • Total Duration
  • 18 Days
  • Group Size
  • 2-20 people

An exciting new route circumnavigating the World’s eighth highest peak, Manaslu (8,163m) was officially opened to trekkers in 1991. This trek gives an insight into both Nepalese Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist arts and cultures. Manaslu trek passing through Labubeshi is an unfolding natural phenomenon of bio physical dynamics. Leaving behind the historical town of Gorkha and Arughat, the trail follows the magnificent deep blue waters of Buddhi Gandaki, entering a wild gorge that cuts between Ganesh (7,429m) and Himalchuli (7,893 m), where villages are linked by precipitous trails that make few concessions to the knees! Ascending, we gain our first views of Manaslu.The trek starts from Gorkha, continues over Larkya La pass (5,133m) down to Marshyangdi and ends up at Besishar.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and getting prepared
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m), max 7 hrs
Day 04: Sotikhola to Machha Khola (900m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1804m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 07 : Deng to Namrung (2630m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 08 : Namrung to Samagaon (3530m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 09 : Exploration/Acclimatization at Samagaon
Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3860m), max 5 hrs trek
Day 11: Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya basecamp (4460m), max 5 hrs trek
Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m), max 5 hours
Day 13: Dharamsala to Larkya La (5160m) then Bimthang (3720m), max 9 hrs trek
Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije (2300m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 15: Tilije to Taal (1700m), max 6 hrs trek
Day 16: Taal to Syange (1080m), max 7 hrs trek
Day 17: Syange to Kathmandu, max 8 hrs trek
Day 18: Final departure to sweet home
Day 01 :   Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

We will be waiting you at Kathmandu international airport holding a signboard with your full name so that you could recognize us so easily. When you come out, we will take private car to get 3*** hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Shortly you will do check in and get refreshed. Our tour leader Dilip will explain you about the overall glimpse of our 18 days trip then in evening we will have a fantastic welcome dinner together at one of the Nepalese famous kitchen which introduces you a very unique Nepalese cuisine.

Day 02 :  Kathmandu sightseeing and getting prepared

This is the valley where flourished Buddhism and Hinduism together over the centuries. The ancient architectures of Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples are just spectacular. As this is the capital city of Nepal, people live together  from different walk of life and ethnic communities. After a breakfast, we start our guiding tour to UNESCO heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar square, Monkey temple and Bouddhanath stupa; the major Buddhist sites. Also if the time permits, we do Pashupatinath temple which is the biggest Hindu holy shrine in this Indian subcontinent.

Day 03 :  Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m), max 7 hrs

We start our day  early in the morning, on the way we have breakfast. We drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi on a nice paved road enjoying the views of the greenvalleys, farming fields, traditionally built houses and rivers. The drive from Dhading Besi to Soti Khola via Arughat is a bumpy rough road.

Day 04:  Sotikhola to Machha Khola (900m), max 7 hrs trek

We cross Sotikhola with the fresh view of waterfalls and rivers. Then trek through the dense forest, to reach a ridge above the the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki

Day 05:  Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m), max 7 hrs trek

The whole valley here becomes steeper to the limits till the route to cross then switches to the left bank by a suspension bridge. The trekking trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places. We walk through the  Gurung villages like Khorla Besi, Tatopani, Dobhan, and Yuru Khola along the Budhi Gandaki valley. Today’s walk will be adventurous on rugged terrains with the jaw-dropping views of snow-capped mountains.

 

Day 06:   Jagat to Deng (1804m), max 7 hrs trek

Today we ascend a rocky ridge up to Salleri and Sirdibas. The trail follows the best and new route to Manaslu via Ngyak. Then the trail goes ahead to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Later on, the trail reaches to Serson. Now the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Budhi Gandaki. Further on, the tiny village Deng comes after crossing a bamboo forest and Deng Khola.

Day 07 :  Deng to Namrung (2630m), max 7 hrs trek

This day we trek uphill route to Rana. We walk through dense forest with bird-life and wildlife. Inside the forest you can hear the chirp ring sound of birds and jumping monkeys. Before reaching Namrung, there is a serious climbing through bamboo and rhododendron.We cross Budi Gandaki River several times, wind through lush vegetation and traverse through narrow gorges and then arrive to Namrung

Day 08 :  Namrung to Samagaon (3530m), max 6 hrs trek

While making our way to Samagaon, we will have incredible view of mother nature to all directions. Namrung to Samagaon takes about 6 hours. You follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail we soon reach the barley fields of Samagaon. We see excellent views of Samdo, Nagdichuli, SimnangHimal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and we can see Birendra Kunda, an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp.

Day 09 :  Exploration/Acclimatization at Samagaon

Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest hide away, we take an acclimatization day here and explore around and relax. We explore some monasteries nearby and Samagaon, a Tibetan cultured beautiful village. Its great chance to see Tibetan Buddhist tradition by our own eyes. If would be enough fortunate, we will a chance to different local ritual and cultural dances perfomed by local group of people and monks.

Day 10:   Samagaon to Samdo (3860m), max 5 hrs trek

Crossing yak pastures and gradually climbs the valley enjoying incredible views of the mountains especially Manaslu, past the long mani wall-sand Chorten at Kermo Kharka then descend to the Budi Gandaki and old herfing settlement of samdo inhabitants are Tibetan, and were ceded the land by the king of Jumala over 500 years ago. Even this place is known as trading point of Chinad and India long time ago. Walk around village provides full exploration of Tibetan lifestyle and natural beauty.

Day 11:   Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya basecamp (4460m), max 5 hrs trek

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.

Day 12:  Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m), max 5 hours

Continue trekking down the edge, cross a bridge over Budi Gandaki gain height to the ridgetop. Then cross the streams savoring the views of Larkya Glacier. Going around the valley of Salkha Khola to Stone Hut 4450m, which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi.

Day 13:  Dharamsala to Larkya La (5160m) then Bimthang (3720m), max 9 hrs trek

We first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. .After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers. 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 and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience.

Day 14:  Bimthang to Tilije (2300m), max 6 hrs trek

We continue our way to Dudh Koshi river. We will cross the wooden bridge and then walk through a deep pine forest. In the forest, we can see a variety of rhododendron flowers in different colors.Above the Marsyangdi valley, we can see the peak of the Lamjung mountain. After a walk at a river bank, we will arrive at Gho and continue our short walk towards Tilije. Tilije is another Gurung village and is very famous for brandy.

Day 15:  Tilije to Taal (1700m), max 6 hrs trek

We descend through Tilije village with the stone paved beautiful trails, cross the suspended bridge over the Dhud Khola and then ascent to Thorje village via chorten, and mane stone on the trail. We go to the Police Check Point to get stamped on your trekking permit and checking out from the Manaslu Cosevation Area and entering into Annapurna Conservation Area. Via Dharapani, we continue through the Marsyandi river to Taal. Taal is a small village on the banks of Marsyandi River with many nice guesthouses, waterfalls, and natural attractions.

Day 16:  Taal to Syange (1080m), max 7 hrs trek

Today also we give continue going down along the beautiful natural stairs and then cross  the suspicion  bridge over on the Marsyandi River, reach Chamje village and down to Jagat through the rhododendron forest. The waterfalls on the other side of Marsyangdi River look amazingly gorgeous.

Day 17:   Syange to Kathmandu, max 8 hrs trek

The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers.

Day 18:  Final departure to sweet home

Today your Nepal stay is going to end !  Majestic Himalaya representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 1 hour before your scheduled flight. We wish sweet journey  for your way back to home.

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OUR SERVICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel (Hotel Moonlight) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • All necessary staff with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

OUR SERVICES EXCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

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