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    Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    • Destination
      Nepal
    • Durations
      16 days
    • Trip Difficulty
      Strenuous
    • Activities
      Adventure Trekking
    • Accommodation
      Tea House
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People
      10
    • Trip Mode
      In Hotels and local nice lodge.
    • Areas of Trek
      North - west
    • People and Culture
      Gurung - Tibetan and Buddhism

    Highlights

    • Manaslu circuit trekking leads you around the world's 8th tallest Mt. Manaslu, with ever-exciting views.
    • Enjoy your time in the high hidden valley of Gorkha district within Nepal's Far North Mid-West Himalaya.
    • Most interesting trekking in Nepal with views of Manaslu-Ganesh-Lamjung with the Annapurna range.
    • Beautiful rhododendron forest, a paradise in springtime, with wildflowers in full bloom.
    • Explore impressive Manaslu farm villages enriched with old cultures of the Buddhist religion.
    • Glorious views of high mountains from the start to the end of this marvelous adventure.
    • Walk from low, warm areas to cooler hills and towards the arctic zone of ice and glaciers.
    • Fabulous walks with awesome views from the high Larke-La pass and towards the Manang areas

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking 16 days

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    Truly, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the most wonderful Himalayan destinations to enjoy your adventure around the world's 8th highest Mt. Manaslu. It was first explored and climbed by Japanese Expeditions in 1956. At the same time, this trekking is ranked among one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal.

    Since then, the area has been restricted and closed to outside travelers and has been open for the last three decades. But interested trekkers and adventurers can now visit and immerse in its marvelous scenery. That, too in harmony with the immense local culture of Buddhism, similar to Tibetan traditional life and custom.

    This less crowded trekking is getting more popular than in the than past few years. Also, more nice lodges and trail condition has been improved as per the flow of trekkers visiting this wonderful country.

    After a great adventure from far north Gorkha areas, an interesting walk continues towards the high Larke La Pass. On traversing the pass, the traveler enters another region around the Manang district.

    The Manaslu Circuit trekking is a great journey to experience once in a lifetime adventure. The walk begins after an exciting drive from Kathmandu after reaching the low, warm valley of Gorkha district. Our route follows the raging Budi-Gandaki River upstream to near glacial at high Manaslu Valley.

    It's a walk from a warm low country to reach a higher, cooler alpine climate filled with lovely rhododendron-magnolia-pines and pine forest. Also, witnessing the fascinating local culture around nice villages simultaneously. Then, the trail continues beyond green vegetation towards arid and windswept terrain around high and scenic Manaslu Valley.

    The rest day is to acclimatize and soak into interesting local culture and old heritage lifestyle of Buddhism. Afterward, the trailhead toward the highest point of the adventure at Larke-La Pass. This 5,106 m high pass faces the awesome panorama of mountains. Then, the trail continues towards Manang areas and into deep forested areas.

    Enjoy great moments on walks with views and local culture slowly. At last, our journey ends at a nice and lovely Dharapani village. From this place, the exciting overland drive takes you back into Kathmandu's hustle and bustle of city life.

    In this way, with fantastic adventure and great experience, we conclude our Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Best Time:

    March to May and September to November months.

    March to May is the best time for the Manaslu circuit trek for clear views. Wildflowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler mornings and nighttime.

    October to November is yet another best time for this Manaslu trekking due to the clear views of the peaks. Short sunlight day can be cold in the morning and night, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.

    Apart from this information, if you're interested in this trek, you’re recommended to go through Hire Manaslu Circuit Trek Guide

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    • Day01

      Reach Kathmandu via various international airline and transfer to hotel.

      On arrival, get received by our staff and guide and transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu. After checking into your lovely rooms, get refreshed from jet-leg. Then join in with other members of the Manaslu circuit trekking.

      Our guide/leader will brief us with information about the hotels-including detail of trekking regarding the local lodge, walks, views, history, and culture.  Simultaneously, with a few important do’s and don’ts while you are with us, have enjoyable times.

      The evening includes a nice dinner(including Nepal traditional foods) in a pleasant Nepalese restaurant with local cultural programs. Remember, the next day morning, we will have a Kathmandu tour.

    • Day02

      In Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour and preparation for the trek.

      A free day is arranged to get closer to Kathmandu life. In the morning, an optional sightseeing tour takes you to places of great interest. So, explore Kathmandu's world heritage sites for a few hours and back to the hotel.

      Afternoon at leisure and free time, do individual activities. And then prepare to pack for the next early morning drive to  Nepal Mid-West.

    • Day03

      Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 570 m – 06 hrs journeys.

      The morning starts with a scenic and interesting drive beyond Kathmandu Valley towards a winding road. They drive past many farm villages and towns within warm areas following the Trisuli River to reach around Dhading district.

      As the drive continues heading uphill and down within warmer areas to reach Arughat within the Gorkha area. From here, the rough dirt road follows the Budi-Gandaki River upstream to the overnight stop at Soti-Khola. And, it’s where our walk towards higher Manaslu Valley begins.

    • Day04

      Machha Khola 930 m – 06 hrs.

      Start the first day of walking from this interesting place Soti-Khola. Walking past smaller villages, it leads us toward the steep valley within a thick forest,. And then reach a wide valley opposite a large tributary stream that runs into the Budi-Gandaki River.

      As our walk descends to a wide, sandy riverbed, we get nice views of the cultivated terrace of Lapbesi upper village. Then, it follows a trail that meanders below a steep, craggy valley side.

      Then walk progresses leading to a climb towards Machha Khola for an overnight stop. It’s a village with a many tea shops and a small lodge where Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream.

    • Day05

      Trek to Jagat 1,410 – 06 hrs.

      From here onward, you will encounter many interesting farm villages and neatly cultivated fields as vegetation changes slowly due to altitude and climate in Manaslu circuit trekking. Next, our morning walk leads to cross over a stream from which Machha Khola's name comes. And then walk upstream towards Khola-Bensi village with Tatopani, a place with a natural ‘hot spring.’

      Similarly, the walk continues, and the valley becomes narrower and steeper. Then our trail switches to the left bank of the river. And then cross a suspension bridge, after a short walk, entering a patch of forest. And then reach Doban, located on the high shelf of the Budigandaki River.

      Our long day walk continues across a broad field towards the stream and over a suspension bridge. Then, leads to a climb on high trails to descend into an open valley of Yara Khola.

      And then, our journey continues for another hour to reach Jagat for an overnight stop. Jagat is a nice farm village with a mix of tribes of Magar, Chettries, some Newar, Brahman, and Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan-looking tribes).

    • Day06

      Dyang 2,130 m via Philim 1,570 m – 06 hrs.

      Next day, downhill from Jagat on stone steps to reach a river. The path climbs to a terraced hillside at Saguleri; from here, one gets superb views of Sringi Himal, above 7,187 m high. Then, the walk continued with ups and down the trail as our route reached a bridge over Budi-Gandaki.

      After crossing a bridge, our trail winds up to reach Philim village for a short break. So, observe this nice farm village with rich cultivated fields and terraces.

      With a refreshing stop at Philim, a walk from here leads higher past scattered farm villages. Climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat and barley in the Manaslu circuit trek. Then reach a rocky ridge top covered with a bamboo forest area towards Eklai Bhatti, which means a lonely Inn. At present a few more shops have come up.

      After a rest, walk towards the higher Manaslu area, where our route diverts toward North West to reach Dyang. Stop at Dyang for an overnight stay, a small, nice village of Tibetan culture.

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    • Day07

      Namrung 2,700 m- 05 hrs.

      The morning walk leads to entering into sheer cliff walls within dramatic sections of the walk. Then Manaslu circuit trek route continues passing the farm village. We see houses and terrains completely change into Tibetan culture from Dyang onward.

      From here walk leads to Bihi, a small village with people of more Tibetan origin and with strong Buddhist culture.

      Villagers of the area grow buckwheat, wheat, barley, and potatoes as staple crops. Since trekking gain popular around the area, spinach, carrots, and cabbages are also grown.

      After the Bihi walk continues for another two hours to a steep-sided and scenic valley, we will encounter Mani prayer stone walls as the walk leads to Ghap, a village with a stop for a possible lunch break.

      As the walk altitude gains, enter into alpine and coniferous woodland wherePath the path meanders steeply up as the valley opens with extensive pastures. And then cross a large stream flowing from the glacier of Lidana.

      On the walk, enjoy grand views of Manaslu with its native name Ku, tang (Manaslu) Himal range. Also, Pang Phuchin is 6,335m, and Saula Himal is 6,235m, with many unnamed peaks above 6000m.

      Walk from here with a gradual uphill as the altitude gains slowly. Thus, pass the farm village to reach Namrung for an overnight stop; the village is also called Sho Namru.

    • Day08

      Lo-Gaon 3,180 m -05 hrs.

      With overnight at Namrung, a walk leads to spread out farm fields within Yak country around the high Manaslu valley. The locals here are engaged in farming. Then move to a high and scenic valley to Lo Gaon, a nice village, for an overnight stop.

      This is one of the most attractive villages around the Manaslu region. At Lo Gaon, enjoy close views of the towering Manaslu North Face. Also, visit its monastery with numerous corten and Mani walls with views of Ganesh Himal towards the east.

    • Day09

      Sama-Gaon 3,530 m -05 hrs.

      Now onward, walking is much easier, but depending upon altitude route leads to a slow and gradual climb. During this time, you will encounter endless mountain views with Peak 29 ahead. After a couple of hour climb, reach a patch of forest and then at Shala village. Also, enjoy excellent views of Phungi, Manaslu, and Himal Chuli.

      Walk for a few hours, where the day completes reaching Sama-Gaon village, with a superb view of Mt. Manaslu.

      Sama-Gaon is one of the largest villages within the high Manaslu Valley. Where natives are mostly farmers cultivating buckwheat and barley, the main crops in this high and harsh terrain. But together potatoes and some high and cold vegetables are also grown. Villagers around the high Manaslu valley descended from South West Tibet way back more than 400 years of history. Thus, the customs and culture of ancient Buddhist heritage are similar to its original Tibetan predecessor.

      The local villagers are still active in trade and bartering across the border with Tibet. It takes a few days to reach the frontier of Nepal and Tibet.

    • Day10

      At Sama-Gaon rest day for acclimatization and local excursion.

      Today have a free day to support acclimatization before heading towards the high Larke-La pass. So, explore around Sama-Gaon with houses adorned with a similar style of Tibet with grand views of peaks. One can visit this village's old Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

      Knowing more about the Manaslu circuit trekking cost, difficulty, and itinerary will help you to plan this trekking better.

    • Day11

      Trek to Samdo 3,690 m – 05 hrs.

      After a marvelous time and rest day in Sama-Gaon, a walk leads to four hours or more to reach the last village within Gorkha and Manaslu region at Samdo. So, the morning walk begins with a slow climb as elevation slowly gains within the dry country. Walk slowly with a short break and enjoy surrounding beautiful views of peaks and dramatic landscapes.

      Then reach Samdo village with a short climb to a small flat plateau. This last village incorporates more than fifty houses sheltering two hundred villagers around this high, harsh, dry country.

    • Day12

      Larke Phedi / Dharmashala 4,470 m – 04 hrs.

      On leaving the final village of scenic Manaslu Valley, the walk continues to the end of the Manaslu area. Thus eye on incredible views of snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Manaslu, which is the world’s 8th highest at 8,163 m.

      As the walk continues, cross a few icy streams to reach Larke Phedi, where phedi means the bottom of the pass, also called Dharmasala (travelers' rest house/shade). In the old days, it was also known as Larkey Bazaar because trade and bartering used to take place between merchant traders and locals of Gorkha-Manaslu-Manang people and Tibetans in this remote, isolated spot.

      At Larke Phedi, with free time in the afternoon, go for short walks and prepare for the next morning's long climb. Today’s day ended with an overnight stay at Larke Phedi.

    • Day13

      Cross Larke La 5,106 m and trek to Bhimthang 3,790 m -07 hrs.

      An early morning walk leads uphill past a few huts of Dharmashala. Walking over a moraine of rocks and boulders in snow conditions can be arduous, to find the right path.

      However, the walk follows our lead guide past the ablation of north Larke glacier, facing views of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. As the walk continues, the gradual climb gets steeper to reach the top of Larke-la, adorned with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags.

      From the top eye on the excellent panorama of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II include a series of Manaslu peaks.

      Now, a long descent takes to a valley called Larcia, with another walk on moraine ridge to Tambuche at 3,900m. Then a short walk leads to Bhimthang for an overnight stop after a long, tough day walk.

      Bhimthang is a lovely place on a wide green valley with several lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls. Green tall trees of rhododendron pines and oaks surround the area.

    • Day14

      Trek to Tilje 2,300 m – 06 hrs.

      The rest of the journey is much easier downhill, but long walks with short climbs take on route to Gho and Tilje villages. In the morning, catch views of peaks and walk into thick alpine woodland around the Manaslu circuit.

      Next, head into beautiful forested areas to reach a small clearing amid woodland at Gho. Gho is a small cattle and yaks herders' summer pasture and temporary settlement area. Due to trekkers passing this route, few lodges have been built to cater to the needs of travelers.

      After Gho, take a few hours of walking to a Tilje village beside the raging Marsyangdi River for an overnight stop.

    • Day15

      Trek to Syange 1,100 m via Jagat and Dharapani 1,725 m -07 hrs.

      Today will be the adventure's last walk, leading towards much descent following the Marsyangdi River to Tal and Chamje villages. And then reach another Jagat village in the Lamjung area.

      From here, a steep descent takes you to the river valley at Syange village for a final overnight stop before heading back to Kathmandu or other destinations.

    • Day16

      Drive back to Kathmandu -07 hrs journey and transfer to hotel.

      After enjoying a marvelous time and experience on  Manaslu Circuit Trekking and over the high Larke-La pass, it‘s time to return. Morning board in a vehicle for an exciting and interesting overland journey to reach back at Kathmandu for the last moment within amazing Nepal, the land of the best Himalayas.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
    • Three night’s tourist standard hotel as twin sharing in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Kathmandu city tour with professional guide and vehicle.
    • Three times meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
    • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations during the trek.
    • A highly experience and helpful guide including his all expenses.
    • All necessary permits Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area.
    • Manaslu Restricted permit.
    • Manaslu circuit trek map
    • Bus transports Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Syange to Kathmandu.
    • Jeep from Dharapani- Syange sharing basis.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) provide by company.
    • Emergency Helicopter service will be paid by your Travel Insurance.
    • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket and Duffel bag will be provided. (Need to be returned after the trip.)
    • Official expenses.
    • Farewell dinner with culture show.
    • Assistance guide group size 5 +.

    What's Excluded in Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Meals in City (lunch and dinner).
    • Porter if needed($250)
    • Your personal expenses.
    • All kind of soft and hard drinks.
    • Entry fees for city tour.
    • Nepal entry visa and international airfare.
    • Private transports.
    • Tips for guide and potter.

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