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Manaslu Circuit Treks

The Manaslu Circuit is a unique and stunning trek – the only to start in Kathmandu and finish in Pokhara – is considered to be one of the most challenging and diverse in Nepal. Ideal for the adventurous trekker who wants to tackle a classic Himalayan alpine pass and experience the thrill of rarely glimpsed mountain views whilst learning about the people of this magnificent land.

Opened in 1992, the region offers unsurpassed cultural insights, natural beauty and biological diversity. Beginning in the ancient Royal capital of Gorkha we ascend the stunning Budhi Gandaki valley to within 15km of the Tibetan border and the head of the water shed. At Samagoan we visit the superb glacial green lake of Birendra, and then on to Samdo, a mystical place where Tibetan monks chant in sacred monasteries beneath the mighty Himalaya. Suitably spiritually uplifted we then head up to the Larkya La (pass) where we gain a magnificent view of the towering peaks that surround us.

We then drop down to the Dudh Khola (a tributary of the Marsyangdi valley) which joins the Annapurna Circuit, along a lush trail crowded by ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes fringed with cotton-white beaches. But soon leave this region and head over to the famous picnic spot of Begnas Tal and our destination of Pokhara, a scenic town beneath the Annapurnas and Fishtail – the Matterhorn of Nepal. This trek is arguably the best that Nepal can offer and will leave you with a profound sense of peace and respect for the people of Nepal, their cultures, natural wonders, and above all the mighty Himalaya.

Trek
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Manaslu Circuit Treks
Duration
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17 days
Highest Point
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5213m
Best Season
:
March-May/Sept-Nov
Accommodation
:
3 days hotel, 20 days camping.
Entry Point : Gorkha
Tour Finish
:
Dharapani
Group Size : Min-2 Max-14


Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world, and is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu.

Manaslu at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above mean sea level (m.s.l) is the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar.

The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi), skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki river. Enroute, 10 peaks over 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) are visible, including a few over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,235 metres (17,175 ft). As of May 2008, the mountain has been climbed 297 times with 53 fatalities. Manaslu Conservation Area has been established with the primary objective of achieving conservation and sustainable management of the delimited area, which includes

Day Route
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel
2 Kathmandu
3 Kathmandu drive by bus to Arugat - Sothikhola
4 Sotikhola trek to Machhakhola
5 Machhakhola trek to Jagat
6 Jagat trek to Deng
7 Deng trek to Namrung
8 Namrung trek to Lhogaon
9 Lhogaon trek to  Samagaon
10 Samagaun - Rest
11 Samagaun trek to Samdo
12 Samdo trek to Dharmasala
13 Dharmasala trek to Bimtang
14 Bimtang trek to Gao
15 Gao trek to Dharapani
16 Dharapani - Kathmandu/Pokhara/Manang
17 Kathmandu

Final Departure

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.

 

Package price includes.
• All necessary permit and entrance fees.
• All hotels in Kathmandu.
• Airport pickup and drove.
• All ground transportation
• All staff wages and insurance.
• All the meal during the trek(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
• All Trekking equipment like tents, tables, chairs, mattresses, pillows, hot water bags and Kitchens crews
• All porter equipment jacket, pant, snow goggle, sleeping bag, shoes and socks

Package Price Excludes
• Personal bar bill, travel insurance/ International airfare
• Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks. laundry and tips etc
• Nepal entry visa fee
• Personal rescue if you need

Day Route Duration Highest Point/m Grade
1 Arrival Kathmandu transfer to Hotel All day 1300 Easy
Meet with our representative at the airport. Drive to hotel.
2 Kathmandu Prepration trek All day 1300 Easy
Sightseeing Day see Kathmandu Day Trips for ideas of what to do.
3 Kathmandu drive by bus to Arugat - Sotikhola 8 hours 1600 Easy
Leaving Kathmandu early to avoid too much traffic we drive to the ancient capital of Gorkha, the home of Prithvi Narayan Shah who unified Nepal in 1769. We take our time to explore the palace (no leather clothing or objects inside please!) whilst the porters are organised. If the weather is good we will also head up to Upallokot for sunset views of the Manaslu range. From Arughat we will drive to Sotikhola through rice paddies and picturesque hamlets on the same day. Its just another 45 minutes of drive to Sotikhola.
4 Soti Khola - Machha Khola 5 hours 930 Easy
The river now cuts a fine looking gorge through the hills with snow capped peaks in the distance and our trail continues to undulate along its banks. We pass some pretty waterfalls, dense forests inhabited by scampering monkeys, and pass some more villages which cling to the vertiginous hill sides. We rest or tired legs in a camp just past the Machha Khola river junction.
5 Machha Khola – Jagat 6 hours 1360 Easy
Our trail is a bit more difficult today but there is the opportunity to wash with hot spring water at Tatopani where we cross the Buddhi Gandaki for the first time by a suspension bridge. The trail becomes rocky and exposed for a short time before reaching the village of Doban where there is an impressive series of rapids. Then on to Jagat, the first Tibetan village of the trek signified by the Chorten (Buddhist memorial) and Mani wall (prayer stones) in the village square.
6 Jagat - Deng 7 hours 1860 Easy
A long day but interesting day of trekking awaits us today, but our legs are no longer sore and the trail is pretty good the entire way. We first head to Sirdibas (Tara) and pass through a kani (Buddhist entrance way) before dropping down to the river and crossing another suspension bridge before Philim (Manaslu Conservation Area visitor centre is here). The gorge closes in and the trail is a bit exposed as we pass the junction with the Rupina La trail. We are now heading north-west and into country behind the Manaslu massif - a country that becomes predominantly Tibetan. The shapes of buildings change, and so do the crops, rice has long ago been replaced by buckwheat, barely and maize. Above our camp looms the bulk of Shringi Himal.
7 Deng – Namrung 7 hours 2540 Easy
Quite a long day again as we climb further up the Budhi Gandaki valley past a great array of Mani walls and Gompas (monks quarters) to Ghap. The valley becomes more impressive as the day goes by as it opens out and views of Shringi Himal, Rani Peak, Boudha Himal and Simnang Himal line the skyline. We descend and cross an impressive chasm full of foaming rapids before climbing to our camp at Namrung - from where you can access Himalchuli Base Camp.
8 Namrung - Lhogaon 5 hours 3330 Easy
We now begin to explore the upper reaches of the splendid Budhi Gandaki valley. Our trek heads off through the village of Lihi which boasts a Gompa, a fine looking kani and a brief glimpse of the Lidanda Glacier falling away from the dramatic ice walls of Peak 29 above us. The next village, Sho is where the first views of Manaslu appear. The village contains has a large prayer wheel around which the open fields are guarded by medieval watch towers which the locals sometimes to use to scare away marauding bears and monkeys. By the time we reach Lho and its superb Mani walls, kani and Gompa Manaslu is now the centre of attention, whilst behind us Ganesh I loom large. Our camp is at Syala where the views will indulge all your mountain dreams. 540m above us is the Pung Gyen (Honsansho) Gompa and hot springs - a great side trip for those who can't resist the urge to explore!
9 Lhogaon - Samagaon 2 hours 3390 Easy
The stunning scenery that surrounds us is absorbing and today we just move our camp up to Samagaon - right under the rising north face of Manaslu. Although the mountain view is foreshortened because we are so close there is nothing like sitting beneath its massive bulk to feel the immenseness of the Himalaya. And there is some great exploring to do around the village - Chortens line the trail, there is a lovely bronze statue of a Rinpoche nearby, and above us is the Manaslu ice fall which is reflected in the waters of the nearby Birendra Kund (lake). Today is acclimatisation and relaxation day, take your time but make sure you explore too!
10 Samagaon – Rest 2 hours 3390 Easy
Today we will have rest for acclimatization. Our guide will guide to explore around the valley like Birendra lake, Monastery and so on.
11 Samagaon – Samdo 3 hours 3875 Easy
Samdu does not have a great view of Manaslu, but it does have a very fine view of the surrounding peaks. It is also the last major cultivation before we begin our ascent to the Larkya La. Samdo is about 15km from the Tibetan border which lies to our North East, it is a small Tibetan refugee settlement created after the Chinese invasion of Tibet.

 

12 Samdo trek to Dharmasala 4 hours 4460 Easy
It is a steep and rough trail that takes us to an intermediate camp before the pass. The valley now rarely gets the sun and we must be careful of ice on the trail - and yes it is cold and the affects of altitude are felt. However, our camp in a high pasture easily distracts us with some great rugged mountain views and the prospect of crossing the pass fills our thoughts.
13 Dharmasala trek to Bimtang 9 hours 3590 Moderate
Today is the high point of the trek! The longest and toughest section awaits us, but also the most magnificent views - Himalayan majesty and grandeur all around. We begin early, before sunrise, up a steep ablation valley where views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak begin to appear. We then cross the rough undulating moraines of the Larkya Glacier after which we should be able to see the prayer flags atop the pass in the distance. The pass itself is a long saddle surrounded by mountains but the views before we descend are the best - with Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Menjung and the huge Annapurna II summit cone overall. There is now a steep descent and the trail may need to have steps cut into frozen portions for the porters. As we descend the hard rocky ground slowly gives way to the soft alpine pastures that signify a great night’s sleep. The mountain views haven’t stopped and at our camp at Bimtang Manaslu once again appear for us to provide a magnificent backdrop for a heart dinner and blissful sleep.
14 Bimtang trek to Gao 6 hours 1975 Moderate
Now for a long downhill section which we seem to float along as the heady supply of oxygen now fills our lungs. This is a superb valley full of rhododendron and pine forests, and the village children once again appear to greet us with Namaste! We continue down through the large Gurung village of Tilije to the main junction with the Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani - where civilisation seems to come crushing in around us.
15 Gao trek to Dharapani 7 hours 1860 Easy
We are now on the banks of the mighty Marsyangdi river and the trail is full of trekkers and locals - truly a mountain highway! But we are fit and strong and going downhill, our heart goes out to those we pass who are finding the first few days of their trek tough - just as we did two weeks before. Our camp is at Syanje, a quite village on the banks of the river which is normally by-passed by the majority of trekkers - an ideal site to relax and unwind!
16 Dharapani - Kathmandu/Pokhara/Manang
From Dharapani , one can either continue to Throng pass trek or drive to Kathmandu or to Pokhara
17 Kathmandu
Final Departure

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.