Manaslu Trekking

The Manaslu Circuit wild outback…a wonder of environmental beauty…

Duration: 17 Days

Trip Duration

17 Days

Maximum Altitude

5120

Trip Grade

Moderate

Group Size

2-15 People

Activity

Trekking

Accommodation

hotel & lodge

Manaslu Trekking Overview

The Manaslu Circuit venture is all about pungent sublime wilderness and inexplicable beauty at its best. This is a trip for hard core adventurers and the cultural experiences you find in this region are just out of this world and will exceed what you ever imagined. All this journey needs is tough pair of lungs, sturdy legs that have been through the drills around, especially in mountainous regions and some minute organizing that leaves out nothing. So if your choice is ‘Trekking through wilderness on the Manaslu Circuit’, hiking these arduous trails will give you stunning experiences that will be good enough for tales to make a mini novel when you get back home; a journey to remember for a whole lifetime. Just pack your duffel bags with all your essential gears and board your jet for the hottest destination on earth – Nepal… this is an journey through some of the most gritty trails on the universe amid virgin punishing beauty in the Himalayan region; it tests the mind, body and soul…it can change your life for all good purposes…

Our Manaslu venture starts with a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu before we set out on the trails to the striking Manaslu region. Manaslu is a famous trail and is known for its natural diversity of landscapes that it encompasses. However, the landscapes we see hereabouts don’t come easy; the paths are rock-strewn and sometimes steep, and includes shaky bridges and slippery jagged rock faces – this is all part of adventurous forage into a world you’ve never known. We get some awesome views of Mt. Manaslu at [8163m], the 8th highest peak on earth. The riches of biological diversity in this God blessed region energises the imaginations and the gripping, unusual culture and lifestyles of the local folks, who represent much their neighbours in Tibet gives us nice opportunities to witness traditions that are traditional in nature and the frightening superstitions the folks believe in down here will ignite your senses to the core. Despite the challenging and biting cold and unkind conditions these people live in, they will welcome you & warm your chilly hearts…

The primary part in this trip is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which most seasoned trekkers consider to be one of the most prominent passes when crossing the Himalayas. Obligatory as it is with all Family Adventure programs, this trek also ensures that you get enough time for proper acclimatization so your body can prepared for above the tree lines, and you feel comfortable when plodding the heights on the trail.

Manaslu Trekking Detail Itinerary


01
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and check-in to Hotel

Our airport representative will make welcome you at international airport and transfer to hotel. will be 20 minute drive to hotel. overnight stay at hotel.

02
Day 02: Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu Valley and Pre-trip Preparation

You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred Lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the “the self-existent” is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple.preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. this day also trekking prepare day. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola(710m).

We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

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Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola(900m)775m)–6 Hours

At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

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Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)900m)–6 Hours

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

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Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1804m) – 6 Hours

We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

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Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung(2630m) –6 Hours

After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.

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Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Samagaun (3530m) – 6 Hours

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.

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Day 09: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo(3860m)– 5 Hours

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

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Day 10: Rest day in Samdo

This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (‘large pass’) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo

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Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4500m)–5 Hours

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. Overnight in Dharmashala.

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Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang(3720m) via Larkyala pass(5120m)- 9 hour

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. 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. Overnight in Bimthang.

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Day 13:Trek from Bhimtang (3590m) to Tilje(2300m) – 5 Hours

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday’s tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.

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Day 14: Trek from Tilje to Tal (1700m) –5 Hours

We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal.

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Day 15: Trek from Tal to syange(1080m)t –5 Hours

We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.

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Day 16: Trek from Syange to kathmandundu (1300m)-9 hour– 4 Hours

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. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping. Onto the successful completion of journey we give a farewell dinner to all of the group members.Overnight at Hotel.

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Day 17: Final departure

Our airport representative will make you airport transfer for your home or next destination.

Cost Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Kathmandu to Soti khola/ Syange –besishahar –kathmandu By Jeep.
  • Three nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the Trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All lodge accommodations during the trek.
  • Manaslu Trekking Map
  • Manaslu special permit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

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