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Manaslu Circuit Trek – 18 Days

18 Days

The Manaslu Trek is one of the most challenging routes in Nepal. The Manaslu Trek will reward adventurers with extraordinary alpine fun. Opened in 1992, this place offers a great amount of history, incomparable splendor and natural variety. The walk around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a beautiful, fairly intact of Nepal region along the Nepal-China border. The Manaslu Trek is truly one of Nepal's excellent hikes, a walking tour through an extraordinary ethnic and scenic section, offering breath-taking views of Mount Himalchuli, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu and different mountains. Some 10 peaks over 6500 meters are taken into account. This trekking is done through the magnificent panorama, flora and fauna.

The area is less travelled and falls under the restricted area in Nepal. The trek takes you to amazing places such as Machha Khola (930m), PhilIm (1570m), Ghap (2050m), Lho (3180m), Namrung (2660m), Samagaun (3525m), Samdo (3690m), Dharamsala (4470m), Larke La (5160m), Bhimtang (3800m) and back to the exit. Hikers are welcome with warm air and beautiful flowers. Along the trail you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arugath to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5125 m). As you start low, at around 700 m, the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers.

Highlights of Manaslu Trek:
1. The stunning natural beauty of the forests, rivers and flora of the Manaslu region
2. The friendly people and the rich culture of the region that includes Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups
3. Larky La Pass (5167 meters), the highest point on the trek
4. An impressive view of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himalung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru and Annapurna II
5. Abundant wildlife including Tahr (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots and, if you are lucky Snow Leopard

Accommodation: Lodge, Teahouse
Location: Manaslu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trip Duration: 18 Days
Trip Level: High
Max Altitude: 5125m
Suitable for: Adult
season Sep.to Nov. and Feb. to April.

Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Machha Khola - Jagat - Deng - Namrung - Samagang - Samdo - Dharmasala - Larkya - Bhimtang - Tilije - Syange - Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services::

• The price Includes the following services:
• Airport pick-up and drop off service by with Private vehicle.
• Standard twin-Share accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast 4 night.
• Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during the trek in generally twin- share and occasionally dormitory- style rooms.
• All meals (breakfast, lunch, diner) during the trek.
• Trekking guide/s.
• Porters (one porter carries 25kg of luddage) - each two-person one porter.
• Sleeping bags, trekking sticks if required.
• Annapuran reason trekking Permits and TIMS.
• All land transportation from Kathmandu to Aru Ghat Bazaar and syange to Kathmandu.
• Insurance and equipment for trekking staffs.


The price does not includes the following services::

The price does not Includes the following
• Personal expenses
• Drinks, beverages, hot shower, charging mobile, wi-fi
• Travel insurance
• Tips for guide
• Lunch dinner at Kathmandu.


Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu 1400m.

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative who will drop you off at the hotel. After checking in, you can take a rest and refresh yourself. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner, for dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu and trek preparation.

After the breakfast, the sightseeing trip will start early in the morning. You shall be guided through the visit of the World Heritage Sites i.e. Swayambhunath Stupa or Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa & Patan Durbar Square. The rest of your time today in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at a hotel.


Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m) – 7 hours drive.

We leave early today for Soti Khola. During the trip, we enjoy a view of the Nepalese countryside and the mountains. We will drive along a paved road that connects Kathmandu with Dhading Bensi, Dhading District headquarters (1050 m), but the trip from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be difficult. Arriving at Arughat, an important city in the region, we continue our way to Soti Khola. We will spend the night in Soti Khola.


Day 4: Sothi Khola to Machha Khola (870m) – 6 hours trek.

After crossing over the bridge, we stroll through the beautiful forests of Sal, then climb a ridge over the huge rapids in the Budhi Gandaki. It ends up going down some terraced rice fields, and then goes up to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We climb further behind a rocky promontory, where the valley opens and Budhi Gandaki meanders between large gravel bars. Going down to the sandy bed of the river, we walk along rounded stones before climbing a ridge. We go down to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach the town of Machha Khola. We will spend the night in Machha Khola.


Day 5: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) – 6 hours trek.

The narrow track makes some ups and downs and finally crosses the Tharo Khola to get to Khorlabesi. After some more ups and downs, we find a small Hot Spring in Tatopani. From the hot springs, we climb another ridge, then cross Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. After crossing a suspension bridge in the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs, then descend to the river and climb back several stone steps that lead to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, we climb a ridge, walk along the river, and then climb the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.


Day 6: Jagat to Deng (1860m) – 7 hours trek.

We start today's trek by climbing a rocky ridge to Salleri, then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a little wide while the trail continues to Ghatta Khola. The road turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly flat road while crossing the millet fields towards Ekle Bhatti. The road now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend the grassy slopes, cross Budhi Gandaki, continue a long journey along the west bank and then return to the east bank. Continuing down the road, the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to Dyang Khola. Crossing the Khola, we arrive at the small village of Dyang. Overnight in Dyang.


Day 7: Deng to Namrung (2630m) – 8 hours trek.

After the altitude of Dyang slowly increases, we enter to the alpine zone of the Himalayas, as we descend towards Bihi Bazaar, a small town near the edge of the river, which is rich in Tibetan culture. Further walk leads us to the village of Ghap. After having few minutes rest there you will step up to Namrung. We will spend the night in Namrung.


Day 8: Namrung to Samagang (3520m) – 7 hours trek.

From Namrung you will step up with magnificent view of himalaya . After Namrung and Lho-Gaon, altitude gains to cooler temperature and we trail throughly where tree lines drops for few shrubs, juniper bushes and Juniper trees. We walk gradually on a nice trail with views of snow-capped peaks and finally reaching a large village of Samagaon, which lies on route to Manaslu base camp. Overnight at Samagaon.


Day 9: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or rest at Samagang.

Today is the day of rest in Samagaon. You can spend the day resting or strolling around. If you prefer to walk, you have three options. You can visit Birendra Taal, 3 km from away Samagaon Base Camp or the Pungen monastery. The base camp is 6 km away and it will take about 5 hours to get there. It is located at an altitude of 4800m. From here you can also see the Manaslu Glacier. Pungen Monastery is 6-7 km from its acclimatization site. This place gives a better panoramic view of the Mt. Manaslu and its neighbouring peaks. Overnight at Samagaon.


Day 10: Samagang to Samdo (3875m) – 5 hours trek.

Even today, we continue our walk on the edge, cross the wooden bridge on Budhi Gandaki and start climbing. Crossing two streams and observing the Larkya Glacier, we encircled the valley of Salka Khola and climb to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a type of shelter called Dharamshala, also known as Larke Phedi. Today's short walk also leaves plenty of time to acclimatize and relax in the afternoon. We will spend the night in Dharamshala.


Day 11: A day Acclimatization at Samdo.

Today is rest day, you can either spent your day having rest of sightseeing around there.


Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m) – 4 hours trek.

Even today, we continue our walk on the edge, cross the wooden bridge on Budhi Gandaki and start climbing. Crossing two streams and observing the Larkya Glacier, we encircled the valley of Salka Khola and climb to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a type of shelter called Dharamshala, also known as Larke Phedi. Today's short walk also leaves plenty of time to acclimatize and relax in the afternoon. We will spend the night in Dharamshala.


Day 13: Dharmasala to Larkya La Pass(5125m) and Descend to Bhimthang (3590m) – 8 hours.

Today you walk to the highest point of your Manaslu trek 12 days. This is the most famous and difficult part, namely the Larkya Pass at 5213 m. Here you will get the best views of the Himalayan ranges. You can attend the Mt. Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Himlung Himal. After crossing the pass, you will head to a grassy moraine. The path becomes easier from here. An additional walk of about 6 hours will take you to the beautiful village of Bimthang. Overnight at Bimtang.


Day 14: Bhimthang to Tilije (2340m) – 6.5hours trek.

From a ridge in Bimthang, we can enjoy excellent 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 the rhododendron forest and follow a path through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass through the fields before making a steep climb on a ridge. The trail leaves the ridge in a large and wide arch to the riverbank at 2580 m. A short distance further on is the Tilje. Overnight at Tilje.


Day 15: Tilije to Dharapani (1475m) – 6 hours trek.

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 and reach the Thonje village. 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. Overnight in Tal.


Day 16: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu (1400m) – 8 hours.

The trip from Dharapani to Kathmandu by Besi Sahar offers the opportunity to enjoy the Mountain and its landscapes. The trip is often on the banks of the rivers Marsyangdi and Trishuli. We also cross beautiful villages with agricultural terraces on both sides of the road before reaching Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the hotel to rest.


Day 17: Afternoon free time and Evening time farewell Dinner with cultural program.

After having great experience of Himalaya trek today you will your one free time. At evening you will invite to celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 18: Departure to home.

Your adventure ends today. A representative of own of ours will accompany you to the airport about 3 hours before the scheduled flight.