|Group Size:||2-20 Person|
|Max Altitude:||5100.00 meters|
|Activities||Trekking and Hiking|
| Places Covered
Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, Besisahar, Chamje , Thamel, Hotel Prince Plaza, Arughat, Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Samagaun, Samagaun Acclimatization , Dharmashala, Larke Pass, Bimthang, Goa,
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Manaslu circuit trek is probably the modern day Annapurna circuit trek and one of the most beautiful trekking in Nepal. This trek encircles Manaslu, which is 8156 meters tall and is the 8th highest peak above the sea level. The reason behind Manaslu being loved and liked by adventurers very much is because it opened its trail to the world only in 1991. It being off the beaten trekking routes in Nepal is also the reason why Manaslu circuit trek is not populated as well as polluted.
Until very recently trekking in the Manaslu was completely a camping trek, the option still remains but there are basic as well as sparse tea houses which provides a level of comfort while trekking. The entire region is still restricted area and requires a special permit. You would be surprised to see that it is completely illegal to kill any kind of animal or plant species as the entire region is believed to have a very fragile ecosystem.
On the other hand you would traverse through 6 different climate zones and likewise would experience the days of summer to the freezing winter. You would as well experience beautiful landscapes of lush green hills and one of the tallest mountains. Since Manaslu is not touched with roadways and majority of the people living in the region has no connection with the outer world but Tibet, they are able to inherit and practice culture, religion and norms that dates back to 1500 or more years. It may come to your surprise that people do not speak Nepali at times, have no human skills as basic as communication and that makes this trek a stunner.
Although this trek is beautiful, it is not meant for all and specially for a novice. Since this trek takes around 3 weeks to end and climbs up to the elevation of over 5000 meters, it requires some prior experience. Inquire more about this trek today and book with us to get an unbeatable price!
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|Day 2||Trek Preparation and Shopping|
|Day 3||Kathmandu - Arughat (Bus/Jeep drive) ( 7 - 8 hrs)|
|Day 4||Arughat - Soti Khola (710m/2493 ft) (4 - 5 hours)|
|Day 5||Soti Khola - Machha Khola (900m/2952 ft) ( (5 -7 hours)|
|Day 6||Machha Khola - Jagat (1410m/4625 ft) (5 - 7 hours)|
|Day 7||Jagat - Deng (1860m/6102 ft)|
|Day 8||Deng - Namrung(2660m/8728 ft) (5-7 hours)|
|Day 9||Namrung - Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft)(5-7 hours)|
|Day 10||Exploring Samagaun|
|Day 11||Samagaun - Dharmashala (4480m/14690 ft) (5-7 hours)|
|Day 12||Dharmashala - Larkya La Pass (5100m/16732 ft) - Bimthang (3720m/ 12204 ft) (9-11 hours)|
|Day 13||Bimthang - Gho aka Goa (2560m/8399 ft) (4-6 hours)|
|Day 14||Gho / Goa - Chamje (1430m/4692 ft) (5-7 hours)|
|Day 15||Chamje - Besisahar (760m/2493 ft) ( Bus or walk ) ( 5 -7 hours)|
|Day 16||Besisahar - Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive)|
Arrival in Kathmandu
Thank you for choosing Manaslu Circuit as your next adventure destination! Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan International airport, one of our representatives will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will not do much on this day but only explore your surroundings and the local culture.
Trek Preparation and Shopping
You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking to Everest base camp. The back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking and you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu - Arughat (Bus/Jeep drive) ( 7 - 8 hrs)
We would start early in the morning by boarding a vehicle to Arughat. This bus or van ride would take around 7 to 8 hours. Half of the way is nice and black topped, whereas half of the road is bumpy and off road. Once we reach Arughat we would call it a day and get ready for Manaslu circuit trek. Overnight in Arughat. Meal plan B,L,D.
Arughat - Soti Khola (710m/2493 ft) (4 - 5 hours)
The first day of the trek shouldn't be much tough on your legs and hence we would walk only for around 4-5 hours with a lot of breaks in between. The trail is gradient in the beginning but beyond Arkhet it gets steep. We would make our way through beautiful villages and rice terrains of indigenous gurung community. Keep your eyes open for plenty of monkeys in the forest in between Arkhet and Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.
Soti Khola - Machha Khola (900m/2952 ft) ( (5 -7 hours)
Initially we climb through beautiful Sal forest and further on the face of a cliff and along the budhi Gandagi river. We pass several Gurung villages and amazing rice terrain. Keep your eyes open for beautiful display of indigenous culture. Overnight in Machha Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.
Machha Khola - Jagat (1410m/4625 ft) (5 - 7 hours)
We would embark on the same trail left behind on the previous day. We would walk on lush green hills and cross the budhi Gandaki river for several times before we reach our final destination. On our way we would as well meet Tatopani, natural hot water springs. This section of the trail however is very isolated and we would only see few scattered houses in most of the case. Overnight in Jagat. Meal plan B,L,D.
Jagat - Deng (1860m/6102 ft)
It's going to be a long and tedious day from Jagat to Deng. Right outside Jagat you begin climbing with the views of Singri himal and remain along the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail is series of ascends and descends but once you enter from Philim, having your MCAP checked, the terrain becomes beautiful and worth the stroll. Do not forget to lookout for beautiful water fall around Ekle Bhatti. Overnight in Deng.
Deng - Namrung(2660m/8728 ft) (5-7 hours)
The trail is not very difficult until the very last moment of the trail. However, on this day you will see the transition in houses, culture and crops. The structure of homes are made out of rocks over the houses made out of mud and concrete in the lower area, the crops change from rice and wheat to potato and buckwheat and culture reflect to that of Tibet. You walk through a lot of prayer flags, mani (prayer wheels) and Kani (spiritual and religious gates). The final hour climb to Namrung is tiring. Overnight in Namrung. Meal plan B,L,D.
Namrung - Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft)(5-7 hours)
The walk begins with easy uphill and not too difficult. We cross several short streams and small patches of villages of Barcham, lihi and Sho, but the most significant one is Lho. Manaslu dominates the view of entire Lho. You can as well take a short time to explore the village and observe the handmade religious architecture. It takes around 3 and half hours to Lho and from here our final destination is another 2 and half hours away. Overnight in Samagaon. Meal plan Meal plan B,L,D.
Places Visited: Samagaun Acclimatization
Taking a day off in Samagaun is a part of acclimatization. This beautiful village nestled on the laps of Manaslu himalaya has several places worth exploring. There are gompas, shrines and local infrastructures worth exploring. There is a natural hot water spring as well which is enjoyed by trekkers in the region. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan B,L,D.
Samagaun - Dharmashala (4480m/14690 ft) (5-7 hours)
The trek begins easy and on the grassy grazing land often referred as Kharka. From here, in around 2 hours we reach the first village of Samdo; settlement of Tibetan fled refugees. This is an ideal place to relax a bit and see the surrounding. After catching our breath, we move on with our journey. Lookout for splendid view of Manaslu himal. In another 3 hours, looking on the north face of Manaslu and Larkya peak we make it to Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala. Meal plan B,L,D.
Dharmashala - Larkya La Pass (5100m/16732 ft) - Bimthang (3720m/ 12204 ft) (9-11 hours)
This is the longest and the toughest day in the entire Manaslu circuit trek. The day is going to be long so we would start before the first light. The hike in no doubt is tedious but on the top awaits the most beautiful of the himalayan grandeur. On the way down you will be greeted by beautiful views of Bimthang village and several turquoise colored lakes. The highest point of the trek as well is Larkya La pass. Overnight in Bimthang. Meal plan B,L,D.
Bimthang - Gho aka Goa (2560m/8399 ft) (4-6 hours)
We start strolling down Bimthang valley and towards the end of the valley we first cross a glacial melt, climb down a moraine and climb up a moraine. The west face of Manaslu is still still impressive. From this point there is a sudden change in the topography. We traverse through forest of Pine and Rhododendron. The descend is at first steep and then more gradient. Overnight in Goa. Meal plan B,L,D.
Gho / Goa - Chamje (1430m/4692 ft) (5-7 hours)
We embark on the same trail that we took upward. The trek in majority downhill and it would take around 6 - 7 hours to Chumling. Meal plan B,L,D.
Chamje - Besisahar (760m/2493 ft) ( Bus or walk ) ( 5 -7 hours)
It is a 3-4 hours of a bus ride, whereas it takes all day to walk to Besisahar. The walk is pleasant and downhill mostly and the bus or jeep running on this route does not have a regular schedule as such. Mostly, you will walk on jeep track and at times you will dodge it. Whereas if you happen to take the jeep back, it will be one bumpy one. Overnight in Besisahar.
Besisahar - Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive)
From Besisahar you are likely to board a vehicle back to Kathmandu early in the morning. Once we complete this 7 hour ride back to Kathmandu we would transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence your Manaslu circuit trek would officially come to end. Meal plan B.