Manaslu Trek is a laborious walk in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The trek takes you into the premises of Mount Manaslu (8,160m), the 8th tallest mountain in the world. Manaslu Circuit Trek is among the most difficult and yet rewarding trek to the Himalayas.
Manaslu, meaning intelligence or soul is among the most imperative mountains of the Himalaya range. Climbing to the base of this mountain is definitely not an easy task. On the Manaslu circuit trek of 17 days, you get to leap in headfirst to the most amusing mountains in the Himalayas. Your trek passes through Manaslu Conservation Area. This region homes 11 types of forest. It is also the primary habitat for Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, and snow leopard. As you pass the beautiful local villages, you will encounter the lush undergrowth and get to cross the flowery meadows.
Crossing the wooden bridges over small yet sparkling streams is fun. Every day, you will get to know the mountains from close. On the way, you cross the local community of Nupris. These friendly Nupris community will help you learn about the lifestyle and culture of mountain people. We will also visit some ancient Buddhist Shrines such as Mu, Rachen Gompas, and Shringi Gompa during your trek.
The Manaslu Circuit trek is itself termed as a difficult one. Most areas can be easy to travel, but there are some challenging spots. It is rated 4 for the difficulty level out of 5. Consequently, you need good strength and outlook. Of course, we will always be there to guide you in every step. But you will also need enough practice and good health. Since we will be trekking in a high altitude, you need to cope with the lower level of oxygen.
Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to the restricted region. Thus, one needs a special permit for the trek. The permit can be obtained from the local company. Besides the Manaslu region permit, you will also need ACAP and MCAP permit. To get the permit, you need a minimum of two trekkers besides your guide.
Trekking can be possible at different times of the year. Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May) are considered as the two best times for trekking in this region. Trekking in Manaslu has tea-house accommodation. The trail is quite new and yet unexplored.
Our journey to Manaslu commences in Kathmandu. After some sightseeing in the place, you drive towards the place called Arughat. Arughat is the entry point of Buri Gandaki Valley. Then, we will walk towards Samagaon. Afterwards, we walk towards the Manaslu Base Camp. We cross a demanding section of the trek- Larkya La Pass at 5,160m. The pass offers extravagant views of Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, etc. In the later part, the trails join the Annapurna circuit trek at a place called Dharapani and then drop to Besisahar. If you wish, you can also continue trekking in the Annapurna region.
Upon your landing at Kathmandu international airport, our representative will receive you. After a warm welcome, the staff will escort you to the hotel in a private vehicle. In the drive of about 30 minutes, enjoy a view of the street of Kathmandu. After checking in the hotel, freshen up from the long travel. Then, you can explore the areas near the hotel. You can also do some shopping around the place. Our guide can help you with shopping as well. In the evening, the trek guide will call you for the welcome dinner. You will get a short brief about the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Later, you can enjoy the night-life of Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
Today, you enjoy an organised sightseeing tour in Nepal’s capital. Kathmandu is full of wonders and beautiful heritage. After breakfast in the morning, we leave for Swayambhunath stupa. It is also famous as “Monkey temple”. The temple lies at the highest point of the Kathmandu valley. Here, we can enjoy the splendid 360 degrees views of the valley. Then, we will drive to Pashupatinath. It is a very important holy shrine of Lord Shiva. You can see the Sadhus and devotees of Shiva performing a typical ritual in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. After exploring the huge premises of Pashupatinath, we drive towards the Boudhanath Stupa. You explore the premises with the melodious chanting of the Buddhist monk. Prayer flags, rotating wheels, and lights are fluttering in the winds to contribute to a peaceful ambience to the surrounding. You can enjoy some time in Boudhanath Stupa before driving to Patan Durbar Square. Patan is a typical Nepalese town bestowed with classic art and architecture. Patan Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar Square of Nepal. The Square has a palace, temple, and a museum. After the sightseeing tour, we will drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay. You can also do some last-minute shopping in the area. Overnight in Kathmandu
In the morning, you will enjoy the breakfast over your hotel. We will start with a fascinating drive to Gorkha. A fabulous ride along the bank of Trisuli River and small towns takes us to Gorkha. The journey continues towards Arughat. After a 70km drive, we arrive at Malekhu. Here, we stop to try some local fish and side dishes. Your journey to Dhading Besi continues 35 km off the dirt road. In the path, you can witness the panoramic views of Manaslu Himal and Ganesh Himal. The path descends to Ankhu Khola and then to Arughat. Then you arrive at Soti Khola after 8 hours of the scenic drive. Soti Khola is a great place to spend your night (710m). Overnight in Soti Khola
Today, you begin your hike for Manaslu Circuit. First, we cross a bridge and walk through the Sal forests. The path continues above the Budhi Gandaki River. Climbing steep terrains to Kyoropani, we descend towards Khursane. The path leads to the rocky terrains and the tropical waterfalls on a steep cliff. You eventually walk down to Labubesi (885m). After lunch at this Gurung village, the walk continues to rocky terrain. The path opens to offer a beautiful view of Budhi Gandaki. Then, you descend to the sandy river and hike in the rounded stones. After crossing a suspension bridge, we finally arrive at Machha Khola. The total walk shouldn’t take us more than 7 hours. Overnight at Machha Khola
After breakfast at Machha Khola in the early morning, the trek continues. First, we cross the Machhe Khola and head towards the tiny village of Khorla Bensi. After some walk, we arrive at Tatopani. The trails continue up and down before you climb over a ridge. Crossing the River on a suspension bridge, the way passes through the harsh terrains. The walk can be challenging in multiple places. After a short section of the walk in the forest, we arrive at a Guest House over Doban. Here, we stop at Doban that shows an impressive view of Budhi Gandaki River. Crossing a suspension bridge, the trail continues to Tharo Bharyang. The path leads to a steep climb before you finally arrive at Jagat village. Overnight in Jagat
Early in the morning, breakfast will be served at the teahouse. Your walk begins with a steep climb on a ridge to Salleri. Then we descend to Sirdibas before crossing Gandaki River. We then walk to Gatte Khola through the grassy land slopes. The path continues upstream to a long suspension bridge suited in Philim. You continue to the North on a level trail to Ekle Bhatti. During the journey, you witness an amusing view of Shringi Himal (7,187m). After crossing the village three times, we reach the village of Deng. After 6 hours of walk, we crash at Deng. Overnight in Deng.
You start the trek in the morning after breakfast. The hike takes to a trail from Bhi and to the west of Budhi Gandaki Valley. The walk on a steep and impressive valley continues to Lana village. Here, you witness the Mani stones in the village. After four hours of hiking, we reach Gham. Here, we stop for lunch and rest. Then, we continue towards the Prok village. The trail passes through Gompas and the dense forest. Crossing the thundering streams on a narrow gorge, we hike upwards. Afterwards, the pleasant walk through the forest takes us to Namrung. Six hours of total hike brings the journey of the day to the end. The beautiful tea house over Namrung (2,630m) serves a well deserved meal. Overnight at Namrung
Today, the path follows a trail lined with a long Mani wall near Lho Gaun. The walk to Lho Gaun is easy and short. Here, we will have some rest and then explore the area. We hike up the hillside right on the ridge, and to the Pungen Glacier. The glacier is formed from the prodigious Peak 29. From the road near to Lho Gaun, the glacier is visible. The close-up views of the glacier and a great view of Mount Manaslu amuses us. Then we walk back to Lho Gaun for the night. The total walk for the day is about 10.5km. Overnight in Lho Gaun
In the morning, you will enjoy a great view of Ganesh Himal and Siring from Namrung village. We can also explore the famous Ribung Gompa in the village. After a delicious breakfast, we walk steadily through the forest. We will initially head towards the glacier. Following the trial to lateral moraine to the village area, we continue the hike. Today’s hike is scenic with the villages surrounded by the majestic mountains such as Himal Chuli and Ngadi Chuli. Ganesh Himal appears bigger and closer as we continue the trek. A total of 6 to 7 hours on the walk for about 8.1km brings us to Samagaun (3,530m). Samagaun is a small village but is spread out. Mostly stone-built houses with the monastery make the area beautiful. Overnight in Samagaun
We are already at the altitude of 3,500m. Here, the level of oxygen is already a lower level. So, this is the day for rest and acclimatisation. We can spend the day wandering around the village of Samagaun. As per your convenience, we can go for a half-day and a full-day trek. We hike towards the Manaslu Base Camp at an altitude of 4,750m above sea level. This is the trip of about seven hours. Or, we can trek to the glacier across Samagaun or Birendra Tal Lake. Overnight in Samagaun.
Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River. The path takes us to the north of a bridge right over a side stream. The trail is easy as we pass the walls with several beautiful mani. You shortly head to the river and cross the forest of juniper and birch. The path drops through the lush terrains and takes you to a wooden bridge suited over Budhi Gandaki. The walk to a steep climb takes us to two forks of the river. This trail is rather short and you walk for about four to five hours maximum. After a short walk, you arrive on a stone arch that offers the view of White Kani. Passing through the Kani, you arrive at Samdo. There are many beautiful tea houses in Samdo that serve local food. Overnight in Samdo
Today, you hike for four hours to the place called Dharamsala. It is also called the Larkya Base Camp. You start your descent to the northern village to cross the Budhi Gandaki River. The path follows the grassy forest and terrains with Rhododendron and juniper right above the Syacha Khola Valley. After witnessing the Larkya Glacier, you cross two streams. The path continues to Larkya La Phedi. Climbing the steep terrain, you arrive at a stone guest house located in Dharamsala. In Nepali, Dharamsala is a religious house that is made to help people in trouble. It’s not a lodge but simply a shelter for travellers. Since the hike is short, we will have enough time to relax in the afternoon. You can also explore the place and learn about the local people. Overnight in Dharamsala
The trek commences early in the morning as you hike to the steep trails of Larkya La. The path is windy and rocky, you should be careful while walking. The sunrise views at Mount Manaslu, Larke peak and Cheo Himal are spectacular. The journey can be cold, especially if it’s a windy day. The snowfall will slow the pace of your trek. You walk across the moraines in the Larkya Glaciers offers the remarkable views of Cho Danda. Below the path, there is a magnificent basin. The trek is longer than the other days. We will walk for a total of 8-9 hours until we finally reach Bimtang. We hike into the pastures with the mist of dawn looming close by. Overnight in Bimthang
Early in the morning, we enjoy breakfast with the Himalayas in the background. In the morning, the splendid views of Lamjung Himal and Mt.Manaslu accompany us. The Trek to Tilche will take about six hours. The trek begins with a descent to Sangure Kharka. After crossing a bridge over Dudh Khola, the trail passes a high pasture area. Descending to the valley situated over Purdin Khola, you hike to a ridge suited at 4150m. Then, you enjoy an excellent view of Mount Manaslu and Annapurna II. The trek continues over Dudh Khola, making a descent deep into a forest towards the cultivated land of Karche. Then, you hike to Gho village. If you are already tired, you can stay in a teahouse over Gho. Or, you can stay at Tilche. If you could make up to Tilije, the stay for the other night will be easier. Overnight in Tilche
Early in the morning, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Walking along the farmlands of Tilje (2,300m), the path leads to the crossing on the East bank of the river. Then, you descend towards the Marsyangdi Valley. Walking through the scrub forest, you eventually head towards Thonje (1,965m/). Now, the path continues on the main route of Annapurna Circuit and takes us to Dharapani. We stop at Dharapani for lunch. Here you hop on a jeep to Besishahar. The entire drive is about 3-4 hours long. On the way, you witness the beautiful waterfalls along with the lush landscapes. As you arrive in Besisahar, you check in a lodge. Besishahar has some fine lodges that serve multi-cuisine dinner. Overnight in Besishahar
After breakfast in the lodge over Besisahar, you move towards the bus station. You can drive on a Tourist Bus, Microbus, or a Jeep. On your drive to Kathmandu, you enjoy crisp view mountains and the hills. Initially, the path follows the path at the banks of the Marsyangdi River. Then, it moves towards the Trishuli Rivers. It takes about six to seven hours to get to Kathmandu from Besisahar. In Kathmandu, you can check-in the hotel and enjoy some rest. You can your leisure time strolling in the place. You can also buy some gifts for yourself and your loved ones. Thamel has a great collection of classic arts and crafts. In the evening, we celebrate the success of your trekking expedition. We together enjoy a farewell dinner. We talk about the amazing journey we accomplished as a team. After that, you can enjoy the night-life of Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu
This is your last day at Nepal's capital. In the morning, you can enjoy your last Nepalese breakfast in the hotel. If you have time, you can also do some last-minute shopping. As per your flight time, pack your belongings and check-out from your hotel. Our representative will be waiting for you outside the hotel. He/She will take you to the airport on a private vehicle. The staff will leave you at the International Airport-three hours before you take off. We wish you a very safe journey back home.
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