Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with an exciting drive from Kathmandu to reach at Arughat village within Gorkha district of Nepal’s Mid-West, after an interesting drive walk follows raging Buri-Gandaki River fed from the glacier of Manaslu Mountains, as our walk leads further to its many river sources around the high land of Manaslu area.

Adventure leads to many interesting villages of Philim-Jagat-Dyang and Lo Gaon to reach the main village of Manaslu area at Sama Gaon, where you will have rest day to explore its local culture and impressive views of the country with majestic Mt. Manaslu trekking in Himalaya.

What's Included?

• All private airport transfers anytime arrives/departure
• 2 nights Boutique Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
• Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) at your choice of Tea/Coffee /Lemon Honey Tea
• Supplementary snacks (cookies and energy bars)
• Chlorine/Iodine treated Safe Drinking water
• A comprehensive medical kit
• Trekking equipment such as a down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag/daysacks
• Everest Base Camp Route map and printed Polo T-Shirt
• Oximeter to update oxygen status into your body during the trek
• An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek guide
• All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
• All accommodations are on twin-shared basis during the trek
• Twin sharing or Single supplement will be served in Kathmandu

Duration

18 days

Destination Covered

Kathmandu, Dharapani and Manaslu Conservation Area

Best Suited

All, Budget, Families, Groups, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,327 m and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture, Around Manaslu & Larkya- la Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.

Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Around Manaslu & Larkya- la Trekking preparation.

Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m - 07 hrs journeys.
Around Manaslu & Larkya- la trekking begins with an exciting drive towards Nepal’s Mid West around Gorkha and Dhading region as the ride leads towards high hills of with views of fabulous Ganesh II at 7,118 m and Ganesh IV 7,104 m and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at Arughat village and then taking another vehicle for short drive to Soti Khola following the raging Buri Gandaki River to reach our first overnight stop at Soti-Khola a small farm village.

Day 4: Trek to Machha khola 930 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk leads to slow descent towards river banks with number of small tea shops and coming across mule trains on its way to Machhakhola and beyond, our journey continues using the Nepalese traditional stone paved staircase, then crossing over Nauli Khola (stream) with a view of cascading waterfalls and reaching at Khanigaon. From this small farm village with few hours of walk leads to a bridge over Machha khola after crossing the suspension bridge a short ascent to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola village, a small settlement with stream for fishing smaller fishes, as this village is named after macha meaning fish river or stream.

Day 5: Trek to Jagat 1,410 m - 06 hrs.
From Macha Khola our morning journey leads along the Buri Gandaki river upstream reaching another small village at Khorla Beshi and then walking on the gradual winding path reaching a place called Tato pani with natural hot spring water near the forested area, after a break here walk leads past Dovan and Yaruphant villages, following the Buri Gandaki River and then crossing a short suspension bridge to Jagat village for overnight stop, a reasonable size village with shops and small guest house and lodge.

Day 6: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.
After a nice overnight stop at Jagat village, morning walk leads to follow the river, then passing number of small farm villages to Sidibas Bazaar, a nice small village with few shops and stores, from this village walk leads to a short climb and descend, then the walk comes to a small suspension bridge at place called Nagjet, after the bridge reaching another nice farm village of Philim, this village with a primary school supported by people of Japan (as Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is very much liked by the Japanese), from Philim walk leads into golden fields and terrace of wheat’s and barley, then up the rocky ridge and through bamboo forests with a climb for an hour to reach the overnight stop at Dyang village.

Day 7: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs.
From here onwards you can observe the culture similar to Tibetan, as the walk reaches higher ground. On leaving Dyang a gentle downhill along the riverbank crossing the raging river to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small settlement with shops and tea stalls, after this village onwards close to Tibetan frontier leading to a nice walk of few hours reaching overnight stop at Ghap village here onwards Tibetan Buddhism culture all the way to Larkya la and towards Dharapani village.

Day 8: Trek to Lo 3,180 m - 06 hrs
Morning a pleasant walk to Budhi Gandaki River, crossing this river leads through number of scattered small farm huts and villages with cultivated terraced fields of millets, wheat’s or barley ( rice grows in the warmer area below 2,000 meters) then passing Numrung village with awesome North Face views of Mt. Manaslu and other snow capped peaks, after an enjoyable walk with the beautiful scenery passing several small villages like Banjham and Lhi and to a small village of Sho, from here trekking for few hours through a small settlement of Shrip and completing the day’s walk at Lo Bazaar for overnight stop.

Day 9: Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m - 06 hrs.
Lho village offers stunning sunrise over magnificent Mt. Manaslu, enjoying views of surrounding landscapes and mountains. Today walk leads to one of the largest village of upper Manaslu area in Samagaon, walk leads through forest of rhododendron, juniper, firs and pines trees, and then leaving the tree lines after few hours of walk heading uphill, altitude gains with dramatic change in vegetation and landscapes as well. The path leads over previous debris of Phungen Glacier for couple of hours, then reaching our overnight stop at Sama village with time for short walk and visit around this interesting highland village.

Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading towards Larkya-la and higher terrain, rest day helps to acclimatize and one can use this day to explore the nice village with Tibetan culture and traditions.

Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs
After a wonderful time at Samagaon with fantastic views of high snow capped peaks and Mt. Manaslu, morning walk leads to exposed valley with few rhododendron and juniper bushes, as the tree lines disappears around this higher area. Slowly walk heads over Manaslu Glacier with view of Birendra Lake known as Samagaon Lake on route to Samdo which is much closer to Tibetan border from this area. On route coming across traders from Tibet and yaks carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods, walk continues following the stream and then crossing to reach at Samdo village for overnight stop.

Samdo the last village before Dharapani is reached on the other side of Larkya la.

Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala / Larkya phedi 4,460m - 04 hrs.
Today a short walk to the base of Larkya la pass, morning walk follows glacier fed icy river and then crossing a stream coming from Gya La, from this spot there’s a trail on the right side leading to Tibet border. From here our route diverts towards Larkya Bazaar also known as Dharmasala meaning guest house in Nepali.

(In early days before 1960’s a flourishing trade used to take place between Nepal and Tibet till China invaded Tibet, and that is why this place still called as Larkya Bazaar.

After Larkya bazaar, few hours of gentle walk reaching at Dharamsala for overnight stop right at the bottom of Larkya la pass, afternoon free for rest and short walk with magnificent surrounding scenery.

Day 13: Cross Larkya la 5,106 m and descend to Bhimthang 3,720m -08 hrs.
Today a tough long day, starting earlier with a climb over the high ridge then reaching four frozen ponds, and then climbing higher at the top of Larkya La Pass which is above 5,200 m / 17,060 ft, at the top enjoy views of Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Himlung Himal all the way towards Ganesh Himal towards eastern horizon. Some time high altitude and much snow on the pass can create little obstacles while traversing these glacier moraines. After a memorable moment walk leads on the long downhill path to reach at Bhimtang for overnight stop. A beautiful green valley with grassy meadow surrounded by coniferous pine and rhododendron tree lines.

Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs.
After long hard walk of previous day, walk is easier from here onward on the gradual and downhill path through enchanting and pristine forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines trees, after a pleasant walk with view of surrounding landscapes and rolling hills finally reaching a small temporary settlement at Gho for overnight stop.

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 05 hrs.
From here onwards on the gradual trail to Dharapani and beyond morning walk leads through densely forested area with summer pasture, this wonderful walk reaches a nice village of Tiliche, just by the bank of Marsyangdi river below the village of Dharapani. From here a steep climb for an hour crossing bridge over raging Marsyangdi River to reach in Dharapani village for overnight stop, where the Annapurna Circuit trail joins.

Day 16: Trek to Chamje near another village called Jagat 1,290 m - 05 hrs.
After an enjoyable time up in mountain wilderness, our trek comes to an end today at Chamje village near to Jagat (another village with same name), here at Chamje for last overnight stop in the mid hill village before Kathmandu.
Morning walk follows through several villages of Tal Besi and Tal Karte and Sattale. Few hours of good walk on the gradual winding trail coming across a suspension bridge with superb views of Annapurna mountain ranges towards west, and then walking into lovely forest along the river bank of Marshyangdi River to reach at Chamje village for last overnight stop.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu - 06 hrs.
Catching morning views of snow clad peaks, overland drive leads to a long winding downhill through interesting towns and villages, heading to warmer area and back into rural farm country and villages to reach around farm country of Lamjung district at Besisar town.

After Lamjung area our drive concludes at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels around Thamel area, with free afternoon for individual activities.

Day 18: Final International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal with wonderful and enjoyable time around Manaslu Circuit Trek Trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.
Duration: 14 days
Max Elevation: 5180mm.
Trip Grade: Moderate & High Passes
Accomodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Culture: Gurung, Tibetan & Tamang
Best Time: September-November & March-May
Start / Ending: Arughat to Besi Sahar
Destination: Nepal

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