Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 Days

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  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous Strenuous
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Manaslu
  • Max. Altitude: 5160m/16929ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Land transportation

The Manaslu Circuit Trek, after opening to the international tourists since 1991, is considered as one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. The Manaslu Region offers a wonderful and unique culture as it has been influenced by the Tibetan Culture and values, all of which came from the Tibetan inhabitants during the 1600s.  

The trekking trip starts with a full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. The one-day tour shows you the real historical importance of the valley with a visit to the durbar squares. The second day will take you to the rural village of Soti Khola through a long tiring drive.  

The real trekking starts from the Soti Khola and then goes through the high hills and forested areas to get to the villages in the Manaslu Region. The trek offers you the best views of the 8156 meters high peak of Mt. Manaslu. Besides, you will also find amazing views of the Ganesh, and Sriringi peaks.  

In this trek to the Manaslu Region, you will get as high as 5160 meters with a climb to the Larkya La Pass. The trails to the Manaslu Circuit Trek has been secluded since years so you won't come across much traffic. The best season to visit the region is during the Autumn and Spring seasons.   


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti khola (710m/2328 ft) 8-9 hours

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 5: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 6: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m/5917ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 7: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m/8626ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 8: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 9: Acclimatization day in Samagaon. Explore Pungyen Gompa 6 hours

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo for Acclimatization process

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m/14,628 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft) via Larkya La Pass (5160m/16, 924 ft) – 8-9 hours

Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2300m/7544ft) 5 – 6 hours

Day 15: Trek from Tilije to Tal (1700m/5576 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 16: Trek from Tal to Syange (1080m/3542 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 17: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

Day 18: Departure from TIA

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Welcome to the land of the Himalayas. You will be welcomed by the high snowcapped peaks. Our company representative will escort you to your hotel. You will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. If you arrive late in the evening, then there is always the other day to provide information about your tour.  

Today, you will have a full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. Our trip today consists of the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and the Patan City (The City of Fine Arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards, and temples built between the 12th and 18th centuries. The palace used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swoyambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name stands for "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as the Monkey Temple. Similarly, Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for all of the visitors both internal and external. 

Today you will drive to Arughat which will take about 9 hours. The drive is divided into two parts. The first drive will take you to the Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading district, this will take 4 hours. From there, it’s another 4 hours to Arughat and then another hour to Sotikhola. Overnight in a tea house in Soti Khola. 

Today you will begin your trek journeys. After you cross the river, trek through the beautiful Sal forest before climbing onto a ridge above the rapids of the Budhi Gandaki. When you reach Khursane, the trail meanders up and down past two stunning waterfalls on the rocky trail clinging to the cliff. The trail then descends past rice terraces before ascending to the Gurung village of Labubesi. After further climbing, the valley eventually opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders through a wide gravel river bed where you walk along to reach Machha Khola. Overnight in a tea house in Machha Khola. 

After crossing the Machha Khola and the village of Khorlabesi, you dome a village with small hot spring called Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepali). The trail then follows a heavily forested area towards Dovan. Below Dovan, there are huge rapids on the Budi Gandaki. As you ascend leaving the rapids behind, the scenery begins to dramatically change before arriving in Jagat. Overnight in a tea house in Jagat.  

Today we begin by trekking to Sirdibas via Salleri before continuing onto GhatteKhola. Then the trail further goes to Philim which is a large Gurung village where you are introduced to the Gurung culture. From here, we walk past millet fields to Ekle Bhatti before entering a steep gorge and descending to cross the Budi Gandaki. As you continue, the valley widens and you will trek through bamboo forests before crossing the Deng Khola and reaching the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in a tea house in Deng.  

This morning, it’s a short walk as you cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb steeply to Rama (1910m). From here, walk on to Bhi through dense forest and Prok Village from where we see some magnificent views of the Siringi Himal. From here, we cross the Budi Gandaki several times and come across several Gompa’s. The trail follows the river through dense forest and through a narrow gorge before opening for your last steep climb to reach Namrung. Overnight in a tea house in Namrung.  

From Namrung, you can experience great views of the Siring, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. After climbing steadily through the forest, you will reach Lihi, a beautiful village with many chortens and barley terraces. From here, the trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. Further along the trail, you will come across the Sama village where one can experience extraordinary views of the Mt Manaslu and explore the Ribung Gompa. Today we finish in Samagaon where we spend the night. Overnight in a tea house in Samagaon.  

Today we spend the day at Samagaon for rest and acclimatization purposes. Here we can explore the Sherpa and Tibetan culture, the mani stones, and Buddhist scenes of the area. Hike up a hill near Sama village to an old Pungyen Gompa monastery where you will have great views of the glacier near the Manaslu peak. Overnight in a tea house in Samagaon.  

As you trek to Samdo, you will again descend to the Budhi Gandaki river and cross several grazing and pasture areas before gradually climbing up the valley. The valley has a fantastic view of the Himalayan mountains particularly the Manaslu peak. When you reach Samdo, it is the last permanent settlement in the valley and from here, it’s just a day’s walk to the border with Tibet. Overnight in a tea house in Samdo.  

Today, you will have another rest day for acclimatization. The plan for today is to hike up the valley behind Samdo Village. This takes you to one of the trade passes to Tibet from where you will have exceptional views of the Manaslu and such other high peaks including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, and so on. Overnight in a tea house in Samdo. 

After leaving Samdo, cross several streams and get a view of the Larkya Glacier as you go around the valley before climbing to the stone guest house at Dharmasala. It’s a short walk today allowing plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxation on arrival at your destination. Overnight in a tea house in Dharamsala.  

This is the hardest day of the trek. After a short climb, you will reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where you can enjoy great views of the Cho Danda and the Larkya Peak. From here, walk across glacial moraines gradually ascending before you reach the final steep section of the pass at 5160m. From the top of the pass, there are amazing views of the Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Mt Manaslu (8156m). It is a long day as we reach Bimthang with the evening mist floating in and the Mt Manaslu close by. Overnight in a tea house in Bimthang.  

After leaving Bimthang and enjoying the amazing views of the surrounding mountains, descend and cross a high pasture before walking through the beautiful rhododendron forests and small settlements before arriving at the small settlement of Tilije. Overnight in a tea house in Tilije.  

Today you will walk through some beautiful villages and cross the Dudh Khola before climbing to the Thonje Village and then, on to Dharapani where the trail meets the Annapurna Circuit. It is an hour further to Karte and then on to Tal. Overnight in a tea house in Tal. 

You will walk to Syange, a small village in the Annapurna Region. The trail here enters the Marsyandi valley with its hillside terraces and villages before descending through the rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in a tea house in Syange.  

Drive back to Kathmandu. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the hill and the mountain landscapes as you follow the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. Enjoy the beautiful villages and farming terraces before arriving in Kathmandu. Back in Kathmandu, you will get an opportunity for some last-minute shopping. Tonight, enjoy the farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with Authentic Nepalese cuisine and a cultural show. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.  

Sadly, your most memorable journey comes to an end today. A Great Nepal representative will guide you to the airport some 3 hours before the flight. Have a safe journey ahead.  

Inclusion

  • All transportation using private vehicle as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Three nights accommodation in Kathmandu using Three Star Category Hotel on Twin Sharing basis with Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trekking days on Twin Sharing/Dormitory room.
  • All your standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Bouddhnath and Swoyambhunath).
  • A local English speaking Government Guide during the trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine and transportation for all trekking/tour staff.
  • Restricted Area Permit, Conservation Area Permit, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • Service charge and Government Taxes

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu (Each item costs about $4 - $7 dollars depending on place where you eat)
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. One can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any other items not mentioned on above Include Section.
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Apr 13, 2018 May 01, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Apr 23, 2018 May 11, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
May 13, 2018 May 31, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
May 23, 2018 Jun 10, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Jun 13, 2018 Jul 01, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Jun 23, 2018 Jul 11, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Jul 13, 2018 Jul 31, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Jul 23, 2018 Aug 10, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Aug 13, 2018 Aug 31, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Aug 23, 2018 Sep 11, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Sep 13, 2018 Oct 01, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Sep 23, 2018 Oct 10, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Oct 13, 2018 Oct 31, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Oct 23, 2018 Nov 10, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Nov 13, 2018 Dec 01, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Nov 23, 2018 Dec 10, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Dec 13, 2018 Dec 31, 2018 US$ 1525 Available Book
Dec 23, 2018 Jan 10, 2019 US$ 1525 Available Book

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Trip highlights

  • Widely considered as one of the most difficult and challenging treks in Nepal
  • Unparalleled experience of the mountain climbing
  • Rich cultural heritage in the region with the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Himalayan Range
  • Challenging opportunity to explore the pristine and untouched beauty of Nepal.

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