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Manaslu Circuit Trek – 18 Days

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About Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • 18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Nepal
  • Altitude: 5160m/16929ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : Min 2 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transport: 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.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

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

You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport. From there, you will be transferred to the hotel. Freshen up and meet the representatives once again to get the brief about the Everest Three Pass Trek itinerary. In your free time, you can stroll around the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2:Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

After breakfast 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 Patan City (City of fine arts). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

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

Today you will drive toSoti Khola via 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. 

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

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. 

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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.  

Day 11:Rest Day in Samdo for Acclimatization process

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. 

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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.  

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

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. 

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

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.  

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

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.  

Day 18:Departure from TIA

If your plans today include a departing flight, a Great Nepal Treks and Expeditions representative will escort you to the airport. If you have other plans, we are here to assist you in any way necessary to make that transition.  

Inclusion

  • All transportation using private vehicles as per itinerary including airport transfers. (Kathmandu-Sotikhola and Syange-Kathmandu drive using private Jeep)
  • Two nights of accommodation with breakfast in a two-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin/sharing basis. Upgrades are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation in the best available lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses, during trekking days using twin sharing/dormitory rooms. Upgrades to private rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffee while on trekking days. All included meals are notated as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking guide throughout the entire trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation costs included.  Tipping is a personal statement of your satisfaction of their service.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Restricted Area Permit, Conservation Area Permit, TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Complementary farewell dinner with cultural show and authentic Nepalese cuisine.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • All Service charge and necessary government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our treks. This must include helicopter rescue, medical testing, treatment, and hospitalization expenses. You will be asked to provide proof of such coverage upon arrival and before departing on the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.  An average meal in just about any restaurant will run about $5 - $10 depending on what you order. Western oriented restaurants may be a bit more.
  • You are responsible for snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, drinking water and personal expenses along the way. Wi-Fi access lodges (if available), for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services may be available along the way at posted rates.
  • All personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. Most visitors can can obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa is good for 30 days and costs US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained for 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.  While tipping is not mandatory it is highly appreciated.
  • Any other items not mentioned in the included section.

Accommodation

You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in  Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in tea houses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas.

The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in tea houses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24×7 at your service. 

FAQ

Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness

What kind of personal first aid should i carry?

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

Does high altitude effects and benefits?

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’ metabolism.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.

Life threatening forms of AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

Symptoms of HAPE

Breathlessness
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

Symptoms of HACE

– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Nausea/vomiting
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

How to prevent Altitude Sickness?

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

What is treatment of Altitude sickness?

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

How do we handle during the case of emergency?

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

How to get safe drinking water?

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Do we be secure during our journey?

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

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