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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Duration
18 days
Max. Elevation
5106m
Group Size
Minimum 2 (Single Supplement $150)
Level
Moderate
Transportation
Ground
Best Season
March to May & September to November
Accomodation
Tea Houses Lodges during Trek
Meals
Breakfats, Lunch and Dinner during Trek
Starts at
Kathamdu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Machha Khola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Lo Gaon-Sama Gaon-Samdo-Dharmasala-Bhimphedi-Dharapani-Besisahar

Highlights

  • An adventure to former forbidden high country of scenic Upper Manaslu.
  • Dramatic bio-diversity from climate, vegetation, landscapes to immense cultures.
  • Starting from low warm farm land to cooler hills and towards arctic cold zone.
  • Exploring lovely traditional farm villages steeped with ancient cultural heritage.
  • Over high Larke-La pass from scenic Manaslu valley to beautiful Manang areas

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventure around the beautiful country’s landscapes from low warm mid-hills to cooler high valleys. Eventually leading to an arctic zone of ice, snow, and glaciers close to Mt. Manaslu world’s 8th highest peak.

Manaslu Circuit Trek starts with moderate walks and then gets adventurous as the trail heads to higher scenic ridges. The walk follows the raging Budi-Gandaki River right near its glacial source around the high picturesque valley of Manaslu.

The high Manaslu Valley is encircled by amphitheaters of Snow Mountains, and the views of snow peaks remain constant; on reaching higher hills until the end of walks. The beauty and charm of Manaslu Circuit Trek, are not only for its spectacular scenery that follows you throughout the treks. 
The adventure also offers exciting local traditional customs of ancient heritage cultures, as it were for hundreds of centuries. 

The word Manaslu, however, comes from the Sanskrit language and means the soul or mind of God or holy spirits. The local language of Tibetan origin is ‘Kutang’, meaning a flourishing country for raising livestock; and growing high-altitude crops.

Trekkers can experience the lovely cultural villages with farm activities yielding good harvests in the best seasons of the year. Truly an exciting and interesting adventure Manaslu Circuit Trek, walking from the low lush, and warm land of paddy fields. Then heading higher towards cooler green hills covered in lovely pines, and rhododendron forests, through nice traditional settlements and villages.

Enjoy the dramatic changes of landscapes, as the walk progresses heading higher cooler terrains around lovely mountain villages. 
Where local cultures fascinate all trekkers on reaching the high country of Manaslu, overlooking a grand vista of the majestic mountain range. 

Walk leads to Namrung and Lo-Gaon entering the scenic Manaslu valley, facing arrays of peaks with Mt. Manaslu North Face. Slowly the picturesque walks lead to the main village Manaslu Valley at Sama-Gaon, the gateway to Mt. Manaslu Base Camp. As well route to Larke-La pass and route to Tibet border, located on a beautiful wide valley; enclosed by staggering peaks. 

Spending an extra day in Sama-Gaon, a perfect place for acclimatization and exploring its scenic surrounding hills and ridges. At Sama Gaon observe the local impressive cultures along with superb views of the Manaslu range of peaks.

The adventure moves further heading toward the end of the Manaslu valley rim reaching the base of the high Larke-La pass; at Dharmasala. Located on a hidden corner sandwiched between the giant mountains of Manaslu with Larke peak close to Phedi.

At Dharmasala or Larke Phedi, with time for rest and preparation for the climb across the Larke-La pass. Next early morning a strenuous and exciting climb leads to the top of Larke-La, the highest point of the adventure. Every hard effort is rewarded with a mind-blowing panorama of snow- the mountain range engulfs the Larke-La pass. Overlooking grand views of the whole Manaslu Himalayas, including Sringi, and Larke with some peaks of Annapurna Himal. From the pass, a long descent to another side of Larke-La reached the district of Manang. 

The walk leads back into a lush green forest of pines and rhododendron tree lines at a beautiful settlement of Bhimthang. Gradually our adventurous walks come to an end arriving in Dharapani village, situated on a road head.
Where an interesting overland journey brings you to the hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu; after a mesmerizing adventure on Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Important Note

Trip Summary:
Mode of Trek:         Best available lodge / guest house on treks.
Trekking Grade:     Moderate to Adventurous.
Trekking Region:     Around Gorkha district to Manang areas.
Start and End of trek: From Macha-Khola, Gorkha to Dharapani at Manang. 
Highest elevation:     On top Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m /16,752 feet high.              
Trek duration:         13 Nights and 14 Days with drives both ways. 
Total Trip:             17 Nights and 18 Days, from arrival to departures.

Best Seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek:
The best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek is late spring April and May. Including autumn/fall begins from September to early November. 
 
Springtime is bright and beautiful, most days are clear with sunny days, can be cloudy afternoons. Bringing cold chill in the late afternoon, and night till morning this is the time when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom.
 
The next best season is autumn/fall, where days are clear with sunny days for views and walks. But shorter days due to limited sunlight hours, cold morning and night time can expect snowfall sometimes. But an enjoyable day for pleasant walks with clear views of the beautiful snow mountain range. 
 
Culture & Religion: 
The southern hills of Gorkha and Manaslu areas are populated by mixed tribes of people Gurung and Magar. Includes some Upper Manaslu natives of Tibetan origin with Hindu Bharamins and Chettries of both Hindu and Buddhism cultures and religions. But from Jagat villages higher within Manaslu Valley, dominated by 

Mongolian tribes of strong Tibetan origin. Interwoven to Buddhism with a similar cultural heritage to its Tibetan predecessors. Where trekkers will come across religious monuments of prayer walls, spinning wheels, Stupas, and monasteries.

Where all houses are adorned with Buddhist prayer flags, as well on top of the Larke-La pass. Which is a symbol of respect for the abode of gods and goddesses and holy mountain spirits. Traditionally the native of Manaslu are farmers and cattle herders, raising and breeding livestock.

Please Note:
For interested people having time in Nepal can extend, after ending the Manaslu circuit, combining with Annapurna circuit trek. As well with Nar-Phu and Tilicho Lake also. The trail branches off from Dharapani village at Manang, where famous and popular Annapurna Circuit trail joins at the end of Manaslu Circuit trek. 


Trip Itinerary

On first arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal international airport, our staff and guide will receive with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, on checking into your nice rooms. After getting refreshed from the jet-lag, join at the hotel lobby and at meeting room for trek briefing provided by our guide or leader. Information about the hotel, lodge on treks with full details of trekking trails, food and accommodation on treks. As well with do’s and don’ts with welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurants with local cultural program along with Nepali meals.


Morning after breakfast, the city / cultural guide will meet you at the hotel for tour around Kathmandu World Heritage Sites. As well visiting interesting places of steeped with history and culture. After the tour back at the hotel, preparation for Manaslu Circuit Trek. 


Depart from the hotel, after an early breakfast as early as possible for a long exciting overland journey. The drive leads on main busy highway that connects Kathmandu via various parts of the country. An interesting ride through many farm lands, villages and towns facing views of distant snow-capped peaks.

The drive then diverts heading towards hilly rough dirt road reaching around the district of Gorkha at Arughat town. After a short refreshing stops, drive continues following the great Budi-Gandaki River to our overnight halt at Machha Khola.

A nice moderate size farm village at the confluence of Bud-Gandaki and Macha-Khola, the fish stream as it means. 


Morning from Machha Khola village a short half day walks, we have made the first day trek easier and shorter. As many trekkers might be tired and weary from the long drives from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. Enjoy the first day walks following a gradual path following the Budhi Gandaki upstream. The trail leads to small sub-tropical forest of sal and pine trees with short ups and down. The walk leads to cross over Tharo-Khola and Machha Khola reaching a nice small settlement at Tatopani. A place with natural hot spring, time permitting enjoy refreshing bathe and a wash on warm waters of Tatopani. Trek continues to a small village of Dovan for lunch and overnight stops. The word Dovan means the meeting points of two streams or rivers, which is Shari and Sarpu Khola.

After checking into a nice simple rooms, rest of the day enjoy exploring this small village and interact with the locals. 


After a pleasant overnight stop, enjoying breakfast morning walks leads to another short day to Jagat village. The trail follows with a steep climb to Louri, and then uphill continues up to Thado Bhanjyang. As walk proceeds crossing a river then short up to Jagat, reaching by lunch time and for overnight halt. 

Jagat an interesting moderate size village of mixed hill tribes, the area is lined with shops, tea houses and lodges. Jagat is the entry post for Restricted Areas of higher Manaslu and Tsum Valley. Where all trekkers’ needs a special permits and MCA (Manaslu Conservation Area) including ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project); to continue treks from Jagat onwards.


From Jagat onwards, our true adventure begins entering the former forbidden country of Upper Manaslu. Walk leads heading north reaching a nice village of Philim, with nice terraces of millets and other seasonal crops. The trail leads further to a small place of Ekle Bhatti, means a lonely hut and a rest spot.

But at present with several shops and tea-houses, possible lunch stop before reaching Deng. Afternoon walk leads on steep ups through gorges to cross Budhi

Gandaki River towards dense forest of bamboo stalks. Then ending day reaching Deng, a small farm village, from here on with strong influence of Tibetan Buddhism cultures. Overnight in a nice simple lodge accommodation with good food menu to enjoy the stay at Deng.


Enjoying breakfast in the backdrop of local immense cultures, morning walk leads towards higher areas. The route follows through Bihi, a small settlement and then downhill for short while, as climb leads to a bridge. As walk follows entering pine and rhododendron tree lines coming across Buddhist prayer monuments. 

Crossing another bridge to Ghap village, an enjoyable walk through beautiful woods of fir, oaks, rhododendron and pines. On leaving the dense tree lines with bamboo grooves, climb to cross a suspension bridge. As walk gets pleasant on stone paved stairs all the way to Namrung village for overnight halt.

Namrung provides good lodges, facing grand views of wide fields of barley and buckwheat with views of snow peaks.


Morning enjoying the splendid surrounding beautiful scenery, walk follows on nice uphill path through pine woods. The trail leads to a nice village of Lihi, from here crossing a stream feed from the glaciers of Lindanda peak. Slowly the gentle path of short ups leads to Sho village, facing view of Simnang Himal. Finally the day walks ends reaching Lo-Gaon, a lovely village adorned with Buddhist monuments of Mani Walls, Chorten and Stupas. Enjoy the overnight in a nice cozy lodge, having large pleasant dining rooms serving comprehensive food menu.


Today the adventure from Lo-Gaon takes in the heart of Manaslu Valley at Sama-Gaon. The main village of the higher Gorkha district, the walk leads through a cook forest to Shyala village. A nice place with large a crops fields, with several resting benches, the trail leads to cross a small stream. Which flows from Pungyen peak glacier, then slowly the walks completes on reaching Sama-Gaon for two overnight stops in a nice lodge.


After continues walks of little less than a week, enjoy a rest day free from daily routine of packing. A perfect and ideal altitude for acclimatization before heading towards high Larke-La Pass. For better acclimatization a hike towards higher elevation will be the best. Sama-Gaon offers various short and long day hike which is also the main route to Mt. Manaslu base camp. If not choosing the options for longer walks. Enjoy hike to Pungyen Monastery about 3-4 hours walks both ways or to Birendra Tal a glacial pond. Whatever the choice provides marvelous views of majestic Manaslu and its range of peaks.


From Sama-Gaon, enjoying a pleasant rest day and scenic hike, todays a short day walks. But the altitude gains at gradual pace all the way to Samdo for overnight halt. The walk begins following the pasture grazing fields, with slow climb to a small woods of birch and juniper trees. Reaching Budhi Gandaki River to cross over a small wooden bridge, with short steep climb to Samdo. A moderate size village, which is on route to Tibet / China border and towards Larke-La pass.

A nice typical Tibetan style village, with simple lodge accommodation for overnight stop. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the last permanent settlements of high Gorkha district and Manaslu Valley. 


On leaving the last village of higher Manaslu areas, walk follows to the end of a valley rim. The trail leads past old monuments of Mani walls to cross a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River for last time. As walk follows past Larke streams coming across series of Mani walks and prayer flags then reaching Phedi. Popularly known as Dharmasala, which means a shelter for travelers, at present few lodges has been built. But not enough for hundreds of trekkers that throngs for overnight halts. To accommodate large number of trekkers a huge dormitory and tented camps are available. Ordering meals ahead to avoid the confusion with large crowds of trekkers. On reaching Dharmasala overnight in a large dorm or in a spacious tents outside the lodge premises. Afternoon after lunch take a short walk or relax and enjoy the glorious views of Larke glacier and peaks of Larke and Mt. Manaslu.


The Big Day! Of the adventure, rising early morning having breakfast, carrying packed lunch for the longest day of the treks. Follow our expert guide heading to steep climb over moraine, with short down to a small glacial pond. The climb continues on grassy slope edge but more or less walking on rocky moraine reaching a frozen ponds. Finally the last climb takes you on top of Larke-La Pass, the highest spot of the adventure.

The pass is festooned with thousands of prayer flags and rock cairns with a signboard, of Larke-La and altitude. From the pass enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery of snow-capped mountain range that encircles the top. The Larke-La forms the boundary betweenManang and Gorkha districts. From the top a long downhill takes you to other side of Phedi towards lovely settlement at Bhimthang for overnight. After a longest and toughest day walks of the adventure, Bhimthang offers nice lodges with good comfort.


After a long hard walks of previous day, making it easier for all trekkers, we have set the itinerary flexible. Enjoying the short pleasant treks to Gho, a small settlement amidst beautiful forest surroundings. Walk leads downhill with few short ups reaching several pasture land to reach Gho for lunch and overnight stop. Enjoy the comfort of nice small lodge within a tranquil woodland. Rest of the afternoon relax and take a short hike around the beautiful forest lined with tall trees of rhododendron, magnolia, pines and firs.


Enjoy the last day trek, walking to the end of an adventure, after a good breakfast the trail follows downhill. A lovely walks into cool shade of a forest reaching a nice village of Tilje, stopping for lunch stop. Afternoon a short walk above the Masrsyangdi River to cross a bridge with steep short climb to Dharapani village.

Enjoy the comfort of good many lodges at Dharapani, located on a road-head that leads to upper Manang and down to Lamjung areas at Besisar town. This is where popular and famous Annapurna Circuit trail joins. 


To make the long drive to Kathmandu short, morning from Dharapani boarding in four wheel drive or similar. The drive follow downhill to Tal Besi, at then of Manang district, then entering to another district of Lamjung from Tal onwards. As drive leads on winding rough road past Chamje and Jagat village, with long descent to Syange. The drive follows Masrsyangdi River to Bulbule and Khudi village to Besisar a large town and headquarters of Lamjung district. Transfer into a nice hotels or in a lodge, afternoon explore the markets full of stores, shops, restaurants and lodge. An interesting place to observe the local activities and cultures of Gurung, the hill tribes of Lamjung and southern areas of Annapurna Himalayas.


Morning after a good breakfast transfer into a vehicle either in Bus, coach or car depending on size of a group. The drive from Besisar on nice road to join the main highway of Pokhara and Kathmandu on reaching Dumre town. From here onwards an exciting drive on busy road following the Trisuli River for some hours. Heading on winding uphill to the outskirt of Kathmandu Valley, and then driving into the hustle, bustle city of Kathmandu.

On arrival get transferred to respective hotels Kathmandu, having free afternoon for individual activities or get into shopping spree. 


After an enjoyable adventure, and mesmerizing time in Nepal around the Himalayas on Manaslu Circuit Trek. As time for departure, our staff transfer you to international airport for homeward bound flight or to next port of call.


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Includes

  • 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu  with breakfast
  • Airport pickups and drops.
  • All ground transportation in destination location
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All Necessary Tims and Permit

Doesn't Include

  • Personal expenses
  • Excess bag charge
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

As this is a moderate trek and adventurous, involves high altitude walks. 

The trek is suitable for minimum age of 16 to maximum of 70 years old, should be physically fit and in sound medical health. As the trek leads to much steep climb and downhill, walking on rough trails, where some lodge accommodation will be of simple basic facilities.


Nearly all villages and lodges have electricity from Hydro or Solar power, where one can charge their electronic items. Where client needs to pay an extra fee for using the power as per gadgets charged. As for internet and cell phone communications, every lodges have the Wi-Fi and internet services, but can be quite disturbing sometimes due to weather and location wise.


The foods and accommodation on treks depends upon the areas of overnight stops, the rooms in the lodges are simple but clean. From Namrung to Sama-Gaon and then Bhimthang to Dharapani, the lodge are of better with nice rooms. Having attached bath and toilets or common. But at Dharmasala before crossing the Larke-La pass. The lodge facilitiesis very basic and simple. However bigger villages have nice good lodge serves excellentfood menu, from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetans and Nepali items.

Some lodges also provides fresh homemade bakeries products like cakes and pies or pizza with refreshing warm and cold drinks.


The itinerary we have provided, allows much time for acclimatization, although a high altitude walk. Where steep climb involves for some days, but taking short rest and enjoying the surrounding views will overcome the toughness. As well enjoying the climb to the top of high Larke-La Pass. Overall it is a moderate adventure, taking slow and following the itinerary days we have set to make the trek enjoyable and most interesting for all trekkers.


Over the past decades it remained as a forbidden country, but opened for outside traveler’s from 1992. Limiting the mass flow of trekkers to preserve its pristine wilderness as it was for centuries back. Where trekkers requires to obtain a special permits, this is also due to close border with Tibet / China.


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