Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trekking – A Great Scenic Trekking with Exciting Adventure
Manaslu circuit trekking is relatively new trekking route opened for the trekkers. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world and trekking around the base of this mountain offers the rare experience of hiking in Nepal. The region was open for mountaineering only from the beginning when Nepal was open for foreigners for trekking and mountaineering. Japanese mountaineers dominated the mountaineering on Manaslu from the beginning making a favorite destination for climbing in Nepal.
Manaslu circuit trekking is a high pass trekking in the Himalayas. The trek passes through diverse ethnic settlements and sensational nature scenery. Hiking from low to high altitude crossing over ancient valleys presents varied flora and fauna, cultural diversity and spectacular nature scenery in Manaslu circuit trekking
The upper section of the region is inhabited by the direct descendants of Tibetan migrants. Their dress, language, custom and culture are similar to Tibetans. The symbols of Buddhist settlements such as Small chortens, prayer flags, mani stones, prayer wheels are abundant in this region. Crossing over the Larkya La offers the superlative views of mountains proving Manaslu circuit trekking as one of the best high passes trekking in Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route Details
Manaslu circuit trekking begins with the drive to Arughat. The trek follows up the Budhi Gandaki River. The trekking is remote and the trail is rough and steep. We hike rugged rocky trail crossing over ridges, passing terraced fields and small valleys in the lower section. Restricted area begins from Jagat. We gradually climb through forest of firs, rhododendron and oak to Nupri, the settlement of Tibetan immigrants with gompas and chortens.
Himalchuli, Peak 29, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal are magnificent from Lho. Samagoan is the last settlement in Manaslu circuit trekking and a strategic point for Manaslu expedition. Hiking through the glaciers to reach the Larkya La is strenuous but it is rewarded with the spectacular views of mountains from the pass. Crossing over Larkya La sometime in sever snow condition could be great challenge for the trekkers. We descend from the pass and join Annapurna circuit trekking route to arrive at Beshisahar. Availability of tea houses with basic services throughout the trekking trail has made tea house trekking possible in Manaslu circuit trekking recently.
Trekking Name: Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Duration: 19 Days
Region: Annapurna Region
Difficulty Level:: Moderately difficult
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Cultural Tour and Trek Preparation (including trekking permit).
Cultural tour of Swayambhunath, the Buddhist stupa, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley and Kathmandu Durbar Square clustered with old royal palaces and distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Arughat (525m., 6 hrs. )
Drive to Arughat along the black topped road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi and from there on rough road to Arughat.
Day 04: Arughat – Soti Khola ( 710m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
Hike up though the forests along Buri Gandaki Valley and then along steeper sections to Sotikhola.
Day 05: Soti Khola – Machhakhola (900m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
Rocky trail up and down to Lauribensi and then through open valley with some ascends and descend to Machhakhola.
Day 06: Machhakhola – Doban (1070m., 5 – 6 hrs)
Climbing over a ridge, and then following well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban.
Day 07: Doban – Jagat ( 1410m., 5 – 6 hrs.)
Gradual ascend through a rugged, rocky trail to gain a ridge and then descend to cross Buri Gandaki and then again ascend through stone staircase to Jagat.
Day 08: Jagat – Deng (1920m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
Restricted area begins from Jagat. Pass millet fields and grassy land slopes and bamboo forest along the valley to arrive Deng.
Day 09: Deng – Namrung ( 2630m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
Hike through forest and mani to Prok Village for good views of Siringi Himal. Pass several gompas, dense forest while following the trail upstream to Namrung.
Day 10: Namrung – Samagaon ( 3530m., 7 – 8 hrs.)
Gradual climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendron and oak to Nupri, the settlement of Tibetan immigrants with gompas and chortens and then to Lho with great views of Himalchuli, Peak 29, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal to Samagoan.
Day 11: Rest at Exploration day in Samagoan with a side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa.
A short side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa with the sights of a large collection of mani stones with Buddhists text and pictures and rest for acclimatization.
Day 12: Samagoan – Samdo ( 3860m.,4 – 5 hrs.)
Descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and hike along he valley easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests and then steep climb to Samdo.
Day 13: Samdo – Larkya Rest House (4480m., 4 – 6 hrs)
Descend and cross on a wooden bridge. A fine and old mani wall marks the start of climb to Larkya La through tundra and juniper and opposite the huge Larkya Glacier.
Day 14: Larkya Rest House – Larkya la (5160m) – Bimthang (3720m.,) 8 – 9 hrs.
Gentle climb beside a moraine, descend to a lake and again climb to the ridge to the top of a moraine through steeper and rougher trail. After crossing lakes, the final steep climbs to the Larkya La with the magnificent views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapyrna II. Descend along the top of the moraine and further descend steeply to Bimthang.
Day 15: Dimthang – Tilije (2300m., 5 – 6 hrs)
The trail drops passing high pasture and climbs over the side of the moraine and descends to pine and rhododendron forest to Gho and further passing through rhododendron and oak forests to Tilije.
Day 16: Tilije – Tal (1700m., 5 – 6 hrs)
Climbing over a ridge and then descend through scrub forests, to Dharapani and enter to Annapurna circuit trekking route.
Day 17: Tal – Syange ( 1080m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
Descend gradually to Chamje and then through rhododendron and pine forest to Syange.
Day 18: Syange – Kathmandu ( 8 – 9 hrs.)
Drive from Syange to Kathmandu enjoying the scenery of the mountains along the bank of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers.
Day 19: Airport Transfer
Transfer to airport for departure.
Cost will be provided on request.
- International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
- Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
- All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
- Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
- All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
- An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( for the group of above 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
- First aid medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Farewell dinner
Cost does not include:
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fee
- Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
- Lunch and dinner at hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
- Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
- Gratuity for the trekking staffs