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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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17 Days
Availability : All Season
Kathmandu (1320m)
Larkya La (5160m)
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20+
(Last Updated On: March 28, 2018)

Manaslu Circuit trek begins with the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world, associated with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point of this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass (5160m)’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in TIA, Kathmandu (1,320m)

Welcome to Tribhuvan Int’l Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal! One of the representatives from Mount Mania will be waiting to welcome you with fresh Nepali garlands and then transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. You will meet with trek guide and then brief about your trek.

Day 2Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

After breakfast in a hotel, we will get ready for our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes UNESCO declared world heritage sites; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Your tour will be accompanied by a professional licensed guide and return to the hotel. You will have some free time to shop your trekking gear (if you need) and trek preparation. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu – Sotikhola (710m) 8 – 9 hours

After having a hot breakfast, we will catch a bus for a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, enjoying the views of the hilly areas, terraces, fields, and rivers. The drive to Arughat is a little rough one. After 8-9 hours drive, we will reach Sotikhola (710m). Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 4Trek from Soti Khola – Maccha Khola (900m): 6 – 7 hours

After breakfast at Lodge, we will start our trek through the forest, colorful villages, clean streams, wonderful waterfalls and green valley until we reach Lapu Besi. This is a village which has Mongolian inhabitants. After crossing the zigzag path, we will reach to Machha Khola and overnight at Teahouse.

Day 5Trek from Maccha Khola – Jagat (1410m): 6 – 7 hrs

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek and cross the Machha Khola and head up to the tiny village of Khorla Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. This wild trail is quite exposed and challenging. After crossing short forest path. We will reach a single teahouse at Doban and above Doban, the Budi Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat and overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 6Trek from Jagat – Deng (1,804m): 6 – 7 hrs

After having a breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek for today. The early part of the trek moves gently uphill and then somewhere through a flat leveled path, we cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before we enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurung community, Small serene monasteries, small stupas and prayer flags fluttering in the sky. After having lunch here, we will trek over a flat leveled path mostly through a forest of pine, and rhododendron. While walking, we cross a few bridges and can see colorful looking brown thatched-roof villages at a far distance. A few houses are also seen at Deng, from here, we can enjoy an amazing waterfall lying at some distance, the Deng is famous for its potatoes, and buckwheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, & spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Later, Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 7Trek from Deng – Namrung (2630m): 6 – 7 hrs

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek for today. We begin our trek almost on a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through lush forest. From here, we will enjoy the impressive views of Mt. Manaslu, a green valley, and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine hydro electricity powerhouse, mani walls, small stupas and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. Later, overnight at Teahouse.

Day 8Trek from Namrung – Samagaon (3530m): 6-7 hours

After having breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek for today. From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forests take us to Lihi, a village well known for its stupas and barley terraces. After crossing the side valley of Simnang, we pass through Sho and then reach Lho and have a lunch. After crossing the Shyala village, we will reach the Sama village where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of the high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay in Samagaon (wide valley) for the night at a teahouse.

Day 9Trek from Samagaon – Pungyen gompa – Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours exploration

The whole day, we will explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa. The main attraction of the day is the Pungyen Gompa with a spectacular view of the glaciers but only recommended for the fit hikers. It is situated on a hill near Samagaon. We will hike up to the Gompa named after the two peaks of Manaslu which means bracelet. It was destroyed when the Japanese first summit the peaks. After the scenic route, we will get back to Samagaon. Overnight at a teahouse.

Day 10Trek from Samagaon – Samdo (3860m): 4 – 5 hours

After a hot breakfast, we will trek slowly uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo, but visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other great peaks. Lastly, overnight a teahouse.

Day 11Trek from Samdo – Dharamsala / Larkya Base Camp. (4460m): 4 – 5 hours

After breakfast at Samdo, we will start our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing a few streams and watching a glimpse of the Larkya glacier. We will hike around a valley and make our way upwards again to reach a teahouse called Dharmashala. After lunch, we will take a short walk to Larke Phedi which provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the next day pass. Overnight at a teahouse.

Day 12Trek from Dharamsala – Larkya la (5160m) – Bimthang (3720m): 8 – 9 hours

After a breakfast at a teahouse, we will start our trek which is a pretty tough as we are going to pass the Larkya La today. Larkya La is the highest elevation for this trek. We carry a packed lunch because there is no any lunch place until we reach Bimthang. From the top, we will enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, we hike to a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, we will encounter many icy lakes that make you feel cold. We will reach to Bimthang. Overnight at a teahouse.

Day 13Trek from Bimthang – Tilije (2300m): 5 – 6 hours

After having a breakfast, we will start our trek enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtan. We then make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho. A short walk takes us to Tilije. It has better accommodation options and overnight at a teahouse.

Day 14Trek from Tilije – Tal (1700m): 5 – 6 hours

After having a breakfast, we will start our trek downhill to Tal (1700m) which takes 5-6 hours. We make our way to Marshyangdi Valley which is in Annapurna region. Lastly, we will overnight at a teahouse.

Day 15Trek from Tal – Syange (1080m): 6 – 7 hours

After having a breakfast, we will start our last day trek to Syange Village (around 6-7 hours). We will overnight beside the Marshayngdi River at a teahouse.

Day 16Drive from Syange – Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

Next day, after having a breakfast, we will catch a bus which takes us from Syange Village to Kathmandu via Bhulbhule and Besi Sahar. During 8-9 hours drive, enjoy a splendid view of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of the road. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel on bed and breakfast. One of the Mount Mania representatives will invite you to attend a farewell dinner with a cultural show. Enjoy to the fullest.

Day 17Departure

Mount Mania representative will help you to transport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by private vehicle before 3 hours to your scheduled flight.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Drive from Kathmandu – Soti Khola
  • Drive from Syange – Kathmandu
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, MCAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Tribhuvan Int”l Airport (TIA)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
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