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Manaslu circuit trek


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The Manaslu circuit trek is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m)-the eight tallest Mountains in the world, coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region along with the Ganesh Himal Range and other Himalayan peaks. Along the route, you will encounter Hindu and Tibetan-style villages. The trail passes all the way through Budi-Gandaki River and the highest point in the route Larkya Pass (5125 m). The Himalayan Landscape, alpine vegetation, high hills and skirting glaciers are real adventures while trekking in this trial.

Here, you will get the detail Manaslu trekking information regarding difficulty, itinerary, best time and season, cost, solo or with a group, permits etc.

The name Manaslu literally means “The spirit-mountain”. Likewise, the Manaslu is termed as the mountain of spirits. Now, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a great tea-house trek. In addition to that, you’ll rarely need camping because you can find tea-house in every stop en-route unless you go off the beaten track. The government of Nepal controls and regulate the Manaslu circuit trek route. Likewise, it’s a restricted trek area, consequent trek permits must be taken as the priority. According to the rules, either you must trek as a group of at least two. In addition to that, you must be accompanied by a registered guide. Likewise, you can buy an extra permit as a “ghost trekker” and can go along with your own guide.

Alternately, you can do Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek or Annapurna Circuit trek as well.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • The scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshisahar to Kathmandu
  • The remarkable cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people
  • Pristine Budhi Gandaki Stream Valley
  • Incredible perspectives of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and others
  • Larkya La pass (5153m/16901ft) crossing
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri individuals
  • Broadened untainted biological systems
  • Walking through tropical green slopes secured with pine and oak backwoods toward the start of the trek

Manaslu circuit trek itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu and transfer to hotel:

You will possibly be arriving at any time in Kathmandu. Our representative will receive you with a warm welcome and help you get transferred to the hotel. Further trip details, plans, and programs will be provided to you. You will be staying overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: A full day for Kathmandu valley sightseeing:

You will be visiting UNESCO enlisted World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley and will explore Hindu and Buddhist culture Visiting Temples and monasteries. You will visit the heritage sites including Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. These sites provide better insight into Nepal’s History, culture and architecture of medieval times.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m):8-9 hours drive

From Kathmandu, you will be heading towards Soti Khola-Place from where the trek begins. You will ride through Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway and from Malekhu you will be heading towards Dhading Beshi. From Dhading Beshi you will ride over off-road all the way to Arughat and further traveling on that rough road you will finally reach Soti Khola. It’s about 8-9 hours drive from Kathmandu. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 04: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m): 6-7 Hours

From Soti Khola, crossing several suspension bridges, trekking through Sal forests, climbing ridges over Budi Gandaki River and passing through Tropical waterfalls down streaming from rocky cliffs finally, passing through paddy fields you will reach Labubesi-a beautiful Gurung village. Further, following rocky steep uphill and descending and walking across Rivers through suspension bridges and walking through ridges you will finally reach Maccha Khola. It takes about 6-8 hours to reach Machha Khola. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 05: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m):6-7 Hours

From Maccha Khola, hiking through a narrow trail, ascending minor ups and making some descends you will reach Khorlabesi. After some ascend and descend you will reach Tatopani where you can enjoy the shower in Hotspring. Trekking further through more ridges and crossing suspension bridges and ascending through well-crafted stairs you will reach Dobhan. Crossing some more suspension bridges, ascending some more steeps and walking on ridges through Tharo Bharyang, crossing Budi Gandaki you will finally reach Jagat. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1804m): 6-7 Hours

Hiking through several villages, climbing through rocky ridges, crossing several suspension bridges you will reach – beautiful large Gurung village. Crossing fields the trial enters George, further descending through grassy land slopes, crossing Rivers and passing through the bamboo forest you will finally reach Deng. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach Deng from Jagat. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2630m): 6-7 Hours

You will then take a brief walk from Deng and cross the Budhi Gandaki and a gentle ascend will lead you to Rana. From there you ascend for a while and then head west to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and painted Mani stones and a corner from where you will reach Ghap. Then taking the trail through Prok village which allows you to witness the beautiful view of Siring Himal and following the river, crossing it at many places and pass through dense forests and Gompas along the way and finally crossing the river at a gorge, the trail becomes leveled and after a last steep ascend, you will reach Namrung. It will be about 6-7 hours trek. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal (7422m) as well as Mt. Himal Chuli (7893m). You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 08: Namrung to Samagaon (3530m): 6-7 Hours

From Namrung, ascending through a forest you will reach Lihi. Further, crossing villages like Sho, Lho and Shyala you will finally reach Samagaon. On the way, you will spot paths decorated with chortens and pass by barley terraces. Mesmerizing Himalayan landscape and view of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal along with large glaciers will be accompanying you. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach Samagaon from Namrung. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 09: Rest day in Samagaon (3530m), trip to Pungyen Gompa:

Today is the day for acclimatization. You will be exploring Samagaon- Sherpa village decorated with mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. You will get the chance to get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture and their lifestyles. You will be ascending up to Pungyen Gompa to enjoy the view of the glaciers. Finally, you will be descending down to Samagaon. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3860m): 4-5 Hours

From Samagaon, you will descend down to Budi Gandaki. Crossing Budi Gandaki the Larkya la trail passes through several mani walls. The trail then goes all the way above the river passing through forests of Kermo Kharka. Finally, descending a little and crossing the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river you will reach stone arch from where you can view a large white. Passing through Kani you will reach Samdo. It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Samdo from Samagaon. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 11: Rest day at Samdo (3860):

Today is another day for proper acclimatization. You will be exploring the village and hike around to adapt to the altitude. Moreover, You will hike a little up to get a spectacular view of the mountains around Manaslu.

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m): 4-5 Hours

From Samdo, you will walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin ascending uphill. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier you will pass the valley of the Salka Khola. On further ascend you will reach the stone guest house-Dharmshala in Larke Phedi (4460m). It takes about 4-5 hours to reach from Samdo. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 13: Dharamsala to Bimtang (3590m) through Larkya Pass (5125 m): 8-10 Hours

Today you will be passing through the highest pass of the whole trek route the Larkya Pass (5125 m). Crossing the highest Larkya Pass can be difficult but the Himalayan view and breathtaking adventure while crossing it make an effort worth it. From the pass, you will encounter outstanding views of Himlung Himal(7126m), Cheo Himal(6820m), Kanguru(6367m) and the huge Annapurna II(7937m). The following trial further to Bimtang, you will be walking through low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu(8163m) looming close by will be an overwhelming experience. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 14: Bimtang to Tilije (2300m): 5-6 Hours

From Bintang, you will walk further to Bimthang ridge which offers great views of Mt. Manaslu(8163m), Lamjung Himal(6983m), Himlung Himal(7126m) and Cheo Himal(6820m). Descending further and crossing a high pasture ( Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola and finally hiking through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley you will reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Then you will follow the trail all the way to the village of Gho. Walking further a while you will finally reach Tilije Village. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 15: Tilije to Tal (1700m): 5-6 Hours

From Tilije you will ascend over a small ridge and hike through the stone-paved trail. Then you will cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and ascend uphill through a -shaped arch and finally crossing a mani wall you will reach the Thonje village. At the village, you will go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. Now, you have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. From Dharapani, you will walk through the village of Karte from where the following rocky narrow path you will reach Tal- situated at the foot of a large waterfall. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 16: Tal to Syange (1080m): 6-7 Hours

Following the trail to Chyamje village and crossing the Marshyangdi Khola you will spot Marsyandi valley opening its terraced fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. Then finally descending through rhododendron and pine forests you will reach Syange. You will be staying overnight in the lodge.

Day 17: Syange to Kathmandu: 8-9 Hours drive

From Syange you will drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district- which is the starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is a 7-8 Hours drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Transfer to Tribhuvan international airport for your final flight departure:

Our airport representative will transport you to Kathmandu international airport 3 hours before your flight schedule. You will be taking a great lifetime experience from Nepal and you will be recalling your moments in Nepal while leaving this paradise.

Manaslu circuit trek difficulty

Manaslu circuit trek is Demanding trek so we advise some previous trekking experience and proper physical fitness. Most of the days during your Manaslu circuit trek, you have to sleep over the height of 4000 meters. Additionally, the variation on the altitude during the trail is the major factor that makes this trek a demanding one. The uneven trail, trekking uphills and downhills on the rocky trail are the major obstacles for unfit trekkers. About 178 km long Manaslu circuit trek can be accomplished with proper guidance. Depending on your fitness level the trekking duration can be managed so that you can do this trek with ease. Crossing Larkya La pass is where precautions are strongly advised. Although the pass is not so technical, you still need to have proper guidance and strong physical stamina to cross the pass.

Frequently Asked Questions on Manaslu Circuit Trekking

  • How much Does Manaslu circuit trek cost?

Even though, this trek is a restricted area trek in Nepal it is not so expensive as you thought. This trek is cheaper than Everest base camp trek, however, it would be little more expensive than Annapurna base camp trek and Langtang valley trek. The hikeontreks Manaslu circuit trek cost is best and favourable cost price for you. It will cost 1200$ per person and still is negotiable depending on your preferences.

  • Do I need special trekking permit to do Manaslu circuit trek?

since it is a restricted area trek in Manaslu region, all trekking activities on that region are regulated by the Government of Nepal. Hence, you will need a special trekking permit for this trek. Leave that to us. We will manage everything for you.

  • Do I need a Manaslu trek guide in the compulsion to do this trek?

As per the rules, either you must trek in the group or you must take a guide in a compulsion for this trek. If you want to trek alone then you must buy an extra permit for that. Hence, you don’t need a guide in compulsion but it is going to cost you a little more if you wish to trek alone and the trek is somehow difficult for solo trekkers.

  • Manaslu circuit trek solo

Manaslu circuit trek is restricted area trek and hence, it cannot be done solo. you would require special government permission and you should have a travel companion with you.

  • Manaslu circuit trek in March

Since the months like March, April, May and June likewise, the months like September, October and November are good to go for the Himalayas. Hence, the Manaslu circuit trek in march is possible.

  • Manaslu or Annapurna circuit trek

You can choose any of these two treks to enjoy the Himalayan panorama. However, the Annapurna circuit trek is often more crowded than Manaslu circuit trek. Hence, Manaslu circuit trek would be the right option if you wish to trek in less crowded off the beaten path in the remote Himalayas.

This is to our Estimate itinerary however depending on your time and interest, can be extended to your desiring place.

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