Manaslu Circuit Trek - 19 Days

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  • TRIP ID: SSNP208
  • TRIP NAME: Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • DURATION: 19 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking in Nepal
  • TRIP DESTINATION: Samagaon, Manaslu Base Camp, Larkya La Pass
  • TRIP ROUTE: Soti Khola-Machha Khola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Samagaon-Samdo-Larkya la (Dharmasala)-Bimthang-Tilje-Tal-Syange
  • BEST SEASON: March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
  • MAX ALTITUDE: 5213m (Larkya La Pass)
  • GROUP SIZE: Min 2 Pax
  • DAILY WALKING HOUR: 4 Hrs

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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers one of the wonderful experiences in western Himalayan region of Nepal exploring Mt Manaslu (8163m), which is the 8th highest Mountain in the world.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers one of the wonderful experiences in western Himalayan region of Nepal exploring Mt Manaslu (8163m), which is the 8th highest Mountain in the world. Walking through the land that is close to the border with Tibet, exploring ancient monasteries, culturally rich highland villages with chances of closely observing culture, traditions and lifestyles of local people, passing through dense woods with great Himalayan wildlife view. The Round-Manaslu Trek is also considered a less explored or unspoiled trail along the Manaslu region.

It appeals to anyone, who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of Nepals Himalayas.  The trail passes through a geographically diverse landscape, spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery of diverse flora and fauna. Before we start our trek, we do half-day UNESCO World Heritage cultural sightseeing and trek preparations in the Kathmandu Valley. Then next day, we embark on a scenic 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat and a further 2-hour drive to Soti Khola. The trek begins from that point.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m) 8 - 9 hours
Aarughat – Mangaltar – Arkhet – Kokhetar – Soti Khola
Overnight in Soti Khola.

Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola (900m): 6 - 7 hours
Soti – Liding – Lapubesi – Khanibesi - Machhakhola
Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 5:  Maccha Khola -Jagat (1410m): 6 - 7hrs
Machha Khola – Khorlabesi – Tatopani – Dovan – Yaruphant- Jagat
Overnight in Jagat.

Day 6:  Jagat - Deng (1,804m): 6 - 7hrs
Jagat- Salleri-Sirdibas-Ghattekhola-Philim-Chisopani-Eklebhatti-Deng
Overnight in Deng.

Day 7: Deng - Namrung (2630m): 6 - 7hrs
 Overnight in Namrung.

Day 8:  Namrung – Samagaon (3530m): 6-7hrs
Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 9: Acclimatization, Samagaon Optional hike to Manaslu Base Camp & Pungyen gompa 6 - 7 hours
Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 10:  Samagaon - Samdo (3875m): 4 - 5hrs
Overnight in Samdo.

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo
Overnight in Samdo.

Day 12:  Samdo – Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi). (4460m): 4 - 5 hours
Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 13:  Dharamsala - Larkya la (5160m) - Bimthang (3720m): 8 - 9 hours
Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 14: Bimthang - Tilije (2300m): 5 - 6 hours
Overnight in Tilije Village.
 
Day 15:  Tilije - Tal (1700m): 5 - 6 hrs
 
Day 16:  Tal - Syange (1080m): 6 - 7 hours
Overnight in Syange.

Day 17: Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 hours
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 18: Free Day In Kathmandu
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final Departure
You will be transferred to the airport by private vehicle according to the flight schedule.

Trip Hightlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Syange to Basisahar & Kathmandu
  • Unique cultural fusion of Tibetan and Nepali peoples as well as Tibetan culture of Nuri people with a touch of Himalayan hospitality
  • Exploration via pristine banks of the Budhi Gandaki River Valley
  • Spectacular views of the World’s 8th Highest Mountain (Mt Manaslu and its base camp) and majestic mountain peaks, including Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Manaslu Range, Lamjung Himal, and others breathtaking mountains
  • Crossing Larkya La Pass (5153m), considered the highest pass of this route
  • Diversified, unspoiled ecosystems & less explored trekking route
  • A walk through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests in the beginning of the trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to be escorted stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, start sightseeing covering the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, which are Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa.  Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Swayambhu meaning the ‘the self-existent’ is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in this area. In the afternoon you will get short briefing and discussion regarding trekking.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m) 8 - 9 hours
Aarughat – Mangaltar – Arkhet – Kokhetar – Soti Khola
Drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat via Prithvi Highway (127km/7- 8hrs),further drive about 2 hours from Aarughat we reach to Soti Khola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m) further drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough & dirt road.  After arrival in Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola for about 2 hours. Along the route you will enjoy the natural typical traditional villages, rice paddies, sugarcane fields in Santi village. You will reach to Sotikhola via Mangaltar, Arkhet, Kokhetar and reach to Soti Khola.
Overnight in Soti Khola.

Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola (900m): 6 - 7 hours
Soti – Liding – Lapubesi – Khanibesi - Machhakhola
The trekking begins by crossing the Seti Khola bridge and spectacular waterfall. Then the trail traverse through beautiful Sal forests then climbs onto a ridge above giant torrents on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung and Ghale village of Lapubesi (884m). Further is the Khani Besi village, quite scattered place and trail continue to Nauli Khola over a long suspension bridge. Further is frequent avalanche area, debris and tumble down hillside. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Machha Khola, meaning ‘Fish River’.
Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 5:  Maccha Khola -Jagat (1410m): 6 - 7hrs
Machha Khola – Khorlabesi – Tatopani – Dovan – Yaruphant- Jagat
There are two routes possible here from Macha Khola, we follow the winter riverbed trail with some up and down, cross the Tharo Khola and reach to Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to reach to Dovan (1070m). Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. The total trekking time will be approximately 6-7 hours.
Overnight in Jagat.

Day 6:  Jagat - Deng (1,804m): 6 - 7hrs
Jagat- Salleri-Sirdibas-Ghattekhola-Philim-Chisopani-Eklebhatti-Deng
Today we follow the stone paved trail by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1353m), and then descend to Sirdibas (1420m) and reach to Ghatta Khola, (meaning mill) where you will see water are grinding corn. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim (1570m), a large Gurung residential village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.  Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng.
Overnight in Deng.

Day 7: Deng - Namrung (2630m): 6 - 7hrs
After breakfast in the morning we start our trek crossing the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana (1910m). After crossing the bridge, continue the trail and reach to Bihi Phedi (1990m) & Bihi (2130m), then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap (2250m). Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times and come across several Gompas en-route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine. Further continue the steep up trek until we reach to Namrung.
 Overnight in Namrung.

Day 8:  Namrung – Samagaon (3530m): 6-7hrs
In the morning enjoy the beautiful mountain from Namrung village. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. From Namrung village start trek steadily up and pass through forests and reach Lihi (2920m), a fine village with many chortens and seasonal barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal and reach to Sho (2880m), where you can see the beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu and surrounding monuments. Further trail traverse through Lho (3180m), Shyala (3500m) villages and reach to Sama Village (3520m). We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village you will see the  surrounded high mountains of Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, Ganesh Himal down the far end and other snow capped mountains to the right.
Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 9: Acclimatization, Samagaon Optional hike to Manaslu Base Camp & Pungyen gompa 6 - 7 hours
If you have missed the view of mountains on previous day enjoy the breathtaking mountain and sunrise over the mountain with leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women dressed in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. Then hike to Birendra Lake near by Sama village & Manaslu Base Camp which takes about 3 hours. In the afternoon, back to Samagaon and enjoy the time as leisure.
Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 10:  Samagaon - Samdo (3875m): 4 - 5hrs
Early in the morning, start the trek descending to the Budhi Gandaki River that lead to north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base Camp, which we explored yesterday, we take right from here and follow Larkya la Trail, passes several mani walls. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo.
Overnight in Samdo.

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo
This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.  En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (large pass) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring.
Overnight in Samdo.

Day 12:  Samdo – Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi). (4460m): 4 - 5 hours
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.
Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 13:  Dharamsala - Larkya la (5160m) - Bimthang (3720m): 8 - 9 hours
Today is the big day for us as we are in High altitude and going to be long day. After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Then we reach to Bimthang crossing the Langbuche Kharka. Exploring in to the high altitude with looming Manaslu mountain near by will be an unforgettable lifetime experience.
Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 14: Bimthang - Tilije (2300m): 5 - 6 hours
From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture Yak Kharka (3020m) (also known as Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche (2785m). We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. Then short descend lead to Gho village (2515m) then Tilije village.
Overnight in Tilije Village.
 
Day 15:  Tilije - Tal (1700m): 5 - 6 hrs
Today, we climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village (1965m). At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani (1963m). We enter to the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte (1850m) village (also known as Khotro village) and after walking for a while we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi River. Crossing some mani walls we reach to Tal village (1700m). Overnight at Tal.
 
Day 16:  Tal - Syange (1080m): 6 - 7 hours
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi River once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange.
Overnight in Syange.

Day 17: Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 hours
Drive Syange to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway (202km), takes about 8 hours. The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. Up on arrival in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Day 18: Free Day In Kathmandu
You have free day in Kathmandu. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping. Speak to the office representative if you want do the activities.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final Departure
You will be transferred to the airport by private vehicle according to the flight schedule.

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