Manaslu Circuit Trek

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  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Strenuous
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu,Nepal
  •   Arrival on: kathmandu,Nepal
  •  Max Attitude: 8163m
  •  Group size: 1-12 people
  •  Best Seasons: Jan - May & Sept - Dec

Trip Introduction

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a perfectly formulated tea house trek which offers the chance to do a roundabout journey of the Manaslu Summit and explores the surrounding villages in all their glory. A great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, this less trodden trail offers the magnificent views of the snow-capped mastiff of Manaslu (8163m), the eight tallest one in the world.


The carefully formulated itinerary of Asian Alpine Treks and Expedition, and the highly experienced guides and porters, make sure that you carry out this incredible journey with proper acclimatization, the major attraction of the trek, apart from the mind-boggling views of Manal, is the Larkya La Pass, believed to be the most dramatic passes in the Himalayas.


The trail starts off with Arughat and traverses through villages like Soti Khola, Maccha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Shayla, Samagaon, Samdo, Larkey Phedi and finally the beautiful Larkye La Pass. The trek comes to an end in Besisahar. This trek requires proper fitness level and previous trekking experience due to its difficult nature. However, the rich local heritage, biological diversity, flora and fauna couple with the views of the perfect peaks like Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkey Peak, Cheo, Kang Guru and finally the Manaslu, makes this incredible opportunity something to be remembered for a lifetime.

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters)

As you land at Kathmandu Airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), finish your custom formalities and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find GHH Team representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding GHH Team signboard. Meal Included: Special welcome dinner. Accommodation: 3 Star Category Hotel.

Day 02 : Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. After having Breakfast we take you for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Finally we will return to the hotel and at evening briefing about our trip with our guides. Overnight at 3 Star Category Hotel. Meal Included: B

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m) – 7 Hours

After an early b/fast, we drive along the Kathmandu – Pokhara High way for the first part of our surface journey & then we will drive through many vibrant villages and irrigated terraces to Arughat & this gives you your first experience of Nepal’s rural landscapes. Overnight at Tented camp or Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 04 : Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m) – 6 Hours

We trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills and you are almost surrounded by lush green forest with bushy foliage. Today you take lunch at Arket Bazaar which lies mid way to Soti Khola. This is the best place to relax and you can enjoy swimming to ease your limbs from the grueling hikes. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 05 : Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) – 7 Hours

The meandering path passes through forest, colorful villages, clean streams, pretty waterfalls and green dales until we reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly inhabited by Mongolian inhabitants. Now, we again we traverse a zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 06 : Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m) – 7 Hours

We cross the Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khorla Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steep until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places & this is the beauty of the wild. After a short section of forest path we reach a single teahouse at Doban. 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. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 07 : Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m) – 3 Hours

Today, our trekking will be pretty short & likeable, 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, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, along with graves and typical mountain shanty but sturdy houses will be seen around hereabouts as we begin to get upfront ideas of what its like in these remote outposts where the local folks have become grossly hardened to the harsh conditions of the environments that they’ve been living in for centuries. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 08 : Trek from Philim to Deng (2095m) – 5 Hours

We trek over a flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and fir. 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 a pretty cascading waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, & spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 09 : Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m) – 5 Hours

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, rock hillocks, a green glen and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine hydro electricity power house, mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky whispering odes of prayers to the gods for the departed souls on the peaks of manaslu. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 10 : Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m) – 4 Hours

Today, we trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, we will enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other silver grey mountains and peaks. As we go up the vegetation decreases due to the increase in altitude & the thin air. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy & chilly. While walking, we come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before we reach Lho Gaon, we pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. There is a monastery named Chon on a ridge and also a Buddhist school at Lho Gaon run by Buddhist monks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 11 : Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m) – 4 Hours

Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 12 : Rest at Samagaon for Acclimatization

We will rest at Sama Gaon for acclimatization & give our weary limbs some respite from the intense hiking. This also allows us to rest our lungs so that our respiratory systems would adjust with the changed elevation. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a breather to acclimatize and relax. We can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and we can see Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 13 : Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m) – 4 Hours

After breakfast amidst our lovely surroundings, we trek gently 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 view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other awesome peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 14 : Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m) – 3 Hours

The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to our destination. Before we reach Larkya La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 15 : Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m) to Bimthang (3590 m) – 8 Hours

Today is a pretty tough call in this part of our trek as we are going to pass the Larkya La today, early in the morning we begin to trek a steep ascended path until Larkya La through a rocky and winding trail. We carry a packed lunch because this area would be difficult to set up our dining camps. From the top, we will enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, 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 chilly. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 16 : Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m) – 7 Hours

Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down we cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, we trek about another hour to reach Dharapani. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 17 : Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) – 6 Hours

Today, we trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, we walk through pleasant villages such as Taal which is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall and we can enjoy the sight of lush green hills. Eventually, we come across Jagat which is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 18 : Trek from Jagat to Bhulbhule – 6 Hours

We more or less to end part of our trail in our wonderful tryst with these massive mountains, where we spend our last day. These mountains have been home to us all of these days. A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley al the way to Bhulbhule. Today calls for a celebration with our crew whom we’ve got close to over the weeks. They cook up some delicious meals & snacks & taste some ‘’chang’’ {local mountain brewed beer fermented with rice} & do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps. It’s been a merry end to a wonderful lifelong experience in the wild. We retire to bed for a blissful sleep under moonlit starry skies . Overnight at Guesthouse. Included Meal : B,L,D

Day 19 : Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu – 7 Hours

It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of the road. You will have the leisure time, either to continue sightseeing on your own, or to do some shopping for last minute souvenirs and gifts. Spend the night at a hotel in Kathmandu. Included Meal: Breakfast and farewell dinner at Nepali Cultural Restaurant

Day 20 : Departure

Sadly your tour has come to an end, and today you will be picked up by your driver and dropped off at the airport in time for your onward flight. Included Meal: B

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