Best of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Best of Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered as one of the most colorful, cultures and dramatic valleys against a backdrop of classic Himalayan peaks as well as panoramic Trek in Nepal. It is rewarded as the adventurous with an unparalleled alpine experience. The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you from just 700m altitude at Arughat (or Gorkha Bazar) up to 5160m on the pass a tremendous range of altitudes, temperatures and micro-climates. During this you can encounter with different mountain settlements , rivulets , different people , enjoying the journey. Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you around Manaslu, the world eighth highest mountainat at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft).The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places.
We ascend the Gandaki River valley, which is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. From here, the streneous section begins and yaks begin to outnumber people in the rocky landscape. In Samagoan (3455m) we visit the glacial green lake of Birendra, before crossing into mystic Samdo, a mere 15km from the Tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries and combined with the views of the Tibetan plateau against stark white. Its on the Great Himalaya Trail. The best months to trek in this area are March, April, Mayand the last week in September to mid-December. In October the trail is Busy with trekkers.
Himalayas is a truly spiritual place. The biggest challenge then awaits-crossing the snow bound Larkya La pass (5213m). Snow-covered peaks over 6500m towers above as we cross. The descent, once off the snow, takes us through alpine then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes laced with cotton-white beaches. Finally, Manaslu will disappear as we descend to Beshishar (833m.) This 3 week excursion will leave you with a sense of peace and respect for the people of Nepal and its ecological wonders.
|Day 01:||Arrive Kathmandu (1300m)|
|Day 02:||Kathmandu walk 4hrs (1300m)|
|Day 03:||Kathmandu – Arughat walk 6hrs (530m)|
|Day 04:||Arughat Sotikhola Walk 6hr ( 990m)|
|Day 05:||Soti Khola – Macha khola Walk 6hrs(1295m)|
|Day 06:||MachaKhola Jagat walk 6hrs ( 1370m)|
|Day 07:||Jagat- Lokpa|
|Day 08:||Lokpa to Ghap ( 6-7 Hours walk , 2300m)|
|Day 09:||Ghap to Lho (6-7 Hours walk , 3180)|
|Day 10:||Lho to Samagaon ( 4-5 hours 3520m)|
|Day 11:||Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp ( 7-8 Hours walk , 4400m)- O/N Samagaon|
|Day 12:||Samagaon to Samdo (3-4 hours 3865m)|
|Day 13:||Samdo to Dharamsala (4-5 Hours 4500m)|
|Day 14:||Dharamsala to Bimthang Via Larkya La(5213m) (8-9 Hours 3720m)|
|Day 15:||Bimthang to Dharapani (6-7 Hours walk 1915m)|
|Day 16:||Dharapani to Jagat (5-6 Hours walk 1270m)|
|Day 17:||Jagat-Bhulbhule Then drive to Kathmandu|
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300m)
You will be met on arrival and transferred to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu walk 4hrs (1300m)
Half day Sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar square & Swoyambhunath Stupa. O/N in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu Arughat walk 6hrs (530m)
We drive on Prithivi Highway, Kathmandu to Baireni , then drive to Dhading Besi then mountainous rough road to Arughat we come across many mountain settlements , rivulets , different people , enjoying the journey . O/N in the Lodges
Day 04: Arughat Sotikhola Walk 6hr ( 990m)
Trek head north, following the Budhi Gandaki. In the low country path surrounded by rice paddies and picturesque hamlets. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, path descends once again to the river and our campsite at the confluence with the tributary of Soti Khola. It is not a long day, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.
Day 05: Soti – Macha khola Walk 6hrs(1295m)
The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapu besi. Trek descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Macha Khaola. We overnight in the village lodges.
Day 06: MachaKhola Jagat walk 6hrs ( 1370m)
We cross the Machha Khola- Fish Stream- and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani (which I want to investigate). The valley sides steepen 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 places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single tea house at Doban. Above Doban, the Budhi Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we recross the river on a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, we stay in a lodge.
Day 07: Jagat- Lokpa
Trek from Jagat to Lakpa. Overnight at Camp
Day 08: Lokpa to Ghap ( 6-7 Hours walk , 2300m)
After breakfast start the trek from Lokpa, trek uutill the trail comes in the left from Philim , then turn right , walk about an hour after crossing the Budhi Gandaki bridge thenpass a tea house from where you can have last view of Tsum Valley.After two hours of trek reach Sirdibas (1860m).after an hour walk you will arrive at Nupri through bamboo forest to Deng (1810m) settlement of Gurungs. Follow the river climb to Rana & then Bihi Phedi then trail upto stone carving village of Bihi (2130m).The river roars below. Continue in and out of continuous wild canyons, with a village perched in every conceivable cropping situation, cross the Serang Khola coming from the north and climb steeply again before finally getting into Ghap (2300m)
Day 09: Ghap to Lho (6-7 Hours walk , 3180)
Trek to a forest of fir and rhododendron with so many birds, cross north on a wooden bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs, but a highly recommended narrow shortcut to the right just after the bridge and along the riverbank is far quicker and through superb pine forest. After about 1hr, up & down from the river to village of Namrung (2665m) with shops While waiting for a meal it is worth wandering around the village, where carvings from Bihi have been painted in colours above a gateway. Pass mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam (2800m) Enter the fir,rhododendron and oak forest before climbing to Lihi (2900m; Li, Ligaon)with the Lihi Hotel in 1hr, then onto Sho (2950m, Syogoan) where there is a bhatti. Then walk few minutes to Lho.
Day 10: Lho to Samagaon ( 4-5 hours 3520m)
Today you will have few hours 2-3 hours walk only we can enjoy & acclimatize, The views of Manaslu. Easy walk to Shyala (3520m, Syal, Syalagaon, Shyaula) In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Enjoy all direction views from here. An hour easy walk to the Sama Village (3535m, Samagaon)
Day 11: Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp ( 7-8 Hours walk , 4400m)- O/N Samagaon Today you will walk up to the Manaslu Base camp & return to Samagaon. It will take about 5 hours to the Base camp & 3 hours for return trip. We start early to enjoy the sight on day light, sight of Glacier reflected by the light. The trail has a short start in the forest then becomes exposed on the steep slope above Samagaon north of the impressive Manaslu glacier. As you gain altitude the scenery becomes more and more spectacular the glacier just nearby, the turquoise lake beneath, and mountains as far as the eye can see. The last part of the climb is the steepest on a slippery trail on a narrow moraine. Beside the experience of seeing the camp activity and meeting climbers, the surrounding mountain scenery is breathtaking. Although there are some glacier based water sources on the way, carry enough water with you. The descent to Samagaon takes about 3 hours.
Day 12: Samagaon to Samdo (3-4 hours 3865m)
Today you walking little gain on altitude go through Birendra Tal (3455m) near the Manaslu Glacier. Gentle walking through yak pastures up a broad valley ,trek up to a ridge and go down to cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge.we reach Samdo (3865m),colorful village
Day 13: Samdo to Dharamsala (4-5 Hours 4500m)
Trek downhill, traverse Budhi Gandaki. Trek through the trail to Tibet on your right, you will take left from Mani wall, the cross juniper wood, through two ravines on narrow trail. We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. We arrive at Dharmashala, take time for relax. Overnight in Dharmashala.
Day 14: Dharamsala to Bimthang Via Larkya La(5213m) (8-9 Hours 3720m)
We start early in the morning today as it is easier in the morning to cross the pass ,after short trek uphill takes you to valley on the northern side of the Larkya Glacier. The climb is not so difficult but long & rocky. We enjoy the view of Tso Danda & Larkya Peak. We go over the moraines on glacier, past four frozen lakes then make a climb to Larkyala (5160m), as you can see it marked by players flags. You will have beautiful sight of peaks; Himlung (7130m) , Kangaru (6985m) and Annapurna II (7940m) in the Annapurna Range
Day 15: Bimthang to Dharapani (6-7 Hours walk 1915m)
Trek through the Moraine behind Bhimthang for about half an hour then cross the Bhimthang Glacier, then come to forest where you could see rhododendron blooming in different colours( during March/April) , you can have handsome view of Mt. Manaslu. Trek down to Dudh khola at Hompuk (3425m), and then come to Karche. This would be a great place to spend a night, In the next hour you will see many signs of a glacialflood, Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Gurung Gho.The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron, staying on the north bank until Tilje. Then walk down to Marshyangdi valley crossing Thonje , then to Dharapani
Day 16: Dharapani to Jagat (5-6 Hours walk 1270m)
We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, Then walking down through Marshyangdi River gorge to Tal. The area here was formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind the lake. The lake has long dried up and now the village of Tal sits on the flat land. We overnight at Jagat.
Day 17: Jagat Bhulbhule Then drive to Kathmandu
|Trek 3 hours to Bhulbhule , board on private jeep to Kathmandu . Enjoy the farewell dinner & share the experiences.
Day 18: Departure
Transfer to Airport for departure. We are saying bye bye until next visit in Nepal for other trekking.
- Accommodations in Kathmandu in 3 star hotel or Similar on bed & breakfast
- 14 nights in the basic lodges in the Mountain on full board basis.
- Sightseeing as on itinerary with English speaking guide & entrance fees
- Trekking guide Porter Insurances for staffs
- Jeep transfers from Kathmandu to Arughat, Bhulbhule-Kathmandu
Does not include:
- Meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
- Hot shower during trek Insurances of any kind Evacuation costs
- Entrance fees of the monuments other than mentioned in the itinerary.