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Duration

18 Days

Max. Elevation

5160Mm

Group size

Min 2pax

Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Soti khola - Samdo - Dharamsala - Larkya La - Beshisahar - Kathmandu

Highlights

    • Ethnic communities and their culture
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project: natural diversity
    • Follows the Budi Gandaki River
    • Technical Larke Pass
    •  Views of Mt. Manaslu and its neighboring peaks

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. The route was opened in 1991 AD as a restricted area trekking that requires a special trek permit and its recognition got a higher degree of significance since 2010 after tea houses were built. It made the trip comfortable and exciting. Walking through the ethnic settlements, raging rivers, crossing shaky bridges, you eventually cross the technical Larke pass (5160m).

The wonderful combination of nature and cultural vistas enticed trekkers from different parts of the world. Manaslu trek begins from the sub-tropical part that is dominated by the lush forests. It is all the way following the Budi Gandaki River that leads to the high pastures and fantastic light at the base of the Himalayas. Manaslu Conservation Area includes six different climatic parts. Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and its surrounding vistas can be explored from the Larke Pass (5160m), which is the highest point of this trekking. Higher than 5000 meters, the landscape mostly remains snowy. The Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditional values, and architectures flourish in these parts. Jagat, Namrung, Sama Gaon and Samdo are some of the culturally loaded villages, inhabited by the ethnic Gurung people. Culture and rituals are similar to those of the Tibetan highlands. Crossing the Larke pass, you join to the Annapurna circuit trail and trek down gradually.

If you're looking for a unique and adventurous excursion, Vertex Holiday recommends Manaslu Circuit Trekking. The best times for the Manaslu trekking are October/November and April/May. Please, feel free to contact us to customize your interesting itinerary and any further details.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you a short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with dinner and the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

2

After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture. There is Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total of seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from the sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

3

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Aarughat through the Prithvi Highway and later through the bumpy road. The green hill sceneries that can be seen during the road trip are awesome. We can begin the trek from here, but due to the road extension, we drive further to Soti Khola and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

4

The foothill excursion begins today. After breakfast, we commence following the trail at the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. Sometimes, we ascend to the forest and walk through it and again descend to the bank of the river. Numerous suspension bridges are there to cross. Reaching Machha Khola, we take a rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

5

Beginning the trek from Machha Khola, we cross the stream and head to Khorlabesi. Passing it, we reach to Tatopani (natural hot spring). We can enjoy the natural hot bath, which takes away our tiredness. The trail goes through the sub-tropical forest, descends to the River and reaches the juncture, known as Dobhan. Walking a short time through the bank of the river, we ascend to Jagat and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

6

We begin to head from Jagat. It is a straight uphill walk to Saguleri. From the ridge, we can explore the Sringi Himal. Then we walk to Sirish Gaon and continue the trek through the narrow Budi Gandaki canyon and precipitous rocky wall. Gradually, we reach to Deng and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

7

From Deng, we descend to the Budi Gandaki River, cross the bridge and ascend to Rana village. After a gentle climb, we head towards the west to the Budhi Gandaki River valley. Passing the Mani walls, we reach to Ghap and then to Prok village. Walking ahead, we pass through the dense woods. In some of the places, there are tiny Gompas. Crossing the River, we climb to Namrung and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

8

It is quite a long walk, but we head with the aim to reach Sama Gaon. It is the cultural center of the local people. On the way, we pass Syala village, which is picturesque. We stop for a short break. Then we continue our walk, enjoying the green hill sceneries and the Himalayan views at the backdrop. The beautiful Sama Gaon is there ahead. Overnight at lodge.

Day

9

It is an exploration day. It helps us to acclimatize and the excursion goes better in the Himalayas. There are Various Buddhist prayers scripted stones, Chhortens and monastery are located in the village. The ancient Pungyen Gompa is our hiking destination today. It was once destroyed and later rebuilt. It was after some time of the unsuccessful attempt of the Japanese expedition. After exploring the Gompa, we go back to Sama Gaon and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day

10

After breakfast, we trek down to the River and take a north trail. Crossing the stream, we ascend and reach the juncture. One of the trails leads to the Manaslu base camp. Splitting the trail, our approach goes to Samdo through the widening trail. On the way, we pass several Chhortens and Mani walls. Walking through the birch forest, again we descend to the River, cross it and climb to Samdo via Kani. Overnight at lodge.

Day

11

Another day for acclimatization is in Samdo. We set out our hike around the village. The history of this village goes back to the years when salt trade was in practice. Even the people of this part go for shopping in Tibet. It is a form of trade exchange. The views of Mt. Manaslu, Himchui, Simrang, Kang Guru, Larke peak and others can be explored. As the altitude is nearly 4000 meters, this hiking helps us to acclimatize properly. Overnight at Samdo.

Day

12

After breakfast, we descend to the River and cross over the wooden bridge. We leave the river and ascend up, where we cross a couple of glacial streams. The Larke Glacier is visible from there. Passing the Salka Khola valleys, we see a stone guest house. It is known as Dharmasala, located at the bottom of Larke La. It's time to rest. We prepare for the grand excursion for the following day. Overnight at lodge.

Day

13

This is a big day for us to cross over the Lrkya La (5160m). We get up early in the morning, pack our belongings and have breakfast. Due to the altitude and Himalayan surroundings, the morning is usually chilling. Leaving Dharmasala, we approach the technical ascending. With a hardship, we reach the top and the picturesque Himalayan sceneries make us anesthetized that we forget the tiredness. Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and the surrounding snow-covered peaks are extremely mind-blowing. Our day packed lunch is a source of our energy. After taking photographs, we continue descending to Bimthang, which is our place of an overnight stay. Overnight at lodge.

Day

14

After breakfast at Bimthang, we set out our tired foot with a gentle descending. Now, the excursion has gone easier with the decreasing altitude. The fig and rhododendron forest dominate the trail. With a relaxed walk through the lower altitude forest and fields, we reach to Tilije. Overnight at lodge.

Day

15

After breakfast, we follow the stone-paved trail and pass the ethnic inhabitants. Gradually down, we cross the Dudh Khola and reach the Thonje village. Here we meet the Annapurna round trail. Leaving the Manaslu region, we walk in the Annapurna region and steadily walk to Dharapani. Walking through the bank of the Marshyangdi River, we reach to Tal, beautifully located beside the wonderful waterfall. Overnight at lodge.

Day

16

After breakfast, we continue descending to Syange from Tal after passing the checkpoint of ACAP. The trail is fine and in many sections, there are stone paved steps. Sattale, Chamje, Jagat, and Srichaur are some of the villages we pass. Though there is a wide road extension in the Annapurna region, we take a drive on the following day from Syange. Overnight at lodge.

Day

17

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day

18

Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure.

Inclusions

    • All airport\hotel transfers by private vehicle
    • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu city tours- including all entry fees, one professional tour guide, and tourist vehicle
    • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing accommodation during the trek
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Best available seasonal fruit during the trek in the mountain
    • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people max weight 25kgs) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance
    • All Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by bus and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep. Similarly transport from Beshisahar – Kathmandu by bus
    • Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
    • TIMS Fee- [Trekkers' Information Management System] (Please bring 2 passport size photos for Permit and TIMS)
    • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation are fees
    • First aid medical kit
    • Government taxes and office service charge
    • Lunch and dinner in the city
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa: for more, you can see in travel info button
    • Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
    • Personal ordered food
    • Hot shower during the trek
    • Rescue charge
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • Gratuities and Tips for trekking staff

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