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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip code
Package name Manaslu Circuit Trek
Duration 18
Max. elevation 5160 m
Level DIFFICULT
Transportation <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: rgb(11, 40, 82); font-family: Poppins, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">All ground transportation as per itinerary</span></div>
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Tea house during the trek
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route
Cost USD 1,495 per person

Overview

MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK OVERVIEW :

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 the Annapurna circuit trail and trek down gradually.

If you're looking for a unique and adventurous excursion, Vertex Holiday recommends Manaslu Circuit Trekking. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Information:

‘Hike around world’s 8th highest Mt.Manaslu enriched with ancient culture’

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a thrilling adventure around the world's 8th highest mountain peak Mt. Manaslu, and the ancient Trans Himalaya Route of Nepal to Tibet, where heavy trade of yak caravan loaded with Nepalese goods crossed through Manaslu high valley in the past.

An enjoyable and exciting Manaslu Circuit trekking blessed with the natural beauty of high towering peaks, and rich Tibetan cultural villages. The high altitude Manaslu Valley was opened for foreign visitors in 1991. However has been listed under restricted areas, where international travelers require a specialized permit to enter the Manaslu region.

Most people around the world are unaware of the Manaslu Circuit trekking trail and its breathtaking scenery lively with a fascinating Tibetan influenced culture. Mt. Manaslu towers high as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet. The first ascent was by Japanese Expeditions on May 9th, 1956, since then been climbed by many mountaineers of various nationality.

The name Manaslu comes from the ancient Sanskrit word ‘Manas’, referring to the mind or a soul of a god, similar to the holy Lake of Manasarover near Mt. Kailash in Tibet, The local name is Kutang for Manaslu meaning a paradise land for yielding rich crops of barley, wheat, and buckwheat as well other seasonal vegetables.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the least visited areas due to it being a restricted region and higher cost for the permit, however over the years gaining much popularity. It is a hiking adventure trip beginning from lower warm farm country to cooler green hills and then finally arriving at the alpine region of cold ice and glaciers.

Besides, beautiful dramatic scenery of fascinating landscapes, exploring traditional settlements enriched with impressive local Tibetan culture and its ancient monasteries. The interesting part of the hiking adventure traverses from Manaslu and Gorkha district to Manang region crossing high altitude Larkye-LaPass (5,106 m/16,752 feet), the highest point of the trek.

Then the hike descends towards Dharapani village in Manang district, where mesmerizing Manaslu Circuit trek completes. However, the trekking trip can be adjoined with the famous Annapurna Circuit Trekking if one wishes to or simply drive back to Kathmandu.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Trip main highlights:

One of the least ventured regions around the restricted and special region Mid-Western Himalayas of Nepal. Enriched with diverse climate, landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife Bio-Diversity is the major highlight. From green lush vegetation and tall rhododendron, pines, and fir trees to arid and windswept country

Exploring various cultures of different hilly ethnic tribes including Tsum and Nubri people of Mid-West Nepal visiting impressive cultural villages and monasteries the hiking trail follows the ancient Trans Himalaya Caravan and Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.

Glorious views of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna mountain range, Boudha, and Himal-Chuli Himal enhance the trek experience. While crossing high Larke-La Pass offers a breathtaking panorama of the Mid-West Himalaya range while traversing from one beautiful valley to another exciting destination.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Routes:

Various options for Manaslu circuit trekking routes are possible, where the motorable road has reached as far as Machha-Khola beyond Arughat town. Another choice is to drive to Dharapani village in Manang district and trek clockwise crossing Larke-La and then to Machha-Khola.

The most popular Manaslu Circuit route is an anti-clockwise trail, starting with a drive of around 6 hours to Soti-Khola and beyond to Machha-Khola. Starting the hike from Soti-Khola or Machha-Khola,(a difference of a day depending upon the choice of the itinerary).

As per your time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream past Tatopani (hot spring) to Jagat. A medium-sized hilly village with simple lodges for accommodation is the entrance to the restricted area of Upper Manaslu valley. Entering towards the high country, past Philim, Deng, Namrung to Lo-Gaon is a picturesque village below the majestic North Face of Mt. Manaslu.

Stop at Lo Gaon overnight with time to explore this beautiful village and Buddhist monastery of great religious value. Then the hike ascends to higher terrain and the vegetation and tree lines slowly fade into smaller bushes. Finally, the journey leads to the heart of Manaslu valley at Sama-Gaon, one of the largest hamlets of the upper Gorkha district.

As well as a favorite stop for acclimatization at the height of 3,525 m. Sama-Gaon is an interesting village located on the route to the Manaslu base camp, Larke-La Pass as well to the Tibet border in the north direction. On the acclimatization day at Sama-Gaon various exciting and scenic places for short hikes, one can visit Birendra glacial lake (3691m).

Which is on the way to Manaslu base camp of a couple of hour walk and back at Sama-Gaon for a pleasant overnight stop. After a pleasant and exciting rest at the Sama-Gaon hike heads to the last remote village of Samdo, ahead of Larke-La pass. Spending the night at Samdo, the trekking journey slowly ascends to the main highlights reaching Larke-La base at Dharmasala or Phedi.

Next early morning climb to the top of Larke-La Pass, the highest spot of the adventure at 5,106 m. Larke-La Pass is the barrier between Gorkha district, Manaslu valley, and Manang area. The pass is decorated with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags and a board with the name of the pass and its elevation. The pass offers a fantastic panorama of Manaslu as far towards Ganesh, Damodar Himal, Annapurna mountain range, and Manang Himal.

A long descent takes you to the base of Larke-La within the district of Manang at Bhimthang. Back into the dense forest, and then journey downhill to Dharapani village, located on Annapurna and Manaslu circuit route. Spending overnight an exciting long drive brings you to Kathmandu after a great experience on Manaslu Circuit.

Best season and weather for Trekking in the Manaslu region:

Manaslu Circuit trekking is best during two times of the year, mid-spring April and May. Autumn /Fall from September to early November. The villagers migrate to lower warm regions from mid-November most Upper Manaslu in order to escape the cold winter.

Springtime of April and May is a lovely time where most days are clear and sunny. Mornings, late afternoon, and nights are cooler, but days are warmer with enough sunlight. This is the time when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom, making the trek more interesting.

The temperature ranges from a minimum of -5 to a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius from above the elevation of 2,000 m high. The wind-chill factor adds extra cold during the mornings and late afternoon. Snowfall can be sometimes expected above 3,000 m as well on Larke-La pass and all the way to Bhimthang.

September to November is another best season for this wonderful hiking trip, from above 1,800 m high the temperature ranges from a minimum of -05 degrees to a maximum + 20 degrees Celsius however can get extra cold due to the wind chill factor around higher altitude. Snowfall can be expected above 2,000 m as well on Larke-La pass all the way to Bhimthang.

 Necessary equipment for the Manaslu Circuit Trek: 

Besides your personal belonging and necessary items, sleeping bags and down jackets are a must. If it’s too much to carry from home one can buy or rent in Kathmandu at a reasonable price. Good trekking boots, warm inner clothing, headwear for the sun as well for cold, Sun-block, and good water bottles. Trekking poles are also recommended as they are helpful and good support.

Food and accommodation during Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Food and accommodation are available during the day for lunch and each overnight stop in the local lodge and guest house, known as a tea house. Food depends upon the standard of the lodge, where a simple basic lodge provides a simple food menu. While standard lodges offer a comprehensive food menu. All meals are cooked in a healthy environment and hygiene is taken care of.

Most meals are served from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including snacks as per the menu of continental, Indian, Chinese, Nepali, and Tibetan dishes. But in the high tourist season, especially at Dharmasala with few lodges to accommodate a large number of trekkers, better to order similar food for everyone in the group to save time and fuel energy. The best choice would be the famous Nepali Dal-Bhat with lentil soup and well-cooked vegetable mild curries.

Accommodations are nice and simple, on the Manaslu Circuit hiking trail as this trek is not that popular or famous like Everest and Annapurna region. Where lodges are basic but have cozy rooms with clean beds and with large warm dining room. Most lodges till Dharapani have common toilets and bathrooms, with single rooms if needed we will try our best to accommodate where available. At Dharmasala due to the flow of trekkers in the high season, where trekkers might need to spend overnight in tented camps, with meals in the lodge restaurants.

Permits and TIMS card:

For Manaslu TIMS card (Trekking Information Management Systems) is not required.As trekkers are obliged to obtain special permission to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area Project which is US$ 50.00 per person for 07 days with an extra US$ 07 for each day after mentioned days in the itinerary.

The additional cost of the permit for, Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP) costs the US $ 30 per person. All the costs of permits are added to the trip cost by Vertex Holiday on booking payments. The entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Nepali Currency 200 per person and for other Nationals is Nepali Currency 2,000 per person.

Why choose Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less crowded hiking destination due to its restricted region, though it is more expensive than other mainstream trekking areas. However, is worth an ideal adventure to experience the raw unspoiled territory of the Mid-West Himalayas of Nepal and its remote isolated villages. The culture and customs similar to Tibetan are a very interesting aspect to witness along with the Himalayan Buddhist-influenced lifestyle. Besides, grand views of the snow mountain range of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, including peaks of the Annapurna Himalayan region are a major attraction.

Trekking Difficulty and challenges:

Graded as a difficult trekking trip, the Manaslu Circuit trekking trail consists of several ups and downs. However, once entering Manaslu valley, leads to gentle ups only the altitude gain makes difficult. Taking slow and steady with a few smaller stops makes the trek enjoyable; the only hardest part is the steep climb of a few hours to Larke-La Pass. The rest of the trail is more downhill all the way to the end of the walk at Dharapani village.

Travel & Medical Insurance: 

A comprehensive Travel & Medical Insurance is compulsory to obtain from your respective home countries after booking this trip with Vertex Holiday.

Travel Insurance in case of bad weather that might lead to cancel the trek or divert to other safe destinations, where extra expenses can occur sometimes, as well due to road-block or political strikes can lead to delay the treks.

Medical Insurance is essential in case of unfortunate accidents, getting altitude sickness, or not being able to continue the trek. Where immediate medical attention is required and probably evacuation by the fastest means of transport like Helicopter service might be needed. It is your personal choice to buy insurance from a reliable company from your respective country before departure.

Fitness for Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Fitness and sound medical care are important for the Manaslu Circuit trek, as this trek leads to far remote areas of Himalaya. Where some days leads to strenuous walk and climb for long hours. Before or after booking this trip, the client needs to do some exercise like jogging, running, walking for an hour or more every day before departing for Nepal. 

Walking up and down the stairs also helps to keep fit as well staying healthy and physically fit before or after the trek, which will make your adventure holiday in Nepal with us more enjoyable and memorable.

In case you are interested in accomplishing this or other holiday trekking trips. Please, feel free to contact us to customize your interesting itinerary.

 

Highlights

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m), transfer to hotel.

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel. After getting refreshed a short briefing and orientation will be conducted by our trekking leaders. The evening is reserved for dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with a Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 : Full day Cultural Tours in Kathmandu valley/ Trip Preparation and briefing.

After breakfast at the hotel, we set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu which includes UNESCO-listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture including Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and 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 : Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m): walk approx 8/ 9 hrs.

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Aarughat through the Prithvi Highway and later through the bumpy road. The sceneries of green hilly terraced farming villages can be seen during the road trip. We drive further to Soti Khola and conclude the day's travel. Overnight at lodge.

Day 4 : Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m): walk approx 5-6 hrs.

 After breakfast, our hike commences following the trail at the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. The trekking ascends to the forest and walks through it and again descends to the bank of the river. Numerous suspension bridges are on the trail which spices up the hiking journey. Our days' walk concludes on reaching Machha Khola. Overnight at lodge.

Day 5 : Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m): walk approx 5-6 hrs.

Beginning the trek from Machha Khola, we cross the stream and head to Khorlabesi. Passing it, we reach Tatopani (natural hot spring). We can enjoy the natural hot bath, which helps in removing all the tiredness from trekking. 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 stop. Overnight at lodge.

Day 6 : Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m): walk approx 6 /7 hrs.

From Jagat, our trekking continues a straight uphill walk to Saguleri. From the ridge, we can view the Sringi Himal. Then we hike to Sirish Gaon and continue the trek through the narrow Budi Gandaki canyon and precipitous rocky wall. Gradually, we reach Deng and halt. Overnight at lodge.

Day 7 : Trek from Deng to Namrung (2,630m): walk approx 6 - 7 hrs.

From Deng, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, cross the bridge and ascend to Rana village. After a gentle climb, our trek heads towards the west to the Budhi Gandaki River valley. Passing the Mani walls, we reach Ghap and then 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 : Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m): walk approx 6-7 hrs.

Our today's trek begins early in the morning as it is a long walk today. On the way, we pass Syala, a picturesque village. 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 the cultural center of the local people. Overnight at lodge.

Day 9 : Samagaon - Pungyen Gompa exploration: walk approx 6/7 hrs.

Today is reserved for acclimatization and exploration. There are Various Buddhist prayers scripted on stones, Chhortens, and monasteries are located in the village. The ancient Pungyen Gompa is our hiking destination today. Himalayan Buddhism is still alive and intact in this region. The Gompa was once destroyed and later rebuilt. After exploring the Gompa, we go back to Sama Gaon and rest. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10 : Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m): walk approx 4 - 5 hrs.

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 trekking goes through the widening trail to Samdo. On the way, we pass several Chhortens and Mani walls. Walking through the birch forest, we descend to the River, cross it, and climb to Samdo via Kani. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11 : Rest day at Samdo for acclimatization.

Another day for acclimatization is in Samdo. We set out on our hike around the village. The history of this village goes back to the years when the salt trade was in practice. Even the people of this part go 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 : Trek from Samdo - Dharamsala to Larkya Base Camp (4,460m): walk approx 4 - 5 hrs.

After breakfast, we descend to the River and cross over the wooden bridge. Our trekking trail leaves the river and ascends, where we cross a couple of glacial streams. The Larke Glacier is visible from here. Passing the Salka Khola valleys, we see a stone guest house which is known as Dharmasala, located at the bottom of Larke La. We prepare for the grand excursion on the following day. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13 : Dharamsala – Cross Larkya la [5,160m] and trek to Bimthang (3,720m): walk approx 8/9 hrs.

This is a big day for us to cross over the Lrkya La pass. 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 ascend. With a hard climb, 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. Overnight at lodge.

Day 14 : Trek from Bimthang to Tilche (2,300m): walk approx 5/6 hrs.

After breakfast at Bimthang,  our tired feet will feel relieved with a gentle descent.  The excursion has gone easier with the decreasing altitude. The fig and rhododendron forest dominate the trail. With a relaxed hike through the lower altitude forest and fields, we reach Tilije. Overnight at lodge.

Day 15 : Trek from Tilije to Tal (1,700m): walk approx 5/6 hrs.

After breakfast, we follow the stone-paved trail and pass few small Himalayan settlements. 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 Tal, beautifully located beside the wonderful waterfall. Overnight at lodge.

Day 16 : Trek from Tal to Syange (1080m): walk approx 6/7 hrs.

After breakfast, we continue descending to Syange from Tal after passing the checkpoint of ACAP. The trail is fine and in many sections with 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 : Drive Syange to Kathmandu. Drive 8-9 hrs.

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 : Farewell.

Having a good memorable trekking experience with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your departure.

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