Manaslu Circuit Trek 19 Days

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Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to the foothills of the world’s eighth highest beautiful mountain Mt. Manaslu (8163m) in the west of Nepal. It is an off- the -beaten area trek recommended for those who are interested in Nepal’s authentic village experiences and culture and also want to get away from the hurly-burly of city life . This classic trek is rewarded with its spectacular mountain views, topographically difficult terrain and typical culture and traditional lifestyle of Gurung ethnic group of people of Nepal and Tibetan inhabitants of the region The living Buddhist culture is virtually untouched because of remote location. The trail that takes you up through the river side the Budhi Gandaki is one of the most challenging routes in Nepal.

Manaslu Trek

You have to make a huge amount of climbing as you trek up and down over ridges and onto shelves to bypass cliffs. The trail crosses suspension bridges and zigzags through fields of barley, following an ancient salt trading route that connects Tibet with Nepal since time immemorial. Climbing higher you will encounter clusters of homes before the mountain wall of the Himalaya and visit the number of monasteries, mani walls and chortens along the route.. Your trekking journey begins to Manaslu circuit begins with a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. Then, the following day you hike through the lush rice terraces and thatched huts to the north along with sprawling Gurung villages perched on high, terraced hilltops. At Nupri village, people from Tibet origin inhabit and they speak their own dialect, partly Tibetan and partly Gurung, and live in a Tibetan lifestyle.

Manaslu Circuit

Spectacular mountain panoramas, dominated by Mount Manaslu itself, the scenic beauty, perennial sources of water from glaciers, waterfalls and exotic cultural values are majors highlights of the trek of the Manaslu region. The valley above Samdo adjoining the border of Tibet is beautiful. After crossing the snow-covered Larkya La pass (5160m) you will make your way to Bhimthang and Tilje through tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees and finally you reach Jagat .From Jagat you will board a vehicle that transfer you to Kathmandu. Manaslu circuit trek can be done in lodge style.

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Permits preparation for the trek
  • Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (650 m) by a private jeep & overnight stay in lodge
  • Day 04 :Trek from Arughat to Lapubeshi (880m)
  • Day 05 :Trek from Lapubeshi to Tatopani( 930m)
  • Day 06 :Trek from Tatopani to Jagat (1370m)
  • Day 07 :Trek from Jagat to Deng (1865m)
  • Day 08: Trek from Deng to Namrung ((2630)
  • Day 09 :Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3850m)
  • Day 10 :Acclimatization/exploration day at Manaslu Base Camp (5135) and Birendra Lake
  • Day 11 : Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3860m)
  • Day 12: Acclimatization day in Samdo
  • Day 13 : Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4470m)
  • Day 14 : Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larke Pass (5160m)
  • Day 15 : Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani
  • Day 16 Drive from Dharapani to Besisahar (790m)
  • Day 18 : Drive back from Beshisahar to Kathmandu
  • Day 19 : Transfer to international airport for your final departure (Trip ends.)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel        

When you land Kathmandu in Tribhuvan Internation aiport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Great Vision Trek. First we complete your Visa and other custom formalities; you will be transferred to the hotel organized by Great Vision along with your luggage. You then check in and take rest or you can visit our office and hang around as per your interest. You stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Permits preparation for the trek

Today, we tour to heritage sites at Kathmandu. We start a guide tour from your hotel to four heritage site in Kathmandu which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First we visit to Pashupatinath Temple situated in Gausala and banks of Bagmati River where Aryaghat, famous funeral site for Hindus lies. After sightseeing, we visit to Boudhanatha, the Buddhists shrine which is one of the largest stupa in the world. Boudhhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimages that include over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries and popular tourist destination. Tour leads to Kathmandu Durbar Square also known as Basantapur holds the medieval king’s palaces who had ruled over Kathmandu Kingdom once. Our last tour will be Swayambhu (the self-existent) which is one of the famous touristic areas where we find large number of monkey population. After sightseeing, we go back to you hotel and you can take rest and prepare for trekking.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (650 m) by a private jeep & overnight stay in lodge

Next morning, you will have your breakfast then we will drive to Arughat (650m) by a private jeep. From Kathmandu we will have a comfortable drive till Dhading Besi then the road gets bumpy with windy dirt till we reach Arughat. We will saty overninght here.

Day 04: Trek from Arughat to Lapubeshi (880m)

Our trail starts from Arughat to Lapubeshi through Soti Khola. We walk on the rough parts of Budhi Gandaki and climb up and down rocky hills and reach village of Lapubeshi.

Day 05: Trek from Lapubeshi to Tatopani( 930m)

We walk on the slippery rocks so you must be very careful. During the trail, we visit to the beautiful tropical vegetation with thrilling suspension bridges and head towards Machhakola, a pleasant village lying on the slopes of the hill. Then we head to a narrow trail leading us to Tatopani (930m). We stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Tatopani to Jagat (1370m)

From Tatopani, we walk through Dobhan (1070m), a small village then to Shyaule Bhatti, Yuru (1330m)  via Budhi Gnadaki. After 2 to 3 hours of walk from Yuru we will reach Jagat (1370m).

Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1865m)

We walk through Ghatte khola to Phillim where we can see large and prosperous village of Phillim. From Phillim, we walk through George, grassy slopes with tall pine trees, cross Budhi Gandaki Bridge where we can see large Shar Khola and Tsum valley on the opposite side of the bank. The trail widens from the western side where we walk through the bamboo forest leading us to Deng. We stay overnight.

Day 08: Trek from Deng to Namrung ((2630)

The trail from Deng climbs up to Bihi Phedi, cross Sringi Khola, Budhi Gandaki valley in the west and climbing steeply up and down the forest we reach Ghap. From Ghap we walk through the dense forest of rhododendron, fir and bamboo where we can see various birds and animals including Nepali’s national bird, Danphe enter Namrung via stone archway.

Day 09: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3850m)

From Namrung, we walk past a mani wall to Lho experiencing beautiful forest of firs, oaks and rhododendron and beautiful mountains like Manaslu, Manaslu North and Naike Peak. Then we head steeply down and head to Sama Gaon exploring river originates from the glacier of Pungyen, glimpse of mountains like Hiunchuli (7,893m), Manaslu and Ngadhi Chuli (7,879m). We can see extension pastures and fields of Samagaun and we stay overnight here.

Day 10: Acclimatization/exploration day at Manaslu Base Camp (5135) and Birendra Lake

We will have an exploration day today so we head to Manaslu Base Camp (5,135m) and head to Birendra Lake and climb Pungyen Gompa. If you are interested then we can climb up the Manaslu base camp or roam around the glacial lake where ice blocks tumble into the lake. We get back to Sama Gaon after exploration and have a good dinner. We stay overnight here.

Day 11: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3860m)

From Sama Gaon, we head across flat land with grassy grazing area climbing up the valley leading us to Samdo. During the trail we come across the beautiful view of Manaslu that looks outstanding.

Day 12: Acclimatization day in Samdo

We will have an acclimatization day in Samdo. We explore the beautiful grassy grazing area, capture amazing Manaslu standing right in front. We will walk across the wooden bridge which is marked by mani walls. We get back to Samdo to the Hotel where we take rest and relax.

Day 13: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4470m)

From Samdo, we walk across the wooden bridge through old mani walls and climb gradually up to the valley leading to Larkya Glacier. The trail takes us to Salka Khola where we climb up to stone guest house called Dharmasala. We stay here in a Lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larke Pass (5160m)

We walk early from Dharmasala as today we will have longest and toughest trek of this trail around Manaslu crossing the Larkya La Pass (5160m). We walk across the moraines of the glacier to the pass. We can have spectacular views of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, the huge Annapurna II and Kangguru from the pass. Experiencing the sceneries, we head to Bhimthang.

Day 15: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2281 m).

We walk through the rhododendron forest to Karche which is the highest cultivationg place then descend to Gho village. We head to Tilje village, crossing the Dudh Koshi and wooden bridge.

Day 16: Trek from Tilije to Jagat (1410m)

We walk through the easy trail where we climb up the paddy fields to small Karcha La Pass and walk across through fig tree and forest of rhododendron and fir leading us to Tilje.

Day 17: Trek from Jagat to Beshisahar (7,90m)

We walk through the forest of pine and rhododendron from jagat that will leads to Bahundanda. From Bahundanda we return back to Besisahar which is the headquarter of Lamjung District.

Day 18: Drive back from Beshisahar to Kathmandu

From Besisahar we drive back to Kathmandu by jeep.

Day 19: Transfer to international airport for your final departure (Trip ends.)

 This is your last day in Kathmandu so you can enjoy your meal, go shopping before flight. Our representative with driver will take you to the airport for departure.

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  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Trekking accommodation in trekkers lodge /Tea house
  • English speaking local trekking guide
  • Necessary porters to carry your baggage during the trekking.( Two persons get one trekking porter)
  • Three time meals during the trekking- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Manaslu Conservation Area permit
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS)
  • Necessary Equipments for trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • Private or local transport as per the program
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. ( Trekking guide and porters)
  • Guide and porters’ salary, food, drinks, accommodations
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Government Tax (13%) and service charge
  • Airport drop at the time of departure
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you will easily get the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport)
  • Your international flight ticket and airport departure tax
  • Personal equipments
  • High risk medical insurance
  • Hot drinks , Alcoholic beverages, Telephone calls and laundry
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water
  • Battery recharge, extra porters, shower etc during the trek
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed (need to pay by your insurance)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from the trekking (due to any reason)
  • Tips & Gratuities for trekking guide & porter (s)
Difficulty Moderate Trip Lenght 19 days Group Size Challanging People
Best Month Sep-Oct-Nov/ Mar-Apr-May Transportation Car, Bus Accomodation Included
Style Cultural Tea House Trek Max Elevation 5160 Meal Included
Trip Routes Kathmandu-Gorkha-Samagaun-Larke-la-Dharapani-Besisashar-Kathmandu
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