Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 19 Days

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Overview

Manaslu Region Trekking is a popular trekking package in Nepal, where there are some recently opened trails. It is also famous for unspoiled trekking and trekkers love to explore the virtual beauties in this region. Trekking in the Manaslu region offers enchanting mountain sceneries and surprising landscapes. Mt. Manaslu (8156), located in the Manaslu Conservation Area is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Manaslu region treks give you the lifetime experience to explore the hidden beauties and the local ethnic people along with their superb hospitality.

Mostly, the Manaslu region trek begins from Soti Khola and crosses several beautiful villages, terraced rice fields and heads through the lush forests from sub-tropical to alpine altitude. The Larke La Pass (5160m) is the highest elevation and the Himalayan pass of the trek in the Manaslu region. The wonderful views of the trekking are Mt. Manaslu (8156m), HimalChuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7871m), Shringi (7187m), Larke Glacier along with Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan range. The trekking trails are distinct and rich in flora and fauna. The lush forests are found in Himalayan Blue Pine, Oak, Birch and rhododendron along with 19 types of forests. 110 species of birds are recorded there including, Eurasian Griffon, Himalayan Griffon, Blood, Impeyan, Kalij, etc.

Various species of fauna including endangered species are found in the Manaslu conservation area. They are Snow leopards, Lynx, Grey Wolf, Himalayan Black bears, Pandas, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, and many others. Various species of birds around 110, some species of butterflies and reptiles are found in this region. Please, contact Praznik Travels and treks for trekking in the Manaslu region.

Trip Highlights

  • Jaw-dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region
  • Witness the majestic views of Himalchuli, Manaslu, Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal
  • Wildlife animals like blue sheep and Himalayan thar
  • The scenery provides all Nepal has to offer: you'll trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La above 5,100 meters

Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrive at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

    Our representative will meet at the arrival gate with a signboard for Mandala Holidays. Then you will be escorted to your selected hotel. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 2:
    Sightseeing of cultural UNESCO world heritage sites around Kathmandu

    Today is the auspicious day of our tour. We visit some of the cultural UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Swayambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudha and Pashupatinath would be our touring destinations today. These heritages are the live reflector of the religious integrity and architectural wealth of Nepal. After the time you will get brief about the tour. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 3:
    Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (6,00m) Duration: 6-7 hours

    Today our journey begins with a 6 to 7-hour trip from Kathmandu to Gorkha by bus or car with a stop for lunch. We will stay overnight at Arughat

  • Day 4:
    Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (7,00m) Duration: 3-4 hours

    Today we have a 3 to 4-hour trek from Arughat to Soti Khola. Before the earthquake of 2015, you could take a bus to Soti Khola. This may still be possible but will depend on road conditions. Tonight we will stay in Soti Khola

  • Day 5:
    Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (8,70 m ) Duration: 5-6 hours

    Today we have a 5 to 6 hours trek ahead of us, at first following a mule track up a steep hill before descending to Lapubesi (880m) and then continuing to Nauli Khola (river) and cross a long suspension bridge across the river. The trail continues to Buri Gandaki River and Machha Khola (900m) where we will stay the night.

  • Day 6:
    Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (2,340 m ) Duration: 6-7 hours

    Ahead of us today is a 6 to 7-hour trek following the river to the original route follows the river to Khorla Besi and the therapeutic hot springs at Tatopani (930m). After leaving Tatopani we follow the trail along the east bank of the continuing on the eastern bank of the Buri Gandaki to reach Doban, Thulo Dunga, and Yara Bagar (1370m). The trail frequently crosses back and forth over the river on suspension bridges before entering the main entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area and finally Jagat (1410m). At this point, the office will check our area permits. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Day 7:
    Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804 m) Duration: 6-7 hours

    After breakfast in the village of Jagat, you’ll make your way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forests, as well as small rivers and rustic villages to get to your final destination.
    Begin the trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues to the Ghatta Khola river. You’ll continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. From here, the trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti.
    The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge where you’ll descend to the grassy slopes, and then cross the Budhi Gandaki river. Trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank before you return to the west side again. The trail widens through the valley and you’ll pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola river. Upon crossing, you’ll reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight at Tea House

  • Day 8:
    Trek from Deng to Namrung (8,626 feet / 2,630 m) Duration: 6-7 hours

    After breakfast in Deng, you’ll start one of the most important and culturally significant sections of the trek. First, cross the Budhi Gandaki river and climb up to the bridge, where you’ll climb a bit further to join a trail from Bhi. Then head west up the valley passing through lush forests, alpine vegetation, and quaint villages housing ethnic groups of the Manaslu region, with major peaks starting to appear in the distance
    Even though there is another route, you will take the trail through Prok. This village has a beautiful vantage point of the snowcapped Siringi Himal. Take a break here and then continue to cross the Budi Gandaki several times today running into several gompas along the way. The trail then follows the river upstream through a dense forest and leads to a narrow gorge. Keep going until you notice the forest becomes less dense. This rewarding part of the walk is a magnificent way to experience the Manaslu Conservation Area. You’ll eventually reach one last steep climb to get you to the village of Namrung. Overnight at Tea House

  • Day 9:
    Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3,530 m) Duration: 6-7 hours

    After breakfast in Namrung, you can walk around the village for a good viewpoint of Siring, Ganesh Himal, and also Mount Himal Chuli to the south. Once on the trail, you’ll first climb steadily and pass through forests to reach Lihi, a fine village with many stupas and barley terraces. The trail then drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by.
    Further along, you’ll pass through the villages of Sho, Lho, and Shyala before reaching Sama Village. You can enjoy extraordinary views of Manaslu from Lho and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village you’ll be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead. Other snowcapped peaks can be seen to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where you’ll spend the night.

  • Day 10:
    Rest day in Samagaon, Optional Day Hike

    Today is an acclimatization day, so sleep in and relax. Enjoy a refreshing breakfast and then spend the day at Samagaon getting some rest.
    For those who want to explore, there’s an optional day hike that explores some rich Sherpa culture. You can enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts, as well as photos of Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. If you hike up to a little hill near the Sama village, you’ll find an old gompa—Pungyen Gompa—a monastery with great views of the glacier. Overnight in Samagaon.

  • Day 11:
    Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3,875 m) Duration: 4 hours

    After breakfast in Samagaon, you’ll descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. You’ll pass several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. The mountain views along this route are amazing and get you close to the Tibetan border.
    This is an easy trek on a shelf above the river that passes juniper and birch forests in Kermo Kharka. Drop down and cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge, and then climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. You’ll come to a stone archway and continue walking until you find the village of Samdo. Overnight at Tea House.

  • Day 12:
    Rest Day in Samdo (3,875 m)

    Today is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. After breakfast, you can either rest in Samdo or choose between two hiking options:
    Option 1
    Take an easy trail up the valley directly behind Samdo to one of the trade passes headed for Tibet. This route has excellent views of Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints, you will pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and see some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer, and Himalayan Griffin soaring above.
    Option 2
    A more challenging route is the trek to the Gya La (large pass) north of Samdo—a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. This is a longer full-day hike and not advised for those seeking a little rest.

  • Day 13:
    Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4,460 m) Duration: 4-5 hours

    After breakfast in Samdo, you’ll pass a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar and descend to the Budi Gandaki River. Cross the wooden bridge and begin walking upward, crossing two streams while witnessing the Larkya Glacier. You’ll head around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi. Along the route, you’ll see many traditional monasteries.
    Today’s shorter hike leaves time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.

  • Day 14:
    Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3,590 m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160 m) Duration: 7-9 hours

    Today you’ll set out on a longer hike so eat a hearty breakfast in Dharamsala. Though it’s a more challenging trail, you’ll encounter several rustic villages, clear glacier lakes, beautiful valleys, and a wide range of flora and fauna, not to mention some notable snowcapped peaks.
    After a short climb, you’ll reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier from where you can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. You’ll walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper in the last section of the pass. From here, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and the massive Annapurna II. You’ll finish with a rewarding walk into misty low pastures in the early evening with Mount Manaslu looming in the distance.

  • Day 15:
    Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2,300 m) Duration: 5-6 hours

    After breakfast in Bimthang, head out to a nearby ridge where you can enjoy great views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. Keep descending on the trail and cross a high pasture followed by a bridge over the Dudh Khola River.
    From here, walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. Pass through lush fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho where some trekkers choose to stay the night, but you’ll continue walking until you get to Tilije.

  • Day 16:
    Trek from Tilje to Tal Duration: 5-6 hours

    After breakfast in Tilije, you’ll continue your descent starting with a climb over a small ridge where you can enjoy the stone-paved trail. Then, cross the bridge over the Dudh Khola River and climb up through a stupa-shaped arch and past a mani wall before you reach the village of Thonje. Here, you’ll go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. At this point, you have now exited the Manaslu Conservation Area and entered the Annapurna Conservation Area of the trek.
    Further down, cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi Khola River. There will be some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. This is a more commercialized area with lots of teahouses and trekkers.

  • Day 17:
    Trek from Tal to Syange (1,080 m) Duration: 6-7 hours

    After breakfast in Tal, follow the trail down a sometimes steep trail to the village of Chyamje crossing the beautiful Marsyangdi Khola (once again) via a suspension bridge. The valley of the same name opens with its terrace fields while villages clung very high to the hillsides.
    The trail then descends further through picturesque rhododendron and pine forests to get to the village of Syange where you’ll stay the night. This is your last night on the trail! Before dinner, make sure to check out Syange’s magnificent waterfall.

  • Day 18:
    Drive from Syange to Kathmandu

    Wake up with breakfast in Syange and perhaps take one last walk around the village before you hit the road. The drive from Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes often coming into direct view with the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. You’ll also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be escorted to your Hotel. In the evening our office representative will come to pick you at your hotel for your Farewell Gala Dinner at a Nepali Restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 19:
    Final Departue from Kathmandu

    Our office representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your International Departure. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as jungle safari at National parks, rafting, mountain biking etc.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival and Departure Airport transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
  • Sightseeing Transfers by private vehicle
  • Entry fee to monumental sites
  • English speaking professional Tour guide
  • Trek Transfer Kathmandu – Bhotang – Kathmandu.
  • 3-nights accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis
  • English speaking professional Trek guide
  • 15-nights accommodation in Tea House during the trek AP Basis
  • Farewell Gala Dinner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Annapurna, Manaslu Permit fee and TIMS card
  • Salary, Insurance of Trek Guide
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and Company Service Charge

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry Visa Cost
  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Trekking Gears and Equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue (It is necessary in case of emergency)
  • Extended Stay due to any natural disaster
  • Anything not included in inclusions

Gear Lists

  • TREKKING GEAR

    1. Ruck sack bag with rain cover. 

    2. Day Pack Bag – Recommended for treks with summit day

    3. Head Torch with spare batteries. 

    4. U V protection sunglasses. 

    5. Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

    FOOTWEAR

    1. Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes 

    2. Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals 

    CLOTHING

    1. Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. 

    2. Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 

    3. Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking

    4. Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. 

    5. Undergarments. Qty – 1 for every day of trekking

    6. Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck.

    7. Full sleeves sweater. 

    8. Rainwear ( Jacket & Pants ).

    9. Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. 

    10. Woolen cap. 

    11. Sun shielding Hat. 

    TOILETRIES

    1. Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)

    2. Sun screen lotion small pack. 

    3. Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

     

    MISCELLANEOUS

    1. Camera (Optional) 

    2. Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.

    3. Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional

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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Bus/Jeep
  • Min 2 pax
  • 5106 m
  • Tea House
  • Sep-Nov & Mar-May
  • Tea House Trek
  • Manaslu, Annapurna conservation fee & TIMS card
  • Challenging