Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 15 Days   |   Trip Photos  |   Trip Map
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Group Size: Min 2
  • Max Elevation: 5210m

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a hot deal of the instant trip of trekking in Nepal. It is still undisturbed and the natural sophistication has been preserved along with the remarkable ethnic culture. Lying in the northwest of Kathmandu valley, Manaslu region spreads out up to the Tibetan border, due to which special permit is required for this trek. Trekking in the Manaslu circuit trail is to follow the historical salt trade route and cross over the Larkya La Pass (5160m).

Aarughat is a gateway of the Round Manaslu Trek. But the trek can be embarked from Sotikhola as well due to the road extension. The beginning of the trek goes through Sal forests to reach a ridge above the splashing rapids of the Budhi Gandaki River. The locality has been inhabited by the ethnic Gurung village like that of Labubesi and Jagat. You will find the hospitality and tradition of ethnic Gurung people not only remarkable but truly amazing.  As the trek goes higher, you walk through the juniper and birch forests. Pungyen Gompa near the Sama Gaon, dazzles the spiritual dedication of the Tibetan Buddhists. During an exploration day, almost all the trekkers love to explore this superb attraction.

Passing Samdo and Dharmasala, the ultimate destination viz. Larkya La Pass is located a step ahead. Physical fitness and acclimatization are essentials to cross this technical pass. The exquisite views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain of the world, along with Larkya peak, Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna can be observed from a closer distance.  Descending through the steep trail, it meets the Annapurna circuit trail and concludes the trek. Apart from the majestic snow-capped mountains, the high-altitude glacier lakes and highly enriched Tibetan culture makes this trek extra special that anyone would fall in love with it.

Related Trips: Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Marvel Adventureoffers Manaslu Circuit Trekking package with professional Manalu guides and special permits. We organize both lodges based and camping trek on your choice. So, join us for one of the most popular and gratifying treks in the Himalayas. 

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Natural hot spring at Tatopani
  • Splendid mountain views of Manaslu and Annapurna range
  • Acquaintance of highly enriched Tibetan culture
  • Exploration of glacier lakes
  • Crossing Larkyla La Pass (5160m)

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (640m) and trek to Soti Khola(710m)
    The day will start early after breakfast. We will drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi, the views of the hilly areas, terraces, fields and rivers. The drive from Dhading Besi to Arughat is a little rough road.Once we reach Arughat we can decide whether to trek to Soti Khola or stay overnight at Arughat.
    • Day 2 Trek to Machhakhola (870m)
      We start the day early to reach our destination which will take about 6-7 hours. After crossing a popular suspension bridge of Soti Khola, we trek through Sal forests to reach a ridge above the splashing rapids of the Budi Gandaki River. After reaching Khursane, the trail becomes rocky, passing through waterfalls and cliffs. We make our way to a Gurung village of Labubesi. we climb behind a rocky cliff where the valley opens up. Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we reach Machcha Khola village and overnight at tea house.
      • Day 3 Trek to Jagat (1350m).
        Today From Machhakhola we follow a narrow trail that takes us to Tharo Khola and finally to Khorlabesi. After a few ascends and descends, we reach a popular hot-spring, Tatopani. Then we climb another ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki on another suspension bridge. After this, we climb a staircase and then cross a landslide and a ridge to reach Doban. After crossing a suspension bridge, we again climb stone staircase then go down to the river and climb some stairs again to reach Thado Bharyang. Then we cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, walk along the river to reach the village of Jagat where we spend the night.
        • Day 4 Trek to Deng (2130m)
          In the early morning, we start our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we spend the night.
          • Day 5 Trek to Namrung (2630m)
            We take a brief walk from Deng and then we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to reach Rana. From here we climb for a while and then head west to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and painted Mani stones and a corner from where we reach Ghap. Then we take the trail through Prok village which allows us to witness the beautiful view of Siring Himal. We follow the river, crossing it at many places and pass through dense forests and Gompas along the way. After crossing the river at a gorge, the trail becomes leveled and after a last steep climb, we reach Namrung where we stay the night. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.
            • Day 6 Trek to Lho (3180m)
              From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forests take us to Lihi, a village well known for its chortens and barley terraces. After crossing the side valley of Simnang, we pass through Sho and then reach Lho where we spend the night.
              • Day 7 Trek to Samagaun (3500m)
                After crossing the Shyala village, we reach the Sama village where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of the high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay in Samagaon for the night.
                • Day 8 Acclimatization day at Samagaun
                  This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas. The main attraction of the day is the Pungyen Gompa with a spectacular view of the glaciers. It is situated on a hill near Samagaon. We hike up to the gompa named after the two peaks of Manaslu which means bracelet. It was destroyed when the Japanese first tried to summit the peaks. It was believed that the expedition to reach the summit might have angered the Gods. After the detour, we come back to Samagaon and spend the night there.
                  • Day 9 Trek to Samdo (3860m)
                    We follow the Budhi Gandaki River up to a stream which we cross on a suspension bridge. From here we take the trail on the right to Larkya la. It is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls and juniper and birch forests. We again cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and continue forward. From a stone arch, we can see a kani and after crossing it, we reach Samdo where we spend the night.
                    • Day 10 Trek to Dharamasala (4480m)
                      We start our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing a few streams and seeing a glimpse of the Larkya glacier, we go around a valley and make our way upwards again to reach a guesthouse called Dharmashala. This short walk to Larke Phedi provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek.
                      • Day 11 Cross the Larke pass (5213m) trek down to Bimtang (3720 m)
                        On this day, we make a short climb and reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak. We ascend the moraines of a glacier which becomes quite steep at the end before reaching the pass. From here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna. It is a longer walk than other days and you reach the guesthouse among the low pastures at the dim lights of dusk. When we finally reach Bhimtang, the exquisite view of Mount Manaslu makes every step worth it.
                        • Day 12 Bimtang to Tilche(2560m)
                          After enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho. A short walk takes us to Tiliche with better accommodation options where we spend the night.
                          • Day 13 Tilche to Chamje (1430)
                            We move in a stone paved path passing through a beautiful village and then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, move past an arch and Mani walls to get to the Thonje village. After passing through a police checkpoint we make our way towards Dharapani from where we enter the Annapurna circuit section. Again, after passing through a village, a bridge and Mani walls, we reach a village situated at the foot of a large waterfall, Tal. then we continue walk down 2 more hour then reach Chamje where we spend our night.
                            • Day 14 Chamje to Besishar (875m)
                              From Chamje, we follow the trail that leads to the Jagat village. After crossing the Marsyangdi Khola, the Marsyangdi valley is seen with its wide open spaces, pastures, villages and fields. A descent through rhododendron forests takes us to the Syange village. After a slight climb and a leveled walk from Bahun Danda, we continue with a gentle walk downstream, passing through villages to reach the town of Besishar where we spend the night.
                              • Day 15 Drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar
                                We drive along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River, witnessing the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, rivers and valleys and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains. After a few hours’ journey we reach Kathmandu where we will spend the last night in Nepal.

                                What to Expect

                                • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
                                • Government license holder guide 
                                • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                                • Salary,food,accommodation and insurance for guide and porters 
                                • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
                                • All land transportation as per itinerary
                                • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card
                                • ACAP and MCAP entry permits
                                • Comprehensive first aid kit
                                • All government taxes and official expenses
                                • International airfare and taxes
                                • Nepal entry visa fee
                                • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
                                • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
                                • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
                                • All the expenses of personal nature
                                • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
                                • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

                                PRICES & DATES

                                Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
                                28 Jun, 2022 - 12 Jul, 2022GuaranteedUS$1150
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                                Useful Information

                                1. Insurance

                                Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients undertaking any trip. It should provide adequate security for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue and loss of luggage. Make sure that your insurance policy covers up to 2500-5200 meters of altitude.

                                2. Packing List

                                • Sunglasses
                                • Sun-Cream and Lip Balm with high SPF
                                • Hat/Cap
                                • T-shirt, Vests and Shirt
                                • Fleece/Sweater
                                • Fleece Jacket
                                • Down Jacket
                                • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
                                • Warm Gloves
                                • Hiking Boots
                                • 3-4 pairs of socks
                                • Day pack (30-40 liters)
                                • Torch light
                                • Water bottle (Minimum 2 liters)
                                • Small Hand Towel
                                • Sleeping Bag for up to -15 Degree Celsius

                                3. Guide and Porter

                                We provide experienced, knowledgeable and honest guide with good communication skills in English language to make your trip wonderful. The guide will provide all the information about the mountains, different histories, cultures, traditions and many more. We will provide 1 porter for 2 people. The porters are helpful as well as strong and will carry a maximum of 25 kgs combined. After giving the best services along with the hard works up in the mountains, guides and porters expect some tips from your side. Tipping culture is very common in tourism sector.

                                4. Altitude Sickness

                                Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 3000 meters. It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most people can ascend to 3000 meters without difficulty.

                                Primary Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:

                                • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
                                • Fatigue or weakness
                                • Dizziness or lightheadedness
                                • Swelling of hands, feet, and face
                                • Insomnia
                                • Shortness of breath upon exertion
                                • Nosebleed
                                • Persistent rapid pulseacclimatization
                                • Drowsiness
                                • General malaise

                                Prevention:

                                Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Avoiding strenuous activity such as skiing, hiking, etc. in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS. Alcohol and sleeping pills are respiratory depressants, and thus slow down the process and should be avoided. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, Marvel Adventure strictly suggests avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24–48 hours at a higher altitude.

                                Guides and porters from Marvel Adventure are very much familiar with this problem due to their experience. All of them are trained with basic medical trainings and hence they definitely can help you.

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