Manaslu Circut Trek
Thinking about trekking in off beaten path of Nepal? A suitable destination for you could be a trek in the remote part of Nepal popularly known as Manaslu Trek. Mount Manaslu is in the chain of the Mansiri Himal, the eighth highest mountain in the world measuring 8,163 meters, lies in the west-central part of Nepal. It is also known as “Mountain of the Spirit”.
Manaslu Circuit trekking offers varieties of flora and fauna and the view of different mountains ranges. Major peaks in the regions of Manaslu are Himalchuli (7,893 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Shringi (7,187 m), Langpo (6,668 m) and Saula and Ganesh Himal. The area was forbidden area two decades ago and was only opened in 1991 for the trekkers. It requires a special permit to trek in the area Manaslu area and Tsum Valley trek. This trekking route is also salt trading route in between Nepal and Tibet and people still use this route to buy essential goods from Tibet, a day trek from Samdo village.
The name of Mount Manaslu in the Tibetan language is Kuang, which means a flat place. Hence, people of these areas are influenced by the Tibetan religion and culture. Manaslu Trek is a two-week tea-house trek. The trek passes along the bank of Budi Gandaki River Gorge from Arughat Bazar to the highest elevation of the trek Larky-la 5135 m. After the massive earthquake of April 2015, the trekking route of Manaslu was damaged and the people living in Laprak and Barpak village had a great loss of lives and infrastructures being an epicentre of the earthquake.. However, this trek route is now opened after the reconstruction by the government and local bodies.
Manaslu Trekking is divided into two parts the circuit trek of Manaslu and the trek to the forbidden valley of Nubri and Tchum which offers the view of a great Tibetan-Buddhist cultural heritages. This trek requires a certain grade of fitness to cross varieties of ascent and descends and to cross Larkey-la pass the highest elevation in this trek (5135 m) sometimes takes more than 8 hours. The best season to visit this region is from March-May in Spring season and September-December during the Winter.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary Details
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. 1350m. Pick up by our airport representative and transfer in a Hotel in Thamel. Night at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu ancient Royal Palace and Hindu Temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunathi Stupa (ancient Buddhist Stupa) and trekking preparation. Meet your guide and discuss the trek. Pass your night in the Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat to Soti Khola 6h (800 m). To go to Arughat there are two option local bus and hire a jeep or share a jeep with other trekkers. If you are in a group then it is possible to take a jeep ride to Arughat bazar of Gorkha district across the Buri Gandaki River. You can either take a bus ride from Kathmandu normally takes six hours. From Arughat onwards the trekking started to reach Soti Khola. Overnight in a tea house.
Day 04: Trek to Maccha Khola (1000 m 6h): The second day of the trek starts passing Budi Gandaki river sometimes in trekking trial and sometimes in a vehicle track. You will meet local people residing in Morder and Simre and village to reach Maccha Khola. Overnight in a teahouse.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat via Tatopani (1400 m 6 h) From Korlabesi you have to climb steep ascent and then come down to the natural hot spring known as Tatopani. You need to cross a suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki the trail climbs stone stairs to Dobhan and then passes to Duman, Thado Bhanjyang and finally to Jagat. Overnight in a teahouse.
Day 06: Jagat to Deng 6h (1860m 6h) The trial now moves to the Tibetan influenced area with the view of Shringi Himal and the topography of the area changes. Then we passed through Philim, a big Gurung Village in this area. We cross the east bank of the Deng Khola and continue walking to the Deng village. Overnight in a Tea House.
Day 07: Deng to Namrung 6h ( 2600 m) The views of mountains become more clear and close from us. We can see the view of Manaslu North 7774 meters and Manaslu (8150 meters) and Nyak Peak. You will be passing through small bamboo and pine forest before arriving at the lodge at Namrung. Overnight in a Tea House.
Day 08: Namrung to Lho Village (3100m 4h) You have to climb through the forest of oaks and first enter small Lihi village and then continues to the village of Sho (2960m) where you will find the spectacular view of Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike peak (5515m). Furthermore climbing you will enter the village of Lho where there is a Buddhist monastery and the Lho village itself is surrounded by many Mani Walls, Gumpas and ancient small houses.
Day 09: Lho to Samagaon and rest day 4h (3540 m): Short trek to Samagaon from Lho as we gain altitude. You can get good views of Himalchuli, Peak 29, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal on the way to Samagaon Explore Samagaon village.
Day 10: Rest day Acclimatization day in Samagaon. Excursion day in Samagaon. Hike around Birendra Tal formed by Mt. Manaslu and the short side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa is worthy and rest for acclimatization.
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (4h of trek 3800m)Trek to the village of Samdo which is popular for Buddhist culture and tradition and the ancient village with Tibetan influences as Tibetan border is only a day walk from this village.
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460 m) 4h: From Samdo village you will today reach to Dharmasala and stay overnight to cross the Larkey Phedi. The view of Mt. Manaslu is more clear. Stay overnight in Dharmasala.
Day 13: Larkey Phedi to Larkey-La pass (5135 m), cross the pass and reach Bimthang (8h) 3700 m: Start your trek early in the morning having good breakfast and walk slowly on a first gentle climb and then in a rougher trail. The final steps climb to Larkya La with the views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. . Descend down steeply and slowly to the yak pasture of Bimthang.
Day 14: Bimthang to Dharapni (1900m) 6h: Trek to Dharpani further descend down to Dharpani village the traditional route of Annapurna trail and stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Drive from Dharapani and then to Besisahar finally to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Rest day in Kathmandu. Day
17: Departure day.
This is a standard itinerary; however, we will happy to send you all the other details. Please contact us for further more information Long Walk Adventures team always give priority to our beloved guest. The itinerary can be changed according to your planning, time, and request.
- All pickups and drops from the airport(s) and hotel(s)
- 1 Well experienced, the government registered, English speaking local guide.
- Sharing porter (1 porter for 2 visitors) to carry your main pack (weight limit 20kg).
- All the salary and insurance of guide and porters during your trek.
- All accommodations on the twin sharing basis or according to your demand.
- Breakfast in Hotels, and all meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner) during the trek.
- All fees for sightseeing including entry fees for visiting the temple(s), monument(s), trekking and national parks
- Welcome and farewell dinners.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paperwork(s) and permit(s)
- All applicable taxes and service charges
|Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs )|
|International airfare to and from Kathmandu.|
|Excess baggage charges|
|Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu|
|Extra night accommodation(s)|
|Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundries etc.|
|Travel and rescue insurance such as Helicopter Charges.|
|Tips for guides and porters|
|The services which are not included in our ‘What is Included’ section|