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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

view of Mt. Manaslu 8156m.

Overview

Trip Highlights;
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek offers magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu 8156m - world's 8th highest peak, Ganesh Himal 7406m - the holy mountain and many other snow-capped mountains.
  • Crossing of the adventurous high alpine pass; Larkya La Pass at 5135 meters.
  • Opportunity to explore the isolated area on midwest Himalayan region of Nepal with a subtropical dense forest as well as traditional villages with Tibetan culture.
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek covers the excursion of Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP)as well as Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) of Nepal.
Trip Introduction;
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best general treks in Nepalese Himalaya. Located in Gorkha District the region adjoins with Tibetan Plateau offering its trekkers an amazing adventure experience. Manaslu Circuit Trek offers exploration around the remote villages, beautiful valleys and amazing mountain views coupled with crossing of challenging Larkya La Pass at 5135 meters.  Manaslu Circuit Trek also includes the exploration of the high and low diverse altitude where one gets opportunity to discover the hidden wonders and the region’s flora and fauna for a lifetime experience. The trail is followed through the sub-tropical forest to the dry arctic zone near to the border of Tibet.

Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition starts with a day drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu. Our drive leads through zigzag hilly road of Prithvi Highway upto Malekhu. From there we will leave the main highway and continue our drive along the gravel road passing through Arughat Bazaar to reach Soti Khola. Our trek starts from here as we follow several ascending and descending trails, passing through dense forests, beautiful paddy fields, remote villages and mind capturing valleys. We will spend an acclimatization day at Samagaun and Samdo in order to avoid altitude sickness problems and for exploration. We will visit several Buddhist monasteries and classic lama settlement areas with monasteries and mani walls that are highly influenced by the Tibetan culture.

After a day exploration at Samdo, our trail heads up to Larkya Phedi situated at the base of Larkya La Pass. Next day, we cross the adventurous Larkya La Pass at 5135 meters. Our tiring climbing to the top of the pass is rewarded with striking views of Annapurna II, Gyagi Kang, Menjung, Kang Guru, Himlung and Cheo Himals. After a short rest, we begin to descend over a steep slope towards Bimtang. Our trail descends downhill through serene alpine forest and meadows towards the main trail of the Annapurna circuit at Dharapani. Our memorable Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition ends with a scenic drive from Syange back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola [712m/2335ft] [9-10 hrs Drive]
Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [883m/2896ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat [1415m/4641ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng [1804m/5917ft] [6-7 hrs of Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung [2670m/8757ft] [6-7 hrs of Trek]
Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Shya [3530m/11578ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 09: Trek from Shya to Samagaon [3541m/11614ft] [2-3 hrs Trek]
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon.
Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo [3872m/12700ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
Day 12: Acclimatization day at Samdo.
Day 13: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Pedhi [4494m/14740ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 14: Trek to Bimtang [3720m/12201ft] via Larkya La Pass [5135m/16842ft] [8-9 hrs Trek]
Day 15: Trek from Bimtang to to Dharapani [2006m/6579ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
Day 16: Trek from Dharapani to Syange [1194m/3916ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu [8-9 hrs Drive]
Day 18: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 19: Transfer to International Airport for departure. 

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodations:
As per our published quotations, we have calculated the cost based on three star categorized hotels/resorts in major cities which can be easily changed as per the preference of the clients. Apart from the cities, entire route of Manaslu Circuit Trail contains comfortable tea houses for overnight stay where we choose best of the best available lodges. Accommodations in all places can be used as per Single, Double, Triple and Twin sharing basis as per requirements. 

Meals:
We generally provide BB Plan in cities so one can choose varieties of foods in different restaurants in around the town. During our organized trekking of Manaslu Circuit, we will provide all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) where you can choose varieties of foods; Nepali Continental, Tibetan, Indian, Italian etc from the menu. While we are in trek, you will get dinner and breakfast in a same tea house where you stay overnight and take en-route lunch way to next destination. 

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Manaslu Circuit Trail contains amazing routes which starts from very low altitude’s scenic paths and gains the altitude until we reach at one of the adventurous Larkay La Pass at 5135 meters. This trek is suitable for adventure motivated trekkers who have ability to walk generally 5/6 hrs per day by carrying light private backpack. The difficulty level of trail determines by level of snows in the trail - sometime the larkay la pass contains massive snow walls and sometime the same pass could be very easier with less snows. In some cases, walk in a high altitude may attract altitude sickness, as we know that prevention is better than cure – slow and steady walk would be the perfect solution. We suggest every trekker who are planning to come Nepal for trekking adventure to do daily around an hour physical workout (jogging, hiking, cycling, gym, etc) prior to a couple of weeks. Mountaineering technical skills are not required for this trek, but previous short trekking experience would be better. 

Best Season for Manaslu Circuit Trek:
Trekking in Nepalese mountain is a seasonal activity. Basically, 3 months in autumn – September, October & November and 3 months in spring – March, April & May are the perfect time for trekking. During the time, weather would be clear, sunny and warm in himalayas thus we can have great views of mountains. Nevertheless, some adventure-seeking clients who do not want to walk with crowed environment also can choose December, January and February months for this trip. Monsoon season three months (June, July and August) will be ruined by rains.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Our airport arrival and departure representative will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. You can either have rest at Hotel or visit NGT’s office for gathering additional information about Manaslu Circuit Trekking. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.  

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola [712m/2335ft] [9-10 hrs Drive]
After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu and take a drive of approximately 10 hours towards Soti Khola. Our drive is over the zigzag hilly roads of Prithvi Highway until we reach Malekhu. From there we leave the main highway and continue our drive that goes along the gravel road passing through the market town of Arughat to reach Soti Khola. After a long day’s drive, we will arrive at Soti Khola for overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [883m/2896ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today we start our trekking adventure by crossing a long suspension bridge and then climbing over a big rock before eventually descending back down to the banks of the Buri Gandaki River. We trek up again on a steep rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labishe at 880 meters and beyond to the river.  
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat [1415m/4641ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Following the course of the Buri Gandaki, we climb and descend through many ridges. Eventually, the river valley widens allowing us to follow a good trail towards Jagat.  Jagat is a common village name in the high mountains meaning 'Custom Post' and is the traditional tax collection point for trade to and from Tibet. We will spend the overnight in Jagat.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng [1804m/5917ft] [6-7 hrs of Trek]
The trail heads towards Setibas where we can see several mani walls indicating that we are entering Tibetan influenced region. The trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola as we approach Philim. Our trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge, descending through the grassy slopes and crossing the Buri Gandaki. The route becomes a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the tiny village of Deng. This region is known as Kutang and is inhabited primarily by Gurungs who practice Buddhism. 
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung [2670m/8757ft] [6-7 hrs of Trek]
We follow the up and down trail towards Ghap - a village of five or six stone houses famous for its mani wall with distinctive carvings of Buddha. The route ascends making a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron filled forests to Namrung for our overnight stay. Namrung is a village with lovely stone houses and a police check post that controls access to the upper part of the valley. 
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Shya [3530m/11578ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Namrung we trek towards the Nupri Region which is inhabited by descendants of Tibetan immigrants. After passing through the villages of Barcham, Li and Sho - the trail finally emerges onto a plateau at Shya. From here we will get to enjoy one of the most spectacular view sites in the Himalayas with wide vistas of Himal Chuli and Manaslu. We will spend the overnight in Shya.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
 
Day 09: Trek from Shya to Samagaon [3541m/11614ft] [2-3 hrs Trek]
Today is a rather short trekking day. After a relaxed breakfast we leave Shya and follow the trail that crosses a ridge. After that we enter and then exit a side canyon. From there we climb across the rocky slopes to emerge onto a ridge overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon. Samagaon is a busy village with a gompa which is worth paying a visit. 
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon.
We take a day-off to acclimatize, relax and explore the areas around Samagaon. Walking up to the monastery, roaming around the busy village with warm and friendly locals or visiting the local school can be a good idea to spend a day here at Samagaon.    
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo [3872m/12700ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]
After spending a full day at Samagaon, we leave Samagaon and follow the trail that runs north to Buri Gandaki. The route heads through the summer herding area of Khormo Kharka, from where we can have a magnificent view of Manaslu from the mani wall. We continue our trek by climbing up for an hour before dropping again to a bridge over the river. After a short ascent, the trail reaches Samdo - a Tibetan refugee settlement of about 40 homes. 
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Acclimatization day at Samdo.
It is necessary for us to take another acclimatization day rest before heading higher up to 4500 meters the next day and for the crossing of Larke La Pass at 5135 meters the day after. While at Samdo, we should consider climbing up the slopes to the north for some great view of the entire Manaslu range.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Pedhi [4494m/14740ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Samdo the trail descends to the bridge and across the Gyala Kholo. From there we begin to climb the trail to a large pile of mani stones just above Larkya Bazaar. Heading further upwards with magnificent views of Larkya Peak and the north face of Manaslu, we reach Larkya Pedhi where there is a large emergency shelter with recently built teahouses.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14: Trek to Bimtang [3720m/12201ft] via Larkya La Pass [5135m/16842ft] [8-9 hrs Trek]
We start the trek before sunrise and climb up a ridge, eventually ending up on top of the moraine at 4690 meters. From there the trail climbs more steeply to the top of Larkya La Pass at 5135 meters. From the top of the pass we can get amazing views of Annapurna II, Menjung, Gyagi Kang, Kang Guru, Himlung and Cheo Himals. From the top of the pass, we descend steeply passing through the glaciers. An easy gradient finally indicates that we are at Bimtang.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 15: Trek from Bimtang to Dharapani [2006m/6579ft] [7-8 hrs Trek]
From Bimtang we descend down through pine and rhododendron forests to Hompuk. From there we continue to descend down to a fork of Dudh Khola. From there our trail can be a little difficult to follow as we head across some large landslides to reach the scattered settlement of Kharche. It is now a downhill slope to the large gurung village of Tilije. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to reach Dharapani for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 16: Trek from Dharapani to Syange [1194m/3916ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast, we leave Dharapani and follow the trail that climbs up and away from the Marsyangdi River. Our trek continues through a broad and flat valley towards the village of Tal. The village is situated at the foot of a large waterfall. From there our trail continues to Chamje crossing the river once again. Then we descend through the forests filled with rhododendron and pine trees to arrive at Syange. 
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu [8-9 hrs Drive]
Having completed our trek, we prepare ourselves for a drive from Syange back to Kathmandu. At, first the drive may not seem pleasant because of the bumpy roads but once we are on the highway - the zigzag road offers beautiful riverside scenery on our way back to Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan

Day 18: Free day at Kathmandu.
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. The world heritage sites inside Kathmandu, if not visited on the second day of the trip can be visited on this day. An early start is practical to visit the temples of Kathmandu. Also, walking around the shopping area of Thamel is worth spending quality time at Kathmandu. We will celebrate the completion of Manaslu Circuit Trek and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

Day 19: Transfer to International Airport for departure. 
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
February 20, 2018 March 10, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
February 25, 2018 March 15, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
March 3, 2018 March 21, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
March 15, 2018 April 2, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
March 22, 2018 April 9, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
April 3, 2018 April 21, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
April 16, 2018 May 4, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
April 24, 2018 May 12, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !
May 3, 2018 May 21, 2018 $ 1555 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 19 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and departure transfer by Private Vehicle
  • 4 nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with City Guide, Private Vehicle & all entry fees 
  • All land transportation by private vehicle as per mentioned in itinerary 
  • All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period 
  • Tea House Lodges accommodation during Trekking
  • Special Permit for Manaslu region and Annapurna Conservation Area permits 
  • Trekkers Information Manual System [TIMS] card 
  • Highly experienced Trekking guide for entire trek
  • Required Number of Porters 
  • Staffs food, clothing salary & Insurance.
  • General First aid Kids 
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All tax, vats and necessary paper works

Service does not includes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodations:
As per our published quotations, we have calculated the cost based on three star categorized hotels/resorts in major cities which can be easily changed as per the preference of the clients. Apart from the cities, entire route of Manaslu Circuit Trail contains comfortable tea houses for overnight stay where we choose best of the best available lodges. Accommodations in all places can be used as per Single, Double, Triple and Twin sharing basis as per requirements. 

Meals:
We generally provide BB Plan in cities so one can choose varieties of foods in different restaurants in around the town. During our organized trekking of Manaslu Circuit, we will provide all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) where you can choose varieties of foods; Nepali Continental, Tibetan, Indian, Italian etc from the menu. While we are in trek, you will get dinner and breakfast in a same tea house where you stay overnight and take en-route lunch way to next destination. 

Physical Conditions and Experience Required:
Manaslu Circuit Trail contains amazing routes which starts from very low altitude’s scenic paths and gains the altitude until we reach at one of the adventurous Larkay La Pass at 5135 meters. This trek is suitable for adventure motivated trekkers who have ability to walk generally 5/6 hrs per day by carrying light private backpack. The difficulty level of trail determines by level of snows in the trail - sometime the larkay la pass contains massive snow walls and sometime the same pass could be very easier with less snows. In some cases, walk in a high altitude may attract altitude sickness, as we know that prevention is better than cure – slow and steady walk would be the perfect solution. We suggest every trekker who are planning to come Nepal for trekking adventure to do daily around an hour physical workout (jogging, hiking, cycling, gym, etc) prior to a couple of weeks. Mountaineering technical skills are not required for this trek, but previous short trekking experience would be better. 

Best Season for Manaslu Circuit Trek:
Trekking in Nepalese mountain is a seasonal activity. Basically, 3 months in autumn – September, October & November and 3 months in spring – March, April & May are the perfect time for trekking. During the time, weather would be clear, sunny and warm in himalayas thus we can have great views of mountains. Nevertheless, some adventure-seeking clients who do not want to walk with crowed environment also can choose December, January and February months for this trip. Monsoon season three months (June, July and August) will be ruined by rains.

Reviews

" Memorable trekking @ Manaslu Circuit "

I booked my trekking of Manaslu Circuit with Nepal Guide Treks. I am really glad that I choose this company. My guide Roshan was a helpful person. He was caring and made me feel safe during the whole trekking time. Loads of memories from the trek , however the close view of Mt. Manaslu was awesome and the crossing of  Larkey La at 5135m pass was just a great experience for me. I am sure that I will be doing more treks with Nepal Guide Treks in the future. Strongly recommended for trekking in Nepal.
Best Of Luck NGT !!
John S. - Netherlands 

Great Adventure with NGT !!

We just finished our Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Guide Treks & Expeditions. We had a great time while trekking. Stunning views of mountains, beautiful landscapes and friendly local people is what made this trekking so special for us. Our guide was very energetic and helpful during the whole trek. We would like to thank NGT team for making this trip memorable.
Tobias + Jenny



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