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Manaslu Circuit Trek-18 Days

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17 Nights/ 18 Days

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Daily Tour

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Group Size

2-15 people

Overview

One of the best off-the-beaten-path treks in Nepal, you’ll follow a circuit around the 8th highest peak in the world in the remote conservation region of Manaslu. The Manaslu Circuit Trek features everything you’d want from a classic trek in Nepal: Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass crossing. Located along the border of Nepal and Tibet it is now a controlled trekking area which allows only organized trekking groups with special permits to venture through its spectacular circuit. Manaslu has a distinctive environment which is exceptionally rich and  has made this region one of the finest trekkers destinations of Nepal. This is the strenuous trek, so it’s recommended that you either have trekking experience or a good level of fitness.
 
 
 
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jaw-dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region.
  • Friendly people, rich culture of the region which includes both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups (mostly Sherpas).
  • Larky La Pass (5167 meters), the highest point on the trek.
  • Stunning view of some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
  • Abundant wildlife including Tahr (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots and, if you are lucky Snow Leopard.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu, you'll have views over the valley, the Himalaya, and the terraced fields below. After completing customs, a representative will be waiting to greet you outside the airport and to guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets to your hotel.

Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2: Permit preparation and trip briefing day.
Day 2:  Permit preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permit for you. You will have to explore Kathmandu Valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with the experienced tour guide arranged by VHTE.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby.S/he will introduce you to your trek guide and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/not to do, and any other optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. you can any queries or share the feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (2,362 feet / 720 m)
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (2,362 feet / 720 m)

After breakfast, you'll drive west along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway towards the village of Soti Khola, turning off toward the hilltop village of Dhading. The drive passes through rural communities, small towns, green terraces, and lush hillsides. The road will eventually become a rutted, dirt path and you'll start to see views of the southern slopes of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal.

You'll arrive at Soti Khola, located in the Bhuri Gandaki Valley, in time for dinner.

Transport: Private 4x4 jeep
Driving time: 8-10 hours (88 miles / 141.3 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Soti Khola

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (2,920 feet / 900 m)
Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (2,920 feet / 900 m)

After breakfast in Soti Khola, you'll begin this epic trek up and down through various landscapes including forests, rice paddies, a cliff-face ridge, a rushing river, and several beautiful waterfalls. The journey begins by crossing a bridge, before you trek through a forest, then climb onto a ridge above the wild rapids of Budhi Gandaki River (which is joined from the Tum Khola River in the Tibetan highlands).

You'll then reach Khursane on a rocky trail, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. You'll eventually descend past a few ride paddies, then continue up and around to the picturesque Gurung village of Labubesi.

From here, you'll further climb near a rocky outcrop where the valley opens up next to the river, which flows more peacefully here. Dropping down to the river shore, you'll walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach the village of Machha Khola.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 8 miles (14 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Machha Khola

Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (4,626 feet / 1,410 m)
Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (4,626 feet / 1,410 m)

After breakfast in Machha Khola, you'll begin today's trek, which follows the gorge and continues up the river. The trail is narrow at first and gently heads up and down, eventually crossing the Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. After more ascending and descending, you'll arrive at a small hot spring in Tatopani—a good place to take a break!

From here, you'll climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. You'll then climb up a staircase and head over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, you'll climb a stone staircase and then drop to the river and climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Keep an eye out for neat Gurung villages in the jungle high above, as well as Langur monkeys, which roam the region.

Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, you'll climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 13.7 miles (22 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Jagat

Day 6: Trek from Jagat to Deng (5,917 feet / 1,804 m)
Day 6: Trek from Jagat to Deng (5,917 feet / 1,804 m)

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.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 12.3 miles (19.9 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse

Overnight: Deng

Day 7: Trek from Deng to Namrung (8,626 feet / 2,630 m)
Day 7: Trek from Deng to Namrung (8,626 feet / 2,630 m)

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.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 12.1 miles (19.5 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse

Overnight: Namrung

Day 8: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (11,578 feet / 3,530 m)
Day 8: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (11,578 feet / 3,530 m)

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.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 10.9 miles (17.7 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse

Overnight: Samagaon

Day 9: Acclimatization day in Samagaon (Optional Day Hike)
Day 9: Acclimatization 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: Samagaon

Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m)
Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m)

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.

Trekking time: 4 hours
Trekking distance: 10.1 miles (16.4 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Overnight: Samdo

Day 11: Acclimatization day in Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m)
Day 11: Acclimatization day in Samdo (12,713 feet / 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 of 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.
Overnight: Samdo

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (14,633 feet / 4,460 m)
Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (14,633 feet / 4,460 m)

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.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Trekking distance: 7.2 miles (11.7 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Overnight: Dharamsala

Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (11,778 feet / 3590 m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160 m)
Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (11,778 feet / 3590 m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160 m)

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 a number of 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.

Trekking time: 7-9 hours
Trekking distance: 15.3 miles (24.7 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Overnight: Bimthang

Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (7,546 feet / 2,300 m)
Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (7,546 feet / 2,300 m)

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.

Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Trekking distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Overnight: Tilije

Day 15: Trek from Tilije to Tal (5,577 feet / 1,700 m)
Day 15: Trek from Tilije to Tal (5,577 feet / 1,700 m)

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.

Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Trekking distance: 7 miles (11.3 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Overnight: Tal

Day 16: Trek from Tal to Syange (3,543 feet / 1,080 m)
Day 16: Trek from Tal to Syange (3,543 feet / 1,080 m)

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.

Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Trekking distance: 8 miles (12.9 km)
Accommodation: Teahouse
Overnight: Syange

Day 17: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu
Day 17: 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 to 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.

In Kathmandu, you will be escorted to our hotel where you'll have the rest of the afternoon to spend on your own. Explore the city's streets on foot, bicycle, or rickshaw, perhaps shopping for souvenirs or seeing anything you may have missed at the beginning of your trip.

Other ideas include rewarding your muscles after the trek with a massage service at Seeing Hands (services are offered from the visually impaired), or the more upmarket Kinjalla Spa. You can also take an early evening yoga class at Pranamaya Yoga, with two locations in Thamel and Patan.

In the evening, choose from a selection of Nepali, French, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern dishes in Kathmandu.

Driving time: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 126 miles (202 km)
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, and some souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. It's best to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

Included/Excluded

  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • 14 nights accommodation in standard tea houses during the trek on a full board twin sharing basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee).
  • Experienced English speaking trek guide and porter/s for the trek (1 porter assigned for 2 travelers).
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola & Syange to Kathmandu transfers in private vehicle.
  • 2 International Airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • All required trek permit fees include Restricted area permit for Manaslu area.
  • Equipment allowances, salary, and insurance for the trek staffs.
  • Kit bags/duffle bags for the trek (size 55L).
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies.
  • All government taxes
  • Single room supplement charges during Hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc. and cigarettes.
  • Any sort of guided/ unguided city tours and transfers for the same.
  • Entrance fees for monasteries and museums (if any).
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International airfares.
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipment like the sleeping bag, trekking poles, down jackets, etc.
  • Personal nature expenses related to the phone, wifi, gadget charging, laundry, gratitude/ Tips, snacks expenses, extra meals, tea, and coffees, etc.
  • Your travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  • Any activities or services not mentioned in "Service included section"

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