Manaslu circuit trekking exhibits the sensational mountain vistas, fascinating culture, and biological diversity, spanning altitudes from 600 to 5500 meter – one of the Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels. This trek suits best to those who are looking for the challenging but less trodden trekking in Nepal is also a part of the Great Himalayan Trail. New tea houses are building on all around Manaslu trek route nowadays thus we are organizing this trek in tea house mode which used to be a fully camping a few years back. This Manaslu trekking is also becoming the best alternative of classic Annapurna circuit due to the road construction in some sections of Annapurna region.
We start our trek from Arughat after the drive from Kathmandu. Trekking along the Budhi Gandaki river, the trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the round Manaslu trekking is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaced by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates, and Chortens as does the topography changes. This circuit trekking region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals including the snow leopard, gray wolf, musk deer, Himalayan Thar and blue sheep, Keep your eyes open!! Trekking routes at lower Manaslu section are already rebuilt which is being affected by the April 2015 earthquake and we have been running trips as per the regular Manaslu trek itinerary since spring 2016 – once again totally safe for trekking.
Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Community Trek will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can use this time to ask any questions about our trip to the management and trek leader.
We leave early in the morning for Sotikhola via Arughat. We stay on a highway in the morning but most part of the driving is done on the dusty newly built roads. Over night at Sotikhola.
The trek heads north and follows the Budhi Gandaki River for the whole day. The trek stays close and follows the Budhi Gandaki River all way up to the base of the pass, and crosses and re-crosses the river several times through suspension bridges. The trail undulates through Lapu Beshi, then continues on the sandy banks of the river, and finally reaches Machha Khola.
The trail stays relatively easy in the morning and goes through Khorlabesi. A brief stop at Tatopani, to check out the hot spring is followed by a steep climb through Dobhan. The trail drops down into the banks of the Yaru Khola at Yaru Beshi, campsite for the day and is followed by couple of good climbs until Jagat, a small village by the banks of Budhi Gandaki River.
The trail once again enters the sandy banks for a brief period. The path gets steep near Sirdibas and after crossing a dramatic suspension bridge, another good climb leads to a beautiful village of Phillim, the biggest village until the pass. The trail steadily loses height and heads into a new valley, leaving the trail to Tsum Valley behind. The path gets steeper for a while and then steadies near Pewa. After Pewa, another uphill walk continues for the rest of the day and ends at Deng. The change in culture can be experienced at Deng. The people, culture and the houses in the villages from Deng are heavily influenced by Tibetans and completely differ with the people and their culture from the people lower in the valley.
A quick drop down to the river is followed by a steep climb until the village of Rana. The trail yet again drops and gradually ascends to Bihi Phedi and then undulates into the valley and finally reaches Ghap. The trek continues gradually gaining more height through the forest following the now much smaller Budi Gandaki River. A steep climb through the forest until the village of Namrung ends the day.
From Namrung onwards, the trek now enters into the higher altitude. After a brief walk on an easy terrain, the trail starts to go uphill until the village of Shyo. View of Manaslu (8163 meters) appears towards west as the path drops into a river and yet again gets uphill until it reaches Lho.
The trail once again drops into a river and yet again, is followed by a climb. The climb ends at Shyala and the valley starts to open up with the trail turning into an easy walk through the pasturelands.
The options at Sama Gaon are a short hike to the nearby beautiful lake named Birendra Taal or a full day hike (6 hours) to the Pungyen Gomba, Pungyen Glacier, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp.
The trail gradually climbs through the valley and continue to follow the river. The path then gets steeper at the end of the day and reaches the village of Samdu, with Samdu Ri (6335 meters) towering on the east direction.
The best option from Samdo is to hike towards the valley into the northeast of Samdo. This hike also provides spectacular view of a towering Samdu Ri (6335 meters).
The trail gradually descends briefly and then starts to ascend afterwards towards the Larke Glacier. The path becomes easier and ends at the start of the next day’s climb at Dharmasala.
An early start and a gradual ascend into the Larke Glacier only ends at the top of the pass. The top rewards with the views of Himlung, Annapurna II, Kangguru and several other pinnacles standing above 6000 meters. A steep drop starts on the snow and later on, the glacial moraine continues for the rest of the day. The descent finally ends with the view of Bhimthang located on a huge flat ground.
The trail quickly drops in and out of a glacier and then starts to drop towards the lower valley through the forest. The path once again follows the river by its banks and finally passes through Surki Khola and Goa while consistently losing more altitude. The path continues to get downhill and finally ends at Tilche.
Short walking lead us to Dharapani we connected popular Annapurna Circuit trail, not trails are much more busier then Manaslu part because driving road is accessing now from Dharapani. Now take local Jeep land transport take us to Besisahar and stay overnight at Besisahar. About 4 hour’s durt road drive to Besisahar.
After Breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu with our private Car along the Marshyangdi river valley. Following the Prithivi high way and enjoy the afternoon in Kathmandu.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
01: Arrival, departure land transport by private car, van.
02: 3 nights 2 in sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
03: Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu, with city guide and necessary land transport.
04: Kathmandu sotikhola land transport by private jeep and on the way back Dharapani to Besisahar by Local public jeep and Besisahar to Kathmandu by private car.
05: Manaslu restricted entry permits, including Manaslu Conservation entry permits, Annapurna Conservation entry permits, and TIMS.
06: Best available tea house/ lodges accommodation, including all meal, and drinks. (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner)
07: Experience English speaking guide, including his accommodation, food, and salary, insurance.
08: Two In sharing porter, including his accommodation, food, salary, insurance. (Our porters carry 20 to 25KG so we suggest having your backpack 10 to 12 KG each for Porter.
09: First Aid Kit.
10: Government taxes and service charges.
01: Nepal entry visa fee (more details please refer to Nepal visa information section)
02: Entrances fee while on sightseeing in Kathmandu.
03: Personal travel and medical insurance (compulsory)
04: Extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu if staying more than above itinerary suggested.
05: Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu, accept breakfast.
06: Personal expenses like drinks while on trek (water) bar bills, laundry, and telephone, personal tips for your 07: Driver, guide and Porter.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
You must bring the following items:
1. Hiking boots
3. Trekking trousers / pants
4. Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
5. Baselayer shirts
6. Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
7. Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
8. Waterproof jacket
10. Warm hat
12. Thermal gloves
13. Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
14. Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
15. Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
16. Water bottles 1 L.
17. Antibacterial handwash
18. Small towel
19. Daypack, 25/30Litres
20. Trekking poles
21. Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
22. Warm jacket (down)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and Glucose tablets.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.
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