Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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The Manaslu Circuit Trek incorporates the passage through the Manaslu Conservation Area of Nepal. It covers the glimpses of the mountain peaks like the Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh, Kang Guru, Boudha, passage through rocky terrains and other views of glaciers.

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All about the Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek incorporates the passage through the Manaslu Conservation Area of Nepal. It covers the glimpses of the mountain peaks like the Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh, Kang Guru, Boudha, passage through rocky terrains and other views of glaciers. The main attraction is the 8th highest peak in the world, the Manaslu. A comparatively strenuous trek, proper acclimatization and good physique are absolutely mandatory for the trek. Amalgamated with the warm hospitality of the ethnic populations residing in the area, various monasteries, gompas and stupas along the way can be visited as well. March to May and September to November are best suited for carrying out this trek.

The commencement of the trek is marked by a drive from Kathmandu to Seti Khola. Through rocky paths, rivers, waterfalls and bridges, the trail moves into Maccha Khola. From here, trekkers cross the Tharo Khola and Budhi Gandaki suspension bridges to reach Jagat. For exclusive views of the Siringi and Ganesh Himal, Namrung village is an excellent spot. The Namrung Village lies next in trail and is reached by crossing bamboo forests, gorges and river beds from Deng. Further the trek brings us to the the ancient village full of archaeological and Buddhist delights like monasteries, gompas and stupas. Upon returning back to Namrung, trekkers trek into Samagaon and then to the Pungyen Gompa via slate made houses adorned with colorful prayer flags.

Pungyen Gompa in itself is worth visiting and is home to hypnotic views of different glaciers of the region. Next in trial is the Samdo village, home to views of Manaslu, Himchuli, Larkye, Ngadi, Simrang, Cheo. The trail gains elevation and brings the Larkya La, offering spectacular bird eye views of the Larkya glacier along with snowcapped peaks like the Manaslu, Lamjung, Himlung as well as Cheo. Syange can be reached via Tal and Tirje and is the ending point of this beautiful, unique trek.

The Manaslu Circuit trek is highly recommended for adventure seekers with a flair for observing natural beauty, religious integrity, ethnic variety and the unique style of living of people residing in Nepal.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airport and hotel pick- ups and drops
  • Manaslu special permit for 2 weeks and ACAP and MCAP permit.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (breakfast included) for 4 nights
  • Necessary Permit & National Park fees.
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Bhimthang to Kathmandu transportation by bus
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee) during the trek
  • Required trekking staff and trekking equipment’s
  • Food, accommodation, salary and insurance for the trekking staff
  • Transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and mineral water etc
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver etc
  • All expenses which are not mention in price include section.
  1. Day 01 Kathmandu (D)

    Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, We will officially greet and meet you at Airport & transfer you to Hotel Shanker or similar category hotel. You will have leisure time, followed by an evening welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).

  2. Day 02 Kathmandu (B)

    Half-day guided city tours (tour includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath Temple – Hindu Temple & Buddha Nath – The biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Kathmandu). Afternoon pre-trip discussion of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu (1,000m/3,280ft).

  3. Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (800m.)

    Takes about seven hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; you turn towards the hill bazaar of Dhading Besi. After Dhading Besi the road gets a bit rough but you will reach your destination Arughat Bazaar, Upon reaching in Arughat you will continue drive in SotiKhola,Stay overnight in Sotikhola

  4. Day 04 Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.)

    Takes about six hours. The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian inhabitants. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. There is a small market with a few shops, lodges and donkeys that are kept there. Stay overnight at camp in Machha Khola.

  5. Day 7 Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.)

    Takes about six hours. You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steep until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban.
    Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. Stay overnight at camp in Jagat.

  6. Day 08 Trek from Jagat to Deng VIA Philim(2095m.)

    Takes about two hours. The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then somewhere through a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Small monasteries, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and typical houses will be seen around here.
    From Philim you will continue Deng about 4 hrs Stay, You trek over a flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross a few bridges and can see villages at a far distance. A few houses are seen at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Stay overnight at camp in Deng.

  7. Day 09 Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m.)

    Takes about five hours. In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, a green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity power house, mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture. Stay overnight at camp in Namrung.

  8. Day 10 Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.)

    Takes about four hours. You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy. While walking, you come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach Lho Gaon, you pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. There is a monastery named Chon on a ridge and also a Buddhist school at Lho Gaon run by Buddhist monks. People mainly grow oat, barley, buck wheat, potatoes and vegetables in this area. You can catch panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak and others from Lho Gaon. Stay overnight at camp in Lhogaon.

  9. Day 11 Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.)

    Takes about four hours. Leaving the village, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail, you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. You camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at camp in Samagaon.

  10. Day 12 acclimatization Samagaon

    In This is a day for rest at Samagaon to give you some acclimatization. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you take a breather to acclimatize and relax. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight at camp.

  11. Day 13 Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.)

    Takes about four hours. You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peals. Stay overnight at camp in Samdo.

  12. Day 14 Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.)

    Takes about three hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. You will also find a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi. Stay overnight at camp in Larkya La Phedi.

  13. Day 15 Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.)

    Takes about seven hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascented path until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. Today you carry packed lunch. From the top, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you hike to a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Stay overnight at camp in Bimthang.

  14. Day 16 Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.)

    Takes about four hours. Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani.

  15. Day 17 Trek from Dharapani to Kathmandu (1800m):

    Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu takes about 8-9 hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  16. Day 18 Departure(B)

    This is our last day in Nepal. It can be devoted to recreation, As well as the most important thing – the day you can buy presents for their relatives, colleagues and friends), the final evening gala dinner and going home. Late in the evening flight home.


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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

A trek in Nepal is more about endurance than anything else. You will be trekking most days and can expect to be on the trail an average of 5–7 hours per day. The lower elevations may be the most difficult as you cover the most ground and the temperatures are hotter. By the time you reach the higher elevations you will be in prime condition and the distances are shorter. People of many ages and ability successfully complete all the treks in Nepal—those who are strong willed and in good condition should have few problems.

The answer depends on the trek but the range is about 1–3 weeks. The quickest way to get up close and personal with the big mountains is the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, which can be completed from Pokhara in as few as 8 days. Longer treks in remote regions such as Makalu Base Camp can take three weeks or more. The Everest Base Camp trek takes 14–17 days.

You will also want to spend a couple of days in Kathmandu before your trek getting your bearings straight and making final preparations (more if you haven’t pre-booked a guide). And try to leave a cushion after your trek in case things take longer than expected.

Peak season is the fall months of October and November when the air is clear and the mountain views are best. Temperatures during this time are ideal for trekking—warm at lower elevations and cool up high—and the conditions are relatively dry. Along with the good weather comes the biggest crowds, felt from the bustling streets of Thamel to the trails themselves.

The temperature drops during the winter months but the air remains clear. If the weather is on your side, the first half of December can be epic with fantastic views and greater solitude. Be aware that once winter arrives the mountains slow down–high elevation trekking becomes treacherous and teahouses may close.

The second most popular time of the year to trek in Nepal is the spring season from late February to mid-April. Temperatures are as good as the fall and the crowds are smaller, but you can expect more haze and precipitation, particularly at lower elevations. Mountain views should be clear up high but things can get socked in down low.

Trekking in Nepal from May through August is best avoided. The monsoon months bring heat, clouds and rain, limiting the mountain views and creating messy trails and ground transportation headaches. One possible exception for hiking during the monsoon is the dryer Mustang region.

Nepal is under a constant cloud of political uncertainty as has been for years. The U.S. Department of State and other governments urge caution when traveling to Nepal, often in the form of official travel warnings. Travelers should read these warnings and exercise caution as they would before traveling to any other country.

After significant due diligence before my recent trip to Nepal, I came away reasonably confident that Nepal is safe for trekkers. A number of knowledgeable people were unequivocal in their opinions that trekking in Nepal is mostly unaffected by politics. I booked our tickets after hearing from two fellow Coloradans who were in Kathmandu preparing for a trek when the King was overthrown. Their advice was to go and that, “everything will be fine…just don’t burn tires in front of the Royal Palace.”

As with any foreign country, use good judgment and do your part to ensure that you have a safe trip. Solo trekkers are most at risk for a number of reasons and it’s best to go with a guide. Don’t walk around the streets of Kathmandu late at night (taxis are extremely cheap) and avoid large crowds. Petty theft can occur at lowland villages including from the tents of unsuspecting trekkers.

For those who decide to make the trip, the number of people trekking in Nepal remains relatively low compared to years past and it’s a great time to go.

Thamel in Kathmandu has a variety of food options and you should be able to find just about anything. While trekking you will become all too familiar with dal baht, the traditional Nepalese dish consisting of rice, lentils, and seasonal vegetables (meat is often available too). Dal baht may not be your first choice for a post-trek meal but genreally it’s tasty and the portions are generous, making for happy trekkers.

You won’t regret bringing a box of protein bars and vitamins from home. Dal baht provides carbs and some protein but isn’t exactly packed with nutrition; bars make a great snack on the trail or backup for a less than stellar meal. Snickers are ubiquitous in the villages and serve the same general purpose.

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