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Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu circuit trek lies in 100 Kilometers northwest from Kathmandu on the lap of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. Around Manaslu Trek offers an opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains such as Himal Chuli (7,893m), Annapurna range, Shringi (7,187m) Ngadi Chuli (7,871m) and Ganesh Himal.

Manaslu Base camp with larke pass trek or Around Manaslu Trek became very famous after the trial opened for foreign nationals in 1991 AD. The Manaslu Himalayan ranges are a source of the Budi Gandaki River.

Along the Manaslu circuit trek journey Lho village, Sama Gaun and Samdo village are the most culturally famous to make short side trips and in the meantime, you will have incredible views of Manaslu ranges.

You can hike to Manaslu base camp passing Pungyen Monastery, you can see an impressive view of Mt. Manaslu glacier and Himalchuli with Birendra Lake. Furthermore, there are some pristine lakes (Dud Kunda Lake) along the Larke la pass.

Watching these Himalayan ranges and descend to Beautiful village of Bhimthang and Dharapani where you met the main Annapurna trekking trail. Around Manaslu Trek can be done any time (except winter) throughout the year.

Why people choose the Manaslu circuit trek?

The best around Manaslu Trek or Manaslu circuit trekking is moderately adventure trek combines with the great scenery of Tallest Manaslu family, beautiful landscapes and Tibetan Buddhism Cultural and Natural heritages starting from 800 m low elevation to 5200 meters with relatively short distances at a more relaxed pace.

Mount Manaslu trek offers comfortable accommodation along the trek run by the local inhabitants. Manaslu trek begins from Arughat and it includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guides and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.

Manaslu circuit trek highlights and Himalayan Sights

Magic Manaslu is the 8 highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet) including Manaslu north, Manaslu south, Manaslu central above sea level. It is located in the Manslu Himal, Himchuli 6441m, Shringi Himal, Himlung Himal, Samdo peak, Lamjung Himal 6931m. Walk to Tibet border or explore the old monasteries, unique culture, and tradition in Tibetan Buddhism. get your guide for exploring the best flora and faunas along the route.

Manaslu circuit trek difficulty or Manaslu larke pass trek difficulty

The Manaslu circuit trek or Manaslu panorama trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for moderate adventure trekking around 5000 meter high altitude experience. As it is a moderate trek route in Nepal, you do not need mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 daily, you can complete Manaslu circuit.

However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart from your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

Nepal Manaslu circuit trek covers

Arughat Bazaar – Philim – Samagaon – Samdo – adventure Larke la pass – Tilje – Dharapani – Besisahar

Best season to explore manaslu circuit trek

February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and early December.

Best Manaslu circuit trek itinerray outline

01 Day : Arrival in Kathmandu
02 Day : Trek preparation day in Kathmandu
03 Day : Drive to Soti Khola (775m/2,534 ft) 9 hours.
04 Day : Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2,943 ft) 5.30 hours.
05 Day : Trek to Jagat (1340m/4,382 ft) 6 hours.
06 Day : Trek to Ngyak phedi(2310m/7,554 ft) 6 hours.
07 Day : Trek to Ghap (2100m/6,867 ft) 7 hours.
08 Day : Trek to Lho (3200m/10,464 ft) 7 hours.
09 Day : Trek to Sama gompa (3500m/11,445 ft) 6 hours.
10 Day : Samagaon exploration day.
11 Day : Trek to Samdo (4500m/14,715 ft) 5 hours
12 Day : Cross Larkya La (5215m/17,053 ft) and trek Bhimthang (3590 m) 8 hours
13 Day : Trek to Tilje (3900m/12,753 ft) 5 hours.
14 Day : Trek to Dharapani and drive out to Besisahar & kathmandu.
15 Day : Drive out to kathmandu & departure to Kathmandu (TIA AIRPORT)

Manaslu circuit trek itinerary details

Special Manaslu circuit trek is equally popular as around Manaslu trek is a classical trek 14 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular trek route is designing for world travelers who wish to hike in Around Manaslu within a relax manner than try this special itinerary. However, if this itinerary doesn’t suit you then email us for tailor-made itinerary.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 02: Kathmandu city guided tour – World heritage sightseeing, 6 hours.

After breakfast, we start a guided tour to the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are landmarks as World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu city with our professional tour guide. The day tour includes the historic Hanuman dhoka Durbar Square (or Basantapur Durbar square or Kathmandu durbar square), the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine Buddha Nath stupa. It is one of the largest Stupas of Nepal and one of the large stupa in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat. Drive further to Soti Khola (775m/2,534 feet), 9 hours

Your trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:00 am to pick you up; from there we have a 6-hour driving journey to Arughat. Reaching Arughat Bazaar (640m/2,093 feet), we follow the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. We pass the village of Morder and Simre, Arkhat to reach Soti khola. The complete drive from arughat to Soti Khola takes about 3 hours roughly.

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2,943 feet), 5.30 hours.

The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Labubesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River.

Day 05: Jagat trekking (1,340m/4,382 feet), 6 hours.

After crossing Machha River and Khola besi, there is a hot spring called “Tatopani”. The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked.

Day 06: Trek to Ngyak Phedi(2,310m/7,554 feet), 6 hours.

After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7177 m). we continue towards Sirish Gaon, Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls.

Day 07: Trek to Ghap (2,100m/6,867 feet), 7 hours.

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River – a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around.

Day 08: Trek to Lho (3,200m/10,464 feet), 7 hours.

After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7,774 m) and Manaslu (8,150 m) are visible from here. Tonight we fix the camp near a spring at Lho gaon – a small village.

Day 09: Sama gompa trek (3,500m/11,445 feet), 6 hours.

You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with a full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for a night halt.

Day 10: Samagaon half day hiking. Samdo trekking (3,850m/12,628 feet), 5 hours.

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air and also for a local excursion to visit Birendra lake. You might take a full day hiking excursion that takes roughly 8 hours to get Manaslu base camp and return to Sama Gaon. After lunch, we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement to Samdo. Here amid the most sever conditions of nature live some 200 in forty houses check-by-jowl.

Day 11: Samdo ridge hiking. Trek to Dharmasala (4,460m/14,630 feet), 5 hours.

We recommend you consider spending two nights in Samdo village. Use an extra day to explore the valley north of Samdo toward Tibet and the Gyala Bhanjyang pass. The official tourist map on the Samdo signpost labels show that this valley is “snow leopard area” and whether it is or not, it would make for an exciting samdo day hike.

In addition, we take a short walk of about 3 hours to reach Dharmasala. Hike up to the north from Dharamsala steep ridges toward the Fukang Danda is recommended in terms of magic mountain view. Dharamsala is really just a stone hut, pit toilet, and tent grounds. If you are lucky enough, you can see blue sheep, including a nice ram.

Day 12: Cross Larkya La (5,135m/16,843 ft) and trek Bimthang (3,590m/11,776 ft), 8 hours.

We first climb towards Cheo danda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed covered over the moraine and glacier up to Larke pass. Larke pass summit offers an excellent view of Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981 m) and the Annapurna II (7,937 m). Descending is more difficult rather than ascending as the trail is thin and steep. However, we walk over the landslide and old moraines towards Bimphedi. Bimthang is a great place of wide-open sandy ground.

Day 13: Tilje village trekking (3,900m/12,753 ft), 7 hours.

The route gets easier today. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through big tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje.

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani, Catch the local jeep to Besisahar, 2 hours walk, 5 hours drive.

Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Dharapani village. We catch a local jeep to Besi Sahar. The drive takes about five hours roughly.

Day 16: Overland drive to Kathmandu. Departure to airport

After breakfast, In the morning time, we drive back through the scenic countryside from Besisahar to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, take a rest at the Gokyo Treks office and we drop you to Kathmandu International Airport for your further journey.

How much does the Manaslu circuit trek cost?

Around Manaslu budget trek or around Manaslu lodge trek cost will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury Tent style trekking tour plan, 3-stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Manaslu circuit trek cost includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights Tourist standard twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu within Bed with Breakfast
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek days
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
  • Guest hose basis accommodation while you are on trekking days
  • Manaslu circuit special trek permits USD 70 per person per week
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and Manaslu conservation permits and their fees.
  • World heritage sites seeing with tour guide and transfer by private vehicle.
  • Local Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Arughat bazzar
  • Available local jeep (collection basis) transfer from Jagat to Besisahar.
  • Available Micro Bus (collection basis) transfer from Besisahar to kathmandu.
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Around manaslu trek cost excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above

We can organize private Manaslu circuit trek – manaslu circuit trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

Freequently Asked Questions

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flights details. Our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Around Manaslu standard trek?

Answer: Actually for Manaslu circuit trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trek, if you have about the little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Around Manaslu budget trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Manaslu circuit trek lodge?

Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Manaslu trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Manaslu circuit trek solo?

Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on around Manaslu express trekking?

Answer: During the Manaslu circuit trek route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Manaslu circuit trek?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Manaslu circuit treks?

Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Around Manaslu lodge trek?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry the maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls ?

Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

Nepal Manaslu circuit trek – Larkye Pass trek note:

The above itinerary Manaslu circuit trek is subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes Manaslu ciruit Trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.

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