Manaslu Circuit Trekking

About Trip:

Join an adventure to this fantastic journey in the remote cultural villages learning about the typical lifestyle and their archaic traditional practice while enjoying a beautiful walk through lush vegetation, ancient monasteries, arid valleys and gorgeous mountain sights. Manaslu region was opened for foreigners in 1992 and Tsum Valley was opened in 2008. And since then, combination of Manaslu Larkya Pass and Tsum Valley has been the favorite route with aperfect blend of culture and adventure. Besides wandering around the colorful villages, beautiful waterfalls & lakes, lush vegetation, long mani walls, chortens, monasteries and natural hot-spring — this trip provides an ultimate thrill of high elevation passes and socio-economic aspects of the local lifestyle of people. This two week gateway to Himalayas is perfect for culture hunter with a touch of adventure.


Highligts:

  • Restricted for foreigners — Manaslu area until 1992 and Tsum Valley until 2008
  • Awesome view of world 8th highest – Manaslu (8163m) and other peaks
  • Adventurous Larkya La pass (5160m / 16929 ft)
  • Beautiful stone hut villages, mixed landscapes and vegetation on trails
  • Isolated lifestyle of typical high elevation local people and their culture
  • Visit Manaslu Base Camp and Dipendra Tal
  • Several old authentic Buddhist monasteries along with Mu Gompa
  • Beautiful Walk through Pine and Rhododendron Forest

Trip Fact

  • Trip Name: Manaslu Circuit Trekking
  • Trip Code: MANASLU-HSK3FG
  • Country: Nepal
  • Type: Private Tour,Multi-day Tour
  • Activities: HIKING AND WALKING ,ADVENTURE TRAVEL
  • Starting Point: Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Ending Point: Hotel in Kathmandu

Trip Grade
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What to expect ?

Travelers can expect a fine adventurous walk in the highlands of Himalayas where the magnificent views of the mighty Manaslu (world's 8th highest) along with array of more than thirty peaks ranging from 6000m to 8000m in eye-level from scenic view-points while passing through the beautiful villages and authentic Buddhist monasteries. It is a life time opportunity to quench a thirst of adventure for any thrill seekers and we assure that there is no place for any disappointment.

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m / 2394 ft)

We spent our first day on the long drive in both well paved and bumpy roads to Soti Khola. It is an interesting transfer to trek starting point with scenic glimpse of forested mid hills, rafting river and dirt road with beautiful sight of mountains. You will be picked up at your hotel at scheduled time in the morning and we begin our adventure.

Drive: 8 - 9 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 2: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m / 3051 ft)

Today is our first day walk and we start easy with a gradual ascend through Sal forest and terraced ridges. Our journey continues through beautiful waterfalls and paddy fields, before crossing the suspension bridge at Nauli waterfalls to enter our destination “Machha Khola’ which literally means “Fish River”.

Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 3: Trek from Machha Khola to Doban (1070m / 3510 ft)

Now we can feel the trail and the wind and your legs. We start our walk following the river going little up and down and cross the river to climb to reach Khorlabesi village. After a short walk through the lush narrow gorge, we arrive at natural hotspring of “Tatopani”. And we begin to climb through the ridge; cross Budhi Gandaki river on long suspension bridge and arrive at Dobhan where spent the night.

Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 4: Trek from Dobhan to Philim (1570m / 5151 ft)

We have beautiful walk today entering the restricted region of Manaslu at Jagat with wide view of mountain peaks and gorgeous valley. Crossing several suspension bridges along the way, the trails passes through small chortens and gompas and buddhist villages providing a sight of remote lifestyle of local people. Our destination is small beautiful Gurung village called Phillim surrounded by millet fields.

Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 5: Trek from Philim to Deng (1804m / 5918 ft)

Continuing alongside the millet field, we enter a steep gorge and descend towards the Budhi Gandaki river. After some uphill and downhill, the valley starts to appear and widens as the route passes through the bamboo forest towards the Deng river, and we cross it to reach small settlement of Deng.

Walk: 5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 6: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m /8628 ft)

We cross the Budhi Gandaki river and climb through a forest while passing mani walls and chortens towards Ghap village. We cross Budhi Gandaki river multiple times throughout the day and also get a chance to witness the majestic view of Siringi Himal and Ganesh Himal. There are several Buddhist gompas along the way towards our destination Namrung village. 

Walk: 6 - 7 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 7: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3530m / 11581 ft)

The trail begin in the morning passing stone gate, mani prayers walls and many chortens with a beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu and several others. We continue to follow the moraine of the glaciers to arrive at small settlements of Lho people. We cross small settlement of Sho, Lho and Shayala village to reach our destination Sama Gaon. We stay one more night to acclimatize ourselves in Sama Gaon.

Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 8: Rest and Excursion day at Sama Gaon

Sama Gaon has several nearby attractions offering majestic view of the lakes, valley and Manaslu range. We shall visit Birendra Lake and Manalsu Base Camp which is very near to Tibet border and offers a fantastic view.

Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 9: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3875m / 12713 ft)

We start our morning with an quick ascend towards the terraced hills watching the mountain closely again. Enjoying the steady wall passing through mani walls, the valley starts to widen to enter the junifer forests. We cross Budhi Gandaki one more time on a wooden bridge and make final steep climb and shortly after arrive at remote village of Samdo.

Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m / 14633 ft)

We are now almost ready to cross 5130m at Larkya La. Today, we walk slowly to have our lunch camp at Dharmasala, also known as Larkya Phedi. 

Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 11: Cross Larkya la pass (5160m / 16929 ft) and descend to Bhimtang (3590m / 11778 ft)

Today is the day! We wake up early and begin to climb before dawn towards the steep uphill. We continue to climb with a single pace, with rest and there is something magical waiting for you at the top of Larky La Pass. The panorama of magnificent Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas is breathtaking. We take a break at the top and slowly descend for next four hours through steep moraines to find our way to rest at Bhimtang village. 

Walk: 8 – 9 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 12: Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje (2300m / 7545 ft)

Take it easy! You may be little tired but the route gets easier now. There is still a little climb but there is a beautiful rhododendron forest downhill walk towards our next destination at Tilje village. Now we are 1.5 hours away to meet the Annapurna Circuit Trail at Dharapani.

Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 13: Trek from Tilje to Dharapani (1860m / 6102 ft ) and drive to Besisahar (760m / 2493 ft)

Today is a short walk to Dharapani where we check our Manaslu and Annapurna permits and take a bumpy drive to Besisahar. It is the last adventure left on this route. It takes around four hours drive in the beautiful countryside road with sight of waterfalls and Marsyangdi river. We check into our last teahouse at Besisahar and enjoy a celebration dinner.

Walk: 1.5 hrs | Drive: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 14: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu

Time To Go Back From Where We Start! We start our drive to Kathmandu after the breakfast. On arrival to Kathmandu, we will have another farewell and celebration dinner in the evening where we exchange our travel experience while enjoying the cultural show (or the next day if you feel tired and to be with yourself). 

Drive: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D


Cost Details

Price Include:
  • All Arrival and Departure Airport Transfer
  • Experienced License Holder Guide, Carrying Staffs, Assistant Guide, Support Staff, Sherpa including their salary, accommodation, transportation, food, flight and insurance
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee and seasonal fruits (as mentioned in itinerary)
  • Best suited local teahouse and tents accommodation (private or shared basis)
  • All Grounded Transportation while trekking (Private Vehicle)
  • All Necessary Local and Restricted Area Permit
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit (bring your personal medication, if have any)
  • Complimentary Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket (if you don’t have any; return after use)
  • Trekking Map and Adventure Certificate
  • All applicable fees, local taxes and government taxes
Price Exclude
  • International Flight Fare /Nepal Visa Fee
  • Meals, Drinks and Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All Drinks expenses (Water/ Soft & Hard/ Beer/Juice) during trekking
  • Personal Expenses like Phone Calls, Laundry, Battery Charging, Shopping, Hot Shower, Internet Use, Additional Carryin Staff Support etc
  • Tips of Gratitude for Crew Members
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
  • Cost arises due obstruction and delay on the programmed itinerary due natural, social & political causes (reason beyond control)
  • Unforeseen accidents, Delays, Loss, Damage, Travel Insurance
  • Any other items besides mentioned in Service Provided Section

Additional Services

  • LOCKERS / STORAGE

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Trip Notes

Mandatory TRAVEL INSURANCE above 2500m/8202ft

ANY kinds of Insurance Plan i.e. Travel Insurance or Health Insurance or any other kinds of assurance of guarantee of compensation is HIGHLY RECOMMENED for any unforeseen mishaps during travelling to reduce the possibility of heavy or sometime shocking expenses. It is best to buy the Insurance which could normally covers any Kinds of Sickness, Injury or Death, Medical Expense Coverage upto +5500m, Emergency Evacuation Coverage (for emergency evacuation expenses like helicopter rescue, airlifts and medically equipped air-transport), Adventure/Hazardous Sports extending the medical coverage.

 

What about the physical fitness and prior experience?

No matter what it is always to be physically fit. If there are any prior health-issues then you should tell us before the trip otherwise you don’t need to have a perfect fitness level and prior experience for chasing your dream trip. A normal day is 5 – 6 hours of walking and even up to 7-8 hours on some day in high elevation. We arrange our trip to suite the average standard traveler with average (or No) fitness or experience with additional rest & acclimatization days, and building their confidence, monitoring the progress and precautions for high attitude sickness. Just don’t think too much about it. Let go the worries and slowly & steady will wins the race!

 

What to Eat and Where to Sleep during trekking?

We know that you would not expect fancy or luxurious accommodation during the trekking as most of them are just basic sleeping arrangement with basic amenities & facilities. Meals are served on these teahouses and as the elevation rises the number of items of food can be limited without many varieties. 

 

What gears and equipment do you need?

Walking Boots (rainproof with ankle support and spare laces)

Lightweight Rubber Shoes/ Sandals

Medium Sized Rucksack and Daypack for personal items

Warm Socks (4 to 5)

Long Hiking Trousers (3)

Long Sleeve Shirt (3 to 4)

Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1)

Wind/Rain Protection Jacket (light wind-stopper)

Double Layered Gloves (warm and water-proof)

Thermal Underwear (Lower and Upper Body)

Umbrella or Rain Poncho (1)

Warm Hat (cover both ears)

Neck Scarf or Bandana (useful for sun or dust)

Chapstick/ LipCare and Suncream (UV protected)

UV protected sunglasses

Flashlight (w/ spare batteries)

Quick Drying Towel (1)

Down Jacket (1)

Sleeping Bag (1)

Trekking poles (optional)

Gaiters (optional)

Water Bottle, Water Filter or Purification Tables

Water Purifying Tablets

Personal medical supplies (if have any)


SAFETY CONCERN and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Uncertain factors like changeable weather conditions, health condition of a group member, breakdown, possible strikes, unforeseen natural disasters etc can contribute slight changes in the given itinerary. Higher the altitude, lesser the oxygen in the air and our body constantly needs to adapt the less-oxygen environment as the trails ascend. Some of the quick symptoms include headache, loss of appetite, dizziness, vomiting, loss of balance etc and needed a swift attention. Drinking plenty of fluids (2-3 liters of water/hot fluid per day), avoiding caffeine & nicotine, adequate rest & sleep, gradual gain of elevation are basic things we consider to prevent altitude sickness. Safety is the major concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. During those circumstances, we try to ensure the best possible itinerary of the plan but we shall also request you to be bit flexible to run it smoothly.

 

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