Manaslu Circuit Trek

18 DAYS
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The Manaslu Trek is one of the best trekking routes recently. More and more tourists are interested going this region because of less crowed and less trekkers. This combination includes 14th 8000m peaks & many panoramic view of Mountain.  Recently many tea houses are available so worry about the lodge and food. Around Manaslu Trek usually requires 5-6 hours of walking everyday and some days even up to 8-10 hours- such as in high passes. So we will be able to walk in physically demanding high-altitude conditions and remote areas for many days for hours at a time. To join the Manaslu Circuit and to complete it successfully and enjoyably, we must have: lots of willpower, ability to tolerate harsh conditions, very high level of fitness and good health.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is more or less regarded as a remote and unspoiled trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu; placed east of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The name Manaslu refers "The Spirit-Mountain”. According to the local language, it refers to be the generous and strong deity that dwells within. This trek roughly circles the world’s eighth highest mountain Manaslu (8,163 m); thus, becoming popular trekking trail for the travelers as other famous trekking trails like Everest, Annapurna ,Langtang and so on. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1992, hence, has been open to organized trekking parties only.

Manaslu Larke (Larkye) La Pass (5,106 m) is a challenging and sheer pass and it is among the most chosen trekking destinations. Trekkers can experience some special dialects, as it is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The remote trails offer the perfect combination of rich cultural heritage and incomparable Himalayan beauty. Furthermore, the trail passes through the subtropical foothills of the Himalaya to the parched high Himalayan and to pastures bordering Tibet. Relatively few trekkers take this trek that is why; the environment is tranquil and still pristine with a true natural flavor. So if you love nature and also long for easy and amazing trekking, this is definitely worth your time.

As this trek is quite different to other regions it is expected that this trekking trail will be one of the most popular trekking trails very soon. According to the recent survey of 2012, it has shown that the largest number of tourists made their trip to this region. It is getting its popularity for its range of scenery, cultural variety, and it fledging lodges. Trekker with enough time can include Tsum valley area with fewer trekkers, it has remained intact and unchanged for centuries.

The best time for Manaslu Circuit trek is from March to May and last week in September to mid-December.  Whereas October is the busiest season, during this time, the sky is blue and view of the snow Peak Mountains are flawless and the weather is neither excessively hot nor excessively frosty. In addition, if you are planning a trip during any other month you will encounter few trekkers. If you are planning a trek in winter, Larkya La Pass will be shut by snow, so you can’t go to Manaslu Base Camp and the Tibetan Boarder.

Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Arughat Bazaar and follows the impressive Budi Gandaki River north to the village of Deng. Although firstly it is quite wide, the river valley soon narrows and we find ourselves walking high above the river on spectacular paths. As we trek northwards the valley opens up again to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan style villages; cluster below Manaslu's dramatic north face. We trek through these villages, with rows of prayer wheels and mani stones. Eventually, we reach Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From here we head west across the Larkya La (5213m), a classic route linking the Budi Gandaki and the Marsyangdi. The descent takes us through the beautiful alpine meadows at Bimthang; before we join the main Annapurna Circuit route, back to the trailhead at Besisahar.

Regarded by many as Nepal’s best trek, the Manaslu circuit offers an Annapurna-like package of spectacular views, increasingly rugged scenery and a high pass crossing at Larkya-La(5100m) but without crowds and apple pies, However this is no walk in the park. In many places the walls of the Buri Gandaki valley are perpendicular, so there is a huge amount of extra climbing as you hike up and down over ridges or across Cliffside shelves the trail is rough and steep and in couple of places literally hangs on a bluff high above the river.

The trek is both geographically spectacular sand culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the upper Buri Gandaki, a region known as Nupri [the western mountains], are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1600s. In upper Nupri the speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. Nupri actually pair taxes to Tibet until about 1840 and there is still trade between Nupri and Tibet. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the Larkya la is one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the in the Himalaya.

Traditionally, most have attempted this trek from the village of Arughat, around 125km northwest of Kathmandu, but it was also possibly to start from the village of Barpak, over the Rupina la [4720m], or directly from Gorkha via Barpak and Laprak. However, with the extensive damage caused by the 2015 earthquakes, change may be required to the standard itinerary – it is essential to seek up-to-date information if planning to trek this route.

Before the disaster, the trek was broken down into the following stages,  beginning at Arughat. However, the earthquake caused massive damage to arughat and the roads linking the village to Gorkha and the Prithvi Highway.  The stages beyond Jagat are also reported to be badly damaged by landslides. Until reconstruction work is complete, it is not possible to say which overnight stops are still viable, and which sections are still trek able via the original route.  Check the status of trials and accommodation for all stops before attempting to trek in this region.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, after completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will pick you up from airport and transfer to hotel. Depending on time if we have enough time we will hang around thamel and buy some necessary gears. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner and short briefing.

Day 02: Kathmandu drive to Gorkha Arughat by bus 6-7hrs

Kathmandu to Gorkha by drive 6-7hrs, we have to public bus or by car take to lunch on the way and break off. Overnight  Arughat.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Arughat trek to Soti Khola (3½-4hrs. 220m ascent, 110m descent)

Before the quake, it was possible to travel from Arughat to Soti Khola by bus and most trekkers stopped here for the night before trekking on the next morning; however, this will depend on the status of the road and lodges in Soti Khola.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4:Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola 5hrs, 30Om ascent, 100m decent

The trek starts on a mule track and climb on perilous steps blasted into a cliff face, before dropping to lyabrubesi (880m). Continue to Nauli Khola and a suspension bridge, then follow the Buri (Bush) Gandaki river to Machha khola(900m), where many trekkers were rescued after the 25 April quake. Reports suggest that in future, the trek may be rerouted away from the river to an alternative overnight stop in kashi Gaun on the east side of the river.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Machha Khola trek to Jagat (6-7hrs. 730m ascent, 100m descent)

For Day 3, the original route follows the river to khorlabesi and the warm spring at Tatopani (930m), continuing on the eastern bark of the Buri Gandaki to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar (1370m), The trail crosses back and ferth across the river on suspension bridges to reach the entry gateway for the Manaslu conservation Area and Jagat (1410m), with its flagstone village square. There's a conservative area office here where restricted area permits are checked. If the trek is rerouted,  day 3 may involve following a high path on the east side of the river before dropping to meet the old trail near Doban

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6:Jagat trek to Deng 6-7hrs. 550m ascent. 80m descent

Above Jagat, the trail climbs to Salleri and Sirdibas, where most house were destroyed before reaching Philim, which escaped with minor damage. The terrain becomes increasingly arid as the trai snakes past waterfalls to reach Ekle Bhatti then the turnoff to Lokpa on the trail to the Tsum Valley. Climb above the confluence of the Buri Gandaki and Shar khola to pewa and then Deng (1860m), which lost a number of house to the quake.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Deng trek to Ghap 3-4hrs, 420m ascent, 120m descent.

Ghap, the destination for Day 5, was severely damaged and an alternative overnight stop may be required. From Deng, the trail passes a side trail to the stun-carving village of Bhi, sadly ravaged by the earthquake, before reaching Bhijam, still tracing the route of the Buri Gandaki. A side trail runs from Bhijam to the Buddhist village of Prok, but many buildings here were destroyed, including the monastery. Eventually, the trail drops Ghap(211om), but many lodges were damaged here and there were landslides around the village, damaging paths.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Ghap trek to Namrung 2½-3hrs, 680m ascent, 120m descent.

Day six climb above the tom (tum) Khola to Longa Chuta and then enters an enchanting forest of fir and rhododendron full of birds and Langur monkeys on the north bank of the Buri Gandaki. Cross back to the southern bank to reach Namrung(2660m), a former customs post in the days of the salt rout to Tibet. Many buildings here were badly damaged by the earthquake and it is not clear which lodges have survived 2016, and now already same like before.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Namrung Trek to Lho 3½-4½hrs, 610m ascent, 90m descent

Beyond Namrung the trek enters upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and most people dress chubas, the Tibetan-style wraparound cloak. Climb past barley fields with watchtowers for bears, through Barsam and Lihi, where most houses wre severely damaged. Above Lihi, the trail passes turn-offs to naseries of local gompas and to the base camp for ascents of Himalchuli (7893m), before reaching Sho(2960m), also damage3d by the quake. Views became increasingly epic as Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m) appear at the head of the valley. Its short walk on to Shrip and finally Lho (3180m), which saw damage to its large and busy Ribum Gompa, as well as to lodges and houses.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Lho trek to Sama Gaun 3-4hrs, 570m ascent, 220m descent

Destruction follow the trail to Shyaula (5320m), where most buildings were damaged, including the Gompa. Continue across a series of valleys passing trails to more rural Gompas, to reach Sama Gaun(3530m) also known as Samagaun. Many buildings collapsed here and it was not clear at the time of writing which lodges, if any where still operational. There are several interesting monasteries in and round the village, showing varying levels of damage from earthquake 2015.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Acclimatisation day in Sama

The altitude gain requires one or even two rest days in Sama. Most spent the time exploring the bGompa at Pugyen(4070m), a day  hike via a side trail braching off halfway between Syaula and Sama. It is possible to continue up this valley to the moraine of the Pugyen glacier. Other options include trips to yhe lake at Birendra Tal (3450m) and the challenging clim onwards to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m).  North of Birendra Tal , Milarepa's Cave was said to have been used as a meditation retreat by the Budhhist saint, but you'll need together your guide to easy find it.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Sama trek to Samdo 2-3hrs, 340m ascent

The trail onwards drops back to thr Buri Gandaki, Passing the turn off to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp.  The valley widens as you reach Kermo Khadka, but it’s a long walk to reach white kani (Getway) marking the entrance to Samdo (3860m). Many buildings here were badly damaged; assuming it is possible to stops here, you'll have time to walk to the peak above the village foe grandstand views of Manaslu.if you feel like another acclimation day, a rewarding six to seven hour hike climb 640m to moraine of the Fukang Glacier, with sweeping views towards the passes used by locals to cross into Tibet (closed to foreigners).

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Samdo trek to Dharmasala 2½ hrs, 630 ascents

 This short day descents through fields before starting the climb towards the Larkya-La. There are etunning views of the Manaslu and Syacha glacier, and a chance of sporting blue sheep, as you climb to reach Dharmashala (4480m), as high as you can go for the day without risking acclimatization problems. This is the only shelter before the pass and it's not known if the lone tea house survived the quake. This section of the trek is prone to snowfall and the Samdo Lodge is useally closed from mid-December to mid-March, when snow blocks the Larkya-La. Check in advance before trekking up from Samdo.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Dharmasha trek to Bimtang 7-9hrs, 810m ascent, 1570m descent.

 It takes three to five hours to cross the Lakya-La (5100m) the high point on this trek. The ascent is cold and windy and the crossing can be danbgerous if there is snow on the pass. Check the status of the crossing before leaving Samdo. The trail to the pass is marked by cairns but is indistinct and hard to follow after snow. Follow the moraine to four frozen lakes, then ascend to the pass itself with group for a show stopping line-up of peaks: Himlung Himal(7126m), Cheo Himal(6820m), Gyaji Kung(7030m), Kang Guru(6981m) and Annapurna II(7937m). Descend to the west over treacherously slippery scree to reach Taubuche, where the trail becomes easier. As the valley widens, the trail drop in to Bimtang(3720m), once of major trading post on the Tibetan salt route, where many trekkers gathered for safety after 25 April earthquake. An interesting side trek follows a trail above Bimtang to the crystal-clear glacial lake of Pungkar Tal(4100m).

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Bimtang trek to Gho 4-5hrs, 1160m Descent

The descent begins in earnest on day 15, so we have to make the most of the scenery in the morning before heading down to the Dudh Khola and Soti Khola(2700m) also known as Khare, beneath the looming mass of Phunki Peak(6258m). Follow a sweeping arc off the ridge down to the river bank and the village of Gho.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Gho trek to Dharapani 4-5hrs, 640m descents

The landscape gets greener as you drop through fields and forests follow the north bank of the Dudh Khola to Tilche(2300m) the first real village after Samdo. This flag stone-paved village is home to many of them Gurung cast peoples. Leave Tilche via the kani at the end of the village, then cross the stream to reach Thonje. Continue to Dharapani(1920m) by crossing a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river. We have to know connected with the Annapurna Circuit trek and can enjoy creature comforts for the final descent to Bensi Sahar and on to Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Dharapani by Jeep to  Bensi Sahar 4-5hrs, 390m ascent, 1530m descent

Dharapani has Jeep connections to Bensisahar, almost over this during the trek, and unforgettable memory of your life time and also as same day we will find to the Bensisahar to Kathmandu Bus. Overnight in Kathmandu happy hour dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: International departure homeward bound.

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. Included meals: Breakfast

Price: $1605
Duration
Duration
18 days
Season
Season
Autumn and Spring
Region
Region
Manaslu Region
Grade
Grade
Moderate
Altitude
Altitude
5135m
Walking
Walking
Accommodation
Accommodation
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