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Feb 26, 2020

Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days Itinerary

14 Days Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. It takes you around the Manaslu conservation area and leads to a Stunning view of the eighth highest mountain in the world.

If you’ve already done it to the Annapurna circuit, this trek can be a great alternative. This is a 10 to 14-day trek that starts at Soti Khola and ends at Beshi Sahar and can be extended to 23 days with an additional side trek to the Tsum valley.

Highlight's of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Trek Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163m
  • Comparable to the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek
  • See four glaciers converging above amazing views to Lamjung Himal
  • Reach the highest point, Larkya La, at an elevation of 5,106 m
  • Explore the Tibetan village at Samagaon

14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking destination and famous for its solitary and untouched natural beauty. Manaslu  trek offers a peaceful and natural experience as the region experienced fewer visitors compared to other trekking routes.

Nepal is a paradise for all the adventure lovers that get their thrill from various trekking region. And this is a newly popular trekking trail.

This is a perfect getaway from the busy city lives. During the Manaslu trek, We will get the Splendid view of Mount. Manaslu, the eighth-highest Peak in the world. And, we get a chance to witness the rich local heritage, local lifestyle and biological diversity of the Manaslu region.

The highest point We will reach in this trek is the Larkya La Pass at 5106m. This pass is one of the most dramatic passes. So be ready for some real adventure.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins at  Sotikhola  and ends at Besisahar and we need a special trekking permit to trek all the way through the Manaslu  conservation area.

Overall, the 14 days Manaslu trek is a moderate level trekking which involves cultural,Local lifestyle, Tibetan village, historical and natural trek. With a little bit of preparation and average physical fitness, one can complete the trek successfully.

Outline Itinerary of  Manaslu Circuit Trek

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

Day 2: Soti Khola to Khorla Bensi (970m/ 3182ft) Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 3: Khorla Bensi to Philim (1590m/5217ft) Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 4: Philim to Ghab (2250m/7382ft) Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 5: Ghap to Lho (3180m/10433ft) Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 6: Lho to Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft) Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 7: Acclimatization Day at Samagaun

Day 8: Samagaun to Samdo (3875m/12713ft) Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 9: Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m/14698ft) Duration: 4-5 hours

Day 10: Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3720m/12205ft) via crossing Larkya la Pass (5,106m/16929ft) Duration: 8-9 hours.

Day 11: Bhimtang to Dharapani (1910m/6266ft)Duration 6-7 hours

Day 12: Bhimtang to Dharapani (1910m/6266ft)Duration 6-7 hours

Day 13: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu Duration: 7-9 hours.

Day 14: Transfer to International airport.

Accommodation in the Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu circuit trek is the popular teahouse trek and popular trekking destination in Nepal. Many hikers love to stay in the Teahouse as it is very convenient and easy. If we prefer to enjoy camping this is also possible in this region.

Trekking Permits:

Manaslu Trek is a restricted region. We will need a special restricted area permit, which can be issued by the local Travel company. We will also need ACAP and MCAP permit for the trek. For this trek minimum, two trekkers are compulsory.

Nepal’s Government has declared the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Dharapani) a restricted area to control tourism in the region. As a result, independent trekkers are not allowed in Manaslu and trekkers are subject to obtaining a special entry permit. Nepa government rules also state there must be a minimum of two trekkers in a group, accompanied by a local trekking guide. Additionally, your permit must be processed through a registered agency. Freelance guides cannot issue the necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit.

Permit Cost:

  • September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the day eighth onwards.
  • December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the day eighth onwards.

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

Welcome to Nepal! Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. If we have plenty of time then we will hang around Thamel and buy some necessary gears. There will be a welcome dinner and a short briefing about our trek in the evening.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (730m/2896ft) Duration: 6-8 hours

Today you will Be Driving in the Prithvi Highway; occident from Kathmandu, you will be exceeded by a beautiful river view of the Trishuli river. From Dhading Bensi, you will be driving to Arughat where the roads will be boisterous. After an early forenoon breakfast, we will be prelude our tour with a scenic drive to Arughat, ensuing to Soti Khola. Arughat being a huge settlement, it is aggregate on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. The next 2 hours’ drive will take you to Soti Khola. In the first few hours, you will reach Dhading Bensi which is the district headquarters of Dhading (1050meters). Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, small villages following the Budhi Gandaki river. Along the way you will see elegant mountain scenery resembling Mt. In this long drive, you will be stopping for multiple breaks and for lunch as well. You will stay in Sotikhola at Guesthouse. 

Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 3: Soti Khola to Khorla Bensi (970m/ 3182ft) Duration: 6-7 hours

Today you’ll be crossing the Soti Khola, you’ll sightseeing the spectacular waterfall, and you’ll have a gentle walk through beautiful sal forests towards Khorla besi which climbs onto a ridge above the huge rapids on the Budi Gandaki river. Across the Budhi Gandaki river on the towering hillside view with reminiscent of the Annapurna Circuit between Bahundanda and Syange. The trial goes and passes via rice terraces, then up and around the Himalayan with half-hour walk takes to Lapubesi. Hiking Ahead wide path opens and Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. For where you will have sop for lunch. neatly, you’ll also have a glimpse of Shringi Himal. The route continues down again to Nauli Khola over a long suspension bridge, eventually, the trail traverses beside three isolated chortens together, heralding the arrival in Machha Khola. you’ll continue the route following a serene and pleasant route through the lush landscape as you make your way up the picturesque Budhi Gandaki Valley. The path passes Woods, fertile fields, tributary streams, and waterfalls and makes a brief climb to Lapu Besi and on to Khorlebesi. You will stay in Khorlabesi at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4: Khorla Bensi to Philim (1590m/5217ft) Duration: 6-7 hours

Today you’ll hike up to the ridge above Fast rapids in the Budhi Gandaki River and continuing to Korsani. Hike along Korsani path now gets a bit more challenging as you will climbs over a large rock and crosses a stream on a single log on the bridge, then leaves its way up and down again to the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. you’ll continue upward be steeping rocky trial to the Gurung village of Labishe. Crossing the trail of the village you’ll reach to Machha Khola. You trek through the narrow valley of Budhi Gandaki river and more cultivated than the previous day. The view of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal is just magnificent like nature’s gift. You will stay in Philim at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.

Day 5: Philim to Ghab (2250m/7382ft) Duration: 6-7 hours

Today your journey takes us further up the river along the valley of the Budhi Gandaki River. Today trail ahead will be much less steeply. You’ll hike towards Chisapani which is 45 minutes' walk from Philim where the path turns towards the north as. You can see traverses terraced fields of Ekle Bhatti,You;ll enters a steep George and descends grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees in the woods. After Crossing the Budhi Gandaki bridge, you will You’ll continue the route which makes its way up the western side Where the valley finally widens, offering you a pleasant walk through a bamboo forest to Deng. With all your excitement you’ll climb all the way to Bihi Phedi, crossing the Sringi Khola, heading towards the west up of the Budhi Gandaki valley, climbing steeply and traverse with more ups and downs in forests, you’ll be passing an occasional mani walls, then contours to Ghap Finally. The mani wall in Ghap has particularly elegant carvings. Culture, lifestyle and Houses are completely are alike Tibetan. You will stay in Ghap at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 6: Ghap to Lho (3180m/10433ft) Duration: 5-6 hours

After a Breakfast, Today Your destination trail passes beneath a large overhanging rock mountains, passing the Budhi Gandaki, you’ll pass through tree streams in a forest where you can see big firs alive with birds, including the Danphe or imply a pheasant – Nepal's national bird, a tribe of grey langur monkey, Hiking up through deep forest of fir, rhododendron, and bamboo and enters Namrung through a stone archway. Namrung has a picturesque stretch of buildings From Namrung, you will head towards upper Nupri- the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan. With long days awaits for you, you’ll climb past a mani wall, then continue up through forest of firs, rhododendrons, and oaks, passe through a stone orch and enter Lihi-exhibit the unusual architecture of this region. you’ll be blessed with spectacular Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu North (7,157m), and Naike Peak(5,515m), which appears at the head of this valley. Its trial towards Lho climbs past a small stream to Lho. Lho is a big village with a Gompa, a rough stone archway at the entrance and a Tibetan-style chorten and huge mani wall. You will stay in Lho at guesthouse.  

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 7: Lho to Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft) Duration: 5-6 hours

Today You’ll be enjoying the surprising survey of the many  Himalayas on the passage. You will be excessively the torpidness gate and a long mani testicle bailey of the clachan as you will get to see the Ngadi Chuli; Peak 25,823ft (7,879m), HiunChuli (7,893m) forth of us in Shyala village. From Shyala, the passing takes you up and easily after down to the affluent that originates from the glacier of Pungyen. Following the side moraine of the Pungyen glacier, you vanish through many chortens and monasteries with enormous prayer compass. The walking gradually increases and becomes challenging as you cross the crest and trek in and out of the gulch of Thosang Khola. Descending down into a rock-strewn moraine across the defense, you emerge into an edge that examines the widespread fields of Samagaon. You will stay in Samagaon at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 8: Acclimatization Day at Samagaun

Today you will acclimatize at Samagaon to adjust to the thin air as you are in a higher elevation. You will not stay idle but will explore this village of Buddhist culture. You will be noticing the lifestyles of the locals and experiencing their Tibetan culture. Additionally, you have other explorations planned as well. The one options include hike to the Manaslu Base Camp or continue to Birendra Lake and then climb the ridge to Pungyen Monastery. The monastery is in the south of Samagaon which is about three hours’ hike. It is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu and gives you a tremendous view of the glaciers. Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at 3,450m where ice blocks tumble into the lake with thunder displays. You will stay in Samagaon at Guesthouse.

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 9: Samagaun to Samdo (3875m/12713ft) Duration: 4-5 hours

Today's trek is comparatively more interesting and pleasant. You will be passing the pasture areas and ascending to the valley. The trail leads us to forests with juniper and birch where you enjoy the beauty of nature. As you reach down the Budhi Gandaki river, you will be passing the wooden bridge over it and climb up steeply across the river. you will be getting an amazing view of the mountains, especially Mount Manaslu as you will be reaching Samdo, which is a Tibetan refugee village. Upon reaching Samdo, you will also explore the village and the surrounding hills. You will stay in Samdo at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.

Day 10: Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m/14698ft) Duration: 4-5 hours

Today's exciting day ahead, you will walk down the edge through fields and old mani walls, crossing the wooden bridge over the Budhi Ganadaki River. You will begin walking upward of the valley. you will be noticing the mani walls and the prayer flags hung on the route, signifying the closeness of the Larkya La Pass. After crossing two streams, You will witness the Larkya Glacier which is unquestionably magnificent. You will enjoy the view, you will further trek around the valley of Salkha Khola and climb up again reaching the stone Tea house (4,450m). The stone Tea house is not a lodge but it is a kind of shelter better known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi. Today’s day would be a gratifying day as you will get an amazing view of the Larkya Glacier and the amazing view of  Manaslu on a great angle. The very short trek today gives you plenty of time later onwards to acclimatize and relax. You will stay in Dharmaslaa at Guesthouse/Tent. 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 11: Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3720m/12205ft) via crossing Larkya la Pass (5,106m/16929ft) Duration: 8-9 hours.

Today's the exciting part of the journey awaits for you, as you will be trekking around the Manaslu circuit crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,106m). After early morning breakfast, you will leave Dharamsala as it will be a whole day trek. The weather being the most important factor, it will decide if the trek becomes more challenging as strong winds and a storm could possibly occur. You will being by crossing the moraine, descending down to a small lake. The path begins to be rough and unclear as you have to cross the south of steep grassy slope. Your trek route stays on the moraine to an edge which is marked by two landmarks. The prayer flags mark that the route is visible so that you can continue walking. Carefully trekking ahead, you will descend to four frozen lakes then finally climbing a steep trail to the pass. The four frozen lakes look undeniably striking. From the Larkya pass, you get outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and the great Annapurna II. As you live in the moment and admire the beauty of nature, the trail takes us to the top of the moraine, heading to the west and making steep, rough bends. You will further cross the moraine then descend gently to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. As you have descended, the trail becomes easier to walk in and then you reach a small meadow. This valley begins to widen as you near the large meadow, mani walls and small houses that indicate we have reached Bhimthang. You will stay in Bhimthang at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner Included.

Day 12: Bhimtang to Dharapani (1910m/6266ft)Duration 6-7 hours

Todays Your last day trek destination will be Dharapani, From Bimtang after a hearty breakfast, you’ll head towards trail passing over the side of the moraine and descend to the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, and crosses a suspension bridge, then into pine and rhododendron woods to Hompuk (3,430m) with a rock shelter. You can see the rhododendron's unique appearance in a wide range of colors, sheep, horses and monkeys fill the forest. The panoramic view of Phungi, Mount Manaslu, Manaslu north peak, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal, are clearly visible on your ways. You’ll descend downhill for 30 minutes in the forested area to reach the meadow of Sangore Kharka. Then You’ll be passing a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags making the environmental view like paradise. You will again make a descent towards the river bank at Gho(2,575m). The Trail continues down with a few ups, mostly through fields, but also through some dense pine forest. Less than an hour walk through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak you’ll arrive at Tilije, a very Tibetan and mixed of an ethnic community settlement. After having little bit of taste of Tilije, you will again continue your trek via village through a stone arch, crossing the Dudh Khola and following along its embankment you’ll be descending through the scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally, the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. crossing through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, you’ll finally arrive where Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. You will stay in Dharapani at Guesthouse. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included.

Day 13: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu Duration: 7-9 hours.

Today you will be on the road the whole day. After early morning breakfast, you will leave from Dharapani to Besishar on a local jeep or a bus which will approximately take about Three to Four hours. The drive will be scenic as you will pass many villages, Marsyangdi river, bhulbhule town a Khudi. According to the schedule, you should be reaching Besisahar at least before 4 pm so that you can catch the last bus to Kathmandu. In case the time is not favorable with us, We will have to extend a day in the itinerary. After catching a bus that takes us back to Kathmandu, you will be getting the sight of the Marsyangdi river meeting the Trishuli river as you head west in the Prithivi Highway. The drive has many beautiful and natural scenery that pleases our eyes with terraced lands a last few glimpses of the peaks. You will stay in Kathmandu at the Hotel. 

Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Day 14: Transfer to International airport.

Our adventurous 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.

Conclusion,

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a classical adventure trek to the less crowded region of Nepal, offers a great opportunity to get along the mountain scenery, beautiful landscapes, spring, river falls and jungle. Takes you around Manaslu Region, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).

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