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Manaslu Circuit Trek
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"The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking routes recently. More and more tourists are interested in going to this region because of the less crowded and fewer trekkers."

Manaslu Circuit Trek usually requires 5-6 hours of walking every day and some days even up to 8-10 hours- such as in high passes. This combination includes 14th 8000m peaks & many panoramic views of Mountain. So, walking on a high altitude is physically challenging, to join the Manaslu Circuit and to complete it successfully, we must have lots of willpower, ability to tolerate harsh conditions and very high level of fitness and good health. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek is regarded as an unspoiled trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu itself. The name Manaslu refers to "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 Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) and has begun to be popular trekking trail for the travelers as other famous trekking trails like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and so on.

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 get to learn some special dialects, as it is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The 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 very 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 want to spend long and amazing trekking, this is definitely worth your time.

As Manaslu Circuit Trek 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. This trek is getting popular for its range of scenery, cultural variety, and it fledging lodges. Trekkers with enough time can include the 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 from mid-September to December. Whereas October is considered as 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 season 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 starts 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 tend to walk 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 village in the region. From here we move towards the 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 Budi 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 a couple of places literally hangs on a bluff high above the river.

The trek is both culturally and geographically fascinating. The inhabitants of the upper Budi 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 pairs 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 Himalaya.

Traditionally, most have attempted this trek from the village of Arughat, around 125km northwest of Kathmandu, but it was also possible 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 aright 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 trekked able via the original route.  Check the status of trials and accommodation for all stops before attempting to trek in this region. 


Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek


  • Eight highest Peak in the world 8,163m from sea level.
  • Spectacular views, increasingly rugged scenery and a high pass crossing at Larkya-La(5100m)
  • The trekking begins from Arughat Bazaar and follows the impressive Budi Gandaki River north to the village of Deng.
  • Trekkers take this trek that is why; the environment is tranquil and still pristine with a true natural flavor.
  • Walking through the tropical green hills covered with pine trees and oak forest at the beginning of the trek.
  • The unique culture blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people.

Itinerary

  • One night.
  • 3-star Hotel
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.
  • 6 to 7 hours.
  • Guest House
Kathmandu to Soti Khola by drive 6-7hrs, we have to a public bus or by car take to lunch on the way and break off. Overnight at Soti Khola. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.
  • 5 to 6 hours.
  • Guest House
The trek starts on a mule track and climbs on perilous steps blasted into a cliff face, before dropping to Lapubesi (880m). Continue to Nauli Khola and a suspension bridge, then follow the Budi 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.
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Guest House
For Day 5, the original route follows the river to Khorlabesi and the warm spring at Tatopani (930m), continuing on the eastern bark of the Budi Gandaki to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar (1370m), the trail crosses back and forth 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 conservation area office where restricted area permits are checked. If the trek is rerouted, day 5 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.
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Guest house
Above Jagat, the trail climbs to Salleri and Sirdibas, where most houses were destroyed before reaching Philim, which escaped with minor damage. The terrain becomes increasingly arid as the trail 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.
  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Guest House
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 the same like before. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.
  • 3 to 4 hours.
  • Guest House
Destruction follows 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 anywhere still operational. There are several interesting monasteries in and around the village, showing varying levels of damage from earthquake 2015. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.
  • One day.
  • Guest House
The altitude gain requires one or even two rest days in Sama. Most spent the time exploring the gompa at Pugyen(4070m), a day hike via a side trail branching off halfway between Syaula and Sama. It is possible to continue up this valley to the moraine of the Pugin glacier. Other options include trips to the lake at Birendra Tal (3450m) and the challenging climb 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 Buddhist saint, but you'll need together your guide to easily find it. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.
  • 3 to 4 hours.
  • Guest House
The trail onwards drops back to the Buri Gandaki, Passing the turnoff 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 (Getaway) 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 for 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.
  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Guest House
This short day descents through fields before starting the climb towards the Larkya-La. There are stunning 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 usually 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.
  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Guest House
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 dangerous 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 the snow. Follow the moraine to four frozen lakes, then ascend to the pass itself with the group for a showstopping 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 the treacherously slippery path to reach Taubuche, where the trail becomes easier. As the valley widens, the trail drop into Bimtang(3720m), one of a 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.
  • 4 to 5 hours.
  • Guest House
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. 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 flagstone-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.
  • 4 to 5 hours.
  • Guest House
Dharapani has Jeep connections to Bensisahar, almost over this during the trek, and unforgettable memory of your lifetime 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.
  • 25 min utes
  • None
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.

Services

Cost Includes

  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola and from Dharapani to Kathmandu via public bus.
  • All Standard Meals (Lunches, Dinners, and Breakfasts) during the trek.
  • Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- during the trek
  • Government License holder English Speaking Sherpa Expedition and Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader,(10 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porters "9 kg per trekker max limit")
  • Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
 

Cost Includes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per Person)
  • All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes.

Equipments

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  •  Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers and extra batteries)

Good to Know

Accommodation

We offer you a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights). During the trek, you will be accommodated in teahouses or lodge. You can find some of the teahouses with standard accommodation but normally we tend to see basic rooms having a bed, blankets and a pillow. Following the route uphill has less settlement area, you may need to adjust in tents or dormitories ahead from Dharmasala. Attached washroom are rarely found, you have to use shared washing and toilet facilities.


Meals and drinks during the trek

You will be served breakfast in Kathmandu whereas all meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner). Teahouses of this trek are quite standard and offer you food with taste and variety. We suggest you bring water purifying pills since you will have stream water; however, you have options of buying bottled water.


Physical fitness

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging trek suitable for all passionate trekkers who can walk 7-8 hours a day. It might be difficult for beginners as past hiking or trekking experience is required. However, if you are in good health condition with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully.


Transports used on Manaslu Trek

In the past, Aarughat used to be the starting point of the trek but these days due to an expansion of the road, we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel through rough roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besishahar we will be traveling by private jeep.


Guide and Porter on the trek

We provide you trained trekking guide and porters, trekking guide handles the logistics, guides you and your team whereas a porter for every two trekkers carry about 20 kg of weight ( 10 kg from each trekker). Saying no to a guide and porter makes your trek more challenging, take it as a necessary part rather than an option.

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14 days
Season
Season
Autumn and Spring
Region
Region
Manaslu Region
Grade
Grade
Moderate
Altitude
Altitude
5,135m
Walking
Walking
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Accommodation
Hotel/Teahouse
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Duration
Duration
14 days
Season
Season
Autumn and Spring
Region
Region
Manaslu Region
Grade
Grade
Moderate
Altitude
Altitude
5,135m
Walking
Walking
Accommodation
Accommodation
Hotel/Teahouse
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