Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. The route was opened in 1991 AD as a restricted area trekking that requires a special trek permit and its recognition got a higher degree of significance since 2010 after tea houses were built. It made the trip comfortable and exciting. Walking through the ethnic settlements, raging rivers, crossing shaky bridges, you eventually cross the technical Larke pass (5160m).
The wonderful combination of nature and cultural vistas enticed trekkers from different parts of the world. Manaslu trek begins from the sub-tropical part that is dominated by the lush forests. It is all the way following the Budi Gandaki River that leads to the high pastures and fantastic light at the base of the Himalayas. Manaslu Conservation Area includes six different climatic parts. Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and its surrounding vistas can be explored from the Larke Pass (5160m), which is the highest point of this trekking. Higher than 5000 metres, the landscape mostly remains snowy. The Tibebetan Buddhist culture, traditional values and architectures flourish in these parts. Jagat, Namrung, Sama Gaon and Samdo are some of the culturally loaded villages, inhabited by the ethnic Gurung people. Culture and rituals are similar to that of the Tibetan highlands. Crossing the Larke pass, you join to the Annapurna circuit trail and trek down gradually.
If you're looking for a unique and adventurous excursion, Vertex Holiday recommends Mansaslu Circuit Trekking. The best times for the Manaslu trekking are October/November and April/May. Please, feel free to contact to customize your interested itinerary and any further details.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you a short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner and the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel.
After the breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and mediaeval arts and architectures. There is Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu. However, there are in total seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Returning back from sightseeing tour, you get a short trip briefing. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Aarughat through the Prithvi Highway and later through the bumpy road. The green hill sceneries that can be seen during the road trip are awesome. We can begin the trek from here, but due to the road extension, we drive further to Soti Khola and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
The foothill excursion begins today. After the breakfast, we commence following the trail at the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. Sometimes, we ascend to the forest and walk through it and again descend to the bank of the river. Numerous suspension bridges are there to cross. Reaching Machha Khola, we take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Beginning the trek from Machha Khola, we cross the stream and head to Khorlabesi. Passing it, we reach to Tatopani (natural hot spring). We can enjoy the natural hot bath, which takes away our tiredness. The trail goes through the sub-tropical forest, descend to the River and reach the juncture, known as Dobhan. Walking a short time through the bank of the river, we ascend to Jagat and rest. Overnight at lodge.
We begin to head from Jagat. It is a straight uphill walk to Saguleri. From the ridge, we can explore the Sringi Himal. Then we walk to Sirish Gaon and continue trek through the narrow Budi Gandaki canyon and precipitous rocky wall. Gradually, we reach to Deng and rest. Overnight at lodge.
From Deng, we descend to the Budi Gandaki River, cross the bridge and ascend to Rana village. After a gentle climb, we head towards west to the Budhi Gandaki River valley. Passing the Mani walls, we reach to Ghap and then to Prok village. Walking ahead, we pass through the dense woods. In some of the places, there are tiny Gompas. Crossing the River, we climb to Namrung and rest. Overnight at lodge.
It is quite a long walk, but we head with the aim to reach Sama Gaon. It is a cultural centre of the local people. On the way, we pass Syala village, which is picturesque. We stop for a short break. Then we continue our walk, enjoying the green hill sceneries and the Himalayan views at the backdrop. The beautiful Sama Gaon is there ahead. Overnight at lodge.
It is an exploration day. It helps us to acclimatize and the excursion goes better in the Himalayas. There are Various Buddhist prayers scripted stones, Chhortens and monastery is located in the village. The ancient Pungyen Gompa is our hiking destination today. It was once destroyed and later rebuilt. It was after some time of the unsuccessful attempt of the Japanese expedition. After exploring the Gompa, we go back to Sama Gaon and rest. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we trek down to the River and take a north trail. Crossing the stream, we ascend and reach to the juncture. One of the trails leads to the Manaslu base camp. Splitting the trail, our approach goes to Samdo through the widen trail. On the way, we pass several Chhortens and Mani walls. Walking through the birch forest, again we descend to the River, cross it and climb to Samdo via Kani. Overnight at lodge.
Another day for acclimatization is in Samdo. We set out our hike around the village. The history of this village goes back to the years when salt trade was in practice. Even the people of this part go for the shopping to Tibet. It is a form of trade exchange. The views of Mt. Manaslu, Himchui, Simrang, Kang Guru, Larke peak and others can be explored. As the altitude is nearly 4000 meters, this hiking helps us to acclimatize properly. Overnight at Samdo.
After breakfast, we descend to the River and cross over the wooden bridge. We leave the River and ascend up, where we cross a couple of glacial streams. The Larke Glacier is visible from there. Passing the Salka Khola valleys, we see a stone guest house. It is known as Dharmasala, located at the bottom of Larke La. It's time to rest. We prepare for the grand excursion for the following day. Overnight at lodge.
This is a big day for us to cross over the Lrkya La (5160m). We get up early in the morning, pack our belongings and have a breakfast. Due to the altitude and Himalayan surroundings, the morning is usually chilling. Leaving Dharmasala, we approach the technical ascending. With a hardship, we reach to the top and the picturesque Himalayan sceneries make us anesthetized that we forget the tiredness. Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and the surrounding snow covered peaks are extremely mind blowing. Our day packed lunch is a source of our energy. After taking photographs, we continue descending to Bimthang, which is our place of overnight stay. Overnight at lodge.
After the breakfast at Bimthang, we set out our tired foot with a gentle descending. Now, the excursion has gone easier with the decreasing altitude. The fig and rhododendron forest dominate the trail. With a relaxed walk through the lower altitude forest and fields, we reach to Tilije. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we follow the stone paved trail and pass the ethnic inhabitants. Gradually down, we cross the Dudh Khola and reach the Thonje village. Here we meet the Anaapurna round trail. Leaving the Manaslu region, we walk in the Annapurna region and steadily walk to Dharapani. Walking through the bank of the Marshyangdi River, we reach to Tal, beautifully located beside the wonderful waterfall. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast, we continue descending to Syange from Tal after passing the checkpoint of ACAP. The trail is fine and in many sections, there are stone paved steps. Sattale, Chamje, Jagat and Srichaur are some of the village we pass. Though there is a wide road extension in the Annapurna region, we take a drive on the following day from Syange. Overnight at lodge.
Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
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Having a good memory with Vertex Holiday our representative drops you at the airport for your final departure.