Manaslu Circuit Trek

Code: NPL-TRK-MCT
18 Days 17 Night

Description

Manaslu Trek, the world’s 8th highest mountain, marks the geographical mid-point of Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail, and there are few 8000 meter peaks that allow trekkers to get up so close. Its Sanskrit name means “Mountain of the Spirit” and this spirit seems to reflect into the peaceful villages and valleys that encircle it. The journey around Manaslu, is known as the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Since 2010 it has been possible to complete the trek in traditional teahouses without the need to camp, and many people now compare it to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Along the cliffs of the lower Budhi Gandaki river valley the trails are narrow and challenging, and wind through fascinating villages of varied character.

Higher up valleys widen and the mountain views are breath-taking. The highest point on the trek, the Larkya La (5135m) commands views over four converging glaciers and the steep walls of the Lamjung and Annapurna ranges. It’s the perfect trek for adventurous trekkers who want an authentic, off the beaten track experience.

The end of the trek connects to the beginning section of the Annapurna Circuit so they can be combined into one epic trek crossing two of Nepal’s most spectacular mountain passes

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION TIA Kathmandu
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Medium/Hard
HIGHEST ALTITUDE 5160 m
COST INCLUDES
  • All accommodation in 3 star ( By Nepalese standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms
  • All Ground transportation
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking and 3 cups of tea / Coffee
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • One cultural show and dinner
  • National park entry fees and TIMS permit card
  • All Domestic Flight according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft
COST EXCLUDES
  • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee $40 for 30 days
  • Major meals in Cities
  • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu tour
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu – 1,300m/4,264 ft 

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

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Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Today you will meet your team and get brief information about the trek. Your trekking guide will help you prepare for the trek. In case you have some free time, you can visit some of the prominent sites in the valley like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, which hold high cultural and historical significance. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 – 9 hours

We head on our journey to Manaslu by driving towards Soti Khola via Dhadingbesi and Arughat Bazaar. The road is winding but smooth and presents beautiful landscapes of the rice fields, waterfalls, green hills, and hillside villages. From Arughat Bazaar, the road gets bumpy as we move ahead through an off-road trail to reach Soti Khola via Arkhet Bazaar. Overnight in Soti Khola.

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Day 4: Soti Khola – Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

On the first day of the trek, we follow the trails of Budhi Gandaki River throughout the way until we reach Machha Khola. The rocky trail on the riverbed of Budhi Gandaki River goes through many beautiful villages, including the Gurung village of Lapubesi. Enjoying the glimpses of Ganesh Himal (7422m), we ascend through the forest to reach Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.

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Day 5: Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

From Machha Khola, we pass through an organic coffee garden and climb alongside Budhi Gandaki River to reach Khorlabesi, from where we can get an amazing view of the Ganesh Himal range. Afterward, we ascend to Tatopani and cross several suspension bridges over Budhi Gandaki to reach Jagat via Dobhan and Yaruphant. Overnight in Jagat.

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Day 6: Jagat – Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

We walk up through the riverbed then climb over a rocky point to Salleri that gives us an amazing view of Shringi Himal (7161m). We keep ascending on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River and pass the Gurung settlements of Sirdibas, Philim, Ekle Bhatti, and Lokpa to reach Nyak. We then descend gradually from Nyak to reach the Deng. Deng is a beautiful Gurung village situated on the foothills of Shringi Himal (7161m). Overnight in Deng.

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Day 7: Deng – Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

Continuing to ascend alongside Budhi Gandaki River, we walk on a forested trail through Rana and Bihi and cross a suspension bridge which takes us on a sparsely vegetated trail towards Ghap. We pay a short visit to Ghap Monastery before heading further towards Namrun. We cross Budhi Gandaki River several times and climb steeply to reach Namrung. In Namrung, we visit Namla Gumba which hosts an amazing panorama of the Himal Chuli range. Overnight in Namrung.

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Day 8: Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours

With the emerging view of Manaslu (8163m), we start to trek uphill through the settlements of Lihi, Sho, and Lho. The trail from Lho climbs through quite a compressed forest towards Shyala. En route, we pass many age-old monasteries, Mani walls, and Chortens. A gradual walk from Shyala takes us to Samagaon, nestled in the lap of the gorgeous Manaslu (8163m). Overnight in Samagaon.

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Day 9: Samagaon – Pungyen gompa – Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours exploration

Today will be a rest day to get acclimatized to high altitude and relax the aching body. We will, however, hike up to Pung Gyen Gompa, which hosts the most terrific view of Mount Manaslu (8163m) and its adjacent peaks. We later hike back to Samagaon and explore the village. Overnight in Samagaon.

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Day 10: Samagaon – Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

The trek from Sama to Samdo takes us via the frozen Birendra Tal (3450m), situated at the end of Manaslu Glacier. The trail from Birendra Tal is a gradual ascend alongside Budhi Gandaki River through small meadows on a sparsely vegetated path. We cross long Mani walls before entering the village of Samdo, which lies on the foot of Samdo Himal (6335m). Overnight in Samdo.

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Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo

In Samdo, we take another day off for acclimatization. Relish the remarkable views of Samdo Peak (6335m) and its amazing glacial basin to the east, the Sama Valley and its arrays to the south, and the Syacha Glacier to the west. We will also visit Taka Choeling Gompa for a stunning vista of Naike Peak (6211m) and Larke Peak (6249m). Overnight in Samdo.

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Day 12: Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

Ascend past Samdo on a wide trail, which later sinks to cross the much-reduced Budhi Gandaki River. Pass the trail to Tibet and climb left along a Mani wall, after which we cross two gorges on thin tracks to reach Dharmasala via Larkya Bazaar. Dharamsala is a stone hut with three rooms and an integral roof, built as a resting spot for the trekkers. Overnight in Dharamsala.

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Day 13: Dharamsala – Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] – Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 – 9 hours

Climb gradually over the edge behind Dharamsala and beside the large adjacent moraine of the Larkya Glacier. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final climb to the left up to Larkya-La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. Larkya La hosts an astonishing Himalayan panorama from its top. Later, we descend on loose gravel to reach the scenic village of Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.

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Day 14: Bimthang – Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 – 6 hours

Descend on the stony moraines to reach the pristine rhododendron and pine forests once again at Yak Kharka. We will have the views of Manaslu (8163m) and Phungi Himal (6538m) accompany us throughout the way. The trail goes downhill along the west bank of Dudh Khola through the villages of Kharche and Gho to reach Tilije. Tilije is a Gurung village which hosts amazing panorama of Phungi Himal (6358m), Manaslu (8163m), and Ngadi Chuli (7871m). Overnight in Tilije.

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Day 15: Tilije – Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 – 6 hours(1700)

A nice walk through a lovely forest takes us to the village of Dharapani. From Dharapani, we follow Marsayangdi River downstream and walk through verdant forests and small villages before crossing a Mani wall to enter Tal, a small village with thatched houses. We can visit the waterfall of Tal and explore the village in the evening. Overnight in Tal.

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Day 16: Tal – Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

Leaving Tal behind, we descend alongside Marshyangdi River through a forested trail dotted with small villages. The mountains now stay behind us as we walk gradually through the forest and later make a steep descend along the terraced farms to reach Syange. Overnight in Syange.

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Day 17: Syange – Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

After breakfast, we will catch a local jeep or bus to reach Besisahar, and then take a linking bus to take us back to Kathmandu. Throughout the way, we will be rewarded with beautiful landscapes made up of lush hills, terraced farms on the hillside, snaky rivers, and many scattered settlements. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to a 3-star hotel for the overnight stay.

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Day 18: Departure, Farewell Friend

Our staff will take you to the airport 3 hours prior to the scheduled time of your flGoodbyeod bye and have a safe journey!

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