Manaslu Circuit Trek - 15 Days

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek (Manaslu Trek) like other trekking destinations is also one of the well-known and well-loved trekking trails. It provides perfect views of mountains, a combination of rich cultural heritage, genuine adventure, incomparable beauty and biological variety. Mt. Manaslu [8163m] is the eight highest peaks in the world, was opened for the trekking purpose only in 1992. It is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means “The spirit-mountain”, the local dialects refers it to be the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within.

Manaslu Region opened for recreation only in 1992. Until then, it remained a restricted area. Manaslu Circuit Trek is gaining its popularity and is also known as the next Annapurna Circuit Trek ( another popular Trek ). The adventure takes you around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the earth . Trekking in Manaslu Region is one of the most delightful adventures because it is a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity.

The Mt. Manaslu is one of the most challenging and yet untouched mountains lying in western part of Nepal. The cultural and natural beauty of the region is untouched by the modern day world. The trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the Manaslu Region.

Manaslu Region is a restricted trekking region and requires a special permit to trek in it. Since the region is not traversed by many like the popular Everest Base Camp Trail and Annapurna Base Camp Trail, the trekking the off beaten trails in the region offers a wilderness experience. Manaslu trekking provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet and is a controlled trekking route. Organized trekking groups require special permits from the Government registered trekking company of Nepal to enter in Manaslu trekking region-to venture around its spectacular circuit.

Not to mention, Manaslu circuit trek is the most demanded trekking destinations among tourists who come in contact with the Himalayas on foot.

The Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu. The trail passes through some of the most spectacular viewpoints  of the highest peaks in the world, including Himal Chuli, Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli), and Mt Manaslu. The highest point on this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas The trek is also an opportunity to get acquainted with the Tibetan culture. You will come across several chortens and mani wall in almost all the villages along the journey.

If you are looking for a thrilling adventure through the silence and serenity of the white mountains, then Manaslu Circuit trek is the ideal option.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  1. Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  2. Unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Nepalese people
  3. Budhi Gandaki River valley
  4. Fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others
  5. Larkya la pass (5153m)
  6. Diversified eco-systems

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 – 9 hours

Early this morning, we will drive to Sotikhola. The road passes through Dhading Bensi and Arughat. From Arughat, we will head towards Sotikhola. Driving through the countryside is a pleasant experience. The roads will get a little rough in Arughat. Overnight in Soti Khola.

Day 2: Soti Khola – Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

On this day, we will trek to Maccha Khola. The trails heads across a bridge and then towards a beautiful Sal forest. After crossing the river Budhi Gandaki, we will reach Khursane. The trail weaves its way up and down and passes through two subtropical waterfalls before it enters the Gurung village of Labubesi. After crossing another suspension bridge, we will reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day 3: Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

The trail is narrow and crosses the Tharo Khola. It then reaches Khorlabesi. We will also come across a hot spring along the way. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki, we will climb a well-crafted staircase, and then head towards Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we will climb the stone stairs and then descend towards Tharo Bharyang. After crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we will enter Jagat Village. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 4: Jagat – Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

On this day, we will trek towards Deng. The 6-7 hours trek passes through Salleri, Sirdibas and Ghatta Khola. After crossing a Eklee Bhatti, the route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. We will cross the Budhi Gandaki. The trail passes through bamboo forests before it reaches Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

Day 5: Deng – Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

The trail to Namrung initially climbs to Rana at 1910m. The trail passes through forests and mani. We will take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal. Overnight in Namrung.

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

We will pass through a forest and reach Lihi- a beautiful village with several chorten. We will also come across Lho, Shyala and Sama village. Lho village offers an excellent view of Mt. Manasly. Shyla village on the other hand is surrounded by mountains like the Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right. The journey will end in Samagaon where we will spend the night.

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

We will spend the day in Samagaon for acclimatization.  The village has thousands of mani stone with Buddhist texts and picture inscribed on them. You will get a chance to explore and learn the Sherpa culture and lifestyle. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 8:  Samagaon – Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

We will trek for about 4-5 hours to Samdo. The route will descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya la Trail passes through several mani walls. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki via a wooden bridge, we will head towards Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 9: Rest Day in Samdo

We will spend the day in Samdo for acclimatization. We will explore the village. We could hike up the valley. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.  We will also encounter some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 10:  Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

On this day, we will trek towards Dharamshala. We will cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and cross two streams. We will see the Larkya Glacier as we go around the valley of the Salka Khola The walk is short and pleasant. It is useful for acclimatization. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 11:  Dharamsala – Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] – Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 – 9 hours

We will reach a valley after a short walk. This valley offers great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The trail heads through moraines of the glacier. The pass is an outstanding viewpoint of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It will take us about 8-9 hours to reach Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 12: Bimthang – Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 – 6 hours

On this day, we will trek to Tilije. We will cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) and a bridge over Dudh Khola. We will walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley. We will reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. We will come across the village of Gho before entering Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village.

Day 13:  Tilije – Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

The trail passes through small settlements. We will then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola. The trail then climb up through a chorten-shaped arch entering into Thonje village. We will continue towards Dharapani and then to Karte village.  After crossing a bridge over Marsyandi Khola we will head towards the village of Tal. Overnight in Tal.

Day 14:  Tal – Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 – 7 hours

The trail to Syange village crosses the Marshyangdi Khola. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.

Day 15: Syange – Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers beautiful views of landscapes and mountains. Most of the route is along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli River. Once we reach Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your respective hotels. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

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