Trek Highlights

  • Fascinating backdrop of Manaslu & surrounding Himalayan range.
  • -Cross many suspension bridges over different river, including the Budhi Gandaki River and several Mani walls on the way.
  • -Observe traditional village lifestyle and culture.
  •  -Tibetan culture and high pass crossing Larke la (5210m).
  • -Experience walking through pine, rhododendron and bamboo forest and enjoy the nice view of the waterfall as well as flora and fauna i.e blue sheep, mountain goat.
  • -From Larkya La you can see four glaciers congregate above incredible vistas to Lamjung Himal and the Annapurnas.
  • -You can do short trek from Samdo into Tibet from the border point.
  • -Horse riding festival in Samagaun during mid of April

 

 

Trek Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the unexplored trails that encompass peaceful, natural and beautiful experience which is ideal for those seeking a getaway from bustling life. It is getting popular as a new trekking destination. Mt. Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world; it is in the very center of the Nepalese Himalaya and to trek around the base of this giant mountain along with its isolated trail is probably one of the best treks. 

The trail traverses through pristine areas where you will witness the beauty of nature and picturesque village of mixed settlements with their unique culture. The Manaslu region is well-known for its high altitude glacier lakes, diverse range of flora and fauna and cultural charming region.

This trek suits best to those who are looking for the challenging trekking in a remote area of the Nepal Himalaya. The highest point of this trek is Larkya La pass (5,135m/16,847ft) and trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience an untouched region of Nepal.

Trek can be 18 days that begins at Arughat and ends at Besishar.The best season to visit the region is from March to May in spring and September to December during the winter.

Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.    

Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

    You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.

  2. Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

  3. Day 3: Kathmandu-Arughat (550 m/ 1804 ft) 7 hrs drive and further 1 ½ more to Soti Khola (597 m/1958 ft)

    Our destination start for today is Arughat, which is about 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu. During the drive, we enjoy scenery landscape along with the occasional glimpse of splendid mountain vistas .We will be driving on a paved highway from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi. We followed the Pokhara Highway till we cross the Trishuli River at Dhading. Then we turn off to heading north following Buri Gandaki to Arughat Bazaar passing through bamboo forests and Gurung villages. Upon reaching Arughat, we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight at Sotikhola.

    Trek Highlights:

    Glimpse of mountain, scenic landscape

    View rapid flow of Trishuli River

    Explore Gurung settlement

    Traditional village with subsistence agriculture along the way.

  4. Day 4: Soti Khola to Macha Khola (930m/3,051ft) 6-7hrs trek

    After an early breakfast, we cross the suspension bridge and trek through the Sal forest and then we ascend to the ridge of rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. From here we then reach Khursane from where we trek through the rocky trail with ups and downs and eventually the trail will make its way to the Gurung village of Lapu Besi, from here we pass a zigzag path to reach Macha Khola. You get opportunity to enjoy the view of Ganesh Himal, Shringil Himal on the way. We arrive at the village of Macha Khola after a few ascend. We will stay the night here in the village in a guest house.

    Highlights:

    Scenic backdrops of Ganesh Himal, Shringil Himal

    Crossing Buri Gandaki River

    Walk through shaded forest

    Explore Gurung village of Lapu Besi

     

     

  5. Day 5: Macha Khola to Jagat (1,440m/4,724ft) 6-7hrs trek

    Morning after breakfast, we continue our walk following the Buri Gandaki river with climbing up and down over a couple of ridges to Khorlabesi and Tatopani (930 m”hot spring). From hot spring, we climb over another ridge and cross a suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki and continue through forest then at one point we climb wide stone stairway to Dobhan. After that  you traverse the bridge over Yaru river then again after crossing  one more bridge over Buri Gandaki, we arrive our destination namely, Jagat. We overnight at lodge.

    Highlights:

    Picturesque typical village, hot spring, .

    Towering mountains and deep river gorge, climb up stone stairway

  6. Day 6: Jagat to Deng (1,860m/6,102ft) 6-7hrs

    We leave Jagat behind and traverse a bridge over Dudh River  then climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1440m) with beautiful vistas of Sringi Himal (7187m) and walk downhill to Sirdibas (1430m). The trail descends to Setibas where the Mani walls (prayers engraved into wayside rocks) show that we are entering a region with increasing Tibetan influence. The valley widens a little and continues past the stone houses of Ghattu Khola (water mills), We continue to Ghatta Khola and then walk upstream through a long suspension bridge to reach prosperous Gurung village called Phillim (1590m) surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. In Philim you can see checkpoint.  And the trail split to Tsum valley trek. Further that we enter enter this village through a Buddhist stone arch known as a Kani and walk through bamboo forests to Deng (1800m), inhabited by Gurungs who practice Buddhism. Stay overnight at Lodge.

    Highlights:

    Philim town, walk through bamboo forest, pass through Mani walls

     Explore Tibetan lifestyle

    Cross through long suspension bridge,

     Trail split to Tsum valley trek.

     

  7. Day 7: Jagat to Namrung (2,540m/8,333ft) 7-8hrs trek

    We take a short walk from Deng and the trail traverse back over the Budhi Gandaki and climb Rana at 1980m. After a short climb from the bridge before heading west on level ground and we pass large waterfall.  Once we cross the wooden bridge, the trail curve up and out of the canyon and ascend high over the river before dropping into the Shringi Khola Valley.

    After crossing suspension bridge over the Shringi Khola there is a sharp climb and the trail passes along the Buri Gandaki. The trail passes through forests and painted Mani stones and a corner from where we reach Ghap. You pass more Mani walls on the southern part of the river.

    The trail climbs along the river, passes a waterfall and continues all the way through dense fir and rhododendron forests with a wooden bridge in the middle which crosses the Buri Gandaki.

    The trail continues along the north side to a big cave, and then crosses the river at a narrow gorge where you can see grey Langur monkeys. The forest becomes less dense and the trail is leveled once we cross the river at a gorge. After an enjoyable walk we then continue final steep climb that will take you to our destination to Namrung through a stone archway where we stay overnight. Namrung is the greatest viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.

    Highlights:

    Follow the Gandaki river

    Pass large waterfalls; pass through forests and mani walls, big caves

     Encounter with grey Langur monkeys

     Splendid vistas of Sherang Himal and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli

  8. Day 8: Namrung to Lho (3,020m/9,908ft) 4hrs trek

    We start our trek after having breakfast at lodge, through the trail we climb alongside a Mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries and pass the village of Barchhan then Lihi. Through the way, we will enjoy mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal and Lajing peak.After we walk along the trail we arrive to Sho and then followed by another hour. We have to walk on small deep narrow gorge to enter Lho. It is an important village with a monastery and a Lama school along with majestic view of Manaslu and Kutang Himal. We will stay the night here in a lodge. Once you arrive at Lho you can visit Ribang Gompa, stupas, Mani walls and Kani doorway.

    Highlights:

    Mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal and Lajing peak.

    Lama School, monastery, Ribang Gompa, stupas,

    Mani walls and Kani doorway.

    Typical villages and stone walled houses

    Picturesque Lho village

  9. Day 9: Lho to Samagaon (3,450m/11,318ft) 4hrs trek

    We will have our breakfast along with an amazing morning view, after breakfast we rejoin the trail and descend across Damonan Khola. From here we then ascend again to a plateau at Shya and then we cross a ridge descending onto a rock. Trekking further we pass through extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon. There is lot of place of interest to explore around such as gompas, traditional Tibetan Village and Phung Gyen Monstery which is situated on a ridge above the village.The village is settles perfectly against a wooded moraine at the end of the valley. If you trek during second week of April then you get opportunity to see horse ridding festival with many food stalls. We will rest overnight here in the village.

    Highlights

    • Manaslu mountain range.
    • Traditional Tibetan Village and Phung Gyen Monstery
    • Wide glacier moraine valley.
    • Sama village and primary school.
    • Manaslu Peaks and glacier.
    • Birendra Lake
    • Horse riding festival during mid of April
  10. Day 10: Acclimatization and rest day at Samagaon.

    Today is an important day for acclimatization and rest. As we will be staying back today an optional day hike will be organized, we can hike to Birendra Lake. For the people who don’t want to hike can rest and explore the village. The village is a big Tibetan community from where we will be able to see fine views of Manaslu. We will return to the village for overnight.

    Highlights

    • Manaslu mountain range.
    • Traditional Tibetan Village and Phung Gyen Monstery
    • Wide glacier moraine valley.
    • Sama village and primary school.
    • Manaslu Peaks and glacier.
    • Birendra Lake
    • Horse riding festival during mid of April
  11. Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m/12,664ft) 3hrs trek

    After having breakfast we start to trek. The trail descends to Budhi Gandaki and then to Manaslu Base Camp. We then trek through Larkya La trail passing through several Mani walls. The valley boarden along easy trail passing all the weay through juniper and birch jungle to the stone huts at Kemo Kharka, we trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. This village is an excellent view spot for Manslu, Samdo, Naike,Nagdi chuli, Simnang and several other awesome peaks. We will stay the night here in the village.

    Highlights:

    -You can see incredible backdrops of Manslu, Naike Samdo, Nagdi chuli, Simnang and several other awesome peaks.

    -Samdo village and yaks

  12. Day 12: Acclimatization and rest day at Samdo

    Today is also an acclimatization day; an optional day hike to Gya La will be organized. Gya La is a trading pass with Tibet; we can explore the village or take rest. We will return to the village for overnight.

    Highlights:

    You can see incredible backdrops of Manslu, Naike Samdo, Nagdi chuli, Simnang and several other awesome peaks.

    Samdo village and yaks

    Gya la trading pass

  13. Day 13: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,460m/14,632ft) 3-4hrs trek

    After having breakfast we rejoin our trail, the trail is rocky and zigzags leading to Larkya La. We begin by climbing up the pass and walk downhill through fields, huge Mani walls and Kaan (gateway) before descending to the river and traversing on a wooden bridge at 3850m. This place shows up on maps as the legendary Larka Bazaar, which used to be a prosperous market. On the way you can see Nikey peak as well.A Mani wall marks the beginning of climb to the pass where the trail starts climbing through tundra and juniper; you can see the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu. Continue on the ridge to the right to find a trail that traverse over the top of two gorges. As you climb up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000m the trail grows steeper. The trail further climbs in and out of the gorge from where we reach Larkya Phedi and rest for the night.

    Highlights:

    Larke Bazar, used to be flourished market in the past.

    Encounter with Marmots  and Blue sheep.

    Larke Glacier coming from Manasulu

    Mani walls and kaan stone arch (gateway)

    Walking through Juniper and Tundra forest

    Walk through narrow gorge

  14. Day 14: Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3,590m/11,778ft) via [Larkya La (5,135m/16,847ft)] 8-9hrs trek

    On this day we make a long gentle ascend across moraine, and climb down to a lake and then trails become rough as it traverse to the south of steep lush slopes. You can enjoy the view of Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks.  The trail head towards the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns, from here the prayer flags marking the pass are able to be seen. We then descend to the four frozen lakes then take a final steep climb to the pass. When you go down from the pass the trail continues the top of the moraine to the west and passes through many sharp ascents and descents. As we cross the moraine then descends more lightly on wobbly gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The trail now becomes easier to continue and reaches a small pasture at 4,080m. As the trails heads down to a large meadow, the valley becomes broader where we pass Mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bimthang at 3,590m. We stay overnight at Bimthang, a huge valley surrounded by high peak

    Highlights:

    Backdrops of Cheo Himal and several snow capped mountains

    Larke Glacier moraine

  15. Day 15: Bimtang to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft) 7-8hrs trek

    Today is also a long trek day so we have to start trekking early morning. We descend to a glacial stream of the Dudh Khola and traverse a bridge and drop into blanketed pine and rhododendron forests. We trek to Hampuk at 3430 meter from where the path descends to Karche following the course of the Dudh Khola and crossing the stream flowing down from the Kichke Himal. Trekking further to the village of Gho, from here we trek along the bank of the river and the gradually descend to the Gurung village of Tilije. After trekking through Tilije we cross to the eastern side of the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment walking down through forest. Dharapani will appear after the walls of Marsyangdi Valley emerge larger. We then pass Thonje through a wooden bridge and achorten shaped arch. We reach Dharapani by traversing long suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River. Overnight at Dharapani.

     

    Highlights

     Manaslu Peaks

    Walk through Pine and rhodendron forest.

    Explore traditional village of Dudh khola.

    Dharapani road head town also Annapurna circuit trail.

    Explore gurung village, Tilche

    Cross long suspension bridge to reach Dharapani

  16. Day 16: Dharapani to Jagat (1,440m/4,724ft) 6hrs trek

    Today is the last day of our trek, we rejoin the trail as it now follows popular Annapurna Circuit route backwards as we will trek on the descended path along Marshyangdi River. We pass through the steepest part of the Marshyangdi gorge from where we trek down all the way to Jagat where we will spend the night.

    Highlights:

    Dharapani road head town also Annapurna circuit trail.

    Walk along Marsynagdi River

  17. Day 17: Jagat to Kathmandu via [Besisahar]

    From Dharapani we take vehicle to Beishar which takes 4-5 hours.  We pass all the way through the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River, enjoying the scenery and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains on the way back to Kathmandu. Once we reach Kathmandu, you then will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

  18. Day 18: Back home

    Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to airport and fly back home.

Fast Facts

  1. Max altitude: Larkya La (5,135m/16,847ft)
  2. Suitably designed itinerary for acclimatization
  3. Accommodation in the best-selected lodges and tea houses along the trail and in Kathmandu
  4. Less crowded and chance to experience remote Nepali villages
  5. Adventurous and challenging trek, trek over Larkya La
  6. Beautiful views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and other snow-capped and peaks.
  7. Trek to Manaslu Base Camp ( world’s 8th highest mountain )
  8. Visit traditional Buddhist monasteries, experience remote Tibetan Buddhist culture
  9. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi from Japan and Gyalzen Norbu of Nepal
  10. The regionis habitat of  endangered animals such as the snow leopard and red pandas 

Reviews

Dear Tulsi,

I hope that everything with you is alright and that you are in fine health!

I’m sure that the weather in Kathmandu is a lot better than here. I send you this email to greet you and to tell you that everything is alright. The weather is quite bad and we had a lot of bad luck with storms and fresh snow, but everyone is healthy and we still have a good chance to reach the summit.

I especially want to thank you for your staff. I never had any better staff than the guys we are working with now. Both Oom and Ganesh are great cooks. Every meal is fantastic and we are getting really spoiled by their food.  Santa and Rinji are great too. Both are very strong and helpful. Rinji was bit sick yesterday and came down to Basecamp, but he’s better now.  And then Furba: He is really fantastic. Extremely helpful, very strong, always ready to help, to think about the plans, tea break the trail, to organize the trek, BC, the staff, the high camps, etcetera. In short: great!

I am very happy with all of the staff. THANK YOU!

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that we are fine and to thank you for everything you have organized and sending this staff with us.

 See you soon!

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Robert Steenmeijer, Leader - Manaslu Expedition

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