The Manaslu Circuit is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination but it still sees fewer trekkers compared to the established trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The circuit is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. Along the trail you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arugath to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5125 m). As you start low, at around 700 m, the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers.
The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5125 m) can be tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bhimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Besisahar. The Manaslu trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It originally started in the town of Arughat or Gorkha; however, with roads being built many trekkers start at either Barpak or Soti Khola a bit further up the trail.
The trek described here starts in Soti Khola and ends in Chyamche. It’s also possible to finish the walk in Besisahar which is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit. The itinerary below is one of the many possibilities. The trek can be made longer or shorter depending on the length of your walking days and starting point. There are basic guesthouses all along the trail so you can choose if you want to camp or stay at the teahouses/guesthouses. You can combine the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley, a beautiful, secluded valley where century old Tibetan traditions prevail.
Duration: 13 Days
Max Attitude: 5125 m.
Seasons: March, April, May , September, October, November
Start Point: Soti Khola
End Point: Chyamche
Level of Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: Minimum 1 & Maximum 15
Restricted Area Trekking Permit to Manaslu, MCAP, ACAP, TIMS all issued by the Immigration Office in Kathmandu (www.immi.gov.np)
Day 1: Kathmandu - Arugath Bazar (550 m) 6-7 hrs bus/jeep. And 2 hrs jeep ride to Soti Khola (700 m).
Day 2: Soti Khola (700 m) - Machha Khola (930 m) 6 hrs
Day 3: Machha Khola (930 m) - Jagat (1340 m) 7 hrs
Day 4: Jagat (1340 m) - Deng (1860 m) 7 hrs
Day 5: Deng (1860 m) - Namrung (2630 m) 7-8 hrs
Day 6: Namrung (2630 m) - Samagaon (3530 m) 7 hrs
Day 7: Rest day Samagaon (3530 m); visit Pungyen Gompa and glacial lake Birendra Tal (6 hrs roundtrip) or acclimatization walk to Manaslu Base Camp (4400 m) 7-8 hrs roundtrip
Day 8: Samagaon (3530 m) - Samdo (3865 m) 4 hrs
Day 9: Samdo (3865 m) - Dharmasala/Larkya Phedi (4460 m) 4 hrs
Day 10: Dharmasala/Larkya Phedi (4460 m) - Bhimtang (3590 m) via Larkya La pass (5125 m) 8-10 hrs depending on physical shape, weather and trail conditions
Day 11: Bimtang (3590 m) - Gho (2515 m) or Tiliche (2300 m) 6 or 7 hrs
Day 12: Gho (2515 m) or Tiliche (2300 m) - Chyamche (1430 m) 7 or 8 hrs
Day 13: Drive to Besisahar by local bus/jeep on gravel road (3 hrs) and on to Kathmandu on blacktop road (6 hrs)
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with GHUMNAJAU.COM. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
07 Sep 2018
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- 12 Nights accommodation in TeaHouse/Lodge during trekking.
- All meals during trek ( Breakfast, Lunch, Tea/coffee break & Dinner).
- All surface transportation as per itinerary
- All Travel permits (MCAP, TIMS & ACAP Permits)
- English speaking guide & his/her Guide fees. (if requires other language as well)
- Comprehensive first aid kits
- Insurance for the staff
- All applicable government taxes.
- Accommodation & Meal in Kathmandu.
- Personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- International airfare and VISA (On Arrival)
- Gratuities for Staff