Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a mainly untouched and one of the fewer tourist regions of Nepal, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. Government of Nepal opened Manaslu conservation for trekking in 1991. It provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet. People allow tea house and organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to explore this circuit. The meaning of Manasulu comes from the Sanskrit word meaning intellect or soul.
Manaslu is one of the highest peak in Gorkha district in the mid western of Nepal this classic trek takes you on a journey around some of many different mountain peaks and the 8th highest peaks in the world. The Manaslu circuit trek now usually starts in Arughat and ends to 19 days later in Besisahar, the starting point of the Annapurna circuit Trek. This valley have endangered animals, including snow leopards and red pandas. Other mammals are black bear, grey wolf, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, mountain tahr and over 110 species of birds. The area is now an important habitat for the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep.
Moreover, The Manaslu circuit is one of the majestic Himalayan ranges in this area. Manaslu Circuit Trek consists of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude romantic glacier lakes. The highest point on the trek is Larkya La Pass at 5230m. Besides that, the trek is tough and one of the harder treks in Nepal. So, it is highly recommended that you need to physically fit and ready for a challenge.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.
Trekking Permits and also for Manaslu Conservation Permit and a special Restricted Area permit is needed.
An Annapurna conservation permit is also required for this area.
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government Taxes and service.
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Drive – Arughat – Sotikhola 8 hours from Kathmandu
We leave Kathmandu early and drive to Sotikhola, it is around 8 hours and on the way we will be able to enjoy the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. Some of the roads will be rough bumpy so a bus journey in Nepal is always part of the adventure and one you will not forget!
Soti Khola to Machha Khola Trekking time 6 – 7 Hours
We begin out trek through the beautiful Sal forests, we then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We continue along the rocky trail as it weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. We will get to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We drop down to the sandy river bed, before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village where we will spend our first night.
Machha Khola to Jagat Trekking time 6 -7 hours
We follow the narrow trail and eventually we cross the Tharo Khola River and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ups and downs we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. After this we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. After another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, and then trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. (1410m)
Jagat to Deng Trekking time 6 -7 hours
We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, after the descent to Sirdibas the valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We will then reach Philim, a large Gurung village. After this we continue the trek to Ekle Bhatti, where the route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki and then continue along crossing a few times. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. (1800m)
Deng to Namrung Trekking time 6 -7 hours
Beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. The trail passes through forests and mani stones. We reach Prok village which has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We follow the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung (2630m)
Namrung to Samagaon Trekking Time 6 -7 hours
At Namrung we have great view for Siring, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, and then we drop and cross the side valley of Simnang. We will reach the village of Lho where we can enjoy views of Mt. Manaslu and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by mountains which amazing photo opportunities Samagaon where we spend the night. (3530m)
Acclimatisation at Samagaon
We stay in Samagaon today in order to help with the acclimatisation and also to give us an opportunity to explore and learn about the local culture. We can enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier.
Samagaon to Samdo Trekking time 4 -5 hours
We begin with descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and we join the Larkya la Trail and pass several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We go down to cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo (3860m)
Acclimatisation day at Samdo
This is another day set aside for acclimatization. We will walk up the valley from Samdo this 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. We will be able to enjoy the views and see many types of wildlife and birds.
Samdo to Dharmashala Trekking time 4 -5 hours
We continue our trek by going down to cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki, we then begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m). It is a short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala. (4460m)
Dharmashala to Bhimthang Trekking time 8 -9 hours
We begin today with a short climb until we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. This is the highest point of the trek at the top of the pass at 5160m. There are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu is an unforgettable experience. Overnight in Bimthang (3700m)
Bhimthang to Tilije Trekking time 5 -6 hours
From Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. We continue until we reach the village at Tilije where we spend the night. (2300m)
Tilije to Tal Trekking time 5- 6 hours
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through villages so again we can see local cutlure. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. We continue a gradual walk along the river crossing a few bridges until we reach the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. (1700m)
Tal to Syange Trekking time 6 -7 hours
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange where we will spend the night. (1080m)
Syange to Besi Shar Trekking time 4 -5 hours
For our last day trekking we will trek to Besi Sahar. After a gradual climb for about 2 hours, we will then finish our trek by descending down through farmland and then we will get to a road which we will follow to Besi Sahar.
Besi Sahar to Kathmandu Drive 5 to 6 hours
Today we will take the bus back to Kathmandu which takes 5 – 6 hours. Once back in Kathmandu we will go to the hotel where the group are free to shower, relax and go shopping. We will meet in the evening for a farewell group dinner.
Sightseeeing in Kasthmandu
One day in Kathmandu, however if people are finding the trekking hard than this day can be added onto the trekking time to allow people extra time.If in Kathmandu then the group can decide where to go and if sightseeing then you will have a guide for the day.
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Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guide line. The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow.
GENERAL CHECK – LIST
The following basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-T- shirt (2)
-Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear appropraite to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers / pants. (Preferably berathable fabric)
TREKKING CHECK LIST
In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravines.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Prussik loops .
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumer (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow – covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.
In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-Climbing Harness .
-2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Plaster/ Band- aids.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).
-Anti – diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.