Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 20 Days / 19 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus, Car & Jeep
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Group Size: 2-20
  • Max Altitude: 5,160m/16,929ft

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Less crowded area
  • Complete teahouse trekking despite being remote and wild location
  • Domestic flights not required, so, no chance for delay or postponement or cancellation
  • Trekking trail moving further from the Budhi Gandaki River Valley and ending after reaching Annapurna Circuit trekking region
  • Exploration of the diverse topography from sub-tropical to alpine region with flora and fauna of the relative climatic zones
  • Feat of crossing Larkya La (5,106m) connecting with the Marsyangdi River Valley
  • Panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna regions
  • Witnessing natural hot springs, spectacular glacier and Hindu plus Buddhist cultural villages

Among the popular Manaslu region trekking packages, Manaslu Circuit trek is most liked by the trekkers to the Nepalese Himalayan region. This Nepal trekking route is quite popular because of its experiential factor that combines the pleasure of trekking. The trekking trail in Manaslu region is the age-old trade route between Nepal and Tibet with the natural and cultural heritage. Starting from the ancient Gorkha Kingdom, the trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River upstream traversing sub-tropical forests and ascending to drier highlands.

One of the most popular treks in Nepal, Manaslu Round trek gives you the lifelong experience of the nature and culture. The spectacular views of Mt. Ganesh and other peaks of Mansiri Himalayan Range, lush valleys and topographical variation are really noteworthy. Throughout the Manaslu region trekking trail, you can find tens of natural hot springs, glacial lakes and diverse flora-fauna. The sounds of the birds and animals in the surrounding of the trail really encourage you to complete the trekking.

The Hindu and Buddhist cultural villages with intact cultural dress and jewelry are worth visiting to get familiarized with typical Nepalese culture. The centuries old Buddhist monasteries and decorated with mani walls, prayer flags and chorten also invite you to this region. The most fascinating festival in Manalsu Circuit is Lhosar observed by Buddhist community in January/February including other festivals in Nepal. You can enjoy a perfectly Gurung and Sherpa culture, feasts and festivals including other cultural assets while trekking around Manaslu region.

The highest altitude during Manaslu Circuit Trek is 5,213m at Larkya-La Pass, an adventurous high pass in Nepalese Himalayan region. After then, the trail continues mostly downhill, through the serene alpine forests and meadows to meet with the Annapurna Circuit trek. Finally, Manaslu Round trekking trail heads towards Pokhara via another secret route infrequently used by trekkers. This trekking adventure includes stunning views of Mt. Manaslu (8,156m.), the eighth highest peak in the world.

As Manaslu Round trek is off the beaten path trekking, you need to be physically fit and psychologically committed to accomplish it. It doesn’t mean that you need to be an athlete to do this moderate type of trekking in Nepal. Manaslu region is one of the top ten sites of the Great Himalayan Trail which covers an area of 1,700 kilometers. The best time to trek Manaslu Circuit is spring and autumn although can be done throughout the year.Manaslu region trekking in winter may feel quite challenging as its higher part is snow-covered during this season.

Manaslu Circuit trekking package can be customized with the mutual understanding between you and Orbit Alpine Adventure as per the need. This Manalsu Circuit trek article intends to give you the best Nepal trekking package at the most reasonable cost. This article has included Manaslu Round trek 20 days itinerary which can still be tailored considering your vacation, budget and desire. For the customized Manalsu Circuit trek itinerary, contact: www.orbitalpineadventure.com.

FAQs:

1. How can I book Manaslu Circuit trek?

You can book Manaslu Circuit trek by visiting the official website of Orbit Alpine Adventure: www.orbitalpineadventure.com. You can also reach us via email or direct phone calls as per your convenience.

2. What are the beauties of Manaslu Round trek?

The beauties of Manaslu Round trek comprise of natural diversity and cultural variety. The landscapes of this region varies from 700m (Arughat) to 5,160m (Larkya Pass) sheltering varieties of flora and fauna. The stunning view of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges and alluring landscapes are the assets. Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist ethnic communities live here by following their respective culture and tradition. The natural hot springs, glaciers and scattered human settlement areas are other attractions of this place. Diverse flora and fauna species conserved in Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area help make your trekking more significant. You can take some side trips to the natural and cultural sites like Birendra Lake and Pungeen Gompa for acclimatization.

3. Can I do solo trek to Manaslu Circuit?

If you want to do solo trekking to Manaslu Circuit, of course, it is possible. However, you need to be in two members supported by a registered guide as some sections of Manaslu region trekking are restricted. You can contact Orbit Alpine Adventure which makes all the arrangements for Manaslu Circuit solo trekking including the required permits.

4. What are the permits required for Manaslu Circuit trek? And how much does it cost?

Basically, you need three different permits besides TIMS card to make a successful trekking to Manaslu Circuit region. They are Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) from Jagat until you go across Samagaun by paying certain charges. The MRAP cost is USD 100 per person in the months September, October and November for the first 7 days. Additionally, you have to pay USD 15 per person per day after the 7th day in Manaslu region. Similarly, MRAP cost is USD 75 per person for the first 7 days in the months from December to August. USD 10 is charged per person every additional day after the end of the first seven days.

By paying USD 30, you can get Manaslu Conservation Area Permit which cost the same amount throughout the year. You need show it right from Philim which is the entrance point to Manaslu Conservation Area until you reach Dharapani. From Dharapani, you need Annapurna Conservation Area Permit until you reach Beshisahar or the station you take a bus to Kathmandu. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit cost is just USD 30 per person throughout the year.

Day to Day Itinerary

OPEN ALL DAYS Outline Itinerary

You will be met by our staff at the Airport and will be then taken to the Hotel. They will explain briefly about the itinerary upon your arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu, you will be preparing for the trek while enjoying sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Several world heritage sites including the Basantapur Durbar, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple are the places you will visit on the second day. Overnight stay at a hotel.

On the third morning, you will be driving to Arughat which nearly takes about 8 hours. The drive is divided to two parts. First you will be driving until Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, for 4 hours. From there, you will be travelling until Arughat for another 4 hours of drive. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Arughat.

A couple of hours drive further from Arughat and a few hours trek leads us to Soti Khola, a small town located on the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola.

On the fourth day, we will be doing mild climbing from Soti Khola. The trail is comfortable and a five hours trek along the sandy banks of Budhi Gandaki River and across several forests takes us to Machha Khola where we will be staying for the night at a guesthouse.

Begin early from Machhi Khola by crossing the river, and move on to Khrolabesi, where there’s a hot spring aka “Tatopani”. The trail is mostly forested and there are rivers along the way. The rapids and the sounds are more than soothing; and later on you encounter a waterfall where we can take a brief stop. Moving ahead from Dovan, we ascend for less than two hours and walk two hours straight walk before camping for the night.

On the sixth day, we trek for a relatively short period of time. Around four hours of trek past the great looking valleys and the rivers takes us to a wonderful small village called Philim. Also during the way, we come across several suspension bridges that offer great view of the adjoining ambience. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

The trail now is undulating with occasional rise and falls. Spectacular waterfalls greet you on the way, so do more suspension bridges. Before reaching Bihi Phedi, we pass the beautiful Eklebhatti village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

We pass several Gurung settlement areas and valleys on day eight as we move up the fascinating trail. Namrung has many Buddhist monasteries and Gompas that signify that the Tibetan culture is still quite popular in the region. Trail with carved stones can also be new to some foreign trekkers. We will visit the nearby village in Namrung and stay overnight at a guesthouse there.

On day nine we will be trekking almost 900 meters and by the end of the day’s trek, we will reach Samagaon loacted at 3530 meters of altitude. Samagaon is a wonderful little village which provides great view of Mount Manaslu. There is also a popular Gompa, monastery, in Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

The next day, we will be spending at Samagaon itself primarily for acclimatization of the increasing altitude and the conditions. However, there are several options on that day as well as we can stroll around the local villages and enjoy the scenery there. Also a half-day’s walk until Birendra Lake is also possible from Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

The trail to Samdo crosses several grazing and pasture areas and then gradually climbs up the valley. We can have fantastic view of the Himalayan mountains especially MountManasluand others once we reach Samdo. Samdo is also the last permanent settlement area in the valley and this remote village is just a day’s walk away from the neighboring Tibet border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

After leaving the village of Samdo, we cross a stream and reach now deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago, this village used to be a major trade point with Tibet. But, the village looks sorry these days as the traders have chosen some other places for trade along the Tibetan border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

On day fourteen, we trek to Larkya-La Pass which happens to be one of the most beautiful Himalayan Pass in Nepal. It is situated at a daunting altitude of 5213 meters and several mountain peaks are clearly visible from this Pass. Himlung Himal (7,126 meter), Mount Cheo (6,820 meters), Mount Annapurna II (7,937 meters) and MountManasluare all visible from the Pass. From Larkya-La Pass, we descend to Bhimtang where we will be staying in a guesthouse.

Few hours of gentle downhill climbing through several fields and settlement areas takes to a small village called Tilje. While on the way, we come across a massive rhododendron forest. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Now, we begin our return trip as we trek to Tal on the sixteenth day. A few hours of mild trekking is enough for the day. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

On the 17th day we arrive at Syange, a small village town near Annapurna region, after around 4 hours of trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Trek further from Syange leads us to Bhul Bula. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

We catch a local jeep to Beshisahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district, and then drive back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Today you will return to your country. We will take you to the airport a few hours before your scheduled flight time.

Cost Details

  • Pick up/drop from/to the Kathmandu Airport and hotel.
  • Two nights’ accommodation at 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (arrival and night before departure)
  • All the three permits (Manaslu Restricted Area, Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area) plus TIMS Card
  • Map of Manaslu Region
  • Ground transportation facilities
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a cultural restro
  • Trekking information as listed in the itinerary
  • Full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • A registered trekking guide
  • A trekking porterfor a group of two trekkers at the least
  • First Aid Tools Box
  • Food items, accommodation and local taxes for the guide and the porter(s)
  • Hiring down jacket, sleeping bag and other trekking gears which must be returned after the completion of the trek
  • Travel and rescue insurance (which is a must for doing an adventurous journey) covering both medical and emergency evacuation charge
  • On-Arrival Visa fees in Nepal
  • Gratuity (tips) for guide, porters and driver
  • Additional night accommodation and meals in Kathmandu due to early Nepal arrival, late departure and return without completing the trekking itinerary (your own reasons)
  • Altitude chamber or oxygen
  • Personal expenditure like phone calls, bar bills, battery recharging, extra porter, mineral and boiled water, shower, heater, laundry, etc.
  • Additional side trips or sightseeing tour
  • Air ticket fare to and from Nepal

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