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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Group size: 

min 2 Max 12

Max-Altitude: 

5213

Trip Grade:
 
Moderate

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.

Destination: 

Nepal

Best Season: 

Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
3 Star Hotel and Trek House while Trekking

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a recent / newly opened route for the trekkers as of 1991 which lies between western and central Nepal. This trek is becoming more and more popular as a new trekking destination. The journey tracks for Manaslu Circuit trekking is about 177 kilometers, around Mount Manaslu - one of the 8th utmost peaks at an elevation of 8156 meters above sea level. Japanese voyager was the first to climb Mount Manaslu in 1956.

The tracks in Manaslu Circuit were used as a trading route to Tibet and were considered very tough compared to the Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp. But now they are comparatively easier with improvement in works. It passes alongside and crosses Budhi Gandaki stream numerous times. Larkya La Pass at 5235 meters is the highest point in the journey which is covered by snow most of the time.

Our journey instigates from the town of Arughat transitory through bamboo forests overpass through Gurung settlements in narrow Buri Gandaki valley. After that, you will be reaching the Nupri area which is habitually inhabited by Tibetan settlers & is the ideal slog for daring explorers who want an authentic, off the compressed trail experience.

The region is largely secure as Manaslu Preservation Zone. It was recognized in 1998, and covers an area of 1663 square kilometers and lies in the north part of Gorkha region. Altitude varies from 600 m to 8156 m over the sea level. The communities have varied flora and fauna plus 2000 species florae, 33 species of animals – snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan red panda, 110 diverse bird species and 11 kinds of butterflies.

Wildflowers and rhododendron forest are the main vegetation found here. The region is blessed with beautiful sceneries, majestic Himalayan ranges with ten mountains of above 6500 m, high elevation glacier lakes, and rich biological and cultural diversity. There are several ancient Buddhist monasteries like Shringi, Mu and Rachen gompas where most of the Tibetan Buddhists followers come to visit this place to worship.

The perfect months are March-May in spring and September-December in winter. During these seasons, the weather will be perfect to explore & trek the Manaslu Circuit without facing any difficulties. Our GHHT members provide an ample of opportunities during the trekking session, so one enjoy the grandiose sights of Larkya La Pass which is frequently roofed with snow and also to observe diverse kinds of flora and fauna, landscapes bonded with natural and environmental passion. We also provide you a different trekking option in Manaslu Region. You can simply go to our homepage and seek Manaslu Region for further details and other trek options of this Manaslu region.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m & 4264 feet)

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative from Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and drop you to the hotel. After checking in,  you can relax and freshen up and later wander around the best tourist hub of Kathmandu - Thamel. There is an abundant number of souvenir and antique shops for you to shop from. Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will host a welcome dinner in the evening at an admirable Nepali restaurant which serves the most delicious Nepali cuisine.  This will be an introduction of the Nepali food. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: A 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pick Up in a Private Car.

Day 2:
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, we will begin our guided trip to numerous ancient/ historical heritage sites of Kathmandu. We will be exploring the Kathmandu Durbar square - an ancient palace and surrounding this square, there are plenty of temples and ancient prehistoric palaces. You will also explore the temple inside out of the temple plus get a chance to visit the living goddess - Kumari. 

All the myths and legends associated with these sites as well as the story of living goddess Kumari will be described to you in brief by our tour guide.

Next, we will explore the sacred Hindu temple - the Pashupatinath temple. Inside the temple, you will be exploring the religious rituals of Hindu followers and more. After that, we will visit the Swambhunath temple (also famous as monkey temple). Next, we will visit the Boudhanath stupa -the largest stupa in the world. Later in afternoon, we will have a small meeting about the trip in Ganesh Himal Hiking Team's office.  We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Explore Kathmandu in a Private Car.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu towards Sotikhola (710 m & 2328 feet): 8 - 9 Hrs

Today we will wake up early and drive to Soti Khola. On the drive to Soti Khola - we will be enjoying spectacular mountain views as well as small Nepali hamlet. We will drive through the paved road from Kathmandu towards Dhading Besi which is the headquarter of Dhading (1050 m). From here - we drive to Arughat through the bumpy road. After reaching Arughat - we will then head our drive to Soti Khola. We will spend our night in Soti Khola.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 4
Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900 m & 2952 feet): 6 - 7 Hrs

Today we will commence our trek journey crossing the bridge and trek via striking Sal forests and then ascend to the ridge over to the huge flowing Budhi Gandaki. 

We will then reach Khursane and trek upwards and downwards on the rocky trail on the side with two cascading waterfalls. Continuing trekking, we will reach rice fields and from here we head upwards to Gurung village named Labubensi. Moving downwards and trekking through curved stone, we then ascend through the side ridge. We will then head downwards to the river and cross the river through suspension bride and reach Macha Khola village. We will spend our night in Macha Khola.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day
  Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410 m & 4625 feet): 6-7 Hrs

Today we will trek to the narrow path with few up and down and then from here, we will cross the Tharo Khola and then we will reach Kholabesi. After that with short ascends and descends we will cross Budhi Gandaki River through suspension bridge. We will then ascend on a broad staircase. We will again cross another river Yaru Khola via suspension bridge and ascend through the stone stairs and head downwards to the river and again take the steps to stone stairs towards Tharo Bharyang. We will cross the west bank river Budha Gandaki and ascend through a ridge and trek alongside the river and ascend to the Jagat village. We will spend our night in Jagat.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 6
Jagat to Deng (1804 m & 5917 feet): 6 - 7 Hrs

Today we will begin our trek ascending above the rocky ridge and head towards Salleri and from here, we will descend towards Sirdibas. The vale broadens slightly and continues our trek to Ghata Khola. Continuing trekking and crossing the bridge - we will reach the Gurung village. We will be crossing the millet fields and head towards the Ekle Bhatti. From here our trails enter a huge steep and then we will descend to a lush land hill and cross the Budhi Gandaki River and trek to the west bank and then cross the east bank. Continuing trekking the valley broadens and then passing via the Bamboo forests towards the Deng Khola (river); crossing the river - we arrive at the small village of Deng. We will spend our night in Deng.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 7
Deng to Namrung (2630 m & 8626 feet): 6-7 Hrs

After a short hike from Deng, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki and ascend towards Rana - 1910 m. From here we will ascend for a while and head to the path of the west valley of Budhagandaki. We will then pass via dense forests and turn to corner that curves towards Ghap.

There are many trails but we will be trekking on the trails to Prok village. This Prok village has stunning viewpoint where one gets the exquisite views of Shringi Himal (mountain). After that, we will cross the Budhigandaki and then pass numerous Gompa- monasteries. We will continue our trek following the river via lush forests. Then we will cross the river and head downwards to narrow gorge and our dense forest trail becomes slightly less dense. We continue our trek and after a steep ascends - we will reach Namrung. We will spend our night in Namrung.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 8
Namrung to Samagaon (3530 m & 11578 feet): 6-7 Hrs

This Namrung village is the best viewpoint for viewing the Ganesh and Shringi Himal and even one gets to perceive Mount Chuli of the south. We will ascend gradually and pass via dense forest and then reach Lihi - an excellent village with several chortens and barley fields. Our path drops and crossing the side vale of Ganesh and Simnang Himal which the view is nearby. Before reaching Sama village - we will pass some villages named Sho, Lho and Shyala. From Lho village, one gets the beautiful view of Mount Manaslu and even we will be exploring the well-known Ribung Gomba. The Shyala village is surrounded by several huge mountains named Mt. Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu and few glaciers. As our today's trek ends in Samagaon, we will spend our night here.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 9
  Samagaon to Pungyen Gompa and Back to Samagaon: 6-7 Hrs Exploration

Today we will be spending our day relaxing and acclimatizing in Samagaon. We will also get familiar with Sherpa people and their culture. We will enjoy the view of abundant thousands Man wall stones depicting Buddhists scriptures and painting. This Sama village is a prehistoric village having an ancient Gompa named - Pungyen Gomba and from the Gomba/monastery - one will get the stunning views of the glaciers. We will spend our night in Samagaon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day
Samagaon to Samdo (3860 m & 12660 feet): 4-5 Hrs

We will be descending down to Budhi Gandaki River and turn to the north and follow the river. Trekking to the left side of trail will leads us to Manaslu Base Camp. The trail to Larkye La passes numerous Mani walls and from there, our vale starts to broaden. The trails become easy and head over the river by passing through lush Juniper and birch forests. We will then head downwards and cross the Budhi Gandaki River through a wooden bridge and then ascend gradually to a cape amid two forks of the river. We will then pass via Kani and then reach Samdo. We will spend our night in Samdo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 11
Rest at Samagaon for Acclimatization

Today also we will be acclimatizing the altitude so; today there are two options - In the first one - we will hike to the high valley to the back of Samdo village. The hike will lead us to Tibet trade passes and from here, we get the magnificent views of Mount Manaslu including several other peaks. Heading to this viewpoint - we will be passing herding settlements named Doksas and even get to spot mountain birds like Lophophorus - the national bird of Nepal and other birds like Himalayan griffin and Lammergeyer. Later option will be - heading to Gya La pass which is the large pass situated to the north of Samdo but this hike will be tiring. We will spend our night in Samdo. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 12
Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460 m & 14628 feet): 4-5 Hrs

Today we will continue our trek walking down the edge and crossing the wooden bridge above Budhi Gandaki and walk to the upward direction and cross two streams as well as viewing the Larkye glacier. We will then head to the Valley of Salka River and ascend again towards the stone guest house which is at the altitude of 4450 meters. This lodge is a small lodge but called as Dharmashala which is also well-known as Larkye Phedi. Today a short hike helps us for proper acclimatization and in afternoon, we will fully relax. We will spend our night in Dharamsala.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 13
 Dharamsala to Larkya La (5160 m & 16924 feet) - Bimthang (3720 m & 12201 feet): 8 - 9 Hrs

Today we will ascend for a while and then reach the valley to the north side of Larkye glacier and from here - we can enjoy the mind-blowing views of Larkya peak and Cho Danda. Then we will cross the moraines of the glacier with gradual ascend and then reach the last part of the pass. Reaching on the pass, we will be amazed by the captivating view of Cheo Himal, Kangguru, Annapurna II and Himlung Himal. It is longer day trek where we will then head to Bimthang, however, we will be walking through low pastures with mesmerizing views of Mount Manaslu. We will spend our night in Bimthang. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 14
 Bimthang to Tilije (2300 m & 7544 feet): 5-6 Hrs

From the edge of Bimthang, we will get the splendor view of Mount Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal and Lamjung Himal. After that, we will descend for a while and cross the soaring pasture and follow the Dudh Koshi River. We will then walk via dense rhododendron forests and following the trail to the narrow valley - we reach the cultivated land of the valley Karche at 2785 meter. After that, we will be crossing fields and ascend steeply above the ridge. A short walk will take us to Gho village. We can spend our night in this Gho village but Ganesh Himal Hiking Team advises to stay in Tilije. We will spend our night in Tilije village.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 15
Tilije to Tal (1700 m & 5576 feet): 5-6 Hrs

Today we will ascend above small ridge and trek on the stone paved trail and then we will pass the splendid village. After that, we will cross the Dudh Koshi River through a bridge and ascend via chorten shape arc and then pass a huge mani wall and we will reach Thonje village. From the village, we will be trekking passing the police checkpoint and continuing trekking towards Dharapani. Before reaching Tal village we will come across Mani walls and this village is located at the foot of the huge cascading waterfall. We will spend our night in Tal.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are Included.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 16
Tal to Syange at 1080 meter and 3542 feet: 6 - 7 hrs.

Today we will be following the trail to Chyamje village and then cross the Marshyangdi river. The valley of Marshyagdi undo with wide terrace fields and the village is situated in the high hilly area. After that, we will descend via lush pine and rhododendron forests and head towards Syange. We will spend our night in Syange. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea house or Trekking lodge.

Day 17
Syange to Kathmandu: 8-9 hrs.

Today we will drive from Syange and head to Kathmandu through Besi Sahar which provides the fascinating view of mountain landscapes and hills. Mostly we will be driving alongside the bank of Trishuli and Marsyangdi River. We will then drive to the view of the stunning village with terraced farm fields. Reaching Kathmandu we will drive to the hotel. You can freshen up and then you can also buy gifts for your loved ones and visit some of the souvenir shops nearby. The company of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will be hosting a farewell dinner for the completion of the success of the trek. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3-Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18
Final departure

Today your adventurous Manaslu circuit trek finally comes to an end. Our representative from the Ganesh Himal Hiking team will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule. 

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop-Off in a Private Car.

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.

Included in the Price

    • All transportations between airport and hotel
    • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
    • 13 nights in standard lodges/tea houses during the trek
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
    • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
    • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
    • All government and local taxes

     

Not Included in the Price

    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porter

Fixed Departures - 2018



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 Jan 19th YES
 Feb 14th YES
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 March 8th YES
 March 14th YES
 March 19th YES
 March 28th YES
 April 2nd YES
 April 9th YES
 April 15th YES
 April 22nd YES
 3rd May YES
 17th May YES
 20th May YES
 27th May YES
 14th June YES
 23rd June YES
 6th July YES
 28th July YES
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 17th August YES
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 12th September YES
 17th September YES
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 28th September YES
 4th October YES
 9th October YES
 14th October YES
 19th October YES
 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
 18th November YES
 5th December YES
 16th December YES

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