Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek via Larkya Pass journeys you through lowlands and low-altitude villages, high altitude settlements and alpine pastures, through banks of rivers and roaring fountains, in a region with untouched nature and varying culture and ethnicities. Like the famous Himalayan treks of Nepal, viz, Everest and Annapurna treks, our Manaslu Circuit Trek brings a deep experience of high mountain region, sublime mountain sceneries, varying flora and fauna. Find what is rural in Nepal in true sense of the term. Named after Mt. Manaslu (8188m), the world’s 8th highest peak, the trek also has its spirited adventure sections. You will not mistake it specially at the time of crossing Larkya La Pass.

The trek usually starts at Arughat, gradually ascends to Larkya La Pass, and then descends again to an end at Syange village near Beshishahar. Since Beshisahar is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit, you can also combine Manaslu Circuit Trek with Annapurna Circuit Trek, and enjoy the best of Manaslu Annapurna regions. Grand views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, Hiunchuli and numerous other peaks of the Nepal Himalaya help you get memories to last over the life. You will also experience the typical Nepalese rural life during this rustic journey.


Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Trek Briefing, Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat

Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Seti Khola (775m)

Day 5: Trek from Seti River to Machha Khola (900m)

Day 6: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m)

Day 7: Trek from Jagat to Ngyak (2310m)

Day 8: Trek from Ngyak to Ghap (2100m)

Day 9: Trek from Ghap to Lho (3200m); 6 hrs

Day 10: Trek from Lho to Sama Gompa (3500m); 6 hrs

Day 11: Acclimatization and exploration day

Day 12: Trek from Sama Gompa to Dharmasala (4450m); 6 hrs

Day 13: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi (3590m) via Larkya La pass (5215m); 8 hrs

Day 14: Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje (3900m); 5 hrs

Day 15: Tilje to Tal (1725m); 5 hrs

Day 16: Trek from Tal to Besisahar: 7 hrs

Day 17: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu; 7 hrs

Day 18: International Departure


Day 1: Arrival
An Outdoor Himalayan Treks staff, waiting for you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will rest and relax for the rest of the day in the hotel.

Day 2: Trek Briefing, Trek Preparation (Optional- Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing )
Shortly after breakfast in the morning, you will meet your trekking team, including the trek guide, in our office. He will brief you about the trek. Then you will proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. We will cover as much of the UNESCO heritage sites that showcase the rich cultural heritage from medieval Nepal as possible during the sightseeing. We also complete all preparations for the trek during the day.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat
A long bus journey (nearly 8 hours) will take you to Arughat, the point of departure of our trek. So we start from Kathmandu early in the morning at 7 o’clock. We spend our night in a tent.

Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Seti Khola (775m)
The hike lasts for about 6 hours, following the Budhi Gandaki river bed towards its origin. We pass several small villages on the way. Some of them are Arkhat and Simre. From Arkhat onwards the path goes gently upward as far as Kyoropani near the Seti River. We pitch our tent there to spend our night there.

Day 5: Trek from Seti River to Machha Khola (900m)
Short ups and downs as well as level walking along the Budhi Gandaki River valley today brings us to our destination. We go down a little at first, and then climb over a mountain ridge at Almara. Walking through forest, we arrive at Riden Gaun and enter into the Budhi Gandaki Valley to reach a little a further from Lambesi to pitch our camp for the next day.

Day 6: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m)
The total duration of the trek is about 6 hours. We walk along river banks and villages. We also meet a natural hot spring named “Tatopani.” Then under the cool shade of trees to reach “Dovan,” a confluence of two rivers. After we leave the Dovan, most of the day’s elevation gain follows, making a total change in the sceneries and surroundings as we move on and on. We spend our night in a tent in Jagat.

Day 7: Trek from Jagat to Ngyak (2310m)
We gain a lot of elevation today in about 7 hours’ trek today. We start to get enticing sceneries of mountains from different points along the trail, including that of Sringi Himal. As usual, we spend our night in a camp.

Day 8: Trek from Ngyak to Ghap (2100m)
Settlements are very few and far between as the altitude increases. We move up in the direction of the Deng River. The influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture begins to feel itself from Ghap with Mani walls and chortens. We move inside the tent for our night stay.

Day 9: Trek from Ghap to Lho (3200m); 6 hrs
We meet more settlements today than yesterday. Cross the Budhi Gandaki river, walk through settlements and terraced fields. Again cross another river— Hinan — and climb up to Sho. It is an excellent viewpoint, offering incredibly beautiful views of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and other peaks. We reach a tiny village called Lho for our night’s stopover.

Day 10: Trek from Lho to Sama Gompa (3500m); 6 hrs

We move deep into the high mountain territories today. We walk on the debris of Pungen Glacier to reach a small village called Sama. From here, we move on about half an hour to reach Sama monastery. We erect our tent in the vicinity and rest for the night

Day 11: Acclimatization and exploration day.
A day’s break here is necessary to beat our fatigue and also to get our body used to the high altitude. But staying idle does not help in acclimatization, so the best way to keep ourselves fit for the days ahead is to walk around the area during daytime and take in the marvels of the Himalayas. Night in the tent.

Day 12: Trek from Sama Gompa to Dharmasala (4450m); 6 hrs
More and more amazing spectacles unfold around us today. We are still following the Budhi Gandaki river, which changes now into a rather small stream. We leave the last settlement of the trail today at Sumdu to reach Dharmasala. But before that, we pass through a stream coming from Gya La, a pass leading into the Tibet, and also the ruins of Larkya Bazaar. This bazaar probably was a prosperous trading point with Tibet a few centuries ago. But after the opening of roads to link Nepal and Tibet, this place seems to have been abandoned. Night in the tent.

Day 13: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimphedi (3590m) via Larkya La pass (5215m); 8 hrs
Certainly one of the most adventurous days in the entire trek. After successfully climbing the pass, however you will hold your breath while soaking up the views of Himlung Mountain, Cheo Mountain, Kang Kuru, Annapurna II and many others. The descent on the other side is steep through glacial debris to Bhimphedi. Night in the tent.

Day 14: Trek from Bhimphedi to Tilje (3900m); 5 hrs
As we start to come down to lower elevations, we again see farmlands and forests. This is the case today, as we pass alpine forests of rhododendron and fig trees to reach Tilje. Night in the tent.

Day 15: Tilje to Tal (1725m); 5 hrs
We walk down the trail alongside the Marsyangdi River. After days of walking in uninhabited high alpines, the villages we encounter during the day give complete new experiences. We stop at Tal, a small village, for the night.

Day 16: Tal to Besisahar (720m); 7 hrs
Today we trek from Tal to Jagat where our trek ends, and catch a vehicle to reach Besishahar.

Day 17: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu; 7 hrs
After breakfast, we return to Kathmandu in a long bus journey.

Day 18: International Departure
We drop you at the airport and pay you farewell there.


Health/Fitness Requirement:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  1. Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  2. In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  1. Sleeping bag
  2. Down jacket
  3. LED headlight
  4. Water bottle
  5. First-aid kit
  6. Water purification solution
  7. Trekking poles
  8. Raincoat
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Full fingers gloves
  11. Socks
  12. Thermal cap
  13. Fleece
  14. Sunscreen

Notes:

  1. You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  2. We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  3. We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  1. TIMS Card
  2. Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  3. Travel insurance

  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek; Deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home)
  • Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport transfers and sightseeing by car, Kathmandu - Arughat and Besisahar - Kathmandu by bus
  • Documentation: Trekking permits (for Manaslu Restricted Area, Manaslu Conservation Area Project, Annapurna Conservation Area Project)
  • Equipment/Accessories: Trekking poles, down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based)
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking) and a porter, with their entire expenses covered (wages, accommodation, meails, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance

Country: Nepal
Duration: 18 days
Grade: Strenuous
Highest Alt: 5215m
Trek Style: Moderate
Best Season: March-November
Group Size: 2 and more
Start/End: Arughat/Besishahar
Trekking Hours: 5-6 Hours per day
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