Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Trekking- 20 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek – 20 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote off-the-beaten-track into one of Nepal’s most beautiful areas. Manaslu [8163m] is the eight highest peaks in the world, was officially opened for the trekking purpose to tourists only in 1992. However, it was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese mountaineering expedition and as it is regarded as one of the most dangerous 8000m peaks it has only been climbed by a handful of westerners that time.

Manaslu is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means “The spirit-mountain”, the local dialects refer it to be the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within. The complete circuit of this mountain over the Larkya Pass is one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets, following remote trails which see very few trekkers. The scenery is as diverse as it can be; from the sub tropical foothills of the Himalaya to the arid Trans Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers, and the quieter trails, picturesque villages and stunning mountain views make it one of the classic yet unspoilt treks left in Nepal.

Now a day, Manaslu Circuit Trek draws a mixture of trekkers and mountaineers. It is not busy trek by any means, but it is becoming famous trek for its range of scenery, culture variety and it fledging lodges. As the Annapurna Circuits becomes increasingly affected by road construction, you are expected the Manaslu region to rise as a challenging alternative trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek, we begin our trek from Arughat Bazaar and follow the impressive Buri Gandaki River north to the village of Deng. Although firstly it is a quite wide, the river valley soon narrows and we find ourselves walking high above the river on spectacular paths. As we trek northwards the valley opens up again to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan style villages, which cluster below Manaslu’s dramatic north face. We trek through these villages, with rows of prayer wheels and mani stones. Eventually we reach Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From here we head west across the Larkya La (5213m), a classic route linking the Buri Gandaki and the Marsyangdi. The descent takes us through the beautiful alpine meadows at Bimthang before we join the main Annapurna Circuit route, back to the trailhead at Besisahar.

DAY 01 Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by our representative. Please look for signage of Natraj Trekking with your name once you come out of Arrival Terminal Hall after collecting your luggage. You will be escorted by our representative to the hotel
Kathmandu, capital of the ancient Mountain Kingdom of Nepal, has the air of a medieval city with a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be provided welcome drinks along with the room key
In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine Nepali local meal.
Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 02 In Kathmandu
Breakfast at the hotel
Briefing and half day tour of Kathmandu City
Afternoon local shop visit for trek equipment hiring if needed
Overnight at the hotel
After breakfast and a trek briefing, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the city. Many of Kathmandu’s most historic and important temples are located here. Interesting things for visitors to see are Taleju temple, gigantic figure of Kalbhairav (the god of destruction), Basantapur Durbar, and Temple of Kumari (living goddess)
This afternoon we will then have an opportunity to visit a local hire shop to pick up any last minute equipment still needed.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 03 Drive Kathmandu to Arughat [600m)
After an early breakfast we’ll start our journeys with drive through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach at Arughat, on the footsteps of Manasalu. There is approx 5 hour drive (142km) from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Gorkha, the Capital of Medieval Nepal. Another 42km drive on a dirt road and we reach Arughat, our trek start point. Please note that the dirt road from Gorkha to Arughat may not be drivable during the monsoon season. In that case, we may have to begin our trek right from Gorkha and reach Arughat in the evening.
Arughat Bazzar is clustered on both sides of the River Budi-Gandaki linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley and it is also a junction to various important places. The path from here across the River leads to Dhading & Trisuli Bazaar and our route from here leads north
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 04 Arughat-Soti Khola (710m)
Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola– Approx 5 hrs walking
After breakfast this morning we break camp and begin our trek by following a well used trail that leads us past an ever-changing tableau of rice fields and Gurung villages. The walking today is fairly gentle and affords us our first views of Shringi Himal from Shanti Bazaar, from where the clear glacial run-off of the Budhi Gandaki provides a constant backdrop to our hike up into the mountains. Crossing a suspension bridge, we then follow the trail down to Soti Khola, and our camp amongst the landscapes of the famed ‘Honey Hunters’. The foothills of Central Nepal have, for generations, been famous for their twice yearly harvests, when men gather from the surrounding villages to undertake the dangerous task of collecting the honey of the Apis Laboriosa (the world’s largest honey bee) from the cliffs that are their home.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 05 Soti Khola- Maccha Khola (900m)
Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola. Approx 5-6 hrs walking
Today, the path from here at times cuts into the steep valley, which is densely forested, passing through a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, till we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Burhi Gandaki river. The terraced cultivated fields belong to the upper village of Lapubesi (880m). From here our path descends to the wide, sandy riverbed which follows a trail meandering below the steep, craggy valley side. We have last climb up to brings you at near villages where is some teashops and nearby we’ll stay for overnight
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 06 Maccha Khola– Jagat(1410m)
Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat: Approx 6-7 hrs walking
Today, the trail leads to more interesting farm villages and fields as the vegetation changes slowly, after crossing bridge and heading upstream to the tiny village of Kholabesi and the hot springs at Tatopani.
From the Hot Spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a 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. Cross to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, climb over a ridge, trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat where we will spend overnight
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 07 Jagat-Deng 1804m)
Trek from Jagat to Deng -Approx 8 hrs walking
Firstly we descends to a long series of stone steps to the river, from here the path climbs a terraced hillside to Saguleri, overlooking distance view of Sringi Himal 7,187m from this spot, the walk follows ups and down trail as we reach to the bridge over Budi-Gandaki, after crossing the bridge from Ghata-khola, the path winds up towards Philim village. From here the trails climbs slowly along the hillside passing through small settlements of Aga, Lokwa. After Lokwa it’s a downhill to camp at a small place Eklaibhati near Shiar khola with great views looking over the valley towards Pangsing. An hour walk after Eklai-Bhatti, we cross to the east side of the river. The path follows up and down in some section the trail is cut into the sheer cliff walls, after this dramatic portion the track finally improves as the walk leads to Deng village for the overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 08 Deng- Ghap (2165m)
Trek from Deng to Ghap-Approx 4 hrs walking
From Deng the houses and terrains completely changes into more Tibetan like from here onwards. The people here are of Tibetan origin along with their ancient culture. Villagers of this areas cultivates buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops, beside this since trekking became popular around this area, spinach, carrots and cabbages are also grown. Our route crosses the river before scrambling steeply up onto a spectacular trail high above the river. We pass through some small settlements as we ascend the impressive valley. We will see mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are now in a Buddhist area. Dropping down once more to the river there is a short climb to Ghap (2165m).
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 09 Ghap- Lho (3180m)
Trek from Ghap to Lho-Approx 5 hrs walking
Today as we gain height we walk through alpine forests, home to white-faced monkeys. From Ghap we have a long climb to Namrung, a large village with a tea shop. From here the valley becomes wider and there is extensive farmland all around where we may see the occasional look-out platform, built to ward off bears. Climbing steadily now, we pass the Tibetan village of Sho and just above the village we get our first view of Manaslu ahead. A little walk further on we come to our camp in Lho (3180m) where the Tibetan influence is strong. There are mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and a large monastery.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 10 Lho- Samagaon(3530m)
Trek from Lho to Samagaon -Approx 5 hrs walking
A short day as we continue up the valley. The trail climbs out of Lho and follows the valley with great views of Peak 29 ahead. As we pass through huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. From a large chorten we look down into a little dip where two rows of houses form the main part of Sama. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11 At Samagaon -Side trip to Pungyen Gompa ( 2 ½ hrs in a total)
Samagaon -Pungyen Gompa -Samagaon
Today we spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Ponder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. Meet the village women in Samagaon who wear a nice silver spoon as jewelry. On a little hill near Samagaon is an old Gompa. It is worthwhile to take a side trip to Pungyen Gompa, a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year they met so much resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They finally summitted the mountain in 1959.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 12 Samagaon- Samdo (3860m)
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo -Approx 3-4 hrs walking
The trail crosses grassy grazing areas and climbs gradually up the valley. We have fantastic views of the mountains with Manaslu looking particularly impressive. We finally reach Samdo (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. There will be time in theafternoon to look round the village and explore the surrounding hills.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 13 Samdo- Dharamsala
Trek from Samdo -Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m]: Approx 4-5 hrs walking
We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Buri Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmasala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We camp here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrows crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 14 Dharamsala-Lartka La (5213m)-Bimthang (3720m)
Trek to Dharamsala crossing Larkya La Pass- Approx 9 hrs walking
After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it’s an experience not to be missed.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 15 Bimthang-Gho (2650m)
Trek from Bimthang to Gho -Approx 4-5 hrs walking
Cross the high pasture, descend the valley of the Burdin Khola. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. From here we cross a slide, then go 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. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 16 Gho-Dharapani
Trek from Gho to Dharapani [1920m]: Approx 3-4 hrs walking
Continue through the fields, over a clear stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. Staying on the north bank we trek into Tilje. Climb over a small ridge to the stone – paved village and wind among the closely spaced houses of this large Village. Leaving the village, cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment. Cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch and past a mani wall to Thonje. At the village of Thonje, we go through a police checkpoint, and then continue to Dharapani.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 17 Dharapani-Syange(1080m)
Trek from Dharapani to Syange -About 7 hrs walking
The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail continues on to Chyamje, recrossing the river once again. It then descends through forests of rhododendron and pine to Syange.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 18 Syange- Besi Sahar (800m)
Trek from Syange to Besi Sahar-Approx 7 hrs walking
The Marsyangdi valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages as Bhulbhule, Khudi. Then we walk on a flat part alongside the left bank of the Marsyandi. A last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar, a dusty and busy place which marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the civilization.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 19 Besi Sahar- Kathmandu
Drive from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus: 7-8 hrs
About 8 hrs scenic drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of road. In Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel, the day at leisure to rest, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. In the evening, we host a Nepali dinner with a local cultural show to celebrate our successful completion of Around Manaslu Trek. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 20 Depart Kathmandu
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to airport for final departure
(Please note that airport reporting time will be at least 2:30 hrs before of your international flight’s time).
Meals included: Breakfast

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