Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventurous trek that makes a complete circuit of Mt. Manalsu (8156m), eighth highest mountain in the world. The trail reaches up to Manaslu Base Camp (4665m) which offers breathtaking and close-up views of Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Samdo, Nireyka, Khayang, Saula. The most challenging moment of Manaslu Circuit Trek is the crossing of Larkey Pass at an altitude of 5106m.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is still a very remote trek and very few trekkers visit this trail. Manaslu Circuit Trek is often preferred as a good alternative to Annapurna trek. The trekking trail follows the Budi Gandaki river and ascends towards Marshyangdi Valley.
The region is geographically and culturally close to Tibet as the inhabitants of this region still follow ancient Buddhist culture. Some of the prominent villages you will pass through include Jagat, Shyala, Samagaon, Tilche, Lo Gaon among others. Since the trail falls within the territory of Manaslu Conservation Area, it is home to such endangered species as snow leopard, red panda, blue sheep, Himalayan Thar etc.
Manaslu Trek is a teahouse trek. The actual trekking begins from Arughat in Gorkha district, some 8 hours drive from Kathmandu, on the banks of Budi Gandaki River.
Ever since a dip in tourist arrival in Manaslu region following the April earthquake of 2015 the trekking the trail has been opened for trekking again. There has been growing interests among trekkers in Manaslu region and Manaslu Circuit trek in particular in the past few years.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Day Tour

Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Day 4: SotiKhola to Macchakhola Village

Day 5: Machhakhola Gaon to Jagat

Day 6: Jagat to Pewakhola

Day 7: Pewa Khola to Ghap

Day 8: Ghap to Lo Gaon

Day 9: Lho Gaon to Samagaaon

Day 10: Rest day at Samagaon

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (larkePhedi)

Day 13: Dharmashala to Bimtang: Pass day

Day 14: Bimthang to Gho

Day 15: Gho to Jagat

Day 16: Jagat to Nadi Bazaar

Day 17: Nadibazar to Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure - Time to say GOODBYE

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Duration

N/A

Transportation

Car

Meal

N/A

Accommodation

Kathmandu Arts Hotel or similar type

Highlights: Welcome to Nepal

00.00 pm: Arrive at Kathmandu from your country
00.00 pm: Pick up from airport, and proceed to hotel to check in.
Our representative meets you at the hotel with your trek guide. You will have short trek talk and introduction. Guide will check your gears for the trek. If any shortage, he will help or advice to get it in local shops.

NOTE: Your hotel is located at Thamel area. Tourist can explore at own during night time. EyesOnNepal recommends some famous restaurants (on 10 to 20 minutes walking distance) for wining, dining and Nepalese coffee.
Or, our tour guide will bring you around in Thamel area, and will explain where to make shopping, where to dine, where can find good restaurant, famous bars etc.
Our recommended restaurant
New Orleans Café (at Mandala Street
Himalayan Java
OR2K Café (at Mandala Street)
Pumpernickel Bakery
Black Olive Café
YangLing Tibetan Restaurant
Muktinath Thakali Kitchen
The Places Veg. Restaurant
Buddha Bar
The Purple Haze
Sams Bar

Day 2: Kathmandu Day Tour

Duration

8 hrs

Transportation

Car

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel Arts Kathmandu

Highlights: Visit to Temples, Sadhus, Monks, Narrow streets, Foods and UNESCO HERITAGE SITES

08.00am: Breakfast at your hotel
09.00am: Meet with our tour guide. Start Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
1) Swayambhunath Stupa, the Monkey Temple – one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in Valley
2) Boudhanath Stupa – The largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. NOTE: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
3) Pashupatinath Temple- The most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world. NOTE: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
01.00pm: Lunch at Patan Palace Restaurant.
02.00pm: Tours continue, visit:
4) Patan Durbar Square NOTE: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
5) Kathmandu Durbar Square NOTE: UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
07.00pm: Dinner in Gokarna House Restaurant with Nepalese traditional cultural dance performances.
08.30pm: After dinner, back to hotel. Rest & relax.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Duration

10 hrs

Transportation

Bus

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House in Soti Khola

Highlights: Driving through hilly roads

07.00am: Breakfast at hotel.
08.00am: Drive to Aurghat(570m) by Jeep. The total distance covered from Kathmandu to Arughat is 140km.
12.00pm: Arrive at Dhadingbesi(580m), district headquarters of Dhading district. Have lunch break and afterwards continue the drive to Arughat. On the way to Arughat you will see Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Manaslu Himalayan ranges.
02.00pm: Arrive at Arughat. Change the vehicle and drive towards Soti Khola(730m). The unpaved road passes along the banks of Budi Gandaki with soaring cliffs on both sides.
05.00pm: Arrive at Soti Khola. Check in at local teahouse and relax thereafter. Dinner will be served at the teahouse dining hall.

Day 4: SotiKhola to Macchakhola Village

Duration

7 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House at Machhakhola Village

Highlights: Trekking along the banks of Budi Gandakir River passing through village settlements.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: The first day of trek begins. Follow your trekking guide as he will lead you through the rugged trails by the banks of Budi Gandaki River. On the way you will pass by village of Armala and Riding of mix ethnic groups including Gurung, Bahun etc. You will walk through green terraced farms etc.
10.30am: 30 minute tea breaks at Lapubeshi(880m) before you continue trekking. The trail further descends down to a valley by Budhi Gandaki river on a gravel stone path. Crossing a suspension bridge over a river leads you to Machakhola gaon (a village known for fishes).
02.30pm: You will arrive at Macchakhola Vilalge (930m).
Late afternoon you can go around the village on self exploration or under guidance. Lunch, Dinner and overnight in teahouse in Machha Khola.

Day 5: Machhakhola Gaon to Jagat

Duration

7 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Jagat

Highlights: Trekking along the banks of Budi Gandakir River passing through village settlements.

07.00am: Breakfast at tea house.
08.00am: Trekking begins. Shortly you reach Tharo Khola beyond which is the village of Khorlabeshi(970m). Continue the trail to Dovan via Tatopani, a small hot spring by the trail. Take a lunch break at Dovan(1070m).
01.00pm: Resume trekking after lunch. It will take another 3 hours to reach Jagat from Dovan. Along the route you will trek through waterfalls, farmed terraces and thatched roof villages before you come upon a suspension bridge over Yaru Khola. Another 30 minutes walk will reach you Thado Bharyang which is the last village before you get to Jagat(1342m). Jagat is the entry point of Manaslu Conservation Area which has post office, school and village offices. Evening tea, dinner and overnight at local hotel/ tea house in Jagat.

Day 6: Jagat to Pewakhola

Duration

6.50 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Pewakhola

Highlights: Trekking along the banks of Budi Gandakir River passing through village settlements and numerous fountains.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: Today you will be trekking from Jagat to Pewakhola(1700m). You will show your trekking permit at the Jagat office before you enter into Manaslu Conservation Area. Climb a rocky spur to Salleri(1360m)to catch the first glimpse of Ganesh Himal on your right before descending down to Sirdibas(1430m).
10.30am: Arrive at Sirdibas. It is an uphill trek all the way to Phillim. Phillim(1590m) is a local village with its own health post, police check point, school etc. The village’s main inhabitants comprise of Tamang, chetri, Bramhim etc. You will take a tea break at Phillim.
12.00pm: Continue the trek to Chisapani. As you walk, do not miss catching a view of beautiful Nyak Village.
01.00pm: Arrive at Chisapani for lunch break. There are 3 hotels available for lunch.
02.00pm: Continue the trek towards Pewakhola. You will come across many natural fountains on this section of the trail. Note: The trail here forks into one going to Tsum Valley and Ganesh himal and the other towards Pewakhola/Manaslu base camp.
05.00pm: Arrive at Pewakhola. Pewakhola is a camping site bang on in the middle of a forest. Dinner and overnight at a teahouse in Pewakhola.

Day 7: Pewa Khola to Ghap

Duration

6 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Ghap

Highlights: Trekking along the banks of Budi Gandakir River passing through village settlements and numerous fountains.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: The trail ahead continues parallel to the Budi Gandaki River. The section from Pewakhola to Dyang passes through pine forests.
09.30: Arrive at Dyang(1860) and continue trek to Ranagaon. Ranagaon is a remote village of ethnic Gurung settlement. From here it is another 1 hour walking distance to reach Bihi village.
12.00pm: Lunch break at Bihi(2130m).
01.00pm: Continue trek leaving Bihi behind. You will pass by few tea shops and small villages until you reach Ghap.
03.00pm: Arrive at Ghap village(2160m), our stopover for the night. You can either rest for the day or go for a short hiking to Prok Village nearby, which is famous for an old Buddhist monastery. The journey from Ghap to Prok and back takes about 3 hrs.

Day 8: Ghap to Lo Gaon

Duration

7 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Lo Gaon

Highlights: Visit Tibetan villages of Namrung and Lo Gaon and view spectacular Himalayan peaks of Manaslu and others

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: Start the trekking for Namrung village (2660m). The trail passes through a dense rhododendrons and bamboo and fields of potato and buckwheat farming.
Note: Namrung is a typical Tibetan village. The residents of Namrung still practices centuries old Buddhist rituals. You can visit local monastery and Chortens. Have a lunch break.
12.00pm: Continue the trek ahead. You will walk past Sho village(2950m), another Tibetan village, which offers spectacular views of Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli and Ngadi Chuli. It will take about 3 hours to reach Lo Gaon(3180m).
Note: Lo Gaon is also a Tibetan village and is an attraction for anyone who are interested in Tibetan Buddhism. One can also enjoy the breathtaking views of Manaslu.
03.00pm: Arrive at Lo Gaon and check in at a local teahouse. Rest and Relax. Dinner at the teahouse/ Local Hotel.

Day 9: Lho Gaon to Samagaaon

Duration

7 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Samagaaon

Highlights: Trek to Samagaon, the entrance to Mt. Manaslu expedidtion.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: Trek from Lo Gaon to Shala (3520m), which takes about 2.30hrs.
10.30am: Tea break at Shala. After tea break continue the trek to Samagaon (3530m).
01.00pm: Arrive at Samagaon. Samagaon is the entry route for Manaslu Expeditions that are interested in reaching Manaslu Base Camp (4400m).
Note: Samagaon is our resting point for the day. Those who are not tired and are interested in sightseeing around can hike up to Punggen Gompa and return. The ordeal takes about 3 hours.
Back in 1953 when Japanese expedition was attempting to climb Mt. Manaslu, somewhat mysteriously the Punggen Gompa got destroyed. The local interpreted it as a sign of God’s anger against the idea of climbing Manaslu. The next year when the Japanese expedition returned to climb Manaslu, the locals barred them from climbing and even attacked the expedition.

Day 10: Rest day at Samagaon

Duration

N/A

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge

Highlights: Trek to Manaslu Base Camp and Birendra Lake and return to Samagaon.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: Today is set for acclimatization. If you have a dream of reaching Manaslu Base Camp, your guide will guide you to the base of Mt. Manaslu. You will be able to see a magnificent panorama of Manaslu ranges including Manaslu I, II, III & IV, Peak 29 and Naike Peak etc. You can also visit Birendra Lake (3450m) as a sidetrip.
05.00pm: You will be back at Samagaon by late afternoon. Sip evening tea and relax. Dinner at the teahouse.

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo

Duration

5 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Samdo

Highlights: Trek to Samdo village and experience ancient trade route to Tibet

07.00am: Breakfast at tea house / hotel.
08.00am: Today you will trek to Samdo(3690m). The trail climbs down the Budi Gandaki through the forests of juniper and pine. A little below the wooden bridge you will pass by maniwalls. It take around 4 hrs to reach Samdo village
12.00pm: Arrive at Samdo village. Samdo falls on the salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Lunch break at Samdo. After lunch, you can either rest for the day or go one of the two hiking options. The first option is to trek up to the base of Samdo Peak or visit Samdo Glacier. Dinner at the teahouse.

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (larkePhedi)

Duration

6 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at larke Phedi

Highlights: Trek to Dharmashala (Larke Phedi), acclimatize and prepare yourself for the big day tomorrow.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: Begin trekking towards Dharmashala(4470m). Enroute you will stop over at Larke Bazaar.
09.30am: You will reach Larke Bazaar(4090m). Larke used to be a traditional market for commodities imported from Tibet and the locals were dependent on goods from Tibet for their livelihood. Today, the bazaar has dried up whilst Samdo is becoming a relatively vibrant market for goods. Continue trekking past Samdo towards Dharmashala.
12.00pm: Arrive at Dharmashala, also known as Larke Phedi. It is the last point for rest before crossing Larke Pass. The place offers splendid views of Larke Himal. It is highly advised to take up side trips or hiking to nearby hilly ridges in order to acclimatize and prepare physically for the crossing of Larke La pass the following day. Lunch and Dinner at the teahouse. Note: There is only one teahouse in Dharmashala so you will have to sleep inside tents for overnight on a sharing basis.

Day 13: Dharmashala to Bimtang: Pass day

Duration

10 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Bimtang

Highlights: Cross the Larke La pass (5106m) and drop down to Bimtang village.

04.00am: Breakfast at tea house(Local Lodge).
05.00am: Trekking starts early. You will carry a lunch pack with you. After walking about 3 hours, you will reach the pass. On the way you might come across a teahouse where you can take a tea break. The walk to the pass is uphill however the final stretch to the pass is a leveled path. The path continues to be horizontal until you start to descend. The climb down the pass is fraught with dangers since it is prone to snowfall even at the slightest change of weather. The descending trail is full of pebbles that often make walking difficult. It is advised to wear necessary gears to cross this section. For the longest part of the pass, you will see amazing views of Kusumkhang, Himlung, and many other small peaks. It will take more than 6 hours to reach Bimtang(3720m) from the pass. There are no settlements between this section.
05.00pm: Arrive at Bimtang. Rest and Dinner at a teahouse. Bimtang is a small Gurung village that falls in Manang District (ACAP).

Day 14: Bimthang to Gho

Duration

6 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Gho

Highlights: Trek to Gho with amazing views of Manaslu North.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.
08.00am: Begin trekking towards Gho(2560m). This is a downhill trek and affords stunning view of Manaslu North and Phungge Himal. A 4 hrs descending trek reaches Suti Khola that involves walking through pine forest. Take a lunch break at Suti Khola.
01.00pm: Continue the trek towards Gho village. It will take about 1.5 hrs and trail passes through seasonal cattle sheds or kharka.
03.30pm: Arrive in Gho. We recommend stopping at Gho village rather than heading further to Tilche village. The trek to Tilche is long and very tiring and can strain your legs too quickly. Gho village looks out to an impressive north face of Mt. Manalsu. Dinner and overnight at Gho.

Day 15: Gho to Jagat

Duration

7 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Jagat

Highlights: Trek to Jagat besides Marshyangdi Khola on famous Annapurna Circuit route.

07.00am: Breakfast at local lodge/tea house.
08.00am: Trek from Gho to Tilche(2300m) takes about 1.5 hrs of downhill trek. It is further 1.5 hrs walk before you reach Darapani. Darapan(1860m) lies on the Annapurna trekking route and has a ACAP office, health post and school.

There are three options:
1. Continue trekking via old Annapurna trek route. We recommend this to you.
2. Continue trekking along the newly constructed Chame-Besisahar road.
3. Hire a jeep ride back to Besisahar.

12.00pm: Continue the trek from Darapani to Tal. Lunch break at Tal(1700m).
02.30pm: After lunch break, continue trek to Jagat(1300) via Chyamche village(1430m).
04.30pm: Arrive at Jagat. Dinner and overnight at a local lodge/tea house.

Day 16: Jagat to Nadi Bazaar

Duration

6 hrs

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Tea House/ Local Lodge at Nadi Bazaar

Highlights: Trek to Nadi Bazaar on famous Annapurna Circuit Trek

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse/ Local lodge.
08.00am: Trek from Jagat to Syange(1100m) is a downhill trail and takes 1.5 hrs.
09.30: Arrive in Syange. Continue trek to Bahundanda(1310m) via Ghemu(1130m). Lunch break at Bahundanda.
Option: You can take a ride to Bulbule(840m) from Syange which takes about 3 hrs.
01.00pm: Continue trek to Nadi Bazaar. Nadi Bazaar(930m) has better accommodation facilities than Bulbule as well as good views of BaudhaHimal, Himalchuli etc.
04.00pm: Arrive at Nadi Bazaar. Dinner and overnight at teahouse/ Local lodge in Nadi Bazaar.

Day 17: Nadibazar to Kathmandu

Duration

10 hrs

Transportation

Bus

Meal

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel Arts Kathmandu 3*

Highlights: Ride back to Kathmandu through scenic highways.

07.00am: Breakfast at teahouse.

08.00am: Trek to Bulbule(840m) which is about 45 min distance.

09.00am: Arrive at Bulbule. Catch a private vehicle from Bulbule and drive all the way to Kathmandu.

12.00pm: Stop over at Dumre (400m) along Kathmandu-Pokhara highway for lunch break. Continue driving back to Kathmandu after lunch.

05.00pm: Arrive in Kathmandu. Check in a hotel in Kathmandu. Rest and Relax at your hotel.

07.00pm: Pick up from your hotel for farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town. Enjoy food and drinks.

Congratulation, your trek is successfully ends.

Rest and Relax after Dinner. We suggest you to visit some of nice bar and pubs in Thamel area.

Day 18: Departure - Time to say GOODBYE

Duration

N/A

Transportation

Car

Meal

Breakfast

Accommodation

N/A

Highlights: Time to say goodbye

00.00 hrs. Breakfast at hotel.
00.00 hrs. Free & easy until transfer to airport.
It’s time to say goodbye! Thank you very much for giving an opportunity to be your trek operator in Nepal. We hope to welcome back you for great Everest Base Camp Trek.

Price & Terms

US$ 1590 per person (Based on 2 persons)

The price quote is based on 2 people per trip. We offer special price for group consisting more than 2 persons.

What is included?

PRICE CHARGED INCLUDES:

• Accommodations x 3 nights in Kathmandu on 3 star category hotel on twin sharing basis
• Accommodations x 15 nights in the mountains. NOTE: Base on twin sharing and in some of the places you will sleep at hall. It depends upon the touristic season. We will do our best to provide your own room.
• All itinerary as on suggested itinerary.
• All Land transportation:
Transfer to Hotel from Airport on day 1
Transportation for Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour on day 2
Transfer to Soti Khola on day 3
Pick up from Nadi Bazaar and transfer to Kathmandu on day 18
Transfet to Airport on day 19
• All meals stated in the itinerary
Breakfast x 18
Lunch x 15
Dinner x 16
• 23% VAT (Government tax and service charge)
• TIMS & Annapurna National Park entrance fees (trekking permit and entrance fees to National Park)
• Manaslu Area Entry Permit
• 1 trekking guide & 1 porter (maximum 20 kg luggage) will be provided during your treks.
• Salary, accommodations & meals for trekking guide and porter.
• First aids kids, water purified tab & all necessary in the mountains.
• Trekking Gears such as Sleeping Bag, Trekking Pole, Down Jacket, Crampons etc.

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses
  • Items that mentioned as your own expenses.
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as roadblock due to natural climates and accidents and unforeseen events etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tipping

Important Notes

  • This quotation has the validity of 14 days from the date of quotation date.
  • Customers have to write in email for confirmation.
  • Payment phases:
    • 50% upon Confirmation
    • 50% upon Pick up
  • Please note the itineraries are subjects to change. It always depends on the time available and weather conditions. Some of them can be cancelled without prior notice. No refund upon cancellation if it happened due to guests’ fault on dragging the time of visiting certain places or due to bad weather condition.

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