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14

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Moderate

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Manaslu circuit trek is probably the modern day Annapurna circuit trek and one of the most beautiful trekking in Nepal. This trek encircles Manaslu, which is 8156 meters tall and is the 8th highest peak above the sea level. The reason behind Manaslu being loved and liked by adventurers very much is because it opened its trail to the world only in 1991. It being off the beaten trekking routes in Nepal is also the reason why Manaslu circuit trek is not populated as well as polluted.

Until very recently trekking in the Manaslu was completely a camping trek, the option still remains but there are basic as well as sparse tea houses which provides a level of comfort while trekking. The entire region is still restricted area and requires a special permit. You would be surprised to see that it is completely illegal to kill any kind of animal or plant species as the entire region is believed to have a very fragile ecosystem.

On the other hand you would traverse through 6 different climate zones and likewise would experience the days of summer to the freezing winter. You would as well experience beautiful landscapes of lush green hills and one of the tallest mountains. Since Manaslu is not touched with roadways and majority of the people living in the region has no connection with the outer world but Tibet, they are able to inherit and practice culture, religion and norms that dates back to 1500 or more years. It may come to your surprise that people do not speak Nepali at times, have no human skills as basic as communication and that makes this trek a stunner.

Although this trek is beautiful, it is not meant for all and specially for a novice. Since this trek takes around 3 weeks to end and climbs up to the elevation of over 5000 meters, it requires some prior experience. Inquire more about this trek today and book with us to get an unbeatable price !

trip overview

Trip Code: BT-110 Total Duration: 14 days
Destination: Off The Beaten Trails Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate Group Size: Min. 2 Pax
Max Elevation: 5125 m

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We would start early in the morning by boarding a vehicle to Arughat. This bus or van ride would take around 7 to 8 hours. Half of the way is nice and black topped, whereas half of the road is bumpy and off road. Once we reach Arughat we would call it a day and get ready for Manaslu circuit trek. Overnight in Arughat. Meal plan B,L,D.

The first day of the trek shouldn't be much tough on your legs and hence we would walk only for around 4-5 hours with a lot of breaks in between. The trail is gradient in the beginning but beyond Arkhet it gets steep. We would make our way through beautiful villages and rice terrains of indigenous gurung community. Keep your eyes open for plenty of monkeys in the forest in between Arkhet and Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.

Initially we climb through beautiful Sal forest and further on the face of a cliff and along the budhi Gandagi river. We pass several Gurung villages and amazing rice terrain. Keep your eyes open for beautiful display of indigenous culture. Overnight in Machha Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.

We would embark on the same trail left behind on the previous day. We would walk on lush green hills and cross the budhi Gandaki river for several times before we reach our final destination. On our way we would as well meet Tatopani, natural hot water springs. This section of the trail however is very isolated and we would only see few scattered houses in most of the case. Overnight in Jagat. Meal plan B,L,D.

The trail is not very difficult until the very last moment of the trail. However, on this day you will see the transition in houses, culture and crops. The structure of homes are made out of rocks over the houses made out of mud and concrete in the lower area, the crops change from rice and wheat to potato and buckwheat and culture reflect to that of Tibet. You walk through a lot of prayer flags, mani (prayer wheels) and Kani (spiritual and religious gates). The final hour climb to Namrung is tiring. Overnight in Namrung. Meal plan B,L,D.

The walk begins with easy uphill and not too difficult. We cross several short streams and small patches of villages of Barcham, lihi and Sho, but the most significant one is Lho. Manaslu dominates the view of entire Lho. You can as well take a short time to explore the village and observe the handmade religious architecture. It takes around 3 and half hours to Lho and from here our final destination is another 2 and half hours away. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan Meal plan B,L,D.

Taking a day off in Samagaun is a part of acclimatization. This beautiful village nestled on the laps of Manaslu himalaya has several places worth exploring. There are gompas, shrines and local infrastructures worth exploring. There is a natural hot water spring as well which is enjoyed by trekkers in the region. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan B,L,D.

The trek begins easy and on the grassy grazing land often referred as Kharka. From here, in around 2 hours we reach the first village of Samdo; settlement of Tibetan fled refugees. This is an ideal place to relax a bit and see the surrounding. After catching our breath, we move on with our journey. Lookout for splendid view of Manaslu himal. In another 3 hours, looking on the north face of Manaslu and Larkya peak we make it to Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala. Meal plan B,L,D.

This is the longest and the toughest day in the entire Manaslu circuit trek. The day is going to be long so we would start before the first light. The hike in no doubt is tedious but on the top awaits the most beautiful of the himalayan grandeur. On the way down you will be greeted by beautiful views of Bimthang village and several turquoise colored lakes. The highest point of the trek as well is Larkya La pass. Overnight in Binthang. Meal plan B,L,D.

We start strolling down Bimthang valley and towards the end of the valley we first cross a glacial melt, climb down a moraine and climb up a moraine. The west face of Manaslu is still still impressive. From this point there is a sudden change in the topography. We traverse through forest of Pine and Rhododendron. The descend is at first steep and then more gradient. Ovenight in Goa. Meal plan B,L,D.

Today our trail would meet the Annapurna circuit trek and we would walk steep downhill on the deepest part of Marsyangdi gorge. Overnight in Chamje. Meal plan B,L,D.

We would follow the trail adjacent to Marshyangdi river and walk through more warm weather. We would make our day through rice field and scattered houses all the way to Syange. Overnight in Syange. Meal plan B,L,D.

We would board a vehicle on off road track to Besisahar. Once in Besisahar we immediately board a vehicle back to Kathmandu. Once we complete this 7 hour ride back to Kathmandu we would transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence our Manaslu circuit trek would come to end. Meal plan B.

cost includes

  • All government and local taxes
  • TIMS Card Permits
  • Manaslu Region Special Permits
  • ACAP Permits
  • 2 nights accommodation in Dormitory Nepal
  • A comprehensive medical kit (with the guide)
  • Best available transport to trek put in destination and back
  • Trekking Guide (guide pays for his own expenses)
  • All accommodation in the trek
  • 3 time meal while on trek 
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets (to be returned after the trek)
  • All Ground Transportation (best available local transport)
  • Personalized video montage of your trek published on Youtube (if no technical issues)
  • Certificate of trek Completion

cost excluded

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Food / drinks / Accommodation
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc)
  • Additional food
  • Tips for guide
  • Down Jacket, Sleeping bag or any trekking gear or equipment
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included

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