Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you are supposed to complete all the custom formalities and meet our representative outside who will be welcoming you in our traditional way with flower garland. The representative then will be transferred you to hotel where you can have rest or visit around and get refreshed

 

Day 2: Sightseeing Kathmandu

After breakfast, we will be visiting the World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. At the end of the day, discussion for the trip along with your guide will be wrapped up session and you will be drove to the hotel.

 

Day 3: Drive to Sotikhola-8hrs

An early morning start for a long drive to begin this adventure to Manaslu Circuit towards warmer areas around Nepal North Mid-West, passing farm villages and towns as the drive reaches at Arughat a large town within district of Gorkha near Buri-Gandaki River which flows from the glacier of Manaslu.

From here transfer on a jeep or similar type vehicle for few hours’ drive on dirt road to reach Soti-Khola for overnight stop, a small farm village by the Soti-khola (stream).

 

Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola-6hrs

Today your trip starts after breakfast at the lodge, the stone paved trail leads towards north of the valley which is along the bank of the Budi Gandaki river. This area has big rice farmland on the way and also small forest where you can see monkeys. You will enjoy your walk-through Magar and Gurung village along the way and also few water falls passing through. You can stay overnight at Soti Khola.

 

Day 5: Trek to Jagat (1340m)

The next day, From Machhakhola we follow a narrow trail that takes us to Tharo Khola and finally to Khorlabesi. After a few ascends and descends, we reach a popular hot-spring, Tatopani. We will spend some time here and can enjoy the natural sauna in the hot -spring and relieve all our tiredness and stress of the trek.we climb another ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki on another suspension bridge. After this, we climb a staircase and then cross a landslide and a ridge to reach Doban.  After crossing a suspension bridge, we again climb stone staircase then go down to the river and climb some stairs again to reach Thado Bharyang. Then we cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, walk along the river to reach the village of Jagat where we spend the night.

Day 06 Trek to Deng(1860m)

On this day, we first reach Salleri after climbing a rocky ridge and then go towards Sirdibas.  We continue to Ghatta Khola and then walk upstream through a long suspension bridge to reach a Gurung village in Phillim. From the lower points of the village, the trail turns north and through leveled trails amidst maize fields, we reach Ekle Bhatti, where you will have lunch and continue our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola.  After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we spend the night.

Day 07 Trek to Namrung (2630m).

We take a brief walk from Deng and then we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to reach Rana. From here we climb for a while and then head west to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and painted Mani stones and a corner from where we reach Ghap. Then we take the trail through Prok village which allows us to witness the beautiful view of Siring Himal. We follow the river, crossing it at many places and pass through dense forests and Gompas along the way. After crossing the river at a gorge, the trail becomes leveled and after a last steep climb, we reach Namrung where we stay the night. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.

Day 08 Trek to Lho (3180m).

From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forests take us to Lihi, a village well known for its chortens and barley terraces. After crossing the side valley of Simnang, we pass through Sho and then reach Lho where we spend the night. Late afternoon visit the local monastery after you reached there.

Day 09 Trek to Samagaun (3500m).

After crossing the Shyala village, we reach the Sama village where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of the high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay in Samagaon for the night.

Day 10 Acclimatizing day at Samagaun.

This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa.  The main attraction of the day is the Pungyen Gompa with a spectacular view of the glaciers but it rather log day only recommended for the fit hikers. It is situated on a hill near Samagaon. We hike up to the Gompa named after the two peaks of Manaslu which means bracelet.  It was destroyed when the Japanese first tried to summit the peaks. It was believed that the expedition to reach the summit might have angered the Gods. After the detour, we come back to Samagaon and spend the night there.

Day 11 Trek to Samdo (3860m).

We follow the Budhi Gandaki River up to a stream which we cross on a suspension bridge.  From here we take the trail on the right to Larkya la. It is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls and juniper and birch forests. We again cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and continue forward. From a stone arch, we can see a kani and after crossing it, we reach Samdo where we spend the night.

Day 12 Trek to Dharamasala (4480m).

We start our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing a few streams and seeing a glimpse of the Larkya glacier, we go around a valley and make our way upwards again to reach a guesthouse called Dharmashala.  This short walk to Larke Phedi provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek.

Day 13 Cross the Larke pass (5213m) trek down to Bimtang (3720 m).

On this day, we make a short climb and reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak.  We ascend the moraines of a glacier which becomes quite steep at the end before reaching the pass. From here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna. It is a longer walk than other days and you reach the guesthouse among the low pastures at the dim lights of dusk. When we finally reach Bhimtang, the exquisite view of Mount Manaslu makes every step worth it.

Day 14 Bimtang to Tilije (2300m).

After enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho.  A short walk takes us to Tilije with better accommodation options where we spend the night.

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m).

We move in a stone paved path passing through a beautiful village and then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, move past an arch and Mani walls to get to the Thonje village. After passing through a police checkpoint we make our way towards Dharapani from where we enter the Annapurna circuit section.  From Dharapani we take Jeep or bus from Dharapani to Beishar. which takes 4-5 hours. We spend a our last night of the trek at Besishar.

Day16: Drive back to Ktm

Return to Kathmandu by private vechicle. We stop for further sightseeing or for some last-minute shopping for friends and family at home. The options are plentiful – Kathmandu has many markets where Nepali specialties include clothes, embroidery, carpets and ceramics. On arrival in Kathmandu, check back into your hotel.

Day 17: Final Departure

This will be our final goodbye. Our team representative will drop you to the airport from the hotel and express our gratitude hoping to see you back to Nepal for next adventure.

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