Manaslu Circuit

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Overview

Manaslu

 

Around Manaslu trek begins by sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu to trekking in the beautiful Manaslu region. While on the trip we get to marvel at the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eight tallest mountains in the world, coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’, which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic, pass crossing the Himalayas. Like all Himalayan Glacier's itineraries this trek also ensures adequate time for proper acclimatization. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails, and is within the capabilities of people with good cardiovascular fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.

With its remoteness and secluded solidarity, it is believed to be in stark contrast to trekking in the Annapurna region making 'Around Manaslu Trek' a first choice for those who prefer to become one with nature

Itinerary

Day 1:Kathmandu (1360m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by our Himalayan Hikers representative and transferred you to the hotel. The drive from the airport to the hotel is around 20 minutes. After your check-in the group leader will set a time for your trek briefing to discuss in regards to the trek. The evening is free but your trek leader will organize a welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant.Overnight :Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar

 

Day 2:Kathmandu (1360m)

Today you will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world and Pashupatinath, the main temple for the Hindus. Here you will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the “ghats”. The rest of your afternoon is free. In the late afternoon you will be handed over with your trek pack. Departure information for the next morning will also be given.Overnight: Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar. 

Included meals: Breakfast 

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hours

We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarters of Dhading (1050m) but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola .

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 04: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy riverbed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 05: Maccha Khola to Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 -7 hours

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon 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. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat .

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 06: Jagat to Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6-7 hours

We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.  Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng .

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 07: Deng to Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 hours

After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana village at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across a few gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 08: Namrung to Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft] 6-7 hours

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 09: Samagaon to Pungyen gompa return to Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (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 later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo

This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La ('large pass') to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 13: Dharamsala to Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] to Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hours

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hours

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass 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. Due to yesterday's tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 15:Tilije to Tal (1700 m/ 5576 ft) (5 – 6 hours)

After 2 hours trek from Tilche, we will cross the Dudh Khola over a long suspension bridge and move past an arch and Mani walls to reach Thonje village. This marks the end of Manaslu Trail. We will take another bridge over the Marsyangdi River passing through several police checkpoints and reach Dharapani. From Dharapani, we join the Annapurna Circuit Trail. We continue towards Karte Village and reach Tal going down the Marsyangdi river trail.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 16:Tal to Syange (1080m/ 3542 ft) (6 – 7 hours)

We continue south along the Trail of Marsyangdi River. On the other side, we can see the vehicle roads to Chyamche. We can witness the Valley’s terraced fields and villages attached to the top of the hills. We then descend through the forests of pines and rhododendron to Syange. We spend the night there.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

 

Day 17:Syange to Kathmandu (8 – 9 hours)

On the last day, we drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besisahar. The route is along the side of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River. We will witness the meeting point of Marsyangdi and Trishuli river along the Prithivi Highway. The road is located high above the rivers in gentle slopes with vegetation. The scenic drive to Kathmandu will include rice fields, terraced farms, flowing rivers, vegetation, green hills, small villages.

Once we reach Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your respective hotels. The day in Kathmandu can be spent exploring historical and cultural sites, shopping, and leisure.

Included meals:Breakfast

 

Day18:Final Departure

Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.

Thank you and Namaste!

Includes / Excludes

Includes

·       All arrival and departure transfer

·       3 nights in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast

·       Standard guest house/lodges in mountain

·       All accommodation and meals during the trek

·       A half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and monumental fees

·       Domestic flights and airport departure taxes

·       An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) assistant guide also known as Sherpa, porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter)

·       Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Hikers Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag, cotton liner are to be returned after trip completion)

·       A comprehensive medical kit, with medical oxygen on high altitude trips and PAC BAG (Portable Altitude Chamber)

·       All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS and insurance of the staff)

 

Excludes

·       Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)

·       International airfare to and from Kathmandu

·       Excess baggage charges

·       Extra night accommodation/s in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

·       Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case you return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

·       Travel and rescue insurance

·       Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)

Tips for guides and porters

Gear List

SUGGESTED CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
 

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag  *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry 
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries:

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene:

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries:

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Gadgets - music and communication
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, cards etc

Swimming costume (for Kathmandu & Pokhara)

Please note:

The gears  with an asterisk (*) sign are handed out  by Himalayan Hikers as a part of service 

You can use your personal gears if you prefer to do so i.e. sleeping bag, liner, down jacket.

Departure Dates

Trip Date Availability Price
Oct 06, 2018 - Oct 23, 2018 Available Enquiry for Price

Duration 18 Days

Grade Hard

Max-Altitude 5160mt

Accommodation

Country Nepal

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