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Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 Days

USD $670/Person
Trip Code : TTHMCT-001
Accomodation : Tea house/Lodge
Duration : 16  Days
Grading : Moderate grading info
Max Altitude : 5160
Activity : Treking
Starts at : Kathmandu-Sotikhola
End at : Dharapani-Kathmandu/Pokhara
Trip Route : Kathmandu-Sotikhola-Machha Khola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Lho-Samagaun-Samdo-Dharmasala-Bhimtang (Via Larkya La Pass)-Tilije-Dharapani-Beshisahar-Kathmandu/Pokhara
Best Season : March-May/Sept-December

Overview

Lying in the lap of Manaslu which is the eighth highest peak of the world, Manaslu Circuit trek "Hidden Gem" was open for the visitors in 1992 AD also known as untouched trekking destination. A mystical adventure of the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers traveler a breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains, glacier valleys, the gigantic snow clad peak, narrow river valley, wild animals and lust green forest with lot of flora and fauna. The trial of Manaslu Circuit Trek follows the route of Budi Gandaki River which was also known as salt trading route of the ancient period. During the trekking, magnificent view of Mount Manaslu (8156 meter), Mount Himalchuli (7893 meter), Shring Himal (7177 meter), Buddha Himal (7422 meter) and Ganesh Himal (7422 meter) will engross and makes a traveler forget all the difficulties of the trek. 

What to expect

Located in the Gorkha district of Nepal, Mount Manaslu the eight highest mountain in the world resides. Locally known as Kutang this incredible mountain is what true mountaineers dream of! Being one of the most fabulous regions to go for a trek in Nepal. The Manalsu region offers you with elevations from 600 meter to 5,200 meter, incredible landscape views, the beauty of Mother Nature and the Larkya La Pass at 5,125 meter. Not only that but also trekking through incredible valleys such as the Bhudi Gandaki Valley filled with peaceful settlements and green fields. As this region is still hold many of the beaten paths and unexplored trails, trekking in Manaslu is an adventure in itself. For any tailor-made treks in this region don’t hesitate and contact our team of experts so that we may organize the best trek suiting to your budget, physique and time. Manaslu Trekking is the perfect composition of adventure, travel, sightseeing and exploring the cultural values of the local ethnic communities. The region is blessed with the magnificent views of the Himalayas and so every year thousands of trekkers explore this naturally blessed land which is too far from the modernization and offers you the glorious sensations of nature itself.

Local communities

As Manaslu is located next to the Tibetan border, many communities are from Tibetan descend. Trekkers can discover the mystic traditions and culture of ethnic groups, such as the Gurung or Tamang. Our Touch the Himalaya trekking team will be with you every step to give insight and information about the various cultures that we may encounter during the Manaslu trekking.

NOTE: MINIMUM GROUP SIZE 4 PAX

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Unspoiled and non-commercialized trekking route.
  • Of the beaten paths and an amazing experience.
  • Lots of flora and fauna
  • Beautiful Monasteries high altitude lakes, glaciers sustaining views of mountains.
  • Iconic villages such as, Mu Gompa, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, etc.
  • Beautiful high altitude pass, Larkya La (5160 mtr)
  • Fusion of Unique Nepali and Tibetan culture in the local area.
  • Amazing magnificent Himalayan views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, etc.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Check Into hotel.


  • Airport pick up and hotel transfer
  • Rest of the day is free at leisure
  • Overnight stay at your hotel in Kathmandu
You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our office representative and then you will transfered to hotel.

Day 2: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing


  • Hotel breakfast
  • Pick up by our team and head to our office for your trek briefing and preparation
  • Afternoon sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Swayambunath Monkey Temple
  • Drop of at your hotel
  • Overnight in Kathmandu
 
Our staff will give brief explanation about the program .  you will visit  cultural heritages, which includes some of the famous world heritages sites like, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square....

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola-650mtr, 6/7hours


  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Pick up by our team and transfer to the bus park or by private jeep.
  • A scenic bus/jeep ride takes us to Sotikhola the starting point of the Manaslu Region.
  • Soti khola  hotel check in
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Traveler’s note: Soti is a small  town and popular for marketing of local people from Northern part. of Gorkha District, Most of the people are Buddhist and  Hindu and it is situated in Bank of Bhudhi Gandaki River which is started from Tsum valley and Larke pass.
 

Day 4: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft) 5-6 hours.


  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • From here the road takes us to Machhakhola
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Machhakhola
 
Traveler’s note: Majority of the way is by bank of the BudhiGandaki river and .You can expect waterfall, monkey watching, rice field, green forest and if the weather permits us we can see our first views of the Ganesh Himal, look out on the road, there is a high chance to see waterfalls as well  corssing  sevral local  sattelments. 
 

Day 5: Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/ 7676ft) 6-7 hours.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today the Ganesh Himal is in clear view
  • We pass some waterfalls, stone paved ways and a mani wall
  • Arrival in Jagat
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Jagat
Traveler’s note: Amazing views of the Ganesh and Shingri Himal await us today, from Jagat the previous restricted trekking area will start along with our adventure!


 

Day 6: Jagat trek to Deng (1860 m)


  • Breakfast and departure
  • We start the trail by heading gently uphill
  • Followed by a flat leveled plateau we continue until reaching the river crossing
  • Cross the suspension bridge over the Bhudi Gandaki and enter Philim village
  • Climbing uphill further until reaching Ekle Bhatti
  • Again Cross the suspension bridge and  get reach to Deng
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Deng
 
Traveler’s note:   Today our destination  is Deng.  where  You can try local food with good test . On proceeding further you cross the Siyar Khola bridge and reach a junction where the trail separates to Tsum valley on your right. Like this we walk and reach Deng and we will spend over night there.

Day 7: Deng trek to Namrung (2,630m)


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Starting by heading down to the riverside
  • After crossing the bridge an upwards climb takes us to Ranagoan
  • From here we trek further to Bihi Phedi
  • The trail splits in to two and we take the right side trail to Ghap
  • After passing through Ghap village we climb up to Namrung
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Namrung village
 
Traveler’s note: Today we get clear views of the Ganesh, Shingri and Kutang Himal.

 

Day 8: Namrung trek to Lho (3,180m) 4 Hours walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Permit check post and start the trail towards Lho
  • Following the path through Lihi Gaon
  • Continue downwards to Sho Goan
  • It’s not long before we reach the village of Lho
  •  Lunch ,Dinner and overnight stay in Lho village.
 
Traveler’s note: The eight highest mountain the world, Mt Manaslu comes in sight today! Today is the first day to see Manaslu and specially the real exciting view of Larke gonna start from today. and also  we  gonna  see most of the locals clad in traditional Tibetan dress while walking in the way to Lho. from this day we will move towards the high quite altitude, So  it is  recommended  to walk  walk slowly and check your body signs by bring carful.  

Day 9: Lho Trek to Samagau (Ryo) (3520 m) 4 hrs walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today is a short trek as we head gradualy up towards Sama (Ryo)
  • Stopping in Shyala to take in the amazing 360 degree Himalayan view
  • We head further until reaching Sama (Ryo)
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Sama (Ryo) Village
 
Traveler’s note: Sama is localy more known as Samagaon, gaon meaning village. Today incredible views await of the,  Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi Peak, Naike Peak, Kutang Himal and the Pangbuche Himal. Shyala is the first town we gonna have today which is one of the best view point of this region to see 360 degree only mountain from town.



 

Day 10: Sama (Ryo) Acclimatization day


  • Breakfast
  • A well-deserved acclimatization day is planned today
  • After breakfast we can take a hike to get more used to the high altitude
    • Option 1: hike around Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base Camp
    • Option 2: hike up to the Pungen Gumpa
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Sama (Ryo)
Traveler’s note: Samagaun is a village development committee in Gorkha District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 665 and had 179 houses in the village. Today is an acclimatization day, we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. discuss with guide which one gonna be best one according your fitness and desire.

Day 11: Samagau-Trek to Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m) 3/4hrs walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • It’s a relatively short trek today up to Samdo
  • Due to the high elevation we take it slowly while climbing upwards
  • By lunch time we reach Samdo village
  • In the afternoon we can rest or take a hike up to Samdo Peak
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Samdo
 
Traveler’s note: the views of Mt Manaslu from Samdo Peak are just incredible is you have the stamina it is worth hiking up there. Samdo is a well-known Tibetan refugee camp. After spending a hole day and 2 night on samagau we start our treks towards the samdo  or close to hiking options . samdo has excellent views of Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. Here we can many kinds of  beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), .we can see yak, houres,  mountain mouse, bluesheep etc.

Day 12: Samdo to Dharamsala (14,633 feet / 4,460 m) 4/5hrs walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today we head to the foot of the Larya La, Dharmasala
  • The trail leads us slowly upwards until reaching our overnight stop
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Dharmasala
 
Traveler’s note: tomorrow we face our first pass the Larkya La at 5,160 meter, better take a good night rest and prepare your camera batteries. Did you know that Dharmasala is also known as Larkya Phedi ? After  breakfast, today we move through the samdo to Dharamsala you will pass a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar beside to the Budi Gandaki Rive.  you'll see many traditional monasteries. While walking towards the dharamsala . we will do shorter hike leaves time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon in dharmsala.

Day 13: Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3,590m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160m) 7/8 hours walking.


  • Early breakfast and departure
  • The trail goes slowly up until reaching the Larkya La pass
  • At the Pass we take a break to enjoy the amazing views
  • After finishing our crossing the trail leads downhill to Bhimtang
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Bhimtang village
 
Traveler’s note: from the Larkya La Pass we get some amazing views of the Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru and the Annapurna II. All above 6,000 meter mountains!  Today is one of the crucial and most waited day of the trip for great view and adventure.  (7-8 hrs) Once you got in Bhimthang, it might be best accommodation of the trek and right place to celebrate great success of Larke La.

Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije ( 2,300 m/7,546 feet ) 5/5hrs. walking


  • Breakfast and departure
  • We hike downhill for the most part of the day
  • After a good 4 hours we reach the village of Ghoa
  • From here we continue downwards to Tilje
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Tilje village
Traveler’s note: waking up early today allows for an amazing sunrise view from the teahouse. After  passing the top peek of  the world  we are in the bimthang by having and we are starting our next journey towards the tilije .tilije is the beautiful village with beautiful people of there local culture  . In tilije we can have  good hotels and we can find free wi-fie after crossing the mountain.

Day 15: (Tilije trek to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar by jeep. 6/7 hours.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Following the trail  down to Dharapani.
  • The path leads us through pine forests and several small villages
  • Lunch in Dharapani arrange jeep  to Besisahar.
  • After Lunch Drive to Besisahar.
 
Traveler’s note:  This  is our last day of massive  Manaslu circuit trek,  after arrive Besisahar by 4 hours driving,  get into the  town, good food and drinks  then  plan for the further days.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara by Tourist Bus 5/6 hrs. driving.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Drive to your destination:
 
Traveler’s note: Guide  and porters will drive back to kathmandu, if  our clients would have time  we recommend them  to spend few nights in Pokhara,  which is a beautiful touristic town of Nepal.  so we transfer to pokhara or if no time then together drive back to kathamndu.

                                                                                                                                                       Have a Nice trekking

 

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop off by Car, jeep, Hiace or Bus. Depends on the number of arrives.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner according to the suitability of our client’s time.
  • Beginning two nights stay on arrival in Kathmandu in tourist standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • Kathmandu to Soti khola (trekking starting point) transfer by Bus, and way back from Dharapani to besisahar by jeep and from Besisahar to Kathmandu or Pokhara by tourist bus.
  • All necessary trekking and restricted area permit & fees, (Entry Permit, Manaslu conservation area permit, Annapurna conservation permit, Manaslu Restricted area special permit and TIMs cards).
  • OPTIONAL: Three meals a day during the trek (If of required, we provide meal during the trekking)
  • OPTIONAL: All accommodation during trek (If of required we arrange all accommodation)
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid trained Manaslu special trekking guide and assistant guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • An expert Manaslu local porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Duffel bag, (to be returned after trip completion), complementary trekking maps. If needed down jacket and sleeping bag will be provided in rent.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food and accommodation.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary.
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by your trekking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for Trekking, Agency service charge and government tax/vat.
  • Achievement Certificate

What's not included

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than in the scheduled itinerary
  • Meal and accommodations in mountain. (can be arranged by company as per the package agreement )
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide and porter.

Good to Know

  • We can see the natural beauty of forests, rivers, and flora of the Manaslu region
  • We can see the friendly people and best culture of the region which includes in Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.
  • Pass height point of Visit cultural world Heritage sites in city.
  • Incredible landscapes and breathtaking mountain views .
  • Hiking to the new trekking route .
  • Explore the local cultural and natural beauty .
  • Explore historical Gorkha Palace, home of the king Prithvi Narayan Shah.
  • world Larky La Pass (5167 meters).
  • Visit cultural world Heritage sites in city.
  • Hiking to the new trekking route as well as.

FAQ

ABOUT MANASALU
Manaslu  also known as( Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "mountain of the spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that "just as the British consider Everestteir mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain. It is located in gorkha districts and it is heights mountain in gorkha locatyed at 60km. this reason has offered variety of trekking and one of them is manasalu . These  Conservation Area has been established with the primary objective of achieving conservation and sustainable management of the delimited area, which includes Manaslu.
CLIMATE OF MANASLU
Manaslu region is best described as Sub-Tropical Monsoon general predictable and pleasant. The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the third week of September. 80 percent of rainfall is by this durations and remaining of the year is dry. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the trekking, peak climbing, expedition and others. It has been classified into between four and six seasons, which are as follows.
​ BEST TIME FOR MANASALU TREK?
The best time to trek Manaslu  is during autumn i.e from September to November. During this time the views of Himalayas are clear with fewer chances of rainfall. Similarly, Spring months i.e from March to May is also a good time for trekking to Manaslu. This is the time when the beautiful floras cover the dense forest. It offers you a magical experience while trekking. Winter months like late December, January and February are the less preferred time for Manaslu Circuit trek. Because the Larkya La pass (5160.M) is dangerous during extreme snow condition.
HOW LONG TREK GOES FOR?
Generally the trek depends on your interest and places that you want to do trekking. You can accommodate day hikes, cultural visits to local villages, and relaxing rest days on your trek. The trekking is depending upon your holiday.
WHAT permits I need for the Manaslu Trek?
Permit must be organized through a registered trekking agent . 2 & 3 you can get yourself from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu, but much less headache to let your agent arrange. Note, the TIMS card is not required when you purchase a restricted area permit.You’ll need to provide passport & photographs.Because of the Restricted Area Permit, the Government of Nepal can track how many trekkers a company is sending to these areas, estimate the number of staff sent with them and the approximate income to the trekking company and then tax accordingly. Hence few companies will offer permit only without a guide .
Can I trek solo?
Trekking solo in Manaslu is forbidden. You have to trek in a group or with a partner. if you are unable to find a trekking partner, with is keep on conting us in websit.
 
Why do I need a guide and porter for MANASLU Trek?
Manaslu trek is restricted area trek where you need a special permit from Nepal government immigration department. Guide and porters are very important during your MANASLU trek. Guides know the different trekking trails. Not only that guides explain about community and cultures their lifestyles. The guide will book your accommodation and everything in advance even during high season. You will have good communication with local people with guides. On the other hand, you can also hire guides cum porter where guides carry your baggage and also do guiding as well.
What I should bring during Manaslu circuit trek?
 While you are doing Manaslu circuit trek you should bring basic trekking equipment .Here are more details you can fine by contucting  us in our mail.
Is there any ATMs facility available during MANASLU trek?
There is no ATM facility available during the Manaslu circuit trek. You can get ATM  facility before and after the trek in Arughat and Besishar but not during the trek. Thus you have to take enough money from Kathmandu before you start the trek.
How long is the Manaslu circuit trek?
 Normally most of the people start trekking from sotikhola for Manaslu circuit trek, People can do this trek around 10 to 14 days trial. Everyday need to walk around 15 km to 20 km.
What about altitude sickness during the MANASLU trek?
Altitude sickness is also known as mountain sickness. Mountain sickness is the main problem for any mountain trekkers. Some time trekkers might have altitude sickness during Manaslu trek There are different types of sickness like-
  • AMS – Acute Mountain sickness – AMS is a very common sickness like a hangover, dizziness, muscle ache, nausea, headache vomiting tec
  • HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema – HAPE direct impact on lungs it’s fluid in the lungs which are dangerous for breathing.
  • HACE- High Altitude Cerebral Edema – HACE it’s the different form of altitude sickness its fluid in the brains
Thus, HAPE and HAPE are the main dangerous and life-threatening form of mountain sickness. Patient has to treat on time if not treated on time if late they may die. Whereas AMS is normal mountain sickness then HACE and  HAPE.
What types food will be available?
We’ll be serving traditional trekking food such as dal bhat (the Nepali national dish of rice, dal and vegetables), pasta, soups, potatoes, bread, fruits, eggs. We’ll try where possible to use fresh local goods. We’ll serve portions big enough to match your calorific needs. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know.
How deadly is Manaslu ?
The Manaslu is the 54th-deadliest avalanche in history by estimated death toll (11). The top 10 avalanches by death toll are: Huascarán avalanche, White Friday (1916), 2015 Afghanistan avalanches, Winter of Terror, 2012 Afghanistan avalanches, Lahaul Valley avalanche, 2010 Salang avalanches, 1918 Mitsumata village avalanche, 2012 Gayari Sector avalanche.
How long is the Manaslu Trek?
The trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit trek is the closest to Kathmandu of the major Nepalese treks. That said, it's still an adventurous 126 km (80 miles) drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, which takes about 6 hours by jeep (recommended) or 8+ hours by public bus.
How high is Manaslu ?
Manaslu is the eighth-highest Himalayan peak / passe by elevation (8,163 m). The top 10 Himalayan peaks and passes are: Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri I, Manaslu, Nanga Parbat, Annapurna I.
How long is the Manaslu Circuit?
Manaslu Circuit Trek: Distance. The Manaslu Circuit trek begins from Arughat of Gorkha district. The final point of the trek is Besisahar, the starting point of the popular Annapurna Circuit trek. The total distance cover during the trek is 177 km.
What type of mountain is Manaslu?
Manaslu (also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world. ... The name was later changed to Manaslu, which is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as Mountain of the Spirit. The first ascent of this peak was in 1956 by T. Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu (Japanese expedition).