|Destination:||Nepal||Activity:||Trekking & Hiking|
|Duration:||17 days||Group Size:||Minimum 02|
|Max Altitude:||5160 meters||Difficulty:||Moderate|
A scintillating trek out of the ordinary, the Manaslu Circuit Trek loops around Manaslu Conservation Area and gives a taste of the trails under the shadows of the Manaslu range. This trek to the base camp of 8th highest Mountain in the World, Manaslu Himal (8163m), combines adventure trekking in the Himalayas with a heritage trek of Tibetan Plateau with a Tibetan cultural influence. Add to that, an off-the-beaten-track experience and this trek is one that will fill your memories for a long while.
The Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. A sightseeing tour of the capital city includes destinations like Pashupatinath and Boudhanath which display the magnitude of religious tolerance and stature of art and culture in the valley. The tour is followed by a road trip to Arughat Bazaar, the jump point of this trek. The trail along towering hills and a gurgling Budhi Gandaki River will take to Soti Khola and Machha Khola. The track diverges slightly off the rivers and tributaries to give you a taste of remote living and unique lifestyle as you stop at the villages of Jagat, Deng, and Namrung. Then, you arrive at the highlight of this trip as you take on beautiful terrain to Sama Gaon which is a stop prior to the Manaslu Base Camp. At the base camp, engulfed in the pristine beauty of the Himalayas, observe the panoramic views of Sonam, Himalchuli, and Pangbuche Himal ranges in addition to the Mt. Manaslu (8163m). The trip then heads on a circuitous route to Samdo and Dharmasala before conquering the Larkya La Pass (5160m). Combining a Tibetan culture owing to the proximity to Tibet, enjoy the hike to Bimthang and Syange as you visit famous monasteries and gompas on your way back.This trek is best treated during spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November).
Ace Vision Treks is proud to bring you this off-the-beaten-path trek to taste a complete Himalayan experience. The Manaslu circuit trek is a unique adventure trekking activity and our team of expert guides and porters guarantee a pleasant and enlightening trip.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu | Welcome Dinner
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Restricted Area Permit procedure
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar(570m) by private vehicle and trek to Soti Khola (730m)
Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1300m)
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860m)
Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2540m)
Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3390m)
Day 09: Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)
Day 10: Trek from Sama Gau to Samdo (3690m)
Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m)
Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5160m)
Day 13: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2300m)
Day 14: Trek from Tilije to Tal (1680m)
Day 15: Trek from Tal to Syange 1150m
Day 16: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by private vehicle (Optional: Trek to Besisahar and drive to Kathmandu Next Day)
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. Landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, a glimpse of Kathmandu treats you before our representative greets you at the arrival gates and head on the Manaslu Circuit Trek from the airport to our pre-booked hotel. Checking into your suites, freshen up and relax. Welcome dinner will be the event for a formal introduction and a trek briefing. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
With a copy of your passport handed over to us the previous night, you set off on a sightseeing tour of the Valley.The permit procedures are carried out by our competent staff while you enjoy the day exploring the places of historical importance.We will visit the UNESCO World heritage sites namely Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. Kathmandu Durbar square is an ancient palace square of Malla dynasty while the other two are shrines sacred to Buddhist and Hindu communities respectively.Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
An early morning wakeup call marks the start of the day as you take Prithvi Highway to Trishuli Bazaar and head on a rugged road to Arughat Bazaar. The road from Kathmandu to Trishuli Bazaar is pleasant while onwards it gets a bit tricky with Budhi Gandaki constantly reminding us of plummeting ravine. Arriving at Arughat Bazaar with splendid views of Himalayan range up North, we begin our trek to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.
This will be a major day on the trail as you head for Machha Khola. The trail starts with the crossing of Soti Khola over a bridge and takes you along undulating terrain past pine forest and terraced fields. Two major stops along the way include Khursane and Lapubesi. Crossing over the Budhi Gandaki River once again, you arrive at Machha Khola.Overnight stay at Machha Khola.
Heading upstream along the banks of Budhi Gandaki River, we cross Thado Khola onto Khorlabesi. Then you arrive at Tatopani famous for its natural hot springs.Continuing above the ravines of Budhi Gandaki, we take on a flight of stairs to Dobhan. The final stretch of the trail for this day involves yet another climb along the ridge of Budhi Gandaki to Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.
We start this day making our way through a lush forest. The trail climbs to Salleri initially and descends to Sirdibas. Onto the Ghatta River, we’ll take a trail upstream to Philim. Past the crop fields to Ekle Bhatti, we take on a gorge that involves a steep descent to the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Crossing it a few times, a trek through a bamboo forest takes us to Deng.Overnight stay at Deng village.
The trail takes you to crossroads leading to Bihi and Namrung. We head west climbing up gradually and cutting through a dense forest. The trail takes us to Prok which offers great views of Shringi Himal range. Walks past gompas and Chortens keep us entertained while towering hills and snowcapped mountains stay affixed in the backdrop. Following the river upstream through a lush forest and crossing a narrow gorge, we take on a climb to Namrung. Overnight stay at Namrung.
On this day we head closer to Manaslu Base Camp with a trek to Sama Gaon. This beautiful village offers great views of Manaslu Himal (8163m). Ganesh Himal appears ever closer as we pass Sho, Shyala, and Lho villages. Lho village is known for Ribung Gompa- one of the oldest in this region while Shyala village gives you a first-hand experience of living in the Himalayas with famous peaks surrounding you left, right and center.With great views of snowcapped peaks and glaciers, you arrive in Sama Gaon. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.
As an acclimatization day, we venture out to the base camp of Manaslu on this day. Passing through a boulder stricken terrain, the snow-laden landscape offers enticing beauty as we head for the base camp of the 8th highest mountain on Earth, Manaslu 8163m. Enjoy glamorous views of the southern face of this peak including that of Himal Chuli and Ngadi Chuli among others.On your way back to Sama Gaon, enjoy the view of Pung Gyen Gompa which is perched atop a hill.Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.
The trek today will take us northeast to the village of Samdo. The entire day will account for a trek along a trail sandwiched between the base of towering hills and Budhi Gandaki River flowing downstream. We cross minute settlements and the Budhi Gandaki River at one instance. The final stretch of the trek before Samdo involves taking on a climb past an entrance arch carved out of stone.Overnight stay at Samdo.
With the Tibetan influence in full glory, start with an early morning stroll past Samdo market. The trail descends sharply by the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Larkya Glacier comes into the picture with magnificent views of Salka Khola valley. The trail takes us around a beautiful landscape with the towering Himalayas in the backdrop and iconic monasteries making up a holistic trek. Gradually climbing now, we reach Dharmasala. Overnight stay at Dharmasala.
The trail climbs gradually along a valley to Larkya glacier which offers splendid views of Larkya Himal and Cho Danda. Heading further over glacial moraines will mark the start of an ascent to the top of Larkya La Pass (5160m), which is the highest point of this trek. Atop the pass, we are rewarded with magnificent views of Mount Himlung, Cheo and Annapurna ranges.The trail then descends along a steep and skimpy trail to pastures at butte of the valley. With striking views of Mount Manaslu, arrive at the village of Bimthang.Overnight stay at Bimthang.
The trail leading out of Bimthang offers magnificent views of the Himalayan range including Lamjung and Himlung Himal including Manaslu. The trail eventually takes us to Dudh Khola after we cross a pasture.Onto the magnificent village of Kharche with terraced fields at the highest altitude in this region, we continue on a flat trail until a ridge from where the trail takes us to Tilije.Overnight stay at Tilije.
A short climb from Tilije is followed by crossing the Dudh Khola over a suspension bridge. The name itself signifies pristine milky color of the river. Registering your permits at the Police check post, we tread on to Dharapani. This marks a transition from Manaslu Conservation area to Annapurna. Descending now, cross Marsayangdi River onto a stretch of inscribed Mani walls as you arrive at Tal village. Overnight stay at Tal.
The final day of this magnificent trek, we descend further as we cross the milky white Marsayangdi River before arriving at Chamje. Onto Chamje valley, we skirt the ridges heading downhill past terraced patches of cultivated fields with occasional views of minute villages perched atop hills.Onto a stretch of beautiful groves of rhododendron and past the pine forest we arrive at Syange. Overnight stay at Syange.
Concluding our trip in the remote hills, we take a road trip on a private jeep back to Kathmandu. A pleasant road unlike that to Arughat Bazaar earlier in the trip, we follow Marsayangdi River passing by the beautiful town of Besisahar, Dumre, and Mugling. Enjoy local fish delicacies as you stop for lunch.Alternatively, a hike from Syange to Besisahar is possible with a chance to cut through lush green forest passing by lovely settlements with jolly locals.In Kathmandu and dropped off at the hotel, refresh and relax. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you bid Nepal farewell. Wrapping up this trip and transferred to the airport you’ll be dropped at the departure terminal approximately 3-hours prior to scheduled flight.
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An incredible experience: Manaslu Trek with Ganesh in 2018! My wife and I decided at the end of 2017 to travel to Nepal for trekking in October 2018. Friends gave us the advice to get in touch directly with Ganesh, with whom they travelled several years ago. So we have contacted him by email and whatsapp - we never regret this decision! We were not sure about the trek (Annapurna, Manaslu etc.) and so we asked him, what he would prefer. He gave us the advice to make the Manaslu Circuit (less crowded, more beautiful). He has arranged our complete stay in Nepal: 12 days Manaslu Circuit, a few days Pokhara incl. sight seeing, trekking in Kathmandu Valley, sightseeing in Bhaktapur and Pashupatinath. It was perfect! Ganesh, thank you for your service and your friendship! It was our first journey to Nepal, but we hope, that it will not be the last one. We hope to see you again, Ganesh!
Manaslu Trek Doing the Manaslu Trek was one of the biggest adventures, we did so far. It was a privileg to visit Nepal and this beautiful area. Further we were super lucky to had Ganesha as our Guide. We had such a good time...not only guiding us through the nature, he told us a lot about culture, religion and people of Nepal. We still remember the evenings sitting and laughing together - he became a good friend: thank you so much Ganesha!!
Ganesh is more than a guide. He is a representing is country with his knowledge smile and enthusiasm. He is a friend who will always have a nice word and help. He is a magician that transformed what was supposed to be a treck into a life experience. Thanks Mate! Hope to see you soin with Uncle for another adventure!
This is the experience of a lifetime! We did three weeks on the Manaslu Circuit with Ganesh and he blew us away. He had everything planned in advance with absolutely no hiccups (all planned over email prior to arrival) - from picking us up at the airport, to planning our hotel stay and all of our permits and jeep transportation was spot on! Ganesh was a tremendous resource for us on our trek, answering all of our crazy questions and sharing so much interesting knowledge we would have never known if it weren't for him. He taught us local Nepali card games and local phrases and was excellent at spotting wildlife and different plants we had never seen before. Most importantly his positive attitude and encouragement was so much appreciated on our long days when our legs were getting tired and backs were sore. Everything you could ever ask for in a guide. I cannot recommend him enough. THANK YOU, Ganesh!! -Brant & Brittany
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