Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days

 

The Manaslu circuit trek was opened for the visitors in 1991 and since then has been regarded as the classic treks into the wilderness of the isolated Manaslu region. Untouched and unadulterated by the modernization, Manaslu trek is a perfect getaway for the nature admirer and mountain lovers. Although the trek is not very popular like the epic Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek, it is a perfect destination for the trekkers to surround themselves with the panorama of the Manaslu, Annapurna, Himlung and Cheo Himal.

 

The 14 Days Manaslu Circuit trek starts with a scenic ride from Kathmandu to the Soti Khola passing through gushing Trishuli River, highway shops, terraced fields, and villages. The trekking journey officially starts from Soti Khola, from where you will continue to pass through the picturesque village of the region. All along the journey, you will walk past approximately half a dozen of villages namely the Maccha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Samagaun, Samdo, and Dharmashala alongside the tranquil flowing Budi Gandaki River. The trail not only passes through the villages but also through the lush woodlands of pine and rhododendron forests while the Himalayas plays hide and seek with you in every step you take. Not to forget the local attraction of the region, the Birendra Tal and Pungyen Gompa located in Samagaun.

 

The 14 days long Manaslu trek is accomplished as you summit the Larkya La (5125) to behold the majestic view of Annapurna II (7937m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Himlung Himal (7126m) and Kang Koru (6981m). After summiting the pass, you will head down to Besisahar and ride to Kathmandu.

 

 

Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Enjoy the scenic ride from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Summit the Larkya La and behold the majestic views of the Himalayan ranges
  • Enjoy the panorama of the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges
  • Trek through the isolated and unadulterated scenery of the Manaslu region
  • Visit Birendra Tal, Pungyen gompa, Kargyu-Pemba etc
  • Explore the Tibetan Buddhism culture of the region

 

 

Conclusion 

This 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek does not include Arrival, Preparation day and Departure. Hence, any trekkers willing to do the trek must arrive in Nepal 2 Days earlier to get the Permits and for the preparation of trek. 

 

Day 1: Kathmandu (1400m) to Soti Khola (730m), Duration: 7-9 hours

Early in the morning, you will be transferred to Maxapokhari, from where you will catch a local bus to Arughat, Soti Khola. The 7-9 hours drive passes through the picturesque landscape where you can enjoy stunning sights of the hills, tranquil flowing river, small villages, highway shops and many more.

The journey from Arughat to Soti Khola takes around 1 hour and covers 13 kilometers. From Soti khola, you can enjoy the incredible sights of Ganesh Himal, Annapurna and Manaslu.

 

Day 2: SotiKhola to Maccha Khola (890m), Duration: 6 to 7 hours

The trekking journey from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola covers around 15km and takes around 6 to 7 hours. In this journey, you will walk along the bank of Budi Gandaki River and pass through terraced fields, enjoying the sights of cascading waterfalls opposite to the Khursani Baari, and cross suspension bridge until you will walk up to the village of Labubesi. From Labubesi, you will descend your way to sandy river bed towards the village of Maccha Khola enjoying the views of majestic mountains, tropical waterfalls and picturesque village setting along with the landslide area caused by the devastating earthquake of 2015.

 

Day 3: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1340m), Duration: 6 hours

Continuing the journey from Maccha Khola, today you will trek to Jagat. The trek to Jagat takes around 6-7 hours and covers approximately 22 km. Before starting the journey, you will have to complete the necessary formality of the police checkpoint in Maccha Khola and then only you can resume your trek for the day.

The trekking trail today will follow the course of Budi Gandaki River and you will cross the cantilever bridge from Yaru Bagar. This cantilever bridge is 158m long and is the first cantilever bridge of Nepal. The trail from here onwards includes both ascending and descending path until you reach Thado Bharyang. From Thado Varyang, you will climb ridges and walk along the bank making your way to Jagat. The village of Jagat is popular for the glorious views of the Siring Himal.

 

Day 4: Jagat to Deng (1860m), Duration: 6 hours

After completing the necessary formalities in the police checkpoint in the Upper Jagat, you will continue today's journey towards the Deng village. Along the trial, you will walk past the village of Salleri, hydro-power plants, village of Sirdibas, Philim, Naykphedi and Pewa. Enjoy the mesmerizing sights of Siring Himal as you cross suspension  bridge making your way to the tiny Deng village amid the Himalayas.

 

Day 5: Deng to Namrung (2630m), Duration: 5 hours

Leaving Deng behind with easy walk, you will cover around 21km to reach Namrung. Initially, you will walk along the Budi Gandaki River and then cross suspension bridge to climb the ridge that heads towards Rana Gau. The trail from here onwards passes through the village of Bhimphedi, Ghap, and Suksum adorned with painted Mani stones and forest area along with the captivating sights of Siring Himal. Experience the Manaslu conservation area as you enjoy the walk to Namrung.

After arriving at Namrung, explore the Tibetan lifestyle and culture of the locals as you stay in the tea houses for overnight.

 

Day 6: Namrung to Lho (2957m), Duration: 4 hours

Today's trekking trail is relatively shorter and easy in comparison to other days. After the early morning breakfast, you will trek to Lho by passing through the village settlements of Banjam, Lihi and Sho. The trekking trail through the village is mainly steep and offers clear sights of majestic Ganesh Himal. Along the trail, you will also walk past through mani walls, chortens, barely fields making your way to the landslide prone village, Lho. The trail beyond from Sho accompanies you with the captivating views of Manaslu north and Manaslu main. Once you reach Lho, visit monasteries and chortens. The monastery in the Lho village has around 200 monks.

 

Day 7: Lho to Samagaun (3530m), Duration: 4 hours

The trek from Lho to Samagaun is quiet similar to yesterday's trail. From Lho, you will make your way to Shyala, Today's trek from Lho to Samagaun will be the most rewarding trek as you will witness the captivating views of Mount Manaslu, Siring Himal, Nikea Peak, and Saula himal along with the sights of yaks grazing in the rich landscape of the region. Visit the famous Ribung monastery in the village and cross the glacier-fed Numla Khola to make your way towards the Samagaun. Get an insight on the Tibetan influenced culture as you stay in tea house for overnight.

 

Day 8: Acclimatization day in Samagaun

With this acclimatization day in Samagaun, let your body adjust to the new altitude today while you rest for the day. If you are bored by just sitting in your room, you can stroll around the village or visit the Birendra Tal and Pungyen gompa. Admire the beauty of the Tal and behold the beauty of Pungyen glacier. In case you do not feel fulfilled, take a short hike to the ridge and get a close encounter with Nadi Chuli, Manaslu, Larke and Naike. Sip a cup of coffee/tea enjoying the views of the mountain vistas.

 

Day 9: Samagaun to Samdo (3875m), Duration: 3 hours

The trek today is towards the base camp which lies 6km away from the Samagaun. Today you will have plenty of time to enjoy the surrounding views of the Himalayas as you spend your time in the Manaslu base camp. From the base camp, you can enjoy the awe-inspiring sights of the Manaslu. Himchuli, Syaula Peak, Naike peak, Larke peak and many more.

The walk from base camp to Samdo is gentle and passes through the pasturelands, Mani walls and Chortens.

 

Day 10: Samdo to Dharmasahala (4460m), Duration: 4 hours

The destination will be more closure today as you start your downhill trek to the Budi Gandaki River to cross the gushing river at the Larkya Bazaar and Salka Khola. During this journey, the breathtaking sight of the Larke Glacier will stun you. As you ascend your way from Larkey Bazaar you will walk past numbers of Mani walls and stone huts. You will reach Dharmashala in a blink as you walk in the shadow of Larke peak and Naike peak.

 

Day 11: Dharmashala to Bhimtang via Larkya La (5135m) Duration: 8-9 hours

The long awaited destination is finally here. Today, you will be summiting the Larkya La but for this, you will have to start your journey early in the morning before the weather worsens. The main aim here is to enjoy the golden rays of sunlight hitting the snow-capped Himalayas. Along this, you will get an opportunity to enjoy the eye popping views of the Himlung himal, Kang Guru Himal, Larke peak, Cheo Himal, Kang Kuru and Annapurna ranges. On your journey to the Larkya La, you will be able to enjoy the mesmerizing sight of the Salpudanda glacier. After spending sometime in the pass, you will head downhill to Bhimtang.

 

 

Day 12: Bhimtang to Tilije (2300m), Duration: 5-6 hours

The trek from here onwards is mostly downhill that includes crossing river at times. However, irresistible views of the Himalayas will accompany you throughout the journey as you pass through lush forest of blooming rhododendron, terraced fields before you reach the village of Gho. An easy walk from Gho and you will reach another small village, Tilije where you will be staying overnight.

 

Day 13: Tilije to Dharapani (1860m) and drive to Besisahar (760m), Duration: 8-9 hours

After enjoying the early morning breakfast, you will start your trek through the stone paved trail, walking past the picturesque villages, suspension bridge over Dudh khola, you will walk past small villages, and cross suspension bridge over Dudh Khola. The Dudh Khola has milky liked water texture that makes this river unique from most of other rivers of the region. On walking further, you will make your way to the Thonje village arched by Mani walls. Later, you will enter the Annapurna circuit section, Dharapani. From Dharapani you will take a local jeep to Besisahar, where you will be spending your night.

 

Day 14: Besisahar to Kathmandu, Duration: 6-7 hours

Finally, 14 days Manaslu circuit trek ends today. From Besisahar, you will catch a local bus to Kathmandu. With your tired body, Enjoy the scenic and bumpy ride passing through terraced fields, village area, highway shop and lush forests. Spend the remaining day on your own. You can also stroll Thamel area to buy souvenirs that you can take back home.

Cost includes

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Hotel in Kathmandu 3 star category with breakfast for two nights, twin sharing basis. (On the arrival day and After the trekking)
  • Your meals Breakfast-lunch-dinner (main course) during the Trek as per the itinerary
  • One Experience Trekking guide & one porter for Each Two Tourist. If you are a solo traveler, porter is not included. It is available by additional 200 USD
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola by Local bus 
  • Transportation from Besisahar to Kathmandu by local bus
  • All necessary paper works and National park Entry Permits
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and Special Restricted Area Permit. 
  • All accommodation During the Trek Available Lodge /Tea Houses run by Nepalese family
  • Our service charge
  • Government tax

Cost excludes

    • Nepal visa fee 30 USD per person.
    • Equipment: Sleeping bag (-15 Celsius), down jacket, trekking shoes, personal towel, torch light, gloves, trekking stick, warm clothes, sun glass, sunscreen, socks, some medicine for headache, fever, handiplast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox etc. (You can hire or buy sleeping bag easily in Kathmandu)
    • Personal travel Insurance. The Insurance must cover medical, accidental, natural disasters, emergency evacuation and trip cancellation expenses along with baggage and gears’ lost, theft or damage
    • If you arrive early or depart late, extra night accommodations other than mentioned in the itinerary
    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • All the Alcoholic and non Alcoholic Drinks like Tea, Coffee, mineral water, beer etc
    • Emergency Rescue evacuation which will be covered by your insurance
    • Sweet things like chocolate and desert
    • Hot shower during the trekking
    • Your personal expenses like laundry, phone call, shopping etc
    • Tipping (Tips) For Guide& Porter as per your main interest
    • All the things that are not mentioned in cost include.

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