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The Manaslu Circuit Trek features everything you’d want from a classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture. The trip takes you from the steamy lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise waters and amazing waterfalls. Suspension bridges in Manaslu trek are in a league of their own for both length and height. The yearly monsoon often washes minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.
Fixed Departure Dates
International Airport Arrival transfer in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so.
You have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting with your fellow group members. This is when your tour leader collects your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days.
After group meeting your tour leader will take you on a orientation walk around hotel to Patan Durbar square, surrounded by a fascinating array of temples, built in various architectural manners, varies from the era of its establishment. Patan Durbar Square is a home of numerous temples like Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Mandir, Taleju Bell and much more, which displays Gods and Humans, in Nepal, have always lived with next to each other since long-long time ago. The city is built on Newari cultural perspectives, thus, the city envelopes the pride of Newari cultural history.
Later if you are interested join the group leader for a welcome dinner.
UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple.
Today is spent visiting some of the major World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu.
Boudhnath; one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The stupa is raised according to Tibetan philosophy, but before the construction of the 118-foot stupa, the site was a resting point for every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal.
Next visit Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath, which means Lord of all animals, inside the temple there exists the statue of four-faced six-foot lingam, phallic object as a symbol of Shiva, resting in the middle of a rimmed, disc-shaped structure, phallic symbol of Shakti – a concept or personification of divine feminine creative power.
Sightseeing of Swayambhunath Stupa- on top of a conical hill, reached by climbing few steps, where panoramic view of Kathmandu city can be witnessed. The Buddhist pilgrimage center – Swayambhunath Stupa, situated on the top of a hill, west of Kathmandu, is one of the most popular, holy and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal.
Drive from Kathmandu to Barpak
You start out from your hotel by private jeep and drive through the hills leading you to Barpak. You can expect a dusty and bumpy drive as the road passes the beautiful rural communities of Gorkha, small towns, green terrace farms and lush hills. Barpak is a typical Gurung village, its primary residents ex-Gorkha soldiers. Hence, it is commonly known as Ex-Gorkha Army’s town. The beautiful landscape and the close-knit community lend great vibes to the whole village.
An interesting fact: Barpak used to be a trail for trading salt between Tibetans and the Newars of Kathmandu as early as 1400 BCE.
Trek from Barpak to Laprak.
You start with a steep ascent that leads to a mesmerizing view of the Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal in the distance. During the spring, you can witness the hills covered with lush trees and bright red rhododendrons.
The Gurung village of Laprak proudly maintains its language, traditions and culture. Houses are traditionally built of stone and the rooftops is covered by wood and the wide range of agriculture practiced makes them largely self-sufficient.
Trek from Laprak to Khorla Besi.
After breakfast and lunch in Laprak, we descend to the river, cross a suspension bridge and climb up to Singla (2,300 m.) on the side of a mountain. After the village of Singla, we make a steep descent, walk down the steps, through rice and millet fields. We reach Khorla Besi where we can swim in the fresh mountain water near the mouth of the two rivers.
Trek from Korla Besi to Jagat
We walk along the river and reach the first georges. We cross bridges one after the other from one bank to the next and reach the village of Tatopani, where we find hot water springs with water coming down from the mountains. When we reach Jagat, we cross the checkpoint.
Trek from Jagat to Deng.
Following the river, you cross and re-cross it via suspension bridges several times along the way, and pass through the settlements of Salleri, Sirdibas and Ghatta Khola. After crossing the river at Eklee Bhatti the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge and continues through bamboo forests before reaching the Deng Khola. After crossing this river, you reach the tiny village of Deng.
Trek from Deng to Namrung.
Today is one of the most important and culturally significant sections of the Manaslu trekking. First, cross the Budhi Gandaki river and climb up to the bridge, where you’ll climb a bit further to join a trail from Bhi. Then head west up the valley passing through lush forests, alpine vegetation, and quaint villages housing ethnic groups of the Manaslu region, with major peaks starting to appear in the distance.
Even though there is another route, you will take the trail through Prok. This village has a beautiful vantage point of the snow-capped Siringi Himal. Take a break here and then continue to cross the Budi Gandaki several times today passing several gompas along the way. The trail then follows the river upstream through a dense forest and leads to a narrow gorge. Keep going until you notice the forest becomes less dense. This rewarding part of the walk is a magnificent way to experience the Manaslu Conservation Area. You’ll eventually make one last steep climb to reach Namrung Village.
Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon.
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 extraordinary 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 Sama Gaon where we spend the night.
Rest Day in Samagaon.
To acclimatize to the higher altitude, you have this day to relax. You can hike to Manaslu Basecamp (4800m), or visit the monastery perched on a little hill near the village. Pungyen Gompa has great views of the glacier, or you can walk to the glacial lake, Birendra Tal.
In Samagaon village you can learn more about Sherpa culture and admire the many mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures inscribed on them.
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo.
Your route descends to the Budi Gandaki River and you follow it to a bridge over a side stream. You’ll then pass several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. The mountain views along this route are amazing and get you close to the Tibetan border.
This is an easy trek on a shelf above the river that passes juniper and birch forests in Kermo Kharka. Drop down and cross the Budhi Gandaki over a wooden bridge, and then climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. You’ll come to a stone archway and continue walking until you reach the village of Samdo. Here you might see caravans of yaks returning with loads from Tibet. If you’re lucky you can visit some of the local houses and drink chhyang (Tibetan barley beer), or salt butter tea with the locals.
Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi (aka Dharamsala).
Crossing a wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki, you start to hike up to where you can see the Larkya Glacier as you go around the Salka Khola river valley. You will reach a stone guest house (at 4480 m), which is not a lodge but a shelter, called Dharamshala. You walk past the glaciers all the time accompanied by spectacular views and the hike is short, and you have plenty of time for acclimatization and time to relax in the afternoon even if you have paused at some of the many small monasteries along the way.
Trek from Dharmasala to Bimtang via Larkya La Pass.
The trail moves up from Larkya Phedi with stunning views of Larkya Peak. Lonely Planet states that “the Larkya La is one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas”. This is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit, the most challenging day. With an early start, you cross glacial moraines in the dark before reaching the highest point of the trek at the Larkya La Pass (5106m), just 8 kilometres from the Tibetan border. The Larkya La Pass is an excellent point to marvel at the surrounding snow peaks.
You have time to take in the unbelievable views before you go down the steep, ankle straining drop to the trail that follows the glacial moraine downwards that brings you to Bimtang, which consists of abandoned homes and Buddhist prayer stones.
Note: Offer Lungta or prayers flag (printed prayers for the peace and good health/happiness) together with our Guide. Offering prayer flag in high passes and sacred sites is believed to bring good fortune and long life in Buddhist culture.
Trek from Bimtang to Tilche.
After passing through the dense forest, you cross a high pasture “Sangure Kharka” and then cross the Dudh Khola river.
From here, walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail along a rocky riverbed and through a narrow valley until you reach Karche, the highest cultivated land of the valley. Pass through lush fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the riverbank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho where some trekkers choose to stay the night, but you continue, making a steep climb over a ridge to reach Tilije. Mostly, Manangis and Chettris reside here, thus we get to indulge ourselves with Nepali food and local Tibetan tea.
Trek from Tilche to Chamje.
This is the last day of your trek and you descend all the way to Chamje. It is a rapid descent into the Marsyangdi Valley and through the forest until you join the well-trodden trail of the Annapurna Circuit. Finishing at Chamje, you stay here for the night and can celebrate your success as you have completed the Manaslu Circuit!
Drive from Chamje to Besi Sahar on a local Transportation. Transfer from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.
Goodbye, to your memorable trekking route. This morning, we will take a drive through the rugged road to Besi sahar. After that, follow the paved road, we drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, your drive will be so much exciting as we will pass through the impressive Manaslu Circuit Trek.
In the Afternoon Join the Farewell Dinner in the Rooftop of Hotel Traditional comfort as we reflect on our beautiful journey and bid goodbye to each other.
International Airport Arrival transfer in Kathmandu.
As per airlines regulation, travelers need to check in to their respective airlines counter at around 2.30 hours before the scheduled flight time.
Your booked airport transfer will be at your hotel, ready to take you to the airport. Depending upon the traffic on the road, the drive from your hotel to airport may take around 30 minutes or more.