The word Manasalu is derived from a Sanskrit word 'MANASA' which means the spirit of Mountains. This trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, which offers a unique opportunity to experience the relatively “untouched” region. This epic trip circumnavigates the entire massif with an insight into the cultures of ethnic Nepalese tribes and peoples of both Hinduism, Buddhism religion, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H.W. Tillman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and col. Jimmy Roberts crossed the Larkya La (Pass) looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu (8,163m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made. Having become known as "JapaneseMountain" much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers including peripatetic Hugh Swift managed to obtain a trekking permit for the region but otherwise, this trek always has been the domain of the mountaineering expedition.
Manaslu Round Trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating circumnavigating Peak 29 (7,871m) Himal-Chuli (7,893m) and Boudha (6,672m). Much of this trek is in a region of strong Tibetan influence. We cross the Larkya- La (5,160m) and descend to the MarshyangdiRiver and further trek down to Besisahar from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.
Manaslu is a restricted area and there are certain formalities required by the government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit. Manaslu trek has mercifully light trek and even at the best time of the year, you will be meeting smattering of groups. Since 2010 this has become Nepal's newest 'tea-house' trek with the building of a lodge below the Larkya La pass (5,160m). Some lodges are currently still a little basic, so it remains for the adventurous. Though, without the need to camp, it's a fine trip for those seeking an unspoiled, tranquil Himal.
Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from the Arughat, Dhading, the lush green lower land and then passing through many villages inhabitant by various ethnic groups along the Buri Gandaki River. The trail goes behind the Mt.Mansalu and Himculi to cross Larkya La pass (5,213 m) and Rupina La (14,450').
The landscape becomes more barren; topography resembling the Tibetan landscape. The trek is rewarded by descent into the Marshyandi valley with a delightful walk along the river and villages and concluding our trip at Beshishar nearby the LakeCity of Nepal, Pokhara. The trek is the only type that physically puts you closer to Tibet and its remote people.
Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and trek briefing
After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the ManasluCircuit Trek itinerary and you will also be introduced with your crew members and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.
City sightseeing, Packing & Preparations
In the morning after breakfast, half day sightseeing tour will be organized during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel in the afternoon and time for shopping of any missing items, packing and getting ready for the trip.
Drive to Arughat/SotiKhola (570m), 12 hours
Leaving Kathmandu early in the morning, we will head west. It takes 8 hours of drive to reach Arughat from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. On our way, we will stop at Malekhu to taste the local fish. Heading north, we will cover 30km of bumpy and meandering road along Trishuli River to reach DhadingBesi, the headquarters of Dhading district. We will head northwest from Dhadingbesi and take another 35km of drive to reach Arughat Bazaar which is separated into two flanks by BudhiGandaki River. Driving along the western bank of River, we will make it to SotiKhola (River) where we will stay overnight.
Trek to Doban (1,310m), 5 hours
The trail stretches uphill through Sal forest. Crossing the series of ridges, we will walk along waterfall to rice terraces from where we will follow the ascending trail to Lapubesi village which is inhabited by Gurung ethnics. From Lapubesi, the trail leads us to the river. Crossing a suspension bridge over Nauli River, we will make it to Machha River. The trail continues further through Thado River to Khorlabesi village. This is the area around where the trail from Gorkha conjugates with Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail. We will walk through the narrow gorge to reach landslide area from where trail continues to Tatopani, a natural hot spring. Enjoy bathing in Tato Pani before crossing BudhiGandaki River which will take us to Doban. Stay overnight in Doban.
Trek to Philim (1,570m), 4 hours
Early in the morning, we will cross Doban River and head east to arrive at ThuloDhunga village. Moving further, we will cross suspension bridge over Yaru River before following the escalating path to ThadoBharyang. The scenic path with views of Manaslu and other surrounding mountains at the backdrop will take us to Jagat. We need to show our trekking permit at the office in Jagat before we can enter Manaslu Conservation Area. Moving through the conservation area, we will reach Salleri from where we will descend to Sirdibas before climbing to Gurung village of Philim. Stay overnight in Philim.
Trek to Deng (1,860m), 5 hours
The trail drops down from Philim. We will follow the stone steps down to the river. We will climb from the river bed toSaguleri which greets us with distant view of SringiMountain(7187m). After going through series of ups and downs, we will make it to the bridge over BudhiGandaki River. Moving further, we will cross another bridge overGhata River and climb uphill to pretty tiny villages of Aga andLokwa. Lowering down from Lokwa, we will reach Eklaibhatiexisting close to ShiarRiver. We will enjoy the views of Pangsing and walk through the eastern edge of river to Deng village. Stay overnight in Deng.
Trek to Namrung (2,630m), 5 hours
Settlements afterwards Deng have strong Tibetan influence. Buckwheat is the staple crop grown in this region. Moving in and out of dispersed settlements, we will reachBih. Another couple of hours of walk through this amazing valley will take us to Ghap village. After lunch at Ghap, we will walk past the colourful alpine forest and meadow full of lush green vegetation. Crossing the river with its origin at Lidana glacier, we will be greeted with views of KutangMountain range,Saula Mountain(6235m), ManasluMountain, SimangMountain range and other peaks and mountains. The trail escalates uphill from here on to the farm village ofNamrung. Stay overnight in Namrung.
Trek to Lho (3,180m), 4 hours
Crossing the river, we will follow the path through forest and gorge. The trail takes us through steep path to Namrug. Climbing steadily, we will reach Lihi. Enjoy the close-up view of Ganesh Mountain and Simnang Mountain. Moving further, we will reach Sho village. This village allows soaring view of open valley. Climbing through the steepest section, we will reach Lho. Stay overnight in Lho.
Trek to SamaGoan (3,520m), 5 hours
Leaving Lho, we will follow the scenic path with picturesque view of valley to SamaGaon. This is a large village with an ancient monastery, chortens and Mani walls. Building chortens is believed to keep the evil spirits out of the village. Close-up view of Manaslucan be seen from Samagaon village. Samagaon is one of the biggest village of this region where people grow crops like buckwheat and potatoes as staple food. Visit SamaGompaMonastery to learn about the culture. Stay overnight in SamaGaon.
Layover day (optional hike to BirendraKunda& towards Manaslu Base Camp 4,400 m)
Taking rest at SamaGaon helps in acclimatization. After lunch, we can walk to of BirendraKundawhich is an ice lake located near to Manaslu Base Camp.Trekking to Manaslu Base Camp is not for everyone due to high altitude problem. So, we will return to our camp in Samagaon from BirendraKunda for overnight stay.
Trek to Samdo (3,875m), 4 hours
The gompa is located half an hour far from Samdo village which is located near to the Tibetan border. The trail continues through the dry and windy valley to Samdo. Samdo is located just 4km far from Tibetan border. Enjoy the views of Manaslu, NagdiChuli Peak and Manaslu glacier. Stay overnight in Samdo.
Acclimatization day, hiking up to TIBET border
Samdo is one of the last villages that is close to Nepal- Tibet border. Samdo is inhabited by people who are descendent of Tibet. Locals still make their living by trading with Tibetans. We will follow the ancient salt trade route to the Tibet border.
Trek to Larkya Rest House (Dharmasala) at (4,460m), 4 hours
After an early morning tea, we will walk along mani wall to the river. Crossing the river over wooden bridge, we will follow the ascending path to another river. The area allows sweeping view of Larkya Glacier. Walking through the valley, we will reach Salka River from where we will reach the stone rest house known as DharmShala. This region is also known as LarkyaPhedi. Stay overnight in Dharmasala.
Trek over Larkya La Pass (5,160m) and to Bimtang (3,630m), 6-7 hours
We will take long and gentle climb through moraine. Enjoy the views of Cheo Mountain and Larke peak. Walking through the Larkya glacier, we will reach the northern edge of Larkya Glaciers. Moving further, we will make slow climb to the top of Larkya Pass. Enjoy the views of Himlung Mountain (7120 m), Cheo Mountain (6820 m), Kangguru Peak (6680 m) and Annapurna II (7937 m) Mountain. After brief rest, we will lower down to Bimtang. Stay overnight in Bimtang.
Trek to Dharapani (1,965m), 6 hours
From Bimtang, we will follow the path along glaciated river to the wooden bridge. Crossing the high pasture, we will lower down to Burdin River valley. Climbing the ridge, at 4150 m, we will be rewarded with soaring view of Manaslu Mountain, Annapurna II Mountain and other peaks and mountains. Lowering down through Dudh River, we will walk past rhododendron forest. Lowering down through the narrow valley, we will reach Karche valley. Walking along the river bank, we will advance through rhododendron forest to Tilje and continue to Dharapani. Stay overnight in Dharapani (Lodge basis).
Drive to Beshishar (5/6 hours), continue drive to KTM the same day (7hrs)
Leaving Dharapani, we drive along waterfall existing above southern edge of river and crossing the bridge and via Bahundanda village. Located atop the hill, this is the village of Brahmin ethnics. We will enjoy the view of Marshyandi Valley and descend to Ngadi Bazar. Our path continues along river bank to Bulbule. Crossing the bridge, we will proceed towards Besisahar and lunch there and continue drive to KTM the same day for about 7hrs.
Kathmandu, free and easy day, shopping and rest
This is rest day. Spend the day as you like. You can go for shopping in Thamel where you can buy souvenir items. Upon your interest, we can also arrange for guided sightseeing tour. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening.
Int’l departure for onward flight to home
You will be transferred to the Airport as per your flight schedule. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.