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MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK IN NEPAL - WORLD'S EIGHTH HIGHEST MOUNTAIN TREK

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Destination

Manaslu Circuit

Region

Manaslu Region

Max.Altitude

5,135 Meters

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Activity

Trekking

Duration

18 Days

Route

Soti Khola - Jagat - Samagaon - Lakya la

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge / Tea house

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek

Transportation

Kathmandu / Sotikhola / Syange / Kathmandu

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

This preserved possibly the best Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal as the world’s eighth highest mountain; Mount Manaslu lies between the two popular trekking areas. Annapurna and Ganesh Himal in the Gorkha district make it a perfect trek in the western part of Nepal. It also lets us visit the border of Tibet. The Gurkhas (ethnic Gurungs) are very famous for the military war in the world. King Prithvi Narayan Shah, ancestor of our ex-King Gyanendra had lived in the palace. The legend of Gorkha in the 18th century unified this modern Nepal.

Manaslu round trekking is the best Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal as the world’s eighth highest mountain; Mount Manaslu is a very popular trekking destination for camping autonomy. This region is also known for its wild route along the beautiful Budhi Gandaki River. Until you reach the Dharmasala base camp of Larkya pass. The original multi inhabitants of the region are Gurung, Magar, Tamang. But you will also find Dalit, Brahmin, and Tibetan.

The main attractions of the Manaslu Circuit Trek are the views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna. Varieties of flora and fauna, typical houses made of local stone are something to explore. Buddhist monasteries, stupas, glacier lakes, horses, and yaks as local transportation offers more. Tsum Valley is one of the best-opened trekking routes in the heart of the Himalayan region Manaslu. The local people of Lhogaun, Samagaon, and Sumdo have business relations in Tibet. We can also buy Chinese-made goods in this part of the region. The highest altitude point of this trek is Larkya La pass 5240m.

The best time to come to this area is in late spring (March to May) and in the autumn (late September to mid-December). In winter snow and lodge closures at Larkya Phedi and Bimtang. One should try to avoid trekking from mid-December until early March.

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Itinerary

01
Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

02
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700 m / 8 hrs)

Today is a long drive of 7-8 hours to reach Soti Khola. The road is quite dusty so cover yourself. Soti Khola lies at the bank of Budi Gandaki River and we will meet the rest of the crew here.

03
Trek from Soti Khola to Machhekhola (869 m / 5 hrs)

Today's trek commences with an easy day of walking on the route to Machha Khola. It offers pleasant views of the surrounding jungle and occasional waterfalls.

04
Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1340 m / 7 hrs)

Today's trail leads us through Khorlabesi during the early part of the day. We will walk through Tatopani, famed for its natural hot springs. A steep climb takes us up to Dobhan as we enter the Manaslu Conservation area. Later we will reach the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.

05
Trek from Jaga to Deng (1750 m / 7 hrs)

After leaving Jagat, the trail climbs to Salleri and Sirdibas. We then pass through Gotta Khola and cross one of the longest suspension bridges of the circuit. After lunch at Philim, we reach Ekle Bhatti where the turn-off for Lokpa and the Tsum Valley is. Later we pass through beautiful pine forests before reaching Pewa, and finally Deng.

06
Trek from Deng to Namrung (2660 m / 6 hrs)

Today the trail passes through several villages destroyed during the earthquake. We trek through the Prok Village which offers a viewpoint for Sringi Himal. From Prok, we descend to Ghap and then hike through a beautiful forest.  One can see fir, rhododendrons, pines, songbirds, and langur monkeys. We finally arrive at Namrung which is a former customs post in the days of the salt route to Tibet.

07
Trek from Ghap to Lho (3180 m / 4 hrs)

Today is an easier day as we walk through the beautiful plateau of Bhanzam with barley fields. Once we enter the village of Lihi we can see stone houses. After lunch here, we cross the Hinang River and then reach Lho including Ribung Gompa.

08
Trek from Lho to Samagaun (3525 m / 4 hrs)

We start the hike with a visit to the Ribung Gompa. Then head up a pine and rhododendron gully to reach Syala 3510mtrs. Here we can enjoy the astounding perspective of Mt Manaslu 8163 m with a cup of tea. We will hike through yaks pastures, and stone huts, crossing the slope of the Pung Gyen glacier. Finally, we reach the village of Samaguan. This is the largest village on the Manaslu circuit, and also the closest to Manaslu Base Camp. 

09
Rest day in Samagaun for acclimatization

Today is a rest day for you to get used to the higher elevation. We can also hike to Pungyen Gompa (6-7 hrs) or Manaslu Base Camp (9-10 hrs). While hiking watch for Himalayan Tahr on the steep rock walls.

10
Trek from Samagaun to Samdo (3875 m / 4 hrs)

On today's trail, we head north, passing through juniper and birch forests. We pass through an extensive valley with long mani partitions and many marmots. After passing the starting point of the Buddhi Gandaki river, we enter Samdo village. Samdo is a Tibetan refugee village, under the Samdo Himal 6335mtrs and Samdo Glacier. 

11
Trek form Samdo to Dharamsala (4460 m / 4 hrs)

Today's trail takes us through the mythical Larkya Bazaar. From here Local heads to Tibet for trade through Lajyang Bhanjyang 4998 m. Gyala Bhanjyang 5375 m is another place with a flourishing marketplace. The large Larkye glacier coming from Mt. Manaslu is visible on the left, and the trail starts to ascend to the pass. We cross the Athhara Saya Khola, and then go along the Larke Khola. Along the way spot some Himalayan Blue Sheep or Bharal grazing on the slopes. After continuing the climb upwards we reach the mountain facilities at Dharamsala.

12
Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3590 m / 8 hrs) via Larkye Pass 5160 m

We make a short climb to reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak. We ascend the massive lateral moraine of the glacier before reaching the pass. Breaking camp early allows us to reach the pass before the strong, cold winds. From the top of the pass, we have breathtaking views of Himlung Himal 7126 m near Tibet. Kang guru 6981 mtrs, Annapurna II 7937 mtrs range are some other peaks.  Later we take a descent to Bhimtang. it offers he exquisite view of Manaslu makes every step worthwhile.

13
Trek from Bhimthang to Tilije (2300 m / 6-7 hrs)

Today's trek starts as we pass the Kechakyu Khola glacier. Later we enter the Rhododendron wooded area. The view of Mt Manaslu leads upwards to the Gurung village of Gho. Later we will reach Tilije where there are better accommodation choices.

14
Trek from Tilije to Besisahar (760 m / 5-6 hrs)

Exit the village on a stone path and descend to the Marsyangdi Valley in Thonje. You will then join the new road along the main Annapurna Circuit route in Dharapani 3560 m. Here you will catch a public jeep all the way to Besisahar and overnight at a hotel.

15
Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (1350 m / 6-7 hrs)

Besisahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Here you will catch a private car or public bus to Kathmandu. 

16
Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure.

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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