Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably “untouched” region of Nepal. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. Manaslu trekking has been open since 1991, it provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet and is now a controlled trekking route, allowing organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to venture round its spectacular circuit. Manaslu Circuit Trek is growing in popularity as next Annapurna circuit Trek.
Manaslu has a unique environment, which is exceptionally rich in bio diversity that has made this region one of the finest tourist destinations of Nepal for many years. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area consist of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude romantic glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna, all features of this region, have made it one of the most well liked places of Nepal.
We have two options for continuing Manaslu Circuit Trek.
OPTION 1: The first option is to trek further to Jomsom at Kali Gandaki river valley crossing which is another high and adventure hike through Thorung la pass at (5,416 meters) and conclude the trek by flying down to Kathmandu via Pokhara, or you can also avoid a flight by walking down to Pokhara from Jomsom following the Annapurna trail in 4 – 5 Days. Along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the Annapurna Massifs and Dhaulagiri peaks.
OPTION 2: The second option is to continue descending along the Marshyangdi river valley through the rhododendron and oak forests and finally conclude the trek at Chamje and Drive to Kathmandu. Any physically fit person can do this trip anytime from Mar to May (spring season) and Sept to Nov (Autumn season).
Choose the best option for you to enjoy the Manaslu Circuit trek to the fullest.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Your Trekking staff will come to your hotel early in the morning at 7.00 AM to pick you up, from there we have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Besi for 3.30 hours is comfortable drive after which there is a 4 -hour bumpy and winding off road to Arughat. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, after breakfast we drive to Khursapani by Jeep. After taking our lunch in Khursapani, we start our trek to Lububesi. The trail goes slow up along Budi Gandaki river. After ascending around 3 hours, we finally arrive in Lububesi and Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, after breakfast we start our trek. The valley is narrow at the beginning. We pass small villages and descend s to sandy riverbeds. We then ascend to Machhakhola for the lunch and further one hour walk bring us in Khorlabesi, Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we start our trek with easy walking to Tatopani, a place with natural hot spring. From here we cross the Budi Gandaki River through suspension bridge and continue our walking. Today it is slow ascending all the way to Jagat village, Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we continue our trek along the Budigandaki river through flat way to Philim village and to Eklebhatti village where we take our lunch. From Ekle Bhatti we cross the river again and enter to dramatic section of the gorge high above the river. The trail goes up to west side of the valley and offers a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the village of Deng, Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we enter the area influenced by Buddhism. Walking few ups and downs through forests, we arrive at Ghap. On the way well preserves paintings and elegant mani wall is interesting. From here valley becomes steeper and we go long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Namrung, Overnight at guesthouse.
We have short walk, today we go through typical Tibetan village. Which consists Tibetan style entrance gates, mani walls and Buddhist gompas.We also have view of Manaslu and Gorakh himal before we arrive in Lho-Gaun, Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we start our trek with view of Peak 29. It is steep up way through the forest for couple of hours to bring us Shyala. From here we have superb view of Manaslu and Himalchuli. From here, easy walking through the forest bring us in Sama-Gaun, Overnight at guesthouse.
Today is the Acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. If you feel good, you can hike to Manaslu Base Camp through Birendra lake or make a short hike Sama monastery and relax at the village, Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we have pleasant walk to Samdo. The trail goes gradual up following Kali Gandaki River. Passing several mani walls, we also have magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu and other major peaks throughout the day. We cross the Kaligandaki River and clime for 15~20 minutes before to reach Samdo, Overnight at guesthouse.
We start our trek passing fields and old mani walls. After we descend to River and cross the wooden bridge to arrive Larkya bazaar. Larkya bazaar is used to be very famous bazaar but now there is nothing remain.From here we go through another mani walls marks, where the trails start to climb with view of huge Larkya Glaicer ahead. A final push over with steep climbing closed the Larkya Glacier and to reach Dharmasala, Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we star early in the morning with pack lunch for the day. It is steep up for about 4 hours to the Larkya top. From here, we have great panoramic view of Mt. Himlung, Kang guru, Annapurna II and more. From here the trail descend all the way for about 3 hours. Depending on the condition, crampons and ice axe are advisable to have as the trail might be covered by the snow, Overnight at guesthouse.
We start our trek by crossing the pastures of Bimthang. Now the trail drops to a glacial stream at the origin of Dudh Khola. After crossing a wooden bridge, we descend into pine and rhododendron forest. We walk further ups ans down, prayer flags and terrace fields follow the way, bringing us a Large Gurung village Tilje, Overnight at guesthouse.
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight at guesthouse.
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange. Overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar. It will takes about 7 – 8 hours, overland journey by 4WD. And the gentle light brings us on our way back to the bustle of Nepal’s capital. And the rest of the time is your own. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip concludes!. We will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.