MANASLU TREK

  • Days:17 Days
  • Difficulty:Moderate to strenuous
  • Country:Nepal
  • Activity:Trekking & Hiking
  • Max Altitude:5,106m/16,752ft
  • Accomodation:Tea House/Lodges
  • Best Season:Mar-May, Sept-Nov
  • Meals:B/L/D
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17 Days

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Trip Introduction

The Manaslu circuit trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. It takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area and leads to a breathtaking view of the eighth highest mountain in the world.

If you’ve already been to the Annapurna Circuit, this trek can be a great alternative. It is a 14-day trek that starts at Soti Khola and ends at Beshi Sahar and can be extended to 22 days with an additional side trek to the Tsum valley.

Flanked by the Annapurna’s to the West and Ganesh Himal to the East it is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants.

Unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek that’s flooded with trekkers all around the world, the Manaslu circuit trek usually sees less people along its route. It is remote and physically demanding yet culturally enriching and scenically uplifting.

The circuit 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, and the yearly monsoon often washes minor bridges away leaving trekkers to use semi-submerged rocks.

Only opened to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992. If you want to know what trekking the 1980s was like, the Manaslu circuit trek is a visual feast from start to finish, but you better be fit.

Slowly, you wind your way North to the snowbound Larkya La Pass next to the Tibetan border. The altitude here is a problem but almost forgotten with the jaw-dropping views of Manaslu. At 5167 meters Larkya La pass is usually snow-covered and icy. Micro crampons are often used on the descent. Trekking to the pass requires a 3 am start in order to make the highest point before the winds come, usually around mid-morning.

From the pass looking back the way you have come gives a clear view but by far the most amazing view comes after you have left the pass and walk along a corridor to the west.

A great glacial cirque bursts into view. A stupendous wall created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru, casts down a stream of glaciers, while Annapurna II rises ahead. This view alone makes the trek worthwhile. The trek can be done on a teahouse basis unless you want to go off route where camping is the only option.

 

17 Days of walking
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. Company representative will be there showing a sign board to picks you up. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Meet the group and your trip leader

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Day 2

Your tour to Manaslu Circuit begins from Kathmandu. Today we will leave early in the morning in our private four wheeler vehicle. Although some part of the road will be quite dusty and bumpy, you will catch the best landscape views from your window seat. En route, you can stop at many rest stops for short breaks and meals. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Activities – 9/10 hours jeep ride

Elevation – 900m/2953ft

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Day 3

Distance –17 km The following day, you will start walking across the twisting road on the bank of Budi Gandaki River. As you enter the forest trail, you will witness many monkeys and langurs. After the forest, you will walk to the Gurung villages, like lower Khorlabeshi. In the village, you will notice the shepherds clad in a typical smoke-browned cape called Bokkhu. On walking further, you will reach Tatopani ‘hot water’you will cross a new suspension bridge over Bhudi Gandaki river to reach Doban. After a landslip and Yaruphant, you cross a wooden bridge to the left of the Buri Gandaki river .Following the waves, you will find the river flattening at Yaru from where you cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, a neatly flagstoned Gurung village. Overnight at Jagat

 

Activities – 6/7 hours walk

Elevation – 14,10m/4626ft

 

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Day 4

The next day, you will walk to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. The village welcomes you with several gompas and Buddhist prayer flags. At Phillim, you will have your permits checked, and then you will continue along the western bank of the river. The trail is beautiful with unique sculptures over the boulders on the river bank formed due to river water. Leaving the riverbank, you proceed through forests of rhododendron, Himalayan pine and the overhanging rocks on the towering peaks. These highlights beautify the trail. On proceeding further you cross the Siyar Khola Bridge and reach a junction where the trail separates to Tsum valley on your right. You walk through narrow trails, cross few suspension bridge walk across the bamboo forest to reach Deng. Overnight At Deng

Distance –20 km

Activities – 7/8 hours walk

Elevation – 1804m/5919ft

 

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Day 5

Another interesting day after breakfast we set up everything and we leave deng . Moving further, you will cross a suspension bridge to climb to Rana and Bihi Phedi. On the trail, you can see White Faced monkeys visiting villages on the lookout for a free feed. After bihi phedi we change a route to prok where we cross a river and starts our climb to prok through beautiful pine forest. Overnight at Prok

Distance – 9 km

Activities – 6/7 hours walk

Elevation – 2318m/7604ft

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Day 6

This day will be difficult not only because of the altitude, but also because of the distance and steep climb. We’ll bring a packed lunch and snacks and Choco bars in our day pack. We’ll leave for Kal Lake after breakfast. Because the majority of the trail is through the forest, we will be walking in the shade. When you arrive at the beautiful and peaceful lake, you might be surprised to see huge manaslu, Ganesh, and Siringi himal from the top. Overnight at Prok

Distance – 10 km

Activities – 8/9 hours walk

Elevation – 3574m/11,725ft

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Day 7

You will have your breakfast and start the trek of the day.  The trail desend to Ghap . We will be walking through dense forest and cross few suspension bridge may be we will see some Himalayan thar on the way  up to Namrung. You will climb a narrow trail from the river to the neat village of Namrung. The place has some of the best teashops, a restaurant, and rest houses on the trek

Distance – 8 km

Activities – 4/5 hours

Elevation – 2630m/8,629ft

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Day 8

Witnessing the lifestyles of the Nubri people, you will start the day. Exploring their Tibet-influenced typical lifestyle you will walk past several mani walls, lush terraces, and houses through Banjam to enter the fir, rhododendron, and oak forest before climbing to Lihi then to Sho. As you start walking, you will see most of the locals clad in traditional Tibetan dress. As you start further, you will notice some fine paintings in the Kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. Walking across the rocky hillside routes, you will reach Lho. From the place, you can catch the stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m). After crossing lho we will walk through forest all the way to shyala. Overnight at Shyala

Distance – 13 km

Activities – 6/7 hours

Elevation – 3875/12,713ft

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Day 9

The next morning, you will start with a short trek because of the altitude reasons. On walking, the picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu accompanies you. You will walk across the easy trail to Shyala on passing through pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream.  From Shyala, you will walk for almost an hour to reach Sama Gaun. Once you enter the village, mountain views fade, however, the yak pastures and typical settlements will attract you. Sama Gaun is the principal village of the Nubri people which holds a large gompa, many shops, a health post, heliport, and telephone/wifi access, etc. Overnight at Sama Gaun

Distance – 13 km

Activities – 7/8 hours walk

Elevation – 3530m/11,582ft

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Day 10

This is the day of acclimatization at Sama Gaon to prevent altitude-related illness. And, as an acclimatization hike, you will walk to Manaslu Base Camp. On this acclimatization hike, you can bring your lunch and take it at the rest stops for energy. We will follow the trail past Birendra Tal and turn left onto the base camp track. Proceeding slowly, you will walk to the north of Manaslu glacier to basecamp at 4400m then return. Overnight at Sama gaun

Activities – 7/8 hours walk

Elevation – 3530m/11,582ft

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Day 11

On this new day, you will reach to the newer destination to Samdo. But, as you are in high altitude, you need to walk slowly so, this is a short day trek.  You will notice extended yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, with a variety of birds.

From there, you will leave the tree line and climb to a ridge across the wooden bridge of Budi Gandaki before you reach white Kani. It is a neighbouring village to Samdo, a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding. Once at Samdo, you can explore the nearby villages or you can hike to Samdo Peak. Overnight at Samdo

Distance – 8 km

Activities – 3 hours walk

Elevation – 3860m/12,665ft

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Day 12

This is another adventurous day in the high altitude. So, you must watch your body signs properly. Enjoying the scenic views of the chain of Himalayas you will walk slowly across the gradual uphill climbs and rugged terrains of the Manaslu region before you reach Dharmasala.

Distance – 6 km

Activities – 3/4 hours walk

Elevation – 4,460m/14,633ft

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Day 13

This is a special day as you will walk to the highest point of the trail. You will walk to Larkya La Pass on this day. In bad weather and in the snow, the walk could be quite challenging yet, it is doable. You will cross the pass before afternoon so you need to wake up early and leave the teahouse quite early. This is the challenging part of the trek but if you walk steadily, you can walk to the pass successfully. The stunning views you will witness once you stand at the pass make the trip more enlightened. You will catch views of Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range. Spending your special time at the pass, you will walk down around 3 hours towards Bimthang for an overnight stay. On descending, you will get views of huge icefalls and mountains in all directions, Pongkar Tal between the Pongkar and Salpu Danda Glaciers.

Distance – 14 km

Activities – 9/10 hours

Elevation – 3590m/11,778ft

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Day 14

Today you will walk through the lush forests full of flora and fauna including rhododendron bushes. Walking back across the Dudh Khola, you will walk to Karche for lunch. In the next hour, you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming quite rough. And, the trail drops to Gurung Goa, the first real village since Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural and lush as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron, staying on the north (true right) bank until Tilije.

Distance – 20 km

Activities – 7/8 hours

Elevation – 2,300m/7,564ft

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Day 15

  • Trek to Dharapani, where you’ll conclude your trekking journey.
  • From Dharapani, drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the scenic views.
  • Reflect on your trek and spend the night in Kathmandu.
  • Distance: 84 km
  • Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodation: Kathmandu Lo mustang

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Day 16

After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to airport and depart Kathmandu on your homeward-bound flight. Or if you’d prefer to spend more time in Nepal. We would love to accompany you on another trip through Nepal in the future

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NOTE:

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors,that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

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Included

  • Arrival and Departure: Pick-up and drop-off from the airport to the hotel.
  • Hotel Accommodation: Twin sharing room with bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu.
  • Permit: All necessary permits including Manaslu special permits, ACAP and MCAP permit and TIMS card
  • Insurance: Comprehensive insurance coverage for all Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Member Transportation: Ground Transportation from Kathmandu to trekking spot and return Ground Transportation with a guide as per the itinerary. Transportation for staff as well
  • Member Luggage: Each member is allowed up to 15 kg of personal baggage during the trek, carried by porters.
  • Lodging and Food: Accessible accommodation in hotels and lodges with 3 meals a day (B/L/D) during the trek.
  • Guide and Porter: One English-speaking guide and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) during the trek.
  • Staff Salary and Allowance: Daily wages, salary, food, and accommodation for all Nepalese staff.
  • First Aid Kit: A well-stocked first aid kit will be available for emergencies.

Excluded

  • Airfare and Visa: International flight fares to/from Kathmandu and Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Personal Transportation: Any personal transportation beyond the aforementioned programs.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and during early returns from the trek.
  • Extra Night in Kathmandu: Any extra nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrivals, late departures, or early returns from the trek.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required, including rescue, repatriation, medication, medical tests, and hospitalization costs.
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone, internet, battery recharge, shower, laundry, alcoholic beverages, boiled water, beer, coke, and personal trekking gear and equipment.
  • Tips: Tips for guides, porters, and staff.

Note: Any other services not mentioned in the included or excluded services list will not be covered and will be the responsibility of the trekker.

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Route Map


Altitude Map

Accommodations

General Trekking Equipments

                  

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Quantity Type Remarks
1 Woolen Cap     1
2 Sunglasses     1  UV protected
3 Bob Scarf/buff Mask     1
4 Warm down Jacket     1
5 Thermal Inner Layer  2 pairs
6 Gloves  1 pair
7 Sleeping Bag    1 20 + Degrees
8 Trekking Trousers & Inner Vest As per necessity
9 Trekking Shoes  1 pair   Full Ankle
10 Woolen Socks 3/4 pairs
11 Trekking Poles  1 pair
12 Water Bottle    1    Thermos  1 L+
13 Waterproof Jacket    1
14 Slippers  1 pair
15 Sun Block    1     SPF 30
16 Personal First Aid Kit    1
17 Trekking Bag    1    Rucksack  50 L+
18 Area Map    1
19 Head Light with extra battery    1

General Trekking Info


  1. Trekking at high altitudes requires warm clothing to protect you from the cold. A down jacket with a hood is a must for altitudes above 4,000 m. You can rent a down jacket for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but please note that in case of loss or damage, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.


  2. A good quality sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep during the trek. You can rent a 4-season sleeping bag for USD 30-40 based on trekking days, but again, if you lose or damage the sleeping bag, you will need to reimburse the cost of USD 150 per item.

  3. Before embarking on your trek, make sure to acclimatize to the altitude by spending a few days in Kathmandu. This will help your body adjust to the change in altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

  4. It is essential to have proper trekking shoes that are comfortable and provide good traction. Make sure to break in your shoes before the trek to avoid blisters and discomfort.

  5. The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, so it is crucial to pack for different weather conditions. Layers of clothing, including a waterproof jacket and pants, are recommended.

  6. Trekking poles can be a lifesaver, especially when trekking uphill or downhill. They help reduce the pressure on your knees and provide extra stability.

  7. It is important to stay hydrated while trekking. Carry a water bottle or bladder with you and make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. Avoid drinking untreated water and carry water purification tablets or a water filter.

  8. Toiletries like wet wipes and hand sanitizer are essential, especially when there is no access to running water. It is also important to carry toilet paper and dispose of it properly.


  9. Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically demanding, so it is essential to be in good physical shape. Regular exercise and cardiovascular training can help prepare your body for the trek.


  10. Respect the local culture and traditions by learning a few words in the local language and dressing modestly. Avoid giving money or sweets to children, as it can encourage a culture of begging.


  11. Trekking in the Himalayas can be an unforgettable experience, so take the time to enjoy the scenery and immerse yourself in the local culture. Take plenty of pictures, but remember to be respectful of the local customs and traditions.


FAQ

You can apply visa to Nepal through embassy or other diplomatic mission to your country also you can obtain tourist visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. If you prefer to use a visa service you will find many by searching on the internet, one in particular we have found reliable is CIBT: https://cibtvisas.com/

Yes, it is compulsory you should arrange your travel insurance and please insure your chosen policy also covers helicopter and medical rescue and repatriation costs.

In Kathmandu or in other cities we use 5-star hotels and in trekking or in remote areas we provide the highest quality available.

Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.

Nepal is Greenwich Mean Time plus five hours and 45 minutes. That means if it’s 8:00pm in Kathmandu, it’s 9:15am in New York and 6:15am in California.

Nepal is on the 220V system. Sockets are usually the three-pin variety, but they vary. If you are planning to use something like a hairdryer or electric shaver at the hotel, bring a converter and a selection of plug adapters.

There are varieties of Food item so menu will be provided to all the clients and they can order their food according to the menu.

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home.

You should bring a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. You can also buy mineral water bottles or boiled water during the trek.

Yes, we will provide you a domestic sim card or a satellite phone from which you can make international calls. You can also buy a domestic sim card on your own in Kathmandu.

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