Manaslu Circuit Trek - 14 Days

(Manaslu Circuit Trek) Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that “just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain”.The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi) skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991.The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Burhi gandaki River En route, 10 peaks over 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) are visible, including a few over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft). As of May 2008, the mountain has been climbed 297 times with 53 fatalities.

Manaslu is the highest peak in the Gorkha District and is located about 64 km (40 mi) east of Annapurna. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar

Take time for yourself and join us for this Manaslu Circuit trek through the beautiful forests and lush landscape of Manaslu National Park. Visited by only a few tourists, this park is still unexploited by modern changes, and it is far less crowded than its more well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit.

Manaslu national park is home to diverse flora and fauna. During the trekking season, the trail is accompanied by lush rhododendron forests, birds chirping, and a kaleidoscope of butterflies. The trail comes to life with the warm sun and cool mountain breeze. Also on this trek, you will see the beautiful blue waters of the world’s highest lake – Tilicho Lake – at 4919 m.

Hurry up and experience this off-the-beaten track spot while it is still wild and relatively untouched!

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HIGHLIGHTS
-Enjoy a trail far less crowded than its more well known peers
-The trek is full of wild, remote and unique culture.
-The trailhead is reached over land, avoiding the need for domestic flights
-The scenery displays all Nepal has to offer

Day 1
Kathmandu – Sotikhola (715 m) 8 hours Guest house

Today we drive around 8 hrs drive to Sodi to start our trip.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 2
Sotikhola – Labubesi / Machhakhola (870 m) 7 hours Guest house

Today, we start trekking in the morning. And after crossing the bridge, the trek climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and reaches to Khorsaani. Then, the trail, gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream. The rocky trail then goes up and down through large stand of nettles, passes tropical waterfalls and again backs down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3
Machhakhola – Jagat (1410 m) 6 hours Guest house

After a few more ups & downs, we reach to Tatopani. From the hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Trek along the Budhi Gandaki river then climb towards the village of Jagat.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4
Jagat – Ngyak (1950m) 6 hours Guest house

The day begins by following the river bank again for the first hour up to Ghata Khola. We then cross to the eastern bank before ascending to Philim, one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5
Ngyak – Ghap (2050 m) 6 hours Guest house

The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley until we reach the little settlement of Dang. We then cross the Budhi Gandaki River where the valley opens and we begin our ascent to Rana.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6
Ghap – Lho (3148m) 7 hours Guest house

Slowly and gradually we gain altitude and enter into alpine territory. We also have increasing mountain views. On the way to Manrung, we find more Mani walls and three more crossings of the Budi Gandaki. Finally, we reach Lho where we will stay overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7
Lho – Samagaon (3517m) 5 hours Guest house

Today, we resume the trek with a steep descent and a crossing of yet another rock-strewn torrent called Thusang Khola. You will realize that Manaslu and Himalchuli dominate the entire landscape. Then on, across the glacier-fed Numla Khola, the valley drops away to a moraine while we follow the ancient trans-Himalayan trail now just a few kilometers from Tibet.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8
Samagaon – Samdo (3738 m) 5 hours Guest house

Descend to the Budi Gandaki, which has turned north, and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9
Rest day in Samdo (3738 m) 4 hours Guest house

Today, we will have full-day acclimatization at Samdo. We can explore the surrounding areas of Samdo today and stay here tonight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10
Samdo – Dharmashala (4480m) 4 hours Homestay

Today’s walk starts easily enough. We cross Budhi Gandaki for a final time and pause at the old stone wall of mani inscriptions bidding us well for progress over the pass. The trail gradually rises through juniper and tundra with a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La Glacier. Further climb will bring us to the memorable Spartan Larkya Rest House.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11
Dharmasala – Bhimtang (3890m), Larky La Pass 8 hours Guest house

An early morning start is needed for what is to be a particularly tough and extended day. We start at approx. 4 am to avoid the gale force wind which usually gains in strength after mid-day at the pass. After a long gradual climb alongside a moraine, we make a short descent to a glacial lake and reach the head of the moraine (4700m) which we cross to climb to the ridge top. Four frozen lakes lie below and then it is up to the crest of the Larkya La (5100m). The reward for these difficult trekking conditions is brilliant westerly views of Himlung Himal, Kangurru and Annapurna II as well as the looming omnipresence of Manaslu. Well, the descent is hardly any easier; we drop around 650m in less than an hour.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12
Bhimtang – Tilje (3010m) 7 hours Guest house

The toughest days on the trail are behind us. We descend through meadows and through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Hampuk and then after dropping further following the course of the Dudh Khola we arrive at Karche and then onto the village of Gho. Keeping the west bank of the river, the afternoon is one of the gradual descents to the Gurung Settlement of Tilije which has a certain notoriety for apply brandy. We stay overnight in Tilije (2300m) at a local lodge.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13
Tilje – Syage (1725m) 7 hours Guest house

Trek goes along the Dudh Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi River, before arriving at the confluence in DharapaniToday the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Syange where we stay overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14
Syange – Kathmandu 9 hours 1 Star Hotel

After completing this wonderful Manaslu Trek, we today drive back to Kathmandu. After arriving at Kathmandu, in the evening, we will enjoy our farewell dinner party.

MEALS: Breakfast

Included

  • All meals and snacks while trekking.
  • Accommodation in guesthouses during the trek
  • Government licensed, experienced English speaking guide
  • One porter for 2 people
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All government taxes.
  • One trekking map per person
  • Permits and conservation fees
  • Sleeping bags and Down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after trek)
  • Surace transportation.
  • First aid kit
  • Especially permit for Manaslu

Excludes

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Price From USD $ 1,400/person
1400
Total $ 1,400 USD

Trip Facts

  • Car / jeep/bus
  • 1-8
  • Nepal
  • 5106 m