The circuit of Mount Manaslu 8156 meters is gaining popularity rapidly. Mount Manaslu is the eight highest mountains in the world. Part of the Manaslu region's trails were restored after it was damaged by the massive earthquake of 25th April 2015. The local name for Manaslu is Kutang – Spirit Mountain. The government of Nepal only opened Manaslu Circuit Trekking route to tourists in 1991. We start this trek by either taking a private jeep to Soti Khola to start the trek. The trail starts with narrow valleys with tropical vegetation hiking along the Budi Gandaki River. Parts of the trail are narrow with loose rocks used as steps and there are several places that can be potentially dangerous especially when you encounter passing caravans of mules.
We will pass through MachiKhola, Jagat, Ghap, Lho Gaun and Samagaon with impressive views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other smaller peaks of 6000 meters. We spend an extra night at Samagaon to acclimatize to the altitude.
You will notice the change in the landscape becomes austere as we begin to gain altitude while at the same time people who were Hindus in the lower valleys and now you see Buddhists in the higher altitudes.
We cross over Larke La into the District of Manang. Once we reach Dharapani we are on the main Annapurna Circuit trail. This is where our trek ends; we drive back to Kathmandu in a private jeep.
Note: We completed this trek on the 17th of December 2016. You will need to be pretty fit to be able to do this trek. It is tougher than the Annapurna circuit or Everest Base camp treks. The first 4 -5 days involves trekking in hot and humid weathers, even during the winter months. The length of the trek is between 6-10 hours at the beginning of the trek. The April 2015 earthquake has loosened the hills here and landslides have taken place both during and post monsoon.
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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
You will be met by our representative at the airport and brought to your hotel.
Day 2: 4×4 Jeep to SotiKhola (800m) 6-7 hours
We start our jeep ride to Soti Khola after breakfast along the Nepalese countryside. We leave the main highway at Dhading Bensi and take a newly opened fair weather road to Soti Khola. Total journey takes 6-7 hours.
Day 3: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m). 6-7 hours
We trek through Sal forests. Upon reaching Khursane the trail is series of ascends and descends along a narrow trail. There are a number of Waterfalls along the trail which is very impressive just post monsoon in October. The trail leads us to a Gurung village of Lapubesi where we stop for lunch. The trail climbs to a rocky outcrop where the valley widens along the Budi Gandaki that meanders amidst stunning scenery. The trail brings you down to a sandy river bed with a short climb before dropping back to the river bed until we reach Macha Khola.
Day 4: MachhaKhola to Jagat (1410m). 7-8 hours
The trail is a series of ascends and descends crossing the Tharo Khola before reaching Khorlabesi. A few more ascends and descends follow before we come across Tatopani (Hotsprings). From Tatopani, we climb over yet another ridge, then cross the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge. We climb on a wide staircase, followed by a landslide area and over a ridge to Doban. We cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and continue to climb the stone stairs and before dropping to the river only to climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. We cross to the west bank of the Buri Gandaki, climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.
Day 5: Jagat to Deng (1800m). 8 hours
We begin the trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens up as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We continue our walk upstream to the longest suspension bridge on the trek to reach Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north and remains a fairly level trail as we pass through terraced fields to Ekle Bhatti. The trail now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. We descend to a grassy land, cross the Buri Gandaki. We trek along the west bank for a while before crossing to the east bank and back to the West side again. We continue through the widening valley until the Deng Khola (River). We reach the small village of Deng.
Day 6: Deng to Namrung (2660m). 7-8 hours
We cross the Budi Gandaki after a short hike and climb to Rana. We cross a bridge, after which we climb a bit to join a trail, we head west along the Budi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and Mani walls towards Ghap village. We take the trail that goes through Prok village. From Prok village Shringi Himal is visible. The Budi Gandaki has to be crossed several times today. We will come across several gompas along the way. While continuing upstream, we come across a spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge. There is a steep ascend before reaching our destination.
Day 7: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m.). 6-7 hours.
The trek continues to climb steadily into an Alpine terrain. We will see the first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. You will notice that the locals dress up in Tibetan style attires. Ribung Gompa is well known Monastery in this village.
Day 8: Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m)
This is a short hike to Samagaon with an array of mountain views, hiking through moss laden Rhododendron forest before arriving at Sama Gaon.
Day 9: Samagaon (rest day)
This is an acclimatization day. We trek to either Pungyen Gompa or Birendra Tal.
Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3860)m. 4-5 hours
The trail from Samagaon to Samdo is flattish and takes about 4 - 5 hours to get there. From Samdo the trail to the right goes towards Tibet. You might see caravans of Yaks returning with loads from Tibet.
Day 11: Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m)
We continue our walk down the edge, cross a wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin hiking upward. We will see the Larkya Glacier while going around the valley of the Salka Khola. We continue to climb up to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. The accommodation here is very minimal and desolate. Overnight in Dharmashala.
Day 12: Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m). 8-10 hours
Today we go over Larke La 5135 meters, we will walk alongside a glacier with a glacial Lake Cho Chanda. Upon reaching the top of the pass, you will witness a superb panoramic view of Himlung Himal 7126 meters, Cheo Himal 6820 meters, Gaygi Kung 6981 meters and Annapurna II 7937 meters. The Larke La pass is the natural border between the Manaslu and Annapurna region. The descent is steep and slippery to Bimthang. This is a lovely spot with wonderful views of the Manaslu range.
It is a steep and slippery yet beautiful trek to Bimthang.
Day 13: Bimthang to Gho or Tilje (2300m). 5-6 hours
From Bimthang, we can enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu north, Nemjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We start descending to cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. The trail goes through rhododendron forest and a narrow valley until we reach Karche. We trek across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge to a river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho.
Day 14: Gho or Tilje – Dharapani
It is an easy trekking day following the Dudh Khola through bamboo forests down to Dharapani, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. We take a local jeep to Besisahar to shorten tomorrow's journey to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu a private vehicle back to the capital.
The road is blacktopped from Besisahar most of the way to Kathmandu.
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu
|Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis||Hotel/ Lodges on twin sharing basis along trails|
|All transportation||Responsible Adventures' Expert Trek leader (Click to watch video of trek leaders)|
|Complimentary T-Shirt||Use of trekking kit bag during trek|
|1 Assistant guide between 4 trekkers||Trekking|
|1 porter between two trekkers||Good clothing for porters and crew|
|Food for porters & crew members (We are less then handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)||Insurance for crew and porters|
|All permits||Twin sharing room on trek|
|All meals on trek|
|Visas||All optional additional tours or activities during free time|
|Transportation outside of the tour program||Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)|
|Tips(suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader's tip at your discretion||Items of a personal nature e.g alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.|
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|19 March 2016||31 May 2017||2-16||3163|
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