• Manaslu  Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

 
  • Days: 20
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 20 Days

Activities: Waling,Trekking

Departure From: Kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Region: Manaslu

Price: USD 1,750

Group size: Min 2-12 Max

Best Season: Feb- May-Sep-Dec

Namaste and a warm welcome to all the ambitious trekkers across the world to Manaslu Circuit Trekking that leads you to the foothill of the world’s 8th highest peak, Manaslu (8165 m) through the peaceful and beautiful trails exploring upper Himalayan life, Buddhist and Tibetan culture while enjoying the wide range of vegetation and animals.

Mount Manaslu is located in the west-central part of Nepal between Tibet and Nepal border and was first scaled successfully by Japanese Expedition Team in 1956. Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit". Trekking in Manaslu region is a fresher experience for many because trekking in this region was restricted for many years by the government of Nepal and was reopened in 1991. There is less tourist flow in this area so if you wish to walk in the isolated and peaceful trails; Manaslu Circuit Trekking suits you the most.

Highlights

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the adventurous Trekking in Nepal. It offers you the spectacular views of Mount Manaslu and other pristine mountain ranges and the hospitality of the mountain people, Buddhist monasteries and Chortens, lovely dense rhododendron woods, terraced fields and much more. This trek can be made in any seasons but spring and autumn are the best. The flexibility in the trekking days and itinerary are the best reasons for you to set out for Manaslu Circuit Trekking. This trek proves you the saying “Heaven is a myth, Nepal is real”.

The major highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek are walking alongside the Budhi Gandaki River, Stunning Mountain views, Buddhist Monasteries and Chortens, Tibetan lifestyles, mountainous animals and plants and much more. After all, the adventurous Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5155m is another great attraction for adventure-seeking trekkers.

Summary

The Manaslu Circuit Trekking or Manaslu Trek begins with an approximately 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Aarught Bazaar and concludes after you reach Beshisahar from where you will be driven back to Kathmandu.

This trail winds along the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River and leads you up to the lovely village of Tibetan immigrants, a number of prehistoric Buddhist monasteries including Rachengompas, Mu, and Shringi as well as beautiful glacial lakes, panoramic mountain view, lush rhododendron forest, Tibetan and Buddhist prayer flags and much more. The highest point of the Manaslu Circuit is Larke La pass (5155 m).

After crossing Larke La Pass, you will move your feet downwards through the other route. After you reach Bhulbhule, you will complete your trek and you will be driven back to Kathmandu. Since trekking in Manaslu Region requires special permission, we urge you to go on a trek with the help of a well-experienced guide and porter.

Here we provide you the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary :

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Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters)

Greetings & welcome at the Tribhuvan International Airport from a representative of Accent Himalaya and transfer to the hotel. In the evening - a welcome dinner (Typical Nepalese Cuisine) hosted by us.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Welcome Dinner

  Airport Pickup and Hotel Transfer in a Private Car

Day 02 : Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley

Taken to famous places of religious, cultural and historical importance in Kathmandu also enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites; Mainly - the Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath temple (Monkey Temple), the Boudhanath Stupa and the Basantapur Durbar Square.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Breakfast

  Sightsee Kathmandu in a Private Car

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570 m) - 7 Hours

After breakfast early in the morning drive to Arughat Bazaar from Kathmandu through Pokhara watching fresh rural landscapes of Nepal.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast and Dinner

Day 04 : Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530 m) - 6 Hours

Trek along leveled trails enjoying the surging Budhi Gandaki River, terraced fields, lush green forests and beautiful villages finally reaching before Soti Khola. Lunch at Arket Bazaar.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05 : Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890 m) - 7 Hours

Walking through the dense forest, passing beautiful Mongolian habitation, enjoying the down streams, springs, and valley, you will reach the day’s destination; Machha Khola.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06 : Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350 m) - 7 Hours

Crossing Machha Khola, you will trek on passing a small hamlet; Khorla Bensi and a hot spring at Tatopani. The further trails at the valleys are steep. After a cautious walk for some time, you will reach Dovan where a single tea house can be found. With the sip of a tea, you can enjoy spectacular Budi Gandaki River swiftly flowing downwards. The day’s journey pauses at Jagat passing a beautiful village Lauri on your way.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07 : Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700 m) - 3 Hours

This is a quiet restful day as you hike just for 3 hours along a steep trail which levels off at the top before reaching Philim - a densely populated Gurung habitation. You can take rest and get fresh strolling around observing the lifestyle of Gurung community.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08 : Trek from Philim to Deng (2095 m) - 5 Hours

On this day, you will trek through lovely and aromatic pine, rhododendron and fir forest walking over the flat leveled path. After crossing few rivers and streams, you can see some ancient houses at Deng, from where you can see the cascading waterfall lying at some distance. Deng village is famous for fresh and organic potatoes, buckwheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, and spinach.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09 : Trek Deng to Namrung (2900 m) - 5 Hours

Namrung is the destination of this day. Namrung is beautiful Buddhist village with some monasteries, chortens and Mani walls. To reach there, you will walk on the leveled trails with considerable uphill and downhill. Splendid view of Mt. Manaslu can be observed from the trails.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 : Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100 m) - 4 Hours

On the 10th day, you will trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range, offering you the magnificent views of Mountains like  Manaslu, Gorkha, Dwijen, Saula, Lajing and others silver gray mountains and peaks. You will find less vegetation due to high altitude and thin air. Before reaching Lho Gaon, you will pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. Lho Gaon has a monastery named Chon on the ridge and a Buddhist school.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 : Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390 m) - 4 Hours

On this day, you will walk along the right bank of the Gandaki river enjoying the jaw-dropping views of peak 9 ahead and reach to Sama Gaon for the night’s rest.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 : Rest at Samagaon for Acclimatization

This is entirely a restful day for acclimatization. However, you will hike to Manaslu base camp to gaze the spellbinding views of Samdo, Nagdi Chului, Simnang Himal, Manaslu Glacier, Manaslu ice fall, Birendra Kunda and many other beauties.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 : Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690 m) - 4 Hours

After having breakfast, on this day, you will trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through the desert path and windy valley. You will walk 4 km beyond the Tibetan border where normally visitors are not allowed to visit. There is a Tibetan refugee camp, from where you can get an excellent view of Mt Manaslu, Samdo, Nagdi Chului, Simnang Himal, Manaslu Glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other silver-gray mountains and peaks.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 : Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460 m) - 3 Hours

The route for this day is quite rocky and zigzag all the way up to your destination. Right before you arrive at Larkya La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya bazaar where seasonal fairs are held where local goods and goods from Tibet are kept for sale.

  Tea House of Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 : Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135 m) to Bimthang (3590 m) - 8 Hours

Day 15 is quite adventurous as you need to pass Larkya La Fedi. Hence, you will set out on the journey little earlier and trek up until you reach the pass-through rocky and winding trails. There you will have packed lunch as setting up the camp is very difficult there. After enjoying the heart-touching views of Lartkya peak, sunrise, Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow-capped mountains and peaks, you will descend to Bimthang, a broad level and ablation valley full of Mani walls and desert houses. You will spend the night there.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 : Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860 m) - 7 Hours

On this pleasant day, you will cross high pasture lands (Kharkas) and descend to the valley of Burdin Khola to the southern side of Mt. Manaslu. From the elevation of 4150, you can get the spectacular view of Manaslu South and east and Annapurna II. Then, you will trek down to Karche through dense rhododendron forest which is the highest cultivated land in the region and again you will step down to Tilji crossing a stream. There you can find an apple orchard and local wine. Local wine of this place is quite famous. With a 1 hour walk from Tilji, you will reach that day’s destination, Dharapani.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 : Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800 m) - 6 Hours

On this day, you will trek the whole day along the bank of Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi river. You will also walk through the pleasant villages such as Taal - an attractive village with beautiful water springs. Finally, you will reach Jagat which is a stone made village situated in the lap of Marsyangdi valley.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18 : Trek from Jagat to Bhulbhule - 6 Hours

This is the last day of your trek - though you still need to travel back to Kathmandu by bus. On this day, you will come down to Bhulbhule crossing the Marsyangdi valley. After you arrive there, you can celebrate your successful and daring adventure.

  Tea House or Trekking Lodge

  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19 : Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu - 7 Hours

In about 7 hours’ drive from Bhulbhule along the river banks, terraced fields on the foothill of the lush green hills, you will arrive Kathmandu. On the same day, if you wish you can walk around Thamel Bazaar for souvenirs and shopping. In the evening, you will be invited to the farewell dinner hosted by Accent Himalaya where you can enjoy Nepalese dishes along with cultural dance.

  A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

  Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 20 : Departure

On this final day of departure, a representative of Accent Himalaya will drop you at the airport and see you off. Now you can enjoy your flight recalling the beautiful travel diaries.

  Breakfast

  Airport Drop Off in a Private Car

Includes and Excludes

What's Included

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu including entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff - one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Ground transportations from Kathmandu - Arughat and Syange - Kathmandu in private vehicle
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Accent Himalaya T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Restricted area permit, Manaslu Conservation Area permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Not Included In the Cost

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Trip Note

 

Accommodation for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 stars) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.

But once you set out for Manaslu Circuit Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.

Meals and Drinks on Manaslu Circuit Trekking

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package. 

Best Season to Travel

The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August. 

Luggage/Backpack on Manaslu Circuit Trekking

During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.

Guide/Porter on Trek

Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.

Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member 

Accent Himalaya organizes Manaslu Circuit Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 16 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.

Personal Expenses on Trek

A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places) tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Gears Available in Kathmandu

All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.

A Typical Day on Trek

On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Manaslu Circuit Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes a 20-day package for Manaslu Circuit Trekking which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Manaslu Circuit Trekking (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Manaslu Circuit Trekking along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.

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