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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorized as one of the best treks in Nepal and combines the high of the Himalayas and its natural beauty with rich cultural heritage and biological diversity. TheManaslu Circuit Trek is now a great tea-house trek. Some call it the best all-round trek in Nepal and it’s on the Great Himalaya Trail. It’s certainly a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit. Camping is not required unless you go off the beaten track.

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Trip Highlights

Cultural and world heritage sightseeing in Kathmandu

trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La pass above 5,100 meters / 17,000 feet.

Unique cultural blend of Tibetan and Neplease people.

Fantastic views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others

It is far less crowded than its more well known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit

Trip Introduction

Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorized as one of the best treks in Nepal and combines the high of the Himalayas and its natural beauty with rich cultural heritage and biological diversity. TheManaslu Circuit Trek is now a great tea-house trek. Some call it the best all-round trek in Nepal and it’s on the Great Himalaya Trail. It’s certainly a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit. Camping is not required unless you go off the beaten track.

Manaslu, located east of the Annapurna range is the worlds eight highest peak and was opened to foreigners since 1992. The rigorous trek ascends through Budi Gandaki River offering numerous rivers and waterfalls to Larkya La Pass (5213 m), the highest point in the trek, providing striking views of Himalchuli, Manaslu (8156 m), Ganesh Himal and other various mountains. En route, diverse landscape and variety in flora and fauna amazes anyone. The laborious part of trekking along Manaslu circuit starts from Samagoan (3450 m) where you could get lucky to see the freezing green lake of Birendra. However, the biggest challenge awaits - crossing the snow clad Larkye La pass (5213m), which is a mere 8 km from the Tibet border, and offers classic views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m). From Larkya La (Larkya Pass), we take a steep descend along a snow covered trail down to Tanbuche. Then we follow a narrow trail to the Dudh Khola (White River) banks passing through magnificent forests of rhododendron, Pine and Juniper. A further descent transforms the alpine vegetation to subtropical greenness. Then the walk through the Marshyangdi River to Besishahar marks the end of the Trek.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Eagle Eye treks and Expedition(EETE), who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by EETE. Overnight in Kathmanu.

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing, restricted area permit and trek preparation

After  break fast collect your passport and We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at our office.

DAY 03: Kathmandu - Soti Khola (710 m)7/8 hours Drive

We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road.  Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

DAY 04: Soti Khola (700 m) - Machha Khola (930 m) 6 hrs

At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

DAY 05: Machha Khola (930 m) - Jagat (1340 m) 7 hrs

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

DAY 06: Jagat (1340 m) - Deng (1860 m) 7 hrs

The trail begins along a rocky ridge with emerging view of Sringi Himal. We pass through Ghatta Khola and continue to Philim, a Gurung village. Before entering Nupri, we pass through farms growing maize, millet, potatoes and vegetables. Passing through an uninhabited gorge, and walking on the trails at the bank of Budhi Gandaki, we cross bamboo forests to the Deng river. Overnight stay at small Deng village beside the Deng river

DAY 07: Deng (1860 m) - Namrung (2630 m) 7-8 hrs

Shortly beyond Deng, the trail climbs to Rena. After passing some houses, the trail elevates high above the river and then drops into the Sringi valley passing numerous Tibetan Mani lined walls and colorful forest before reaching Namrung. The trail has beautiful views of Sringi Himal and crosses the Budi Gandaki river several times. Overnight stay at Namrung

DAY 08: Namrung (2630 m) - Samagaon (3530 m) 7 hrs

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.

DAY 09: Rest day Samagaon (3530 m) or acclimatization walk to Manaslu Base Camp (4400 m) 7/8 hrs roundtrip

trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal. Descending to the Budhi Gandaki river and following it towards the north until we reach a bridge, we take a left and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. Pungyen Gompa is a 3-4 hours hiking and Birendra Tal is a 1 hour hiking, so both can be combined

DAY 10: Amagaon (3530 m) - Samdo (3865 m) 4 hrs

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that 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. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

DAY 11: Samdo (3865 m) - Dharmasala/Larkya Phedi (4460 m) 4 hrs

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again 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. Overnight in Dharmashala.

DAY 12: Dharmasala/Larkya Phedi (4460 m) - Bhimtang (3590 m) via Larkya La pass (5125 m) 8-10 hrs

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang.

DAY 13: Bimtang (3590 m) - Gho (2515 m) or Tiliche (2300 m) 6/7 hrs

With outstanding views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal with the inspiring forest and valley below, the descent from Bimthang crosses over high pasture land, Dudh Khola and rhododendron forest. Karche, 2785 metres is the highest cultivated land in the area which leads to a steep climb over a ridge. The village of Gho is a rest option though better lodges are available at Tilje.

DAY 14: Gho (2515 m) or Tiliche (2300 m) - Chyamche (1430 m) 7/8 hrs

After crossing a ridge and a stone paved trail, we pass throught a beautiful village. Tibetan settlement can be seen along the way. We descend into the Marsygandi Valley and from Dharapani, meet up with the classic Annapurna trail. Walking across Karte village and crossing the Marshyangdi Khola, mani lined walls welcome us to the village of Tal and further move to Chamche. Overnight stay at Chamche.

DAY 15: Drive to Besisahar by local bus/jeep (3 hrs) - Kathmandu (6 hrs)

With terrace fields and villages over the hills, we descend through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. The drive from here to Kathmandu is mostly along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and passes through Beshishahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung. In the evening, celebration over the successful completion of the trip is done over dinner with Eagle Eye team . Overnight stay in Kathmandu.  

Day 16: Final departure

Our Manaslu circuit Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Eagle eye treks and expedition will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our manslu trip of  Nepal. Or onward for next Program

Cost included:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse and lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  •  farewell dinners with Nepalese cultural dance
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader (trek guide)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Eagle Eye treks and expedition’s  t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Restricted are Permits,ACAP and  MCAP)
  • Trekking completion certificate
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes and VAT

Cost doesn’t Include:

  • Nepalese visa fee 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) (it is expected)
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Trip Facts

Price: $1280 (USD)

Duration: 16 Days

Mode of Trip : Tea House / Lodge basis

Trip Grade: Challenging

Best Time: Sep-Dec/March-May

Activities: Trekking

Highest elevation: 5160m

Group Size: 2+

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