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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 17 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek
$1590 All Inclusive Price.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is also known as Around Manaslu Trek and Larkya (Larke) Pass Trek located in the Manaslu Himalayan region of Nepal. It is a favorite trek for all those who want to take adventure trekking and experience less crowded trekking trails in Nepal, where nature and culture has remained untouched by globalization and modernization. This rugged and beautiful valley has been open for tourism since 1991. After the construction of motor road in Annapurna circuit, Manaslu circuit has been converted into an alternate route to the Annapurna circuit. The history we found generations ago, refugees from Tibet arrived in the region and built stone-roofed villages such as Namrung, Samagaun and Samdo.

In this region, Tibetan Buddhist culture has been kept intact, as some outside influence has reached this remote region of Nepal. Stupas, mani stones, and prayer flags adorn the trail and are a constant reminder of the inhabitants' Tibetan Buddhist lineage.

The highlight and challenge of this trip are crossing the Larkya Pass (4930 m / 16174 ft), which is very difficult to cross when there is heavy snow at the top. The Manaslu area is protected by the Manasalu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and is still maintained by the Government of Nepal as a restricted (controlled) area, open to group trekkers only, and requires a special trekking permit to enter the area. As visitors to the area increased, locals started providing accommodation and food for trekkers/visitors in their owned lodges/teahouses, simple but familiar.

The trek starts from Arughat Bazaar and ends at Bhulbhule. It takes about 6 hours drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (Gorkha district) and about 7 hours drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu. During the trek, you will see Mount Manaslu (the eighth highest mountain in the world) and some other beautiful snow-capped mountains that stand out in the region. Apart from mountain views, you will find river valleys, rural villages, forests, birds, animals, glaciers, old Buddhist monasteries, innocent people and their cultures, etc.

After gathering good experiences on the trek you will reach Bhulbhule where your trek ends. From here you catch a public bus to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (570m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 02: Arughat trek to Soti Khola (730m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 03: Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola (930m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 04: Machha Khola trek to Doban (1070m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 05: Doban trek to Philim (1570m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 06: Philim trek to Deng (1860m.) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 07: Deng trek to Ghap (2380m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 08: Ghap trek to Lho (3020m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 09: Lho trek to Samagaun (3390m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 10: Acclimatization and Exploration day at Samagaon O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 11: Samagaon trek to Samdo (3690m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 12: Samdo trek to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4460m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 13: Larkya Phedi trek to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (4930m)O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 14: Bimtang trek to Tilje (2300m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 15: Tilje trek to Chamje (1430m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 16: Chamje trek to Bhulbhule (840m) O/N at Teahouse/Lodge
Day 17: Bhulbhule drive to Kathmandu (1350m)


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Manaslu Region
Trek Start Point:  Arughat
Trek End Point: BhulBhule
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse (Lodges)
Trekking Grade: Medium Hard
Best Season:  October -November
Max Elevation: 4930m
Duration: 17 Days

Day 01: Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (570m) 8-9 hrs
We take an 8-9 hrs bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware etc. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 02: Arughat to Soti Khola (730m)
6-7 hrs
Today we trek start from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. The Soti Khola(‘khola' means river in Nepali) Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 03: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
6-7 hrs
Today we trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish river in Nepali). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Machha Khola to Doban (1070m)
6-7 hrs
The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Doban to Philim (1570m)
5-6 hrs
The route climbs ona rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Philim to Deng (1860m)
6-7hrs
Today’s you trek over flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross few bridges and can see villages at far distance. There are few houses at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 07: Deng to Ghap (2380m)
4 hrs
Today will be shorter. The trek will take us across a Buddhist influenced region, with a few minor ups and downs, mainly through the forests. We’ll then reach Ghap through a complex Kani with well-conserved paintings and an elegant mani wall. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 08: Ghap to Lho (3020m)
5hrs
In the morning the valley starts of steeply as the path ascends through rhododendron and bamboo forests until reaching Namrung, in the Nupri region. Their inhabitants are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived here 500 years ago. You will discover that most Buddhist Gompas, Mani and entrance gates to the village display beautiful Tibetan features and prints. After Namrung we pass across Sho, which offers striking views of Manaslu and Naike Peak. Later we reach Lho.
Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 09: Lho to Samagaon (3390m)
4hrs
Following the right bank of the river we enjoy astonishing views of Peak 29 and after a few hours of climbing through the forest we reach Shyala, from where you can observe Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. We then cross a wide meadow before arriving in Samagaon, where we spend the night. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 10: Acclimatization and Exploration day at Samagaon

Today we either relax or walk to Pung Gyen monastery (Gompa) 3870 meters and come back for the night Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m)
3-4 hrs
Today we follow along the Buri Gandaki river and as the valley widens we pass juniper and birch forests until reaching Kermo Kharka. There, the trail descends and passes a wooden bridge. We then reach Samdo after walking through the White Stone resource. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 12: Samdo to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4460m)
3-4 hrs
Our days starts with a descent through beautiful fields to an old stone arch before we cross the river via a wooden bridge to Larka Bazaar. This used to be a thriving market but nothing today remains. An old Mani marks the start of the climb to Larkya La pass. Crossing juniper and tundra we come to a ridge crossing the two ravines at their top. There, we have magnificent views of Larkya Glacier. The climb gets steeper at the side of a gorge reaching 4000m, nearing the glacier. Further up we arrive at Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4460m) and rest there for the night. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 13: Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3590m) Over the Larkya La Pass (4930m)
7-8 hrs
Early in the morning, a short walk will take us to the Ablation Valley, on the left side of the Larkya Glacier, which offers amazing views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Following along the glacier moraine we start a steady ascent to Larkya La pass. The path is well trodden and easy to follow. We walk slowly and listen to our body as we gain altitude some may feel nauseous or suffer from headaches. It' important at this stage to drink a lot of fluid and to keep warm. After few hours of walking we reach the top and gaze at the unique sight of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. Later a steep and sometimes slippery descent to Bimtang awaits us. Trekking poles are useful for this section. The slope gradually becomes smoother when reaching the snow on the moraine, then on from that a small meadow is at 4080m and finally the valley widens as we arrive in Bimtang.

Day 14:  Bimtang to Tilje (2300m)
6 hrs
The trail drops from the Bintang meadow and crosses a glacial stream, the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, by a wooden bridge. Climb over the side of the moraine and descend into a pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3430m). The walking improves as the trail descends and switches back down to a fork of the Dudh Khola It then follows the river through forests to a goth (3030m). Continue through fields, over a clear stream, passing houses and more fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. Stay on the north bank until reaching Tilje. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 15:  Tilje to Chamje (1430m)
7-8 hrs
Cross the wooden bridge to the left bank of the Dudh Khola where the path begins a gentle descent. After about one hour cross the suspension bridge over the Marsyandi River. After crossing the river we will meet with Annapurna circuit trail or road. Then descend to Tal with taking left trail. After lunch at Tam we will continue hike down to Chamje and overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 16: Chamje to Bhulbhule (840m)
7-8 hrs
A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi river at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of trek is pleasant through flat leveled path with views of green valley and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. This village is mainly populated by Brahmin, Chhetri and few others. Now, you descend all the way to Nagdi. Nagdi is a Gurung village then walk continue flat leveled path all the way to Bhulbhule. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 17: Bhulbhule drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
7-8 hrs
Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu, It is a picturesque to get back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages at both sides of road. Drive through the Besi Sahar, Dumre, Muglin, Malekhu, Naubise and Thankot then reach at Balaju bus stop from where take taxi to go your hotel.

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Arughat transportation by private vehicle
  • Bhulbhule to Kathmandu transportation by public sharing bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse (2 and above participant get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Desert (Fresh fruit/Chocolate) after having diner as company provide
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with his meals, accommodation and salary
  • Porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Maximum weight 25kg in two people)
  • Manaslu and Annapurna conservation entry fee
  • Manaslu special trekking permit
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and Office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • All meals during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 50 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks during the trek
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

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