Manaslu Circuit Trek - 17 Days
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.
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)