Manaslu Circuit Trek is an amazing and adventurous trek in Nepal Himalayas. The main objective of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is to cross Larkya (Larke) La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5,160 meters.
It is not difficult to cross this high pass, and it does not require technical experience, but it is one of the longest trekking passes in Nepal Himalayas. The Manaslu Circuit was opened in 1991 for trekking purposes but is becoming increasingly popular, with thousands of trekkers making the trek every year.
The Manaslu Circuit is a beautiful trekking route that allows you to go around Manaslu. Manaslu (8,163 m) is the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu Circuit is in a restricted (controlled) area and requires a special permit to trek, a minimum of two people are required to obtain the permit.
The route of Manaslu Circuit Trek feels like a piece of heaven you have never seen before. Its geography, culture, natural beauty, wildlife, birds, and poor rural settlements delight the mind. Not only that, you will also trek through rough terrain and off the beaten path. At each stage of your trek, you will experience different looks of mountains and different cultural diversity.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers a unique opportunity to experience the relatively "untouched" region of Nepal. It is also connected to the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). A diverse range of ecosystems and ethnic cultures, and a trail physically closer to Tibet than any other trekking in Nepal. People in the Manaslu region travel to Tibet to buy essentials such as rice, clothing and Tibetan beer, which are cheaper than in the Nepalese market.
The trek always offers amazing views of Mount Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks in the background. The trek follows an altitude of 570 to 5160 meters. Manaslu, known as the "Three Peaks". The trek leads through a wide steep valley to the opposite world of Sama, over the Larkya La Pass and down to the Marshyangdi River.
As this is a long trip, you should be in good physical condition and allow extra days for rest during the trek. Sama Gaun before you cross the pass is ideal for: You can enjoy a hike to a glacial lake and the Pugen Glacier. There is an alternative hike to Manaslu base camp (4500 m) with spectacular views of Manaslu, glaciers and lakes.
Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Soti Khola or Machha Khola. Most of the road from Kathmandu between Soti Khola and Machha Khola is off-road, so it would be nice to use a four-wheeler jeep. The trek ends at Bhulbhule or Besi Sahar. If you have limited time, it is also possible to drive off-road from Dharapani to Besi Sahar in a single day except in monsoon. Traveling from Bhulbhule or Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by public bus would be fine.
18 days Manaslu Circuit Trek includes 12 days trekking (14 days from Kathmandu) and one day sightseeing and one day rest in Kathmandu, two days for arrival and departure from Kathmandu.
The cost of the Manaslu Circuit trekking package depends on various factors. These include the size of the group (Larger groups might be able to negotiate better rates, while solo trekkers or small groups may pay a premium for personalized services), the level of services included (budget, standard, luxury) and the reputation and standard of the trekking company you choose.
The Alpine Adventure Club announces the cost and some fixed departure dates for the Manaslu Circuit Trek for groups joining in 2024 and 2025, the cost includes the standard service. If you wish to participate in a private trek, the cost will be different.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Machha Khola (930 m)
Day 04: Machha Khola trek to Jagat (1,340 m)
Day 05: Jagat trek to Deng (1,860 m)
Day 06: Deng trek to Namrung (2,630 m)
Day 07: Namrung trek to Samagaun (3,520 m)
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Samagaun
Day 09: Samagaon trek to Samdo (3,690 m)
Day 10: Samdo trek to Dharamshala/Larkya Phedi (4,460 m)
Day 11: Larkya Phedi trek to Bimtang (3,590 m) Over the Larkya La Pass (5,160 m)
Day 12: Bimtang trek to Tilje (2,300 m)
Day 13: Tilje trek to Jagat (1,300 m)
Day 14: Jagat trek to Bhulbhule (840 m)
Day 15: Bhulbhule drive to Kathmandu (1,350 m)
Day 16: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip
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