Trekking on the Manaslu Circuit
The Manaslu trek is one of a kind that you’d cherish…
if isolation is a word that you are in search of in a highly stressful world for you to chill out & get back to mother earth, then it’s the Manaslu Circuit Trek, where the remoteness keeps most at bay & its you, the fauna, the birds…& the blue skies…the dense alpine forests on the off-the-beaten roughshod villages we hike through, and fine-looking landscapes, is a venture that opens a new window to a virgin region less used on Nepal’s challenging Himalayas. Not many trekkers head out on this trail, but then its good for trekkers looking for paths less jammed by budding hikers like the EBC or the Annapurna areas that are always cluttered with hikers that create clogs on the trails; the Manaslu Circuit Trek is ideal for one of those unusual trekking experiences in a lesser used area among Nepal’s chain of Himalayas that stretch out to all parts of the country. The Manaslu trail & the region were closed to outsiders till 1991 due to its sensitive geography, but now the trekking is controlled as per certain government political decisions and a special permit is required for organized treks with groups to visit this naturally stunning region where the beauty is just raw & simple.
Views on the Manaslu Circuit are just fantastic as you hike the trails which goes around the annapurna conservation area to the west with its boundary between the Tibetan plateau in the north & east; 'Manaslu' means 'the Mountain of Spirits' in Sanskrit Language. Towering at a height of 8163m, Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world. This trek offers you sublime views of Mount Manaslu & also gives you upfront views of other famous peaks including Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli, Annapurna, Peak 29, etc. the abundance of a wealth of rich wildlife in its flora & fauna which is so diverse in nature amazes the visitor in all its natural beauty. As you slowly move around the circuit you slowly begin to see raw loveliness & interesting cultures that invoke your emotions to the core with its excellent biodiversity that displays the depth of its differences from the other regions you may have already trekked in. this region is growing in stature & is slowly beginning to attract the diehard trekker looking for something new which is found in its high altitude glaciers & some of the fabulous passes evident in this wild region.
EncoutersNepal.com has designed great itineraries that give you enough acclimatization while taking you to spots in this region that are literally stunning. Our trip begins with an attractive drive from kathmandu through a scenic highway to Gorkha, a historic town that played a major role in the unification of Nepal’s history & was also home to Nepal’s first true king prithvi narayan shah who begin the shah dynasty in all pomp & glory.
Gorkha is significant for its rich history & ancient monuments, the most important one being the medieval royal palace that was home to most of Nepal’s kings for some time. Our real Trek begins from Gorkha as we stroll towards Arughat via Khanchowk. We hike cool trails via Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Philim and Namrung, & finally culminate at the lovely vibrant village of Samagaon, said to be the primary trading town in this lesser known region.
Manaslu is also home to many Tibetan immigrants who have made home in this region. The Manaslu region is residence to different communities of people and their diverse cultures, which is a great source of its rich cultural heritage. The language, customs, and attires worn hereabouts are very much the same to those of their brethren in Tibet. The majority of the people here are mainly Brahmins, Newars, Chhetris, Chales, Gurungs, and Tamangs. Our hikes take us to the huge glacier of Larkya La Pass, as we string along to the special route between Budhi Gandaki and Marshyangdi Valley where some of the extraordinary views of Manaslu and other snowcapped peaks proudly await your presence for some stunning pictures. We cling to the Dudh Koshi River, & then enter the Annapurna Conservation Area in Manang as we cruise along through some Magar settlements. Our pleasant walk takes us by the chocolate box alpine pastures at Bhimtang before we blend our path into the key Annapurna Circuit Trail. We finally tumble into the bustling town of Beshishahar which draws the curtain on our Manaslu Circuit Trek, as we drive back to Kathmandu for some rest & a well earned chill-out period to freak out.
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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha (1150m) – 141km/6 hours
After having our morning breakfast in Kathmandu, we drive towards Gorkha on a scenic highway. You can stop at Kurintar for visiting Manakaman Temple. Of course, it's going to be an interesting drive through foothills. It takes around six hours to reach Gorkha. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 02: Trek from Gorkha to Khanchowk (1000m) – 5 Hours
It's going to be our first day trek from Gorkha to Khanchowk. So, we gradually descend down pleasant trail to Khanchowk today. The trek itself leads through the ancient palace fort of Gorkha which used to be the seat of many Kings of Shah dynasty. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 03: Trek from Khanchwok to Aarughat (530m) – 5 Hours
After having our morning breakfast at Khanchowk, we begin our second day trek. There is no gradual winding path and it leads to few short ups and less downhill walks. We pass through some smaller farm villages and cultivated fields to eventually reach Arughat. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek from Aarughat to Soti Khola (860m) – 5 Hours
Following the Budhi Gandari River upstream, we move onwards towards Soti Khola. The trail from Arughat is much narrow that passes through several rural farm villages and terraced fields.
Day 05: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) – 5 Hours
Weaving in and out of the forest, and passing through the settlements of Liding and Lapubesi, we follow the route towards Machha Khola. Following this remote and classical mountain stream, we move towards the source in the snow-melt and glaciers on the absolutely secluded north face of Manaslu. After walking for few hours, we arrive at Machha Khola where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Nero – 6 Hours
Crossing the river and following its bank, our trail moves alongside the cultivated area and upstream the deep river till Tatopani. Then, the route Goes on the opposite riverbank to enter the forested area till Doban and crosses the Doban Khola. Following the trail along the Budhi Gandaki River, we eventually reach the Nero. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek from Nero to Philim (1590m) – 6 Hours
From Nero, we start to go through a section of very high rocky cliffs. Our trail then twists steeply before we reach Jagat. After Jagat, our trail crosses a stream and follows the river before ascending a terraced hillside till Saguleri. Saguleri offers the great views of Sringi Himal at the back of the valley. Continuing to climb gradually, we arrive at Philim. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek from Philim to Umbale – 5 Hours
Our today's destination is going to be Umbale. So, after having morning breakfast, we start from Philim. The trek is going to be moderate and it takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach Umbale. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek from Umbale to Namrung (2630m)
Our walk that began in the footsteps of the famous Annapurna Circuit moves towards the Manaslu now. Crossing the valley with mind-blowing scenery, we reach at Namrung. Namrung is where our trek permits are checked.
Day 10: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gompa (3500m)
Namrung is a small village surrounded by forests. This small village offers the viewpoints to witness Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Siring Himal. From Namrung, we climb gradually up through the forest to Lhi. You can find beautiful Barley terraces and several colorful chortens with the carving of holy Buddhist mantras and various sketches. Passing through the villages of Sho and Lho, we arrive at Shyala village. You can visit the famous Ribung Gompa in Lho offering you the magnificent views of Manaslu. From Shyala, you can witness the great views of Peak 29 and Himalchuli. From Shyala, the valley gets wider and flatter and we eventually arrive at the village of Samagaun. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 11: Rest day at Sama Gompa: Excursion Manaslu Base Camp and Sama Gaon /Acclimatization
Take a rest day for proper acclimatization and to recharge our body energy. If you are interested you can take the excursion to Manaslu Base Camp or you may take a local hike around the village. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek from Sama Gompa to Pungen Glacier (4000m) – 6 Hours
It's worth a detour to the Pungen Glacier from Sama Gompa today. Leaving the main trail and taking the uphill trail which climbs up at the left hand side towards the Pungen Glacier. From Pungen Glacier, you can witness the tremendous views of Manaslu, Peak 29, and some other peaks including Ngadi Chuli, and Himalchuli.
Day 13: Trek from Pungen Glacier to Larkya-La Base Camp – 6 Hours
Our path becomes steeper today. As we cross the tundra, the trail winds its way to the foot of immense Larkya Glacier. It takes around six hours to reach the Larkya La Base Camp.
Day 14: Cross Larkya-La (5135m), and trek to Bhimtang (3720m) – 8 Hours
Start walking from Larkya La Phedi towards the top of Larkya La Pass (5135m) which is going to be the highest point of this trek. Crossing the pass, we descend towards Bimtang for overnight stay.
Day 15: Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje (2300m) – 6 Hours
Bhimtang is a small settlement on Manang side. Enjoy the beautiful morning views of Mount Manaslu, Himlung, Lamjung, and Cheu Himal from Bhimtang. As we descend throughout the forests, we eventually arrive at Karche Valley from where we further descend down to Tilje. At Tilje, you can find good, clean and warm guesthouses. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 16: Trek from Tilje to Tal (1680m) – 6 Hours
Descending through Tilje village with beautiful stone paved route, we cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Khola. We then climb uphill to Thorje village passing through chorten and mani walls en route. Go to the Police Check Point and get stamped on your trekking permit to check out from Manaslu Conservation Area and enter into Annapurna Conservation Area. Passing through Dharapani, continue the trek towads Marshyangdi River to finally reach Tal. Tal is a small settlement lying on the bank of Marshyangdi River. You can find many nice guesthouses in Tal. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 17: Trek from Tal to Bahundanda (1275m) – 7 Hours
From Tal, our trail moves downstream of Marshyangdi River and passes through the villages of Chamje and Himal Pani. Shortly, we arrive at Jagat. From Jagat, our trail gently moves downwards to Sanjee village. Passing through Gharmu Phant, we walk for 2 hours more to reach the village of Bahundanda where we stay overnight at local guesthouse.
Day 18: Trek from Bahundanda to Besishahar – 5 Hours
Today is going to be the final day of our trek. And our route moves slowly downstream of the river passing through the village of Naadi. From Naadi, we follow the bank of Marshyangdi River and the town of Bhulbhule. Passing alongside Khudi, we eventually arrive at Beshishahar. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 19: Drive from Besishahara to Kathmandu (175km/8 hours)
After having morning breakfast, drive through the Marshyangdi River Valley and Trishuli. It's going to be a lifetime experience witnessing the views of high mountains and beautiful landscapes on the way back to Kathmandu. Arriving Kathmandu, check in to the hotel and utilize the remaining time to explore some of the monuments in Kathmandu valley. Join farewell dinner with our team in the evening. And stay overnight at a hotel.
USD 1950 per person
We need minimum 2 pax for this Trekking to issue permit and organize Trekking
Annapurna Conservation Entry Permits
Manaslu Restricted Permit
Kathmandu-Gorkah -Besishar to kathmandu by tourist bus
Three meals a day breakfast launch dinner at our own kitchen few days most of time at tea house
Accommodation in mountain at tea house lodge
Guide: English speaking, insured, registered, well-equipped, salary, food and accommodation
1 Porters between two insured, registered, well-equipped, salary, food and accommodation
Emergency co-operation service,
Medical kit box
safe drinking water
Bar & beverage bills, Tea /coffee /desert, nature of personal, bottled water, shower, insurance, personal cloths, insurance, rescue, tips to the staff, and service not mention.
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The 19 Days Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary we propose to you is only on outline. It is entirely based on your interest & as per your wishes; however, when you are in the field our itinerary is implemented practically by our guides who are very comfortable, flexible and understanding if any minor changes are required by you; but this is only done after consulting the tour leader & the group. Our itinerary is purely based on making your trip enjoyable with full of pleasure to give you maximum benefits in the course of your holidays. Encounters Nepal has a decade of experience in operating in restricted zones & we will arrange all your trek formalities & logistics for some of the most challenging & thrilling adventures in the great outback of Nepal.