Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world at (8,163mt /26,781 ft) is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit word for "spirit" or "soul", and its stunning beauty is indeed inspirational. This three-week trek will bring us through a less-frequently visited part of Nepal called Nupri, which displays a strong Tibetan influence. As we circle Manaslu, we will enjoy spectacular scenery and the thrill of crossing the dramatic pass known as Larkya-La. Some of the trail will wend its way on ledges high above the Buri Gandaki River. Thus, this trek will appeal to courageous adventurers who enjoy getting away from the crowds, and are sufficiently fit to meet its physical challenges. After you arrive in Kathmandu, we will have some time for sightseeing, as well as a careful review of clothing and gear needed for a safe and enjoyable trek. Since the trek starts rather low in elevation but goes quite high, clothing for different weather conditions will be needed.
Our journey begins with a bus ride from Kathmandu to the village of Arughat. The next day our trekking permits will be checked as we venture north on the trail which will eventually circle Manaslu. Over the coming days we will visit and overnight in a number of villages (ethnically mostly Gurung), as we make our way higher and higher toward the Larkya-La (5213m/17,103ft). Since gradual ascent is mandatory to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), we will spend two nights at Samagaon, and also do some day-hiking while there to a beautiful glacial lake, Birendra Tal, as well as to the Buddhist monastery known as Pungyen Gompa. From here the trail continues on until the final steep ascent to the colorful prayer flags marking
Larkya-La.It may be very cold and windy as we cross this pass, but even if the wind does not take our breath away, the views definitely will! Now heading mostly downhill, we will pass through forests of fir and rhododendron (Nepal's national flower) to join the Annapurna Circuit Trail near Dharapani. The trail will then bring us south through the Marsyangdi Valley to Besisahar, from which we will travel by bus back to Kathmandu. In the evening we will celebrate with a well-earned farewell dinner, before flying home the next day.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m) via Arughat (695m) : 8-9 hours
Day 04:Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m) : 6 hours
Day 05:Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,410m) : 6 hours
Day 06:Trek Jagat to Philim (1700m) : 5 -6 hours
Day 07:Trek Philim to Deng (2095m) : 5 hours
Day 08:Trek Deng to Namrung (2,630m) : 5- 6 hours
Day 09:Trek Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m) : 6 -7 hours
Day 10:Acclimatization Day at Samagaon
Day 11:Trek Samagaon to Samdo (3,690mt) : 3 hours
Day 12:Trek Samdo to Dharmashala (4,450m) : 4 hours
Day 13:Trek Dharmashala to Bimthang (3,890m) via Larkya La Pass (5213m) : 7-8 hours
Day 14:Trek Bimthang to Tilje (2,300m) : 5- 6 hours
Day 15:Trek Tilije to Tal (1,700m) : 5 -6 hours
Day 16:Trek Tal to Syange (1080m) : 6 hours
Day 17:Drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Beshisahar : 8-9 hours
Day 18:Departure from Kathmandu
The above information is a guide and standard template of our services. Our trips can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m) Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Dinner Included
Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation . Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast included .
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m) via Arughat (695m) : 8-9 hours After breakfast at hotel, we pick you up from the hotel and start to drive to Sotikhola via Dhading headquarter and Aarughat. First half of the road drive is excellent and pitched road. Then we drive through the gravel road to Aarughat. Sotikhola is 1.5 hour more to drive from there. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .
Day 04Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m) : 6 hoursThe first day of trekking, we begin the trek through the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. Sometimes we also walk through the woodland and sometimes through the sandy beach. Above the River, we walk through the winding path before reaching to Machha Khola. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 05Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,410m) : 6 hours After breakfast, we walk by crossing the Machha Khola, and then pass Khorlabesi. We enjoy the natural hot spring at Tatopani. It is said that bathing in hot water removes various skin diseases. Then we walk through the woods and reach Dovan Khola, cross it, walk through the Budi Gandaki River and ascend to Jagat. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 06Trek Jagat to Philim (1700m) : 5 -6 hours It is pretty much long way to do but the trail is fine. We begin the trek through stone paved route and climb up to Sridibas. We have an opportunity to enjoy the panorama of Sringi Himal. Then we trek down to the River bank, cross the bridge and trek up to Philim. Then we pass Eklai Bhatti, cross the River and walk from the next side which gradually leads us to the Deng village. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .
Day 07Trek Philim to Deng (2095m) : 5 hours Today, we trek down to cross the River, pass the ethnic Gurung village and ascend to the picturesque village. During this trek, we cross the River frequently by the suspension bridge. Some days twice or thrice too. We also pass the beautiful Mani walls and head gradually to the drier part, which is similar to the Tibetan highland. We reach Namrung for rest. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 08Trek Deng to Namrung (2,630m) : 5- 6 hours After breakfast, we pass the stone gate and a long Mani wall (the longest Mani wall of this region) to the Lho village. Peak 29 can be seen from the closer distance. Even the stunning view of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) which the world’s eighth tallest peak is also can be seen. If you like to explore more, then you can hike to the Pungen glacier. After that, we walk steadily to Sama Gaon. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 09Trek Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m) : 6 -7 hours After the altitude cross around 3000 meters, we need to take a rest day to acclimatize. We set a hike towards the Manaslu base camp or for a short hike, we visit the Pungyen monastery. Experience the ethnic culture and traditions that are close to the Tibetan culture. Back to Samagaon and rest. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 10Acclimatization Day at SamagaonAfter breakfast, we begin our excursion from Sama Gaon. We pass various picturesque villages of the Manaslu circuit route. After a 4-5 hrs walk, we reach to Samdo, a beautiful village of the Tibetan refugees. Here, we are very close to the Tibetan border. It takes only a day to be there. Enjoy your stay with the Tibetan refugee families. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 11Trek Samagaon to Samdo (3,690mt) : 3 hours Samdo is located over 3800 meters. If you feel it is necessary, we can take a rest here one more day. Exploring the ethnic culture and traditions of the villagers is awesome. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 12Trek Samdo to Dharmashala (4,450m) : 4 hours After breakfast, we proceed towards the stream, cross the suspension bridge and reach to Larkya Bazaar. The villagers have an influence of the Tibetan culture and habitations. Then we climb up to Dharmasala and head further to Larkya base camp. overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 13Trek Dharmashala to Bimthang (3,890m) via Larkya La Pass (5213m) : 7-8 hours This is a huge day in Manaslu Circuit trek. The Larke pass remains snow covered most of the time, which is also a challenging part of the trek. Through the steep rocky trail, we reach at the top (5160m). The spectacular views of Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi Kung and Kang Kuru (6981m) can be explored from there. Then we trek down to Bimthang through the steep descend route. Take a rest there with high pass celebration. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 14Trek Bimthang to Tilje (2,300m) : 5- 6 hours It’s a steady climb down through the paddy field and forest. Passing the Karcha La, we walk through the rhododendron forest, gradually to the village of Tilije. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .
Day 15Trek Tilije to Tal (1,700m) : 5 -6 hours Descending from Tilije, we walk through the stone paved trail and beautiful tiny settlements. We cross the Dudh Khola and reach the Thonje village. Then we walk through the Annapurna Circuit route and continue to Dharapani. Crossing the Marshyangdi River, we reach to Tal and a cascading waterfall lies at the backdrop. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 16Trek Tal to Syange (1080m) : 6 hours The last day of the trek, we walk from Tal to Syange. We check-out from the ACAP office. The trail is stone stepped at the beginning and reach to Chamje. Through the steep climb down trail, we reach to Syange after passing Jagat. Overnight at Tea house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .
Day 17Drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Beshisahar : 8-9 hours Early morning, we will drive back to Kathmandu for about 8 hours and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .
Day 18Departure from KathmanduAdventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meals: Breakfast included.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights, if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule, if the schedule dates are not suitable for you please contact us and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs.If any individuals / group don't want to join our other group we can comply to your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.
NOTE: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
Best Time to Trek to Manaslu
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature
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Start from $1497 USD
Trip Code:ACT 48
Best Month :March - May and Sept -Nov
Activities :Sightseeing, Trekking
Max.Altitude :5,220 M at Larkya La pass
Trek Style:TH (Teahouse /Lodge)Show All