- Trip Duration : 17 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 5200 m
- Difficulty : Strenous
- Season : April-May and October-November
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
Manaslu Round Trek
From the Hindu middle hills culture to the Tibetan high-country dwellers, the Manaslu Circuit trek in the heart of the Nepal Himalaya is a cultural trek par excellence, without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal. Manaslu, 'The Mountain of the spirit', is the eight highest peak in the world, and from upper Nubri must be one of the most beautiful ones; the spectacular mountain scenery has to be seen to be believed.
We trek the classic high trek around Manaslu from the historic town of Gorhka - Arughat. Following the budhi Gandaki River up ward throuth beautiful villages, fields, forests and alpine zone we come across the Larkya pass of 5160 meter with magnificant view over the Himalayas and finally emerges onto Marshayangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit.
The diverse Tibetan culture, spectacular scenery and snow peaks of the Manaslu Circuit make it one of the most interesting, as well as one of the most challenging, treks in Nepal.
|Day 01 :||Drive to Arughat (525m)|
|Day 02 :||Trek to Soti khola (700m)|
|Day 03 :||Trek to Machhakhola (890m)|
|Day 04 :||Trek to Jagat (1410m)|
|Day 05 :||Trek to Philim (1519m)|
|Day 06 :||Trek to Deng (2360m)|
|Day 07 :||Trek to Namrung (2660m)|
|Day 08 :||Trek to Samagaon (3530m)|
|Day 09 :||Samagaon Rest Day|
|Day 10 :||Trek to Samdo (3780m)|
|Day 11 :||Samdo -Dharmasala (4460m)|
|Day 12 :||Dharamsala (4460m) Larke La Pass (5160m)-Bimtang|
|Day 13 :||Trek to Tilche (2360m)|
|Day 14 :||Trek to Tal (1700m)|
|Day 15 :||Trek to Syange (1100m)|
|Day 16 :||Drive to Kathmandu|
Day 01 : Drive to Arughat (525m) 7 hrs
We start the journey with 7 hours bus drive to Arughat from Kathmandu. We pass by some beautiful landscapes, rivers and river valleys. Overnight stay in a local tea house
Day 02 : Trek to Soti khola (700m) 5 hrs
The first day of the trekking leads us to Soti khola (700m). It takes about 5 hours from Arughat following the jeep track through lots of small villages and fields
Trekking time: 7 hrs
Day 03 : Trek to Machhakhola (890m) 6 hrs
The first part of the day begins with uphill walk through deep forest then we will encounter several ascends and descends and then we will climb the paddies just prior to the beautiful Gurung village. Away from the valley, the trail goes down onto the banks of river to the village of Machhakhola (Fish River) just above the river which offers the good views of Ganesh Himal (7,000m). Overnight stay in a local tea house
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Day 04 : Trek to Jagat (1410m) 6-7hrs
Following the forest path which is small and segmented, we arrive at tatopani (meaning hot water), you pass by the natural hot water and reach to Dobhan. It is an advantage to experience the rapids of Budhi Gandaki. At Lauri, we will cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then get ready to go up on a high pathway to the grassland of Jagat (1410m).
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Day 05 : Trek to Philim (1519m) 4 hrs
On this day we will cross the West bank of the Budhi Gandaki and go up a fold following the River smoothly uphill to the village of Sirdibas. Moving down to Sirdibas we will meet an additional suspension bridge which leads to the East bank that gives an exhausting ascend up to Philim. Philim (1519m) is a flourishing Gurung village, the Chholing Sandu Gompa which is bounded by the grassland of maize and millet. Overnight stay in a local tea house
Trekking time: 4 hrs
Day 06 : Trek to Deng (2360m) 6 hrs
Crossing on the top of stunning gorge and entering the mainly unoccupied area of pine trees previous to drop to a trail junction at New Bridge, we will be following the trail towards the left to Ghap, the Budhi Gandaki and then entering into its narrow gorge on an up-and-down trail with river crossings. After a suspension bridge the trail enters bamboo forest and rises to the village of Deng (2360m), taking 6 to 7 hours. Overnight stay in a local tea house
Trekking time: 6 hrs
Day 07 : Trek to Namrung (2660m) 6-7 hrs
Start the day with gentle ascends which is followed by steep uphill hill walk later on. On the way there comes a bridge which should be crossed, to cross the river where it goes down to a gorge after which the forest thins and the trail becomes so easier. Then, it ascends through the bamboo forest of Rhododendron and the hydro electric plant to Namrung. Overnight stay in a local tea house
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Day 08 : Trek to Samagaon (3530m) 5 - 6 hrs
The trail crosses a bridge over the Numla Khola that exhausts the Pungyen Glacier from the Manaslu, a trail shows the method to Pungyen gompa. The main part of Samagaon (3530m) is formed with the two rows of houses taking 5 to 6 hours. Above the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the Kargyu Chholing Monastery. Overnight stay in a local tea house
Trekking time: 5-6 hrs
Day 09 : Samagaon Rest Day
Today we have a comfortable day with short exploration to the village and monasteries. You can also hike to Birendra Tal and Manaslu base camp. Overnight in tea house.
Day 10 : Trek to Samdo (3780m)
We will move to Samdo (3780m) taking breakfast early in the morning. Samdo is the community of a group of people whose houses are situated at the back of an edge. In the afternoon we will walk for the viewpoint on the Pana Danda. We can even go to Samdo Peak, the Northeast that will present the optimum views of Manaslu. Overnight stay in a local tea house
Trekking time: 4hrs
Day 11 : Samdo -Dharmasala (4460m)
It is uphill alpine walk for about 4 hrs. Perfect surrounding mountain views could be seen. Take rest and be prepare for the pass the next day.
Day 12 : Dharamsala (4460m) Larke La Pass (5160m)-Bimtang
We start our day very early morning to larke- la pass following the gentle ascend. The climb is not that much technical but requires patience. Enjoy the stunning mountains and valleys from the pass. Then we descend to Bimtang (3720m). It’s a long downhill walk from the pass which needs more patience and control. Bimtang is a wide valley with adequate numbers of stone walls and abandoned houses. Overnight stay in a local tea house.
Trekking time: 8-9 hrs
Day 13 : Trek to Tilche (2360m) 6-7 hrs
We proceed towards Tilche (2360m) from Bimtang through dense mixed forest and pass by some small villages.
Overnight stay in a local tea house.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Day 14 : Trek to Tal (1700m)
From Tilche we descend down to dharapani which joins the main Annapurna circuit trail. Then we follow the road to Tal passing by some nice waterfall. Tal is a dazzling place situated next to the river bank with beautiful surrounds.
Overnight stay in a local tea house
Trekking time:5 hrs
Day 15 : Trek to Syange (1100m)
From tal we trek down to chamje through the mixed forest then we follow the jeep track again all the way to syange.
Overnight stay in a local tea house.
Day 16 : Drive to Kathmandu
We will drive back to Kathmandu after completing the magnificent Manaslu trek. Upon arrival at the capital city, you will then be transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
- Pick up any litter along the trail
- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water Source
- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)