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Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the least trodden trails in Nepal in comparison to Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp which eventually leads to the Base Camp of the Eight Highest Peak of the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163m). This remotely exquisite path lies in the northern part of the Gorkha district of Gandaki Province, Nepal. The name ‘Manaslu’ has a spiritual meaning which implies “Mountain of The Spirit” in Sanskrit where one can experience some of the astonishing sights of several sky-towering mountains and diversified Hindu-Buddhist culture and lifestyle. The trek undoubtedly bestows lavishly sensational sight of Budi Gandaki River and highly demanding Larkya La Pass which is elevated at 5,125 meters. The trail is considered to be the ancient salt trading route that passes along the Budi Gandaki River. Moreover, trekkers can glance at more than 10 peaks over 6500m on the way.
The expedition was firstly inaugurated in the year 1992 limiting 400 trekkers maximum. However, it hasn’t been a crowded trail since its start but this could still be the best alternative for The Annapurna Circuit where trekkers can gaze at exuberant wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan Marmots, Pika, Tahr, and Agali if fortunate enough. This could be a perfect chance for experiencing an astonishing level of trekking in Western Nepal as it offers diversified vegetation, bewitching landscapes, antique cultural and religious heritage sites, and diverse ethnic groups On the contrary, trekking in the mountainous region can be highly perilous. Thus, an excellent level of fitness and is demanded to accomplish higher altitudes. At the same time, trekkers can relish the journey with some remarkable views that it offers which eases in comforting altitude problems.
The most favorable seasons to trek Manaslu Circuit are Autumn (October-November) and Spring (March-May) as the weather remains clear and mild in these times.
As soon as you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, one of our representatives will welcome and escort you to the booked hotel. On the second day, we will initiate our official procedure including travel permit, bag pack, shopping, documentation, and briefing about our expedition. Additionally, you will also be able to greet other traveling companions.
The third day of our trek will start with an early breakfast. We will drive through Prithivi Highway and diverge to lapubsi (884m) gazing at some eye-catching mountains, lush hills, and waterfalls. After an eight-hour drive, we will finally reach Lapubsi and rest for the night.
After a long drive from Kathmandu to Lapubsi, our trek will initiate hiking along the river. Before reaching Dawa, we will cross a few suspension bridges and wooden bridges which could be a thrilling experience. As soon as we reach, Khorlabeshi, we will freshen up and spend an overnight there.
The fifth day will be an exciting day as you get to experience Tatopani, a natural hot spring. The trail starts ascending and meets a significant river, Budi Gandaki on the way. After a few hours' walk, we will arrive at Jagat and end the trek for the day.
We will begin our trek with a scrumptious breakfast in Jagat. We will ascend to Salleri and eventually descend to Sirdibas as the trail leads to Ghatta Khola and to Philim, an enormous Gurung village. After a few hours' walk, we will descend to the grassy slopes and pass through a bamboo forest. As soon as we cross Deng Khola, we will reach our destination, Deng (1,860m), and rest for the night.
It will be one of the prominent days of our entire expedition where you will get to know the traditional ethnic groups of the Manaslu Region. We will cross the Budi Gandaki River and join the trail from Bhi. After a few hours' walk, we will reach Prok, a small village that offers some astonishing views of Siringi Himal. Following the path, we will get to visit several gompas and enter The Manaslu Conservation Area. Eventually, we will reach the village of Namrung (2,630m) and rest for the night.
After an exhausting hike to Namrung, it will be slightly convenient hike today. Our path still follow the magnanimous Budi Gandaki River. We will cross several farming fields and get closer to Tibetan vicinity. Following the route, we will walk through dense forests of oak, fir, and rhododendron and finally reach Lihi where you can relish the first glimpse of Mount Manaslu and Naike Peak. After leaving Lihi, we will reach Lho Gaon (3,180m) and rest for the night.
After an early breakfast, we will explore the popular Ribung Gompa. The path vividly bestows some glorious sights of Mount Himchuli and Ngadi Chuli as it passes through Shyala village. As we head forward, we will start gaining higher elevation passing through numerous chhortens. After a few hours' walk, we will pass through Thosang Khola and finally reach Sama Gaun (3,520m).
Following our travel schedule, we will rest on the tenth day and explore as an option. You will be able to experience rich Sherpa and Tibetan culture. If you endeavor to hike a small hill near Sama Gaun, you will feel blessed to visit an ancient Gompa, Pungyen Gompa from where some of the magnificent sights of glaciers and mountain peaks are visible.
Alternatively, you can also explore Manaslu Base Camp (4,800m) or Lake Birendra in order to experience the glorious sight of Mt. Manaslu, the Eight Highest Peak in the world on the same day and descend back to Sama Gaun.
Our trek resumes following the Budi Gandaki River as we will pass through numerous mani walls. The vale starts to broaden as we will get one step closer to Tibetan border. It will be a convenient trek that passes through juniper forests which lies in Kermo Kharka. We will descend down and cross a narrow wooden bridge and continue our hike until we reach Samdo where we will rest for the night.
After a short hike from Sama Gaun, we will relax in Samdo on the twelfth day of our expedition. You will have several alternatives for this day. You can walk through an easy trading route which offers some great sights of Mt. Manaslu, Himchuli, Ngadi, Simrang, Larkye Peak, and even some rarely encountered mountain birds Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lamargeyer and many more. Moreover, you can also amble around the nearby villages and get to know the native culture, history, and traditions.
Following our travel schedule, we will head to Dharmasala (4,460m) after exploring Sama Gaun. It will be a relaxant trek that passes through numerous antique monasteries and gompas. After crossing the Budi Gandaki River, we will reach Larkya Bazzar, a seasonal Tibetan market where local people trade their products. As soon as we pass mani stones and walls, we will reach Dharmasala and rest for the big day.
The fourteenth day of our trek will be the longest and the most difficult trek of our entire expedition. However, the mesmerizing sights of Larke Peak, Cheo Himal, Larkya Glacier, several mountain peaks, and northern wildlife will wipe our exhaustion. The trek starts elevating through Larkya Glacier (5,160m) on the steep and icy path which could be perilous if not followed the guidance of our trekking guides. Eventually, the path descends following the route to Bhimthang where we will spend overnight.
After completing a long trek from Dharmasala through Larkya La Pass, we will continue to descend to Gho (2,515m). The trail follows some rustic villages passing through dense rhododendron and pine forests encountering some rare wild animals on the way. We will hike for approximately six hours and reach the village of Gho and rest for the night.
We will resume our trek after early breakfast from Gho. Despite descending Tal, we will first ascend to Tilije as the trail still continues to elevate which passes through numerous villages on its way. We will walk through a stone-paved route until we cross Dudh Khola and reach Thonje village. After reenergizing in Thonje, we will resume descending to Tal (1700m) and rest there.
Our trek will end from the seventeenth day onwards. We will drive to Beshisahar from Tal after a delicious breakfast and continue driving to the capital city and rest after a long hectic drive.
After the attainment of our long trek, you can relish Kathmandu as a relaxing day. You can pay a brief visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and many more cultural heritages inside the capital.
Our trip to Manaslu Circuit will end on this day. However, you will return home with infinite memories locked in your memory for eternity. One of our representatives will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport and bid you a cordial farewell before your scheduled flight.
We schedule our trips in the most favorable seasons. However, the above-mentioned itinerary may change as per the expedition’s obstructions but the quality of our service is guaranteed. In case of a delayed flight, we are obliged to inform you that besides the total number of days included in the itinerary, clients are compelled to bear the expenses of the extra days themselves. Apparently, 8k Expeditions will assist necessary arrangements for your comfort.
Trekkers are advised to schedule their flights at convenient time frames as we shall not be responsible for missed international flights or luggage before our reception. You are also suggested not to carry insignificant materials for your own ease.
We are cordially grateful to you for joining us!