Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu Larke Pass Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a venture into virgin territory in this part of Nepal where we see life that adds new meaning to living on the edge. The Manaslu area is blessed with an amazing variety of landscapes and friendly local folks who welcome you with warm smiles in an otherwise cold area as you reach the heights. The stunning beauty of Manaslu which is physically placed along the border of Nepal and China is home to the massif giant Mt. Manaslu at (8163m) which stands like an ageless centurion between Tibet and Nepal; our trip takes us around the entire massif as we hike the gentle Somrie-Khola River valley, walking through pretty Tamang and Chhetri villages laden with Sal trees and pine forests. We haul up for some time to interact with the local folks & learn of their traditions which will interest us in understanding our different lifestyles.

This area is rich in natural minerals and unique cultural heritage which recently opened its doors to outsiders. We circle the entire area including Manaslu’s Larke Pass as we wade into remote high alpine territory. Trekking Manaslu, also known as “three peaks”, gives us box office views of a wide range of the majestic Himalayas. The Manaslu region is also a restricted zone and is now a regulated trekking route, which gives permission to only organized trekking groups with special permits to venture round its fabulous circuit. We also get deep insights into ancient Tibetan influenced culture and traditions that date back a thousand years.

Our journey begins at Gorkha, the medieval historic town from where Nepal’s unification process began, and this is our traditional take-off point for the Manaslu Circuit trek as we hike up to the Budhi Gandaki valley through rugged gorges slicing between Himchuli (7890m) and Ganesh Himal (7429m) northwards while passing through beautiful alpine meadows and small typical Tibetan villages with rows of the prayer wheels and Mani stones beneath the far-reaching North Face of Manaslu. The centre point of our trek is the hike through an epic Himalayan high-altitude pass famously known as “Larke-La at 5350m” from where get breathtaking views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Manaslu & the Annapurna peaks, with the peaks of Ganesh Himal to the east. The views hereabouts give us an emotional experience that’s hard to forget. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a must do adventure that brings purpose to our holidays in this unique part of The Himalayas that are indeed the natural habitat for any born trekker who passionately loves the natural wilderness…

TRIP FACTORS:

Trip duration: 22 days

Grade: Challenging Trek …That requires patience on the trails as we go slow & easy!

Activity: Sightseeing & trekking

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Trek type: FOT (Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek)

Transportation: Flight optional, private car or tourist bus.

Accommodation: Hotel & camping or you could even bunk out at teahouse lodges wherever available, but camping is always more exciting…

Maximum altitude: 5350m.

Details Intinerary

 Day 01: Kathmandu, 1360m

You arrive in Kathmandu and our representative will be on standby with our office vehicle to transfer you to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be scheduled to discuss the trekking program and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Your can refresh your self, go for a walk down the street to get familiar with your surroundings before preparing for a tasty dinner of a local Nepalese cuisine which you will truly enjoy accompanied by a cultural dance performed by the local belles. Your first overnight in the city of temples, probably the most in the world
Meals included: 1 welcome dinner.(service include:Hotel +breakfast+Airport pickup)

Day 02: Katmandu Sightseeing

Today we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon. (service include:Breakfast+Hotel+Tour with guide)

Day 03: Kathmandu Drive to Arughat Bazar

Our trip takes-off after b/fast with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Highway for the first part of the drive; then we turn towards the north from Anbu Khaireni bazaar of Gorkha. The road gets pretty roughshod after Gorkha. We will reach Arughat Bazaar after driving for seven hours from Kathmandu.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge+Drive)

Day 04: Arughat Bazaar - Sundhikhola

On the very first day of hiking on the trail we head north, following the Buri Gandaki. In the low areas, rice paddy fields and quaint views surround us. After climbing to Kyoropani, we descend once again to the river at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. It is a nice first day & not too stretching, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim during the day as it’s pretty humid in the lower areas of this region.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 05: Sundhikhola - Machhakhola

The landscapes change as we go higher, the wide valley narrows and at times the trail cuts into the steep valley which is densely forested. Then we pass a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of this valley, on our opposite where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapbesi. We descend once again to the wider section, sandy Riverbank and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley path. At the end, we have to climb up once again to get to Machhakhola, which has a number of teashops.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 06: Machhakhola - Jagat

We cross over Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The whole valley here becomes steeper to the limits till the route to cross then switches to the left bank by a suspension bridge. The trekking trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places. After a short section of forest trail we reach a single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban village, the Buri Gandaki descends with some notable flowing of rapids. Beyond this hard steep section, the River is much more placid, meandering across a wide gravel bank and from Lauri, we will cross the River crossing a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high trail to the fields of Jagat.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 07: Jagat - Deng

After a connection of long descending stone step trails down to the River, we climb a terraced hill path to Saguleri, from where we get to view the tall Singri Himal, 7187m. The trail then splits, with a right hand route heading towards the Ganesh Himal while crossing the River at Gata Khola. Our trekking route continues upstream, through a marvelous section with towering walls. We cross three more gentle Rivers in the next two hours to avoid the difficult valley and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng where we bunk out for the night.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 08: Deng - Ghap

The valley is still steep but very impressive. We cross the village of Lama from where we start to see Mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), this is a sure fire sign that tells us we are entering into high country Buddhist areas. After about four hours trekking we reach the village of Ghap, which is located by the River & this heralds our entry into Tibetan territory as we see a change in the climate and culture as well.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 09: Ghap - Lho Village

As we gain altitude day after day, we move into alpine territory but magnificent mountain views. There are more Mani stone walls and 3 more sections to cross over the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our special permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are massive pasture lands. Climbing gently and cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers, we reach the village of Sho, 3000m. We get to see our first incredible views of the Manaslu North & Manaslu towards from Sho. As we continue we get to Lho, a large village at 3150m where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Mani Walls.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 10: Lho Village - Sama Gaon

Today follows the right section of the River bank, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trekking trail, we soon reach first section of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We reach Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village call Samdo, near the Tibetan border.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 11: Sama Gaon Exploration Day.

Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest hide away, we take an acclimatization day here and explore around and relax. Maybe you can catch up on that book you love so much, or even do some washing, if not this then just contemplate on your lovely surroundings. Overnight at Sama Gaon.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 12: Sama Gaon - Larkyala Lodge (Dharmasala)

The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we walk ahead to its upper course which seems to never end; hereabouts we are surrounded by spectacular mountains from all around. Manaslu is particularly impressive after crossing over to the east bank of the River; we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu, after the village we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), way to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar.

Perhaps, this village must have been a trading point with Tibet lying over the Gya La at some time in the past. The local market seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlement near the Larkya Glacier; we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built for travelers after they cross over the Larkya La.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 13: Larkyala - Tangbuche

After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the valley on the north ridge of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, taking a gradual ascent, which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are gratifying views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru & massive Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then screed, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larcia Kharka. A little further on, a ridge near the trail leads to Tangbuche at 3900m.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 14: Exploring around Tangbuche

The valley system here is large and spread out and well worth exploring around. But if you want you can rest the whole day or do your own things. We bunk out for the night at Tangbuche

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 15: Karche

Below us lies Bimthang, a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani stone walls and abandoned houses. Crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp to reach the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150m, we get great views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge, over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into the rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley, until we reach the highest tilled land in this valley of Karche at (2785m).

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 16: Dharapani

We climb through terraced fields to the Karche La pass. A green and densely forested valley lies ahead, sloping down to the distant Marshyangdi River. At Thonje village is our final restricted area check post. Here we cross the Marshyangdi river and join the main Annapurna Circuit with the loads of trekkers and soon reach Dharapani to rest our bones

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 17: Jagat

In the beginning we come across a tight gorge which briefly opens to Tal. The area here was formed when the valley was blocked by a landslide and a dam formed behind the lake. The lake has long dried up and now the village of Tal sits on the flat land. Over the next day and a half, we pass through the main Himalayan range, between Manaslu and the Annapurna range. The landscapes here are lovely.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 18: Bahun Danda

As we make our way down from Jagat we reach Syange, where we cross a suspension bridge to the east side of the Marshyangdi Khola and onto gentle terrain. We have a short but stiff climb up to Bahundanda, followed by a descent to Ngadi and Bhulebhule.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 19: Bhulbhule

After breakfast today, we descend to Ngadi and Bhulebhule. Rice and paddy fields are far and wide & can be viewed as far as the eyes can go.

(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+ Local lodge)

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu

This is an approximately seven hour’s scenic drive to Kathmandu. We lunch out A la carte at a good roadside restaurant.

Day 21: Depart Kathmandu for that special place we call home

Our office support staff will be on standby with a vehicle to take you to the airport for your connecting flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as game drives, some go-wild safaris at National parks, or maybe some white water rafting, there are mountain biking thrills or you can even get bolder & cross the border for some fantastic overland tours to Tibet & Bhutan etc.

Please Note:

The above program is only a guideline pattern which we provide. Trekking on the Manaslu Circuit can also be done for 19 days & can be tailor-made to suit your specific requirements. Its also vital to note a trekking tour of this type is prone to unpredictable calamities related to mountain weather, local politics, and transportation etc, which will be beyond our control and as a result, this may require a change in your itinerary. However, it is very unlikely that such circumstances may occur but our effort is to minimize its effect, and A One Nepal Treks will not be responsible for any situation developing in delays or changes to your program. In the event of any changes, your senior guide will make the final decision after consulting with the group.

Cost Includes

  • All Airports pick up and drop.
  • 3 night’s standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • One full day City tour with Guide and private drive.
  • 17 days in local lodges/tea-house accommodation during the trek
  • All 3 meals per day during the trek [B+L+D] and a cup of tea with every meal
  • All ground transport. From Kathmandu to Arughat and Shyange to Kathmanduby bus
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide as per bigger size of group of trekkers: (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging,
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park entry ticket, trekking permit, TIMS)
  • Manaslu permit.
  • Trekking Area related map for clients.
  • Trip certificate by A One Nepal Trek.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee (Nepal provides on arrival visa in Immigrations, bring accurate USD cash and *two passport photographs,)
  • Meal city like Kathmandu
  • Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Local donation & Tips for guides and porters.
  • Personal expenses (Pot of tea, bar bills,
    battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc) 

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Trek highlights:

Medium/hard class of newly popular trekking of Nepal. Based on Tea-house stay as familiar atmosphere with local people. Lodge/Tea house available at all of trekking part. Buddies-Hindus- Christians people with military service, tourism business, agriculture, animal husbandry.Colourful culture and massive Mountains. Heavy colorful forest with verity of flora & fauna. Really memorable high picks could have seen. Passed over 5350mLarke-la is great scenery.

Safety – Health- facility:

Our first goal is “first safety” for all of our clients and staff. We have smartly experienced friendly and knowledge able workers team. All they are well trained and must of they are license holder Guides. We arrange first aid. Also the area has heath post on every 2 days, and main hospital is not farther than maximum 5 hrs, from any part. We can use a quick drive on ruff road, carry by the people, take a horse ride, and arrange the Helicopter at our needed as per the emergency encase. The physical walk is 6 hours average per day with mini bag with your valued things average 2-5 kg. 

Your Personal Travel Insurance:

We highly advised you to make your travel insurance during Nepal trip from your own country. It is a condition upon joining any of our trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs).we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

Tea house Local lodge during the Trek:

All accommodations for Manaslu Trek are on tea house/Home-stay twin sharing room basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard and clean of tourist standard available. There are mostly shame styles of accommodations during our trekking. All the lodging and meal cost has controlled by management community at in area.

Meals and Water:

During our Trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian.) are from the menu as per local supplement. Lodge has well trained cook basically attention for clean, hygienic, fresh and nice testy foods. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. You could have able to buy Bottled water from every settlement. Even we would like to support you to pay for local purifying water cheaper with that’s help to controlled plastic pollution. Also the boiled water, or running fresh water with your peals or filtering is much recommended.

What to bring with you:

Raincoat, bag cover, round sun hat. Half paint for rain, waterproof waking boot, Suntan lotion, sunglass, light waterproof gore tax set, a pair of sleepers, some t-shirt, If you have your private light sleeping bag/If Not we will provide, walking stick, your regular drug and necessary you things.

Environmental sensitive:

The region is belong to "MCAP"[Manaslu conservation area project]. Offers sub tropical -sub alpine and Alpine, vegetations, and rich of faunas. We are consideration a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live at the travelled places. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts. We also work alongside “KEEP” in order to maintain our environmental concerns.

Best Season:

For all Season. Even Sep to Dec and Feb to May are best.

Permits and Entry fees:

Yes, you need permits for the Manaslu Trek. There is a Restricted Area Permit which is perhaps a little out of date but is to do with the border with China/Tibet being easily accessible from here. Anyhow this keeps the numbers down.

  • $70 first week + $10/d thereafter.
    USD 70 per person per week form Sep to Nov. And USD 50 per person per week from Dec to Aug.  The checkpoint in is in Jagat and checkpoint out at Dharapani.
  • The rules state min. 2 people + registered guide+registered company.
  • MCAP & ACAP permits Rs. 2000 each
    You need both as the check for ACAP and MCAP stand for Annapurna / Manaslu Conservation Area Project.Your booking company manage well.
  • TIMS card required.USD 10 by Govern authorised company, where you booked.
  • Tsum valley permits:
    Approximately:  Sep to Nov US$35 for first 8 days, Dec to Aug US$25 for first 8 days. Days in Tsum don’t count against your Manaslu permit. But double check at the time you go!

Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara:

 We Provide 2-3 star hotel as per plan. Advise us your choice. 5 stars hotels are in Kathmandu: Hyatt regency, Yak &Yeti, De’l Annapurna, The Everest Hotel, The Malla hotel, and others 4,3, 2,1 stars hotels.

Booking Policy:

Confirm your trip at least two months before, with 25% of payment and a copy of your passport. One group leader or agent will be free of service charge above 12 of paying person in a group.[tax, flight and monuments fee is not free.

Booking Guideline: Click Here:

Fixed Departure

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price for:1-4 person of Group. Price for:5-10 person of Group.
Every day as Per clients date.   USD 1,380 per Person. USD 1,290 Per Person.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

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Manual Notes:

The cost will be valued by: Your standard of hotels, service, group size and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.

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