- Spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal mountains range, Mount Himalchuli, Ngadi Chu
- Exploration of multi-ethnic groups
- Larkya Pass
Through this circuit trek you will visit different villages near the border. You will get a chance to explore palaces, temples and monasteries. Experiencing these sacred traditions of the past make you feel like you have travelled through time. The serenity of rivers, thrilling suspension bridges and great views from elevated panoramic view points makes this trek great.
During the Manaslu trek you gain altitude around the village of Jagat and Philim where you will cross a bridge before a steady climb. Your trek continues towards Deng where you will see some spectacular waterfalls. The beautiful surroundings to Namrung and then to Samagaon will leave you captivated. The hospitality of the people here will inspire you as well. Samagaun is also the point at which trekkers and climbers separate. The climbers will go to Manaslu Base Camp, the starting point for climbing Mt. Manaslu, and trekkers will walk towards the Larke Pass, at an altitude 5,135 m. The day of crossing the Larke Pass it the hardest day of the trek but it's a very rewarding day in terms of views and scenery.
The Manaslu trek will without doubt give you an amazing trekking experience in Nepal.
Your trekking guides will pick you up at 8:00 am. Then, we will start our 8 hours’ drive to Arughat. The first four hours to Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m), is on paved roads, but for the section to Arughat, we will be driving on a rougher surface. From Arughat we drive another 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola by private jeep. Lunch and Dinner Included.
Today’s walk follows a constantly undulating trail mainly through woodland as we continue to head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. We then descend to the wide, sandy riverbed and then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until we cross Dovan Khola. We then make our way to Budhi Gandaki Valley. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation, with white sandy areas along the riverside. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
The trail continues to Jagat, a well paved village, and the non-up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Sringi Himal. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the village and surrounding hillside. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Here the trail will fascinate you with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We pass Eklebhatti; head towards the river and cross it twice over suspension bridges. Then, we pass Euwa, traverse a small campsite and continue through the valley until we reach the village of Deng. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Today we will scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail before descending to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and then climb to an impressive valley. There we will encounter Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks - a sign that we are entering Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we take a side excursion to the small settlement of Prok - a two hour round trip. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
We’ll pass the stone gate and the long Mani stone wall of the village of Lho, with an astounding view of Peak 29 ahead. You can take a side excursion to Pungen Glacier in order to get a very close up view of Manaslu from here. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes a further 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for our night halt. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
This day has been set aside for acclimatization and you can opt for a full or half day walk. The full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Tal. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek now crosses grazing areas and gradually ascends the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu are ahead of us as we reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon we will explore the village and surrounding hills. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach the Larkya Bazaar. This is a village which thrived from trade with Tibet years ago. After a steady climb we will arrive at our lodge at 4450m. It is the last overnight before the pass. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
From Dharmashala, we hike to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft). We will climb Cho Chanda and then slowly head uphill towards the steep snow covered pass. The panorama from the top is truly magnificent. You will see Himlung Himal (7126 meter), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981 meters) and Annapurna II (7937 meters). The descent is steep as we pass through moraines to Bhimphedi.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we will head towards the small Karcha La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
We’ll climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a Mani wall and reach the village of Thonje. Here we need to go through a police checkpoint before continuing to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and later cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We can examine the Mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. There is now a short descent to Chamje village. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
We have reached the end of the Manaslu Trek and private jeep will take us at Beshisahar. We then drive to Kathmandu in a private car. Breakfast and lunch included.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfer
- 1 professional, English speaking and certified guide
- 1 porter for between two clients.
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
- Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
- Government taxes and office service charge
- First aid medical kit
- Travel insurance
- International airfares to Nepal
- Nepal Entry visa - can by obtained at the airport, upon arrival for USD for 30 days.
- All kind hot and cold drinks including tea, coffee, water etc.
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
We missed our connecting flight from Kuala Lumpur through to Kathmandu, and were delayed by a full day. Our trip was simply rescheduled without any problem to us at all. They were amazing.
The guide we had for our Kathmandu tour, was extremely knowledgeable and informative and there were certainly a lot of interesting things to see and do in Kathmandu.
We then proceeded on our Manaslu Circuit Trek with our guide Bim and our porters. The guides and porters were informative, helpful, observant, and fun as well. The trek was definitely an experience of a lifetime; I would highly recommend it. The Larkye La Pass was at times strenuous, but Bim and our porters made sure that we were safe, had no altitude sickness and we were able to complete this challenging feat.”