Manaslu Circuit Trek: USD$2216

Description:

Manaslu circuit Trekking route leads ahead Budi Gandaki River valley, which is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. From here, the strenuous section begins and yaks begin to outnumber people in the rocky landscape. It is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination but it still sees fewer trekkers compared to the established trekking routes in the Annapurna region. The circuit is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. Along the trail you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arugath to its source just below the Larkya Pass (5160 m). As you start low, at around 700 m, the landscapes are incredibly varied ranging from green countryside and lush forests to spectacular high altitude landscapes skirting huge glaciers.

The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5160 m) can be tough when there is snow. However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trail head at Besisahar. The Manaslu trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu. It originally started in the town of Arughat or Gorkha Bazaar. 

Trip Hightlights:

Duration 18 Days
Highest Elevation 5130 m.
Standard Medium 
Group Size 2-15 People
Best Season Sep-Oct-Nov, Mar-Apr-May-June

Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02:  Explore Kathmandu (Test Ride)
Today we can explore some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley; test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 4 hours of riding we will cover around 40km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some UNESCO Heritage sites and return to hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat 7 hrs./600m.
We can take a bus/Jeep from Kathmandu to Arughat in the morning on the Kathmandu-Pokhara road to Malekhu than turn right to Dhading besi road. After reaching Dhadingbesi, we will drive up hills to Muralibhanjyang throught the beautiful villages than drive downhills to Arughat with Ankhu River view, Mountain views, Jungle etc. In Arughat, a pleasant market town straddling the Budhi Gandaki river side. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi 6-7 hrs./880m.
We will take a local transport to Soti Khola to save 3hrs of walking but the road remains untrafficked and passes through pleasant fields and villages. Trek through Local villages on the more scenic upper road where there is a choice, staying on the left bank (true right) of the Budhi Gandaki, which you will be following to its source. It can be hot and humid so wet rice, maize and millet are the main crops and you may see monkeys in the forests. Trek on through shady sal forests then climb up and down for some time on an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, eventually dropping to the Labubesi. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05: Trek to Khorlabesi 6 hrs./960m.
After Breakfast,  we will Continue up-river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the gravel riverbed, passing through Machhakhola, continue on the same side of the Buri Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats. Large Gurung villages are way above while the track passes few houses, like lower Khorlabeshi (960m) which was largely destroyed by a huge rockslip 24 years ago. A survivor has built a botanic garden and nice lodge. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 06: Trek to Jagat 6-7 hrs./1340m.
Today we continue up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani, where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful shower and soft skin due to natural minerals. Climb over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban. The Shyaule Bhatti lodge is 40mins later then 20mins to Manaslu Santi and Thulodhunga (‘big rock’) lodges where you can take tea and look at the wild gorges ahead. After a landslip and Yaruphant (1140m) cross the bridge across the Yaru Khola (1363m) and emerge onto riverflats at Yaru (1140m). Look downstream at the massive rockfall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, cross to the true right bank and enjoy easy up and down to Jagat, a neatly flag stoned  village where jagat  is collected on Tibetan trade. You will need to show your MCAP permit at an office on the left. In this area, potato, maize and climbing beans are all planted at the same time – the potato for food and to suppress weeds, the maize for food and to supply a trellis for the beans, which are an important source of protein.
Day 07: Trek to Deng 6 hrs./1900m.
Today we will walk up the riverbank then climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri with views of Sringi/Ganesh Himal (7187m), and then descend to Sirdibas. Continue up-river on the left bank, up and down before crossing suspension bridge to the east bank and a tiring climb up to prosperous Philim surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. There are shops and lodges. Today we will make this trek with the river views, after having Lunch at Philim, we will continue to Deng. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08: Trek to Namrung 6hrs./2660m.
After taking hot Breakfast at Deng (1800m), Just beyond Deng re-cross to the east bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and pass Bihi Phedi  with the trail up to the stone-carving village of Bihi (2130m.) The river roars below. Continue in and out of continuous wild canyons, with a village perched in every conceivable cropping situation, after crossing the bridge, climb shortly again before finally reachin to Ghap. The mani walls here and onwards as far as Bimthang often display intricate quality carvings of various Buddhas in meditation, incised in the hard local stone by a family of carvers from Bihi. After that we will enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs. After about 1hr, climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m) with shops, restaurants about the flag-stoned square. The architecture characteristic of upper Nupri starts here: several houses gathered together about a common courtyard and livestock shelters on the ground floor, with heavy wooden shingle roofs and log stairs to dark verandahs. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek to Lho 4 hrs./3180.
After having Breakfast at Namrung, Pass mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam, enter the fir, rhododendron and oak forest before climbing to Lihi (2900m). Most people from here onwards wear traditional Tibetan dress, with the children in small chubas. There are some particularly fine paintings in the kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. A leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho (3180m; Logoan) with the excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the gompa on the hill to the west. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 10: Trek to Samagaon 3 hrs./3520m.
Tody is short day, takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. The views of Manaslu are stupendous. Easy walk to Shyala (3520m) up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. Enjoy 360° views from here. Another easy hour to the large village of Samagaon offers great views of Manaslu, beautiful old Monastery, typical Tibetan village and many mountains. Day-long acclimatisation trips can be taken from here to Pungyen Gompa or to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m) An afternoon walk to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa is recommended. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3hrs./3870m.
After Breakfast you will trek to Samdo, today also short day because of the altitude, with time to go via the iceberg-covered Birendra Tal (3450m) under the Manaslu Glacier, wade the exit stream depending on the time of year and drop down to pick up the main trail from Sama to Samdo. Easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls Finally leave the treeline behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climb to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes few minutes to reach the white stupa above and immediately behind is Samdo (3870m), a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding, so much so that there are more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation. Side valleys and Samdo Peak call out for afternoon wandering. The Larkya La trail is ahead up valley and left. You can see the main track for Tibet over the Lajyung Bhanjyang, 5098m) sloping up to the right from the Larkya La trail and you can make an excellent afternoon acclimatization walk of 4-5hrs return to 4500m up this trail, seeing lots of blue sheep and yaks and entrancing views, but the pass itself is a full day trip. The first village and road in Tibet is about 2hrs beyond the pass with access currently blocked by China even for locals. There is a lot of Chinese/ Tibetan drinks for sale in Samdo. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala 3hrs. /4460m.
After hot Breakfast, Descend beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the river and  Pass the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani wall. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks, very icy towards winter. There was Larke Bazar (market)  from Tibet to trade in this area. After gradually climb to north-west side you will reach  Dharamsala (Larke Phedi, Larkya Resthouse) is now a seasonal village with freezing  rooms and tents. The views are marvelous. You will see large herd of blue sheep and some Himalayan animals in this place. Overnight at Camp.
Day 13: Cross Larkya-La(5160m.)-Bimthang 8-9hrs./3590m.
Today we have to note that if snow has fallen overnight and there have been high winds, then there may be less snow as you climb making the pass still crossable. Climb steadily over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. It takes about 3-5hrs to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with a risk of exposure if under-equipped or ill. The peaks to the west are Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range. There are several places where snow or ice would make this treacherous and some groups fix a rope on the steepest piece. Make a long descent on loose gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The track now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimthang (3720m; ‘plain of sand’), a descent of 1400m in about 3hrs. The views during the descent are huge – icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimtang Glacier whose lateral moraine towers over Bimthang. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 14: Trek to Dharapani 7-8 hrs./1963m.
Today we will walk south below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimtang Glacier, which can be loose underfoot. Climb up the far moraine wall quickly to avoid stone-fall and enter the beautiful forest. If you are in rhododendron season, the mauves, reds, pinks and whites are stunning amongst the huge pines and the views of the back of Mt Manaslu are superb. Descend rapidly along the true right bank of the aptly named Dudh Khola through Hompuk (3420m) in a forest clearing. Gentle riverside walking continues rapidly to Surki 2700m. for lunch. In the next hour you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming quite rough. Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Goa (2560m) the first real village since Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron. Then you will each to Tilje village, Pass under a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and descend rapidly towards the Marsyangdi Valley to the north bank and climb up to join the main round-Annapurna trail, over the Marsyangdi River on a long suspension bridge. Turn left into Dharapani (1963m). Overnight at Guest House with clean hot shower.
Day 15: Drive to Besisahar
Today we will take transport ( Jeep) on way to Besisahar with the views of Marshyangdi river, waterfalls, villages, mountains. It takes about 4/5 hours to Besisahar. Besisahar is the district center of Lamjung where you can find several shops, Bank, restaurant so on. You will have free time to explore the city. End of the trek, you can enjoy dinner with your Nepali staff. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu 6hrs.
After Breakfast at Besisahr , we will drive to Kathmandu with the Marshayangdi river views to Mugling than turn eastern die uphill to Kathmandu through Prithvi Highway with Trisuli River views and mountain terrace.  
Day 17: Extra Day in Kathmandu
You can have free day and enjoy around city, (Shopping-Maggasge-Relax-Drink..) 
Day 18: Departure 
Our Representatives will drop you to Kathmadu International Airpot for your onward destination and hopping to see you next time in Nepal. 
Note: Above itinerary can be customized as per our guest specific requirements and can make shorter or longer. We are very flexible to update.

Includes:

Airport picks up and drops by tourist car
Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant
Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by tourist vehicle
3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
One English Speaking Govt. License holder Trekking Guide
Trekking Permit and  TIMS permit
Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter)
Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks
First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters
Tea House accommodation during the trek
All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles
Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, equipments.
Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be return after trek)
Government Taxes and paper works.

Excludes:

International air fare and Nepal Visa Fee
Food in Kathmandu accept Breakfast
Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills)
Temple/Monastery entrance fees
Extra night of Accommodation and extra days of trek
Travel Insurance and rescue flights
Late arrival and late departure extra night
Additional activities (Safari-Bungee-Paragliding-Rafting and so on..)
Tipping to Nepali staff (Guide and Porters)

Equipments:

Day pack for your personal important things
Good Trekking Boots & Camping shoes/sandal
Socks-polypropylene, Down Jacket
Fleece-shirts, trekking trousers
Shorts, Swim wear, Sun Hat, Woolen cap
Nylon Windbreaker, Gloves, Snow Gaiters
Sleeping Bag, Rain cost
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
Toiletries/soap, Toilet paper, Sun block
Travel Towel, Wet-wipes
Personal Medication, Sunglasses
Camera & lenses, Memory cards
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful, Altimeter
Book/music player/pack of cards
A plastic bag for waste, Energy/snack bars
Trekking stick and, water bottle  

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