Manaslu circuit Trek

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If the Annapurna Circuit is the king of treks in the Annapurna region, then the Manaslu Circuit trek is ‘The Lord of the Wild’’, a super option for an odyssey into the pure wilderness of a supernatural kind…pure adventure into a raw region across a high pass above 5000m where the beauty leaves you speechless…for this is what ‘Trekking the Manaslu Circuit’’is all about…you don’t need to be a veteran climber to do this circuit…

The Manaslu trail is arguably an epic for an adventure where few dare to tread and could be deemed to be an ideal substitute for the more well known trails of Everest B. Camp or any of the top treks in the Annapurna region. This particular area shows you more of a virgin territory less known and not many go to, but the popularity of this region is growing by the day, despite it being a restricted zone. Home to the 8th highest mountain in the world, the Manaslu region seems to have been recklessly ignored by different governments in the country and is not as developed as trekkers would find in the Khumbu and Annapurna areas; needless to say, some bold trekkers with an eye for an off-the-beaten-trek of the kind like the Manaslu circuit are happy enough to prefer it the way it is, however, the locals suffer most because of the hapless ignoring of this lovely region. Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions has been escorting expeditions to this zone for over a decade, and has hiked the length and breadth of this region in such a way that even the locals treat Mountain Sherpa crew like family. It’s been over ten years now, and we haven’t looked back, wading across the high pass of Larkya La in blood, sweat and tears. The Larkya La is the focal point of our trips  and due to its elevation, at most times this is pass is steeped in snow but since it’s not too steep, we take our expedition members across the pass without using crampons, this is because of our experience over the years, [but we bring the crampons anyways, one never knows because this is climbing above the tree-lines, and this equipment could be needed at any time]. Consequently, anyone fit can attempt this pass, even greenhorn trekkers who do it for the first time, but a little experience of having done treks before in Nepal’s Himalayas goes a long way, it’s less strain on the body, especially the limbs.

Our trailblazing venture commences with a thrilling drive to the bustling town of Arughat, a pretty happening market in central Nepal. And we hit the trail into bamboo forests and inner villages occupied by the ethnic Gurungs, who follow Buddhism. We slowly hike up the higher altitudes of the Nupri Region, an absorbing zone slotted by descendents of Tibetan immigrants who lived hereabouts for generations.

Samagoan at (3,541m) is a developing village and an ideal haul up joint to stop over for two nights acclimatising, after checking out of Lho. We go on to Larkya Phedi via Samdo at the foothills of the Larkya pass where we get so close-up to the gigantic peaks we feel like as if we could just touch it and climb right up. We wouldn’t be surprised if we come across avalanches that we see piled up on the flanks. We then descend down to Bhimthang, Tilje, Tal and finally Jagat where our jeeps will be waiting to take us down to Besisahar, and this is where the curtains drop on a rare trip of an unknown wilderness that could become a story of what it was like Manaslu Circuit Trekking’’…a story to remember for the years to come…after we drive back to Kathmandu and a warm soft bed…


At a Glance

  • A demanding venture…high elevations that bring us close to Mt. Manaslu…it’s like as if we could touch it…
  • 15 days in open high altitude territory above the tree-lines…and this is where the adrenaline pumps…
  • Accommodation: Hotel and teahouse lodges with Healthy meals provided on the trails
  • Maximum altitude of 5215m…at Larkya La Pass…where the views are mesmerizing

What's Included?

  • Healthy meals during whole trek[ breakfast
  • Lodge Accommodation during whole trek
  • Kathmandu- Arughat private 4W Jeep 
  • Beshisahar – Kathmandu by Private Vehicle
  • Expert Local Sherpa guide 
  • Porters t [ 1 Porter for 2 Person basis]
  • quality accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • MSTE kit bag and Group medical kit
  • Company T-shirt and Trek Map
  • Private vehicle for ground transportation
  • trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Guide and porter pay, meals, insurance
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu on day 2

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu 
  •  Cold Drinks, Mineral Water 
  • Tips for Guide & Porter
  • Hot Shower, Battery Charges
  • Unforeseen Cost such as Flight Cancellation 
  •  Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes 

Itinerary

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If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Mountain Sherpa Trekking and Expeditions office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. In the evening we will meet our senior trek guide who will brief the group about details related to our trek. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. Breakfast

After a good night’s sleep and enjoying a hearty b/fast, we proceed for our tour of Basantapur Durbar Square.

Recorded by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a bunch of medieval temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. within this square we will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself; from here we head for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa {said to be the largest in the world) and a major centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).

We next drive down to Swayambhunath [popularly known as Monkey Temple] “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most holy Hindu shrine in Nepal. Hereabouts we see a cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. This cremation site is used for the once royal family of Nepal and also for the simple Nepalese people who live within the country. We then wrap up our Heritage tour with a trip to Patan which is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir- a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and art that  displays scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, this includes the Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples. We return back to our hotel, refresh, do some shopping for our trek the next day, have an early supper and retire to bed, most probably. Breakfast

After an early b/fast, we drive along the scenic Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day, as we view some of Nepal’s delightful rural landscapes right from the windows of our vehicle; we then cruise further towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha, an ancient historical town from where Nepal got its shape for what it is today. The road gets a bit roughshod after Gorkha. We will reach our destination, Arughat Bazaar, after seven hours from Kathmandu. We then set up camp for the night. B. L. D

At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Soti Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola - B, L, D

As we set out on our way today, we soon realize the country changes as we go higher, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point 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 wide, sandy riverbed and follow a route, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khola, which has a number of teashops. We get set for our overnight hereabouts. B. L. D

We hike for several hours across tobacco and buckwheat fields, past rocks washed smooth by the river, we reach the hot springs in the centre of the small, terraced village of Tatopani, where we have plenty of time to soak our scruffy bodies in the gushing hot water, and then perhaps go for a swim in the icy river below, drying off on the wonderful river-side beach. A gentle climb through the woods past some spectacular waterfalls, across another suspension bridge and through a short section of forest path and we reach Dobhan, where we stop for lunch. Above Dobhan, the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Hereabouts, our trail climbs high above the river to descend through what appears to be a huge gateway into some secret place; in front the valley widens, the river calms, and we splash through streams before Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Park.

It is worth wandering around this beautiful, paved village, where proud villagers have recorded how much they contributed to these paving schemes. We check into our impressively clean lodge, and enjoy some cold beers available at the shop next door, before retiring to our beds for the night. B. L. D

We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, and then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a headland between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo – B. L. D

This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass.  En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La ('large pass') to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

After a piping hot b/fast, we prepare to leave on the trade route to Tibet and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished in the yester years.

After two hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring vistas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, where we have lunch and gaze out at the lovely views. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon with some tea/coffee and keep warm. We'll have an early supper in preparation for our crossing the coming high pass tomorrow... B. L. D

We will get up early to cross the Trans-Himalayas pass, Larkya La. The views of Cho Danda, Larkya Peak, Pang Chuli, Shringi Himal and Ganesh are amazing after the sun rises. We cross the block land in and out between small bays in an endless row. On the trip over the pass, we saw years of fresh footprints of snow leopard - and half eaten yak beef. The walk is relatively strenuous and the last 100 meters steal it back before we meet with a fresh breath of wind at the top of the pash - Larkya at 5,160 meters. The suit is adorned with praying flags and varieties. It's a huge experience, and prospects are getting more beautiful and smoother.

After a good rest in the windshield, descent begins. The first long piece goes straight. Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal begin to appear, then the three great glaciers and even more beautiful the characteristic Nemjung as well as Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Rantna Chuli and Kangguru.

We start walking steeply through the ral and loose stone (or snow) to Larkya Kharkha located in a wide valley. We are slowly getting tired, but first pass Tanbuche at 3,900 meters before arriving in Bhimtang after 10-12 hours, at the most beautiful nights of the 3,800 meters.

The view from Bhimtang is so incredibly beautiful. Bhimtang was in the 1960s hanging out for Tibetan Khampa warriors who made "raids" against the Chinese inside Tibet, to retreat to Nepal.They were thrown at the gate in the early 1970s in a major stud trade between Nepal, the US and China. Overnight in Bimthang village.

We need a break for some good rest, and reckon this is the day. From a ridge in Bimthang we can savor the gorgeous views of Manaslu, Lamjung himal and Cheo himal. We can explore the nearby villages or simply just chill out by doing some reading or interacting with the local folks, you’ll love it. Overnight at our lodge – B. L. D

The trip goes out of the alpine areas and into the most enchanting valley of Dudh Khola - the milk valley. We cross the glacier river along a nice wooden bridge before it dives into beautiful silk fire and rhododendron forest, like spring sprinkles with its red and white flowers. The trail winds in and out through the completely enchanting valley. We come to several locals, such as Hambuk, Puktu and Phute, before it goes down to the village of Gho at 2,560 meters altitude.

It is a beautiful, beautiful and yet long day, and we continue down through garland and forest - and the roaring Dudh Khola River. The little Karche passes steeply before we go down to the great Newel- and Gurung village Tilje, which is at a height of 1,160 meters. Tilje is the last town on the closed part of Manaslu - tomorrow the trip continues on Annapurna's northbound main road.

We live in Tilche and can be lucky to taste some of the very good apple-branded wine produced in Tilje. In common, it is nice to be in "Lowlands" again, among forests and birds and low-lying villages.You’ll enjoy these healthy dishes. The gorge ahead marks the land of apple pie, cold beers and hot showers. Overnight at our lodge in cosy Tilche village - B. L. D

The last trip out of Dudh Khola is almost end. We cross the Marshyangdi River on a long and nice suspension bridge and enter Gyasumdo, which in Tibetan means "Three Main Road Meetings", as the paths from Manang and Larkya / Gya La and the Lowlands meet here. Dharapani The watering point is the first city, after which the migration goes southwards towards the river Tal, which lies at the foot of a giant waterfall where the Marshyangdi valley is wide and mighty. Tal is a fun cowboy village with a main street with teas, lodges, shops and trade and vandal. All along, a culture shock from Manaslu secluded mountain villages.

Overnight at our lodge – B. L. D

From Tal there is a steep, long and warm climb to get to the bridge leading to the little charming town of Chamje. From here, it goes easy to the slightly larger town of Jagat and then to Syange in the deep valley of 1,100 meters. The valley narrows and becomes almost a canyon, where the path is cut out of the cliff side.

We are coming to a plateau and can now see a large hilltop with a small pass called the Brahmin hill - Bahun Danda at 1,310 meters altitude. It's a steep and warm ride up to the small village where there is a deserved setting in beautiful surroundings. Overnight in Bahun Danda.

On our last trekking day, we are in a subtropical country with all kinds of flowers and fruits from bananas to citrus fruits. We go for an hour through reasonably flat land to Ngadi at 920 meters altitude. On the way to Bhulbhule, a small lake and a waterfall pass. The city has lots of shops and a nice paved main street. From here we drive approx. 7-8 hours to Kathmandu.

After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Mountain Sherpa trekking and expeditions will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the timeyou spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in this lovely region of Manaslu will give you whole lifetime of memories for the generations to come. Adios friends! Till we meet again someday. Breakfast

Accommodation

In Kathmandu you will be accommodated in best Hotel based on availability at the time, we use various hotels but all are within a couple of minutes walk from the bustling Thamel (restaurants and shops).

Lodge during Manaslu Circuit Trekking: it is most often decorated houses with private rooms. Comfort often decrease with altitude and insulation, sound and thermal as sometimes poor ... shower is possible in lodges, but we suggest to do take a hot shower if water is solar heated and not wood fire.

Food : The national dish is the "dal bat": literally rice lentils. Almost always decorated with spiced vegetables and sometimes a little meat.A typical day trekking in Nepal starts with the "morning tea" (tea) around 6:30-700. You can select the breakfast from the Lodge Menu that consist Porridge, Toast, Bread, Eggs, Pancakes etc...

Then, having put away your things, you take breakfast while Porters are distributed loads and arrange everything.
Around noon, you pause for an hour or two for lunch: simple meal or picnic.You arrive mostly to 16 / 17h to step where you generally expect local biscuits and tea (light not to alter your sleep).

The menus in the lodges are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese food to pizza and apple pie.Dinner is usually served early (around 18h30 / 19h) curry and rice, pasta, noodles and fried/ mash potatoes etc.........
If you have "energy bars" favorite, you can bring.

Climate and Seasonality:

Nepal is subject to monsoon which determines the choice of trekking areas depending on the season: Spring, from March to May is ideal to watch the explosion of vegetation, including rhododendrons, and from around the Annapurna base camp to Everest. The generally clear skies in the morning, marked cloudiness in the afternoon. The more we advance towards the month of May (monsoon), the more clouds rise early.

Mid September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approx. above 20degC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to -5degC at the higher altitudes.

Summer Season Starts from June to September. The regions of regions of Dolpo and Mustang of Nepal, and Tibet treks can be done in the monsoon.

Winter, from Mid December to late February, the cold is dry, the clear sky, the sunshine ... Many benefits without the tourist season. For example, Short trek around Kathamndu Valley, Ghorepani Poonhill, Ghandruk Village trek would ideal for Winter Treks.

Vital information

While every effort is made to go the extra mile and keep to the above itinerary, it is imperative for us to realize that this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region; we cannot guarantee it for whatsoever reasons! Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to unavoidable unseen circumstances. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to make sure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. This is to ensure your safety…and life.

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The most amazing Manaslu trekking experience with the best Sherpa guides!!

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Mitchell

The most amazing Manaslu trekking experience with the best Sherpa guides!!

Amazing trek!! Everything was so well planned and prepared by Mountain Sherpa trekking & Expeditions! Our guides Ke Temba Sherpa and Porter Kaji made the trek wonderful, we could not have done it without them! Their support and encouraging attitude helped get the group to complete this long trek! Not to mention their experience, we learnt so much and they were able to answer all or questions! Few places the accommodation was basic however, food was amazing. Our porter Kaji was very helpful & very supporting. we could not have completed this manaslu trek without them!

Maybe other companies are similar in service, but our experiences with this expert local Sherpa company in our Manaslu trek were really excellent! Service, logistic, even individual problems (how to store baggage & Transport to arughat on the beginning & Ngadi to Besisahar with share local Jeep and then private car to Kathmandu after trek) were perfectly arranged. Our Driver was very good and we always feel safe. And the gear was excellent! A Highly recommendation!
Overall an amazing experience with a wonderful local Sherpa company!

Posted on : July 20th, 2018 5:29 AM

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