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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The Manaslu Circuit Trek now usually starts in Arughat Bazaar and ends two to three weeks later in Besisahar, the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Until recently the trek required camping, but building of tea-houses means the trek can be completed using local accommodation. The trek requires a Restricted Area Permit of $50 per week and that trekkers travel in a group of two with a registered guide. The trek lies on the newly developed Great Himalaya Trail.

The trek follows an ancient salt–trading route along the steep sided Budhi Gandaki river. From Deng, the slopes of ravines ease and views of snow peaks start appearing from Ligaon. Further from Lhogaon, an impressive view of Manaslu, with its double peak, appears described as "a soaring monarch with a double-edged summit towering above fields of barley".

The route follows the pine-forested Syala village, which has the backdrop of many horseshoe-shaped peaks, and reaches the village of Samagaon (Sama) at the foot of Manaslu. There is a Buddhist monastery at Samagaon, where monks and nuns reside. After half a day’s trek from Samagaon, the village of Samdo is reached. Samdo is the highest village in the Budhi Gandaki valley and is inhabited by Bhotias. This village commands a view of the valley and Pang Phuchi village with a backdrop of the Tibetan border. Further trekking leads along a major secondary valley to the Larkha La. Along this route, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and Kang Guru are seen, along with occasional views of the Annapurna massif. From here, the meadowland of Bimtang (Bimdakhoti) at elevation 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) is reached, from where Manaslu is clearly visible. From Manaslu, the circuit passes through Dudh Khola (a tributary of Marsyangdi river), criss-crosses Marsyangdi River before reaching, crosses the Chepe Khola and Dorandi Khola before returning to Gorkha.

Two alternative routes are also popular. One is on the Annapurna trail but leaves it at Dharapani to reach, crossing Thorong La and Jomsom(Kali Gandaki valley). From Jomsom flights depart to Pokhara. The other alternative route is from Bhulbule, crossing Marsyangdi to Khudi, divert from Annapurna trail and trek cross country through valleys and ridges to Sisuwa town on the bank of Begnas Tal. From here a road approach is available to Pokhara.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Destination: Asia / Nepal/Manaslu
  • Grade: 4
  • Accomodation: Teahouse , Lodge
  • Meals: B. L.D.
  • Transportation: Bus
  • Maximum Altitude: 4460M
  • Best Season: Sep. Oct.,March, April
  • Trip Overview:

                                                       Itinerary                  Elevation                      Time                  

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu . Transfer to the hotel .             

Day 2: City sightseeing  around Kathmandu valley.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar               570m.                            7 hrs.

Day 4: Trek  to   Soti Khola                                             530 m                             6hrs.

Day 5: Trek  to Machha Khola                                         890m.                            6 hrs.

Day 6: Trek  to Jagat                                                       1350m.                          6 hrs.

Day 7: Trek  to  Deng                                                      2095m.                          7 hrs.

Day 8: Trek  to Namrung                                                 2900m.                           5 hrs.

Day 9: Trek to Lhogaon                                                   3100m.                           5 hrs.

Day 10: Trek  to Samagaon                                              3390m.                          4 hrs.

Day 11: Rest  to  acclimatization.  

Day 12: Trek  to Samdo                                                    3690m.                          5 hrs.

Day 13: Trek  to Dharamsala                                             4460m.                          5 hrs.

Day 15: Trek  to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) & Bhimthang .     3590 m.                    7 hrs.

Day 16: Trek  toTilche                                                      2300  m.                        5 hrs.

Day 17: Trek  to Dharapani.                                              1963 m                          4 hrs.

Day 18: Drive to Beshishahar                                            760m.                            5 hrs.

Day 19:  Drive  to Kathmandu.                                          1300 m                          6 hrs.

•             Airport pick-up and drop off services

•             Trekking guide

•             Porter/s (1 porter can carry two people's luggage up to 30 kilograms)

•             Trekkers' Information Management System(TIMS) card

•             . Entry permit for Manaslu 

•             All land transportation .

•             All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

•             Accommodation in teahouses / camp,  during the trek

•             Necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, down jackets, etc.

•             Rescue Assistance

•             Necessary insurance for trekking staff

•             First Aid kit

•             Nature of personal expenses

•             Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.

•             Tips

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