Nepal is the eventual heaven for the adventure enthusiast that get their excitement from the various trekking routes and options to see some of the top ten tallest mountains in the world in just one trekking journey. This trekking is increasing in attractiveness as an alternative to Annapurna circuit trekking. So, it is no wonder that hundreds and thousands of people from all over the world visit Nepal every trekking season to experience a trip that permits them to experience a beautiful mixture of nature, culture, art, and adventure. Though Nepal is a famous trekking destination now for its diversity. It wasn’t until 1991 that all parts of the trekking regions were open to the tourists. Since then a number of the trekking regions on the border of Nepal and Tibet have opened for tourism. One of such lovely treks in the Manaslu circuit trekking.
The Manaslu circuit trekking is one of the best treks known for its team spirit and conservation. This region sees very few visitors so that the trails are less compressed making the journey a peaceful, natural and beautiful experience perfect for those seeking a getaway from the everyday busy lives. Not just the mesmerizing natural beauty, but the traditional Tamang and Sherpa (locals of the area) settlements with their unique cultures are another highlight of the trip. The Manaslu Circuit Trek tour starts from Kathmandu where we visit the famous places in which UNESCO world heritage sites included. And then to Arughat (a place at Historical District Gorkha) from where the actual trekking begins. The entire route is ornamented with the perfect views of the snow-covered mountains, a unique combination of rich cultural heritage and adventure amidst vantage points with unique beauty and unusual biodiversity. Mt. Manaslu standing at 8156m is the highest peak in the area which is also the eighth highest peak in the world. The Manaslu region is famous for its high altitude glacier lakes, fascinating flora and fauna, cultural variety and richness which make it one of the favorite destinations for trekkers around the world. The standard circuit trek begins at Arughat and ends at Besishar and requires a trekking permit to travel all the way through the Manaslu area.
The total during the Manaslu Circuit Trek can be 14 days with trekking and hiking as the main activities. It is considered to be a reasonable level trekking with cultural, historical and natural tours and a maximum elevation of 5160m. The best season to visit the region is from March to May in spring and September to December during the winter.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m)
Your guide will pick you up at 8:00 am and we will start our 8-hour drive to
Arughat. The first four hours to Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m), is on smooth roads, but for the section to Arughat, we will be driving on an off-road. From
Arughat we drive another 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola by public jeep.
Day 2: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m)
After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at
Tatopani. The track follows a forested area until we cross Dovan Khola. We then make our way to Budhi Gandaki Valley. As the altitude increases, the panorama undergoes a complete transformation, with white sandy areas along the riverside.
Day 3: Jagat to Deng (2095m)
Today we will mix up precipitously up into a stunning trail before descending to cross the river. We will pass through some small settlements and then climb to an exciting 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 expedition to the small settlement of Prok - a two hour round trip.
Day 4: Deng to Namrung (2600m)
Today’s trail passes through Ghap (2380m). We will be walking through the west of Budhi Gandaki and crossing some waterfalls and Sringeri Khola on a funky suspension bridge. The trail then climbs precipitously and traverses above Budhi Gandaki. The trail passes through a Kani with complex, well-preserved paintings. On the trail, we may encounter some colorful birds together with Dhafe (Lophophorus), the national bird of Nepal. The trail climbs along the river, past two long Mani walls and the waterfalls. As we cross the Rhododendron forest before finally reaching Namring, we will be able to spot gray langur (grey monkeys) swinging from branch to branch.
Day 5: Namrung to Sama Gaon (3390m)
Away from Namrung, the trek enters into upper Nupri where the language changes to a form of Tibetan style and most people dress in chubas, the Tibetan style of wrapping around cover. The trail leaves the village through a Kani and makes a long sweep into a wooded valley and crossing the Hiran Khola on a double distance cantilever bridge. One can now capture an amazing sight of Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m).
The trail will pass through Lho (3080m), Syala (3350m) and we will have to cross a ridge and trek in and out of the valley of the Thosang Khola. We will then go down onto a stony moraine and reach Sama Gaon.
Day 6: Rest day and acclimatization day at Sama Gaon (3870m)
Today you will spend the day for acclimatization at Samagaun (3500m). If you like to hike full day for acclimatization, you will head for the Manaslu Base Camp (4750m). This round trip can be completed in about 7-8 hours. If you opt for the half-day walk, you can go to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. You will get back to Samagaun for the night.
Day 8: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m)
From Samdo, you will be crossing a couple of streams before reaching the village of Larkya Bazaar. After a steady climb from there, you will arrive at the lodge in Dharmasala. You’ll prepare for the big pass climb tomorrow.
Day 9: Dharmasala to Larkya pas via Larkya pass (5016m)
The trek today will test one's stamina level and patience. We will trek to Bhimthang by crossing the Larkya pass. It might take 4 to 5 hours from Dharmasala to Larkya La and it is recommended to make an early start in order to cross the pass safely. It can be extremely cold and windy during the climb. However, the views are wonderful.
The peaks seen to the west of the pass are Himlung (7030m), Kanggure (6981m) and Annapurna Second (7937m). Once off the top the trail crosses the moraine and descends more gently. The trail becomes easier, descending along the grassy moraine to a small meadow. The trail heads down to a large meadow, a Mani wall and a small rest house; we reached Bhimthang, which in Tibetan means “Plain of Sand”.
Day 10: Bhimthang to Tilije (2300m)
The trail moves down from Bhimthang and crosses a freezing fog. The next two days’ walk follows on an ancient salt-trading route which was used for import salt. We will be climbing over the side of the moraine and descending into beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The trail cuts across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge ornamented with prayer flags. We will be going on through fields over a clear stream, past houses and more fields intersperse with rhododendron and oak forests. We will leave Tilije and walk up to Tal.
Day 11: Rest day Tal
The day trek of about 5 hours follows the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the sprinkled villages to reach Tal village. We will be climbing over the side of the moraine and descending into beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The trail cuts across fields before making a sharp climb over a ridge decorated with prayer flags.
We will then head through fields over a clear stream, past houses and more fields combined with rhododendron and oak forests. We will leave Tilije and walk down Jagat.
Day 12: Tal to Jagat (1300m)
Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Chamje and Himal Pani We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climbs up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani.
Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, located at the foot of a large waterfall.
Day 13: Jagat to Bahundanda (1310m)
From here the road-building is full-on, so we'll continue as far as we can get, and hop in our jeeps. But before then, one more sharp descent through the woods, looking across the river to large waterfalls, leads us to the lovely cobbled village of Jagat, situated on a shelf which juts into the steep Marsyangdi valley. Descending steeply, we arrive at the small, somewhat wild-looking village of Bahundanda. We have a bumpy drive to Besisahar where we set up our last campsite and get ready for our last night's party with the staff and porters in the evening!
Day 14: Bahundanda to Besi Sahar (760m) bus or private jeep
The trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Naadi. From Naadi, the trail takes you to the bank of Marshyangdi River and a town of Bhulbhule, Khudi all the way to Besisahar We will walk up to Besi Sahar and take a ride to Besi Sahar and from there we will take a bus ride to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Farewell/Departure
Thank you for trekking with us. Our representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours ahead of your scheduled flight. Have a safe flight back home. Hope to see you again.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have a deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on the twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Sama Gaon and Tal which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude thus resulting in a successful trip.
For Manaslu circuit trekking, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing, and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Manaslu circuit trekking 15 days is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Manaslu Circuit trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to the Manaslu circuit trekking should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Manaslu circuit trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min. 2 Pax)