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MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

manaslu circuit trek itinerary

Manaslu is located East of the Annapurna range. Recently opened to tourists, Manaslu Circuit Trek (Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary) unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture offer a true adventure for visitors to Nepal. Here you will find the mountains and valleys covered with diverse and pristine Eco-systems. Fantastic mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure tantalize trekkers as they climb to the base of Mount Manaslu. You will soon understand what inspired Eric Valley to create his world famous documentary, Honey Hunter of Nepal. The inhabitants of the upper Budi Gandaki region are known as the “Nupri”, their language and dress are quite similar to the neighboring Tibetans. These local Himalayan people still earn their living through trade with Tibet. The mountain views from Nupri are sensational and crossing the Larke La pass is one of the most beautiful and dramatic of the Himalayas.

Similar to many other trekking routes in Nepal, this trek has many routes to choose from. One option passes through Dudh Pokhari, a milky lake that is a common pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Another route takes you up to Manaslu Base Camp. While the most popular option is to trek over the Larke La pass to arrive in the Marshyangdi valley in the Annapurna region.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m.).

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m.). 8-9 hrs.

Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1840m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2630m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 08: Namrung to Samagaon (3530m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Samagaon.

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo(3860m.) 4-5 hrs.

Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala / Larkye Base Camp (4460m.) 4-5 hrs.

Day 12: Dharmasala to Larkya La (5160m.) to Bimthang (3720m.) 8-9 hrs.

Day 13: Bimthang to Dharapani (1960m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 14: Dharapani to Jagat (1800m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 15: Jagat to Bulbule / Nagdi (850m.) 5-6 hrs.

Day 16: Bulbule or Nagdi to Besisahar and back to Kathmandu. 6 hrs. drive.

Day 17: Additional day for Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Day 18: Departure.

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, here our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 2: Half Day Sight seeing & Trek Preparation.

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Manaslu Circuit Trek.


Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m.). 8-9 hrs.

After breakfast, we set out driving to Sotikhola following the Prithvi highway. Our drive offers a incredible scenarios on the river Trishuli bed along a windy road. Following the road splits to the country side and gets little tough. After a driving of about 8 hrs. via district centre of Dhading, we reach to Sotikhola. Overnight at Sotikhola.


Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m.) 5-6 hrs.

The trail ascends through rice paddies and farm fields until you pass the small hamlet of Kokethar. We will see a huge rock to our left while continuing along a level path. From Kyoropani, repeating ups and downs, you arrive at the shores of Soti Khola. From here further ascents and descents will finish with a seep climb before reaching Lapubesi (840m).

From Lapubesi we will pass through farmed fields and rice paddies of sloppy area. The route soon goes down and reach  to shores of white sand and back again onto the mountain flank. In approximately an hour you will reach the Machha Khola.


Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m.) 6-7 hrs.

Today, we trek through a narrow ascend crossing the Tharo stream to Khorlabesi and taking the pace we will head to the natural hot spring at Tatopani. We will cross the suspension bridge and pass through the stairway, we finally reach the point, called Dovan. We then descend to the river beach on the next ridge crossing a bridge over Yaru khola, to reach Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.


Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1840m.) 5-6 hrs.

Leaving the village, we walk down a stone path leading to the wide river shores. Cross the Pangour Khola (flowing from the left) before traversing rapidly to reach Saguleri, from where you can see Sringi Himal beyond the valley. Further along the right bank begin ascending until you reach Filim. Though it is a Nepalese Gurung it has a strong Tibetan influence.

Leave the village and a small ascending traverse. The trail then goes down to the river shores. Hike up  a little along the Buri Gandaki and cross the suspension bridge to the facing  bank.


Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2630m.) 5-6 hrs.

Following the main trial of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, we will cross the bridge and hike down to the next ridge of the river. The village here are fully influenced by the Tibetan culture, offers to engross glimpse of the Shringi Himal. We will follow the northern bank of the Budi Gandaki where we can see the master stone carvers and stupas. As we cross the dense forest we will arrive at Namrung. Overnight at Namrung.


Day 08: Namrung to Samagaon (3530m.) 5-6 hrs.

The trail begins to descend following ascend until you reach a meadow. After passing the meadow you will enter Bengsam village which opens up the views of Naike peak, Manaslu North peak (7,157m) and the long-awaited Manaslu (8,163m). The houses in the village are scattered among-st the surrounding farmed fields. Leaving this village and continuing through the Kanni you will reach the Neighboring Lo village (3,150). It is a large village with many houses and a fine gompa.

From Lo village we will continue to the valley of Damonan Khola and cross the wooden bridge over the stream. We, then climb back up the steep slope. The path going straight ahead leads directly to Sama (the other which turns to the left will go to Sama via Honsan ho Gompa. From Honsan ho Gompa it then descends along the river in the forest before catching the main trial). The valley ahead of you soon opens wide and you will descend to a wide, flat meadow valley. You will see many potato fields and soon reach Sama (3,500m).


Day 09: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

Today, we will spend a day as a rest day and do some relax along with the preparation for tomorrow’s journey to the high altitude. We will explore the nearby villages surrounded by the barley fields, and visits the monasteries and chhortens. We can learn more about the Tibetan Buddhist’s lifestyle and culture by cooperating with the local people. Next, we will back to Samagaon for overnight stay.


Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo(3860m.) 4-5 hrs

Today our trial offers the grasslands and the wild territory with the glacial moraine. We will continue gradually descend to the river bed passing above the grassy peak, one can enjoy with the beautiful picturesque of Mt. Manaslu. Samdo village is inhabited by the Tibetans withtheir antique cultural practices. Overnight at Samdo.


Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala / Larkye Base Camp (4460m.) 4-5 hrs.

After breakfast, we will move towards Dharmashala crossing some of the small river and with a view of the Larke glacier on the north. Before reaching, the Sarkha Khola, we will climb the steps along a small hut. Continuing the trial we will reach the Dharmashala / Larkye Base Camp. Overnight camping at Dharmashala.


Day 12: Dharmasala to Larkya La (5160m.) to Bimthang (3720m.) 8-9 hrs

Today’s journey is the major day of our whole trekking period. One can be very close to the unique shape of Larke peak. The trial offers both ascent and descent way , little bit challenging. Larke La, offers the massive Himalayan vistas of Kang Guru, Annapurna, Himlung Himal and others. Again, the toughest part is to descend through the steep steps across ice and scree. We will continue to Bimthang. Overnight at Bimthang.


Day 13: Bimthang to Dharapani (1960m.) 5-6 hrs.

The trail drops from the Bintang meadow and crosses a glacial stream, the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, by a wooden bridge. Climb over the side of the moraine and descend into a pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3430m). The walking improves as the trail descends and switches back down to a fork of the Dudh Khola It then follows the river through forests to a goth (3030m). Continue through fields, over a clear stream, passing houses and more fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. Stay on the north bank until reaching Tilje.

Cross the wooden bridge to the left bank of the Dudh Khola where the path begins a gentle descent. After about one hour cross the suspension bridge over the Marsyandi River before reach Dharapani(1,860m).


Day 14: Dharapani to Jagat (1800m.) 5-6 hrs

Our trek trial goes through the Dudh khola bank, then adjoins the trial at the river Marshyangdi valley. We will pass the charming village Taal, facing the exciting waterfall along the lush hill, we ultimately arrive the stone roofed village – Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.


Day 15: Jagat to Bulbule / Nagdi (850m.) 5-6 hrs

We will descend down following steep trial to Marshyangdi valley and crossing the river Marshyangdi at Syange, we continue to walk via Ghermu. The first section of the trek is amusing with a wide and flat trail and we wlk passing the BAhundanda. Next, we descend to Nagdi and continue to Bhulbhule. Overnight at Bhulbule.


Day 16: Bulbule or Nagdi to Besisahar and back to Kathmandu. 6 hrs. drive.

We will drive to Besisahar, offers the beautiful scenic views for about an 4 hrs. From Besisahar, the district centre of Lamjung and through Marshyangdi riverside, we adjoin the Prithvi highway. The long drive to Kathmandu is not just tiresome, but the changing scenarios of the hills, riverside, waterfalls, and farmlands are superb to see and experience the country drive. Overnight at Kathmandu.


Day 17: Additional day for Kathmandu Sightseeing.

As today is the optional day of our trekking period, one can explore the Kathmandu valley more briefly. You can visit the places of your interest and a guide can be provided if you need it too. Explore the nearby hill of Kathmandu valley and feel the amazing architecture of ancient monuments, temples, monasteries and nonetheless the world heritage site including Durbar Square. You can go for shopping and at evening you can engage in night life of Nepalese people within Thamel.


Day 18: Departure

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Manaslu Circuit Trekking.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow