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Manaslu Circuit Trek

TRIP OVERVIEW

Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the popular treks in the Himalayan of Nepal, while on the trip we get chance to see magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), one of the eight tallest mountains in the world. This trek would suit for who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of the Himalaya. The trail passes through beautiful local village and a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area. The trek start at Shoti Khola after 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu, after trail follow passing through bamboo forest and Gurung village in the narrow Budi Gandaki river gorge. The highest point in this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass (4930m) which is most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. After the lho village we enter to the village inhabited by Tibetan immigrant where you will see beautiful Buddhist prayer flags, mani walls, monastery along the way. After Samagoun we start to approach towards to the Larkya La pas which is challenging and long days but it’s really worthy the view from the pass is breathtaking where you will chance to see Manaslu, Larkya peak, Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung.

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day  01:  Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to Hotal

Day  02:  Kathmandu city Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day  03:  Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m) 8 – 9 hours trek

Day  04:  Trek to Machha Khola (930m) 6-7 hours trek

Day  05:  Trek to Jagat (1370m) 6-7 hours trek

Day  06:  Trek to Deng (1,860m) 7-8 hours trek

Day  07:  Trek to Namrung (2540m) 5-6 hours trek

Day  08:  Trek to Samagaon (3390m) 6-7 hours trek

Day  09:  In Samagaon exploration around for acclimatization

Day  10:  Trek to Samdo (3690m) 4-5 hours trek

Day  11:  Trek to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m) 4-5 hours trek

Day  12:  Trek to  Larkya la pass (4930m) and trek down to Bimthang (3590m) 8-9 hours trek

Day  13:  Trek to Karche (2750m) 5 hours trek

Day  14:  Trek to Tal (1680m) 5-6 hours trek

Day  15:  Drive from Tal to Kathmandu  10-11 hours

Day  16:  In Kathmandu

Day  17:  Final departure

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day  01:  Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Waiba Adventure Trek who will drop you to your hotel in Kathmandu. A full briefing will be given after you check in. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day  02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will be going for whole day city sightseeing with the Nepali tour guide to most historical attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed on UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the biggest Stupa in the world. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to explore around Thamel around your hotel as well as to pack your baggage for the trek starting tomorrow morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items not needed on the trek. Overnight at Fuji Guest House or similar in Kathmandu.

Day  03:  Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m) 8 – 9 hours

After early breakfast we drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi and after Dhading Bensi we will drive on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight in Soti Khola .

Day  04:  Trek to Machha Khola (930m) 6-7 hours trek

Today’s trail begins gradually through the beautiful Sal forests, leading you upstream alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. The scenery today is particularly gorgeous, with green rice paddies and cascading waterfalls. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down. 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 then we drop 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 Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.

Day  05:  Trek to Jagat (1370m) 6-7 hours trek

After breakfast we begin our day. We will follow the narrow trail which takes us ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi.  And arriving at the Tatopani hot springs. From here, a short climb along a forest ridge will lead you to a suspension bridge above Budhi Gandaki River. Follow a steep set of stairs on the opposite bank to locate your next river crossing: a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola. After traversing this bridge and ascending another staircase, you’ll cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki River and follow the watercourse to reach the village of Jagat. All along the way, you’ll notice that the landscape changes dramatically as you steadily gain elevation. Overnight in Jagat.

Day  06:  Trek to Deng (1,860m) 6-7 hours trek

After breakfast we leave beautiful sleepy little town of Jagat. Today we begin our trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. Where you’ll find scenic streets lined with traditional stone-built homes. You can also get a great view of the Sringi Himal range from here. We further continue cross the suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, a large beautiful Gurung village. From here the trail turns north throughout Ekle Bhatti, you’ll return to the Budhi Gandaki River and use suspension bridges to cross the river twice more. You’ll trek through the village of Pewa a small campsite before reaching to the Deng. Overnight in Deng .

Day  07:  Trek to Namrung (2540m) 5-7 hours trek

Today our trek begins with crossing the Budhi Gandaki River and ascend to Rana village, from the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bihi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail passes through the forest and Mani stones to reach the Ghap where we take a nice lunch. The trail follows the river upstream through a beautiful 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.

Day  08:  Trek to Samagaon (3390m) 6-7 hours trek

After breakfast we start with an easy walk until Lihi village, a fine village with many chortens , colorful prayer flags and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. Today we will enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu on the way to Sama Village.we pass by  Shyala village where we will be surrounded by high mountains such as, Mt. Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Peak 29 and yak grazing in the meadow is breathtaking. Overnight in Smagaon.

Day  09:  In Samagaon exploration around for acclimatization

This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. As you ascend to higher altitudes with less oxygen in the atmosphere, your body needs time to adapt. However, there are a few interesting sights to see around Samagaon that can easily keep you busy for the day. But we will hike to Birendra Tal, a glacier-fed lake with stunning Manaslu view. After back down to Samagaon relax and rest. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day  10:  Trek to Samdo (3690m) 4-5 hours trek

After breakfast, we start heading towards to Samdo which will take 4-5 hours trek. Today’s Mountain views are excellent on this part of the trail; Manaslu looms directly ahead as you approach the village of Samdo a remote settlement of Tibetan refugees and is located just a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. It is an easy trail just above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We cross the Budhi Gandaki on a bridge and climb steeply to Samdoo. When we reach to Samdo we will have plenty of time to explore around the village. Overnight in Samdo.

Day  11:  Trek to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m) 4-5 hours trek

Today’s trek begins by taking a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki and beginning to climb, upon crossing small streams near the Larkya Glacier. We go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day  12:  Trek to  Larkya la (4930m) and trek down to Bimthang (3590m) 8-9 hours trek

Today is our most challenging days of the whole trek. After a short ascend, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. As we ascend towards the pass the trails becomes steeper. Once we arrive at the Larkya Pass (5140M), we are greeted with amazing views of Kangguru, Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Lamjung Himal, Ratna Chuli and Annapurna II. We descend steep towards to Bimthang where you need to be careful that some sections while descending are too steep and icy, you are advised to put on your crampons. This long descend will take us across additional moraines before reaching to Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day  13:  Trek to Karche (2750m) 5 hours trek

After enjoying great sunrise view of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, and Lamjung Himal,we start descending through wide pastures to the riverbed of the Dudh Khola. Today we walk through rhododendron, Deodar and Fir forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the cultivated land of the valley. Overnight in Karche.

Day  14:  Trek to Tal (1680m) 6-7 hours trek

Descending from Karche La, you’ll pass through forest of rhododendron and fir trees. You’ll soon spot the village of Tilje and from here we cross suspension bridge and continue descending to next village Dharapani where we join the classic Annapurna trail. After we follow down Marsyangdi river passing many trekkers on the trail who are heading up towards Annapurna circuit trek. Overnight in Taal.

Day  15:  Drive from Tal to Kathmandu, 10-11 hours drive

After breakfast, a beautiful drive from Taal to Kathmandu by jeep, this takes around 10-11 Hours. Overnight Stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day  16:  In Kathmandu

Day of leisure in Kathmandu, do some souvenir shopping to take memory back home. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day  17: Final departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Waiba Adventure Trek representative will drop you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. Have a safe journey back to home, Namaste & see you again.

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