Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

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    Manaslu Trekking is a perfect composition of the mesmerizing Himalayan views, uni

Manaslu Trekking is a perfect composition of the mesmerizing Himalayan views, unique & interesting local culture and biological diversity. Spectacular mountain views, highly varied landscape and an extremely diverse flora and fauna make this trip more wonderful. There is extreme altitude difference in Manaslu region, the altitude ranges from 600 and reaches at an altitude of 8,163 meters from sea level. Manaslu region is regarded as one of the Nepal’s Himalayan gems.

Despite being the abode to the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) altitude from sea level, Manaslu trek remains far less crowded than other classic tea house treks in Nepal. During our whole trek we will be witnessing the breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu and other Himalayan ranges.

Most part of our Manaslu trek involves walking on the mountain trails. ‘Larkya La Pass’ (5213 meters) is the highest point that we will be scaling in Manaslu circuit trek, which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic Himalayan passes. The day when we cross Larkya La pass is the toughest day of our trek. For most part of the year this pass remains covered by the snow.

Manaslu Mountain Trekking used to be a camping trek till 2010. Only after 2010 it was turned to be a tea house trek. The Manaslu circuit trek is regarded as a classic trek because of its breathtaking scenery, suspension bridges and a dramatic Himalayan pass above 5100 meters.
Just like the Kanchenjunga trekking region, Manaslu trek is also a restricted area trekking region so trekkers must obtain a special permit to enter into this region. To trek in this region the trekkers must go through a Nepal Government registered trekking company. Manaslu trekking can be the most suitable trekking destination for the trekkers who want to trek on the off the beaten trekking trail. This trek can also be the ideal destination for the trekkers who are seeking for a thrilling adventure through the peaceful and serenity of the Snowcapped Himalayan ranges.

Tsum Valley can be the wonderful side trip in the Manaslu trekking region. Tsum Valley lies in the eastern part of the Philim village. This valley was opened for the tourist only since 2008. This region is abode to the one of the most endangered indigenous ethnic group known as the “Tsumbas”. Valley is surrounded by Himalchuli to its west and the Ganesh Himal to its south. This trek also provides and opportunity to get indulged into the local culture that is influenced by the Tibetan culture residing beyond the mountains. Many Tibetans flew to this valley during the war and since then they and their descendents are residing in this region.

Picturesque panoramic view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Ganesh Himal and plenty of other small peaks can be witnessed during the trek. Not only the himalayan ranges but also the Glacial lakes, various species of birds & animals, waterfalls, long Mani walls, Chortens, river and rivulets will be seen during the trek. Our trail also passes through the pine, bamboo and rhododendron forests.

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Day 1: Drive to Arughat.
Take a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat by local bus.  This drive is beautiful for it it goes through beautiful countryside with the Ganesh Himal range at the horizon.
Driving Hour: 7-8 hours.
Overnight: Local Tea House.
Height: Arughat 550 m.

Day 2: Trek to Lapubesi.
The trail ascends gradually crossing through small villages of Gurung tribes. After the lunch the trail goes ahead following the Budi Gandaki River. Then the trail goes down allows you to walk through the forests and a few waterfalls. You will nestle down at Lapubesi.
Walking Hour: 6-7 hours.
Overnight: Local Tea House.
Height: Lapubsei 787m

Day 3: Trek to Machhakhola.
The trail moves further passing by amazing landscape and alpine pastures. Following river bank of Budhi Gandaki, the trail ascends gradually, and passes through forest. After you pass by Georges and a few waterfalls you ascends to Machhakhole , passing by some Gurung settlements, and crossing few  tributaries of the Budhi Gandaki. At the edge of the hills far away you can see the glimpse of Sringi Himal (7187 m). It takes extra few hours to the amiable village of Machhakhola.
Walking hour: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Tea House.
Height: Macchhakhola 825 m.

Day 4: Trek to Jagat.
The day starts with a steep descend via stairs to the Budhi Gandaki. Cross the Budi Gandaki by suspension bridge. Again following the Budi Gandaki River will allow you to see the beautiful river valley and snow capped mountains like Buddha himal, Sirangi Himal, Peak 29 etc. This is the same day when you inside the Mansalu Conservation area. Jagat has a surprisingly beautiful slate-paved trail. There are a few nice lodges here.
Walking hour: 6-7 hrs
Overnight: Local Tea House.
Height: Jagat 1330m.

Day 5: Trek to Philim.
The trail gets developed with gradual uphill walk. It goes further with river valley and passing by many villages. Chances to see different life style, vegetation, landscape, Philim is also one of the beautiful villages of this area, and especially the village is the inhabitant of Gurung people.
Walking hour: 4-5 hrs
Overnight: Local Tea house.
Height: 1557 m.

Day 6: Trek to Deng.
The trail keeps ascends passing by some forests and small settlements of Lamochoutara Chisopani. The Budhi Gandaki gorge gets quite narrow, which makes for an impressive landscape, with steep rocks towering high above you which is followed by tropical lush forest, with lots of bamboo. The trail climbs high above to the entrance to the Nubri Valley which is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. We can see mani walls (walls with loose stones, with Buddhist inscriptions carved on it) and stupas (chortens) stone. It takes another half hour to Deng which has a couple of nice lodges.
Walking hour: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Local Tea House.
Height: Deng 1860m

Day 7: Trek to Namrung
You continue northwards and cross the Budhi Gandaki. The trail offers dramatic views of the Budhi Gandaki gorge. You cross a few wooden bridges and pass a beautiful waterfall, and then enter the village of Bihi Fedi. From Bihi Phedi you can continue straight to Ghap or make a small village.The trail then climbs through the forest to the village of Prok with beautiful traditional houses and monasteries.
Trail goes into beautiful woodland of rhododendron with lots of birds and a good chance to see langurs.  You will nestle at Namrung which is provides good chance to explore interesting architectural characteristic.
Walking hour: 5-6 hrs.
Overnight: Tea House.
Height: Namrung 2580 m

Day 8: Trek to Samagaon.
The trail goes down to the beautiful fields, and fir, rhododendron and oak forest. You get acknowledged with Tibetan culture, with most people wearing the traditional Tibetan dress, small monasteries and lots of stupas and mani walls. You get closer to the mountains, and have beautiful views of Himal Chuli, Mount Pangar, Larke Himal and Arka Gurung Chuli, among others. Besides, Mount Manaslu is coming into view.
Another 3 hours walking will take you to Lho which possessed excellent view of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m), which are very close. From Lho it takes 4-5 hrs to step in, to the large village of Samagaon.
Walking hour: 6-7 hrs.
Overnight: Tea House.
Height: 3480m

Day 9: Trek to Samdo.
The trail to Samdo goes north through wide yak pastures, long mani walls. You have beautiful views of the Himalayas, among which HimalChuli and Buddha Himal. You enter Samdo through a beautiful white gate stupa. Samdo is a charming village at the base of the Samdo Himal (6335 m).
Walking hour: 5-6 hrs.
Overnight: Tea House.
Height: 3865m

Day 10: Samdo Rest Day.
Explore the area and visit Tibetan border.
Day 11: Trek to Dharamsala.
The trail gets start with gradual ascends and crosses over few rivers .You have beautiful views of Manaslu North and Arko Gurung Chuli. After about 3-3 ½ hours you reach Dharamshala, or Larke Phedi,
Walking hour: 4-5 hrs
Overnight: Tea House.
Height: Dharamsala 4470 m

Day 12: Trek to Bimtang.
Wake up early in the morning (around 5:00 am) because the (very icy) wind gets stronger later in the day.The trail climbs over a ridge behind Dharmasala and goes beside a large cross moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not too difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot. The trail climbs on several rocky moraine hills and you find yourself surrounded by these rocky hills and snowy ridges beyond. You pass a few small shallow lakes, just before the final climb to the prayer flags marking the first part of Larke Pass. It normally takes 4-5 hours to reach Larke Pass from Dharamshala. The scenery is breathtaking, with the mighty Himalayas all around you, like Larke Peak, Larkya Himal,Himlung (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6812 m), Upche Danda,Ponkari and Namjung Himal.Walking hour: 6-8 hrs
Ovrnight: Local Tea House
Height: 3740m

Day 13: Trek to Tilche
Going downhill through the forest. You will see beautiful Mountain View and rivers valley. At Tilche you will see different cultures, lifestyles, vegetation, and even wildlife if you are lucky.
Walking hour: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Local Tea house
Height: Tilche 2550m

Day 14: Trek to Tal.
Descend gradually through the beautiful forest and you will catch the Annapurna Circuit trail one of the famous trekking route of Nepal. The encounter with this new trail will add etra flavor in your journey.
Walking hour: 6-7 hrs
Overnight: Local Tea House
Height: 1700 m Tal

Day 15: Trek to Syange.
This is the last day of our trek. The tough but pleasant days you have walked for couple of weeks is comes to the conclusion when you arrive at Syange. The take a drive over bumpy road to Besisahar. The way is downhill through the Marshynagdi valley with the view of Marshynagdi River, waterfall, mountain and the vllages.
Walking hour: 3-4 hrs
Overnight: budget hotel
Height: 1109 m Syange

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu.

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