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Nepal - Manaslu Circuit Trek, 19 days

The trek around the world's 8 highest mountain, Manaslu (8,153m/26,748 ft.) is by many experts regarded as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in Nepal. Until 2013, it was only possible to make "Manaslu Circuit" as a group trek in tented camps and a big logistical setup with porters and kitchen team, but it has now become possible to do the trek as individually teahouse trek - at a great price. This is an outstanding opportunity to experience the real and authentic Nepal.

The route around Manaslu follows the lush Bhuri Gandaki valley up to the high alpine tibetan villages of Sama and Samdo. Here you will meet the tibetan bhotias people and hike to up Manaslu Base Camp, before you cross over the Larkya La Pass, (5,135m/16,847 ft.). Here you are only a few miles from the tibetan border and completely surrounded by Himalayan giants. From the pass you are heading down south through the subtropical Marshyangdi Valley where you will meet the Gurung people.

Highlights on this tour

  • The bustling city of Kathmandu
  • Teahouse trek around Manaslu
  • View of Annapurna range and Manaslu
  • One of Nepal's finest trekking routes
  • English speaking expert guide
  • Good acclimatization to altitude
  • Discover the Tibetan villages Sama Gomba and Samdo
  • Excursion to Manaslu Base Camp
  • Crossing Larkya La pass (5,135m/16,847 ft.)
  • Hiking along the Manaslu glacier
  • Meet the Tibetan bhotias people
  • Exceptional panoramic mountain views
  • Luggage transport
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Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu the guide will meet you outside the arrival hall in the airport, and drive you to the centrally located hotel in Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening pre-trek info meeting.

 
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel for a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley, where you will visit the famous monkey temple Swayambunath. The temple is Kathmandu's oldest Buddhist shrine, and stands on top of a hill, overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. You will also visit Nepal's largest shrine Boudanath. The beautiful big stupa is surrounded by buddhist monasteries.. The day ends on the banks of Bagmati River and the Hindu temple Pashupatinath.

 
Day 3 By bus to Arughat and jeep to Seti Kola

The trekking guide will pick you up at the hotel early in the morning and you will travel by bus to Arughat. Arughat is located on the banks of Bhuri Gandaki River. When you arrive in Arughat, you'll change to a jeep, which brings you the last miles to Seti Khola, (880m/2,887 ft.). Overnight at a teahouse in Seti Khola.

 
Day 4 Trekking to Maccha Khola

You walk out of the Seti Khola with a grand  view of the snow capped peaks. As you get further up the valley the landscape change character. The valley narrows and the forested slopes transforms into vertical rock cliffs. After the Lapbesi village, the valley opens up again with lush terraced fields. You follow the sandy river banks to Maccha Khola, (900 m/2,952 ft.). Overnight at teahouse.

 
Day 5 Trekking to Jagat

You follow the river, which wedges itself through some steep cliffs, to the hot springs in Tatopani. There are several small villages in this part of the valley, all of them inhabited by the Gurung people. It is a spectacular area you walk through, with waterfalls and suspension bridges stretching over the roaring river. By mid-afternoon you walk in into Jagat, (1,430m/4,691 ft.). Jagat is a nice little village with its characteristic houses. The village serves as a commercial center for the surrounding valleys with many small shops, a health center, a police checkpoint and a post office. Overnight at teahouse in Jagat.

Day 6 Trekking to Dyang

Jagat marks the entrance to the alpine part of the trek around Manaslu. The route continues to follow the Bhuri Gandaki river. At the end of the valley you will see the snowy Shringi Himal rise in the distance. The trail winds its way through the pine forest. Later the landscape opens up, and the trail is carved into the hillside high above the river with great views of the snow capped Himalayas. Overnight at teahouse in Dyang.

 
Day 7 Trekking to Namrung

The river flows through the narrow canyon-like valley and the trail climbs up through the beautiful forest. The vegetation changes character, and with a bit of luck, you will see the monkeys jumping around in the trees. You have now entered an area populated by tibetan Bhotias people. Along the trails you will pass the beautiful maniwalls with colourful prayer flags flapping in the wind. Overnight at teahouse in Namrung.

 
Day 8 Trekking to Syalagaon

When you leave Namrung you will walk through the small tibetan villages of Ligaon, Sho and Lo. Women are working in the fields around the villages, harvesting potatoes and collecting yak dung used for heating. The view is magnificent with Manaslu, (8,163m/26,781 ft.). Overnight at teahouse in Syalagaon(3,520m/11,548 ft.).

 
Day 9 Trekking to Pung Gyen glacier and Sama Gompa

From Syalagaon you hike up to the rim of the glacier at about 3,900m/12.800 ft. Manaslu's East wall rises 4,000m/13,000 ft over your head. Take time to enjoy the stunning natural scenery, before crossing the river and trek down to Sama Gompa (3,550m/11,646 ft.), where you will spend the night. Sama Gompa is a magnificent Tibetan village where the inhabitants live their lives, as they have done for centuries. There is plenty of time to visit the village's monastery and maybe you will have the opportunity to attend a "puja", which is the monks' daily afternoon cermony. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gompa.

 
Day 10 Rest day at Sama Gompa - excursion to Manaslu Base Camp

It is important to be well acclimatized to the altitude before crossing the pass and the best way to do that, is to go high and sleep low. This can be done by taking a day hike up to Manaslu Base Camp at (4,800m/15,750 ft). The first part goes up through the pine forest, but soon you will enter the high alpine meadows. The view is amazing. The glacier lake is blistering in the sun below you. Manaslu’s twin peak summit are towering above you and on the way up to Base Camp, you will walk along the icefall. The ice is in constant motion and the glacier is heavily crevassed. The glacier can be observed at a safe distance and yet so close. Due to the altitude, the walk is strenuous, but it is a spectacular day. You will return to the teahouse in Sama Gompa, where you will spend the night.

 
Day 11 Trekking to Samdo

The trek continues up through the valley.  The terrain is easy and you will pass several tibetan mani walls en route and the yaks are grassing in the meadows. Samdo is inhabited by former tibetan refugees. The village lies on the old caravan route to Tibet, and there are only a few hours trek to the border. You will spend the afternoon relaxing in the village with plenty of  time to visit the old monastery. Overnight at teahouse in Samdo.

 
Day 12 Trekking to Larkya Phedi

You follow the Bhuri Gandaki River out of Samdo. After crossing the river one last time, you walk into Samdo Bazar. The ancient ruins were previously a trading post for yak caravans. From Samdo Bazar you turn west and walk up through the valley. You are now completely surrounded by giant ice capped mountains. You will reach Larkya Phedi at lunchtime. Overnight at a teahouse in Larkya Phedi.

 
Day 13 Larkya La Pass, 5,135m/16,847 ft.

Today you will cross the Larkya La pass. The trail out of Larkya Phedi follows the eastern side of the canyon up to the pass. Steep at first, but it soon levels out. It is strenuous walking and you can really feel the lack of oxygen, but the hard work is compensated by the stunning views. In the horizon towers Larkya Peak, Pang Chuli and Ganesh Himal. The pass is marked with prayer flags in red, white, green, yellow and blue colours. After the photo shoot, you start the decent and after a long hard day you will walk in to Bimthang, (3,780m/12,400 ft). You are now completely surrounded by ice capped Himalayan giants. Overnight at a teahouse in Bimthang.

 
Day 14 Trekking to Tilje

An incredibly beautiful day is awaits you. When you walk out of Bimthang, along the long mani walls, Manaslu, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal is towering high above you. You find yourself in the middle of the high alpine Himalayas. The atmosphere is magical, as you walk down into the rhododendron forest. You will follow the Dudh Kosi River until you come to a beautiful covered bridge. You cross the bridge and continue to the small Karcha La pass and further along the riverbank, through the lush forest to Tilje, (2,300m/7,545 ft.). The village has about 40 houses and people are typically etnic Gurung. Overnight at a teahouse in Tilje.

 
Day 15 Trekking from Tilje to Jagat

You continue along the Dudh Kosi river and after a few hours, you come down to the Marshyangdi River and Dharapani, (1,970m/6,465 ft.). In Tibetan Dharapani means "Meeting Place" and the village are the cross road for the caravan routes from Tibet, Manang and the southern lowlands. It's almost a cultural shock to wander into Dharapani as trekking route “Annapurna Circuit" joins the trail here. It is a bustling place with trekkers, big teahouses, small shops and a lively trade among local residents from the surrounding valleys. You continue south to another large village of Tal, (1,700m/5,577 ft.). The village lies in the wide river valley, at the foot of a large waterfall. After Tal you still have a couple of hours unhill walking until you cross a long bridge to the village Chamje. You continue to Jagat, (1,300m/4,265 ft.) where you will spend the night in a teahouse.

 
Day 16 Jagat-Beshisahar-Kathmandu

After an early breakfast you jump into a jeep. After 3-4 hours of driving on the narrow, bumpy dirt road, you will drive into Dumre. After a quick lunch in Dumre, you jump on to the local bus to Kathmandu, where you arrive late afternoon. Now it is time for a hot shower and a nice dinner in town! Overnight  at hotel.

 
Day 17 Kathmandu

Day at leisure in Kathmandu. Go shopping in Thamel or visit the old royal cities of Patan or Bhaktapur. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

 
Day 18 Kathmandu

Thie is nother leisure in Kathmandu. In the evening there is a farewell dinner arranged with your trekking guide. Stay at the hotel.

 
Day 19 Departure day

The guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive you to the airport. End of services.

Price includes

Not included
  • Cancellation and travel insurance.
  • Airtickets to/from Kathmandu.
  • Visa for Nepal.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
EUR 1,525.00

Practical info

General information

The price is based upon two people sharing. It is also possible travel alone in a single room. Simply choose "1 person" in the booking form and it will automatically add the single room surcharge.

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Flight / Transportation

The flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in the price. You can easily find a suitable flight via a flight booking engine such as Momondo or Skyscanner.

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Airport transfers
When you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu,  you will be picked up regardless of when you arrive. It doesn't matter if your flight arrive at night.

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Accommodation

In Kathmandu you will stay in a centrally located tourist class hotel. Breakfast is included at the hotel. On the trek you will sleep in small local tea houses or lodges, as they are called in Nepal. The lodges are small guest houses run by local families. The quality varies, but our guides strive to be book the best lodges for you, but you must be prepared, that the lodges are in relatively primitive conditions. You will usually find blankets on the beds, but they are not warm enough at high altitude and you must bring your own sleeping bags on the trek. Some places it is possible to get a hot shower, which typically consists of a bucket of hot water. Please make sure whether the water is heated by solar energy in order to protect the vulnerable forest growth.

Food and beverage

In Kathmandu, breakfast is included in the price. Lunch and dinner is not included. There are plenty of nice restaurants located near the hotel and you can also eat at the hotel. It is usually cheap to eat at restaurants in Kathmandu. On the trek you will have to buy all the meals at the lodges. You will eat your breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you spend the night and you can buy lunch on the lodges you pass by during the day. The menus are basically the same in all lodges, but it is good solid food with lot of meat, rice, potatoes and vegetables. You can buy clean bottled water as well as soft drinks. hot tea, coffee and beer in most lodges. There is a farewell dinner with the guide included on the last evening in Kathmandu.

Sanitary

In the hotels in Kathmandu you will find a bathroom with clean toilet facilities and hot shower. You should not expect particularly good toilet facilities during the trek.

 
Luggage

On arrival in Kathmandu you will get a duffle bag for your main luggage during the trek.

Sleeping bag

You need a good warm sleeping bag with a comfortable tempature down to minus 8-10 Celcius on the trek as the sleeping rooms are not heated in the lodges and it gets really cold at high altitude.

A day on the trail

A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup call at 06:30. After breakfast you pack your gear and the trek start around 08.00 - 08:30. Around 12:00 you will have a nice long lunch break, before continuing on the afternoon trek. There will be plenty of rest breaks during the day. You will arrive at the lodge mid/late-afternoon. Dinnertime is around 18:00.

 
Trip grading

The Manaslu Ciruit Trek is grade 4-5. Most of the trek is grade 4, but the crossing the Larkya La is grade 5. Read more about our grading system here.

 
Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the responsibility of the customer. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in your home country

 
Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by an necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country

 
Passports and Visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or you personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. Please note that you should bring your vaccination certificate when you travel to Nepal.

 
Trip notes and equipment list

When booking the trip, you will receive our trip notes including the equipment list for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Climate

The best seasons for trekking in the Manaslu region are spring and autumn. March, April, May, October, November and early December are great for trekking. It is usually clear weather and bright sunshine in the morning. During the afternoon the evaporation of snow in the mountains forms some clouds, but it usually clear up at sunset. It is also possible to trek in the winter months of January and February, but it can be very cold I high altitude. The summer season from June to the end of September is characterized by the Indian monsoon with a lot rain.

 
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