The Manaslu circuit trek is one of Nepal’s best kept secrets, it’s a remote trek in the middle Himalaya and perfect for the more adventurous. It takes almost three weeks to circuit Manaslu which summits at 8,163 meters making it the world’s eighth highest mountain.
As we begin our trek the trail takes us northwards through the gorge created by the mighty Buri Gandaki river, as the gorge narrows we walk on paths high above the river which provide spectacular views and we pass small villages perched on either side of the valley. As we continue northwards the valley opens up to reveal alpine meadows and small Buddhist Tibetan style villages which cluster below Manaslu’s dramatic north face. From Samagoan, the most important village in the region, we climb up to the Larkya La Pass (5,130m). From here we can see spectacular views of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. The descent takes us through the beautiful alpine meadows at Bimthang before we join the main Annapurna Circuit route which takes us to our finish point at the trail head at Besisahar.
Day to Day Activity
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat,
Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola,
Day 05: Trek to Dovan.
Day 06: Trek to Philim.
Day 07: Trek to Deng.
Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2,110m).
Day 09: Trek to Lho (3,180m).
Day 10: Trek to Samagoan(3,525m),
Day 11: Acclimatization day,
Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3,860m).
Day 13: Trek to Dharamsala (4,480m),
Day 14: Cross the Larkya La (5,130m), descend to Bimthang (3,700m)
Day 15: Trek to Tilje(2,240m),
Day 16: Trek to Dharapani on to Jagat,
Day 17: Trek to Syange, jeep drive to Besisahar, on to Kathmandu,
Day 18: End Kathmandu.
» A remote off-the-beaten-track trek around Manaslu
» Cross the remote Larkya La
» Rare views of Manaslu
» Trek through picturesque traditional Tibetan village
» Full supported lodge Trip
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
Our Griffon Travel representative will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel which takes around 20 minutes. A briefing regarding the trek will take place later in the day and your trek leader will organize a welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1,350m),
Today, you will visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. You will also visit Pashupatinath, the most significant temple for the Hindus, here you will see Hindu holy men, known as Sadhus,meditating, occasionally funeral pyres will be burning on the Ghats. The rest of your afternoon is free for you spend exploring Kathmandu. In the late afternoon you will be issued with your trek departure information for the following morning.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazaar,
After breakfast we have a long drive to Arughat Bazaar (8-10 hours). We leave Kathmandu Valley and head west following the Trisuli River towards Pokhara. At Dhading we turn off the main road and drive to Dhading Besi, where we have lunch. After lunch the road condition deteriorates and it is a bumpy and dusty drive north to Arughat in the Buri Gandaki Valley. (Occasionally the road to Arughat is blocked so we may have to drive via Gorkha).
Day 04: Trek through forest and fields to Soti Khola,
We begin our trek by following the Buri Gandaki Valley north we pass several villages and go through Liding and across a landslide to Lapu Besi. Today the walking is fairly easy and we don’t gain much altitude however it can be hot and dusty. Approx. 20km / 7 hrs walking today.
Day 05: Trek to Dovan,
Throughout today the trail undulates, sometimes we walk by the river and other times high above it. We pass through several small hamlets and farms and as the valley narrows we will see some spectacular waterfalls. As we pass through Khanibesi we get glimpses of the Shringi Himal. We have a tea break at Machha Khola (Fish River), which is a tributary running into the Buri Gandaki. After our break we continue up the valley, a short climb followed by a descent brings us to Khorla Besi for lunch. From here a rocky trail climbs up through the forest to Tatopani (which means 'hot water'). The water from the hot springs is funneled through a few taps in the centre of the village. Crossing the river by bridge the trail wiggles its way to Dovan, where there are a few lodges. Approx. 22km / 7-7.5 hrs walking today
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1,565m),
We continue heading north and after an hour we pass through Shyauli from here the trail rises and falls quite steeply until we drop to the river at Yaruphant. The trail levels out for a while and then we cross a suspension bridge after which the trail undulates until we take a lunch break at Jagat, a well-kept paved village. From Jagat the trail continues up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Shringi Himal. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. Approx. 24km / 6.5 -7 hrs walking today
Day 07: Trek to Deng (1,865m),
The trail begins today with steep rises and descents,the valley we pass through has impressive waterfalls on either side. After passing the small settlements of Chisapani and Eklabhatti we descend a little and cross the river by bridge and continue following the Buri Gandaki, climbing at first as the trail rounds the valley, which becomes narrower. We cross the river twice more as we trek through the valley going through forest to Phewa, and further on to the small village of Deng. Approx. 14km / 6-6.5 hrs walking today
Day 08: Trek to Ghap (2,110m),
Today’s trekking is pretty easy. From Deng we descend to the river and cross by bridge. After the river our route climbs, steeply in places, up onto a spectacular trail. We pass through some small settlements as we ascend the valley. We will see mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are now in a Buddhist area. We pass through the small settlements of Rana and Bihi Phedi. The trail continues climbing, sometimes steeply, but at one point descends to cross the river. We will get to Ghap by lunchtime and in the afternoon there’s an optional walk up to the Monastery at Prok. Approx. 13km / 5 hrs walking today
Day 09: Trek to Lho (3,180m),
Today is quite a strenuous day’s trekking. The valley now becomes wider and there is extensive farmland all around where we may see the occasional look-out platform, built to allow villagers to ward off bears. From Ghap village we cross the river three times and have a long steady climb through the forest, looking out for langur monkeys, to Namrung. A short descent followed by another climb brings us to Lihi, where we have a lunch break. Another descent to the river followed by a climb brings us to Sho, after which we climb further to Lho. We are now passing through Tibetan style villages and we start to see the magnificent mountain views all around. From Lho we get our first view of Mt. Manaslu, Naike and Larkya Peak. Approx. 18km / 7.5 hrs walking today
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaon(3,525m),
A short but magnificent walk today as we continue up the valley and gain altitude. The trail climbs out of Lho and follows the valley with great views of Manaslu. The trail climbs for a couple of hours to Shyaula village, here we are surrounded by amazing views, Manaslu is ahead of us and we can also see Himalchuli, Peak 29, Maike and Larkya Peaks. Soon we reach the fields and stone houses of Samagaon (3,525m), where we stay for the next two nights. From the lodge there are magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest peak on earth. We should arrive at Samagaon by lunchtime so there will be time to explore the village and visit the monastery in the afternoon. Approx. 8km / 3.5-4 hrs walking today
Day 11: Acclimatisation day,
We spend the day at Samagaon acclimatising. We have a half day walk to Birendra Tal, a glacial lake below the huge ice fall that tumbles down from Manaslu. The views are wonderful. Manaslu towers above us and down the valley the ice flutes of Himalchuli fill the skyline. In the afternoon, we can explore the old part of Samagaon with its tiny stone houses. Approx. 4km / 2-3 hrs acclimatization walk today
Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3,860m),
The trail crosses grazing areas and gradually climbs the valley. We have fantastic views of the mountains especially Himalchuli. We can also see Baudha and Ngaddi Peaks and as we reach our destination Samdo Peak rears up behind us. It’s an easy half day walk to Samdo, the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon, there will be time for an acclimatization walk and time to explore the village. (Please note the lodges in Samdo are basic). Approx. 9km / 3-3.5 hrs walking today
Day 13: Ascend to Dharamsala (4,480m),
Leaving Samdo village we cross a stream, this is the last time we see the Buri Gandaki, and climb steadily to the deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago this village thrived off trade with Tibet. Behind we can see Samdo Peak and as we climb Manaslu comes into view to our left and we can see the whole spectacular climbing route to the summit. Climbing all the time with a few steep sections, we reach a very basic lodge at Dharamsala(Larkya Phedi) at 4,480m, which is the last place to stay before the pass. Look out for Blue Sheep which often come down to the small stream near the lodge. In the afternoon, the energetic can climb a hill behind the lodge for even better views of the surrounding mountains. (There is only one very basic lodge at Dharamsala and most of the sleeping accommodation is in fixed tents with beds and mattresses). Approx. 6km / 4-5 hrs walking today
Day 14: Cross the Larkya La (5,130m), descend to Bimthang (3,700m),
Today is a long day with an early start, usually in the dark. If there is any snow it can take us a long time to cross the pass, especially the descent. The trail leaves Dharamsala and climbs steeply at first but then more gradually by the side of the moraine of the glacier with great views of Larkya Peak. The ascent is gradual most of the way and is fairly easy if there is no snow, if there is snow or ice it will take us longer. As dawn nears Hindu Peak glows orange with the first rays of the sun. It’s a long and rocky ascent on the moraine with some short steeper sections all the way to the top of the Larkya Pass (5,130m/16,830ft). The first area of prayer flags at 5,130m is the official Larkya La from here the views are outstanding - a wonderful panorama of peaks including Larkya Peak, Cheo Himal and Hindu Peak and in the distance we can see the tip of Annapurna 2. From the top there is a 10 minute almost level walk to the second summit, which is a little higher and is also marked with a few prayer flags. From here the long very steep descent starts, we need to take care as the path is a steep and narrow sandy scree trail, occasionally there can also be snow and ice. There is also a landslide which we must cross carefully. The steep part of the trail eventually eases off onto a path which takes us down to the glacial moraine. The views are superb as we descend and we can just spot Ponkar Lake, a brilliant blue glacial lake amidst the three glaciers below us. We stop for a well-deserved rest at the bottom of the descent where we are surrounded by immense snow-capped peaks. The descent now becomes easier, but no less spectacular, as we descend the valley to Bimthang, where we stay tonight at 3,700m. If it’s clear we can just see the summit of Mt. Manaslu high above camp. Approx.16km / 10-11 hrs walking today
Day 15: Trek to Tilje (2,240m),
From Bimthang we cross high pasture land and have a magnificent walk down into the valley of the Burdin Khola. The walk from Bimthang is one of the most spectacular of the trek as a wall of mountains lies both behind and in front of us. We pass the terminal moraine of the Cheo Himal and cross a small wooden bridge. Ahead we have our last magnificent views of Manaslu. We now descend into rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley to Karche and the Soti Khola. A short climb past terraced fields brings us to the Karche La from where we will be in sight of the Marsyangdi River below. Descending through forest we come to Tilje, where we spend the night. Approx. 14km / 6.5 hrs walking today
Day 16: Trek to Dharapani on to Jagat,
From Tilje we have an easy descent, and cross two bridges to Dharapani, where we join the main Annapurna Circuit trail and the Marsyangdi River. We descend the valley to Tal village for lunch. A short climb out of Tal brings us to a long descent to cross the Marsyangdi by bridge followed by a short climb to Chamje and then a last short walk along the new jeep track to Jagat. Approx. 18km / 7 hrs walking today
Day 17: Trek to Syange, jeep drive to Besisahar, on to Kathmandu,
Leaving early we have a short 1-1.5 hr walk to Syange, where we pick up a local jeep or bus to Besisahar. Although the distance is not great, the road is quite rough and bumpy. From Besisahar we continue by private bus to Kathmandu (approx. 6 hrs). We arrive in Kathmandu in the evening.
Day 18: End Kathmandu,
The trip ends after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
» All airport/hotel transfers within Nepal
» Accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
» Bed and breakfast are provided throughout the trek
» All trekking permits and TIMS card for the trek
» Experienced, English speaking local guides
» Insurance and equipment for all Nepalese staffs
» Emergency equipment medical oxygen, Gamow bag, comprehensive first aid kit while on trek.
» All government taxes and agency service charge
» Griffon Travel' duffel Bag for the trek
» Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket for the trek
» International roundtrip airfare to and from Kathmandu
» Nepal Visa fees
» Personal trekking gear
» Lunch and dinner through out
» Extra accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure or early return from the trek
» Personal communications (satellite phone, phone, fax, email)
» Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle water, shower, heater, etc.)
» Personal travel /medical/cancellation/rescue insurance
» Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
» Helicopter or charter flight
» Tips for guides & staff
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING
Face mask or Scarf
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit