The Manaslu Circuit Trek is far less crowded compared to established treks in the Annapurna region and offers a true wilderness adventure and intact nature. This circuit trek is magnificent with stunning views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal Range, and others.
Opened in 1991 for trekking, the Manaslu region is highly preserved in terms of culture and ecology. You will be able to immerse yourself in the Tibetan Buddhist culture as you walk through canyons festooned with Buddhist prayer flags and pass numbers of ancient Gompas.
The region offers some of the most iconic and dramatic Himalayan scenery in the world. The southern part is populated by the mixed settlements of Hindu, Buddhist, and Gurung while the north is home to the Tibetan community: having its own unique culture and dialects. Discovering Himalayan culture and lifestyle is one of the highlights of this trek.
The Manaslu Circuit Trail follows the stunning Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arughath to its major source just below the Larkya Pass (5,125m). Starting from a comfortable altitude, at around 700m, this trek incorporates diverse landscapes – ranging from subtropical to alpine and snowy barren landscapes skirting huge glaciers.
Larkya La Pass at 5,125m is one of the longest Himalayan Passes in Nepal. The ascend to the summit of the pass is on a windy and rocky trail that takes a few hours. From the top, you can witness stunning Larkya Peak and a number of Himalayan giants including Manaslu and Tibetan Himalayas. The descending journey rewards you with mesmerizing view of frozen lakes and long deserved village. The path is often covered with ice and snow so extra caution is needed.
The Manaslu trek lies within a restricted region of Nepal. It means you will need to obtain a special trekking permit to enter the area. Also, you have to accompany a local guide/porter and must be in a minimum group size of two people. The restriction is imposed to protect its fragile culture and ecology.
Nepal Unique Treks will receive you at the Kathmandu airport and bring you to the hotel. 6.5 Km drive from Airport to Hotel. It takes 20 m or 30 m depending on the traffic jam. Check-in Hotel. If you arrive early on the day we will talk about Nepal Trip. Introducing Trek, and Tour Guide.
After breakfast we will be meeting with a tour guide at Hotel than Guide will take you to explore Touristic attractions monuments, Temple, Pogada, and Cultural Heritage sites like Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, and Patan durbar squire. Back to the hotel Manage your trekking gear or buy some gear in Thamel.
Manaslu Circuit Treks start from Kathmandu. After breakfast, your trekking guide will come to your Hotel with a privet jeep and then drive to Soti Khola. The road will be quite dusty and bumpy, but you will catch the best landscape views from your window seat. En route, you can stop at many rest stops for short breaks and meals. If you need luxury you can book a trek with a privet car to Soti Khola or if you are doing a budget trip you will take a local bus and also comfortable, Traveling in the mountains on a local bus with local people. It will be a different experience. Overnight at one of the teahouses in Soti Khola.
Today, this morning you will enjoy the warm breakfast at the teahouse at Soti Khola while enjoying the scenic landscape. After that, you will start your trek. the road from Soti Khola to Machha Khola is quite rocky and narrow so we must carefully every day during our trek.
You will have the most amazing walk on the first day of the Manasulu Circuit trek. The magnificent countryside views will keep you engaged throughout the trail. We trek through Sal forests where you can take a short break during the tiring hike. Following the trekking trails and forest with many rivers, waterfalls, and towering cliffs you will encounter a few indigenous people like the Gurung, and Ghale inhabitants of the region.
Today you will test local foods. like buffalo milk, yogurt, Dal Bhat with seasonal vegetables, and typical pickles it will be different than city food but you will love it because everything they grow themselves. You will notice organic and fresh food.
When you reach Nyali Khola, you will notice a rocky edge of the hill. Standing there, locals and trekkers pray to the local deities, rivers, and mountains to keep them safe throughout the trail.
Following the river trail, you will climb several ascends and descends across the winding road. On this day, you will encounter hundreds of mules on the route. So, you must be careful as you see them approaching you. You need to stand on the wall side of the road to prevent it from slipping down the hillside.
With such experiences, you will arrive at Machha Khola to find many teahouses for a comfortable. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.
Today you will start trekking across the twisting road on the bank of the Budi Gandaki river. As you enter the forest trekking trail, you will encounter many monkeys, langurs, and types of mountain birds. Then you will walk to the lower Khorlabeshi where you can find many Gurung community settlements In the village, you will notice the shepherds clad in a typical smoke-browned cape called Bakkhu.
Further trekking trails you will reach Tatopani hot water where you can take warm showers and relax your soaring body. After taking hot water bath relaxation, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki river to reach Doban.
After Yaruphant, you will cross a funny wooden bridge which is made by the local community to the left of the Buri Gandaki river and avoid a torturous 3-hour climb up beautiful Gurung village trails.
Following the waves, your trek will lead to Yaru, from where you cross a long cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, a neatly flagstoned Gurung village. On entering the village, you will have to verify your trekking permits at the check post. From today, you will be walking in the restricted region in Manaslu. Circuit Trek. Overnight stay at Jagat.
Today during the trek. The village welcomes you with several gompas and Buddhist prayer flags. You can smell some alcohol that was locally made for the festival if you like you can test and enjoy the hike. but we do not recommend having alcohol during the trek. At Phillip village, enter your trekking permits, and then you will continue along the western bank of the river.
The trekking trail is beautiful with unique sculptures over the boulders on the river bank formed due to river water. Leaving the riverbank, you proceed through forests of rhododendron, Himalayan pine, and the overhanging rocks on the towering peaks. These highlights beautify the trail. On proceeding further you cross the Siyar Khola bridge and reach a junction where the trail separates Tsum valley on your right.
Finally, in the late afternoon, you will reach Pewa, which is the final destination of the day. There are only two teahouses in the region where they serve basic food and a night of cozy sleep. Pewa has the best Dal Bhat during the trek with the Shilong Achar is amazing. In the evening, you can gather around the fireplace and share your experiences with your fellow trekkers and locals before you go to bed. At the trekking session time, the tea house can be full of clients, so some time difficult to find a bed your guide will help you to have a clean and comfortable bed.
Your guide is already set up for your breakfast and starts the trek of the day. Before you uphill the winding trails, you will trek across the bamboo forest to reach Deng village. Moving further, you will cross a suspension bridge to climb to Rana and Bihi Phedi village. On the trekking trail, you can see White Faced monkeys (Langur) visiting villages on the lookout for a free feed.
The trekking trail then proceeds to Ghap through several beautiful landslide zones. At this point, you and your team must be careful as you walk. Plus, you must be attentive to your guide’s instructions to maintain physical safety. After the landslide area, you will follow the trekking trail up to Namrung Village.
After about 1hr on the uneven trail, you will climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung Village (2660m). The place has some of the best teashops, a restaurant, and rest houses on the trek. A local businessman worked for over a decade in Hong Kong then returned to Namrung and built a restaurant and hotel that is modern with Cappuccinos and WiFi.
Your trek start with Exploring their Tibet-influenced typical lifestyle you will walk past several mani walls, lush terraces, and Local houses through Banjam to enter the fir, rhododendron, and oak forest before climbing to Lihi and then to Sho.
As you start trekking, you will see most of the locals clad in traditional Tibetan dress. As you start further, you will notice some fine paintings in the Kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. Trekking across the rocky hillside routes, you will finally reach Lho Village.
From the Lho village, you can explore the stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m). On this day, you will gain a quite high altitude, so you must walk slowly and check your body signs. Drink 4/5 ltr water to avoid altitude sickness and other problems.
This morning, you will start with a Short trek because of the altitude reasons. On walking, the picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu accompanies you. You will walk across the easy trail to Shyala passing through pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. From Shyala, you will walk for almost an hour to reach Sama Gaun.
Once you enter the Sama Gaun village, mountain views fade, however, the yak pastures and typical settlements will attract you. Sama Gaun is the principal village of the Nubri people which holds a large gompa, many shops, a health post, heliport, telephone/wifi access, and many more. Overnight stay at Sama Gaun.
Today we must hike for acclimatization at Sama Gaon to prevent altitude-related illness. you will walk to Pungyen Gompa on the east of the Nubri Valley. On this acclimatization hike, you can bring your lunch and take it to the rest stops for energy. Like other days, you will walk across the roaring river which keeps you engaged for around 2 hours on the trail. When you are on top of the Hill you will get magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu. And nearby, you will see many Himalayan Thars and Yaks grazing.
Another option hike to Manaslu Base Camp which is in the north of Sama village You can follow the trail of Birendra Tal and turn left onto the base camp track. Today you will climb the steady trails, however, the altitude may cause breathing difficulty. So, you need to maintain body hydration and walk slowly. Proceeding slowly, you will walk to the north of Manaslu glacier to basecamp at 4400m.
If your body and mind demand rest not doing big activities then you can hike to Birendra Tal, which is a short walk from Sama Gong. Spend your day walking around the village.
After breakfast starts your day with rich Dharmasala it takes 4 hrs during the trek to enjoy the scenic views of the chain of the Himalayas and walk slowly across the rugged terrains of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Today your trek is a special trek as you will walk to the highest point of the Trekking trail. On this day you will walk to Larkya La Pass (5160m). If bad weather and snow, the trek could be quite challenging. If today has good weather you feel a more enjoyable trek. but steel is physically challenging and difficult. You will cross the pass before afternoon so you need to wake up early and leave the teahouse quite early. This is the challenging part of the trek but if you walk steadily, you can walk to the pass successfully.
Today stunning views you will witness once you stand at the pass make the trip more enlightened. You will catch views of Mt Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Mt Kang Guru (6981m) and Mt Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range. Spending your special time at the pass, you will walk down for around 3 hours toward Bimthang for an overnight stay. On descending, you will get views of huge icefalls and mountains in all directions, Pongkar Tal between the Pongkar and Salpu Danda Glaciers
Today is the final day you will be trek on the trails of the Manaslu region. On climbing downhill, you will walk through the lush forests full of flora and fauna including rhododendron bushes. Trek back across the Dudh Khola, and you will walk to Karche for lunch. In the next hour, you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming quite rough. And, the trail drops to Gurung Gou, the first real village since Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural and lush as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron, staying on the north (true right) bank until Tilije. From there, you will continue your stroll toward Dharapani.
You will take a local sharing jeep from Tilije to Beshi Sahar. From there, you will take a ride back to Kathmandu. After the 6 to 7 hours drive from Beshi Sahar, you will get to the hotels in Kathmandu
After the beautiful sunshine morning will sadly wake up you, your trip to Nepal comes to an end today; our spokesperson will escort you to the airport approx 3 hours before your flight schedule. On your way home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the amazing Himalayan country. There will be a heart-touching relationship between you and our company during this trip. Nepal Unique Treks Family will be missing you and praying for your safe departure home.
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Accommodation in Kathmandu and due to the Manaslu trek:
Nepal Unique Treks offer you a 2/3 star deluxe hotel. 3 nights in Kathmandu with breakfast. Lodge and tea house accommodation during the Manaslu Circuit Trek the rooms are basic, twin sharing a clean bed with a pillow and warm blankets, A few tea houses have electric lights and some tea houses have limited electricity because they use solar panels so that clients must have a headlamp.
Every tea house has a separately dining room-lounge, bathroom, and cooking room. We will accommodate our group in a local Tea house available each day on the trek. Every day our guide will send an assistance guide or porter ahead to book the required number of rooms for the group or if there available telephone network or any communication guide will book (rooms cannot book at earlier times in all places). My dear clients we would love to inform you to please remember that some tea houses are very basic and have a sense of adventure. Due to staying in Kathmandu if necessary and there is some luxury 4/5 star accommodation please confirm with your agency what type of budget accommodation you needed.
Nepal Unique Treks provide private vehicles for the airport pickup drop and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Kathmandu to Arughat, and Bhulbhule to Kathmandu however there are options for driving by private Jeep to Arughat and to return from Bhulbhule and it cost about 250.00USD for 4 wheeler Jeep if clients love to drive with Local passenger there is new travel experience by sharing local bus transportation so please do let me know if you want to upgrade the transport.
During the Manasulu circuit trek, some village electricity is available through local hydropower where you can re- charges your camera batteries, and mobile phone some village don’t have local hydroelectricity so some of them use solar power where just enough for light in your room and tea house. My dear clients, we suggest you have spare batteries or bring an extra power bank which is you can use for emergency
When you start driving from Kathmandu to Arughat then your trekking package start. During the trek, your guide will provide you breakfast, lunch, dinner, fresh fruits after dinner, and a 3-time cup of warm tea coffee. For lunch, if we have a group then your guide will choose the best and most energetic food. In the group, if choose food individually then it takes time to cook then you can't rich your places on time so that guide will choose for lunch. for dinner and breakfast where we stay overnights, you will have a chance to choose good food and on the menu, there are many options they can be cooked delicious food for you like Nepali local food, Indian, Chinese and continental but do not aspect like city anyhow they serve clean and hygienic food. We highly recommend you bring water purification pills since you will have normal water for free, everyday every tea house has mineral water and boil drinking water but you have to pay for it
When you arrive at the airport our representative team will bring you to the hotel and briefing about your trek destination then introduce you to your guide and team. Your trek leader (guide) will give you a duffel bag to put your trekking gear for the trek. The duffel bag on the trek will be carried by a porter and you simply carry a day pack with a water bottle, sunglass, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, and some vitamins with an energy bar, etc. maximum of 10 kg weights Duffel bag for 1 client's during the trek, as small loads allow you for full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during the trek which you can leave at the hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge.
We provide you with a responsible and experienced trained English-speaking trekking guide and Strong, Healthy, and honest Local porters who have been many times to the top of mountains with load. A porter for every 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20 Kg (10 Kg from each trekker) also porters have 5 kg him shelf trek gear. If there are more than 08 people in the group then we will provide you with an assistant guide who looks after the group.
Nepal Unique Treks organize the Manalsu Circuit trek for a minimum of 2 people to a maximum of 18 people at once or even if you have more than 18 people then we can split the group into two or more groups (according to the number of trekkers) and there are 1 senior guide (team leader) and assistance guide up to 08 people
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is available on both fixed departure and private trekking, if you are looking for a group to join then please check our website (Dates and Price) secession for fixed departure. And ask for availability or if you would like to do a trek independently or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient time for any number of people.
Personal expenses depend on your habit and all the meals are included on your Manaslu Circuit trek, you only need money in cash for bar bills (alcoholic/non-alcoholic) like bear, wine, whisky, coca can juice, mineral water and extra hot tea coffee. Some snacks while trekking. Some local shops and restaurants are available along the trail areas, tips for guide porters and drivers; buying some souvenirs and local handicrafts, and hot showers.
During the stay in Kathmandu, lunch and dinner cost normally 10$ USD. Sightseeing entrance fees 25$ USD while your tour in Kathmandu, if you do not drink alcohol and sopping then 20$ USD is enough per day, for the hot drinks, shower, and snacks on the trek, end of the trek celebration buy some drinks for staff and Tips for guide, porters and drivers they will happy and appreciated with you. The amount depends on your trekking tour budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate a minimum of 10 - 15% of the total tour cost and more than that as your wish tips to the staff and you can do this if you feel the services have been good and satisfy.
It's not mandatory to spend a lot of money buying equipment for the Manaslu circuit trek in your country as the majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Thamel Kathmandu. But if you like to use branded trekking gear like the north face, mountain hardware, Kathmandu, salewa, and Mammut are available in Thamel nearby your hotel. or you may bring and manage from your place.
Every morning on our Manaslu circuit trek, after packing your day bags and having a hot breakfast in a tea house, you set off on the day’s trekking and after 3-4 hours of trekking, your guide will stop for lunch beautiful and available place at around midday. After the hot meal trekking is generally shorter and usually arrives at a place in time for Overnight. The afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing, or simply relaxing at the tea house. On some days you will arrive at our destination by lunchtime earlier afternoon and the entire afternoon will be free, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before getting dark night your guide will provide war dinner then well sleep.
When you confirm your trekking with us please provide your international flight details and passport copy and once email for confirming the booking for your Manasulu circuit trek. “meeting and greeting” service at the airport on your arrival, Warm welcome and greetings by Nepal Unique Treks and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a name card with either Nepal Unique Treks or your name written on paper then our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and transfer you to the hotel or if you have not booked your Kathmandu hotels with us (you have done it yourself) and have just booked the trekking part then you should pass your hotel detail in Kathmandu, we fix the date and time to meet through email when we communicate while booking the trek.
Nepal Unique Treks strongly recommend a complete travel insurance package deal to all our valuable customers. When you buy insurance for Nepal trekking should cover all the medical fees, personal accidents, emergency evacuation (heli rescue), tour cancellation, loss of equipment and natural calamity, theft of or damage to your baggage and private results, etc. In case of a serious sickness (AMS) or any bad health casualty while you are on Manaslu Circuit Trek. (we wish and believe will not happen), During the trek, if any health problems talk to your guide or agency then Nepal's unique treks will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life. Also, we will help you during your stay hospital and arrange the documentation to claim your travel insurance
Nepal Unique Treks is required to make a 25% payment in advance in order to confirm and book your Manaslu Circuit Trek along with your passport copy and international flight details. Arrival and departure time, flight name, number, and the remaining 75% balance are payable in cash if possible. or when you arrive in Nepal and you have the option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card, so please let us know which mode of payment is convenient for you then we will forward the detail for payment Namaste.