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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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At a Glance

At 8163m Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Meaning ‘Mountain of Spirit’, it was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition and as it is regarded as one of the most dangerous 8000m peaks it has only been climbed by a handful of westerners. The complete circuit of this mountain over the Larkya Pass is one of Nepal’s best kept secrets, following remote trails which see very few trekkers.  The scenery is as diverse as it can be, from the sub-tropical foothills of the Himalaya to the arid Trans Himalayan high pasture bordering Tibet.  This area has always seen relatively few trekkers, and the quieter trails, picturesque villages and stunning mountain views make it one of the classic yet unspoiled treks left in Nepal.  We begin the trek in Arughat Bazaar and follow the impressive Buri Gandaki River North to the village of Deng.  Although initially quite wide, the river valley soon narrows and we find ourselves walking high above the river on spectacular paths.  As we trek northwards the valley opens up again to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages, which cluster below Manaslu’s dramatic North face.  We trek through these villages, with rows of prayer wheels and Mani stones.  Eventually we reach Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region.  From here we head West across the Larkya La (5213m), a classic route linking the Buri Gandaki and the Marsyangdi.  The descent takes us through the beautiful alpine meadows at Binthang before we join the main Annapurna Circuit route for the last two days, back to the trailhead at Besisahar.  Much of this trek is on established trails and is within the capabilities of a fit and experienced walker.  The trek is graded C because there some long walking days plus a high pass to cross.  The first half of the trek is at fairly low altitude on reasonably well-maintained trails although there are some steep sections.  The crossing of Larkya La is over rough glacial moraine and some of the descent is steep.  You should be comfortable walking 4 - 6 hours a day, with an occasional longer day.  The itinerary is well staged for acclimatization.  This is a fully supported camping trek.  We provide tents, dining and toilet tents, camp stools and tables.  Staffs include guides, cook and porters.  On trek you are woken with a mug of tea and provided with a bowl of warm water for washing.  All camp chores are done by the staff and you only have to carry your daypack containing sufficient drinks for the day, personal mini first aid kit, spare socks, T-shirt, sun glasses, sun/baseball hat, and sun cream/lip guard. All the plans for the following day will be informed by your trek guide/Sirdar each evening. 

Detail Itinerary

A very warm welcome to the Kingdom of Himalayas. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists you transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu i.e. Utsav or Nepali Chula (Kitchen). Here you will not simply experience the traditional Nepalese dish but will be entertained with Nepalese traditional dance and folk songs. After the dinner, you will be transferred back to your respective hotel.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Bauddhanath: Stupa with its 130 ft. dome. One of the world’s largest Stupa, Bouddha is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Pupshupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. -After the city tour, our leader or guide will do the final briefing of the expedition. They will also take the opportunity to check the members' personal equipment as the city bazaars and climbing shops will provide the last chance to correct any deficiencies. Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast we drive to Arughat Bazaar. The road leaves the Kathmandu Valley over a low pass and drops down to the Trisuli River. We follow the river to the Dhading Bridge and head north into the hills. Past Dhading, the road gets bumpy and dusty as we continue on to Arughat in the Buri Gandaki Valley. Occasionally the road to Arughat is blocked, so we may have to vary the route slightly for the first few days of our trek.

Our route begins by following the Buri Gandaki Valley north. Today isa fairly easy walk passing several small villages and cultivated fields. After a short climb up to Kyoro-pani we drop down to our camp site by the river at Soti Khola.

We continue following the Buri Gandaki as we climb high above the river through fairly dense forest. Throughout the day the trail undulates, passing several small hamlets and farms. We camp at Machha Khola (fish river), which is a tributary running into the Buri Gandaki. There are a few tea shops in the village selling cold drinks.

We cross the Machha Khola by bridge and follow the rocky trail to Tatopani, The water for the natural hot springs here is funnelled through a few taps in the centre of the village. Crossing the river an undulating section of trail brings us to Dhovan, where there are a few tea houses. Above the village the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of rapids. After some steep sections the river and trail level out until we cross a suspension bridge at Lauri and camp close to the river.

An easier day as the trail climbs up on a high path and then drops down into the open valley, taking us to the well-kept village of Jagat. From Jagat the trail undulates further up the valley to Sirdabas with great views of the Sringi Himal ahead. Here we drop down to the river and at Gata Khola cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. We should be here by lunchtime, leaving the afternoon free to explore the village.

The trail undulates along the hillside with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We pass Eklai-batti as the valley veers to the right. The trail drops to the river and passes a gorge through thick forest. Later we cross the river twice on suspension bridges and finally reach the small village of Deng, where we camp for the night.

Leaving Deng, our route crosses the river before climbing steeply up onto a spectacular trail high above the river. We pass through some small settlements as we ascend the impressive valley. We will seemani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are now in a Buddhist area. Dropping down once more to the river there is a short climb to Ghap.

As we gain height we enter alpine forests, home to white-faced monkeys. From Ghap we have a long climb to Namrung, a large village with a tea shop. From here the valley widens out and there is extensive farmland all around where we may see the occasional lookout platform, built to ward off bears. Climbing steadily now, we pass the Tibetan village of Sho and just above the village we get our first view of Manaslu ahead. A little further on we come to our camp in Lho. The Tibetan influence is strong here, with mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and a large monastery.

A short day as we continue up the valley. The trail climbs out of Lho and follows the valley with great views of Peak 29 ahead. Passing through Shala village, Manaslu, Himal-chuli and Phungi all come into view. Soon we reach the fields and stone houses of Sama-gaon, where our campsite is located just below the Gompa (Monastery). Across the valley there are magnificent views of Manaslu. As we should arrive at Sama-gaon by lunchtime we will have time to explore the village and visit the monastery in the afternoon.

We spend the day at Samagaon acclimatising. Those who are faring well and feeling energetic can take a packed lunch and walk up to Manaslu Base Camp. Alternatively there is also the village to explore and glaciers close to the camp.

The trail crosses grassy grazing areas and climbs gradually up the valley. We have fantastic views of the mountains with Manaslu looking particularly impressive. We finally reach Samdo, the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. There will be time in the afternoon to look round the village and explore the surrounding hills. Day 14: Trek to Dharamsala-4450m (base of Larkya La) Leaving the village we cross a stream to a deserted village called Larkya Bazaar which years ago lived and thrived off trade with Tibet. Climbing steadily we reach a small lodge at 4450m, which is the last campsite before the pass.

A long day as we cross the pass. The trail climbs onto the moraine of the glacier with views of Larkya Peak. The ascent is gradual at first with a final steep climb to the top of the pass. From the top there are great views of Annapurna 2, Himlung Himal and Kang Guru. At first the descent is steep over snow and scree but eases off onto a path which takes us down to Tanbuche. Further down the valley is Bimthang, where we camp tonight at 3630m.

From Bimthang we cross high pastureland and descend the valley of the Burdin Khola (River), passing the base camp for the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge we have magnificent views of Manaslu and Annapurna 2.We now descend into rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley to Karche. A short climb past terraced fields brings us to the Karche La from where we can practically see all the way down to the Marshyangdi River. Descending through forest we reach our camp at Tilje.

As we descend the valley we pass several small villages before we join the main Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani. We now follow the Marshyangdi River south, passing a broad, flat area at Tal before continuing steeply down to the village of Chyamje.

The final day of this magnificent circuit brings us further down the Marshyangdi Valley. We start to see other trekkers and tea houses as we are now on the main Annapurna Circuit trail. After seeing so few other trekkers for so long this will feel strange. A leisurely descent of this impressive valley brings us to our last night’s camping at Bhulbhule.

We complete the circuit at Khudi or Besisahar, wherever our bus can get to. We then drive to the main road between Pokhara and Kathmandu and return to Kathmandu, arriving late afternoon.

Rest and relax at the hotel after such long a wonderful trip. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel. Remember, we will be hosting a fantastic celebration dinner together in the finest restaurant in Thamel, in occasion of successfully completing your trip in the Himalayas!

Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

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A deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is payable at the time of booking and the final balance due 6 weeks before the start of the trip. The act of booking implies that you have accepted the ethos of the trip and any objective or subjective risks associated with it. 


Should you wish to cancel your booking please inform us immediately in writing by e¬mail or letter. The following charges will apply, as a percentage of the trip: 
  • More than 42 days before departure – 25% of total cost 
  • 42 to 29 days – 50% of total cost
  • 28 days to 15 days – 75% of total cost and 
  • 14 days or less – 100% of total cost. 
These cancellation charges go to paying, amongst other things, outside Guides that have been contracted in, hotel or airline deposits, staff wages, setting up costs etc.

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