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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek : The majestic mountainsjust east of the Annapurnas are the mighty peaks of Manaslu Range . They take their name from the awe inspiring Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, which dominates this landscape. Very few visitors trek in this recently opened trekking route but lately it is catching the eye of more and more trekkers. Mainly because the ever popular Annapurna Trek is becoming affected by road building that is causing trekkers to look for nearby alternatives. This makes a visit to the unique and unspoiled Manaslu region a must for all adventurous souls seeking unsurpassed natural beauty and a fascinating look at the remote local cultures of the region. The trek passes through the Manaslu Conservation Area at the village of Jagat and requires a special permit to enter.

The raging Budhi Gandaki  Riveris ever present along the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Sometimes you are trekking close along the riverbank and sometimes you are gazing on its power from high on mountain side. The local Nepalese believe that the enticing sound of the swirling rapids is the river singing to those that come under its spell. The constant churning and thrusting of its mighty flow as it crashes into huge boulders creates mini waterfalls and rock pools that are beautiful to witness. The river is fed by countless waterfalls cascading down from high above. So high that sometimes you can’t fit the entre waterfall in your camera frame. But the higher you go the character of the river morphs into a bubbling mountain brook with moss covered branches straddling its course.

This area is marked by two cultural highlights: Gorkha, which is the ancestral seat of the reigning Shah dynasty and the temple of Manakamana Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati and devotees believe if you make the pilgrimage to this holy site all your wishes will come true.
Since the treks in the Manaslu region originate at around 1000 meters and reach as high as 5200 meters, the trekker will see a wide range of flora and fauna typical of the middle hills and alpine regions of Nepal. The trees andplants to be seen along the trek are thousands of tall Himalayan pinetrees with a strangely hallucinating hue of green and the evercolorfulrhododendron when in bloom present an intoxicating colorfulbackdrop. Thewildlife are harder to see but if you are lucky include barking deer, pika and Himalayan marmots.The many kinds of birds are easier to spot  are pheasant, raven and chough.

People of Tibetan origin tend to scratch out an existence in the villages in the upper part of the trek. Other people  found along the trail  are Gurung and Tamangs. All are very welcoming and seem to enjoy the influx of people from other parts of the world walking through their villages during the trekking season.
The best time to trek here is between September and May where the clear skies offer the best views. The months of June to August are the monsoon season and tend to be difficult because of the heavy rain and swollen rivers that often wash away many locally made footbridges. October and November are the peak times because of the clear skies and not so cold temperatures at high altitudes.

There are many teahouses along this trek that can be reached after a day’s walking from one to the other. Or you can choose the camping option depending on your fancy.Government regulations require all groups to the Manaslu Circuit to be fully self sufficient and accompanied by professional guides and porters.

The start of the trek is a jeep or bus ride from Kathmandu to the town of Arughat and from there to Soti Khola which is the end of the road and trekking begins in earnest.

Trip ItineraryPrint Itinerary

Day 1 Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti khola (700m) -  7-8 hours drive.
Day 4 Trek to Machha Khola (930 m) - 6-7 hours.
Day 5 Trek to Jagat (1410m) - 6-7 hours.
Day 6 Trek to Deng (1860m) - 5 hours.
Day 7 Trek to Namrung (2630m) - 5 hours.
Day 8 Trek to Low (3180m) 4 hours
Day 9 Trek to Sama Gaun (3520 m) - 3 hours.
Day 10 Rest day at Sama gaun, visit Pung Gyen gompa or biredra lake or both.
Day 11 Trek to Samdo (3690m) - 4 hours.
Day 12 Trek to Dharamsala (4470m) - 4 hours.
Day 13 Trek to Bimtang (3720m) via Larke Pass (5160m) - 8 hours.
Day 14 Trek to Tilje (2560m) - 5 hours.
Day 15 Trek to Jagat (1300m) 6 hours. 
Day 16 Trek to Bhulbhule (880m) 6 hours. 
Day 17 Drive to Kathmandu and overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off from and to International Airport.
  • One experienced guide (insured, registered)
  • One porter for each two people (20kg max)
  • Salary, food and accommodation for each guide and porter
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit.
  • Manaslu Special Permit.
  • Three meals a day (B/L/D) during the trek.
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
  • All land transportation by bus.
  • Sleeping Bags.
  • Down Jackets.
  • Government Tax.
  • Company service charge.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Bottled water, desserts, personal expenses
  • Tea-coffee, personal clothes
  • Personal insurance for health and evacuation
  • Tipping.
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