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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 23 Days

Manaslu Trek, Gandaki, Western Region, Nepal

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Manaslu Circuit Trek is a spectacular journey through the picturesque Marshangdi valley offering an exquisite view of the Mt. Manaslu (8156m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. It saunters us to northern border of Nepal with Tibet, while we cross one of the most daunting and famed mountain passes, the (Larkya La 5213m). From the pass, the views of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Kang Guru (6,980m) and Annapurna II (7,940m), are simply jaw-dropping!

Manaslu, literally means “the spirit mountain” and the locals believe it to be the abode of several deities. As you follow “off the beaten remote tracks”, walked only by few adventure bugs, you are certain to get bewildered by the multifariousness of the topography ranging from the sub-tropical foothills of the Himalayas to the arid trans-Himalayan pastures bordering Tibet. Heading north, witness the valley opening up and accentuating the fascinating alpine meadows and the Tibetan style villages, which constellate right below the mammoth North face of Manaslu. Trekking though such villages, alongside the Mani walls and prayer wheels, is not our everyday’s cup of tea. It’s a special journey that gives you a special feeling!

Few trekkers, tranquil trails, picturesque villages and fascinating mountain views make the Manaslu Circuit Trek an unconventional adventure!

Arrival location:

Kathmandu , Nepal

Departure Location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Included in your experience:

Cost Includes

• Airport pick-up and drop services.

• Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.

• Applicable domestic airfare as per the itinerary.

• Entrance and monumental fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu as prescribed in the itinerary.

• Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on “BB” basis as per itinerary.

• All ground transportation costs in accordance to the itinerary.

• All trekking accommodation costs on full board (B, L, D) basis as per the itinerary. Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) duffel bag, t-shirt and Cap (provided as complimentary gears).

• A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).

• Salary to guide and porters for the trekking period.

• Personal insurance for crew members.

• All applicable tourist fees, conservation fees, "special permit" fees & TIMS fees necessary for trekking.

• All government and local taxes.

• Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

Not included in your experience:

Cost Excludes

• International airfare and departure taxes.

• Personal travel insurance.

• Lunch & dinner expenses incurred before or after the trekking period.

• Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).

• Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).

• Tips to the guide, porter, driver, hotel and tea-house staff (Tipping is expected).

• Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.

• Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 20 kgs.)

• Personal insurance and other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.).

• Cost of personal trekking gears and equipments (kindly refer to our equipment lists: http://www.marrontreks.com/itineraries/119-25/manaslu-circuit-trek-23-days.html#equipment-list).

• Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.

• Garbage deposit fees (refundable).

• Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

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  • Day1 - 24
    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m) Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your designated hotel. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel and after that we have a quick pre-trip meeting to discuss on the necessary formalities and the trekking itineraries. You may then check in to your room and freshen up. In the evening, you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel to get a superficial glimpse of this great city. Of course, you will know Kathmandu better, when you head out for a sightseeing tour tomorrow. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
    Standard Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day2 - 24
    Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing & trek preparation This is the day that gives you the opportunity to get well versed to the city. After a succulent breakfast at your hotel, we will introduce you to our amiable and experienced city guide. Hop in to our transport vehicle and head for a drive piercing the heart of the Kathmandu valley. You will be visiting the most renowned historical and cultural landmarks of Kathmandu - like Pasupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Swayambunath (the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square. All these sites are included in the UNESCO world heritage list. After this informative and enticing, tour, we drive back through the noisy and usually cluttered streets of Kathmandu to the serene premises of the hotel. Hope the tour lived up to your expectations. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
    Standard Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day3 - 24
    Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m/ 7 - 8 hrs) The long drive begins towards the west of Kathmandu through the winding road over the valley rim, following the Trisuli River. We can catch the intermittent glimpses of the towering Himalayan ranges of Annapurna, Ganesh and Manaslu. Shortly after Mungling, we take a diversion off the main road and drive northwards alongside the Doraundi River, to Gorkha until we finally arrive at Arughat, a large prosperous bazaar in central Nepal. We will meet our local staff and porters and camp for the night on the bank of the Buri Gandaki River. Overnight at camp in Arughat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day4 - 24
    Day 04: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (730m/5 - 6 hours) We commence our trek, walking through the monkey-filled forests until we reach the hamlet of Sante Bazaar. It is clearly noticeable that the bank of the Buri Gandaki now becomes steeper, consequently making our walk more difficult as the trail crosses the Arket River and climbs through fields and over a rocky outcrop. We descend to a high cascading waterfall and then continue to our campsite by the Soti river at 730m. Overnight at camp in Soti Khola; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day5 - 24
    Day 05: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (883m/4 - 5 hours) Advancing from our campsite, we cross the bridge and climb up to a ridge above the huge rapids of the Buri Gandaki River. The trail continues to wind up over a big rock and crosses a log bridge, before it eventually descends to the banks of the river. Our uphill trudge continues, this time on a steep rocky trail clung to the side of a cliff. We then traverse up and around the Gurung village of Labishe until we arrive at the bank of Machha Khola (river), where we camp overnight. Overnight at camp in Machha Khola; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day6 - 24
    Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,300m/5 - 6 hours) Today’s trail follows the course of the Buri Gandaki River. The route necessitates us to traverse up and down the ridges. Eventually the river valley widens and then we proceed for a pleasant walk along the easy trail to Jagat (1300m), a compact village with a beautiful flagstone square. We camp slightly below the village at the vicinity of Bhalu River. Overnight at camp in Jagat; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day7 - 24
    Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Philim (1,590m/5 - 6 hours) Kissing goodbye to Jagat, we move ahead and cross the Bhalu River on a suspension bridge and climb over a rocky ridge to the settlement of Salleri. Making our way ahead, we continue up the side of a cliff and descend to Setibas. A flurry of mani walls here indicate that we are now entering a region of Tibetan influence. The trail continues up to the stone houses of Ghatta River, then heads over to the east, passing through Philim. Our camp for the night is about one hour beyond Philim. Overnight at camp in Philim; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day8 - 24
    Day 08: Trek from Philim to Deng (1,600m/5 hours) Beyond Philim, the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge. We descend the grassy slopes and cross the Buri Gandaki River on a wooden cantilever bridge, where the river is at its narrowest. We now embark on the trail almost clung to a cliff and then climb over a ridge, eventually descending back to the river. The valley gets broader and it's a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the tiny village of Deng. We have now succeeded in crossing the main Himalayan range. The trail follows the Buri Gandaki valley as it turns from north-south to east-west. This region is known as “Kutang” and is inhabited primarily by the people of Gurung community, who practise Buddhism. Overnight at camp in Deng (Kutang); breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day9 - 24
    Day 09: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2,660m/7 hours) We have a comparatively long day ahead. Let’s begin our trek heading west up the Buri Gandaki Valley. The trail contours up and out of the canyon and then drops into the Shringi River valley. Traversing through the switchbacks brings us to Ghap, a small village comprising of mere five or six stone houses. The mani walls in Ghap have elegant carvings; most of these carvings depict the Buddha in various meditative poses and few others of the Tibetan saint Milarepa, who is said to have travelled and meditated in this valley. We head into the woods through fir trees alive with birdlife, including the Monal or Impeyan Pheasant, Nepal's colorful national bird. On the north side, there is Toum River, flowing in a deep gorge from Tibet, almost doubling the flow of the Buri Gandaki River. There is a lot of trading between the villages in this region, those higher in the valley and with the ones in Tibet. Moving ahead, as we pierce the heart of the forest, we cross a wooden bridge spanning the Buri Gandaki River and then make a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Namrung. This village has lovely stone houses and a police check post that controls access to the upper part of the valley. Overnight at camp in Namrung; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day10 - 24
    Day 10: Trek from Namrung to Syala (2950m/5 hours) As we walk past Namrung, we enter the Nupri region, inhabited by the descendants of Tibetan immigrants. We continue walking, passing by the settlements of Barcham, Li, and Sho, relishing the spectacular mountainous vistas of Manaslu, Manaslu North, and Naike Peak dominantly hooding above the valley. The trail finally emerges onto a plateau at Syala, that offers a scintillating panorama of Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Manaslu. Overnight at camp in Syala; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day11 - 24
    Day 11: Trek from Syala to Samagaon (3,530m/2 - 3 hours) Moving ahead from Syala, we cross a ridge, enter the side of a canyon and then make our way out of it. The trail now descends to a rock-strewn moraine. From here, we clamber across the boulders to emerge to yet another ridge, overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon. We walk through the busy village up to its gompa and then advance to our campsite, which is located just beyond. Overnight at camp in Samagaon; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day12 - 24
    Day 12: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (3,530m) Our walks are bound to go steeper in the days ahead, so it’s worthy enough to stop here for an extra day in order to get acclimatized. Lying flat all day is only going to make things worse; hence it is advisable to keep ourselves motile. We can take an easy stroll in the vicinity of the village. There are other options like visiting the old monastery, the Pungyen Gompa and a local school nearby. After the short exploration, we get back to our campsite at Samagaon. Overnight at camp in Samagaon; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day13 - 24
    Day 13: Samagaon to Samdo (3,690m/3 - 4 hours) That extra day at Samagaon was informative as well as rejuvenating. It’s now time to get going. We resume our trek descending to Buri Gandaki River that has now turned north and then keep following it until we cross a bridge over a side stream. We encounter two trails; the left one takes us to the Manaslu Base camp, whereas the other trail head towards the Larkya La. We follow the one towards the Larkya La. Winding on a shelf above the river, the trail is at first good and easy, passing through the juniper and birch trees of Kermo Kharka. We now drop off the shelf, cross the Buri Gandaki River and then head on for a steep climb onto the promontory between the two forks of the river. The trail stretches further through the large white kani eventually getting us to Samdo. Overnight at camp in Samdo. Overnight at camp in Samdo; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day14 - 24
    Day 14: Acclimatization day at Samdo (3,690m) Our next trek will take us some 600 metres higher, and in the days ahead, we will be walking up to the pass above 5000 metres. So, we halt at Samdo for an extra day to get properly acclimatized. Although there are several options for us, we reckon the best one to be a hike to the back of the Samdo village. This hike takes us to one of the trade passes of Tibet and offers some splendid views of Himalayan ranges including Mt. Manaslu, Himchuli, Ngadi, Simrang, Larkye Peak, Cheo and even Kang Guru. We pass by many seasonal herding settlements called Doksas, catching quick glimpses of some fascinating mountain birds like Danphe (national bird of Nepal), Himalayan Griffon etc. Overnight at camp in Samdo; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day15 - 24
    Day 15: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,470m/5 - 6 hours) All excited and well set, we begin the “mission ascent”. Initially, we descend on a wide and gentle trail to the Buri Gandaki River. Crossing the river on a wooden bridge we begin our climb towards the base of the Larkya La. The trail climbs in and out of a huge gorge and contours offering splendid view of Larkya glacier, finally getting us to a stone guest house at Larkya Phedi (Dharmasala). Overnight at camp in Larkya Phedi; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day16 - 24
    Day 16: Trek from Larkya Phedi to Larkya La (5213m) and descend to Bimthang (3720m/ Total trekking hours- 8 to 9 hrs) On this long and tiring day, we will be attaining the highest elevation in the Manaslu Circuit Trek. With a bit of anxiety and excitement, we skirt a moraine and then walk up to the top of a ridge at 4,695m. From here, we slightly descend for a while and make the final steep climb to the Larkya La Pass at 5,213m. We can relish the mountainous vista of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Kang Guru (6,980m) and Annapurna II (7,940m). Getting indulged in fascinating panorama for some time, we begin our descent from the pass. The trail follows the top of the moraine to the west, then drops steeply and traverses scree slopes. We make a long set of steep, rough switchbacks to cross the moraine. Taking a long, slippery and steep descent on a loose gravel trail, we come to a grassy moraine at 4450m. Heading down further from here, will eventually bring us to a large meadow and a rest house at Bimthang (3720m). Overnight at camp in Bimthang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day17 - 24
    Day 17: Trek from Bimthang to Gho (2,560m/4hours) Enjoying some great views of Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m) and Mt Manaslu from the ridge at Bimthang, we descend to a huge pasture and walk past it to cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola (river). We now move ahead through the pine and rhododendron forests. The trail follows the narrow valley to the settlement of Karche (2785m). Walking across the fields, we make a steep climb from to a ridge. The trails now drops down from a ridge to a river bank until we arrive at the village of Gho. Overnight at camp in Gho; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day18 - 24
    Day 18: Trek from Gho to Dharapani (1900m/4 hours) As we make the move from Gho, we cross a bridge over the Dudh river and continue trailing alongside the river bank. We descend through scrub forests vividly noticing the walls of the Marsyandi Valley and arrive at the village of Thonje. Passing by the police checkpoint, we can now see the houses of Dharapani becoming more and more distinct. A pleasant walk from here will get us to our campsite in Dharapani. We are at Dharapani means that we have actually entered the Annapurna circuit section. Overnight at camp in Dharapani; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day19 - 24
    Day 19: Trek from Dharapani to Syange (1,130m/6hours) The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyandi river and cross the suspension bridge over it. We then climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail continues on to Chyamje, re-crossing the river on another suspension bridge. From here, we descend through forests of rhododendron and pine to Syange, where we camp for the night. Overnight at camp in Syange; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day20 - 24
    Day 20: Trek from Syange to Bulbule (840m/5 - 6 hours) Today’s route slightly climbs up for about 30 minutes to Gharmu Phaant. It’s almost a level walk from here up to Bahun Danda (meaning Brahmin Hill). We now head on for a gentle walk downstream, passing by the village of Naadi towards the bank of Marsyangdi river, until we arrive at the town of Bulbule. This winds up our trek. We can celebrate this accomplishment with our crew members. Overnight at camp in Bulbule; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Camp | Breakfast Included
  • Day21 - 24
    Day 21: Drive from Bulbule to Kathmandu (1400m/6-7 hrs) It takes about 6-7 hrs to drive from Bulbule to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the city, you will be transferred to your designated hotel. After that long trek, all you would probably want to do is to take a refreshing shower, flex your muscles, sit back and relax! You have one extra day at Kathmandu tomorrow, so you can just sketch out some interesting plan for tomorrow. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
    Standard Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day22 - 24
    Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu This extra day at Kathmandu is set aside because we know that heading for a long flight back home after the very next day you completed your long trip, could be really hectic. There’s no doubt that you had an awesome trek and have lots of interesting anecdotes to relate back home. It would be an icing over the cake if you get some souvenirs from Nepal for your friends and relatives on top of your trip rhapsodies. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping. Cuddle up as much stuff as you want. You can then get back to the hotel and do some packing. We have the last bit of fun still in store for you. In the evening Marron Treks will host a full-fledged Nepali style farewell dinner program. Savor the succulent Nepali cuisines while you sway your body to the melody of Nepali folk songs. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.
    Standard Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day23 - 24
    Day 23: Departure to your homeland Today is your final day in Nepal. A representative of Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours to your flight schedule. As we reluctantly wave goodbye to each other, let’s make a wish to stumble upon one another very soon. Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again. Please note that trips can always be extended to try some of our other adventurous packages like - Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc. Please let us know about your desire for trip extension, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
    | Breakfast Included
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