Manaslu Circuit Trekking 20 Days


Manaslu Region Trek  `` means mountain of the spirit” is the eight highest mountain of the world soaring high at 8,156m. It is located in the Mansiri himalayan range of Lamjung district at the west-central part of Nepal. Manaslu region trek is recognize for different view of Manaslu Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, Kang Guru etc. The trek starts from Gorkha District so it is exotic panoramic view of Manaslu 8156m. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi from Japan and Gyalzen Norbu of Nepal. Manaslu lies north of the historic fortress town of Gorkha, from where the last kings of Nepal ventured forth to conquer the rest of the country in the 18th Century. The Manaslu Circuit has recently become a teahouse trek, opening up the misty wood-shingled villages of the Nupri Valley. But hikers are free to explore the many other trails being forged right now.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is well-camping route that starts from Gorkha district to follows an ancient salt-trading route along Budi Gandaki River bank. The trek continues to different villages crosses the adventure Larkye-la pass to go around the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna conservation area. We pass through several remote villages in our trek route which are mainly inhabited by Gurungs. The people around these villages have joined the British and an Indian army and generally known as Gurkha army. We also pass through several forests which contains wide varieties of vegetation, most of the forest during the lower part of the Trekking. Rhododendron and oak while the higher altitude consists of Himalayan blue pine, diverse variety of medicinal herbs and aromatic plants are also found in these forests.

The Manaslu area is relatively virgin with less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Everest. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. While entering the Manaslu region, we have a feeling of entering the secret Buddhist world of monasteries, many walls and prayer flags. The trek also offers a variation of landscape like starting form lowland to touching almost to Tibet border. With the geographical variation, the ethnic composition of the people living in the area also varies. Visitors will find more Brahmins and Magars in the lower parts, and Gurungs and Tibetan origin people in the highlands.

The Manaslu Conversation area is a sanctuary for large variety of birds and animals. Various species of wildlife like grey musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan Thar along with endangered animals like snow leopards and red pandas are conserved in this conversation area. We find above 8,000 meter landmarks, deep gorges of Budi Gandaki Khola (River) and several mountains range like Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking starts from Gorkha passing through a series of green foothills along the side of gorges of Budi Gandaki making our way to Arughat. Heading north from Aurghat our journey leads to Dyang following our path to Lhogaon. The remarkable view of Manaslu starts emerging vivid as well as lucid. The route heading towards Syala village through the thick pine Forest we get view of many snow-capped peaks in Manaslu. Moving a little ahead we get to Samagaon situated at the foot of Manaslu. The village of Samagaon possesses many Buddhist shrines where many nuns and monks reside.

Samdo is Wonderful village which is inhabited mainly by Tibetan Nepali. A commanding view of the whole Budi Gandaki valley and village Pang Phuchi with a backdrop of the border of Nepal- Tibet can be seen from the Samdo village. The route ahead takes us to a major valley of Lakya-la from where Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal and Kang guru is visible, we then head toward the meadowland of Bhumthang, from where the peak Manaslu is clearly visible.

The Manaslu Circuit trek makes a route of Manaslu from where the trail heads to Dudh Khola (River) which later meets with Marsyangdi River making our way to Bulbule and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you advent to this sacred land undoubtedly you will horde your reminiscence with accumulating blissful experiences you can ever clutch anywhere else from. Historically treasured, culturally rich as well as naturally boon Kathmandu welcomes you with all its heart. As soon as you step here you will be greeted by our Earth Matter Trek`s authentic member. You after then will be escorted to the luxurious hotel where you will be provided a welcome cuisine and you will overnight stay there.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today after having breakfast we will take you to the most admired sightseeing areas of Kathmandu which is proud as well as pride of Nepalese people. You will relish an ancient treasure Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and  Swayambhunath Stupa which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. We will take you back to the hotel where you will spend overnight.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat [600m / 1968 ft]: 7 - 8 hrs drive
At dawn, we set off early today for Arughat. We drive through countryside of Nepal enjoying the countryside and mountain sceneries. First part of drive is easier until Dhading Besi, the headquarter of Dhading District. Another part of drive starts from Dhading Besi to Arughat through direct road and we reach Arughat after around 7-8 hours` drive. Arughat, our trek starts point is a major town in the region and is divided in two parts with the Budi Gandaki River flowing between them. Overnight at Arughat.

Day 4: Arughat - Soti Khola [710m / 2328 ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Upon crossing the bridge over Budhi Gandaki, we begin our trek from the western part of Arughat. After completing with the ACAP procedure, we follow the stone-paved street north through the bazaar. We further pass through the hydro-electric power project, fields of rice and millet to Maltar, and through forests Sante Bazzar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet. While descending we encounter with a cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kyorpani. Then from here the trail descends to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at the campsite at Soti Khola. Overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 5:  Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a bridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach to Khursane. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola.

Day 6:  Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m / 4625 ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more walk ups and downs, there is a small trailside hot spring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot Spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.

Day 7:  Jagat - Deng [1,804m / 5917 ft]: 7 - 8 hrs
Today at the beginning we climb over a rocky ridge to Seller, and then descend to Setibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge. While climb up to Philim we will be at a large gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays fairly in level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Beyond Ekle Bhatti the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this moment, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we keep walking the valley widens through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.  Upon crossing the khola, we reach at the tiny village of Deng. Overnight at Deng.

Day 8:  Deng - Namrung [2630m / 8626ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki on to the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Making ups and downs in forests, we pass mani walls and then turn to a corner that contours to Ghap. Eventhough there is another route; we take route through Prok village. Prok village has a view point from where we see beautiful view of Siringi Himal. We further cross Budi Gandai several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Overnight at Namrung.

Day 9:  Namrung - Lho [3180m/10,430 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
Namrung villages is good viewpoint for Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal. There are also a MCAP office, health post, police station in Namrung. To the south rises, we will have the view of Himal Chuli, a huge peak. Climbing steadily in the shade of a forest takes us to Lihi, a fine village with many shortens and many barley terraces. We still have quite bit of trail to reach Lho. Ganesh Himal Rises high into the sky when we turn around. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal. A chorten with detailed paintings announces Sho, another nice village with fine views up the open valley. We cross a stream short after leaving Sho and one final steep climb takes us to village with superb view of Mt. Manaslu. It is Lho Village where we explore the famous Ribung Gompa. Overnight at Lho.

Day 10:  Lho - Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
The Budi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. Upon a short climb to a plateau we will be at Shyala village. Our arrival at the village will be surrunded by huge mountains and those are Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. From a large chorten we look down into a little dip where two rows of houses form the main part of Sama. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day 11:  Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hrs exploration
We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. We pay our attention to ponder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. At this juncture we meet the village women in Samagaon who wear a nice silver spoon as jewelry. On a little hill near Samagaon is an old Gompa. We take a side trip to Pungyen Gompa, a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu; Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year they met so much resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They finally submitted the mountain in 1959. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day 12:  Sama - Samdo [3860m / 12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
Today, while descending to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north, we follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight at Samdo.

Day 13:  Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m / 14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We gonna  camp here today and have a rest to prepare for next day`s journey. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight at Dharmashala.

Day 14:  Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m / 16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m / 12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hrs
After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. Upon this moment we will have the views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. At here, we savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang. But to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu will be an experience not to be missed. Overnight at Bimthang.

Day 15:  Bimthang - Tilije [2300m / 7544ft]: 4 - 5 hrs
From a ridge at Bimthang, we will have very beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Him lung Himal, Cheo Himal. We further walk down and cross the high pasture (Sangure Kharka). Beyond a bridge over Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday`s tiredness we might take overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Yala Adventure recommends staying at Tilije. Overnight at Tilije Village.

Day 16:  Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
Today, we climb over a small ridge to the stone - paved village and wind among the closely spaced houses of this large village. Upon leaving the village, we cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment. Crossing at a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climbing up through a shorten-shaped arch and passing a mani wall, we will be at Thonje village. At the village of Thonje, we go through a police checkpoint and then continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walk we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. Further, we come across some Mani Walls before reaching village of Tal where there is ACAP office. Tal Village is situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight at Tal.

Day 17:  Tal - Syange [1080m / 3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Today, our journey from Tal to Syange begins. At the beginning the trail continues on to Chyamje Recrossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through forests of rhododendron and pine to Syange. Overnight at Syange.

Day 18:  Syange - Besi Sahar (800m/2625 ft) - Kathmandu:  4 hrs
An 8-9 hours picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers offers splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel.

Day 19: Rest day in Kathmandu
A day of rest and relaxation, you can go for shopping and sightseeing. After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Our next destination is Patan Durbar square after then we will proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the evening we will have fare well dinner together at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 20: Departure
Our splendid journey in Nepal abolishes here and we will convoy you to the airport according to your scheduled flight and bid you farewell.

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