MANASLU CIRCUIT SHORT TREK | 11 DAYS WALKING | ITINERARY |

MANASLU CIRCUIT SHORT TREK

Group Size

5-15 peoples

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

Tent, Hotel, Lodge

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

Easy

max. altitude

5,160 m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • The diversity of the landscapes of Manaslu, a massif
  • less frequent than that of the Annapurnas.
  • The Pungyen monastery and Kal lake and its superb panorama.
  • Gradual acclimatization for the passage of Lyarka La (5135 m).
  • short 12 days of trekking in lodge accommodation.

trip introduction

Manaslu circuit trek is much less crowded than the Annapurna region and Everest region. This trek passes through a wide variety of landscapes. we walk through the forests and near the glaciers and peaks of 7000 m and 8000 m that surround us. we hike alternating between valleys and valleys. especially, when we pass the neck of Larkya at 5100 m. However, pass depending on the conditions and is more technical than the Thorung La. passages that may require special attention. The view of the Himalchuli and Manaslu ranges is unforgettable from Pung Gyen Monastery.

Manaslu circuit trek is a neighbor of the Annapurnas, the Manaslu circuit trek is a massif of an aestheticism without comparison. Its secret valleys have always seen yak caravans trading with Tibet. Landscapes of high mountains and valleys sinking in the heart of glaciers. The gigantic walls of the Himal Chuli, and traditional villages are the ingredients of this beautiful route. This crossing of the different Himalayan stages is also a real journey of discovering ethnic families. Therefore, we pass the villages inhabited by Gurung, Tibetans, or Tibetans Manangis. We walk in classic route to make a tour through the Gurung villages which constitute a real highlight of this trip. Manaslu circuit trek itinerary is a beautiful approach to the Nepalese Himalayas, in the secret of the remote valleys.

The route head of the Manaslu Circuit trek is near Kathmandu of the major Nepalese treks.  it’s a 126 km drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. which takes about 6 -7 hours by jeep.  If road conditions are challenging you may have to start walking from Arkhet, which adds an extra day.  (which is often the case at the tail end of the monsoon in September)

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

Approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel then we take our vehicles and leave for Arughat by a beautiful road that crosses the valley of Kathmandu (135 km). The views of the mountain road from Thankot are spectacular. Thankot defended before entering the city of Kathmandu, unfortunately, there are no traces of his fort. Arrive in Dhading Beshi,  crossing the bridge, then climb to Ramkot and continue to Arughat where you change your vehicle. We take local jeeps to Soti Khola, the track is bad. We cross landscapes with rice fields, traditional villages. We will meet our trekking team and we settle at the lodge. 

Route: 135 km, about 8 hours drive (the road between Kathmandu / Arughat is sometimes disturbed because of traffic).

Final altitude: approximately 700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today, We leave the fertile lands to reach the steeper slopes. We walk about 1h30 to Tatopani where a spring of hot water gushes from the big rock cliff into several small waterfalls. We cross the river through a suspension bridge before taking the path that winds through the gorges of bubbling Budhi Gandaki. The Budi Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. Further, after a long climb, one reaches yaru Khola. At yaru bagar, we cross the cantilever bridge and river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat. The Jagat village with beautiful stone houses (entrance to the national park). and check the point of the permit after that again we cross the suspension bridge along 2 waterfalls and the walking side of the river reaches the beautiful stone house village sallari.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

From today,  We enter the Buddhist lands with chortens and prayer walls. We leave the sallari village and ascent and descent along a mountain peeled at his feet and crossing a small village. We will have the opportunity to see a mountain 7000m the Shringi Himal, one of the beautiful mountains. The landscape becomes frankly alpine in this valley: the path goes up without trees to a small pass before going down to another small village. We walk on the flat to a huge suspension bridge and a steep climb awaits us on the other side that leads to the philim village. Additionally, Another walking in a  flat on a balcony at mid-slope then descends and crosses the longest waterfall. We leave the path that goes to the Tsum Valley and continues to the small village of pewa. Before arriving at the pewa we will be able to see the massifs of Ganesh Himal and the Himal Chuli.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,820 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We go up gently along the cliff through beautiful clumps of rhododendrons. From pewa, we really enter Bothies country (inhabitants of Tibetan origin). The children are dressed in heavy chubas of woven wool, the women wear a colorful aprons. After the hamlet and the passage of a bridge, steep climb to Rana village where traditional houses merge with the stone fields. Lunch at Bihi Phedi. Our trek on a path dug into the cliff continues to rise gradually and in the distance, we see the Prok plateau. After Bihi Phedi, we leave the classic path to descend to the torrent crossed by a suspension bridge and climb to a wild pine forest where bears, red pandas, and musk deer live. The trail leads to the small Prok hydroelectric power station and its water mills. Last steep we ascent of 20 minutes before reaching the beautiful plateau Prok village. The houses connected by paved streets are surrounded by beautiful green fields. Willows and birches shelter various species of birds including the pheasant of the Himalayas. A pretty gompa and beautiful mountain dominate the prok village.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After having an early warm breakfast we start our journey to Kal tal with pack lunch. The way is steeply up from prok until reach kaltal. It takes 4 – 5hrs to reach kaltal. Walking through a forest of pine, and rhododendron. After reaching the top you will be awarded by a beautiful lake with Mt. Manaslu, shirinki Himal, Ganesh Himal, etc, and a green pine forest. It is the biggest and highest lake in the Manaslu region. It takes 45m to make round the lake.  We spent around 1hour and back to prok village at the same lodge

Approximately 8 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,440 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We leave Prok and his protective god at the exit of the village to go down to Ghap by a spruce forest then crossing two bridges. Steep uphill on the left bank of the Budhi Gandaki river before arriving at Namrung village for a lunch at 2,550m.here we can explore a Beautiful monastery in the village. We pass by green fields and cross the different small villages of Lhi and Shyu before taking a steep climb to the big lho village 3,280 m. Houses with roof terraces are nested inside each other. We can view Manaslu, 8,156 m, and Himal Chuli, 7,893 m, and other snow-capped peaks.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We climb in the forest to reach the site of Shyala, a large plateau surrounded by high snow-capped peaks. Soon we leave the classic trail to follow a torrent and go up a steep path to the  Pungyen gumpa. This sacred site is at the foot of the Manaslu Himal. Glaciers, seracs, and moraine surround a small monastery and its hermitages. Then we descend the same way to reach Samagaon, the largest village in the Nubri Valley. The houses of Samagaon are protected by an important monastery dominated by the southern face of Manaslu and its glaciers and different peaks.

Approximately 6 – 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

 Today, we start the day with a day of easy walking. Climb to the monastery of Samagaun protected by the 8000 m of Manaslu. Continue on the path that leads to the Manaslu base camp. Beautiful view of the  Birendra blue lake where the Manaslu glacier dives. The climb is gentle along the Buri Gandaki. We cross the river and start a good climb to reach the small plateau which is the samdo village at 3780 m. It is the last village before the Larkya pass and also the highest village around the Manaslu region. We find the Tibetan habitat where the animals are housed inside the houses and warm the house. We spent the afternoon hiking uphill after lunch.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After a warm breakfast, we leave for Dharamsala from samdo.  This is another short and easy step but quite high in altitude. We will start our day experience by crossing a wood bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing some streams and watching a glimpse of the Larkya glacier. we can hike around a valley and make our way upwards once more to attain a teahouse known as Dharmashala. After lunch, we are able to take a quick walk to Larke Phedi which offers enough time and relaxation to acclimatize for the day after today passes. 

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,460 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Morning up, breakfast, and then we go back gradually to the neck Larkya 5 106 m. The trail follows the north face of a glacier and joins the rocky moraine. The climb is without difficulty but long. After crossing a small lake, continue climbing up to a decorated with prayer flags marking the Larkya Pass. Arriving at the top, we can finally enjoy ourselves because we are in the heart of the Himalayas, surrounded by the highest mountains in the world. We take some pictures of Himlung Himal, Kang Guru, Cheo Himal (6,812 m), and in the distance, Annapurna II (7,937 m). After all that, we will reach Bimthang. Warning: The passage of the pass is sometimes snowy and it can make the descent difficult, it must be equipped with sticks and mittens.

Approximately 8-9 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Last view of Manaslu and its west face. We descend to the Dudh Khola River by a walk on the screen of the tumbling glacier of Cheo Himal, great views of the Ngadi, Himalchuli, and Pungyi, and crossing a pine forest and rhododendrons. We can enjoy the Beautiful view of  Kampung Himal during the walk over the torrent of the Dudh Khola to Tilije. It is a large Gurung village with houses with carved woodwork located at 2,300 m. We continue to the village of Darapani.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After breakfast, we leave the mountain, its villages and welcome people to return to Kathmandu. We take the Jeeps for Besishar by an off-road track and then we take a private bus to Kathmandu. During the journey, we enjoy the landscape with rice fields and fields and farms. We also enjoy local life along the way! A short stop for lunch then continues on the road to Kathmandu.

DRIVE: 200 km, about 8/9 hours driving (the road between Beshishar / Kathmandu is sometimes disturbed because of traffic).

Final altitude: approximately 1,820 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

Approximately  20 minutes of driving from the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 1,350 m
Meals: breakfast 

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Collective and individual camping and cooking equipment.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

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