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Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Manaslu Circuit Trekking

This trek offers magnificent views of Manaslu (8163m) which is the eighth tallest mountains in the world coupled with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region.

  • With its remoteness and secluded solidarity it is believed to be in stark contrast to trekking in the Annapurna region making ‘around Manaslu “ Trek’ a first choice for those who prefer to become one with nature.” Make a rendezvous journey with Around Manaslu Circuit Trek and discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys around the Manaslu. Manaslu at 8163 meters (26783 feet) is the eighth tallest mountain in the World. Situated close to Nepal’s border with Tibet, about 100 km northwest of Kathmandu. Owing to the region’s proximity with Tibet, the northern part of Manaslu used to be a restricted area which was opened for trekking only in 1992, and it is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas. Hence, 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.

    Yala Adventure’s itinerary for Around Manaslu Circuit Trek has been designed in consultation with professional mountaineers and guides ensuring adequate time for proper acclimatization. Much of the trek involves walking on mountain trails, and is within the capabilities of people with good cardiovascular fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations. The first half of the trek ascends the BudhiGandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we get nearer to the Larky- La (5160m), the highest point on the trek, we encounter rough glacial moraine, and a final short steeper section to the summit. Once in the Marsyangdi Valley, we descend the main Annapurna Circuit trail. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people.

    Important Note and Optional Activities
    Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Yala Adventure. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

  • Day 1:  International Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft] – Transfer to Hotel
    Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Yala Adventure. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Yala Adventure display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel in Kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city or visit Yala Adventure office site. It all depends upon our interests and condition. At the evening upon our reception, Yala Adventure will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)

    Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner

    Day 2:  Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Yala Adventure briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight at Kathmandu. Included meal: Breakfast (B)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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 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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. (B,L,D)

    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. The day in Kathmandu either spend on leisure or perhaps we catch up some last minute shopping or explore any sights we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, we will be at  a host dinner to celebrate our successful completion of Around Manaslu Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B,L,D)

    Day 19:  Farewell Friend
    Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Yala Adventure escorts us to the airport for our flight time. Approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Yala Adventure will escort us to the airport and bid farewell greetings. (B)

  • Moderate
    The Moderate treks begin to present more of a challenge to first time trekkers and are tougher than easy treks .So these treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. Most people who enjoy a weekend in the hills or mountains at home are capable of undertaking a trek at this level: you need to be in good health and reasonably fit, and you will almost certainly be taking regular exercise. A trek could be graded Moderate either as a fairly easy medium-duration walk, or as a harder, shorter walk. Some walking at higher altitude and the occasional longer or more difficult day may be involved, but generally conditions underfoot will be fair. A walking day would normally be between 5 to 8 hours long and no experience is necessary.

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  • 46465_1603370169107_2986800_nNamaste Yadu

    I made it home safely and even was upgraded to business class for the first part of my flights home from Kathmandu to Abu Dhabi. Which was great.

    I would like to thank you for organising everything whilst I was in Nepal. You are certainly Mr FixIt when it comes to sorting out itineraries, hotels, guides, flights, buses, etc.This made my trip run very smoothly without any hitch. I will pass on you details to anyone I know who is looking to travel to Nepal.

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