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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Level
Moderate Strenuous
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
5160 meter
Trip Duration
19 Days

Overview

Yala Adventure’s itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek which is also known as Round Manaslu 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.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1:  International Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft] – Transfer to Hotel

  • Day 2:  Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Day 3:  Drive Kathmandu to Arughat [600m/1968 ft]: 9–10 hrs drive

  • Day 4:  Arughat – Soti Khola [710m/2328 ft]: 5–6 hrs

  • Day 5:  Soti Khola – Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6–7 hrs

  • Day 6:  Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 7–8 hrs

  • Day 7:  Jagat – Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 7–8 hrs

  • Day 8:  Deng – Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6–7 hrs

  • Day 9:  Namrung – Lho [3180m/10,430 ft]: 4–5 hrs

  • Day 10:  Lho – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 4–5 hrs

  • Day 11:  Samagaon – Pungyen gompa – Samagaon: 6–7 hrs

  • Day 12:  Sama – Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4–5 hrs

  • Day 13:  Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4–5 hrs

  • Day 14:  Dharamsala – Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] – Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8–9 hrs

  • Day 15:  Bimthang – Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 4–5 hrs

  • Day 16:  Tilije – Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5–6 hrs

  • Day 17:  Tal – Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6–7 hrs

  • Day 18:  Syange – Besi Sahar (800m/2625 ft) – Kathmandu: 8-9 hrs

  • Day 19:  Transfer to Airport for your departure flight

Detailed Itinerary


Day 01:  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 02:  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 03:  Drive Kathmandu to Arughat [600m/1968 ft]: 9–10 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 9-10 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 04:  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 05:  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 06:  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 07:  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 08:  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 09:  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
oday, 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: 8-9 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:  Transfer to Airport for your departure flight
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Yala Adventure escorts us to the airport for our flight time. (B)

Cost Details

    • Arrival and departure airport transfers in Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
    •  Guided city tour in Kathmandu (optional)
    • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking period in the lodges/restaurents
    • Local fresh fruits where available
    • Surface Transport to and from Kathmandu by private vehicle
    • Twin sharing acommodation at the tea house lodges
    • Manaslu CIrcuit trekking map
    • An experience guide and one trekking helper between 2 persons
    • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) when required
    • All required special trekking permits and conservation fee
    • All government taxes and our service charges
    • Farewell Dinner before departure
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Your Travel insurance
    • Any International and Domestic airfare and taxes
    • Nepal entry visa fee (available at Kathmandu airport on arrival)
    • Tips for trekking staff and driver (tipping is expected but not mandatory)
    • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
    • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone calls and internet service.
    • Personal trekking Equipments.
    • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu if doing sightseeing
    • Any others expenses not mentioned on package Includes section

Equipments Checklist


Clothing

    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops
    T-shirts

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

Miscellaneous
    Toiletries
    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Earplugs
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Altimeter
    Compass
    Binoculars
    Books/magazines
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen

Camping

    Tent
    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)

Map

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Departure Dates

No fixed departures.