Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 Days
In Kathmandu, 16 days
1 - 10
10 - 90
Sherpa Expedition Teams
Here is a great adventure to a less crowded and more isolated region of the Himalayas. The Manaslu Circuit trek via Larkya La Pass is a high altitude trek profuse in natural beauty, Tibetan culture and superb panoramic scenes of the iconic Mt Manaslu (8163m & world’s 8th highest mountain).
The 16 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek opened in 1992 and has since become one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas in the region bordering Tibet. However, only 2% of trekkers visit this region, thus ensuring peace and tranquility. The remote location and predominantly Tibetan Buddhist influence makes this a spiritual journey and will introduce you to a tranquil and peaceful region. The rich culture and beautiful rhododendron, cedar, birch and juniper forests enhance the senses as you follow trails through the mountains.
Circumnavigating this giant mountain (Manaslu) exposes you to various landscapes, such as deep gorges, raging rivers, giant massifs with the Annapurna ranges in the west and Ganesh Himal in the east. This trek is physically hard going but with time allocated to acclimatization we will be prepared before we head to higher altitudes. The trail takes us through the Budhi Gandaki River valley with waterfalls cascading from the steep cliffs above.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat. The next day we head to Machha Khola passing through scented forests, alongside lush terraced farmlands and across suspension bridges. Our first stop is the village of Deng where we have our first mountain views in this region, and then we head to Namrung Village where we have even better views of the enormous vertical face of Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Mt. Himalchuli (7893m). Further down the trail we come to highest village on our trek, Samagaun Village. It is here that we spend time acclimatizing in order to prepare ourselves to trekking at higher altitudes. The next day we head off to Samdo and Dharamsala where again we can see Larkya Glacier and the Larkya Peak (6249m). The hardest day of this trek is crossing Larkya La Pass (5106m), located between Dharamsala and Bhimthang. We then descend to Bhimthang and a little further on to Gho. The last leg of this trek takes us to Dharapani and then connects with the trail back to Besisahar then back to Kathmandu.
The difficult Manaslu Circuit trek is rich in natural beauty and will give you an insight into Buddhism and Hinduism and how they co-exist in these far-flung regions. The alternatives to this trek are: 12 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek, 23 Days Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek or the 16 Days Tsum Valley Trek.
Sherpa Expedition Teams will arrange permits and take care of all meals and accommodation on the trek.
HighlightsView the 8th highest peak in the world at 8,163m (26,781 ft)., Magnificent views, increasingly rugged landscape and a high altitude pass at Larkya-La Pass at 5100m (16732 ft ), The trekking begins from Arughat Bazaar and follows the remarkable Budi Gandaki River north to the village of Deng., Remoteness, meaning fewer people take this route. Serene and still unspoiled with nature in its raw state., Walking through the tropical green hills covered with pine trees and oak forests at lower altitudes of the trek., The distinctive cultures and mix of Tibetan and Nepalese mountain people.
A representative from Sherpa Expedition Teams will pick you up from the airport and take you to your 3 star hotel in Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu.
Today we head off sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. You will visit the major touristic destinations like Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Bhaktapur Durbar Square. You will visit museums and see the beautiful early Newari architecture.
Today we will go by public bus, or car, and head out on the highway heading west, stopping along the way for a lunch break until we arrive at Arughat, Dhading (1050m) and then follow the Budhi Gandaki River to Dhading Bensi and ultimately Soti Khola where we stay overnight.
Today we follow a mule track and climb higher on a remarkable path cut into the face of the cliff and then descend to Lapubesi (880m). We need to be careful along this section of the trail. We then follow the trail to Nauli Khola, crossing a suspension bridge and then alongside the Budi Gandaki River before coming to Machha Khola (900m), a place where many trekkers were stranded after the earthquake in 2015 and had to be rescued.
Today we follow the river to Khorlabesi and the hot spring at Tatopani (meaning hot water - 930m), and then follow a trail that zigzags and regularly crosses the river over suspension bridges before we arrive at the entrance gate to Manaslu Conservation Area and Jagat (1410m) - with its characteristic flagstone square. We will check that the route is passable, and may suggest we take another route along a much higher path on the east side of the river before dropping back down to the old trail near Doban.
The trail heads higher to Salleri and Sirdibas before coming to Philim. The countryside becomes steadily more barren as the trail passes several waterfalls until we reach a crossroad at Ekle Bhatti where the trail heads to Lokpa - a village on the trail leading to the Tsum Valley. We then climb above the junction of the Buri Gandaki and Shar Khola Rivers and head to Pewa and then Deng (1860m) where we will stay the night.
Today we follow a trail above the Tom Khola (river) to Longa Chuta before coming to a charming fir and rhododendron forest filled with birds and Langur monkeys situated on the north side of the Buri Gandaki River. We re-cross the river before coming to Namrung (2660m) that was in the past a customs post in the days when this was a route for transporting salt from Tibet. Namrung is another village that was damaged from the 2015 earthquake, but today it has been rebuilt.
Today we follow the path and next to a long Mani stone wall in the village of Lho and have some amazing views of Peak 29 in front of us. We will take a short detour to the Pungen Glacier for a close-up view of the conspicuous Mt. Manaslu. We will stay in Samagaun at a guesthouse overnight.
Today we head uphill and back to the Buri Gandaki River and pass the junction of the trail leading to Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. The valley then broadens before coming to Kermo Khadka and continues to the white Kani Gateway and entrance to Samdo (3860m). If time is on our side we will trek to the peak located above the village for outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu. If we need to further acclimatize we can take a 6 to 7 hour trek of 640 meters up to the moraine of the Fukang Glacier where you will have extensive views of several high passes used by locals to cross over into Tibet.
This morning we begin our climb to Larkya La Pass, a trail that offers fantastic views of Manaslu and the Syacha Glacier. It is possible you will see Himalayan blue sheep on the trail. This is as high as we venture today without risking possible altitude sickness. This is also the last safe haven before reaching the pass. This leg of the trek is often subject to snowfall between mid - December to mid -March when snow frequently blocks passage through Larkya La Pass. Samdo Lodge is generally closed in winter months. Your guide will know beforehand if the lodge is in fact closed.
Today starts with a short climb to the north side of Larkya Glacier from where we have views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The climb to the Larkya La (5100m) pass is at first a gradual ascent but then becomes steeper as we get closer to the pass. At the top of the pass we have some real stunning panoramic views of several mountain ranges. The descent from the pass is also hard on the legs. We will come to Bhimthang where we camp the night in a tent.
Today we trek along a ridge and enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. The trail heads through highland pastures cross the Dudh Khola (river) and through rhododendron forest passing the village of Gho along the way. We finally come to Tilije where we will stay at a guesthouse overnight.
Today we head out on the trail and pass through the village of Chamje before again crossing the Marsyangdi River. Before reaching Syange we pass though rhododendron and pine forests. We will stay in a guest house at Syange tonight.
Today we will catch a bus back to Kathmandu via Besisahar through the hills and mountains. Tonight at Kathmandu we will celebrate with a farewell dinner on the completion of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
A representative from Sherpa Expedition Teams will take you to the airport at least three hours prior to your scheduled departure. We hope that on your way home you will be considering your next adventure to this amazing mountainous country.
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast ( 3 nights only)
- Guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
- Local Sherpa Expedition Teams licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Fresh fruit every night after dinner.
- Airport Pick up and drop off by private car
- Shared Jeep to Sotikhola and regular bus back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
- Shared from Jeep Syange- Besishar.
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle
- Manaslu Special permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) (MCAP) entry permit & Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) permits.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
- Down jacket and sleeping bag by Sherpa Expedition Teams (which need to be returned after the trek)
- Assistant guide group size above 6+ persons.
- International Flight fare
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
- Nepal entry visa fee (You can easily issue a visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). $40 USD for 30 days visa.
- Your Trekking and medical insurance (compulsory).
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Laundry, telephone and personal trekking equipment.
- Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
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