Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exclusively enchanting trek through the outstanding adventurous trail of the Manaslu region. The trek offers the delighting snowy peaks, magnificent green hill landscape and the cultural aura of the Tibetan Buddhist communities. The Thorong La Pass (5160 meters) is the highest point of this trek, which is a wonderful viewpoint, located at the base point of Mt. Manaslu.
Also known as the Round Manaslu Trek, it embarks from the Budi Gandaki River valley and connects the Marshyangdi River valley at the concluding point. Manaslu Conservation Area, through which the trek goes, is a pocket zone of snow leopard. The picturesque green hills, oak and rhododendron forest, grassy lands and many more are the occurring sceneries at the downhill part. The alpine region is dotted with the meadows and the mountain views come at your closer distance. Mt. Manaslu is one of them. The dramatic viewpoint Larke Pass appeals the adventure that you need to be physically fit and acclimatized. The next section is the Marshyangdi River valley that leads you to the Annapurna region of Nepal. The cultural fascinations of the Tibetan Buddhists are amazing that can be experienced during the Manaslu Trek. Samdo and Sama Gaon are the typical representative villages with various ancient Tibetan Buddhist sites and heritages. Colorful monasteries and chhortens are the wonderful offerings that reveal how rich is the Manaslu region in terms of the cultural affluence.
March to May and September to November are the best trekking seasons for the Manaslu circuit. Blue Himalayan Tours and Travels offers this trek with professional guide and porters on the requirement. Please, contact us for the detailed information.
Welcome to Kathmandu, enchanting and exotic, it is a city immersed with ancient temples and tradition! Fused with colorful markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants, Kathmandu with its exhilarating allure is a city you won’t forget! You’ll be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the streets and markets. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant. O/N at Hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu, via private 4x4 jeep into the Ghorka region of Nepal. Continue driving through small villages and bustling bazaars, arriving in the settlement of SotiKhola in the BhuriGandaki valley. We will spend the night here in a teahouse (mountain hut). O/N at Guest House.
The trek begins by following the BhuriGandaki River through the shady sal forest, continuing steeply uphill along a rugged Cliffside. From here you can see the river’s white and wild rapids below. Eventually the trail drops to the Gurung village of Labubesi and follows along the riverbank until we reach the village of MachhaKhola. O/N at Guest House.
We follow the gorge and continue up the river. Langur monkeys can usually be heard playing in the jungle high above, where there are also larger Garung villages. O/N at Guest House.
After spending the night in Jagat the trail begins to climb a rocky ridge where views of Sringi Himal (7187m) emerge. Continue through rich terraced fields of maize, potato and millet before entering the Nupri (‘the Western Mountains) via bamboo forests. We spend the night in the Buddhist village of Deng. O/N at Guest House.
From Deng, pass by numerous Tibetan mani walls (intricately hand carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures), weaving in and out of canyons. Enter into a colorful forest of firs, oaks and rhododendrons before arriving in the settlement of Namrung. O/N at Guest House.
Continuing from Namrung the trek climbs steadily into the alpine where you’ll see a first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. From this point on many of the locals dress in traditional Tibetan clothing called chubas. O/N at Guest House.
A shorter day of trekking allows you to acclimatize and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. Walk through a gully of mosses and rhododendron before entering into the village of Samagaon. O/N at Guest House.
A side trip to the spectacular Manaslu Base camp (4900m) is not to be missed! During the climbing season, the base camp is a hive of activity, filled with expedition teams, equipment, climbers, porters and tents. Leaving from Samagaon early in the morning, we follow the trail through forest before a steep ascent onto a slope and onto a moraine. From here there are magnificent views of the glacier, a turquoise lake and awe-inspiring mountains from all angles. The trek to base camp is around 4-5 hours, and the descent back to Samagaon is about 2-3 hours. As this is an acclimatization and ‘rest day’ we make sure to take a slow and easy pace.
An alternative to the Manaslu Base Camp is a shorter trek to PungyenGompa and the glacial lake, Birendra Tal. Trek through a forested area before reaching a ridge and a grassy plateau. Here you’ll discover the gompa that was destroyed by avalanche during the winter in 1953. Continue past to get to the icy waters of Birendra Tal situated at the base of a glacier, and if you’re brave take a dip! O/N at Guest House.
This is another shorter day to allow you to better adjust to the altitude. Here is a land of yaks, plentiful marmots and pastures where only barley and potatoes can grow (due the high elevation) and where we finally depart to above the tree line. A pleasant walk brings us to the picturesque village of Samdo –a town known for its yak herding. Samdo is also at the convergence of 3 valleys and is only a day’s walk from Tibet. You are quite likely to see traders coming from the valley carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods. O/N at Guest House.
Continuing on from Samdo follow along a wide, broad path, crossing the BhuriGandaki River and traversing along a mani wall. Continue climbing over the Larkya Glacier until coming to a ridge which offers grand views of a huge gorge. We will spend the night here, before embarking on the high Larkya La the next morning. O/N at Guest House.
Today is a longer day with a challenging, though not technically difficult trek over the Larkya La at a breathtaking 5100m. From LarkyaPhedi, cross glacial moraine and past four frozen lakes as you make your way to the pass. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach this point. From here you can see incredible views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Manaslu, and Annapurna II (7937). Begin your descent down a trail along a steep gully. Eventually the trail peters out into more level area of grassy moraine. The valley opens up as you continue your descent to Bimthang. O/N at Guest House.
It will be another great rest day for after long and big climbing day. You can explore around beautiful Manaslu range and landscape. O/N at Guest House.
Cross a glacial stream and climb over the side of the moraine descending into a spectacular forest of rhododendron and impressive pines, with view of Manaslu providing an equal amount of splendor. Descend down towards the Dudh (milk) Khola then continue through a more agricultural landscape until reaching the village of Tilje. O/N at Guest House.
Continue a rapid descent into the Marsygandi Valley through forest, crossing a suspension bridge and making your way to the well-trodden trail of the Annapurna Circuit. We’ll make our way to Chamje, staying here for the night and celebrating our success of completing the Manaslu Circuit. O/N at Guest House.
We take a private 4x4 jeep and make our way to Kathmandu. O/N at Hotel.
After breakfast, meet guide at the lobby of Hotel, for Kathmandu city sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swoyambhu & Kathmandu Durbar square Evening free for personal activities. O/N stay at Hotel
Unfortunately it’s the end of this adventure. Lost Earth Adventures group services end after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are complimentary. See you next time!