MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is more remote and spectacular than many, with rough steep tracks and fewer visitors. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Budhi Gandaki river, and has a gradually ascent to the high pass of  Larkya La (5106m) allowing gradual acclimatization. There are amazing views of Mt Manaslu the world’s 8th highest mountain, with the trek passing Base Camp.

The trek makes a circuit of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8163 m above sea level. Its name, meaning “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word, manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. Manaslu is in the western part of Nepal; a remote, forested area of natural beauty with Tibetan style culture and traditions. The route passes over suspension bridges and by dramatic waterfalls, with stunning views of the western Ganesh Himal range, Annapurna II,  Himalchuli and many other peaks. The local people are primarily farmers, growing corn and millet, some with apple orchards or chicken farms. They buy clothes and shoes from nearby Tibet where they also sell their Yak (one Yak costs around 1000 USD !).

During the trip we stay in local lodges or tea houses which are basic but comfortable. Each lodge serves meals from locally grown vegetables –  potatoes, cabbage and beans together with cornbread, rice or dal which are brought by donkey from Aarughat. The lodges rely on solar power for light and charging for mobiles and camera batteries may be limited. Wifi is  available but slow and cell phone coverage is available other than a couple of days but only 2G – no data!

Maximum elevation 5106m

  • Difficulty: Challenging Location :- Gorkha District manang, Gandaki Zone Nepal.
  • Start /End point :- Soti Khola / Dharapani
  • Season: March to May and October to mid-December

Itinerary

We depart Kathmandu early morning by private vehicle and drive approx. 7 hours to reach Soti Khola village, where we'll stay overnight.

Today we trek along the Budhi Gandaki river for about 4 hours to the village of Machha Khola. We'll pass tropical forests and enjoy views of the valley.

Leaving Machha Khola, we head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. After 6-7 hours we arrive at the small settlement of Jagat.

Our journey continues along the Budhi Gandaki, crossing suspension bridges and spotting wildlife. We stop overnight at Deng.

A tougher day trekking 6-7 hours to Namrung village, where we can visit nearby Buddhist monasteries. The scenery becomes more mountainous.

We gain elevation today, passing mani walls and trekking among pine forests. Our destination is Samagaon with views of Manaslu.

After breakfast, we hike up to the Manaslu Base Camp below the mountain's immense south face. We return to Samagaon to sleep.

A relatively easy day trekking downhill through juniper and birch forest to reach Samdo village. This is our last stop before the pass crossing.

We start early for the ascent to Dharmasala. The views get better the higher we go. Overnight at Dharmasala before the pass crossing.

Our big day crossing the Larkya La! We reach the pass marked by prayer flags and stones. After taking in the views, we descend to Bimtang for the night.

We continue descending lower, passing waterfalls and rice paddies. Our trek ends at Tal village beside the Marsyangdi river.

We say farewell to the mountains and drive back to Kathmandu by jeep and tourist bus, arriving in the evening.

Before flying home, we have a spare day to explore Kathmandu, buy souvenirs and reflect on the trek.

Nepal's Entry Requirements:

Nepal is fully open to travelers without restrictions. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. No vaccination certificate or negative PCR test is required, but check with your airlines for any specific requirements.

Preparation for Your Trek:

It’s advisable to add extra days before and after your trek for flexibility. Bring two passport-sized photos, a copy of your international flight ticket, and travel insurance. Check Nepal immigration for updated info.

Guides and Their Importance:

While trekking can be done without a guide, our experienced guides assist with navigation, alternative plans, and enhancing your overall trekking experience.

Weather and Best Trekking Seasons:

The trekking season runs from mid-September to November and March to early June. Each season offers unique weather conditions, with spring and autumn being the most popular and stable times for trekking.

Visas and Arrival Details:

Visas can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. Prepare USD cash for visa fees. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Payments and Additional Costs:

Plan to spend USD 15-20 per person per day for extra expenses during the trek. Larger bills are preferred for payments in Nepal. A 30% deposit is required upon booking, with the remaining balance payable upon arrival in Kathmandu.

Who Can Trek?

Previous trekking experience is not required. Our treks have no age restrictions, and solo female travelers can safely trek with us.

Physical Fitness and Trek Difficulty:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is moderately challenging due to altitude and duration. Physical preparation, including cardiovascular exercise, is recommended for a successful trek.

Trek Preparation and Packing:

After booking, provide necessary documents and ensure you have travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage. Essential items to pack include trekking boots, sun protection, and proper clothing.

Accommodation and Facilities During Trek:

Accommodation ranges from three-star hotels in Kathmandu to basic teahouses during the trek. Private rooms in teahouses are subject to availability and may require an additional cost.

Health and Safety Measures:

Our guides are trained in first aid and altitude sickness prevention. We provide portable altitude chambers for emergencies and monitor your condition throughout the trek.

Cancellation Policy and Tipping:

Notice of cancellation should be given at least 20 days before the trip start date. Tipping is expected and appreciated, typically around 10% of the total trek cost.

Communication and Solo Travel:

Guides carry local cell phones for communication. Solo travelers joining group treks don’t incur additional fees. Private trips or changes to published dates may have extra charges.

Trek Extensions and Additional Activities:

Trek extensions can be arranged for private trips. Hairy Yak Adventures offers various day trip options for extending your holiday.

International Flights and Transportation:

Travelers are responsible for booking international flights. Transportation during the trek includes private 4WD vehicles from Kathmandu to Machha Khola and back.

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MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK