Code MCT • 17 Days •
The Manaslu Circuit trek is a blend of natural and cultural richness. The trail takes you through the spectacular Manaslu region and the people that call it home.It is a challenging yet worthy of all the hard work. The total journey around the Manaslu takes 15 days and involves the crossing of the great Larkya La pass.
Those that have explored the region say that trekking around Manaslu reminds them of the Annapurna Circuit, but the region nevertheless is much more distinctive and less explored. This trail takes visitors through spectacular natural landscapes and culturally rich local people.
Many highlights of the trek are that it is less crowded, you can reach it overland, crossing of several suspension bridges as you follow the path of the Buri Gandaki, different climatic conditions, trail filled with colorful prayer flags and other Buddhist religious symbols, ethnic villages, and of course great views from several viewpoints especially the Larkya La pass. The pass is physically demanding and takes a whole day to cross it. Nevertheless, it is still manageable for those who are in good physical shape but may not have previous mountaineering experience. From Larkya La you can see great vistas of Cheo Himal, Himal Chuli, Himlung Himal, and of course Manaslu.
The trek is an organized camping trek due to lack of the lodge facilities in the area. But spending the nights in a tent is not that bad it only enhances the Himalayan experience with an opportunity to witness the magnificence of the Himalayas up close. This is a brilliant trek with a chance to learn more about the lifestyles of people in the region and also to explore the natural riches of the region.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Kathmandu
After your trip to Kathmandu, We will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. On the way you could have your first impress about Nepalese culture. Change of sceneries guaranteed. Sounds, smell, rickshaws, colours, streets…
DAY 2 – Drive to Arughat (640 m) / 7 hours
It is a long way through Nepal on roads both tarred and earth-surfaced, but you won’t be disappointed. You will discover the beautiful countryside of Nepal. Lush greeneries, villages, farms, rivers, lifestyle of local people in the streets and the panoramic view on the Himalaya range.
DAY 3 – Trek to SotiKhola (775 m) / 6 hours
This first trekking day will be on a flat rough road to SotiKhola. It will be a good training before to start the trail, which is going to go up to 5,300 meters of altitude.
DAY 4 – Trek to MachhaKhola (900 m) / 5 – 6 hours
The trail goes through the Sal Forest, leads several suspension bridges and goes neartwo tropical waterfalls, which reach a hillside rocky path, which goes through few rice terraces. During this day, the wooden landscape will radically change to leave sheer cliffs.
DAY 5 – Trek to Jagat (1,340 m) / 6 hours
The trek will be punctuated by crossing several rivers and by a number of stone stairs to go up and down through the mountains. Also, on the way you will discover the small hot springs of Tatopani before to reach the village of Jagat.
DAY 6 – Trek to Ngyak (2,310m) / 6 hours
The trail will go down to lead the river and up to a terraced hill of Saguleri. From here, you can see the Peak of SringiHimal (7,177 m). Afterward the Gandaki Valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls.
DAY 7 – Trek to Ghap (2,100 m) / 6 hours
There are still along the way some rivers and bridges of all types to cross. We will also, pass through forests and just before to reach the village, the trail lined with many “mani” (engraved stones), which indicate the Buddhism culture.
DAY 8 – Trek to Lho (3,200 m) / 6 hours
The trail will gradually goes up through wheat fields and the small village of Li, which overhangs the BudhiGandaki Valley. Afterward the trail goes up and down to reach another village’s entrance door. We have to keep walking for another hour to reach Lho. Lho has extraordinary view of Mt. Manasly and also provides a Gompa that you could explore (Buddhism Tibetan Temple).
DAY 9 – Trek to Samagompa (3,500 m) / 6 hours
We recommend an early wake-up to go up further (20 minutes more) to enjoy the sunrise on the Northeast face of Manaslu. A breath-taking view, which will change gradually with the rise of the sun… blue, orange, pink on the white snow peak… Get out your camera to save this moment. After this unforgettable open-air show, we will walk through hardwood forest on a flat trail to Samagompa. Once upon arrival to the village you could visit it and share a time with local people. Moreover, you couldn’t miss the Gompa of the village. This religious edifice is located in the middle of the village and like the local you could make turning the prayer wheel.
DAY 10 – Trek to Stone Hut (4,500 m) / 5 hours
Today we will climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of BudhiGandaki River and pass through a small village of forty houses check-by-jowl. A permanent settlement, where 200 villagers lives all year long, isolated and far from everything. We keep walking to Stone Hut.
DAY 11 – Acclimatisation day in Stone Hut
We are over 4000 meters of altitude,we need to have a rest day to acclimate our bodies to the reduction of the air. We will stay in the Stone Hut village to explore the area, relax, meet local people and share time with them to understand their lifestyle.
DAY 12 – Trek to Bhimphedi (3,590 m) – via Larkya La (5,215 m) / 7 hours
We will first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the summit the panorama on the others highermountains is beautiful: HimlungHimal (7,126 m), CheoHimal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937m). The descent is steep to Bhimphedi.
DAY 13 – Trek to Tilje (3,900 m) / 5 hours
Today is a nice walk, which gradually climb to Karcha La Pass through paddy fields. Afterward the track descendsthrough fig tree and rhododendrons forest. The colourful of the wild flora is mixing perfectly with the natural mountain environment around us.
DAY 14 – Trek to Tal (1,725 m) / 5 hours
Approaching the end of the trek and being near to the valley we will meet lot of villagers on the trail, who come from the city with «doko» on their heads full of supplies. Men as women carry those woven bamboo baskets to their villages. We will cross the Marsyangdikhola River on a suspension bridge and follow it to Tal.
DAY 15 – Trek to Jagat (1,300m) / 5 hours
For this last trekking day, we will firstly go up to the mountain pass, which closes the Manaslu circuit and follow a path carved in the cliff. As on the first way, we will spend the night on Jagat Village.
DAY 16 – Drive to Kathmandu – via Besishahar / 8 – 9 hours
After more of a trekking week in the mountain it will be time to go back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the beauty of the countryside, green hills and thundering rivers. The bus will drop you to your hotel and it will be a free time if you want to visit the surrounding area or have a rest.
DAY 17 – Fly back home
We will transfer you to the airport and hoping you spent a beautiful time with us.
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