Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu (8,163m), is recognized as the world’s eighth highest peak and is located at the edge of one of the off the beaten valleys in the Nepal. Manaslu in Sanskrit means "Mountain of the Spirit". Bordering between Nepal and Tibet, Manaslu Circuit Trek will let you witness the eye-catching views of Himalchuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m), Ganesh Himal and other arresting peaks you will also spot stunning varied scenery and variety of plant life and animals.
The Manaslu Circuit trek starts on from Aarughat alongside the Budhi Gandaki River, the path then moves to the west to a high alpine gorge with Tibetan village. We take a vertical way up to Larkya La pass (5213m) from where you can observe the breathtaking views of the Manaslu peaks, Cheo Himal, Larke Peak, Kangaru and more. Alongside the way there are more than a few monasteries, caves, lakes that are pleasing. The Tilicho Lake (4,920 m) is one the lakes located in the higher elevation in the whole world.
Gurungs who follow Buddhism live in this region where as away from Manaslu region, the people are totally Tibetan. They are straight children of Tibetan immigrations. Likewise, in low region there are a lot of other peoples like Brahmins, Newars, Chhetris, Ghales, Tamangs etc reside.
Duration: 19 days
Maximum altitude: 5213m
Accommodation: Hotel or Lodge or Camping
Transportation: Private Car or Van or Bus
Fabulous views of the highest peak of the world and the grand mountain peaks Langtang range, Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu range. On the way, we will pass through Aarughat, Ghap, Dharamashala ,Samdo, Lho, Larkya La pass (5213m), Besishar and then return to Kathmandu. Also, you will see and the sunrise above those peak ranges.
You will be meeting different ethnic people such as Gurungs, Brahmins, Newars, Chhetris, Ghales, and Tamangs etc. On the way to Lho, the spendthrift views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu itself captivates the trekkers. You can walk to Manaslu Base Camp where we'll have eye-catching views of the lake, glacier and valley. You will also move to Dharamsala. It is the high camp for the Larkya La pass and is bounded by glorious mountains vista and here you can see blue sheep grazing on the arid hill-sides. The peak of the Larkya La (4930m) will let you view of terrific mountains- Himlung Himal (7126ms), Gyagi Kung, Cheo Himal (6820m), Kang Kuru (6981m), Annapurna II (7937m) and more.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative at Kathmandu International airport and then you will be transferred to hotel. You can relax for the rest of the day and in the evening you can enjoy dinner with Nepali cultural dance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sight-seeing tour around Kathmandu
After breakfast, today we will have a sightseeing tour to Kathmandu where you will observe rich and long history of Nepal. The tour includes visit to the cultural heritage sites enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage. While visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you will see the long-established royal palace of the Kathmandu kingdom. Also, you will go to visit Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple; Pashupatinath- one of the major Hindu temple with the statue of Lord Shiva; Boudha Stupa- one of the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. And moreover, you will be able to see the life-style of people residing in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat Bazaar (535m)
Today, we will move ahead to Aarughat from Kathmandu, by bus which is an arresting drive. You will have a picture of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Manaslu and more breathtaking view and lush hills and terraces. After passing Dhading Besi or Gorkha Bazaar the path becomes difficult. Aarughat includes prosperous with shops and hotels. Overnight at Tea House in Aarughat Bazaar.
Day 04: Trek Aarughat to Soti Khola (720m)
Today, we will trek from Aarughat to Soti Khola passing all the way through Budhigandaki River shore. On the way we take pleasure from marvelous views of Shringri Himal. The trail goes via the villages of Gurung and Magar and then through fields and stunning waterfalls, we arrive at Soti Khola. Overnight at camp near the Soti Khola.
Day 05: Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)
From Soti Khola we need to reach Macha Khola (Fish River). On the way, we will view the rice field and walk around local village and understand their way of life. Machha khola is a village situated higher than a river with the same name of Budhigandaki. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 6: Machha Khola – Dobhan (1000m)
Today leaving Macha khola, the slender track has trivial ups and downs prior to crossing the Thado River and passing all the way through a rocky ravine to arrive at Khorlabesi. Then you will observe a small hot spring named Tatopani. The trail then moves up an edge before going across the Budhi Gandaki. A well stairs will takes us to a landslide ahead of a final edge to reach Dobhan. Overnight at Dobhan.
Day 07: Dobhan – Philim (1 590m)
Crossing the suspension bridge above the Yaru Khola, then we will climb stone stairs up and move back to the river ahead of ascending to Thado Bharyang. Going across the west shore of the Budhi Gandaki, we ascend an edge and go behind the stream smoothly up to the community of Jagat. As soon as arriving at Salleri, you will be greeted with views of Sringi Himal to the north. You will go down to Sirdibas; and observe the first signals of Buddhist culture. Another bridge will lead you to the east shore, and a very tiring climb will take you to Philim: a well-off Gurung village. Overnight at Philim.
Day 08: Philim – Deng (2360m)
We depart from Philim and move to the Larkya La today passing through striking forest with sights up to the narrowing vale to Ekle Bhatti. Then go transversely high over a fantastic ravine and we will reach at an unoccupied area of pine trees ahead of moving down to New Bridge. Go behind the track to the left we will reach Ghap. We now traverse the Budhi Gandaki and go into its contracted gorge. After a bridge the trail enters bamboo woods and go up to the village of Deng. Overnight at Deng.
Day 09: Dang - Ghap (2165m)
From Dang, the track goes through the vale then cross the bridge from Dang. We go up all the way through striking jungles of pine and we move to Bihi Phedi and observe the arresting sights of Kutang Himal, Mani stones and more. We move further and cross the large Budhi Gandaki and stroll many wavering trail and enjoy extraordinary views. Eventually we reach Ghap, wonderful village where we set up our camp.
Day 10: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m)
With wonderful views of wide forest, we traverse Budhi Gandaki and climb gently up to Tibetan-run lodge Namrung and see sights of mountains when trekking to Lho from Ghap. Then the track moves to broad pastures land to the very old village, Lihi and walk downward to the Lidanda Glaciers we will reach the fascinating Tibetan village of Sho. En-route to Lho, the stunning views of Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli itself enthralls the trekkers. We will set up camp in Lho decorated with a lot of prayer flags and you will see Gomba. Also, you can see stunning views of sunset and sunrise views which are breathtaking.
Day 11: Trek Lho to Sama Gaun (3525m)
Today, the track leads to new Gomba and after that go up to the calm Tibetan settlement of Shayla with amazing peak scenery. Then, we will walk through the classic alpine to Pung Gyan Gomba, all the way through the pastures and after that you can see the 500 years aged settlement Sama Gaon. Dzongka Dzong (fortress) lying at the border of Tibet can be reached after a few days stroll from Sama Gaun. In the afternoon, you can walk up to the aged Gomba settlement over town, and go around charming Sama Gaun village.
Day 12: Explore day in Sama Gaun for acclimatization
We have a day rest in Sama Gaun for acclimatizing with the environment at the higher altitude. Today you can walk around the Gombas and the village. Or else, you can walk to Manaslu Base Camp where we'll have eye-catching views of the lake, glacier and valley. A different option is a hike up to Pung Gyen Gompa, at 3870 me and observes exceptional natural beauty.
Day 13: Sama Gaun - Samdo (3850m)
Ahead from Sama Gaun all the way through the Mani walls and Chorten we will arrive at at Kermo Kharka then move downward to the Budi Gandaki and go around the community of Samdo inhabitants. This is business point of India and Chine long time ago. Overnight at the tented camp in Samdo.
Day 14: Trek Samdo - Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi) (4460m)
From Samdo, the path reaches to the old business way towards Tibet. We traverse a bridge, and go up all the way through the trade bazaar of Larkya bazaar. After about 3 hours of mountaineering passing all the way through glaciers, with more breathtaking panorama, we arrive at Dharmasala. It is the high camp for the Larkya La pass and is bounded by glorious mountains vista and here you can see blue sheep grazing on the arid hill-sides.
Day 15: Trek Larkey Phadi - via Larkya La (5,160m) - Bimphedi (3590m)
We start our way going to north side of the Larkya Glaciers where we will see Cho Danda and after that Larkya Peak too. Then walking approximately 4 hours we will reach to the peak of the Larkya La (4930m). Here we can view of terrific mountains- Himlung Himal (7126ms), Gyagi Kung, Cheo Himal (6820m), Kang Kuru (6981m), Annapurna II (7937m) and more. The fall is vertical, through moraines to arrive at Bhimphedi. Overnight in Bimphedi.
Day 16: Trek Bimphedi - Tilje (2300m)
From Bhimphedi, the trail today moves downward along the fig and rhododendrons trees through the rock-strewn river-bed and downward from the hill-sides to more than a few small lush community. Eventually, the scenic path takes us to the big Tilje village where you can see inhabitants of Manangis and Chettris. Overnight in lodge.
Day 17: Trek Tilje – Tal (1680m)
Today we will trek through bamboo forests downward to Dharapani we see a striking Tibetan village with prayer flags at the gompa in Thongje. Moving ahead to the south, we will walk on the major Annapurna Circuit track, and following downhill the Marsyangdi River. Then, we will we traverse a bridge twice to arrive at the small village of Karte. And, we go down along the rocky trail ahead of crossing the Marsyangdi River. Then, we will view the large waterfall at scenic Tal (lake). Overnight at a tented camp near the lake.
Day 18: Trek Tal - Syange (110m) and drive - Besi Sahar (825m)
On this day we gradually walk down all along the Marsyangdi riverside then through the green woods and wild Mariana to the one more suspension bridge near Chamje with a striking fall. Now, we fall all the way through the woods that take us to the stunning paved Jagat village, after that we reach at the small community of Syange, and then drive to Besi Sahar.
Day 19: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu
This morning we will move back to Kathmandu with our charming driving. We will travel 106 km from Besi Sahar to reach Pokhara and take 170 km to arrive at Kathmandu. And, we will return back to the hotel in Kathmandu.
In Gosaikunda 2014 November...
We took two groups to Gosaikunda at December 2014. We sent two guides with each seven and five groups. It was very successful trip of our company as before. Every travelers of Korea and Norway became lot of happy to visit there. Again they will arrive here in same company to visit ghorepeni poonhill trek.