Why Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Best Trek for Every Trekker?
Posted by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition on June 26th, 2019
Nepal is a trekking paradise. Heaven is a myth, Nepal is real. Mother Nature has blessed us with unbelievable entities. The Himalayan heritages of our country dangle as a pendant in its neck. The Nepalese landscape is a complete mystery. Rich cultural valleys, Rivers, Gorge, Natural fountains, Caves, Canyons, Mountain Passes are all gems she has. She has many stunning trekking destinations. However, in this article, I am highlighting the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Go through the lines if you are planning to go for Manaslu Circuit Trek in near future.
Overviews of Manaslu Trek:
Mount Manaslu (8,163m) is one of the most graceful mountains that lie in the Gorkha District of Province No.4 in Mid Western Nepal. It is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is also regarded as the Mountain of Spirit. The Tibetan people address this mountain as Kutung whereas the Nepalese name Manaslu is derived from Sanskrit word Manasa which means Intellect or Soul. The first successful submission of this beautiful mountain was led by Tisho Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu of Japanese Expedition Team in 1956.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a circular trek around Mount Manaslu. This trek is remote, physically demanding, culturally enriching and scenically uplifting. Trekking in the Manaslu Trekking trails is one of the most delightful adventures of your lifetime. This has now become a promising alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trek. This trek can be the best example of a teahouse trek with numerous camping. The ultimate destination of this trek is the Larkya La Pass (5,213m) which offers majestic views of Himalchuli (7,893m), Manaslu (8,163m), Sarangi Himal (7,161m), Ganesh Himal (7,118m) and several other peaks. Besides that, you can explore around remote villages, untouched trails and dense forests.
Manaslu Circuit Trek befits the technical climbers however anyone can choose this venture but they must have strong determination and good physique. A professional and licensed guide is a must for everyone.
Difficulty at Manaslu Trip:
Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorised as a quite tough trek in comparison to other trekking packages in Nepal. It is rated 6.5 out of 10 on the grade. Manaslu Circuit Trek has a remote route with potential trekking difficulties. It has off the beaten trails. It is strenuous as well as tranquil. The landscape varies to a great extent. It is challenging due to the long approach to reach the base of this mountain at an elevation of 4,700m and its wilderness. The major technical difficulty comes while crossing Larkya La Pass (5,213m).
Cost of Manaslu Circuit Trek:
Estimating the cost beforehand is the most important thing to do before going on a trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek is not as expensive as one would think. It is relatively cheaper than Everest and little expensive than Langtang and Annapurna. The cost includes meal, accommodation, Manaslu Special Permit, ACAP permit, Guide and porter cost, your own personal expenses, etc. There are many Trekking Companies which offer you a competitive cost. However, the most reasonable Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost ranges from 00 to 00. It also depends upon the length of your Trek.
Manaslu Trek Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our representatives will pay you a warm welcome and transfer you to the hotel. They will also assist you in check in procedure. You can either stay in the hotel and rest or you can visit Nepal Guide Trek and Expedition office at Thamel in Kathmandu to discuss the trip. In the evening, we shall have a welcome dinner organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition
Day 02: Exploring Kathmandu
Today you have a city tour at Kathmandu valley. You will visit the ancient city Bhaktapur, the holiest Hindu temple Pashupatinath and the largest stupa in the world Boudhanath. These destinations are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and highly visited by locals and tourists. After the city tour, drive back to your hotel and unpack for the trek.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola
After breakfast, you will drive west along Kathmandu- Pokhara Highway towards the village of Soti Khola, turning off towards the hilltop village of Dhading. The drive passes through rural communities, small towns, green terraces, and lush hillsides. The road will eventually become a rutted, dirt path and you will start to see views of the southern slope of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal. Finally, you will arrive at Soti Khola, located in the Budi Gandaki Valley for dinner.
Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola
After breakfast at Soti Khola, you will begin this epic trek up and down through various landscapes including forests, paddy fields, ridges and cliffs, rivers, streams and waterfalls. The journey begins by crossing a bridge before you trek through a forest. You will climb onto a ridge above the wild rapids of Budhi Gandaki River. You will then reach Khursane on a rocky trail, pass two tropical waterfalls and you will eventually descend past few paddy fields and continue up and around the Gurung Village of Labubesi. From here, you will further climb over a side ridge and head along the shore until you reach the village of Machha Khola.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat
The trek here follows the gorge and continues up the river. The trail is narrow at first and gently heads up and down. We will be crossing the Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi. After much ascending and descending, you will arrive at a small hot spring in Tatopani- a good place to take a break. From here you will climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki River. After that, you will climb up a staircase and head over a ridge to Dobhan. Similarly, crossing another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, you will keep ascending Tharo Bharyang. Then crossing the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, you will trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng
From here you will make your way through various landscapes and dense sub-tropical forest, small rivers, rustic villages to reach to your final destination. Climb to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. The trail continues to Ghatta Khola. You will continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge at Philim, a large Gurung Village. Our trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge towards the tiny village of Deng. This region is known as Kutung.
Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung
We follow up and down trails towards Ghap- a small village of five or six stone houses famous for its Mani walls with distinctive carvings of Buddha. The route ascends making a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron filled forest to Namrung. Namrung is a small village with lovely stone houses and a police check post.
Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Shya
From Namrung we will move towards the Nupri Region which is inhabited by descendants of Tibetan immigrants. After passing through the villages of Barcham, Li and Sho- the trail finally emerges on to a plateau of Shya. From here we will get to enjoy one of the most spectacular view sites in the Himalayas with wide vistas of Himal Chuli and Manaslu. We will spend the overnight here.
Day 09: Trek from Shya to Samagaon
The trek is rather short for this day. After having through breakfast we leave Shya and follow the trail that crosses the ridge. Then we enter and then exit a side canyon. From there we climb across the rocky slope to emerge on to a ridge overlooking the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon. Samagaon is a busy village.
Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Samagaon
We take a day –off to acclimatize, relax, and explore the area around Samagaon. Walking up to the monastery, roaming around the busy village with warm and friendly locals or visiting the local schools can be a good idea to spend a day here at Samagaon.
Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo
We cross pastures and gradually ascend to the valley below. We will see fantastic views of the mountains, especially Manaslu, that lies ahead of us as we reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon we will explore the village and the surrounding hills and come back at Samdo to spend the night.
Day 12: Acclimatization Day at Samdo
It is necessary for us to take another acclimatization day before heading higher than 4,500m. We will prepare you for the next day for crossing Larke La pass at 5,135 m above the sea level. While at Samdo, we should consider climbing up the slopes to the north for some great view of the entire Manaslu range.
Day 13: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi
From samdo, the trail descends to the bridge and across Gyala Khola. Then we begin to climb the trail to the large pile of Mani stones just above Larkya Bazaar. Heading further upwards we can have a fascinating view of Larkya Peak and northern face of Mt. Manaslu. Moving further ahead we will reach Larkya Phedi where we will stay in teahouse.
Day 14: Trek to Bimtang via Larkya La Pass
We will start the trek before the sunrise and climb up a ridge, eventually ending up on top of the moraine at 4,690m. The trail from here is steeper to the top of the Larkya La Pass. From the top, we can see Annapurna II, Menjung, Himlung and Cheo Himal. From the top of the pass, we will descend towards Bimtang.
Day 15: Trek to Bimtang to Dharapani
From Bimtang we descend down through pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk. From there we continue climbing down towards the fork of Dudh Khola. From there, our trail can be a little difficult to follow as we head across some large landslides to reach the scattered settlements of Karche. It is now downhill slope to the large Gurung village of Tilije. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to reach Dharapani for overnight stay.
Day 16: Trek from Dharapani to Syange
After breakfast, we leave Dharapani and follow the trail that climbs up and away from Marsyangdi River. We continue moving ahead through the broad and flat valley towards a village of Tal. The village is situated at the foot of a large fountain. We continue towards Chamje and descending through the forest we come across the village called Syange.
Day 17: Drive Back to Kathmandu
Having completed our trek, we prepare ourselves for a drive from Syange back to Kathmandu. At first, the drive may not seem pleasant because of the bumpy roads. When you catch up with the man highway, you will love the roadside scenery along the riverbank.
Day 18: Free Day at Kathmandu
This day is, in fact, a leisure day after a steady-going trek. You can either stay at the hotel and rest or go sightseeing the rest of the landmarks in Kathmandu. You can have a quality time to spend walking around the busy shopping streets of Thamel. We will celebrate the completion of Manaslu Circuit Trek and have a final meal together in the evening.
Day 19: Departure
On your last day of the trip, our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight Schedule.
Permit of Manaslu Tour:
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a restricted region. We cannot enter the region without a Restricted Area Permit. Similarly, you must get the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit). Similarly, Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) also is mandatory.
Know How to Book?
You can have an easy booking for the Manaslu Trek with famous trekking agencies in Nepal. Most bookings are made online. First of all, you must send a completely filled Booking Application Form with 30% of payment of the Trekking, Hiking, Touring or Peak Climbing. You must ascertain the terms and conditions as well. After that, you need to submit a scanned copy of Passport to your trekking supporter via email or fax including passport size photograph. The rest 30% of trekking cost must be paid 15 days prior to your arrival in Nepal. Some companies start the trek just after the complete payment. Some even take the remaining payment after the success of your trip. Every company has its own distinct policy.
Booking online is not mandatory. If you have time you can visit the trekking agencies, collect information and book in person.
When to Go?
Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to go for Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Spring season lasts for three months. March, April and May are the best months for trekking because in those months weather will be clear and calm. You will also be able to view the high mountains of the periphery. Spring decorates the trail full of Rhododendron blossoms. Similarly, autumn is another ideal time to visit the Manaslu Region as well as Nepal. September, October, and November are the best months. These months are the best time to visit because Monsoon is over and winter is not yet started. On the other hand, these months mark the celebrations of the biggest Nepalese Festivals: Dashain and Tihar. You will have ample opportunities to experience the local culture too.
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