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Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 15 Days

The Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the optional choice for special trekkers looking for a physically challenging trek as it involves trekking to some of the toughest trails in the Himalayan region. However, the landscapes are just wonderful.

In spite of the remote location & a lot of tough climbing involved during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, your sweat and toil will be amply rewarded with the mesmerizing scenery and fascinating cultures of the inhabitants of the Manaslu Round Trek. You will get much time to interact with the local people.

The inhabitants of this trail are the direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants and this breath taking & scenic Manaslu Round Trekking with Larkya La Pass is one of the most impressive passes of the Himalayan region. Manaslu Circuit Trek is adventure at its best. You will remember it for a life time.

Outline Itinerary

Days                    Activities

Day 01 :
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar by bus (7-8hrs) {608m}.

Day 02 : Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (3-4hrs) {700m}.

Day 03 : Trek from Sotikhola to Machha Khola (4-5hrs) {869}.

Day 04 : Trek from Machhe Khola to Jagat (5-6hrs) {1340m}.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Deng (6-7hrs) {1860m}.

Day 06 : Trek from Deng to Ghap or Prok (5-6hrs) {2397m}.

Day 07 : Trek from Ghap or Prok to Lho Gaon (5-6hrs) {3180m}.

Day 08 : Trek from Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon (3-4hrs) {3520m}.

Day 09 : Rest day in Sama Gaon explore & Hiking to Manaslu Base Camp.

Day 10 : Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (4-5hrs) (3875m).

Day 11 : Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkey La Phedi) {3-4hrs} [4460m].

Day 12 : Trek from Dharamsala to Larkey La pass (5160m)-Bimtang {8-9hrs} [3590m].

Day 13 : Trek from Bhimtang to Goa (5-6hrs) {2515m}.

Day 14 : Trek from Goa to Dharapani (3-4hrs) (1963m) then sharing Jeep drive to Besishahar.

Day 15 : Bus drive from Besishahar to Kathmandu (6-7hrs) evening farewell dinner with team of Higher Limits Trek.

“The above information is a guideline and standard outline of what we provide. Our Manaslu Circuit Trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.” Please email us at: higherlimitstrek@gmail.com
NOTE: On adventure trek of this type, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything our best to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop by private car/van/bus
  • Manaslu Restricted area Special Trekking Permit
  • Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) permit
  • Manaslu conservation area project (MCAP) permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • Medical kit box
  • Trekking map of Manaslu Area
  • Full Board Plan Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Accommodation during the trek. (You can choose food from the menu vegetarian and non-vegetarian served).
  • Simple tea House Lodge accommodation during the trek (14Nights).
  • An experienced, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and trained & government licensed holder English speaking Trekking Guide & required number of Porters with their food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax. (One porter for each two pax on a group)
  • All local Transportation from to Kathmandu by bus & Sharing Jeep.
  • All government taxes & official expenses
  • Duffel Bag if you required
  • Higher Limits Trek & Expedition Company T-Shirt
  • Higher Limits Trek & Expedition Company Trekking Certificate
  • Join Nepali Cultural dance Program and farewell Dinner with the team of Higher Limits Trek.

Cost Exclude

  • All kind of Meals and Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Private Land Cruiser (US $ 500) total for round trip. (If you plan to use)
  • International flight and departure tax.
  • Sightseeing/Monuments entrance fee,
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15days from date of issue), US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue) and US$ 100 (duration 90 days from date of issue) you can easily issue your visa upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will require two passport size photos.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment.
  • Any kinds of Bar bills, all kind of bottle drinks, Hot & Cold drinks, laundry, telephone, hot shower, heater, camera battery charge, sweet things such a chocolate etc.
  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory).
  • Any Expense of Personal Nature /Helicopter Rescue evacuation fees if in case of emergency.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price includes section.

Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar by bus (7-8hrs) {608m}.
You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; you turn towards the hill bazaar of Dhading Bensi. After Dhading Bensi the road gets a bit rough but you will reach your destination Arughat Bazaar in approximately seven/ eight hours from Kathmandu. Stay overnight at camp in Arughat Bazaar.

Day 02 : Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (3-4hrs) {700m}.
You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and you are almost surrounded by green forest. Today you take lunch at Arket Bazaar which lies mid way to Seti Khola. This is the best place to relax and you can enjoy swimming to ease your tiredness of the walking. To reach Soti Khola, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The swimming spot is nearby here. Stay overnight at Tea House in Soti Khola.

Day 03 : Trek from Sotikhola to Machha Khola (4-5hrs) {869}.
The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian inhabitants. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. There is a small market with a few shops, lodges and donkeys that are kept there. Stay overnight at Guest House in Machha Khola.

Day 04 : Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (5-6hrs) {1340m}.
You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steep until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. Stay overnight at Lodge in Jagat.

Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Deng (6-7hrs) {1860m}.
The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then somewhere through a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Small monasteries, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and typical houses will be seen around here.
After lunch in Philim our trek start with over a flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross a few bridges and can see villages at a far distance. A few houses are seen at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Stay overnight at Tea House in Deng.

Day 06 : Trek from Deng to Ghap or Prok (5-6hrs) {2397m}.
In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Deng through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, a green valley and ridges. From Deng you can chose the destination either Ghap or Prok, if you have less energy to walk uphill and prefer the flat then chose the Ghap but if you are still full of energy to climb uphill with expectation of sight trip then Prok will be the best destination which is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity power house, mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture. Stay overnight at Lodge in Prok.

Day 07 : Trek from Ghap or Prok to Lho Gaon (5-6hrs) {3180m}.
You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy. While walking, you come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach Lho Gaon, you pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. There is a monastery named Chon on a ridge and also a Buddhist school at Lho Gaon run by Buddhist monks. People mainly grow oat, barley, buck wheat, potatoes and vegetables in this area. You can catch panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak and others from Lho Gaon. Stay overnight at Tea House in Lhogaon.

Day 08 : Trek from Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon (3-4hrs) {3520m}.
Leaving the village, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail, you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. We can end our day at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at Tea House in Samagaon.

Day 09 : Rest day in Sama Gaon explore & Hiking to Manaslu Base Camp.
Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you take a breather to acclimatize and relax. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight at Lodge.

Day 10 : Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (4-5hrs) (3875m).
You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peals. Stay overnight at Lodge in Samdo.

Day 11 : Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkey La Phedi) {3-4hrs} [4460m].
The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. You will also find a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi. Stay overnight at Tea House in Larkya La Phedi.

Day 12 : Trek from Dharamsala to Larkey La pass (5160m)-Bimtang {8-9hrs} [3590m].
Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascent path until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. Today you carry packed lunch. From the top, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you hike to a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Stay overnight at Lodge in Bimthang.

Day 13 : Trek from Bhimtang to Goa (5-6hrs) {2515m}.

Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Stay over night at Lodge in Goa.

Day 14 : Trek from Goa to Dharapani (3-4hrs) (1963m) then sharing Jeep drives to Besishahar.
Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. From here we ride a jeep to Besishahar as we complete the trekking in 15days and to avoid the dusty motor road which is not fun to walk. Stay overnight at Hotel in Besishahar.

Day 15 : Bus drive from Besishahar to Kathmandu (6-7hrs) evening farewell dinner with the team of Higher Limits Trek.
It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road then finally we reach to the Kathmandu  At eventide, we will visit a reputed Nepalese kitchen for dinner & while you enjoy your meal, you will be entertained to an exciting cultural dance performed by the local belles; you will enjoy this outing. This is complimentary provided by Higher Limits Treks & Expedition for the good welfare of our guests. Stay overnight at your Hotel in Kathmandu.

 A day for recreation & shopping either you can still ask us for a day sightseeing trip around Kathmandu Valley.

Our escort will transfer you to the Airport for your final departure for home when you are ready to leave.

Start Date End Date Price In US Dollar($) AVAILABILITY Booking
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A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail info@higherlimitstrek.com

AVAILABILITY OPTIONS

OPENED: This date is available and open for bookings.
LIMITED: There are very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking.
GUARANTEED: We have reached minimum numbers and this trip is guaranteed to depart.
CLOSED: This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us, if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 15 Days Days
All the Prices are in USD ($) Per Person.

MEALS

Every day’s Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is included in the package during the trek. This will be a dish of Nepali, Indian or Continental source cooked by the lodging you stay at.

PACKING LIST:

While packing for “Manaslu Circuit Trekking,” warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety, while non-essential gear such as a knife may simply come in handy. Here we have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

  1. Walking (Trekking) boots and sandals for rest (Shoes should be water proof)
  2. A water & wind proof down jacket
  3. Woolen T-shirt/base layer
  4. T-shirts
  5. A thick pullover/fleece
  6. Shorts / skirt for sunny days
  7. Trousers / track suit or long pants
  8. Thermal long underwear
  9. Water bottle
  10. Warm socks (woolen is best)
  11. Swiss army knife
  12. Flashlight with spare batteries
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Sun cream
  15. Personal medical supplies
  16. Towel
  17. Day pack for your valuables (camera, money, Passport etc.) and rucksack or duffel bag for your clothes
  18. Warm woolen hat
  19. Sun protection hat
  20. Gloves
  21. Rain Coat (Necessary)
  22. Walking Poles
  23. Sleeping Bag -20degree & many more…..

Note: This is just a guideline to help on your preparation.

ACCLIMATIZATION:

Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m during the journey to Larkey La pass. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop one day rest in Samagaon. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us.

HEALTH & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Manaslu Circuit Trekking involves five to seven hours walking per day. However, it is some part of this trek at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical or training requirements, but high altitude experience & walking is a benefit.

Q) Is Manaslu Circuit Trek for me? How difficult it is?
Ans: Yes, Of course if you are physically fit enough and under the age of 60.

Q) How is the accommodation facilities in the area of this trekking?
Ans: The accommodation available in this area simple tea house/ lodge and home stay.

Janne Gustavson

My son, Viktor, inspired me, to a father&son-trekking in Nepal. Due to his earlier experience with Higher Limits Trek we, of course, used the same company. Viktor and Gopal (manager of Higher Limits Trek) planned the trek to the Manaslu Circuit. It is a trek with much less “tourist” than the more wellknown Anapurna- and Everest-treks. Usually an 18-days trek but due to limited time at our disposal we had to do it in 13 days. Before my experience in trekking was limited to Norway and Sweden. From our arrival to the airport we where well taking care of. A car drove us to our hotel where we checked in and installed ourself. After we had a briefing at the office with the manager who informed us about the trek. He helped us to complete our equipment by taking us to different shops where we could buy the missing things at fair prices. Later in the evening we had a meeting with our guide and the porter who both came to the office and introduced themselves. I immediately felt a great confidence with the way we where taking care of.

The next morning we where picked up by the guide at the hotel and took a taxi to the bus “terminal” and from there a local bus to Archet Bazar from where the trek started.

Going by local bus was a great experience and I wouldn´t want to have it undone although it took us almost 9 hours in a overcrowded bus to get to our starting point.

The trek itself was awesome with fantastic scenery and lovely small villages along the way. We stayed at local teahouses all the way. The guide, (also named Gopal) and porter ( Nakul) where great and took us to often to the kitchen of the teahouses ( the only warm place) where we could sit and talk to the locals ( with a great help of Gopal of course). During the trek we where informed of the traditions and life by Gopal.

The trek itself was, at least for me, a challenge, and at some time quite tough. But – I am -a guy of 57 years and not that well trained. For Viktor it was considerable easier since he is younger and very well trained.

During the trek we met only about 30 other tourist during 11 days. The last day our trek met the starting point of the Anapurna-trek and during a period of 10 minutes we met more people on that trek than what we had met during our 11 days!

I therefore strongly recommend you to do the Manaslu-trek to meet and see a more rural and “original” way of life that is not – yet – too influenced by tourists. But, be quick, the tourist are coming more and more and in 5 years time it will probably be as “crowded” as the others more popular treks. Do it with the Higher Limits Trek, and I can assure you that you will get an experience of your life!!

Don´t be afraid that it will be to tough and strenuous. Could I – You can. If you can add a couple of more days than what we had – there will be no problems whats so ever. The guide and porter will plan every day so that it suite you!

Don´t hesitate – DO IT!!!
Janne Gustavson
Email: gustavson.onsala@telia.com
Sweden
24/09/2012-06/10/2012

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