Considered one of the most challenging treks in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit will reward the adventurous with an unparalleled alpine experience. Opened in 1992, this area offers a combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty, and biological diversity. But mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950, a party led by HW. Tillman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and Col. Jimmy Roberts crossed Larkya La looking for an interesting mountain to climb.
Manaslu (8156m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956, when the first ascent was made. Having become to be known as "Japanese Mountain", much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers, including peripatetic Hugh Swift, managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region, but otherwise this trek always has been the domain of the mountaineering expeditions. The journey around these legendary mountains is enjoyable and tough.
Beginning from Gorkha Budi Gandaki Valley River, crossing the snow bound Larkya La pass (5213m). Snow-covered peaks over 6500m towers above as we cross. The descent, once off the snow, takes us through alpine then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes laced with cotton-white beaches. Finally, Manaslu will disappear as we descend to Beshishar (832m.) from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.
Days 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Days 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay
Days 3: Kathmandu to Dhading to Arughat: Drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat and overnight stay in a camp.
Days 4: Aarughat to Sati Khola - The trek starts to go ahead to sati Khola via Sante Bazaar and Budhi Gandaki valley and reaches to Koir pani, a small village of Magar and Gurung. The trail descends to Ahati Khola. There is a small water fall just above the trail,, a larger water fall with a 60 meter drop is visible by climbing upstream. This valley is famous for honey ".
Days 5: Sati Khola to Labu Besi - After crossing the bridge, the trek climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and reaches to Khorsaani. Then it, the trail, gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream. The rocky trail then goes up and down through large stand of nettles, passes tropical waterfalls and again backs down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The trek goes up again on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of Labu Besi and rests overnight.
Days 6: Labu Besi to Doban - The trek forwards to Machha Khola after crossing several streams on the way and reaches to the place the trail again forwards to Doban Khola via Khorlavesi, Tatopani etc.
Days 7: Doban to Jagat - The route climbs on a Rugged Rocky trail to Duman. Then passes the villages of Yaru Khola, Thado Bharyang and crosses Budhi Gandaki again and climbs over a ridge; trek along the river for a while and reaches to the compact village of Jagar at 1410 meters
Days 8: Jagat to Ngyak Beshi: The day begins by following the river bank again for the first hour up to Ghata Khola . We then cross to the eastern bank before ascending to Philim, one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m). Overnight stay in camp
Days 9: Ngyak Beshi to Ghap: The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley until we reach the little settlement of Dang. We then cross the Budhi Gandaki River where the valley opens and we begin our ascent to Rana. The trail now takes us high above the river giving us views of the Manaslu Massif before descending to Ghap. Overnight at Camp:
Days10: Ghap to Namrung: working through a dense forested river valley finishing with a 50 -minute ascent to Namrung. The campsites here are managed by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project.
Overnight at Camp.
Days 11: Namrung to Samagaon: The trek goes through the forests to Samagaon, passing several Buddhist villages along the way. These areas have been influenced by the Tibetan culture due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result you will find many monasteries, chortens and mani-walls. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. From Samagaon you can see Mt. Manaslu and the Kutang Himal Massif. Overnight at Camp
Days 12: Samagaon Rest Day: Spend the day resting, exploring Pungen Gompa or excurtion to Mt. Manaslu Base Camp. Overnight at Camp.
Days 13: Samagano to Samdo:Trek along the river, before finally ascending,Samdo, Samdo is the site of a Tibetan refugee camp and affords you a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of the Tibetan people. This settlement is along the old salt-trading route with Tibet, and is still used today.Overnight at Camp.
Days 14: Samdo to Dharmashala: The trail rises high above the Larke Khola leading the all the way to Dharmashala where the trail finally meets the river. Overnight at Camp.
Days 15: Dharmashala to Bimtang: This is a more strenuous day as have to cross over the Larkya Pass (5,213m) The terrain consists of glacial moraine with a lot of scree to scramble up and over. Overnight at Camp
Days 16: Bimtang to Tilje: making a gradual descent through rhododendron and pine forest seeing the north face of Manaslu along the way. We will make camp in the apple orchards of Tilje. Overnight at Camp.
Days 17: Tilje to Tal: Trek goes along the Dudh Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi River, before arriving at the confluence in Dharapani.From here Annapurna Circuit rout is join, We will continue on to Tal where the river appears as a lake, and make camp next to a waterfall. Overnight at Camp.
Days 18: Tal to Syange: Trek goes down to the foothills of the Himalayas, returning to the lush terraced fields and the densely populated Hindu/Gurung Villages. Overnight at Camp
Days 19: Syange to Khudi: Trek down to Khudi Overnight at Camp.
Days 20: Khudi drive back to Kathmandu .End of the Trek.
In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu.