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Manaslu Circuit Trek – The less touristic trekking trail in Nepal.

Mount Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Explore the Spirit Mountain – MOUNT MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK.

 

Mount Manaslu Circuit Trek, also called Manaslu Trekking. This adventurous trip is possible to do in both way – Tea House and Camping on your own choice. Teahouse trekking is most popular because of the easiest and cheapest way to manage. Hiking around the 8th highest mountain peak, in the world Mount Manaslu 8163mtr. This Manaslu Trekking is less touristic and best alternative replacement for Everest region and Annapurna region trekking.

 

This trek has all the features of other trekking destinations of Nepal; the beautiful view of mountains, landscapes, villages, raging rivers, stream and amazing waterfalls. The diversity of flora and fauna, precarious suspension bridges, and both Hindu and Buddhist culture and religion. Tibetan culture in Nepali land and comparatively less-trekkers than other trekking routes of Nepal.

 

Inside the Manaslu conservation area is not only for Manaslu Circuit Trek. There are other trails as well, such as Tusm Valley Trek, on the same route but need to add 7 days more.  After crossing, the Larke La 5160m Pass, during Manaslu circuit trek; if you wish, to continue for more adventure, then you can enjoy the beauty of Annapurna Circuit Trek to Thorong La Pass 5416m; world’s most popular and widest trekking pass.

 

Manaslu circuit Trek starts a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and follows the Budi Gandaki rivers and end in Marasandi River. Trekking trails on Budi Gandaki river gorge being easy by improving greatly each time. Manaslu Circuit Trek is an alternative source for Annapurna Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek.

 

THIS TREKKING TRAIL WAS DAMAGE BY AN EARTHQUAKE IN 2015 BUT NOW BECOME NORMAL

 

BEST TIME TO DO:= Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Spring:  March,  April, and mid of May

Autumn: September, October, and November

This two season is the perfect time to do a hike on Manaslu Himalaya Region; Because at spring season just left the cold and begins the dry season; and also, the Rhodendern flowers welcome you in there. In the autumn season rain season just finish and all the greenness, rivers and beautiful waterfalls give you a great time in there. If you love to play with snow then in the winter season also okay to do Manaslu Trek.

 

ACCOMMODATION.

Hotel in Kathmandu.

Lodge/ Guest House/ Tea House/  Tent during the trek.

 

TREKKING ITINERARY 

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Trek preparation

Day 3: Drive to Sutikhola (710m/2328ft)

Day 3: Sutikhloa to  Khorlabesi (900m/2952ft)

Day 4: Khorlabesi to Jagat (1340m/4395ft)

Day 5: Jagat to Philm (1700m/5576ft)

Day 6: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft)

Day 7: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)

Day 8: Namrung to Lho Gaun. (3180m/10435ft)

Day 9: Lho Ghau to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft)

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft)

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft)

Day 13: Dharmashala to Bhimathang (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5106m/16752ft)

Day 14: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m/7544ft)

Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft)

Day 16: Chamje to Besishahar and Kathmandu

Day 17:  Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 18: Farewell.

 

Special Note:

This itinerary is our tailor-made program for Mount Manaslu Circuit Trek. Days in the trek is always flexible it can increase and decrease depending on your holiday length schedule and choice. If you are thinking about some change please email us at jrntreks@gmail.com

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

You will be welcome to our one of the team member in Airport and arrange transport to Hotel. Hotel and Breakfast included.

 

Day 2: Trek preparation

The day of rest before starting the trek. You are going to meet and introduce with Guides and Porters in your hotel after the breakfast. One of our team member and guide will brief about the trek. Rest of the day you will have free so if you need any trekking gear you should buy today. Hotel and Breakfast included.

 

Day 3: Drive to Sutikhola (710m/2328ft)

Driving duration: 8 to 9 hours

Trekking starting day. You are going to eat breakfast early to take bus/jeep to Sotikhola. First, part till Dhadingbesi you will drive on the blacktop road after that you are going to drive on the bumpy and jumpy road. Lunch on the way. Sleep overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 3: Sutikhloa to  Khorlabesi (900m/2952ft)

Walking duration: 6 to 7 hours

The first day of walking, follow the road to cross a bridge just finish Soti Khola village and walk on the same road left side of  Budi Gandaki River. Passing the local villages, Paddy farmland and crossing the hanging bridges over a small steams. View of landscapes and waterfalls alongside the Budi Gandaki river makes your walking pleasant until Khorlabesi. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 4: Khorlabesi to Jagat (1340m/4395ft)

Walking duration: 6 to 7 hours.

Another beautiful day to walk bank on the Kali Gandaki. First tea shop you will get in Tatopani "Tatopani" means hot water in Nepal. At the Tatopani, you can see the natural hot spring. If you like you can have the bath too for few minutes.

 

Day 5: Jagat to Philm (1700m/5576ft)

Walking duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Register MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area) and Special permit at Jagat. Again need to cross a hanging bridge just above the beautiful waterfall. Trail follows again Budi Gandaki till Sirdhibas and crosses Budi Gandaki once again to climb up to Philm for an hour. First part walking on the right side of Budi Gandaki with the great view of Shringi Himal, terraced farmland to reach in Phiilm. Eat lunch at Philm and in the afternoon if you like you can visit a monastery just above the village need to walk around an hour. Overnight sleep at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Day 6: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft)

Walking duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Beautiful day with passes the amazing waterfalls along the way to left the way to Tsum Valley. Tsum Valley is another beautiful trekking trail inside the Manaslu region. Walking through pine forest and the bank of Budi Gandaki will take you in Deng. Overnight sleep at Guesthouse. Meal Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 7: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)

Walking duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Trekking trail slowly getting difficult with rising altitude. Passing through small settlements encounter you with the Mani Wall, Stupas and beautiful prayer flags indicate you are entering Tibetan territory. Walking into the rainforest to cross some suspension bridge brings you in the Namrung Village. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 8: Namrung to Lho Gaun. (3180m/10435ft)

Walking duration:  4 to 5 hours.

Half day to walk till Lho gaun. Passing the farmland, apple garden, monastery, mani wall and stupas and small villages takes you in Lho gaun. The first view of giant Mt. Manaslu, Shala Peak and other mountain peaks give a sign you are in the high Himalayan region. Reach in Lho, eat lunch, fix your bed and afternoon visit to Ribung Monastery. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 9: Lho Ghau to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft)

Walking duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Getting close to Mount Manaslu you will hike short days because you need to use to with the high altitude. Hiking inside the pine and rhododendron forest to get in Shyala. From Shyala you can have the breathtaking view of Manaslu and the associated mountain peaks. After that amazing views, you need to walk for an hour to reach in Samagaon. Afternoon you will have the free day so you can explore the Village. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon

This is the acclimatization day of the trip. After eating breakfast you will head to Birendra lake via visiting Pema Chyolling Monastery. Spending some time in the Birendra Lake with the view of Manaslu and Manaslu glacier back to the hotel for lunch. Rest of the day will be free so you can visit the village or you can do some laundry hahaha. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft)

Walking duration: 3 to 4 hours.

Again follow the last part of Budi Gandaki river on the right side and left side will be giant Mt. Manaslu to reach in Samdo. Samdo is a small Tibetan community settlement, from this remote village just need a day to get in Tibet. At afternoon you are going to explore the village and an old monastery located in this village. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft)

Walking duration: 4 to 5 hours.

The last day before getting in another part of Mt. Manaslu. Going to Dharmasala is quite difficult due to the high altitude. You need to take your time to get in Dharmasala at your own pace.  After a steady climb, you will arrive at Dharmasala elevation of 4450m. This day you need to sleep in the tent so it may be quite colder than other night. Overnight at Tent or Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 13: Dharamshala to Bhimathang (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5106m/16752ft)

Walking duration: 8 to 10 hours.

One of the beautiful, longest and difficult day of walking during entire trek.

Early morning wake up, pack your bag, eat breakfast and ready to walk with the flash light. Walking early will be quite cold to get in Larke la 5106m. On the way, there is tea shop if you like you can have a cup of tea to rehydrate your energy. You will have the view of You will see Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981meters) and Annapurna II (7937meters). The descend from Lake la is steep to get in Phedi and Bhimthang. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 14: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m/7544ft)

Walking duration: 5 to 6 hours.

Descending from Bhimtang to Tilje through Pine and Rhodonderned forest till Sorti Khola. Afterwards get into the farmland again to get in Tilje. If you are traveling in spring (March - April) you will encounter blooming Rhodonderned flowers and in autumn (October - November) you gonna enjoy the beauty of Autumn colors. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

 

Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft)

Walking duration: 7 to 8 hours.

To go Chamje means you are going to meet the popular trekking trail - Annapurna Circuit Trek at Dharapani. All the way descend follow the Marshandi river to get Chamje to celebrate the last day of the trek. Have a party with all the team.

 

Day 16: Chamje to Besishahar and Kathmandu

Driving duration: 8 to 10 hours.

The Jeep will be waiting for you in morning. After breakfast you will drive to Besishar on the bumpy and jumpy road then you another jeep will fetch you for Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel. Meal - Lunch, and Breakfast included.

 

Day 17:  Rest day in Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu for relaxing and shopping if you like you can visit an orphanage in Kathmandu.

 

Day 18: Farewell.

Get your trekking achievement certificate and the T-shirt. Departure to the airport.

 

 

 

Cost Includes

  1. Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  2. All the transportation for Trekking.
  3. City Tour in Kathmandu
  4. Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary, and meal
  5. One cultural show and dinner
  6. Special Permit for Manaslu and ACAP permit for Annapurna conservation area.
  7. Food During Trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea or Coffee each time on the choice one item from the menu.
  8. Water purifying Tablet for Drinking Water.

Note: This is for full board package, we offer the different package with different price and included item; and guide and porter service only too.

Cost Excludes

  1. International Flight
  2. Major meals in Cities
  3. Monuments entrance fees
  4. All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  5. Airport tax
  6. Extra shower, battery charge, laundry charge etc.
  7. Personal clothing and gears
  8. Tips to guide and porter
  9. Cost raised by cancelation, landslide, weather, political unrest, an illness which are not under our control.

Equipments list

Good standard trekking boots
Camping shoes/thongs
Socks-polypropylene
Down Jacket
Fleece
T-shirts
Trekking trousers
Shorts (both casual and for treks)
Swim wear
Sun Hat
Woollen Hat
Nylon Windbreaker
Gloves
Gaters
Strong Rucksack
Sleeping Bag
Water Bottle
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
Toiletries/soap
Toilet paper
Sun block
Travel Towel
Wet-wipes
Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
Sunglasses
Binoculars
Camera & lenses
Memory cards
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
Altimeter
Compass
Book/music player/pack of cards
Padlock
A plastic bag for waste
Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: -
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore - Tex Jackets)

We advise travel insurance to all travelers are interested of trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is walking in the trail (path) of mountains. In mountain areas health treatment facilities are not standard. There are less available of good hospitals and doctors. So if in case the trekker suffers from severe sickness, he should bring to Kathmandu by helicopter for better treatment. And the helicopter charter fare is expensive in Nepal. If you have already travel insurance, your money will be saved.

When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We JRN Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. Shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects.

We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese citizens. So we advise you do your travel insurance with Insurance Company in your own place.

1  Reviews on Manaslu Circuit Trek – The less touristic trekking trail in Nepal. View All

2017-02-13 14:33:52

Jenifer says:

I first found out about Raby from dear friends of mine that trekked with him in Nepal few years back and in spite of distance and time they kept in touch. My friends recommended Raby from the bottom of their hearts and I did not hesitate for a second to take their recommendation. So I contacted Raby few weeks before my arrival and I got the best service one can possibly ask for, as well as priceless advice and detailed responses to my many, many questions. By the time I landed in Kathmandu I felt like I knew Raby for years he was already my friend. I had everything planned and organized (he even helped me with return plane tickets from KTM to Delhi!), I was ready for adventure. My first few days in Kathmandu were amazing, Raby, l took me to see some extraordinary temples and sites where he explained all the religious symbols and customs. He answered to all my questions and patiently waited for me to take all the pictures I wanted and they were many. He also introduced me to the real Nepali and Newari food, oh, the fantastic Nepali food!!! Raby and his brother Jit have trekking company, “JRN Treks & Expedition (p) Ltd.” took care all the formalities and bureaucracy needed to safely start my dream trek: the Annapurna Circuit. With feet on the ground and eyes gazing up at the vast expanse of the mountains and sky, I knew I was going to have one of the most fantastic experiences of a lifetime. What made it a truly positive experience was Raby and his brother. Raby and his not only a veteran trekking guide, who knows the trek routes extremely well, who knows all the guesthouse owners, who can answer any questions about the significant places and Nepali customs, he is also a very kind, caring, happy and engaging person. He made the trek fun and enjoyable. We walked five to six hours a day until we reached the next guesthouse where we spent the night. Along the way, we shared all kind of stories and had lots of laughs. I learned a lot about his family and culture and vice versa. Raby also taught me a little bit of Nepalese throughout the trek. As we walked, he would speak Nepalese words and phrases repetitively until they were ingrained in me. Oh yeah, he would test me, too! Being able to communicate even with Nepali people along the trek made a huge difference in the entire experience. Back in Kathmandu and before leaving for home, Raby invited me to his home to have dinner with his brother Nir ( Also Trekking Guide ) who were all so very warm and hospitable. I came as a tourist and I left as a friend! Thanks again, Raby! You have made my time in Nepal an everlasting, memorable one. I would definitely go back to Nepal and there is no one else that I would want to guide me and show me the wonders of that incredible country. I recommend “JRN Treks & Expeditions ” (www.jrntreks.com) and Raby from the bottom of my heart. Jenifer ( Washington DC ) USA