Manaslu Circuit Trek leads you through the beautiful forest and landscape of Manaslu national park. Visited by less tourists, this park is still un exploited by the modern changes. On this trek you will see the world’s highest lake Tilicho lake at 4919 m. Manaslu national park has been home to diverse flora and fauna. During the trekking season the trail is accompanied by lush green forest of Rhododendron, chirping of birds and kaleidoscope of butterflies. The trail is clean with warm sun and cool mountain breeze. Trekking this park can range from 10 – 33 day trip depending upon sites and weather. Manaslu base camp Trek is one of most beautiful in the Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit Trek visited by only a few tourists and still un exploited by modern changes, and it is far less crowded than its more well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. Manaslu national park is home to diverse flora and fauna. During the trekking season, the trail is accompanied by lush rhododendron forests, birds chirping, and a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Also on this trek, you will see the beautiful blue waters of the world’s highest lake Tilicho Lake at 4919 m. Hurry up and experience this off-the-beaten track spot while it is still wild and relatively untouched.
- Crossing the highest point at Larkya La Pass (5,125M)
- Unspoiled and less commercialized trekking route
- Typical ethnic villages and magnificient views of Himalayas!
Today we drive around 8 hrs drive to Sodi to start our trip.
Today, we start trekking in the morning. And after crossing the bridge, the trek climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and reaches to Khorsaani. Then, 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.
After a few more ups & downs, we reach to Tatopani. From the hot spring climb on over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Trek along the Budhi Gandaki river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
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.
The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley until we reach the little settlement of Dang.
Slowly and gradually we gain altitude and enter into alpine territory. We also have increasing mountain views. On the way to Manrung, we find more Mani walls and three more crossings of the Budi Gandaki. Finally, we reach Lho where we will stay overnight.
Today, we resume the trek with a steep descent and a crossing of yet another rock-strewn torrent called Thusang Khola. You will realize that Manaslu and Himalchuli dominate the entire landscape. Then on, across the glacier-fed Numla Khola, the valley drops away to a moraine while we follow the ancient trans-Himalayan trail now just a few kilometers from Tibet.
Descend to the Budi Gandaki, which has turned north, and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river.
Today, we will have full-day acclimatization at Samdo. We can explore the surrounding areas of Samdo today and stay here tonight.
Today’s walk starts easily enough. We cross Budhi Gandaki for a final time and pause at the old stone wall of mani inscriptions bidding us well for progress over the pass. The trail gradually rises through juniper and tundra with a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La Glacier. Further climb will bring us to the memorable Spartan Larkya Rest House.
An early morning start is needed for what is to be a particularly tough and extended day. We start at approx. 4 am to avoid the gale force wind which usually gains in strength after mid-day at the pass. After a long gradual climb alongside a moraine, we make a short descent to a glacial lake and reach the head of the moraine (4700m) which we cross to climb to the ridge top. Four frozen lakes lie below and then it is up to the crest of the Larkya La (5100m). The reward for these difficult trekking conditions is brilliant westerly views of Himlung Himal, Kangurru and Annapurna II as well as the looming omnipresence of Manaslu. Well, the descent is hardly any easier; we drop around 650m in less than an hour.
The toughest days on the trail are behind us. We descend through meadows and through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Hampuk and then after dropping further following the course of the Dudh Khola we arrive at Karche and then onto the village of Gho. Keeping the west bank of the river, the afternoon is one of the gradual descents to the Gurung Settlement of Tilije which has a certain notoriety for apply brandy. We stay overnight in Tilije (2300m) at a local lodge.
Trek goes along the Dudh Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi River, before arriving at the confluence in Dharapani. Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Syange where we stay overnight.
After completing this wonderful Manaslu Circuit Trek, we today drive back to Kathmandu. After arriving at Kathmandu, in the evening, we will enjoy our farewell dinner party.
- All meals and snacks while trekking
- Accommodation in guesthouses during the trek
- Government licensed, experienced English speaking guide
- One porter for 2 people
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- All government taxes.
- One trekking map per person
- Permits and conservation fees
- Sleeping bags and Down jackets for the trek (should be refunded after trek)
- Surace transportation.
- First aid kit
- Especially permit for Manaslu
- Your travel and rescue insurance.
- Nepal entry visa
- Tips for guide,porter and driver.
- Beverage bills, bar bills,telephone bills and Personal expenses.
- Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 10 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
Day pack (25–35 liters)
Sleeping bag comfortable to 0°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference) optional
Waterproof hiking boots
Camp shoes (down booties or running shoes)
LED headlamp with extra batteries
Wicking, quick-dry boxers or briefs (3)
Wicking, quick-dry sports bra (for women)
Heavyweight long underwear bottoms
Mid weight long underwear bottoms
Mid weight long underwear top
Wool or synthetic T-shirts (2)
Mid weight fleece or soft-shell jacket (2)
Convertible hiking pants
Fleece pants or insulated pants
Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket
Lightweight waterproof/breathable rain pants
Mid weight fleece gloves or wool gloves
Mid weight fleece/wool winter hat
Mid weight wool or synthetic socks (3 pairs)
Liner socks (optional)
Sun lotion 35 to 40
Personal medicine kits