Manaslu Circuit Trek - 20 Nights 21 Days

Trip Code : CAN - 08
Accomodation : Hotel
Duration : 21  Days
Grading : Moderate
Max Altitude : 5135
Activity : Cultural Wonders & Hikes
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu

Overview

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu


Meeting at airport on arrival by our staff and transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan Range. Its art and architecture are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences.

Day 2: In Kathmandu


Explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, with its temples and markets, or take an optional excursion into the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 3: Kathmandu / Arughat bazar (870 m)


Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat following the route from Dhading which reaches the eastern side of Arughat however route by Gorkha reaches the western side. This pleasant market town is located on two sides of the Budhi Gandaki connected by an impressive pedestrian suspension bridge. Each side of town is served by a dirt road coming from a different direction. During rainy periods, either one or both of these roads may turn inaccessible, so allow extra walking hours if that happens.

Day 4: Arughat / Soti Khola (790 m / 5 hrs)


Trek head north, is following the Burigandaki. In the low country path surrounded by rice paddies and picturesque hamlets. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, path descends once again to the river and our campsite at the confluence with the tributary of Soti Khola. It is not a long day, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.

Day 5: Soti khola / Machha Khola (869 m / 5 hrs)


The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Burigandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Lapu besi. Trek descends once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follows a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Macha Khola. We camp outside the village, which has a number of teashops.

Day 6: Machha Khola / Jagat (1340 m / 6 hrs)


You cross the Machha Khola – Fish Stream – and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. 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 an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp.

Day 7: Jagat / Philim (1500 m)


The trail from Jagat descends to the pleasant village of Salleri. Immediately after Salleri you reach Paimo. We pass through the small village of Ghate Khola with 2 water operated mills and reach a police check post where you have to show your permits. Immediately after that you board one of the longest suspension bridges of this trek, crossing the Budhi Gandaki following by a steep climb to Philim.

Day 8: Philim / Deng (2095 m)


We cross the river first at a narrow section of the gorge on a new suspension bridge, ascend gradually along a wide hillside through an open forest, and then cross the river two more times in the next two hours on small, very badly maintained bridges, Nepali style. The first bridge sits at the intersection to Tsum valley, a remote valley leading to Tibet. After trekking through dense woods for over an hour, we pass the cold campsite of Pewa on the river, and after another hour we leave the gorge and climb briefly to the small village of Deng.

Day 9: Deng / Namru (2900 m)


In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, a green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydro electricity power house, mani walls, chortens and prayer flags which can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture.

Day 10: Namru / Lhogaon (3100 m)


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 snowcapped mountains and peaks. 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.

Day 11: Lhogaon / Samagaon (3450 m)


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.

Day 12: Rest day at Samagaon for acclimatization


Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you take a rest day to acclimatize and relax. It is a good time to catch up on that book or wash clothes.

Day 13: Samagaon / Samdo (3900 m)


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 peaks.

Day 14: Samagaon / LARKYA La Phedi


The once large Burigandaki is now merely a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. Everywhere you look is mountains, as spectacular as they get and Manaslu is particularly impressive. After crossing to the East bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Samdu. Above the village we cross the stream which runs down the Gya La (pass), the pass to Tibet, and there are the ruins of another village here known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade which is now much diminished. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built to serve the travelers crossing the Larkya La.

Day 15: Larkya La Phedi / Larkya La (5135m) / Bimdakothi(3350m)


Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascending path until Larkya La through a rocky and windy trail. Today you carry a packed lunch. From the top, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snowcapped 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.

Day 16: Bimtangkothi / Tilje (2300 m)


Crossing this high pasture, we 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 metres, we 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, we descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche.

Day 17: Tilje / Tal (1725 m)


It’s an easy trekking day following the Dudh Khola through bamboo forests down to Dharapani, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Your trek stops at the gompa in Thongje on the old Annapurna trail. At the point you’ll join the main Annapurna Circuit trail and head south. You’ll soon arrive at a long suspension bridge to cross the Marsyangdi River to reach the small village of Karte and re-crossing it soon afterwards. You’ll continue along a winding, stunning cliff-side trail past several small teahouses at Khorte, and then switch backing down the steep trail before crossing the Marsyangdi River yet again. Sprawling in front of you will be a wide plain and waterfall at scenic Tal, the last village of the Lower Manang region.

Day 18: Tal / Syange (1175 m)


Continuing along the riverside, you’ll have a quick ascent to the entrance ‘kane’ of Tal. Shortly afterwards you’ll descend steeply past the small teahouses at Sattale, loosing even more altitude as you continue down through the lush forest to the river and cross another suspension bridge leading to Chamje. Descending steeply you’ll arrive at the small, somewhat wild-looking village of Syange.

Day 19: Drive Syange / Kathmandu


You’ll have a bumpy drive to Besisahar & continuing the paved road to Kathmandu from Besisahar.

Day 20: In Kathmandu


Free in Kathmandu A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel.

Day 21: Depart Kathmandu


Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

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