Manaslu Round Trek-20 days

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
8163m
Trip Duration
20 Days

Overview

Trekking Highlights:

Manaslu Round Trek is adventurous experience and it is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating circumnavigating Peak 29 (7,871m) Himal-Chuli (7,893m) and Boudha (6,672m). The trek of this region contains strong Tibetan influence. This epic trip circumnavigates the entire massif with an insight into the cultures of ethnic Nepalese tribes and peoples of both Hinduism, Buddhism religion, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area.

The very short overview of this trip is, we cross the Larkya- La (5,160m) high and descend to the Marshyangdi River after trek down to Besisahar from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Trek in Manaslu is quite challenging trekking, Manaslu at 8163 metres (26783 feet) is the eighth tallest mountain in the World. This is located in close to the border with Tibet, that is some 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were a restricted area until the early nineties century. Till now, it is a restricted area and there are certain formalities required by the government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit.

The quiet trails and simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu make this one of the classic yet unspool trekking advenutres in the Himalaya. Travelling via Gorkha on the south of Manaslu. Manaslu Circuit Trek will start from the Arughat, Dhading, the lush green lower land and then passing through many villages inhabitant by various ethnic groups along the Buri Gandaki River. The trail goes behind the Mt.Mansalu and Himculi to cross Larkya La pass (5,213 m) and Rupina La (14,450'). Here, the valley starts to open out, and there are remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border, as well as those of the Manaslu group. The principal peaks that we will see on this first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya La, we drop down into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River, where we are now trekking beneath the giants of the Annapurna range, following the river down to a meeting with the road head.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, greeted by one of our airport representatives and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with an optional tour around world heritage sites.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (640meters) 8 hours.

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (775meters) 6 hours.

Day 05: Soti to Machha Khola (900meters) 5.30 hours.

Day 06: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340meters) 6 hours.

Day 07: Jagat to Ngyak (2310meters) 6 hours.

Day 08: Ngyak to Ghap (2100meters) 6 hours.

Day 09: Ghap to Lho (3200meters) 6 hours.

Day 10: Lho to Samagompa (3500meters) 6 hours.

Day 11: Samagompa to Stone Hut (4500meters) 5 hours.

Day 12: Acclimatization and exploration day.

Day 13: Stone Hut-Cross Larkya La (5215m) and trek Bhimphedi (3590m) 8 hours.

Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (3900meters) 5 hours.

Day 15: Tilje to Tal (1725meters) 5 hours.

Day 16: Tal to Jagat (1300meters) 5 hours.

Day 17: Jagat to Besisahar (720m) 6 hours.

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu by bus for 7 hours. Overnight at the hotel. B&B.

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel. B.B.

Day 20: Transfer to the International Airport for your home departure.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at Hotel with bed and breakfast.

Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour.

Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel bed and breakfast.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (640meters) 8 hours.

Your Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 7.00 am to pick you up; from there we have an 8-hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi (The district headquarter of Dhading1050m) for 4 hours is a comfortable drive but from there to Arugat for another 4 hours, we will be driving on rough road. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (775meters) 6 hours.

Along the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. We pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach Arkhat River. After Arkhat we ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. Camp today nears the confluence of Seti River - an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 05: Soti to Machha Khola (900meters) 5.30 hours.

The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Overnight at Tented Camp. 

Day 06: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340meters) 6 hours.

After crossing Machha River and Khola best, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this toward Donovan. Below Donovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 07: Jagat to Ngyak (2310meters) 6 hours.

After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7177 meters) we continue toward Sirish Gaon, Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 08: Ngyak to Ghap (2100meters) 6 hours.

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River - a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Gap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 09: Ghap to Lho (3200meters) 6 hours.

After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the Human river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7774 meters) and Manaslu (8150 meters) are visible from here. Tonight we camp near a spring at Lho gaon - a small village. Overnight at Tented Camp. 

Day 10: Lho to Samagompa (3500meters) 6 hours.

You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for night halt. O/N at Camp.

Day 11: Samagompa to Stone Hut (4500meters) 5 hours.

Today we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here toward a most remote permanent settlement - Samdo. Here amid the most severe conditions of nature live some 200 villagers in forty houses check-by-jowl. Camp at Stone Hut. O/N Camp.

Day 12: Acclimatization and exploration day.

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the reduction of the air and also for the local excursion. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 13: Stone Hut-Cross Larkya La (5215m) and trek Bhimphedi (3590m) 8 hours.

We first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (3900meters) 5 hours.

We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fig tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 15: Tilje to Tal (1725meters) 5 hours.

Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Tal village for overnight stay. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 16: Tal to Jagat (1300meters) 5 hours.

Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Chamje and Himal pani We will have overnight stay at Jagat. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 17: Jagat to Besisahar (720m) 6 hours.

Descending gently for 30 minutes and the trail runs gently down to Syange village, and then catch the jeep to Besisahar, Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu by bus for 7 hours.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Leisure day in Kathmandu. 

Overnight at the hotel with bed and breakfast.

Day 20: Transfer to the International Airport for your home departure.

NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements


Cost Details

  • Airport pick up and drop off.
  • Drive Kathmandu- Pokhara- Kathmandu.
  • Annapunra Conservation Entry permit fees.
  • TIMS Card.
  • Accommodation at lodges while on the trek.
  • 1 Night Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara.
  • An English speaking licensed holder trekking guide & porter(s).
  • All programs according to itinerary.
  • Nepali staff wages, equipment, accommodation, transport, insurance and other facilities.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Items of personal nature-soft/hard drinks.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Emergency rescue.
  • Tips to trekking guide & porter(s).

Equiment Checklist

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Map

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Departure Dates

No fixed departures.