Manaslu Circuit Trek – Day to Day Itinerary

Manaslu Circuit trek is significantly less busy rather than various other famous typical treks like Annapurna and Everest Base Camp in Nepal.It is obviously an excellent alternative to popular Annapurna Circuit too. Nepal government has allowed doing trekking since 1991. However, being parts of Manaslu conservation area project (MCAP), a special permit is required for hiking. The agency becomes necessary for making the permit, seeing that single traveler are vetoed to achieve permission. You will have to plan this trip through an authorized trekking office. Even if you may simply be 2 people with a guide.

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Stunning Mount Manaslu (Left side) view from nearby Samdo

Manaslu Circuit Trek is also widely spelled as Mount M. round-trek. While on the way there are many highlights to see and or feel on this trip, also it is better to say that it is untouched area too. The immense majority of the region was overlooked when it comes to infrastructure improvement along with any basic facilities. Mules are the major transportation option in this part of Nepal. After the declaration of Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) in 1998, the Nepalese government has passed over the managerial obligation to the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) teams. Actually, to boost the livelihood status of local people via eco-tourism for sustainable development.

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Manaslu Larke La Pass (5106 m)

The Mount Manaslu 8,163 m (26,781 ft) area physically lies in the rural Northern side of the Gorkha district within Nepalese Himalayas. This trekking route is naturally blessed with the incredible landscape, scenery, and unique culture. Generally, our strolling process begins from Arughat or Soti Khola. Alternatively, you can choose to start from Gorkha-bazar to Larpak via Barpak too. It got branded as “Manaslu circuit Trek”. Because in this trekking we make a round of world’s 8th tallest mountain passing thru different landscape, villages, high-pass etc. The area is not only famous for trekking purpose, it is one of the best and major destination for climbing expedition as well.

Spring water along the way

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

According to the variation of landscape’s height, the climatic condition also remains changed, as we ascend more up, more the cold temperature will be. The long lasting snowy weather range is perceived above five thousand meters. When we get started with minimal, at approx. 700 m, the physical structure of Land is extremely assorted from lush backdrops with densely forested acres to stunning higher elevation land mass. While passing the Larkya La Pass (5106 m) will be challenging during the winter period, because of the snowy environment.

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Location of Manaslu in Map of Nepal

March-May plus Sept-Mid Dec, spring and autumn seasons correspondingly are considered as best time on behalf of Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is not recommended to walk on monsoon and winter period in this region. Since the winter months remains extremely cold and summer period brings heavy rainfall. For more info, you can click the best time to visit Nepal.

How to Reach & Accomplish Manaslu Circuit Trek

Being in remote and difficult landscape area, Manaslu Circuit Trek is somewhat moderate in terms of tough, but it will be challenging for new trekkers. However, it is said that now the local people and management team has started to upgrade the trekking track by constructing and repairing it. You can find simple guesthouses along the trail, if you desire to go camping style or keep yourself at the tea houses, the decision is yours. The strolling venture can be longer or shorter in duration based on the beginning point and route. In short, it is customization via trekking-company, just you have to request them. The schedule or itinerary stated below is one among the many options.

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Things to carry

Be prepared ahead of your journey, you are heading for isolated and rural parts of the Himalayan nation. Buy or bring necessary stuff like warm clothes, sun glass, torch light, mini medic-kit, sleeping bag, sun-lotion, exchanged Nepalese currency, extra energy giving food like chocolate etc. Moreover, it is impossible to exchange foreign-cash in a rural area, so accomplish such listed job before, when you are in Kathmandu.

Day 1. Kathmandu 1,400 meter (4,600 ft)) – SotiKhola700 m (2296 ft): approx. 8 hrs drive.

Today we leave the Kathamandu (KTM) earlier for Soti Khola, from where the Manaslu trek starts out. Initially, we steer via Trisuli River to Dhading-Besi (DB), the district headquarters of Dhading and again drive towards Arughat-bazar. After crossing DB, the motorway condition is not decent as you may have expected. Arughat is a popular trading centre for Gorkha, if you want to add on something on your packing list then you can simply move around the bazaar for a while. Again we have to steer few hours to Sotikhola. Throughout the entire drive, today’s our trip will be exciting and pleasing, we delight in views of the mountain backdrops along with the Nepalese non-urban areas.

Day 2. Soti Khola – Machha Khola 870 m (2854 ft): approx. 7 hrs.

From Soti-Khola, we will start our Manaslu circuit trek with bit ascending and descending towards Machha-Khola (Fish Stream). We can see stunning vistas of Buddha and Ganesh Himal today. Initially, we make our way to Labubesi (Gurung village) passing thru bridge, seasonal waterfalls, forest range and few rice fields. We furthermore rise behind a rugged surface, exactly where the valley area uncovers the flowing of Budhi Gandaki River amid wide pebbly bars. Descending to the river bed, we walk and raise on few cliff and drop down to the waterway and cross a suspension bridge to grasp Maccha Khola (MK) hamlet.

Day 3. Machha Khola – Jagat 1400m (4594 ft): about 7 hrs.

At first, we pass by the Macha Khola Stream and afterward move to the small community of Khola-Bensi (KB). Next, again we head for Hot spring (Tato-Pani Village), you can take a short warm water bath here. It takes almost an hour to arrive at Hot-spring from KB passing via buckwheat field. From Tatopani, we rise over another ridge and then pass on a suspension bridge of Budhi Gandaki. Today the track is somewhat difficult in some places. After walking thru forest area we reach out to the spot known as Dhovan. We cross next Stream Bridge above Dovan village. Later on, the river valley seems wider and satisfactory trail carry us to Jagat.

Day 4. Jagat – Deng 1,860m (6103 ft): 6 – 7 hrs.

After consuming morning-breakfast, and holding for few minutes in Jagat checkpoint to allow them to check our trekking permit. We start our day by rising to Salleri, from where we are able to notice incredible views of Mount Serang 7190m (23589 ft), then drop-down to Sirdibas. Subsequently, we cross the typical water-mill (Pani-Ghatta) and arrive in Philim (Gurung village) wherein you will discover the MCAP office, a small-hydro plant, health post, and so on. Departing from Philim along the fairly leveled trail again we trek via few farmlands towards Ekle Bhatti and enters to Gorge area. Similarly, we pass the bamboo forest and watercourse to avoid tough valley parts then ascend over the next steep to catch the village of Deng.

Day 5. Deng – Namrung 2630m (8626ft): 7 hrs.

While on Manaslu Circuit trekking you will have to cross the Budi Gandaki River many times. From Deng, we go down almost to the river and steeply mount again to Rana 1910m (6266 ft). After further mounting throughout a lovely pine woodland and passing next bridge, we arrive at Bihi Phedi, from where we can enjoy amazing looks of Kutang Mountain. Likewise, we now pass thru Mani wall, jungle acres and arrive at Ghap.

Again move for Namrung, en route trail runs in betwn several Gompas, forest etc. Normally, we will stroll along with Budigandaki River. “Numrung village” itself is a great viewpoint for Ganesh, Himalchuli, and Shiring Himal, situated in close proximity to Buri-Gandaki Watercourse plus it holds checkpoint to check special permits.
Kindly note that the word Budi, Budhi or Buri are same and gives the identical meaning. It means (old in local Nepalese language) only spells is different.

Day 6. Namrung – Samagaon 3530m (11,578 ft): around 7 – 8 hrs.

Today we climb up gradually and bypass forested acres to reach picturesque Lihi hamlet, here you will notice 2 ancient Gumpa too. After passing Lihi community we carry on for Sho village (3000m), which is an ideal location to observe Tibetan religious beliefs and lifestyle. Again keep strolling for Lho, from here we can get an impressive outlook of Manaslu Massif and explore Local Gompas. You will have to cross another village known as Shyala, this spot is widely famous for panoramic views of Phungi, Himalchuli, Mt.Manaslu etc. and reach Sama-gaon.

Day 7. Rest Day at Samagaun.

Now it’s time for acclimatization and rest. However, to tackle with pending Larkyala Pass it will be better to mount for Manaslu Base Camp (approx.4600m) today, the choice is yours. Or alternatively, we carry lunch pack then move for ancient Pungyen Gompa (Monastery) and appreciate the views of Glacier.

Day 8. Sama Gaun – Samdo 3872m (12,703 ft): 4 hours.

We make our way to Samdu, via birch and juniper forest. The trail again passes many Mani stone walls at Kermo Kharka. We drop to the Budhi Gandaki then cross a short bridge the track now rises steeply to catch Samdo. It’s a quite brief trek from Samagaon, so we would have lots of time to move around Samdu village, the settlements influenced by Tibetan lifestyle. Even you can choose this place as for another rest day too.

Day 9. Samdo – Dharamsala 4480 m (14694 ft): 5hrs.

Today, initially we continue thru the ancient trade route between Tibet and Nepal. After crossing a small bridge, we head upward towards Dharmasala (also spelled as Larkyla Base Camp) via Salka Khola valley. On the way, we can view Larkya Glacier. Normally, our trek last upto 4 to 5 hrs today, so rest of the time is totally leisure period for us. We can stroll around and see blue sheep within this area. Remember that today we have to sleep early to wakeup quickly tomorrow, to bypass possible challenging weather while crossing Larkyala-Pass tomorrow.

Day 10. Dharamsala – Bimthang 3720m (12,201 ft): 8hrs.

Today is the most challenging and difficult days on all-inclusive Manaslu Circuit Trek. Because we are going to cross Larkya-la Pass 5106 m is the peak point of Manaslu-Round trip. We must wake-up around 4 o’clock in the morning and take some breakfast, after having early meal our trek proceeds thru North part of Larkya Glaciers, from where the mesmerizing outlook of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda is possible. Next, we march continuously onto the top of the Larkya La (5106 m), check out a wide array of huge mountains like Annapurna II (7937 m (26,041 ft), Himlung Himal (7,125m (23,373 ft), Kang Guru (6981 m (22,898 ft) etc. Subsequently, we dropdown steeply following the moraine of glaciers for Bhimthang.

Day 11. Bimthang – Tilije (1965m (6445 ft): 5hrs.

From now on the challenging section of Manaslu Circuit Trek is over. At First we move to the ridge and descend further to Dudh Khola. We take a walk thru rhododendron woodland and just stick to a trail by having a narrow valley area until we hit at Karche village. Now we move across fields before climbing the next ridge. After strolling for a while trail takes us to the multi-cultural hamlet of Tilije via nearby village known as Gho.

Day 12. Tilje – Tal 1700m (5576 ft): 6hrs.

Following the Dudh Khola today we trek down via bamboo forest and climb up to the Thonje village. We come across a police checkpoint then move forward to Dhara-Pani. Simply, you will find yourself at classic Annapurna circuit/conservation area from Dharapani. While on the trail beautiful waterfalls, lakes and scenic vistas of surroundings will magnetize us. Continual, we bump into Karte community then after we pass a bridge over Marshyangdi River. Additionally, we encounter a few Mani Stonewall before arriving at the small town of Taal, you can find lots of Teahouses here.

Day 13. Tal – Syange 1100m (3608 ft): 7 hrs.

Again we stick to the track and descend to Sattale steeply through stone steps and head towards the traditional village of Chamje crossing through Marsyangdi River. The trekking route now drops by having pine and rhododendron woods to Syange. Finally, today the Manaslu Circuit Trek came to end. Remember that, if you don’t want to enjoy on a beginning phase of Annapurna Circuit trail, then from Dharapani it is possible to find the local vehicle and descend down.

Day 14. Syange – Kathmandu: 8hrs drive.

Simply, after taking breakfast we ride a vehicle and move towards Kathmandu via Besisahar. While on the scenic drive from Syange to KTM, Lookout to delight in beauty of Landscape, rivers, gorge, green forest, villages etc.

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Trek to Manaslu to enjoy the natural view

Finally, Manaslu Circuit Trek (MCT) is loaded with mesmerizing views of natural beauties. While sticking on the trail we came down to touch at starting phase of Annapurna Round Treks. Definitely the question has aroused in your mind that which one is the best among them for strolling venture? It will be difficult to compare in terms of scenery. But you must be more adventurous to tackle MCT. If you have any suggestion or experience just fetch me on my contact detail.

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