The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the ultimate trekking adventure in Nepal. This exciting trek leads into a hidden valley of unsurpassed natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. You are not likely to meet other tourists on the Manaslu Circuit Trek as it was opened only in 1991 and still is practically unheard of. Staying in rustic lodges in stone-house villages is part of the fun.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins at Arughat, Gorkha, a full-day drive from Kathmandu. The first few days we follow the steep gorge of the Budhi Gandaki River. This may well be the most difficult part of our trek as the trail is not as good as some of the well-travelled trekking trails. Countless streams and waterfalls plunge into the Budhi Gandaki River.
When the trail enters the Manaslu Conservation Area just before Jagat, a cultural shift is visible. Below this point Nepalese Hinduism prevails, while beyond here, Tibetan Buddhism is predominant and from here on the villages give you the feeling of being in Tibet.
Deeper into the valley there are fewer and smaller villages, often perched on the steep valley sides. Small terraced fields are farmed with ancient methods and hard labor by farmers who scarcely notice the remarkable panorama of peaks like the magnificent Manaslu and the Himalchuli Massif on the Nepal-Tibet border. This stunning scenery is part of the harsh reality of life for the inhabitants of this rugged land.
We gradually acclimatize by climbing fewer hours per day as we approach the rough glacial moraine. We stop to admire the green glacial lake of Birendra before crossing into mystic Samdo, a village close to the Tibetan border where Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries. The view of the Tibetan plateau against the stark white Himalayas makes this a truly spiritual place.
Crossing Larke La pass, 5213 m on snow is a test of stamina. The scenery is outstanding with major peaks on all sides: Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. These mountain peaks tower above us as we descend from alpine into tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, waterfalls and blue-green lakes bordered by white beaches. At last we reach the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River until we meet up with the popular Annapurna Circuit trail. From here on we will meet other trekkers enjoying the fantastic views of the Annapurna range.
This three-week trek around the Manaslu Circuit will leave you with a sense of awe and respect for the cultural and ecological wonders of Nepal.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive to Arughat, 640m: 8 hrs
Day 4 : Treks to Soti Khola, 775m: 6 hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Machha Khola, 900m: 6-7 hrs
Day 6 : Treks to Jagat, 1340m;
Day 7 : Trek to Ngyak, 2310m: 6-7 hrs
Day 8 : Trek to Ghap, 2100m: 4 -5 hrs
Day 9 : Trek to Lho, 3200m; 7-8 hrs
Day 10 : Trek to Sama Gaon, 3541m, 5-6 hrs
Day 11 : Acclimatisation day at Sama Gaon, 3541m
Day 12 : Trek to Samdo, 3872m, 4-5 hrs
Day 13 : Acclimatisation day at Samdo
Day 14 : Trek to Larke Phedi, 4500m, 4-5 hrs
Day 15 : Cross Larke La Pass, 5215m and decend to Bhimphedi, 3590m: 8-9 Hours
Day 16 : Trek to Tilje, 3900m: 5-6 hrs
Day 17 : Trek to Jagat, 1300m: 5-6 hrs
Day 18 : Trek to Bhulbule, 1314m: 6hrs
Day 19 : Drive to Kathmandu 1300m: 7-8 hrs
Day 20 : Free day in Kathmandu, 1300m
Day 21 : Departure from Nepal
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If you are interested in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is well worth considering visiting the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek. The Tsum Valley is as isolated and untouched as any in Nepal, first opened to foreign trekkers in 2008, home to a small indigenous group known as Tsumbas, and surrounded by mountains that include Himalchuli to the west and the Ganesh Himal to the south.
Why do the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.
The Best Time of Year for the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La Trek
The best seasons for Manaslu trekking are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November).
Temperatures on the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La Trek
The temperatures at night will drop to around 5 C, and during the day will climb to around 25 C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 C to 20 C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.
Manaslu Circuit via Larke La is a Tea House Trek
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay. Due to the low volume of trekkers passing through this region, the guest houses are simpler than on the popular routes, but cozy and welcoming. It is an excellent way to get acquainted with the locals and learn about their ways of life.
Drinking Water on the Manaslu Circuit via Larke La Trek
You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.
The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 21 Days
Price : US $1550 p/p
Trip Grade : Challenging
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 17 days (16 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 16 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
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Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy