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Manaslu Circuit Trek 16 days

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Trip Fact

Group size:   1-12 people        

Max-Altitude:  5170 M.

Destination:   Nepal        

Fitness level:  Moderate

Arrival on:  Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Accommodation: Star hotels in Kathmandu, lodges and tea houses during the trek.

Among the numbers of trekkers visiting Nepal, Manaslu is visited by only two percent of the total trekkers. Manaslu (8,156m) is the eighth highest mountain in the world and one of the most dangerous mountains with high fatality rate. The region was declared as Manaslu Conservation Area in 1998 in order to conserve the cultural heritages, wild life and natural resources and also to promote the eco tourism to develop the life styles of the local people. Until 1991 the Manaslu region was a restricted area for trekking. The government of Nepal only permitted trekking in Manaslu circuit in 1991.  This trek takes you to the ancient slat trading route from Tibet via Budhi Gandaki River.

Manaslu region borders to Tibet and this is one of the main reasons that this trek requires special permit. Manaslu Circuit Trek 15 Days offers an amazing trekking experience with wonderful views. En route Manaslu Circuit Trek you can get stunning views of several snow capped peaks including 10 peaks over 6,500 meters and other different peaks over 7,000 meters. The trek takes you to Larkya La pass at an altitude of 5,235 meters which is the highest point of this trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 15 Days begins with a long drive to Gorkha Bazaar from Kathmandu. The drive is scenic and beautiful. Gorkha is the Kingdom of the late king Prithivi Narayan Shah who united Nepal in a single kingdom. You will get to know the lifestyles and cultures of people living in the Manaslu region along the trials. This region is rich in Flora and faunas. Various species of endangered birds, plants and animals are conserved in this area.  The people of this area are highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture. The Manaslu region offers the best trekking experience during March to May and September to December.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)   700 m    10 hrs

Day 02: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola     (930 m, 6 hrs)

Day 03: Maccha Khola to Jagat   (1340 m, 7 hrs)

Day 04: Jagat to Pewa    (1600 m, 6 hrs)

Day 05: Pewa to Namrung (2630 m, 6 hrs)

Day 06: Namrung to Lho (2957 m, 4 hrs)

Day 07: Lho to Sama Gaun (3530 m, 4 hrs)

Day 08: Acclimatization Day – Side Trip to Either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp or Birendra Tal     (4400 m, 4 hrs)

Day 09: Sama Gaun to Samdo    (3865 m, 4 hrs)

Day 10: Samdo to Dharmasala    (4460 m, 4 hrs)

Day 11: Dharamasala – Larkye La Pass – Bimthang (3590 m, 10 hrs)

Day 12: Bimthang to Tilije (2300m, 6 hours)

Day 13: Tilije to Tal

Day 14: Tal to Syange

Day 15: Syange to Kathmandu

Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) (700 m, 10 hrs)

After having breakfast at Kathmandu you will start the trek with a long drive to Soti Khola. The drive goes through Prithivi Highway which passes by several rural villages, small towns, and lush green hills. After leaving the highway you will drive to a rough dusty road with glimpses of southern slopes of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other mountains. The drive is long and tiring but offers scenic views and wonderful experiences. Overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 02: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola          (930 m, 6 hrs)

The original trek starts after a short breakfast at Soti Khola. The trek goes up and down through forests, terraced fields, picturesque villages and beautiful rivers and waterfalls.  You will cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River.  After then the trial goes through a rocky path and pass by two tropical waterfalls. You will then descend through some fertile lands and Gurung village Labubesi. A short climb from here and crossing another suspension bridge you will reach to the village called Maccha Khola. Overnight at Maccha Khola.

Day 03: Maccha Khola to Jagat   (1340 m, 7 hrs)

After having breakfast at Maccha Khola the trek begins with a gradual walk on the bank of Buri Gandaki River. The trial goes through a forest where you can find many monkey and langurs. The trial then goes through Gurung village called lower Khorlabeshi. Moving further the trial goes through a village of Tatopani which is a natural hot water spring. From here you will cross a suspension bridge over Bhuri Gandaki River and reach Dovan. Few hours walk from here will take you to the village of Jagat. There you will find a check post where you will have to verify your trekking permits before entering to the restricted region. Overnight at Jagat.

Day 04: Jagat to Pewa    (1600 m, 6 hrs)

The trek begins with an easy walk to Salleri and then descends to Sirdibas. The village is inhabited mostly by people of Buddhist religion. You can see several Buddhist prayer flags and monasteries there. There’s another checkpoint at Phillim, after your permit gets checked there you will walk the trial along the bank of the river. Leaving the river bank aside the trial again goes through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. The trial gives an amazing view of the surroundings. You will further reach to a junction where the trial separates to Tsum valley and then finally reach to Pewa after a short walk. Overnight at Pewa

Day 05: Pewa to Namrung (2630 m, 6 hrs)

The trek goes through winding trials after a short walk across the bamboo forest which takes you to the village of Deng. From there further steps will take you to suspension bridge that takes you to Bhim Phedi. The trial then goes through the village where you can see white faced monkeys. Moving further, you will cross several villages and terraced fields. The trial then reaches the landslide zones where you will have to be extra careful and follow the instruction of your guide. After that you will reach to Namrung village. You will find several tea shops and guest houses in this village. Overnight at Namrung.

Day 06: Namrung to Lho (2957 m, 4 hrs)

After having breakfast at Namrung the trek follows a steep trial and pass through forests which takes you to Lihi village. There you will see chortens and barley terraces. The trek then passes through different villages crossing the side valley of Simnang and then reaches to Lho village. You will also visit the local monastery. Overnight at Lho. 

Day 07: Lho to Sama Gaun (3530 m, 4 hrs)

You will cross the Shyala village and reach Sama village. The walk today is comparatively short and relatively easier. The trial offers wonderful views of the beautiful Manaslu Mountain and glaciers. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day 08: Acclimatization Day – Side Trip to Either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp or Birendra Tal     (4400 m, 4 hrs)

Your body needs to get acclimatize while climbing to the higher altitudes. This day is set to acclimatize your body to lower the risk of altitude sickness. You will climb high and sleep at lower altitude today. You will explore the village and visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa. You will also visit Pungyen Gompa which is the main attraction of the day. You will get the spectacular views of the glaciers from Pungyen Gompa. There are many places and monasteries which you can visit from Samagaon. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day 09: Sama Gaun to Samdo     (3865 m, 4 hrs)

The trek begins after a short breakfast at Sama Gaun. The trial follows the Budhi Gandaki River, after then you will cross a suspension bridge and walk on the trial that takes you to Larkya La pass. The trial then passes through Mani walls and forests full of Juniper and birch forests. After that you will again cross a suspension bridge and continue forward. Overnight at Samdo.

Day 10: Samdo to Dharmasala    (4460 m, 4 hrs)

After having breakfast at Samdo the trek to Dharamsala begins. You will cross Budhi Gandaki River by a wooden bridge and after that the trial goes upward. You will pass by Larke Bazaar which is a seasonal Tibetan market. On your trial you will get to see a lot of monasteries, hanging glaciers and Mani walls. Dharmsala is also known as Larke Phedi. The tea houses in Dharamsala are very rare. So it is better to reach as early as possible. Overnight at Dharamsala.

Day 11: Dharamasala – Larkye La Pass – Bimthang (3590 m, 10 hrs)

A short climb will take you to the north side valley of Larkya glacier. The valley gives stunning pictures of Lakya Peak. The trial then ascends to the glacier moraines and a steep trial takes you to Larkye La Pass. From the top of the pass you can witness the beautiful views of the mountains like Himlung, Cheo, Annapurna and many others.  From there you will descend to Bhimthag and reach there by evening. The village provides wonderful view of Mount Manaslu.  Overnight at Bhimthang. 

Day 12: Bimthang to Tilije (2300m, 6 hours)

After having breakfast at Bhimthang the trek to Tilije begins. The trial today offers mesmerizing views of the mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung, Himlung and many other mountains. The trial descends to Dudh Koshi River Bridge and then goes through rhododendron forests and then follows a trial that goes through the valley Karche at an altitude of 2785 meters. After that you will have a steep climb over a ridge and pass by the village of Gho and finally reach to Tilije where you will find several lodges. Overnight at Tilije.

Day 13: Tilije to Tal

You will have a breakfast at Tilije and then start the trek. The trek begins with a short climb over a small ridge and goes through stoned paved trials. You will cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi Khola and then climb up through chorten shaped arch. After that you will pass by mani walls and reach Thonje village. You will then go through a police checkpoint and then the trial continues to Dharapani from where you will enter to Annapurna Circuit section. The trial further continues to Karte village and after crossing Marsyangdi River Bridge you will reach the village of Tal. Overnight at Tal.

Day 14: Tal to Syange

The trek goes through Chymje village towards Marshyangdi River. Then you will walk through the terraced fields and villages of Marsyangdi valley and a final descend through rhododendron and pine forests will take you to Syange. Overnight at Syange.

Day 15: Syange to Kathmandu

You will have your breakfast at Syange and then drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar. The drive gives you a wonderful view of the mountains, hills and landscapes. The drive goes through numbers of picturesque villages and terraced farmlands. The drive is about 8 hours from Syange to Kathmandu. You will be departed to your respective hotel by our guide. 

Cost Includes      

  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle     
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 3 star hotels with breakfast     
  • Accommodation tea houses or tent during trek ( depending upon the availability and type of trek) 
  • Private vehicle transportation    
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking      
  • Tea/Coffee and water during the trek. 
  • Sleeping bag/ Duffel bag (to be returned after the trek completion
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and required porters 
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Langtang Ri trekking staffs 
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement 
  • Experienced cook, Sherpa’s and kitchen crew ( for Camping Trek
  • Tents, mattress, cooking utensils and camping equipment (if needed
  • All government taxes

Cost Excludes 

International Airfare, Airport taxes and extra luggage charges.

 Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)

Special restricted permit From Sept. to Nov. US$ 70 per week per person From Dec. to Aug. US$ 50 per week per person

·Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.

 Medical evacuation in case of emergency

 Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)

 Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc

Expenses incurred due to any unforeseeable conditions.  

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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I have only good things to say about Kedar and his friends at Actual My two sons and I had a fantastic trek around manaslu. Keshab, our guide, and the two porters, Kumar and Balkrishna were not only outstanding in their job they were also great people to get to know. My dealings to Kedar, from beginning to end, were pleasure.

Thank You for the most enjoyable trip in Nepal.

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Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd organized our intended trip to the best of their ability. We did on a special way the Manaslu Round. Many thanks for excellent service.

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