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Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route

The Manaslu trek is an exciting trekking adventure to see the beautiful double peak Himalaya called as Mount Manaslu. Mount Manaslu is one of the most beautiful Himalaya of Nepal which is 8th highest mountain of the world with the proud elevation of 8163 meters. The Mount Manaslu is resided in Gorkha District of Nepal and 40 miles away in the eastern region from Annapurna Massif. The Manaslu Trek is the exciting trekking trail of 110miles encircling the Manaslu Himalaya following ancient salt trading route following the Budhi Gandaki River. The trekking trail is dominated by wide angle views of 10 Himalayas of 6500meters along with few other Himalayas of 7000 meters. The highest altitude of the trekking trail is Larkya La Pass of 5106 meters which have wide angle views of Manaslu Himalaya. The Manaslu Trek is generally a 14 days camping and tea house trekking adventure that leads to closest highest point to witness Mount Manaslu from focal eyesight. The trekking trail has all the adventures of nepali mountain region trekking like traditional villages, lush forests, interesting mountain culture and civilization, lovely river trails, high altitude mountain bridges, open wide angle views of Himalayas, protected mountain flora and fauna e.t.c. Recently from year 2010 there are tea houses from the starting point to the highest region of Larkya La Pass. The trekking trails have been enhanced recently along the river gorge of Budhi Gandaki similar to Annapurna Circuit. The travelers take land vehicle to Arughat Bazar of Gorkha District and then they start following the trekking trail that passes through various resting locations at Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Lho, Shyala, Samagaon, Manaslu Basecamp, Samdo, Larkya Phedi, Larkya La Pass, Bhimtang, Tilje, Jagat and finally ending at Besisahar of Lamjung district. The besisahar have transport facility to Kathmandu or Pokhara city.

Trek Grading

Moderate

Trek Duration

17 Days

6

Maximum Elevation

4,480m/14,698ft

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2- Kathmandu valley tour
Day 3 – Jeep to Soti Khola (800m) 8-9 hour drive
Day 4 – Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m)
Day 5 – Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)
Day 7 – Deng to Namrung (2660m)
Day 8– Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m)
Day 9 – Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m)
Day 10 – Samagaon (rest day) option to trek to Manaslu Basecamp or Pungyen Gompa
Day 11 – Samagaon to Samdo (3860)
Day 12 – Samdo to Larkya Phedi or Dharmshala (4480m)
Day 13 – Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m)
Day 14 – Bimthang to Tilje (2300m)
Day 15 – Tilje – Chamche (1410m)
Day 16 – Jeep or Local Bus drive to Kathmandu
Day 17 – Depart for home

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu, enchanting and exotic, it is a city immersed with ancient temples and tradition! Fused with colourful markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants, Kathmandu with its exhilarating allure is a city you won’t forget! You’ll be met at the airport by Blue Planet Representatives and transferred to your hotel.
You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the streets and markets in Thamel as you stay depend on the area . In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant or Western restaurant.

 Day 2- Kathmandu valley tour
second we need your Original passport because we need a make your special permit for a Manaslu conversation trek and a full day Kathmandu valley Guided tour. Our Guide will take around Kathmandu to show its back ground and history, visiting temples, monasteries and colorful city itself gives you a picture of Nepal.

Day 3 – Jeep to Soti Khola (800m) 8-9 hour drive
Drive from Kathmandu, via private 4×4 jeep or Local bus into the Ghorka region of Nepal. Continue driving through small villages and bustling bazaars, arriving in the settlement of Soti Khola in the Bhuri Gandaki valley. We will spend the night here in a teahouse with guest and guide & Porters .

Day 4 – Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m)
The trek begins by following the Bhuri Gandaki River through the shady sal forest, continuing steeply uphill along a rugged Cliffside. From here you can see the river’s white and wild rapids below. Eventually the trail drops to the Gurung village of Labubesi and follows along the riverbank until we reach the village of Machha Khola where we will spend overnight a local guest house nice, clean and best food.

Day 5 – Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)
We follow the gorge and continue up the river. Langur monkeys can usually be heard playing in the jungle high above, where there is also larger Garung villages stay overnight at Jagat nice and best guest house.

Day 6 – Jagat to Deng (1800m)
After spending the night in Jagat the trail begins to climb a rocky ridge where views of Sringi Himal (7187m) emerge. Continue through rich terraced fields of maize, potato and millet before entering the Nupri (‘the Western Mountains) via bamboo forests. We spend the night in the Buddhist village of Deng Stay overnight at Deng nice and best guest house.

Day 7 – Deng to Namrung (2660m)
From Deng, pass by numerous Tibetan mani walls (intricately hand carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures), weaving in and out of canyons. Enter into a colourful forest of firs, oaks and rhododendrons before arriving in the settlement of Namrung. Stay overnight at Namrung nice and best guest house.

Day 8– Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m)
Continuing from Namrung the trek climbs steadily into the alpine where you’ll see a first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. From this point on many of the locals dress in traditional Tibetan clothing called chubas stay overnight at Lho Gham nice and best guest house.

Day 9 – Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m)
A shorter day of trekking allows you to acclimatize and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. Walk through a gully of mosses and rhododendron before entering into the village of Samagaon where we will spend the night.

Day 10 – Samagaon (rest day) option to trek to Manaslu Basecamp or Pungyen Gompa
A side trip to the spectacular Manaslu Base camp (4900m) is not to be missed! During the climbing season, the base camp is a hive of activity, filled with expedition teams, equipment, climbers, porters and tents. Leaving from Samagaon early in the morning, we follow the trail through forest before a steep ascent onto a slope and onto a moraine. From here there are magnificent views of the glacier, a turquoise lake and awe-inspiring mountains from all angles. The trek to base camp is around 4-5 hours, and the descent back to Samagaon is about 2-3 hours. As this is acclimatization and ‘rest day’ we make sure to take a slow and easy pace.
An alternative to the Manaslu Base Camp is a shorter trek to Pungyen Gompa and the glacial lake, Birendra Tal. Trek through a forested area before reaching a ridge and a grassy plateau. Here you’ll discover the gompa that was destroyed by avalanche during the winter in 1953. Continue past to get to the icy waters of Birendra Tal situated at the base of a glacier, and if you’re brave take a dip!

Day 11 – Samagaon to Samdo (3860)
This is another shorter day to allow you to better adjust to the altitude. Here is a land of yaks, plentiful marmots and pastures where only barley and potatoes can grow (due the high elevation) and where we finally depart to above the tree line. A pleasant walk brings us to the picturesque village of Samdo –a town known for its yak herding. Samdo is also at the convergence of 3 valleys and is only a day’s walk from Tibet. You are quite likely to see traders coming from the valley carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods Stay overnight at Samdo nice and best guest house.
Day 12 – Samdo to Larkya Phedi or Dharmshala (4480m)
Continuing on from Samdo follow along a wide, broad path, crossing the Bhuri Gandaki River and traversing along a mani wall. Continue climbing over the Larkya Glacier until coming to a ridge which offers grand views of a huge gorge So that day we need inform to . We will spend the night here, before embarking on the high Larkya La the next morning.

Day 13 – Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m)
Today is a longer day with a challenging, though not technically difficult trek over the Larkya La at a breathtaking 5100m. From Larkya Phedi, cross glacial moraine and past four frozen lakes as you make your way to the pass. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach this point. From here you can see incredible views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937). Begin your descent down a trail along a steep gully. Eventually the trail peters out into more level area of grassy moraine. The valley opens up as you continue your descent to Bimthang and we’ll overnight here.

Day 14 – Bimthang to Tilje (2300m)
Cross a glacial stream and climb over the side of the moraine descending into a spectacular forest of rhododendron and impressive pines, with view of Manaslu providing an equal amount of splendour. Descend down towards the Dudh (milk) Khola then continue through a more agricultural landscape until reaching the village of Tilje .

Day 15 – Tilje – Chamche (1410m)
Continue a rapid descent into the Marsygandi Valley through forest, crossing a suspension bridge and making your way to the well-trodden trail of the Annapurna Circuit. We’ll make our way to Chamche, staying here for the night and celebrating our success of completing the Manaslu Circuit!

Day 16 – Jeep or Local Bus drive to Kathmandu
We take a private 4×4 jeep or Local Bus and make our way to Kathmandu.

Day 17 – Depart for home