Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season March, April and September to November
- You will lose at least 5-10 lbs
- You view more than 10 peaks of over 6,500 meters and few of over 7,000 meters are visible en route.
- Understand and observe life style of Nubri and Tsum who are the two main ethnic groups residing in the region. Among both groups, Tsum still gives the glimpse of their traditional culture, art and tradition which is a matter of study for many researchers.
- Observe monasteries, maniwalls, and prayer wheels in the area.
- Natural scenery, high glacier lakes, fascinating flora and fauna and majestic Himalayan ranges make the trail most do event of life.
- After trekking you will find a new individual in you who has a different leadership quality.
The eighth highest peak of the world, Manaslu, towers 8,163 meters above sea level. It is situated in western central part of Nepal in Mansiri Himal. Manaslu is a Sanskrit name given to the mountain which means “Mountain of the Spirit”. Most of the Japanese prefer to climb this mountain just because Toshio Imanishi of Japan in assistance of Gyalzen Norbu (Nepali) climbed the mountain for the first time in 1956. This is why Japanese consider Manaslu as their mountain just like British consider Everest as theirs.
Manaslu is located in Gorkha district, some 64 kilometers east of Annapurna. Nepal Government gave trekking permit for Manaslu region in 1991. The trekking trail follows the same ancient route of Budi Gandaki River which people used to walk for salt trading then. More than 10 peaks of over 6,500 meters and few of over 7,000 meters are visible en route. The trek route paves the way to many scattered villages of the region where resides different ethnic groups in social harmony. Landslides and land falls and encounter with yaks while passing the trail makes the Manaslu trekking more memorable.
Outline Day to Day Itinerary:
- Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02:preparation of trekking
- Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat
- Day 04:Arughat to Soti Khola
- Day 05:Soti khola to Machha Khola (River)
- Day 06:Machha Khola to Jagat
- Day 07:Jagat to Deng
- Day 08:Deng to Ghap
- Day 09:Ghap to Lho Gaon
- Day 10:Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon
- Day 11:Acclimatization Day
- Day 12:Sama Gaon to Samdo
- Day 13:Samdo to Dharmasala
- Day 14:Dharmasala-Cross Larkya La Pass and trek to Bhimtang
- Day 15:Bhimtang to Goa
- Day 16:Goa to Tal
- Day 17:Tal to Ghermu Phant
- Day 18:Ghermu Phant to Bhulbhule and drive to Besisahar
- Day 19:Drive back to Kathmandu
- Day 20:Fly to your destination
- Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu After you arrive in Kathmandu, representatives of NTA will take you to the hotel for your stay.
- Day 02:preparation of trekking On this day, you will be provided sufficient time for doing preparations for continuing our trek.
- Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat It is of around seven hours drive from Kathmandu. The first part of the journey is smooth as we go through highway. But, rough path leads you to Arughat from Gorkha.
- Day 04:Arughat to Soti Khola The trail begins from today. We begin walking through lush valleys and rice paddy fields. We follow Budi Gandaki khola (River), climb over the Kyoropani, descent down to the junction of the Budi Gandaki and the Sundi khola. Enjoy a refreshing swim and camp overnight on this spot.
- Day 05:Soti khola to Machha Khola (River) The trail narrows down leading through densely forested hillsides, adorned with some small stranded villages. Trek though steep valley sides passing Lapbesi village descending down to the riverbed and following the wide and sandy path towards Machha Khola (Fish Stream). We put on at nearby Maccha Khola organizing a camp for the night.
- Day 06:Machha Khola to Jagat Today, we cross Maccha Khola, and walk upstream towards Khola Bensi. Enjoy a bath in the hot spring there, and then move along the steep valley sides.
The trek goes though a forest path resting for a cup of tea at Doban, and then walks to Lauri, where we switch back to the right side of the river through suspension bridge. A little climb and the sight of Jagat’s field will welcome you for an overnight camp.
- Day 07:Jagat to Deng From Jagat we head towards Deng. It is around seven hours walk to Deng village which is made up of just about 4 houses. From Jagat, we descend towards the river through stone steps and then ascend up a terraced hillside Saguleri where we halt for some time to catch the exotic view of the Sringi Himal (7187m). Then, after a few more crossings over the river we ultimately climb up to Deng where we set camp for the night.
- Day 08:Deng to Ghap Now the trail leads us through Lana village, and further up we will see Mani stones i.e. rocks etched with the Buddhist prayers – a sure sign that we are closer to cool Tibetan areas. In about 4 hours, we will be camping in the village of Ghap.
- Day 09:Ghap to Lho Gaon From Ghap, we move ahead and after crossing the Budi Gandaki River we enter into alpine territory, where you can capture mountain views.
After some time we reach Namrung village. There are pasture lands and large stream (originating from Lidanda Glaciers) to cross over en route. We will pass the Sho village, dwelling at the altitude of 3000m (provides nice views of Manaslu), and then reach our destination for the day – Lho Gaon.
- Day 10:Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon You will see the majestic Peak in Sama Gaon. We might camp here or move half an hour further to the Sama Gompa.
- Day 11:Acclimatization Day You can go to Manaslu Base Camp which will take about 3 hours to reach if you want. Then you’ll return to Sama Gaon again which takes about 2 hours. Otherwise, you will spend the entire day in Sama Gaon. This is also a kind of acclimatization day.
- Day 12:Sama Gaon to Samdo From Sama Gompa, a little further up is Samdo, the pleasant forest residing near the border of Tibet. It is heaven for photographers like you. We enjoy the day resting here.
- Day 13:Samdo to Dharmasala What was once a mighty river now dwindles to a stream, and we ascent up this Budi Gandaki stream to Sumdu, probably the last thriving village on our trail. Next is some sort of a ruined marketplace called Larkya Bazaar. And further up at an altitude of 4450m, we rest in some Lodge or Dharmasala (guest house).
- Day 14:Dharmasala-Cross Larkya La Pass and trek to Bhimtang As we ascend to Dharmashala we will have stunning views of the Larkya Peak. The trail gets steep, as we move up through the moraines to the Larkya La pass, where we can capture incredible pictures of Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal among other snowcapped mountains. Walking though snow and moraines, we reach the lovely forest area of Tanbuche.
From Tanbuche we reach Bimthang, an ablation valley composed of nothing but abandoned homes and Buddhist prayer rocks.
- Day 15:Bhimtang to Goa We descend towards Goa from here. The Manaslu in the east and Annapurna II in the west make the horizon impressive. .
Further, we follow our trail through a bridge at Dudh Khola (Milk River), trek through the blossom of rhododendron flowers, leave Karche cross Marsyangdi River.
- Day 16:Goa to Tal What once used to be a pristine lake now has faded away leaving a beautiful valley. Tal, once a lake, now a village. We will be trekking from Goa to Tal village.
- Day 17:Tal to Ghermu Phant From Tal, our long route takes us through steep valley sides of the Himalayan range, tucked between the Manaslu and Annapurna range. We stop at Ghermu Phant.
- Day 18:Ghermu Phant to Bhulbhule and drive to Besisahar A suspension bridge will get us to the east bank of Marsyangdi Khola, Then, there’s this short climb up to Bahundanda, a climb down to Ngadi, and then to the paddy fields of Bulebhule. From Bhulebhule, the trail becomes easy, with no hills and steep landscapes, as we move to Besisahar.
- Day 19:Drive back to Kathmandu Here ends our exciting trekking trip. You will enjoy today's evening and dinner with NTA staff.
- Day 20:Fly to your destination Our trip concludes today as you pack your baggage for your country. A representative of NTA will take you to the airport.
- Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers
- 2 nights in a hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Arughat and Besisahar, respectively, with breakfast
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with tour guide
- 14 nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Three times meals during the trek
- Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire) and trekking map
- All permits and necessary paper work, TIMS
- First aid kit
- All taxes, be it local or government
- Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- International or domestic flights
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Size of Trekking Group
For Manaslu Circuit Trekking, there will be one leader and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.
We will spend 3 nights at a luxury hotel in Kathmandu and one night each in Arughat and Besisahar. While on trek, we will spend 14 nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 290 US. But some places in this region do not allow single accommodations.
During our Manaslu Circuit Trekking, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.