Round Manaslu Trek

Round Manaslu Trek

Tour Info

  • RMT141
  • Nepal
  • 15 Nights, 16 Days
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Larke Pass (5134 m)
  • Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu - Arughat - Jagat - Lho - Samagompa - Larkya La - Beshisahar - Kathmandu
  • March, April, May, September, October, November

Overview

 

Round Manaslu Trek, which is also branded as Manaslu Circuit Trek, was explored and   promoted as an   alternative to the busy Annapurna Circuit Trek which was shortening with the construction of road in both ends.   But the trek has developed its own identity today as the trek offers superior mountain views, involves crossing   of a high   Himalayan   pass, and passes through remote villages, terraced lands, thick woods, and glacier walk among others. The region is home to Gurungs who are heavily influenced from Tibetan Buddhism. Mani walls, Kani,   chhortens   and   monasteries   show the   influence of Tibetan Buddhism in the area. The main attraction of the trek is Mount Manaslu — the eight highest mountain in the world. The trek offers the closest possible view of this beautiful mountain climbed for the  first time   by the   Japanese. The region is hope to different wild species like Blue sheep, Musk deer, Himalayan chamois,   Clouded Leopard,   Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear and Himalayan Griffin Vultures, among others.

 

Trip facts:

 

  • Mode: Tea-house.
  • Activities: Trekking.
  • Trip Length: 15 Nights, 16 Days.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous.
  • Highest Point: Larke Pass (5134 m).
  • Trek Start Point: Kathmandu.
  • Trek End Point: Kathmandu.

 

Features:

 

  • Ancient monasteries.
  • Remote settlements.
  • Larkey La Pass and other viewpoints.
  • Amazing landscapes.
  • Stunning mountain views.
  • Diverse climate, topography and vegetation.

 

 

Round Manaslu Trek

 

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1337 m).

 

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will meet our representative who will transfer you into your hotel. You can relax in the hotel premises to unwind after your light flight. Or, you can explore the Kathmandu Valley if your flight is early. Remaining time is free for independent activities. O/N: Hotel.

 

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.

 

Today, we will take you on a tour of Kathmandu as our staff prepare your permits for the trek. We will begin with a drive to Swoyambhunath Temple — a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the important Buddhist monuments   in Nepal. The main attraction is the stupa — a whitewashed   topped    by a golden    pinnacle.    Then we move on to Kathmandu Durbar Square. This    amazing complex used   to be the palace of the rulers of the ancient Kathmandu country. Here, you    will get    opportunity to    catch sight of    Kumari — the living goddess.   After   that, we    will visit Pashupatinath Temple — an important Hindu shrine in Nepal — believed to have been built in 5th century. Then we will return to hotel. In the evening, meet your guide and attend trek briefing. O/N: Hotel.

 

Day 3: Drive to Machhi Khola (900 m) — Approx 8 hrs.

 

Today, we will drive to the starting point of    our trek. We    drive west of    Kathmandu on the    Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway. We leave the highway, cross the Trishuli River near the confluence of Trishuli and Budhi Gandaki River and drive along the banks of Budhi Gandaki River on a jeep track. We will follow this river for most of the days of this trek. Machhi Khola is a small settlement on the trail head. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 4: Trek to Jagat (1350 m) — Approx 6-7 hrs.

 

Our trek begins today. After breakfast, we cross the Machhi    Khola River    and walk toward a small settlement of Khorlabesi. From here, we continue   northward passing    through    natural hot springs at Tatopani. After a short walk through thick woods, we reach to a village called Dobhan. We continue our walk for a while. After crossing the river on a suspension bridge we reach the beautiful village of Jagat. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 5: Trek to Deng (1890 m) — Approx 6-7 hrs.

 

After Jagat, we walk down to the river and follow its course on  the trail that    pass through    beautiful terraced fields. Passing through the village of Sulleri, we see Philim far in the distance. A walk of about two hours from here will take us to Philim. Philim is comparatively a larger settlement on the trail. Leaving Philim, we    continue on the main trail. The walk is pleasing and you will be rewarded with view of waterfalls cascading down in Budhi Gandaki on both sides of the trail. We cross the river many times, and sometimes go high above it. After a   walk of around    four hours from Jagat, we reach our first Kani — a stone arch — of the trek. Deng is the next settlement that we see in the trial. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 6: trek to Namrung (2650 m) — Approx 7 hrs.

 

We continue walk after having breakfast at our lodge. The    walk is more or less similar. Descend to river, crossing it and climbing high above the river.   After nearly three    hours of trek, we reach to a village named Ghap. Take some to look out for the beautiful Kani as   well as the mani wall.    From   here,    the    trail is    through    thick woods of pines, rhododendrons and bamboo. Look out for monkeys. The village of Namrung welcomes you once you are done with the forested trail. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 7: Trek to Syala (3,5000 m) — Approx 6 hrs.

 

The first settlement that we come across today is Li Gaon. This village has numerous chhortens and intricately women mani walls. Take some time to   observe   these ancient art works.    If weather is good,    you can    get clear view of Mt Manaslu along with  other neighboring  peaks today.   From here, we   stop at a place called Sho which offers stunning views of Manaslu. We continue our    walk    northward. After crossing   another bridge, we reach to the village of Lho. There is a small temple in the village which contains a   terracota image   of Buddha. After leaving the village, Peak 29 emerges right ahead of us. The settlement of Syala is not so far. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 8: Trek to Sama gaun  (3,499 m) — Approx 4 hrs.

 

The walk is shorter today. Leaving Syala, we follow the moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama Gaun. On the trail, we can enjoy amazing landscapes and excellent sceneries.  There is a   beautiful monastery   in the village. The monastery offers stunning views of Manaslu and other peaks. After lunch, we will explore the village. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 9: Rest Day for Acclimatization.
 
Today, we will take the much-needed rest. Our guide will take you on a short hiking trips to help you acclimatize in the higher altitude. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3,850 m) — Approx 5 hrs.

 

Today, we climb to a terraced hillside on the other side of the Budhi Gandaki River. Continuing further, we reach to Samdo. Samdo is a small settlement of about forty houses. This is one of the highest all-season settlements in Nepal. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 11: Rest Day.

 

We take another rest day  here as we   prepare   to cross   a high   pass after   reaching    Dharmashala. Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala (4,460m) — Approx 5 hrs Leaving Samdo, we walk down until Gyala Khola. After crossing the river, we climb to a ridge overlooking the once thriving Larke Bazaar. We cross few    streams   before we   reach Larke Glacier. Continuing further, we reach to a place with few houses called Dharmashala which translates into travellers’ inn. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 13: Cross Larke Pass (5,134 m) and trek to Bhimtang (3,760 m) — Approx 10 hrs.

 

We will start early in the morning today as we will be crossing a high pass today. We    make a gradual    climb to Cho Danda. Form here, the trail is steep uphill toward till the pass. Fluttering prayer flags indicate that you have reached the pass. View from the pass is magnificent. We get clear view of Himlung Himal (7,126m,) Cheo Himal, Gyaij Kang, Kang Guru (7,010m) and Annapurna II. After taking photographs    and spending   sometime    at the top,   we start descending toward Bhimthang. It’s a long and steep downhill from here to Bhimthang. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 14: Trek to Tilje (2,355 m) — Approx 7 hrs.

 

Leaving Bhimthang, we gradually enter pine and rhododendron forests. The trail offers mountainviews from some places. We then walk briefly on a moraine till we reach a riverbed near Karchavillage. From here, we walk through terraced fields toward Karcha La Pass. After crossing the pass, we descend on a trail through fields and pine forests   to the village of Tilje. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani (1900 m), and drive to Besishahar — Approx 4 hrs trek,2 hrs drive.

 

Leaving Tilje, we cross Dudh Khola and walk along its banks to reach Thonje   . From here, we    will    join the    main Annapurna Circuit trail. We will see lot of trekkers today. Following the trial, we reach the village of Dharapani. From here, we will board a waiting jeep and drive to Besishahar. The ride is on a jeep track so expect lot of dusts and bumps. Upon arrival in Besishahar, we will check into our hotel. O/N: Lodge.

 

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu — Approx 8 hrs.

 

Today, we will drive to Kathmandu. The road is narrow for about an hour. The drive is easy after we join the main Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway at a place called Dumre. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into your hotel. In the evening, we will host a welcome dinner for you in a restaurant serving typical Nepali meal and showcasing Nepali cultural performances. O/N: Hotel.

 

Day 16: Departure.

 

Departure day! Our representative will drive you to the airport three hours before your flight time so that you do not have to rush through customs and immigration formalities. You will have plenty of time to plan your next trip as you return to your home.

                                                                  *** Tour Ends ***

    Price Includes

  • Airport Pickups and Drops in a Private Vehicle.
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) During the Trek.
  • Teahouse Accommodation During the Trek
  • An Experienced Trekking Guide with Trekking Porter and Sherpa.
  • All Necessary Permits.
  • Government Taxes and Our Service Charges
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag (To be Returned After trip Completion)
  • First Aid Kit

    Price Not Includes

  • Purely Personal Expenses
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • International Travel,Health insurance.
  • Bar and Beverage
  • Hot Shower in TeaHouse.
  • Laundry
  • Tipping/Tips (Expected)

 

 

     Trip Highlights:

 

  • Ancient monasteries.
  • Remote settlements.
  • Larkey La Pass and other viewpoints.
  • Amazing landscapes.
  • Stunning mountain views.
  • Diverse climate, topography and vegetation.

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