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Manaslu Circuit trek

Nepal Hiking Team - 14 days

  • Manaslu Circuit trek
  • 14 days / 13 nights
  • Max. group: 0 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Packing List
Nepal Hiking Team
FAQ
How to Book

Overview

> Stay away from the crowds
> Get to know the local culture and traditions
> Cross the Larkya La Pass

Explore the unexplored Manaslu Region with the Nepal Hiking Team on our Manaslu Circuit Trek. Unlike conventional treks in the Annapurna and the Everest regions, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is left untouched by tourism and is perfect for those who want to steer away from the crowds.

With panoramic views of the mountains accompanied by the natural lustre of the terrain, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most exotic ones in Nepal. Trekking along the settlements and villages in the Manaslu Circuit Trek lets you experience the unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyle of the people embedded in the beguiling landscape of Manaslu – the 8th highest mountain in the world.

The Manaslu Region takes pride in its rich biodiversity, making it home to a great number of wild animals and heterogeneous flora. Incorporated within the perimeters of the Manaslu Conservation Area, The Manaslu Circuit Trek gives you an opportunity to encounter them up-close. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the endangered species of Snow-Leopards that call the Manaslu Conservation Region their home.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 01 - Drive from Kathmandu to Soti khola (710m/2328 ft) Distance: 140 kilometers, Duration: 8 hours
Our guide will pick you up at 8:00 am for approx. 8-hour drive to Arughat. Through paved roads, the drive is rather pleasant for the first four hours to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarters of Dhading at 1050 meters. But we will be on rougher surfaces for the second section to Arughat. From Arughat, we will drive for another hour and a half to Soti Khola.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 02 - Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Walking Distance: 14.2 Kilometers/8.8 Miles, Duration: 5-6 Hours
Today’s walk constantly follows an undulating trail mainly through woodlands as we continue to head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. We will then descend to the wide, sandy riverbed and then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 03 - Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Walking Distance: 22.2 Kilometers/13.8 Miles, Duration: 5-6 Hours
After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until we cross the Dovan Khola from where we will make our way to the Budhi Gandaki Valley. With white sandy areas along the riverside, the scenery undergoes a drastic transformation as the elevation increases until we reach Jagat.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 04 - Jagat to Deng (2095m/6871ft) Walking Distance: 20 Kilometers/12.4 Miles, Duration: 8-9 Hours
The trail continues through Jagat, a well-paved village, and climbs up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Shringi Himal. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. Then the trail passes through impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley today. We will pass Ekle Bhatti from where we will head towards the river and cross it twice over suspension bridges. From Ekle Bhatti we trek along to pass Pewa, traverse along a small campsite and continue through the valley until we reach the village of Deng.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 05 - Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Walking Distance: 19.4 Kilometers/12 Miles, Duration: 5-6 Hours
Today, we will scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail before descending to cross the river. Once we cross the river we will climb through an impressive valley to pass through some small settlements. This is where we’ll encounter Mani stones carved into wayside rocks – a sign that we are entering Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we may take a side excursion to the small settlement of Prok – a two hour round trip – to return back to Namrung for the night.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 06 - Namrung to Lho Gaun (3180m/10430ft) Walking Distance: 10.5 Kilometers/6.5 Miles, Duration: 5-6 Hours
Walking through the long Mani stone walls of the village of Lho, with an astounding view of Peak 29 ahead, we will pass a large stone gate. We’ll take a small detour to the Pungen Glacier for up-close views of the stunning Manaslu from this village.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 07 - Lho Gaun to Samagaun (3500m/11480ft) Walking Distance: 8.1 Kilometers/5 Miles, Duration: 6-7 Hours
The trail then follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Samagaun, perhaps the most beautiful village of the entire trip.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 08 - Acclimatization Day at Samagaun
It is advised that you always trek high during the day and sleep at a lower altitude for proper acclimatization. This day has been set aside specifically for that and you can either opt for a full day or a half day walk.

If you want to do the full day walk, we will trek towards the Manaslu Base Camp (4750m) which is approximately a 7-8 walk to and back. Alternatively, you can do a half day hike to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. We’ll head back to Samagaon.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 09 - Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Walking Distance: 8.1 Kilometers/5.03 Miles, Duration: 3-4 Hours
We cross pastures and gradually ascends to the valley below. Witness fantastic views of the mountains, especially Manaslu, that lies ahead of us as we reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon we will explore the village and the surrounding hills and come back at Samdo to spend the night.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 10 - Samdo to Dharmasala (4450m/14596ft) Walking Distance: 6.6 Kilometers/4.10 Miles, Duration: 4-5 Hours
After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach the Larkya Bazaar. This village began thriving from the trade with Tibet years ago. After a steady climb, we will arrive at our lodge in Dharmasala where we’ll stay the night and prepare for the big pass climb tomorrow.

Overnight at Basic Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 11 - Dharamsala to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) Via Larkya La Pass (5220m/17122ft) Walking Distance: 24.5 Kilometers/15.22 Miles, Duration: 8-9 Hours
From Dharamshala, walking for approximately 8-9 hrs, we will trek to Bhimphedi the Cross Larkya La pass that lies at 5220 meters 17121 feet! We will climb Cho Chanda and then slowly head uphill towards the steep snow-covered pass. The panoramic views of the mountains from the top are truly magnificent. Witness spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas like the Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981 meters) and Annapurna II (7937 meters). It is then a steep descent as we pass through moraines to Bhimphedi.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 12 - Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Walking Distance: 26 Kilometers/16.1 Miles, Duration: 8-9 Hours
With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we will head towards the small Karcher La pass. The trail descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to reach Tilje.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 13 - Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Walking Distance: 19.4 Kilometers/12 Miles, Duration: 6-7 Hours
We begin with a climb over a small ridge and enjoy a stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. Crossing the bridge over the Dudh Khola River, we will climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a Mani wall to reach the village of Thonje. From Thonje we will enter into the Annapurna Region at Dharapani where we will need to go through a police checkpoint before continuing our trek. Walking further down, we will come across the village of Karta to later cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi Khola. We can admire the Mani walls along the way before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Another short descent and we’ll reach our destination for the night at Chamje village.

Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

Day 14 - Drive from Chamje to Kathmandu by Private Vehicle, Distance 215 Kilometers/133 Miles, Duration 8-9 Hours
This is the last day of our journey in the Manaslu Mountains. From Chamje, we will take a jeep to Besisahar from where we will then drive to Kathmandu in our private vehicle. We will then head to our hotel where you can relax and take a moment to think about all that you’ve just achieved.

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Transport
All ground transportation is included in the price. We will drive you from Kathmandu to Soti khola on the first day, and on the last day we will drive you from Chamje to Kathmandu in a private vehicle.

√ Accommodation during the trek
While trekking in the mountain you will spend your nights in local gest houses commonly known as Tea Houses. We will provide you with the best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don't have to carry your complete equipment yourself. You will also be accompanied by a licensed, english speaking local guide.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
The package is inclusive of full board meals during the trek. It covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. You have the freedom to choose from the menu that the teahouses offer. Typically, you will find dal bhat meal set as staple. Good for the vegetarians out there. There are other options as well.

For drinking water, the package doesn’t cover the cost. You can buy bottled mineral water at tea houses. You can also find fresh spring water at the tea houses for free. However, we highly encourage you to consume the spring water only after adding some water purifiers. It is a wise idea to take your own bottle.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permits
The tariff covers the Manaslu trekking special permit fee (the Manaslu region is in a restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area). It also covers the TIMS Fee (Trekkers' Information Management System) and the Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees (please bring 2 passport size photos for the permits).

√ Equipment
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company, if required. Nepal Hiking Team will also provide you with a duffel bag for the trek.

√ First Aid Kit
During the trek, a first aid kit will be availiable in case it is needed. The kit also includes an Oximeter to monitor oxygen level and heartbeat.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, bottles of Cold drinks (Inc. coke, water, Fanta etc.) and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas.

Accommodation

Accomodation

During the rest of the days we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 


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Safety

Safety

We can assure you the safest tour possible because with us you are in the hands of experts. Our itineraries are designed in such a way that your trip is hassle free and you get enough time for acclimatization. Our guides are well trained for first aid services and are always ready with the first aid kits. We also provide oxygen cylinders and PAC bags upon request (payable). From hygienic rooms to quality and healthy foods, we offer you the best. Your safety is paramount.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like a backpack and quality trekking socks. Here we provide you with a list of items we consider you must bring to this trek. You can also read a more extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Remember to keep your luggage as light as possible for a convenient travel. A porter is available for two people who will carry up to 25 kg at maximum, therefore, keep this in mind before you pack your bags!

Below is the checklist of equipment you need for the trek.

GENERAL

- Duffel or Rucksack bag: (Nepal Hiking Team will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items left at the hotel in Kathmandu)

- Day pack: (Approximately 20-22 Liter)

- Down Jacket: (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary down which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

- 4 seasons’ Sleeping bag: (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Nepal Hiking Team also supply complimentary sleeping bags which need to be return at the completion of the trek)

HEAD

- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

FEET

- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter

HANDS

- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- With a waterproof shell outer (Seasonal

LOWER BODY

- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

UPPER BODY

- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

ACCESSORIES

- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
- Day pack (Approximately 20-22 Liter)
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

TOILETRIES

- Tooth brush/paste
- Multipurpose soap
- Nail cutter
- Small mirror
- Personal Hygiene:
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti bacterial hands wash

EXTRAS/LUXURIES

- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e., cards

Nepal Hiking Team

Nepal Hiking Team

Today, Nepal Hiking Team stands as one of the best tour operators in Nepal by providing quality services that any genuine customer would seek for. But this achievement is not a credential of single person but an output or joint efforts of its devoted and enthusiastic team members. Nepal Hiking Team as a whole is a collaboration of its hardworking and passionate staffs and field members who deliberately put their efforts in promoting tourism in Nepal. They work for making tourism service better and better. Each of the team members are good persons, not only professionally but personally too.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rxule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking. After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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