Incredible circuit at the foothills of Mt. Manaslu and Larkya La pass, that also highlights some parts of famous Annapurna Circuit Trek route.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is an emerging tea-house trekking adventure in Nepal that goes to the base camp of eighth highest peak in the world Manaslu 8163m. The trekking adventure that caters moderate challenges of trek begins from Arughat, a small town in Gorkha District- northwest of Kathmandu. Manaslu Circuit Trek caters trekkers the views of pristine nature, encounters them with the uniquely rich culture and offers them the adventure with sum of the best trekking trails in Nepal.
This challenging trek takes you as high as Larkya-La Pass 5271m. Beginning the trek from Arughat, it goes gradually up to Sama Goan crossing many suspension bridges over Budhi Gandaki River that emerges from Manaslu Glacier. Sama goan is final big settlement of Manaslu Region before crossing the Larkya La pass. For acclimatization, a couple rest days in Sama goan allows us to visit old Sama monastery, which is one of the most popular monasteries of the region among many other sprinkled ones. The trekkers explore incredible Birendra Glacier and Mansalu Base Camp from Sama Gaon. Beyond Sama gaon, on the way to Larkya La Pass, we cross pass Samdo, a small traditional village of the region. After crossing Larkya la pass, we walk down via Grand Canyon to Bhimtang and to connect Annapurna circuit trail from Dharapani onwards. Now we will walk along the Marshyangdi Valley and arrive to Besisahar to end this adventurous trek in Manaslu Region.
Partly, least frequented trails, partly the most most frequented ones- Manaslu Circuit Trek is a complete adventure trekking holiday in the foothills of mighty Manaslu and Annapurna, where trekkers get to see excellent Himalayan views and experience the highest degree of cultural authenticity.
Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Room only.Day 2
Kathmandu sightseeing in UNESCO sites, Syambhunath Temple – Patan Durbar Square – Lalitpur city of handmade statues and silver jewelries, Kirtipur hill top city – An oldest newari farmer village and manaslu trekking preparation. Hotel B/B plan.Day 3
Bustling drive to Soti Khola via Arughat Bazaar – the getaway to Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley trekking, 90km paved road drive than 32km off road and dusty trail takes 5 to 6 hours drive. Explore local market in Arughat area and 1 more hour local jeep/bus drive to Soti Khola. Guest House. B/L/D..Day 4
Trek to Macha Khorla Bashi village along the Budi Gandaki river bank, hike from paddy fields, cross local villages, small rivers, Water falls and scenic beauties of Manaslu area.. Trek about 6 to 7 hours. Stay at local family owned simple guest house with private room, common toilet and shower.B/L/D.Day 5
Trek to Jagat via Tatopani – Hot spring and Dovan – Geteway to Manaslu and Tsum Valley and Entry point of Manaslu Conservation Area and Non touristic zone. A short hike you will reach the Thado dhunga where we can drink hot tee. After short climb we reach a wide and flat area is called Yaru Phanta. Probably it is one of the best place to see the rocky and flat river sounds with frozen water. After short hike you will reach Jagat village. Is was a Custom office for Upper Manaslu section from Tibet. Before the Maoist civil war change and now again you can look. A police check post for Manaslu Circuit trek Permit. Small Village well prepared stone steps trail before and after village. Trek about 6 to 7 hours. Stay at family guest house with common toilet. B/L/D.Day 6
Trek to Filim village also not long distance. But stay in Filim will be worth full. The beautiful manaslu train with great scenery begin form this day. After short walk you will reach a peaceful and beautiful village is call Salleri. Small village with corn and potatoes fields on windy valley. Continue mixed trail to Sirdibasa take another 2 hours. A small Gurung village. After 15 minute Ghatte Khola is a interesting for us. Because this is the name of Flower Meal River. Many of water meal running by water power we can visit that. Crossing long 390 m. suspension you will have good fun. A short step to Philim Village you will get tired. A Nice Buddhist village where they offer Wireless WiFi service to. Visit Conservation project and school and local farmer houses, walk with local with local tasty food is kind of relax time after few days trek in Manaslu. B/L/D.Day 7
Trek to Dyang – Changing Vegetation again walk along the rocky trail, cross beautiful waterfalls and green masala forest on narrow river valley. Takes about 5 to 6 hours. After 1 hour hike you will reach Ekale Bhatti a small village offer tee and short rest. The fantasy rocky trail sometime you will get afraid to. Don’t worry, we have experience guide and support team. Can enjoy with the natural water fall. Just before the bridge there are 2 trail 1 goes to Tsum Valley. We let that trail and keep continue follow the classic trade route trail to Dyang. This 3 hours walk along the dense pine and Masala mixed forest with crossing many suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. You will reach middle of jungle Pewa Small Guest house offer great lunch run by local people. Than continue 1 hour trek you reach Dyang village. A windy village stay on family guest house with private room service. B/L/D.Day 8
Trekking to Gap, A great challenge hike into the Nature wonders. Compare other day we walk more hours. Trek up down, forest and dry sunny trail. After 3 hours mostly uphill trail you reach Bhe Phadi where we take our lunch. After that continue trek to Gap another 3 hours. Before Gap you will see the best Buddhist stupas and stone prayer walls with colorful Tibetan letter. Walk along the village and green valley you will reach guest house. A simple guest house run by Ex- trekking guide offer best service. B/L/D.
Day hike to Prok Village and side trip to Kala Tal also suggested if you want and have extra spare day. To visit the Prok village you can go by our experience guide. A nice farmer village with flat farming land, few home stay guest houses and a community guest house run by Japanese charity. On the top of Village a Great Monastery offer all the village and valley view. All the trail you walk along the stone walls and stone carving Buddhist prayer mane wall. Most of Gurung and Thakuri community speak Tibetan language. Small primary school with 2 teachers. Offer Tibetan Butter tee on Monastery. Beware from local Dogs!! sometime when they see different face barking lot.
After the village you may walk up to Kala Tal – Lake that takes about 3 hours climb up and 3 hours walk down with the permission of Local Community with hiring local Guide for safety reason. Local Guide can be order by Prok village community club with the paying of 15US$ per guide. The lake is beautiful and look black. That reason they say Kala. Located on the high after the green line in wild. Very less tourist and people visit this lake on Manaslu Circuit Trek beside of local Nubri Valley people. On the trail you will have great view of Siringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and more mountain range. Beware form dark! this is the are they found many Black beers and always dangerous at late evening to the village and villagers farming land.Day 9
Trek to Lho Enter the Nubri Valley, is a great challenge and climb many altitude in a day before crossing larkya la pass. Experience a alpine forest walk over 2500m. Great view of M. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Mountain Monkeys welcoming you from the jungle, rhododendron forest and flower if you trek on March and April. Short tee break in Namrung you can have WIFI asses. Visit small Buddhist Monastery and Manaslu Trek permit controlled by Nepal Police. After 1.5 hour uphill we reach Lee village where we stop for Lunch. A Village with Apple garden and Community Hospital. Visit mountain hospital than keep continue trek to Lho. It mean highest place in Tibetan Language. A big village in Numri Valley. Stay at comfortable guest house. B/L/D.Day 10
Lho to Samagoan trek – Morning Visit the Lho Monastery and Buddhist Monks School, a short day hike to Samagoan via Syala village. The trek allows you to acclimatize and enjoy the spectacular mountain sceneries, walk through alpine rhododendron forest before entering the Samagaon village. You will walk along the paddy fields just before Sama and passing many spiritual devotes Buddhist Mani walls, Stuppas and Chorten. In Sama Village you will welcoming by Great Buddhist entrance gate to enter the village. From village it offer a great view of Mt. Manaslu North Face and other mountain range. Afternoon We can Visit the Sama Monastery which is one of the famous on Manaslu Trek. B/L/D.Day 11
Rest day at Samagoan village – exploration village, Birendra lake manaslu glacier view and manaslu base camp back to camp or Hike to Pungyan Gompa. B/L/D.
A rest day at Samagoan – In sama there are many option for you for sight exploration. Our guide give you detail information and decide where to go and the best. Depend on whether condition, A side trip to the spectacular Manaslu Base Camp up to 4900m. is not to be missed. Leave early morning form guest house, we follow the yak harder trail and steep ascent into a slop and into a moraine you will reach the Manaslu Base Camp. From there, you will have magnificent view of the Manaslu Glacier, turquoise Birendra Lake great view of Sama Gaon, awe-inspiring mountains form 360 angels and the long horizon valley with Siringi Himal and Ganesh Himal range.
Another alternative option beside of the manaslu base camp and birendra lake, a short hike to Pungyan Gompa and the glacial lake through rhododendron forest and yak kharka. You will walk from the ridge of Pungyan Glacier and a grassy plateau. Discover the Pungyan Gompa at the end of corner and bottom of Mt. Manaslu that was destroyed by avalanche during the winter. Still a small monastery were there and open only seasonable. From there you will get even more close with the glacier and can see many yaks along the trial.Day 12
Another short walk to Samdo village – getting so close to Tibet. Today you will finished green tree line and enter the alpine zone, yaks homes, buck white and potato growing land. little high altitude excursion at afternoon for comfort sleep. It is the best natural medicine and mountain rules. Visit and say Namaste to mountain goats, yaks and mountain griffins. Back to Guest house and hot tea in warm dining room. Stay on mountain guest house twin share basis room and sharing and caring toilets. B/L/D.Day 13
Trekking to Dharmasala trekking in dry and high altitude area nearby Tibetan Border. Stunning view of Mt. Manaslu and precious mountain view. Hard breathing walk on less oxygen zone and staying on highest elevation in Larkya Pass Trek. Stay on Mountain Guest House or Tented Camp, run by Ex-trekkers team. B/L/D.Day 14
Big day for manaslu trekking early morning start larkya la pass trek, cross larkya pass 5272m, trekking to Bhimtang camp with meal. B/L/D.
Larky La Pass – It is a challenging trekking pass in Nepal on Manaslu trek without any technically difficulties. Offer breathtaking view of Mt. manaslu (8163m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Annapurna II (7983m), Larkya Peak (6249m) and other mountains from along the pass. Suggested always begin your larkya pass hiking after the day light in Morning like 5 to 6 Am. Before that time, Nepal Footprint Guide will not begin this day because of safety reason. Sometime due to the bad weather when heavy snowing and wines you might to stop to cross the pass and try another day. From Larkya Phadi Dharmashala cross glacial moraine and past four frozen lakes as you make your way to the pass. After the pass, descent down trail is steep and mostly ICE trail about 300m. Along the down trail you cross one of glacier lake Ponkar Tal than come to Bhimtang at the end of Moraines and dead glacier on grassy land.Day 15
Trekking to Tilje village getting more close to Annapurna trek. A nice and cold morning you will begin your all the way down hiking along the dense forest of Pines trees, Oaks and Rhododendron forest. Also you have great view of Phungi Himal and Manslu Mountain view from the White river bank which is begin form Glacier of Larkya and Himlung Himal. At Goa we stop for lunch than continue walk along the villages and farming fields to Tilje village. A join settlement houses village offer comfortable accommodation just before end of Manaslu Trek. Tilje is the last night for Manaslu Circuit Hike. From next day you enter Annapurna Conservation area and stop in Annapurna circuit trek guest house. Comfortable Guest House. B/L/D.Day 16
Easy town Trekking to Jagat on Annapurna Circuit trekking Trail along the Tal Village. We do not walk along the road use always alternative and walking trail. About 5 to 6 hours, last night in Manaslu Circuit Trek. Lodge stay, free WIFI service. B/L/DDay 17
4×4 drive to Bashishar via Bulbule by local transport and change the bus then drive to Kathmandu evening Kathmandu another 5 to 6 hours. B/L and Hotel only.Day 18
Free time and depart to onward destination. Breakfast only.
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