Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the less trodden trekking trails, located in the western part of Nepal. Manaslu literally has the meaning of the “Spirit-Mountain or Ghost-Mountain”. It is believed that the strong and kindhearted deity dwells here secretly in its territory. Mt. Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world with a height of 8163m. This Manaslu Circuit Trek was opened for trekking only in 1992 A.D. Though it was opened, still, most of the areas are restricted to explore. The trekking to any mountains is delightful, but Manaslu Circuit Trekking being untouched and less explored regions, it is more daring and interesting to do trekking in Manaslu Circuit. Only a few trekkers dare to venture into this sublime region of Nepal. The trekkers can enjoy the amazing heart-pounding views of the Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Chuli, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Larkya Himal, etc. passing through the meadows, small villages and the waterfalls.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is famous for the Larkya La pass (5420m) which is considered the best vantage point for the scenic views. This is also the ancient trading route for the salt, linking the Budhi Gandaki and the Marshyangdi valley. This trek is easily accessible from Capital city, Kathmandu. The starting point of the Manaslu circuit is Soti Khola and the ending point is Syange. The wilderness of the Manaslu circuit offers to explore and enjoy the natural and cultural diversities in the amazing geography of Manaslu. The experience in the tea houses, friendliness of the local people, the varieties of food items, the high altitude lakes, the unique floras and faunas, the Buddhist monasteries, chorten, mani walls, the challenging rocky – stony roads and the serene environment, is simply unusual. The better time to travel in Manaslu Circuit is usually during March-May (Spring) and September to December (Autumn).
Manaslu circuit Trek is considered a genuine adventure and the best holiday package in Nepal. No doubt, the incomparable natural beauty, the fascinating cultural heritage, the unique biological diversity and the heart-touching views of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges are the main attractions of the Manaslu region. Since the level of Manaslu Circuit Trek is difficult, the trekker should be fit and has the physical endurance to walk about 7 – 8 hours every day. Cardiovascular fitness is the must as the Manaslu Circuit is located at a higher altitude. The remote and isolated Manaslu Circuit Trek is now becoming a well-established tourist spot but due to the earthquake of 2015, this Manaslu region was severely affected. Reconstructions work for the teahouses and lodges has been speeding up. Camping is not required for the accommodation but nowadays, camping is usually even done for entertainment and different experience. Step On Himalaya helps you to enjoy this striking adventure in the Manaslu Circuit.
The arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport will be welcomed by the representative from Step On Himalaya. You will be then transferred to the designated hotel and you can take rest for the day or stroll around after freshening up. We will have traditional Nepali food for dinner and briefing about the further program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We start the Sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu valley after having breakfast. The tour will be guided by an experienced, English speaking guide. The tour will start at around 9 – 10 am and end around 5 pm. We will go the Swayambhunath Stupa, the Pashupatinath Temple of Lord Shiva, the Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc. These are the places which are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will do the preparation of the trek accordingly. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After an early breakfast, today we will head to Soti Khola. We will drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi then to Arughat and then to Soti Khola. The drive will take about 8 – 9 hours. Dhading Besi is the headquarter of Dhading. We will view the amazing villages, the river falls, rivers and the green mountains. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Early morning breakfast is followed by a walk from Soti Khola heading towards Machha Khola. It will take about 6 – 7 hours to reach Machha Khola. We will cross a bridge then reach Khursane village. On the way, there is a beautiful forest of Sal trees. Following the trail of Budhi Gandaki river, we will continue our walk over the rocky paths, ups and downs, amazing waterfalls, etc. Then we will pass by Labubesi, a Gurung village. There is suspension bridge ahead and by crossing it, we will reach Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.
From Machha Khola, we will walk until we reach Jagat. On the way, we will walk upstream to the beautiful Khorla Besi village. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. We will cross a suspension bridge and pass by the challenging rocky pathways with river falls and forests en route. We will then reach Dovan and can see the bubbling Budi Gandaki river flowing down on the steep series of rapids and cut through. There is another suspension bridge at Lauri. After crossing it, we will walk the stone paved roads to Thaaro Bharyang and finally arrive at Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
We will walk uphill and downhill, pass by the Fir, Pine and Rhododendron forests, villages where there are the thatched roof houses, fields of barley, buckwheat, cabbage, spinach and potatoes and river falls. We will cross a suspension bridge built over the Budi Gandaki river and enter Philim. Philim is a Gurung village. There are Buddhist monasteries, the chortens surrounded by colorful prayer flags, etc. After walking for some distance, we will reach Deng. Overnight in Deng.
Today’s destination is Namrung which might take about 6 – 7 hours to reach from Deng. We will move up crossing Budhi Gandaki river and climb up to Rana. The surrounding is almost similar to the mountains. The beautiful sight of the Himalayas, fields at the bases and the rivers flowing from the Himalayas. We will reach Namrung, a Buddhist village. There is a water-turbine hydro-electricity powerhouse here. Overnight at Namrung.
Namrung village is the starting point of today’s walk. This is the good viewpoint for the sight of Siring and Ganesh Himal. We will walk through the dense forests and reach another village, Lihi. There are many chortens with colorful prayer flags and barley fields. On the way, we will pass via Sho village, Lho village, Shyala village and reach Sama village. Walking for about 6 – 7 hours, we will end the trek for today in Samagaon. Overnight at Samagaon.
Acclimatization plus rest day at Samagaon. We will meander in Samagoan and neighboring areas. This day will provide us the time to relax from the hectic walks and feel the amazing surrounding. We can view the stunning sights of Mt. Simnang Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nagdi chuli, Mt. Samdo (Pang phuchuli), etc. There is a Birendra Kunda nearby the Manaslu Base camp. Pungyen Gompa is an old Buddhist Gompa. Pungyen means bracelet describing two peaks. There is a story of this Gompa. It was destroyed after 1 year of the attempt to climb Manaslu by Japanese but it was unsuccessful. The gods were angered and hence, there were many hindrances on the attempt. Later in 1959, the Japanese became successful. We will pay the visit to Pungyen Gompa and return to Samagaon for overnight.
We will today walk from Samagaon to Samdo which will take about 4 – 5 hours. We will walk down to the Budhi Gandaki river and follow the trail. Turning towards to the left, we will reach the Manaslu Base camp. Walking through the deserted path with the windy valley, we will reach Samdo. There is the amazing forest of Juniper and Birch and a huge white kani. Overnight in Samdo.
We will start our trek from Samdo after having breakfast. Crossing the wooden bridge built over the Budhi Gandaki river, we will hike up. On the way, we will witness the Larkya Glacier. We will wander in the valley of Salka river and then walk again to reach the amazing stone-built guest house known as “Dharamshala”. Here is a Larkya Bazaar where we can do shopping. Overnight in Dharamshala.
Bimthang is the destination today. We will walk from Dharamshala after having breakfast. We will ascend the rocky road and feel the windy weather to reach Larkya La. We will eat packed lunch here enjoying the overwhelming views of Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Kang guru, Cheo Himal, Annapurna II. The low pastures and the icy lakes on the way will make us feel chilly, but the experience is awesome. After reaching Bimthang, we will rest here for the overnight.
Being offered the attractive views of Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Lamjung Himal, we will now descend and cross the Sangure Kharka, a high pasture land. Then we will cross a bridge over Dudh Khola and then walk further passing through the forest of Rhododendron. There is the agricultural land at the valley at Karche situated at the height of 2785m. We will now follow the trail and reach the village of Gho crossing a sweeping arch to the bank of the river at 2580m. Since better tea houses are in Tilije, we will walk further and stay overnight at Tilije village.
On this day, we will start walking on the stone-paved road passing through the amazing villages. crossing the bridge over the Dudh Khola, we will hike up through the arch which is chorten-shaped, pass the mani walls with colorful prayer flags and then reach the small Thonje village. Here is a police checkpoint where our trekking permits might be checked. Enjoying the pretty waterfalls, we will come across Dharapani and enter the section of the Annapurna circuit. Walking further, we will reach Karte village and then to Tal village after crossing the bridge over the Marshyangdi river. Overnight in Tal village.
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.
From Syange, we will drive for about 8 – 9 hours to Kathmandu via the Besi Sahar. The drive will offer the amazing views of the gorgeous villages with stunning terrace farming and the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers. after reaching Kathmandu, we can spend the remaining time either resting in the hotel or strolling in the local markets. Farewell dinner. Last night in Kathmandu.
The Adventure trip to amazing Manaslu ends today. After having breakfast, the representative of Step On Himalaya will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport about 3 hours before the schedule of the flight. Wishing you a safe journey and hoping to serve you again, Step On Himalaya Eveready for you.