The never ending astounding beauty of Nepal has made it one of the best trekking destinations around the globe. It has both challenge and beauty; therefore, is suitable for both nature lovers and thrill seekers as well.
Come and grab an opportunity of exhilarating yourself in this interesting natural terrain! You will fall in awe with the dramatic valleys and superb mountain views in a seclude environment.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a wonderful trekking experience that lets you experience the glory of the eighth highest mountain of the world i.e. Mt. Manaslu all at once. The trekking route takes you to the seclude part of Nepal and showers you with an opportunity to witness the rich cultural heritages and beautiful mountainous landscapes of Nepal at its sheer glory.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek starts from Soti Khola after 8-9 hours drive from Kathmandu via Prithivi Highway. We entwine in an out of the forests and pass various settlements to Machha Khola. We then ascend and descend, cross streams, suspension bridges and rocky gorge to Dhoban. Eventually, we continue our rise along the rocky trial and inhospitable landscapes to Jagat and then to Philim. As we head forward, the wonderful sights of the waterfalls and beautiful surrounding of Namrung and Samagaun will leave us entranced.
The trial takes us from grasslands to wilder landscapes. As we move forward, we pass Samdo, Dharmashala and cross Larkya pass at an elevation of 5160m. The route from Samagaun to Larkya pass is the toughest part of the route that links Buri Gandaki with Marsyangdi valley. From Larya Pass, we descend down to Bimtang through beautiful alpine meadows and head back to Besisahar where we finally end our trekking journey.
Unlike other treks, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a bit challenging and demanding kind of trek. The unadulterated environment of Manaslu still preserves the traditional Tibetan norms which makes this trek more fascinating; both culturally and naturally. Owning to the implausibly beautiful and alluring scenery, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a beautiful fusion of classic cultural heritages and unsurpassed Himalayan glory.
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You will be picked up at the airport by our staff and transferred to a hotel for check in. Our airport representative will explain you the further details of the program upon the arrival. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
Today, we start our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes the cultural heritages in Kathmandu valley i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of Nepal. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast included).
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs
Your Trekking staff will pick you up early at 8:00 am from the hotel. Then, we start our 8 hours driving journey to Arughat. The four hours journey from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi (The district headquarter of Dhading (1050m) is a comfortable drive but the rest of the hours, from Dhading Besi to Arughat, we will be driving on a rough road. From Arughat we drive another 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola by public jeep. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
Today’s walk follows a trail with constant ups and downs. Today's walk follows a trail of constant ups and downs through forest as we continue to head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. We descend to the wide, sandy riverbed and then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs
After crossing the Machha River and Khrola besi, we pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forest area until we cross Dovan Khola. Then we make our way to Budhi Gandaki Valley. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation, with white sandy beaches at the riverside. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1700m/5576ft) Duration: 5 hrs
A day with relatively easy ups and downs. The trail undulates to Jagat, a well paved village which continues up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Sringi Himal . We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. In the afternoon, we explore the village and surrounding hillside. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 07: Trek to Deng (2095m/6871ft) Duration: 5 hrs
The trail will amause you with an impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We pass Eklabatti, head towards the river and cross it twice on suspension bridges. Then, we pass Euwa, where we come through a small campsite and continue our way through the valley until we reach the village of Deng. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs
We scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail and descend to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and then ascend to an impressive valley. There we encounter mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are entering a Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we make an excursion to the small settlement of Prok, a two hour round trip. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 09: Trek to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs
We pass the stone gate and the long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho, with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get a very close up view of Manaslu from here. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa from there for a night halt. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
This day has been set aside for acclimatization. An option for full or half day walks has been set aside. Full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs
The trail crosses grazing areas and gradually climbs the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu leads us to reach Samdo (3860m), a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. Explore the village and surrounding hills in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 12: Trek to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs
After crossing a couple of streams, we reach the Larkya Bazaar, a village that thrived off trade with Tibet years ago. We reach a lodge at 4450m, after a steady climb. It is the last overnight before the pass. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 13: Trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft) Duration: 8 hrs
We climb Cho Chanda and then slowly head uphill towards the steep snowed-up pass. The panorama from the top is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep, through moraines to Bhimphedi. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs
With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we head towards the small Karcha La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 15: Trek to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall then short descend to Chamche village. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs
We catch a local jeep to Beshisahar and then drive to Kathmandu in a private car. Stay overnight at Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included).
Day 17: Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Himalayan World Adventure will take you to the airport.
Upon your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will receive a warm welcome from our airport representative who will assist you to the hotel for check in. Before commencing the trek, we will review your itinerary and introduce you with our guides. We also help you with the final preparation to start our journey.
You will be transferred to a three star hotel in Kathmandu for check in where you will be spending 4 nights Inc. pre trek and post trek. Comfortable deluxe rooms are available in the hotel and breakfast is included in the accommodation service in Kathmandu. During the trek, we provide you with best lodges/guesthouses on a twin sharing basis. Private bathrooms with hot shower are normally available at Phakding, Lukla and Namche.
As we go up from Namche, guesthouses available are basic where you should share rooms and toilets. If you are in group, you will share the room with the group member of same gender. Generally, single room is not available. We may arrange it as per your preference but you will have to pay supplement amount for it.
Meals and Drinking Water
We ensure you with the quality and quantity (breakfast, lunch, dinner) of food in the guesthouses during the trek. We will stop in the guesthouse chosen by us. The guide will help you select the menu. You will get delicious food as much as you want but due to the extreme location, only seasonal vegetables are available. Soup, noodles, rice and seasonal vegetables are easily available in these areas. You generally get bread, eggs and cereals for breakfast. Biscuits, soft drinks and chocolates are available at various stores for snacks. In some areas, you may also find fresh fruits.
You can buy mineral water at the lodges or ask to fill your bottle with boiled water at the guesthouses or lodge.
You can obtain a Nepal entry visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International airport itself. A multiple entry tourist visa for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD 40. Similarly, 90 days multiple entry tourist visas can be obtained for USD 100. Do not forget to bring 2 passport size photos with you.
Iinternational flight accessibility to Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situated in Kathmandu, Nepal. Best connecting flight from Europe to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok and Dragon Air via Hongkong. Similarly, from USA, we have North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.
From Australia, we have Silk Air and Dragon Air that connects directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.
Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for both domestic and international flight.
Your luggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring dutiable goods like tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed limit free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited.
Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.
The passengers who arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying any dutiable articles, you will have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.
Visitors are allowed to bring some items to Nepal free of duty too. You can bring cigarettes (200)/cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring the following articles free of duty on a condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.
It is strictly prohibited to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts). They are valued for culture and religious reasons. So, do not purchase such items. They are Nepals cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ram shah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.
Currency and Foreign Exchange
At the airport, there are foreign exchange counters where you can exchange your currency. We advise you to exchange the currency only through banks and authorized foreign exchange centre. Daily foreign rates are determined by Nepal Rastra bank. The exchange rates are published on daily newspaper or the bank’s official site www.nrb.org.np.
The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Rupee = 100 paisa.
Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000.
We strongly advise you to have travel insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.
High Altitude sickness:
One can suffer from mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness along their trek trial which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting , loss of appetite, insomnia, persistent headache, dizziness, light headedness, confusion, disorientation, drunken gait, weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face, difficulty in breathing, reduced urine output.
Generally, the symptoms may appear at an altitude above 300 meters. When we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen falls. So, we recommend you to take adequate time acclimatizing in the mountain atmosphere. Intake of plenty of water and liquid in regular basis is very essential to minimize AMS effect.
Our team will have the medication box in case necessary. While you trek in the Himalayas, we suggest you to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse. If the symptoms are serious, it becomes necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.
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