Bordering Annapurna Conservation Area to the west and Tibetan plateau in the north and east, the area was opened to the foreign tourist since 1991 only. A complete circuit around the Manaslu(8163m), the 8th highest peak in the world is known for its unique blend of cultural heritages, religious practice and antique lifestyle.
This three week trek begins with the full day drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. The walk starts following the mighty Budhi Gandaki River in the northwards. As we continue the trek the gorge becomes steeper and narrowed making the walk even more challenging through the villages on the either side of the valley. Soon, the valley widens up to the astonishing alpine pasture with small Tibetan style villages in the lap of dramatic north face of Manaslu. From the village of Samagon the trail climbs up to Larkya La pass (5213m) which offers the panoramic view of Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Cheo and Himlung Himal. From the pass the trail descents through the alpine meadows to Bimthang before joining main Annapurna Circuit route at Besisahar.
To complete the walk of Manaslu circuit, one should be physically and mentally strong. Though the trek is organized by highly experienced professional, one should properly acclimatize to get used with the rising altitude.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.
Day 2: Drive to Arughat Bazaar
Early in the morning following the Trishuli River we drive towards the historic city of Gorkha. From Gorkha we will leave the main road and enter into a bumpy and dusty which ultimately takes us to Arughat in the Budi Gandaki Valley. Rarely the road to Arughat faces blockage so we may have to vary the route for the initial few days of our trek.
Day 3: Trek to Liding
The day’s trek is quite easy as it passes through several villages and cultivated slopes following the Budi Gandaki valley in the north. After making a short climb to Kyoropani the trail drops down to Soti khola and then ultimately to our camping site in Liding.
Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola; 5-6hours
Following Budi Gandaki River the trail goes above the river through the densely forested area. Today the trail winds around the small villages and cultivated farmland which ultimately takes us to Machha Khola which is the tributary of Budi Gandaki River.
Day 5: Trek to Yaru; 5hours
Crossing the bridge over Machha Khola we will trek through the rocky trail to Tatopani. The hot water springs present here is channeled out through the help of taps situated in the center of village. From here we will trek down to Dovan which has few tea houses. After making our way through the steep trail we will cross a suspension bridge at Yaru and set a camp near the stream.
Day 6: Trek to Philim; 6hours
Living Yaru the trail takes us to Jagat which is a well kept paved village. From Philim the trail moves to Sirdabas which offers the astonishing view of Sringi Himal. From Sirdabas the trail goes down to river, where we will cross the suspension bridge and climbs to Philim.
Day 7: Trek to Deng; 5hours
From Philim the trail winds around spectacular chilly waterfalls located in the either side of the valley. Making our way through Eklabatti and Euwa we will ultimately reac our camping site in the village of Deng.
Day 8: Trek to Prok; 5hours
From Deng the trail descends down to the river and we will cross it before steeply climbing uphill. Passing through small hamlets the trails ascend into an impressive valley. Making our through the mani stones carved into the rocks we will reach the village of Gyapsa and then our camping site in Pork.
Day 9: Trek to Lho; 6-7hours
From Gyapsa the trail goes up through the alpine pine forest to Namrung. From Namrung the valley widens into an extensive farmlands all around. Continuously making our way uphill we pass the Tibetan village of Sho which offers the extensive view of Manaslu. Further walking ahead we will reaching our camping site in Lho.
Day 10: Trek to Samagaon(3525m); 3-4hours
From Lho the trail goes up following the valley with the astonishing view of Peak29, Manaslu, Hiunchuli and Phungi to Shala village. Further making our way through open fields you reach our campsite in the stone houses village of Samagoan. Our campsite offers the magnificent view of Manaslu. Today’s trek is quite short, so in the remaining time of the day we can explore the village and visit the monastery nearby.
Day 11: Acclimatization at Samagaon
Today we will take a day rest at Samagaon such as to acclimatize with the rising altitude. Here you will find various sorts of options for full or half day of walks. If you are feeling good enough you can hike up to Manaslu Base Camp (10hours round trip) or alternatively you can walk to glacier across the valley or to Birendra Lake.
Day 12: Trek to Samdo(3860m); 3hours
Making our way through the pastureland, the trail gently climbs up to the valley. Watching the magnificent view of Himalayas particularly Manaslu we will reach our camping site in Samdo. Samdo is the last permanent settlement in the valley and is only a day’s walk away from the Tibetan border. Today’s trek is quite short, so in the remaining time of the day we can explore the village and surrounding hills.
Day 13: Trek to Larkya Bazaar (4450m); 4hours
Leaving Samdo behind us the trail crosses the stream to reaches the arid landscape of Larkya Bazaar which used to be the core point of trade with Tibet. Making a steep climb we will reach our campsite which is also the last campsite before the pass.
Day 14: Cross the pass and trek to Bimthang(3590m); 10-11hours
Starting quite in the morning the trail goes uphill to the moraine of the glacier with the astonishing view of Larkya Peak. Initially the walk is gentle but by the end the trail faces the steep uphill climb to the Larkya Pass (5213m). This is the highest point of the trek and grants the intact view of Annapurna II, Hiunchuli and Kang Guru. After crossing the pass the trail goes down to Tanbuche and then ultimately to our campsite in Bimthang.
Day 15: Trek to Tilje; 5-6hours
Making our way through the alpine pastureland we will descend down to Burdin Khola, fleeting the base camp of Manaslu summit. The ridge offers the magnificent view of Manaslu and Annapurna II. Further climbing down through the Rhododendron forest we will reach Karche. A brief walk through the terraced fields takes us to Karche la which offers the indisputable site of Marshyangdi River. Walking downhill through the forest we will stop for overnight stay in Tilje.
Day 16-17: Trek to Bulbule
From Tilje the trail descends down through several other villages and joins the main Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani. Now following Marshyangdi River we continue to go downhill to the village of Chayamje and then to Bulbule.
Day 18: Walk to Beshisahar and then drive back to Kathmandu
From Bulbule we walk for few hours to Besisahar where our trek comes to an end. Here we will catch a ride back to Kathmandu.
Day 19: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha. . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari). After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 20: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey.