Manaslu Circuit Trekking is considered as one of the most challenging treks in Nepal Himalayas. The Manaslu Circuit Trekking 16 days gives the adventurous with an unparalleled alpine experience. Manaslu trekking route opened for foreign trekkers in 1992 offering a rich Himalayan Cultural experiences. Furthermore, the Manaslu Trekking is offering a perfect combination of rich culture heritage, unsurpassed Himalayan beauty and a rich mountain biological diversity. Moreover trekking around Manaslu, where Manaslu Larkya La circuit and Manaslu Rupin La circuit lie is a tough trek. It requires a good experience of trekking and a good physical condition.
The Manaslu Trekking ascends through Budi Gandaki river to Larkya La Pass 5213m with attractive views of Himalchuli, Manaslu 8118m, Ganesh Himal and other mountains, beautiful varied landscape and different flora and fauna. Shorter duration treks are also possible in Manaslu Area Trekking.
Mount Manaslu is lying on the East of the Annapurna range.
Recently been famous to tourists and trekkers, Manaslu’s unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture offer a true adventure for visitors to Nepal. Here you will also find the mountains and valleys covered with diverse and pristine eco-systems. Fantastic mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure tantalising trekkers as they climb to the base of Mount Manaslu. The inhabitants of the upper Manaslu trekking region are the Nuri. Their language and dress are quite similar to the neighbouring Tibetans. These local Himalayan people still earn their living through trade with Tibet. The mountain views from Nupri are sensational and crossing the Larke La pass is one of the most beautiful and dramatic of the Himalayas.
Additionally, being similar to many other trekking routes in Nepal, Manaslu trekking has many routes to choose from. One option passes through Dudh Pokhari, a milky lake that is a common pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Another route takes you up to Manaslu Base Camp. While the most popular option is to trek over the Larke La pass to arrive in the Marsyangdi valley in the Annapurna region.
Situated in Nepal’s Gorkha District and rising 8,163 meters, Mt. Manaslu lies just at the east of the extremely popular Annapurna Region and shares a fringe with its northern neighbour, Tibet. Opened to trekkers as of late, Manaslu’s top-notch excellence and rich social customs offer the committed trekker a veritable enterprise. Manaslu of the 28 Himalayan slopes of Nepal, Manasalu Himalaya is in the 12th Position. It is situated in the middle of Budi Gandaki River in the east, Dudh Khola a tributary of Marsyangdi River in the west, Larke la (go) in the North and Rupina La in the south. The vast majority of the mountain goes in Nepal take after the east-west course, however, Manasalu stretches out in the north-south bearing inside a solitary framework, this reach houses 40 crests over 5500m. The most noteworthy top of the extent is Manasalu (98, 163m). Manaslu, top 29 and Himalchuli have given or take comparative shape.
We will be driving from Kathmandu to Arughat early in the morning. The landscape along with the lifestyle of the habitant changes radically as we proceed on. Arughat is a bustling town which is cut into half by the Budhi Gandaki River. We can enjoy the pleasant stay here and make the necessary preparation for the amazing trek next morning. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
We start off our trek to Khursani bari by crossing a steel suspension bridge and walking on stone paved street. There is an ACAP office where we can get brochures describing the region and some useful information. Here you will also have to show the trekking permits and entry permits. After the paper works are done, we will proceed on and pass through fields of rice, millets to maltar. Continuing past forests full of monkeys, we will arrive at Sante bazaar; a collection of thatched houses, shops and a shady Pipla tree with view of Singri Himal (7187m). The trail then runs along Soti Khola and we may enjoy a dip in the chilly water of the river and can get refreshed. After Soti khola, the trail crosses a bridge and treks through beautiful Sal forests on the way to Khursani bari. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
The trail today becomes a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a steam on a single log that is perched high above the stream. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. The trail eventually makes its way down and past few rice terraces, up and around to the Gurung village of Lapu besi (880m) where we can rest for a while. As we proceed on, the trail drops to the sandy riverbed at 860m and we will find ourselves walking along rounded stones until the Macha Khola (930m). The narrow trail then makes some minor ups and downs, often dropping onto gravel bars alongside the river. The trail then crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rockey ravine, then reaches Khorla Besi. Overnight will be on Teahouse lodge.
Today we will be trekking up to Jagat via Tatopani (Hot Water). The trail climbs over a small ridge, then makes another steep climb and descends to a single house. After more ups and downs, the trail wines to a side hot spring, and then reaches Tatopani (990m) meaning hot water. The narrow village square has a hot spring, where we can take bath or wash. Then as we proceed on, the trail passes through Dovan (1070m) and Yaru Khola (1330m). After crossing a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, the trail ascends and opens up to a wide set of stone stairs and runs along the river before climbing to the compact of Jagat (1370m). Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
The trail descends to Seti Bas. The sighting of decrepit stone Kani and several Mani walls indicate that the trek is now entering a region of Tibetan influence area. We will have to cross a suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village which span over fields of corn and millets. The Manaslu Conservation Project headquarters in Philim has a information center and police check points. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
We will be trekking through Ekkle Bhatti. The route will be taking us through a steep uninhabited gorge. The trail descends along grassy slopes dotted with tall pine trees and we will be walking on a trail which was constructed by German volunteers. The trail makes its way up the western side and widens, offering one a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Dyang Khola and before reaching to Dyang (1860m). Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
Today’s trail passes through Ghap (2380m).We will be walking through west of Budhi Gandaki and crossing some waterfalls and Sringri khola on a funky suspension bridge. The trail then climbs steeply and traverses above Budhi Gandaki. The trail passes through a Kani with intricate, well preserved paintings. On the trail we may encounter some colourful birds including Dhafe. The trail climbs alongside the river, past two long Mani walls and the waterfalls. As we cross the Rhododendron forest before finally reaching Namring, we will be able to spot grey Langure monkeys swinging from branch to branch. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
Day 8: Namrung to Sama Gaon (3390m) Hiking duration: 6 to 7 hours
Beyond Namrung the trek enters into upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan style and most people dress in chubas, the Tibetan style of wrapping around cloak. The trail leaves the village through a Kani and makes a long sweep into a wooded canyon and crossing the Hiran Khola on a double span cantilever bridge. One can now capture a spectacular sight of Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m).The trail will pass through Lho (3080m), Syala (3350m) and we will have to cross ridge and trek in and out of the canyon of the Thosang khola. We will then descend onto a rock strewn moraine and reach Sama Gaon. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
Today we can visit the Pungyen Gumba (3870m), which is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manaslu. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
Day 10: Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
As we continue on with our trek, the valley begins to widen. The route is an easy trail on a shelf above the river past Juniper, birch forests and the stone huts of Kermo kharka. From a stone arch you will be able to see a large white Kani. It gives an illusion of being close but will take you a long time to reach the Kani before reaching Samdo. Samdo is at the junction of three valleys. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
The trail descends onto a wide, gentle land from Samdo, past many fields to a large Mani wall and a stone archway. After more than an hour of walking the trail becomes in distinct. We will be staying high on the trail that crosses the top of the two large ravines. Watch for the unique blue sheep as the trail gets steeper and climbs the side of a ridge to about 4000m. After reaching Dharmasala, you can rest for the day to prepare for tomorrow trek. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
The trek today will test ones endurance level and patience. We will trek to Bhimthang by crossing the Larkya pass. It might take 4 to 5 hours from Dharmasala to Larkya La and it is recommended to make an early start in order to cross the pass safely. It can be extremely cold and windy during the climb. However the views are tremendous. The peaks seen to the west of the pass are Himlung (7030m), Kanggure (6981m) and Annapurna Second (7937m). The trail then descends along the top of a moraine to the west and drops steeply and traverses screed slopes to alongside a set of steep, rough switchbacks. Once off the top the trail crosses the moraine and descends more gently. The trail becomes easier, descending along the grassy moraine to a small meadow. The trail heads down to a large meadow, a Mani wall and a small rest house; we reached Bhimthang, which in Tibetan means “Plain of Sand”. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
After the previous’ day long and exhausting trek we will be taking a well deserved rest and explore around and learn about its rich history. Situated 3800m above the sea level, Bhimthang served as an important business hub, where Tibetan merchants used to trade salt, back in the old days. However it is a far cry from its former glory days. Hemmed around by mountains, Bhimthang is one of the remotest villages in Manang. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
The trail descends from Bhimthang and crosses a glacial steam; the next two days’ walk follows on ancient salt-trading route. We will be climbing over the side of the moraine and descending into a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. The trail cuts across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge decorated with prayer flags. We will be proceeding through fields over a clear stream, past houses and more fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. We will leave Tilije and walk up to DharaPani. Overnight accommodation will be in a Teahouse lodge.
We will be trekking south through the steepest part of the Marsyandi gorge before reaching Chamje. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.
We will walk up to Syanje and take a ride to Besi Sahar and from there we will take a bus ride to Kathmandu.