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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the best trekking trail in Nepal now. Manaslu Trek is claimed to be the hidden gem of Moktan Adventure. The Trek has much less traffic of trekkers than other treks of Nepal like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and Langtang Trekking. I would highly recommend for Manaslu Circuit Trekking sooner than later. The scenery won't disappoint you. 
Trekking to Manaslu region belongs to restricted zone of Nepal. So for Manaslu Trekking Permit, there must at least two people in the group. Along with restricted trekking permit, ACAP, McAP and TIMS card are also necessary. 

The Manaslu Trekking Trail is passing through small villages as it follows the river up the valley. It is the main trail to the remote villages and therefore, busy with mule trains, locals, and trekkers. You’ll find yourself walking on stone steps, riverbeds, and through landslide and avalanche areas. Your mind will never be bored as you trek through subtropical jungles, barren alpine terrain, and alongside cliffs looking down at the river.

No camping gear is required as you trek from village to village, staying at tea houses along the way. The buildings and beds are basic. The buildings have no source of heat and snow was able to blow in through the paper-thin walls. The beds were a wooden platform with a foam mattress and sheet. It is quite comfortable at times. 

The 13 days Manaslu Circuit Trekking is feasible for those with prior altitude experience and a strong fitness level. If you have no previous high altitude experience, a desire to check out the local sights, and not get caught up in the need to push, and a very strong fitness level, I’d recommend 14 - 15 days. Those who are questioning their fitness and their knees.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Sotikhola(710m)
Get an early morning bus drive to Soti khola it takes 7/8 hours drive. Soti Khola is the starting point of Manaslu Circuit Trek. Stay overnight at Soti Khola. 

Day 2:Soti Khola to Machha Khola(930m, 24km, 7/8 hours trek)
The first stage of the trek follows the narrow, deep Buri Gandaki valley, through dense forests and terraced farmland. Expect hot and humid weather at the early stages of the trek.

Day 3:Macha Khola to Jagat(1,410m, 23km, 5/6 hours)
Today we experience some of the best aspects of trekking through a deep gorge: suspension bridges, waterfalls and impressive rapids, and we’ll enter the Manaslu Conservation Area in the beautiful paved village of Jagat.

Day 4: Jagat to Deng(1,804m, 21km, 5/6 hours)
Today we’ll have more steep ups and downs, and suspension bridges, as we get our first views of high, snow-covered mountains.  After crossing several bridges and more spectacular waterfalls we will pass the entrance to Tsum Valley before we enter the area where natives are ethnically Tibetan.

Day 5:Deng to Namrung(2,630m, 20km, 5/6 hours)
We enter deeper into Tibetan influenced territory, with the first mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks) making their appearance along the trail, while enjoying spectacular views.

Day 6:Namrung to Shyala(3,430m, 15km, 4/5 hours)
The landscape turns increasingly Alpine as we continue to gain altitude, and we get our first views of Manaslu itself! The village of Lho is lively and has a small gompa (shrine) that’s worth a visit.

Day 7:Syala to Sama Gau via Pungyen Gompa(3,530m, 18km,6/7 hours)
More mani walls and gompas line the trail today, as we continue to see the snowy peak of Manaslu in the distance ahead of us.

Day 8:Sama Gau Manaslu Base Camp and Back(3,860m, 26km, 7/8 hours)
We’ll have our first rest day here, to give our body’s time to adjust to the altitude. Explore the village or take a day hike to PungGyen Gompa.

Day 9: Sama Gau to Samdo(3,860m, 17km, 3/4 hours)
Another day of incredible mountain views during the walk up to Samdo, just three hours away to limit our elevation gain.

Day 10:Samdo to Dharamasala(4,460 m, 13km, 3/4 hours)
We get closer and closer to the high mountains today, as we climb past glaciers while enjoying spectacular views. You’ll likely feel the altitude, so take it slow today and save your energy for the big day tomorrow.

Day 11:Dharmasala to Bimthang(3,700m) via Larkye Pass(5160m, 25km, 8/9 hours)
Today we get up very early and cross glacier moraines in the dark before we reach the highest point of the trek: The Larkya La Pass. After enjoying the truly unbelievable views, get ready for a steep, ankle straining drop to a trail following the glacial moraine. It’s a long spectacular day and one that you likely will remember forever!

Day 12: Bimthang to Dharapani(1860m, 30km, 6/7 hours)
From here we continue our descent into the land of apple pie, cold beers and hot showers - the Annapurna Circuit trail and almost the end of our trail. We continue through the bamboo forest and the last stop of our trek, Dharapani.

Day 13: Dharapani to Kathmandu(1340m, 240km, 9/10 hours)
In the morning we say our goodbyes to the crew, load up the jeep and start the drive back to Kathmandu, giving you a chance to reflect on the impressive experiences of the past 2 weeks.

Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu/Sotikhola and Besisashar to Kathmandu by bus transfer
  • Dharapani to Besishahar by local jeep transfer sharing with other people.
  • English Speaking Guide on trekking and all his insurance, meals, transfer, salary and accommodation
  • All Trekking Permit - Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, ACAP, MCAP and TIMS card
  • 3 times meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking
  • All the government taxes and company service charge

Cost Not Includes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance for medication and rescue
  • Any kind of drinks like coke,fanta, beer, whisky, tea and coffee
  • Private jeep and car transfer
  • Tips for guide
  • Porters to carry luggage
  • Expenses of personal nature like wifi, hot shower, telephone and laundary
  • All the cost not mention on above cost includes

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Departure Dates

Trip Date Availability Price Book
Nov 06, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018 Available $ 1600 Book Now
Trip Price

$ 1600

Duration 13 Days

Grade Hard

Max-Altitude 5160m

Trip Style Tea House

Country Nepal

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