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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

In this classic remote adventure, the Manasalu circuit trek takes you from the lower valley to the majestic upper valley of Manasalu, offering extraordinary trekking and stunning views of the Manasalu and Annapurna Conservation region. Whilst in the Manasalu valley we have ever changing vistas of many high peaks including Larky Peak (6219m) and Mt. Manasalu (8153m), the 8th tallest mountain in the world. This route is special not only for it’s views but also for it’s culture and other special interests. Ancient monasteries, fertile framing land, cultural sites and beautiful flora and fauna mean that there is always something of interest. The area is a haven for the wildlife enthusiast as there are highly endangered animals, including Snow leopards and Red Pandas living in the mountains. Other mammals who call this home include Lynx, Himalayan Black Bear, Grey Wolf, Dhole, Assamese Monkey, Himalayan Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Mainland Serow, Himalayan Goral, Wooly Hare, Black Lipped Pika. There are also over 110 species of bird.

The trekking trail proceeds through a mix of settlements of different ethnic dwellers but the overriding culture is that of the, Gurung people and their Buddhist beliefs. This trek is suited to people with a moderate to high fitness level. With a high point of 5216m at Larky La pass, a good attention to acclimatisation practices is essential. A passion for local culture is a bonus. The Manasalu circuit trek offers a fantastic alternative to the more popular Annapurna circuit trek.

As with all our treks, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests

Highlights

A distinctive and improved version of the classic Manaslu Circuit with spectacular scenery from start to finish
Magnificent close-up views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu and nearby Ganesh peaks
Trek through picturesque Gurung, Tamang and Tibetan villages full of cultural interest
Excellent acclimatization with rest days before crossing the Larkya La
Chance to sighting of blue sheep, gray wolf, musk deer and Himalayan Thar.
Staying in local family run mountain guest house tea houses on trek

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 2 : Half day sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 3 : Pick up from hotel and drive to Machhakhola [900m/ 2952ft] for 6 hours drive. O/N in tea house

Day 4 : Trek to Jagat [1340m / 4625 4395ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 - 7 hours

Day 5 : Trek to Deng [1,860m / 6103ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 - 7 hours

Day 6 : Trek to Namrung [2630m / 8630ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 7 : Trek to Lho [3180m / 10,434ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours

Day 8 : Trek to Samagaon [3520m / 11,550ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 9 : Rest, hiking day to Pungyen gompa [3,800m / 12469ft] and Samagaon, O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 10 : Trek to Samdo [3,875m / 12,713 ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 - 5 hours

Day 11 : Trek to Dharamsala [4,460m / 14, 635ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4-5 hours

Day 12 : Trek to Bimthang [3590m / 11,780ft], via Larkya la [5,106m] pass day, O/N in tea house : Approx 9 hours

Day 13 : Trek to Goa [2515m / 8252ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Tal [1700m / 5,578ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours

Day 15 : Trek to Chamje [1100m / 3609 ft], and drive to Besi Sahar (760m / 2493ft), and drive back to Kathmandu on same day. O/N in Hotel : Approx 10 hrs hours

Day 16 : As per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure

Services Includes

    • Accommodation and 3 times meal during 15 days Manasalu trekking period
    • Professional and experience license holder trekking guide salary, insurance
    • Porter salary, equipment’s and insurance
    • Transportation to Arughat and and back to Kathmandu from Beshishahar
    • Transportation from Sheyege to Besishahar
    • Standard hotel with deluxe BB in Kathmandu for 4 nights
    • ACAP+ MCAP permit
    • Manasalu restricted area permit
    • Private transport for airport receive and departure in Kathmandu
    • Trip route map
    • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gears
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Half day word heritage sites sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu

Services Excludes

    • Personal nature expense, bar and beverage bills
    • Personal insurance
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Unforeseen accidental rescue
    • Days beyond the itinerary
    • Gratitude to staff

Map

Additional Information

You will be trekking in Manaslu conservation area with 6-7 hours and average 10 km per day. From begin to end most part of the trail are well mentioned from low area Machhakhola 900m, Jagat 1310 to high pass of Larkey La 5106m, except in some part. In the Himalayas, normally once you are at altitude above 3500m, you should walk on rocky and uneven area, where  you feel exhaust and that makes your walking harder. In this trek your initial days walk begin following shorter day and gradual ascending, where you walk slowly from slope valleys, river, villages and take rest day at Samagaun for acclimatization. This rest day helps you chance to observe local cultural, monastery, rewarding view of 8th highest peak Mt Manaslu 8,163m, and bonus day to maintain yourself fit for upcoming further days altitude walk and crossing Larkey la 5106m. During this trek each day you will be fully taken care, supported and looked after by our experience guide, porters to make this trip easy successful and achievement for lifetime memory.

Once you sign up and ready mind for this trek,  for both either you are beginner or regular trekkers we recommend you to do some regular exercise or jogging couple of months prior of the trip. It is important that participants with pre-existing health check problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking, where the medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participants.

 

Accommodation and Food

3 nights Deluxe BB in Kathmandu on twin sharing. 12 days twin sharing basic accommodation in a mountain tea house with 3 meals, (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks Tea/ Coffee) each day.

Travel insurance
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt/ Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Pvt. Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

Required gears check list

Hiking gears
Day bag – 1
Dry Bag – 1
Walking pole – 1
Water bottle – 1
Head light – 1
Knife / Multi tools – 1

Cloth and body wear
Down jacket – 1
Sleeping bag – 1
Light warm hiking trouser – 2
Warm liner – 2
Towel – 2
Warm and sun hats – 1/1
Fleece / jacket and pants – 1
Windproof jacket – 1
Long and half sleeve hiking shirt – 3
Buff for (neck and head) – 1
Walking boot – 1
Gloves / mittens – 2
Warm hiking socks (wool / synthetic) – 4
Gaiter – 1
Flip flap/ Sandal – 1

Sun protection, health hygiene and water
Sun cream – 1
Sun glass – 2
Sun hat – 1
Lip guard – 1
Tooth brush – 1
Face wash soap – 1
Sanitizer – 2
Prescription medicine
Water bottle / Camel bag – 1
Water purifier tablet / lightweight filter
Toilet paper
Menstrual product

Personal belonging items
Passport
cash
Visa / credit card
Cell phone Power bank backup and charger
Camera / Gopro

Tour Cost & Schedule

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Grade :   Moderate
  • Trip Durations :  16 Days From Kathmandu
  • Highest Point :  5,160m / 14,324ft
  • Best Season :  Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec - Mar to June
  • Meal Plan : Breakfast in Kathamandu and Full board on Trek

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