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Manaslu Round Trek

Trip Cost: USD 1350

Manaslu Circuit Trek Facts

1. Exciting drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

2. Hiking from Budi Gandaki River Valley with a waterfall

3. Larkya La 5106 meters high pass with Himalayas view

4. Mountain views and village culture, lifestyle

5. Manaslu Conservation Area, flora and fauna

Manaslu Round Trek is one of the most popular tea house journeys (177 km/110 miles) to cross Larkya La (5106 m) that begins in Soti Kola with an 8-hour bus trip from Kathmandu. Manaslu conservation area is a restricted trek that traverses the Budi Gandaki River valley, alpine villages and a high pass to view the world's eighth-highest Mt. Manaslu (8163 m). September to November and March to May is the best trekking season for a fabulous view.  

Adventure enthusiasts appreciate the non-touristic, peaceful Manaslu Conservation Area (December 28, 1998) in the Central Himalayan Region of Nepal. Manaslu Conservation Area has 9000 populations, which is also home to 11 types of forests, 2000 plants, 39 mammals, 201 types of birds, three types of reptiles and 11 types of butterflies. The pretty endangered animals include yak, snow leopard, Musk deer, Brown bear, Blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan marmot, Snow Partridge, Tibetan snowcock, Himalayan griffon and Golden eagle.

The lifetime trekking attractions are a picturesque alpine village, natural hot springs, monastery, nunnery, medicinal plants, wildlife movement, the world's 8th highest mountain view, and fresh air. Trekkers explore dazzling diverse landscapes, Tibetan types of Nepali people, Buddhist culture, Chorten, prayer flags, prayer wheels, mantra chanting, and a great Himalayas view. 

Manaslu Circuit Trekking suggests medium to challenging, off-the-beaten journeys throughout antecedent Budi Gandaki River valley, Larkya Pass, uphill, downhill twisting path and the starting area of Annapurna Circuit. The trekking requires a group of two people (not allowed for a solo trekker) to explore the fabulous Manaslu view, meandering river valley, waterfalls, and unique mountain lifestyle. A pre-training, safety mountain rules required avoiding altitude sickness in Manaslu Circuit Trekking. 

Gorkha district is the earthquake epicentre of 2015Trekkers can explore the damage of earthquakes, untouched hidden valleys with the border of China, Tibetan culture, high passes, and beautiful river valleys. The Manaslu circuit trek requires TIMS, Manaslu and Annapurna conservation permits for two trekkers in a group to visit the restricted area. Manaslu trek can extend the Tsum Valley and Thorung La Pass (5416 m). Moreover, day to day Manaslu circuit itinerary is below.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost

Group Size: 1 pax tourist - $1350 Per Person

Group Size: 2-5 pax tourist - $1250 Per Person

Group Size: 6-10 pax tourist - $1200 Per Person

Group Size: 11-20 pax tourist - $1180 Per Person

Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710 m) - 8/9 hours by bus

Day 02: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900 m) - 5/6 hours

Day 03: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410 m) - 5/6 hours

Day 04: Jagat to Deng (1810 m) - 6/7 hours

Day 05: Deng to Ghap (2140 m) - 4/5 hours

Day 06: Ghap to Lho village (3100 m) - 6/7 hours

Day 07: Lho village to Samagaon (3530 m) - 4/5 hours

Day 08: Rest Day in Samagaon

Day 09: Samagaon to Samdo (3850 m) - 3/4 hours

Day 10: Samdo to Larkya La phedi (4460 m) - 3/4 hours

Day 11: Larkya La phedi to Bimthang (3710 m) - 7/8 hours

Day 12: Bimthang to Dharapani (1900 m) - 6/7 hours

Day 13: Dharapani to Kathmandu (1337 m) - 9/10 hours

Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710 m) - 8/9 hours by bus
The 1401 km road by bus takes 9 hours to approach Machha Khola. While driving views are quite interesting to the snow-capped mountain, village, Trishuli River, sal forest, Dhading Besi (580 m), Palpa Bhanjyang (1120 m), Annapurna II, Manaslu, Shringi Himal, and Ganesh Himal, Ankhu Khola (580 m), Salyantar (42 sq km, as a tableland). Arughat Bazaar is situated bank of the Budhi Gandaki River with a few guesthouses and a grocery shop. Drive to Soti Khola along the Budhi Gandaki Riverbank. Stay overnight here.

Day 02: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900 m) - 5/6 hours
The hiking continues crossing a bridge over the Budi Gandaki River before climbing uphill through a ridge to the Gurung Village Khorsani (820 m). We continue our hiking on the rocky trail ascending and descending, passing a waterfall with terraced fields. We Climb through the rocky trail before arriving at Labu Besi (880 m). We hike a few uphill and downhills with the waterfall in Machha Khola (fish stream) with tea shops. Stay overnight here.

Day 03: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410 m) - 5/6 hours
We cross a stream and continue walking a few ascending with descending towards Kholabesi. We climb steeply uphill, then descends to Tatopani (hot spring). We climb again to the ridge, cross a bridge, walking through a forest to reach Doban with a tea shop. We walk continue to Yaru Khola (1330 m), crossing the river, climbing to the Jagat village with check post and tea houses. We stay overnight there.

Day 04: Jagat to Deng (1810 m) - 6/7 hours
Today we walk gradually uphill with a flat trail, crossing the river. We climb to the large Gurung village, Philim (1550 m) with Millet and corn farm. We continue to walk through a pine and rhododendron forest, crossing a bridge over the river. The Himalayan bamboo forest is located near Deng village. Gurung people live there with potato, buckwheat, and barley farming. Stay overnight there.

Day 05: Deng to Ghap (2140 m) - 4/5 hours
The trail continues before crossing the river to reach a shop at Rana (2000 m). There is an uphill, passing a waterfall in Shringi Khola Valley. Cross a bridge and continue walking through a forest uphill and downhill to Ghap with corn and wheat farms. Chorten, Mani wall with carving statues of the Buddha and Milarepa are interesting there. Stay overnight here.

Day 06: Ghap to Lho village (3100 m) - 6/7 hours
Our hiking goes through the terraced fields with rhododendron and fir forest. We can meet the pheasant, monkey, yak, nak, and horse there. We cross a river and then climb to Namrung village (2660 m) with a police check post. Our walk goes uphill through the terraced field passing a few houses with forest before Lihi (2900 m). This is a windy valley with a Gompa and terraced fields. We cross a bridge to enjoy Mt Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Rupinala Pass, Saula Himal, and Himalchuli. We climb to Lho village with Tibetan types of Nepali people, Gompa, Mani wall. Stay overnight here.

Day 07: Lho village to Samagaon (3530 m) - 4/5 hours
We walk and continue enjoying the view of Manaslu from Kani. Before climbing uphill to Shyala (3520 m), we cross a bridge with Chorten and prayer wheels. We cross a bridge, descending to Samagaon with terraced fields, and pasture land. Stay overnight here.

Day 08: Rest Day in Samagaon
We spend our rest day uphill hiking to Manaslu base camp, There is a great view of Manaslu, glaciers, Nagdi Chuli, and Birendra Lake. We return to the camp. Stay overnight at a lodge in Samagaon.

Day 09: Samagaon to Samdo (3850 m) - 3/4 hours
We walk continue through the desert windy valley to Samdo village. There are interesting Mani walls, school. We can enjoy the great view of Manaslu with other peaks. Samdo is located nearby the Tibet border at a 4.5 km distance. The Lajyung Pass (5098 m) links Samdo and Tibet. Local people cross the pass for trade in Tibet. Stay overnight at a lodge in Samdo.

Day 10: Samdo to Larkya La phedi (4460 m) - 3/4 hours
Hike through the desert field with Mani walls to the river. Cross it and climb steeply uphill to the Larkya Bazaar (market). Local celebrates seasonal fairs. The walk continues to the Dharmasala (pilgrim house). Stay overnight here.

Day 11: Larkya La phedi to Bimthang (3710 m) - 7/8 hours
Walk early morning with a cold, windy and rocky trail to the Larkya La Pass (5106 m) in 3.5 hours. The views of the Larkya Peak, Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II are superb. Enjoy the views and photographs. Climb downhill through a rocky and icy path with a mountain lake. The walk continues to the Bimthang (plain of sand) in the large valley with a meadow, Mani wall and a rest house.

Day 12: Bimthang to Dharapani (1900 m) - 6/7 hours
Climb downhill and cross a bridge over an icy stream. We walk through a forest of the rhododendron and pine with a narrow valley to Karche (2780 m) and Gho (2560 m). Descend through the lust forest and cross a bridge over the Marsyangdi River to reach the Dharapani village. This is the round trail of Annapurna with check post, lodge and tea shops. You can continue to Thorung La from here. Stay overnight at a lodge in Dharapani.

Day 13: Dharapani to Kathmandu (1337 m) - 9/10 hours
It will be nice driving with beautiful landscapes, Jagat, Bhulbhule, Beshisahar, and Dumre as a highway town between the Pokhara and Kathmandu highway. The driving goes to river Marshyandgi River and Trishuli valleys, highway town, Mugling, Malekhu, and Naubise to reach Kathmandu. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airports pick up and drop in private cars with a guide.
  • Three-night hotel with breakfast in twin sharing bed in Kathmandu.
  • 12-night lodge with twin sharing bed in Mountain.
  • Professional trekking guide & porter.
  • Lodge, food, salary, transport and insurance to the porter and guide.
  • ACAP permit, Manaslu Conservation permit and TIMS card.
  • Bus tickets from Kathmandu to Arughat and Bhulbhule to Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Mountain.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Travel insurance with a helicopter evacuation.
  • International airfare with departure tax.
  • Bar bills, laundry, hot shower, battery charge, desert, water in the Mountain.
  • Tip to guide and porter.
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