Manaslu circuit is a classic trekking destination in the Himalaya which is situated in west central part of Nepal, near the Tibetan boarder. Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) is the eighth highest mountains in the world, even though it has remained a “best kept secret” to trekkers. This region offers a tremendous mix of cultural as well as biological diversity and it is geographically astonishing, incomparable in beauty and mesmerizing Himalaya scenery in spite of daunting trek. Hence, it is certain to be one of the best adventure journeys for trekking enthusiasts who are in search of a unique trek in a less beaten path to the remote areas of Nepal. Important peaks surrounding Manaslu is Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli and Baudha. This region is also known as original horse traders of Nepal.
Historically, Japanese mountaineering expedition had first climbed over the majestic giant Mt. Manslu (8,163 m) in 1956 in spite of being restricted area. It was officially opened for trekking purpose only in 1992. Manaslu circuit is a less exposed touristy route corresponding to other popular trekking package in Nepal Himalayas where trekker is traversed through the ancient salt trading route with authentic Hindu and Tibetan style typical villages, delightful meadows with forests of Rhododron, and pine bamboo. The peak is circled by Ganesh Himal and Budi Gandaki River George on the east side, deep Marsyangdi River on the west along with high Annapurna range.
Trek commences officially from the Arughat, while, this trekking destination has extended with the border of Annapurna Conservation Area towards the west and Tibetan plateau towards the east and north, where as the initial phase of hiking begins from following upstream the mighty Budhi Gandaki River in the north with narrow and steeper gorge between Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, making the valley more challenging however as we continue up, the valley widens through amazing alpine pasture with Tibetan indigenous communities in the lap of dramatic north face of Manaslu.
After walking approximately four days, we reach Deng. From here, an impressive snow peaks start appearing, further from Lhogaun, view of Manaslu with its double peak appears described as “a soaring monarch” with a double edged summit towering above fields. Then, the village of Samagaun, the highest village in Budhi Gandaki valley as well as most important village in the region, at the foot of Manaslu, where a Buddhist monastery lies. The ascent goes to the highest point in Manaslu circuit at Larkya la pass with an elevation of 5,106 m which is considered as one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas, from where a superb view of the majestic surrounding Himalayas are marvelous and close. Descent of the trek from high altitude to Bulbule is via Bimtang, Jagat along with the Marsyangdi River.
Trekkers in this area are provided with a glance to experience insight into fascinating Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle. This remote trail is a sanctuary for those trekkers as it is also the home of the endangered wildlife animals like snow leopards. This trekking gives an opportunity to observe magnificent views of Manaslu with stunning landscapes.
In brief, this unbeatable trek around the Manaslu circuit leads us to a spectacular region with most reward of astounding unparalleled adventure experience.
Day 1 : Arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport – TIA) (1,350 m/4,450 ft)
Day 2 : Full Day Tour, Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
Day 3 : Drive to Arughat (5to 6 hrs) then drive to Soti Khola (730m/2896ft) – about 2 hrs
Day 4 : Trek to MachhaKhola (890m/ 2,965 ft) – 6–7 hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Jagat (1,365 m / 4,545 m)-6–7 hrs
Day 6 : Trek to Deng (2,095 m/6,985 ft) – 5 to 6 hrs
Day 7 : Trek to Namrung (2,900 m/ 9,670 ft)– 5 to 6 hrs
Day 8 : Trek to Sama Gaon(3530m) – 6 to 7 hrs
Day 9 : Rest day in Samagaon (3,530m)
Day 10 : Larkya La Phedi (Dharma Shala) (4,465 m) – 5 to 6 hrs
Day 11 : Trek to Bimtang (3,590m) via Larkya La Pass(5100m) – 8 to 9 hrs
Day 12 : Dharapani (1,860m) – 6 to 8 7rs
Day 13 : Drive to Besisahar (760m) – 5 to 6 hrs
Day 14 : Drive to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft) – 6-7hrs
Day 15 : Transfer to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your international departure