Manaslu circuit trek is a delightful and well-loved trekking route of Manaslu region of Nepal, which provides great pristine mountain views, rich culture heritage, unsurpassed beauty, biological diversity and genuine adventure, which was opened for trekkers since 1992. It lies in between the two big rivers; Budhi Gandaki River and Marshyangdi River. The world’s 8th highest peak Mt. Manaslu (The spirit mountain) also lies in this region.
Trekking to Manaslu from Barpark-Laprak offers another delightful and adventurous experience. The Trek commences from Gorkha Bazaar, the old kingdom of Nepal. Trekking from Barpark-Laprak offers you the great views of Annapurna Ranges, Langtang ranges and massif view of Boudha Himal, Mt. Hiunchuli, Sringi Himal and Ganesh Himal than the trekking from Arughat. Trekkers can avoid the long drive to Gorkha, which is normally 5 hours of driving. It is very important to take our time when we are at high altitude with less walking hours per day or get well acclimatized while going in the high altitude. This trekking offers you with enough acclimatization as one will have already adopted up to the height of 3,000m (Gupsi Dada) the border of Barpark and Laprak village and going to 975m (Khorlabenshi). Besides this, you will have great fun and great moments by exploring the culture, tradition, ritual and life style of Gurung community of great village of Barpark and Laprak.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel and Welcome dinner in the evening.
You’ll be met at the airport by a representative from the Ethic Himalaya Trek & Expedition P. Ltd. Our representative will transfer you to your Hotel and you will have welcome drink in the evening at the traditional Nepalese cuisine.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Swayambhunath, also known as the monkey temple, is climbed by a long set of steps and has great views of Kathmandu. Boudhanath Stupa has many traditional Gompas hung with strings of multi-coloured prayer flags; it attracts many Sherpas and Tibetans for the circumambulations of the stupa (koras). Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple with burning Ghats on the banks of the Bagmati River. Durbar Square, which is one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, has a blend of Hindu and Buddhist temples
Day 03: By Bus: Kathmandu to Gorkha (1135m/140km)
After a breakfast, drive to Gorkha Bazaar, which is a 5-hour drive. En route, one can observe beautiful landscapes, various streams and follow the bank of Darundi Khola. In the evening excursion to Gorkha Durbar at the top of the hill, from where you will see good mountain panoramic and sunset views.
Day 04: By Jeep: Gorkha to Ranglung Khola (915m). Trek to Barpak (1930m)
Have a big breakfast this morning; you drive to Ranglung Khola along the Darundi Khola (River). Then, we head to Barpak with a steep, long climb up to the wonderful village of Barpak, situated perfectly on a green ridge overlooking the misty valley below. The villagers often organize ‘cultural shows’, the proceeds of which go to improving the village, so we might be treated to one in the early evening. We are towered over by Bouddhi Himal, a high, snow-capped peak which makes for wonderful sunrise and sunset photos.
Day 05: Barpark to Laprak (2150m)
Another early start and a picturesque climb, with Bouddha Himal providing a spectacular back-drop to the sprawling, scenic Barpak as we ascend up. Three hours later, we reach the Pusu Dada (2,950m) which separates Laprak and Barpak and are rewarded with panoramic mountain views along with herds of sheep grazing on the grassy hillsides from the peak. Bouddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal ranges and the Langtang ranges all span the horizon; a truly breath-taking view. Rhododendron forests with many hues of pink and red surround us, providing great photographs with the snow-peaks in the back. Another steep decline of an hour or two of trekking brings us down to another large Gurung village, Laprak. Again, we have the afternoon free to explore the village; take a walk down the hill and a look into some of the houses, all with symbolic murals on the mud-brick walls.
Day 06: Laprak to Khorlabeshi (975m)
We descend Laprak village paths and then to Chyabru River. After crossing the suspension bridge, we climb equally steeply back up, past terraced fields of pink sorghum. We contour around several hillsides on a narrow trail, barely visible at times, up to a small chorten just below the village of Singla. From here, the going is easy and we enjoy the views of Kutang Himal and Srringi Himal to the north as we walk down through more terraced fields and papaya trees, through the Gurung village of Khorla and then down along a narrow, winding trail to Khorlebeshi on the Budhi Gandaki River. Take care as the rocky steps just before the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi are treacherous. Look out for the local women weaving straw mats in the village. We will probably get a visit in the evening from this village’s cultural ambassadors, and perhaps have another show.
Day 07: Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1370m)
A five hour day today, starting with an hour of walking along the river, by tobacco and buckwheat fields, past rocks washed smooth by the river, often climbing up stone steps, to reach the hot springs in the center of the small, terraced village of Tatopani, where can enjoy for a time to soak our grungy bodies in the gushing hot water, and then perhaps go for a swim in the icy river below, drying off on the wonderful river-side beach. A gentle climb through the woods past with a spectacular waterfalls, across an old, wooden suspension bridge and through a short section of forest path and we reach Dobhan. Above Dobhan, the Bhudi Gandaki River descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here, our trail climbs high above the river to descend through the river calms. We cross the river on a long, new suspension bridge and climb high on stone steps before coming into our camp below Jagat, the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation National Park. It is worth wandering around this beautiful, paved village, where proud villagers have recorded how much they contributed to these paving schemes.
Day 08: Jagat to Deng (1865m)
From Jagat, descending to the river of Budhi Gandaki, we climb the terraced hill-side to the small hamlet of Salleri, from where we can see the impressive view of Sringi Himal 7187m. We pass the charming and paved village of Sirdibas. We cross the suspension bridge at Ghata Khola, the path splits, with the right-hand branch heading off towards the Ganesh Himal. Our route continues upstream and again we have a steep climb to reach Philim. The first bridge sits at the intersection to Tsum valley Trek, a remote valley leading to Tibet. After trekking through dense woods for over an hour, we pass Pewa and after another hour we leave the gorge and climb to the small village of Deng. We have views of Lumbo Himal to the rear, as well as Lapuchen and Dwijen Himals. It’s worth a visit to the upper floor of their house above us, perhaps for a glass of local ‘chang’, or Tibetan beer and for a chat around the hearth.
Day 09: Deng to Ghap (2165m)
Climbing through lovely woods of pine and crossing a small bridge, we reach Bihi Phedi, from where good views of Kutang Himal and start to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks, particularly mani stones with pictures of gods and goddesses), a sure sign that we are entering another of the tiny Tibetan footholds that mark the high Himalayan places. It is four hours of trekking by twice crossing Budhi Gandaki River and twice over smaller tributary streams, staying mostly high with many ascents and descents as we walk through the gorge. Eventually we reach Ghap, where we set up camp for the night at the house of some wonderful villagers.
Day 10: Ghap to Lho (3180m)
Today is a wonderful trekking day; soon after leaving Ghap, we ascend for an hour through a dense, cool forest, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. As we gain altitude, we reach alpine territory and treated to increasingly broad mountain views. A few hours later, we reach the village of Lihi at 2,840m, a substantial altitude gain. Lihi houses an old gompa, and is spread along the trail with its billowing fields of barley, guarded by ‘bear watches’. We climb gently now; soon we cross a large stream flowing down from the Li Danda Glaciers and reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3,000m, where we stop for lunch. After an hour we reach at Lho, where we are treated to breath-taking views of Mt. Manaslu itself.
Day 11: Lho to Sama Gaon (3525m)
Walking through the upper reaches of Lho, with the snowy peaks of Mt. Manaslu ahead of us in the distance, we pass the new gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the high, idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where the villagers are often out in the fields. Another few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery leads us past Tibet grazing settlements, the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa off to the left, and eventually past checkered fields of barley and potato to Sama Gaon. Sama The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manalsu have distinctive entrance gates (manes), and they maintain an active trade with their co-religionists in Tibet over several high passes nearby. If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns – which are then traded back to Tibet. Take the afternoon to hike up to the old gompa settlement above town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village.
Day 12: Acclimatization day in Sama Gaon
Hike to Birendra lake and Manaslu Base Camp (2-3 hours walking).
Day 13: Samagaon to Samdo (3800m)
Another day of incredible mountain views, past craggy woods of Himalayan Birch, during the walk up to Samdo, an easy three hours away. En route we pass the long mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Bhudi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the ‘kane’ entrance of Samdo. There is a small home gompa in a house mid-village which we can visit during our last village, a puja being held by several of the reincarnated lamas living in the Samdo. We’re at the high and the wind can be chilling in the evenings, so tuck into the little tea-house next door to our campsite for a cup of salt-butter tea to warm you up!
Day 14: Samdo to Dharamshala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m)
We leave Samdo on the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. You’ll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We’ll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow.
Day 15: Dharamshala to Larkya La Pass (5,170m). Trek to Bhimtang (3590m)
After a short climb above the campsite, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya-La. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, often through the snow, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which should take us about four hours to crest. The views from the top of the pass are wonderful; a mountain panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II, equally stunning from both sides. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, get ready for a steep, often slippery drop to a trail following the glacial moraine. We’ll lunch below the pass on smooth rocks before continuing the descent, still three hours to go to our campsite. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, to Bhimtang. It’s all worthwhile now.
Day 16: Bhimtang to Dharapani (1943m)
A chilly but beautiful morning, as the sun hits the peaks around us long before the campsite. After leaving the grazing fields of Bhimtang, we cross a boulder-strewn river and head down through open forests of brilliantly blooming rhododendron, past the Kharka below Bhimtang. We’ll lunch at a small tea-house, and then continue along the rocky river-bed and sliding hill-sides to several small, green villages, a sign that we’ve reached lower altitudes. Eventually, after a somewhat long but very scenic day, we reach the large village of Tilje village which are a mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so have a unique architecture and culture, and eat mix foods – Dal Bhat, buckwheat dhiro, tsampa and Tibetan salt-tea.
Day 17: Dharapani to Shree Chaur (1000m)
Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Chamje and Himal pani. We will have an overnight stay at Syange.
Day 18: By Jeep: Shree Chaur to Besisahar. Drive back to Kathmandu.
After a breakfast, take a Jeep to Besisahar. You will be in Besisahar by 11:00 AM and take a Lunch. After a lunch, return back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities
Day 20: Departure