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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Outfitter Nepal - 15 days

  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • 15 days / 14 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Training
Packing List
Outfitter Nepal
FAQ
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Overview

> Scenic drive to Arughat and from Besisahar back to Kathmandu
> Experience the remote part of Nepal
> See the Ganesh Himal mountains
> Cross Larke La pass

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers an untouched trekking experience in Nepal. The Manaslu circuit trek wades into real virgin territory where only a few dare to venture into. The Manaslu region is located in the western part of Nepal and houses Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peaks in the world. The Manaslu region was opened to trekking expeditions in 1992. The Manaslu region is located near the border of Nepal not far from Tibet. The name Manaslu literally means “Spirit Mountain”. The local jargon refers it to be the compassionate and strong deity that mysteriously dwells within its domain. Manaslu is a much loved trail in Nepal’s Himalayan landscapes.

It is no doubt that the trekking in the Manaslu Himalaya region is one of those delightful adventure treks in Nepal. The magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks will reward you during your trek. Hiking it will be literally gratifying to the soul.

Trekking the Manaslu circuit is a government regulated issue because the area only offers restricted access. Consequently, we must have permission before we are allowed to organize treks for Manaslu region. The trekking in the Manaslu area has been considered to be one of the finest adventure destinations in Nepal. If you are looking for the unusual experience in a sublime territory, the Manaslu is for you. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the imposing Himalayas stretching beyond horizons as you travel the trails. Let’s go!

Itinerary

What's the plan?

Day 01 – Drive to Arughat Bazar – 7 hours

Right after breakfast, we drive via the Kathmandu – Pokhara Highway to Arughat Bazar. The drive will take you through many vibrant villages and you will get to see a lot of the natural highlights this side of rural Nepal has to offer.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 02 – Trek to Soti Khola – 6 hours

After having had breakfast at our teahouse, we begin our trek following a flat levelled trail that follows the Budhi Gandaki River. Halfway we will grab lunch at Arket Bazaar. This is a great location to relax and energize your limbs for the trail that still lies ahead of us.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 03 – Trek to Machha Khola – 6 hours

Today, the meandering trail passes through forest, colorful villages, clean streams, pretty waterfalls and green dales until we reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly inhabited by Mongolians. Now, we traverse a trail with switchbacks until we reach Machha Khola.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Trek to Jagat – 7 hours

We start our trek and cross the Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khorla Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. We cross a beautiful suspension bridge and spend time being rather. This adds to the excitement being out here. After a short section of At Lauri, we cross the river via another suspension bridge, and then climb on a high trail to Jagat.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 05 – Trek to Deng – 7 hours

Today, the early part of the trek moves gently uphill and then somewhere through a flat leveled path, we cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before we enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurung community. Expect small serene monasteries, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, along with graves and typical mountain shanty. Also, sturdy houses will be seen around hereabouts and after having lunch here, we trek via a fairly leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and fir. While hiking, we cross a few bridges and can see colorful looking brown thatched roof villages in the far distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buckwheat, barley, wheat, cabbage and spinach. Most people are involved in agriculture in this area.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 06 – Trek to Namrung – 6 hours

Today, we begin our trek almost on a flat leveled trail before it moves uphill all the way to Namrung through lush forest. From here, we will enjoy the impressive views of Mount Manaslu. Namrung is a Buddhist village famous for its monasteries.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 07 – Trek to Sama Gaon – 7 hours

Today, we trek over a winding trail which moves through the inner Himalayan range and on the way, we will enjoy the views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other silver grey mountains and peaks. As we ascend the vegetation decreases due to the increase in altitude. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy and chilly. While hiking, we come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before we reach Lho Gaon, we pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon and after having lunch at Lhogaun, we continue trekking to Sama Gaon. We follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead of us. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 08 – Acclimatisation at Sama Gaon

We will rest at Sama Gaon for acclimatisation reasons and give our weary limbs some respite from the intense days on the trails. This also allows us to rest our lungs so that our respiratory systems will adapt to the constant change in elevation. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a breather to acclimatise and relax. We can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo, Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier and Manaslu ice fall.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 09 – Trek to Samdo – 4 hours

After having enjoyed breakfast in our lovely surroundings, we trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. Visitors are not allowed to cross it. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent viewpoint for Mount Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other awesome peaks.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 – Trek to Larkya La Phedi – 4 hours

Today the trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to our destination for today. Before we reach Larkya La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar where seasonal fairs are held for the locals and people bring goods from Tibet to sell them here.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – Trek to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass – 8 hours

Today will be a tough day.. Early in the morning we begin to trek a steep trail until we reach Larkya La pass. We carry a packed lunch because in this area it will be difficult to set up our dining camps. From the top, we will enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, Mount Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, we descend a steep trail. On the way, we will encounter many icy lakes that make you feel chilly. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 – Trek to Dharapani – 7 hours

After having breakfast at our teahouse, we start our trek by crossing a high pasture. We then descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to an area we can find the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche. We cross a stream to reach Tilje, where is an apple orchard. It is famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, we trek about another hour to reach Dharapani.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 – Trek to Jagat – 6 hours

After breakfast, we start our trek following the classic trail of the Annapurna circuit and today, we trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, we walk through pleasant villages such as Tal which has a pretty waterfall. Eventually, we come across Jagat which is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 – Trek to Bhulbhule – 6 hours

Today is the last day of our trek. We will make our way to Bhulbhule as we say our goodbye to the beautiful giant mountains that have been accompanying us in the last two weeks. Make this last day yours.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 – Drive back to Kathmandu – 7 hours

After having early breakfast at the lodge, we catch a bus to Kathmandu. Expect a picturesque drive along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages.

Food: Breakfast, lunch

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport of Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Bus Kathmandu – Arughat and Bhulbhule – Kathmandu
We will take a bus from Kathmandu to Arughat and from Bhulbhule back to Kathmandu. This is included in the total price.

√  Staying in Lodges or Teahouses during the trek
During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

√  English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two walkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√  Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√  Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√  Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√  Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to trek in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√  Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at an extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal. 

 

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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases, it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is, therefore, best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Training

Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you like walking, have you done trekking at altitude more often and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for trekking in Nepal.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication
– Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics
– Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal is a local based trekking, tour, travel and outdoor company with over a decade of extensive experience in Nepal’s tourism industry. The company, fully owned and operated by Nepalese professionals has led tourist visitors on adventure holidays through some of the most rugged and remote mountainous regions of the Himalayan country of Nepal; Tibet, India and Bhutan.


Outfitter Nepal is affiliated to the NPL, NTB, TAAN, NMA and is also a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association. One their values is to strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group.


Review

These guys are really good. Raj, the owner was right on target with his advise. THIS WAS EXTREME TREKKING. with us being 65 years old, it was indeed extreme.

Our porter/guide was simply the best. JITU. he never ever got tired and was always on the lookout for us.

I can highly recommend this company and people. So much so that we plan to go back for the Everest Base camp trek.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valley do so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way  you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required visiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in healthcare, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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