Manaslu circuit is recognized as a around Manaslu or Larke pass trekking recognize as the most beautiful trek destination of Nepal lies in Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayas. Manaslu Circuit Trek circumambulates the eighth highest peak in the world (Mt. Manaslu, 8163m) providing us an opportunity to explore the colorful cultures having high Tibetan influence and navigate through the dramatic valleys against a fabulous background of classic snow capped mountains, beautiful trails and hospitality of the indigenous community along the trail.
Detailed travel Itinerary
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, I receive you with private vehicle and transfer to home stay in Kathmandu located near by Thamel. Then I will give you an information about further programs. As upon your request, we go to short walk around old city area.
All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip. After lunch we explore this medieval capital city Kathmandu. Being a professional and licensed holder guide, I will take you for full day sightseeing such as Boudhanath stupa, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Swayambhunath stupa known as monkey temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square the city of glory where you can explore living goddess. And transfer to home stay.
Being a guide, I will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 7.00 am to pick you up; from there we have an 8 hour driving journey to Arughat. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi for 3.30 hours is comfortable drive but from there to Arugat for another 4 hours we will be driving on dirty road.
For the part part up to soti khola the road is dusty so better to take a bus / jeep or tractor. Then we walk through the dense forest passing through a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, till we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Buri Gandaki River. The terraced cultivated fields belong to the upper village of Lapubesi (880m). Descending down through the wide, sandy riverbed which follows a trail meandering below the steep, craggy valley side, we then climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Further a few walk will lead you to Machha Khola for our overnight stay.
Machhekhola is a village perched on the hill-slope with comfortable accommodation arrangements. After the view of Ganesh Himal from Machhekhola we further to Khorlabesi after meeting the trail from Barpak before we cross the suspension bridge. Rocky trails continue to accompany us besides the roaring Budhi Gandaki River. Past another viewpoint of Ganesh Himal we reach a tiny point of Tatopani, renowned for the hot water in the village square. Squeezed in between the torrential Budhi Gandaki and tremendous cliff, Tatopani may have you experience the echo of roaring landslides. Ahead this settlement we have some waterfalls, suspension bridges and the villages of Dobhan before we reach to our destination of Yarubagar. Overnight in Yarubagar.
After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7177 meters) we continue toward Sirish Gaon, Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls. In some minutes, we crossed Nepal's longest suspension bridge over Buri Gandaki River. We will have lunch in Phillim and trek leads further to Deng village passing several waterfalls on the way.
Follow the trail upstream of Deng River - a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around. A good guest house has been made recently.
After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7774 m) and Manaslu (8150 meters) are visible from here. Tonight we fix the camp near a spring at Lho gaon - a small village.
You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for night halt.
The trail today to Samdo village turns to the north on the upper region of the Budhi Gandaki River. Following the gradual ascends, we pass through the point of confluence of Larke river and the river formed due to Samdo glacier, also the origin of the torrential Budhi Gandaki and we reach to the settlement at Samdo. Before that we leave the trail to Manasalu Base Camp to our left and ahead the point where we part from the trail to Manasalu Base Camp, we pass through beautiful juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We march ahead through wooden bridges and steep climb on to the headland from where a large white kani can be viewed. Past the kani we reach to our destination for today. The rest of the time, you might hike to Samdo ri if you like. Overnight in Samdo.
The trail from Samdo to Dharmashala is a relatively shorter section of our trekking experience. We move along the trail through the Athahra Saya River and along the Larke River. We pass through the Taka Choeling Gumba, with the view of Naike and Pangbuche Peak and climb gradually along the trail. We cross a bridge, move past the Mani walls and stone huts to reach to the Larkya Bazaar, a settlement that hosts accommodation sites as well. We reach to the highest point before the Larke pass, Dharmashala or Larke Phedi with the place to set up campsites and structures. Along the way we also have the view of Syacha Glacier, grazing land, beautiful forests, lichened stones and keep an eye for the Blue sheep. After reaching Dharmashala we may optionally hike around the ridges of the village. Overnight stay at Dharmashala.
Get ready for some strenuous activity today as we shall cross over the Larkey La Pass (5140m) to reach to Bhimtang. We set off early in the morning for a long trek today. After a short climb, we reach to the north of the Larkya Glacier, into a valley that provides spectacular views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Further we march across the moraines, make a slow climb initially and more steeper into the last section of the Larkey La pass. The view from the top of the pass includes the Samdo Peak and other peaks bordering Tibet, Larkya peak to the southeast, Annapurna region along with several mountains and bit further down to the west for the view of Annapurna II. We have an steep descend on the slippery path out of the Pass following the trail to the left of Salpudanda glacier moraine. Past the grassy moraine and rock fall area, wider valley with primulas and azalea bushes we reach to the sandy plain of Bhimtang. Overnight in Bhimtang.
The route gets easier. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through big tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje.
Trek all the way downhill to Dharapani than we take a local vehicle in order to drive from Dharapani to Besisahar. The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. En route, we descend to the Marshyangdi River and cross the suspension bridge, pass through a flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. You even view rhododendrons on the way which makes the trail very beautiful. The Marshyangdi valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages as Bulbule, Khudi. Then we reach Besisahar, a dusty and busy place which marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the civilization.
We drive back from this hilly settlement to Kathmandu enjoying the beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, river gorges, terraced fields and views of mountains, rural lifestyles and many more. We shall have a farewell dinner with the trekkers in our expedition. You may extend the trip to the scenic Pokhara valley and to the other tourist towns of Chitwan, Kathmandu valley and the adjoining cities. On the departure day, our representative shall drop you to the Tribhuwan International Airport.
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