- Exploration of the multi-ethnic community of the region
- Witness the pristine Budhi Gandaki River valley
- Enjoy the scenic beauty of green hills covered with pine and oak forests
- Witness the beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and other mountain ranges like Naike(6,211m), Samdo(6,335m) etc.
- Explore Larkya La pass (5106m), the highest point on the trek
One of those untouched treks in the Manaslu region of the Gorkha district is the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Furthermore, it is in an area of 1,663 square kilometers in the Mansiri hills, and part of the Manaslu Conservation Area. Moreover, the circuit has spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu at 8,156m.
Details of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek, also contains one of the great Himalayan passes, climbing to 5,106m is Larkya la Pass. Among viewing the mighty Manaslu Peak the trail also affords views of Himalchuli (north/west) at 7331m/7540m, Naike peak (6,054m), Kanguru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m). The region has an incredible amount of diversity in both flora and fauna and boasts more than 2000 species of plants, 110 birds and 33 mammals which includes the elusive Snow leopard.
Manaslu means “the spirit mountain” and it serrated like many of the mountains in the Himalayas. We will pass villages that seem to have time pass them by are both Buddhist and Hindu depending on; where you are along the circuit. Furthermore, it is dotted with Gompas, Tibetan scripture etched into rock, prayer wheels and Chortens which showcase the devout beliefs of the rich Tibetan Buddhist religion.
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Welcome to Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel to relax after a long journey.
Our day will begin after breakfast with some last minute purchases and preparation if needed for our trek to come. The rest of the day is for sightseeing and exploring the Kathmandu valley. An ancient land full of incredible history, Kathmandu Valley boasts many UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are a testament to the fabulous art, culture, and traditions here. We will visit the Patan Durbar Square, Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath. If you are interested, this is also a great opportunity to try local foods.
To avoid the traffic condition, we will leave early from Kathmandu. We will have a pleasant ride along with the views of the mountains in the background through a hilly landscape surrounded by lush forests. Then after arrival in Dhading Besi, we will move towards Soti Khola with a bumpier ride.
We will begin our walk to Machha Khola after breakfast. Through thick forests and through high ridges we will walk next to the Budhi Gandaki Rivers, which is a glacially fed and fast-moving river. Rice terraced fields pave the way as we make our way towards a Gurung village called Lapubesi, with a few lovely waterfalls along the way. The trail will ascend and descend a few times before finally crossing a suspension bridge to reach the village of Maccha Khola.
From Machha Khola, we will make multiple small ascents and descents as we make our way through the narrow paths of this region. We will witness nature’s bounty as we cross a hot water spring and move on to our goal. The winding Gandaki is visible to us as we cross suspension bridges and start climbing stone steps. We will descend a ridge alongside the river as to reach Jagat.
Suspension bridges are the backbone of many trails in Nepal and we will see and cross quite a few in this trek too. We will pass small Gurung settlements as the landscape slowly changes, starting from rocky climbs to wide valleys, bamboo forests and through lush grassy slopes. This transition in ecology is a wonderful example of how rich the diversity of flora fauna in Nepal is. After following the winding paths and crossing the Deng Khola, we will reach the village of Deng.
Today we will witness the winding nature of Budhi Gandaki as we will be crossing it multiple times. Along the way, there will be quite a few Gompas on the way interspersed with forests. We will stop at Prok village to enjoy beautiful views of the Shringi Himal 7161m. The narrow gorge and the surrounding views give this place a very wild feeling. After a steep climb, we will reach the village of Namrung. Namrung offers brilliant viewing spots for the mountains of Shringi 7161, Himalchuli 7,893m and the Ganesh Himal 7,422m.
One of the most famous sites in Manaslu trekking circuit is the Lho Gaon (meaning the village of Lho) with an astounding view of Peak 29 ahead, we will pass a large stone gate. To reach it through the day we will climb over 1000 meter altitude and that you can imagine sets us par in the range for Himalayan breeze and dryness. We’ll take a small detour to the Pungen Glacier for up-close views of the stunning Manaslu from this village.The journey to Lho Gaon will lead us to a new type of vegetation – tall and wind ridden fir and oak trees. On our way, we will pass along the villages of Nupri, Barsam, Lihi, Sho, Shirp and lastly the Lho Gaon.
Today we will explore an old Gompa of this region called the Pung Gyen Gompa. The Sherpa culture art and tradition can be seen here in the colorful and intricately carved stone walls full of Tibetan script which are plenty in number, and the colorful clothes are worn by the women while prayer flags flutter all around. We will enjoy amazing views of the Pungen glacier from the Gompa and it is a good place to make some memorable photos. Also, You will have an opportunities to visit Birendra Tal. Then we will return back to Samagaon.
As we move towards Samdo, we will again meet the fierce Budi Gandaki River. The trail is relatively easy and we will move through forests at a good pace depending on how everyone feels. This is also the path to Manaslu Base Camp. The rocky sandy texture of this region with the occasional patches of snow make it a different terrain, with thorny shrubs and bushes scattered along the way. To enter the village of Samdo we will enter through a large arch, almost like a doorway to another world.
We will rest in Samdo today for acclimatization to the high altitude. Experts recommend a short hike as the best option to get used to the high altitude and this is exactly what we will do today. We will hike to the back of Samdo village from where we can witness breathtaking views of the great Manaslu (8163m) along with other mountains such as the Naike (6211m), Samdo (6335m) and so on. This route to Samdo is one of the trading routes to Tibet that had been used previously to the border being closed except for one place father to the east. Be on the lookout for some beautiful species of birds such as the Lophophorus, which is the national bird of Nepal and many other birds of prey.
Today is a relatively shorter walk. We will again meet Budhi Gandaki multiple times and cross many small wooden bridges. We will be able to witness the Syacha glacier and appreciate its beauty as we go around the valley and walk up to a Dharamsala. Upon reaching Dharamsala we can rest and relax and enjoy the majestic views.
After a short uphill trek from Dharamsala, we will be able to witness the Larkya glaciers and the peaks such as Larkya (6249m) and Cheo (6812m). We will walk on the icy glacier and gradually make our way down as the path become steeper. We will cross the high Larkya La pass here which gets steeper as we ascend to the top. As we reach the pass we can get majestic views of the peaks such as Cheo Himal (6812m), Kangguru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Then we will cross Dangboche Kharka and finally arrive at Bimthang.
The Lamjung Himal 6,983, Manaslu (8163m) and Himlung 7,126m beauty can be witnessed from Bimthang. We will start to descend today and will pass through lush pastures with many grazing animals. The narrow path makes its way through forests of Rhododendron and enters a valley of immense beauty, Karche. We will then continue on our journey to Tilije. Tilije is the Gurung Village and we will visit Tilije Gumba which shows the culture and tradition of the Gurung Community.
Today we will enter the Annapurna circuit as we climb small ridges, cross bridges and walk on the narrow stone path. From Dharapani, we walk further down and meet the Marsayangdi Khola. We will also cross many Mani walls and small villages typical of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners before we reach Tal.
The trail drops down to the river to cross the bridge and flows the rocky trail towards Tal. After that easy downhill to Chanje and continue walk along the river to Ghermu phant. On the way n can enjoy the views of waterfall and Rocky Mountains. After Ghermu the trail leads up gently up to the bottom of Bahundanda and steep up to the village of Bahundanda for overnight.
After breakfast the trail drops down to the valley to cross the bridge and continue walk along the bank of the river to Nagdi village. Then the trail leads few up and downs to Khudi and continue walk to Besisahar for overnight.
Today At 7:00 in the morning, we'll drive to Kathmandu along thelittle road to Dumre and after that through thePrithivi highway. Through the lush green hills and rocky terrain with fast flowing rivers, we will make our way back to Kathmandu. The bumpy ride is bound to lull you to sleep and rest during this ride.We will arrive in Kathmandu in the afternoon. That night we will host a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant. Spend the night in Kathmandu.
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport before your scheduled flight hoping to see you again.