Manaslu Circuit Short Trekking

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  • Total Duration:18 days
  • Best Time:April - June, September - November
  • Max Elevation:5,106 m /16,849 ft
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
All inclusive price $1199.00PP
trekking around world’s 8th highest Mt Manaslu with scenic Larke-La pass

Highlights

  • Exciting walks with views of Mid-West Himalaya from the start to an end
  • Interesting overland drive witness the rural farm life of Nepal mid hills
  • Following Buri-Gandaki River right up to its glacial source at Larke Phedi
  • On the ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt and Caravan Trail of Nepal / Tibet
  • Explore the hidden cultural villages of Buddhism religion of great interest
  • From green woodland to arid and barren terrain on high north of Manaslu
  • Crossing scenic high Larke-La with impressive views of snowcapped peaks

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code:HTNHCT
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate-adventurous
  • Max Elevation:5,106 m /16,849 ft
  • Total Duration:18 days
  • Best Time:April - June, September - November
  • Activities:Trekking, Historical & Cultural Excursion
  • Trekking Duration:14 days
  • Start from :Kathmandu
  • End At :Kathmandu
  • Average walking:5-6 hrs
  • Trip Grade:Moderate To Adventurous
  • Meals:Full board in Trekking & Breakfast basis in City
  • Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
  • Transportation:Private vehicles /public Bus
  • Group Size:02-09 pax

Manaslu Circuit Short Trekking, one of the great impressive walks that you cannot want to miss or refuse, as this area is quite different to another popular trekking route of Nepal Himalaya.

The area was closed for outside visitors for many decades due to Tibet and Nepal close border which falls on upper high Manaslu region within North of Gorkha district. Since late 1990’ it opened up for enthusiast travelers with an interest to venture on off the beaten tracks.

Manaslu Circuit Short Trekking offers trekkers and adventurer with amazing views of dramatic country landscapes from green forested hills to arid and barren terrain unto remorseless fields of ice and glaciers. Apart from beautiful Mountain scenery, villages on route walks are equally fascinating where you can witness local age-old culture and custom as it was for past hundreds of centuries.

The region of trekking around Manaslu falls within the strong influence of Tibetan traditional life and custom interwoven with Buddhism religion, an interesting tour leads you to a monastery and lovely farm villages of Manaslu and lower Manang areas.

Mt. Manaslu listed as world’s 8th highest peaks at above 8,163 m and 26,781ft first conquest by Japanese mountaineers on May 09th 1956. From then on it was closed and opened last few decades for you to enjoy its hidden treasures of magnificent scenery and traditional colorful culture.

Manaslu Circuit short Trek commence with a long exciting drive to reach on the foothills of Gorkha area around Nepal Mid-West, and then heading higher past nice farm villages following the raging Buri-Gandaki all the way up to high Sama-Gaon and at Larke Phedi.

The walk leads into alpine cool woodland with ever-present views of mountains and then crossing high and scenic Larke-La pass at 5,106 m / 16,849 ft high, from here downhill to Manang areas. From Dharapani village drive takes you to Kathmandu, after completing an adventure of a lifetime experience on Manaslu Circuit Short Trekking.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m and then transfer to Hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff and guide with a warm greeting and then transfer to your hotels in the hub of the city.

After checking into your rooms and getting refreshed join the other groups of Around Manaslu Trekking at meeting hall for briefing, where our guide offers useful important information regarding trek and your stay in Nepal with us.

The evening includes welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant with Folk Culture program of Nepal while having your dinner.

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will have guided sightseeing tours to Swayambhunath stupa (known as monkey temple), Patan Durbar square (city of living arts), Pashupatinath Temple (holy Hindus temple) and Bouddhanath stupa (one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world). Back to hotel and make final preparations for the trip. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 570 m - 07 hrs

Morning taking an interesting overland journey heading Nepal Mid-West on a country and main highway as the journey continues heading into low warm areas past farm villages and towns with views of snowcapped peaks.

As the drive continues with few refreshing stops heading west to reach at Dhading and towards Gorkha district unto Arughat town by the raging Buri-Gandaki River, from here drive continues on newly built dirt along Buri-Gandaki River past farm villages reach our first overnight stop at Soti Khola, a small farm village.

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola 930 m - 06 hrs.

The first-day walk begins from Soti-Khola, where route leads into a steep valley, within densely forested areas and into the number of villages to reach farm cultivated field villages and then path descends towards wide, sandy river banks following a trail that meanders below along the valley side.

After a good walk of the day with last short climb on the trail to Machha Khola for an overnight stop, with a number of teashops with the small lodge, the word Maccha Khola means Fish Stream.

Day 05:  Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

Today a long day walk to reach at Jagat village, as our route leads following winding uphill path leaving the river for sometimes then reaching past Tatopani ‘hot spring’ time permitting enjoy the refreshing bath on hot-spring.

As the journey continues heading cooler areas into forested areas then finally our day walks ends at a nice village in Jagat, which is a moderate size village of mixed hill tribe that makes this place more interesting.

Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant overnight stop at Jagat village morning walk leads to cooler areas as walk leads uphill into farm villages with well-tended fields of rich crops of barley, wheat as per the season around the nice village of Philm.
After Philim walk leads to neat farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb towards rocky ridge within bamboo groves area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs

Starting morning walk from Dyang leads to a cooler area with a slow rise in elevation, as walk enters within Himalayan high areas, where the first-day walk leads downhill to the riverside to reach Bihi Bazaar a small village by the river.

From here on where you will soak into more Tibetan culture of the Buddhist religion, as our walk continues on the gradual path with few short ups and downs to reach at Ghap village for an overnight stop.

Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs.

From Ghap village walking along Budhi Gandaki River, after a short walk across the river towards small farm villages at Numrung village with closest views of  Mt. Manaslu North Face includes its range of peaks. Our journey continues past villages of Banjham, Lhi, and Sho, as altitude gains to reach with an hour up to Lo-Gaon for an overnight stop.

Day 09: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs.

Today’s walk leads to main large village of upper Manaslu at Sama-Gaon where tree lines disappear for short juniper bushes with some willow trees, morning walk follows a nice trail with views of Manaslu peaks, as walk proceeds to end the day at Sama-Gaon for overnight stop, one of the largest villages of upper Gorkha district which lies route Manaslu base camp.

Day 10: Rest day at Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.

An important rest day at this high altitude for acclimatization before reaching higher terrain unto Larke-la pass, here with enough time to explore the village of great interest adorned with Tibetan Buddhist religion and culture.
On this leisure, day enjoy walking up to Sama Gompa just above the village one of the major Nyligpa (red hat sect) Monastery of the region.

Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs

Today walk leads to the remote and last village of Manaslu area of Upper Gorkha region, where Samdo lies close on route to Tibet border, the native of the area have long history trading with Tibet, the trade continues till present. As walk leads with slow up with fabulous views of peaks and then reaching Samdo village, a moderate size village with shops and stores selling many Chinese goods.

Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larke Phedi 4,470 m - 04 hrs

From Samdu enjoy half day walk to Larke Phedi means the bottom of the hill or pass also called Dharmasala, after overnight at Samdo village, morning walk heading into a dry and barren country.
As altitude gains walking on a trail that leads to few short ups and downs then completing the day walk on reaching at Larke Phedi, with an afternoon free at leisure and preparation for the next day early climb over the highest point of the adventure Larke-La at 5,106 m high.

Day 13: Cross Larke-la 5,135m and downhill to Bimthang 3,720 m - 08 hrs.

One of the longest and big days of the adventure, start with early breakfast and then heading to a slow climb to reach on top Larke-la pass, as walk progress encountering a steep path rewarded with fabulous views of Mt. Manaslu, Larke peak, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli and Peak 29. After a strenuous climb on reaching the pass, the top marked with Buddhist prayer flags and cairns of stones, enjoy the super views of great giant peaks, after a refreshing break, along descend to reach at Bimthang for an overnight stop. Bimthang located on a beautiful green valley surrounded with tall rhododendron and pines trees, enjoy the afternoon with rest after the longest walk of the adventure.

Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs

After a tough long walk of the previous day, from here on an easy trek with much descend into forested areas all the way to Gho, located in the middle of an enchanting forest.

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 06 hrs.

From this small settlement in the middle of the woods at Gho, morning walk leads downhill all the way to reach at Telje village located by the Masrsyangdi River, after a rest at Tilje, continue our last day walk of the adventure with last final climb to reach Dharapani for an overnight stop in a nice lodge.
Dharapani a large village with many fine lodges located in Manang district and on popular Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar / Lamjung - 07 hrs.

Ending our adventurous and scenic Manaslu Circuit Trekking at Dharapani, morning drive leads into several farm villages following Marysangdi River downstream reaching low and warmer areas, past Tal, Chamje and another Jagat village, as drive leads continues on the good road to large town at Besisahar, headquarter of Lamjung district.
From Besisahar with time for rest and possible lunch stop, continue to drive back to Kathmandu on a good road, on reaching Kathmandu check into your hotels with rest of the evening free at leisure with last day in Nepal.

Day 17: Full day in Kathmandu .

Today you have free day in Kathmandu for shopping. Stay overnight at hotel

Day 18: Final International departure from Nepal.

Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time back home or to respective connecting destinations.
Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing time and adventure on Around Manaslu Trekking.

Cost Includes

  • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
  • 04 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaur
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu by public bus (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost)
  • ACAP and MCAP Permit and Special permit for Manaslu trek for 10 days
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
  • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters, they are like family to us.
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box
  • Holiday Tours Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay a departure tax for international flights)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation (An Helicopter rescue insurance is highly recommended. If you have any problem and you have to be evacuated, without your insurance you have to pay the helicopter in cash.)
  • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, phone calls, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water {it will cost between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp).}, extra porter.. etc)
  • Wi-Fi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wi-Fi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $3 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Entrance fees for the day tours in Kathmandu
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column

Cost and Dates

Trip Start DateTrip End DatePriceAvailabilityBook
2nd September, 201819th September, 2018US$1199Guaranteed Book Now
8th September, 201825th September, 2018US$1199Guaranteed Book Now
11th September, 201828th August, 2018US$1199Guaranteed Book Now

Useful Information

Difficulties rating of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Trekkers have to pass Larka pass so trekker should be fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 5215m, so you should be careful about altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and avoid alcoholic drinks. Please be careful of frost bit and snow blindness. You must take care of your health.

Safe drinking water on Manaslu Circuit Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case, we suggest you drink boiled water which may charge the small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of the environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydroelectricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, iPhone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge a small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adopters before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal, 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Extra Advice for Manaslu Circuit Trek
You may see some beautiful and sweet children and you may want to distribute balloons, chocolates, money, and pens as many trekkers have felt same. But better not to do so because it encourages them to beg and ask every trekker.
In the trekking, keep your valuables safe. Do not leave anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything outside at night.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-15 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for Manaslu Circuit Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Manaslu Circuit Trek:
All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in the bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water has frozen then ask your guide to get the warm bowl of water.
A toilet is mainly Asian squat style. Basically, a toilet is outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use the rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses
On this trekking route, local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photo of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition,

we accept your booking:
We required non-fundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight ticket, hotel booking, and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or Western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.

Equipment for this trip

  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Holiday Tours Nepal's duffel bag but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sports shoes or sandal.
  • Trekking stick.
  • Sun Hat, cap
  • Warm woolen cap.
  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  • Pullover or warm sweeter.
  • Raincoat.
  • 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  • Hand gloves.
  • 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  • Eye glass
  • Water bottle.
  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Flash or Torch light.
  • Camera and batteries.
  • Sun cream.

Most Common FAQs

Can you provide me more information about the tea houses on this trek?

According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipe. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses don’t have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu. At the lower altitudes there is electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?

No, As there is enough time to acclimatize while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and its easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?

A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggages. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.

At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?

Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottels at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Trekking Poles are necessary while Trekking. isn’t it?

Of course, Trekking poles is taken as a necessary while trekking which help to balance the walking and makes eay to walk.

Do the bottle water available everywhere in the trek?

Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sells bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There is no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?

You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 litre of water. Neutralising tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.

What are the effects of going so high?

Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognise Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimise effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatization.

What if I get ill while on the trek?

It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feels dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carried down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too. In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its ver serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekkers before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend to take a Down Jacket?

The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?

Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.

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Norma Sherratt & Chris Sherratt ,Bristol, UK
“Everest Base Camp Trek & Jungle Safari in Chitwan” We researched many companies to book our EBC trek and after exchanged e-mails with Dipak he helped plan our EBC trek, tour in Kathmandu and Jungle Safari in Chitwan in a professional, helpful and organized manner. On arrival in Kathmandu, we were greeted at the airport with a friendly, warm welcome from Dipak and he helped settle us in at our hotel and took us out for a traditional Nepalese meal as well as organizing a day tour with guide of Kathmandu. Dipak's organization of our EBC trek was wonderful and the guide he supplied on the trek was informative, friendly and very organized in looking after us, making sure we had enough food, tea, and a decent bed for the night after a long day walking. The trek was beautiful and we had an amazing experience. We went back to Kathmandu after the trek was finished and Dipak greeted us and hear about our adventure and keep us informed about our next part of the trip - Jungle Safari in Chitwan. We stayed in Chitwan National Park for 4 nights 3 days and stayed at a lovely lodge by the river just outside the town. We went on Elephant safari, Jungle walks, bird watching, canoeing, traditional evening performance and much needed relaxing after our EBC trek. We had lovely accommodation and by the river and very helpful staff who looked after our every need. It was our first visit to Nepal and Dipak made our trip hassle free, organized and all with a warm welcome which meant we could enjoy our trek to the fullest. I would recommend Dipak and Trekking Planner services and I myself would love to return to complete some Annapurna trekking in the future and will be using Trekking Planner Nepal to do so. Many thanks for such a brilliant holiday of a lifetime! Lauren Connors Visited November 2014
We had a good trip in Nepal last year on part of the Annapurna circuit, the Jomsom trek, with Dipak as our guide. His experience and knowledge of the area are second to none and when we return to Nepal we will certainly be contacting him again. We received a first-class, personal service and, remarks from other visitors we met in various tea houses who had booked with other trekking companies, were that our package was superior to theirs. For a reliable service and interesting trek, we strongly recommend this guide and his team.
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There are no words that can adequately describe the experience we had on the Everest View Trek (Lukla, Namche, Tengboche, the Dudh Kosi River and all the places in between). The word "Awesome" falls considerably short in describing our experience. My wife and I were recently married and from our first date, we both had always wanted to trek in the Himalayas. Deepak was the catalyst that made our Trek one of the tremendous experiences of our lives. He was knowledgeable about the mountains and the cultures. He is also a very enjoyable person to be with. And that in and of itself is extremely important if you plan any type of extended Trek. My wife and I were lucky we had the chance to have Deeps as our guide. We still keep in contact with Deeps and have recommended him to friends. Our hope is to someday get back to Nepal, and when we do, there is only one person I would want for our guide.
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