The 17 Days Manaslu Circuit Short Trek provides with standard Itinerary days where some days walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities and etc…….
We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of weather, landslides and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Nepal.
The most preferable season from the mid-spring beginning of March to the end of May, as well autumn/fall starts from September to early November month. March to May when sunlight is longer, lower areas can be very warm, and on hills with cooler air, as you get higher sunlight is brilliant on an open area. But cooler in shade and late afternoon time, including night as well early morning till the sunlight shows. Clouds during the late afternoon can get snow sometimes around higher areas and on Larke-La Pass. Higher above sunlight is strong with UV rays due to thin air.
Next, the best season is autumn or fall from September to early November, where days are fine with crystal clear blue sky. But short sunlight hours can be very cold in the late afternoon, night, and morning times. Can get snowed in on a higher region, but mild and perfect temperatures for pleasant walks.
November is also a fine month for Manaslu Circuit Trek, but most of the lodges and villages will be empty. Where villagers migrate to lower warmer areas to escape the harsh winter cold.
On reaching at Kathmandu airport via various international airlines. Trekking Planner guide and staff receives you with warm traditional welcome and then transfer to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city within easy reach to its shops and restaurants.
Check into your rooms and after getting refreshed from the jet-leg, then meet other members at the hotel lobby for group briefing regarding Manaslu Circuit trek, information on do’s and don’ts, local culture and with other important details necessary to know, to make your holiday in Nepal enjoyable and worth joining on this marvelous Manaslu Circuit trekking.
Evening enjoy group dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurants and get the Pure taste of local cuisine with exciting entertainment of folk cultural program.
In Kathmandu sightseeing tour at places of great interest, enjoy your day visiting around Kathmandu best wonderful places and World Heritage Sites, with time for trek preparation.
Did you know that the Kathmandu Durbar Square is filled with nice handicraft shops and red cobbled alleys leading from old palaces to incredible architectural temples. Swayambunath is located on top of a hill giving view over the entire Kathmandu Valley, furthermore it’s the home of hundreds of monkeys that reside in the hill side forest. Boudhanath is said to be the Tomb of one of legendary sages who achieved the rank of enlightenment. Pashupatinath is a holly burial site for Hindus and many devotees or Gurus residing here. If you’d like you can request one of these holly men to pose for a picture with you!
An early morning start for long and interesting overland journey to Nepal Mid-West, an opportunity to observe Nepalese scenic country farm life.
Drive follows on main highway past villages and towns to reach district of Gorkha at Arughat farm town. From here transfer to local vehicle suitable on rough dirt road, drive continues to Soti Khola for overnight stop. Soti Khola a moderate size farm village, stands near the bank of Buri-Gandaki River.
After a first overnight at Soti Khola, morning after breakfast, first day walk leads on nice gentle path. As walk progress heading past farm villages and cultivated terrace of Labesi village, and then route meanders below a steep, rugged valley side with slow climb to Machha Khola for overnight stop. A nice village with many teashops and small lodge, Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream.
Morning from Machha Khola (Fish stream) walk follows to Khola-Besi village and at Tatopani a place with natural 'hot spring', as time permits enjoy refreshing break here. Continue walk as valley meanders into narrow gorge cross over a suspension bridge, then into a small forest to reach at Dovan a small settlement located on high shelf of Buri-Gandaki River.
Walk proceeds to cross a bridge, and then climb to a high ridge then descend into a valley at Yara Khola (stream), walk for another hour to reach Jagat.
Jagat, an interesting hill farm village; inhabited by various hill tribes Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahman, to Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) with some Newar people, who runs most of the lodge and shops.
On leaving Jagat walk heads towards scattered farm villages with climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley at Philim village.
Morning walk heads to a rocky ridge top covered in bamboo grooves and then reaching a small place at Eklai Bhatti. After short rest, walk leads higher as direction diverts towards North West to reach Dyang to end the day walks, this is a small nice village of strong Buddhism culture.
Morning walks enters a high cliff walls, and heading towards farm village, where houses and landscape change and then into a country of more Tibetan Buddhism religion. After a steady walks reach at Bihe, a small village, growing buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops.
From Bihe onward walking into high alpine cooler country, as trail follows series of Mani prayer and stone walls to Ghap, a nice village for overnight stop.
After Ghap altitude gains slowly, as terrain changes amidst coniferous and deciduous forest, a steep climb to enter a wide open valley facing views of Manaslu with Pang Phuchin 6,335 m, Saula Himal 6,235 to reach Namrung for possible lunch stop. From this nice village afternoon walk into a wide valley within farm fields past Yak herder camps to enter scenic high Manaslu valley at Lo-Gaon
for overnight stop, an attractive village in the backdrop of towering Mt. Manaslu.
At Lo-Gaon enjoy time visiting this lovely village with tour of an old monastery festooned with many Chorten and Mani walls and enjoy dramatic views of Manaslu with Ganesh Himal in the east.
From Lo-Gaon morning starts with gradual up facing views of Peak 29 and Manaslu, after few hours of scenic walk reach Shala, a small farm village with grand views of Phungi, Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli peaks.
Walk continues further west towards in the heart of Manaslu valley to reach Sama-Gaon, located right close to towering Mt. Manaslu as well the largest village within high Manaslu valley. Spending two overnights on this nice large village with time to get acclimatize and explore around its lovely view-points.
After days of continues walks a deserving rest day for acclimatization before climb to higher area and over Larke-La high pass. Enjoy the free day at Sama-Gaon exploring around village interwoven with impressive Tibetan culture and visit old Monastery with time to interact with the native and enjoy grand surrounding views of snow-peaks.
Spending a lovely refreshing rest day in Sama-Gaon, adventure begins to reach the end of Manaslu valley. Walk to the last village of Manaslu and Gorkha region at Samdo, altitude gain slowly walking within arid and barren terrain with grand super views of high snow-capped mountains. After some hour of good walk into wide barren terrain then reach Samdo the last and large village of the region for overnight stop in this nice interesting Samdo village. Located on route to Tibet border and towards our next destination Larke Phedi.
Today’s walk takes you at the end of Manaslu valley, as morning starts leaving the final Samdo village of Gorkha and high Manaslu areas. A trek of few hours as route head towards the base of Larke-la pass at Dharmasala, a place with few simple lodges for overnight stay. A lovely short day walk on pleasant gradual path with gorgeous scenery as walk ends at the base of Larke-La pass for lunch and last overnight stop around the district of Gorkha.
At Larke Phedi afternoon free for short walks and preparations for next early morning long climb to high Larke-La pass and towards Manang area.
The final Big Day! Starting early morning having good breakfast, and then follow our lead guide as route leads to steep climb over moraine, rocks and boulders around ablation of Larke glacier. Although a long walk uphill but enjoyable overlooking grand views of Cho Danda with near Larke Peak.
Steady walk with few refreshing stops, as climb continues to reach finally on top Larke-la, the pass marked with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags. At the top stands a sign board with name of the pass with as well with exact height, time here for some moments to enjoy fantastic views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II includes views of whole Mt. Manaslu range with Ganesh Himal in the far east horizon.
After achieving the toughest part of the adventure standing on top of the highest point, surrounded with breathtaking mountain scenery a long descend takes you to the bottom on other side of Larke-la pass at Manang district.
From the base of Larke-la on Manang side, an easy walk into green forest and tall trees to Bhimthang also called Bhimphedi for overnight stop after a long tough day. Bhimthang, situated amidst beautiful forest surrounding on a wide green field with many good lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls.
From Bhimthang rest of the journey is pleasant on downhill as altitude lose every hour and then, feeling at your best on completing our goal a lovely walk within cool shade of coniferous with few short climb, but more or less the path descend to Gho for overnight stop. A small settlement with few simple lodge around this cattle herders grazing place.
The last day walk of the adventure, starts with easy downhill into cool dense forest to reach a nice village at Telje, situated on a shelf of Masrsyangdi River that flows from Manang and Annapurna Himalaya and Chulu glaciers.
At Telje stopping for lunch, afternoon a short climb after crossing a bridge to reach Dharapani for overnight stop, a lovely moderate size village. Located on a motorable road, at the junction of popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit route.
Morning from Dharapani taking a long and exciting drive to Kathmandu as ride takes you around low warm farm country, heading further down towards Lamjung area. Drive continues on a long winding downhill to the bottom of a hill at Syange, from here following Masrsyangdi River to reach Besisar, a large town and the headquarter of Lamjung district. From here change of transport, where drive takes you on good smooth road to Kathmandu. Journey follows on good road to Dumre town. From here on main highway to Kathmandu by late afternoon time or in the evening. Check into your hotels, rest of the evening at leisure for individual activities with group farewell dinner.
Enjoying great wonderful adventure and experience in Nepal with exciting memorable time on ‘Manaslu Circuit Trekking’, on your last day in Nepal, our TP staff and guide transfers you to airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.
I had a wonderful experience from start to finish with Trekking Planner. Dipak answered all of my many questions prior to the trek thoroughly and professionally. My guide and porter were experienced, positive, and a joy to have around! I’ll be back for a longer trek as soon as I can. And I’d recommend Ramesh as a guide to anyone interested in a short or long trek! He is extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, and kind. Thank you for a great five days, Trekking Planner!
10/10 would definitely recommend Trekking Planner! The entire experience was top notch. My daughter and I were taken care of so well by Dipak and his team from the moment we landed in Kathmandu. He was able to arrange an extra day of sight seeing for us and fielded all of our pre-trek questions and concerns without batting an eye. We completed the Manaslu Circuit trek (14 days) with our guide Sandip and porter Suraj. Sandip was so knowledgeable and attentive. He was able to balance my 26 year old daughters fast pace while ensuring I was taken care of especially at high altitude over the pass and provided us with not only a safe, but cultural, experience as well. Suraj was very kind and checked in on us often. While some porters rushed ahead he stayed with us ensuring one of us did not get too far ahead or drop too far behind. Overall we would definitely use Trekking Planner the next time we decide to adventure into the Himalayas and will be recommending them to friends! Thank you again! Tim and Sam
Manaslu Circuit Trek is not difficult, but it involves steep climb for some hours, which is natural on Himalayan landscapes with much ups and downhill. Where most trekkers are well prepared for this kind of terrain, the only hardest and tough day is crossing over Larke-La Pass, a steep climb with long descend.
A tiring day for just one day, rest of the walk is moderate of 5 to 6 hours, the longest walks is on crossing over a pass to Bhimthang of more than 8 hours.
It is less of two week duration walks, but with drives both ways makes up to 14 days as per our standard itinerary. Which includes rest day for acclimatization and to explore around this beautiful Manaslu valley.
Without guide you cannot enter upper Manaslu region, as it is a restricted area where all trekkers needs to book with local agents, accompanied by guide and porters which is necessary on this trek to Manaslu.
Once you are booked with local agents in Kathmandu, like Trekking Planner the trek is based on tea-house / lodge trek, no need to carry tents or camping gear.
As for mattress it is provided by the lodge, however one can carry a thermal inflatable light mattress for your own extra comfort.
Most places till Sama-Gaon and at Samdu, with hydroelectricity power, where some places like Dyang and Dharmasala have solar power, which you can charge your electronic gadgets on paying a fee for charging each items, as per the lodge rules.
Most large main villages do have Wi Fi available, till Samdo rest is at Dharapani on the last overnight stop of the trek.
When you book with Trekking Planner all accommodation and meals are included, the only extra expenses is personal, how you spend it like for drinking water, soft drinks or snacks as well for hot shower, which is at extra cost. Including your interest on buying souvenirs. One can carry local currencies equivalent to US$ 100 to 200, it should be in smaller bills as in villages it is hard to change bigger bills. You can exchange the money while you are in Kathmandu, or at Besisar on the end of the trek. As there are no banks and ATM, on this trek maybe it will happen in near future like at Jagat, Lo-Gaon or Dharapani villages. Sometimes the lodge owner might exchange the money if necessary.
March to May and September to early November months, from mid-November most village and lodge will be closed, as they migrate to lower warm area to escape the winter cold.
You can store at the hotel or with Trekking Planner for safe keeping as well some valuable which you do not need on trek.
There are various types of symptoms of altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the main normal are headache, nausea, lack of appetite and sound sleep. For severe AMS one needs to be brought down or immediate evacuation by any means of fast transportation.
Important to have travel and medical insurance, for your own safety and to be on the safe side, one never knows of unfortunate incidence that might occur.
Not possible, as mentioned above one must join a proper reliable local company like Trekking Planner where you will be trekking with guide and porters.
Your guide will provide safe drinking water in every overnight and lunch stops, it is not safe to drink from water spout, taps. It must be treated with purify tabs or liquid like iodine. One can buy from the lodge boiled and filtered drinking water which is very safe. To buy bottle water can be quite expensive as you reach higher villages, since we are committed to Eco-Trekking or Responsible Tourism where plastic bottled water creates extra waste, unless it can be re-cycled.