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Manaslu Trekking | Manaslu Circuit Trek | Manaslu Samagaun Nepal

Manaslu Region
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Duration

16 Day

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a spectacular Trek. Manaslu Samagaun Nepal is in the western region. Manaslu Trek offers a unique blend of natural beauty, traditional culture, and off-the-beaten-path adventure. The trek circumnavigates Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, and passes through remote villages and rugged terrain.

The trek typically starts in Arughat, ends in Besisahar, and takes around 12-16 days to complete. It is considered a moderate to challenging trek and requires a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience.

The best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is from September to November, and from March to May. The trek is closed for the monsoon season. Keep in mind that the trek is still considered remote and some of the facilities such as lodges and food options might be limited. It is also important to note that a trekking permit is required and only a few numbers of the group are allowed in a week.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trekking around Mount Manaslu: The trek circumnavigates Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, offering breathtaking views of the mountain throughout the trek.
  • Remote villages and traditional culture: The trek passes through remote villages, such as Philim, Deng, Namrung, Lho, and Samagaon, which offer a glimpse into the conventional way of life of the local people. You will have the opportunity to see traditional Tibetan-style houses, Gompas (Buddhist monasteries), and water-powered grain mills.
  • Off-the-beaten-path adventure: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is less crowded than other popular trekking routes in Nepal, offering an actual off-the-beaten-path experience.
  • Scenic landscapes, diverse flora, and fauna: The trek passes through various terrains, terraced fields, lush forests, and rugged mountains. You will also have the opportunity to see a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, which are particularly beautiful in spring.
  • Challenging trail: The trail is rugged and strenuous, with steep climbs and descents, but it offers a sense of accomplishment and adventure.
  • Rest day in Samagaon and Namrung: There are two rest days in the itinerary, one in Samagaon and one in Namrung, which will allow you to acclimatize to the altitude and explore the surrounding villages and landscapes

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Transfer to hotel. Our representative at the airport will greet you and then transfer you to your hotel. You can rest and recover from your flight or explore the city if you have time.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for the trek.
You will have a guided tour of some of the most famous temples, shrines, and historical sites in Kathmandu, like Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar square. You will also have time to buy any last-minute trekking gear and supplies.
Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (6-7 hours).
You will take a bus or jeep to Soti Khola, the starting point of the trek. The drive takes around 6-7 hours and offers scenic views of the mountains and countryside.
Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (6-7 hours).
You will begin the trek by following the Budhi Gandaki River, passing through small villages, and crossing several bridges. The trail is relatively flat and easy and offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 5: Trek to Jagat (6-7 hours).
The trail becomes challenging, with steep climbs and descents. You will pass through the village of Philim, where you can see a traditional water-powered grain mill.
Day 6: Trek to Deng (6-7 hours
The trail continues to be challenging, but the mountains and valley views are stunning. You will pass through the village of Deng, where you can see a traditional Gompa (Buddhist monastery).
Day 7: Trek to Namrung (6-7 hours).
The trail becomes less steep but offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. You will pass through the village of Namrung, where you can see traditional Tibetan-style houses.
Day 8: Rest day in Namrung
You can explore the village and its surroundings or just rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Day 9: Trek to Lho (3-4 hours) and then to Samagaon (3-4 hours).
The trail becomes strenuous, with steep climbs and descents. You will pass through the village of Lho, where you can see a traditional Gompa.
Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon.
You can explore the village and its surroundings or just rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3-4 hours).
The trail becomes less steep but offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala (4-5 hours).
The trail becomes challenging, with steep climbs and descents. The views of the mountains and the valley are stunning.
Day 13: Trek to Bimtang (6-7 hours).
The trail becomes less steep but offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes
Day 14: Trek to Tilje (6-7 hours) and then drive to Besisahar (3-4 hours).
The trail becomes challenging, with steep climbs and descents. You will pass through the village of Tilje.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu (8-9 hours).
Driving back to Kathmandu from same route
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu.

Included/Excluded

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (usually on a twin-sharing basis)
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All transportation (to and from the trailhead and during the trek)
  • Trekking permit and TIMS card
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in teahouses or lodges during the trek
  • Services of a guide and/or porter
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue arrangements
  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Drinks (other than hot water)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, internet, etc.
  • Tips for the guide and porter
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the inclusion list

Durations

16 Days

Tour's Location

Manaslu Region

FAQs

What is the best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The best time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is from September to November and from March to May. The trek is closed for the monsoon season.
How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The trek is considered a moderate to challenging hike and requires a good fitness level and previous trekking experience. The trail is strenuous and passes through rugged terrain, so it's essential to be well-prepared physically and mentally.
What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?
Accommodation is available in teahouses or lodges during the trek. The facilities might be basic, but most lodges offer comfortable beds and hot water for showers and meals.
Do I need a guide or a porter for the trek?
It is not mandatory to have a guide or porter for the tour, but it is highly recommended, as the trail can be challenging to navigate in places, and it can be helpful to have local knowledge.
What kind of food is available during the trek?
During the trek, you will find various food options, including local foods like Dal Bhat and momo and some international cuisine like pizza, pasta, and sandwiches.
How can I prepare for the trek?
It's essential to be physically healthy before embarking on the trek. It would be best if you focused on building cardiovascular strength and endurance by doing activities such as hiking, running, or cycling. Also, hiking with a suitable backpack and trekking boots that have been broken in is essential
Do I need travel insurance for the trek?
Yes, it's essential to have travel insurance that covers trekking and emergency evacuation, as the trek is considered remote, and facilities might be limited.
What should I pack for the trek?
You should pack warm clothing, including a down jacket and a fleece, a waterproof jacket and pants, a hat, gloves, and a good pair of trekking boots. You should also pack a personal first aid kit, a water bottle, a headlamp, a camera, and personal hygiene items.
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