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Manaslu Circuit Short Trek-11 Day/s

Manaslu Circuit Short Trek-11 Day/s

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Trip Facts

  • Level: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 5,165m

Accomodation

  • Guesthouse
  • homestay

Meals

  • 10 x Breakfast
  • 9 x Lunch
  • 9 x Dinner

Duration

11

Days

Trip Introduction

The Manaslu treks which was given permission by the government of Nepal since 1991, provides you with a variety of trekking option. The famous Manaslu Trekking route of 177 km (110 mi) pass down the Annapurna, En routes, 10 peaks which have the elevation of 6500 meters (21300 ft.), are perceptible, inclusion of other few over 7000 meters (23000 ft.).  The trek way reaches to the highest elevation of 5,106 meters (16752 ft.) the Larke- La.

Manaslu Circuit Trek gives you the taste of what heaven really looks like. With trails that move through remote and authentic Hindu and Tibetan villages, dense forests. The amazing suspension bridges of Budhi Gandaki intensifies the trek in terms of wilderness. The mix of sublime cultural revelation and natural glory make the Manaslu Circuit Trek one to rave for years after the undertaking.

Most of the time should be spent on climbing as you trek up and down over ridges and onto shelves to get rid of the cliffs. As the trail goes on you have to come across suspension bridges and field of barley, following an ancient salt trading route of Nepal-Tibet. Number of Monasteries, Mani walls and Chorten are some of the amazing eye catching views can be seen from the route.

Usually Manaslu Circuit trek is 10 – 18 days. If you include more side visit, it needs more extra days. And there are many other day long side trip destinations like Kaal Taal (Death Lake), Hinang Gompa, Himalchuli  Base Camp, Manaslu Base Camp, Pungyen Gompa, Lajung La etc. Hence; the itinerary is determined according to the time you have, your interest and your previous trekking habit and physical fitness etc. Our 11 days pre-set trip is short version of Manaslu trek that meets budget and time frame of moderate trekkers. For customized trip, pleased contact us.

As always for any modification of the Manaslu Circuit Treks, extend, or any other Trek or Tour in Nepal please contact our specialist [WhatsApp: +9779851029803 Saroj] Team during your booking or via the quick inquiry.

Trip Highlights

  • Manaslu trek is one of the restricted trekking destinations in Nepal where you can see amazing Mount Manaslu [8163m] which is the 8th highest peak in the world.
  • Walk in the Tibetan plateau, which expands down to Nepal, and trek in the shadows of the eight highest peaks on the earth, Manaslu.
  • Trek through the off-beaten trails. And area lies near Tibet border so one can experience the mixed Nepal-Tibet culture with various flora and fauna.
  • Visit the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge and experience high altitude at Larkya La Pass [5,160 m] which is the highest point of this trek
  • Explore the villages of Lho and Sho which have deep Buddhist backgrounds
  • Relish the enchanting Manaslu and Annapurna range including Mt. Manaslu (8163m)
  • Trek through both Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area

Day To Day Itinerary

  • Arrival On: Kathmandu
  • Departure from: kathmandu

Day 1

The drive heads along the Prithvi Highway and on the latter stages the roads are dirty but the landscapes of the rice fields, waterfalls, and greenery through the villages are amazing to watch. The drive reaches Arughat Bazaar where shared jeeps are also available to go to Machha Khola. At Machha Khola, you can rest and prepare for the trek. Overnight stay at Machha Khola

Day 2

We walk to Tatopani on the narrow trails between Budhi Gandaki and a cliff. There are basic accommodation facilities and natural hot water stream. After an hour walk leads to Dobhan, to Syaule Bhatti and then to Yaru where the scenes of Budhi Gandaki will leave you in awe as it descends rapidly in beautiful cascades. The valley leads to Yaru and after 2-3 hours, you will reach Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.

Day 3

Walk up the riverbed then climb over a rocky point to Salleri that gives you views of Shringi Himal (7161m), descend to Sirdibas. Continue up-river on the left bank, up and down before crossing a suspension bridge and ascend to Philim. After an hour, reach Ekle Bhatti and cross high above a spectacular gorge, with pine trees. Finally, drop to Budhi Gandaki River and continue ahead to Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.

Day 4

Move to the east bank and ascend to Rana and pass the trail up to Bihi. Continue in and out of gorges, cross the Serang Khola and climb sharply before circling into Ghap. Arrive in the neat village of Namrung after about 1.5 hours from Ghap, with shops, a restaurant and Thakali lodges across the flagstone square. Overnight stay at Namrung.

Day 5

The trail from Lho climbs through quite a compressed forest towards Shyala. Passing Sho on the way, the trail passes many villages greatly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, and a large number of monasteries, Chortens, and prayer flags reflect its prevalence. The trail from Shyala on marks the slope that drains Pungen glacier and reaches Samagaon. Overnight stay at Samagaon.

Day 6

Today will be a rest day to get physically acclimatized and relax the aching body. We can spend the day exploring environments and places such as Birendra Lake and Pung Gyen Gumba. This trip will cover almost a full day. We will see wonderful views of Manaslu range including the majestic Mt. Manaslu (8163m). Overnight stay at Samagaon

Day 7

he trail from Samagaon leaves from the northern end of the village. With the Birendra Lake insights, we slowly begin walking along the Budhi Gandaki River, although it is smaller than the form it had earlier on in the trek. Trekking through pasture lands, the journey heads towards Samdo with the Manaslu, Samdo, and Pangboche Himal ranges. Overnight stay at Samdo.

Day 8

Descending past Samdo on a wide trail, sinking to cross Budhi Gandaki. Past the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a Mani wall, navigating through juniper with many marmots. We cross two gorges on thin tracks. Dharmasala is a stone hut with three rooms and an almost integral roof, but the lack of doors means that it can fill up with snow and remain full of ice for months. Overnight stay at Dharmasala.

Day 9

We climb gradually over the edge behind Dharmasala and beside the large adjacent moraine of the Larke Glacier. Moving down past four frozen lakes and make a final climb to the left up to Larkya-La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. The peaks that can be relished from the pass are Himlung (7126m), Annapurna II (7937m), Kang Guru (6981m), and numerous others in the Annapurna Range. Descend on loose gravel to a beautiful valley to very scenic Bimthang. Overnight stay at Bimthang.

Day 10

Descend at the Bimthang Plain to cross the stony glacier to reach superb pristine rhododendron and pine forest. Enjoy the views back of the Larke, Manaslu, Ngadi, and Chuli Himal ranges. The trail goes downhill along the west bank of the Dudh Khola pass beautiful Sangure Kharka (3,020m/9,909ft) before going down to the highest cultivated land at Karche. We trek through woodlands to the old cemented village of Dharapani.

Day 11

After our breakfast, we will catch a local jeep  to Besishahar and linking local van drive to Kathmandu. This is will be a long day drive. Allowing to extend a night and stay overnight in Besisahar gives you to travel relaxingly to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we can explore the city or rest in the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu

What's Included

  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles [Four wheels Jeep]
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek. And Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Sharing twin/double bed room accommodation in trekking lodges during the trek.
  • All necessary staff with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits MCAP, (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • All government and local taxes
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.

What's Not Included

  • Transfers, accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Any Guided sightseeing and monument fees in Kathmandu
  • All bar bills and beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water and laundry service.
  • Hot shower, hot water, internet and phone calls.
  • Toiletries and personal nature expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance and equipment.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency (we arrange rescue on request).
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter.

Packing Checklist for Manaslu Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need any complicated gear and equipment for an Manaslu Trek. Here’s a basic checklist of the essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Manaslu Circuit Trek:

A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support

Rucksack or daypack (30 liters) with waterproof cover

Trekking pants and waterproof trousers

T-shirts or shirts

Down jacket

Wind/ waterproof light jacket

Fleece jumper or jacket

Inner Thermal (top and trouser)

Socks and underwear

Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap, or balaclava

Inner and outer gloves

Headlamp, power bank, and extra batteries

Sun protection cream, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer

Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries

Water bottle and water purification tablets

4 season Sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner

These are only some of the essential items. Ask with team for more detailed – Packing List for Trekking in Nepal.

Most of the trekking equipment is available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

You can leave your spare luggage in your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.

Internet Connectivity

Internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Manaslu. You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates, and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. Teahouses charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.

You can also get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data to use on your trek. But the mobile internet data only works up to Bamboo. Beyond Bamboo, you can use the Wi-Fi hotspot at the teahouses to access the internet.

Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 liters of fluids daily.

We dissuade you from buying bottled water as it adds up to the thrashing problem in the mountains. Moreover like everything else, bottled water is also expensive in the mountains.

We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like Life Straw. You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tends to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled drinking water at an additional cost. It can cost anywhere between 1 USD to 4 USD. The price increases gradually as you climb higher.  While cold water is provided free of charge, it is not advisable to drink untreated tap water.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Remember you will be trekking to the Larkey Pass (5,165m)

To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily, and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 meters. Usually, these symptoms occur once you reach Namche or beyond Namche.

Taking Diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay. One should take the necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help.

Accommodation & meals

We will be accommodated in 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek.  The Manaslu Circuit Trek had been very well set-up with plenty of comfortable lodges. While the earthquake and landslide destroyed many in certain towns  but already Renovated. , plenty of other settlements were less affected and good options are still plentiful. The standard here is good, with warm blankets, fireplaces, comfortable beds, the occasional hot shower (for an extra fee)

All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 270. Corporate Adventure treks rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. Also note that single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

The Trekking Group

For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (10 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twenty people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to book this trip for a larger group then that can be arranged too

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best time to do Manaslu Circuit trek. When trekking in spring, the trail will be filled with colorful rhododendron blooms. It is the most colorful time of the year, as you will see wildflowers bloom as well. You can enjoy the stunning view of mountains and verdant hills in spring but there lie some chances of occasional showers. Spring is a pleasant time of the year, neither too hot nor too cold. After monsoon season, autumn arrives, and you can see clear blue skies along with the unobstructed views of snowy mountains. The days are balmy, but nights can be chilly.

Winter trek from December to February isn’t recommended, as high passes might be risky and difficult to cross due to snow. It will be cold at high altitudes, so you need to be prepared with proper winter trekking gear. When trekking in, the monsoon trail might be slippery, and you need to be prepared for the leeches. Also, the views of mountains might be covered by haze or cloud.

Why cost will different for Manaslu treks. The cost varies in following cases.

If you choose private vehicle or local bus.

Group size, yes group size differs the price, the group is bigger it is cheaper.

Many people like private group in term of making itinerary flexible.

Duration of trek, selection of trekking day matters the trip cost.

Extra services like including appetizer, hotel table drinks in pots, hot bags etc that will cost extra.