The Manaslu Circuit is the trekking jewel of Nepal. Bordering the Annapurna Conservation Area to the west and the Tibetan Plateau to the north and east, the region was closed to foreign tourists until 1991, effectively blocking the development that occurred after the country was opened to the outside world in 1951. Since 1991, Manaslu has been opened on a restricted basis for organized groups, offering a glimpse into pristine natural and cultural conditions that have been compromised in other parts of Nepal. The trail enters the Manaslu Conservation Area which also marks a cultural shift from Nepalese Hinduism to Tibetan Buddhism. For decades, Tibetan refugees have fled to this remote and undisturbed region of Nepal, and the villages here represent generations of these people. The stone-roofed Buddhist villages such as Namrung, Lho, Samaguan, and Sambdo set against the towering giants of Manaslu and the Himalchuli Massif are truly magnificent.
Crossing Larka La (5,213 m) is a difficult day, but it’s more a test of will power than anything else. The pass itself requires walking on snow but standard hiking boots should be sufficient. Most people complete a long day and finish in Bimtang before heading down to the convergence with the Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani. Hitting the hustle and bustle of the Annapurna Circuit is unwelcomed after the tranquility of Manaslu, but this also means that civilization is near.
A highly recommended side trip from the Manaslu Circuit is the Tsum Valley, located east of Philim near the Tibetan border. This valley is as isolated and untouched as any in Nepal, first opened to foreign trekkers in 2008, home to a small indigenous group known as “Tsumbas,” and surrounded by mountains that include Himalchuli to the west and the Ganesh Himal to the south. More information on the Tsum Valley is available through the Tsum Valley Homestay and the Tsum Valley Welfare Committee.
On the whole, the Manaslu Circuit provides a great opportunity for Himalaya Nepal to get it right—they have a clean slate and seem intent on managing the area more closely than other treks in earlier years. The Manaslu Circuit and the Tsum Valley will begin to make the lists of the world’s best hikes (insiders have been saying this for years), but it's better to experience it now than later. "World Class" doesn't begin to describe this place.
Elivation/Altitude:- 5213mtr/17103 ft
Trip Duration:- 18 Days
Daily Walking hour:- 5/6Hours
Accomodation/food:- Lodge/Camping, Choice menu, & Local organic food.
Group Size:- 2 Minimum pax -12 Maximum pax
Best Season:- March, April, May, September, October, November
Manaslu Circuit trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. (1345 meters.)
A Himalaya Caravan Adventure representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our chain hotel.
Day 2: Trip arrangements, meeting with crew members and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.
You will meet your trekking guide, discuss the trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After/before staff meeting, our professional tour guide will take you to visit some historical, religious and cultural sites of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square.
From Kathmandu to Arughat(600m) by Privaate Vehicle
Arughat to Soti Khola, 5h trekking (800m)
Soti Khola to Machha Khola, 5h trekking (1000m)
Machha Khola to Jagat, 6h trekking (1400m)
Jagat to Deng, 6h trekking (1860m)
Deng to Namrung, 6h trekking (2600m)
Namrung to Samagaon 6h trekking (3500m)
Rest day in Samagaon – Manaslu Basecamp excursion optional
Samagaon to Samdo 4h trekking (3800m)
Samdo – excursion up to Tibetan border
Samdo to Larkya Phedi 4h trekking (4460m)
Cross the Larkya-La pass and reach Bimtang, 8h trekking (3700m)
Bimtang to Tilje 6h trekking (2100m)
Tilje to Jagat 6h trekking (1300m)
Jagat to Beshisahar by Jeep and same day from Beshisahar to Kathamndu by private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel
Day 18: Departure.
A member of the Himalaya Caravan Adventure Team will transfer you back to the airport for your flight home.
· Domestic Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.
· Accommodation in Kathmandu
· Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with entrance fee
· All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
· Teahouse/camping tent accommodation during the trek.
· English speaking guide during the trek and required number of Porters (1 for 2 people basis) to carry your luggage during the trek; their food, accommodation, salary, transportation fair, insurance, equipments etc.
· Kathmandu - Arughat and Beshisahar - Kathmandu transport by private vehicle.
· Manaslu conservation area permit fee.
· Trekker’s information management system(TIMS) card fees.
· Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag to use during the trek.
· Travel & Rescue arrangements.
· All our government taxes and official expenses.
· Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
· Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc.,
· All beverages and bar bills.
· Travel Insurance (Essential).
· Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
· Tips for guide, porter and driver
· Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond HCA control
Above day-to-day program schedule can be changeable, According to our valuable client’s intention and the situation of weather and also the duration of your trip of Nepal vacation.