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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Conservation Area

Grade

Moderate to Difficult

No of Days

Maximum Altitude

5106m

Price

INR 45,500/- per person Kathmandu to Pokhara

Available Date

8th October to 18th October

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About Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote and stunning trekking route in Nepal that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and adventure. Here are the details of the trek:

Duration: The Manaslu Circuit Trek typically takes around 14 to 17 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and starting/ending points.

Best Time to Trek: The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally clear, and the views are spectacular. However, it's also possible to trek during the winter and monsoon seasons with proper preparation and caution.

Trekking Permits: As the Manaslu region is a restricted area, trekkers are required to obtain special permits to trek here. You'll need both a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and a Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, which can be arranged through registered trekking agencies in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Difficulty Level: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderately challenging, with high altitude passes, rugged terrain, and variable weather conditions. Trekkers should have a good level of physical fitness and be prepared for long days of trekking.

Highlights:

  1. Stunning Mountain Views: The trek offers incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of the Manaslu range, including Manaslu (8,163m), the eighth highest mountain in the world.

  2. Cultural Immersion: Encounter diverse ethnic communities such as the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Tibetans, and experience their unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.

  3. Breathtaking Landscapes: Trek through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, glacial valleys, and high mountain passes.

  4. Larke Pass: Cross the challenging Larke Pass (5,106m), the highest point of the trek, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

  5. Remote Villages: Visit remote mountain villages such as Samagaon, Samdo, and Lho, and interact with local villagers to learn about their way of life.

Snowcap Mountains

Itinarery

Day 01

Day 02

Day 03

Day 04

Day 05

Day 06

Day 07

Day 08

Day 09

Day 10

Day 11

Reporting at Kathmandu, in early morning, then drive to Machhakhola (2550m) via Sotikhola. Overnight stay at Hut.

66 km

Machha Khola to Jagat :

Distance: 15 kilometers

  1. Starting Point - Machha Khola (870m):

    • Begin your day's trek from Machha Khola, a small riverside village located at the confluence of the Machha Khola and Budhi Gandaki rivers.

    • Cross the suspension bridge over the Machha Khola River and follow the trail along the riverbank.

  2. Ascend and Descend:

    • The trail gradually ascends and descends, passing through terraced fields, lush forests, and small settlements.

    • Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding hills and villages as you trek through the picturesque landscape.

  3. Tatopani (Hot Springs):

    • After a couple of hours of trekking, you'll reach Tatopani, where you can take a refreshing break and soak in the natural hot springs.

    • The hot springs are a popular resting spot for trekkers, offering a chance to relax and rejuvenate tired muscles.

  4. Continuing the Trek:

    • Resume your trek from Tatopani, following the trail as it winds through rocky terrain and dense forests.

    • Cross several suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River, enjoying the sound of rushing water below.

  5. Arrival in Jagat (1,340m):

    • After several hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Jagat, a charming village situated on a hillside overlooking the river.

    • Jagat serves as the entry point to the restricted Manaslu Conservation Area, where you'll need to register and show your permits.

    • Explore the village, interact with locals, and marvel at the traditional architecture and culture of the region.

    • Spend the night in one of the teahouses or lodges in Jagat, enjoying a well-deserved rest before continuing your trek the next day.

Jagat to Pewa 

Distance: 12 kilometers

Trail Description:

  1. Starting Point - Jagat (1,340m):

    • Begin your trek from Jagat, a traditional village located on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River.

    • Cross the bridge over the river and follow the trail as it ascends gradually through terraced fields and small settlements.

  2. Salleri (Salleri Khola):

    • After trekking for a while, you'll reach Salleri, a small village situated alongside the Salleri Khola (stream).

    • Enjoy the serene surroundings and take a short break to rest and refuel.

  3. Continue Ascending:

    • From Salleri, the trail continues to ascend gradually, passing through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine.

    • Keep an eye out for wildlife such as langur monkeys and various bird species that inhabit the area.

  4. Lunch Break:

    • After a few hours of trekking, find a suitable spot to take a break and enjoy a packed lunch amidst the natural beauty of the surroundings.

    • Take in the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys while replenishing your energy for the remainder of the trek.

  5. Pewa (Pewa Khola):

    • As you continue along the trail, you'll eventually reach Pewa, a small village located near the Pewa Khola.

    • Pewa offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is a peaceful place to spend the night.

    • Settle into a teahouse or lodge in Pewa, where you can enjoy a warm meal and rest before continuing your trek the next day.

Pewa to Namrung 

Distance: 18 kilometers 

Trail Description:

  1. Starting Point - Pewa (Pewa Khola):

    • Begin your trek from Pewa, a small village located near the Pewa Khola (stream).

    • Cross the bridge over the river and follow the trail as it ascends gradually through terraced fields and rhododendron forests.

  2. Bhojyang (Lunch Stop):

    • After trekking for a couple of hours, you'll reach Bhojyang, a scenic spot with open meadows and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

    • Take a break here to enjoy a packed lunch and soak in the breathtaking scenery.

  3. Continue Ascending:

    • From Bhojyang, the trail continues to ascend steadily, passing through dense forests of pine and fir.

    • Be prepared for some steep sections as you gain altitude, but the stunning views along the way make the effort worthwhile.

  4. Lihi Village:

    • After several hours of trekking, you'll reach Lhi, a traditional Gurung village perched on a hillside.

    • Explore the village, interact with locals, and admire the traditional architecture and culture of the region.

  5. Namrung (2,630m):

    • Continue trekking from Lhi towards Namrung, passing through more forests and small settlements along the way.

    • As you approach Namrung, you'll be greeted by breathtaking views of the towering peaks of the Manaslu range.

    • Arrive in Namrung, a charming village situated on a hillside overlooking the Budhi Gandaki River.

    • Check into a teahouse or lodge in Namrung, where you can relax and enjoy a warm meal after a long day of trekking.

Braga (3,470M) to Shree Kharka (4,045M) 12km 6-7hours via Manang (3560m)

Today's trek will be a little easier. Manag village is just at 2km distance from Braga. After reaching Manang, we take the upper route which follows a path down down to a river. After crossing the river, we will walk through coniferous forests. After a 3 hours of walk, we will be arriving at the Tibetan settlement Khangsar. After another hours of walk, we will be reaching Shree Kharka. Throughout the trek we will have a clear view of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu.

Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 7km 5-6 hours

From Tilicho Base Camp the views of Tilicho Peak and other mountains are amazing! Today the trail takes you through areas prone to landslides so extra care must be taken. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.

Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft), then back to Shree Kharka 7km+14km 5-6 hours

Today we start early to avoid afternoon wind. After a steep consistent climb of 2-3 hours we reach Tilicho lake, The highest lake in the world also referred as the “the great ice lake” by the leader of the French expedition team . This is a large sparkling lake that lies at the foot of the north face of Tilicho peak, after spending some time and clicking some amazing pictures here we take the same route back to Shree kharka.

Shree kharka to Yak kharka (4060m/13,020ft): 10km 5-6 hours

We will descend to the uninhabited Khangsar village, pass Tare gumba, a thousand year old monastery then follow a rock wall out of Khangsar to descend a bridge into the Thorong Khola valley. We have to go across a river, hike up to a plateau to reach yak kharka. from here you can see Annapurna mountains range, other peaks, blue sheep (bharal) and if you are lucky you might spot a snow leopard.

Trek Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi  (4,525m/14501 ft)/High Camp (4850m): 7km 3-4 hours trek

Thorang Phedi is a busy settlement where people set off over the high pass. Alternatively, we may trek up to High Camp depending on pace of the team. Get a good night’s sleep as you will also set off early in the morning to cross the Thorong La.

Thorong Phedi to Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 15km 7 - 8 hours

Today's the most challenging part of the trek, we will cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek. We have to wake up early morning at 3:00 AM to complete this challenge. We have to push ourselves through the thin air, and high altitude is also a challenging factor. But the view from the pass will make totally worth it. We will see a panoramic view of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet.  We can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means "Hundred Waters".

Muktinath to Jomsom Drive

"What included"

Cost of transportation Beshisahar to Chame, Muktinath to Jomsom

Cost of Fooding while on trek (Morning and evening Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner- meals will be provided. Breakfast-Roti, Sabji/Maggi, etc., Lunch/Dinner-Rice/Roti, Sabji, Dal, Achar, etc.).(Day 1:- Evening Tea to Day 11:- Breakfast)

Cost of accommodation in all places during trekking

Guide, and a Qualified experienced Trek Leader

Cost of Permit fees (ACAP & TIMS Card).


 

"What not included"

Cost of Personal expenses.

Cost of emergency due to bad weather conditions.

Cost of personal porter for offloading

Meals during transit i.e. meals while on road or travelling will not be provided.

Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion.

Cost of stay in Pokhara.

Cost of Transportation to Beshisahar, Jomsom to pokhra

 

Things to carry on a Trek
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Booking Policy:

To book your trek, you need to pay 30% of the trek fees as advance. Rest 70% to be paid in cash when you reach the basecamp, to be collected by the team leader.

One can pay the amount online(Net Banking, GPay, UPI ID). 

Details to be shared on request.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 30 days before the trek date, full refund of the paid amount

  • 15 days before the trek date, 50% refund of the paid amount.

  • Cancellation less than 15days to the start date of the trek, no refund possible

  • In case Himalayan Passion cancels the trek or trip, full refund will be paid.

  • One has option to send another person on their behalf.

  • One has option to adjust the paid amount on any other trek, if a person cannot join the trek he/she paid for. 

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