Polar Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Good to know

Duration13 days

Difficultychallenging

Max Altitude5,160 m

Group Size2 +

Trip StartsKathmandu/Pokhara

Trip EndsKathmandu/Pokhara

Group StyleGroup and Private

ActivitiesTrekking

Best SeasonMar-May & Sept-Dec

Highlights

  • Experience Kathmandu's vibrant culture and heritage before the trek.
  • Immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of remote villages like Jagat and Samagaon.
  • Traverse challenging terrains and suspension bridges, crossing the Budhi Gandaki river.
  • Ascend to the awe-inspiring Larke La Pass and relish stunning Himalayan vistas.
  • Witness the stunning Manaslu Peak (8,163 meters), world's 8th highest peak, and its neighboring mountains.
  • Explore the unique Tibetan-influenced culture and monasteries in the region.

Overview about Manaslu Circuit Trek

Commencing in the lively city of Kathmandu, the Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you on a picturesque drive to Machha Khola, the starting point of the trek. The trail weaves through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages, showcasing the authentic rural life of Nepal. As you ascend, you’ll encounter the dramatic Budhi Gandaki river gorge, traverse suspension bridges, and relish the tranquility of the region. The ascent leads to the Larke La Pass at an exhilarating 5,160 meters (16,929 feet), offering panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Descending, you’ll pass through the enchanting villages of Bhimthang and Tilje before reaching the road head and heading back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 0: Airport/Tourist bus park

Airport picks up on arrival and transfers to hotel. On arrival at the hotel, short arrival info and trip plan.

Day 1: From Pokhara/Kathmandu to Machhaa khola village(930m) via Aarughat.

After breakfast around 8 hour drive to the destination, including lunch break. The next day we trek along the riverbank of Budhi Gandaki.

Day 2: Machha khola village to Jagat village(1,410m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

We enter the Manasulu Restricted area. Our trek heads through the several Mane walls, and indicating the Tibetan influence.We cross the Iron Bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river.

Day 3: Jagat to Dyang village(1,800m) via Philim village(1,590m) 7 hrs, including lunch break.

After reakfast, the trail ascends towards the village and flat path along the valley with the great views of Baudha Himal (6,672m) and beautiful villages. The trail then enters an amazing part of the uninhabited gorge, surrounded by wild orchids on top of it. Ascending steep to the west side of the valley will lead us through bamboo forest to Dyang.  

Day 4: Dyang to Namrung village(2,660m) 6 hrs, including lunch break.

The trail leads us across Buddhist influenced region, with minor ups and downs through well conserved paintings and an elegant mani-wall. And the valley starts of steeply as the trail ascends through bamboo and rhododendron forest until arriving Namrung village, in the Nupri Region. Descendants of Tibetan Immigrants inhabited there.

Day 5: Namrung to Lho gaon(3,180m) via Li gaon(2,910m) 4 hrs, lunch lunch camp.

The trail from Namrung to Lho is an easy route with the great view of Manaslu mountain and it greets us all the way. At Ligaon we can enjoy the beautiful views of Himal chuli peaks. A little ahead, Syogaon welcomes with incredible views of the Manaslu North face and Naike Peak. From Lhogaon we can catch the amazing view of Manaslu Massif. Rimung Gumba and the Mani walls are another attractions of Lho. Overnight at local teahouse.

Day 6: Lho gaon to Samagaon(3,530m) via Syalagaon(3,520m) 4 and half hrs, lunch camp.

After breakfast, the day commences with gradually ascend via Lho gaon and Syalagaon. It is one of the great places to witness the majestic Manasulu(eight highest peak in the world). After Syalagaon we head through meadows and pine forest to our destination Samagaon from where the view of Mt Manasulu breathtaking.

Day 7: Rest day for acclimatization, 3 to 4 hrs hike.

To allow us to adjust to the high altitude. Explore the local area, observe the local culture, hike up to the Birendra Tal(lake) and visit Gumba or simply relax. Time is available, if you’d like to stretch your legs we can take a detour to visit the Punggen Gumba(4,742m)viewpoint.Which offers you amazing view of Manasulu, north, Himal chuli, Peak 29 and Naike peak etc.. then return to Lodge.

Day 8: Samagaon to Samdo village(3,690m) 3 and half hrs, lunch camp.

After the breakfast the trail takes us along the Budhi Gandaki river and as the valley widens we cross juniper and birch forest until reaching Kyonggma Kharka. The route descends through a wooden bridge, we then reach Samdo. It is the last settlement close to the Tibetan border.

Day 9: Samdo village to Dharmashala(44,70m) 3 and half hrs, lunch camp.

Today we have a short descent on a wide trail through beautiful field to an old stone arch before we cross the river via a wooden bridge to Larke Bazaar. This place used to be a thriving market but nothing today remains. We have spectacular view of Larke peak, Samdo peak, and Manasulu Northwest. Keeps eyes open on blue sheep on the Himalayan slope. We stay at a big dormitory tent, type of basic shelter. It has a very basic facility.

Day 10: Dharmashala to Bimtang(3720) via ( Larke la pass(5,106m) 8 hrs, including pack lunch break.

Today is the highlight of the trek, It is a long and challenging day but huge rewarding. After breakfast: Early morning we begins in the dark, walking along the gradual trail, which offers great views  of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. Following along the glacier moraine we start a ascent to Larke La pass. The views are fantastic: Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. Later a steep and sometime slippery descent to another grassy moraine down to a large meadow and stay the night at Bimtang.Situated in a huge valley surrounded by high peaks.

Day 11: Bimtang to Tilche(2,300m) 6 hrs, including lunch break.

After the breakfast our trek commences through the meadows to the Dudh Khola(river) where we cross a wooden bridge. We descend further into rhododendron and pine forest. After climbing to a ridge, we have different faces of the Majestic mountain Manasulu. We stay at a local teahouse, they have hot shower facilities there but(depends on weather).

Day 12: Tilche to Chamje(1,430m) via Dharapani(1,860m) and Tal village(1,700m) 6 hrs including lunch break.

After breakfast, leaving behind Tilche valley our day begins with a descending down hill through a bridge and alpine woodlands, the trail takes us to Dharapani village. The path joins the classic Annapurna Circuit trek in reverse and passes the Marsyangdi River. After the rocky stairway we reach Tal village. Descent follows the valley, later crossing Marsyangdi river again before arriving at Chamje village, for an overnight stay.

Day 13: Chamje to Pokhara/Kathmandu 6 - 7 hrs drive.

Today we pack up our trekking equipment and leave Chamje by jeep early in the morning to reach Pokhara, lunch will be taken on the way. We then drop you off at your hotel.
There is also the option of a shorter drive to Pokhara and a flight back to Kathmandu or by Tourist bus, many trekkers spend some days of rest and relaxation there before going back to the KTM.

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Inclusions

What‘s included

    MCAP and ACAP entrance fee and Restricted Area Permit (Special Permit).
    A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide.
    02 guest to 01 porter (Max weight limit for a porter- 20 kg (10 kg per trekker, weight limit).) with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
    We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
    Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    Kathmandu/Pokhara to Trek Start Point and from Trek Ending Point to Kathmandu/Pokhara by Bus/Jeep.
    Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day.
    First aid kit box.

What‘s excluded

    Your Nepal Visa fees.
    All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.
    All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
    Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu/Chitwan transportation (if you want we can organize for you with additional cost).
    Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
    Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
    Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).

Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

Duffel/Rucksack bag

Walking Pole

Day pack.

Trekking shoes.

Sports shoes or sandals.

Sun Hat/cap

Warm woolen cap.

Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket

Waterproof Gore-Tex layer

Pullover or warm sweeter

Raincoat

4/5 pairs of good quality socks

Hand gloves.

2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.

3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred).

Sun glasses

Water bottle

4 season sleeping bag

Flash or Torch light

Camera and batteries

FAQs

1. How challenging is the Manaslu Trek?

The Manaslu Trek is rated as a challenging trek. While it doesn’t require technical climbing skills, a reasonable level of fitness is recommended as you’ll be walking for several hours each day.

2. What's the best time to undertake this trek?

The best seasons for this Trek are Spring (March to May) and Fall (September to December). The weather is stable, skies are clear, and the trails are vibrant with nature’s beauty.

3. Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

Yes, altitude sickness can affect trekkers. Our itinerary includes gradual acclimatization days, allowing you to adjust to higher altitudes and minimize the risk of altitude-related issues.

4. What's the maximum altitude reached during this trek?

The highest point of the trek is 5,160 meters. This vantage point offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

5. Are there accommodations along the route?

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the Trekking trail. These provide basic amenities such as accommodation and meals. Accommodations might be simpler at higher altitudes.

6. Do I need permits for this trek?

MCAP and ACAP entrance fee and Restricted Area Permit (Special Permit).

7. Is prior trekking experience necessary?

Prior trekking experience isn’t mandatory, but some hiking experience and reasonable fitness will enhance your overall trekking experience.

8. What should I pack for the trek?

Pack essential items like warm clothing (layers are key), a sturdy pair of trekking shoes, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a hat, gloves, and sunglasses. Our detailed packing list will help you prepare adequately.

9. How can I book the Manaslu Trek with Polar Trekking and Expeditions PVT. LTD.?

Booking your trek with us is easy! Simply visit our website, choose the Manaslu Trek, and follow the booking instructions. Our dedicated team will be in touch to guide you through the process.

10. What makes Polar Trekking and Expeditions PVT. LTD. the ideal choice for this adventure?

Polar Trekking and Expeditions PVT. LTD. is renowned for its experienced guides, well-crafted itineraries, and commitment to safety. We offer personalized services, ensuring you have an unforgettable and secure trekking experience.

Get ready to embark on the Everest Gokyo Trekking adventure with Polar Trekking and Expeditions PVT. LTD. Your journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Everest region awaits, promising a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion.

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