Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be received by our friendly staffs from Himalayan Advisor. You will then be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. After the check in at the hotel, you are free to rest to roam around the frenetic Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is a labyrinth of streets and markets, crowded with exotic produce and a mystifying blend of people. In the evening, we will savor some delicious Nepali cuisine during a welcome dinner at a restaurant in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Permit issue / trek preparation in KTM:
Manaslu Circuit Trek takes place in the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) which requires special permit for the trek. We prepare and do all the formalities for our permit. After the formalities, we can visit some well-known local part near Thamel. Walk around local market known as ASAN BAZAAR. In the evening, we will sit for an orientation about the trek, which will be very helpful in preparing for the trek. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Drive to Arughat then Soti Khola
We get ready for the drive to Soti Khola. A ten-hour bus ride leaving Kathmandu at dawn takes us toSoti khola via Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha. We drive through the winding road enjoying the countryside and mountain sceneries. The drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi will be on a paved road, but the road ahead from here will be on the rough road. After reaching Arughat, a major town in Gorkha, we drive further towards Soti khola where we will spend the night. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola
After a hearty breakfast at Soti Khola village, we start our trek to Maccha Khola through beautiful Sal forest. We then climb onto a ridge above the Budi Gandaki River. The rocky trail weaves up and down passing through beautiful waterfalls to gradually descend past through terrace fields in the Gurung village of Labubesi. The trail then opens up to farmland as the valley again opens up to the sandy river bed. We walk along rounded stones and climb over a side ridge to cross a suspension bride leading us to Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat:
We start our trek from Maccha Khola following small uphill and downhill climbs to cross Tharo Khora to reach Khorlabesi. View of Ganesh Himal from here is spectacular. We walk further to reach Tatopani and climb another ridge to cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki. We then continue our walk on a wide stone stairs to cross over another ride to Dobhan. We cross the Yaru Khola and ascend climbing the stone stairs which lead us to Tharo Bharyang. We reach Jagat after crossing another long suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki. Overnight at a teahouse in Jagat.
Trek from Jagat to Deng:
After spending a night in Jagat the trail begins to climb a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. We cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River to reach Philin, a beautiful Gurung village. We then walk on fairly leveled terrain through maize, potato and millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. We then cross the river several times on a suspension bridge to arrive at Nyak. The trail descends from Nyak to Deng with pleasant walk through bamboo forests. We relish beautiful views of Sringi Himal as we settle for the night. Overnight at a teahouse inDeng.
Trek from Deng to Namrung:
We start our walk from Deng to Namrung by crossing the Budi Gandaki river. Today, we can observe the change in culture with the change of terrain as we enter the region influenced by Tibetan culture. We can now observe Mani walls and cross several Buddhist Gompas along the trail. We enter the Budi Gandaki valley as we walk through green beautiful rhododendron forest. We take the route through Prok village with stunning views of Sringi Himal. We cross the Budi Gandaki river several times to follow the river through a dense forest. As we walk further the forest becomes less denser and after a steep climb , we reach the beautiful village of Namrung. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring, Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli. Overnight at a teahouse in Namrung.
Trek from Namrung to Lho:
Namrung is a beautiful Village. We can observe the strong Tibetan culture influence as we observe closely packed stone houses sharing a common flat roof and courtyard. We start our trek from Namrung with an ascent alongside a mani wall through terrace fields and Barchham village to reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces.. We continue our climb to Sho village observing the Tibetan styled stone houses clustered together. As we gain altitude, the mountain views become more dramatic with Manaslu, Manaslu North Himalchuli, Saula HImal and Dwijen Himal on view.We pass across a ravine to enter into Lho, an important village withthe famous Ribung Monastery. We can now observe locals in the traditional Tibetan clothing called Chubas. Overnight at a teahouse in Lho.
Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun:
We start our walk from Lho by following the right bank of the river relishing the views of Peak 29 ( Ngadi Chuli) ahead. We walk through a shady fir forest and climb up to plateau where lays the village of Shyala. The Shyala Village is surrounded by magnificent mountains offering impressive panorama of Himal Chuli, Naydi Chuli, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. As we walk through a gully of mosses and rhododendron, we enter the village of Sama Gaun. Sama Gaun has a beautiful Monastery called Sama. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gaun.
Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun:
Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun is very important and should be utilized by hiking around the village. We can hike through the forest following a steep ascent and descent onto a moraine to Manaslu Base Camp. We can enjoy stunning views of the glacier, a turquoise lake and awe-inspiring mountains. After relishing the stunning views, we retrace our way back to Sama Gaun.
An alternative to the Manaslu Base Camp can be a shorter hike to Pungyen Gompa and the glacial lake, Birendra Tal. We walk through forest and ridge to reach a grassy plateau. Here We see the reminiscent of the Punyen Gompa destroyed by avalanche. We continue and reach a beautiful turquoise lake, Birendra Tal, situated at the base of a glacier.
Trek from Sama gaun to Samdo:
We descend to the Budi Gandaki River and follow the trail with many mani walls. We pass the birch and juniper forests of Kermo Kharka and descend down to cross Budi Gandaki River on a wooden bridge. We steeply climb the reef between the two rivers and enter Kani, the gate to the Samdo village,a town known for its yak herding. Today, we have a short day hiking to allow our body to better adjust to the increasing altitude. Samdo is a land of yaks, plentiful marmots and pastures where only barley and potatoes can grow due the high elevation Samdo is at the convergence of three valleys and is only a day walk from Tibet. Overnight at a teahouse in Samdo.
Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi:
We start from the Samdo village with a walk down the edge and cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki. We then begin an ascent and cross streams as we see beautiful Larkya Glacier. We contour around the valley of the Salka Khola to climb up to reach Larkya Phedi. The short walk today will allow us plenty of time for acclimatization and rest in the afternoon. Overnight at a Teahouse in Larkya Phedi.
Trek from Phedi to Bimthang via Larkya La pass:
Today will be a long and challenging day to Bimthang via the Larkya La Pass. We start our walk early and cross glacial moraine and four icy lakes as we walk towards the pass. We will be able to enjoy the splendid panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Hima, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II from here.After relishing the magnificent views from the pass, we decent down on a trail along a steep path to gradually come to more leveled terrain as we enter a grassy moraine. We continue to descend and reach the village of Bimthang with Mt. Manaslu looming close by. Overnight at a teahouse Bimthang.
Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani:
We walk from Bhimthang as we cross the high pasture and descend to the Burdin khola valley. We then walk pass the Base Camp for the expedition to the west side of the Manaslu from where we have marvelous views of manaslu and Annapurna. We cross Dudh Khola and descend into the rhododendron and birch forest to walk through a narrow valley to Karche. The trail now descends to cross a stream at Tilje, a village known for apple orchard and local wine. After a short walk from Tilje, we cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi River to reach Dharapani. Overnight at a teahouse in Dharapani.
Drive from Dharapani to Beshishahar:
Today we will take a drive from Dharapani to Besishahar along a rough and dusty road. We can enjoy the view of the Nepalese country side as we drive past beautiful villages, terrace farmlands and green forests. After a long driver, we reach Beshishahar known to be the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight at a teahouse in Beshishahar,
Drive from Beshishahar to Kathmandu:
Today, we take a seven hour drive back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We can enjoy splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages along the road. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we check in at our hotel to relax after wonderful but exhausting adventure in the Himalaya. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Departure from Kathmandu:
The last few weeks of adventure in the Himalayas was filled with wonderful experiences. We can extend our holidays with some other short trek or some fun and relaxing Jungle Safari in Chitwan. If we are planning to keep the other fun activities for your next trip to Nepal, we will be escorted to the airport for our flight to our next destination. Himalaya Advisor will be happy to serve you with wonderful trekking and tour packages in the beautiful Himalayas in future.
You can always opt to extend your holiday in Nepal with activities like trekking, rafting and jungle Safari in Chitwan. Please let us know if you would like to extend your tour days or add up some destinations or some fun activities in Nepal to the tour. We would love to serve you for your optimum satisfaction during your visit in Nepal.