Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary
16 Day Trek Around Manaslu on Part of the Great Himalayan Trail
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Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu, enchanting and exotic, it is a city immersed with ancient temples and tradition! Fused with colourful markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants, Kathmandu with its exhilarating allure is a city you won’t forget! You’ll be met at the airport by your guide and transfered to your hotel.
You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the streets and markets. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant.
Drive from Kathmandu, via private 4×4 jeep into the Ghorka region of Nepal. Continue driving through small villages and bustling bazaars, arriving in the settlement of Soti Khola in the Bhuri Gandaki valley. We will spend the night here in a teahouse (mountain hut).
Days 3-5 – The route is changing currently (as of May 2018) and we will be following the best route available during the next season. There is a road under development for a short section at the beginning of the trek but there are footpaths following a totally different route. The following 3 days are just indicative at the moment. Some of our guides live in the area and will keep us updated.
Day 3 – Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m)
The trek begins by following the Bhuri Gandaki River through the shady sal forest, continuing steeply uphill along a rugged Cliffside. From here you can see the river’s white and wild rapids below. Eventually the trail drops to the Gurung village of Labubesi and follows along the riverbank until we reach the village of Machha Khola where we will spend the night.
We follow the gorge and continue up the river. Langur monkeys can usually be heard playing in the jungle high above, where there are also larger Garung villages.
Day 5 – Jagat to Deng (1,800m)
After spending the night in Jagat the trail begins to climb a rocky ridge where views of Sringi Himal (7,187m) emerge. Continue through rich terraced fields of maize, potato and millet before entering the Nupri (‘the Western Mountains) via bamboo forests. We spend the night in the Buddhist village of Deng.
Day 6 – Deng to Namrung (2,660m)
From Deng, pass by numerous Tibetan mani walls (intricately hand carved stone walls with Buddhist scriptures), weaving in and out of canyons. Enter into a colourful forest of firs, oaks and rhododendrons before arriving in the settlement of Namrung.
Continuing from Namrung the trek climbs steadily into the alpine where you’ll see a first stunning glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. From this point on many of the locals dress in traditional Tibetan clothing called chubas.
Day 8 – Lho Gham to Samagaon (3,530m)
A shorter day of trekking allows you to acclimatise and enjoy the spectacular mountain views. Walk through a gully of mosses and rhododendron before entering into the village of Samagaon where we will spend the night. We also have the the option to do a side trip to Pungyen Gompa en-route.
A highly recommended 3-hour detour from the main route. Some of the group can choose to either visit the Gompa or carry straight on to Samagaon. To reach Pungyen Gompa we trek through a forested area before reaching a ridge and a grassy plateau. Here you’ll discover ancient temples built into the cliff faces and the friendly monks that inhabit them. If you are lucky you will see the hairy yaks that call this alpine meadow home.
This is Lost Earth Adventures’ Founder Richard Goodey’s favourite place on the whole trek. 360-degrees of stunning mountains and Manaslu’s East Face – so close you almost touch it. Phenomenal!
A side trip to the spectacular Manaslu Base camp (4,900m) is not to be missed! During the climbing season, the base camp is a hive of activity, filled with expedition teams, equipment, climbers, porters and tents.
Leaving from Samagaon early in the morning, we follow the trail through forest before a steep ascent onto a slope and onto a moraine. From here there are magnificent views of the glacier, a turquoise lake and awe-inspiring mountains from all angles. The trek to base camp is around 4-5 hours, and the descent back to Samagaon is about 2-3 hours. As this is an acclimatization and ‘rest day’ we make sure to take a slow and easy pace.
If you’d like to take it easy but see some nice sights we can walk to the glacial lake, Birendra Tal.
This is another shorter day to allow you to better adjust to the altitude. Here is a land of yaks, plentiful marmots and pastures where only barley and potatoes can grow (due the high elevation) and where we finally depart to above the tree line. A pleasant walk brings us to the picturesque village of Samdo –a town known for its yak herding. Samdo is also at the convergence of 3 valleys and is only a day’s walk from Tibet. You are quite likely to see traders coming from the valley carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods.
Day 11 – Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,480m)
Continuing on from Samdo follow along a wide, broad path, crossing the Bhuri Gandaki River and traversing along a mani wall. Continue climbing over the Larkya Glacier until coming to a ridge which offers grand views of a huge gorge. We will spend the night here, before embarking on the high Larkya La the next morning.
Today is a longer day with a challenging, though not technically difficult trek over the Larkya La at a breathtaking 5100m. From Larkya Phedi, cross glacial moraine and past four frozen lakes as you make your way to the pass. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach this point. From here you can see incredible views of Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyaji Kung (7,030m), Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7937). Begin your descent down a trail along a steep gully. Eventually the trail peters out into more level area of grassy moraine. The valley opens up as you continue your descent to Bimthang and we’ll overnight here.
Cross a glacial stream and climb over the side of the moraine descending into a spectacular forest of rhododendron and impressive pines, with view of Manaslu providing an equal amount of splendour. Descend down towards the Dudh (milk) Khola then continue through a more agricultural landscape until reaching the village of Tilje.
Day 14 – Tilje – Chamche (1,410m)
Continue a rapid descent into the Marsygandi Valley through forest, crossing a suspension bridge and making your way to the well-trodden trail of the Annapurna Circuit. We’ll make our way to Chamche, staying here for the night and celebrating our success of completing the Manaslu Circuit!
Day 15 – Jeep drive to Kathmandu
We take a private 4×4 jeep and make our way to Kathmandu.
Day 16 – Depart for home
Unfortunately it’s the end of this adventure. Lost Earth Adventures group services end after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are complimentary. See you next time!
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Here for an extra day or have an afternoon flight? Treat yourself to… A Flight Amongst Giants.
As the clouds part and the sun breaks through the early morning sky, ascend towards the Himalaya in an exhilarating mountain flight. Fly east towards the highest mountain in the world – iconic Mount Everest (8,848m) and on the way take in breathtaking views of the Himalaya including Kangchengjunga (8,586m), Shisha Pangma (8,013m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Nuptse (7,864m) and Lhotse (8,516m). Quite simply – spectacular!
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*Scenic Mt. Everest mountain flight is not included in tour price and must be paid for on location.
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Trekking Times and Altitudes
These tables show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well-trodden trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time.
Soti Khola (800m) to Machha Khola (890m)
|Machha Khola to Jagat (1,410m)||5 Hours|
|Jagat to Deng (1,800m)||7.5 Hours|
|Deng to Namrung (2,660m)||5.5 Hours|
|Namrung to Lho Gham (3,180m)||3.5 Hours|
|Lho Gham to Samagaon (3,530m)||3.5 Hours|
|Samagaon (rest day) option to trek to Manaslu Base Camp (8hrs)||0 Hours|
|Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m)||4 Hours|
|Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,480m)||4.5Hours|
|Larkya Phedi – Larkya La (5,100m)
– Bimthang (3,720m)
|Bimthang to Tilje (2,300m)||7 Hours|
|Tilje – Chamche (1,410m)||3 Hours|