It has sort of taken over the previously great Annapurna Circuit trek which in recent years has gotten too much road-construction.
Manaslu Trek-Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeTrekking
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Small Group
The Manaslu trek is gaining more and more popular. It has sort of taken over the previously great Annapurna Circuit trek which in recent years has gotten too much road-construction.
The Manaslu Trekking region is culturally rich and has great and authentic trekking trails. In fact, it is considered to be one of Nepal’s best treks. The trail offers you spectacular mountain scenery, a firsthand experience of ancient Tibetan culture, amazing glaciers, and age-old monasteries, and a high altitude variation allowing for changing landscapes and climatic zones.
The entire trail runs through the Manaslu Conservation Area was which was established in 1998. It covers an area of 1663 square kilometres and harbours 33 different species of mammals, 110 species of birds, 11 species of butterflies, and 3 species of reptiles. You will trek through 6 different climatic zones: tropical, subtropical, temperate, sub-alpine, alpine and arctic. The extreme contrasts within this approximately 200 km trail are associated with tremendous differences in topography and precipitation.
The eighth highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8163 m) is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. Actually, the name Manaslu literally means ‘The Spirit Mountain’ in local language. Trekking Manaslu is one of the most delightful adventures in the Nepalese Himalayas.
- Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle
- 3 nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu breakfast included.
- Professional English speaking trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc
- 13 nights’ accommodations while you are on trekking
- 3 times meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking
- Public Bus Tickets to SotiKhola from Kathmandu
- Public Bus Tickets to Kathmandu from Chamche
- All special trekking permits for Manaslu region
- ACAP entry permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
- MCA permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Project)
- Tourist service charge, vat
- International airfare & Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu
- Porter to carry your luggage during the trek if you would like to take porter it will cost you US$ 280 each porter (One will porter can carry maximum 25 KG )
- Private JEEP to trek start point to end point. If you prefer to use private JEEP to SotiKhola (trek start point) from Kathmandu & Chamche (trek end point) to Kathmandu, it will cost you US$ 300 extra per Jeep. One JEEP could share between 6 people maximum.
- Personal Insurance & personal expenses
- Tips for Guide and Porter (it is expected).
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (600m) & to Soti Khola
Today, we drive from Kathmandu to Arughat following the road through Pokhara. We cross the Trishuli Khola on a bridge and drive further to Dhading Beshi passing Muralibhanjyang and Niglpani onwards through Golbhanjyang and Taribeshi before we arrive at Arughat. We further take local Jeep to drive to Soti Khola where we stay overnight.
Trek from Soti Khola (710m) to Machhi Khola (930m)
Our trek crosses the bridge and passes onward through the beautiful forest and arrives at Khursane. We then move through the rocky trail and around the Gurung Village of Labubesi. Machhi Khola will be our accommodation tonight.
Trek from Machhi Khola to Jagat (1,410m)
Today, our trail makes some mirror ups and downs. We then drop to the sandy river bed from Labubesi. We then climb over a side ridge to bring you to Machha Khola village. After crossing Tharo Khola, we reach to Khorlabesi and climb over a small ridge. Eventually, we reach Jagat where we stay overnight.
Trek from Jagat to Pewa (1,710m)
Today, our trail climbs over the ridge and reaches Dovan. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb some stone stairs us reach to Tharo Bhanjyang. After crossing the river for a while and climbing through small villages, we get to Deng Khola and then to tiny village of Deng. We stay overnight at Pewa.
Trek from Pewa to Ghap (2,050m)
Today, our trail climbs up to Rana which is a short distance beyond Deng. After passing some houses, our trail climbs high above the river and drops into the Shringi Valley. Our trail makes further ups and down through the forest before reaching Ghap where we stay overnight.
Trek from Ghap to Lho (2,910m)
Today, our trail makes a serious and long ascent through the forest of bamboo and rhododendron crossing the river several times before entering Namrung through a stone archway. We stay overnight at Lho.
Trek from Lho to Sama Gaun (3,530m)
We climb through a forest of oaks, fir and rhododendrons today while entering closely packed houses of Lihi. Further, our trail leaves the Lihi village and enters another village of Sho (2,960m) where we get some spectacular views of Mount Manaslu North (7,157m) and Naike Peak (5,515m). Walking further will bring us to the settlement of Shrip. We then climb through a trail some time to reach the village of Samagaon where we stay overnight.
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3,830m)
Our route passes the juniper and birch forests and the stone hut of Kermo Kharka today. Trekking further for some hours, we eventually reach at Samdo where we stay overnight.
Acclimatization and Exploration day at Samdo
We spend a day in Samdo for getting used to with the climate there. We acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. You can also take this opportunity for the local excursion. We stay overnight at Samdo.
Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4,470m)
Today, we descend on a wide and gentle trail from Samdo. We pass through a stone archway. We climb gently over the huge Larkya Glacier and get to the ridge where there is a viewpoint t the edge of a huge gorge. We reach Dharmasala after trekking for some hours. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Dharmasala.
Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3,720m)
Today, we leave Dharmasala crossing several moraines. We descend past four frozen lakes and reach Larkya La from where we can witness the tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7,126m) and others including Annapurna II, Gyaji Kung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru. We further descend along the grassy moraine to a small meadow called Bhimtang where we stay overnight.
Trek from Bhimtang to Tiliche (2,320m)
Our trail today drops from Bhimtang and crosses a glacier stream. We then descend into a beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron to Hompuk. After descending further, we reach the fenced field of Karache and to the village of Gho. Tilche is nearby, where we spend overnight.
Trek from Tiliche to Chyamje (2,430m)
Today, our trail drops down and passes through several fields, houses, and forests of rhododendron and oak. We descend through a scrub forest and reach Dharapani. Trekking for some time, we eventually reach at Chyamje, where we stay overnight. Chyamje marks the end of our trek.
Drive from Chyamje and back to Kathmandu
Today, in the morning, we drive back to Kathmandu from Chyamje. It takes approx. 7 hours to arrive at Kathmandu. We celebrate the farewell dinner together with North Nepal Team.
- An insight into Tibetan culture can be acquired through various monasteries and Tibetan settlements along with views of Tibet and mountain ranges. Bathing pools, lakes, and waterfalls surrounded by alpine and tropical forests are abundant as you pass through tea houses and enjoy home stays.
- The magical/mystical view of the mountains along with balanced ecosystems, rich culture and genuine adventure for trekkers as they climb to the base of Mount Manaslu makes the trek very special.
- Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (trek start point) and Chamje (trek end point) to Kathmandu
- Imaging views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others
- Larkya La pass (5153m/16901ft) crossing
- Tibetan culture of Nuri people
- Walking through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests at the beginning of the trek
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglass with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots that been worn in
- Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
- Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, )
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Deodorant/ floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- Extra items
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.