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Manaslu Circuit Trek is popular trekking destination in Manaslu region. It is “untouched” natural paradise trekking in Nepal which is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. It was officially opened as adventure walking trip for tourist in 1992. This trek is considered as one of the most challenging treks in Nepal and it rewards the trekkers with an adventurous and unparalleled alpine experience. Very less amount of tourist visits this trek route during a each year because it is one of the restricted trekking route in Manaslu Region that requires special trekking permits. Manaslu Circuit trek offers the perfect combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed Himalayan scenic beauty and the fascinating Tibetan culture with its rich mountain biological diversity. People are very honest and respect their culture and tradition very much. Manaslu at 8153m is the 8th highest peak in the world. Manaslu means “The Spirit- Mountain” in the local dialect referring to the benevolent strong deity which dwells within. If you really want to see what all the excitement is about in terms of the most breath-taking mountain scenery on earth then look no further than the Manaslu Circuit through Larkya La Pass. Without equipment of climbing, you could able to cross this Larkya La Pass 5215m. It is quite a challenging trip which requires good physical fitness and stamina but view is really spectacular from the top of Larkya La Pass. This trek is certainly a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit.
Walking through the Manaslu Circuit trek, you have time to explore real Nepalese life and encounter many Buddhist monks inhabitant in sacred monasteries. Continuing further, you can visit to very old monastery “Sama Gompa” at Sama Gaou along with close up view of Mt Manaslu. Our biggest challenge will be crossing Larka La Pass 5215m from where you can view great mountains. Then, we descend from alpine to tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboos, pine forest, waterfalls colorful rhododendron forest and aqua- blue green lakes laced with cotton- white beaches. This trek offer spectacular view of Himal Chuli 7893m, Ganesh Himal 7319m, Shringi Himal 7187m and Manaslu Himal 8153m and many different flora and fauna.
Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat then your adventure trek leads you to the trail of the bank of Budi Gandaki River, through the picturesque valley. Ahead you feel like entering into sacred Buddhist world of monasteries as we pass by huge mani walls, colorful prayer flags, old monastery, temple and Cherton. Scenery becomes even more impressive as we climb up into alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La Pass 5215m/17109ft and after having a complete excursion all around, the trail takes you back along the Annapurna classis trekking routes to Besisahar and then you will catch a private vehicle or public bus and return back to Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and clearing customs and immigration, you will be welcomed by our personal representative at the arrival zone (we assure you that our complete team roster at off road adventure is professionally certified and registered with the government). Our representative will escort you by private transport to hotel in Kathmandu, centrally and conveniently located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Thamel is well known as an exciting tourist hub and has a full range of restaurants and cuisine, gear and souvenir shops, pubs, nightspots and tourist facilities. After resting and refreshing at the hotel, the evening is yours to explore.
After breakfast, we will embark on a full day of sightseeing around the scenic Kathmandu Valley. You will be accompanied by our personal DWT guide, an expert on the architecture, culture and history of the valley.The day’s sights and activities include visits to the sacred, ancient shrines of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, all still very active. Pashupatinath is one of the world’s most important Shiva shrines and a site of cremation for dignitaries. Boudhanath is one of the largest and grandest Stupa in Asia and busy from dawn to dusk with devotees. Swayambhunath, aka The Monkey Temple, is famously perched on a hill overlooking the city. The day’s tour includes a visit tothe otherworldly Patan Durbar Square.Overnight at Hotel.
We start our scenic drive after an early morning breakfast, traveling by local bus out of the valley and along the picturesque Trishuli River. The beautiful scenery along the way includes rivers, terraced fields, villages and on clear days, sights of the snowy mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks. Arughat has a large bazaar area to explore and lies above the scenic flow of the Buddhi Gandaki River. Overnight at lodge.
After a nourishing breakfast meal, we inaugurate our first steps on the trail. The route follows a pleasantly level trail through fertile jungle and terraced fields upriver, along the flowing Buddhi Gandaki river. We take a leisurely lunch break and pass through several rural settlements to gradually reach the peaceful village of SotiKhola. Overnight at Lodge.
The route continues following serene and pleasant route through lush landscape as we make our way up the picturesque Buddhi Gandaki Valley. The trail passes jungle, fertile fields, tributary streams and waterfalls and makes a brief climb to Lapu Besi and on to Macha Khola. Overnight at Lodge.
We continue through fertile terrain as we gain elevation. Along the way, we pass a natural hot springs at Tatopani (Tatopani means ‘hot water’ in Nepali). Then, the valley we are traveling through becomes more narrow as we hike through a serene forest. We make a river crossing and then ascend to the charming village of Jagat, a settlement surrounded by scenic fields. Overnight at lodge.
Today, we will have a relatively short and leisurely day. We continue our journey up the lush river valley and then eventually cross the Buddhi Gandaki River over to the settlement known as Philim, a village mainly populated by people of the Gurung ethnic group . Their Buddhist traditions will give us a first chance to explore some of the rural monastery style and much more. Overnight at Lodge.
Our journey takes us farther up the upriver along the valley of the Buddhi Gandaki River. Today, we will pass through groves of rhododendron (Nepal’s national flower) and pine. The route will cross through side valleys on the way up to the Deng, a magnificent village above 2000 m in elevation, where the evening temperature will be noticeably cooler and we will need an extra later. Overnight at Lodge.
The day’s hike takes us through more forest as we make a steady climb and some great views of Manaslu coming into view. Manaslu is a glorious sight to behold. At 8156 m (26,758 ft) it is the world’s eighth highest peak. We stay in Namrung, another Buddhist village, in a grand setting that will make for extraordinary memories. Overnight in Lodge.
Today, we will experience Himalayan views in their full glory. The hike will give us a chance to enjoy the spectacular mountain terrain with snowy peaks looking down on our path. Along the way, we will pass monasteries and many Buddhist shrines known as chorten and mani walls which have stones inscribed with prayers. The trail is also frequently adorned with colorful prayer flags on our way to Lhogaon. Overnight in Lodge.
Again, we will be continually surrounded by Himalayan views as we continue on a mesmerizing hike up to Samagaon. This stunning village with its nearby fields and backdrop of beautiful snowy peaks makes for an unforgettable experience in the highlands of the Himalaya. Overnight at Lodge.
Today, we will take a day of rest from our onward and upward journey. This day we will enjoy nature’s surroundings of mountain views and majestic forests. Additionally, we have an optional hike planned for people who wish to explore Manaslu Base Camp as well a remote cave that is said to have been used by Milarepa, a Buddhist saint from a few centuries ago. Along the way, we will have marvelous views of Birendra Lake and the surrounding peaks. Overnight at Lodge.
Today, will be relatively leisurely as we take a more relaxed pace while making our way gently uphill through an arid valley to the remote, high elevation village of Samdo. Along the way, we have more spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding territory. Just to the north is the border with Tibet, which lies over a high pass to the northwest. Overnight at lodge.
We have a relatively short day of hiking today as we make our way upward in preparation to cross the high pass, Larkya La, tomorrow. The path is rugged and remote and at Phedi we will meet traders who have set up a market there with goods from Tibet. Overnight at Lodge.
It will be a longer day as we make our way up and over the pass. We will begin early to ensure that we arrive to Bimthang with time to spare. As we climb to the pass, we will take a break at a spectacular viewpoint and enjoy a sack lunch amongst the majestic scenery. From the pass it is a bit of a rough descent to reach the settlement of Bimthang in magnificent territory. Overnight in Lodge.
Today, we will continue our descent with astonishing views along the way. We will be treated to many views of the majestic surrounding peaks. The route passes through Kharche and then Tilche just before reaching the bustling village of Dharapani, which is a major waypoint along the world famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. Our paperwork will be registered at the check post here. Overnight at lodge.
The trail will be busier now and at times it will be along the newly built motor road that is under construction to Manang Village. On this beginning section of the Annapurna Circuit route we will be following the Marsyangdi River. We first pass the picturesque village of Tal where the river widens out and then Chamje before arriving at a former trade post of Jagat. Overnight at Lodge.
We have reached our final day on the trekking trails of this magnificent journey. Today we make a pleasant hike along the Marsyangdi River as we head down the beautiful valley. The descent is steep at times, passing lush scenery and fertile fields on the way to Bhulbhule. Overnight at Lodge.
We make an early start by tourist bus on a journey back to Kathmandu. The road follows along the scenic Marsyangdi River Valley and then meets the Trishuli River as we head west along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way we will have good views of the lush scenery and terraced farmland and perhaps even some final glimpses of the mountains. Accommodation at selected Hotel in Kathmandu.
Our personal representative will accompany you by private vehicle to the international airport for your final departure home. We really hope that you’ve enjoyed the trekking holiday in Nepal’s majestic hills with us. Please remember Discover World Trekking fondly and we hope that you will come back soon! Have a pleasant journey home!