Manaslu Circuit trek is suitable for moderately fit trekkers, which requires no previous experience in trekking. Manaslu Circuit Trek offers enough for culture experience in Nepal among other trekking routes in the Nepal Himalayas. To begin this trek you will have to drive from Kathmandu to Arughat it takes 6 hours and starts the hike to Manaslu. Along the trail, you will across a dozen of cultural villa such as samdo, who and tsum valley as well. Manaslu itself 5th highest mountain it has scenic views and upper Himali cultures.The most important reason you are travelling to Manaslu to explore the local ethnic culture. It provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and China; most of the trekkers want to spend a trek to Manaslu Areas through camping trek using alpine camp organized trekking but these along this trail hundred tea house lodges are ready to welcome to a trekker. Manaslu located in west-central Nepal the trek distance is 177 KM.
The weather surrounding this trek in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. There will be snow during the month of December to February. It is important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected weather! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -10 deg C low.
NAMESTE! Satellite Treks And Expedition heartily welcomes you to the Beautiful country Nepal. We will meet you at the International Airport at Kathmandu. Our Companies Representative will be there holding placard on which either the company or client's name will be printed just opposite of the arrival and ager your reception, we will transfer you to the hotel. After your arrival at the hotel, we fix the schedule for a short orientation meeting which gives you some general information about the trip and will you settle the rest of the due payment at the same time. For this, you have to be three copy of passport size photos, a copy of the passport and copy of travel insurance.
After breakfast, we first get you familiar with the Kathmandu valley by taking you for sightseeing. We first take you to Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We also take you to swyombhunath (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Briefing hotel where we will be discussing the technicalities of the trek. In the evening you will enjoy a welcome dinner with a cultural dance and overnight at schedule Kathmandu hotel.
We have an7 hour driving journey to Arughat. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day till Dhading Bensi. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi (district headquarter of Dhading 1050m) for 4 hours is comfortable drive and from there to Arughat for another 3 hours, we will be driving on rough road with scenic view of landscape, villages, river, Mt Ganesh Himal and Manaslu and again have to drive more one and half hour by jeep reached Seti Khola, Overnight stay at local guest house.
After Breakfast we will move from sotikhola to machakhola through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and are almost surrounded by green forest. The trail further passes through the forest of monkeys to Sante Bazaar (630m) where you have views of Sringi Himal (7187m). The trail becomes steeper and crosses the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, to Arkhet (760m). Descending from the small Magar and Gurung village of Kyorpani (820m), the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through a forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. During today's trek, you can earn full of enjoying with tiny village of sotikhola, Budhi Gandaki, a waterfall on the trail.
You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of the forest path, you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. Stay overnight in lodge/camp.
In the morning after breakfast, the early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat levelled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs it takes about 3 hours and again moves further passed over a flat levelled path mostly through the forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross a few bridges and can see villages at a far distance. From Deng, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, ,, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Stay overnight at Tea House.
After breakfast, in the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. Stay overnight at tea house.
You trek over a winding path which moves through the inner Himalayan range enjoying mountain views of Rupina la pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Climbing through a forest of firs, rhododendrons and oaks the trail enters the closely packed houses of Lihi (2900m) and several Buddhist villages along the way. These areas have been influenced by the Tibetan culture due to its proximity to Tibet, and as a result you will find many monasteries, chortens and mani-walls. Having over one hundred and fifty houses, Samagaon is surprisingly large and bustles with the energy of remote village life. Stay overnight at Tea House.
You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight at Tea House
You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. From Kargyu Chholing Gompa the route passes the juniper and birch forest and the stone hut of Kermo Kharka. It climbs gradually towards Samdo, and just before entering the village passes through the point where the Budhi Gandaki actually starts – at the confluence of Larke Khola and the river coming from Samdo Glacier. Samdo is the site of a Tibetan refugee camp and affords you a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of the Tibetan people. This is an excellent viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chilli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peals. Stay at the guest house.
Descend on a wide, gentle trail from Samdo past many fields to a large Mani wall and stone archway. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. The thundering Buri Gandaki trickles to a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards surrounded by spectacular mountains from all sides. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. Above the village, we cross the stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet. We come to the ruins of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. The trail rises high above the Larke Khola leading the all the way to Dharmashala where the trail finally meets the river.
The trail becomes rocky as it goes along a moraine and reaches a beautiful turquoise lake that reflects the surrounding snowy mountains. The trail becomes somewhat tedious as it climbs on numerous rocky moraines hills surrounded by rocky hills and snowy ridges beyond. This is a more strenuous day as having to cross over the Larkya Pass (5213m). The interesting Larke Pass is followed by a steep tiresome descend down through a slippery trail towards the moraine of Salpudanda glacier. The trail then becomes gradual as it goes along the moraine and parallel to Bimtang glacier towards Bimtang. From here, there are tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Bimtang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Stay overnight at Tea House.
The trail drops from Bimtang and crosses a glacial stream, the headwater of Dudh Khola on a wooden bridge. Make a gradual descent through rhododendron and pine forest seeing the north face of Manaslu along the way. You reach the highest cultivated land in this valley of Karche at 2785m and walking down you cross a stream through fig tree and rhododendron forests to reach Tilje. We will make camp in the apple orchards of Tilje or option to stay overnight at Tea House.
Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marsyangdi River. Another bridge takes you over the Marsyangdi River to Dharapani (1920m), where you join the Annapurna tourist highway and start missing the quiet days in Manaslu where you had Nepal almost all to yourself. It takes half a day to continue on to Tal where the river appears as a lake and make camp next to a waterfall going down the Marsyangdi river trail.
The down part of the trail has road now so we can take a local jeep or bus to Besisahar and from there bus to Kathmandu, we can stay overnight at Besisahar and can drive to Kathmandu also next day.
This day is the last day for yours in Nepal as per your schedule. After breakfast and check out from the hotel we will take you to the airport. If you want more exploring here, we will be ready to help and manage for your best. Thank you for choosing Satellite Treks And Expedition to travel with and we look forward to seeing you again in Nepal.
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