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Manaslu Circuit Trek – A Trek Around Manaslu in remote Mansiri Region of Nepal Himalayas
Manaslu Circuit Trek is off the beaten track, and 177Km long ultimate classic trek in Nepal that goes Around Manaslu the eighth highest mountain in the world. A trail that spans the breadth of the Manaslu National Park. Starting from the Sub Himalayan foothills of Arughat, the Manaslu Circuit Trek route traverses through the Budi Gandaki Gorge to reach the highest point at Larkya la Pass ( 5106m), to end the trek around Manaslu in Besisahar.
Manaslu Circuit Trek, a trek Around Manaslu is a long distance, isolated and scenic trek in the Mansiri Region of Nepal Himalayas close to the Tibetan Plateau. The most memorable aspect of the Around Manaslu Trek is passing through the small Himalayan villages and meeting the different tribes that inhabit these villages.
Besides, the great views of the glacial circle created by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung Himal, Gyaji Kang and Kang Guru, and the crystal clear streams from the glaciers with Annapurna II on the horizon, is what also makes Manaslu Circuit Trek memorable.
An Excellent Add on – A Trek to Tsum Valley
By adding a few more days to the regular Manaslu Circuit Trek gives you a chance to visit Tsum Valley. A small beautiful valley inhabited by Nubri People of Tibetan Descent where the ancient Buddhist culture is still practised.
Trekking on the old Salt Route
Manaslu Circuit Trek Route used to be the ancient salt trading route to Tibet and this area was closed to foreign Nationals till the year 1991. Manaslu Circuit Trek is now open to outsiders on a limited basis, but one needs to have a restricted area permit to trek here.
Why Manaslu Circuit Trek ?
To immerse yourself in one of the most dramatic and stunning mountain Range in the entire Himalayas. Each day of the trek takes you to over 4000m mountain passés filled with snow, pass by turquoise colored lakes while the majestic Manaslu and Himlung Himal soars above you. It’s truly a beautiful part of Nepal Himalayas.
Permits required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek
Best time to proceed on the Manaslu Circuit Trek ?
Manaslu Circuit Trek can best be done from April to May when the temperature is mild, sky clear and the mountains will be filled with wild flower blooms and colorful Rhododendron flowers.
September to November is also a perfect time to go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek when the skies are crystal clear for views the mountain range.
TRIP FACTS :
Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Drive Pokhara to Arughat to Soti Khola (700m/158Km/5hrs).
Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a drive from Pokhara to Arughat (158Km/5Hrs). Drive further more by Jeep to Soti Khola (13Km). Overnight Lodge in Soti Khola.
Day 2: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m/23.3Km/ 6 hrs). Overnight Lodge
Day 3: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1340m/23Km/ 8 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
3rd.Day of the Around ManasluTrek from Jagat starts with a twisting trail besides the banks of the Buri Ghandaki through Sal forest inhabitaed by Macacs and Langurs.
Day 4: Jagat to Deng (1600m/20.7Km/ 6 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 5: Deng to Namrung (2630m/19.4Km/ 6 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Namrung a small village on the Around Manaslu trek has some of the best teahouses, a restaurant and rest houses with modern cappuccinos and WiFi too.
Day 6: Namrung to Lho (2957m/10.5Km/ 4 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Lho is a big village on the Manaslu Circuit Trek with a Buddhsit Monastery and a sizable population inhabited by Nubri People of Tibetan Origin. From Lho catch the stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m).
Day 7: Lho to Samagaon (3540m / 17Km/4 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Samagaon is the principal village of the Nubri people which has a Buddhist Monastery, some shops, a health post, a helipad and telephone booths.
Day 8: Acclimatization Day.
Side trip to Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base camp or Birendra Tal. Overnight Lodge. Take a side trek to Pungyen Gumpa (2Hrs) which lies to the east of Nubri Valley or hike up to Birendra Tal (3450m) a glacial lake and to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) which lies to the North of Samagaon. This side trek on the rest day is a perfect hike to get acclimatized while on a Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Day 9: Sama Gaon to Samdo (3865m/16Km/ 4 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Once at Samdo, you can explore the nearby villages or you can hike to Samdo Peak. The Larkya La trail is on the left above the valley. You can also see the main track leading into Tibet over the Larjyang La forming slopes on the Larkya La trail.
Day 10: Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya Phedi (4460m/12Km/4 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Trek to Dharamsala also known as Larkya Phedi is short but adventurous. Do take your time while trekking as your body needs to get acclimitized. Enjoy the wonderful Himalayan Vistas while you trek to Dharamsala.
Day 11: Dharamasala – Larkye La Pass (5016m) – Bimthang(3590m /25Km/10 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Trek to Bhimthang on the 11th. Day of the Trek Around Manaslu is perhaps the longest and the most challenging ten hours of gruelling trek. You will need to cross the Larkya La Pass (5016m), highest point on the Manaslu Circuit trek with the trail passing through scree and moraines. But the best part of trekking Around Manaslu on this day is that, you get to witness the stunning views of Himlung Himal (7126m) near Tibet, Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyaji Kung (7030m), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m), this view is perhaps the best part of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Day 12: Bimthang to Tilje (2300m/26Km/6 hrs). Overnight Lodge.
Day 13: Trek Tilje to Dharapani (1150m/7.8Km/3Hrs). Drive to Besisahar (35Km/3Hrs Drive). Overnight Lodge.
Final day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a hike through lush forests full of flora and fauna made up of Rhododendron bushes till Tal, perhaps an easy day of trekking with a few uphills as compared to the previous days trek around Manaslu .
Day 14: Drive to Pokhara (103/5 hrs) or to Kathmandu ( 186Km/7Hrs).
If you feel you are done with trekking than you can also take a bus back to Kathmandu from Tal. End of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
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Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendations: The Around Manaslu Trek is a relatively difficult trek in Nepal requiring good physical fitness. Few weeks training is advised and a physical fitness check-up is a must.
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