- Trekking through beautiful village including Samagaon, samdo as well as Gandaki and Marsyangdi valley
- Visit ancient monastery in Samagaon, Larkya La bazaar
- Exploring around aqua-blue green lake Birendra
- Crossing snow covered high pass Larkya La
The trek normally starts in Gorkha, first heading east and then north up the valley of the Budhi Gandaki, finally making a circuit behind Mt. Manaslu (8163m). Over the Larkya La (5213m) there is huge amount of climbing as you trek up and down over ridges and onto shelves to bypass cliffs. The trail is rough and steep and it offers literally hangs on a bluff high above the river and many bridges. This trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating however it is challenging while crossing the Larkya La Pass.
Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world which lies on the border of Gorkha and Manang districts in Nepal. It is just 64km away to the east of Annapurna. Literally, Manaslu is derived from Sanskrit word manasa means “Mountain of the spirit.”The region encompasses the sub tropical foothills of the Himalaya to the arid Trans-Himalaya high pastures bordering Tibet.
Manaslu circuit is one of the most amazing and an ethnically attractive trek. Opened only after 1991 AD and getting popularity as the best trekking destination in Nepal Himalaya. The region has a combination of rich cultural heritage and unsurpassed Himalayan beauty with its rich biological diversity. The trek begins from Budi Gandaki River and ascends to Larkya la pass 5213m with superb glimpse of attractive Himalaya such as Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and other mountains, beautiful varied landscape with different floras and faunas.
Trekker may have option to choose the routes to trek this area. One option passes through Dudh Pokhari --a milky lake that is a common pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Another route takes you up to Manaslu Base Camp. While the most popular option is to trek over the Larke La pass to arrive in the Marsyandi valley in the Annapurna region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
On your arrival in Kathmandu, a designated individual will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Then you will be transferred to your hotel where you spend overnight.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
Today after breakfast, we go sightseeing and explore around Kathmandu Valley. These include various UNESCO world heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and many more. In the afternoon you will be briefed about the itinerary planned ahead to make necessary preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Aarughat (550 meter), overnight at guesthouse
The drive to Aarughat takes about 6-7 hrs from Kathmandu. The journey takes us through serpentine highways along the hills. The scenic drive involves various roadside villages before reaching Aarughat in Dhading. We spend overnight at guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Aarkhet (730 meter), overnight at guesthouse
Early in the morning we trek from Aarughat to Aarkhet along the rough trails. The trek is a simple 6 hrs walk towards the destination where we spend overnight at guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (950 meter), overnight at guesthouse
The trail begins through green Sal forests that climbs over the Budhi Gandaki River. The rocky trail continues past waterfalls and rice terraces before reaching Labubesi village. The trek leads up a valley before descending to Gandaki river and across a suspension bridge to Machha Khola village where we spend overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1450 meter), overnight at guesthouse
Today’s trek ascends up and descends down a couple of times before crossing over Budhi Gandaki river in a suspension bridge. The trail climbs up on wide staircase which then crosses a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola. The trial climbs again up to Tharo Bharyang before reaching Jagat village where we spend overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Deng (1850 meter), overnight at guesthouse
Today we descend down to Sirdibas before crossing over Ghatta Khola via suspension bridge to Philim village. The route continues through millet and grassy field slopes and across the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail leads through a bamboo forest to Deng Khola as we reach Deng village for overnight stay.
Day 08: Trek to Namrung (2500 meter), overnight at guesthouse
From Deng we cross Budhi Gandaki river and follow the trail west up to the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and mani walls to Prok village. The route again takes us through a dense forest before climbing steeply to Namrung. We spend overnight at Namrung at a local guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek to Shyala (3400 meter), overnight at guesthosue
From Namrung we climb steeply through a dense forest to reach Lihi village. The trail drops from the village filled with barley terraces and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal. The route passes along Sho village then Lho village and finally into Shyala village. We spend overnight at a local guesthouse in Shyala village.
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaun (3500 meter) via visiting Pungyen Gompa and glacier, overnight at guesthouse
From Shyala village we continue early in the morning. The trail overlooks high mountains like Himal Chuli and Ganesh Himal. Along the route we come across Pungyen Gompa on a little hill which provides great view of Manaslu North Face and Pungyen Glacier. After 6 hours of walk we reach Sama Gaun.
Day 11: Rest in Sama Gaun for acclimatization, overnight at guesthouse
Today is acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. We accustom ourselves to the cold weather and the high altitude for the journey ahead. In order to do this, we explore the village in the morning. Then we go on 3 hours of excursion around the Manaslu Base Camp. We return back to the guesthouse to spend overnight.
Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3800 meter), overnight at guesthouse
We continue our trek by descending to the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail follows north to the Manaslu Base Camp and passes through dense forest of Kermo Kharpa. We then climb steeply to a large white kani before finally passing into Sambo village. We spend overnight in Samdo village at a local guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek to Larkya Phedi (Dharmasala - 4450 meter), overnight at guesthosue
Today we descend down and cross over Budhi Gandaki river via a wooden bridge before continuing upward. We continue our trail that goes around the Salka Khola valley and climb up to a stone guest house known as Larkya Phedi. We explore around Larkya Phedi before ending our day in a local guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek to Bhimthang (3700 meter) after crossing Larkya La Pass (5219 meter), overnight at guesthouse
Today the trek climbs up a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier that has views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We gradually ascent along the trail that overlooks Himlung Himal. After 8 hours of walk we reach Bhimthang village filled with pastures. We spend overnight in Bhimthang village.
Day 15: Trek to Tilje (2300 meter), overnight at guesthouse
The trail today descends along the pastures of Bhimthang village and cross over Dudh Khola river. The trail continues through a rhododendron forest that reaches towards Karche valley. We climb over a ridge before making our way to Gho village and finally into Tilje village. We spend overnight at a guesthouse in Tilje village.
Day 16: Trek to Shree Chaur (1100 meter), overnight at guesthouse
Today we make our way to Shree Chaur. The trail passes through several villages and over Marsyangdi river. After 6.30 hours of walking we reach Shree Chaur where we spend overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar, overnight at hotel
Today we drive from Shree Chaur to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar. The 7 hours of drive includes scenic view of both hilly and mountain landscapes. In Kathmandu the day can then be spent by leisurely exploring Kathmandu or by getting a much needed rest.
Day 18: Transfer to airport, departure onward destination.
On this day you are free to do as you please until departure. A designated individual will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight schedule. Farewell.
All the conditions stated in the itinerary are intented to applicable only for the visitors prefering full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement.
All conditions stated in the itinerary are for the visitors who prefer full package programme. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your choice and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement regarding your interest and financial condition.