Step into one of the most epic treks in the world. One might expect to that the MANASLU trek, featuring the world’s eighth-highest summit would consist gargantuan icy peaks. There’s so much more to see and experience.

During the first several days of this two-week, horseshoe loop, you’ll witness waterfalls pouring into the thundering Budhi Gandaki River, casting rainbows over 1,000-foot cliffs.

Pristine streams provide power to hand-built mills that grind barley and millet grown in fields guarded by farmers who sleep outside to guard their crops against marauding monkeys and bears. The lowland air is thick and rich with humidity.

Much like the famous Annapurna Circuit just to the west, the trek around Manaslu starts at 2,000 feet. You’ll experience, rice paddies and flower-filled pastures, and then reach 17,000 feet at the apex of this journey. Unlike the busy Annapurna region, the Manaslu Conservation Area has no roads crawling with jeeps and buses and far fewer trekkers. Instead, you’ll meet mostly pack animals, children on their way to school, and porters carrying wares and supplies slung from tump lines across their foreheads. This trek is for those who wish to experience Nepal in a more holistic sense.

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TRIP FACTS

DIFFICULTY: MODERATE
DURATION: 15-17 DAYS
DESTINATIONS: MANASLU CIRCUIT
ACTIVITIES: TREKKING, CULTURAL TOURS
BEST SEASONS: AUTUMN AND SPRING
HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 900M TO 5,160M
MANASLU CIRCUIT ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
You are greeting by one of our staff at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) 1300m, Transfer to Hotel. Enjoy an authentic Nepali dinner. Rest and shower. 

Day 02: Sightseeing and Preparation
Experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Monkey Temple (Swyambhunath Temple), Kathmandu Durbar Square and Buddhist Shrine Great Boudhanath Stupa. Orientation consists of a pre-trip group discussion followed by trek preparation. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m/2328ft)
Duration: 8-9 hours
After and early breakfast, we head to Sotikhola via Arughat. During the drive, enjoy the Nepalese countryside and mountain vistas. Overnight in Sotikhola.

Day 04: Sotikhola to Macha Khola (900m/2952ft)
Duration: 6-7 hours
Trek to Macha Khola alongside the Budhi Gandaki River and experience the beauty of lush forests and waterfalls. We will cross several suspension during this exclusion. Ovenight in Machakhola.

Day 05: Macha Khola to Jagat (1410m/4625ft)
Duration: 6-7 hours
A countryside trail with varied terrain and elevations will eventually lead us to Kholabesi where  we’ll enjoy a welcomed tea break. With a couple of hours varying elevation, we arrive at the hot spring, Tatopani. After Tatopani we cross another suspension bridge then ascend to Dovan. Local lodges in Dovan offer hot lunches. Ascending stone stairs we will arrive at Jagat from here we officially enter the forbidden country also known as Manaslu National Park. Overnight at Jagat.

Day 06: Jagat to Deng (1804m/5917ft)
Duration: 6-7 hours
After breakfast, the day start with a rocky trail to Salleri and then we enter the Sirdibas Valley. By crossing a suspension bridge we ascend into Filim. Filim is a beautiful large Gurung village. After Filim, the trail follows the Budi Gandaki River to the town of Deng. Overnight in Deng.

Day 07: Deng to Namrung (2630m/8626ft)
Duration: 6-7 hours
One and half hours of light hiking in the morning will bring us to the bridge. Once we cross, we ascend to Bhi. The trail then follows the forest and Mani towards Ghap. From Ghap, witness views of Siringi Himal and some of the incredible peaks measuring more than 6,000 meters in height. With a big descent, we arrive in the village of Namrung. Overnight at Namrung.

Day 08: Naamrung to Samagaon (3530m/11578ft)
Duration: 6-7 hours
From Namrung Village take in stunning views of Siringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli to the south. On this adventure, Day 8 is a most auspicious one. Experience monasteries, Mani, prayer flags and a sense of the Tibeto-Nepali life. We then arrive in Samagaon, via the villages of Syala and Lho. From Lho village you’ll have view the impressive Manaslu. Ribung Gompa is another attraction of Lho village. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day 09: Samagaon to Biendra Lake to Samagaon
Duration: 4-5 hours
Rest and acclimatization are essential and this is the time during the trip where we stay in Samagaon.  On this day, we explore the rich sherpa culture and mountain yak. Walking within sight of thousands of Mani stones placed at Buddhist shrines. We will hike to Birendra Lake which is located on the lap of Manaslu Himal and continue to Manaslu Basecamo. Upon returning to Sama, we will visit a Pugyen Gompa at the village of Sama village. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12660ft)
Duration: 4-5 hours
The gentle trek from Samagaon to Samdo is flat and smooth. We descend to the Budi Gandaki River the to turn north and follow it to a bridge. The trail passes several Mani-stoned walls as the valley begins to widen. Crossing over wooden bridges, we arrive in Kermo Khola. The trail will then climb steeply to a magnificent stone arch in Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.

Day 11: Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B.C. (4460m/14628ft)
Duration: 4-5 hours
After breakfast we begin our trek to Dharamsala. The trail runs alongside streams. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier, we  arrive at a stone guest house. While not a lodge, the guys house serves as a welcomed shelter called Dharmsala, also known as a Larkya Phedi. Overnight at Dharamsala.

Day 12: Dharamsala to Larkya La (5160m/16924ft)  to Bhimthang (3720m/12,201ft)
Duration: 8-9 hours
After a short, early morning climb to Dharamsala, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier. From here we will enjoy great views of Larkya Peak. Until we reach the pass it will be necessary to traverse across the glacier’s moraines, making a gradual ascent. From the pass, enjoy outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Although this is the longest day of this trek, to walk past these verdant pastures with Mt. Manaslu looming close at dusk, is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bhimthang.

Day 13: Bhimthang to Goa (2650m/8692ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
On the way down to Goa we will enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. As we descend further, we cross a high pasture, a rhododendron forest and follow the trail through a narrow valley. Finally, we arrive in Goa where hotels are awaiting our arrival. Overnight in Goa.

Day 14: Goa to Tal (1700m/5576ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
With approximately a two hour descent from Goa, we arrive at the Annapurna region near Dharapani. We follow the Marsyangdi Khola, crossing alongside Mani walls and suspension bridges. We arrive at Tal which features among other things, a large Waterfall. Overnight in Tal.

Day 15: Trek to Jagat and Drive to Besisahar
Duration: (5-6 hour)
We follow the trail to Chyamje Village, crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. A light hike will take us to the town of Jagat for hot lunch. Afterwards, we drive by Jeep to Besisahar. Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Duration: 5-6 hour
The drive to Kathmandu is an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. We arrive early in Kathmandu then we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 17: Saying Goodbye… But Only For Now!
Homeward bound. Your adventure comes  to an end on this day and a team member will escort you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your  scheduled flight.

INCLUDES
All Treks Include:

– Arrival: Airport pick up and drop by car / Hotel. Departure: Hotel / Return to Airport
– 2 guests share a room in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included
– Guided city tour in Kathmandu in private vehicle
– All standard meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– Private rooms double occupancy
– Licensed, professional English-speaking guide
– Local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (One porter for every two guests)
– Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
– Everest National Park permits and TIMS permits for trekking
– Down jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (To be returned upon completion of trek)
– Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees for Kathmandu
– Farewell dinner in Nepali Restaurant with cultural show on second to last day
– All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
– Official expenses

Treks Do Not Include:

– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
– Additional night(s) in Katmandu (necessary for the Annapurna Trek)
– Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation
– International airfare and airport departure tax
– Nepal Entry Visa
– Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, soft drinks)
– Personal trekking equipment (See the trekking equipment section)
– Tips for guides, porters and drivers (Tipping is expected)
– International airfare to/from Kathmandu
– Additional nights in Kathmandu, and any expenses of a purely personal nature
– Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
– Sightseeing and entrance fees in Kathmandu to any temples or monasteries
– Alcoholic beverages
– Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘All Treks Includes’ section

PACKING LIST

To make your trek as safe, enjoyable and comfortable as possible, we recommend that you bring the following list of supplies:

HIKING SUPPLIES:

– Info bracelet (Road ID)
– Credit card / USD cash
– Compass
– Appropriate light pack
– Rain cover for pack
– Puffy down jacket
– Rain gear – Jacket & pants
– Sun hat
– Sunglasses (UV Protection)
– Camera with full battery (plus extra battery/memory)
– Camera case
– Gloves – 2 pairs (light cycling gloves for poles & warm/waterproof)
– Warm ski-type beanie
– Hiking poles
– Space blanket
– Lip balm
– Throat Lozenges
– Sunscreen
– Insect Repellent
– Ibuprophen
– Hand sanitizer or towelettes
– Emergency TP
– Water bladder – 3 litre
– Water filtration pump
– Clip to attach camera to pack
– Head light – plus extra batteries
– First aid kit – plus Mole skin
– Small face towel with clip for pack (sweat)
– Whistle
– Food / snacks (Nutrition Bars 2 per day)

Optional

– Spot GPS
– GPS with maps
– Topo maps

AND DON’T FORGET:

– Passport
– Hiking pants with detachable legs
– Underwear (2 for 6 day trek or 4 for 15 day trek)
– T-shirts: 2-4
– Casual pants for after hike
– Warm thermal top and bottom
– Ear plugs for sleeping with group
– iPod with ear buds/Optional
– Phone with movies / ibooks (optional)
– Toiletry bag with tooth brush and basics
– Eye drops
– Sleeping bag ( Good to -15º)
– Inflatable pillow (Suggest Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow – large)
– Comfortable shoes
– Flip flops for showers
– Electrolyte tabs (Camelback elixir – raspberry lime)
– Charging cables – phone, ipod, camera
– Adapter for electrical sockets
– Micro pikers

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