Climb from the sub-tropical forests and farm-land of the Himalayan foothills to the arid landscape and high pastures of the mountain areas bordering Tibet. See the cultures changes from the Hindus of the lower lands to followers of Tibetan Buddhism deeper and higher in the mountains. Manaslu Circuit trek is a beautiful trek is a lesser-visited area that still sees enough visitors to warrant decent lodges, for your comfort. While it crosses a high pass and some villages at high altitude, this trek is suitable for trekkers with a good level of fitness, including families with older children.
Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu region is in the western-central part of Nepal and is east of the Annapurna Circuit. In fact, parts of Manaslu are passed on the Annapurna Circuit trek, but this Manaslu Circuit route is much less visited.
The landscapes passed on the Manaslu Circuit Trek are very varied, from narrow gorges and ravines to wide pastures and meadows; lush valleys and glacial moraines; Hindu shrines and Buddhist stupas and chortens.
A major benefit of Manaslu Circuit trek is that, as a circuit, you won’t need to retrace your steps. All landscapes and experiences are new.
The Route Followed
As with many treks in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit Trek begins in the sub-tropical lower altitudes, where villagers tend fertile farmland. The trek starts at Sotikhola, at just 530m.
The trek progresses up, following the Budi Gandaki River, to alpine meadows and pastures. While following the river, you will cross many suspension bridges, which are a classic Nepal experience.
At the higher altitudes, the majority of Hindu people from lower down give way to people of Tibetan origin, who largely follow Tibetan Buddhism. After the town of Phillim, you will see an increasing number of mani walls, which are carved with Tibetan Buddhist mantras.
The main trail after Phillim passes through pine forests, pastures, and numerous villages, before reaching Samdu, the last settlement in the valley. Some acclimatization days are built into the trek from this point, so you don’t ascend too high, too fast and risk altitude-related problems.
The Larkya La (5135m) awaits at the end of the valley. This separates the Annapurna and Manaslu regions. From the pass, there are amazing views of Cheo Himal (6621m), HimlungHimal (7126m), Kang Guru (6981m), Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV (7525m).
The Manaslu Circuit Trek ends at Dharapani, a day and a half’s walk down a steep track from the Larkya La.
Accommodation available on Manaslu Circuit Trek
Although the Manaslu area is still much less visited than the Annapurna region to the west, it is not as remote and isolated as it once was. There are now reasonably good lodges (teahouses) in the area, and while the level of comfort may not quite be as high as in more popular trekking regions, you can still stay in good places on this trek. Camping is not necessary, although it can be arranged if you prefer.
Manaslu Circuit Trek’s short Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Sotikhola (530 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola. (930 meters).
Day 05: Trek to Jagat. (1120 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Deng. (1860 meters).
Day 07: Trek to Namrung. (2630 meters).
Day 08: Trek to Lho (3180 meters).
Day 09: Trek to Sama Gaon (3525 meters)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaon (Make a side trip).
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3860 meters).
Day 12: Acclimatization day at Samdo (Make a side trip).
Day 13: Trek to Dharmashala (4460 meters).
Day 14: Cross Larke la (5106 meters) and Trek to Bhimtang (3610 meters).
Day 15: Trek to Tilche (300 meters).
Day 16: Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar (760 meters).
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure.
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|Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:|
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