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Manaslu Circuit 16 days trek

Manaslu Circuit 16 days

Duration: 16 days

Trip level: strenuous (info?)

Maximum altitude: 5200 m

Accommodation: teahouse/lodge

Season: March, April, May, September, October, November

Fixed departure 2019: November 5th

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The Manaslu massif is located north of the city of Ghorka, next to the Annapurna mountain range. This Manaslu round trek is just as varied as the Annapurna mountain circuit. The great advantage of the Manaslu Circuit Nepal is that you can hike through a tranquil region. As a trekker you are obliged to hire a guide and only a registered trekking agency may issue a trekking permit for you. Due to this measure many backpackers stay away from this circuit. Therefore this region maintains more of its authentic and spectacular character. The Manaslu Circuit begins and ends amongst the green rice fields. In between you pass wild gorges, waterfalls, subtropical forests and eventually you pass the Larkya La pass at 5200 meters altitude. This is situated in a desolate landscape of rocks, snow and ice. After this high mountain pass you will descend down to the warmer region of the rice fields. You finish the trek on a small part of the Annapurna Circuit.

The Manaslu trek itinerary begins with a day drive to Soti Khola which is situated 35 kilometers from Ghorka. The last kilometers you travel on an unpaved road through the rice fields. From the little village of Soti Khola you will hike through Hindu villages and open wide trails. Here it is warm and tropical and you will pass through several bamboo forests. The closer you get to the swirling Burhi Gandaki, the more you walk into a gorge. Once into the canyon you will hike past high rock walls and beautiful waterfalls. You cross the Burhi Gandaki river regularly by suspension bridges, and during other parts of this trek you will hike right beside the river. The earthquake of April 2015 destroyed a critical part of the trail. This section of the circuit was restored by donations of foreign foundations in 2016. A 200m steel cantilever pathway has been build, and both trekkers and locals can safely travel along the trail again. Eventually you hike out of the gorge and the valley opens up to you. From this height on the Hindu culture is replaced by Buddhist culture. You will notice this when you pass by the characteristic Buddhist mani walls, Buddhist chortens. More and more the snowy mountains peaks are showing themselves. Starting from the village of Samagoan the mountain slopes are overgrown with birch and juniper. From here on it is still a couple of days of hiking to the Larkya La pass. From Larkya Phedi you will leave early in the morning with your Manaslu guide to climb the high pass. While crossing Larkya La you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowy peaks. You will see the famous Himalaya peaks including the Himlung Himal and Annapurna II. After passing the Larkya La, the trail descents steeply downwards. The alpine vegetation will again be replaced for the warm forests of rhododendron. Once descended the last part of the Manaslu trek follows the trail of Annapurna Circuit.

Day 01                  Private drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat Bazaar (606 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 02                  Trek to Macha Khola (930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03                  Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 04                  Trek to Deng (1800 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05                  Trek to Ghap (2160 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 06                  Trek to Lho (3180 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 07                  Trek to Samagoan (3530 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 08                  Resting day at Samagoan for acclimatization. Optional day hike to Birendra Lake (3760 m) or Pung Gyen Gompa (3870 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 09                  Trek to Samdo (3860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10                  Trek to Larkya Phedi (4460 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 11                  Cross over Larkya La pass (5200 m) to Bimthang (3720 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 12                  Trek to Gho (2560 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 13                  Trek to Tal (1700 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14                  Resting day at Tal or extra buffer day for Larkya La
Day 15                  Trek to Syange (1080 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 16                  Drive by jeep to Besisahar, and touristbus to Kathmandu (8 hrs.)

Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.

The starting price for Manaslu Circuit 16 days is:
€ 480,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 670,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)

We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.

When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu

Cost include:
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Private car drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat Bazaar, drive Syange to Besisahar and touristbus Besisahar to Kathmandu
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive to start and end trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-ACAP (Annapurna area) fee, MCAP(Manaslu area) fee and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu

Cost exclude:
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, maximum luggage 10 kilograms per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)