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Manaslu Circuit Trek
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One of those untouched treks in the Manaslu region of the Gorkha district is the Manaslu Circuit. It is in an area of 1,663 square kilometers in the Mansiri hills, and part of the Manaslu Conservation Area. The circuit has spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu at 8,156m.

This trek, also contains one of the great Himalayan passes, climbing to 5,160m is Larkya la Pass. Among viewing the mighty Manaslu Peak the trail also affords views of Himalchuli (north/west) at 7331m/7540m, Naike peak (6,054m), Kanguru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m). The region has an incredible amount of diversity in both flora and fauna and boasts more than 2000 species of plants, 110 birds and 33 mammals which includes the elusive Snow leopard. Manaslu means “the spirit mountain” and it serrated like many of the mountains in the Himalayas. We will pass villages that seem to have had time pass them by, and are both Buddhist and Hindu depending on where you are along the circuit. The path to Manaslu is dotted with Gompas, Tibetan scripture etched into rock, prayer wheels and Chortens which showcase the devout beliefs of the rich Tibetan Buddhist religion.

We, Himalayan Summit Treks and Expedition have the most qualified team to take you places you’ve only dreamt of going. We take utmost caution in all our tours and expeditions and are trained in rescue whenever and wherever needed. We have been certified by the tourism board of Nepal.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Welcome to Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel to relax after a long journey

Day 2
Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Our day will begin after breakfast with some last minute purchases and preparation if needed for our trek to come. The rest of the day is for sightseeing and exploring the Kathmandu valley. An ancient land full of incredible history, Kathmandu Valley boasts many UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are a testament to the fabulous art, culture, and traditions here. We will visit the Patan Durbar Square, Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath. If you are interested, this is also a great opportunity to try local foods.

Day 3
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola [700m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hours

To avoid the traffic condition, we will leave early from Kathmandu. We will have a pleasant ride along with the views of the mountains in the background through a hilly landscape surrounded by lush forests. Then after arrival in Dhading Besi, we will move towards Soti Khola with a bumpier ride.

Day 4
Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [869m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

We will begin our walk to Machha Khola after breakfast. Through thick forests and through high ridges we will walk next to the Budhi Gandaki Rivers, which is a glacially fed and fast-moving river. Rice terraced fields pave the way as we make our way towards a Gurung village called Lapubesi, with a few lovely waterfalls along the way. The trail will ascend and descend a few times before finally crossing a suspension bridge to reach the village of Maccha Khola.

Day 5
Maccha Khola - Jagat [1340m] 7 hrs.

From Machha Khola, we will make multiple small ascents and descents as we make our way through the narrow paths of this region. We will witness nature’s bounty as we cross a hot water spring and move on to our goal. The winding Gandaki is visible to us as we cross suspension bridges and start climbing stone steps. We will descend a ridge alongside the river as to reach Jagat.

Day 6
Jagat - Deng [1,860m/5917 ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs

Suspension bridges are the backbone of many trails in Nepal and we will see and cross quite a few in this trek too. We will pass small Gurung settlements as the landscape slowly changes, starting from rocky climbs to wide valleys, bamboo forests and through lush grassy slopes. This transition in ecology is a wonderful example of how rich the diversity of flora fauna in Nepal is. After following the winding paths and crossing the Deng Khola, we will reach the village of Deng.

Day 7
Deng - Namrung [2660m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs

Today we will witness the winding nature of Budhi Gandaki as we will be crossing it multiple times. Along the way, there will be quite a few Gompas on the way interspersed with forests. We will stop at Prok village to enjoy beautiful views of the Shringi Himal 7161m. The narrow gorge and the surrounding views give this place a very wild feeling. After a steep climb, we will reach the village of Namrung. Namrung offers brilliant viewing spots for the mountains of Shringi 7161, Himalchuli 7,893m and the Ganesh Himal 7,422m.

Day 8
Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours

On our way to Samagaon, we will pass many small villages with terraced farming sprinkled among forests as we make the steady climb. The beautiful villages of Shyala, Lho and Sho are also crossed during this path as the Manaslu towers over the villages. In this place, you can see much of the topographical diversity of this region, with almost 360 of mountain views. Once we reach Samagaon, we will overnight there.

Day 9
Samagaon - Pung Gyen Gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration

Today we will explore an old Gompa of this region called the Pung Gyen Gompa. The Sherpa culture art and tradition can be seen here in the colorful and intricately carved stone walls full of Tibetan script which are plenty in number, and the colorful clothes are worn by the women while prayer flags flutter all around. We will enjoy amazing views of the Pungen glacier from the Gompa and it is a good place to make some memorable photos. Then we will return back to Samagaon.

Day 10
Samagaon - Samdo [3875m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

As we move towards Samdo, we will again meet the fierce Budi Gandaki River. The trail is relatively easy and we will move through forests at a good pace depending on how everyone feels. This is also the path to Manaslu Base Camp. The rocky sandy texture of this region with the occasional patches of snow make it a different terrain, with thorny shrubs and bushes scattered along the way. To enter the village of Samdo we will enter through a large arch, almost like a doorway to another world.

Day 11
Rest Day in Samdo

We will rest in Samdo today for acclimatization to the high altitude. Experts recommend a short hike as the best option to get used to the high altitude and this is exactly what we will do today. We will hike to the back of Samdo village from where we can witness breathtaking views of the great Manaslu (8163m) along with other mountains such as the Naike (6211m), Samdo (6335m) and so on. This route to Samdo is one of the trading routes to Tibet that had been used previously to the border being closed except for one place father to the east. Be on the lookout for some beautiful species of birds such as the Lophophorus, which is the national bird of Nepal and many other birds of prey.

Day 12
Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Today is a relatively shorter walk. We will again meet Budhi Gandaki multiple times and cross many small wooden bridges. We will be able to witness the Syacha glacier and appreciate its beauty as we go around the valley and walk up to a Dharamsala. Upon reaching Dharamsala we can rest and relax and enjoy the majestic views.

Day 13
Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hours

After a short uphill trek from Dharamsala, we will be able to witness the Larkya glaciers and the peaks such as Larkya (6249m) and Cheo (6812m). We will walk on the icy glacier and gradually make our way down as the path become steeper. We will cross the high Larkya La pass here which gets steeper as we ascend to the top. As we reach the pass we can get majestic views of the peaks such as Cheo Himal (6812m), Kangguru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Then we will cross Dangboche Kharka and finally arrive at Bimthang.

Day 14
Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hours

The Lamjung Himal 6,983, Manaslu (8163m) and Himlung 7,126m beauty can be witnessed from Bimthang. We will start to descend today and will pass through lush pastures with many grazing animals. The narrow path makes its way through forests of Rhododendron and enters a valley of immense beauty, Karche. We will then continue on our journey to Tilije. Tilije is the Gurung Village and we will visit Tilije Gumba which shows the culture and tradition of the Gurung Community.

Day 15
Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hours

Today we will enter the Annapurna circuit as we climb small ridges, cross bridges and walk on the narrow stone path. From Dharapani, we walk further down and meet the Marsayangdi Khola. We will also cross many Mani walls and small villages typical of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners before we reach Tal.

Day 16
Tal - Syange [1100m/3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

Today marks the last day of our trek and we should take pride that we finished the Manaslu circuit trail with great views and experiences. As we move closer to our destination, there is much to reflect on, and how they have impacted you. We will pass beautiful villages like Sattale, Chyamche, and Jagat and finally arrive at Syange.

Day 17
Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

Today we have a long ride ahead of us. Through the lush green hills and rocky terrain with fast flowing rivers, we will make our way back to Kathmandu. The bumpy ride is bound to lull you to sleep and rest during this ride.

Day 18
Final departure

As your journey comes to an end, our representative will drop you at the airport. Namaste and have a safe flight back.

What's included in the Cost ?

  • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • All required local and government taxes.
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide.
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Stay in the city at finest hotel (3 nights twin sharing room at Kathmandu).
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • A porter and his entire expenses.

What's excluded in the Cost ?

  • Cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Extra porter charge.
  • Nepal arrival visa.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Extra hot showers, wifi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you,if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it.You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu(thamel).

PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING

  • Fleece beanie
  • sun glasses
  • Chipstick / Sunscreen
  • Face mask or Scarf
  • Hand towel
  • Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
  • Cold weather down jacket below waist
  • Fleece jacket and trouser
  • Trekking trouser
  • T-Shirts(short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
  • Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
  • Wind stopper and fleece gloves
  • Socks and under wears
  • Trekking boot
  • Snow Gaiter (optional)
  • Runners / Snickers for camps
  • Head torch
  • Personal medical kit
  • Water Bottle/Camel Pak
  • Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
  • Spare batteries for Camera andflash light. Check charging facility along your journey
  • Day pack Minimum 25L with side pocket for water bottle

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Expect on a Trekking Holiday?

Trekking Days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. Typically, our trekking holidays involves 4 -8 hours of hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to strenuous walking over 5000 meters in the Himalaya Mountains. The day begins early at around 6.30 in the morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast is the best time to pack your items not needed during the day into duffle bag keeping the essentials or items you wish to access throughout the day in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8.00 am. Lunch is around 12 pm and is generally 1-2 hour break. We reach our camp or teahouse by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. The time from arriving at the teahouse or campsite till dinner is your free time. There is always tea available, and sometimes side trips are available. Dinner is normally served around 7.00 pm. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you may hold people back - NOT SO. The group members often string out and there will be an hour or two between the first to arrive and the last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you feel like it. There will be always our trekking Sherpas, guides and porters at the front and the rear ensuring no one gets lost.

Who Are the Trip Leaders and Are They Trained, Qualified, and Experienced?

Himalayan Summit is a professionally managed trekking company based in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent local trekking group leaders and guides. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive courses in both guiding and health and safety including but not limited to wilderness first aid, mountaineering, eco-trekking training etc. Our team has had a year’s trip leading experience and is highly dedicated to providing quality programming. Much of our team has had working experience with international adventure travel companies.

What Are the Meals Like in the Teahouses?

We offer an open choice menu in our teahouse trekking programs where you can select the food you like for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your guide is available to assist you with menu selection and is there to ensure the food is hygienic, plentiful and nutritious. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Properly boiled water is served for drinking during the breakfast and dinner meals.

What Are the Meals Like When Camping?

We have our own experienced trekking cook on all of our camping trips. We adhere to strict hygienic guidelines to ensure our food served during the camping portion of the trek is properly prepared. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli, and cereal followed by eggs either fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional bread. Dinner is a hearty 3-course meal: soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice, and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. Please communicate any dietary restrictions or special request to our staff when booking your adventure. Properly boiled water is served for drinking.

What is the Teahouse Like? May I Have My Own Room?

We book clean and comfortable teahouses which we have developed long and successful relationships with. Our standard trips are based on twin bedded with shared accommodations. We can book a private room for you if you like, which will incur an additional cost.

How Do I Know the Water on Trek Is Safe to Drink?

We discourage buying plastic bottled water because there is no proper disposal system in place and discarded water bottles cause an environmental and aesthetic concern in the backcountry. Therefore, we will provide properly boiled water to refill your water bottles and when serving hot drinks in camp or at the teahouse. Your guide is very concerned for your health and well-being and thus oversees all water processes.

Does the Trip offer the Best Value? Are There Any Hidden or Extra Costs?

We can offer top quality service and facilities at a competitive price because we do not operate overseas offices and thus do not incur the cost of such. There are no hidden or extra costs not mentioned in our programs and price-lists. In every detail, we set the highest possible standards, from safety to the type of gear provided to the food we serve. Rest assured we meet international standards on all aspects of our programs.

How Do I Book a Trip?

To book any of our trips, please completely fill out the online booking form on our website, https://www.himalayansummit.com/, and send it to us along with the booking amount. The deposit can be paid by wire transfer or by credit card (Visa or Master Card only). Upon receipt of your booking details, we will send you a trip confirmation receipt of your booking.

What Are the Physical Requirements of the Trek?

Fitness is perhaps the key factor in the trek. Most people of average fitness for their age can complete our trekking programs. It is important not only to have the most enjoyable experience but for your safety that you are both medically cleared for our programs by your doctor, and have embarked on a training program prior to leaving on our program. With that said, on all our treks you are encouraged to take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the surroundings. Most first-time trekkers are concerned that they won't keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will ensure an enjoyable trek, and have the energy for the duration of the trek. Trekking is not a walking competition. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities. The best preparation for trekking is a program that includes both cardio exercises with moderate resistance training. It is also helpful to take day hikes at least once a week gradually progressing in distance and elevation gain to simulate some of which you will encounter on the trek.

Are the Staff Well Cared for?

We are committed to the welfare of our staff from the trek leaders and guides to Sherpas, cooks, and porters. We ensure good wages, salary, and proper insurance. We provide the proper equipment and clothing needed for all our staff, including porters. Each one of our staff is an integral part of our programs.

What Type of Insurance Do I Need?

You need general travel insurance which includes both cancellation insurance, as well as rescue insurance. Read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking and/or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked, and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

What Happens in the Case of an Emergency?

In the case of a serious medical emergency or in the unlikely event of a casualty, we will coordinate rapid medical evacuation procedures. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in any evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance.

I Am Worried About Acute Mountain Sickness

Himalayan Summit trip itineraries have been professionally designed to minimize the effects of high altitude. However, many will feel some basic symptoms of the change in altitude. Your guides are medically trained to know these symptoms and if they are progressing to a more dangerous and serious condition. It is important to be a participant in your own safety and report any ill effects to your guide as soon as possible so they may make assessments as to your condition. Extensive medical kits are carried on all our trips, and your guides are trained in the use of all the equipment. In addition, we carry a Portable Altitude Chamber which is designed to mimic air pressure at lower altitudes. Our guides are trained in wilderness medicine and adhere to international standards and have a duty of care to you, the client.

How Do I Know the Trek Is Safe?

Safety is our top priority. All of our trekking group leaders and guides have undertaken the Wilderness First Aid Medical Course and have years of experience in planning, organizing, and executing a well-designed program focused on safety. We carry Portable Altitude Chamber (hyperbaric bag) along with a comprehensive medical kit. We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised.

Will I Be Transferred to and from The Airport?

Definitely! Our airport representatives will greet you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Do check the Himalayan Summit clipboard on your arrival in Kathmandu airport outside the arrival terminal hall. Make sure you have provided your flight details to us in advance.

Are There Hot Showers During the Trek?

Trekking in Nepal Himalayas is an adventure holiday and thus please do not expect a shower each day. Hot showers are sometimes available, however, we strongly discourage the use of hot water due to the fact that it is usually heated with wood, and deforestation due to tree cutting is an environmental crisis in many Himalayan places.

How Much Weight am I Carrying on the Trek?

You will be carrying your day pack with warm clothes, drinking water, snacks, sun block, camera and any other personal items you wish to access throughout the day. Generally, your daypack will be around 5 kilograms.

What is the best way to get to Nepal from the US, UK, Australia, NZ?

Most airlines fly directly from many Asian and Middle Eastern countries, however, there are no direct flights from most western countries.

When Should I Arrive in Nepal?

All our trips itineraries have an arrival and departure day from Kathmandu built in to allow for rest from your journeys on both ends of the programs. You are also welcome and encouraged to arrive a day earlier or leave Nepal a day later to have a look around the vibrant Kathmandu valley. Himalayan Summit arranges airport transfers, hotel bookings or any extra activities as required.

Can I Recharge My Electronic Devices and Camera Batteries During the Trek?

Almost every teahouse has electrical outlets in the rooms for recharging. For camera batteries, there may be a cost of usually about 2-3 US$ per hour for re-charging. We use the 220-240 volts to power their appliances and two point’s plugs are recommended to bring.

Are Trekking Poles Required, or Recommended?

Trekking poles can certainly be helpful. They can help shift some of the stress of descent especially off of your knees and onto your upper body. Many fine trekking poles to be beneficial for the trek, but they are not required.

Can I Buy Trekking Gear in Nepal?

Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Our trekking guide and representatives will be happy to assist you on this matter if needed.

Will My Mobile Phone Work in Nepal?

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Please discuss this with your phone company prior to leaving for your adventure to see what the rates are and if you have an international calling and texting plan. You can also get the local mobile SIM card in Kathmandu.

What Weather Conditions Can I Expect?

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in the Himalayas. With that said, in general days may be warm and nights are cold. You can expect some snow or rain storms at times. Between 1000 and 3500 meters the temperature could be as high as 20°C to 5°C at the low end. At higher altitudes, the temperature ranges from 20°C to -10°C. During winter it is around 10°C colder.

How Much Should I Tip?

Tipping is an accepted part of trekking although it is a completely personal matter. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Budgeting up to 10 % of the trek is a good estimate.

What is Trekking Peak?

Trekking peaks is a permit classification, and are the least expensive permits for climbing. They are also peaks that have been classified as having the least amount of technical climbing to reach the summit. Generally, these peaks can be done in a day from a high camp to the summit and back to high camp on the same day. The routes we use are chosen for their objective safety, involve easy angled snow slopes, straightforward ridges and occasionally minor scrambling. You will be using crampons, an ice axe, harnesses, fixed ropes, etc. for ascending and descending. We will introduce, review, demonstrate and provide ample time to practice all the skills required for the climbing. Trekking Peaks are carefully designed to deliver an exciting opportunity to climb a Himalayan peak while providing proper acclimatization. These treks are open to fit, determined walkers who have previously undertaken 'strenuous' treks; previous mountaineering experience is an advantage but not essential.

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Trip Facts

  • Moderate
  • 5300 m
  • Mar- May , Sep - Dec
  • 1-20 pax
  • Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Double/Twin Sharing In Hotel/Lodge
  • Full Board During The Trek