Manaslu Circuit is considered an adventurous and challenging trek, off the main tourist routes in the Manaslu region. The region gives an insight into some of the most beautiful mountain vista, combined with centuries-old Himalayan culture and traditions. The trail has very little traffic as compared to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit trekking. Although most trekkers have not heard about Manaslu Circuit trekking, each year trekkers in the Manaslu region have been increasing leaps and bounds. Most parts of the Manaslu region are economically and socially backward and unexplored. These days trekkers can spend nights in teahouses, some of them are basic and not as good as those we find in the Everest and Annapurna regions This is why some trekkers say Manaslu Circuit is the best teahouse trek but not up to the mark.
The trek begins in lower elevation area from Arughat or Soti village and trekkers have more opportunity to interact with local villagers. As an option, there is another route opened for trekkers who can begin from Gorkha Bazaar instead of Arughat passing through some of the most beautiful and large settlements of Larpak and Barpak and eventually merge nearby Soti Khola side. Descending from Larke Pass could be a bit technical and challenging.
In the dry season vehicles ply over from Kathmandu to Soti Khola which is considered the starting point of the trek, and ends the trek at Tal or Dharapani and then drives to Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.
It requires a special permit for trekking into the Manaslu region as the world’s eighth highest mountain, Mount Manaslu, shares the border with China (Tibet). It is the policy of the department of immigration of Nepal government to control illegal entry into Tibet from Nepal and to preserve the trans-Himalayan culture, religion, and tradition.
Many trekkers opt for Manaslu Circuit just to experience isolation from hurly-burly of urban life and to achieve something different. Anyone can do around Manaslu trekking although who has not got enough trekking experience in high-elevation.
Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November) are the best seasons for Manaslu Circuit trek. Tara Treks Nepal is happy to organize Round Manaslu trek for individuals and Groups as per request.
Day 1: Join in Kathmandu 1,300m (Briefing will be arranged in the evening)
Day 2: Half-day cultural tour (Pashupati/Boudha). The afternoon will be free.
Day 3: Drive to Sothikhola 700m. Approx 7–8hrs
Day 4: Trek to Machhakhola 870m. Approx 6–7hrs
Day 5: Trek to Jagat 1,370m. Approx 6–7hrs
Day 6: Trek to Chisapani 1,660m. Approx 5–6hrs
Day 7: Trek to Bihi Phedi 1,950m. Approx 6–7hrs
Day 08: Trek to Namrung 2,900m.Approx 6–7hrs
Day 09: Trek to Shyala 3,500m. Approx 7hrs
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaun 3,500m. Approx 4hrs
Day 11: Day rest at Sama Gaun 3,500m (optional day trip to Manaslu Base Camp 4,500m)
Day 12: Trek to Samdo 3,900m. Approx 3hrs
Day 13: Trek to Dharma Shala 4,460m. Approx 4hrs
Day 14: Trek to Bimtang (4,400m) via Larkya La Pass (5,135m). Approx 8–9hrs
Day 15: Trek to Goa 2,500m. Approx 6–7hrs
Day 16: Trek to Tal 1,700m. Approx 6hrs
Day 17: Trek to Jagat 1,300m. Approx 4hrs. After lunch, the drive to Beshisahar 760m.
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu 1,300m. Approx 6–7hrs
Day 19: Trip concludes in Kathmandu after breakfast. Transfer to airport
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