Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the new trekking route compared to other popular trekking trails. This route offers quite diverse sceneries and landscape. Various ethinic groups, their life style, culture, monuments mostly related to buddhism are common sights during this trek. The Larkya La pass is the most challenging part of this trek.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assist and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of the representative from Aarya Village Travel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing at Bouddhanath Stupa- a very important religious site for the followers of Buddhism. It is located northeast from the Kathmandu city center. The Stupa is regarded as the centre of faith for the Buddhists. This is also the largest Stupa of Nepal. The Stupa rich in Buddhist arts and cultural heritage is also a popular pilgrimage site; Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu Temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries and Patan Durbar Square- Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. The square offers myriad opportunities for visitor willing to study and research artistic and architectural masterpieces, history and culture of Patan. Rest of the time is free on your own.
Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) 8-9 hours drive (B, L, D)
Our guide escorts you from Kathmandu; take you to Soti Khola after almost 8-9 hours drive through countryside of Nepal enjoying the countryside and mountain sceneries. First part of drive is easier until Dhading Besi, the headquater of Dhading District. Another part of drive starts from Dhading Besi to Soti Khola through dirt road followed by the Budhi Gandaki River towards its point of origin and we reach Soti Khola. Overnight at Soti Khola.
Day 4: Soti Khola - Machikhola (900m) 5-6 hours walk (B, L, D)
You walk to the trail that descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. We Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Overnight at lodge.
Day 5: Machikhola - Jagat (1300m) 6-7 hours walk (B, L, D)
Once you cross Machha River and Khrola besi, there is a hot spring called "Tatopani". The trail follows forested area after this towards Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked.
Day 6: Jagat - Philim (1700m/5576ft) 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
Your day walking starts after ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri offering a view of Sringi Himal (7177 meters). We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. In the afternoon, we explore the village and surrounding hillside. Stay overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 7: Phidim - Deng (2095m/6871ft) 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
The trail will amuse you with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We pass Eklabatti, head towards the river and cross it twice on suspension bridges. Then, we pass Euwa, where we come through a small campsite and continue our way through the valley until we reach the village of Deng.
Day 8: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
We scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail and descend to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and then ascend to an impressive valley. There we encounter mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are entering a Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we make an excursion to the small settlement of Prok, a two hour round trip.
Day 9: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) 6 hours drive (B, L, D)
We pass the stone gate and the long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho, with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get a very close up view of Manaslu from here. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa from there for a night halt.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (B, L, D)
This day has been set aside for acclimatization. An option for full or half day walks has been set aside. Full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) 3 hours walk (B, L, D)
The trail crosses grazing areas and gradually climbs the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu leads us to reach Samdo (3860m), a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. Explore the village and surrounding hills in the afternoon.
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) 4 hours walk (B, L, D)
After crossing a couple of streams, we reach the Larkya Bazaar, a village that thrived off trade with Tibet years ago. We reach a lodge at 4450m, after a steady climb. It is the last overnight before the pass.
Day 13: Dharmasala to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft) 8 hours walk (B, L, D)
We climb Cho Chanda and then slowly head uphill towards the steep snowed-up pass. The panorama from the top is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep, through moraines to Bhimphedi.
Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) 5 hours walk (B, L, D)
With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we head towards the small Karcha La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilije.
Day 15: Tilije to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) 6 to 7 hours walk (B, L, D)
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall then short descend to Chamje village. Overnight at Chamje.
Day 16: Chamje to Beshisahar 4 hours drive (B, L, D)
Today after Breakfast we catch a local jeep to Beshisahar. Overnight at Beshisahar.
Day 17: Beshisahar - Kathmandu 7-8 hours Drive (B, L)
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu in local bus. It is 7 to 8 hours drive to Kathmandu. Check in hotel. You will offer for the rest and refreshment in hotel. Evening take your time for leisurely spend.
Day 18: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.