The best possible circuit trek of Nepal is Manaslu Trek. The trail surrounds the highest peak of the region. Manaslu stands as the eighth highest mountain of the world. The Gorkha district of Manaslu conservation gives you the ideal opportunity to enjoy the pristine view of the mountain, the typical Tibetan culture, and also the village tourism. The tour had been opened in the year 1991. The trek is geographically fascinating and culturally spectacular.
The trek starts from Arughat. Its course follows a narrow trail along the bank of the river Budhi Gandaki till Lapubesi. You will pass through the local village of Gurung, terraced fields of potato, tobacco, corn, and millet, and then you will reach Topani. Over here you will be able to take a natural hot water shower. During your trek you will come across Chorten, Stupa, and many other monasteries during the trek.
The Best Time for Trekking
The most appropriate time to trek is from the month of March to May or from the month of September to November. This is because from June to August, the rain drowns almost the entire region. Also, the frigid winter of Himalaya makes the visit to the mountain miserable in the early months of the year. This is also the reason that most of the annual visitors go for pilgrimage in the month of October.
Permits Required for the Trek
When you go for a trek in Manaslu, you would require the Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation entry permit, the specialized Manaslu permit and also the site entry permit for the world heritages.
Safety Considerations for the Trek
All trekkers should maintain their safety while trekking around Manaslu. As a matter of fact, trekking agencies of that area also maintain some safety measures. Here are some of the particulars of the Manaslu trek:
Things that You Need to Carry
Sleeping Bags: You should carry your own sleeping bag. The primary reason is hygiene. The place that you are staying in may provide you mattresses and blankets but they are often found to be unclean. Also, sleeping bags and tents provide you protection from the chilly winds of the mountain.
Food: Unless you are good at hunting animals and eating plants, you need to carry some food. Make sure you stock up enough snacks in your backpacks.
Water Bottles: Carry your own water bottles, for water is very costly in higher altitudes. It is very important to keep yourself hydrated. If you are unable to carry bottles, take a water purifier, so that you can add the purifier to local water to drink it.
Our representative meets you at airport and transfer to Hotel. If time permits, you will visit some places your own.
Half Day city tour and preparation for trekking permit and equipment.
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and overnight stay at Arughat which is 8 hours drive from Kathmandu.
The trek starts to go ahead to sati Khola via Sante Bazaar and Budhi Gandaki valley, on the way to Soti khola meets some water fall, Magar villages and Gurung villages.
After crossing the bridge, the trek goes up a ridge above the Budhi Gandaki Rivers and walk along with some Gurung Villages and overnight stay Labu Besi..
The trek forwards to Machha Khola after crossing several streams on the way and reaches to the place the trail again forwards to Doban Khola via Khorlavesi, Tatopani etc.
The route climbs on a Rugged Rocky trail with passes the villages, crossing Budi Gandaki and reach to Jagat.
The day begins by following the river bank again and crossing the eastern bank walk up to Philim where Manaslu Conservation Project office is located. One can see mount Lapuchun too. Overnight stay Ngyak Bensi.
This day you will walk along with big forest area and some narrow valley. After completing the forest and narrow valley you get to Dang and again continue to walk and get to Ghap. You can see Mount Manaslu from there.
Again this day walk through some dense forest and valley. Then slowly get to Namrung and Stay there.
This day trekking walks through along the forest and get to Samagoun, after Samagon meets Buddhist Village along the way which area is influenced by Tibetan culture so some monastery and chorten are there. Samagoun is largest village on the way to trekking for Manaslu where more than hundreds houses settled there. Also you can see Mount Manaslu and Kuang Himal.
Trekking rest day at Samagoun. You will explore some monastery and excursion to Manaslu Base Camp.
Trekking starts along with river and slowly walk up to Samdo which site of Tibetan refugee camp where you can feel some Tibetan culture and lifestyle. But people are Nepalese.
Trekking to Dharmashala or Larkya Pass, route follow the Larke Khola and get to Dharma Shala.
This day is tough day for you. Sometimes you have to walk on glacier too. Route is different types because you have to cross over the Larkya Pass (5,213m) The terrain consists of glacial moraine with a lot of scree to scramble up and over.
This trekking day gradually walk down with Rhododendron forest and Pine too. Also you can see the north face of Mt. Manaslu.
Trekking route goes through Dudh Khola which starts Marsyangdi River. This day slowly walk to Dharapani which is route to Annapurna circuit. You walk down to Tal which is same route to Annapurna but you will back to route of Kathmandu not Annapurna circuit trekking. But sometimes trekker continues to trek completing the Manaslu.
Trekking ahead to Syange is foothills of Himalayas via some Gurung villages and Brahmin. Meets some terrain and Paddy fields on the way back to Syange from Tal.
Trekking starts from Syange to Bahundanda where some few lodges and Gurung settlements are there. But this day you will descend to Khudi.
We will take drive back to Kathmandu city. You can have rest of the day leisurely walk. By the night, we will join for the dinner with cultural program.
We will see you off at Hotel and transfer to International airport for onward destination.
Bed and breakfast at Kathmandu
Fullboard Package means breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.