Untouched wilderness trek and a full-on adventure to a spectacular region with the main attraction, the iconic Mount Manaslu (The Spirit Mountain).
This trek has everything you would wish for and more in just 12 days: incredible mountain views, astounding natural beauty, and rich in Tibetan culture. You will trek through lush farmland and stunning rhododendron forests and across rugged mountain trails. This off the beaten path trek means isolation and time to reflect on an amazing landscape that takes your breath away. This trek, as the name suggests, circles the world’s 8th highest mountain - Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and has recently become as popular as the other well-known trails, such as Everest, Annapurna & Langtang. Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul".
The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers glimpses of wildlife, wildflowers, pine, cedar, birch, and juniper forests and of course stunning panoramic views of towering snow-covered peaks. You will get an understanding of how different cultural ethnic groups in the region exist and how Buddhism plays a major role in their lives. You will have stunning views of Himal (6983m), Annapurna (8091), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Himalchuli (7893m), and Yangra Peak (7422m) in the Ganesh Himal sub-range.
This is a trek to a region where time has had little influence on the lives of the villagers. Nepalese Himalayan, so trek to Manaslu will be a time-travel understanding.
Our journey begins with an 8 to 9-hour drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and then on to Khola Bensi. The trail takes us over the Budhi Gandaki River to Philim and Ghap villages. Along the trail, we will see native wildlife, such as Langur monkeys and of course the ever-present hardy Yak that carries goods from the Tibetan Plateau to Nepal. Tibetan influence is everywhere with prayer flags flapping in the breeze, Mani stones piled alongside the trail and Tibetan monasteries. We continue on the trail passing Lho Village and further on the trail Samagaun, Samdo, Dharamsala, Bhimthang, Dharapani, and finally Besisahar where we leave and head back to Kathmandu.
In order to minimize altitude sickness, we will stop at Samagaun to acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. A side trek to Manaslu Base camp (4500m) or Birendra Lake will also assist us to acclimatize. Another interesting trail takes us to Larkya La Pass (5160m) where we have stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and the Larkya Glacier. From Larkya La Pass there are stunning panoramic views of soaring snow-covered peaks, such as Himlung Himal and Kang Guna.
Around the Manaslu circuit trek gives you an insight into both Buddhist and Hindu cultures and how they live in these remote and isolated regions and their everyday lifestyles.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses at lower altitudes. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food in the mountainous regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We take the bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. In the past Arughat used to be the starting point of the trek but nowadays, due to better road conditions we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel along secondary (rough) roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besisahar we will be traveling by private jeep
We provide you trained & certified trekking guides and porters who will take care of all logistics and a porter for every two trekkers who will each carry about 20 kg (10 kg for each trekker). An experienced guide and porter will be the difference between success and failure. They will also save you from taking unnecessary risks during poor weather conditions.
Some days can be challenging where you often have to walk 6-8 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May) when you are much more likely to get to have crystal clear views of the mountains and can also enjoy the lush vegetation in the lower regions of the trail - particularly during spring..
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Based On 13 Reviews
“Beautiful and varied scenery with the chance to experience the unique Nepali culture. Moving experience reaching Larkhe pass.”
I have completed the Manaslu trekking with Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Team and I can just say it has been a phenomenal and incredible experience! We had an incredible guide, educating us continually regarding the trip, nature and mountains - yet in addition the remainder of the group was neighborly and supportive and made the trip awesome. Particularly as we had the chance to converse with numerous different trekkers during the trip and barely discovered anyone with a practically identical all around educated and experienced guide!
Our trek was trailed by an amazing flight to Everest Base Camp on a helicopter. We took a customize package with Sherpa Team with jeep choice on the two different ways. It would have been a horrible encounter without taking the jeep. The trek, our guide Sonam, lodges we remained along the trek and the general experience was great. Sherpa Team services left no space making the trek an incredible encounter. We unquestionably had phenomenal trekking, astounding climate, snowy pass and steep downhill. We highly suggest the Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Tea, for trekking in Nepal. It was truly an important encounter for the two of us.
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