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Unknown Manaslu Circuit Trek

We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu

Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere. PLEASE NOTE: A special permit is required for this trek. In order for us to obtain permits for you, we have to present hard copies of your passport (scans are not accepted) by 1000hrs to the permit issuing office. The permit office is open Sunday-Thursday, Friday Mornings, closed all day Saturday. The permit office is also closed on Nepal Public Holiday days. Please anticipate that you may require extra days in Kathmandu as a result in order that we can obtain your permit.

Accommodation: KGH Hotel -   Kathmandu

Included Meals: None


Day 2 - Drive to Soti Khola

It's a full days drive today as private vehicle takes you from Kathmandu along the main highway to then turn toward the mountains on a road that follows the Burhi Gandakhi Valley. At some stage (usually around Arghat) a locally chartered jeep will be used in order to reach Soti Khola.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Soti Khola

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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Day 3 - Trek to Machha Khola

The climate remains sub-tropical and the altitude remains low as you commence the circuit of Manaslu by essentially following the river to the Machha Khola (930m). Although still low there is both uphill and downhill walking but nothing like what will come. Approx. 7hrs walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Machha Khola

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4 - Trek to Doban

Over the Machha Khola River and up to Tatopani. Across a suspension bridge to the other side of the valley and through forests to Doban (1070m). Around 5hrs walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Doban

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5 - To Philim

It's a stiff (but relatively short) climb up to Louri and then just over an hours more walking to Jagat (1410m). Trekking permits having been checked, a stone-stepped trail  descends to the river followed by an ascent through terraced fields to Saguleri and a further climb to Philim. Around 6hrs walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Philim

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 - Trek to Deng

A little down and then mostly uphil, at times steep. Beyond Chisopani the trail contours the hillside and forest of pine become prevalent. Things get interesting as the trail is cut into the walls of a gorge and it's then up and along to Deng (1860m). Walking time approx 5hrs.The valley you're ascending is quite steep-sided and the first signs of the Buddhist influence appear. There's several crossings of rivers (by bridges) today and after around 8hrs of fairly tough trekking you reach Namrung (2630m).

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Deng

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 - Walk to Namrung

The valley you're ascending is quite steep-sided and the first signs of the Buddhist influence appear. There's several crossings of rivers (by bridges) today and after around  6-7hrs of fairly tough trekking you reach Namrung (2540m)

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge,Namrung

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 - Trek to Lho

Not as long today and as you'll be going over 3000m that is fortunate. Heading deeper, as the valley opens out there's a steep climb to Lihi (2925m) and the villages become more Tibetan influenced. Manaslu presents herself boldly to you today and the twin peaks will be evident. It's likely that todays destination of Lho (3150m) will take around 4-5hrs of walking.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Lho

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 9 - Trek to Samdo

Up through pine forests and then a bit of downhill walking followed by a bit of gradual ascent to reach Sama Gaon (3520m).You're still following the Burhi Gandaki up stream and the scenery now gets seriously spectacular. Samdo (3690m) is todays destination and takes around 6-7hrs of challenging walking to reach. The village itself was established by Tibetan refugees and Tibet itself is a days walk away.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Samdo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10 - Acclimatisation Day

It's a good idea to aid your acclimatisation by walking to a higher altitude today and then back down to Samdo for the night. You can climb up to the ridge behind Somdu to achieve this. It is a stiff, steep ascent but does afford some very good vistas.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Samdo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11 - To Larkya Phedi

Heading towards the Larkya Glacier today is primarily all uphill as you trek to Larkya Phedi, which confusingly is also known as Dharamsala and Duwang. At an altitude of 4460m you'll likely not be too bothered what it's called. The lodge here is particularly basic. Although its only about 6km from Somdu to here, the higher altitude makes it feel further and progress is slow and around 3-5hrs walking is required.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Larkya Phedi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12- The Larkya La

The 'Thorung La' of the Manaslu Circuit, the hardest day of walking, the highest point of the trek, the longest walking day and essentially the crux of the trek. The crossing of the Larkya La can take some  8-10hrs or more dependent upon conditions. After an initial steep climb out of Larkya Phedi, it's a steady slog up and up for almost 5hrs. Prayer flags line the pass and it is usually pretty chilly up here. Enjoy the views.....quickly and then begin the steep descent down scree (often snow covered high up) to a yak pasture. It's still downhill, but the gradient eases as you make your way to Bimthang (3590m).

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Bimthang

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13 - Down to Dharapani

Dropping down into the Burdin Khola Valley, there's some uphill too. But, it's then down again and into woodlands followed by an ascent to the Karche La. Far below lies the Marsyangdi Valley and your exit route. A lot more downhill will make your knees ache but after a good 8hrs of walking you reach Dharapani (1963m). At this point you've joined the Annapurna Circuit route.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge, Dharapani

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14 - Dharapani to Kathmandu

Using locally chartered 4x4 vehicle/s you'll travel to Besisahar by way of the jeep road. It is very bumpy and dusty. Reaching the tarmac of Besisahar the onward private vehicle journey to Kathmandu may feel like you're floating on a cloud.But, it's a long days drive for sure. If you prefer to break up the journey, then our very own The Old Inn at Bandipur makes for a pleasing overnight respite. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any overland travel delays that can and do occur, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 15 - Depart Nepal

A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

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