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Manaslu circuit trek (18 days)

Manaslu Peak 

Manaslu having height of 8,163m is actually the world’s eighth tallest peak falling at the edging of one of the isolated valleys in the Nepal. It is sited at 40km distance from Annapurna region in west-central area of Nepal. In Sanskrit language, Manaslu means "Mountain of the Spirit". And it is flanked between the boundary of Nepal and Tibet. Manaslu Circuit Trek will actually present as eye-catching views of Himalchuli (7893m), Ganesh Himal, Manaslu (8163m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m) and further more arresting peaks plus you can also see beautiful wide-ranging landscape and range of diverse plants and animals.


Manaslu circuit trek begins from Aarughat nearby the Budhi Gandaki and the way then turns to a high alpine valley holding matchless Tibetan communities and some monasteries. We will ascend up to Larkya La pass (5213m) that enchants you with the outstanding panoramas of the Manaslu peaks, Cheo Himal, Kangaru, Larke Peak, and more. There are quite a lot of monasteries, lakes, caves on our way that are tempting. The Tilicho Lake (4,920 m), found in the highest area in the world will also reward us. The major fascinations of Manaslu circuit trek are geologically amazing, exceptional background, distinctive bio diversity and unusual culture but are counted among the challenging trek. Gurungs, with a sway of a Tibeto-Burman culture following Buddhism are the main groups of people subsisting in this region. Moving further from Manaslu, the inhabitants are totally Tibetan. They are straight children of Tibetan settlers. Their speech, outfit and customs are nearly parallel to Tibetan groups. In low area there are lots of other people with different castes like Brahmans, Newars, Chhetris, Ghales, Tamangs, Gurungs etc.


This 18-days Manaslu Circuit Trek designed by Third Eye Adventure bestows you the opportunity to experience adventurous trek routes in Nepal. The trek offers an incredible intermingle of long-established Tibetan culture, spotless Himalayan fascination and a range of natural diversity.

Trip Facts

Duration: 18 Days
Climbing Destination: Aarughat
Grade: Moderate to challenging
Mode of trek: Lodge /Camping
Maximum Altitude: 5231m Larkya La pass
Climbing Season: Marchto may, September to November

Trip Overview

Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Day 03- Drive to Arughat(620m/2034ft)

Day 04- Trek to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft)

Day 05- Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)

Day 06- Trek to Jagat (1410m/4625ft)

Day 07- Trek to Deng (1804m/5917ft)

Day 08- Trek to Namrung (2630m/8626ft)

Day 09- Trek to Samagaon(3530m/11578ft)

Day 10- Rest at Samagaon

Day 11- Trek to Samdo (3860m/12660ft)

Day 12- Trek to Larkya base camp (4460m/14628ft)

Day 13- Trek to Bhimthang (3720m/12201ft)

Day 14- Trek to Dharapani (1963m/6439ft)

Day 15- Trek to Syange (1080m/3542ft)

Day 16- Drive to Kathmandu

Day 17- Fly to Home country

Detail Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrive at Kathmandu (1320m).

Our representative will be at airport with your name card. Once you grab him you will be heartily welcomed by him putting garland on your neck which means welcome to Nepal. Then you will be driven to the hotel by car. Rest and enjoy the day around the town.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 02:Sightseeing around Kathmandu city.

Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stoupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan’s Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swayambhnath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to enjoy your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have.

Hotel in Kathmandu - B

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (620m) about 8 hours.

Today we long drive by local bus or private jeep to Arughat. This is an interesting drive throughout highway and off road.  Until Dhading besi we drive paved road after that we take off road uphill and downhill. During our driving we will stop for lunch in local restaurant for Daal Bhat, noodle soup or fried noodle.

Tea House in Arughat- B, L, D

Day 04: Trek from Arughat to SotiKhola (710m) about 5 hours.

Our first trekking day, we follow the off road till Sotikhola experiencing village lifestyle. We follow Budhi Gandaki River with scenic view of cliffs and water falls on another side.

Tea House in SotiKhola- B, L, D

Day 05: Trek from SotiKhola to Machha Khola (900m) about 7 hours.

After having breakfast we cross the suspension bridge and walk through the sal forest on to a ridge above high rapid of Budhi Gandaki River. Then we enter to the rocky cliffy trail toward Lapubeshi by passing some waterfalls and scene of waterfalls on another side. We further climb rocky trail towards Machha Khola following the River bank.

Tea House in Machha Khola- B, L, D

Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) about 7 hours.

After breakfast we again follow narrow trails which make some up and down, after crossing Tharo Khola we reach at Khorlabesi. Then we walk some more up and down to Tatopani (hot spring) where we can take quick wash. The trail divert to the left bank of river by crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki.After that the trails lead toward to jagat.

Tea house in Jagat- B, L, D

Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1804m) about 7 hours.

At the beginning of the day starts uphill to the rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Setibas. The valley takes you to the suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, which is big Gurung village. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki the trail leads the west bank. We continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng.

Tea House in Deng- B, L, D

Day 08: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) about 7 hours.

After morning breakfast we cross the Budhi Gandaki after short walk from Deng and follow the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. Then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Cossing various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley. Ater few ups and downs in forests by passing many mani walls. Then we head to Prok village from where e could see stunning view of Siringi Himal. We cross the River many times with monasteries en route. After few up and down and at end steepy up we arrive at Namrung.

Tea house in Namrung- B, L, D

Day 09: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3530m) about 7 hours.

After early morning stunning view of Mt Ganesh Himal, Mt siringi and Mt Himal Chuli on the south we head toward Samagaon. We climb up and pass through forest arrive Lihi where we can observe many Chortens and beautiful barley terrace fields. We pass through Lho and Shyala village during our walking. From Lho we could see picturesque view of Mt. Manasalu. Furhter more to Samagaon we can see Glaciers and other mountains as well.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization at Samagaon.

We will walk around the village and visit monastery which is Buddhist monastery where you can visit. We can see the rich Sherpa culture in this village. We can hike up to the ridge for the views of the mountains and the village.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m) about 5 hours.

The trail drops down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the side stream. The trail leads towards north and follow in to a bridge over a side. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to wider. It is an easy walk through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. Then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can see a large white kani which we do have to cross to get Samdo. If you have extra day we can enjoy by hiking to Tibet border and rest again at Samdo.

Tea House in Samdo- B, L, D

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala or Larkya la B.C. (4460m) about 5 hours.

The trails lead st down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the wooden bridge. After short walk through the valley the trail leads up to the Larkya Phedi. It is also called Dharmasala because there is a huge stone a kind of Shelter. Evening walk around the hill to get acclimatize and overnight at Larkya rest house.

Tea House in Larkya La B.C. - B, L, D

 

Day 13: Trek from Larkya la B.C. to Bhimthang (3720m/12201ft) via Larkya pass (5160m/16924ft) about 9 hours.

Today is the big and tough day of trekking. After short climb we reach north side of Larkya glacier. We walk across the moraines of the glacier and a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to get to the pass. From the top of the pass we can see gorgeous view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. From the pass we steeply all the way down to Bhimthang.

Tea House in Bhimthang - B, L, D

Day 14: Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani (1963m) about 8 hours.

The trail descends into a rhododendron forest towards narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche (2785m). On the way one can enjoy the view of Manaslu, Annapurna and many more mountains. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. Then after the trail continue through the fields, over a stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests to Tilje. Then we walk further to Dharapani Annapurna circuit section.

Tea House in Dharapani- B, L, D

Day 15: Trek from Dharapani to Syange (1080m) about 6 hours.

Today last day of trekking, we walk down to Syange following off road by enjoying the waterfall seen. Tea House in Syange- B, L, D

Day 16: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu about 9 hours.

We take long drive to Kathmandu today. If we take local vehicle we need to change it in Beshisahar and if private we direct head to Kathmandu. Rest, leisure and shop. In the evening we will have farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program.

Hotel in kathmandu- B

 

Day 17: Farewell day as you fly your country.

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards you will be taken to the airport. See you next time.

Note of above Itinerary: 
B=Breakfast
L=Lunch
D=Dinner

 

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
  • Special permit for Manaslu region since it is restricted area.
  • Respective region (Manaslu) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • International Airport Departure Tax.
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) - you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance. 
  • Tips & Gratuities

Normally we have open date.We do operate from 1 person group to 20 person group in one time. If there is people more than 20 person then we divide it on to two group. For the price you could mail us on info@thirdeyeadventure.com

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Manaslu Circuit Map

 

Travel Insurance

It would be best of you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don"t arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations
All accommodations for Annapurna Base Camp Trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations during our trekking. You will spend two nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and during your trekking you will spend 10 nights in standard teahouse/lodge/hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. We provide attached rooms as much as possible, however teahouses/lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement.

Meals
During the Trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisen, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu and breakfast will be provided in Pokhara.

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Acclimatization
The effects of high altitude on humans are considerable. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the saturation of oxyhemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen. Athletes use these adaptations to help their performance. There is a limit to the level of adaptation: mountaineers refer to the altitudes above 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) as the "death zone", where no human body can acclimatize.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
To makes your Annapurna Base Camp Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable the most important thing you need to realize is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with the ability to operate your duration in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders that we can offer from our side. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Black Diamond only employs Nepalese staffs who have fact and uptodate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of Black Diamond are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid
Trekking Guide Training
Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
English Language
Conservation and Biodiversity
Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

 

Environmental Concerns
The Annapurna Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a "zero impact" policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do"s and don"ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact.

Best Season
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring(March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Base Camp Walk, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us.

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