The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that encircles the majestic Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world. This trek takes you through diverse landscapes, remote villages, and offers stunning mountain views. The route typically includes a visit to Kal Tal and Pungen Gumpa, which are significant points of interest along the trail.
Manaslu Circuit: The trek starts in the town of Machha Khola and follows the Budhi Gandaki River, passing through lush forests, terraced fields, and remote villages. It then ascends through the narrow gorge of the river, offering dramatic landscapes and challenging terrain.
Kal Tal: Kal Tal (Kalchhaman) is a beautiful high-altitude lake located on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It’s a serene place to take a break and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. You’ll often find trekkers stopping here for a rest and to take in the stunning surroundings.
Pungen Gumpa (Gompa): Pungen Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located along the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This is a great place to learn about the local culture and spirituality. The gompa often has colorful prayer flags, intricate wall paintings, and religious artifacts that add to the cultural experience of the trek.
Mountain Views: Throughout the trek, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Manaslu range, which includes peaks like Manaslu (8,163 meters) and Ganesh Himal, Shringi, Budda Himal, and Larke Peaks. The views of these snow-capped giants are one of the main highlights of the trek.
Remote Villages: The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through several remote villages like Deng, Namrung, Sho, Lho, and Samagaon, where you can interact with the warm and welcoming local communities. You’ll get a glimpse into the traditional Nepalese way of life.
High Passes: The trek involves crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters), which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains but requires careful acclimatization and preparation.
Cultural Experience: The trek offers a unique cultural experience as you’ll encounter a mix of Tibetan and Nepalese cultures. You’ll see prayer wheels, Buddhist stupas, and traditional tea houses along the route.
Permits: Please note that the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a special restricted area permit, and it’s advised to go with a Govern Register Trekking company and licensed trekking Guide due to these permit requirements.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less crowded alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, and it’s known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. Make sure to plan well, pack appropriately for various weather conditions, and be prepared for some challenging hiking, especially at high altitudes, flora and fauna, Wildlife, Birds and Beautiful alpine forest.
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 – 7 hours
We set off early today for Machha khola. Amid the drive, we appreciate perspectives of the Nepalese farmland alongside the mountain landscapes. We will be driving on a cleared street from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, area headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be good after Arughat on a harsh street, a noteworthy town in the area we drive assist towards Machha khola.
Day 5: Maccha Khola – Jagat [1410m/4625 ft]: 5 – 6hrs
The restricted trail makes some minor high points and low points and in the long run crosses the Tharo Khola and achieving Khorlabesi. After a couple of more climbs and slides we run over a little Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we move over another edge, at that point cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension connect. At this crossroads, we get on a wide, all around made staircase, at that point over an avalanche and over an edge to Dobhan. After traverse the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and afterward drop to the waterway and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Intersection the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we move over an edge, trek along the stream and after that move towards the town of Jagat.
Day 6: Jagat – Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
We start the present trek by moving over a rough edge to Salleri, and after that slip to Sirdibas. The valley enlarges a bit as the trail proceeds up to Ghatta Khola. We additionally keep strolling upstream to a long suspension connect in Philim, a vast Gurung village second head quarter of Gorkha district. The trail turns north simply over the most reduced house in the town and remains on a genuinely level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The course now enters a precarious, uninhabited crevasse. Now, we plunge to the verdant land slants, cross the Budhi Gandaki, at that point trek along the west bank for some time, at that point cross toward the east bank the trail split to Tsum valley and afterward back once more. As we proceed through the trail the valley enlarges and we go through bamboo backwoods to the Deng Khola. After intersection the Khola, we achieve the modest village of Deng.
Day 7: Deng – Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
After a short stroll past Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and move to Rana at 1910m. From the scaffold, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, at that point travel west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail likewise goes through woods and mani where we turn towards a corner that forms to Ghap. Despite the fact that there is another course, we take the course through Prok town. Prok town has a perspective for a lovely sight of Siringi Himal. We additionally cross the Budi Gandaki a few times today and run over a few gompas in transit. The trail completes the stream upstream a thick woods. Subsequent to the intersection the stream at a noteworthy spot where it thunders down a tight crevasse, the woods turns out to be less thick and the trail is fine once more. The wonderful walk proceeds and after the last soak climb we achieve Namrung.
Day 8: Namrung – Shyala [3530m/11,578 ft]: 5-6hours
Namrung village is a decent perspective for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the town, one can likewise observe Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb consistently and go through backwoods and achieve Lihi, a fine town with numerous chortens and grain patios. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal constantly close by. We additionally go through Sho, and Lho village before achieving Shyala Village. We appreciate extraordinary perspectives of Mt. Manaslu from Lho town and furthermore investigate the well known Ribung Gompa. In Shyala town we will be encompassed by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to one side, Manaslu and vast icy masses straight ahead, and other snow summits to one side, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal.
Day 9: Visit Pungyen gompa – Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours investigation
We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get to know the rich Tibetan culture. We appreciate seeing a large number of mani stones with Buddhist messages and pictures and the Sherpa ladies clad in conventional garments and adornments. On a little slope close to the Sama town is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a cloister with incredible perspectives of the icy mass. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen implies wristband, a great depiction of the two pinnacles. It was annihilated a year after the primary unsuccessful Japanese endeavor to climb Manaslu. Local people trusted that the climb maddened the divine beings, and when the Japanese returned a year later they met with a ton of resistance that they needed to surrender their endeavor. They were at long last fruitful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon.
Day 10: Samagaon Rest day
Today, we visit Sama Village old monastery and Berendra lake shortly. A side day trip from Sama Gaun to Manaslu Base Camp is a fantastic way to get closer to the majestic Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters) and experience the high Himalayan landscape. However, it should be approached with careful planning, consideration of the altitude, and a full understanding of the challenges involved.
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3880m) 3 – 4 hours
Today, we slide to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and tails it to a scaffold over a side stream. The trail to one side prompts the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes a few mani dividers as the valley extends. It is a simple trail on a rack over the stream passing the juniper and birch woods of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the rack, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden extension and climb steeply onto a projection between two forks of the stream. From a stone curve, we can see a huge white kani. At last, going through the kani we discover Samdo.
Day 12: Samdo – Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 3 – 4 hours
Indeed, even today, we proceed with our stroll down the edge, traverse Budi Gandaki and start strolling upward. After intersection two streams and seeing the Larkya Glacier we circumvent the valley of the Salka Khola and move up again to the stone visitor house (4450 m), which is not a hotel but rather a sort of asylum called Dharamshala, otherwise called Larke Phedi. The short walk today likewise leaves a lot of time for acclimatization and unwinding toward the evening.
Day 13: Dharamsala to Larkya la and then to Bimthang
We escalate towards the valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can appreciate extraordinary perspectives of Larkya Peak and Chiyo Danda. At long last, we stroll crosswise over moraines of the ice sheet, making a slow climb which winds up noticeably more extreme just in the last area of the pass. From the go, there are extraordinary perspectives of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the enormous Annapurna II Punker glacial lake. It is a more drawn out day than regular to Bimtang, however, to stroll into these low fields with the night for coming in with Mt. Manaslu approaching close by is a mind-boggling background. Overnight in Bimthang.
Day 14: Bimthang – Gho 5 – 6 hours
From an edge at Bimthang, we can appreciate incredible perspectives of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We dive further and cross a high field (Sangure Kharka) trailed by an extension over Dudh Khola. We stroll through rhododendron Alpine beautiful forest and finish a trail a restricted valley until the point that we achieve the most noteworthy developed place that is known for the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We go crosswise over fields previously making a precarious move over an edge. The trail falls off the edge in a major, clearing circular segment to the waterway bank at 2580m. A short separation past is the town of Gho. Because of yesterday’s tiredness, we may take an overnight rest at Gho yet better cabins are accessible at Tilije.
Day 15: Gho – Besishahar
We move over a little edge and appreciate the stone cleared trail as it goes through a wonderful town. We at that point traverse Dudh Khola and move up through a chorten-molded curve, pass a mani divider and come to the Thonje town. At the town, we experience a police checkpoint and keep on dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit segment from Dharapani arranged at the Jeep of Besishahr drive a substantial waterfall adventure road trip back to city.
Day 17: Besishahar – Kathmandu: 8-9 hours
The drive from Besishahar to Kathmandu by means of offers one a chance to appreciate both slope and mountain scenes. The drive is regularly along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli streams. We likewise drive by some wonderful towns with cultivating porches on the two sides of the street. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our lodging. To praise the fruitful finish of our trip, we will have a goodbye supper in the evening.
The journey is a long one and includes walking through the highs and lows of the Manaslu region. Manaslu Region is popular as a challenging and remote area for trekking in Nepal among the trekkers who love to explore the trails of Nepal. But nowadays, the trail is becoming more and more famous among traveler who visits Nepal. Manaslu mostly is known for its pure natural beauty and the authentic traditional culture of Nepal. The culture and traditions, as well as their customs, are different than other regions of Nepal.