Manaslu Circuit is a challenging trek around Manaslu the world’s eighth highest mountain and crossing Larkya La pass. This trek includes a visit to Tsum Valley, this is one of Buddhism’s sacred hidden valleys called “Beyul” with important ancient monasteries and remote villages. Tsum valley was only opened for trekkers three years ago and therefore is a new place to explore with little impact from tourism. This trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of the Nepal Himalaya. The trail passes through a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery similar to the classic Annapurna Circuit although the trails are not as popular with trekking groups. The trek starts at Soti Khola and passes through bamboo forests and Gurung villages in the narrow Buri Gandaki gorge. After Lho village we enter the Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants where you will see colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and monasteries along the way. After Samdo village we start the approach towards the Larkya La pass, crossing this high Himalayan pass is a challenging day although would be a good objective for a fit hill walker with no previous mountaineering experience. The view from the Larkya La is superb where we will see Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal mountains. Click here for detailed explanation and discussion about how the different Classic Circuit treks in Nepal compare and the pros & cons of each one.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Physical Condition & Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Arrive to Kathmandu
As you arrive to TIA Airport, Nepal you will be received by Sherpa Himalayan representative and you will be taken to three star hotel in Kathmandu. You will have facility of bed and breakfast.
Preparing For trekking in Kathmandu
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek
Drive to Soti Khola (700m)
We will start the day early after breakfast. We take a drive from Kathmandu to Dhadingbesi on a nice, paved road enjoying the views of the hilly areas, terraces, fields and rivers. The drive from Dhading Besi to Arughat is a little rough one on rocky trails. From Arughat another 2 more hour drive to Soti Khola and spend your first night on the local lodge.
Trek to Macha Khola (930m)
We start the day early to reach our destination which will take about 6-7 hours. After crossing a popular suspension bridge of Soti Khola, we trek through Sal forests to reach a ridge above the splashing rapids of the Budhi Gandaki River. After reaching Khursane, the trail becomes rocky, passing through waterfalls and cliffs. We make our way past terraced rice fields and up to a Gurung village of Labubesi Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we reach Machcha Khola village and overnight at tea house.
Trek to Jagat (1,440m)
The next day, From Machhakhola we follow a narrow trail that takes us to Tharo Khola and finally to Khorlabesi. After a few ascends and descends, we reach a popular hot-spring, Tatopani. We will spend sometime here and can enjoy the natural sauna in the hot -spring.After crossing a suspension bridge, we again climb stone staircase then go down to the river and climb some stairs again to reach Thado Bharyang. Then we cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, walk along the river to reach the village of Jagat where we spend the night.
Trek to Lhokpa in Tsum Valley (2,240m)
Today we will hike on a rocky and rugged trail. We will climb up and down the ravines. From here, we can have a beautiful view of Sringri Himal, as we hike up to reach Lokpa at 2249m. It takes about 6-7 hour hiking. We spend night at Local lodges.
Trek to Dumje (2,460m).
Today the trek will be around 7 hour long. We will trail uphill from Lokpa and head up over a ridge that takes us to Ganesh Himal Base Camp and from there to Chumling. Chumling is located on the south of Shingri Himal, and is also known as lower Tsum.Then continue for the few more hour then you reach Dumje. Overnighta Local lodge.
Trek to Nile- Chule (3,361m).
After breakfast we will trek to Chule which will take us 7 hours. This is the last village leading north into the Upper Tsum Valley. Nile is situated on the west side of the Shiar Khola, which is about 20 minutes’ walk across from Chule. We can visit the Piren Phu cave on our way to Tsum, The trek will be around 7 hours long. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Trek to Mu Gompa (3,710m).
We will hike uphill to Mu Gompa, the biggest monastery of the region. It is situated at the highest and farthest point of the Tsum Valley. you will find statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Tara and Guru Padmasambhava. The trek will be around 4 hours long for the day. Overnight at Lodge.
Exploration day around Mu Gompa.
We will visit the whole day around the area and go for small climbs in the snow peaked mountains. We can reach the base of Pika Himal. We get a spectacular view of Tibet and the beautiful peaks on the Tibetan region and the Ganesh Himal. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Trek to Rachen in Tsum valley (3,240m)
From here we will take the trail to reach Rachen Gompa. It is a nunnery situated in the Shiar Khola Valley, in the footsteps of mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. It is home to nuns of the Ngak-Pa sect.The trek will be around 5 hours long. Overnight at Local Lodge.
Trek to Deng (1,860m)
We will go downhill today with beautiful view of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu accompanying us. where you will have lunch and continue our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we spend the night.We rejoin the Manaslu from Lokpa then we continue to trek to Deng. Overnight at Local lodge
Trek to Namrung (2,540m)
We take a short walk from Deng and then we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to reach Rana. From here we climb for a while and then head west to Budhi Gandaki valley.Then we take the trail through Prok village which allows us to witness the beautiful view of Siring Himal. We follow the river, crossing it at many places and pass through dense forests and Gompas along the way. After crossing the river at a gorge, the trail becomes leveled and after a last steep climb, we reach Namrung where we stay the night. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.
Trek to Samagaon (3,450m)
After crossing the Shyala village, we reach the Sama village where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of the high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay in Samagaon for the night.
Day walk from Samagaon (3,450m)
This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa.We hike up to the Gompa named after the two peaks of Manaslu which means bracelet. It was destroyed when the Japanese first tried to summit the peaks. It was believed that the expedition to reach the summit might have angered the Gods. After the detour, we come back to Samagaon and spend the night there.
Trek to Samdo (3,860m)
We follow the Budhi Gandaki River up to a stream which we cross on a suspension bridge. From here we take the trail on the right to Larkya la. It is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls and juniper and birch forests. We again cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and continue forward. From a stone arch, we can see a kani and after crossing it, we reach Samdo where we spend the night.
Trek to Dharamasala (4480m).
We start our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing a few streams and seeing a glimpse of the Larkya glacier, we go around a valley and make our way upwards again to reach a guesthouse called Dharmashala. This short walk to Larke Phedi provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek.
Trek over Larkya la pass (5,213m) to Bimtang (3,590m)
On this day, we make a short climb and reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak. We ascend the moraines of a glacier which becomes quite steep at the end before reaching the pass. From here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna. It is a longer walk than other days and you reach the guesthouse among the low pastures at the dim lights of dusk. When we finally reach Bhimtang, the exquisite view of Mount Manaslu makes every step worth it.
Trek to Tilije (2300m).
After enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho. A short walk takes us to Tilije with better accommodation options where we spend the night.
Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m).
We move in a stone paved path passing through a beautiful village and then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, move past an arch and Mani walls to get to the Thonje village. After passing through a police checkpoint we make our way towards Dharapani from where we enter the Annapurna circuit section. From Dharapani we take Jeep or bus from Dharapani to Beishar. which takes 4-5 hours. We spend a our last night of the trek at Besishar.
Drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
We drive along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River, witnessing the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, rivers and valleys and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains. After a few hours’ journey we reach Kathmandu where we will spend the last night in Nepal.
Free day In Kathmandu
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day.Today you will be invited by Sherpa Himalaya for Last Day Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
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