The Manaslu Trek (or Manaslu Circuit Trek) is a 18-day tea-house trek which circumnavigates the 7th highest peak in the world (8,156 m). The trek has all the elements of other treks in Nepal including both Hindu and Buddhist culture, protected wildlife, rhododendrons and wild flowers, raging rivers, precarious bridges and stunning mountain scenery.
The trek is much easier than it used to be with greatly improved trails along the Budi Gandaki river gorge. In terms of difficulty, it is comparable with the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Everest Base Camp trek. Its highlight is undoubtedly the spectacular unhindered views of Manaslu.
Just over 2,000 people complete the trek per year with more than half visiting in september October. This is substantially fewer than visiting Annapurna, Everest or Langtang. There are two main reason for the fewer numbers.
The first reason is that the trek used to require camping, as there were too few tea-houses along the trail. In particular there was no lodge below the Larkya La (a pass at 5106m) requiring an enforced night of camping. This is no longer the case. Since 2010 there is a tea-house below the pass and all the way up from the starting point. A few of the tea-houses are still basic compared to counterparts on the Annapurna Circuit, but most are comfortable.
The second reason is that the trek has restricted
are status. This means it requires a special permit (see below), that the group have two or more members and that a registered trekking guide accompanies the group. In 2011, for Nepal Tourism Year, the permit fee was reduced to US$50 per week.
These two factors together have made the trek affordable for budget travellers and it is now being referred to as The New Annapurna Circuit.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley. (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at camp in Arughat Bazzar.
Day 04: Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at camp in Soti Khola.
Day 05: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at camp in Machha Khola.
Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at camp in Jagat.
Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight at camp in Philim.
Day 08: Trek Philim to Deng (2095m.) takes about six hours.Stay overnight at camp in Deng.
Day 09: Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m.) takes about five hours. Stay overnight at camp in Namrung.
Day 10: Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight at camp in Lhogaon.
Day 11: Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight at camp in Samagaon.
Day 12: This is a day for rest at Samagaon to give you some acclimatization. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 13: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight at camp in Samdo.
Day 14: Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight at camp in Larkya La Phedi.
Day 15: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.) takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at camp in Bimthang.
Day 16: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight at camp in Dharapani.
Day 17: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at camp in Jagat.
Day 18: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight at camp in Nagdi.
Day 19: Trek from Nagdi to Besishahar (823m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight at camp in Besishahar.
Day 20: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).
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