- Trip Details
Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Duration: 18 days
Difficulty: Medium to Hard
Maximum Elevation: 5,100m (Larke La)
Best Time: October - November & March - April
Accommodation: Lodges/Tea houses
The Mt.Manaslu (8,156m) is that the eighth highest peak within the world. it had been officially opened for trekking in 1991. The trek starts from where Soti Khola are often reach after each day drive from Kathmandu. The trail goes north up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The lower a part of the valley is sort of steamy. This trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the lower parts are Gurungs, Magars and Tamangs and on the upper a part of the Manaslu area are Bhotias who migrated into Nepal from Tibet within the early 16th century. This trek offers views of major groups of the Annapurna Himalayas in Annapurna Region and Manaslu (8,163m), Shringi Himal (7187masl), and Ganesh Himal (7406masl) which soars and spreads from east to west. The Himalayan views of the route are awesome and Larke La (5100masl) is one among the foremost dramatic pass crossings within the great Himalayas. This route spreads across the Tibetan border, requires a special permit also because the Manaslu conservation admission and Annapurna conservation admission . you want to trek with a registered guide and two or more people during a group. This trek is becoming more popular because the building of ever more teahouse lodges indicates. Most of the trekkers bring camping equipment, however there are many basic local facilities like teahouses and lodgings providing simple rooms and food or supplies.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu, pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel
Day 02 : City Sightseeing around Kathmandu, Preparation for the trek
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m/2329 ft)
Day 04 : Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola(900m/2952 ft)
Day 05 : Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft)
Day 06 : Trek Jagat to Deng(1,804m/5,118 ft)
Day 07 : Trek Deng to Namrung (2630m/8.628 ft)
Day 08 : Trek Namrung to Lho(3500m/11,482ft)
Day 09 : Trek Lho to Samagaon(3530m/11,581 ft)
Day 10 : Acclimatization day at Samagaon, Side trip to Manaslu Base Camp
Day 11 : Trek Samagaon to Samdo(3,860m/12,634 ft)
Day 12 : Trek Samdo to Dharamsala/Larke Phedi(4,460m/15,288ft)
Day 13 : Trek Larke Phedi to Bimthang(3,720m/12,204ft) over crossing Larke La(5,100m)
Day 14 : Trek Bimthang to Gho(2,560m)
Day 15 : Trek Gho to Taal(1,700n)
Day 16 : Drive Taal to Kathmandu
Day 17 : Leisure in Kathmandu
Day 18: Final Departure, you'll be drop to airport.
Carsten Krage 5 months ago
After having been to Nepal for trekking several times before, we came to Nepal in October 2019 to hike the Manaslu Circuit. It was important to us that the tour was led by Bir Rai, a guide whom we have hiked with on earlier treks, too. Together with two porters and Bir Rai we started the tour by jeep from Kathmandu. The first few days of the trek led us up the narrow valley of Budhi Khola, this part of the trek is not suitable for people with fear of heights. The valley became more open as we reached higher altitudes. Bir Rai was again a perfect guide who led our trek very safely and reliably. We are from the coast, so the sea and flat land are our accustomed landscape. Even though we have done long treks in Nepal several times before, our guide is indispensable to the tour: planning, organizing and leading the trek, providing safety and knowledge. Having Bir Rai take care of everything before and during the trek provided us with freedom and peace to fully engage with the fantastic landscape, the people and the hiking itself.
The day over the Larkya La pass was long but very impressive. It was a great feeling to reach the top and to have made it up there. Instead of views of Mount Manaslu we now saw the Annapurnas and the Dhaulagiri quite closely. After another two days we reached the route in Dharapani which we had last hiked 27 years ago on the Annapurna Circuit to Thorung La.
We will definitely go trekking in Nepal again. Like last time, we already developed ideas for the next hike with Bir Rai at the end of this hike around Manaslu Circuit. In any case, we will again rely on our proven guide.
Carsten (60) and Leena (54) Krage