| 20 days
Round Manaslu trek or Manaslu circuit trek is the perfect blend of utmost adventure along the spectacular panoramic views of Manaslu, Annapurna Himalayan range and other snow capped mountains. Round manaslu trek comprises passing through rhododendron forests, Tibetan influenced culture, settlements, valleys and crossing through Larka la pass, the highest point of the trek along the summiting of Samdu peak without requirement of peak permit.
We embark in for Round Manaslu Trek after taking a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha, the starting point of our trek. The very next day after having an instant meal we get ready to trek towards Arughat followed by Sotikhola, Machakhola and Jagat in the respective days. On our trekking trails, we pass through the small beautiful villages, river banks and natural hot springs (Tato pani) along the way. Further trekking towards Deng, Namrung, Lho and Samagaun for couple of days, the spectacular panoramic views of Manaslu Himalayas can be spectacled with our own eyes from Lho. Also we will grab the exploration opportunity of Tibetan influenced culture while witnessing mani walls and chortens specially at Ghap.
Proper acclimatization is the major thing to be considered during the high altitude treks like Round Manaslu trek. Our trekking leaders will ensure all of our clients are 100% safe during the entire trip period. After taking rest for a day, we continue our Manaslu adventure towards Dharmasala and trek through highest point of the trek Larka la pass at an altitude of 5213 meters and finally towards cross beautiful village Bimtang along the way. Finally round Manaslu trek concludes after trekking further through forests, small settlements and river banks to beshisahar from where we will take 6 hours of scenic drive to Kathmandu.
Physical fitness and good health condition are must before joining round Manaslu trek as you have to pass through high passes and altitudes.
The trip begins with a drive from the capital to Gorkha. It’s a short drive of about 5 hours and will be taking you through the banks of the Trisuli and Marshyangdi River and also through the hilly terrain of the central west. Gorkha is the ancient capital of the Shah Dynasty monarchs of Nepal and has a significant role in the making of the country as a whole.
The second day begins with a trek shortly after breakfast. The trek takes to Arughat amidst the hills of the central west.
Following breakfast, the next day begins with a walk following the river banks of the Budhi Gandaki towards its origin. The trek takes you through Simre and a few other villages to reach Arkhat River, and finally ascends towards the confluence of the Soti Khola in about six hours.
The fourth day takes you through a descending trail, to climb up to the mountain ridge at Almara, and following the forest to reach Riden Gaon. The wide valley cuts into another side of the river bank to enter the Budhi Gandaki River. Following the sandy river banks of the Budhi Gandaki, the trail reaches Lambeshi and finally reaches Machakhola.
The trip begins with a trek from Machakhola towards Jagat. After crossing Khrola Bensi, there is a hot spring, locally called “Tatopani”. The trail follows huge forests to reach Dovan, the confluence. The rapids and the scenery changes drastically as the elevation increases past Dovan. Continuing past the confluence, you would finally reach Jagat, where you would stay overnight. Jagat has a police checkpoint, where all the trekking permits are checked.
The trip begins from Jagat after ascending a terraced hill, which presents an astonishing view of the Sringi Himal (7177 m AMSL). Continuing on the trail, the Gandaki valley narrows and finally takes you to the confluence of the Deng River.
Following the trail upstream of the Deng River, comes a tiny village of Deng with just 4 houses. Walking through the newly built tunnel to avoid the hassle of the traditional steep climb, you would reach Ghap. Ghap welcomes you with the Mani stones and Chortens all around, the signature of the Tibetan Culture influence. Walking past Ghap to cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki and following the trail through the scattered houses and cultivated fields, you would reach Namrung. Namrung has another police checkpoint to verify the trekking permits and to keep records of the visitors.
Crossing the Hinan River which originated from the Linda Glacier, you would continue towards Lho. The trekking trip for the day takes about six hours and offers fascinating views of the Naike Peak, Manaslu North (7774 m) and Manaslu (8150 m).
Continuing onto the next day of the trip, you will pass the stone gate and through a long Mani wall, offering spectacular views of Peak 29 ahead. If interested, for a close-up view of the Manaslu, you could even go visit the Pungen Glacier. Following the lateral moraine of the Pungen Glacier, you would reach the village of Sama.
Reserve day for rest and acclimatization
Climbing terraced hills on the opposite bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, you would reach one of the most remote permanent settlements in the region at Samdu. Samdu has about 200 occupants in forty closely built houses.
The day begins with a climb up to the Samdu peak, to come back to Samdu village for a night stay.
The day begins with a trek towards Dharmashala, going around the valley of the Salka Khola and climbing to reach the stone house. The house is actually a crossing over for the pass, and not a lodge.
Becoming a long gentle climb beside a moraine, the trek for the day starts at the ridge in front of the stone house. Reaching the top of the moraine at 4700 m, the trail becomes rougher and 3-4 hours past the stone house, the weather becomes extremely windy and cold, climbing on to reach the Larkay La Pass. Descending again through the top of the moraine, it makes a long steep descent to cross the moraine and then descends more gently. Reaching the large meadow, the trail has improved greatly, and you finally reach Bimtang passing through a mani wall and a small rest house.
Reserve day for rest and acclimatization
The trek begins with the fall of the trail from the Bimtang meadow to cross a glacial stream by a wooden bridge. Climbing over the side of the moraine you would then descend through a forest with conifers and rhododendron to reach Hompuk. The trail improves through to Dudh Khola, and then follows the river through forests to a Goth. Continuing through the fields over a clear stream and passing houses and more fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests, you would reach Tilje, following the north bank of the river.
The next day begins with a fall from Tilije towards Tal. Crossing the wooden plank over the Dudh khola, the gentle descent begins to reach Tal, through a chorten-shaped arch past a mani wall. Proceeding gently downwards past Tal, you would reach Syanje, and if permitted by time, you can also climb upto Jagat from Syanje.
Continuing the trip from Syanje, the fall becomes steeper towards Jagat, and takes almost 2 hours even though it’s visible on the other ridge. Steeply falling, the track continues towards Bahundanda, inhabited by the Bahuns, Tamangs and Gurungs of the region. On approach towards Bahundanda is a suspension bridge over the Nagdi Khola, before climbing on the plateau to reach Jagat.
The last day of the trip begins with trek down the narrow valley past Nagdi/Khudi to reach Bhulbhule, and finally after crossing the Pawa Khola comes Besisahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung, from where you can hail a bus to Kathmandu.
Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu.