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Expedition At A Glance

21 days, 20 nights

Difficulty Level: 5

Price (US$): From $2,550.00

Months Available: April, May, October and November

OVERVIEW


Manaslu Circuit Trek:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek circles Mt. Manaslu – the world’s eight highest mountain at 8,156m. The region is located along the border of Nepal and Tibet. It is both spectacular and culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the lower Buri Gandaki region are Hindus. As you ascend, you will then meet the Gurung people who subscribe to the Bonpo and Buddhist faiths. The Nubripa’s who are Buddhists and direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1600s inhabit the upper Buri Gandaki region. For many years the Annapurna Circuit trek enjoyed the status of the world’s best trek. That changed when a jeep track connecting Besi-Sahar to Manang was built. Now as lodges have sprung up along the Manaslu Circuit Trek route, this trek is fast becoming popular. And for many it is the best alternative to the otherwise busy Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trek is fairly long, but the rewards are well worth the commitment. In addition to a Conservation Area fee, a restricted area trekking permit is also required for this region. Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

Highlights

  • Explore monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Circle Manaslu the eight highest mountain in the world
  • Cross beautiful Larkya La pass at 16,700 ft.

If you are looking for a longer time in the mountains, check out our Ultimate Manaslu Trek. This trek combines the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Nar Phu Trek. Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal owned by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades. We employ only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide with references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola.

Day 04 to Day 09: Begin trek. Trek through low lands through valleys and gorges along the Budi Gandaki river to the village of Lho inhabited by Nepalis of Tibetan origin.

Day 10 to Day 11: Trek to Sama Gaon. Explore and acclimatize.

Day 12 to Day 13: Trek to Samdo. Explore near the Tibetan border.

Day 14 to Day 15: Hike to the base of the Larkya La pass. Long hike over the pass to Bimthang.

Day 16, Day 17 and Day 18: Descend to Jagat where the trek ends.

Day 19: Board a chartered vehicle to Kathmandu.

Day 20: Additional day in Kathmandu. Time to reflect on your Manaslu Circuit trek.

Day 21: Final departure.

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel Tibet or similar. Day free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. Overnight hotel Tibet or similar. (Dinner) Day 02 - Kathmandu Visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Here, you'll probably witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees, for lunch and a tour of the royal palace square. Bhaktapur is a medieval city in the Kathmandu valley and is least disturbed by modern life. Here, you can absorb the architectural splendor of the five-storied Nyatapola temple, or the sculptural delight of the Peacock Window. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 03 - Kathmandu to Arughat (600m/1,970ft.). Drive onward to Soti Khola. Board a chartered bus with your staff for drive to Arughat. The drive can take up to 8 hours. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 04 and 05 - Soti Khola to Salleri (1,410m/4,630ft.) From Soti Khola, walk through the low hills with terraced rice fields through villages inhabited by the Brahmin and Chettri ethnic groups enroute to Machha Khola. Then walk through wheat and buckwheat fields to reach hot-springs at Tatopani (930m). Spend some time soaking in the hot-springs, before heading out to Dobhan (1,000m). Above Dobhan, the Buri Gandaki descends in an impressive series of steep rapids. Here, the trail climbs high above the river and then descends through a huge gateway that opens out into a wide valley where the river is calm again. Jagat (1,410m) is a beautiful stone-paved village with a rudimentary trekker's hotel, shops, and a customs office. Jagat is the entrance to Manaslu Conservation Area, an area where the concept of integrated conservation and development is being implemented to achieve conservation and sustainable development objectives. There is also an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) office here where your permits will be checked. Continue on to the campsite beyond Jagat. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 06, 07, 08 and 09 - Salleri to Lho (3,180m/10,430ft.) Cross the Buri Gandaki again over a long suspension bridge at Ghatta Khola, then follow the route upstream. Climb up a steep incline to reach Philim (1,590m). Philim (1,590 m) is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The hillsides become steeper beyond Philim until Aga. Trek through a narrow, dramatic gorge with towering walls, and past a thundering waterfall. Cross the river on locally-built bridges and then leave the gorge to climb to the small village of Deng (1,800m). The "Nupri" region starts here at Deng. Nupri translates to "the western mountains" and the people of Nupri are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1600s. Cross the Buri Gandaki again into the north bank and climb to the village of Rana (1,980m). Here, you will start observing mani walls (stones carved with prayers on their surface and stacked to form a wall) – a sign of Tibetan Buddhism being practiced in the area. The trail is level, then climbs and drops and climbs again to the village of Ghap (2,110m). Here, you will also walk through a kaani – an archway over the trail decorated with paintings or carvings on the inside. The mani wall in Ghap has elegant carvings said to have been made by a family of stone carvers from Bhi, high on the hillside above the village. Many of the carvings depict the Buddha in various meditative poses, and others are of Milarepa – the Tibetan hermit who traveled and meditated in this valley. Walk through barley fields lined with mani walls and continue on towards a fir forest, where you might catch sight of the danphe –impeyan pheasant which is also Nepal's colorful national bird. Continue climbing into a dense, rhododendron-fir forest and enter Namrung (2,660m) through a stone kaani arch. Beyond Namrung, the trail enters upper Nupri where the residents are of Tibetan origin. Climb past a mani wall and the many fields and houses of Barsam, then up through a fir-rhododendron-oak forest to a promontory. The trail passes through another stone kaani and enters Lihi (2,900m). Lihi is a closely-packed village with unusual architecture: the stone houses are grouped together into units of five or six that share a common roof and courtyard. Most roofs are made of heavy wood shingles. Head towards Sho (2,960m), whose closely-paced houses you can see on the ridge ahead. From Sho, the views of Ngadi Chuli are spectacular. From here onwards, you will also encounter children may will hassle you for shim shim – i.e. sweets or candy. From Sho onwards and towards Lho (3,180m), you will also start viewing Manaslu, Manaslu North (7,157m) and Naike Peak (5,515m). Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 10 and 11 - Lho to Samagaon (3,530m/11,580ft.) Sama Gaon – or Ro, as the locals call it – sits in a bowl at the foot of the pastures leading to high peaks. There are two gompas (monasteries) here with unique architecture. The residents of Sama Gaon are Tibetan descendents, and they continue to maintain an active trade with Tibetans across the border. A lay over day is planned at Sama gaon during which you can trek towards the Manaslu Base Camp. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 12 and 13 - Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m/12,660ft.) Trek to Samdo. Another layover day is planned at Samdo for exploration and acclimatization. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 14 and 15 - Samdo to Bimthang (3,720m/12,200ft.) Trek to the base of Larkya la pass. This is a short day. Retire to bed early to prepare for an early and long pass crossing day. Camp is at 4,480 m/14,700 ft. Cross Larkya la (5,100 m/16,700 ft.) to reach Bimthang. A long strenuous day which can take between 7 to 10 hours. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 16 and 17 - Bimthang to Dharapani (1,960m/7,100ft.) You rejoin the main Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani and then follow it till Bagarchap. The trail to Nar-Phu turns right here. Overnight Lodge. (All meals) Day 18 and 19 - Dharapani to Besi-Sahar to Kathmandu From Dharapani, descend to Jagat and board a local vehicle to Besi-Sahar. Then board your chartered bus for ride back to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 20 - Kathmandu sightseeing Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch) Day 21 - Final Departure Transfer to the airport for flight home. (Breakfast)

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COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per Person Price - valid till Dec 31, 2018

1 person: $3,495 USD (includes single supplement) 2 – 4 persons: $2,695 USD per person 5 or more persons: $2,550 USD per person

Single Supplement: $200 USD

  • $250 per person discount available on May and June departures.
  • $150 per person discount on November departures.

(Did you know that the price for Grand Asian Journeys’ Everest Base Camp Trek is about 30% less expensive than other major US outfitters’ prices? It’s because we run a Nepal office and have direct access to the best rates and most reliable staff – without the middleman. Other outfitters sell the same trek package for an inflated price. Just ask our previous clients and they’ll tell you we provide more for less.)

Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • Two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu
  • Chartered Bus: Kathmandu to Arughat and Besi-Sahar to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Boiled water for your bottles three times a day
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Fee
  • Manaslu Restricted Area permit
  • Gamow Bag
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


2018 Dates: April 10 – May 02 April 24 – May 16 May 08 - 28 ($250 discount on this departure) May 22 - June 11 ($250 discount on this departure) Oct 02 - 22 Oct 23 - Nov 12 Nov 13 - Dec 03 ($150 discount on this departure) Cannot find a departure that fits your schedule? No problem. Contact us for private departures (two or more participants) for a date of your choosing besides in October. No extras for private departures.  

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“Grand Asian Journeys provided comprehensive pre-trip information. Staff was incredibly well cared for with appropriate gear. We experienced the 7.8 magnitude earthquake after crossing Larke La Pass on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Many other trekkers were left to figure out logistics on their own, whereas our staff remained with us, including Sune whose village was at the epicenter. There was little available information following the earthquake, but staff was able to communicate with other Nepalis to figure out our safest plan. We are forever grateful to them for an incredible adventure and for surviving an intense experience together. The staff was constantly professional through our entire trek and tragedy.”

-Sarah Sentz, Helena., MO, Manaslu Circuit - April 2015

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