Footprints in the Himalayas: Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu Circuit trekking takes account of amazing views of the Manaslu which borders the Annapurna Conservation Area to the west and the Tibetan Plateau to the north and east. Since 1991, Manaslu trekking has been conducted around Mt. Manaslu the 8th highest mountain in the entire world which offers a sight into pure natural and cultural conditions of the region.

You will be passing through Hindu and Tibetan-style villages and green landscapes. Moving northwards, the gorge brings in to exposes charming alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages that gather below the North Face of Manaslu. For decades, Tibetan immigrants have settled in this far-flung region of Nepal, and the villages here represent generations of these people. The stone-roofed Buddhist villages such as Namrung, Lho, Samaguan, and Sambdo set against the towering giants of Manaslu and the Himalchuli Massif are really splendid.

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Ultimately, the Manaslu Circuit trekking path takes us to Samagaon, the chief and most important village in the region. In Sama gaon, we take an extra day to acclimatize and explore Samagaon monastery. We cross the long glacier of Larkya La pass (5106m), a typical and rough route between the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley which will let you enjoy a panoramic scene including Manaslu, Cheo and Himlung.

Over the pass we walk out through the Marshandgi valley, following the Dudhkoshi River in now the Annapurna Conservation Area in Manang through Magar villages. We then, move down passing alongside stunning alpine pastures at Bimtang, before combining the main Annapurna Circuit road and finally the trailhead to Besi Sahar.

Trip fact

Mountain: Annapurna Region
Altitude: 5125 meters
Duration: 17 days
Starting point: Aarughat
Ending point: Besisahar
Season: September to December and February to May

Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing day
Day 03: Drive Aarughat (550m.) and Soti Khola from Kathmandu
Day 04: Trek Machhakhola (825m.) from Soti Khola (597m.)
Day 05: Trek Jagat (1330m.) from Machhakhola
Day 06: Trek Deng (1860m.) from Jagat (1330m.)
Day 07: Trek Namrung (2580m.)
Day 08: Trek Samagaon (3480m.)
Day 09: Free day at Samagoan, hike to Birendra Tal and Manaslu base camp
Day 10: Trek Samdo (3865m.)
Day 11: Trek Dharmadala/Larke Phedi (4470m.)
Day 12: Trek Bimtang (3740m.) via Larke La (5125m.)
Day 13: Trek Tiliche (2255m.)
Day 14: Trek Chyamche
Day 15: Trek Nagdi Bazaar from Chyamche
Day 16: Back to Besisahar and Kathmandu
Day 17: Final departure

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