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Manaslu Circuit Trek 12 days is a newly introduced exclusive trekking package in order to facilitate our valuable trekker across the globe who likes to explore this unspoiled wilderness and rich culture province. This journey provides you the tremendous opportunity of exploring the Manaslu region which is jeweled by Mt Manaslu 8163m, a sacred monastery, a Beautiful village, lakes, a River, a waterfall, culture, customs, and tradition. Manasalu is aslo the 8th highest mountain in the world. The meaning of Manaslu means the ‘Spirit Mountain’. Manaslu region lies inside the Manaslu conservation area which was established in 1998 in order to conserve and protect wildlife habitats and nature conservation. This isolated territory was opened to the outside world in 1991 Ad which was banned for foreigners before that. Analyzing the provision of limited holidays globally we have crafted this short and sweet journey for you.

The Manaslu circuit trek 12 days starts in Kathmandu where we take a bus to Sotikhola 730m where we spend overnight. Sotikhola is a small settlement situated on the bank of the river Budigandaki mostly inhabited by the Gurung tribe people who are one of the major tribes from the Manaslu region famous for their culture, custom, tradition, and way of living. The trail traverses mostly through the bank of river Budhigandaki which originates from Mt Manaslu 8163m. Along the trail, we pass through many villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar people whereas the upper province is inhabited by Bhotia people who are the descendants of Tibetan ancestor who speaks one of the Tibetan dialects. These people are the treasure of this journey while they are very rich in culture, customs, tradition, and way of living. Shamagaun 3500m and Shamdo 3800m are some of the highland settlements from this region which is absolutely worth exploring. The highest elevation of this journey is Larkya La 5200m pass which is the major attraction of this journey as well.

Manaslu Circuit trek 12 days is one of the best trekking journeys through unspoiled territory which is no doubt the best virgin trekking route. For this trekking, the trekking group should be 2 or more and this is a semi-restricted area so the permit should be organized in Kathmandu with a passport. You need to have a permit for the Manaslu conservation area, Semi restricted area permit, an Annapurna conservation area, and a Tims card (Trekker information management system). It is not possible to do this trek independently thus you should buy this trip from a government-registered agency. Tourist link trek is one of the veteran operators with the motto of “Trekking for all” so always appreciate hearing from you.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Preparation for trek,meeting with guide and full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath - Hotel
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m/2328 ft), 8 hours
Same day Drive Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft), 2 hours,
Day 04: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m / 4625 ft), 6 - 7 hrs
Day 05: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m/5917 ft), 6 - 7 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Deng to Prok village (2397m/7864ft), 4-5 hours
Day 07: Trek Prok village to Namrung (2630m/8626ft), 4-5 hours
Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft), 6-7 hours
Day 09: Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa to Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration
Day 10: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft), 4 - 5 hours
Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C (4460m/14, 628 ft), 4 - 5 hours
Day 12: Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya la (5160m/16, 924 ft) to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft), 8 - 9
Day 13: Trek from Bimthang to / Dharapani Tilije (2300m/7544ft), 5 - 6 hours
Day 14: Trek from Tilije to to Kathmandu in a Shared jeep/bus (1080m/3542 ft), 4 hours


Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Apex Himalaya Treks (AHT). After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with Apex Himalaya Treks display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotelnearby Thamel as per your requirement. Thamel has great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel. Includes: Accommodation, Transportation

Day 2

Preparation for trek,meeting with guide and full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath & Pasupatinath - Hotel

After breakfast, your day will start for sightseeing of three Popular UNESCO Heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley with your professional tour guide. Our first destination for sightseeing will be at Buddhanath (the biggest & Largest Buddhist Stupa in the World).Stupa of Bouddhanath epitomizes Buddhism. In this Area, you will visit a Buddhist Monastery and stop for a lunch. If the weather is clear you will get glimpses of the mountain ranges close to Kathmandu, particularly Mt Ganesh Himal from the restaurant location. Your guide will enlighten you with detailed historical and cultural information about the place. After Lunch, we will visit Hindus temple Pasupatinath, one of the holiest temple for Hindu religion people. After this you will visit Living goddess home and Kathmandu Durbar square. Locally, this old royal palace area is called Basantapur Area or Hanuman dhoka Durbar Square. It normally takes 5 hours tour to visit all these 3 monuments within Kathmandu city. - Entrance fee for these UNESCO site should be paid in Nepali currency. We suggest you to carry some Nepali money while sightseeing. - Please cover your shoulders and while sightseeing - To show gratitude and respect, use both of your hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. It seen as a gesture of respect. - Remove your shoes when entering a home, temple or monastery (and leather items in Hindu temples) - Remember not to point with a single finger but use a flat extended hand especially to indicate a sacred object or place. Meeting time at 3pm in your hotel with our office representative and he/she will help you to meet with your trekking guide. Your trekking guide will help you for shopping and collecting remaining equipment for the trek. Includes: Breakfast, Transportation ,Accommodation

Day 3,

Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m/2328 ft), 8 hours

We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries & trishuli river. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarters of Dhading (1050m/ 3360 ft )but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola from where we start our whole trek. Overnight in Soti Khola. Same day Drive Maccha Khola (900m/2952 ft), 2 hours, Right after crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids of the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Includes: Breakfast(B), Lunch(L), Dinner (D).

Day 4

Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m / 4625 ft), 6 - 7 hrs

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)

Day 5

Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m/5917 ft), 6 - 7 hrs

After a breakfast we begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking Upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village where we can see culture, traditions and the lifestyle of Gurung. After the lunch at Gurung village Philim we again start to trek and trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola, we reach the tiny village of Deng. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Day 6

Trek from Deng to Prok village (2397m/7864ft), 4-5 hours

After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and Mani where we cross a hanging bridge towards Pork village. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. It is a steep and winding trail but the view of Siringi Himal and the feeling of heaven village once arrive at Pork Village rewards you. This village is a beautiful, forgotten village and has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)

Day 7

Trek Prok village to Namrung (2630m/8626ft), 4-5 hours

We start our morning with butter tea and down hill towards Ghapsya. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en routes where you can see the real cultures & and traditions of the locals. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the riverat an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb, we reach Namrung. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal (7110m / 22752 ft) and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli (7893m/ 25257 ft) in the south. Overnight in Namrung. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Day 8

Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft), 6-7 hours

We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal ( 6251m / 20003ft) with Ganesh Himal always close by and can see majestic and different angled view of Ganesh Himal. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu( 8361m / 26781 ft) from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli)(7871m / 25187 ft) to the left, band large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal and it’s the best view of the trek till date where you can see covered from mountains from different angles. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Day 9

Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa to Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Day 10

Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft), 4 - 5 hours

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Day 11

Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C (4460m/14, 628 ft), 4 - 5 hours

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon at Larke Phedi. Overnight in Dharmashala. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D), Accommodation in Tent

Day 12

Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya la (5160m/16, 924 ft) to Bimthang (3720m/12, 201 ft), 8 - 9 hours

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but walking into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming nearby is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Day 13

Trek from Bimthang to / Dharapani Tilije (2300m/7544ft), 5 - 6 hours

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through a rh/ododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday's tiredness, we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Apex Himalaya Treks recommends us to stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

Day 14

Trek from Tilije to to Kathmandu in a Shared jeep/bus (1080m/3542 ft), 4 hours

On a rough/dirt road and 5-6 hours in a pitched road. Includes: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L)

Although we do our best to follow the schedule above; on such adventurous trip, itinerary is subject to change due to weather, route conditions, local politics, transport or and other factors beyond our control. Apex Himalaya Treks and Expedition guide/leader would decide the best alternatives considering the best concern of the whole group.

Cost Include(s)

01.  Three Meals normal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) without tea/coffee expect breakfast during the trek.

02.  Fruits every evening after dinner as a desserts

03.  Breakfast during your stay in Kathmandu according to the itinerary

04.  Transportations

–          International Airport picks up & drops by private vehicle.

–          Shared bus ride to Sotikhola village (starting point of trek)

–          Share jeep ride from Besishahar to Kathmandu (ending point of trek)

–       Tourist/ local bus station pick-up and drop


05.  Accommodations

–       Clean tea-house accommodation during the whole trek.

–       Three night accommodation in Kathmandu in a decent hotel @ Truly Asia Boutique or similar with breakfast basis.

–       Accommodation during whole trek will be in clean tea-houses, twin-share rooms beds with normal foam mattress and pillows included but shared bathroom and toilet.

06.  Staffs

–       One government license holder English speaking Guide and his food, accommodations, salary, insurance,equipment, medicine and transportations.

–       Porter in the ratio of 2 client:1 porter and their accommodation, transportations and salary(A porter will carry max load 20-25 kg). Water proof duffle will be provided for you to put your luggage from us.

–       Professional tour guide while sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

07.  Permits and official arrangement

–       Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP)

–       Manaslu conservation permit (MCAP)

–       Manaslu special permit (protect area permit)

–       Trekker’s information management system(TIMS) card fee. (if needed)

–       Travel & Rescue arrangements.

–       All our government taxes, VAT and official expenses.

08.  Equipment

–       Trekking Poles

–       Water proof duffle bag of 80 liter for your trekking equipment (which meant to be carried by porters)

–       Trekking T-shirt

–       Gaiter for high passes or during winter (December to February)

–       Spikes for high passes or during winter (December to February)


Cost Exclude(s)

01.  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

02.  Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.,

03.  All beverages and bar bills.

04.  Local permit, donations personal equipment.

05.  Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5545 meters).

06.  Personal trekking equipment except stated above.

07.  Entrance fee while doing sightseeing around Kathmandu

08.  Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Apex Himalaya control.

09.  Tips for guide and porter at the end of the trek

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