Mt. Manaslu (8163m) is the 8th highest peak in the world and is a well-loved and delightful mountain within the Manaslu Larkya L Pass Circuit trek, providing pristine mountain views, rich culture, and genuine adventure to sum up the trek experience. Manaslu a word derived from the Sanskrit word "Manas" refers to "The Spirit-Mountain" in the native language and refers to the strong, benevolent deity. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. The route for the Manaslu Circuit trek/ Manaslu Larkya la Pass has been first opened in 1991. it provides the most spectacular beauty of Nepal's northern border with China's Tibet region.
Mt. Manaslu (The Spirit Mountain) is situated to the east of the famous Annapurna range in the historical Gorkha district. We can extend this trek with the Tsun Valley trek. Manaslu's highland natural beauty and rich blend of Tibetan-Nepalese culture offer a solid uniqueness and true adventure for visitors in the Manaslu Larkya La Pass region. The visitors and the climbers can find the mountains, hills pass, and valleys covered with diverse/vivid ecosystems, wonderful mountain views, and rich culture. Manaslu Larkya La Pass Circuit Trek is a part of the trekking area also known as part of the Nepalese lifestyle and their way of living. Manaslu Larkya La Pass circuit trek has become an attraction these days for trekkers. Many trekkers would like to trek this part. Recently, a tea house has been built. You can do camping treks as well as tea house treks. If you do tea house trekking, there is simple accommodation and the foods are Nepalese dishes.
Autumn, one of Nepal's four distinct seasons (the others being Winter, Spring, and Summer), is the best season for the Manaslu Larkya La Pass trek. Autumn lasts from September through November. While walking on Nepal's Manaslu Circuit Trail in the fall, we may take advantage of the best weather of the year. The fall in Nepal will surprise us with the most lovely weather of the year. We can be mesmerized by the stunning mountain landscapes and the crystal-clear sky favored by the best season on the highlands of the Himalayas. Even the weather is pleasant, which makes our autumn Manaslu Larkya la Pass trail more convenient.
The Manaslu Larkya La Pass Circuit trek combines a rich cultural past with unparalleled beauty and biological variety. Upper Manaslu hiking is only accessible with a special permit for the Manaslu region paying the permit cost. During the autumn season (September to November), the permit cost $100 per week per person; if more than a week, the permit cost is $15 (per day). For another season (December to August), the fee is $75 per week per person. If more than one week per day, the fee is $10. Additionally, the Manaslu Conservation permit costs $30 per admission and the Annapurna Conservation permit costs $30 per entry.
You will not have many luxurious food and accommodations as in your hometown while on the way to Manaslu Larkya la Pass circuit Trek. Manaslu region is remote and has some restricted areas for trekking (Manaslu Conservation Area). During the trip, we will have organic food and accommodations at lodges or teahouses. Local residents maintain these teahouses and resorts. It is possible to enjoy genuine rural lodging (food and accommodation) in the Manaslu region in Dharmasala, where we must stay one night at a traditional traveller's rest similar to an ancient inn. We must thus bring a dependable and warm sleeping bag for the Manaslu Circuit Hike. Specific meal items are stated on the menu that we will receive at our accommodation. The selection of cuisine won't be as wide as it is at the city's upscale contemporary restaurants. Choosing the food item that we enjoy is required. Depending on where and what you eat, one single item can run you anywhere from USD 3 to USD 8.
The Manaslu Larkya la Pass circuit trek is regarded as an adventurous trip in Nepal. With an altitude of more than 5000 meters above sea level, the Manaslu Circuit Trek brings us to one of the most remote and wild kingdoms in the Himalayas, bordering Tibet. It's regarded as dangerous and difficult to trip in the natural Himalayas above 5000 meters.
In the tough Manaslu Circuit journey in Nepal, we also have to cross Larkya La Pass (5,106m), one of the highest crossings in the world. When you climb up to 5000m, there is also a chance that you will get altitude sickness on the journey. Manaslu Larkya la Pass may be more difficult if you have any health problems while on the mountain. Therefore, the Manaslu Larkya-la Pass journey calls for a high level of endurance and confidence.
For Travelers to the Manaslu Larkya La Pass circuit trek, we can customize the days according to the choice and interest of the travelers. If you have limited time, then the Around Manaslu Circuit Trekking-15 days would be a suitable alternative for your vacation.
Welcome from Mountain Guide Trek staff upon your arrival in Nepal. After check-in, if time allows, you will visit the MGT office to meet your trekking leader as well as other participants for the final preparation of the trip. (Overnight at deluxe hotel on BB basis)
We take an 8-9 hrs Jeep ride to Machha Khola, passing the Arughat bazaar in Gorkha district, The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Budhi Gandaki; Arughat Bazaar is clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware. (Overnight at Teahouse on full board basis)
Machha Khola and then hike on to Khorlabesi. Crossing Khorlabesi passes to Tatopani, At Tatopani, there is a hot spring where the porters will no doubt take the opportunity to have a quick wash. After Tatopani, the trail crosses to the left bank of the Budhi Gandaki over a suspension bridge. Through the forest, we reach the village of Doban where we can watch the Budhi Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids, and further up the river valley opens up. The camp for the night will be in Khorlabesi village which is an hour beyond Salleri. (Overnight at Teahouse on full board basis)
At Tatopani, there is a hot spring where the porters will no doubt take the opportunity to have a quick wash. After Tatopani, the trail crosses to the left bank of the Budhi Gandaki over a suspension bridge. Through the forest, we reach the village of Doban where we can watch the Budhi Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids, and further up the river valley opens up. The team will camp at Salleri village. (Overnight at a tent camp on full board basis)
After the village of Sirdibas, we cross the Budhi Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and climb steeply to Philim. The trail traverses the hillside and passes Ekle Bhatti (lonely tea house) before crossing back over the river below the confluence of Budi Gandaki and Siyar Khola. Further, the trail makes its way up the west side of the valley and offers a pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the village of Deng. (Overnight at a tent camp on a full board basis)
Today, the journey will be a shorter day than another day. We enter the area influenced by Buddhism. After a few more ups and downs through forests, the trail turns a corner and arrives at Ghap through well-preserved paintings and the elegant Mani wall. (Overnight at tent camp on full board basis)
The valley becomes steeper and there is a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests to the village of Namrung. The trail now enters the Nupri region. The people are descendants of Tibetan migrants who arrived over 500 years ago. Typical Tibetan features include the entrance gates to the villages, Mani walls, and Buddhist Gompas. Further, as you move on the valley opens out and passes from one of the Tibetan villages named Sho. Above this village, we get views of Manaslu and Naike Peak and from the next village of Lho (Overnight at a tent camp on a full board basis)
From Lho, we follow the right bank of the river with views of Peak 29 ahead. A couple of hours of climbing through the forest bring us to the village of Shyala, offering superb views of Phungi, Manaslu, and Him Chuli peaks. After we cross a wide range of pasture land with many we finally enter the village of Samagaon. We will camp at the top end of the village somewhere below the impressive and historical Sama Gompa viewing the gigantic Mt. Manaslu.
The nearby monastery is well worth visiting the village of Samagaun. This is a great day exploring the areas and with a great view around. (Overnight at tent camp on full board basis)
Follow the Budhi Gandaki northwards to a bridge over a side stream where the trail forks; the left leading towards the Manaslu Base Camp, the other passing several Mani walls heads for the Larkya La. The valley widens along an easy trail past juniper and birches forest to the stone huts at Kermo Kharka and then drops off a shelf to cross a wooden bridge and climb between forks in the river to a promontory. We can see one amazing white stone (Kani) marking the entrance to Samdo. (Overnight at a tent camp on full board basis)
On day 11 the team will trek downhill through the fields to one of the ancient Mani walls crossing on a wooden bridge. This place has been shown up on maps as one of the mythical Larka Bazaars, which once was a flourishing market. The next Mani wall marks the beginning of the ascent to the pass where the trail starts climbing through the tundra and juniper; the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Manaslu can be seen from here. (Overnight at a tent camp on a full board basis)
After we set on an early trek, we will arrive at an ablation valley, left of the Larkya Glacier. The top of the Larkya pass provides a panoramic view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru Himal, and other mountain peaks. As we cross the moraine and descend down to the valley, the trailhead leads us towards a large meadow, past a Mani wall to a small rest house at Bimthang. (Overnight at a tent camp on a full board basis)
After crossing the pastures of Bimtang the trail drops to a glacial stream at the headwaters of the Dudh Khola crosses a wooden bridge and descends into pine and rhododendron forest. From here you reach Karcher, then descend to the river bank at Gho. The trail continues through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak to arrive large Gurung village at Tilje (Overnight at a tent camp on a full board basis)
As we exit from the village of Tilje through Dudh Khola and follow and descend through the scrub forest we reach the walls of the Marsyangdi Valley and the houses of Dharapani. Dharapani village lies across a long suspension bridge over the river Marsyangdi. The trail further follows the Annapurna Circuit route in reverse as your route down through the Marsyangdi river gorge. (Overnight at a tent camp on full board basis)
Today we trek downstream to follow the Marshyangdi river passing through the Tal and Chamje village with a few steps up and downhill through the rive deep gorge and brings you to Nyagdi village, (Overnight at tent camp on a full board basis)
We trek to the Khudi village after our long trekking. This is a wonderful spot to spend the night as we can have a scenic view of Mt. Manasalu close to our eyes, and then relax at the camp. (Overnight at a tent camp on a full board basis)
On this day, our team will drive back to Kathmandu sensing the views of the scene of countryside from the headquarter of Lamjung (Besishahar) which is the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit hike. We back to Kathmandu and take a rest. (Overnight deluxe hotel on a BB basis)
This day is the last day of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you are interested you can buy some gifts for your friends and families from Nepal. You can also explore some interesting places in Kathmandu. Remember, Mountain Guides Trek and Expedition will be hosting a fantastic celebration "Farewell dinner" at a traditional Nepalese restaurant along with Mountain Guide Trek staff on the occasion of the successful completion of the Manaslu Circuit Trek before final departure from Nepal. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from Mountain Guide Treks will lead you to the airport.
Note:- The cost includes and excludes section may give you a better idea of how the trip is organized. Once you let us know the number of interested travelers and the departure date we would get back to you with the actual cost of the trip.
Trekking/hiking is not as easy as we normally think. Trekking in the mountains can have a risk of health and sometimes it can be fatal. Manaslu Larkya La Pass cuit trek is slightly tougher than Annapurna Circuit trek. The routes follow the hilly trails up to the mountains. As a result we require good physical fitness and should be free from diseases. But, it does not mean, we could not succeed. The trek is even better for the novic hikers and the mountain enthuasiast. You can make it if you enjoy hiking and start working before your adventure. Each day you will hike for 6-7 hours in the highlands. If you have the habit of walking in the mountains in high altitude, you can definitely enjoy the hike. If you're new and interested to hike around the mountains, build your physical fitness, have some trainnings and develop the habit of walking at least for 2-3 hours a day.
Manaslu circuit trek is the best alternative of Everest Trek and Annapurna Trek. Manaslu trekking lies within the restricted areas. Besides it has unparallel landscapes (terrace farm, gorges, Highlands, cliffs, alpine forest). Moreover, the trek passes through Manaslu Conservation Area, Rural area trekking permit and even Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). While hiking alone in the mountains, you can feel difficulties in negavating the route. If you get lost, or if something misfortune happens in the Himalayas, the news can remain unnoticed for days or month. To avoid risk in the highlands, it is always better to hire a guide, and your travel company will definitely help you. Nepal government had made it mandatory to have at least two guides in a group. So to stroll/ hike around Manaslu region is not permited.
The best time to commence the Manaslu circuit trek and experience the peace and tranquility of the Manaslu region is in the spring season . The month from March to May falls under the spring season in the Manaslu region. The early month of March charms the magical pathway with blooming flowers and crisp exquisite weather conditions. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains and hills along the trail and the tea houses are also open to serve and cater to the needs of trekkers and mountaineers. Hence, Spring has to be one of the best seasons to plan the Manaslu Circuit trek.
Autumn is the best season for a trekking expedition in the Manaslu region. After the heavy rainfall in the Monsoon season, the surrounding atmosphere is clear of all the pollution. The temperature is stable as it ranges from 8°C to 20°C for most of the part of the trek.
It will neither be too hot nor too cold during the Manaslu Circuit expedition. The scenery of natural beauty during the months of November is no less compared to October and November. The season of Autumn ends with dry and cold weather conditions in the month of November.
Hinang Gompa is situated at an altitude of 3200m. Hinang Gompa is a Buddhist monastery located on Manaslu Circuit Trek which can be visited from Lhi village. It is a sacred Buddhist site above the tiny Hinang village facing Mount Himal Chuli. The land is completely untouched surrounded by green yellow color pine forest. Having a great value on locals where the local kids around the area are practicing Buddhism. The main monastery has beautiful ancient wall paintings with three statues including "Maitreya", Padmasambhava and Avalokitesvara.
Manaslu Trek is considered one of the famous trekking routes in the Nepalese Himalayas. The trail takes the world's 8th highest Mt. Manaslu crossing over the Larkya La Pass. As the tea house is opened along the trek route, the Manaslu circuit trek is blooming in Nepalese tourism.
The circuit takes you along the steamy lowlands with their terraces of rice and millet, through the mighty gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its turquoise water and amazing waterfalls. Visiting Manaslu Trek can also be a plus point to go around a trip to the board Rui La Pass and step into Tibet without a visa.
Manaslu Larkya la Pass trek is the less crowded region for trekking in Nepal. If the visitors desire to trek in less crowded/ off-beaten tracks, the Manaslu Larkya La Pass trek is a suitable trek.
Manaslu Larkya La Pass can be best visited during Spring and Autumn. These seasons provide the best views of the Manaslu region, whereas the climate and temperature are suitable for trekking.
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