10. From Kathmandu: 16-Day Manaslu Circuit Trek
Day 1 ARRIVAL
Welcome to Nepal! We will be preset right at the arrival section of Tribhuvan International airport to pick you up and transfer you to the hotel, where our typical warm Nepali dinner will be waiting for you to devour.
Day 2 SIGHT SEEING KATHMANDU
To give you a feels of what living in the capital feels like, we will arrange a short tour around Kathmandu. We will be visiting 7 Unesco world heritage sites, experiencing vivid food and culture throughout the day, and returning back to our hotel.
Day 3 KATHMANDU TO SOTI KHOLA
At Sotikhola, our actual Manaslu circuit trek begins. To begin with, we go to Arughat in a van or jeep, then to Budi Gandaki valley walking through the hydroelectricity project, fields of rice and millet, and Maltar. Then trekking through a narrow trail to Arkhet Khola, our destination, Sotikhola, greets us.
Day 4 SOTI KHOLA TO MACHHAKHOLA
Sotikhola to Machhakhola - boasts the magnificent Ganesh Himal. After breakfast with an aim to arrive at Machhakhola, we trek from Sotikhola to Labubesi, which is a Gurung village situated at an altitude of (880 m / 2887.14 ft), leading us to Machhakhola ( 990 m / 2952.76ft) and relieve our stress in a guesthouse.
Day 5 MACHHAKHOLA TO JAGAT
On our way to Jagat, a natural hot spring, Tatopani comes into sight, we relax there for a bit to destress our muscles. First, we trek to Khoralbesi, then through dense forests, Dovan greets us. Below Dovan, there is the divine Budi Gandaki river. From here, walking for a while gets us to Jagat, a pretty village.
Day 6 JAGAT TO DENG
After leaving Jagat not so far, Salleri welcomes us with mesmerizing view of Shringi Himal ( 7187 m/ 23579.4 ft) followed by Sirdibas. Then you will walk past beautiful Gurung villages, fields of millet, and landscapes leading to Deng. Today’s Manaslu circuit trek trail is rougher and rocky, so it will be 7 hours long.
Day 7 DENG TO NAMRUNG
In today’s 7-hour walk on the Manaslu circuit trek, we pass through the Budi Gandaki river, luscious forest, Mani, and Gompas, which will leave you mesmerized. First, you reach beautiful Prok village that has a breathtaking view of Singri Himal. From pork enjoying the scene around us, we arrive at Namrung and stay there for the night. Namrung is a beautiful village with picturesque views and intact stone houses.
Day 8 NAMRUNG TO SYALA
Today’s trek will be short that is about 3 to 4 hours. Just like Namrung Syala is also a beautiful village blessed with nature’s grace, it offers you a 360-degree panoramic view of beautiful landscapes and greenery. Enjoying the view around and a warm dinner, we will rest in a guesthouse.
Day 9 SYALA TO SAMAGAON
After an easy hike for approximately 4 hours, Samagon greets us. Upon our arrival there, we will explore Ribung Gompa, other majestic snow-capped mountains, and glaciers.
Day 10 SAMAGAON TO SAMDO
After breakfast on today’s day of the Manaslu circuit trek, the trail moves towards Samdo through beautiful sceneries of forests, rivers, and small but pretty stone huts at Kemo Kharka via Chholing Gompa. Marching forward from Kemo Kharka, the paths get rougher leading to divine Budi Gandaki. We trek for 5 hours on this day and rest at Samdo.
Day 11 SAMDO TO DHARAMSALA (LARKEPHEDI )
Today’s trek will be approximately 5 hours long. After breakfast, first, you cross the Budi Gandaki river through a wooden bridge followed by Larkya Glacier. The trail to Dharamsala is beautified by rivers, fields, and picturesque villages.
Day 12 DHARAMSLA TP BHIMTANG
Today’s trek is also about 5 hours long but comparatively more difficult as the trail gets rougher. We will first get to a valley that lies on the north of Larkya Glacier and flaunts a majestic view of Larkya peak, followed by moraine and a beautiful grassy slope. After this, you will cross the Larkya La pass (5100 m / 16732.28 ft), leading us to Tauhuche. Then we walk further ahead and reach Bhimtang village.
Day 13 BHIMTANG TO TILIJE
After breakfast, we head to Tilje, enjoying walking past mesmerizing glacier stream. The easy walk of 5 hours long from Bhimtang to Tilje alongside beautiful rhododendron forests, narrow valleys, and green fields is eye-pleasing. In order to reach Tilje, you first pass Karachi, then Gho, and finally be at Tilje, where you will accommodate for the night.
Day 14 TILIJE TO BESI SAHAR
On this day of the Manaslu circuit trek, we first walk for a few hours and then drive in a jeep. Through stone-paved paths, beautiful scenic villages, and freshwater rivers, Dharapani greets you from where we drive by jeep to Besi Sahar through the bumpy but stunning path.
Day 15 BESI SAHAR TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, the trek continues; you will drive to Kathmandu, admiring the view of the Trishuli river, Marshyangdi river, rice fields, colorful valleys, terrace farms, and majestic snow-covered mountains. A delicious dinner will be waiting for you at the hotel, where you will accommodate for the night.
Day 16 DEPARTURE
Hoping your Manaslu circuit trek was good, we help you prepare for your departure on this day and escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport on time for you to catch your flight.