Manaslu Circuit Trek
For those wanting a trek that is a little different, why not try the Manaslu circuit trek? Standing at 8163m Manaslu is the worlds 8th highest mountain and an imposing sight. Situated close to the Tibetan border and around 100km north west of Kathmandu, it was a restricted area until just over 20 years ago. More recently the political troubles within Nepal meant that it was not an area where organised groups would trek. All this has now changed however, but this trek still has far fewer trekkers than the Annapurna and Khumbu (Everest) regions. This gives it the distinct advantage of quiet trails and villages combined with the stunning scenery surrounding Manaslu. Via Gorkha to the south, we begin our trek from the small town of Arughat and climb through the impressive gorge of the Budi Gandaki river. For seven days we trek through tiny villages on the sides of the gorge to reach the ancient Tibetan style region beyond the small village of Ghap.
At this point the valley begins to open out and we can see the amazing panoramic views over the Nepal-Tibet border. You will be one of just a select few travelers who ever get to see this ancient land, which once was a major trading route with Tibet and still holds on to the past with it’s ornate Buddhist monasteries, mani walls and prayer flags. As if this wasn’t already enough, as we climb up to Larkya La (5135m) the views get even more impressive with giant peaks looming over us on all sides. On the first half of the Manaslu circuit trek we will have the chance to view Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal, along with many others. Beyond Larkya La we move down to the thick forest that surrounds the Marsyangdi River. At this point we will be walking right under the giant peaks of the Annapurna range. The trail follows the river, winding it’s way all the way down to the finish of the trek at Ngadi. This really is a classic Nepalese trek, why not join us here for an adventure of a life time.
Diffculties and Safety
Your safety is of our major concern while traveling with Mountain World Treks. Please note that your Trekking guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary.
However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Accommodation & Food details
We provide tourist standard accommodations in city, and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Most lodges now have twin bedded rooms but you should still be prepared to sleep in multi-bedded rooms on the occasional night. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra. During Manaslu Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea-houses or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. 3 main course meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available while in the city.
Best Time To VisitAutumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this trip during winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) could also be an another great option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests. Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip. We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.