Mt. Manaslu is 8th highest peak of the World and stands 8,613 meter high. It is located in remote area of Gorkha district in Nepal. Manaslu Circuit is named after this magnificent mountain. As named suggest, the trail of Manaslu circuit makes anti-clockwise circle of the mountain range. The trekking route has fewer tourists than other routes like Everest and Annapurna region. Although it is a popular and as beautiful as other trekking route, it has been lesser known cousin of Annapurna Circuit trek. Manaslu Circuit trail leads to very remote places where modernization is still too far. The culture and lifestyle local are still primitive. The wild and free nature is still untouched by human interference.
Highlights of the trip
Mt. Manaslu is 8th highest peak of the World and stands 8,613 meter high. It is located in remote area of Gorkha district in Nepal. Manaslu Circuit is named after this magnificent mountain. As named suggest, the trail of Manaslu circuit makes anti-clockwise circle of the mountain range.
The trekking route has fewer tourists than other routes like Everest and Annapurna region. Although it is a popular and as beautiful as other trekking route, it has been lesser known cousin of Annapurna Circuit trek. Manaslu Circuit trail leads to very remote places where modernization is still too far. The culture and lifestyle local are still primitive. The wild and free nature is still untouched by human interference.
The trail goes through city and villages where modernization are taking place. It goes through lush green forest, rivers, cliff, farmland and settlements. As we climb altitude, the terrain become harsh and difficult. The settlements are sparse and landscape changes with distance travelled. Mountains get closer and more beautiful. People of mixture culture lives in various area of region. Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Magar, Gurung, and Tibetan are main residents in the region.
At the remote area, people follows Buddhism. Their culture and lifestyle are highly influenced by religion. There are number of century old monasteries in the trail. The house and structure of remote area are still ancient and unaffected by modernization. Mountains like Ganesh Himal, ShringiChuli and part of Annapurna range can be viewed from the trail. But one of the most amazing view is of the Mt. Manaslu and its range. The trail provides very close view of this mountain which is very surreal. The Larkay Pass (5,215 m) which gives extra excitement to the adventure.
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Arrival in Kathmandu and pick up and transfer to hotel by office representative. Hang around Thamel on availability of time. Acquire and prepare necessary gear for the trip. Short briefing in evening with welcome dinner.
It will be long drive to SotiKhola from Kathmandu. The road is black topped until Dhadingbesi. It is off road to SotiKhola after that. It might be bumpy ride because of unpredictable condition of road.
The trail moves through jungle of pine tree and small settlements. There are many small tea shops in the trail which sells to local travel. It gives first view of lifestyle of local Nepali to outer world.
The trail follows bank of river. There are jungle on way where wild life are abundant. Animals and insects noise make the path alive. The trail goes through several settlements and farmland. The influence of Buddhism gradually start to get visible from here. We will stay in a teahouse at Jagat.
The trail goes through several small villages in the region. It goes to various different landscapes and dense forests. Dyang is a small village in bank of DyangKhola.
We will ascend quite good altitude today. The trail zigzags in and out of many canyons. The leads follows river bank and goes through dense jungle. The trail have many religious wall (stoned carved with holy mantra) which shows the devotion of local towards the religion.
We will ascend to higher altitude. First glimpse of Mt. Manaslu is seen today. Local people dressing and appearance seems to be distinct from people at lower altitude. People wears traditional dress and speaks differently. Their facial features are different. We will reach Samagoan and stay overnight at teahouse.
It is very necessary to acclimatize in high altitude. It helps body to adjust and rejuvenate to go further in altitude. You can explore the village or take short hike in rest day. You can visit Buddhist monasteries, hike to Glacier Lake if you are feeling like staying active. Stay overnight in Samagoan.
It will short walk today. It also helps in more acclimatization. As we continue in trail, we will see farmland of locals. There are not high yielding farmland. The land produces limited amount of crops in a year. There are grazing lands for animals. People rely on animal’s husbandry, special yaks. Samdo is a beautiful village where yak herding is one of main occupation. In ancient time, this was salt trading route where yak were used to carry goods. Now-a-days people use yak to carry goods for tourists and locals.
We will head to LarkayPhedi from Samdo. It will be short distance. We will crossing small streams and follow the path alongside with mani walls. Great view of Larkay glacier can be seen from the trail. There is steep climbing near the glacier.
It will be long and most difficult part of journey. We will reach highest point of the trip too which is 5160 meter. Mountains like Himlung (7,215 m), Kang Guru (6,980 m), CheoHimal (6,820 m) and Annapurna II (7,940 m) and many more can be seen on the way to pass. The trail drops down. Its steep and slippery path to Bhimthang.
We will enter to more relaxing altitude. Its gradual descend to Dharapani. The trail now goes through dense forest of oaks, pine, and rhododendron. The view is great on the trail. There are pasture lands where animals are grazing around with small huts made by Sheppard. We will get to Dharapani which is also a part of other trekking route, Annapurna Circuit trek.
It will be long drive to Kathmandu. It’s off road till Besi Sahar. It will be bumpy ride. After its black topped road. After reaching Kathmandu, office representatives will drop you to Hotel.
Today you can rest or explore (upon request) Kathmandu . Free day /shopping. Later evening cultural farewell dinner with team member to celebrate this trip. Overnight .
Journey with us end here. Office representative will take you to International airport for final departure as per schedule requirement.
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