16 Days Nature tour itinerary for Kathmandu, Manaslu & Pokhara: Challenge The Manaslu Circuit Trek
Kathmandu, Manaslu, Pokhara
Find an untouched trekking destination. A mystical adventure of the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains, glacier valleys, the gigantic snow-clad peak, narrow river valley, wild animals and lust green forest with lots of flora and fauna.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Get picked up at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight stay at your hotel in Kathmandu
Traveller’s Note: You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by the office representative and then you will be transferred to the hotel.
Trek preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy the hotel breakfast.
Get picked up by the team and head to the office for your trek briefing and preparation.
In the afternoon, do sightseeing in Kathmandu:
Kathmandu Durbar Square
Swayambunath Monkey Temple
Drop off at your hotel
Overnight in Kathmandu
Traveller’s Note: The staff will give a brief explanation of the program. You will visit cultural heritages, which includes some of the famous world heritage sites like, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.
Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola-650mtr, 6/7hours
Eat the hotel breakfast and check out.
Get picked up by the team and transfer to the bus park or by private jeep.
Savour a scenic bus/jeep ride to Sotikhola, the starting point of the Manaslu Region.
Check-in at the Soti Khola Hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Traveller’s Note: Soti is a small town and popular for the marketing of local people from the Northern part of Gorkha District. Most of the people are Buddhist and Hindu and it is situated in Bank of Bhudhi Gandaki River which is started from Tsum valley and Larke pass.
Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft) 5-6 hours.
After the hotel breakfast, check out.
From here, the road takes you to Machhakhola.
Dinner and overnight stay at Machhakhola
Traveller’s Note: Majority of the way is by the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River and you can expect waterfall, monkey watching, rice field, green forest and if the weather permits, you can see your first views of the Ganesh Himal by looking out on the road; there is a high chance to see waterfalls as well crossing several local settlements.
Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/ 7676ft) 6-7 hours.
Eat breakfast and depart. Today the Ganesh Himal is in clear view.
Pass some waterfalls, stone-paved ways and a mani wall with your Manaslu hiking guide.
Arrive in Jagat.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jagat
Traveller’s Note: Amazing views of the Ganesh and Shingri Himal await today, from Jagat the previously restricted trekking area will start along with your adventure!
Jagat trek to Deng (1860 m)
After breakfast, depart.
Start the trail by heading gently uphill.
Followed by a flat levelled plateau, continue until reaching the river crossing.
Cross the suspension bridge over the Bhudi Gandaki and enter Philim village.
Climb uphill further until you reach Ekle Bhatti.
Proceed to cross the suspension bridge and get reach to Deng.
Dinner and overnight stay at Deng
Traveller’s Note: Today your destination is Deng where you can try local food with a good test. On proceeding further, you cross the Siyar Khola bridge and reach a junction where the trail separates to Tsum valley on your right. Like this, you walk and reach Deng and you will spend overnight there.
Deng to Namrung(2630m 7 to 8hrs)
Wakeup for breakfast and departure.
Start by heading down to the riverside.
After crossing the bridge, upwards climb takes you to Ranagoan.
From here, trek further to Bihi Phedi.
The trail splits into two and you take the right side trail to Ghap.
After passing through Ghap village, climb up to Namrung.
Dinner and overnight stay at Namrung village
Traveller’s Note: Today you get clear views of the Ganesh, Shingri and Kutang Himal.
Namrung trek to Lho (3,180m) 4 Hours walking.
Rise up for breakfast and departure.
Permit check post and start the trail towards Lho.
Following the path through Lihi Gaon.
Continue downwards to Sho Goan. It’s not long before reaching the village of Lho
Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay in Lho village.
Traveller’s Note: The eight highest mountain the world, Mt Manaslu comes in sight today! Today is the first day to see Manaslu and especially the real exciting view of Larke gonna start from today. Also, you are gonna see most of the locals clad in traditional Tibetan dress while walking in the way to Lho. From this day, you will move towards the high quite altitude, so it is recommended to walk slowly and check your body signs by being careful.
Lho Trek to Samagau (Ryo) (3520 m) 4 hrs walking.
Open your eyes to breakfast and departure.
Today is a short trek as you head gradually up towards Sama (Ryo).
Stop in Shyala to take in the amazing 360-degree Himalayan view.
Head further until reaching Sama (Ryo).
Dinner and overnight stay in Sama (Ryo) Village
Traveller’s Note: Sama is locally more known as Samagaon, with gaon meaning village. Today incredible views await of the Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi Peak, Naike Peak, Kutang Himal and the Pangbuche Himal. Shyala is the first town you gonna have today which is one of the best viewpoints of this region to see 360-degrees only mountain from town.
Sama (Ryo) Acclimatization day
Rise up for breakfast. A well-deserved acclimatization day is planned today
After breakfast, you can take a hike to get more used to the high altitude:
Option 1: Hike around Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base Camp.
Option 2: hike up to the Pungen Gumpa.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sama (Ryo)
Traveller’s Note: Samagaun is a village development committee in Gorkha District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 665 and had 179 houses in the village. Today is an acclimatization day, you can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa, etc. Discuss with the Nepali trekking guide which one is going be best one according to your fitness and desire.
Samagau-Trek to Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m) 3/4hrs walking.
After breakfast, departure. It’s a relatively short trek today up to Samdo.
Due to the high elevation, take it slowly while climbing upwards.
By lunchtime, reach Samdo village.
In the afternoon, you can rest or take a hike up to Samdo Peak.
Dinner and overnight stay at Samdo
Traveller’s Note: The views of Mt Manaslu from Samdo Peak are just incredible is you have the stamina it is worth hiking up there. Samdo is a well-known Tibetan refugee camp. After spending a whole day and 2 night on Samagau, you start your treks towards the Samdo or close to hiking options. Samdo has excellent views of Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. Here you can many kinds of beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal). You can see yak, houres, mountain mouse, blue sheep, etc.
Samdo to Dharamsala (14,633 feet / 4,460 m) 4/5hrs walking.
Relish breakfast and depart.
Today, head to the foot of the Larya La, Dharmasala.
The trail leads slowly upwards until reaching our overnight stop.
Dinner and overnight stay in Dharmasala
Traveller’s Note: Tomorrow, you face your first pass the Larkya La at 5,160 meters. Better take a good night rest and prepare your camera batteries. Did you know that Dharmasala is also known as Larkya Phedi? After breakfast, today, move through the Samdo to Dharamsala. You will pass a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar beside to the Budi Gandaki River. You'll see many traditional monasteries. While walking towards the Dharamsala, do shorter hike leaves time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon in Dharamsala.
Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3,590m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160m) 7/8 hours walking.
Rise up for early breakfast and departure.
The trail goes slowly up until reaching the Larkya La pass.
At the pass, take a break to enjoy the amazing views.
After finishing the crossing, the trail leads downhill to Bhimtang.
Dinner and overnight stay at Bhimtang village
Traveller’s Note: From the Larkya La Pass, you get some amazing views of the Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru and the Annapurna II. All above 6,000-meter mountains! Today is one of the crucial and most waited days of the trip for a great view and adventure (7-8 hrs). Once you got in Bhimthang, it might be the best accommodation of the trek and the right place to celebrate the great success of Larke La.
Bimthang to Tilije ( 2,300 m/7,546 feet ) 5/5hrs. walking
Wake up for breakfast and departure.
Hike downhill for the most part of the day.
After a good 4 hours, reach the village of Ghoa.
From here, continue downwards to Tilje.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tilje village
Traveller’s Note: Waking up early today allows for an amazing sunrise view from the teahouse. After passing the top peek of the world, you are in the Bimthang by having and you are starting your next journey towards the Tilje. Tilje is a beautiful village with beautiful people of there local culture. In Tilje, you can have good hotels and you can find free wi-fi after crossing the mountain.
(Tilije trek to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar by jeep. 6/7 hours.
Rise up for breakfast and departure.
Follow the trail down to Dharapani.
The path leads through pine forests and several small villages.
Eat lunch in Dharapani and arrange jeep to Besisahar.
After lunch, drive to Besisahar.
After arriving Besisahar by 4 hours of driving, get into the town, good food and drinks then plan for the further days.
Traveller’s Note: This is your last day of massive Manaslu circuit trek.
Drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara by Tourist Bus 5/6 hrs. driving.
Appreciate breakfast and depart.
Drive to your destination.
Traveller’s Note: Guide and porters will drive back to Kathmandu. If the clients would have time, it is recommended to spend a few nights in Pokhara, which is a beautiful touristic town of Nepal. So transfer to Pokhara or if no time, then together drive back to Kathmandu.
Pick-up and drop-off from the international airport
Hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.
Welcome and farewell dinner.
Internal transport and flight within Nepal as per the itinerary.
Three meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
Accommodation during trekking that includes tents or local lodges/guesthouses.
All trekking and climbing permit fees, (Entry permit and TIMS Card).
Professional English speaking Nepali tour leader, guides and required porters.
Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trekking period.
A comprehensive medical kit.
All government and local taxes.
International airfare to from Nepal
Entry visa fees for Nepal
Entry fee of the touristic area during sightseeing
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, thief expenses
Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water
All food and beverages other than on the itinerary
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from trekking due to some reason.
Personal gear and expenses
Tips and gratitude provided to staff
The Manaslu (Soul Mountain) also known as Kutang Himal, one of the 8th highest mountains over the world situated in the west-centre part of Nepal between two beautiful mountain Annapurna and Ganesh Himal, standing with its 8,163 meters high from the sea label. This trek is the best all-round trek in Nepal, which is newly raised and getting popular among the trekking and expedition lover people day by day, which was officially opened at 1991 specially for the trekking, since then that allowing to organize trekking group special permits to gain entry into this region.
The Manaslu Trek begins from Arughat and gradually ascending through the bank of Budi Gandaki river; this trek offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably untouched region of Nepal where you see few trekkers that make a visit of the region more exclusive and unspoiled, that provides spectacular beauty along the border of Tibet and Nepal. Major highlights of this trekking route are numbers of rivers, waterfalls, suspension bridges, spectacular beauty of the nature, unique environment and exceptionally rich in biodiversity as well as culture and many different types of flora, fauna, and herb products. In the other hand side, this region provides the amazing views of Manaslu (8163m), Peak 29 Himalchuli, (7871, Ganesh Himal (7422m) Naike Peak (6211m) and other various snowcapped mountains. Additional sight attraction as Manaslu Base Camp, Pungen Gumpa, Kal Tal, Birendra Lake, Tibet border and more cultural visits makes the trip wonderful. Furthermore, after the Larke la (5160 m) pass, it going to show views of Annapurna II (7,937m) Larke peak, HimlungHimal (7,126m), Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6,981m), Ponkar Himal etc. and give more energy of the trek.
Lying in the lap of Manaslu which is the eighth highest peak of the world, Manaslu Circuit trek "Hidden Gem" was open for the visitors in 1992 AD also known as an untouched trekking destination. A mystical adventure of the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers the traveler breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains, glacier valleys, the gigantic snow-clad peak, narrow river valley, wild animals and lust green forest with a lot of flora and fauna.
Touch The Himalaya Treks and Expedition, Running with a team of guides, who are locally from Manaslu region having long years of experience in trekking around Manaslu, knows every corner of the region, will provide excellent guiding and hospitality service to clients.
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