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Manaslu Circuit Trek – 16 Days

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Moderate

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Overview

The Manaslu circuit trek is an underappreciated trek located in the remote western region of Nepal. The trek revolves around the Manaslu Mountain (8163m) which means “Spirit Mountain.” Like its name, the trek provides the opportunity to trekkers for a spiritual awakening by witnessing the cultural heritage, unrivaled beauty, and extreme wilderness.

Unlike its sister treks Annapurna and Everest, the Manaslu Circuit trek is less crowded which makes the visit more appealing. This trek offers the experience similar to Annapurna a decade ago. The trail takes you through the roaring turquoise Budi Gandaki River, from Arughat to the apex point of the trek Larkya Pass.

En route, you’ll witness precarious bridges and stunning mountain views. As you ascent upwards, the landscape quickly transforms from the green countryside and lush green forests to unusual rocky terrains and crystalline glaciers.

The trek provides you a glimpse into the Tibetan influenced culture, terrific sceneries of ice peaks like Manaslu, Himchuli, Himlung and Larke peak. Trekkers get to enjoy the fantastic local food and culture which gives them an insight into village life.

A tranquil environment, adventure, romance and value for money makes the Manaslu circuit trek one of the best.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Our representative of Earthbound Expeditions will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying an Earthbound Expeditions signboard. You will then be transferred to your hotel and the remaining day shall be a rest day.

DAY 2: Sightseeing tour

After a delicious breakfast, we head for sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. They are:

• Swayambhunath Stupa : A journey up to this monumental stupa with glittering golden spires provides the travelers with a picturesque view of the Kathmandu Valley and it is a must visit for those who wish to dive in the knowledge of Buddhism. The word Swoyambhunath means self-existent one and history dictates that it was made in the 13th century. At Swoyambhu, immerse yourself in the devotion of God by spinning the prayer wheels, with a backdrop of religious prayer ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ and the beautiful fragrance of incense.

• Boudhanath: The Boudhanath Stupa takes its place among the largest stupas in South Asia. The gigantic white mound spreads 36 meters, and on top of it, there's a square tower consisting of the holy Buddha eyes facing all four directions. Prayer flags tied to the stupa flutter in the wind carrying the hopes of people to heaven.

As Tibetans inhabited the area in the 1950s, you can see the remains of Tibetan culture to this day too and enquire with them to get in-depth knowledge about their culture. Turn the prayer wheels and circle the stupa as you say your prayers amidst the crowd and pleasant yet strong fragrance of incense.

• Pashupatinath: One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages in the world is ‘Pashupatinath.’ A small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built here in 879 AD, but the temple stood in its current format 1697 AD when King BhupatindraMalla made it. This temple is an example of architectural magnificence as the gold-plated roof, silver roofs and woodcarvings of the highest caliber soothe and simultaneously amaze you.

The temple comprises of Linga images of Lord Shiva along with numerous statues and shrines. A walk in this temple shows you the true meaning of life as in the yards you’ll see young boys doing ‘Bratabandha’ which starts their journey to adulthood and on the other hand you’ll witness the deceased being cremated in the banks of the holy river Bagmati, indicating that life is short. Talk with the sages residing there and expand your knowledge on Hinduism.

A pre-trek briefing shall also be conducted in which you can ask any queries to the guide regarding the trek. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar and further to SotiKhola After a delicious breakfast, we drive towards the rural village of Arughat. The journey takes about 5 hours, and the road is home to the wilderness of Nepal which takes place in the form of rugged terrain, clear rivers, and high suspension bridges. The route is rough but provides an exhilarating experience. Aarughat is a town located on the banks of the majestic Budi Gandaki River. From there, we head towards the trekking trail of Solti Khola. To reach Solti Khola, you can use a bus or jeep. The cost of a private vehicle is USD 67 extra for each person. You stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D.

DAY 4: Solti Khola to MacchaKhola

We ascent through the trail of the Budi Gandaki and cross beautiful Sal forests then climb onto a ridge. Our journey takes us past tropical waterfalls, some rice terraces and then leads to the Gurung Village Labubesi.

We rise behind a rocky outcrop that provides a beautiful view of the valley and the Budi Gandaki. Walking across sandy river beds, ridges and crossing a suspension bridge leads us to the village of MachhaKhola. Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 5: Head towards Jagat

The trail shows you its uniqueness as it heads up and down, testing your strength and determination. The trail descends on a hot spring in Tatopani, and from there it is another ridge climbing and bridge crossing.

Traversing the gorge and lush greenery leads you to the stone stairs which head to TharoBharyang. By crossing the west bank of Budi Gandaki and trekking along the river, we reach the primitive village of Jagat which still upholds its traditional lifestyles and ways.

DAY 6: Trek to Nyak or Dyang

The village of Dyang is home to stunning views of the Himalayas and provides a serene atmosphere for anyone willing to get lost in nature. To reach Dyang, we initially climb to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas.

We follow the upstream trail, and en route we cross villages like Philim, Ekle Bhatti, and we traverse through millet fields as well. As you trek further, the landscape changes from rugged to grassy land slopes.

After crossing the bamboo forests and DyangKhola, we reach Dyang. Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 7: Trek to Ghap

After walking beyond Deng, we need to cross the BudhiGandaki and climb Rana. From the bridge, we do a bit of climbing and join a trail from Bhi then head west.

The trail passes through forests and from there we turn towards a corner that leads to Ghap. Ghap is famous for its Mani stones, and it provides a surreal view of the mountains that lie ahead. Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 8: Camp at Lho village

Lho comprises of a large Gompa which serves as a basis of education for many children there. It is a beautiful village with well-carved chorten.The trail crosses the side valley of SimnangHimal. In Lho village, we can enjoy amazing views of Mount Manaslu

DAY 9: Trek to Samgeon

From Lho village, we trek via Shala through the rugged trails while being surrounded by huge mountains like HimalChuli, Manaslu, and other large glaciers. The Ganesh Himal stands at the far end.

Acquaint yourself with the unique traditions of the Sherpa culture and try to decipher the mani stones written in Buddhist texts. Visit the PungyenGompa which is famous for its religious as well a natural significance. Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 10: Trek to Somdu

We descend to the BudhiGandaki River and then follow it to a bridge over a side stream. It is a relatively easy trail on a shelf above the river and passes through the birch forests of KermoKharka.

We cross the BudhiGandaki on a wooden bridge. Somdu is a small village inhabited by Tibetan origin populations. The place is quaint, cold and dry. Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 11: Acclimatisation day at Somdu

To prepare for further trekking, we take a day off to acclimatize at Somdu. Take advantage of your day off by hiking at the back of the Samdo village.

The hike shows the ancient trade passes to Tibet and provides excellent views of the snow laden mountains like Manaslu, Simrang, and Ngadi. The hike provides ample time to witness settlements and flora and fauna.Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 12: Trek to Duwang

Our day starts by walking on the edge, crossing a wooden bridge and descending upwards. On the trail we see the Larkya Glacier, cross two streams and go around the valley of SalkaKhola.

After an upward climb, there is a stone guesthouse which is not exactly a lodge but a shelter house called Dharmashala. This place is popularly known as LarkyaPhedi which translates to ‘foot of Larkya.' Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 13: Cross the Larkya La pass and descend to Bimthang

Today is the longest day of the trip as you’ll wake early to conquer the challenges in front of you. A short climb above the lodge will lead you to the northern side of Larkya Glacier. We cross through frozen lakes and admire the beauty of Larkya Peak.

By crossing boulder fields and ridgelines, we come across a spectacular panorama of the Himalayan peaks like HimlungHimal, CheoHimal, and Kang Guru. There is a steep descent to reach the trail leading to DangbocheKharka. It is a good place to stop and rest before continuing the descent to Bimthang. Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 14: Descend to Tilje Village

We descend further and cross a high pasture (SangureKharka) and cross a bridge over DudhKhola. The trail crosses through rhododendron forests and a narrow valley.

We reach the highest cultivated land at Karche. We pass across fields before doing a climb over a ridge. We reach Tilje village.Stay in a simple tea house. B, L, D

DAY 15: From Tilije to Kathmandu.

We cross the stream beyond Tilije and walk on a dirt road with Dharapani in the Marsyangdi valley. We cross the MarsyangdiRiver and then climb stone steps to reach the town of Dharapani.

We head towards the north of Dharapani that join the Annapurna Circuit Trek if you wish we can continue the Annapurna circuit trek. But today we take a local Jeep/bus to Kathmandu. (Private Jeep can be hired at USD 117 per person extra).

You can check into a hotel and at evening join Nepalese cultural show and dinner. B, D.

DAY 16: Transfer to Airport

You have the option of ending your trip or extending it. If you wish to conclude, our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation in a (3) three star hotels in the cities, during the trek only simple tea houses are available.
  • All Ground transportation provided.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu where Earthbound Expeditions city tour guide will accompany you.
  • Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek.
  • Government trained guides and needed no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
  • Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
  • All entry fees and TIMS permit will be provided.
  • All domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for trek will be provided.
  • Group First Aid Kit Box
  • International Flight tickets to and from Kathmandu.
  • City Monuments entrance fees.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  • Airport tax.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • Cost raised by cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasp

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ErieSenior

04/22/2020

Fabulous Trekking Experience

The Earthbound Expeditions team provided an awesome adventure for us in Nepal. Our guides for the private day trip were extremely knowledgeable, experienced and supportive and the pre-trip responsiveness was superlative.
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Pegi R

04/21/2020

Everything we expected and more

Everything we expected and more. All activities were organized by Rajan as described in the itinerary from A to Z, including ground transport to/from airport, trail head and trek itself. If we were to be met by a driver or guide at a particular time, then this really happened. The hotel in Kathmandu, while located in the chaos of the city, was tucked away in an oasis of quiet. The room for first night was near the noisy bar/eating area, but this was more than offset by the great suite we received on the last night after the trek. We were there for the Poon Hill trek and we were not disappointed. The company means it when it says that trail speed is not important – it’s about going slowly enough to absorb the experience (that’s why we saw the monkeys). Even so, we always reached the day’s goal insufficient time to unwind, shower and have dinner. If you can, ask for Maule to be your guide. He’s extremely knowledgeable and will talk to you about any topic from things you see on the trail to life in Nepal. You’ll make a friend by the end of the trip. He will set an appropriate pace and won’t whip you along the trail like some other guides we heard about. On the trail, he organized all meals and overnight stays. A couple of times at lower altitudes when one of us was struggling with the heat, he took our pack in addition to his own for the rest of the day.
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RobertAndAlicia

04/21/2020

Excellent service with Earthbound

We trekked in Nepal in December 2014. We loved it so much we plan to go back. EE is a very professional company. Rajan, the owner, communicated with me numerous times before we even booked and again before we arrived, as we wanted to do something a bit customized. Our city tour guide, Kumar, was very knowledgeable and personable. Consider yourself lucky if you get him. We will ask for him by name next time we go. Our trek guide, Namaraj ("Nama") was excellent. Same with our porter, Chandra. During the trek, I asked Nama a lot questions about the Himalayas, trekking, Nepali culture, Hinduism and Buddhism, and whatever came to mind that interested me about this breathtaking country and it's lovely people. He never tired of my inquisitiveness and was extremely knowledgeable about a wide range of topics. During the trek we had to adjust our schedule, and Nama took care of it seamlessly. Chandra was tireless and always had a smile on his face. You will be in good hands with EE. I highly recommend this company.
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clairerobertshaw

04/21/2020

Brilliant in every way.

Earthbound expeditions are a fantastic company headed up by the charismatic Rajan. They looked after every guest and their tailored requirements from arrival to departure. The trekking was amazing and made all the better by the fantastic guides and porters. Rajan took us all out on the last night (included in the tour) to a great restaurant with a cultural show. I highly recommend the cooking class run by Rajan's wife if you have extra time (and do try and spend some extra time in Nepal). Would recommend earthbound expeditions every time.
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Guru-Geetha

04/20/2020

Amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek with Earthbound

We visited Nepal in October 2018 for the Manaslu Circuit trek. This was our third visit to Nepal and our third trek with Earthbound Expeditions. The Manaslu Circuit trek was excellent with beautiful landscape and stunning mountain vistas dotted with beautiful villages along the trail. The lush green forests, beautiful valleys and simple village life along the trail make it an enjoyable trek. A wonderful and memorable experience overall, especially views from Samagaon and Larke pass. Hats off to Rajan at Earthbound Expeditions once again for a wonderful job and another great trek. As always, excellent support, personal care and involvement. Prompt, patient and great service right through. Thanks also to the excellent support from our two-time guide Narayan and porter Motiram. Loads of patience, support and caring attitude was of great help to us throughout the trek. Anytime we plan a trek/vacation in Nepal our obvious choice will be Rajan at Earthbound Expeditions. Nepal is a must-visit destination for anyone looking at a vacation or trek. Beautiful landscapes, lovely peaceful villages and nature at its best. Very warm and friendly people with amazing hospitality. We strongly recommend Rajan and Earthbound Expeditions for anyone planning a vacation/trek in Nepal. You do not have to look elsewhere, just go with Earthbound. Best Wishes October 2018
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Brenda B

04/19/2020

Beautiful Nepal

I started off doing the Manaslu trek but was unable to continue due to a medical reason. Rajan then went above and beyond and was able to match me up with another of his groups and we saw the most beautiful and amazing country. I felt safe and looked after. Nepal has so much to offer!
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Hiku

04/19/2020

Manaslu and Tsum Valley

Enjoyed a great trek with Earthbound Expeditions in October 2019. I highly recommend Earthbound Expeditions. Rajan is very responsive and organized. As the trip approached, he diligently answered all of our questions. Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu is a perfect jumping-off point. Our guide, Hari, and our porter, Podum, were both fantastic. Hari paid attention to our hiking speed and style and accommodated our preference for hiking some long days. But when I caught a cold he also accommodated that and slowed down the trek for a few days as I recovered. Podum was fantastic and very attentive to us on the trail and at the teahouses. The trek itself is phenomenal. It has deep gorges, raging rivers, insane suspension bridges, lush forest, Gurung and Tibetan villages, high mountains, yaks, and monkeys. Pretty much everything I could have hoped for on my first trek in Nepal. I thought the hiking days were very reasonable and the accommodations, though rustic, met my expectations. The food was better than I expected. As the other reviewer stated, Manaslu and Tsum Valley are becoming popular, so now is the time to go before the roads push all the way in and the local charm disappears under an onslaught of tourists fleeing other already overcrowded routes. I highly recommend this trek and Earthbound Expeditions.
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Nepal201419

04/19/2020

Earthbound Expeditions - Delivers a 5th, 4th and 3rd Amazing Unforgettable Trekking Experience

Earthbound Expeditions - Delivers a 5th Amazing Breathtaking Unforgettable Trekking Experience, 4th for myself & 3rd for my husband. 2014 - Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake and the Chola Pass 2016 - Annapurna Circuit & Ghorapani Poon Hill 2017 - Langtang, Gosainkunda, & HelambuTrek plus Annapurna Base Camp 2018 - Mustang (daughter's 5th trek) 2019 - Manaslu - Larke La Pass and Tsum Valley Trek We have just returned from our fourth and our daughter from her fifth, yes fifth, trekking experience in Nepal. Each trek completed in the month of October to early November has been carefully chosen with the company Earthbound Expeditions. Rajan Simkada, Owner and President, has the knowledge, expertise, and professionalism to answer all questions with extremely quick responses by phone, email and/or via messenger. He is flexible with regards to arranging the itinerary no matter which trek is chosen and ensures safety based on our preparations and experience providing routes manageable from an altitude perspective. Rajan and his Earthbound proficient guides and porters are excellent exemplifying hospitality, care and concern, exceptional service and keeping us coming back to Nepal. Each trek has been a trip of a lifetime, amazing, incredible scenery and we have been treated to different guides all being fantastic as they anticipate all our needs and wants ensuring we are treated with the best care. They are the ultimate caregivers if one is not feeling well. They go above and beyond to ensure everyone is enjoying themselves and are the best hosts and waiters waiting on us hand and foot, and also assist the villagers preparing fresh cooked meals as quickly as possible! Guides and porters are extremely hardworking, and so enthusiastic to learn about us, our country, and also provide us with their knowledge about the trek and environment. These teams of guides and porters have become our lifelong friends and we have become accustomed to love the friendly Nepali culture and their beautiful heartfelt smiles. The Thamel Eco Resort staff are fabulous and friendly and will do anything to make your stay enjoyable. Each trek is incredible and unique and the Himalaya's provide amazing landscapes, superior majestic views, the ultimate top notch inspiring experience and an enormous sense of achievement. Just completed Tsum Valley and the Manaslu trek which is a remote, physically demanding, culturally enriching and scenically uplifting destination. The route takes you from the lowlands with terraced farming to the enormous gorges of the Budi Gandaki with its aquamarine waters and amazing waterfalls. The Larke Pass is one of the most challenging passes of the Himalayan treks that we have completed. Thank you, Rajan, your company, and your staff for all the excellent treks that will live on in our hearts and memories forever. If anyone has any doubts place your trust in an experienced tour operator like Rajan, his dedicated team and like ourselves, you will have the experience of a lifetime. Forever grateful to the staff of Earthbound Expeditions and the Thamel Eco Resort for their commitment and dedication in creating beautiful experiences.
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