Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek - 14 Days

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Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek is low budget trekking package in Manaslu region. This trekking is getting popular day by day as an alternative of Annapurna Circuit trekking. Trek to Manaslu in budget option provides the view of Mt. Manaslu which is eighth highest mountain in the world (8,163mtrs), Shringi Himal, Himalchuli, Nagdi Chuli, Ganesh Himal, Simnang Himal, Saula Himal, Himlung Himal and other hundreds of beautiful peaks.

Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek basically is an adventurous classic trek to the untouched region of Nepal. Manaslu circuit trek is one of the most popular and spectacular trekking destination which is situated on the west-central part of the Himalayan region of Nepal. The Manaslu Circuit Trek provides the view of Mt. Manaslu which is eighth highest mountain in the world (8,163mtrs), Shringi Himal, Himalchuli, Nagdi Chuli, Ganesh Himal, Simnang Himal, Saula Himal, Cheo Himal, Him lung Himal and other hundreds of beautiful peaks.

Budget Manaslu circuit trekking is Government controlled trekking region and need extra permission to organize trekking in this region of Nepal. Trekking in Manaslu region is only possible with government register trekking agencies and requires of at least two people for trekking. This entire region is still restricted area and requires a special permit. The main attraction of this trek around Manaslu region are most challenging and virginity of the trail including authentic Nepali, Tibetan culture and hospitality, influenced ethnic encounters, traditional cultures, breathtaking views of mountains, snow-capped peaks, Buddhist monasteries, architecture, long ridges valley, beautiful suspension bridges, the adventure pass Larkya-La (5,135m), dense forest of rhododendron and oak, abundant wildlife such as rare red panda, snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan thar, wild boar, etc, splendid waterfalls, glaciers, flora and fauna, natural landscape, magical combination of adventure, biodiversity, and so on.

Our especial Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek is a complete wilderness adventure destinations and it will be an experience for a lifetime, exploring the remoteness for certain time period. It is also known as the best alternative trekking destination to the Annapurna trekking region and Everest trekking region. Manaslu Circuit Trek is also known as tea house trek. This trek can be planned any time of the year; however March – May and August – November are more supportive in terms of weather, visibility and trail. Trekkers can see the majestic view of both Manaslu and Annapurna region in this single trek as well interested trekkers can visit Tsum Valley for the Tibetan Buddhism cultural trek. The trek is very moderate so doesn’t demand advanced physical fitness level to the traveler. Knowledge of trails, challenging climates passing through the high altitudes may support the traveler in higher elevation during trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek journey usually begins by sight-seen of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat which approximately takes the full day. The route begins from Sotikhola, passing through the George of the Budi-Gandaki River with the majestic view of Manaslu with a well-defined path unique landscape. Then we trek through Machhakhola, Dobhan, Philim, Lokpa, Chumling and many other cultural villages. During the trek, we will be walking through long ridges valley, dense forest of rhododendron and oak, and crossing many suspension bridges. Then we will be arriving at Deng, which starts to give us appearances of snow peaks. Giving continuity to trekking, we will reach to Namrung village where it’s popular as amazing viewpoint for Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himalchuli.

After traveling through Lho village, we will enter the Nupri region, inhabited primarily by Tibetan immigrants. The colorful prayer flags, old monasteries, life style are some iconic images of Tibetan culture and religious practice. Trekking a bit further, we will arrive at the highest village in Budi-Gandaki valley; the Samagaon village. We will acclimatize at Samagaun village and interested trekkers can explore to Birendra Tal, Pungyen Gompa as well as Manaslu Base Camp. Then following day we continue our trek, heading towards Samdo followed by Larkya Phedi and Dharmasala. After passing through Dharmasala, we will begin our interesting parts of Manaslu circuit trek to climb Larkya-La Pass (5,106 m) to see the view stunning panoramic view of Mountain around you as well eventually reaching Bhimthang then to Gho. Further moving to Dharapani we will pass through fields and villages, following the Annapurna Circuit trek in another hand. On the last day, we will drive back to Besisahar then drive back to Kathmandu.

If trekkers wants to be the part of the remote, untouched, adventurous and less explored trekking destination in Nepal, Life Himalaya trekking will recommend Budget Manaslu Circuit Trek; where trekkers can get all necessary elements in our one special trekking package. This package can also be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many more details according to your demand, availability, and timing.

Day 1
Arrival to TIA airport. Pick up from there then check in to hotel in Kathmandu Upon arrival in Kathmandu.

When you arrive in Kathmandu airport, our agency representative will be waiting for you in the airport holding our company and your name play card. From airport our agency representative will escort you to the hotel which takes 20 min of driving. After you check in to the hotel, you will rest and fed your flight sickness till next day. At hotel we will brief you about your schedule and plan of your trip.

Day 2
Drive Kathmandu to Arughat and catch local jeep to Soti Khola, overnight stay in Soti Khola (730m), tea house stay

After having the night stay at the hotel in Kathmandu we heat the road with Early morning drive through Prithivi High to MalekhuPul and turn right hand side to DhadingBesi (district headquarter of Dhading); continues drive off road to Salentar and Aarughat Bazar. With the 5-6 hours drives we will have lunch and rest Aarughat. Aarughat is one of the famous shopping junctions for ManasluGorkha and Dhading’s remote villagers continue drive to Aarkhet Bazaar half an hours, if you are doing trekking in autumn or spring season there is possible direct bus to Aarkhet Bazar. After Aarkhet Bazar we need to change the local Jeep or bus for Sotikhola. It takes another 40 minutes or you can start trekking one hour to Sotikhola on same days, here we going to have the overnight stay.

Day 3
Trek to Machha khola (930m), overnight stay in Machha khola, tea house stay

After breakfast at Sotikhola we will hike through plane area, following the Budi Gandaki river, small villages , the broad valley narrows and at times the trail is cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested.. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of LapuBesi. Treks descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machhekhaola 870m, Machhekhola means “Fish stream”, here we going to have the overnight stay at the tea house.

Day 4
Trek to Jagat (1,410m), Overnight stay in Jagat, tea house stay

After the night stay at the MachheKhola , we head upstream to the tiny village of KhorlaBensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. For some time we will enjoy the hot spring and fed or tiredness. The valley sides steepen until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path we reach the single Guest House at Doban. Above Doban, the BuriGandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we re-cross the river on a suspension bridge and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat 1340m, where we have stay in Guest House, 5 hours.

Day 5
Trek to Dang (1,800m), overnight stay in Dang, tea house stay

Jaget have check post of your special trekking permits. After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, treks climb a terraced hill to Salleri, from where we can see the impressive SringiHimal 7187m. Crossing BuriGandaki River again at GatteKhola, our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to cross Philim – EkleBhatti, Nyak then reach the village of Deng 1860m, where we overnight lodge, 5 hours.

Day 6
Trek to Namrung (2,660m), overnight stay in Namrung, tea house stay

After having breakfast we head through village of Lana, and start to see Mani stones, a sure signs that we are entering high country Buddhist regions. After only about four hours we reach at the village of Ghap, which straddles the river. We have entered the Tibetan areas and the cultural change is obvious, and the climate change is also obvious the trekking is pleasantly cool now. We gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani walls after Ghap and 3 more crossing of the Budi Gandaki on our route to Namrung (2630m), overnight in lodge.

Day 7
Trek to Samagaon (3,530m), overnight stay in Samagaon, tea house stay

After breakfast, leaving the village of Lhogau, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. We follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. At a fork in the trail, we take a detour to the left, which leads up to HonsanshoGompa and the Punggen Glaciers, from where there is a stunning view of Peak 29 and Manaslu. As you continue on the main trail, you soon reach the fields of SamaGaon, 3520m, 4-5 hours, overnight hotel/ guest house.

Day 8
Rest day in Sama gaon (3,530m), overnight stay in Samagaon tea house stay

After the rest day at samagaon we will adjust to the altitude. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you take a breather to acclimatize and relax. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdichuli, SimnangHimal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see BirendraKunda which is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. You can talk with your guide and decide because we do not know what you want and how your situation at that time. Stay overnight at Lodge/Hotel.

After breakfast, leaving the village of Lhogau, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. We follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. At a fork in the trail, we take a detour to the left, which leads up to HonsanshoGompa and the Punggen Glaciers, from where there is a stunning view of Peak 29 and Manaslu. As you continue on the main trail, you soon reach the fields of SamaGaon, 3520m, 4-5 hours, overnight hotel/ guest house.

Day 9
Trek to Samdo (3,690m), overnight stay in Samdo, tea house stay

after the rest day we will trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo, but visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdichuli, SonamHimal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peals. Stay overnight at Lodge in Samdo (3690m).

Day 10
Trek to Manaslu base camp (Dharmasala 4,470m), overnight stay in B. C., tea house stay

Dharmashala or LarkyaPhedi takes about 4/5 hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach LarkyaPhedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. Stay overnight at Tea house in Dharmasala.

Day 11
Trek to Larke La Pass (5,216m) and camp in Bimtang (3,720m) tea house stay

It takes about 8/10 hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascending path until Larkya La through a rocky and windy trail. Today you carry a packed lunch. From the top, you can enjoy the views of Larke peak, sunrise at Mt. Manaslu, Ratnachuli, CheoHimal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you hike to a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. We recommend you careful going down. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Stay overnight at guest house in Bimthang (3590m) 8-10 hours trekking.

Day 12
Trek to Dharapani (1,860m), overnight stay in Dharapani, tea house stay

Trek from Bimthang to Tillje takes about six to seven hours. Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the PurdinKhola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meter, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the DudhKhola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meter. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. Here is an apple orchard which is quite famous for local wine, overnight Guest house.

Day 13
Drive to Dharapaani to Besisahar and catch Jeep to Kathmandu overnight stay in Kathmandu.

fromDharapani we will drive to the Besisahar and have the lunch and some rest. From the Besisahar we will drive to Kathmandu where we will end our trip.

Day 14
Final Departure

The journey comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal Trekking in Himalayas will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight

Price Includes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu with B/B basic (One Night) (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System). We need two photograph each for permit.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Fee
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • Manaslu Special Permit
  • 16 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipments
  • 16 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equpipments
  • 16 nights best Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • Kathmandu to Arughat by Local Bus
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by Jeep Sharing
  • Besisahar to Kathmandu by Local Bus
  • Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag, down jacket/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • Our service charge and government taxes.

Price Exclude

  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu.
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Laundry/WIFI on trek/phone call
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Sightseeing tour and All the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned herein
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1. How difficult are the treks?

It depends on the individuals’ adaptation of walking in any situation and at any circumstances. It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available. Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

2. How safe Women traveling alone with your company?

Completely, we assure the safety and security of the women travelling with us. We will provide the privacy that the women need. We will also give you a personal room on lodge and personal tent for camping while trekking.

3. What is tea house trekking?

Tea House Trek – is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” also organizes Camping Treks during which you stay for overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you and food during such treks will be cooked by our experienced cook.

4. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get it in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. As you arrive to airport fill the form and proceed to the visa line. You have to pay 25US$ for 15 days of visa from the day of issue, 40US$ for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days of tourist visa. For this you have to bring two passport size photos.

5. What is the best air route to my destination?

There are enough airline companies operating daily flights from Middle East of Kathmandu. Kathmandu only has got only international airport in Nepal so, where ever you are coming from you must come through tribhuvan international airport.

6. What type of insurance should I have before come to Nepal? Can I get it there?

For coming to Nepal you should have both medical and Rescue evacuation insurance. Yes you can get it here too, but we recommend purchasing it in your own country to avoid any last minute hassle and basal.

7. When should I travel to Nepal?

In Nepal it rains a lot between Junes to August. You too can enjoy great treks during this period of year in rain shadow region. But if you planning for more popular trek autumn and spring is the best time. As during this period climate will be moderate and will favorable for the trekking

8. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities having branches of some international bank. Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as American Express, Visa and Master card are accepted. Nepal also has ATM facilities.

9. When should I book my trip?

We suggest you to book your trip in advance to avoid the disappointment and hassles. We too will make an effort to accommodate last minute bookings but some time due to the last minute planning we may unintentionally make few mistake which may offend you so it will be better to do advance booking.

10. Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

Yes, our agency representative will pick you from airport. We will be displaying our placard of your name with our agency name.

11. How much spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will be at and package, facilities you may choose . However our trip profile will give you information about how to budget form additional meals, optional excursions and extra expenses that might occur in any specific trip.

12. Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?

Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home town. But domestic flight ticket will be included in our package. Other help like river rafting, city guided tour, mountain flight, jungle safari will be provided according to your necessities.

13. What is the physical conditioning level needed for trekking?

If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should do long day hikes at your home.

14. Is a Trekking permit needed?

Permit is not required for trekking in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and some other regions. However, conservation permits or National park permits are required. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal where trekking permits are required.

15. Are the food / water safe to eat / drink?

All the meals are prepared with high standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

16. What happens if there is an emergency?

All of our guides are trained with first aid and have basic idea about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

17. What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 30% of total price as advance deposit to conform reservation before arriving to Nepal. Rest of the payment can be paid after arrival.

18. Can we bring some food from home?

19. You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

20. Is there any communication when we are on the mountain?

In the way in many villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephones from where you can make international calls. And now a days we have the internet facilities most of the trekking destination.

21. What’s the difference between trekking, hiking and mountain climbing?

You can do all three activities in Nepal, but they are quite different things. Trekking is a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight (or several nights) at the place you’ve walked to.
Hiking generally refers to a one-day walk. It might be two hours or eight, but if it takes place within a single day, it’ll probably be referred to as a hike.
Mountain climbing is another thing entirely. It takes special equipment, training and comes with more risk. Neither trekking nor hiking require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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