Manaslu Circuit and Base Camp Trek - Black Diamond Expedition
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Manaslu Circuit and Base Camp Trek

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  • Duration
    Duration:20 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    16 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses/Camp)
  • Meals
    Meals :19 Breakfast, 17 Lunch
    18 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Difficult
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 5,140m/16,863ft

Overview

The Mansalu Circuit and Base Camp Trek is one of the most appealing trekking destination in Nepal. The Manaslu means “The Spirit Mountain” in the local dialect, representing a kind and strong deity resides. The local food and accommodation available there is best described as ‘primitive’. Larkya La Pass (5135 m) requires more effort and obviously more challenging than that of the Thorung La pass of Annapurna. Manaslu Circuit and Base Camp Trekk gives you an opportunity to see the incredibly beautiful and breathtaking scenery and mountain views. You will also have an opportunity to experience the unique traditional Tibetan norms, values and culture which no longer is found in the other trekking destinations.

Manaslu (8167m), the 7th highest mountain in the world, has recently been opened up for trekking and therefore many adventure loving trekkers are willing to explore this rugged area. Breathtaking mountain views, Buddhist villages and cultural as well as geographic diversity are some of the pristine highlights of the Manaslu Circuit and Base Camp trek. The trekking trail leads you through the terraced fields and sub-tropical forests of the foothills. The landscape, while climbing up towards the North, changes into the uncultivated, barren and high altitude landscapes associated with Tibetan culture. Trekking to the north of Manaslu, with a visit to the Base Camp usually done by the expedition team marks the important highlight of this trek.

Highlights

  • Less crowded trekking trails than those of Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit
  • Wild and remote adventure
  • Overwhelming experiences of the Budhi Gandaki river with its deep as well as long river gorge
  • Opportunity to cross a number of suspension bridges
  • Opportunity to see the diverse geographical landscapes from lower to higher elevations
  • Stunning experience of the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La (5135 m)

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

You will be met by a representative of Black Diamond Expeditions and transferred to the hotel. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibre filled jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all Black Diamond Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15 pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2In Kathmandu

This morning, a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, on bicycle or rikshaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest drives you in – Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance. Kathmandu has many more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

meals: Breakfast

Day 3To Arughat Bazzar

We travel west from Kathmandu towards Pokhara, following the winding road over the valley rim and down alongside the Trisuli River. Despite being a busy road, there is much more to see. We are also reminded of our journey’s aim; to trek among the mighty Himalaya, with the Annapurna, Ganesh and of course Manaslu ranges intermittently in view. We turn off the main road shortly after Mugling and follow the Doraundi Khola northwards to Gorkha and Arughat Bazaar. Our first night camp is set beside the Budhi Gandaki river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4To Liding

An easy walk today along the banks of the Budhii Gandaki river. We enjoy clear views of the Ganesh and Shringi Himal as we pass through numerous Gurung villages before reaching our camp in a small village beside the river at Liding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5To Machha Khola

Today’s walk follows a trail of constant ups and downs through forest as we continue to head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. We descend to the wide, sandy riverbed for lunch then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. The forest then gives way to farmland as the valley again opens up and we stop to make our camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6To Aaru Khola

The Budhi Gandaki gorge is narrow with sheer cliffs on either side and the morning’s trail begins by following a cliff path along the east bank before passing hot springs at Tatopani and then crossing the Dodan Khola. As we begin to climb, the Budhi Gandaki valley undergoes dramatic change, widening considerably and with white sandy beaches at the riverside. The trail then heads up a steep ridge before a long descent to the river. We enjoy a spectacular campsite tonight at Aaru Khola.

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 To Philim

A day of relatively easy ups and downs as we follow the river upstream. We cross a number of tributaries before arriving at our camp beside the river at Philim.

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8To Deng

Continuing on, we occasionally have to trek high above the river to skirt around narrow gorges that prohibit a path. The trail takes us through pine forest scattered with rhododendron. We make our way to the lower trail which again follows the Budhi Gandaki below the Gurung village of Ngak and camp an hour’s walk past Deng.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9To Namru

We climb initially and then descend to cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank. There are more riverside undulations and many walls and chortens may be seen, signs of the distinctly Tibetan territory into which we are entering. The valley trail keeps to the northern bank below the village of Bih. Bih is known for its family of master stone carvers and along the trail today we see flat stones carved with intricate figures and stupas. Just past Bih, we catch glimpses of the Shringi Himal and continue along the northern bank of the Budhi Gandaki until we reach the dominantly Tibetan village of Ghap for lunch. We then continue up through the forest densely vegetated with pine and birch to our jungle camp amongst the trees just before Namru.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 To Lho Gaun

We descend to cross the Damonan Khola then ascend again along a narrow path through the forest to Namru with its check post then continue through the forest path past small Tibetan villages towards Lho Gaun. It is likely that we will encounter our first Yak today and there is also a troop of monkeys that often come down to the river for water to drink. Behind us, we have uninterrupted views of Ganesh III and IV and Bauddha Peak and to our right the Kutang Himal stands high as the natural border between Nepal and Tibet. Before us, our first real mountain panorama opens up with the peaks of Himalchuli (7893m), Peak 29 (7871m) and finally Manaslu (8163m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11To Kermo Kharla

We cut diagonally across a rocky river bed and climb a small ridge to a clearing. An amphitheatre of snow covered peaks including Manaslu, Manaslu North (7157), Peak 29 and Himalchuli surround us. The valley opens up and we continue along grassy slopes and small ridges which finally gives way to cultivated fields of Sama village. The trail takes us out of the grasslands and into wider territory as we skirt around some glacial moraine then descend to the riverbed. The view of Manaslu is superb today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12Rest Day Kermo Kharka Optional excursion to Manaslu Base Camp

Today has been set aside for acclimatisation. There is an optional walk up the ridge below Manaslu to base camp (4500m), approximately 1500ft, in snow, to gain spectacular views of Manaslu, glaciers and lakes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13-14To Samdo

The trail takes us out of the grasslands and into wilder territory as we skirt around some glacial moraine then descend to the riverbed. Excellent views of the peak of Manaslu today. We soon reach the Tibetan Refugee village of Samdo, a wild place with a substantial village of some 200 permanent residents. Day 14 is a rest day. Relax and enjoy the surroundings or explore Lajyung Bhanjyang valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner

Day 15To Larkya Phedi to Bimtang

After a couple of stream crossings, the Larkya Glacier appears on the opposite bank. We steadily climb, skirting around the Sarka Khola to camp at a small brick hut at the base of the Larkya La (pass).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 16Cross Larkya la to Bimtang

Soon after setting off today the unique shape of Larkya Peak becomes visible. The trail upwards is very gradual but at this altitude we take our time. It takes us approximately 5 hours to reach the pass, with the last section becoming quite steep but it is well worth the effort. The mountain vista to the west is incredible – Himlung Himal (7126m), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). The descent from the pass is very steep across ice and scree as we follow the glacier. Progress is slow and careful but eventually we enter the valley of the Burdin Khola and continue to Bimtang where we have our camp for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17To Ghoa

The trail now basically follows the Marsyangdi downstream, before entering a pristine forest of pine and rhododendron which during the spring months puts on a brilliant display of color. This is another day to ensure you have plenty of film in your day packs as the views of the Himlung and Manaslu Himal are again spectacular.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18To Chamche

We cross the bridge to the village of Thanje then continue and emerge on the banks of the Marsyangdi river. We are now on the main trekking trail, evident by the number of tea shops selling cakes and beer! It is a long but easy downstream to enter the wide, flat valley and on to our campsite at Chamche.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19To Jagat and Drive Via Besisahar to Kathmandu

The final day of our trek brings us to Jagat. Here, we will pick up our 4WD vehicles and transfer to Bhulbule, approx. 2 hrs, where we change vehicles for our drive to Kathmandu which may take up to 8 hrs. NB. We may, if conditions are good, pick up our 4WD vehicles in Chamche, otherwise the local jeeps are available in Jagat. Overnight, we will stay in Radisson Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20Final Departure

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Black Diamond will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • private group transportation
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • use of a Black Diamond Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued for over US $ 500)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

You will be accommodated at Hotel Encounter Nepal or a hotel of a similar category in Kathmandu. During the trek with Black Diamond Expedition, basic tea houses or guest houses will be provided. These lodgings offer twin-sharing rooms with attached bathrooms and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are available at an additional charge of USD 495. For different treks, costs may vary and could be less than the Everest trek. However, availability might be challenging at higher altitudes or during peak trekking seasons. At certain tea houses along this trek, especially at higher elevations, shared bathrooms, and toilet facilities might be available.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast, while during the trek, three-course meals will be served. At the tea houses where we stay overnight, a balanced breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunch will be taken at one of the tea houses en route to our next destination.

Additionally, Black Diamond has arranged special Welcome and Farewell dinners for guests in Kathmandu, accompanied by cultural performances.

Best time to trek Manaslu Circuit and Base Camp

The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek   is Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May).  These seasons offer the most favorable weather and trekking conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and mesmerizing natural scenery.  During   October, you will also have a chance to experience the major festivals of Nepalese people, Dashain and Tihar. During both seasons, the trails are easily navigable, and the teahouses along the route are fully operational. 

Packing Lists for Manaslu Circuit and Base Camp Trek

While trekking to Manaslu circuit and base camp, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure to pack the stuff appropriately because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high-altitude areas and it will be difficult to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack include:

  • Down Jackets and Base Layer 
  • Insulating layer
  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Gloves and Hat 
  • Trekking poles
  • Hiking Sturdy Boots

For detailed lists of what to pack, check our comprehensive Nepal Packing Lists. 

FAQs

Is the Manaslu Circuit Trek difficult?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is moderately challenging. It requires a good level of physical fitness and mental strength. The trek involves steep ascents, descents, and high altitudes, so prior trekking experience is beneficial.

How long does the Manaslu Circuit Trek typically take?

The Manaslu Circuit Trek usually takes around 19 to 21 days to complete.

What is the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The best time to trek Manaslu Circuit Trek is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn(September, October, and November). These seasons provide favorable weather conditions with clear skies and majestic views of mountains.

What are the accommodation options during the trek?

Along the route, some teahouses and lodges offer basic but comfortable accommodation and meals. These provide shelter and food for trekkers.

Can I customize my itinerary or add extra days to explore the area?

Yes, you can customize your itinerary to your preferences and interests.

Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is the main concern because of high altitudes. However, you can overcome this by remaining hydrated and ensuring proper acclimatization.

What kind of clothes and gear are needed to trek Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Your packing list should include warm clothing, trekking gear, a good-quality backpack, personal hygiene items, and necessary documents. 

 

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