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Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking trails in the Manaslu region and was officially opened for trekking in 1991. Compared to other trekking routes, Manaslu Circuit Trek is difficult as the trail is rough and steep. 
 
The major attractions of this trek are natural and cultural diversities of remote Himalaya region. The trek offers the panoramic views Mount Manaslu (8,163m) – world’s eighth highest mountain along with other Himalayas like Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna-II and Himlung Himal. The trail is also famous for its magnificent Larkya Pass at 5,125 meter and its emergence into the Marshyangdi river valley along the main trail of Annapurna circuit.
 
Additionally, the trail provides an opportunity for the trekkers to explore ethnic villages of western Nepal where one can observe and enjoy culture, customs and traditions, rituals and lifestyles of ethnic Gurung and Tibetan communities. 
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Drive to Arughat bazaar
Day 04: Trek to Sundi Khola
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola
Day 06: Trek to Jagat
Day 07: Trek to Deng
Day 08: Trek to Ghap
Day 09: Trek to Lho Gaon 
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaon
Day 11: Rest Day in Sama Gaon
Day 12: Trek to Samdo
Day 13: Trek to Larkya La Phedi
Day 14: Trek to Bimthang
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani
Day 16: Trek to Jagat
Day 17: Trek to Bahundanda
Day 18: Trek to Bhulbhule
Day 19: Trek to Besi Sahar
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
 
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Name: Manaslu Circuit Trek
Duration: 21 days
Grade: Streneous Trek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge, Teahouse, Camp
Transportation: Private vehicle
Maximum altitude: 5,125m
Per day walking: 5 - 6 hours
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the trek.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley 
Kathmandu valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit renowned and one of the largest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
 
Day 03: Drive to Arughat Bazaar (550m)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Arughat bazaar of Gorkha district (7-8hrs drive from Kathmandu) along the Prithivi Highway. 
 
Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (597m)
This day is important as it marks the beginning of your trek. Your journey will start from Arughat bazaar. The trail follows the path along the Budi Gandaki and on the way you will see picturesque hamlets surrounding you. After making a brief climb to Kyoropani, you will descend once again to the river that is at the confluence with the tributary of Sundi Khola. It will be a nice first day, not too long, and perhaps you will have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day, as it will be hot in the lower part of the country.
 
Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (827m)
Today, firstly you will hike down towards Soti Khola until the trail begins to take off in the later part of the day. Finally, you will pass a forested trail exploring rich flora and fauna and reach Machha Khola.
 
Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1,290m)
From Machha Khola, with the rising altitude, the trek will get intense as you reach Jagat. However, the trail will offer you some recess in between like hot springs and lush green forests with endangered species running around the forests. Not to mention, the vegetation changes with every few hundred meters of rising altitude. 
 
Day 07: Trek to Deng (1,860m)
Leaving Jagat, you will descend a long series of stone steps to the river and then climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where one can see the impressive Sringi Himal (7,187m). The path then splits, with the right-hand branch heading towards the Ganesh Himal while crossing the river at Gata Khola. The trail then continues upstream, through a gorge with towering walls until you reach Deng. 
 
Day 08: Trek to Ghap
From Deng, today you will proceed towards the valley of Ghap, inhabited mostly by Tibetans.  Firstly you will cross the Lama village, inhabited by people following Buddhism. After 4- 5 hours of walking, you will finally reach Ghap.
 
Day 09: Trek to Lho Gaon (3,020m)
Today you will trek to Lho Gaon. After gaining some altitude you will get comfortable with the alpine climate and you will definitely enjoy phenomenally large number of mountain views, pasturelands, and glaciers and up streams. You will then take the best and the easiest trail all the way up to the Gompa. In addition, on your way to destination, you will walk along the trail that cuts through Lho village, predominantly a Buddhist settlement, with chortens and Mani.
 
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaon (3,390m)
Leaving Lho village, you will follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you will continue along the main trail, you will soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon. Twenty minutes of walk beyond the village, you will reach Sama Gompa, which is very near to the Tibetan border.
 
Day 11: Rest Day in Sama Gaon
Today you will spend your entire day taking complete rest, planning for forthcoming trips and getting habituated to your trekking destinations.
 
Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3,690m)
At this point, you will be thrilled to know that you are above the tree line and in the alpine zone. You will enjoy the icy trails; bear mountains, snowy peaks and glaciers. You will be passing through lots of Chorten and prayer flags on the way to Samdo. 
 
Day 13: Trek to Larkya La Phedi (4,470m)
Leaving Samdo, you will continue the journey to Larkya La Phedi. Larkya La Phedi is a small old bazaar from where you can see towering Mount Manaslu and other surrounding mountains. You will also see the old trade route to Tibet along the river. Today, please remember to have plenty of food and a good amount of sleep as tomorrow is going to be a big day for you. 
 
Day 14: Trek to Bimthang (3,590m)
From Larkya la Phedi, you will walk ahead to Larkya Pass (5,125m), which is definitely mostly awaited destination for the day. After a short hike, you will be close to Larkya north glacier that offers a great view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Throughout the way to Bimthang, you will get magnificent views of beautiful mountains right before your eyes including Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru Himal and Annapurna-II. 
 
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani (1,920m)
Leaving Bimthang, you will trek to Dharapani, which is the point of departure for Annapurna Circuit. You will continue the journey ahead enjoying the beauty of Himalchuli and start descending down to Jagat following Tilije Khola.
 
Day 16: Trek to Jagat (1,290m)
Like previous day, you will make descend until the trail reaches the river. Further ascent ahead leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, you will descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal and Karte and you will finally reach Jagat. 
 
Day 17: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m)
Your destination for today will be Bahundanda – literally meaning “Brahmins hills”, mostly inhabited by Brahmins. As you move away from Jagat, you can catch and see the magnificent Annapurna mountain ranges. Besides, this trail offers you variety of interesting places and rural villages. On the way you will be captivated by terraced fields, waterfalls, dense forests and rivers. 
 
Day 18: Trek to Bhulbhule
Today you will follow the path to Bhulbhule. This route follows the way that consists of lush forests, waterfalls, rivers, landscape, hills and some villages where you can observe and explore the local lifestyle and culture.
 
Day 19: Trek to Besi Sahar (820m)
The day marks the end of the trek. Today you will trek up to Besi Sahar, capital of Lamjung district.  
 
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will be driven to Kathmandu, which will approximately take about 6-8 hours. Upon reaching Kathmandu, the entire rest of the day will be available for shopping and relaxation. 
 
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight towards onward destination. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.
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