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Manaslu Circuit Trek offers beautiful wilderness surroundings and leaves its visitors speechless!

As you hike from village to village, on this 12 day Manaslu Circuit Trek, tackling the challenging terrains, you will experience an array of indigenous wildlife, geological wonders, the ruins of an ancient civilization, and some of the best mountain vistas and panoramas in the world. The hills are home to the most wonderful wildflower blooms that transform this landscape into an explosion of color, definitely an unforgettable sight.

Manaslu has formed a natural barrier between Nepal and the Tibetan plateau and the area is relatively new on the trekking scene, having opened its trails in 1992.

Manaslu Circuit Trek attracts trekkers from all over the world to enjoy the marvels of the pristine environment and to get up close and personal with the eighth highest mountain in the world.

12 day Manaslu Circuit Trek route is an awesome amalgamation of diverse culture, breathtaking scenery and environmental marvels. It takes you on an epic journey into the serenity of the Himalayas with breathtaking views of the highest peaks in the world towering over 8000 meters. This high altitude adventure is a perfect trip for all thrill seekers and adventurers alike, with its magnificent scenery and peaceful environment to help you leave your stresses and troubles behind and fully immerse yourself into this mountain wonderland.

Hiking from village to village over challenging terrains, visitors will enjoy experiencing fascinating wildlife, geological wonders, the ruins of an ancient civilization, and some of the best outdoor adventures in the world.  It is home to some of the most spectacular scenery and magnificent wildflower blooms that transform this landscape into an explosion of color.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a great amalgamation of diverse culture, breathtaking scenery and geographical marvels. It takes you on a journey around some of the highest peaks in the world towering over 8000 meters. The Mansaslu Circuit Trek is a complete package for all thrill seekers and adventurers alike with its memorable scenery and challenging route up to high altitudes, a perfect stage to leave behind your troubles and stresses and immerse yourself in this serene and peaceful environment.

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Ride a bus to Soti Khola

Destination: Drive to Soti Khola via Arughat on a local bus (private vehicle upgrade available with additional cost).

Duration: Approximately 7 hours journey.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 2
Day 2: Machha Khola.

Hours walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 890m.

Terrain: Forest paths, well-defined trekking trails, gradual inclines.

Views on offer: Colourful forests and the wonderful flora and fauna of the area.

Highlights: Sleeping besides the Machha Khola River and enjoying the delicious local food.

What’s to see: The Machha Khola River

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 3
Day 3: Jagat.

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1350m.

Terrain: Gentle inclines, forest paths.

Views on offer: The surrounding mountains, lush green forests.

Highlights: Hopefully you will see some endangered species in the forests.

What’s to see: Lots of wildlife and natural hot springs.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 4
Day 4: Deng.

Hours of walking: 7.5.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1860m.

Terrain: Some moderate inclines and rocky tracks, “Nepali flat” and riverbank trails.

Views on offer: Bamboo forests, snow capped peaks and the surrounding Himalayas.

Highlights: Crossing the River Budhigandaki on some impressive suspension bridges.

What’s to see: Many Buddhist memorial sites.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 5
Day 5: Namrung

Hours of walking: 6.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 2660m.

Terrain: Some steep inclines, hilly terrain and “Nepali flat.”

Views on offer: The Ganesh Himal Range.

Highlights: The spectacular views.

What’s to see: The local Buddhist monastery in Namrung.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 6
Day 6 & 7: Samagaon. We spend 2 nights here and do some exploring in the area to help us acclimatize.

Hours of Walking: 7 hours to reach Samagaon.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.

Elevation reached: 3525m

Terrain: Some steep inclines, riverbank and forest trails.

Views on offer: Manaslu glacier, Manaslu Mountain and Naike Peak.

Highlights: Visiting Birendra Lake, if you visit in the monsoon season you will see its crystal blue waters, in contrast, if it is winter the lake will be a spectacle of glistening ice.

What’s to see: The local people and houses of the traditional villages and the magnificent scenery.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 7
Day 8: Samdo.

Hours of walking: 4.

Difficulty : Moderate.

Elevation reached: 3860m.

Terrain: Steep descents, well defined trekking paths.

Views on offer: The mountains and Manaslu become more prominent.

Highlights: Reaching the serenity of higher altitudes.

What’s to see: You will see all vegetation disappearing as the altitude increases.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 8
Day 9: Larka la Phedi (also known as Dharmashala).

Hours of walking: 4.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 4460m.

Terrain: Narrow tracks, riverbank trails, gentle inclines.

Views on offer: The surrounding Himalayas.

Highlights: Walking through the wilderness with only the mountains for company.

What’s to see: The scenery, there are no villages or people for a while, so enjoy the peaceful environments.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 10
Day 10: Bimthang via the Larkya la Pass and Glacier.

Hours of walking: 8.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Elevation reached: 5106m on the Larkya pass and 3610m at Bimthang.

Terrain: Steep inclines, rocky and narrow trails.

Views on offer: Cho Danda, Larkya Peak, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru Himal and Annapurna II

Highlights: Standing on the Larkya Glacier and Larkya La Pass for the most spectacular views.

What’s to see: The village of Tanbuche and mountains as far as the eye can see.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 11
Day 11: Dharapani.

Hours of walking: 7.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Elevation reached: 1920m.

Terrain: Steep descents and forest trails.

Views on offer: Snowy Peaks and the River Valley.

Highlights: Returning to lower altitudes!

What’s to see: Rhododendron, pine and bamboo tree forests.

Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Day 12
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar (9 hours by local vehicle).

Activities: Drive to Kathmandu on local bus.

Duration: Approximately 9 hours journey.

> Private vehicle available at extra cost.

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The Cost Include(s)

  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola local bus ride.
  • An English speaking professional guide.
  • A professional porter (1 porter between 2 participants / max 20 kilos carried by a porter)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • All required entry permits.
  • Duffel bag, down Jacket and Sleeping bag to use during the trek (on request)
  • Dharapani to Besi Sahar and Besi Sahar to Kathmandu on local vehicle.
  • Government imposed taxes.

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • Personal expenses such as wi-fi, telephone calls, sweets, battery charging, snacks etc.,
  • All kind of beverages (tea/coffee, bottled water etc).
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended that covers emergency evacuation / not mandatory to do the trek).
  • Personal trekking equipment except stated above.
  • Tipping (expected by guide and porter’s’ but not mandatory)
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond Mosaic Adventure control.
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  1. Manaslu Circuit Trek
    I was on the less popular Manaslu trek with Mosaic. Mosaic offered one of the most competitive pricing for this trek but be assured that the good price in no way compromise the level of service rendered. Madhav, the business manager, was very prompt in replying to all my pre-trip enquiries which prompted me to sign up the trek with Mosaic ultimately. Many other agencies took ages to reply if they did reply at all.After meeting Madhav in person, I find that he is very friendly and helpful and is always ready to help with any matters regardless they are trek or non-trek related which is a really nice gesture. Administratively wise, I have absolutely no issues with Mosaic. Also, the accomodation that Mosaic arranged in Kathmandu is one of the best if not the best in its class The company also appears to have strict hiring criteria and their guides are of exceptional quality. My guide for Manaslu is Krishna who is in his early thirties and has a very good command of English. He's very familiar with the route having been on Manaslu trek for the 10th time (unlike other guides I've met on the trek, some could not even identify which is the manslu peak!). Krishna was very competent and was able to advise accurately the terrain and the places we are crossing or about to cross. On the big day of crossing Larke pass, my group was the only one that set off after daylight (quarter to 6) while other groups with guides less familiar with the trek decided to set off in the dark as early as 2am. My group was the 2nd to reach the destination that day but took the least time albeit me and the danish girl in the group may not be the fittest person around. I attribute the efficiency to Krishna's familiarity of the trail and because we did not have to spend unnecessary energy trekking in the dark. I can't say for other treks, but for Manaslu Krishna is definitely the guy. Members and guides of other groups often came to him for advice which says a lot about his competency on this trek. Beside being competent, Krishna was also very caring and attentive to all our needs. He pays attention to the food we eat and will do the cooking himself if he feels the cook at the tea house is not good enough. He also carried a lot of fruits with him that last us throughout the trek even though it means additional load for him. Having fruits every night was one of the few luxuries you will learn to appreciate on the manaslu trek. In short, I simply could not fault him in any ways. I simply could not imagine myself signing up with another company for a Nepal trek especially after having seen other trekkers having lots of issues with their guides (poor English, overcharging, lying, under aged porters etc). I was really glad I chose Mosaic and I will definitely go back to them the nest time I'm in Nepal. I would highly recommend Mosaic to anyone looking for an enjoyable trip in Nepal.
  2. Manaslu Circuit Trek
    We couldn’t have been happier with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it was truly a magical trip and Laura and I managed fine. Santosh was the perfect guide for us, and we will make sure to rate you guys well and recommend you if we hear of anyone wishing to travel to Nepal for a trek! All the best, Laura & Sam
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