A good Circuit trek; circumnavigates the Manaslu mountain range.
The Manaslu trekking region lies directly to the east of the Annapurna region and is home to the Manaslu Circuit; a 15 day circumnavigation of the world’s 8th tallest mountain (Manaslu).
Its similarity with the Annapurna Circuit is quite remarkable in that it is the same length and crosses a 5000m pass about two thirds of the way around.If you have never heard of this trek before, it’s probably because the neighbouring Annapurna Circuit has dominated trekking in this part of Nepal but work has been on going for a number of years to make this area more accessible to trekkers by developing the tea houses.
The journey begins with a drive out to Arughat Bazar from Kathmandu, where you will stay the night. The starting altitude for this is surprisinglylow for Nepal (just 570m). It takes a full 7 days before it gets through the 3000m barrier so the acclimatisation is excellent. Along this low level section is plenty of rural life,villages, schools, suspension bridges and Monastaries. It is not until you reach Lho on Day 8 of the trek that you rise above 3000m. The next 4 days will take you up to the highest part of this trek; the Larkya La (5160m). All along this section, just a few miles to your north is the Chinese (Tibet) border.
Once you cross the Pass, it is a rapid descent through beautiful countryside until you meet the Annapurna Circuit coming north. There are dirt tracks here and you may see some vehicle movement but you can avoid them. Within 2 days you will have trekked far enought south to pick up the transport that will take you back to Kathmandu and a well earned rest.
This 15 day trek is an awe inspiring journey that takes you through some truly beautiful rural countryside but also across a seriously high alpine Pass. A drive back to Kathmandu, a spare day to relax (2 nights) before your final departure.
Crossing the 5160m Larkya La pass; just a few miles from the Tibetan border
Nice long low level approach through rural countryside before any high altitude
Spare days in Kathmandu
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
EBC..... Thank you for such a great, well organised trek to EBC. The advice at home was really good and I felt well prepared by the time I go there. Hotel was terrific; lovely people who cared.
Everest High Passes... outstanding. Tough going at times but well worth it. Guide was one in a million, couldn't of wished for anyone better.
Steve, New Forest
Date and Prices Content
Meet in Country
25 Mar – 14 Apr 2018
15 Apr – 5 May 2018
23 Sep – 13 Oct 2018
21 Oct – 10 Nov 2018
Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 2
If Sole Occupation is requested – £145 (hotels and tea houses)
The prices above are for an overall group size of 4 pax. For a group size of 2 or 3 pax, the following prices apply:
Land Only – £1800
Flight inclusive – £2490
Land Only clients – we collect you from the airport
Day 1 – Depart UK Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).
Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel.
Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in.
Day 3 – Free Day Meet your trekking Guide at 0900hrs for a trekking brief and timings for tomorrow. Final preparations for trek. Optional pre-arranged cultural tour of Kathmandu with exclusive transport/Guide or choose to roam as you please. B
Day 4 – Drive to Arughat Bazar, the start point of the Circuit The drive is approx 5 – 6 hrs including a lunch stop. You may require a short local transport transfer. Overnight in tea house. BD
Days 5 – 8 – Trek Liding – Machhakola – Dobhan – Sirdibas/Philim (1570m) This early part of the trek ascends very slowly up to 1570m through classic hillside rural communities. You will get a real taste for how the Nepalese live and work their land. BLD
Days 9 – 13 – Trek Dyang – Ghap – Lho – Sama – Samdo (3875m) The trek continues to climb although a little more steeply now through the 3000m barrier at Lho. This village is covered in prayer flags as by now the valleys will have opened up to view a more mountain style scenery. The temperatures are colder now as you progress up to Samdo (3690m) and think about the next few days to come.BLD
Day 14 – Rest/acclimatise at Samdo (3875m) You will have been trekking for 10 days and reached a significant altitude; it is time to rest and acclimatise before you ascend over the Larkya La in a couple of days. During the rest day, your Guide will encourage you to take a trek to higher altitude to assist the acclimatisation process (trek high – sleep low).BLD
Days 15/16 – Trek Dharamsala (4460m) – Larkya La (5160m) – Bimtang (3590m) The trek up to Dharamsala is a significant increase in altitude and you will feel the cold too. This is blue sheep country so look out for them grazing. An early night is in store in preparation for the early morning rise to ascend over the Larkya La (5160m). Pre-dawn starts are normal when clearing passes or when heading for summits; the most stable weather is in the morning. This will be the longest day’s trek so far; potentially 9 hrs. It will take about 4 hrs to the Pass. It is not uncommon to see snow leopard prints in the snow here. The views from the Pass on both sides are just superb. The descent down to Bimtang is across varied terrain so trekking poles will be useful. The rapid loss of altitude will also be noticed in your breathing.BLD
From Bimtang, the fairly rapid descent out of the alpine terrain continues as you head for Tilije. It’s not long after this that you join the trail that has the Annapurna Circuit coming in the opposite direction. It’s a straight forward trek down to Chamje and then Bahundanda where you will be picked up for the transfer back to Kathmandu. Your return journey will take you back through Besi Sahar, which is where the Annapurna Circuit has traditionally begun for many years. You will be welcomed back to Kathmandu; time to be reunited with your spare clothing and that well earned shower. BLD on trek, dinner not supplied in Kathmandu.
Day 20 – Kathmandu, spare/rest day It has been a long trek and you will need a good day to relax and recover. It is also useful to have this as a ‘spare’ day in case you are delayed for any reason en route. B
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