Manaslu circuit trek is a trekking trail less frequent by the boots of humanity, making it more in touch with the pristine burlesque beauty of natural forms that most untouched lands have to offer. This hike happens in the remote district of Gorkha in the backdrop of the Manaslu Peak, the eighth highest peak in the world in its splendid beauty. In addition to this, the people who have sparsely populated the valley only adds to the mystification of culture and traditional integrity in natural harmony.
Manaslu Himal, the Annapurna Range and the Gangapurna Peak are a few peaks that frequently smile on your hiking adventure from time to time only to make the days much brighter. You also get the feel, how it was like, to have battled the highest passes, getting to other side of rural civilization till the present times, like the Lakya La Pass 5106mt (16,752ft). The valley takes you through exacerbating beauty and untamed terrain to make memories of this hiking adventure echo long after.
The valley has been untouched by the calamities of human consumerism and seems to lie, as if, exactly, how it were hundreds of years before. You might make yourself believed, you have trespassed into the distant past – as not only the land has the feel, but also the cultures, traditions and people who have made it home. Welcoming and proud to keep the past alive.
You become a part of history, in the Manaslu Circuit Trek, as you traverse in the footsteps of the Budi Gandaki River as this was historically a salt trade route. The natives were willing to take the arduous hike as the saltless know the true value of salt. Just like you, it was made the more worthwhile as the tantalizing beauty of the wild natural flora and mirage appearing pastures of unique beauty suddenly come into existence.
There is much that one can take away from the daily hikes in it. Besides getting different views of the Himalayan mounts from various angles daily, one get to traverse over the Lakya La Pass at the height of 5106 metres above sea level. Then there are the various villages of different ethnicities which gives you a taste of the cultures, clothing and walk of life. The terrains varies from deep forest to the rugged and tough on the way, which in such short span of times shows how the Himalayan ranges makes it topography, both for the eyes, body and the mind. The adventure part of it, is crossing deep gorges over suspension bridges and walking along trails along river beds. All visiting the conservation habitat where you see a diversity of flora and fauna of the area.
A part of the Manaslu Circuit hike takes you into the Manaslu Conservation Habitat in the unbleached sumptuousness. The culture and diverse ethnicity adds to the glamour with the environmentally integrated hamlets on the way, such as, Soti Khola, Dovan, Dharamshala and Namrung. It only gives you a picture of how man and nature should co-exist. The inspiration for such fortitude comes from being flanked by Manaslu Himal all along the trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek can only be compared to an untouched jewel still in its earthly state which makes this trek all the more appealing for those whom are looking to become a part of adding it to their conquered ones. Become a part of Breakfree Adventures to make this hike happen for you.
How easy is this trek?
The level of walking in the Manaslu trek varies with some days like a stroll in the part but for a longer duration and other a bit shorted but some high gradient walking. Overall, you first get used to getting out of the stiff legs you might be in and the other days, whatever might be thrown at you becomes a piece of cake. In all besides showing you the sight and sound of the trek, the guide makes the trek seem easy and he knows not only his capacity, but yours as well. So much so when you have completed the trek, you will come out both, mentally and physically a better person from this trek.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03 : Drive to Soti Khola (710m) via Arughat (695m) 8-9 hrs drive
Day 04 : Soti Khola to Macha Khola (900m) 5-6 hrs
Day 05 : Macha Khola to Jagat (1410m) 6 hrs
Day 06 : Jagat to Philim (1590m) 3 hrs
Day 07 : Philim to Bihi Phedi (2363m) 6-7 hrs
Day 08 : Bihi to Namrung (2540m) 6 hrs
Day 09 : Namrung to Lho (3180m) 4 hrs
Day 10 : Lho to Samagaon (3530m) 5-6 hrs
Day 11 : Rest Day at Samagoan (3530m
Day 12 : Samagaon to Samdo (3860m) 4-5 hrs
Day 13 : Samdo to Dharmashala (4460m) 5-6 hrs
Day 14 : Dharmashala to Bimthang (3890m) via Larkya La Pass (5213m)
Day 15 : Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m) 6-7 hrs
Day 16 : Dharapani to Besisahar (1100m) 7 hrs
Day 17 : Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (1330m) 7-8 hrs
Day 18 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination
- Enjoy sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu City
- Hike through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers
- Witness majestic mountains view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m)-the 8th tallest peak in the world
- Cross Larkya La Pass located at an altitude of 5,213 meters)
- Explore variety of floras & faunas at the remote Manaslu conservation area
- Discover authentic Hindu & Tibetan-style villages where inhabitants follow different traditional ways of livings
- Get along with ethnic people and their culture