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Trekking Holiday in Nepal

The 8th highest mountain in the world Mt. Manaslu (8163 meters) is a key attraction of the Short Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you would like to visit Tibet, but are not successful due to various reasons, then the short Manaslu Circuit trek would be best to visit. Manaslu Circuit is becoming the most popular trip, this day, after road construction on Annapurna Round trail. Manaslu has been recently opened a tea house trekking, located northeast part of the Gorkha district of Nepal. For trekkers who are physically fit and wish to visit Nepal’s High Himalaya in the shortest time, then Short Manaslu Circuit Trekking, would be suitable for them.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Group size: 2 - 3 participants
  • Starting point and ending point: Kathmandu
  • English-speaking guide

Highlights

  • Explore the Himalayas in a short amount of time
  • Visit Manaslu Base Camp, glacier, glacier lakes, and amazing scenery
  • Perceive unique culture, lifestyle, and belief like ancient Tibetan
  • Walking off the beaten trail in the lap of Himalaya
  • Lifetime experience with high Himalayan treasure
  • Hiking nearby Tibet border by a local expert
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

8 days with instruction
Group size: 2-20 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

During the trek, you will stay at tea houses or tents.

Manaslu has recently developed a trekking route comper to other well-known tea house treks. If you have prior trekking experience in Nepal, the accommodation here in Manaslu is also almost similar to Annapurna and Langtang area. However, some places have very basic facilities.

Normally, there is a single / double / dormitory bedroom with a good enough mattress, bed shits, pillow, a blanket, and using a common bathroom and toilets. Most of the tea houses and guest houses have a proper hot shower by solar system or gas geyser, if not they will provide a bucket of hot water for the shower.

A towel and shampoo are not provided by the tea house, you need to bring your own. Some places will provide showers free but some places take charge with a small amount of NPR. 200 to 1000.

Program

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535 meters - 6 to 7 hours for 138 kilometers) and again drive Arughat to Machhakhola (930 meters - 2 to 3 hours)

Your guide and porter come to your hotel at 6:00 a.m. Then you are heading to Arughat (138 kilometers away) by bus or Land cruiser (depending on group size). Enjoy a scenic drive for 138 kilometers. While passing the ridge of Kathmandu Valley, you catch a glimpse of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal's magnificent view and terraces and green hills.

After Dhading Bisi or Gorkha Bazaar, the road is tricky because of the grubby road. To get to Arughat through the Gorkha Bazaar or Dhading Besi depends on your time and choice. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Budhi Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean, and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food, and hardware. Again drive Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (13 kilometers) to Machhakhole (10 kilometers) via Laubesi by Jeep / local bus. Stay overnight at a tea house or tented camp.

Day 2: Trek Machhakhola to Dovan / Thulo Dhunga (1,250 meters) - 5 to 6 hours

After hot breakfast, the journey leads you to ascend on a rugged rocky trail. Then we climb up and down ravines and notched trees. Several waterfalls on both side of the Budhi Gandaki River and hundred species of birds in the forest makes our trip enjoyable. Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim provide unique hospitality with culture and religion.

During this trekking, the narrow valley shaping by Budhi Gandaki provides the magnificent vistas of Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Himal Chuli, as you continue up to the large Gurung village and fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine, and poplar trees or stay at the tea house.

Day 3: Trek Doban to Philim (1,570 meters) - 5 to 6 hours

The trekking leads today, on a high beautiful trail through a narrow dramatic gorge section with towering walls, past a thundering waterfall just above you, and cross the suspension bridge, ascending gradually along a wide hillside. After trekking through dense forest the small village of Deng, lower Nubri region called Kutang, where the people are ethnically pure Tibetans. You have views of Lumbo Himal as well as Lapuchen and Dwijen Himals. You will camp at a nearby village, and get fresh greens from owns the land. It starts to feel like a piece of old Tibet at last.

Day 4: Trek Philim to Ghap (2,165 meters) - 8 to 9 hours

If the weather is clear, you can see the beautiful mountains view and an amazing Bhudhigandaki Valley view below Philim. After breakfast, your day trip starts through a small settlement, Ekle Bhatti. In thirty minutes you will get in the wonderful waterfall before the junction of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit main trail.

Don't be confused about the trail, the right trail goes heading for Tsum valley but for the Manaslu, you need to drop down to cross the bridge and continue following the river bank with narrow gorges. Probably you will have meals at Nayak or Pewa.

Today you need to cross three times same river Bhudhigandaki. Again the trail follows the river bank and finally gets in Dang. The trail goes through the valley with across the bridge twice switchback steeply up to the small, poor village of Rana, after more climbing through lovely woods of pine and you reach Bihi Phedi, views of Kutang Himal and start to see Mani stones, a sign of the tiny Tibetan footholds mark in the high Himalayan places.

Some trekkers heading to Tsum Valley from Rana Village are blocked between Lokpa to Chumling. Again, trek through the dense forest crossing Budhi Gandaki wooden bridge, ascent gently up to Tibetan-run lodge Namrung, views of mountains. Then the trail goes to extensive pastures land to the ancient Lihi village and flowing down the Lidanda Glaciers reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho at 3000.

On the way to Lho, the spectacular views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu itself; is quite an impressive afternoon. You set up camp in Lho, a sprawling village decorated with many prayer flags, in the yard of a small lodge and Gomba. Sunset and sunrise from the campsite are wonderful.

Day 5: Trek Ghap to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3,525 meters) - 6 to 7 hours

After breakfast, the trail leads you from the new Gomba and then ascends to the idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla with amazing mountain panoramas. Dzongkha Dzong (fortress) at the border of Tibet, a few days walk from Sama Gaon, as late as the 1940s until it was taken over by Gorkhas in the late 19th century. Later, make a shelter by Tibetan guerrillas, it was closed for the treks until 1992. Take the afternoon to hike up to the old Gomba settlement above the town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village.

Day 6: Explore day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization

You have a rest day in Sama Gaon to explore the village and Gombas; a little piece of old Tibet. This is also an extra day in case anyone is having trouble acclimatizing. A great excursion is a hike towards Manalsu Base Camp and Birendra Lake where you'll have stunning views of the lake, glacier, and valley. Another option is a hike up to Pung Gyan Gompa, at 3870 meters, to explore around unique natural beauty.

Day 7: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,850 meters) - 4 to 5 hours

After having breakfast, the trail leads you to breathtaking mountains scenery and blue sheep territory, grazing nearby on the barren hillsides. Perhaps, this will be one of the best trekking days on the whole trip, regarding the view and walking. After 3 to 4 hours walking you will get to Samdo, where more than four teahouses for your accommodation. Still, Samdo is best for view and cultural activities. If you have still energy then you may hike up to the viewpoint about 1 ½ to 2 hours. This is best for acclimatization as well.

Day 8: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4,460 meters) - 4 to 5 hours

The trail leads you to the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the trade markets of Larkya bazaar. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly overwhelming panoramas, you come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where you have lunch surrounded by breathtaking mountains scenery and blue sheep territory, grazing nearby on the barren hill-sides. You'll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. You'll have an early dinner in preparation for your pass crossing tomorrow.

Day 9: Trek Dharmashala to Bimtang (3590 meters) via Larkya La (5,160 meters) - 7 to 8 hours

After early morning breakfast, the trail goes to the Northside of the Larkya Glaciers where you have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Then walking about four hours you will get to the top of the Larkya La (4930 meters), view of wonderful panoramic mountains; Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters), and the Annapurna II (7937 meters) equally stunning from both sides.

The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. After praying to God and yelling 'Ki ki so so lha gyalo' (may the Gods be victorious), get ready to drop often slippery trail following the glacial moraine finally to the Bimphedi, where 'Three Sisters Hotel' is the evening clouds gather and turn pink behind the surrounding peaks. It's all worthwhile now.

Day 10: Trek Bimtang to Tilje (2,300 meters) - 7 to 8 hours

The trail descends along the fig tree and rhododendron fortes, through the rocky riverbed and sliding hillsides to several small green villages. Eventually, after a long but very scenic day, you reach the large village of Tilje, inhabitants of a mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), so they have a unique architecture and culture, and eat mixed foods - Dal Bhat, buckwheat Dhido, Tsampa, and Tibetan salt-tea. You will stay overnight at a tea house.

Day 11: Trek Tilje to Dharapani (1,930 meters) – 1 ½ to 2 hours and drive to Besi Sahar (825 meters) - 2 to 3 hours, again drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu -5 to 6 hours

It's an easy trekking day following the Dudh Khola through bamboo forests about 1½ to 2 hours walk down, you see ahead marks of ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) board at Dharapani. Now you are in Annapurna Circuit Trekking main trail, an atmospheric Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering at the Gomba in Thongje.

Drive Dhrapani to Besisahar 2 to 3 hours by jeep or bus. Again, drive from Besihar to Kathmandu for 5 to 6 hours with our scenic driving, so you'll try to head off early and stop for lunch en route back. It is a different world back in the Nepali hills, and the gentle light sends you on your way back to the bustle of Nepal's capital city Kathmandu. A celebration is definitely in order tonight!

Note

If you do not need a porter for the trip, the trekking cost will be reduced from the original price. Nepal Mother House gives you some clues to make less cost for the solo traveler also. Please send an inquiry for more details with your requirements.

Physical fitness and training requirements

As Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate to strenuous level trip, you need well preparation before the trek. Doing regular yoga, jogging in the morning, hiking with a small bag pack every weekend, climbing satires frequently, dancing, doing gym and cardio exercises, etc. helps you for physical fitness. Similarly, you need to be mentally well prepared.

Transport for Short Manaslu Circuit Trek

There are regular bus services to Arughat Bazaar from Kathmandu, and all the buses are leaving in the morning from six to eight o'clock. The guide and porters will come to your hotel and 5 to 10 minutes drive to the bus station at Machhapokharai for the 138 kilometers journey to Arughat taking 6 to 7 hours. Then, take the bus/jeep to the Sotikhola and Machhakola for another 2 to 3 hours.

Likewise, at the end of the trek at Dharapani also available public transport to the Besisahar. There will be many passengers on the public bus through the rough road most of the journey. If you would like to much more comfortable travel in a such long journey, it would be best to hire a private Jeep also. Private transport will more costly even you won’t regret its comfort and flexibility.

Location

Manaslu is a virgin trekking trail in the lap of the Himalayas, people, culture, the life hood is untouched by modernization. As uniqueness people off here are following polyandry marriage system, animal husbandry, and traditional cultivation methods. They are following Bon Buddhism; which is a very strong culture and rituals.

The Manaslu Circuit Short Trek starts from Sotikhola after the drive from the capital city Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar and Soti. And follow the same trekking routes as Manaslu Circuit through the Khorla Besi, Machha Khola, Tatopani, Dobhan, Jagat, Sirdibas, Philim, Pewa, Dang, Ghap, Bhi Phedi, Namrung, Lihi, Lho, Shyala, Sama Gaun, Manaslu Base Camp, Samdo, Dharmashal and Bhimtang via Larke Pass elevation of 5,160 meters. Then trip end of Dharapani drive by public bus or jeep to the Kathmandu.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek is specially designed for those trekkers who are mentally and physically fit for the high Himalaya hiking in a short period of time. According to Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition's client’s history, most of them are successfully completed this trip without any obstacles.

As Manaslu Short Trek starts from 884 meters elevation from sea level at Lapubesi and it goes gradually gaining elevation to the highest point at Larkya Bhanjyang (5,160 meters), mostly following Budhigandaki River bank through the rural village.

Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition aims to provide you the best satisfaction during your short time visit and to reduce the negative effect from it. According to our itinerary, you will visit the Manaslu Base Camp (4,400 meters), Birendra Lake, or Phungen Gumpa while on an acclimatization day at Samagaun, this is similar to things do other trekkers as well.

Manaslu Circuit Rapid Trek is in the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), where you will see many wildlife and vegetation. In the high area, you will see Himalayan Goat known as Thar or Jharal and deer, marmot, Jhum (yak and cow hybrid), and yaks.

Similarly, you have amazing mountain views like; Ganesh Himal (7,140 m), Shringi Himal (7,161 m), Rani Peak / Lidanai Peak (6,693 m), Himalchuli (7,750 m), Nadi Chuli / Peak 29 (7,871 m), Mt. Manaslu / Kang Pungen (8,163 m), Manaslu North (7,157 m), Naike Peak (6,211 m) and many more. From the top of the Larkya La Pass, you have an astonishing view of Kangguru (6,981 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Gyaji Kang (7,038 m), Larke Peak (6,249 m), Lamjung Himal (7,983 m), Ratna Chuli (7,035 m).

In general, the Manaslu Circuit Trek can do in 12 days to 16 days, but for this short Manaslu trip, Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition recommends 11 days due to the road access beginning of the trek. But you need to walk every day for 6 to 7 hours on average and to be fit mentally and physically.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek can be done all year-round, but Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition recommends you mid-September to November in autumn and mid-March to May in spring are the best times. As Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition team members are local from Manaslu Region, they organize your Manaslu short trekking by expert local guide and porters according to your holiday schedule.

Food

As Manaslu circuit is a tea house basic trek, you will get meals at the tea house from menu cards with different options. Most trekkers are having Nepalese food Dalbhat (rice + lentil soup, vegetable + curry + pickle) on the trek, and it is easy to make together for many people at the same time and have a verity of sub-items and you can add more meals until you are not full.

The food perper by well-trained cooks, so they always maintain the quality, hygiene, and good test. There are some other items of food also like; noodles items, potato items, rice items, bread, macaroni, pizza, burger, Yak stake, Momo, muesli, spaghetti, etc., and some tea houses have a variety of food according to different continental.

For the drinking water; you can buy a bottle of mineral water on the trek, but it would be best to treat the water by yourself. This helps to make your trip cheaper and avoid the plastics to keep the clean environment also. It would be best to use iodine and chlorine tablets in the water after being purified by machine for double safety, or you may use UV Steripen for much more comfort.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you wish to stay longer, Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition can offer plenty of suggestions: Bungee jumping, mountain biking in the Kathmandu valley, white water rafting, Jeep flyer, paragliding, rock climbing, jungle safari tour, skydiving, Mt. Everest view flight, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square, the Kathmandu valley's other historic cities sightseeing, or a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and some worth able sunset and sunrise mountain panoramas. Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition can help to arrange any of these excursions for you. Namaste and see you during your next trip to the Nepal Himalayas!

What's included

  • Free airport picks up and drops all transportation (airport to hotel to the airport)
  • Necessary paperwork and trekking permit fee for [I] MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) Trekking, [II] ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permits, [III] Manaslu Restricted Area Trekking Permit [IV] TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System)
  • All ground transport for the group (Kathmandu to Sotikhola/Lapubesi local bus or sharing Jeep and Besisahar to KTM / Pokhara by Micro / local bus.
  • Dharapani to Besisahar by sharing Jeep or bus
  • Trekking equipment (worm down jackets, sleeping bag, and duffle bag) during the trekking if needed
  • Nepal Mother House Treks T-shirt/cap and appreciation card of trip
  • Three times meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), tea, coffee in a cup each meal during the trek
  • 10 nights of soft and comfortable accommodation
  • English-speaking friendly guide (Government license holder) his/her food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment
  • Guide insurance for their happy journey
  • A trekking map of the Manaslu trip for a group
  • Supplementary snacks (cookies, fresh fruits) on the trek
  • 1 Sherpa (assistance guide) if the group size is more than 10 people, plus their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment
  • First aid medical kit during the trip, including Oximeter to measure oxygen level and pulse in high altitude
  • Welcome and farewell program
  • Tourist service charge, vat, governments tax, and official expanse if necessary

What's not included

  • All kinds of beverages including mineral water, chocolate, cookies, dessert, phone calls, laundry, and hot showers during the trek
  • Your travel insurance and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Meals and accommodation at Kathmandu
  • If incase, flight cancel and charter helicopter or plane
  • If you require a porter who will carry max.20-25 kg plus their food, accommodation, wage, insurance, all transportation
  • Tipping for guide and porter, donation for school or monastery
  • Personal expenses like shopping, souvenirs or gift, personal mountaineering gear
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
  • International airfare, airport departure tax, and visa fee
  • Things that are not mentioned in the inclusion list
  • Visa fee (you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu depending on nationality, check again with your embassy)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Nepal Mother House Treks & Expedition will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Retreat information

For this trip, you can also request a private date. If you are interested, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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