Manaslu Circuit

The complete circuit of Manaslu (8163m) over the the Larke Pass is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination. It still  sees relatively few trekkers however compared to the established trekking routes.The Manaslu trek begins either in the town of Arughat Bazaar or Gorkha Bazaar and ends in Besisahar, which is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit.It’s a beautiful trek, with spectacular views of the Manaslu and going through authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages. You start low, walking through green countryside, and passing small Hindu villages. Heading northwards, the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages which cluster beneath Manaslu’s sweeping North Face.  Eventually the trail reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From here you head west and cross the Larke Pass (5160 m), a classic and tough route linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang, before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route and heading to the trailhead at Besi Sahar.The itinerary below is one of the many possibilities, the trek can be longer or shorter, depending on the length of your walking days. There are basic guesthouses all along the trail, so you can choose if you want to camp or stay at the teahouses/guesthouses.
12-18 depending on itinerary
MAX ALTITUDE
5160 m
DIFFICULTY
Moderate/Hard
SEASON
Year round
START
Arughat Bazaar / Gorkha Bazaar
FINISH
Besisahar
TYPE
Teahouse/Camping
PERMITS NEEDED
Trekking Permit Manaslu, Manaslu Conservation Area, Annapurna Conservation Area

Itinerary
Day 1 Kathmandu-Arugath (550 m) 7 hrs bus/jeep ; 1 ½ more by jeep to Soti Khola (597 m)
Day 2 Soti Khola (597 m)- Machhakhola (825 m) 6 hrs
Day 3 Machhakhola (825 m)- Jagat (1330 m) 7-8 hrs
Day 4 Jagat (1330 m)- Deng (1860 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 5 Deng (1860 m)- Namrung (2580 m) 6-7 hrs
Day 6 Namrung (2580 m)-Samagaon (3480 m) 6 hrs
Day 7 Restday Samagaon (3480 m); acclimatization walk to Birendra Tal and eventually to Manaslu Base Camp (4400 m)
Day 8 Samagaon (3480 m)-Samdo (3865 m) 3-3 ½ hrs
Day 9 Samdo (3865 m)- Dharmasala/Larke Phedi (4470 m) 3-3 ½ hrs
Day 10    Dharmasala/Larke Phedi (4470 m)-Bimtang (3740 m) 8-12 hrs walk via Larkya La (5125 m) (time depending on shape and weather conditions)
Day 11    Bimtang (3740 m)- Tiliche (2255 m) 6 hrs
Day 12    Tiliche (2255 m)-Chyamche
Day 13    Chyamche-Ngadi Bazar 6 hrs
Day 14    Ngadi Bazar-Besisahar 4 hrs, bus to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs

Source: The Great Himalaya Trail

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