Manaslu means Mountain of the spirit comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa meaning intellect or soul. Manaslu circuit trek is located north central of Nepal lies in Gorkha district offers various route of trekking. Since the road is under construction from Soti Khola to join with Tibet border Nepal Trekking Experts will offer stunning alternative and non touristy trek from higher route through Baseri village. Actually the majority of our teams are from here. After driving 7 hrs North West from Kathmandu we reach in Baseri where we can join with local family for exclusive experience of welcoming culture and hospitality.
This is an amazing trekking trail to avoid hot and dusty regular road along with hiking through deep gorge. The alternative and higher route will also let us such a unique experience of home stay, establishing direct connection with local, exchanging experience, dialect, history, culture and daily lifestyle of local people. The trek will continue to beautiful village called Yarsa then carry on to Kasigau. Kasigau is known as beautiful view point and offer stunning rolling hills. We will encounter another massif village called Kerauja where we stay overnight.
Onward from Kerauja we descend to regular route Dovan and continue towards to Jagat. After couple of days hiking we encounter stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and many more snow capped Himalayan surroundings, preserved Tibetan culture, beautiful side trips such as Pungen Gumpa, Manaslu Base Camp, Tibet border adds extra value on trip. Ultimately the Alternative Manaslu Circuit trek fully compensates our all the effort so far and hard earned money without doubt. The trek reaches up to 5160m Larke Pass and end up to Dharapani in Annapurna region. The trek let us a unique experience for lifetime. If you are seeking of avoiding heat, dusty road, classic crowded routes, walking through deep gorge and interested in establishing direct connection with local people, their life style and observing scenic view along with non touristy villages, preserved culture, home stay then this route is just for you.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Baseri (1100m, 7 hrs)
Day 04: Baseri to Kasigau (1925m, 7 hrs)
Day 05: Kasigau to Kerauja (2074m, 6 hrs)
Day 06: Kerauja to Dovan (1070m, 5/6 hrs).
Day 07: Dovan to Philim (1570m, 6 hrs)
Day 08: Philim to Bihi Phedi (1990m, 6 hrs)
Day 09: Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2660m, 6 hrs)
Day 10: Namrung to Loho. (3180m, 4 hrs)
Day 11: Loho to Samagaun (3520m, 3 hrs).
Day 12: Acclimatization day. Hike to either Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa.
Day 13: Sama to Samdo (3860m, 3 hrs)
Day 14: Acclimatization day. Hike to Tibetan border at Rui La (4998m) and return to Samdo (8 hrs)
Day 15: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m, 5 hrs)
Day 16: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then descends to Bhimthang overnight (3590, 8 hrs).
Day 17: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1960m, 7/8 hrs).
Day 18: Dharapani to Kathmandu or Pokhara by drive ( 9/10 hrs).
Day 19: Departure
Welcome at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel. Introduce about program then enjoy your first night the way you prefer.
This is the perfect day for final trekking preparation, sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and having good rest before begin the adventure.
After driving 7 hrs north west from Kathmandu we reach the beautiful village called Baseri where we are from. You can have pure experience of local meal, authentic hospitality and culture. Baseri is situated 1100 m above the sea level which offers us stunning view of Siringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and fertile terrace of farming.
After breakfast the trail gradually ascends and we will encounter some waterfalls, lush jungle, remarkable view of Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal surroundings. The peace and non touristy trail will lead towards to amazing village called Kasigau through Yarsa village for overnight.
Early morning we will be greeted by gorgeous Himalaya surroundings and numerous rolling hills. Then we will continue to Kerauja village through higher and scenic route of Manaslu. This is the perfect alternative route of avoiding dusty road and boiling heat.
From today the trail will descends gradually towards to regular route Dovan. While we are in regular trekking route then we will have better standard of tea houses but same way we will encounter more touristy too.
Our day begins by walking through subtropical rainforest and a series of small hamlets, traversing a couple of suspension bridges along the way, the last of which leads us in to the village of Philim and its beautiful setting amidst terraced fields overlooking the river.
Further along the trail we arrive at the junction for Tsum Valley and Larkya La and take the path heading northwest towards Deng where we might have lunch break and continues to Bihi Phedi for overnight.
The first real views of the major mountains near at hand come into view, with Shringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal and other peaks making their presence known as we make our way up the valley. Lush vegetation greets us as we hit the trail and head west through more quaint villages like Prok and their scenic outlooks, then on and up the last steep stretch that ushers us into Namrung.
Today is the day when we hit the jackpot for spectacular views of the mountains as the valley opens up with our approach to the scenic village of Lho. The lower temperate forests give way steadily as the trail breaks free of the tree line and climbs higher into the mountains, the lush greens of the lower valley giving way to the muted browns and grays of the Himalayan terrain and the vivid blue skies one only experiences at altitude. After our half-day hike to Lho there's plenty of time left over to fully explore the gorgeous views of Manaslu and visit Rebung Gompa perched atop a hillside nearby.
From Lho we hike to the equally impressive village of Shyala and its own spectacular vistas of Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi, Naike, Kutang Himal, and Pangbuche Himal, then climb steadily through yak pasturelands to Sama Gaun. With plenty of time left over from the day there's ample opportunity to make the short hike to Birendra Lake.
Samagaun is our temporary home for the day as we give our bodies time to acclimate to the altitude, and the choice is a fine one as the village provides multiple choices for day excursions, including a short hike to the pretty lake of Birendra Taal nearby, the highly rewarding and dramatic hike to Manaslu Base camp, or the alternative walk to Pungen Gompa and its serene setting amidst the mountains.
Onward and up is the motto of the day as we put our heads down determinedly with the goal of Larke La ever nearer. The trail leads us on a short and gradual climb alongside the river then begins to steepen as it leads us up to Samdo around midday. There is plenty of time in the afternoon to explore and perhaps hike to a higher altitude briefly to help in the process of acclimatization.
Another rest day to help acclimate, with the rare option to spend the day on a hike to the border with Tibet at the pass of Rui La (4998m). The views of the Himalayas and Fukang Glacier add another level to the day's journey.
Our trek to the high altitude camp of Dharmsala brings us to the very threshold of Larke La, with snow more evident and the air feeling thinner with each step towards our destination. Another brief hike to higher ground is recommended to help our bodies get used to the altitude and sleep better during the night.
The typical method for crossing Larkya La is to head out before daybreak, our head mounted lights bobbing in the dark as we clamber up the path in the cold morning air, our breath apparent in the glow of the lamps. The trail to Larke La is a deceptive one of constant switchbacks, promising everything one minute and snatching it away the next as one false ridge leads to another. Finally we catch a glimpse of the first prayer flags and our goal is finally attained as we stumble wearily to the marker and pose proudly for our cameras to mark the achievement. After pausing to luxuriate in the accomplishment and take in the magnificent views we begin the descent to Bhimthang and put our trekking poles to good use to spare our tired legs and knees from the steep descent to the arid valley below.
With views of Manaslu to our left and the Annapurna ranges to our right we descend from Bhimthang through yak pastures to the first signs of the Dudh Khola's headwaters trickling down the slope. A bridge across leads to a path which gradually leaves behind the alpine climate and takes us down through familiar rhododendron forests to a narrow valley of terraced fields and patchwork crops. We reach the small and picturesque village of Tilje then make our way uphill to Dharapani, the major trekking confluence in the region and modern starting point for trekkers heading out on the Annapurna Circuit and their goal of reaching Thorong La pass. With time and intent we too can head in the same direction.
A long day's driving by local transport to either Pokhara or Kathmandu as you prefer.
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
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|19 September, 2019||07 October, 2019||US $1075||Available|
|26 September, 2019||14 October, 2019||US $1075||Available|
|03 October, 2019||21 October, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|10 October, 2019||28 October, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|17 October, 2019||04 November, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|24 October, 2019||11 November, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|31 October, 2019||18 November, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|07 November, 2019||25 November, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|14 November, 2019||02 December, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|21 November, 2019||09 December, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|28 November, 2019||16 December, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|05 December, 2019||23 December, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|11 December, 2019||29 December, 2019||US $1075||Guaranteed|
|19 December, 2019||06 January, 2020||US $1075||Guaranteed|