Manaslu Circuit Trek can be the best alternative for the Annapurna trekking. Located inside the Manaslu Conservation Area, the circuit trail passes through the base of the 8th highest mountain, Manaslu. The circuit accounts for a lengthy and arduous trek. Formerly, a camping trip, it can now be completed through tea-houses en route.
The region opened as early as 1991 for the tourists; and it follows an old salt-trading route along the Budi Gandaki river. Few of the sections were destroyed during the major earthquake of 2015; however, the trail has now been repaired and is fully operational. The trek commences at Arughat, Gorkha. The 13 days trekking passes through many uneven terrains and varying geographical conditions. The highest elevation you will reach is at Larkya La Pass at the sheer height of 5,160 meters. It concludes at Syange village.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best longest treks in the world. It receives a lesser amount of tourists in a year compared to the Everest and Annapurna region, hence, the trail remains wide open for exploration. Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) is the highlight of the trek which offers a rare glimpse of mid-western flora and fauna. You would be required to obtain a permit to enter the region.
Poses difficulty as the terrain, temperature and altitude may differ along the trail. Max. altitude may reach over 5000 m and the hike requires over 6 hours a day.
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!
|Day 1||Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel||–|
|Day 2||Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation||2-3 hours|
|Day 3||Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, Gorkha||5.3 hours|
|Day 4||Trek to Machha Khola 890 m (2,920)||5-6 hours|
|Day 5||Trek to Jagat 1,350 m (4,429 ft)||6 hours|
|Day 6||Trek to Deng 1,860 m (6,102 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 7||Trek to Namrung 2,660 m (8,727 ft)||6 hours|
|Day 8||Trek to Lhogaon 3,180 m (10,434 ft)||5-6 hours|
|Day 9||Trek to Samagaon 3,525 m (11,564 ft)||5 hours|
|Day 10||Rest day in Samagoan||–|
|Day 11||Trek to Samdo 3,860 m (12,664 ft)||5 hours|
|Day 12||Trek to Larkya La Phedi 4,460 m (14,633 ft)||4 hours|
|Day 13||Trek to Larkya La Pass 5,160 m (16,929 ft)||8-9 hours|
|Day 14||Trek to Tilje 2,300 m (7,545 ft)||6-7 hours|
|Day 15||Trek to Tal 1,700 m (5,577 ft)||4 hours|
|Day 16||Trek to Syange and Drive Back to Kathmandu||7-8 hours|
|Day 17||Depart from Kathmandu||–|
Everest trek proved to be a challenge for me. I never had trekked to such great height before, however, the proper acclimatization and sound health helped me reach the base camp at no time.
Thanks to the team of Caravan Outdoors, specially to Hom Rana, for making the trip successful. The tea-houses were clean and standard, likewise the hotel in Kathmandu. Fabulous trip and well organized overall. ~Rob Ellington (NSW, Australia)
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
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|Trip Length||17 days|
|Trek Length||13 days|
|Max. Altitude||5,160 meters (16,929 ft)|
|Trek Style||Tea-house (Lodges)|
|Meal||Full board on trek|
|Transportation||Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus|
|Best Month||February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November|
|Group Size||2-10 Persons|