Manaslu Circuit

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This spectacular trek takes you on a circuit around the Manaslu Range into some of the remotest regions of Nepal where access is restricted to special permit requirement from the immigration department.
This route is less trodden and therefore off the beaten trail. Starting at eight hundred meters above sea level we initially trek through paddy fields along the gushing Budi Gandaki River and on trails hewn on cliff sides along steep gorge rising high above the valley. Then as we breach the Himalayan chain and the landscape gradually give way to alpine glacial valleys sparsely populated by highland people of Tibetan stock. The rich Buddhist culture is evident on the trails lined with Mani Walls and Stupas, in the untouched and unspoiled villages where farming is practiced in the traditional way and is still the bread and butter. The people in their traditional habits and children running free seems obvious that influence of the modern materialistic culture does not seem to have reached here. Sumdo or Gyal Sumdo meaning meeting point of three major routes is the last settlement up this valley and was a trading hub once upon a time when Tibet used to be a free country. From here we trek on through highland pastures and cross the Larkye La, the high point and the highlight of the trek. We then descend into the Marshyangdi Valley on the Annapurna Circuit Trail and return to Kathmandu. The scenery and mountain views are fantastic and are among the finest, and with the additional of diversity in the landscape, flora and fauna, the people and culture make this trek one of the best.

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The Vital Statistics

  • 20 days ex Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu sightseeing
  • 16 day camping trek
  • 3 nights city accommodation
  • Maximum Altitude: 5210m
  • Daily Walking: 5-8 hours

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