The Manaslu Circuit Trek over the remote Larkye La Pass is one of Nepal’s best kept secrets. Following remote trails far away from the beaten path of Nepal’s well-known trekking circuits, this region sees few visitors throughout the year and offers a stunning glimpse of the Annapurna and Manaslu Range in the Nepal Himalaya. This International Nepal Trekking course takes you on a complete circumambulation of Manaslu (26,781’), the eighth highest mountain in the world into a world of ancient Hindu, Buddhist, and Bon cultures.
CMS’s Manaslu Ciruit Trek will take you through small villages and settlements of different Himalayan ethnic groups, from Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Magar, Gurung and Tibetan. As we gain in elevation along the rushing turquoise waters of the Budhi Gandaki River, the landscapes vary from the lush, low elevation valleys growing rice and bananas, inhabited predominantly by the Hindu ethnic groups of Indo-Aryan origin, through rhododendron and bamboo forests, to expansive alpine meadows and small, typical Tibetan villages in the Nubri Valley, which cluster beneath Manaslu’s sweeping North Face.
The trek passes small villages with rows of prayer wheels and spectacular mani stones and prayer flags, which mark high passes and important spiritual sites. After a few days of hiking, the trail reaches Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From there we head west and cross the Larkye La Pass at 16,732’, one of the most dramatic alpine passes in the Himalayas. We walk along a rough trail linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsyangdi Valley, where we reach ancient salt-trading routes, which still operate as the main trading routes between the Tibetan plateau and little settlements on Nepal’s side of the great mountain range.
The descent from Larkye La passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang, before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route and heading to the trailhead at Besi Sahar. The region shelters endangered animals such as snow leopard, red panda and blue sheep – especially in the northern reaches, as Buddhist Tibetans prohibit the killing of animals.
The entire Manaslu Conservation Area was closed to foreign trekkers until 1991. The mountain’s name comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “wisdom” or “soul”, or “The Mountain of the Spirit”. On the eastern side of the divide, we get spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, the mountain named after the elephant-headed Hindu God of Good Fortune, Ganesha, also worshipped as the ‘Dispeller of Obstacles’.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is perfect for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path, high-altitude adventure, set amidst ancient cultures of the Himalayas.
No previous experience necessary. We recommend that clients looking to join our Himalayan Trekking programs to have a good base-level fitness, with the ability to hike for 6-8 hours each day while carrying a daypack. Even the simplest treks in Nepal include challenging days, hiking in high-altitude, but all are designed to accommodate those who have a good base-level of fitness.
Trip Participants will have a better experience and be able to participate in all the planned activities having trained cardio-vascular strength through uphill hiking, running, cycling, or mountain biking, as well as a daily regimen of core-strengthening exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats, yoga, cross-fit, etc.
What makes this trip unique? There are a handful of top-quality Himalayan trekking companies and a plethora of lower quality outfitters to choose from. The weather, your ability to acclimate and function at altitude, the itinerary of your trip, and the attentiveness of your guides are the four main factors in your chances for success. CMS is not a cookie-cutter, mass production company. We don’t send multitudes of people up the same mountain over and over again. Colorado Mountain School offers a unique opportunity to trek in the Himalaya with our guide Japhy Dhungana. Raised in his native country of Nepal, Japhy has extensive experience guiding and climbing across the Himalayas, and in addition to his skills as a rock and alpine guide, you can rely on him to translate the invaluable local cultural knowledge and languages for you with ease. All of our guides are highly skilled and bring a wealth of experience; they are fun, intelligent, worldly, educated, certified, and they provide an unsurpassed level of attention to their clients.
Day 1: Arrival in Nepal and settle in Kathmandu
Day 2: Trek briefing and preparation
Day 3: Bus or jeep to Arugath, change to jeeps to Arkhet. Camp in Arkhet Baza
Day 4: Trek to Lapubesi
Day 5: Trek to Tatopani village
Day 6: Trek to Jagat
Day 7: Trek to Philim
Day 8: Trek to Den
Day 9: Trek to Namrung (8,727’)
Day 10: Trek to Samagaun (11,581’)
Day 11: Rest day with optional day hikes
Day 12: Day hike to Manaslu Base Camp (15,750’)
Day 13: Trek to Samdo (12,664’)
Day 14: Trek to Dharmasala (14,698’)
Day 15: Trek to Larky La Pass (16,732’) and descent to Bhimtang (12,204’)
Day 16: Trek to Tilije (7,545’)
Day 17: Trek to Jagat trailhead
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu.
· $1,050 deposit due with an accepted application
· Balance due 120 days before Day 1 of trip
Expedition Cancellation Policy:
· A non-refundable $100 application fee will not be refunded from your initial deposit.
· 100% (minus application fee) will be refunded 120 days prior to trip start.
· 50% (minus application fee) will be refunded 91 to 119 days before trip start.
· 25% (minus application fee) will be refunded 46 to 90 days before trip start.
· 0% will be refunded 0 to 45 days before trip start.