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Manaslu Circuit Trek – Unspoiled Himalayan Region in Nepal

Trip Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is comparatively a new trekking circuit trail and is getting more popular as a new trekking destination in Nepal. The magnificence of Mt. Manaslu, as the eighth highest mountain in the world, is the special attraction of this trek. The region sees less than 10% trekkers compared to other established trekking routes in the Manaslu region, which makes the trail remain peaceful. Thus the region is a blessing for anyone seeking peace and happiness amidst nature. Manaslu Circuit Trek is rich in its beauty with the inclusion of isolated and off beaten trail, as only a few people, actually decide to make the trek. It is favorable for those who want to explore the off the beaten track and lesser-visited mountain on the Great Himalaya Trail. The circuit is a remarkable trek with magnificent views of Mount Manaslu (8156m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. As you move along the trek route you will find climatic, vegetation, cultural, wildlife diversity, and encounter an interesting blend of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages along with the trial. See several of the tallest mountains in the world, experience the cultures, and enjoy a physical challenge.
Trek safely, with a local guide without the fear of getting lost.
There are basic guesthouses all along the trail so you can decide if you want to camp or stay at the teahouses/guesthouses.

You can merge the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley, a beautiful, secluded valley where century-old Tibetan traditions prevail. The trek is usually done on a basic teahouse basis unless you want to go off route where camping is the only possibility.

How Manaslu Circuit is different from other regions Treks?

Unlike other treks and routes, this trek circumnavigates around Mt. Manaslu, making a complete circle, which will grant you an opportunity to have a 360-degree view of Mt. Manaslu making this trek unique and different to other treks.

The upper valley is in the Manaslu region is highly influenced by Tibetan culture which will serve as a phenomenal chance to enrich your cultural knowledge amidst the staggering views of mountains and beautiful landscape.

Besides, Manaslu Circuit trek can easily be reached on 6-7 hrs drive from Kathmandu, while treks on other restricted regions of Nepal are only attainable by domestic flight.

Plus, less than ten percent trekkers go to Manaslu, so the fewer visitors and remoteness also adds more exclusiveness to this trek, which is filled among absolute serene ambiance and isolated areas never leaving behind the peace of mind and the calm routes.

Trip Highlights

  • Eight highest peaks of the world Mt. Manaslu (8156 meters) and various towering mountain views surroundings.
  • The diverse range of wildlife and vegetation.
  • Explore the primitive life of the village people of the Manaslu region.
  • Adventure of the Larke La and 360-degree amazing mountain vistas.
  • Peace and less crowded trek.

Trip Facts
Trekking Duration: Min 13  to 20 days
Maximum elevation: 5,200 meters
Trek grade: Moderate
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Transport: Jeep and Bus
Distance of each day hike: 12 to 18 KM
General Itinerary :   Kathmandu > Soti Khola > Machha Khola > Jagat > Ekkli Bhatti > Bihi > Lihi > Samagaun > Dharamsala > Bhimphedi > Tilje > Tal > Jagat > Bahundada >Beshisahar > Kathmandu
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Mandatory 

As the trek happens to be in the restricted region of Nepal, you will need special restricted Manaslu area permits from immigration with the help of a local company. As addressed by the government for safety purposes, two trekkers are compulsory for the trek with an authorized trekking guide and the followings are the permits required for the trek:

– Manaslu restricted area special trekking permit.
– MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit)
– ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
– TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)

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What it feels like to stand on the lap of the highest mountain on Earth?

Everest base camp trek

At the lap of Mount Everest

High in the Himalayas, miles from the luxuries, cars, and conveniences, The Everest Base Camp is the journey to the top of the world and an adventure of a lifetime. For those whose dreams soar even higher than the clouds, the trip offers you to get immersed in the highlands of insane heights and so much more!!. Being the number one priority for the trekkers, The Everest Base camp is the most popular trek in Nepal, each year completed by thousands of visitors from all across the world. The Everest Base Camp is a piece of a cake for those who wish to climb The Mount Everest. Any person with average fitness and people of all demographics can complete the Everest Base Camp Trek. The two weeks trip is fully customizable and has become an achievable goal for people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world’s highest peak.

After the successful first ever Everest summit by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa back in 1953, the story opened the door for the flood of tourism in the region. Starting and Ending at Lukla, The Everest Base Camp Trek takes you on a scenic flight to Tenzing-Hilary Airport at Lukla (2860 m) from Kathmandu- the cultural epicenter of Nepal. Undergo trekking as you walk across the cerulean landscape of the Sagarmatha and enjoy the coruscating hallmarks of the landscape shadowed by the tallest mountain peaks on the planet. Get through the Sagarmatha National Park- recognized as a Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy the merry villages of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and get through many prominent Sherpa Villages lying in the Shadows of the Himalayas. Become familiar with the captivating Sherpa culture of the Khumbu and explore the hidden Monasteries of the Himalayas and visiting the highest located hotel in the world.

Taste sip of the Himalayan warm butter tea as you take in the radiance of Mount Everest and its neighboring peaks. Circle the Mani stone walls carved with prayers and small Chortens and Gumbas laden with colorful prayer flags and let your spirit soar in the vast snowy pastures and boulder-covered river valleys of the Khumbu.

Meanwhile, in Kathmandu, get a taste of Nepal’s cultural and architectural dexterity as you visit revered Hindu and Buddhist temples and old royal palaces.

With the highest trekking elevation exceeding to 5545 meters, The Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek with a flexible duration of 16 days which is best from March to May and September to December.

The Everest Base Camp trek is absolutely filled with prominent features and aspects that you will want to enjoy again and again!

Make friends and unforgettable memories as you immerse yourself in the companionship of the virtuous mountain peaks unlike anything else in the world! And revel in the journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first did back in 1953.

Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa

Experience what it feels like to stand on the lap of the highest mountain on Earth and the mighty Himalayas. Countless people have taken this two-week trek and it is your turn now!!! Like the saying goes, “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

Are you ready to experience the beauty of the mighty Everest Himalayas?

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Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Just a few hours’ drives from Kathmandu, there lies one of the gorgeous trekking destinations in Nepal, i.e. Langtang Gosaikunda region. Surrounded by the mountains in the valley that is just within the reach of 69 miles from the heart of Nepal which is the nearest and comfortable trek that you can have from Kathmandu also within a short period of time (12 days trek).

Sharing the common border with the Tibet in the north, the land is rich in both nature and culture. Located in the Rasuwa district, the region is also known as “The Valley of Glacier” and “The Land of Tamangs” as the majority of the land is inhabited by Tamang residence and their rich culture. You will get see the Monasteries, Primitive style houses and even taste the delicious local Yak Cheese.

Viewing the sunrise in the morning, having a relaxing walk through the peaceful forest during the day, and witnessing the magnificent Himalayan sunset in the evenings is something worth experiencing. Reaching the highlands up to the altitude of 5000m, you will be walking in the highlands with delightful forest, beautiful scenario and lush wild nature.
The Holy Gosaikunda Lake (4300m), is an alpine freshwater lake visited by thousands of pilgrim’s during the full moon in May and August by pilgrim’s and other national and international travelers is a popular spot consisting of an exotic 108 small and medium-sized glacier lakes scattered around, Surrounded by the delightful forest and beautiful surrounding is the main attraction.

The region falls inside the Langtang National Park covering the area of 1,710 square kilometers which is also rich in Flora and Fauna. With the major vegetation occupied by rhododendrons, pine trees, and bamboo, the region is famous for the rare Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Musk Deers Himalayan Black Bear and Himalayan Thar along with many more species of birds and animals.

The local hotels and lodges are there to welcome you with comfortable accommodation facilities, serving you the new taste of Typical Nepali as well as other continental foods. With every footprint to leave behind, take the beautiful memories back home that lasts your lifetime. The trip is an overall mixture of adventure beauty, remoteness, and nature, which is not enough once.

The Langtang Gosaikunda Trek can do from September to November during the autumn and spring season from March to May are the best months for trekking with clear weather and the favorable temperature. Spending some time in nature during the limited time we have in this “Journey of our Life” is the way that helps us to discover ourselves, inner-voice and our true potential. So, book your agent and flight tickets to Nepal!!! Cause sometimes, “tomorrow becomes never!!!”.

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Island Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic flight to Lukla
  • Explore and experience Sherpa culture and their livelihood in the heart of Mountain.
  • Visiting the oldest and treasured monastery Tengboche.
  • Amazing views of Makalu Himalayan Range and Khumbu Icefall
  • Summit to Island peak at an altitude of 6,189 meters.

 Island Peak is one of the famous peaks among all the climbing peaks in Nepal. It is suitable for all beginner climbers and skilled trekkers. The trek to Island Peak initially tracks the main Everest Base Camp Trek route but separates near Dingboche. One can have the same sense of being on top of Mount Everest while standing on the top of Island Peak at 6,189 meters. This peak is situated in Sagarmatha National Park in Himalayan region, Khumbu of eastern Nepal.

Island Peak Climbing

Island Peak Climbing

The real name of this peak is Imja Tse. It was named as Island Peak was by the members of British Mount Everest voyage in 1953 as it seems like Island in a sea of ice while observing from Dingboche. Climbing this peak is challenging and requires a proper physical strength but is a moderately easy one compared to other peaks. The peak is exceptionally glaciated west face rising from Lhotse Glacier. The Peak does not provide a terrifying climb only but also provide the most tremendous scenery of Himalaya in the Khumbu region. As the region touches the Tibetan border so the trek to this peak goes through the countryside, where one can submerge in centuries-old Nepalese and Tibetan cultures. The enthralling village of Dingboche and the monasteries, gompas all filled with Buddhist monuments. The villages of stones charm the pathway to the mountain. Climbing Island Peak can be an unbelievable experience for the audacious explorers and the perfect summary to full mountainous hiking. Though the track goes through Everest Base Camp the view of Everest is not visible till we reach the main point but other majestic Himalayas like Aba Dablam (6,812 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Mera Peak (6,476 meters) can be observed all the way.

The suitable time for Island peak climbing is during spring (March to early June) and autumn (September to November). These seasons are also known as busiest season for trekking and peak climbing. It doesn’t mean climbing is not possible during rest of month but the fact is, summer invites monsoon rain which leads to the high chance of landslide and avalanches in some places that are difficult in normal time as well. It won’t be wrong to say summer is a totally unfavorable season for peak climbing whereas during April and May, many Everest climbers can be encounter in climbing route so generally for those who are about to experience climbing for the first time we suggest them to plan on Spring season. In autumn weather in Mountains tends to be clear so mainly this season is considered to be the best season for the peak climbing. The foremost thing one should always concern about is the right time for peak climbing. No matter whichever peak you plan for but the selection of right month and season is always necessary especially in case of peak climbing.

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Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Everest Gokyo Lakes

Everest Gokyo Lakes

Is Everest replaceable? The answer is no. Even the word Everest cannot be replaced by some other words. When you reach the base of Everest, you see the world’s highest mountain looming over you. This site creates one of the emotive feelings that you don’t know how to describe exactly. The feeling of happiness overpowers you. Here, everything is obvious, and you are in reality that is you stand before the world’s highest peak, only a few have stood. The ageless Everest hits the bull’s eyes, as well as creates the flood of memories. Everest is not just the world’s highest mountain; it connects to the world through a trekking trail. You may not be a trekker, but Everest always sees you as a trekker.

There are several trekking trails that you can follow to reach the base of Everest, but the best is Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek. As you head to Namche, there are hundreds of trekkers, and you wade through suspension bridges, Sherpa villages, glancing at the mountain, such as Mt. Khumbila (18900 ft). If the weather permits, you will have the beautiful view of Mount Everest (8848 m), Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde. The view can be best had through binoculars from the Everest View Hotel.

There are many natural viewpoints in the Everest Region, but the most favorite one of the trekking guides is Gokyo Ri. Just take off some time from the itinerary and soak up the beautiful view of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse (8516 m) and Makalu (8481 m) from this viewpoint. As you stand by Gokyo Lake, you will be lost in its eternal beauty. Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek also combines Kalapathar. You have to reach the top of Kalapathar early in the morning. These are some of the trekkers’ attractions.

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Top Amazing Treks of Nepal

Nepal is well known as the land of the almighty Himalayas, which can be a synonym to the land of challenges and adventures. So, if you are an adventure lover and want to hug the adventurous moments, then come let’s explore the beauties of Nepal with an adventurous trip to greater Himalaya where lies the splendid flora and fauna. We have listed some of the popular and beautiful trekking routes of Nepal for your lifetime journey.
1) Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp trekking is the most preferred trekking zone in Everest region as this trial is a wonderland where you can not only enjoy the views of mountains but feel them too. Base Camp in Nepal is in the Southern region of Mount Everest, which has the highest point of 5545 meters (Kalapathar). You can fly to Lukla and then trek, however, the trek to Lukla is also possible. The trail goes via Namche Bazar following the Dudh Koshi, and then Dingboche. Trek to Everest Base Camp offers you to enjoy the beauty of majestic peaks like Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Oyu. However, the presence of tea houses along the route gives you time to refresh yourself. Duration needed: 12-15 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 5556 meters Trek Grade: Moderate
2) Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek is the world-class trekking trails in Nepal. It is a high glacial basin located in the north of Pokhara city. Annapurna Base Camp trek gives an extraordinary variety of ecosystem because of the unique combination of depths and height. It is surrounded by the snow giants, especially Annapurna Himalayan ranges and other peaks above the 7000-meter mark. So, it receives only 7 hours sunlight a day in summer season. A dense tropical forest of bamboo and Rhododendron covered the south-facing slopes and the north-facing slopes are covered by rain shadow. The sanctuary is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists as it is believed to be the abode of their deities. Annapurna sanctuary was not opened for foreigners until 1956. It is also called an Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It is the most beautiful trek exploring the diverse ethnic groups and their cultures such as Gurung, Magar, Thakali and glimpse of flora and fauna. We can observe the spectacular mountain views including Machhapuchhere (6,993 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Himchuli (7,246m) while on the trail. Duration needed: 11-14 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 4200 meters Trek Grade: Moderate
Gokyo-Lakes-Trek-in-Nepal-2

Gokyo-Lakes-Trek-in-Nepal-2

If you want some extra in your itinerary while visiting Everest Region, then we will suggest you Everest Gokyo trekking as this is a combined trek to Everest base camp and then to Gokyo Ri valley(5350 meters). Including the beautiful scenes visible from Base Camp, there is more to watch at Gokyo Ri valley. The trail passes from the heartland of Sherpa community. Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalayas and has its own reputation among the adventurous souls. The entire trip is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering lakes. Everest Gyoko is for the person who wants to trek in high altitude, see the biggest mountain the earth and can handle the fairly cold climate which exists at almost any time of the year at this altitude. Visiting Namche bazaar before ascending the stunning Gokyo valley to the glacier lakes under Cho Oyu(8153). The main high lights of this trek are visiting trail sided teahouses, sipping homemade chang (beer made from barley) with new friends and learning about Tibetan Buddhism culture. Duration needed: 14-16 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 5556 meters Trek Grade: Moderate
Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trek is a popular name for trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. Nowadays it is known as Nepal’s classic trek, we can see the scenic beauty of Nepal. The trail is open for foreign travelers since from the 1980s. There we find the amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi-desert to Tibet. Annapurna Circuit Trek begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. It provides an opportunity to interact with a different ethnic group of people and their culture. Numbers of sacred pilgrimage, monasteries lie on its way. The climax of the trek is crossing the iconic Thorong la pass. Duration needed: 14-16 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 5400 meters. Trek Grade: Moderate
Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking

The Upper Mustang Trek leads you into the hidden kingdom of Mustang. It is called Lo Earlier lo used to be a part of Tibetan empire. It offers an impressive trekking too the remote trans- Himalayan area which is influenced by Tibetan culture. The ultimate destination of upper mustang trekking is Lo Manthang, which is also the capital of upper Mustang. Explore the thousand years of old monasteries, caves, local tribes and scenic beauty of different landscapes. Upper Mustang not only offers its visitors beautiful views of the rugged landscape but also allow them to observe the Tibetan, Buddhists culture. Upper Mustang trek is a great adventure trek for those who wish to make a challenging trek along “off the beaten path” in the Trans-Himalayan Region. Duration needed: 14-18 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 3840 meters. Trek Grade: Moderate
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an easy and popular trek in the Annapurna region. This trek is also referred to as the Annapurna sunrise view trek. It is one of the shortest treks to Annapurna and preferred for family and friends groups. The main specialty of this trip is that within a short period of time you will be able to see the breathtaking views of the Himalayan region. The whole of Ghorepani is densely forested with rhododendron trees, the national flower of Nepal. There lies numbers of villages like Ghorepani, Ulleri, Ghandruk, where you get chance to see the picture of Nepalese local lifestyle as well as others community’s people and the way they maintain peace and harmony among one another. This trek is well suited for the first time trekkers or who have limited time but still want to experience the diverse culture and mind-blowing beauty of nature that makes you feel the real Himalayan experience. Duration needed: 6-8 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 3210 meters. Trek Grade: Easy
Langtang Trekking

Langtang Trekking

Langtang valley is the nearest Himalayan region from Kathmandu valley. It will take a few hours to reach the beautiful Langtang region. The people living in the Langtang region are mainly influenced by Tibetan’s culture though they are Nepali. It is one of the most popular trekking regions for those who wish to have a beautiful trek from Kathmandu to greater Himalaya. On the way to Langtang region, we will be able to see varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forest, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas. And also explore the cheese factory. Not only this, we will also able to see holy gompas and wild yak pastures. The Langtang valley is a land of spectacular alpine scenery and a place of unique culture and traditions. We can see more then 8 mountains on this trek including Mt. Ama Angri, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Sisapangma, Ghan Sekpo, Yala Peak, Yubra, Ganjala Glacier and others. The Langtang valley was declared a National Park in 1976 and is the second largest in Nepal covering an area of 1,700 sq. km. this area is covered with the wide variety of flora and fauna. |Duration needed: 10-12 days Highest Elevation of this trek : 5000 meters. Trek Grade : Moderate
tsum-vallet-trekking

tsum-valley-trekking

Tsum valley trek in which lies the culturally diverse and mesmerizing beauty of Himalaya this can be seen from its trail. There lies place were sacred Himalayan pilgrimage is situated, which is also known as the hidden valley. Tsum itself has a very broader meaning which means vivid, derived from the Tibetan word. The local peoples are mostly from the Tibetan community and speak their own dialect. This region is very rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. Talking about the trail these are spread with artistic chortens and lines with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of god and goddess along with the prayers. Trek begins from Arughat in Gorkha district. This region is opened for tourism only a few years ago, Tsum Valley offers authentic traditional culture plus breathtaking beauty and big mountain views. Duration needed: 12-15 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 5100 meters Trek Grade: Moderate
9) Mohare Danda Trek
Mohare-Danda-Trek

Mohare-Danda-Trek

Mohare Danda Trek is one of the beautiful short treks in the foothills of Annapurna area which is a new trail discovered by Nepal government. Mohare Danda is a name of viewpoint from where you can see spectacular mountain views better than Ghorepani Poon Hill. This trek is a model of Eco community lodge trek where you can stay at local eco-community lodges and eats local product foods to promote and support local people. While on this trek, you walk inside the dense forest along the bank of Kali Gandaki River, Kaligandai is the deepest gorge in the world. Moreover, you will be overwhelmed by beautiful landscapes, valleys, and mountains.    Duration needed: 8-10 days Highest Elevation of this trek: 3300 meters Trek Grade: Easy
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