Manaslu Circuit trekking holiday, Nepal

“A circular trek around remote Mount Manaslu in Nepal, through alpine meadows, narrow gorges and Tibetan villages, with guide and full porterage.”

Highlights

Arughat Bazaar | 13 days trekking with full porterage | Buri Gandaki Valley | Lapu Besi | Dovan | Philim | Phewa | Ghap | Tibetan villages | Lho | great views of Manaslu | Samagaon | Samdo | Larkya Bazaar | Dharamsala | Larkya Pass | Bimthang | free day | optional: walk to Pongkar Lake | Burdin Khola valley | Tilje | Jagat | Besisahar | free day in Kathmandu

Description of Manaslu Circuit trekking holiday, Nepal

This magnificent, off the beaten track trekking holiday in Nepal follows a circuit around the base of Mount Manaslu. This mighty peak is the eighth highest mountain in the world (8,163m) but few trekkers come to gaze on it. This 13 day point to point trek passes through a dramatic and pretty isolated landscape, as we follow the Buri Gandaki River. The route leads through small villages that cling to the valley walls as the river narrows down to race through a gorge. Beyond, the landscape opens out again, revealing alpine meadows where a handful of Tibetan communities live, beneath Manaslu’s north face. Once we have crossed the Larkya Pass (5,130m) an amazing array of peaks is visible, including Himalchuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. From here, we drop down through forest to connect with the main Annapurna Circuit, our trekking route back.

This is a challenging trek, offering rare views of Manaslu and leading you through remote and traditional Tibetan villages, with between five and eight hours of walking per day. The exception is the day crossing the Larkya Pass, which involves approx 11 hours of walking. There is full porterage, so you only need carry a daypack, and groups are made up of between two and 12 individuals, with a leader and local staff. Maximum altitude is 5,130m, and the average is 2,700m. Accommodation on the trek is in lodges.

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Manaslu Circuit trekking holiday, Nepal

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 3 nights in standard hotels and 14 nights in locally owned teahouses. Most of the teahouses are owned by families who have lived in the Manaslu region all of their lives. This is an easy way to make sure a decent portion of the trip cost and the money you spend on meals in the teahouses goes directly back to the community. Breakfasts are included and will usually consist of something simple, locally sourced and carb-heavy for energy, like porridge and toast. Where meals aren’t included, clients can support local lodges by trying some authentic cuisine, rather than imported meals. Try Nepalese dumplings (Momos)or lentils and spicy curry (Dal Bhat).

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to Kathmandu. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.

Local Craft and Culture:
Although we spend much of this tour trekking, there are many opportunities whilst walking and in the teahouses to engage with locals, learn about regional customs and to do some sightseeing. Whilst trekking, we stop in remote villages along the way for rest and teastops. In Kathmandu and along the trails there are traditional and handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase. Buying handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, handwoven bags and tapestries all helps to support small vendors and their craft. In terms of cultural sights, we can visit the temples and World Heritage sites in and around Kathmandu.

Charity:
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 40 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. Together with our local leaders we manage all our own projects and over the years we have helped build schools and a children’s home. We have built water tanks and provide water pipe for villages and have helped with hydro electric projects. We have sponsored and installed more than 130 smokeless stoves and 50 solar cookers.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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