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Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Trip Overview

Manaslu circuit trek lies within the Manaslu conservation area bordering the famous Annapurna Circuit. It offers some of the most ancient and culturally distinct settlements in the mountains of Nepal. Tsum valley located in the area was opened for trekking only in 2008 and is a living example of Himalayan-Tibetan culture. The local customs prohibit slaughter of living beings and endangered species like the Musk Deer, Red Panda and Snow leopard are protected here.

It is also an area prophesied in ancient texts as a sacred area. According the local legends, in the 9th century King Thrisong Deutsen (790-858) asked Guru Rinpoche (the most influential Buddhist master of Himalayas in 9th century ), “In future times, when there will be warfare, strife, and difficult circumstances in the world, will there be a safe haven where people can go to practice (virtue, meditation) ?” Guru Rinpoche told the king that there would be five Lhungs (valleys) where warfare would never enter. Kyimo Lhung in Nubri is one of those five.

It was prophesied and believed that in Tashi Palsang near the Nubri Monastery, many heart treasures (wisdom, esoteric teachings) are hidden. Several of such treasure texts were revealed by great masters in the past such as Terdak Lingpa (Minling Terchen, 1646-1714], Terton Garwang Dorje. The Mirror of the Enlightened Mind of Vajrasattva and The Heart Tantra of Padmasambhava on Dzogchen (highest form of meditation as per old tradition of Tibetan Buddhism) were both discovered in Kyimo Lhung (Nubri monastery sources). The presence and continuity of such teachings – the locals believe – serves as the protection from war and famine and the continuity of the peace in the valley.

Rigdzin Godem, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters prophesied that many such treasures still remain in the mountains of Nubri. Milarepa (1052-1135), the supreme mendicant too stayed in meditation retreat in the Kyimo Lung area.

The trip in addition to the exploration of this amazing and beautiful place, will have mindfulness practices in Nubri valley with audiences from the local meditators, monks.

You will also have spectacular views of the world’s eight highest mountain Manaslu (8156m), Ganesh Himal (7406m), and Himalchuli Himal (7893m). We will drive and visit the historic town of Gorkha drive further starting the trek from Sotikhola. Special, restricted permits are needed to enter the conservation area. We will arrange the permits and all logistics as a part of the tour package. Experienced and local guides and instructors will guide and manage you trip.

Highlights of the trip

  • View of Mount Manaslu (8163m) and the Ganesh Himal Range; the crossing of the Larkya Pass (5125 m) with the mighty s towering Himalaya above you and the glaciers,
  • Manaslu Conservation area and rich biodiversity which includes rare wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar and has about 2,000 plant species.
  • Pilgrimage and mindfulness exercises at Nurbi, Kimo lung.
  • Follow Budhi Gandaki river till its source below the Larkya Pass (5125 m)
  • The trail passes through a mix of Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages and ancient monasteries such as Shringi Gompa in Bihi, Mu and Rachen Gompas in Chhekampar.
  • The trek starts from around 700 m and goes through varied landscape, ranging from green countryside, lush forests, to spectacular high altitude landscapes, walking alongside huge glaciers.
  • Kal Tal a high glacial lake

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar by bus/jeep (7-12hrs)
Day 2: Arughat to Lapubesi (6-7hrs)
Day 3: Lapubesi to Tatopani (4-5hrs)
Day 4: Tatopani to Philim (6-7hrs)
Day 5: Philim to Chumling (6-7hrs)
Day 6: Chumling to Chhokangparo (5-6hrs)
Day 7: Chhokangparo to Nile (4-5hrs)
Day 8: Nile to Mu Gompa and Chhokangparo (6-7hrs)
Day 9: Chhokangparo to Gumba Lungdang (5-6hrs)
Day 10: Day trip to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (7-8hrs)
Day 11: Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (7-8hrs)
Day 12: Lokpa to Ghap (7-8hrs)
Day 13: Ghap to Lho (4-5hrs)
Day 15: Samagaon to Samdo (3-4hrs)
Day 16: Samdo to Dharamsala (3-4hrs)
Day 17: Dharamsala to Bimtang (7-9hrs)
Day 18:  Bimtang to Dharapani (7-9hrs)
Day 19: Drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu by bus.

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