Manaslu Circuit Trek

A classic trek around Mount Manaslu, explore less trekked area, alpine meadows and Tibetan-style villages and cross Larke La pass

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22 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 4880 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local lodge

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Strenuous Level

Among the hardest available treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however one must be fit.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a tea-house trek, yet, still being remote, this area is a comparatively less trekked region in Nepal. Unfortunately, the Manaslu region does not involve flights and the roadways haven't reached the trekking trails yet. Manaslu (8160 m) stands isolated without crowds of people surrounding it. Comparable in many respects with the Annapurna trekking, the Manaslu Circuit trek takes place in the lower traffic Valley. With the recently built lodges on the trails that lead to Manaslu, this trek has slowly become famous, familiar and popular among adventurers. As you get towards a natural setting of an amphitheater, the Gompa (monastery) of Sama which is at the foot of Manaslu, marks the entry into Buddhist territory. Larkya La pass (5135 m), the highlight of the route has a gentle ascent, before diving sharply deep to reach the lower valleys. Beautiful panoramas of mountain peaks and vistas, villages inhabited by a variety of ethnic groups are few of the highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world, it lies proud and high close to the border with Tibet, some 120 km northwest of Kathmandu. Only after a few years into the nineties, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were open for foreigners to visit. The Manaslu circuit trek sees relatively few trekkers compared to the established trekking routes, however, the whole circuit of Manaslu over the Larke La pass is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination in Nepal. The Manaslu Circuit trek commences either in the town of Arughat Bazzar or Gorkha Bazzar and ends in Besisahar, which also happens to be the starting point for the Annapurna circuit.

The Manaslu Circuit is an amazing trek bestowing you with breathtaking views of the Manaslu, as you walk through authentic Hindu and Tibetan – style villages inhabited by indigenous villagers. We start at a rather low elevation, trekking through green countryside's, and passing by villages inhabited by Hindus. Heading northwards, the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages, which cluster aesthetically beneath Manaslu's sweeping north face? Eventually, the trail takes us to Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From this point on, the trail heads towards the west and crosses the Larke la pass (5160m), a classic and tough route linking the Buri Gandaki with the Marsayangdi valley.  A number of descents pass through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang, before joining the main Annapurna circuit route and heading to the trails end at Besisahar.

We have carefully put together a tailor made itinerary below, which is one of the many possibilities. Upon your request, the trek can be longer or shorter, depending on the length of your trekking days. We can organize the Manaslu Circuit trek by either camping or doing it as a tea-house trek. Hence, feel free to choose whether you want to camp or stay at the local tea-house/ guest houses.

Manaslu Circuit trek short Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (1350m).
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley or free day on your own.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m), 8 to 9 hours.
Day 04: SotiKhola – Macche Khola (900m), 6 to 7 hours.
Day 05: Macche Khola – Jagat (1420m) 6 to 7 hours.
Day 06: Jagat – Deng (1805m), 6 to 7 hours.
Day 07: Deng – Namrung (2640m), 6to7 hours.
Day 08: Namrung – Samagoan (3525m), 6 to 7 hours.
Day 09: Samgaon – Pungyen Gompa – Samagaon, 6 to 7 hours.
Day 10: Samagaon – Samdo (3860m), 4 to 5 hours.
Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo.
Day 12: Samdo – Dharamasala – Larkya Base camp (4450m), 4 to 5 hours.
Day 13: Dharamsala – Larkya la (5160m) – Bimthang (3720m), 8 to 9 hours.
Day 14: Bimthang – Tiliji (2300m), 5 to 6 hours.
Day 15: Tilije – Tal (1700m), 5 to 6 hours.
Day 16: Tal – Syange (1080m), 6 to 7 hours.
Day 17: Syange – Kathmandu (1350m), 8 to 9 hours.
Day 18: Final Departure.


Trip cost: Please kindly contact us for a fresh cost quotation. Also, let us know how many of you are there in your group and when you would like to do this trek, after knowing all these things from your side, we will send you all the necessary information with a best quote as soon as possible.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit trek - Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (1350m).
Your arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to collect your passport copies and some photos for making permits and other necessary documents. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley or free day on your own.
Breakfast at hotel, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu including legendary durbar square, the sacred Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, Soyambhunath also popularly known as Monkey temple and Buddhist Shine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world are listed as the UNESCO world heritage sites. In the evening, there will be a brief pre-trip group meeting in the lobby of hotel or at our office. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m), 8 to 9 hours.
We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive we enjoy views of the nice countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi, district headquarters of Dhading but the drive from Besi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola. Overnight at a local guest house in Sotikhola.

Day 04: SotiKhola – Macche Khola (900m), 6 to 7 hours.
At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, the climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Buri Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and cross a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop where the valley opens up and the Buri Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Macche Khola village. Overnight at guest house in Macche Khola.

Day 05: Macche Khola – Jagat (1420m) 6 to 7 hours.
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small hotspring in Tatopani. From the hotspring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Buri Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Buri Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat. Overnight at a local guest house in Jagat.

Day 06: Jagat – Deng (1805m), 6 to 7 hours.
We start today's trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Buri Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forest to the Deng Khola. Upon crossing the Khola we reach the tiny village of Deng. Overnight at a local guest house in Deng.

Day 07: Deng – Namrung (2640m), 6to7 hours.
After a brief walk beyond Deng, we cross the Buri Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1900m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Buri Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village which has a viewpoint for stunning views of Sirngi Himal. We further cross the Buri Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The beautiful walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung where we will spend the night in a local guest house.

Day 08: Namrung – Samagoan (3525m), 6 to 7 hours.
Namrung village is a nice viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village we can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala village before reaching Sama village. We enjoy superb views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead and other snow summits to the right and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today's walking ends in Samagaon where we spend the night in a local guest house.

Day 09: Samgaon – Pungyen Gompa – Samagaon, 6 to 7 hours.
We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist texts on it and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to Climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful is 1959. Overnight at guest house in Samagaon.

Day 10: Samagaon – Samdo (3860m), 4 to 5 hours.
Today we descend to the Buri Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu base camp. The Larkya La trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Overnight at guest house in Samdo. 

Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo.
This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. Today, we have two options, the first option that we highly recommend is a hike up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkya peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. The second option for today could be a trip to the Gya la (large pass) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather longer hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight at guest house in Samdo.  

Day 12: Samdo – Dharamasala – Larkya Base camp (4450m), 4 to 5 hours.
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge and cross the wooden bridge over Buri Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmashala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 13: Dharamsala – Larkya la (5160m) – Bimthang (3720m), 8 to 9 hours.
Today is a heavy day, after a short climb we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier making a gradual ascent which become steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimthang, but to walk into these low pastures which the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight at guest house in Bimthang.

Day 14: Bimthang – Tiliji (2300m), 5 to 6 hours.
From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2780m. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big sweeping arc to the rover bank at 2600m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday's tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, So Alpine Eco Trek recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight at guest house in Tilije Village.

Day 15: Tilije – Tal (1700m), 5 to 6 hours.
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up by a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi River. We also come across some Mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight at guest house in Tal.

Day 16: Tal – Syange (1080m), 6 to 7 hours.
We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marshyangdi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight at guest house in Syange.

Day 17: Syange – Kathmandu (1350m), 8 to 9 hours.
The scenic drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besisahar offers an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. In the evening, we get to enjoy a farewell dinner meant to celebrate your successful completion of Manaslu Circuit trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Final Departure.
Your great adventure comes to an end today. A representative from our company will escort you to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. We wish you have a safe and sound flight. See you in next time again in Nepal.

Service Includes

  • All airport-hotel transfers by a private vehicle
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guest house or local lodges accommodation during trekking in the mountains
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • All necessary staff with experienced guide and porters (one porter for two trekkers basis) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; special trekking permits for Manalsu and M CAP fees. 
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking Map (Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu
  • Exclusive Medical Kit bag
  • Our service charge and all government taxes.

Service Excludes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answer for Manaslu Circuit trek:

How can I book this trip?
Once you confirmed the trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is an easy and popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Europe, America, Australia, Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.

Can I do Manaslu circuit trek?
Manaslu circuit trek is suitable for any adventure seeker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Manaslu Circuit trek?
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join a group; we try our best to find some other people to do this trip as a group trek. You can also tell your friends, families and relatives that you are going to do this trek in Nepal so maybe some of your friends would like to join the trip! We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday's tours are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of accommodation I can have during the trip?
In Kathmandu, we do provide standard hotel with breakfast and during the trekking, we provide you local guest house or local lodges. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Trek to Manaslu circuit is an amazing and adventure trip. We trek up to 4880m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
 All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of our company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Freshly cooked food will be provided on Manaslu circuit trek. Our very expert cook will cook the food during the trekking. Normally we will provide dinner and breakfast on the same camp where we will camp for overnight and lunch will be provided while walking on trail which will be packed lunch cooked by our cook. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


Equipments & Packing List

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

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Manaslu Region Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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