Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best known and best trekking destinations in the world. Escape completely from the everyday schedule to enjoy the beauty of the nature to the fullest in Manaslu Circuit trek in Nepal. Manaslu trekking route starts from 8 hours scenic and adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Arughat in Gorkha district. Manaslu trekking trail will blow your mind because of wonderful Himalayan Views to the off the beaten path trek in Nepal. Amazing beauty can’t stop lacing up your boots and hit the trail to manaslu circuit to feel the real trekking in the nature. The best part of this trek is that manaslu trek difficulty is very normal because it starts with easy grade and mix up with mostly moderate and few strenuous.
Our Manaslu trekking itinerary is seriously made up to deal with nature to put an individual into a comfort zone. Our trekking guides are well trained with the process in which an individual organism adjusts to a change in its environment such as a change in altitude, temperature and humidity and they will put you in the right place which helps you to adjust with environmental conditions. By doing it there won’t be any high attitude sickness problems. Manaslu circuit trek offers all the real aspects of a classic trek in Nepal such as amazing scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossings and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass.
Manaslu circuit trek offers old Tibetan culture and best mountain views. Upper mustang trek is a similar type of tour offering wonderful trip in the Tibetan kingdom. Fantastic off the beaten trek in Manaslu trekking region is the best tour in Nepal.
Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek:
Special trekking permits are to be issued by one of registered trekking companies to trek to Manaslu trekking region. You basically need special restricted manaslu trekking permit, MCAP permit, ACAP permit and TIMS permits respectively to trek to Manaslu.
Required licensed trekking guide to Manaslu Circuit Trek:
Please, be kindly informed that you need to be appeared with government licensed trekking guide in the check point of Manaslu trekking region. This means that without having a trekking guide, you can’t trek to any part of Manaslu trekking area.
Accommodations and foods conditions in Manaslu Circuit Trek:
You will be staying with one of tea houses which are run by local communities and most of them are quite clean and tea houses runners are very friendly, hospitable and trained by local tourism council. Locally produced organic foods are good and you will be eating them in common dining hall with other trekkers and trekking crews. Rooms are generally basic and good but it is recommended to take your own sleeping bag. You can easily buy or rent them in Kathmandu.
Trip Highlights : travelling through terraced hillsides and passing many scattered farmhouses .Number of beautiful small villages set up into the hillside and have a number of streams to cross. Amazingly paved street and lots of colorful flowers, barley fields and Tibetan villages. Larke La pass 5135m the adventurous pass.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu Nepal 1350m and transfer to Hotel organized by
Himalayan AdventuYou are met at the airport and transferred to accommodations. Check into the Hotel arranged by Himalayan Adventure Sports.Participate in arrival ceremony including introduction to Nepal history and culture, and a briefing on Himalayan Adventure Sports Innovations.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley for experiencing Buddhism and Hinduism 1350m
Visit Boudhanath Stupa considered the world’s largest Buddhist shrine, a site of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world. Continue to the Hindu temple of Pashupathinath built in pagoda style with a gilded roof and site of holy Hindu cremations. Then explore the ancient Swayambhunath monkey temple, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal and the central location of the valley’s creation myth. The surrounding area is home to hundreds of Tibetans in exile.
Day 03,Drive to Arughat Bazaar, a large village at 670 metres on the banks of the Budhi Gandakhi River 8hrs driving.
After breakfast in the hotel we board our bus for the drive through the foothills of the Himalaya following the Trisuli River to its confluence with the Budhi Gandakhi where we turn north to reach large village of Arughat Bazaar (670m). Clustered on both sides of the river, and linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley.
Day 04, Trek to Soti Khola, depending on road conditions. Trek – 5hrs.
We continue northwards, following the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki travelling through terraced hillsides and passing many scattered farmhouses and small hamlets. Our route takes us through the Magar and Gurung villages of Arket and Kuerepani to the village above the Seti Khola which is currently the effective road head for our trek around Manaslu. We check into our lodge here. The road building programme is ongoing in this valley and so the exact position of the road head may vary and due to the condition of the road, we may also opt to walk part or all of this day.
Day 05, Trek through forest to Machhe Khola Alti 890m, 6 hours of trekking.
We begin the trek with a quite narrow section of valley, and the trail is at times cut into the steep hillside, which is densely forested and at this altitude it is still quite hot and ‘jungly’. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside and have a number of streams to cross, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Budhi Gandaki. After lunch at Lapu Besi, we descend once again to the wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. Finally we climb once again on a trail to Machhe Khola (‘fish river’) where we check into our lodge.
Day 06, Trek alongside the Budhi Gandai to Jagat 1410m, 6-7 hours trek.
We cross the river that gives its name to Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Kholabensi and the hot springs at Tatopani, where it is possible to stop for a wash. The valley sides become steeper and steeper, until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank of the river by way of a suspension bridge. After a short section of forest path we reach some tea-houses at Doban, a good place to stop for lunch. Above Doban, the Budhi Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. We have a short, sharp climb to Louri, where we cross the Vana River on a suspension bridge and in a further hour we reach our next lodge in the pretty village of Jagat.
Day 07Trek via Chisopani to Deng 1800m, 7 hours trekking.
Our trekking permits are checked in Jagat, before we descend a long series of stone steps to the river and then climb a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see Sringi Himal (7187m) in the distance. At Gata Khola, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and climb steeply to Philim which we should reach after 3 hours trekking. In a further hour we reach Chisopani which is a good place to stop for lunch. The trail now proceeds across the hillside on a contouring path with stunning views to another bridge with a nearby waterfall. We are now entering a more alpine zone with pine trees in evidence. The trail passes the junction for the steep trail to Nyak on the left and shortly after enters a dramatic section of gorge where the trail climbs up and down across the vegetated walls of the canyon. In places, the trail is cut into the sheer cliff walls and it is cooler now, with occasional views of Ganesh lV. Crossing to the northeast side of the river we have a short climb before an easier contouring stage to the next bridge where we cross back to the southwest and climb up through Phewa to the lodges of Deng.
Day 08, Trek from Deng to Namrung 2630m, 6-7 hours trekking.
From Deng we descend for around 20 minutes to the river and steeply climb again for a further 20 minutes to Rana. An hour further, with a fair amount of up and down, we arrive at Bihi. Beyond the village we cross the Serang Khola and climb again on a trail which rises high above the main Budhi Gandakhi. The valley is still steep-sided and most impressive and we begin to see mani stones (prayers etched onto wayside rocks), a sure sign that we are entering an area influenced by Buddhism. After approximately 2.5 hours walking from Bihi, we reach village of Ghap (2040m), which straddles the river across a relatively short wooden bridge. For the first time, we can see that there is a strong Tibetan influence at this village. The trekking is pleasantly cool now, as we start to gain height and enter the alpine forest of pines and juniper with the occasional clearing giving glimpses of snowy mountains. The valley is now becoming steeper with ravines and water cascades. We cross the river again and begin a long climb with some steep staircases up to the village of Namrung.
Day 09, Trek to Lho3150m – barley fields and Tibetan villages are highlights of the day 6 hours trekking.
After a couple of long days we now have a shorter one, trekking as far as Lho where we are above the 3000 metre contour and therefore need to restrict our daily altitude gain. Beyond Namrung the valley opens out and there are quite extensive barley fields and pastures as we trek through the village of Banjam. Climbing quite steeply, we reach the picturesque village of Lihi (2920m). We cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glacier, and pass through the Tibetan village of Sho. Just above this village we get a splendid view of Manaslu North and then of Manaslu itself straight ahead. We should reach our destination Lho after approximately 3 to 4 hours of trekking and we will probably opt to take lunch in our destination lodge today. Lho is a large village with a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens, mani walls and a very ornate white stupa. The twin peaks of Manaslu now dominate our view but Ganesh 1 is also visible looking back the way we have come and to the northeast is a most impressive wall of rock rising to the snow capped summit of Saula (6235), part of the Kutang Himal. We can take the afternoon as a well earned rest day or it is possible to climb to a viewpoint above the village for unobstructed views of Manaslu, Manaslu North and Naike Peak.
Day 10, Trek to Sama Gaun 3520m, where there are fantastic views of Manaslu 4 hours of trekking.
Leaving Lho, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Ngadi Chuli ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest with occasional stream crossings on log bridges brings us to the village of Shyala which commands a superb panorama of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. Descending the main trail, we cross the outflow from the Punggen Glacier and than climb beside the torrent to a ridge. We now have the luxury of downhill trekking for a while but soon we reach the fields of Sama Gaon and in a further 20 minutes we arrive at impressive Sama Gompa (monastery). There are breathtaking views from here of the granite pyramid of Manaslu. The altitude at Sama is 3520 metres and this is as far as we shall go today. It will take around 3 to 4 hours to reach here from Lho so as yesterday; we will most likely wait till we reach our lodge here before taking lunch. The afternoon is again free to relax, catch up on diaries or for a walk above the village
Day 11, vital acclimatization day at Sama Gaon.
An important acclimatization day at Sama Gompa. This is good place for rest, today we have two options to utilize the rest day walk to Manaslu Base Camp or hiking to Punghen monastery both place are worthy to visit your trek leader will tell you where is the best to go.
Day 12, Trek to Samdo 3860m, close Tibet border 3 hours trekking.
The Budhi Gandaki is now quite small compared to the raging river we followed at the beginning of the trek. Leaving Sama Gaon, we continue to follow its course ever upwards heading north once again and there are now excellent mountain prospects around every turn of the trail. Manaslu which is now behind us, is particularly impressive from the meadows at Kermo Kharka which also marks the start of the trail to Manaslu Base Camp. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach Samdo (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This very remote village was established in the 1950’s by refugees from Tibet and is only a day’s walk from the border over the Lajyang La. Just 3 hours walking but an altitude gain of 340 metres is as much as we want to do for comfort and so we check into a lodge here.
Day 13, Trek to Dharmashala 4450m, also known as Larkya Phedi 4 hours trekking.
Leaving Samdo we cross the stream which runs down from the Gya La, another pass crossing into Tibet. We pass the ruins of another village here (known as Larkya Bazaar) which once had a thriving trade with Tibet over the nearby passes. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach Duwang (4450m) also known as Dharamsala, where there is a small and quite basic lodge (at 4450m). This place is also referred to as Larkya Phedi which means the ‘foot of Larkya’ and this is where the climb to the Larkya La begins. We check into the lodge but we may also opt to stay in tents here and eat in the lodge. It is less than 6km walk today but at this altitude we need to take things slow and it will take 3 to 5 hours to reach our overnight stop.
Day 14, An early start for crossing Larkya La 5135m then Descend to Bimthang 3855m 9 hours.
An early (pre-dawn) start for the longest day of the trip. There is an initial, short climb above the lodge to reach the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier and from here it is a steady plod upwards. We pass small frozen lakes and there are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. We cross boulder fields and crest several ridge lines making for frustrating ‘false tops’ until finally after around 4 hours of ascent from the lodge, we see the summit cairn and its lines of fluttering prayer flags. If you have any breath left at this point, the view will take it all away. The incredible panorama of Himalayan peaks include Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. There is usually a chill wind blowing at this altitude (5135m) and so we are unlikely to want to stop long here. Initially, there is a steep descent which is likely to be over snow and then scree, to reach the ablation valley trail leading to Dangboche Kharka, a good place to stop and rest before continuing the descent to the welcome lodges of Bimthang (3855m), located in a broad and level ablation valley. A long, hard but ultimately rewarding day’s trekking in the Himalaya.
Day 15, Trek to Tilje (2000m) Great views of Manaslu to the west 7 hours trekking.
Crossing the high pasture of Bimthang, we now descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the basecamp for the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 metre, we have excellent views of Manaslu to the south-east and Annapurna II to the south-west. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, we descend into a beautiful forest of cedar, birch and rhododendron and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley, at Karche. We now have to climb again passing through terraced fields to reach the Karche La, from where we can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marsyangdi River. We descend through more forests of fir and rhododendron through the villages of Gho (2515m) and Tilje (2300m).
Day 16, Trek to Jagat 1300m, the village of Dharapani Annapurna circuit trail, Tal and down to the end of our trek 6-7 hours trek day.
Crossing the stream beyond the Tilje we now walk on a dirt road with Dharapani in the Marsyangdi Valley- the beginning of our walk in sight below bustling town Dharapani (1963m.) on the Annapurna Circuit and check into one of the many lodges. Most people staying here will be just beginning their trek around the Annapurnas and we will look a very wild bunch to these clean low-land trekkers. The road which is steadily being pushed up the Marsyangdi Valley has reached Dharapani but travelling by jeep from here would be not much faster and infinitely less comfortable than walking. We follow an alternative trail down to the village of Tal (1700m), which is the last Buddhist settlement in the valley located in a unexpectedly flat plain where the rushing river pauses before plummeting headlong again down the valley. Beyond Tal we follow an old trail on the east bank while the road takes the west bank. Arriving at Chamje trail and road come together for the final steep section down to Jagat (1300m) which marks the end of our trekking. We check into a lodge here and will no doubt have an end of trek celebration this evening.
Day 17, Drive via Besisahar to Kathmandu 8 hours.
We make the return drive to Kathmandu, first descending the Marsyangdi on the jeep road in 4X4 vehicles to the start of the paved road at BesiSahar. Here we change to more comfortable transportation, boarding our bus or minibus to continue the journey. We travel on winding roads down the Marsyangdi Valley to its confluence with the Trisuli River where we meet the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road. Arriving in Kathmandu in the late afternoon we check into the hotel and have free time for relaxing or independent sightseeing before heading out to the bars and restaurants of Thamel for another celebration dinner.
Day 18, Final departure.
We drop you to Kathmandu international Airport.
- Airport pick up and Drop by private vehicle.
- 3 nights accommodation in the standard hotel in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- Your 3 meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: during the trekking.
- Special Trekking Permit for Manaslu Trekking region and Manaslu conservation entrance fees.
- Kathmandu Arughat and Jagat to Kathmandu by private 4WDjeep.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses or provided tents during the trek as mentioned in the trek type.
- An experienced Government licensed guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
- Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Fare well dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
- Personal Equipment.
- All entrance fees in Kathmandu cultural tour.
- Personal travel and medical insurance.
- Any kind of personal expense.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
- Any donation to the Monastery.
- Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected).