Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Highlights

  • Enjoy trekking through the Manaslu Circuit
  • Discover one of the least visited trekking routes in Nepal
  • See Mount Manaslu and other peaks in the Himalayas

Overview

You can tackle the challenging Annapurna circuit, a classic Himalayan trek that takes you over the famous Thorong La Pass, during a 14-day Nepal tour. A less well-known trek is through the rhododendron and bamboo forests of Langtang National Park, in the shadows of the majestic peaks of Langtang Lirung and Ganesh Himal. You could also opt for an exploration of the remote Tsum Valley during a 14-day Nepal itinerary. This sacred, hidden valley was off-limits to trekkers until 2008 and is dotted with Tibetan Buddhist villages, fields of barley, and alpine forests. If you are short on time, check out our how many days to spend in Nepal guide for available options.

Unlike Everest Base Camp trek, which has been popular ever since the mountain was first summited, Manaslu Circuit receives far fewer footfall primarily because the region was officially opened to tourists only in 1991. The area around the mountain is therefore better preserved and offers an ideal trekking destination to those who have 17 days to spare.

Although your journey starts from Kathmandu, your hiking begins only on reaching Arughat, a six-hour drive from Kathmandu. The highest point of this trek is the Larke Pass, located at an elevation of 5,100 meters. This is also the toughest section of the trek. The fact that this trek has such a variation in terms of elevation also means that you will be passing through lots of different landscapes.

Manaslu trek will provide you with great mountain views, many cultural inputs, unrivalled beauty and a rich bio diversity. Mount Manaslu (8,156m) is the eighth highest peak in the world and located near the Tibet-Nepal border.

Although challenging, Manaslu trek is worthwile for those that can hike for up to six hours a day, are determined and in a reasonably good shape. If in doubt, we recommend booking a porter to carry your belongings. That will relieve you of the weight of your backpack, which normally amounts between 13 to 15 kilograms.

This Manaslu trek takes you through a restricted trekking area and can only be done by two or more people.

  • Day 1 - Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m)

    Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat by bus. You will cross the Trishuli River and drive further to Dhading Beshi before reaching Arughat. A shared jeep takes you from Arughat to Sotikhola, where you will spend the night.

  • Day 2 - Trek to Machhakhola (870m)

    Start the day early today. Cross a suspension bridge and hike through forests to reach a ridge above the rapids of the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail gets rocky on reaching Khursane. Make your way through terraced rice fields to the Gurung village of Labubesi.

    Traverse a sandy riverbed and climb over rocky ridges to reach Machhakhola, where you will spend the night at a tea house.

  • Day 3 - Trek to Jagat (1,410m)

    You will encounter numerous cobbled stairs on your way to Thado Bharyang. Call it a day on reahing Jagat.

  • Day 4 - Trek to Deng (1,860m)

    Continue via Salleri and Sirdibas to reach the ethnic Gurung village of Phillim. After that, the trail turns north and travels through fields and terraces to reach Ekle Bhatti, where you will have lunch.

    Cross the Budhi Gandaki river and continue through bamboo forests to reach Deng Khola. Tonight, you will stay in the small hamlet of Deng.

  • Day 5 - Trek to Namrung (2,630m)

    Head west to the Budhi Gandaki Valley. The trail passes through forests and painted mani stones to reach Ghap. Travel through Prok village while enjoying great views of Siring Himal. Continue through dense forests and beautiful monasteries to reach Namrung. From here you can see Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal as well as Mount Himal Chuli.

  • Day 6 - Trek to Lho (3,180m)

    A steep climb followed by a journey through forests take you to Lihi, a village known for its chortens and barley terraces. Travel past Sho to reach Lho, where you will stay tonight.

  • Day 7 - Trek to Samaguan (3,500m)

    Trek to Samagaun, home to the famous Ribung Monastery and your resting place for the night.

  • Day 8 - Acclimatization day in Samaguan

    Stay in Samagaon today. You are free to explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Monastery. The main attraction of the area is Pungyen Monastery. However, the monastery is a bit far away and therefore the journey is only suitable for fit hikers. The monastery was named after the twin peaks of Mount Manaslu.

  • Day 9 - Trek to Samdo (3,860m)

    Follow the Budhi Gandaki River and cross a suspension bridge. Then take the trail to the right which leads to Larkya La. It is a fairly easy trail that passes through mani walls and birch forests. Call it a day on reaching Samdo.

  • Day 10 - Larke Phedi

    Start your day by crossing a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki. See the Larke Glacier and make your way uphill to reach a guesthouse called Dharmashala. This short walk to Larke Phedi provides enough time to acclimatize for the upcomming portion of the trek.

  • Day 11 - Cross Lake Pass (5,213m) & trek to Bimtang (3,720m)

    Make a short climb to reach a valley to the north of the Larke Glacier. Ascend the moraines of the glacier before reaching the Larke Pass. Take in the views of the Himalayas from the pass before continuing your journey.

    It is a longer walk today than other days and you will reach your guesthouse in Bhimtang at dusk. The exquisite views of Mount Manaslu that you can see from Bhimtang makes every step worth it.

  • Day 12 - Bimtang to Tilije (2,300m)

    Continue your way down towards a highland pasture and then to a bridge over Dudh Khola. Journey through forests of rhododendrons and past narrow valleys before reaching the village of Gho. A short walk from the village and you reach Tilije.

  • Day 13 - Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m)

    Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m)

  • Day 14 - Drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar

    Follow the banks of the Marsyangdi and the Trishuli back to Kathmandu, where your trip comes to an end.

  • Three meals a day during the trek, including fresh fruits in the evening
  • Tea house accommodation as per the itinerary during the trek
  • Shared Jeep to Sotikhola and regular bus back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
  • Shared Jeep from Dharapani- Besishar.
  • A highly experienced English-speaking trekking guide
  • All necessary trekking permits
  • A Nepal Eco Adventure t-shirt and a cap as souvenirs
  • A Nepal Eco Adventure sleeping bag along with a down jacket and a duffel bag (to be return after completing the trip)
  • Government taxes and official expenses
  • A first aid kit
  • An oxymeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation and heart rate
  • A trekking route map of the Manaslu region
  • We can help you with arranging an emergency helicopter rescue service if necessary (to be paid by your travel insurance)
  • The salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance of the trekking guide is included
  • A certificate of trek completion after the trip is over
  • An assistant guide for groups of over 6 travelers
  • Nepal visa fees ( USD50 for 30 days). You can get a visa on arrival
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance with high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (cold and hot) during the trek (these include those that you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in tea houses)
  • Expenses that are personal in nature, like wifi, hot shower, battery charging, desserts and chocolates
  • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected in Nepal)
  • Porter to carry your gear during the trek( You can add porter while you booking)

Important Information

OPTIONAL ADDONS
(Available during check-out)
Airport pickup
Airport drop off
Single room during trek
Porter

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