Manaslu Circuit Trek - 18 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek as the name suggests is a trek that makes a complete circuit of the Mt. Manaslu (8156 m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. This trek takes you to off the beaten path and provides you a chance to explore some of the remote areas of Nepal. The Manaslu region is geographically and culturally very close to Tibet. This trail is visited only by few trekkers so it is less crowded as compared to other popular trails of Annapurna and Everest. The trail passes through Manaslu Base Camp (4665 m) and Larkey La (5160 m), a pass in the mountain. Crossing the Larkey La is the most challenging point on this trek. From Manaslu Base Camp we can observe the close-up views of Mt. Manaslu, Samdo, Khayang, Saula, Nireyka and Larkya peak. During your walk along this trail you will find many old Buddhist Monasteries and the existence of culture of Tibetan Buddhism among the people here. Also you will get to learn about some of the remaining practices of Bon, an ancient Himalayan religion that prdates Buddhism and it is on the verge of extinction. The trek starts from the lush and green Budhi Gandaki Valley where it follows Budhi Gandaki River and ascends towards Nubri Valley. The Nubri Valley lies very close to Tibet. Then it passes through Larkey La. After crossing the Larkey La you will reach Marshyangdi Valley. You will be fascinated to experience the cultural diversity in Nepal. Nepalese Hindu culture prevails in the lower elevations whereas Tibatan Buddhist and Bon culture dominates the upper reaches of the region. Share narrow trails carved on cliff sides with mule and yak caravans.

The trail passes through Manaslu Conservation Area, home to rare Himalayan flora and fauna such as snow leopard, red panda, blue sheep, Himalayan thar, etc.. The cool breeze brushes your face when you pass through pine forests. The area is dotted with traditional villages. On the way you can see many raging glacial rivers and waterfalls. There is a point where you will follow the Himalayan salt-trail, an ancient trade route used by traders of Nepal, Tibet and India in ancient time. At completion of this trek, you will be proud to realize that you have already walked across three Himalayan valleys – Budhi Gandaki, Nubri and Marshyangdi and crossed the Larkya Pass in a matter of two weeks. Our experienced local guide will be guiding you throughout the trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek is often taken as an alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is a teahouse (Mountain lodges) trek. The trek is comparatively tough and demands a good physical fitness and previous experience of trekking in the mountains.

Overview

 

Facts of the Trip

Total Days                              18 Days

Type of trek                           Tea house/ Mountain lodge

Grade                                     Strenuous

Maximum Altitude            5160 m (Larkey Pass)

Best season                             February, March, April, September, October, November

Trip Highlights

 

  • UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Off the beaten and less crowded trail
  • Manaslu Base Camp and Larkey La, a mountain pass on the trail
  • The splendid views of Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest peak and other peaks from Manaslu Base Camp and en route
  • Magnificient Himalayan valleys: Budhi Gandaki Valley, Nubri Valley and Marshyangdi Valley
  • Manaslu Conservation Area and rare flora and fauna it contains
  • Unique Himalayan Bhotia culture in the upper reaches that resembles Tibettan culture

Itinerary Summary

 

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m)

Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour (1350 m)

Day 3: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730 m)

Day 4: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930 m)

Day 5: Machha Khola to Jagat (1300 m)

Day 6: Jagat to Deng (1805 m)

Day 7: Deng to Namrung (2630 m)

Day 8: Namrung to Samagaon (3530 m)

Day 9: Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp (4800 m) to Samagaon

Day 10: Samagaon to Samdo (3860 m)

Day 11: Rest Day at Samdo (3860 m)

Day 12: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460 m)

Day 13: Dharmasala to Larkey Pass (5160 m) to Bimthang (3720 m)

Day 14: Bimthang to Tilije (2300 m)

Day 15: Tilije to Tal (1700 m)

Day 16: Tal to Syange (1080 m)

Day 17: Syange to Kathamandu (1350 m)

Day 18: Departure from Kathmandu (1350 m)

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m)

Transportation: Private car/jeep

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Highlights: Exploration of the cultural city of Kathamandu

Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Our representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Take rest and try to get over the effects of jet lag. A brief session regarding our further program would be conducted. Explore the neighborhood and arrange your dinner on your own. Catch up on some much needed sleep and prepare yourself for the next day tour.

Overnight at hotel.

Inclusion: Transfer from airport to the hotel and accommodation

Day 2
Kathmandu City Tour (1350 m)

Duration: 8 hours

Transportation: Private van/jeep

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Highlights: Exploration of the cultural city of Kathamandu

We will spend the day exploring the Kathmandu Valley. First, we will visit Swayambhunath also called the “Monkey Temple”. Take in the views of the city from atop one of the most important Buddhist stupas in Nepal. You will be then taken to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most prominent Hindu religious site in the world. After this a short lunch break will be taken. Lunch is on your own. Finally you will be taken to Patan Durbar Square. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Also, you can do the last hour shopping to buy some gears needed during your trekking.

Inclusion: Breakfast, transportation, guided tour, welcome dinner and accommodation

Day 3
Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730 m)

Total distance: Approximately 8-9 hours of driving

Transportation: Private van/ jeep

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge in Soti Khola

Highlights: Teraced fields and several rivers en route

Today you will be taken towards Manaslu region in a private van or jeep. The road passes through beautiful mountains where you can see many glacial rivers and terraced paddy fields. We will take a lunch break in Dhadingbesi (580 m), the headquarter of Dhading district. After lunch the journey will continue to Arughat (570 m). On the way to Arughat you can see Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Himalayan Range. After Arughat the road is unpaved and passes along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Upon your arrival in Sotikhola, you will be taken to a local tea house. Take rest and prepare your mind for the next day trekking. Dinner at the dining hall of the tea house.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, transportation, accommodation and guided tour

Day 4
Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930 m)

Total distance: Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge in Machha Khola

Highlights: Spectacular views around the Budhi Gandaki River

Today is the day you begin your trek. After breakfast at the teahouse, follow your guide along the rugged trail that crosses a suspension bridge which then passes through sal forests, vertical rock walls, terraced paddy fields which leads you to a Gurung settlements. You will be mesmerized to see the views around as you walk along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. Upon your arrival in Machha Khola Village, a village popular for fishes, you will be taken to a local tea house. Take some rest. If you want you can go around with the guide or on your own to explore the village.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 5
Machha Khola to Jagat (1410 m)

Total distance: Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge in Jagat

Highlights: Spectacular view of Ganesh Himal Range

Begin the trek after breakfast at the tea house. Today, the trail passes through an organic coffee garden and ascends along the Budhi Gandaki River before it reaches the village of Khorlabesi. Khorlabesi offers you a spectacular view of Ganesh Himal Range. After walking for sometime you will reach a small hot spring and cross several suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki River. Before you reach Jagat you have to pass through the villages of Dobhan, Yaruphant and Thado Bharyang. Jagat is the entry point to the Manaslu Conservation Area. Upon your arrival in Jagat you will be taken to a local tea house where you can savour a hot cup of tea or coffee. Dinner will be served in the dining hall of the tea house.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 6
Jagat to Deng (1805 m)

Total distance: Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge in Deng

Highlights: Magnificient views of Shringi Himal from Salleri

Today you need to show your trekking permit at the Jagat Office before you enter into Manaslu Conservation Area. Begin your trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri which offers a magnificient view of Shringi Himal before descending towards Sirdibas. After Sirdibas take the uphill trail which passes through Phillim, Ekle Bhatti, Lokpa and finally reaches Nyak. Then, the route becomes steep and descends to reach the small village of Deng. It is situated on the foothills or Shringi Himal. Upon arrival at Deng you will be taken to a local tea house. Dinner at the tea house.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation, Manaslu Conservation Area entrance fee, trekking permit and guided tour

Day 7
Deng to Namrung (2630 m)

Total distance: Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge in Namrung

Highlights: The Himalayan range of Himal Chuli

Begin your uphill trek along the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail passes through a pine forest to reach the Gurung villages of Ranagaon and Bihi. If you are lucky enough you can see the Nepal’s colorful national bird called Lophophorus (Danfe in Nepali). During your trek you can also find several Buddhist monasteries called Gompas. The Ghap Monastery is the most popular among these monasteries localted at the village of Ghap. After paying a short visit to the Ghap Monastey we would head towards Namrung. You have to climb steep mountains and cross the Budhi Gandaki River several times to reach Namrung. Upon your arrival in Namrung you will be taken to a local tea house. In Namrung, if you want you can visit the Namla Monastery which offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan range of Himal Chuli.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 8
Namrung to Samagaon (3530 m)

Total distance: Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge in Samagaon

Highlights: The amazing view of Mt. Manaslu

Start your uphill trek after breakfast. While passing through the human settlements of Lihi, Sho, Lho and Shyala you can enjoy the amazing views of Mt. Manaslu (8156 m) and other mountains.

During your trek you will find many old Buddhist monasteries, prayer wheels, Mani walls and Tibetan Chortens before reaching Samagaon. Upon your arrival in Samagaon you will be taken to a local tea house. Take rest. Dinner will be served at the dining hall of the tea house.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 9
Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp (4800 m) to Samagaon

Total distance: Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge in Samagaon

Highlights: The panoramic views of the mountains from the Manaslu Base Camp

Today is set for acclimatization. If you want to visit Manaslu Base Camp start your day with a visit to the famous Birendra Lake before heading towards base camp high above the clouds. Take in the surrounding views from the base camp. Don’t forget to shoot some photographs for the memory in future. After spending some time at the base camp head back to Samagaon. The region is dotted with Sherpa Villages. If you want more visit the oldest monastery (Gompa) in Samagaon.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 10
Samagaon to Samdo (3860 m)

Total distance: Approximately 4-5 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge at Samdo

Highlights: The magnificient views of the Himalayan mountains

After breakfast, descend towards the Budhi Gandaki River through the forests of juniper, pine and birch. Then the trail ascends along the Budhi Gandaki River and crosses a long Mani walls before reaching the village of Samdo. Samdo is a village which lies on the foot of Samdo Himal and is a salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Upon your arrival at Samdo you will be taken to a local tea house. Lunch would be taken in the tea house. After lunch you can take rest or explore the local area. Dinner will be served in the dining hall of the tea house.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 11
Rest Day at Samdo (3860 m)

Accommodation: Tea house/ mountain lodge at Samdo

Today is the rest day. Relax and acclimatize to the local climate. Soak up the spectacular views of the mountain peaks like Manaslu, Hiuchuli, Larkye, Simrang, Cheo, Samdo, etc. Explore the surrounding areas and visit Taka Choeling Gompa. You can also take other optional hike to the nearby viewpoints to enjoy the sights of magnificient mountains.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 12
Samdo to Dharmashala/ Larkey Phedi (4460 m)

Total distance: Approximately 4-5 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tents at Dharmashala

Highlights: Splendid view of Larkey Glacier and Larkey Himal

After breakfast, start your trek towards Dharmashala also khown as Larkey Phedi. Phedi is a Nepali word for base camp. Walk on the trade route to Tibet via Larkey Bazar. Larkey Bazar was considered as a traditional market for the goods imported from Tibet in the past. However, the market has been shifted towards Samdo in present days. Continue trekking past Larkey Bazar through tundra and juniper while enjoying the view of Larkey Glacier. After walking for around 4 to 5 hours from Samdo you will reach Dharmashala. Dharmashala is a small stone hut with a basic roof and three rooms built as resting place for trekkers. You will have the last layover here before crossing the Larkey Pass. You can enjoy the splendid views of Larkey Himal from here. Lunch and Dinner will be served at the teahouse. As there is only one teahouse here you might have to sleep inside tents overnight on a sharing basis.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 13
Dharmasala to Larkey Pass (5160 m) to Bimthang (3720 m)

Total distance: Approximately 8-9 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house in Bimthang

Highlights: The exciting Larkey La Pass

Today is the most important day of this trek as you will be crossing one the toughest mountain passes in the world. For this rise early and start your trek before dawn. Breakfast would be taken at the tea house at Dharmashala and a lunch pack should be carried along with you. After walking around 3 hours you will reach the pass. You will feel cold and windy in the morning while walking over the pass but will be rewarded with the magnificient views of the peaks Himlung Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru, Cheo Himal and Annapurna II. The trail ascend gradually after Dharmashala and passes by the large moraine of the Larkey Glacier to reach the Larkey Pass. Then, it descends steeply to reach the beautiful village of Bimthang. The Larkey La Pass is decorated with Buddhist Prayer Flags. The pass offers a spectacular panoramic views of the Himalaya from its top. Upon your arrival at Bimthang you will be taken to a local tea house. Bimthang is a small Gurung Village that lies in Manang District within Annapurna Conservation Area. Rest and dinner at the tea house.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 14
Bimthang to Tilije (2300 m)

Total distance: Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house in Tilije

Highlights: Spectacular views of the mountains Manaslu, Phungi Himal and Ngadi Chuli

Today you would be proud of yourself by thinking that you have already crossed the difficult and exciting Larkey Pass. After breakfast, descend downwards and cross the Dudh Khola River to reach the pristine forest of pine and rhododendron at Yak Kharka. The trail then takes a steep ascend over a ridge decorated with prayer flags and goes downhill along the west bank of the Dudh Khola River through the villages of Kharche and Gho before reaching the Gurung village of Tilije. Tilije offers the spectacular panoramic views of Phungi Himal, Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 15
Tilije to Tal (1700 m)

Total distance: Approximately 5-6 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house in Tal

Highlights: The trail along the Marshyangdi River after Dharapani on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route

After breakfast, begin your walk throgh a verdant forest and cross the Dudh Khola River once again to reach Dharapani. Dharapani lies on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking Route and has an office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). From Dharapani, the downhill trail takes the route along the Marshyandi River downstream and passes through small villages before reaching the village of Tal. You can visit the popular waterfall in Tal and explore the area.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 16
Tal to Syange (1080 m)

Total distance: Approximately 6-7 hours of trekking

Accommodation: Tea house in Syange

Highlights: Spectacular views around the Marsyangdi Valley

Today is the final day on the trail. The trail descend along the Marsyangdi River through pristine forest rhododendron and pine. As you pass through the Marsyangdi Valley enjoy the views of terraced fields and villages lying on the steep hillsides. Upon your arrival in Syange you will be taken to a local tea house.

Inclusions: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) including tea or coffee and water, accommodation and guided tour

Day 17
Syange to Kathamandu (1350 m)

Total distance: Approximately 7-8 hours of driving

Transportation: Private van/ jeep

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu

Highlights: Views of teraced fields and several rivers en route

Take a ride back to Kathmandu on a private jeep or van. You will pass by Besishahar and other human settlements lying on the edge of different rivers before reaching Kathmandu. On your arrival in Kathmandu, you will transferred to your hotel. In the evening join your companions and trek crews for a farewell dinner.

Congratulations! You have completed your trek to Manaslu Circuit.

Inclusions: Breakfast and lunch along with tea or coffee and water on the way, transportation, farewell dinner, accommodation and guided tour

Day 18
Departure from Kathmandu (1350 m)

Transportation: Private car/van

Time to say goodbye! Have breakfast in the hotel. Spend free time until your departure. Our representative will transfer you by private vehicle to the airport for your final departure. We hope you had a wonderful experience in Nepal and wish you will visit Nepal very soon again.

Inclusions: Breakfast and airport transfer

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Manaslu Circuit Trek