Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Trip Code:NHA204
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Price:$1450
  • Trip Grade:Moderately Strenous
  • Max Elevation:4,470m
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Group Size:Min.1 to Max. 20
  • Accomodation:Lodge to Lodge
  • Transportation:Land

Trip Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola along the Prithvi Highway
  • Breathtaking mountain views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal (7,420 m), and other surrounding peaks along the Tibetan border
  • Cross Larkya La Pass (5,135 m)- one of the dramatic passes of the Himalayas
  • Walk through the Budi Gandaki Valley and cross several suspension bridges
  • Experience a rich Buddhist culture
  • A side trip to Manaslu Base Camp, Pungyen Gompa, and Birendra Lake
  • Less crowded trail compares to other trekking regions of Nepal

Tour Overview

Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m) is the world’s 8th highest peak and beautifully surrounded by the Manaslu Conservation Area. Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most popular treks among the avid trekkers. The trail lies to the north-west of the Kathmandu Valley. This adventurous trek takes you to the remote Himalayas of Nepal and rewards with the incredible mountain vistas. It is not as popular as Annapurna Base Camp Trek but you can experience the pure and unexplored region of Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek starts from Arughat-Soti Khola and ends at Dharapani Besisahar. The trail follows a Budhi Gandaki river and passes through Machha Khola, Jagat, Philim and enter into the highlands mainly inhabited by people from Tibetan origin. You will see many small chortens, high mani walls, glaciers, and ancient Buddhist monasteries.

After Philim, the trek continues to the villages of Deng, Namrung, Lho, Sama Gaun, and finally reaches Samdo. Sama Gaon is the biggest settlement among all these villages. From Sama Gaun, you can take a side trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Punggyen Gompa. Larkya La Pass is the highest part of the trek at an altitude of 5,135 meters. From Larkya La Pass, you will get the dramatic views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Kang Guru, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal.

Moreover, around Manaslu Trek offers you a great chance to explore the unique culture and lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhist people. This wonderful trek to the high Himalayas lets you witness the hidden treasure of Nepal.

Nowadays, the Manaslu region is gaining more and more popularity. You can experience tea house trekking in the Manalsu region so it is not mandatory for camping while trekking. During the trek, you can experience the best hospitality and warm greetings which will make your trek more alluring and worthy.

Detail Itinerary

Welcome to the land of the Himalayas, Nepal! Upon your arrival at International Airport, our office representative will warmly greet you and drop you at the respective hotel. You can take rest and stroll around the hotel area on your own. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Today after breakfast you will go for a half day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. You will explore some of the most historical and spiritual places in Kathmandu. Some of the landmarks include the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous Monkey Temple- Swayambhunath and big Buddhist shrine- Boudhanath, and historic Kathmandu Durbar Square.

In the evening, you will visit our office for a brief pre-trip group discussion. With the remaining spare time, you can explore Thamel and do some last-minute shopping of trekking equipment. Finally, you drive back to the hotel and pack your trekking equipment and amenities for the trek. You will spend a night at Kathmandu hotel.

Today you will have 7-8 hours drive to Soti Khola at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level. Driving along with the Prithvi Highway you will reach Dhanding Bensi a district headquarter of Dhading. Continuing the drive you will reach Aarughat and then again take a bus drive to Soti Khola, an ideal place for a freshwater bath. You will spend a night at Soti Khola in a small village beside the river.

Today after breakfast at Soti Khola you will start your trek along with the great view of Buri Gandaki Valley. Passing through the suspension bridges, terraced fields, waterfalls, and finally after 6-7 hours of walk you will reach Machha Khola. You will spend a night at Machha Khola (930 m).

Today you will trek from Machha Khola to Jagat which will takes 5 to 6 hours. Passing through the several settlements of Gurung villages of Khorlabesi, Tatopani, Dovan, you will reach Jagat village. It lies at an altitude of 1,410 meters above sea level. Overnight stay at Jagat.

After breakfast in Jagat, you will start your trek with a climb along a rocky ridge. You will see the magnificent view of Sringi Himal. The trail leads through Ghatta Khola and reaches Phillim, a large Gurung village. From here, you will turn north and crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Now the trail enters a steep, uninhabited gorge and descends to the grassy slopes and here you will cross the Budhi Gandaki river.

First, you will walk along the west bank and then cross to the east bank and return to the west side. And the trail widens through the valley and passing through bamboo forests you will reach Deng Khola river. After crossing the river you’ll reach the small settlement of Deng. Today’s total walking hours is about 5 hours. You’ll spend a night in Deng village at an altitude of 1,860 meters above the sea level.

Today you will head towards Namrung after having breakfast in Deng. You will trek towards one of the most important and culturally significant places of the trek. You will first cross the Budi Gandaki river and climb up to the bridge and join the trail from Bhi.

Continuing your walk towards west, the trail passes through green lush forests, alpine vegetation, and charming villages of the Manaslu region. Along with the amazing view of Siringi Himal, you will cross the Budi Gandaki river several times. Passing through several Gompas, the trail follows the river upstream through a forest trail and leads to the narrow gorge. Finally, after 5 hours of walk, you will reach the village of Namrung (2,630 m).

Today you will head towards the villages of Lho enters into the higher altitude of 3,180 meters above the sea level. Walking through easy terrain, the trail climbs uphill until the village of Shyo.

Soon you reach Lho, the village will reward you with the mouthwatering view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 meters), 8th highest mountain in the world. Finally, after 4 hours of walk, you will spend a night at Lho village.

Today passing through several Tibetan settlement and ancient gompas you will enter the Nupri region. This place is mainly inhabited by the people descendants from Tibet. First, you arrive at Shyala (3,500 m) one of the best places to witness the majestic snow-clad peaks of Manaslu region. Mt. Manaslu, Naike Peak, Himchuli, and Ngadi Chuli are some of the main peaks you can see from the viewpoint.

Further, the trail crosses a ridge, enters and then quickly exits a side canyon. After descending onto a rocky moraine and crossing the boulder you will arrive Sama Gaon (3,514 m). Today is a short only 3 hours of a trek so once you reach Sama you can explore the village. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.

Today is totally dedicated to acclimatization. Instead of taking rest you have options to trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pung Gyen Gompa or Birendra Lake. So, after breakfast, you will descend to the Budhi Gandaki river and follow the trail until you reach a bridge. From here you will turn left and head towards Manaslu Base Camp.

Likewise, you can also opt for 3-4 hours of hike to Pung Gyen Gompa and 1-hour hike to Birendra Tal. otherwise, you can combine this both short hike. Along the way, you can enjoy the sight of thousands of mani walls. Also, an ancient gompa offers a great view of the glacier and the snow-clad mountains. After exploring some rich Sherpa culture during this day hike you will return to the tea house of the Sama Gaon for an overnight stay.

Today after early morning breakfast, you will descend to the Budhi Gandaki river and follow it till the bridge over a side stream. Passing through several mani walls and enjoying the superb mountain views you will get closer to the Tibetan border.

This day is an easy trek you will walk for 4 hours specially on the forest trail. Passing through forests of Juniper and Birch you will descend and cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge. After a steep climb, you will continue your walk until you reach the village of Samdo (3,690 m). Overnight stay at Samdo.

Today you will begin your trek descending on a wide trail. You will cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river. On the way, you will notice mani walls and prayer flags. After crossing the Athara Saya Khola and you will continue your walk along the Larke Khola. You will get the awe-inspiring view of Larkya Glacier. Finally, after 4 hours of a continuous climb, you will reach Dharamsala. It lies in the mountain slope at an altitude of 4,479 meters above the sea level. Overnight stay at Dharamsala.

Today you will head towards the Larkay La Pass (5,160 m), the highest point of the trek and descend towards Bimthang (3,720 m). En route, you will enjoy the amazing snow clad mountain views, lake, and beautiful glacier. 

Further, following the rocky steep trails, you will come across moraines of glacier. Finally, after 5 hours of climb, you will reach the top of the pass and gaze the superb views fo Himling Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Mt. Annapurna II. After having a wonderful time now you will descend through slippery trails towards Bimtang. Before reaching Bimtang, on the west side of the trail, you can witness beautiful Pongkar Lake.

Now, after walking for 3 hours from the pass you will reach Bimtang village for an overnight stay. It is a small beautfiul village located between Bimtang Glacier and the slopes of Larke Himal.

Today you will have breakfast at Bimtang and continue your trek towards Tilje along the Dudh Koshi river. Enjoying the mesmerizing view of the glacier, mountain views, and colorful vegetation you will reach diverge of Dudh Koshi. Here you will cross the river on a wooden bridge and enter into the forest of firs and rhododendron. Continuing your walk along the bank of the river you will reach the village of Gho and continue towards Tilje (2,560 m). It is a Gurung village which is famous for brandy. Overnight stay at Tilje.

Today leaving behind the stone village of Tilije you will join the famous Annapurna Circuit trail at Dharapani. The walk is mostly downhill and takes around approximately 6 hours to reach Jagat (1,300 m). Overnight stay at Jagat.

Today is the last day of your trek so enjoying every bit of moment you will trek to Bahundanda. On the way, you will cross the bridge over the Marshyangdi river. From here you will continue your walk down to BhulBhule (880 m) for an overnight stay.

Today you will drive from Bulbhule to Kathmandu via Besisahar. Throughout the scenic drive, you will witness the beautiful flowing Marsyangdi and Trishuli river along the Prithvi highway. Once you reach Kathmandu, your guide will drop you at the respective hotels. You can spend the rest of time on your own. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Today is the final day in your Nepal. You can do some last-minute shopping and buy some souvenirs taking back home to your loved ones. According to your flight schedule, our office representative will drop you at the International Airport for your final flight back to your home country.

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Additional Info

Trekking Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek lies within a restricted trekking region of Nepal so you need a trekking permit to access this trek. Solo treks are not allowed, so you need at least two people in a group. You need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Permits (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek is September-November of Autumn season and March-May of Spring season. This both seasons has the perfect weather. There is no rain and the temperature are not too hot or not too cold. During spring, the temperature starts to rising and the lovely colorful rhododendron flowers at their full blooming state to please you throughout the trail.

Likewise, the autumn season is another best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek. During this time of the year, you will see no rainfall with clear sky with awe-striking mountain views. Also, if the cold weather doesn’t bother you then the winter is also a perfect time for unexpected views of Himalayan beauty.

Difficulty Level of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderately strenuous trek and a bit challenging for fit and experienced trekkers as well. Previous trekking experience can add advantage to participate in the Manalsu Circuit Trek. You need to prepare yourself to walk 6-8 per day at a higher altitude with a light daypack. Our designed itinerary allows the best possible acclimatization but make sure you are physically as well as mentally prepared for the trek.

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3 of us we had been Nepal for Trekking 5 years ago, I went on a 2 weeks trek around the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal... AMAZING! Bishnu was our fantastic guide and I look forward to organizing our next trek with him in the future. Thanks so much for an awesome trek!

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