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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a heavenly trekking journey that takes you to the isolated and less-trodden region of Manaslu- home of the majestic Manaslu Peak, the eighth highest Himalayan peak in the world. It is a thrilling trip that takes you through the coulee of the Manang-Gandaki River and through pristine valleys to present the ethnic presence of the Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The trip is filled with monasteries, Gumbas, traditional costumes, prayer flags, and prayer wheels among many more cultural facets. It is an experience filled with beguiling natural beauty and a rich cultural environment all serrated by the towering Manaslu Peak. Moreover, the Manaslu region is also under the protection of the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is home to a wide array of endangered species of animals and birds.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek starts with a drive to Soti Khola; the valley of Kathmandu gets left behind to instead be replaced with circumambulating ridgelines and terrace farms running alongside the Prithivi Highway. Further on, the trekking trail then takes you through many ethnic villages and settlements that each present breath-taking views of the Manaslu Range. Home to two major ethnic groups- the Nubri and the Tsum people, the valley presents trekkers with a chance to enjoy the cultural ethos of the Gurung, Bhutia, and the Sherpa populace.
Likewise, Mount Manaslu is another highlighted attribute of the trip; getting its name from the Sanskrit word "Manasa" that means "the Mountain of Spirit", Manaslu Peak's nomenclature is an alliteration of the word soul in the Sanskrit language. Located about 64 kilometers east of the Annapurna peaks, the Manaslu Himal serrates the Budi Gandaki River valley. The terrain is thus also embedded with long ridges of the peak and abundant glaciers that originate from Manaslu. Much of the valley's glacial lakes and rivers culminate in or from the Manaslu Peak.
Additionally, since trekking in the region has only been recently opened in 1991, the region is visited by fewer trekkers compared to other destinations of Nepal. As such, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a perfect option for trekkers looking for fewer crowds. For those who seek the less-beaten paths, this is one of the best choices. The trail follows the ancient salt-trading route along the Budi Gandaki River, where along the way, you will be presented with awe-inspiring views of Mount Manaslu, the Sringi Himal Range, and the Ganesh Himal Range, as well as occasional monasteries and Stupas decorated with prayer flags. Mani stone walls carved with Buddhist mantras also decorate the pathways.
Similarly, at each step of the way, you will be presented with the best available services at all times, from transportation and meals to accommodation and guidance. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is crafted keeping the satisfaction and comfort of our customers in mind. We guarantee an unforgettable trip filled with amazing features that is sure to stick to your mind for years.
Outline ItineraryDay 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft.)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley and Trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft.)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m/1,870ft) 6-7 hours
Day 04: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola (730m/2,395ft) 5-6 hours
Day 05: Trek from Sotikhola to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft)5-6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,410m/4,625ft) 5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,800m/5,905ft) 5-6 hours
Day 08: Trek from Deng to Ghap (2,160m/7,086ft) 5-6 hours
Day 09: Trek from Deng to Lho (2630m/8626ft) 5-6 hours
Day 10:Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3,530m/11,581ft) 5-6 hours
Day 11: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (3,530m/11,581ft)
Day 12: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3,530m/11,581ft) 4-5 hours
Day 13: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Rest House (4,470m/14,665ft)4-5 hours
Day 14: Trek from Larkya Rest House to Bhimtang (3,720m/12,204ft) via Larkya La pass (5,106 metres /16,752 ft) 8-9 hours
Day 15: Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft)7-8 hours
Day 16: Trek from Dharapani to Bahundanda (1,310m/4,297ft) 6-7 hours
Day 17: Trek from Bahundanda to Besisahar (7,60m/2,493ft) 5-6 hours
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure day
- 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
- 3 star accommodations in Kathmandu
- A porter and his entire expenses.
- Airport pickup and drop facility.
- All monument entrance fees.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
- Company duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
- First aid medical kit
- Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
- Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
- Insurance of guide and porter.
- Licensed, experienced and English speaking trekking guide
- Lodge expenses during the trek.
- Manaslu special permit
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
- Airfare for international flights.
- Cost for additional trips.
- Extra night accommodations in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trip(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Medical insurance and emergency insurance
- Nepal arrival visa.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
- Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
- Day 9
- Day 10
- Day 11
- Day 12
- Day 13
- Day 14
- Day 15
- Day 16
- Day 17
- Day 18
- Day 19
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m/1,870ft)
Trek to Soti Khola (730m/2,395ft)
Trek to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft)
Trek to Jagat (1,410m/4,625ft)
Today, you will trek on the winding dirt pathway that will take you to the banks of the Budi Gandaki River. The path enters cedar and pine forests where you can spot many Langur Monkeys. Once the forest clears, the path materializes out towards the village of Khoralbesi, a small Gurung village situated on the lower ridgelines of the valley. You can see many locals clad in traditional attires, called Bakkhu. Continuing, the path then takes you to Tatopani where a natural hot spring is located. You can have a short respite here and have a dip in the hot waters. The path follows the river from here, and you will trek across a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki to reach Doban. Finally, you will reach Jagat, a village of flat stoned houses with thatched roofs, occupied by the ethnic Gurung people. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jagat.
Trek to Deng (1,800m/5,905ft)
Today, you will be trekking towards the village of Salleri, one of the first villages after Jagat. From Salleri, the trail descends towards Sirdibas where you can see several Gompas and Buddhist Mani walls. You can also try the local alcohol here that people ferment barley. The path then branches further out towards Philim, which is where you will have to show your trekking permits. As you traverse along the river, you can see many unique sculptures crafted from the boulders by the local people. You will then ascend towards the valley hills covered in rhododendron blossoms to finally reach Deng. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Deng.
Trek to Ghap (2,160m/7,086ft)
Passing through beautiful bamboo groves, you will follow the path as it winds along the ridges towards Rana and Bihi Phedi where panoramic views of the valley below can be seen. You will find that there are lots of monkeys here that like to sit atop village rooftops, making mischief. Trekking through several landslide-prone zones, you will reach Ghap, a small settlement made out of old rustic houses. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ghap.
Trek to Lho (2630m/8626ft)
From Ghap, the landslide areas give way towards Namrung. You can witness the unique lifestyle of the Nubri people here; they get their influence from neighboring Tibet where traditional practices and costumes are concerned. Namrung has many Mani walls as well, and the village is surrounded by lush terrace farms and Fir woods. Further from Namrung, you will reach the Banjam settlement. Passing through forests of oak, you will finally reach Lihi. Further still from Lihi, the path takes you to Sho. Along the journey, you can see many local people clad in traditional Tibetan dresses. The path also passes under gorgeously decorated Kaani (gate arches). Finally, you will reach Lho, from where the views of the Manaslu Peak are quite mesmerizing. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lho.
Trek to Samagaon (3,530m/11,581ft)
You can get mesmerizing views of Mount Manaslu throughout today's trip. Walking slowly because of the altitude, you will follow the path through grasslands and pastures towards Shyapla. From there, the village gives way to pine and rhododendron gully with moss-covered trees drained by sparkling streams. After an hour's from Shyapla, you will reach Samagaon, a village surrounded by yak pastures. This is the traditional home of the Nubri people. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.
This day reserved for acclimatization. You can choose to trek to Pungyen Gompa today. It is located east of the Nubri valley. From the hilltop near the Gompa, you can get breath-taking views of the Manaslu Peak. The cliffs and pastures also harbor the Himalayan Thar and wild yaks. On the other hand, you can also choose to hike to the Manaslu Base Camp, which is located north of Samoa Gaon. Following the trail from Birendra Tal, you can steadily climb the hillock towards the base camp (4,400m), passing by the Manaslu glacier. After exploring the terrain, you will then return to the village. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Sama Gaon.
Trek to Samdo (3,690m/12,106ft)
Today is a short trek towards Samdo. You will follow the path that goes through alpine woods where a wide variety of avifaunal life makes the atmosphere lively. The forest also clears towards a yak pasture where you can see a long Mani stone wall. Leaving the tree line, you will climb to the ridge and walk under another Kaani towards Samdo. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Samdo.
Trek to Larkya Rest House (4,470m/14,665ft)
This is an arduous day of trekking as you will be trekking through the lower ends of the mountain pass. You will wake up early in the morning and make your way towards the foothill of the Larkya La Mountain Pass. Today's trip presents breath-taking views of the sprawling valley below. The view of the Manaslu Peak, the Himlung Himal near Tibet, and the Kang Guru Peak in the distance are also quite amazing. You will then descend the terrain, slowly trudging along the trail that is steep and rocky. After a steady 3 hours descend, you will reach the Larkya Guest House at the foothill of the mountain pass on the other side. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Larkya Rest House.
Trek to Bhimtang (3,720m/12,204ft)
From the Larkya Rest House, you will make your way to Bhimtang, passing glaciers and waterfalls. The terrain is embedded with beautiful features and various water-bodies. The views of the mountain peaks also make the trip a pleat journey. Overnight stay at Bhimtang.
Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft)
This is one of the final trekking trails within the Manaslu region. Climbing downhill from Bimtang, you will walk through beautiful trans-Himalayan woods back to Dudh Khola passing by the settlement of Karche. From here, the trail becomes a little rough as it descends towards Gurung Goa, a large village compared to other smaller settlements. Staying on the northern bans of the river, the path finally reaches Dharapani. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dharapani.
Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m/4,297ft)
Trekking through the vast pasturelands, you will follow the dirt trail towards Bahundanda. You can get amazing views of the Manaslu Peak that decorates the skyline today. The view is quite surreal as the peak seems to rise vertically from the ground, forming a serrated ice wall that looks like it's hanging from the sky. The path to Bahundanda is leveled and pleasant. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Bahundanda.
Trek to Besishahar (7,60m/2,493ft)
You will be bidding the Manaslu Peaks goodbye for the last time today as you make your way towards Besishahar. The trek is downhill and includes some beautiful Kaani arches and pastures. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Besishahar.
Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
With a pleasant drive along the Budi Gandaki River, you will make your way back to the city. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be dropped off at your Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.