Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max Elevation: 5,125m
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Starting Price: $1300
  • Accommodation: $Tea-house

Trip Highlights

  • Newly opened route means less crowded
  • Explore the remotest parts of Nepal
  • Amazing backdrop of Ganesh Himal mountain range, Mt. Manaslu, rich cultural heritage, Sama Gaun
  • Cross the Larke La pass 5125m

Trip Overview

Walk along a classic trail that serves as a superb combo of natural and cultural splendor. Manaslu Circuit Trek is an emerging trek that is receiving a lot of travelers lately. It’s a recently opened trail that is different from other crowded and most frequented routes in Nepal. Here, you can feel the serenity and wilderness of mountains amidst the pristinely environment. It’s an ideal venture for all the enthusiastic travelers and adventure seekers. Enriched with diversity of floras, faunas and wildlife in different altitudinal region and climatic conditions, Manaslu Circuit Trek is an opportunity to traverse into the Manaslu Conservation Area which is a home to various rare species of floras, faunas, birds and butterflies.

Get ready to experience the wilderness of Mt. Manaslu

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remarkable journey where you can relish the glory of world’s eighth highest mountain – Mt. Manaslu. The astounding mountainous terrain and the beautiful setting of snowcapped mountains, it’s a blessing from Mother nature.  If you want to take an off beaten path to Himalayas, then Manaslu Circuit Trek is probably the one for you. The trail offers some outstanding mountain scenery, high mountain passes, glacial terrain, dense lush forests, ethnic villages and ancient monasteries. You will be rewarded with some spell binding views of Mt Manaslu along with Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Mt. Macchapucchre and Ganesh Himal.

Walking through the trail of Manaslu Circuit Trek

The exciting journey to Manaslu region starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat village. After an eight hours long drive, your drive ends at Besisahar, which is the commencement point of Manaslu Circuit Trek. From here, the trail takes you deep into Manaslu Conservation Area and ends up at Larkya La pass, which is the highest point of Manaslu Circuit Trek. From here, the trail drops down back to Besisahar. The journey as a whole is a beautiful mix of mountains, glaciers, high mountain passes and traditional villages. As you walk pass the villages, you can feel the strong dominance of Buddhism that resembles with the Tibetan Buddhism. The people are very traditional and live a very simple life. You can explore some ancient monasteries as you pass by the villages. Even a short interaction with local may give you some insights on people, their behavior, culture and lifestyle. The trail being recently opened has few numbers of guesthouses and lodges.

So, are you ready to venture into Manaslu region to explore the Himalayas, Himalayan people and their traditional Tibetan culture? Contact Himalayas Hiking for more info!

Detail ItineraryExpand all

Welcome to the capital city of Nepal! Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is a center of art and culture. It preserves some fantastic forms of cultural, historical and religious heritages in Nepal. A representative from our company will pick you up and the airport and escort you to a pre booked hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

In the morning, you will be transferred to the bus station in Kathmandu to catch a bus to Arughat. It takes us around six to seven hours to reach Arughat via a bus. We drive pass a stunning landscape full of hills, rivers and countryside terrain to reach there. From Arughat, we take a jeep and drive for around two more hours to reach Soti Khola. Upon arrival, we stay at a teahouse in Soti Khola for the night.

After breakfast, we get set for our actual trekking journey that is starting today. We start walking along the lush and pristine terrain to Maccha Khola at an elevation of 869 meters above sea level. It takes us around six hours to reach Maccha khola. We walk pass the farmlands and few settlement areas on the way to a bigger village that lies near the river – Maccha khola. We stop at the village near Maccha Khola for the night.

After breakfast, we continue with our trekking journey. Our trail undulates up and down with some challenges today. Leaving the village near Maccha khola, we cross Tharo Khola and continue walking towards Khorlabesi. Khorlabesi is a beautiful Gurung village in the region. From here, we climb up steep to Tatopani. Here, you can enjoy hot water bath in the natural hot springs which acts as an ailment. Further, we climb up a ridge and cross Budi Gandaki river to reach Doban. We again cross a suspension bridge and climb up the stairs to reach Thado Bharyang. From here, we make our final ascent up to Jagat village. It’s a wonderful village as well as an entry point of Manaslu conservation Area. Overnight at a teahouse in Jagat

Today, we make our way along the dense sub-tropical forests and walk pass the small streams and charming villages. Leaving Jagat, we climb up steep above a rocky ridge to Salleri. From here, we descend down to Sirdibas. The valley begins to widen up from here. The trail follows the Ghatta khola and heads forward to Philim. It is a large Gurung village in the region. Leaving Philim, we turn north to Ekle Bhatti from where the route enters steep into a gorge and then to grassy slopes to cross Budhi Gandaki khola. As we move ahead, the trail widens up and we pass a forested area to the village of Deng. Overnight at a teahouse in Deng

Leaving Deng, we cross Budhi Gandaki river and climb up to the bridge to join a trail from Bhi. We head up west to the valley and pass the lush forests and traditional villages to Namrung. On the way, we come across a village of Prok. From the village, we can get some outstanding views of Siringi Himal. We walk pass the village and traverse through the forested area to reach Namrung. Overnight at a teahouse in Namrung

Enjoy breakfast with some amazing views of Singri Himal, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Hiunchuli on sight. Leaving Narung, the trail climbs up steep through the forests to Lihi. Lihi is a small village adorned with interesting stupas and terraced farmlands with barley crops. We drop down the trail and cross the side of the valley with views of Simnang Himal and Ganesh Himal on sight. Further, we walk pass the villages of Sho, Lho and Shyala to reach Sama Gaon. Sama gaon is a beautiful village that offers some magnificent views of Manaslu Himal and is enriched with some ancient gompas. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gaon.

Today, we spend our day in Sama gaon. As we have already gained much height and are rising upwards in coming days, acclimatization is a must for us hence we spend our time exploring some wonderful locations around Sama gaon. There are many options for exploration today. We can hike up to Pungyen gompa, Manaslu base camp and spend our time around the Birendra lake. In the evening, we return back to our guesthouse in Sama Gaon. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama gaon.

From Sama gaon, we descend down to Budi Gandaki river and turn towards north. We follow the trail and cross a bridge over the stream. We further walk up to the Manaslu Base Camp and follow path that passes through several mani walls. As we pass the mani walls, the valley begins to widen. We walk along an easy path above the river and pass the forests of birch and juniper to Kermo Kharka. From here we drop down and cross Budi Gandaki river to climb up steep to reach Samdo. Overnight at a teahouse in Samdo.

Today is a free day in Samdo set aside for acclimatization. After breakfast at the guesthouse, we have two hiking options to spend our day. You can either climb up to a valley behind Samdo which us a trade pass headed to Tibet. It offers some amazing views of Manaslu with other neighboring peaks. Or else, you can take a more challenging option. You can walk up to Gya La that lies more to north of Samdo. In the evening, we get down to our guesthouse in Samdo. Overnight at a teahouse in Samdo.

Today, we continue walking down to the edge. We cross a bridge over Budi Gandaki river and start climbing upwards. We cross two streams on the way to the valley of Salka Khola. On the way, we can witness some striking views of Larkya glacier. From Salka Khola, we climb up to a guesthouse made up of stone. It is not a lodge but a sheltering site called Dharmashala. The place is also popular as Larkya Phedi. It’s the highest sleeping point of our entire trekking journey. Let your body relax to accommodate with the rising elevation. We sleep early to gather strength for tomorrow. Overnight at a teahouse in Dharmashala

A short climb up from Larkya Phedi and we reach a valley on the northern side of Larkya glaciers. From this point, we can enjoy some astounding views of Cho Danda and Larkya peak. We walk ahead and cross the moraines of the glacier. We ascend up gradually until we arrive at the last and steep section of the pass. finally, we reach Larkya La pass. From the pass, we can relish some spectacular views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kusum Kanguru and a huge portion of Annapurna II. As we cross the pass, we descend down to the pastures in Bimthang. Overnight at a teahouse in Bimthang.

We enjoy our breakfast with incredible views of mountains on sight. we then continue through our trail that leads us to Tilije. At first, we walk pass Dudh Khola through a large pasture area. We cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola river and walk along the farmlands. We pass the forested area and river valley to the bank of a river. From the river bank, we walk few steps ahead to the village of Gho. A few hours walk from Gho and we reach the village of Tilije. Overnight at a teahouse in Tilije.

Leaving Tilije, we follow an easy trail that goes up steep towards a small ridge. We walk easily along a stone paved path and pass a beautiful village. We cross a bridge over Dudh khola and climb up to pass mani walls and chortens to Thonje village. From the village, we pass the police checkpoint and join the trail of Annapurna circuit at Dharapani. From Dharapani, we further descend down to Chyamje. Overnight at a teahouse in Chyamje.

Today, we end our walking journey and take a local jeep that will drive us back to Besisahar. From Besisahar, we take a micro bus that will drive us back to Kathmandu. It’s around eight hours’ day drive today. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

Finally, it’s time for departure. You will be transferred to the airport few hours before your scheduled flight.

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals are chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Lower Manaslu Trek.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Ground transportation during the trek.
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.
  • Trip Map
  • Local Mobile Phone SIM Card.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare/Airport tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot shower.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in Price Includes section.

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Client Reviews

WOW! it has been an amazing experience with the team of Himalayas Hiking. Wonderful place, amazing vibes, amazing people with wonderful team. Kudos to the team Hiimalayas Hiking.

George Thompson,
UK, London
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