Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most famous and adventurous treks in conservation region of Nepal which offers you sensational mountain vistas, fascinating culture and biological diversity and many more. Manaslu Circuit is one of the 8th highest peak in the world, which is situated at the altitude of 8,156m. This circuit trek displays the unspoiled diverse culture and unique traditions with the wonderful views of Manaslu. The Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the popular destinations for those trekkers who really enjoy adventurous and challenging in the less trodden but great Himalayan region.

The journey of Manaslu trek starts from Kathmandu. We drive towards Arughat Bazaar and then to Jagat following the path of Khursanibari. We’ll pass through the trail of steep rocks and villages towards Sama Gaon. After reaching Manaslu Base Camp, we’ll observe the perfect views of mountains along with the combination of rich cultural heritage and genuine adventures. We climb up to the Mt. Manaslu and return back in about 27 days. We’ll then move towards Gap and then to Arughat Bazaar. Our tour ends back in Kathmandu.


outline Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hours

Day 4 : Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

Day 5 : Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs

Day 6 : Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Day 7 : Deng - Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs

Day 8 : Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours

Day 9 : Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration

Day 10 : Samagaon - Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Day 11 : Rest Day in Samdo

Day 12 : Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Day 13 : Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hours

Day 14 : Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hours

Day 15 : Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hours(1700)

Day 16 : Tal - Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

Day 17 : Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

Day 18 : Final departure

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

As your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you to your hotel, where you can take some rest and be fresh yourself. In the evening, our representative will provide you a brief explanation about the further trek of Manaslu Circuit. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will manage you to visit several historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. We can visit Pashupatinath, a sacred temple for Hindu and Buddhist, Monkey temple called Shyambhunath, Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square and Largest Boudhanath stupa. In the evening, you can be prepared for next day trek. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel. after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu.


Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola [710m/2328 ft] 8 - 9 hours

Next morning, after early breakfast, we will begin our trekking from Kathmandu, around 8 to 9 hours scenic drive take you to the Seti Khola. During the way, you will get chances to witness Nepalese countryside along with stunning Mountain sceneries. Overnight at Seti Khola.


Day 4 : Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2952 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

Today, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will officially begin our trekking from Seti Khola to Maccha Khola. The way to the Maccha Khola, we can visit one of the beautiful bridge, sal forest, Budhi Gandaki river and then reach Khursane. The further trail will lead us to Gurung village of Labubesi and Budi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Finally, we will reach Maccha Khola, where you can eat special fish of Maccha Khola and enjoy it. Overnight at Maccha Khola.


Day 5 : Maccha Khola -Jagat [1410m/ 4625 ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs

In this day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we will make our trail ups and down towards Jagat, which is situated at the altitude of 1410m/4625ft. we will follow Tatopani, where you will get chances to bath in a natural hot spring and you will cross the beautiful Budhi Gandaki suspension bridge, a wonderful landslide of Dobhan, a wonderful suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and Tharo Bharyang and ultimately, you will reach to Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.


Day 6 : Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5917 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs

Next morning, after early breakfast, we will continue our trail by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. Continue trail will lead us to Ghatta Khola, long and beautiful suspension bridge in Philim village, the village is the home place to Gurung people, where you will get chances to interact with Gurung people and observe their culture and traditions. The further trail will pass the impressive field of Ekle Bhatti where you need to trek in the uninhabited gorge and grassy land slopes. Then you will cross the Budhi Gandaki and then Deng Khola and reach to Deng, which is situated at the summit of 1804m/5917ft. Overnight at Deng.


Day 7 : Deng - Namrung [2630m/8626ft]: 6 - 7 Hrs

Today we will leave Deng, we cross the beautiful Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana, which is located at the elevation of 1910m. The way to the Namrung, we will cross Budhi Gandaki valley, a beautiful forest of verities flora and fauna, and ancient Mani Wall. You will also get chances to witness Pork Village. Pork Village is famous for an astonishing sigh of Siringi Himal after that we will cross Budi Gandaki several times. The further trail will follow the river upstream through a dense forest and finally reach Namrung. Overnight at Namrung.


Day 8 : Namrung – Samagaon [3530m/11,578 ft]: 6-7 hours

In this day, early in the morning after having breakfast, we continue our trail from Namrung to Samagaon, which is situated at the altitude of the 3230m/11578ft. Today we will follow Namrung village, from where we can have impressive views of Siring and Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. Then we climb steadily up and pass forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The further trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 9 : Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Overnight in Samagaon. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 10 : Samagaon - Samdo [3860m/12,660 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follows it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch, we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the Kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 11 : Rest Day in Samdo

This is another day set aside for proper acclimatization. There are two options for us today. The option that we highly recommend is a hike, up the valley directly at the back of the Samdo village. This hike will take us to one of the trade passes to Tibet for excellent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. En route to these viewpoints, we pass many seasonal herding settlements called doksas and sight some beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), Lammergeyer and Himalayan Griffin soaring high above us. Another option for today could be a trip to the Gya La (large pass) to the north of Samdo, a more frequently used trading route to Tibet. But, this is a rather long hike (whole day) and hence could be a little tiring. Overnight in Samdo. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 12 : Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 - 5 hours

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 13 : Dharamsala - Larkya la [5160m/16, 924 ft] - Bimthang [3720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 - 9 hours

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 14 : Bimthang - Tilije [2300m/7544ft]: 5 - 6 hours

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday/s tiredness, we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 15 : Tilije - Tal [1700m/5576 ft]: 5 - 6 hours(1700)

We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. Overnight in Tal. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 16 : Tal - Syange [1080m/3542 ft]: 6 - 7 hours

We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terraced fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 17 : Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

The drive from Syange to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.


Day 18 : Final departure

Today is your final day in Nepal. Your adventure trek of Manaslu Circuit comes to an end. Our representative will help you to transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.


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Trip Facts

  Trip Code : AN/T-06
  Duration : 18 days
  Best Season : September to December and March to May
  Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  Accommodation : Hotel, Lodge

Trip Highlights

  • Manaslu Trekking is yet restricted area trekking trail in Nepal.
  • Sightseeing tours of historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive to Arughat and Beshisahar to Kathmandu.
  • Visit remote part of Nepal and many verities of Culture and nature.
  • The very beautiful backdrop of Ganesh Himal mountain range, Mt. Manaslu, rich cultural heritage, Sama Gaun.
  • Best views of Himalayas range.
  • Pass over the Larke La.

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