Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Difficulty moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5016 m
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time Spring and Autumn
  • Accommodation Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House during the trek

Trip Highlights

  • Soti Khola - Starting point of the trek
  • Machha Khola - Traditional village
  • Jagat - Entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Deng - Scenic village with views of Ganesh Himal
  • Namrung - Gateway to upper Nubri, Tibetan culture
  • Lho - Stunning views of Manaslu
  • Samagaon - Close-up views of Manaslu, Pungyen Gompa
  • Samdo - Highest village, near the Tibetan border
  • Larkya La Pass - High mountain pass, trek's highest point
  • Bimthang - Beautiful valley with panoramic mountain views
  • Dharapani - Junction with the Annapurna Circuit
  • Bhimphedi - End point for some trekkers, before driving back to Kathmandu

Manaslu Circuit Trekking, most exciting and scenic adventure that takes you around far North Mid-West Nepal Himalaya within remote high areas of Gorkha district.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking, one of several high altitude adventure that remains restricted and forbidden region for foreign visitors, which is to limit heavy flow of trekkers and keeping the country to its pristine form at the same time conserving its pristine natural environment of beautiful surroundings.

Past early years it was one of forbidden country and closed for outside visitors then it opened for outside visitors since last three decades of time, where one enter obtaining a special permit as Manaslu higher valley remains as restricted country visit around this wonderful country.

The word Manaslu comes from ancient Sanskrit means mind of the God as ‘Manas’ (like holy Lake Manasarover in Tibet) where the local name for Mt. Manaslu is ‘Kutang’ with meaning as beautiful high country which is from Tibetan origin language.

Mt. Manaslu towers high as world 8th highest mountains at above 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet located within Nepal Far North Mid-West Himalaya which is also falls on Old Himalaya Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route Trails.

Where trade and exchange of goods was much active during early 1960’s before Tibet was annexed with mainland China, at present exchange of good still exists but in smaller numbers.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking begins after an exciting drive from Kathmandu to reach Mid-West around Gorkha district and then following the raging Buri-Gandaki River upstream right up to its glacial source at near Manaslu high valley.

Walking from low and warm farm areas within nice villages with uphill route to enter into green hills as temperature changes into cooler days and night heading through typical Nepalese hill farm villages where one can catch interesting cultures of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Adventure progress higher then entering a beautiful wide scenic valley of high Manaslu area and walking into impressive villages of Namrung to reach Lo and Sama-Gaon one of important villages of Manaslu enclosed by high mountain range on both side of the valley.

At Sama Gaon with extra days to enjoy visit around interesting villages festooned with impressive religious monuments and monasteries in the close shade of towering Mt. Manaslu and its range that includes Bauddha and Himal-Chuli peaks.

Enjoying pleasant and scenic time adventure continues heading due west to cross over Larke-La 5,106 m and 16,752 feet a steep long climb but rewarding where you will be surrounded by array of peaks of Annapurna, Manaslu with Larke peak includes some peaks of Manang area Himlung Himal with Manaslu towards east.

After a glorious views of breathtaking panorama of peaks downhill to reach within Manang district on leaving Gorkha and Manaslu area heading back into green forest of tall rhododendron and pine tree lines.

Finally walk ends at lovely village Dharapani on the road-head where famous Annapurna and Manaslu route joins, from this nice village our beautiful walks completes taking a drive to Kathmandu after our overwhelming adventure of great experience on Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Twin-shared tea house accommodation in the trek
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) in the trek
  • A professional reliable guide and a porter
  • Insurance for our guide
  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu by local bus
  • All Permits (ACAP, MCAP and Special Permit)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All other government taxes and expenses

What's not included

  • Tips for guide
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (eg: personal clothing, trekking gears, laundry bill etc)
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Travel insurance

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: On arrival at Kathmandu airport 1,320 m transfer to hotel.

    Reach Kathmandu via various international airlines where our staff receives you with transport to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city within easy reach to its shops and restaurants.

    Check into your rooms and after getting refreshed from jet-leg join at hotel lobby for group briefing regarding do’s and don’ts, local culture and with detail information on Helambu trekking.

    Evening enjoy group dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurants and get the taste of local cuisine with folk cultural show of various parts of Nepal.

  • Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

    In Kathmandu full day for optional sightseeing tour at places of great interest, as Kathmandu and adjoining cities steeped with World Heritage Sites, on this day with time for trek preparation.

  • Day 03: Drive to Machha Khola 900 m - 06 hrs.

    Starting early morning long and interesting overland journey to reach Nepal Mid-West, to reach at Arughat, a large farm town located within Gorkha district and then continue further to Soti Khola a moderate size farm village following Buri-Gandaki River.

    As drive continues for short hour from Arughat and Soti-Khola heading past spread-out farm villages within cultivated terrace of Lapbesi village, then drive meanders below a steep, craggy valley side with slow climb to Machha Khola for overnight stop, a village with many teashops and small lodge, Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream.

  • Day 04: Trek to Jagat 1,340 m - 06 hrs.

    From Machha Khola (Fish stream) walk upstream to Khola-Besi village and at Tatopani a place with natural 'hot spring', time permitting enjoy refreshing break here and then continue walk as valley turns into narrow to cross over suspension bridge, after a short period enter into forest then reach a small village of Dovan located on high shelf of Buri-Gandaki River.

    As journey progress over field near Lauri stream crossing over a bridge with climb to a high ridge then descend into a valley around Yara Khola (stream), walk for another hour to reach at Jagat.

    Jagat, nice and interesting typical hill farm village; where one can notice the local of various tribes from Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahman, to Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) with some Newar people, who runs most of the lodge and shops.

  • Day 05: Trek to Deng 1,860 m - 06 hrs.

    On leaving nice village of Jagat walk heads towards near Manaslu valley on route to Larke-La pass, journey continues within scattered farm villages with climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley of Philim.

    Slowly walk takes you to a rocky ridge top covered within bamboo forest area towards Eklai Bhatti means a lonely Inn.

    After short rest walk to higher region within upper Manaslu, where route diverts North West to reach our overnight stop at Deng a small nice village.

  • Day 06: Trek to Namrung 2, 900 m -05 hrs.

    Morning walks towards high cliff walls, and then past dramatic section to reach around farm village, where houses and terrains changes with more strong Tibetan culture of Buddhism religion, after hours steady walks reaching Bihe, a small village, from here notice fields with buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops,

    From Bihe onward within cooler area as route follows series of Mani prayer stone walls to reach at Ghap a nice village for possible lunch stop.

    After Ghap altitude gains gradually entering into alpine tree lines with steep climb then entering wide open valley with large fresh stream that flows from the glacier of Lidana.

    On walks enjoy view of Manaslu with Pang Phuchin 6,335 m, Saula Himal 6,235 m with several unnamed peaks of above 6,000 m high, as walk heads to last climb of the day on reaching Namrung for overnight stop, also known as Sho Namru.

  • Day 07: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3, 180 m -05 hrs.

    After Namrung, morning walk into a wide valley within farm fields and heading past Yak herder camps to enter into scenic high Manaslu valley towards Lo Gaon for overnight stop, a nice lovely village with awesome backdrop of towering Mt. Manaslu.

    At Lo Gaon with time to explore its charming village and visit the monastery decorated with many Chorten and Mani walls facing views of massive Ganesh Himal in the east direction.

  • Day 8: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3, 500 m -06 hrs.

    From Lo-Gaon morning starts with slow climb facing Peak 29 and high Manaslu, after few hours of good walk reaching a nice little village Shala, with views of Phungi, Mt. Manaslu and Himal Chuli peaks.

    As route leads further west to reach main village of Manaslu valley at Sama-Gaon located close beneath Mt. Manaslu, the largest village of Upper Manaslu, where villagers originally migrated from South West Tibet more than 400 years ago, where one can notice similar custom and culture of strong Buddhist religion to its Tibetan predecessor.

    At one time a major route of Nepal and Tibet for trade between the two countries, at present few trading across the border still exist as the frontier of day walking distance.

  • Day 9:  At Sama-Gaon rest day for acclimatization and local excursion.

    After many days of steady walks today a rest and free day for acclimatization before reaching high Larke-La high pass, at Sama-Gaon explore around the village impressive Tibetan cultural heritage with time to visit its old Monastery.

  • Day 10: Trek to Samdo 3,690 m - 05 hrs.

    From Sama-Gaon, our adventure slowly walk to the last village of Gorkha and Manaslu valley to Samdo, as slow climb begins heading into much barren country facing beautiful views of surrounding landscapes.

    Walk continues then reach at Samdo the last village of Manaslu and Gorkha district, a moderate size village with more than fifty houses where nearly two hundred villagers lives around this high harsh and dry country.

  • Day 11: Trek to Dharma-Sala 4, 450 m -04 hrs.

    On leaving Samdo village, heading towards Larke-la where Manang and Gorkha districts separates walk leads at the far end of Manaslu valley within scenic and close to high snow-capped peaks with towering Mt. Manaslu, as walk heads across icy streams then reaching beneath and the base of Larke-la Pass at Phedi, means bottom of a hill or a pass, this place also called Dharma-Sala (travelers rest house or shelter).

    At Larke Phedi afternoon free for short walks and preparations for next early morning long climb to reach high Larke-La pass and to reach at Manang area.

  • Day 12: Trek to Bhimphedi 3, 590 m via Larke-La Pass 5,106 m-08 hrs.

    Starting early as possible for steep climb over moraine of rocks and boulders between ablation of north Larke glacier, facing views of Cho Danda with Larke Peak, as walk continues with steady uphill to reach at the top of Larke-la, the pass marked with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags.

    On the top stands a sign board with name of the pass with exact height and enjoy fantastic views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II includes views of whole Mt. Manaslu range.

    Enjoying marvelous scenery from the top a long descend takes you at the bottom of Larke-la pass, with slow walk to reach at Bhimtphedi also called Bhimtanf for overnight stop after a long tough day.

    Bhimphedi situated within beautiful forest surrounding on a wide green valley with number of good lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls.

  • Day 13: Trek to Dharapani 1,725 m -05 hrs.

    Today last day walk of the adventure as morning heads on nice and pleasant trail with much downhill walking into cool dense alpine forest to reach at Telje, a lovely and nice village, located at the bank of raging Masrsyangdi River that flows from Manang valley and Annapurna glacier.

    From Telje enjoy final short climb of the whole journey on crossing a bridge to reach at large village in Dharapani for overnight stop this will be the last halt around high hills of Manaslu and Manang area.

    Dharapani situated on a road-head as well on the junction where main popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit route joins in this nice village.

  • Day 14:  Drive to Kathmandu via Besisar town - 08 hrs.

    Morning from Dharapani taking a long and exciting drive to Kathmandu as ride takes you  around low warm farm country, heading further down towards Lamjung area as drive takes you on long winding downhill at Syange to reach Besisar, a large town and headquarter of Lamjung district, with time here for short refreshing stop, where drive takes you on good smooth road to Kathmandu, with views of Himalayan peaks.

    As drive follows on main the highway of Pokhara and Kathmandu from Dumre town of Dumre to reach back at Kathmandu by late afternoon time or evening within hustle and bustle city life in Kathmandu.

    Then check into your hotels, rest of the evening at leisure for individual activities with group farewell dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurants with Folk culture programs to entertain you.

  • Day 15: International departure for home ward bound.

    Enjoying great wonderful adventure and experience in Nepal with exciting memorable time on ‘Manaslu Circuit Trekking’, and on your last day in Nepal, our staff and guide transfers you to airport for your flight back home or to next port of call.


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