- Magnificent views of the Mansiri range (Manaslu, Himalchuli & Ngadi Chuli), Annapurna, Peri Himal, Ganesh Himal among others;
- Diverse landscape and culture – subtropical to the nival territory inhabited by Magar, Gurung and Tibetian ethnicities;
- Encounter the flora and fauna of Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area;
- Off the beaten path trek with relatively few visitors than in other popular trekking areas of Nepal.
You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way – Seuss
High above the hills of Gorkha, the white peaks of Manaslu – 8,163m and the 8th highest mountain in the world, hang like walls of ice in the sky while the Budi Gandaki flows 7,000m below.
The Manaslu circuit is a journey past the foot of Mount Manaslu and starts in a small village near historic Gorkha (formerly a kingdom but now a district of Nepal), goes through the Budi Gandaki valley, around the Mansiri range and ends in the Marshyandi Valley. We pass lush hills and canyons, dotted with enchanting villages on our way to the Larkya La Pass (5,135m), one of the most beautiful passes in the Himalayas with views of the Mansiri range (Manaslu, Himalchuli & Ngadi Chuli), Annapurna range, Peri Himal, Ganesh Himal among others.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is enormously diverse, not only culturally, but also in terms of nature and landscape as the landscape changes from subtropical to arctic within two weeks. We start in the subtropical, green middle hills of Gorkha and slowly ascend higher into Tibetan territory. In the deciduous forests that cover the foothills of the Himalayas, hundreds of unusual bird species live in the most striking colors. The higher we get, the greater the chance of seeing wild mammals; beautiful gray langur (monkeys) and mint yaks in the jungle, large bluebirds and stately Himalayan tahr in the sub-alpine zone. Upper Manaslu is a protected National Park, and moreover, a so-called restricted area, hence much less touristy and more authentic than, for example, the Annapurna or the Everest area and is one of the few remaining habitats of the magnificent snow leopard.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a demanding adventure; we begin early every day and walk for almost 5-7 hours on average for a total of 170 kilometers but the higher stages are shorter, except for the crossing of the Larkya La. Nevertheless, we’ve designed the daily stages in such a way that anyone with a normal basic condition, a healthy body, and good preparation can complete this trip; even with the thin air above 3,500m.
If you enjoy unspoiled landscapes and culture and want to experience the Himalayas, our 16 day Manaslu circuit trek can be the right choice for you.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Manaslu Circuit trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with trek preparation and optional tour.
Today, allowing you much time to prepare for Manaslu Circuit trekking with an optional tour around Kathmandu at places of interest with rest of the afternoon free for trek preparations and packing gear.
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (730 m) via Arughat (600 m), 7 hrs journeys.
Morning a long and interesting drive to Soti Khola via Arughat village, to start this fabulous adventure around Manaslu, journey reaches at the warmer area after going through farm villages and towns, following Trisuli river for few hours as the drive diverts to Arughat via Dhading besi. On reaching Arughat near Buri-Gandaki River and then on another vehicle for short rough drive of few hours to reach at Soti Khola for overnight stop.
Day 04: Trek to Machha khola (930 m), 6 hrs.
From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali Khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for an overnight stop. This village named as Machha Khola meaning Fish streams.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1,410 m), 6 hrs.
After the stop at Macha Khola morning follows Buri Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing villages of Dovan and Yaruphant to reach Jagat village, after crossing a short suspension bridge, Jagat a moderate size farm village with shops and stores.
Day 06: Trek to Dyang (1,800 m), 6 hrs.
From Jagat, the walk continues heading higher areas through many small farm villages and then a short climb with downhill crossing over the suspension bridge to reach Nagjet and Philip, a large village with scattered farmhouses. After Philip walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap (2,160 m), 4 hrs.
Morning walk from Dying leads to a cooler area where you can feel a rise in altitude, on entering the Himalayan alpine region, continue to walk downhill to Riverside to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small village near a riverside. From here onwards encountering more villages of strong Tibetan culture, walk leads on the gentle trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village is reached for an overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Lo Gaon (3,180 m), 6 hrs.
From Gap village with the nice good walk following Budhi Gandaki River, then crossing this river through small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat, and millets to reach at Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face and adjoining peaks. The walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi, and Sho, then as altitude gains with an hour up to Shrimp village to Lo Gaon for an overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Samagaon (3,530 m), 5 hrs.
After Lo Goan tree lines fade only for few short juniper bushes and some willow trees, walk leads on a nice path with views of peaks and finally, the day ends at Samagaon for an overnight stop, this is a large mountain village located on route Manaslu base camp, Larkya-la pass and to Tibet border.
Day 10: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before the climb over Larkya-la pass, at Samagaon explore around this interesting village of Tibetan culture.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo (3,860 m), 5 hrs.
Today walk leads to the last village of Manaslu area at Samdo which lies close on route Tibet border, the villagers of this area have a long history of trading with Tibet, the trade still continues as you can find many Chinese goods around the village shops and stores.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya phedi (4,460 m), 4 hrs.
A short day walk to Larkya Phedi or Dharmasala, after a nice overnight at Samdo village, morning walk leads towards a more dry and barren country. As the altitude gains slowly with few short ups and downs then completing the morning walk at Larkya Phedi, means the base of the hill or pass with an afternoon free to relax or short walks.
Day 13: Cross Larkya la (5,135 m) and to Bimthang (3,720 m), 8 hrs.
A Big Day of this adventure, starting early to reach the top of Larkya-La Pass at (5,135 m), a long climb with views of surrounding mountains Mt. Manaslu, Larkya Peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli and of Peak 29. After a tough climb reaching the pass, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags offering super views, after a short rest along descending to Bimthang for overnight stop a beautiful place surrounded with a forest of tall rhododendron and pines trees.
Day 14: Trek to Gho (2,560 m), 5 hrs.
After a hard walk, today easy trekking on downhill most of the way to Go, located in the middle of a forest, walk enters through woodlands of rhododendron, pines, and oaks tree lines passing several farm shades to reach at Gho for the overnight stop.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani (1,860 m), 6 hrs.
From Gho in the middle of the lovely forest, morning with a downhill walk most of the way to Telje village by the Marsyangdi River, after Tilje an hour climb to reach Dharapani. A large village with many fine lodges located in Manang district and on famous Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.
Day 16: Trek to Talbesi (1,680 m), 5 hrs.
With the enjoyable overnight stop at Dharapani village, walk leads downhill crossing over Marysangdi River and heading towards Talbesi which is the last village of Manang district, a large and interesting village for an overnight stop with the sound of waterfalls and Marysangdi River.
Day 17: Trek to Syange (1,140 m), 5 hrs.
From here with gradual walk to Chamje village, situated in Lamjung district area and then into cool forested areas with grand views of cascading waterfalls on the other side of the river down below, as our last day walk of this fantastic walk leads through nice Jagat village and downhill at Syange for overnight stop before heading back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu via Besisar, 7 hrs.
From Syange located by the Marysangdi River, where our adventure completes with an exciting scenic drive to Kathmandu passing through the large town of Beitar, headquarter town of Lamjung district as the drive continues on good road reaching Kathmandu after a fascinating journey on Manaslu Circuit Trekking, in Kathmandu with free afternoon for individual activities and shopping.
Day 19: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
What's included !
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- Three nights standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star level hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (3 nights)
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners) with one cup tea/coffee per day.
- Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek
- Government Licensed Holder friendly English speaking guide
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
- Special Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area permits, and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with on the second last day.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
What's not included !
- Air travel to/from Nepal,
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
- Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
- Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
- Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
- Travel Insurance
- Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.
What is trekking ?
Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.
Is trekking good for me ?
In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.
Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?
You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.
How difficult is trekking and climbing ?
Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.
Is travel insurance necessary ?
Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.
What types of permit are required for trekking ?
It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.
How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?
During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.
What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?
Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.
Will I have to carry my own luggage ?
Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.
Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?
Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.
What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?
There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.
Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?
It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.