Manaslu Circuit Trek is categorized as one of the best treks in Nepal and combines the high of the Himalayas and its natural beauty with rich cultural heritage and biological diversity. Manaslu, located east of the Annapurna range is the world's eight highest peak and was opened to foreigners since 1992.
Manaslu is a laborious trek that demands experience along with good physical well being. The rigorous trek ascends through Budi Gandaki River offering numerous rivers and waterfalls to Larkya La Pass (5213 m), the highest point in the trek, providing striking views of Himalchuli, Manaslu (8156 m), Ganesh Himal and other various mountains. En route, diverse landscape and variety in flora and fauna amazes anyone. The laborious part of trekking along Manaslu circuit starts from Samagoan (3450 m) where you could get lucky to see the freezing green lake of Birendra. However, the biggest challenge awaits - crossing the snow clad Larkye La pass (5213m), which is a mere 8 km from the Tibet border, and offers classic views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,937m). From Larkya La (Larkya Pass), we take a steep descend along a snow covered trail down to Tanbuche. Then we follow a narrow trail to the Dudh Khola (White River) banks passing through magnificent forests of rhododendron, Pine and Juniper. A further descent transforms the alpine vegetation to subtropical greenness. Then the walk through the Marshyangdi River to Besishahar marks the end of the Trek.
An insight into Tibetan culture can be acquired through various monasteries and Tibetan settlements along with views of Tibet and mountain ranges. Bathing pools, lakes and waterfalls surrounded by alpine and tropical forests are abundant as you pass through tea houses and enjoy home stays.
The magical/mystical view of the mountains along with balanced ecosystems, rich culture and genuine adventure for trekkers as they climb to the base of Mount Manaslu makes the trek very special.
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02:Manaslu Restricted area preparation and briefing of Trek.
Day 03:Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep
Day 04:Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m)
Day 05:Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)
Day 06:Jagat to Deng (1800m)
Day 07:Deng to Namrung (2660m)
Day 08:Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m)
Day 09:Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m)
Day 10:Samagaon (rest day) Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal.
Day 11:Samagaon to Samdo (3860m)
Day 12:Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m) Pass
Day 13:Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m)
Day 14:Bimthang to Tilje (2300m)
Day 15:Tilje – Chamche (1410m)
Day 16:Jeep drive to Kathmandu a private jeep back to the capital
Day 17:Depart Kathmandu
Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
2 night's accommodation with breakfast at standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
Three time food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while you are on trekking.
Tea House accommodation during the trek.
Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
jeep to go to arughat and back from beshishahar.
Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
Tourist service charge, Vat.
One map Manasalu Trekking for the group .
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone call, drinks, donation, souvenirs etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Arrive KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.
Day 02Manaslu Restricted area preparation and briefing of Trek.Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley after breakfast. The city tour comprises visits to many Buddhist and Hindu temples (some even listed as world heritage sites) which reflect the local culture and tradition. The sacred Hindu temple - Pashupatinath, Monkey Temple - Swayambhunath, biggest Buddhist shrine in the world - Boudhanath and Durvar Square are some distinctive attractions of the tour. Overnight at the hotel on B&B plan.
Day 03Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat to Soti Khola (710m). Early morning drive to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarter of Dhading and then to Aarughat along rough tracks. At Aarughat we take a jeep and drive to Soti Khola which is an ideal for fresh water bath. Overnight stay at Soti Khola in a small village beside the river.
Day 04Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) Soti Khola to Machhi Khola. After we cross the bridge, the trail goes through the green Saal forests. Ascending through a ridge overlooking rapids of Budhi Gandaki leads us to Khursane. The last part is a rocky trail up to the Gurung village, Lapubesi. Then we continue along the riverbank treading on sand and rounded stones and cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Machhi Khola village. Overnight stay at Machhi Khola.
Day 05Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) Machha Khola to Jagat. We continue the trail along the river. Ascending and descending small elevations, the trail passes through Tharo Khola, Khorlabesi and and eventually reaches a hotspring - Tatopani. Traversing a ridge and crossing the Budhi Gandaki river, we reach Dovan. We gain elevation which brings changes in view and vegetation alike to reach Jagat. The forest walk could be a surprise meet with Langur Monkeys. Overnight stay at Jagat, a large Gurung village.
Day 06Jagat to Deng (1800m) Jagat to Deng: The trail begins along a rocky ridge with emerging view of Sringi Himal. We pass through Ghatta Khola and continue to Philim, a Gurung village. Before entering Nupri, we pass through farms growing maize, millet, potatoes and vegetables. Passing through an uninhabited gorge, and walking on the trails at the bank of Budhi Gandaki, we cross bamboo forests to the Deng river. Overnight stay at small Deng village beside the Deng river.
Day 07Deng to Namrung (2660m)Deng to Namrung: Shortly beyond Deng, the trail climbs to Rena. After passing some houses, the trail elevates high above the river and then drops into the Sringi valley passing numerous Tibetan Mani lined walls and colorful forest before reaching Namrung. The trail has beautiful views of Sringi Himal and crosses the Budi Gandaki river several times. Overnight stay at Namrung.
Day 08Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m) Namrung to Lho: With stunning views of Sringi, Ganesh Himal, the trek starts from Namrung and climbs steadily into the alpine which is blessed with marvelous mountain views. The village of Namrung marks the beginning of the region of pure Tibetan inhabitants. Passing through forests, villages and barley terraces, the first stunning glimpses of Manaslu gets visible which accentuates at Lho village. We stay overnight at Lho village and enjoy the sunrise and sunset view from the lodge or a gompa.
Day 09Lho Gham to Samagaon (3530m) Lho to Sama Gaon: We pass through gompas, Tibetan settlement and alpine scenery. After a short trek we reach Sama Gaon where we stop. The retreat is both for rest as well as acclimatization. Its also a day to get acquainted with Sherpa culture and tradition. Set at the foot of the pastures, the village has a distinctive Tibetan architecture which ripens through the 500 years of settlement. Entrance gates to villages are common here, and you can also notice Chinese brandy on sale or see village women weaving wool into gowns. Hike up to a gompa above town or wander the streets of Sama Gaon. Overnight stay at a mountain lodge.
Day 10Samagaon (rest day) Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal.Samagaon (rest day). Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal. Descending to the Budhi Gandaki river and following it towards the north until we reach a bridge, we take a left and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. Pungyen Gompa is a 3-4 hours hiking and Birendra Tal is a 1 hour hiking, so both can be combined.
Day 11Samagaon to Samdo (3860m) Samagaon to Samdo (3860m). The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls in the valley and leads to juniper and birch forests. Descending back to Budhi Gandaki and crossing a small bridge, we climb to 'kane', the entrance to Samdo. A village with 3 valleys converging upon it, Samdo is known for traditional yak herding and it depicts the traditional Tibetan lifestyle - rearing sheep and goats, training horses and planting barley.
Day 12Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m) Pass Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m). The walk throught ridges, crossing wooden bridges over Budi Gandaki continues. After crossing two streams, we come across the Larkya glacier after which a dramatic gorge is reached. Upon climbing to 4450 metres, we reach Larke Phedi where we take shelter in a Dharmashala. The walk is short providing plenty of time for acclimatization.
Day 13Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m) Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m). A short climb leads us to the north side of Larkya Glacier. The place provides great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The climb to the Larkya La (5100m) pass is gradual in the beginning but steepens towards the end. Stunning panorama of different ranges can be seen from the pass. A challenging day over the high Larkya La. The steep decent from here is strenuous, but its an equally rewarding experience. Bimthang awaits the end of a tough day. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 14Bimthang to Tilje (2300m) Bimthang to Tilje (2300m): With outstanding views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal with the inspiring forest and valley below, the descent from Bimthang crosses over high pasture land, Dudh Khola and rhododendron forest. Karche, 2785 metres is the highest cultivated land in the area which leads to a steep climb over a ridge. The village of Gho is a rest option though better lodges are available at Tilje.
Day 15Tilje – Chamche (1410m) Tilje to Chamche (1410m): After crossing a ridge and a stone paved trail, we pass throught a beautiful village. Tibetan settlement can be seen along the way. We descend into the Marsygandi Valley and from Dharapani, meet up with the classic Annapurna trail. Walking across Karte village and crossing the Marshyangdi Khola, mani lined walls welcome us to the village of Tal and further move to Chamche. Overnight stay at Chamche.
Day 16Jeep drive to Kathmandu a private jeep back to the capitalDrive back to Kathmandu via Beshishahar. With terrace fields and villages over the hills, we descend through rhododendron and pine forests to Syange. The drive from here to Kathmandu is mostly along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and passes through Beshishahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung. In the evening, celebration over the successful completion of the trip is done over dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 17Depart KathmanduDeparture from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle.