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16 Days 15 Nights
Kathmandu
Manaslu Region

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Tour Details

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote, secluded & off the beaten trail to the Manaslu Region. This stunning trek that takes you around Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the eighth highest mountain, and Ganesh Himal Range. The trek offers epic scenery, intimate encounters with local and their ancient culture. You will be crossing 5,160 m dramatic Himalayan pass, Larke La Pass.

In recent years, Manaslu Circuit Trek is getting popular as a new trekking route. But still, there are fewer trekkers as compared to other known tea house treks in Nepal. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River from Arughat to its source just below Larke Pass. The landscapes change dramatically from green countryside and lush forest to high altitude barren landscape with alpine vegetation. Crossing the highest point, Larke Pass is tough yet the view is rewarding. This pass links Budhi Gandaki Valley with Marshyandi Valley. You descend through beautiful alpine meadows to join the Annapurna Circuit route. The trek comes to end at Chyamche and you drive to Kathmandu.  While on the trek, you get to witness the rich local heritage and bio-diversity of this region. You see mountain scenery,  beautiful valleys & rivers, wildlife & varied vegetation. You get to witness the culture and lifestyle of both Hindu’s and Buddhists living at Nepal Tibet border.

Only a few people dare to take this challenging Manaslu Circuit Trek. As, this trek tests the physical and mental endurance of the trekkers to the new level.  There are basic tea houses along the trail and you can choose camping as an option as well. Manaslu Circuit Trek is customizable as per the length of stay, and stamina to trek.  You can combine Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley. This lets you explore an isolated valley with century-old Tibetan wonders.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • 3 Nights Hotel at Kathmandu
  • Full Board Meal during Trek (B, L, D)
  • Basic Lodge during Trek
  • All Private Transfer in the destination
  • English speaking Professional Guides
  • Porter to carry 15 kg (2 guests - 1 porter)
  • All Trekking Permits
  • All Government & Local Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Extra Night Accommodation
  • Tips for Guide(s), Porter(s) & Driver(s)
  • Extra use of Transportation
  • Meals & Entrance Fees
  • Medical Kits
  • Visa Passport Fee
  • Travel Insurance & Emergency Evacuation

Complementaries

  • Farewell Dinner
What to Expect
  • Less crowded than other well-known trekking routes
  • Friendly people, rich culture of Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups (mostly Sherpas)
  • Crossing Larke La Pass (5,163 meters), the highest point on the trek
  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola & back Chyamche to Kathmandu
  • Cultural exploration of Hindu’s and Buddhists living at Manaslu Region
  • Explore the rustic lifestyle of Himalayan people and their culture
  • The first part of the trail follows the Budhi Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings
  • Trek trail passes from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations to alpine vegetation in Himalayan domain
  • Cross several Mani Walls and Visit ancient Buddhist Monasteries Stunning views of the highest peaks in the world like Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Annapurna II, etc.
  • Wildlife exploration including Thar (Mountain Goat), Blue Sheep, Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots and, if you are lucky Snow Leopard
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Kathmandu (1,300m)

While entering the border of Nepal, you see the Terai Plain and everlasting green hills. The Himalayas at the horizon smile over your arrival in Nepal. After customs clearance, proceed toward the arrival terminal (gate). Our company’s representative receives you and transfers to the hotel as assigned.


Transfer: Private vehicle as per the group size
Meal Plan: No Meal
Overnight: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel Shreesu or similar


Day 2Explore Kathmandu & Trek Preparation

The exploration of Kathmandu valley starts after taking breakfast. You will visit some of the ancient UNESCO heritage which is an important destination. Our tour guide will take you to Pashupatinath Temple and its surroundings to explore. This temple is the holiest destination on Earth for Hindu. The temple’s architecture is a masterpiece to behold. After this, you will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. After exploration, visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, the monkey temple of Nepal. These two stupas are the pious destination for Buddhists. The vibes you get from these places are unworldly and divine. As time goes by, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the oldest squares in the valley. From here, we can walk up to the Thamel market if we have some shopping left to do for trekking.


Transfer: Private
Meal Plan: Breakfast
Overnight: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel Shreesu or similar


Day 3Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m) via Arughat Bazaar (550m)

After early breakfast, you drive to Dhanding Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading. The road is smooth and well paved. You will see scenic views and the Trishuli River along the journey. From Dhanding Besi, the road split toward Arughat Bazaar. The onward journey is dusty and bumpy. You will pass through rural communities, small towns, green terraces, and lush hillsides. You see beautiful landscapes with views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang Himal. You reach Arughat, a major town on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Soti Khola is some hour’s drive from Arughat.


Distance: 124 km
Time Taken: 8-9 hours drive
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Soti Khola
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 4Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)

Today the trekking trail from Soti Khola to Machha Khola will be quite rocky and narrow. The journey begins by crossing a bridge before you trek through the Sal forest. Then you climb onto a ridge above Budhi Gandaki River. You reach Khursane after passing through two tropical waterfalls on a steep and rocky trail. You further descend and pass through a few rice paddies and reach beautiful Gurung village, Labubesi. Further, you climb behind a rocky outcrop and see the valley opening up next to the river. You descend to the river shore and walk through gravel stones. You cross a suspension bridge and reach Machha Khola.


Distance: 14 km
Time Taken: 6 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Machha Khola
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 5Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340m)

After breakfast, your trek begins to Jagat. The trail goes through the gorge and continues along the river. The trail is narrow and goes gentle ups and downs. You cross Tharo Khola before reaching Khorla Besi. Khorla Besi is a small Gurung village from where you can see beautiful views of Manaslu. From Khorla Besi, you have to take the steep climb and reach Tatopani; Hot Spring. You again climb up another ridge and cross Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge. Then you reach Dovan. From Dovan, you cross another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola. You climb the stone staircase and approach Tharo Bharyang. Finally, you cross Budhi Gandaki River, walk over the ridge and climb to Jagat. From Jagat, the restricted area trekking begins.


Distance: 22 km
Time Taken: 7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Jagat
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 6Trek Jagat to Deng (1,860m)

After breakfast at Jagat, your trek begins climbing over the rocky ridge to Salleri. From here, you descend to Sardibas. The trail gets a little widen as you walk to Ghatte Khola. Continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge and reach Philim. It is a large Gurung village with a pleasant view of the naturalness. The trail turns north and traverses terraced fields to Ekle Bhatti. You enter to a steep, deserted gorge and descend to the grassy land slope. Keep crossing Budhi Gandaki River for some time. The wide trail goes through a bamboo forest to Deng Khola. Upon crossing the khola, you reach Deng, a tiny village. Today, you trek through various landscapes and sub-tropical forests. On the way, you traverse to various remote villages and small rivers.


Distance: 19 km
Time Taken: 7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Deng
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 7Trek Deng to Namrung (2,630m)

After breakfast, you walk through a forest and cross the Budhi Gandaki River. You climb to Rana and the further climb will take you to Bhi. The trail goes to the west of Budhi Gandaki valley which traverses through forests and mani. Then you approach Prok village. There is a viewpoint from where you can see Siring Himal. We pass through various villages and several gompas. You follow the upstream trail and traverse the dense forest. Crossing river, the trail enter to narrow gorge. You continue the pleasant walk and the final steep climb takes you to Namrung. Namrung is a lovely village where you get a glimpse of life and culture. You get a good view of Siring and Ganesh Himal.


Distance: 19 km
Time Taken: 7-8 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Namrung
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 8Trek Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m)

Namrung is a good viewpoint for Siring, Ganesh Himal & Himal Chuli to the south. Take a stroll around the village and enjoy the view. After breakfast, you climb and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village. There are many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the Simnang Himal Valley. You pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala village before reaching Samagaon. On the way, you can see Mt Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Peak 29. You can also explore Ribung Gompa, a Buddhist monastery at Lho village.


Distance: 18 km
Time Taken: 7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Samagaon
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 9Acclimatization Day

Today is acclimatization day at Samagaon. You sleep, relax and take a break from week-long tiresome walk. You acclimatized your body from altitude-related illness. Have your breakfast and enjoy your free day.

For those who want to explore, there is an optional day hike. You explore the Sherpa village and the Sherpa culture. You can find thousands of mani stones with Buddhist mantra & pictures inscribed. You see Sherpa women on their traditional attire with ornaments. There is a Pungyen Gompa, an old gompa nearby Samagaon. You find a great view of the glacier from here.


Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Samagaon
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 10Trek Samagaon to Samdo (3,865m)

Today, you descend to Budhi Gandaki River and continue the trail. The trail gets widen and you pass through several mani walls. You will have an amazing mountain view as you get closer to the Tibetan border. The trek is easy with great views. You traverse through Juniper and birch forest in Kermo Kharka. Drop down and cross Budhi Gandaki River. You keep walking until you find Samdo Village. The village is near to Tibet. You might find Yak Caravan with loads coming from Tibet. Visit local villages and enjoy your time at Samdo.


Distance: 16 km
Time Taken: 4 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Samdo
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 11Trek Samdo to Dharmsala/Larke Phedi (4460m)

After breakfast, you walk through Larke Bazaar, a seasonal Tibetan market. Then, you descend to Budhi Gandaki River. You cross the wooden bridge and climb up crossing two streams. You can see Larke Glacier before you head around the Salka Khola Valley. You climb uphill and see a stone house/shelter house which is Dharmasala. It is not a lodge for guests. Dharmasala is also known as Larke Phedi. On the way, you will see many Buddhist traditional monasteries and amazing landscapes. Upon reaching Dharmasala, take rest and acclimatize.


Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 4 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Dharmasala/Larke Phedi
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 12Trek Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3,590m) via Larke La Pass (5,160m)

Today is the most challenging day of the trek. You pass through remote villages, beautiful valleys, and landscapes. You will see amazing glacier lakes, a wide range of flora & fauna and mountains. After early breakfast, the short climb takes you to the valley on the north side of the Larke Glacier. From here, you can enjoy the views of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. You walk across moraine of the glacier. The trail starts to get steeper until you reach the pass. Larke La is the highest point in the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The panoramic view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal & Annapurna II is outstanding from the pass. While descending to Bimthang, you can see huge icefalls and mountains.


Distance: 25 km
Time Taken: 8-10 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Bhimthang
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 13Trek Bhimthang to Tiliche (2,300m)

After breakfast in Bimthang, you walk to the nearby ridge. From there, you can enjoy great views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. You descend the ridge and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka). Cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and walk through the rhododendron forest. You follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land at Karche. Take a steep climb over a ridge and a short walk takes you Gho Village. You continue to walk until you reach Tiliche.


Distance: 16 km
Time Taken: 6-7 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Tiliche
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 14Trek Trek Tiliche to Chyamche (1,430m)

Today is the final day of your trek. You climb over a small ridge and rapidly descend to Chyamche. You cross the Dudh Khola and climb a stupa-shaped arch and reach Thonje Village. You continue to walk to Dharapani where your Manaslu Circuit Trek ends. From here, you enter to Annapurna Conservation Area. You pass through the forest until you reach well trodden trail of Annapurna Circuit. You trek to Chyamche passing through Marshyangdi River Valley. Enjoy for the successful completion of Manaslu Circuit Trek.


Distance: 17 km
Time Taken: 8 hours trek
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Chyamche
Accommodation: Basic Lodge


Day 15Drive Chyamche to Kathmandu

Drive Chyamche to Kathmandu via Besisahar. You will be driving along the banks’ fo Marshyandi & Trishuli Rivers. You drive by some beautiful villages and enjoy hills & mountainscapes. You will arrive late evening and escorted to the hotel. To celebrate the successful completion of the journey, you will have a farewell dinner.


Distance: 212 km
Time Taken: 8-10 hours trek
Transfer: 4WD
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel Shreesu or similar


Day 16Departure

Enjoy your final day at Kathmandu. Free till final departure. Transfer to the airport 3 hours before the flight time.


Transfer: Private
Meal Plan: Breakfast


FAQ's

Transportation:

In this travel package, we arrange transport facilities for Arrival & Departure depending upon the group size. For sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, we arrange a good vehicle. The Drop facility to Soti Khola and Pickup facility from Chyamche is within this package. The vehicle will be nice and clean for transfer. During trek transfer, we provide 4WD transport as the ride is rough & bumpy.

In the case of extra transportation arrangements (leaving the trek earlier from the group or other destinations not mentioned), you are responsible for an extra cost.

Accommodation:

The accommodation at Kathmandu is in the 3-star hotel on a BB basis. During the trek, each night you stay on tea house/guesthouse run by local communities. Most of the tea houses are basic yet comfortable. The room is on a sharing basis with two beds. You will have a common hall for your meal & relaxing. In some places, the washroom (toilet) during the trek is the Squat toilet and used as sharing one.

We are not responsible for extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or other destinations. You might have to take extra night accommodation due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trek, or due to any other reasons than the scheduled itinerary. You have to bear the cost of crew members as well as yours for meal & accommodation if you have to take an extra day in the trek.

Trekking Permits:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is within a restricted region of Nepal. You’ll need a special trekking permit to access this route. A Solo trekker is also not allowed, whereas a minimum group size should be of two people. The permits required during this Manaslu Circuit Trek are;

1. Special Restricted Area Permit
2. MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) Permit
3. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Permit
4. TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card

Meals:

At Kathmandu, Breakfast is from the hotel side while the guest has to arrange Lunch and Dinner on their own. At the same time, it is the best chance to explore Nepali style food in Nepali Restaurants. On request, the Lunch & Dinner is served. Farewell dinner will be served on behalf of Lets Trip Nepal Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

The meal during the Manaslu Circuit Trek will be a simple and authentic Nepalese style. The breakfast and the dinner will be served at the tea house where you are staying overnight, and the lunch will be served on the way. The meals provided are fresh, organic and locally grown vegetables. We don’t recommend having non-veg items (meats & dairy) during the trek, as they are not hygienic & healthy. Consumption of alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items & hot chocolate are bad during high altitude trek. All the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be in the package during the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Required:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate yet challenging trek. You will be walking on the mountain trail at a high elevation. You need to take extra care of your body and get well acclimatized during the trek. Stay safe from AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). You need to have good cardiovascular and body fitness. Having a previous high altitude walk is beneficial for this trek. You descend and ascend continuously at high elevation. The trek will be easier and successful if you could walk 7-8 hours per day during the trek. Regardless of age or fitness, it is recommended that some preparation is needed before you arrive. Walk daily 6-7 hours at your hometown before you take this experience.

Best Time to Travel:

The best time to visit Manaslu Circuit Trek will be in Autumn (September–November) and Spring (March-May). This is the best time to explore the unexplored terrain and the climatic condition is favorable. The weather will be warm, clean and sunny with an incredible view of mountains and hills on the horizon. The winter season (December–February) is cold for trekking. The summer/monsoon season (June–August) will also not be favorable as the trail is slippery. You have to take great risks to complete the journey because of rainfall.

Tipping:

Tipping is solely a traveller’s choice, be more or less entirely their perception. The wages provided to Guide(s) & Porter(s) for the trek are basic wage which will be used for meals & accommodation. Normally, tips are offered at the end of the trek or end of the whole trip. The amount to give is decided by the group depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. In Nepalese culture, tipping is the way to express your happiness about the trip and our service quality. Our company crews; Guide(s), Porter(s) & driver(s) are always there for you to take care and make your trip success – the trip of a lifetime experience.

Luggage Limit:

The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker. Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage for your trek. One porter will carry the bags of two guests. The combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kg. We are travelling to higher altitudes and should think about porters as well. So, we never overload our porters. You should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what are essentials, you have to leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Lets Trip Nepal Adventure store for free and it’ll be completely safe.

Medical Kits:

Your trekking trail goes to the remote destinations of Nepal. Most of the places don’t have a good health center or even medicine at a time. So, you have to carry the necessary medicine and think about travel safety. Our, guide(s) and porter(s) will not be responsible for bad health hazards due to the use of any medicine. They are only responsible to make your treks successful and give guidance during the trip.

Risk & Liabilities:

We try our 100% effort to make your trip smooth and unforgettable. We guaranteed you to give 100% service to your payment. However, due to some unavoidable circumstances; like a landslide, flood, snowfall, political unrest, flight cancellation, sickness or accident, etc., the overall itinerary might get affected. We will not be responsible for such changes. The guests will have to bear any extra costing of self as well as the guide & the porters.

Additional Information:

We have got a wide range of packages for our valued guests. The package starts from Kathmandu and ends up to various well-known destinations of Nepal as well as restricted areas too. If you are looking for any extreme and customized trek you can mail us at letstripnepal@gmail.com. We are at your service 24/7.

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