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Manaslu Circuit Trek - 16 days

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Duration
16 days
Max. Elevation
5160m
Group size
4+
Level
ADVANCE
Transportation

All ground transportation as per itinerary

Best Season
Autumn and Spring
Accomodation
2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 13 nithts teahouse lodge in Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Meals
3 meals a day( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) along the Manaslu circuit trek route.
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Soti Khola-Machha Khola-Jagat-Philim-Deng-Namrung-Samagaon-Samdo-Dgarnashala-Bhimphedi-Tilje-Dharapani

Highlights

    • Mount Manaslu:
    • The main attraction, towering at 8,163 meters, presents awe-inspiring vistas throughout the trek.
    • Natural Beauty: 
    • The trail passes through diverse landscapes, including lush green forests, terraced fields, glacial valleys, and high-altitude passes.
    • Local Culture:
    • Encounter traditional Tibetan-influenced villages like Samagaon and Samdo, where you can interact with friendly locals and learn about their unique way of life.
    • High Passes:
    • Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters), offering breathtaking panoramic views and a thrilling sense of achievement.
    • Wildlife:
    • The region is home to diverse flora and fauna, including elusive snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, and various bird species.

The Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers an unparalleled adventure through the remote and stunning landscapes of the Manaslu region in Nepal. This trek, often touted as one of the best in the world, circumnavigates the world's eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters), presenting you with breathtaking views, diverse terrain, and rich cultural experiences.

The journey typically begins in the town of Arughat or Soti Khola, accessible by a long drive from Kathmandu. From there, you embark on a 14 to 16-day trek, depending on the chosen route and pace. The trail passes through lush green forests, terraced fields, charming villages, and high mountain passes, offering a diverse range of experiences.

Highlights of the trek include crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters), which provides panoramic views of the surrounding peaks including Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and Annapurna II. The pass is often challenging due to its high altitude and unpredictable weather, but the sense of achievement upon reaching the top is unparalleled.

Throughout the trek, you encounter a variety of ethnic groups, including the indigenous Gurungs, Tamangs, and Tibetan Buddhists, each with their own distinct cultures, traditions, and architecture. Visiting monasteries, prayer wheels, and traditional villages adds cultural depth to the adventure.

Accommodation along the Manaslu Circuit Trek ranges from teahouses to camping, providing opportunities to immerse oneself in the local way of life. Teahouses offer basic amenities such as meals and shelter, while camping allows for a more intimate experience with nature, especially in remote areas.

While the Manaslu Circuit Treks is less developed compared to popular routes like the Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp trek, it offers a pristine and untouched wilderness experience for those seeking adventure off the beaten path. However, you should be prepared for rugged terrain, altitude sickness, and basic facilities, making it essential to be in good physical condition and adequately equipped.

In conclusion, the Manaslu Trek promises a once in a lifetime adventure filled with natural beauty, cultural immersion, and personal challenge, making it a must-do for avid you seeking an authentic Himalayan experience.



Important Note

It's important for you to carefully review the inclusions and exclusions provided by Nepal Everest Adventures and clarify any uncertainties before booking the trek and tour. Additionally, you should consider your personal preferences, budget, and specific needs when before your trip booking.

Trip Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuwan International Airport) and one of our airport representatives to pick you up and transfer to your hotel and rest after you explore   vibrant streets of Kathmandu and stay over night in hotel.

Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley with our city guide, including Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Prepare for the trek and get any necessary permits.


Start early in morning for a scenic drive to Soti Khola by bus with your trek guide, the starting point of the trek. The journey takes around 7-8 hours, passing through picturesque landscapes and rural villages along Budi Gandaki River.

Begin your trekking adventure by following the Budhi Gandaki River. Trek through beautiful forests, terraced fields, and quaint villages. Reach Machha Khola and stay for the night.

Continue trekking along the riverbank, crossing several suspension bridges. Pass through the Gurung and Magar villages, experiencing the local culture and lifestyle. Arrive at Jagat and spend the night.

Trek through dense forests and steep valleys. Cross the suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River and ascend towards Philim village. Continue trekking to Deng and stay over night.

Ascend through lush forests and terraced fields. Pass through beautiful Tibetan-style villages and enjoy stunning mountain views. Reach Namrung and spend the night.

Trek through picturesque landscapes with panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu and other peaks. Pass through the villages of Lihi and Sho, known for their Tibetan culture. Arrive at Samagaun, a charming village with a backdrop of towering mountains, and stay  at Samagaun lodge.

Take a day to acclimatize to the altitude. Explore the village of Samagaun and hike to nearby viewpoints for stunning mountain vistas. Rest and prepare for the challenging days ahead.

Trek through alpine meadows and rugged terrain. Cross the Budi Gandaki River and ascend to the village of Samdo, located near the Tibetan border. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and spend the night in Samdo.

Trek along a rocky trail with spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu and the surrounding peaks. Ascend gradually towards Dharamsala, also known as Larkya Phedi, the base camp for crossing the Larkya La Pass. Rest and prepare for the challenging pass crossing the next day.

Start early for the challenging ascent to Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek. Enjoy breath taking views of the Manaslu Himalaya from the pass before descending towards Bimthang. Long descend through rocky terrain and  to reach Bimthang, where you'll spend the night.

Descend through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows. Pass through the villages of Gho and Tilije, experiencing diverse landscapes and cultures. Reach Dharapani, a bustling village located on the Annapurna Circuit trail, and stay for the night.

Trek through beautiful forests and terraced fields. Follow the Marshyangdi River and pass through several villages along the way. Reach Jagat and spend the over night.

Drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the scenic views of the countryside. Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu and rest after the trek. Celebrate the completion of your Manaslu Circuit Trek.

The final day, you may have time for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing in Kathmandu Bhaktapur . Transfer to the airport for your onward journey back home.

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Includes

    Permits:
    This usually covers the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP),Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

    Guide and Porter:
    Most packages include the cost of a licensed guide and porter(s). Guides are essential for navigation, safety, and cultural insights, while porters help carry your gear, allowing you to enjoy the trek with less load and their Insurance.

    Accommodation:
    Accommodations along the trekking route, usually in tea houses or lodges, are included. These are basic but comfortable enough for you.

    Meals:
    Typically,meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included during the trek. The meals are usually provided at the tea houses or lodges where you stay. Meals can range from local Nepali cuisine to more familiar Western options.

    Transportation:
    Transportation from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek and back is often included in the package. This may involve a combination of private vehicles and buses.

    First Aid Kit:
    We Most provide a basic first aid kit. However, it's advisable to carry your own personal medications and supplies.

Doesn't Include

    International Flights: 
    The cost of international flights to and from Nepal is generally not included in the trekking package.

    Travel Insurance: 
    It's highly recommended to purchase travel insurance that covers trekking activities, medical emergencies, and evacuation in case of emergencies. This is typically not included in the package.

    Personal Expenses: 
    Expenses such as additional snacks, drinks (beyond the provided meals), souvenirs, and tipping for guides and porters are not usually included.

    Gear Rental:
    If you need to rent trekking gear such as sleeping bags, down jackets, or trekking poles, this cost is typically not included in the package.

    Additional Accommodation: 
    Accommodation in Kathmandu before and after the trek is usually not included in the package. However, Nepal Everest Adventures can assist in booking these accommodations for you.

    Optional Side Trips: 
    Any additional side trips or activities not explicitly mentioned in the itinerary, such as side treks to nearby villages or attractions, are typically not included and may incur additional costs.

Complimentary

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking Map

Frequently Asked Questions

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging yet rewarding trek that encircles Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. It offers trekkers an opportunity to experience pristine mountain scenery, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural encounters with the local communities of the Manaslu region.

The trek typically spans around 14 to 16 days, depending on the specific itinerary chosen. This duration includes acclimatization days and allows trekkers to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region.

The highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,752 feet) above sea level. Crossing this pass presents trekkers with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

The optimal times for undertaking the Manaslu Circuit Trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures, making for an enjoyable trekking experience.

Yes, trekkers must obtain a special permit known as the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit to trek in the Manaslu region. Additionally, they need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card, as portions of the trek overlap with the Annapurna Conservation Area.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered moderately to highly challenging, suitable for experienced trekkers with a good level of fitness. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, as well as crossing high mountain passes, requiring proper acclimatization and physical preparation.

Accommodation along the Manaslu Circuit Trek mainly comprises teahouses or guesthouses operated by local communities. These lodges offer basic amenities such as meals, lodging, and sometimes hot showers. While facilities are simpler compared to more popular trekking routes, they provide a cozy and authentic experience.

Yes, altitude sickness can be a concern on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, particularly when ascending to high altitudes and crossing mountain passes. Trekkers must acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, ascend gradually, and be vigilant for symptoms of altitude sickness to ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Essential items to pack for the Manaslu Circuit Trek include appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions, sturdy hiking boots, a daypack, water purification tablets or a filter, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a first-aid kit, and a camera to capture the stunning landscapes.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek offers numerous opportunities for cultural immersion and side trips, including visits to traditional villages, Buddhist monasteries, and interactions with the local communities known for their rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality.

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