Tour Details

  • 16 Days(s)

  • professional Trekking Guide

  • English, Chinese, French

  • 5,106m

overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek offers a trekking route to the solitary paths around the Manaslu region and is suitable for travelers who would enjoy trekking around a less crowded area. This trekking journey has to offer majestic views of the several towering mountain peaks above the height of 8000 meters. Despite having an unspoiled environment, this route recently saw lodges and teahouses getting set up here.

Given that this trek requires you to walk at least five to six hours each day and even eight to ten hours, good fitness and stamina are essential to accomplish this trek. As much as you will need physical fitness, you need to have the willpower as well and be mentally prepared. This is the world’s eighth tallest peak; trekking to this zone was permitted since 1992 only for trekking parties though. This trekking route has been gaining popularity among travelers because of the amazing scenic natural beauty, rich culture and diverse landscapes it offers to the trekkers. The most favorable time to go for this trek is around the months of March-May and final weeks of September-Mid December.

Tour Highlights

  • Manaslu Peak; the eighth highest peak at the height of 8163 meters
  • Picturesque views; amazing scenery and the high Larkya La pass (5100 meters)
  • Starts from Arughat Bazaar and moves along the pristine Budhi Gandaki river
  • Serene Environment with the quaint natural surrounding
  • Move along lush green hills with oak and pine trees
  • Culturally rich villages with a blend of Nepali and Tibetan culture

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Itinerary

  • 1 day
  • 3 Star Hotel

As soon as you reach the international airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative. After you complete the customs formalities there, you will be transferred to the hotel of your stay. Based on the time left, you can go roam around the Thamel area and prepare for the trek; buy important gears. A tasty welcome dinner awaits you in the evening following a short briefing on the trek. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We head to Arughat, Gorkha on this day from Kathmandu; this will take us around six to seven hours. We move there via private car or by public bus based on your preference. We get lunch in the way. Overnight stay at Arughat.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 3 to 4 hrs
  • Guest House

Before the massive earthquake, travelers could travel via bus from Arughat to Soti Khola and most of them stayed here for the night to resume trekking in the morning. However, now it is unpredictable and depends on the road status and the availability of lodges at Soti Khola.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 4 to 5 hrs
  • Guest House

Our trekking journey commences on a mule track on this day. We climb up steps that take us to a cliff face before descending to Lapubesi (880 meters). We move forward to Nali Khola and cross a suspension bridge to move along the Budhi Gandaki river to finally reach Machha Khola (900 meters). Reports suggest that this trekking path may be changed away from the river and switched to an overnight stop at Koshi Gaun which lies to the east of the river.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

Our trekking path moves along the river to get to Khorlabesi and the hot spring at Tatopani (930 meters). We move forward to the bank of the river, Budhi Gandaki to get to DObhan, Yara Bagar (1370 meters) and Thulo Dunga. We cross suspension bridges to enter the entrance of Manaslu Conservation Area along with Jagat (1410 meters) which has a flagstone village square. This area has a conservative area office where permit check is done. If this trek is rerouted, we have to walk along a high path towards the east of the river before we descend to Dobhan.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We head up to Salleri as well as Sirdibas before we get to Philim. The path starts getting arid as we move forward. We walk past pristine waterfalls to get to Ekle Bhatti and then to Lokpa as we had to Tsum valley. We move up the confluence of the rivers Shar Khola and Budhi Gandaki and get to Pewa and Deng (1860 meters).

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 5 to 6 hrs
  • Guest House

Our destination for this day is Gap. We move through the Bhi village before we reach Bhajan as we move along the Budhi Gandaki river. A side route moves from Bhijam to Prok which is a Buddhist village. Afterward, we head down to Ghap (2110 meters). The earthquake devasted many of these villages before which damaged the paths as well as several lodges.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 3-4 Hours
  • Guest House

We walk along the Tom (Tum) Khola to reach Longa Chuta and we walk along with the lush green forests of fir and rhododendron home to many birds as well as Langur monkeys along the northern bank of the river, Budhi Gandaki. We first reach Namrung (2660 meters) which used to a custom post back when this used to be the salt route to Tibet.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 3-4 Hours
  • Guest House

We first enter the upper Nupri and then climb the fields of barley which have watchtowers for bears and then we walk along Lihi and Barsam where houses were devastated by the earthquake. We walk past many local gompas and then to the base camp beyond Lihi. We get to the base camps of Himalchuli (7893 meters) before we get to Sho (2960 meters). We get to witness the Manaslu, Naike Peak (5515 meters) and the Manaslu north (7157 meters). We walk up to Strip and then get to Lho (3180 meters).

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 3 to 4 hrs
  • Guest House

We move to the place named Shyaula (5320 meters) and then walk past several valleys to get to Sama Gaun (3530 meters). The earthquake destroyed the buildings here as well. There are many intriguing villages around here which present different degrees of damage caused during the massive earthquake.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 1 day
  • Guest House

Since we have scaled higher elevation, we take this day for resting and more importantly for acclimatization. We spend the day exploring the nearby surrounding and mainly the gompa located in Pugyen (4070 meters). We hike to this place through the trail between Sama and Syaula. We can even go to the moraine of the glacier, Pugin. We have the choice to go to the lake in Birendra Tal (3450 meters). Or we can climb near the Manaslu Base Camp (4900 meters). Towards the north of Birendra Tal, there is Milarepa cave which is known to have been the meditation retreat for Buddhist saint.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 2-3 Hours
  • Guest House

We descend down along Budhi Gandaki and walk ahead to the Birendra Tal along with the Manaslu Base Camp. As you get to Kermo Khadka, the valley broadens and we walk ahead to white Kani which is the entry point to reach Samdo (3860 meters). We will have the time to get to the peak which is above the village to witness the sight of Manaslu.

If you want another day for acclimatization, we can hike till the moraine of the glacier, Fukang which has to offer amazing views to the passes which are usually used the local people to get to Tibet. Note that is not permitted to foreigners.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 2-3 Hours
  • Guest House

We descend along the fields before we head to Larya La Pass. We can savor the views of the Syacha glacier and Manaslu and may even spot the Bharal (blue sheep) as we move ahead to get to Dharmasala (4480 meters). We might witness snowfall as we move up. Note to check in about the availability of lodges as the Samdo lodge is normally closed during the months of Mid December-Mid March as snow creates blockage around the Larkya La pass.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 8 to 9 hrs
  • Guest House

It is going to take three to five hours for us to cross the pass Larkya La (5100 meters) which is the highest point in this trekking journey. As we scale the higher altitude, it gets windy and cold. Crossing the pass can be dangerous so it is important to check the status quo while we are at Samdo. We first get to the area around the four lakes as we follow the moraine and then we get down to the pass where we can witness the Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Gyaji Kung (7030 meters), Cheo Himal (6820 meters), Kang Guru (6981 meters) and the Annapurna II (7937 meters). We then head to Tabuche on a slippery path and then descend to Bimtang (3720 meters) which is a main trading post around the Tibetan salt trade trail. We can get to the Pungkar Tal (4100 meters) which is a glacial lake by following the rout above Bimtang.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 6 to 7 hrs
  • Guest House

We move along greener landscape as we cross lush green forests and fields as we follow the bank of Dudh Khola towards the north to reach Tilche (2300 meters) after Samdo. This village is occupied by Gurung people.

We move to Kani and then we walk along a stream to get to Thonje. We head to Dharapani (1920 meters) as we cross a bridge over the river, Marsyangdi. We gradually get down to Bensi Sahar and then retrace our steps back to Kathmandu.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • 4-5 Hours
  • Guest House

We head to Bensi Sahar from Dharapani via jeep and then move to Kathmandu via bus. We head back to the capital with a lot of memories. Overnight stay at Kathmandu along with a farewell dinner.

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What’s included/excluded

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off facility
  • Accommodation facility at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation facility while trekking (lodge or guesthouse)
  • Food including breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trek
  • Experienced and licensed Guide
  • Porter to carry your backpack (two people 1 porter, three people two porters and 4 people two porters)
  • Important permit for trekking and Manaslu ACAP
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System card
  • Important equipment (down jacket and sleeping bag)
  • Salary, lodge, food, equipment, insurance, transport for guide and porter
  • First aid box
  • Airfare for domestic flight
  • Emergency evacuation arrangement (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner alongside the cultural show
  • Program based on itinerary

Excluded

  • Lunch as well as dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Drinks (Cold drink, hot beverages, and alcohol)
  • Expenses for personal items like bar bills laundry, chocolate, telephone, hot water and so on
  • Nepal Visa fee and international flights
  • Tipping to staff (guide and porter)

cancellation

Kindly contact your tour operator for cancellation

Good to know

Given that you are trekking along a region with a different culture and environment. There is some consideration for this trekking journey.

Dos

  • Keep a distance from people either in front of you as well as behindhand of you is essential while making sure you walk in groups.
  • While you may need to try slightly new on the trek make sure you discuss with the guide before preparation or trying somewhat new.
  • Prepare yourself prearranged for the next day by questioning the guide about the belongings you might need as you can bring belongings in your pouch while the rest of the belongings is carried by the porter for your easiness.
  • Giving in the donation boxes at monasteries will aid them out as they do not charge any pay as they do not have tickets for the visitors.
  • While you may feel restless and uncomfortable while climbing upwards, please inform your guide so that the guide can accumulate appropriate preparation for your fitness.

Don’ts

  • Make sure you admire the local culture and beliefs while it may be uneasy for you to believe it and do not condemn their beliefs and values
  • Without the former endorsement of the local people in the trek, do not take images of the local persons.
  • Do not sense awkwardness when folks look at you; they are just anxious in tourists and have no ill objectives.
  • Extravagant services are hard to find out during the trek while basic accommodations can only be provided seeking the strain of the geographical regions you are located at
  • Make sure you do not harm the floras and faunas during the hike; be in control about the environment around you.
  • Make sure that you do not be liberal by providing money to people; such an act will only boost children and beggars from pleading money from further visitors around the trek.