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Manaslu circuit Trek

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Price starting from

$1,564 USD 938

per person

Duration

13 days

Max. Elevation

5120m

Group size

2+ Above

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private vehicle, Public bus tickets
Best Season
March-may, September-November
Accomodation
Tea house Lodges during the trek
Meals
Three meals such a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner tea, or coffee) during the trip
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Sotikhola-Machha Khola-Jagat-Deng-Namrung-Lho-Samagaon-Samdo-Bhimtang-Dharmasala-Larke LA Pass-Dharapani-Besisahar-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Take in panoramic views of the Himalayan range, including Manaslu (8,156 m).
  • More side trips than any other trail in Nepal.
  • It follows a circuit trail with a new adventure every day. 
  • Scenic drive Kathmandu / Arughat via mountain terrain.
  • World’s eight tallest mountain experience & Manaslu Glacier.
  • Explore some of the highland villages.
  • Exploring Budhi Gandaki River valley.
  • Experience the Nepalese and Tibetan mixture culture.
  • Crossing Larkya-La passes over 5215 meters.
  • Tibetan culture of Nuri people.
  • Diversified unspoiled ecosystems.
  • Walking through tropical green hills covered with pine and oak forests at the beginning of the trek.

Overview

Often known as one of the best treks in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit trek takes you to the land of Gorkha in the Manang-Gandaki Zone and offers you the view of the eighth highest mountain in the world, Manaslu at 8163 m. Also known as the Mountain of Spirit, Manaslu lies peacefully in the untrammeled trails of Gorkha.

The Manaslu circuit is known best for the awestricken natural beauty surrounding the Manaslu region. The rich culture of the diverse ethnic tribes of Nepal and Tibet residing in the wanderlust of the Manaslu region under majestic mountains Manaslu, Cheo, Himlung, Nemjung, Gyanji Kang, Kang Giri, and Annapurna II, will keep you astonished throughout the trek.
 
Even the abundance of flora and fauna like Thar, Blue Sheep, Pika, Himalayan Marmots, and luckily enough Snow Leopards will have you excited to the tips of your toes. To add further adventure to the unraveled Manaslu Circuit is the Larke LA Pass at an elevation of 5167m which stands as the highest point of the trek.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Sotikhola and heads towards Jagat through Macha Khola. Eventually, you Deng, Nemrung, Sama Gaon, Lho Village, and Samdo which show you the real culture of the Nepalese and Tibetian people. From Dharmashala, you lead to Bhimtang through the Larke La Pass and then Gho Dharapani, Besi Sahar, and end the trip to Kathmandu. To experience this raw and mesmerizing beauty of Nepal, hop on for the net adventure to the Manaslu Circuit trek here in Nepal.

Important Note

  • If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, itinerary, or your suitability for other trips, please contact us.
  • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
The Manaslu Circuit trek begins with a scenic drive from the city of Kathmandu to Sotikhola. You can either take a private jeep which will take around 6-7 hours, or you can take a public bus which will take about 9-10 hours. You will stop for lunch on the highway and head towards Dhading Besi. The road to Sotikhola is bumpy and dusty, but the mesmerizing views of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal from a distance will cover up for the ride.

Day

2
On this day you will begin the Trek to Manaslu Circuit begins. You will take a 4 to 5-hour long walk to Machha Khola and cross three suspension bridges while following the Budi Gandaki River. You can also take a bath in the river bank to feel fresh. Throughout the day you will spot Ganesh Himal in the backdrop at north and east.

Day

3
This day, you will take a 6 to 7 hour walk to reach Jagat from Machha Khola. After having your lunch in Dovan you can enjoy the natural hot springs in Tatopani. The path will then cross six suspension bridges and a cantilever bridge until you reach Lower Jagat. It is the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation Area where you have to show a permit.

Day

4
After breakfast, you will head on for a 6-7 hour walk from Jagat to Deng, having your lunch at Chisapani. You will then cross Philim, which is a village inhabited by the Gurung community, and take a special permit at the check-post there. After crossing six suspension bridges on the way, you will also spot small Chortens, and enter a forest with rhododendron and bamboo planted everywhere. Deng, a lovely village has around three tea houses. Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal are visible throughout the day.

Day

5
Reaching Namrung from Deng takes around 6 to 7 hours. Along the way, you will pass the lush pine forest and be blessed with the fantastic views of Sringi Himal, Lopchan Himal, Rani Peak, and Syaula Himal. You will be crossing seven suspension bridges to reach Namrung after having lunch at Ghap. If you are not tired enough, then you can visit the famous Namla Gompa. Namrung is a developed area in the Manaslu region; so you will find tea houses and even a resort.

Day

6
On this day, you will begin your trek from Namrung crossing Lho village to reach Sama Gaon which will take about 6 to 7 hours. The village is situated at an elevation of 3100m where the views of the Nike peak, Himalchuli, North are amazing. You will then get the up-close and panoramic views as you reach Shyala at an elevation of 3520m. While there, you should visit the Ribung Gompa since it is a famous tourist attraction. You will then cross six suspension bridges to Sama and stay at a tea house for the night.

Day

7
On this day you will stay at Sama to take a rest and visit the nearby areas.  You can either go to the Manaslu Base Camp which is at an elevation of 4800m or can visit the Pung Gyen Ghompa at 4200m. Both the treks will be long, but you can make it to the Birendra Lake in an hour from Sama no matter which hikes you want to take. Going to the base camp takes around 8 to 9 hours while Pung Glen takes 4 to 5 hours. Stay overnight at Samagaon for lunch.

Day

8
On this day you will take a gentle walk on flat terrain for almost 3 hours to reach Samdo village. The mesmerizing views of Manaslu North, Nike peak, and Samdo peak are incredibly overwhelming. On the way, you will cross two wooden bridges where you may spot mountain goats and yaks grazing on the field. You can stay in the nearby tea houses in Samdo.

Day

9
On this day you will head from Samdo to Dharmasala. Dharmashala is the highest point of the trek where you will be sleeping at 4460m. After crossing the suspension bridge, you will spot two different routes to reaching Dharmashala. You can either take the path that passes from the Tibetian border from Larkey Bazar or take the one which is mentioned here. The availability of tea houses becomes thin, and there aren't many rooms, which means that you will have to do some sharing. On the way, you will spot Mountain Goats, Marmot, and some yaks grazing peacefully in the field.  Dharmashala is the starting point of the Budi Gandaki River.

Day

10
You will be crossing the Larke pass on this day, which is why the trek is challenging. It is a 10 hours hike from Dharmasala to Bhimtang. You will have to wake up early before dawn to reach Larke la pass since the winds are dominant at the pass in the daytime. Throughout the way, you will not find a single tea house or stop, so be mindful of carrying some dry food and water. The hike towards Larke La from Dharmasala takes around 4 to 5 hours, but the majestic views of Peri Himal, Larkey peak, Choyo, Himlung, Ratnachuli, Annapurna II peaks make up for all the hard work and effort. Then, you will have to trek to Bhimtang from Larke. On the way, you will see the beautiful glacial lake Ponkar Tal.

Day

11
After breakfast, you will head on to Gho, taking about 5 to 6 hours. After lunch at Suki Khola, you will walk amidst the forest of rhododendron and pine. The views of Lamjung Himal and Putang Himal will follow you all along the way. Follow the Dudh Koshi River on the road and cross one suspension bridge and two wooden bridges to reach the tea houses in Gho for the night.

Day

12
On this day you will take a short trek to Dharapani from Gho. From Dharapani you will be heading towards Besisahar which will take two to three hours along a bumpy road. If you have the time and the energy, then you can also visit the Chimchay waterfall and Syange waterfall which are equally mesmerizing. On the way, there are check-posts to show the permit. Upon reaching Besi Sahar, which is the headquarter of the Lamjung district, you will see a line of Lodges and hotels throughout the way. You can even stay in the homestays if you want to have a real experience of the lifestyle of the ethnic people living there.

Day

13
The drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar takes anywhere from 6 to 7 hours drive. After lunch on the highway, you will revert to Kathmandu. You can even plan for your next tour in Nepal after the excellent Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Inclusions

  • Airport pick-up drop services by private vehicle.
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Pieces of Stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
  • 12 nights’ accommodations while you are on trekking.
  • 3 meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch dinner, and 3 times a cup of tea/coffee).
  • Public bus transportation Kathmandu to Soti Khola and return Dharapani to Besi Sahar-Kathmandu.
  • All special permits for the Manaslu region.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit.
  • Manaslu Conservation area permit.
  • Sharing jeep Dharapani to besisahar.
  • Tourists’ service charge, VAT.
  • International airfare & visa fee.
  • Three-night accommodation hotel in Kathmandu breakfast/wifi included (we will arrange if you request it)
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Porter during the trek (1 Porter between 2 guests)
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu to Soti Khola and return Dharapani to Besi Sahar-Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, trekking person equipment, etc...)
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

Complimentary

    • Farewell dinner Nepali culture dance program.
    • Sleeping bag during a Manaslu trek. (to be returned after the trip completion).
    • Manaslu area trekking map.
    • Seasonal Fresh fruit each day.
    • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Adventure certificate of achievement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Higher Manaslu valley, which was closed for outside visitors and opened in 1991 remains one of the restricted trekking areas. All trekkers require a special permit to enter the Manaslu higher region from Jagat village onwards.

The best time is in spring from March to May, when days are longer with sun-light hours with fine days for pleasant walks and views of high snow peaks. The other time is autumn, from September to the early month of November, most days are clear and fine but cold morning and night time. Chances of snow sometimes on higher areas but days are fine with the clear starry night sky.

Nearly all lodges on routes do have hydroelectricity power, around remote areas with private solar power, where all can re-charge electronic items needs to pay fees for per items as hour basis. The price differs from one place to another for charging your gadgets.

On this trek, the lodge accommodation is nice and cozy with twin sharing rooms having twin beds. In larger villages like Jagat, Lo, and Sama-Gaon one can find a choice of standard, budget lodges, and Inns. Around remote temporary settlements like at Dharmasala or Phedi away from main villages. Where lodges are simple and basic, but clean with nice rooms but most places have common bath and toilets, due to high cold terrain.

Foods are of good quality, where small lodges have limited food menu bigger villages with nice lodges provides a long list of food menu. Where one can choose from set meals to La Carte, from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Mexican, Tibetan and Nepalese. Some lodge restaurants have fresh bakeries also, all meals are cooked safely and hygienic.

The charm and highlight of Manaslu Circuit Trek is its picturesque scenery of rolling green hills, and valleys facing views of the high Manaslu Himalaya range of peaks includes views of Annapurna peaks and Chulu as far to Damodar Himal from high Larke-La Pass. 

The other charm is villages on route enriched with the immense culture of age-old heritage, visiting the monastery of great religious interest. Walking uphill and overlooking grand dramatic views of grand Himalayan peaks on daily walks, enchanting forest with scenic views of rolling hills and valleys.

Manaslu Circuit Trek as per the standard itinerary, normally of 14 nights and 15 days, but one can extend for a few days more on request.

The area since it was opened for foreign visitors in 1991, hardly few groups were aware of its existent. But since last decades of time slowly gaining popularity where more lodges have been built to cater to the needs of trekkers. At present drawing more trekkers each season of the year. Restricted areas with special permits make it expensive for budget trekkers, but still gaining popularity over the years.

Manaslu stands as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m / 26, 781 feet high, the first ascent by a Japanese expedition on May 9th, 1956, with Nepalese guide Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa.

As you trek each day where altitude gains slowly support acclimatization spending overnight at certain heights. Rest day in Sama-Gaon at 3,525 m high for acclimatization before heading towards the big climb to Larke-La Pass.

Larke-La passes at 5,106 m / 16,752 feet high, which forms the boundary of Manaslu and Manang valleys. Located North West of Gorkha district and far end from Manaslu valley, and North East from Manang district.

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