16 days Manaslu Circuit Trek

5 - Excellent
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Group Size 1+ PAX
Trip Grade Moderate
Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
Max. Elevation 5130M, Larkya Pass
Meals B+L+D
Transportation Jeep, Local Bus
Best Season Sep to Nov
Trip Route Arughat - Machha khola - Philim - Namrung - Samagoan - Larkye Pass 5130m - Dharapani - Besisahar to Kathmandu

highlights

  • Moderate trekking trail embedded in the Himalayas with some challenging sections with adventure.
  • Fantastic view of the Manaslu and surrounding Mountain ranges.
  • Wildlife and vegetation showcasing of a wide range of climatic regions.
  • Tsum, Nubri, and Sherpa culture and tradition experience.
  • Beautiful and historically significant mountain monasteries with amazing paintings and architecture.
  • Opportunities of encountering rare animals, birds, and herbs in the Manaslu area.
  • Magical views of the scenic landscape of the Himalayas.
  • Himalayan cuisine experience with Yak and Chauri dairy products.
  • Authentic Himalayan trek experience in the lesser traveled trails.
  • Exploring mountain villages, culture, and, terraced farmlands of central Nepal.

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a complete and popular trek destination. So it is seeking adventure-packed and challenging trekking in the Himalayas. Manaslu circuit trek is wonderful consists of cultural, scenic, and Himalayan goodness packed with a magical land of Manaslu. Perfect for the transition to doing much harder treks from moderate ones. Manaslu circuit trek serves you every day with the bliss of magnificent Himalayan view. With an abundance of mountain lifestyle and inspirational Tibetan Buddhism, this trek fulfills your expectations in the most thrilling way possible.

Besides the mighty Annapurna base camp trail, this trail has successfully held status among trekking lovers around the world. Manaslu circuit trek offers you authentic mountain-trek experience accompanied by the challenging segments too. These restricted areas are perfect mystery zones to discover your true self with delights nearest to nature itself. The breathtaking views of Manaslu 8163M, Shringi Himal 7161M, Cheo Himal 6812M, Himlung Himal 7126M. And Ganesh Himal II 7118M, Himalchuli 7893M along the trail makes each step divine. Because of lush vegetation decorated by wild mountain flowers and rare fauna adds as a bonus to all these experiences. So, buckle up and head for a majestic trek of a lifetime in Manaslu.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an excellent way of stepping out of the luxuries of the modern world because enjoy nature to the fullest. Start from taking the permits in the lively city of Kathmandu and to the Larkya La pass at 5160 meters during the trek.

Beginning at Arughat, you will have a pristine adventure for a couple of fantastic weeks trekking in the Manaslu. The trek is perfect for individuals keen to explore the restricted and undisturbed central Himalayas. Proper guidance and complete aid from Himalaya Guide Nepal start the new chapter in the Manaslu of your travel diary.

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Travel Map

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Daily itinerary

30 Min Hotel

After landing in TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport), our representatives from Himalaya guide Nepal will meet you. You can view the bustling city lifestyle of Kathmandu on your way to the hotel. Visit our office for a quick orientation of the trekking program in Manaslu. Take an evening tour of the nearby places and markets from your hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.


5-6 hrs Hotel

After breakfast, meet your guide for the Manaslu circuit trek in our office. After a brief introduction session, you will spend the day preparing for the upcoming trekking. Visit the nearby heritage and religious sites in your spare time today. Return to your hotel and rest for the day. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.


8-9 hrs Drive Hotel

After breakfast today, we will catch a bus from Kathmandu leaving to the eastern hills of Dhading district. The hill highway drive starts your day leading you to the villages of Arughat. The magnificent scenic view of nature from this drive is a perfect booster to kick start your journey. You will end your day nearby the beautiful Budi Gandaki River in Soti Khola. Once here you can head for a quick village tour


5-6 hrs Lodge

You will start your day with a fantastic sunrise over the mountains. The first part of the day is through lush Sal forests to the Labubensi village (884 m). Walking beside the beautiful Budi Gandaki River, we’ll pass through many small Gurung settlements to Khanbensi. The trail to Maccha Khola from Khanbensi also provides you with some steep and challenging sections of Manaslu. The final part of today's trek is narrow, and you must be careful with the incoming mules and donkeys. Overnight at a lodge in the Gurung community of Macchakhola.


7-8 hrs Lodge

We start the day making our first cross of the Maccha Khola and trek up the trail surrounded by patches of Gurung settlements and hill farmlands. Continuing further in this trail we will reach the village of Khorla Bensi. You can enjoy the organic coffee here in your brief break. We will walk in the paths carved between hill forests to reach Tatopani. Tatopani is a place to relax for a while and rinse up your exhaustion with the hot-water springs. We will cross through a steel bridge from here to reach the village of Dovan (1070 m). Crossing the settlements of Thulo Dunga and Yaruphant in the adjacent side of Budi Gandaki, we will reach the beautiful Gurung settlement of Jagat. Overnight at a lodge in Jagat.


6-7 hrs Lodge

We will have our permits to the Manaslu region checked here at Jagat in the morning. In the meantime you can head for a Tibetan inspired cultural village tour here with the Himalayan view. We will hike up to the Suspension bridge from Jagat and to Salleri. The segment connecting Jagat to Sirdibas is mostly flat and provides you great views of the Siringi Himal (7161 m). Crossing the Gandaki River once more from Sirdibas we will walk about an hour to reach the Philim Village. We will take our lunch break here and continue our walk to Nayapul (new bridge) via Eklebhatti. The trek routes leading to Tsum valley and Pewa separates from here in Nayapul. Choosing the left path from here we will walk to Nyak and reach the village of Pewa. Overnight at a lodge in Pewa.


5-6 hrs Lodge

Today will be a shorter walking day in comparison to others which means we can enjoy the mountains and make stops in the beautiful intermediate sites. Walking through a canyon, we will walk beside the Budi Gandaki to reach Deng. Ascending from the other side through the Pine forest, reach the village of Rana (1980 m). Climb up to the village of Bhim Phendi and through the gorge of Serang Khola. Going traverse the Budi Gandaki, you will reach the Ghap village in the afternoon. Overnight at a lodge in Ghap.


5-6 hrs Lodge

We will start today with a refreshing tea and head for Namrung village in the first part of the day. The trail passes through pine and rhododendron forests beside the gorge. One can encounter many beautiful Hymalian and migratory birds in this stretch of Manaslu circuit trek. You will cross the gorge from a wooden bridge and to Namrung village. Namrung is the second checkpoint to your trek and provides you fantastic view of Ganesh and Siringi Himal. The views of these mountains accompany you walking to Lho from Lihi and Lamagaon. One can trek short hike to Ribung Gompa and return to Lho. Overnight at a lodge in Lho.


3-4 hrs

The trek portion from Lho to Samagaon is gifted with amazing landscape and beautiful mountain flowers. From the viewpoints in the sites lying in the path, one can also have mesmerizing panoramic views of Manaslu and surrounding ranges. Shyala will be the midpoint of our trek with pristine rhododendron forests and crystal clear streams. An hour of walk from here will lead you to the village of Samagaon. People mostly trek further and return to Samagaon for better acclimatization results. Overnight at a lodge in Samagaon.


2-4 hrs Lodge

Acclimatization is a must for safe and effective trekking in the Himalayas. At an altitude of 3525 meters, Samagaon is strategically the perfect place to rest and plan for the upcoming treks. The scenic mountain views from the village also make your stay worth it. You will have plenty of options for short hiking around Samagaon. Punggyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, Monastery of Sama town, and Birendra Tal are some of the most popular hiking destinations from Samagaon. Enjoy the Himalayan sunset and rest for the day here. Overnight at a lodge.


3-4 hrs Lodge

Our trek of today is mostly elevating and with hard sections of turns to Samdo village. The Manaslu glacier and Birendra Tal views will accompany you throughout our walk to Samdo. In the middle of the trail, we can see the adjacent ridge to the Lajyang La pass (5098 m). We will walk through the pasture and Yak grazing plains and to the Mani walls leading to the Samdo village. Near to the Tibetan border, one can experience the dazzling reflection of culture and art of those regions here. Overnight at a lodge in Samdo.


3-4 hrs Lodge

The Trek to Dharmasala from Samdo is a preparational walk with much time to spare for your ascend to the Larkye La pass (5160 m). We will walk pass chortens and Mani walls down to the Budi Gandaki River. After crossing the wooden bridge over it, we will reach the legendary Larkye Bazaar. The trail to Lajyang and Gyala leading to Tibet separates from Larkye bazaar. It was one of the most significant commercial midpoints of the central Himalayas. We will walk further up, and Mani walls lead our way to Dharmashala. Rest for the day and prepare for the Larkye La Pass. Overnight at a lodge in Dharmashala.


7-8 hrs Lodge

We will have a hard climb to Larkye La pass, and this stretch of the trek is the most challenging one too. The trail goes side by side to the horizontal moraine of the glacier. Follow your guide for safe and secure passage to Bimtang from Larkye La pass. Slippery and steep sections are the most difficult ones as we will walk near to the top. Prayer flags welcome you to the Pass and the magnificent view of Manaslu, Himlung, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II in Larkye La Pass. Spend some time here and start your descend to Bimtang. This stretch is mostly smooth, and the trail will drop over 1400 meters to Bimtang village. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from the ridge near and rest for the day. Overnight at a lodge in Bimtang.


6-7 hrs Lodge

We will start our day with a quick downhill to Kechyaku Khola Glacier and cross it. We will walk through red hills covered with rhododendron forest and to Yak Kharka. One can get a treat of different shades of rhododendron in their blooming season in March and April. The view of the diverse face of Manaslu is equally pristine over the hills from this trek too. We will drop from Alpine to subtropical forests leading your way to Karche. We will have our lunch and continue crossing the Gurung village of Gho on the way. A short tour of Gho will give you more opportunities to witness the Himalayan culture and lifestyle. About an hour more of a walk from here will take you to the old Gurung village of Tilije. Overnight at a lodge in Tilije.


5-6 hrs Lodge

We will start the trek walking down to the bridge at Dudh Khola and all the way to the Marsyangdi Valley. We can view the shift in the landscape here and will move further down to join the main trail of the Annapurna circuit trek. The combining point of these two trails will be at Dharapani where we will have our lunch. We will have our permits checked one last time and walk to the village of Tal next. From here we will take a local jeep to the city of Besisahar. Besisahar is the starting point for most of the trekking routes to the western Himalayas and Annapurna. Enjoy the evening stroll around the rest for the day. Overnight at a lodge in Besisahar.


6-7 hrs Drive Hotel

After breakfast, you can take a public vehicle or a private jeep back to Kathmandu. The hill ride of Prithvi Highway passing through Dumre, Muglin, Kurintar, and Thankot will take you back to Kathmandu. The green hills and Trishuli River makes the perfect setting for a long ride here. After reaching your hotel, head for the souvenir shopping in Thamel. Enjoy the nightlife in Thamel after a fantastic feat of completing the Manaslu Trek. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel.


We will drive you to the TIA for your departure flight today. Return with amazing memories and wonderful experiences of trekking in Manaslu.


what's included?

  • International airport pick up and drop services.
  • 2 nights hotels in Kathmandu with BB plan (before trek).
  • Bus ticket to Sotikhola by local bus.
  • Transportation from Dharapani to Besisahar.
  • Local bus back to Kathmandu from Besisahar.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along the trek ).
  • Lodge accommodation on the way (simple one).
  • License holder trekking guide (Including his salary, equipment, insurance, transportation, lodging and food) .
  • Equipment; Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags.
  • Legal documents (MCAP permit, Manaslu restricted, TIMs area permit and ACAP).
  • All GOV taxes.

Complementary

  • Trekking and city map.
  • First aid medical box.
  • Some fresh and dry fruits along the trek.
  • Token of love from office.
  • Farewell lunch or dinner.

What's not included?

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Porter to carry bag, if you needed we can arrange you.
  • Cold drinks such as; Coke, Mineral Water, Beer etc.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, extra helper, battery charge shower and boiled water).
  • Tips for guide.

Fixed Departures

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Trip Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 6 Reviews

Manaslu circuit trek - 13 days

Nuria, Marta, Maria and Jose
Spain

Manaslu circuit trek – 13 days

- 2018

We have done the Manaslu circuit trek in 13 days. It has been wonderful. Our guide Denesh has been incredible, very helpful and a very nice person. The porter’s also very nice people and hard work for then.
We are really impressed with the trek and with the agency Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt .Ltd. Thank you Chandra.


Manaslu trekking picture

Zsolt Gergely
Hungary

Manaslu trek – 14 days

- 2014
Chandra helped me a lot during the hike in Manaslu Circuit Trek 2014, that Chandra was funny most of time our hike was much more easier with Chandra help at the tea houses – the communication with the locals and the navigation during the trail.
One time we were a bit worried actually the night before the Larkye Pass 5163m but our guide Chandra prepared us well for that hard part, so we felt us in safe on the whole trail.
Thanks Chandra.

Manaslu photo

Ziemek Czeslaw
Canada

Manaslu Circuit Trek 2016

- 2016

We had a great Manaslu circuit trek thanks to Chandra! We had a limited amount of time in Nepal and had to organize over the internet. Chandra suggested an itinerary and was very flexible and attentive to everything that we wanted. He expertly put everything together for us so that we were able to leave right after our first night in Kathmandu. Not a worry in the world, just a great trek where everything went right and we were free to take in the amazing scenery. Definitely recommend Chandra’s companies, he made our trip!
Visited October 2016


Manaslu base camp treking

Douglas Roberts
New Zealand

Manaslu Magic

- 2018

This was our third trek with Himalaya Guide Nepal, who we have used previously for the Annapurna circuit and EBC.
As always Chandra had everything superbly organized for our late notice trip. We went in April to see the Rhododendron trees In flower and were not disappointed. The trek is hard and underfoot conditions difficult. The last two tea houses were not the best so that makes the overnight stay prior to the Larke pass uncomfortable. On the positive side, not many trekkers walk this circuit so it is not that crowded. The mountain scenery is beautiful with plenty of wildlife (Deer, Blue Sheep, and Marmots). Dines our guide was fantastic. He is a real gem. He had many issues with transport to solve due to heavy rain and mud-clogged roads in getting to the start of the trek but dealt with them all with a smile. This is a great family company and would not go passed them.


manaslu circuit trek group picture

Jane Roberts
New Zealand

Excellent company

- 2018

0ur third visit to Nepal and once again we received excellent service from Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt. Ltd. We tend to travel with very little notice and Chandra always manages to organize everything in time for us. Chandra’s younger brother, Dinesh, was our guide again and we marvel at how quickly he is learning and expanding his knowledge of the English language. Along with that he has an amazing ability to problem solve – our first day of travel was wrought with many difficulties due to heavy rains and muddy roads (like nothing I have ever seen before) and I observed Dinesh constantly arranging changes in our mode of transport and helping others out of tight spots. He ensured we eventually made it to our destination but I know it wasn’t easy. Throughout the whole trek, Dinesh always put our best interests first making sure we had enough to eat and were feeling well. He is very kind, gentle and caring whilst showing great strength and endurance capabilities. We trust this company implicitly and once again has no hesitation in recommending them.


You should know

When to go?

Trekking in the Manaslu region can be done most of the year excluding heavy monsoon and extreme winter season. You can overlap your vacation with the festive months for better experiences of the trek. Read More

Gear Checklist

A perfect gear pack assures effective and efficient trekking experiences in the Himalayas. Our experienced guides will check and suggest the best equipment you might require in this trek. You can either bring your own gears or buy near your hotel in Thamel. Read More

Mountains

Mountains are what make every trek in Asia perfect and special. The Manaslu region bounds some of the most magical mountains of the world. The 8th highest peak in the world Manaslu highlights and stand out tall alongside may beautiful subranges in the Manaslu region of central Nepal. Read More

​Geography

The altitude of the Manaslu Conservation area varies from 1000 to the highest point at 8,156 m (Mt. Manaslu). The hill region starts the region from the south and starts gaining elevation as we move up bordering Tibet. Manaslu offers us one of the best transition views of the landscape in the Himalayas. Read More

Flora and Fauna

The ecosystem of Manaslu is diverse as we will have a wide extent of altitude difference where we will pass different regions of them. The vegetation slims up with the wildlife as we move up here. However, one can experience an estimated 1500 to 2000 species of Flora and over 180 species of animals in the Manaslu region. Read More

Climate

The Climate of Manaslu region is standard with some exception with a diverse altitude of the places here. One can expect moderate climate in most of the year excluding extreme winter above the 5,000 meters mark for a couple of months in a year. Read More

​People/Crop

The People living in the Manaslu region are mostly of the Himalayan ethnic group of Nubri and Tsum. These people are welcoming and peace-loving with a cheerful attitude in accepting the guests. In the terraced hill and mountain farmlands of Manaslu wheat, millet, maize, buckwheat, and potato grows prominently. Read More

Religion and culture

Buddhism and Himalayan lifestyle are best reflected in the Manaslu region. The local Sherpa and Tsum culture and Tibetan inspired art alongside the unique cuisine here has been the main attraction for the visitors to Manaslu. Read More

​Accommodation

Accommodation in the Manaslu region varies as we go higher up the trail. You will have to compromise some of the luxuries of the hotels of Kathmandu as we gain more altitude in Manaslu. Here in Manaslu small lodges and tea houses are available in the settlements for your service throughout the trekking season. Read More

​Food and drinking water

Food and Drinking water is locally available in the Manaslu region. One can also use extra precautions by carrying digestive pills and purifiers for extra assurance in the visit. Read More

Trip Permit

As Manaslu Conservation area is not completely permitted to the visitors, one must take special pass permits to explore the restricted regions. Read More

​Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a common problem arising while trekking in the sites with higher elevation. Acclimatization is Key to avoid altitude sickness in Manaslu. Read More