Experience unique cultures and traditions of the people embedded in the beguiling landscape of Manaslu with our Manaslu Circuit Trek. With panoramic views of the mountains accompanied by the natural luster of the terrain, the trek is one of the most exciting travel packages that you can undergo. The Manaslu Circuit Trek was once a secluded trekking manifestation as there was a considerable lack of tea houses along the trekking trails. Because of this, this trek was mainly the concern of travelers who loved camping out in the wilderness and the remoteness of the area. But now, as the tea houses are built in abundance, it has been gaining more attention by travelers and adventurers. The areas around the Manaslu Region have yet to touch upon the quiddities of modernization. As a result, many of the areas and settlements along the Manaslu Circuit Trek offers isolated acreages which give off the feeling of solitude. Its off-beaten trails and a lack of infrastructural congression give the result of most of the ancient traditions and customs of the people preserved in a metaphorical time capsule. Trekking along the settlements and villages in the Manaslu Circuit Trek lets you experience the cultures, customs and rituals of the people in the sequestrations of the Himalayas. Manaslu Circuit Trek was opened in the year 1992, and quickly grew in popularity because of its captivating natural quintessence, gorgeous views of the mountains and the dainty villages in the region.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek allows you the opportunity to experience magnificent views of the mountains like Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, along with many of its surrounding peaks like the Sringi Himal, Himlung, Cheo Peak, Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru and Annapurna II among many others. These colossal mountain peaks present an amazing sight while trekking on the trails, their snowy eccentricity decorating the picturesque landscape of the region in an ethereal ambiance. Trekking along the amethyst tracks, you would be trudging on the ancient salt trading route with the ebullient river of Budhi Gandaki flowing jovially beside you. The trekking trails pass through many verdantly rich forests of rhododendron trees in beautiful bloom and alpine woods like pine, cedar, birch and junipers. These lush vegetations provide a natural canopy to the travelers; the area is filled with their silky emerald gossamer. The trekking trails are also ornamented quite attractively with Mani stone-wall carvings which give the trails a celestial quality. The wildlife and the biodiversity of the region is also a matter of great integrity because the forests of the Manaslu Region are home to a great many number of wild animals and heterogeneous avifaunas. The jaded bamboo forests give off a heavenly sight under the shimmers of the Sun, providing the trekkers with a beautiful view of the chartreuse terrain. You will also be excursing many monasteries all along the trekking trails, their spires decorated opulently with colorful prayer flags that are a contrast to the ivory landscape. As you ascend up to the Larkya La Pass, you will be blessed with the breath-taking view of the cerulean glacier ornamented majestically with the sight of Mount Manaslu.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is incorporated within the perimeters of the Manaslu Conservation Area and you would be given the opportunity to encounter the idiosyncratic flora and fauna of the region up close while on the trek. Wild and endangered species of Snow-Leopards have their habitat in the conservation area and you might catch glimpses of it while on the journey. The foliage changes from sub-tropical jungles in the Himalayan foothills to alpine woodlands as you move ahead from Soti Khola further up to the village of Namrung, and the Larkya La at 5000 meters. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventure where you will have the opportunity to observe the Gurung and Buddhist cultures, excurse the monasteries and many places of worship, wrap your aesthetics in the beautiful natural surroundings and see wonderful sights of opal mountain peaks.
We also have an alternative adventure packages of the Tsum Valley Trek where you can undergo trekking in the exquisite valley to experience its superlative surroundings and our Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek package lets you travel into the region of Manaslu incorporating trails that cover an all round option in the Manaslu Region.
Come join Nepal Hiking Team to experience an amazing trekking journey in the perfectly subtle isolated terrains of the Manaslu Region with the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTm) Kathmandu
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs
- Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
- Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs
- Day 06: Jagat to Philim (1700m/5576ft) Duration: 5 hrs
- Day 07: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft) Duration: 5 hrs
- Day 08: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs
- Day 09: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs
- Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
- Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs
- Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs
- Day 13: Dharmashala to Bhimphedi via Cross Larkya La pass
- Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs
- Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
- Day 16: Chamje to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs
- Day 17: Farewell
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Manaslu trekking special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need a special permit to visit this area)
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
- First aid medical kit
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Drinks coke, Fanta, juice, water etc.
- snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTm) Kathmandu
You may arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport at any given time, and will be welcomed by one of our representatives. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you may check in. Our representative will explain your travel plan further to you and will elaborate the programs. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax at your hotel and try to shake off the jet lag from the plane journey. Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
Today, we will start our sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. The tour includes excursing the cultural heritage sites listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List, which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple. These heritage sites present a sense of nostalgia because of their unique architectural integrity. Enjoy the artistically opulent palaces, cultural quintessence, old priceless paintings, sculptures and a brief history of Nepal. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft) Duration: 8-9 hrs
Your guide will pick you up at 8:00 am. Then, we will start our 8 hours’ drive to Arughat. The first four hours to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m), is on paved roads, but for the section to Arughat, we will be driving on a rougher surface. From Arughat, we will drive for another 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola by public jeep. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs
Today’s walk follows a constantly undulating trail mainly through woodlands as we continue to head upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. We will then descend to the wide, sandy riverbed and then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Duration: 6 hrs
After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until we cross Dovan Khola. We will then make our way to the Budhi Gandaki Valley. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation, with white sandy areas along the riverside. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 06: Jagat to Philim (1700m/5576ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Our trek relatively easy undulations. The trail continues to Jagat, a well paved village, and the trek up the valley to Sirdabas, offering great views of the Sringi Himal. We then drop down to the river, cross a long suspension bridge and climb steeply up to Philim. In the afternoon, we’ll explore the village and surrounding hillsides. Stay overnight at guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 07: Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Here, the trail will fascinate you with impressive waterfalls on either side of the valley. We will pass Eklebhatti; head towards the river and cross it twice over suspension bridges. Then, we will pass Euwa, traverse along a small campsite and continue through the valley until we reach the village of Deng. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 08: Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs
Today, we will scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail before descending to cross the river. We will pass through some small settlements and then climb to an impressive valley. There we will encounter Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks - a sign that we are entering Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we will take a side excursion to the small settlement of Prok - a two hour round trip. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 09: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs
We’ll pass the stone gate and the long Mani stone wall of the village of Lho, with an astounding view of Peak 29 ahead. You can take a side excursion to the Pungen Glacier in order to get a very close-up view of Manaslu from here. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes a further 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for our night halt. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
This day has been set aside for acclimatization and you can opt for a full or half day walk. The full day walk is towards the Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. Stay overnight at the guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs
The Manaslu Circuit Trek now crosses pasture areas and gradually ascends to the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains, especially Manaslu, are ahead of us as we reach Samdo (3860m), a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon we will explore the village and the surrounding hills. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs
After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach the Larkya Bazaar. This is a village which thrived from trade with Tibet years ago. After a steady climb, we will arrive at our lodge at 4450m. It is the last overnight stay before the pass. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 13: Dharmashala to Bhimphedi via Cross Larkya La pass
From Dharmashala, we will trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft), walking for approximately 8-9 hrs.
We will then climb Cho Chanda and then slowly head uphill towards the steep snow covered pass. The panorama from the top is truly magnificent. You will see Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981meters) and Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep as we pass through moraines to Bhimphedi. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 14: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs
With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we will head towards the small Karche La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 15: Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
We’ll climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We will then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a Mani wall and reach the village of Thonje. Here, we will need to go through a police checkpoint before continuing to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we will come across the Karta village and later cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We can examine the Mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. There is now a short descent to Chamje village. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 16: Chamje to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs
We have reached the end of the Manaslu Trek and a local jeep will take us to Beshisahar. We will then drive to Kathmandu in a private car. Stay overnight at the hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included).
Day 17: Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport and bid you farewell. You will depart, hopefully taking with you wonderful memories of a truly outstanding experience.
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