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    Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    • Destination
    • Durations
      16 days
    • Trip Difficulty
    • Activities
      Adventure Trekking
    • Accommodation
      Tea House
    • Meals
      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Mx.altitude
    • Vehicle
      Private Transport
    • Max. People
    • Trip Mode
      In Hotels and local nice lodge.
    • Areas of Trek
      North - west
    • People and Culture
      Gurung - Tibetan and Buddhism


    “Manaslu circuit trekking leads you around world 8th tallest Mt. Manaslu with ever exciting views.
    Enjoy your time on high hidden valley of Gorkha district within Nepal Far North Mid-West Himalaya.
    Most interesting trekking in Nepal with views of Manaslu-Ganesh-Lamjung with Annapurna range.
    Beautiful rhododendron forest, a paradise in spring time, with wild-flowers in full bloom.

    Also, explore impressive Manaslu farm villages enriched with old cultures of Buddhist religion.
    Glorious views of high mountains from the start to an end on this marvelous adventure.
    Moreover, walk from low warm areas to cooler hills and towards arctic zone of ice and glaciers.
    Fabulous walks with awesome views from high Larke-La pass and towards Manang areas.”

    Manaslu Circuit Trekking 16 days

    Truly, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the most marvelous Himalayan destination to enjoy your adventure around world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu. It was first explored and climbed by Japanese Expeditions in 1956.  At the same time, this trekking is ranked among one of the popular trekking destination in Nepal.

    Since then, the area was restricted and closed for outside travelers and opened since last three decades. But at present interested trekkers and adventurer can visit and immerse into its marvelous scenery. That too in the harmony of local immense culture of Buddhism similar to Tibetan traditional life and custom.

    At present, this less crowded trekking  is getting much popular than past few years. Also, more nice lodges and trail condition has been improved as per the flow of trekkers visiting this wonderful country.

    After a great adventure from far north Gorkha areas, an interesting walk continues towards the high Larke La Pass. On traversing the pass, the traveler enters into the another region around Manang district.

    The Manaslu Circuit trekking is a great journey to experience once in your life-time adventure. The walk begins after an exciting drive from Kathmandu after reaching the low warm valley of Gorkha district. Our route follows the raging Budi-Gandaki River upstream right to near glacial at high Manaslu valley.

    It’s a walking from warm low country to reach higher cooler alpine climate filled with lovely rhododendron-magnolia-pines and pine forest. Also, witnessing the local fascinating culture around nice villages at the same time. Then, the trail continues beyond green vegetation towards arid and windswept terrain around high and scenic Manaslu valley.

    The rest day  is to acclimatize and soak into interesting local culture and old heritage life-style of Buddhism. Afterwards, the trail head towards the highest point of the adventure at Larke-La pass. This 5,106 m high pass faces the awesome panorama of mountains. Then, the trail continues towards Manang areas and into deep forested areas.

    Enjoy great moments on walks with views and local culture slowly. At last, our journey comes to an end at a nice and lovely Dharapani village. From this place, the exciting overland drive takes you back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

    In this way, with fantastic adventure and great experience, we conclude our Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

    Manaslu Circuit Trek Best Time:
    March to May and September to November months.

    March to May is best time for Manaslu circuit trek for clear views.  Wild flowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler morning and night time.

    October to November is  yet another best time for  this Manaslu trekking due to clear views of peaks. With a short sunlight days, it can be freezing cold in the morning and night time, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.

    Apart from these information, if you’re really interested about this trek then, you’re highly recommended to go through Why to choose Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

    • Day01

      Reach Kathmandu via various international airline and transfer to hotel.

      On arrival get received by our staff and guide and transfer to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu. After checking into your lovely rooms, get refreshed from jet-leg. Then join in with other members of Manaslu circuit trekking.

      Our guide / leader will brief with information about the hotels-including detail of trekking regarding local lodge, walks, view, history and culture.  Simultaneously, with few important do’s and don’ts while you are with us having enjoyable times.

      Evening includes a nice dinner(includes Nepal traditional foods) in a pleasant Nepalese restaurant with local cultural programs. Remember the next day morning, we will have an Kathmandu tour.

    • Day02

      In Kathmandu with optional sightseeing tour and preparation for the trek.

      A free day is arranged to get closer to Kathmandu life. In the morning, an optional sightseeing tour  takes you at places of great interest. So, explore around Kathmandu world heritage sites for few hours and back at hotel.

      Afternoon at leisure and free time, do individual activities.  And then get ready with packing for next early morning drive to  Nepal Mid-West.

    • Day03

      Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 570 m – 06 hrs journeys.

      Morning starts with scenic and interesting drive beyond Kathmandu valley towards winding road. The drive past many farm villages and towns within warm areas following Trisuli River to reach around Dhading district.

      As drive continues heading uphill and down within warmer areas to reach Arughat within Gorkha area. From here, the rough dirt road continues following Budi-Gandaki River upstream to the overnight stop at Soti-Khola. And, it’s the place where our walk towards higher Manaslu valley begins.

    • Day04

      Machha Khola 930 m – 06 hrs.

      Start first day of  walk from this interesting place Soti-khola. It leads us towards the steep valley within thick forest walking past smaller villages. And then, reach into a wide valley opposite of a large tributary stream that runs into Budi-gandaki River.

      As our walk descends to a wide, sandy riverbed, get nice views of cultivated terrace of Lapbesi upper village . Then, it follows a trail that meanders below a steep, craggy valley side.

      Then walk progress leading to a climb towards Machha Khola for overnight stop. It’s a village with number of tea-shops and small lodge. Where Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream.

    • Day05

      Trek to Jagat 1,410 – 06 hrs.

      From here onward, you will encounter many interesting farm villages and neat cultivated fields. As  vegetation changes slowly due to altitude and climate in Manaslu circuit trekking. Next, our morning walk leads to cross over a stream where Machha Khola name comes from. And then walk upstream towards Khola-Bensi village with Tatopani, a place with natural ‘hot spring’.

      Similarly, walk continues and valley becomes much narrow and steeper. Then our trail switches to left bank of the river. And then cross a suspension bridge, after a short period of walk entering patch of forest. And then reach at Doban located on the high shelf of Budigandaki River.

      Our long walk of the day continues across a broad field towards stream and over a suspension bridge. Then, leads to a climb on high trails to descend into an open valley of Yara Khola.

      And then, our journey continues on for another hour to reach at Jagat for overnight stop. Jagat is a nice farm village with mix tribes of Magar, Chettries, some Newar, Brahman, Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes).

    • Day06

      Dyang 2,130 m via Philim 1,570 m – 06 hrs.

      Next day, downhill  from Jagat on stone steps to reach a river.Where path climbs to a terraced hillside at Saguleri. From here one gets the superb views of Sringi Himal which is above 7,187 m high. Then, the walk continue with ups and down trail as our route reach at a bridge over Budi-Gandaki.

      After crossing over a bridge, our trail winds up to reach at Philim village for short break. So, observe this nice farm village with rich cultivated fields and terraces.

      With  refreshing stop at Philim, walk from here leads higher past scattered farm villages. Climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley in Manaslu circuit trek. Then reach  to a rocky ridge top covered within bamboo forest area towards Eklai Bhatti, means a lonely Inn. At present few more shops has been come up.

      After a rest, walk towards higher Manaslu area, where our route divert toward North West to reach Dyang. Stop at Dyang for overnight stay which is a small nice village of Tibetan culture.

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    • Day07

      Namrung 2,700 m- 05 hrs.

      Morning walk leads entering into sheer cliff walls, within dramatic sections of the walk. Then Manaslu circuit trek route continue passing farm village. We see houses and terrains completely changes into Tibetan culture from Dyang onward.

      From here walk leads at Bihi, a small village, with people of more Tibetan origin with strong Buddhist culture.
      Villagers of the area grows buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops. Since trekking gain popular around the area, spinach, carrots and cabbages are also grown.

      After Bihi walk continues for another two hours to a steep sided and scenic valley. We will encounter Mani prayer stone walls, as walk leads at Ghap, a village with stop for possible lunch break.

      As walk altitude gains, enter into alpine and coniferous woodland. Where path meanders with steep up, as valley opens out with extensive pastures. And then cross a large stream flowing from the glacier of Lidana.

      On walk enjoy grand views of Manaslu with native name as Kutang (Manaslu) Himal range. Also, Pang Phuchin 6,335m, Saula Himal 6,235m with many unnamed peaks of above 6000m.

      Walk from here with gradual uphill as altitude gains at slow pace. Thus, pass farm village to reach at Namrung for overnight stop, the village is also called Sho Namru.

    • Day08

      Lo-Gaon 3,180 m -05 hrs.

      With overnight at Namrung, walk leads to spread out farm fields within Yak country around high Manaslu valley. The locals here  are engaged in farming. Then move to  high and scenic valley all the way to Lo Gaon, a nice village for overnight stop.

      This is one of the attractive villages around Manaslu region. At Lo Gaon, enjoy close views of towering Manaslu North Face. Also visit its monastery with numerous chhorten and Mani walls with views of Ganesh Himal towards east.

    • Day09

      Sama-Gaon 3,530 m -05 hrs.

      Now onward, walk is much easier but depending upon altitude route leads to a slow and gradual climb. During this time  you will encounter constant views of mountain with Peak 29 ahead. After couple  of hour climb, reach into a patch of forest and then at at Shala village. Also enjoy excellent view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli.

      Walk for few hours further where day completes reaching Sama-Gaon village, with superb view of Mt. Manaslu.

      Sama-Gaon  is a one of the largest  village within high Manaslu Valley. Where natives are mostly farmers cultivating buck wheat, barley, which are the main crops in this high and harsh terrain. But with together potatoes and some high and cold vegetables are also grown. Villagers around high Manaslu valley descended from South West Tibet way back more than 400 years of history.Thus, custom and culture of ancient Buddhist heritage are similar to its origin Tibetan predecessor.

      The local villagers are still active with trade and bartering across the border with Tibet.It takes few days to reach the frontier of Nepal and Tibet.

    • Day10

      At Sama-Gaon rest day for acclimatization and local excursion.

      Today have a free day to support acclimatization before heading towards high Larke-La pass. So, explore around Sama-Gaon with houses adorned with similar style of Tibet with grand views of peaks. One can visit this village old Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism.

      Knowing more about Manaslu circuit trekking cost, difficulty and itinerary will help you to plan this trekking better.

    • Day11

      Trek to Samdo 3,690 m – 05 hrs.

      After a marvelous time and rest-day in Sama-Gaon, walk leads to four hour or more to reach the last village within Gorkha and Manaslu region at Samdo. So, morning walk begins with slow climb, as elevation slowly gains within dry and arid country. Walk slowly with short break and enjoy surrounding beautiful views of peaks and dramatic landscapes.

      Then reach Samdo village with short climb to a small flat plateau. This last village incorporates more than fifty houses sheltering two hundred villagers around this high harsh and dry country.

    • Day12

      Larke Phedi / Dharmashala 4,470 m – 04 hrs.

      On leaving the last final village of scenic Manaslu valley, walk continues to the end of the Manaslu area. Thus eye on incredible views of snow capped peaks including Mt. Manaslu,which is world’s 8th highest at 8,163 m.

      As walk continues, cross few icy streams to reach at Larke Phedi, where phedi means bottom of the pass, also called Dharmasala (travelers rest house / shade). In old days it was also known as Larkey Bazaar.Because trade and bartering use to take place between merchant-traders and locals of Gorkha-Manaslu-Manang people and Tibetans on this remote isolated spot.

      At Larke Phedi with free time at afternoon go for short walks and prepare for next early morning long climb. Today’s day end with overnight stay at Larke Phedi.

    • Day13

      Cross Larke La 5,106 m and trek to Bhimthang 3,790 m -07 hrs.

      Early morning walk leads up-hill past few huts of Dharmashala. Walking over moraine of rocks and boulders in snow conditions can be arduous job to find the right path.

      However, walk follows our lead guide past ablation of north Larke glacier, facing views of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. As walk continues, gradual climb gets much steeper to reach top of Larke-la festooned with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags.

      From the top eye on excellent panorama of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II include series of Manaslu peaks.

      Now, a long descend takes to a valley called Larcia, with further walk on moraine ridge to Tambuche at 3,900m. Then a short walk leads to Bhimthang for overnight stop after a long, tough day walks.

      Bhimthang is a lovely place located on a wide green valley with number of lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls. The area is surrounded by green tall trees of rhododendron-pines and oaks.

    • Day14

      Trek to Tilje 2,300 m – 06 hrs.

      Rest of the journey is much easier on downhill but long walks with short climb takes  on route to Gho and Tilje villages.In morning, catch views of peaks and  walk into thick alpine woodland around Manaslu circuit.

      Next,head into beautiful forested areas to reach a small clearing in the midst of woodland at Gho. Gho is a small cattle and yak herders summer pasture and temporary settlement area. Due to trekkers passing this route, few lodge has been built to cater the needs of travelers.

      After Gho, few hours of walk takes to a Tilje village by the side of raging Marsyangdi River for overnight stop.

    • Day15

      Trek to Syange 1,100 m via Jagat and Dharapani 1,725 m -07 hrs.

      Today will be the last walk of the adventure, where walk leads towards much descend following Marsyangdi River to Tal and Chamje village. And the reach at another Jagat village of Lamjung area.

      From here a steep descend takes to river valley at Syange village for final overnight stop before heading back to Kathmandu or other destinations.

    • Day16

      Drive back to Kathmandu -07 hrs journey and transfer to hotel.

      Enjoying marvelous time and experience on  Manaslu Circuit Trekking and over high Larke-La pass it ‘s time to return back. Morning board in a vehicle for exciting and interesting overland journey to reach back at Kathmandu for last moment within amazing Nepal, the land of best Himalayas.

    Cost Details

    What's Included in Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
    • Three night’s tourist standard hotel as twin sharing in Kathmandu with breakfast.
    • Kathmandu city tour with professional guide and vehicle.
    • Three times meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
    • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations during the trek.
    • A highly experience and helpful guide including his all expenses.
    • All necessary permits Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area.
    • Manaslu Restricted permit.
    • Manaslu circuit trek map
    • Bus transports Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Syange to Kathmandu.
    • Jeep from Dharapani- Syange sharing basis.
    • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available) provide by company.
    • Emergency Helicopter service will be paid by your Travel Insurance.
    • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket and Duffel bag will be provided. (Need to be returned after the trip.)
    • Official expenses.
    • Farewell dinner with culture show.
    • Assistance guide group size 5 +.

    What's Excluded in Manaslu Circuit Trekking

    • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Meals in City (lunch and dinner).
    • Porter if needed($250)
    • Your personal expenses.
    • All kind of soft and hard drinks.
    • Entry fees for city tour.
    • Nepal entry visa and international airfare.
    • Private transports.
    • Tips for guide and potter.

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