Manaslu Circuit Trek

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The Manaslu circuit is a journey past the foot of Mount Manaslu. We begin from a small village near historic Gorkha (formerly a kingdom but now a district of Nepal), go through the Budhi Gandaki valley, around the Mansiri range and end in the Marshyangdi Valley. We pass lush hills and canyons, dotted with enchanting villages on our way to the Larkya La Pass (5,135m), one of the most beautiful passes in the Himalayas with views of the Mansiri range (Manaslu, Himalchuli & Ngadi Chuli), Annapurna range, Peri Himal, Ganesh Himal among others.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is enormously diverse, not only culturally, but also in terms of nature and landscape as the landscape changes from subtropical to arctic within two weeks. We start in the subtropical, green middle hills of Gorkha and slowly ascend higher into Tibetan territory.

High above the hills of Gorkha, the white peaks of Manaslu – the 8th highest mountain in the world (8,163m), hang like walls of ice in the sky while the Budhi Gandaki flows 7,000m below.

In the deciduous forests that cover the foothills of the Himalayas, hundreds of unusual bird species live in the most striking colors. The higher we get, the greater the chance of seeing wild mammals; beautiful grey langur (monkeys) and mint yaks in the jungle, large bluebirds and stately Himalayan tahr in the subalpine zone. Upper Manaslu is a protected National Park, and moreover, a so-called restricted area, hence much less touristy and more authentic than, for example, the Annapurnas or the Everest area and is one of the few remaining habitats of the magnificent snow leopard.

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a demanding adventure; we begin early every day and walk for almost 5-7 hours on average for a total of 170 km but the higher stages are shorter, except for the crossing of the Larkya La. Nevertheless, we’ve designed the daily stages in such a way that anyone with a normal basic condition, a healthy body and good preparation can complete this trip; even with the thin air above 3,500m.

If you enjoy unspoiled landscapes and culture and want to experience the Himalayas, our 17-day Manaslu circuit trek is the right choice.

Trip Highlights
  • Walk from lush sub-tropic to the base of one of the highest mountains in the world
  • Spectacular Trans-Himalayan high pastures
  • Wonderful cultural experiences with the Tibetan and mountain people
  • Manaslu Conservation Area covers 6 climatic zones
  • Buddhist monasteries, architecture, and tradition
  • Wonderful photographic opportunities

Trip Grade - Moderate to Challenging

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Trip Summary
  • Day 1 :Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel
  • Day 2 :Kathmandu Sightseeing & Special trekking permit preparations
  • Day 3 :Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola/Liding (710m) approx. 7/ 8 hrs
  • Day 4 :Trek to Machha Khola (930m) 7-8 hrs
  • Day 5 :Trek To Jagat (1410m) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 6 :Trek to Philim (1650m) approx. 5 - 6 hrs
  • Day 7 :Trek to Deng (1860m) approx. 6 to 7 hrs
  • Day 8 :Trek to Ghap (2160m) approx. 5 to 6 hrs
  • Day 9 :Trek to Namrung (2900m) approx. 4 to 5 hrs
  • Day 10 :Trek to Sama Gaun (3525m) approx. 6- 7 hrs
  • Day 11 :Rest at Samagaon for Acclimatization
  • Day 12 :Trek to Samdo (3800m) approx. 4- 5 hrs
  • Day 13 :Trek to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) approx. 4-5 hrs
  • Day 14 :Cross Larkya La (5160m) to Bhimtang (3700m) approx. 8- 9 hrs
  • Day 15 :Trek to Goa Or Tilje (2300m) approx. 6-7 hrs
  • Day 16 :Trek to Tal Dharapani (1860m) 3-4 hrs and drive to Beshishar (750m) 3-4 hrs
  • Day 17 :Drive back to Kathmandu (164 km; 6-7 hrs)
  • Day 18 :Full day at leisure
  • Day 19 :Transfer to Airport for your onward destination
Above itinerary may be altered at any point by group leader or guide in consideration of weather conditions or client's fitness/ability - your safety is our primary concern.
Daily Movements
    Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to Hotel

    Arrive at the Tribhuwan international airport where you will be welcomed by Keep Walking Nepal and transferred to the hotel. This day is simply an arrival day and there will be no organized activities. So, you will have some free time to relax or walk around for local sights. A pre-departure meeting will be held early evening and evening dinner with keep walking Nepal family.

    Overnight at Hotel Tibet
    Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Special trekking permit preparations

    As the Manaslu region is in a restricted area, you require a special permit to do trekking in this region. Nepal immigration department issues permit only for a group of minimum 2 people. Please note that only a government registered trekking company is authorized to apply a special permit for the Manaslu region. In the early office hour Keep Walking will apply for a special permit and same day collect the permit along with Manaslu Conservation Area permit in the afternoon In the meantime, you can go for half day Kathmandu sightseeing and the last minute shopping as well.

    Overnight at Hotel Tibet (B)
    Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola/Liding (710m) approx. 7/ 8 hrs

    We set off early today for Soti Khola (710m), the hot, enclosed, deep valley heading north upstream along the Budhi Gandaki River. During the drive, you enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the distant Himalayan peak of Ganesh Himal. We will drive on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m) up to Soti Khola.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (930m) 7-8 hrs

    The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until we reach Lapu Besi (880 m). After lunch we head further north traversing rolling hills, steep at times, to the wonderful sight of a waterfall at Machha Khola.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 5: Trek To Jagat (1410m) 6-7 hrs

    Hiking along beautiful local houses with dark slate roofs will accompany you when you walk towards the north, we hike further north towards the village of Khorla Besi after which the trail is quite exposed and challenging at some places. After a short section of forest path and hot spring, we will reach the single tea-house at Doban.

    Above Doban, the Budi Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat. Overnight at camp, this is the checkpoint for the special permits.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)



    Day 6: Trek to Philim (1650m) approx. 5 - 6 hrs

    We begin today’s trek by climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. We further continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a large Gurung village. Philim is famous for its potatoes, buckwheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 7: Trek to Deng (1860m) approx. 6 to 7 hrs

    Above Philim the sense of being dwarfed by the sheer scale and the feeling of being truly amongst the mighty Himalaya simply has no comparisons. We yet again cross the Budhi Gandaki, the trail hugging the cliff-side, up and over ridgebacks then down again to the river where the Shar Khola cascades into the Budhi. The trail flattens out, winds through the bamboo forest to Deng.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 8: Trek to Ghap (2160m) approx. 5 to 6 hrs

    Today, in the beginning, we trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill and we cross and re-cross the Budi Gandaki River.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 9: Trek to Namrung (2900m) approx. 4 to 5 hrs

    From here, we will enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, a green valley, and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries; a water turbine, hydro electricity powerhouse, Mani walls, Chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 10: Trek to Sama Gaun (3525m) approx. 6- 7 hrs

    Walking through the upper reaches of Lho, enjoying with the snowy peaks of Manaslu ahead of us in the distance, we pass the new gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the high, idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where the villagers are often out in the fields. Another few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery leads us past Tibet grazing settlements, the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa off to the left, and eventually past checkered fields of barley and potato to Sama Gaon. Sama The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manalsu have distinctive entrance gates (manes), and they maintain an active trade with their co-religionists in Tibet over several high passes nearby. If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns – which are then traded back to Tibet. Take the afternoon to hike up to the old gompa settlement above the town, and to wander the streets of the fascinating Sama Gaon village.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 11: Rest at Samagaon for Acclimatization

    We will rest at Samagaun for acclimatization. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a deep breath to acclimatize and relax. We can make an excursion to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and we can see Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 12: Trek to Samdo (3800m) approx. 4- 5 hrs

    Another day of incredible mountain views, past craggy woods of Himalayan Birch, during the walk up to Samdo, an easy three hours away. En route, we pass the long Mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance of Chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Budi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the ‘Kane’ entrance of Samdo. There is a small home gompa in a house mid-village which we can visit during our last village, a puja being held by several of the reincarnated lamas living in the Samdo. We’re at the high and the wind can be chilling in the evenings, so tuck into the little tea-house next door to our campsite for a cup of salt-butter tea to warm you up!

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 13: Trek to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) approx. 4-5 hrs

    We leave Samdo on the old trade route towards Tibet, cross a bridge, and climb through the ruins of Larkya bazaar, one of the trade markets that flourished years back. After about three hours of climbing past glaciers, with increasingly awe-inspiring panoramas, we come to the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass, where we have lunch and gaze out at the views. You’ll really feel the altitude and the cold here, so enjoy a more leisurely afternoon and keep warm. We’ll have an early dinner in preparation for our pass crossing tomorrow.

    Overnight at a local lodge or tent (B,L,D)
    Day 14: Cross Larkya La (5160m) to Bhimtang (3700m) approx. 8- 9 hrs

    After a short climb above the campsite, we reach the ablation valley on the Northside of the Larkya Glaciers where we have views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya-La. We continue across the moraines of the glacier, often through the snow, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass, which should take us about four hours to crest. The views from the top of the pass are wonderful; a mountain panorama of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II, equally stunning from both sides. After hanging our Tibetan prayer flags, get ready for a steep, often slippery drop to a trail following the glacial moraine. We’ll lunch below the pass on smooth rocks before continuing the descent, still three hours to go to our campsite. A boulder-strewn descent brings us, finally, to Bhimtang. It’s all worthwhile now.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 15: Trek to Goa Or Tilje (2300m) approx. 6-7 hrs

    From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karcher, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance 5 to 6 hours beyond is the village of Gho.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 16: Trek to Tal Dharapani (1860m) 3-4 hrs and drive to Beshishar (750m) 3-4 hrs

    We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone-paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a Mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani.

    We then drive to the Besisahar (750m), the biggest town and the previous start point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Overnight at a local lodge (B,L,D)
    Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu (164 km; 6-7 hrs)

    We take a local jeep/bus or private transportation (depending upon per-confirmed arrangements) drive back to Kathmandu following the Trishuli Riverbank. The drive is often along the banks of the Trishuli river. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. Evening Farewell dinner.

    Overnight at Hotel Tibet (B)
    Day 18: Full day at leisure

    You can enjoy a full day at leisure to indulge in spas, restaurants or visit the monuments in and around Kathmandu.

    Overnight at Hotel Tibet (B)
    Day 19: Transfer to Airport for your onward destination

    A representative from Keep Walking will make departure transfer for you to Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time.

Cost - US $ 2100 (joining Kathmandu)

(Single Supplement: additional US $ )
Cost Includes:
  • Airport pickup and transfer by private vehicle as per the Itinerary.
  • 3 night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin sharing
  • Overland drive from Kathmandu – Arughat Bazaar – Kathmandu
  • Accommodation during the trek in tents on twin sharing
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with Tea and coffee during the trek
  • Highly experienced a local trek leader and necessary Sherpa guides, porters, cook, kitchens during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS).
  • Manaslu Conservation Area entry and Permit
  • Special trekking area permit
  • All camping Equipment
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket and kit bag
Cost Excludes:
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • International airfares
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Camera battery charge
  • Emergency rescue by helicopter
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet
  • Trips to trekking crew
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  • Duration

    19 Days
  • Best Season

    April & October
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  • Difficulty Level

    Moderate to Challenging
  • Group Size

    10 persons
  • Accomodation

    Tea House
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