Manaslu Circuit Trek

Duration: 20 Days / 19 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Our Manaslu Circuit Trek is quite popular because of its experiential factor that combines the pleasure of trekking along the age-old trade route between Nepal and Tibet with the natural and cultural heritage of the Manaslu region of Nepal. Starting from the ancient Gorkha Kingdom in mid-western Nepal, our trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River upstream traversing sub-tropical forests and ascending to drier highlands.

The highest altitude you gain during our Manaslu Circuit Trek is 5,213m at Larkya-La Pass, whereafter the trail continues mostly downhill, through the serene alpine forests and meadows to meet with the trail of the Annapurna Circuit trek, finally heading towards Pokhara via another secret route seldom used by trekkers. Highlights of this worthwhile trekking adventure include stunning views of Mt. Manaslu (8,156m.), the eighth highest peak in the world, and the Himalayan panorama formed by Annapurna mountain range and the gorgeous Mt. Machhapuchhre (a.k.a the Fish Tail Mountain).

Day to Day Itinerary

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You will be met by our staff at the Airport and will be then taken to the Hotel. They will explain briefly about the itinerary upon your arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu, you will be preparing for the trek while enjoying sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Several world heritage sites including the Basantapur Durbar, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple are the places you will visit on the second day. Overnight stay at a hotel.

On the third morning, you will be driving to Arughat which nearly takes about 8 hours. The drive is divided to two parts. First you will be driving until Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, for 4 hours. From there, you will be travelling until Arughat for another 4 hours of drive. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Arughat.

A couple of hours drive further from Arughat and a few hours trek leads us to Soti Khola, a small town located on the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola.

On the fourth day, we will be doing mild climbing from Soti Khola. The trail is comfortable and a five hours trek along the sandy banks of Budhi Gandaki River and across several forests takes us to Machha Khola where we will be staying for the night at a guesthouse.

Begin early from Machhi Khola by crossing the river, and move on to Khrolabesi, where there’s a hot spring aka “Tatopani”. The trail is mostly forested and there are rivers along the way. The rapids and the sounds are more than soothing; and later on you encounter a waterfall where we can take a brief stop. Moving ahead from Dovan, we ascend for less than two hours and walk two hours straight walk before camping for the night.

On the sixth day, we trek for a relatively short period of time. Around four hours of trek past the great looking valleys and the rivers takes us to a wonderful small village called Philim. Also during the way, we come across several suspension bridges that offer great view of the adjoining ambience. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

The trail now is undulating with occasional rise and falls. Spectacular waterfalls greet you on the way, so do more suspension bridges. Before reaching Bihi Phedi, we pass the beautiful Eklebhatti village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

We pass several Gurung settlement areas and valleys on day eight as we move up the fascinating trail. Namrung has many Buddhist monasteries and Gompas that signify that the Tibetan culture is still quite popular in the region. Trail with carved stones can also be new to some foreign trekkers. We will visit the nearby village in Namrung and stay overnight at a guesthouse there.

On day nine we will be trekking almost 900 meters and by the end of the day’s trek, we will reach Samagaon loacted at 3530 meters of altitude. Samagaon is a wonderful little village which provides great view of Mount Manaslu. There is also a popular Gompa, monastery, in Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

The next day, we will be spending at Samagaon itself primarily for acclimatization of the increasing altitude and the conditions. However, there are several options on that day as well as we can stroll around the local villages and enjoy the scenery there. Also a half-day’s walk until Birendra Lake is also possible from Samagaon. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

The trail to Samdo crosses several grazing and pasture areas and then gradually climbs up the valley. We can have fantastic view of the Himalayan mountains especially MountManasluand others once we reach Samdo. Samdo is also the last permanent settlement area in the valley and this remote village is just a day’s walk away from the neighboring Tibet border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

After leaving the village of Samdo, we cross a stream and reach now deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago, this village used to be a major trade point with Tibet. But, the village looks sorry these days as the traders have chosen some other places for trade along the Tibetan border. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

On day fourteen, we trek to Larkya-La Pass which happens to be one of the most beautiful Himalayan Pass in Nepal. It is situated at a daunting altitude of 5213 meters and several mountain peaks are clearly visible from this Pass. Himlung Himal (7,126 meter), Mount Cheo (6,820 meters), Mount Annapurna II (7,937 meters) and MountManasluare all visible from the Pass. From Larkya-La Pass, we descend to Bhimtang where we will be staying in a guesthouse.

Few hours of gentle downhill climbing through several fields and settlement areas takes to a small village called Tilje. While on the way, we come across a massive rhododendron forest. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Now, we begin our return trip as we trek to Tal on the sixteenth day. A few hours of mild trekking is enough for the day. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

On the 17th day we arrive at Syange, a small village town near Annapurna region, after around 4 hours of trek. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Trek further from Syange leads us to Bhul Bula. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

We catch a local jeep to Beshisahar, the headquarters of Lamjung district, and then drive back to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Today you will return to your country. We will take you to the airport a few hours before your scheduled flight time.

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