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Manaslu Circuit (18 Days)

Manaslu circuit trek is probably the modern day Annapurna circuit trek and one of the most beautiful trekking in Nepal. This trek encircles Manaslu, which is 8156 meters tall and is the 8th highest peak above the sea level. The reason behind Manaslu being loved and liked by adventurers very much is because it opened its trail to the world only in 1991. It being off the beaten trekking routes in Nepal is also the reason why Manaslu circuit trek is not populated as well as polluted.

Until very recently trekking in the Manaslu was completely a camping trek, the option still remains but there are basic as well as sparse tea houses which provides a level of comfort while trekking. The entire region is still restricted area and requires a special permit. You would be surprised to see that it is completely illegal to kill any kind of animal or plant species as the entire region is believed to have a very fragile ecosystem.

On the other hand you would traverse through 6 different climate zones and likewise would experience the days of summer to the freezing winter. You would as well experience beautiful landscapes of lush green hills and one of the tallest mountains. Since Manaslu is not touched with roadways and majority of the people living in the region has no connection with the outer world but Tibet, they are able to inherit and practice culture, religion and norms that dates back to 1500 or more years. It may come to your surprise that people do not speak Nepali at times, have no human skills as basic as communication and that makes this trek a stunner.
Although this trek is beautiful, it is not meant for all and specially for a novice. Since this trek takes around 3 weeks to end and climbs up to the elevation of over 5000 meters, it requires some prior experience. Inquire more about this trek today and book with us to get an unbeatable price!

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2Trek Preparation and Shopping
Day 3Kathmandu - Arughat (Bus/Jeep drive) ( 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 4Arughat - Soti Khola (710m/2493 ft) (4 - 5 hours)
Day 5Soti Khola - Machha Khola (900m/2952 ft) ( (5 -7 hours)
Day 6Machha Khola - Jagat (1410m/4625 ft) (5 - 7 hours)
Day 7Jagat - Deng (1860m/6102 ft)
Day 8Deng - Namrung(2660m/8728 ft) (5-7 hours)
Day 9Namrung - Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft)(5-7 hours)
Day 10Exploring Samagaun
Day 11Samagaun - Dharmashala (4480m/14690 ft) (5-7 hours)
Day 12Dharmashala - Larkya La Pass (5100m/16732 ft) - Bimthang (3720m/ 12204 ft) (9-11 hours)
Day 13Bimthang - Gho aka Goa (2560m/8399 ft) (4-6 hours)
Day 14Gho / Goa - Chamje (1430m/4692 ft) (5-7 hours)
Day 15Chamje - Besisahar (760m/2493 ft) ( Bus or walk ) ( 5 -7 hours)
Day 16Besisahar - Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive)
Best Seasons:
Fall(September, October, November), Spring(April, June, July),
Number of Days:
18 Days
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Places Visited: Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: No Activities Briefing

Thank you for choosing Manaslu Circuit as your next adventure destination! Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan International airport, one of our representatives will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You will not do much on this day but only explore your surroundings and the local culture.

Day 2
Trek Preparation and Shopping

Places Visited: Thamel Hotel Prince Plaza

Activities: Shopping Briefing

You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking to Everest base camp. The back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking and you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Kathmandu - Arughat (Bus/Jeep drive) ( 7 - 8 hrs)

Places Visited: Kathmandu Arughat

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

We would start early in the morning by boarding a vehicle to Arughat. This bus or van ride would take around 7 to 8 hours. Half of the way is nice and black topped, whereas half of the road is bumpy and off road. Once we reach Arughat we would call it a day and get ready for Manaslu circuit trek. Overnight in Arughat. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 4
Arughat - Soti Khola (710m/2493 ft) (4 - 5 hours)

Places Visited: Arughat Soti Khola

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

The first day of the trek shouldn't be much tough on your legs and hence we would walk only for around 4-5 hours with a lot of breaks in between. The trail is gradient in the beginning but beyond Arkhet it gets steep. We would make our way through beautiful villages and rice terrains of indigenous gurung community. Keep your eyes open for plenty of monkeys in the forest in between Arkhet and Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 5
Soti Khola - Machha Khola (900m/2952 ft) ( (5 -7 hours)

Places Visited: Soti Khola Machha Khola

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

Initially we climb through beautiful Sal forest and further on the face of a cliff and along the budhi Gandagi river. We pass several Gurung villages and amazing rice terrain. Keep your eyes open for beautiful display of indigenous culture. Overnight in Machha Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 6
Machha Khola - Jagat (1410m/4625 ft) (5 - 7 hours)

Places Visited: Machha Khola Jagat

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

We would embark on the same trail left behind on the previous day. We would walk on lush green hills and cross the budhi Gandaki river for several times before we reach our final destination. On our way we would as well meet Tatopani, natural hot water springs. This section of the trail however is very isolated and we would only see few scattered houses in most of the case. Overnight in Jagat. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 7
Jagat - Deng (1860m/6102 ft)

Places Visited: Jagat Deng

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

It's going to be a long and tedious day from Jagat to Deng. Right outside Jagat you begin climbing with the views of Singri himal and remain along the Budhi Gandaki river. The trail is series of ascends and descends but once you enter from Philim, having your MCAP checked, the terrain becomes beautiful and worth the stroll. Do not forget to lookout for beautiful water fall around Ekle Bhatti. Overnight in Deng.

Day 8
Deng - Namrung(2660m/8728 ft) (5-7 hours)

Places Visited: Deng Namrung

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

The trail is not very difficult until the very last moment of the trail. However, on this day you will see the transition in houses, culture and crops. The structure of homes are made out of rocks over the houses made out of mud and concrete in the lower area, the crops change from rice and wheat to potato and buckwheat and culture reflect to that of Tibet. You walk through a lot of prayer flags, mani (prayer wheels) and Kani (spiritual and religious gates). The final hour climb to Namrung is tiring. Overnight in Namrung. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 9
Namrung - Samagaun (3530m/11581 ft)(5-7 hours)

Places Visited: Namrung Samagaun

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

The walk begins with easy uphill and not too difficult. We cross several short streams and small patches of villages of Barcham, lihi and Sho, but the most significant one is Lho. Manaslu dominates the view of entire Lho. You can as well take a short time to explore the village and observe the handmade religious architecture. It takes around 3 and half hours to Lho and from here our final destination is another 2 and half hours away. Overnight in Samagaon. Meal plan Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 10
Exploring Samagaun

Places Visited: Samagaun Acclimatization

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

Taking a day off in Samagaun is a part of acclimatization. This beautiful village nestled on the laps of Manaslu himalaya has several places worth exploring. There are gompas, shrines and local infrastructures worth exploring. There is a natural hot water spring as well which is enjoyed by trekkers in the region. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 11
Samagaun - Dharmashala (4480m/14690 ft) (5-7 hours)

Places Visited: Samagaun Dharmashala

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

The trek begins easy and on the grassy grazing land often referred as Kharka. From here, in around 2 hours we reach the first village of Samdo; settlement of Tibetan fled refugees. This is an ideal place to relax a bit and see the surrounding. After catching our breath, we move on with our journey. Lookout for splendid view of Manaslu himal. In another 3 hours, looking on the north face of Manaslu and Larkya peak we make it to Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 12
Dharmashala - Larkya La Pass (5100m/16732 ft) - Bimthang (3720m/ 12204 ft) (9-11 hours)

Places Visited: Dharmashala Larke Pass Bimthang

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

This is the longest and the toughest day in the entire Manaslu circuit trek. The day is going to be long so we would start before the first light. The hike in no doubt is tedious but on the top awaits the most beautiful of the himalayan grandeur. On the way down you will be greeted by beautiful views of Bimthang village and several turquoise colored lakes. The highest point of the trek as well is Larkya La pass. Overnight in Bimthang. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 13
Bimthang - Gho aka Goa (2560m/8399 ft) (4-6 hours)

Places Visited: Bimthang Goa

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

We start strolling down Bimthang valley and towards the end of the valley we first cross a glacial melt, climb down a moraine and climb up a moraine. The west face of Manaslu is still still impressive. From this point there is a sudden change in the topography. We traverse through forest of Pine and Rhododendron. The descend is at first steep and then more gradient. Overnight in Goa. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 14
Gho / Goa - Chamje (1430m/4692 ft) (5-7 hours)

Places Visited: Goa Chamje

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

We embark on the same trail that we took upward. The trek in majority downhill and it would take around 6 - 7 hours to Chumling. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 15
Chamje - Besisahar (760m/2493 ft) ( Bus or walk ) ( 5 -7 hours)

Places Visited: Chamje Besisahar

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

It is a 3-4 hours of a bus ride, whereas it takes all day to walk to Besisahar. The walk is pleasant and downhill mostly and the bus or jeep running on this route does not have a regular schedule as such. Mostly, you will walk on jeep track and at times you will dodge it. Whereas if you happen to take the jeep back, it will be one bumpy one. Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 16
Besisahar - Kathmandu (6-7 hours drive)

Places Visited: Besisahar Kathmandu

Activities: Trekking and Hiking Briefing

From Besisahar you are likely to board a vehicle back to Kathmandu early in the morning. Once we complete this 7 hour ride back to Kathmandu we would transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence your Manaslu circuit trek would officially come to end. Meal plan B.

Price :
USD 1,499
Note :
15% VAT applicable
What's Included:
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)

Reviews from our gratified travellers

USD 1,499

Manaslu circuit trek is probably the modern day Annapurna circuit trek and one of the most beautiful trekking in Nepal. This trek encircles Manaslu, which is 8156 meters tall and is the 8th highest peak above the sea level.

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Trip Highlights

  • Recently opened its door to the world so Manaslu is at its best
  • Geographically and culturally spectacular and very less explored
  • very few amount of trekkers and trails less populated
  • views of Manaslu the 8th highest mountain in the world
  • Culturally enchanting home stays of Tamang people
  • Sensational views of Nupri
  • One of the highest man walkable passes of Larke La 5213m

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