Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Valley Trek is a remote and spectacular trip with rough steep tracks and limited accommodation, culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley and even has the Larke-La (5215 m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu (the eighth highest mountain in the world) are marvelous and close with the further journey, making it the popular trekking spot.

Despite being a popular destination, Manaslu Trekking is restricted and requires a special permit. Trekking to Manaslu might be considered as a test of personal endurance as one will encounter with high alpine terrain, not cozy accommodation in higher areas, long walk on flat terrain on higher elevated Larke-La Pass, technical downhill slope of right after pass and a long side trip to Tibetan border from Sambo. The trail is a double track passing through small villages as it follows the river up to the valley.

It is the main connector to the remote villages and; therefore, busy with locals and trekkers. You will find yourself walking on stone steps, river beds and through landslide and avalanche areas. Your mind will never be bored as you trek through subtropical jungles, barren terrain and alongside cliffs looking down at the river. Manaslu Circuit Trek is rich in diverse landscapes and culture complete with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung Villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna and the journey to Manaslu Circuit is one of the amazing walks on earth.
Trip Code: MCT62
Starts: Sotikhola
Finishes: Beshisahar
Duration: 16 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 5215m/ 17109.6ft
Trip Views: 1850
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 15
Lunch: 0
Dinner: 1
Jeep
Bus
Flight
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 12 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Mount Manaslu (8,156m) is the eighth highest peak in the world from where 10 peaks of over 6500m are visible.
  • Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu as a part of Japanese Expedition team first climbed Mount Manaslu on 9th May 1956.
  • This trek features all the great aspects of the classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossing, and a 5100m Himalayan pass.
  • You walk from lush sub-tropic to the highest mountains in the world experiencing the wonderful culture with Tibetan people encountering the beautiful flora and fauna and also blue sheep.
  • It sounds cliche but Manaslu is an authentic Nepali trekking experience which is really like the Annapurna Circuit to its way back.
  • Wonder what Tibet is like? You can gaze into Tibet from the border point which is a short trek from Samdo.
  • From Larkya La, you can see four glaciers covering above amazing views to Lamjung Himal and the Annapurnas.
  • Ancient Gompas along the trail. Not big but often frequented by Rimpoches due to the relative accessibility of Nobri Valley.
  • The very beautiful backdrop of Ganesh Himal mountain range, Mount Manaslu, rich cultural heritage, Sama Gaon and many other.

Why this Trip

  • Manaslu Circuit Trek is far less crowded than its more well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit proffering the trekkers with the wonderful cultural experience with Tibetan and mountain people, Buddhist temples, architecture and traditions along with the beautiful and mesmerizing natural scenery and wildlife including the alluring view of Nepal Himalayas.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
    This is going to be the first day of Nepal adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up Services
    • Guided Thamel Tour
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU VALLEY SIGHTSEEING
    We start the day with a visit to Boudhanath Stupa which is the largest stupa in Nepal. This beautiful Buddhist temple is one of the most visited sites in Kathmandu. Next, we’ll head to the city of devotees to see Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is a small city on the outskirts of Kathmandu which is known for its beautiful architecture and wood carvings. You’ll have the afternoon to yourself to explore. You can choose from a variety of cultural sites or just eat your weight in momo (Nepali dumplings). Whatever you decide, we won’t judge.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Bhaktapur tour
    • Delicious Momo
    • Bouddhanath Stupa
    • Monkey Temple tour
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : KATHMANDU TO SOTIKHOLA (720M)
    In the morning, we gear up for adventure waiting for us. We head towards Arughat on private transportation. The trail to Arughat is a bit rough and rocky. From Arughat, we pass through Hydroelectricity Project Area and cultivated fields and finally reach SotiKhola after 8-9 hours of drive.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Jeep
  • placeDAY 4 : SOTIKHOLA TO MACHHAKHOLA (930M)
    Today, after breakfast, we start our trek through Sal Forest crossing through the suspension bridge of Soti Khola. The trail today is rough and rocky with its wavy up and down landscapes. We cross through tropical waterfalls and cliffs on the way, Gurung Village of Labu Besi (880m), rice terrain and rocky outcrops and finally reach Machha Khola after 7 hours of walk from where we can have access to the area of Ganesh Himal. We stay at Machha Khola tonight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • 6-7 hours of trek to Machha Khola
  • placeDAY 5 : MACHHAKHOLA TO JAGAT (1440M)
    After warm breakfast, we move forward in our trek. The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually cross Tharo Khola and Khrola Besi and reach hot spring called Tatopani. We rest for a while and continue our trek to Jagat following the silent forest reaching Dovan, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapid and scenery undergo a complete transformation. We reach at Jagat in 6-7 hours of our walk from Machha Khola. We rest here at Jagat today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : JAGAT TO DENG (1,860M)
    Leaving behind Jagat, we continue our walk to Deng through the rocky ridge to Salleri that has a wonderful view of Shringi Himal (7,187m) and descend to Sirdibas. We continue our walk passing through Gurung Villages, millet fields and grassy land slopes. As we continue to walk through the rough trail, we finally reach Deng after about 7 hours of walk.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : DENG TO NAMRUNG (2,560M)
    This day, we take a brief walk from Deng and cross Budi Gandaki through the trail that passes through forests and painted Mani stones and Gompas. We then take the trail to Prok Village that allows us to witness the spectacular view of beautiful Siring Himal. Moving ahead from Prok Village, we walk through the trail passing through forests and Gompas along the way. After the long steep climb, we then reach to a beautiful village of Namrung which is capable of stealing anyone's heart with its panoramic and enact houses of stone. We stay overnight in Namrung which will take overall 7 hours of walk from Deng.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : NAMRUNG TO SYALA (3,500M)
    After our warm breakfast in the early morning, we depart for the scenic village of Syala from Namrung. Syala is a beautiful village that proffers 360-degree panoramic view of beautiful landscapes and nature. We have to walk for 3-4 hours to reach Syala from Namrung and stay there for the rest of the night in Syala.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : SYALA TO SAMAGAON (3,500M)
    After Syala Village, we head forward for Sama Gaon today. We start our easy hike today and walk for about 4 hours to reach Sama Gaon where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay here at Sama Gaon and rest for the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : SAMAGAON TO SAMDO (3,800M)
    From Sama Gompa we head towards Samdo via Kargyu Chholing Gompa and pass through rivers, juniper and birch forest and stone huts of Kemo Kharka. From Kemo Kharka trail gets rougher, crosses the Buri Gandaki and after a long walk, we reach to Samdo. The total walk for this day is about 5 hours and after reaching Samdo, we fresh up and rest there for that night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : SAMDO TO DHARAMSALA (LARKE PHEDI) (4,460M)
    Today, we start our day by crossing wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki River and hike. We hike for a short period of time until we see Larkya Glacier. We cross through the beautiful fields and rivers and reach Dharamsala after about 5 hours of walk.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : DHARAMSALA TO BHIMTANG (3,700M)
    On this day, we make a short climb after wrapping up with our morning breakfast and reach a valley on the north side of Larkya Glacier with an exquisite view of Larkya Peak. The trail is now going to be rougher and indistinct as it crosses the moraine to the south and grassy slope. We cross through the Larkya Pass (5,100m) and reach Tauhuche. Later, we walk further towards Bhimtang to spend the night. The whole walk will take us about 5 hours that day.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : BHIMTANG TO TILJE (2,300M)
    The trail drops down from Bhimtang and crosses glacier stream. After enjoying the splendid view of mountains, we walk through rhododendron forest, narrow valleys and fields. We pass through Karache, Gho and finally reach Tilje after 5 hours of the walk where we spend our night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TILJE TO BESISAHAR (760M)
    This morning, we walk through stone-paved path passing through beautiful village alongside river and reach Dharapani where our trekking journey stops and we hop onto a jeep and reach Besi Sahar after few hours of bumpy jeep ride. We rest at Besi Sahar.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : BESISAHAR TO KATHMANDU
    From Besi Sahar, we drive along the Trishuli River and Marsyangdi River witnessing beautiful rice fields, terraced farms, rivers and valleys along with the beautiful scenario of hilly areas and mountains. We head back to Kathmandu and stay at the same hotel in Kathmandu for our night stay.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private Vehicle
  • placeDAY 16 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Souvenir
    • Trekkers Message
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle;
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast;
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu which includes a private car, all entrance fees, and a professional guide;
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need);
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek;
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek;
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance;
    • All applicable government tax;
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation;
    • All necessary paperwork and special Manaslu Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS);
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader);
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek;
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu;
    • Manaslu Map;
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek;
    • Souvenir from Nepal;
    • Sim service(zero balance)
    • Photos and videos of the trip(if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee; 
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary;
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu;
    • Travel and rescue insurance;
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.);
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s);


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is this a popular trek ?
    Manaslu trekking is a restricted area and requires special permit. It is little bit hard to do this trek so you must be fit, strong and healthy while doing this trek and also Manaslu circuit trek is restricted which required special permit.
  • 6. Is Travelling in Manaslu Circuit safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Manaslu Circuit is trekking region and mostly we spend our night at Teahouses. In teahouses you can get pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher it’s better to avoid meat because non-vegetarian is heavy meals which may cause food poisoning so we avoid it.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Sotikhola we will use jeep. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travellers.
  • 11. What is the best season for trekking in Manaslu circuit ?
    Spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to December) are the best time to do this trek, in winters it is difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking in Manaslu Circuit is a little bit hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    In some village, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide also provided with a mobile phone in case of emergency you can call from his mobile and make a call.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hour of walk depends on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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