The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote and challenging trip with rough steep tracks and culturally fascinating sights. Linked to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley, this adventurous trek passes through the Larke-La (5215 m) pass while flaunting the spectacular views of Mt Manaslu (the eighth highest mountain in the world) in the backdrop.
This 16 day Manaslu circuit trek begins with sightseeing in the ancient city of Kathmandu. Next, it heads towards Sotikhola from where the trek truly begins. The trail meanders through several villages leading to Tatopani hot spring, exotic view of Larkya glacier and Larkya peak. Next to it, the trail also passes through the beautiful ,a href="//www.swotahtravel.com/tsum-valley">Tsum Valley and crosses the Larke la pass(5100m).
Manaslu circuit trek itself is very diverse with varying landscapes of lush green meadows, sub-tropical forests to up-close views of Manaslu mastiffs. Passing through Gurung villages, this trail is one of the challenging and strenuous treks in Nepal as the higher elevated Larke-La Pass requires technical skills while descending a slope of right after the pass and long side trip to Tibetan border from Sambo.
Anyone intending to do Manaslu Circuit trek must be in good shape with some trekking experience in high altitudes. People with a respiratory problem should be cautious and consult their doctor before heading for this trek as the trail elevates above 5000m increasing the chances of getting HAPE or HACE due to the thin air at high altitude.
Experience the magnificence of Mt. Manaslu while trudging along the subtropical chain of mountain foothills to the arid trans- Himalayan pastures bordering Sit sang with Manaslu circuit trek!
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5215 m/ 17109.6ft
Mount Manaslu (8,156m) is the eighth highest peak in the world from where 10 peaks of over 6,500m 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 a classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossing and a 5,100m 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 Annapurna’s.
Ancient Gompas along with the trail not big but often frequented by Rimpoches due to the relative accessibility of Nobri Valley.
A very beautiful backdrop of Ganesh Himal mountain range, Mount Manaslu, rich cultural heritage, Sama Gaon and many other.
Why this Trip
Manaslu Circuit Trip 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.
•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
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;
After breakfast, Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel;
In the morning, we leave Kathmandu and drive all the way to Arughat. From Arughat we pass through hydroelectricity project, well-cultivated rice/millet fields until Maltar. Buri Gandaki valley now appears narrow and steep; trail crosses through Arkhet Khola and finally reaches Sotikhola. Overnight stay at Sotikhola;
This day is the start of our trek. After having breakfast, we trek towards Gurung village Labubesi (880m). Leaving Labubesi behind we further trek to Machhakhola (900m), from where we can have access to the area of Ganesh Himal. Overnight at Machhakhola;
Leaving Machhakhola and passing through Khrolabesi, we reach a hot spring called Tatopani. Here we can relax for some time but we need to continue our trek to Jagat (1410m) along with beautiful forests. We will reach at Dovan after few hours, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki River. As the elevation increases, the trails and the scenery undergo a complete transformation. Jagat is a humble village with an average accommodation teahouses and above-average sceneries. Overnight stay at Jagat;
Leaving behind Jagat, we continue our walk to Deng through the rocky ridge to Salleri that has a wonderful view of Shringi Himal (7187m) 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. Overnight at Deng;
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 Sringi 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 about 7 hours of walk from Deng;
After our warm breakfast in the early morning, on this day, we depart for the scenic village of Syala from Namrung. Syala is a beautiful village that proffers a 360-degree panoramic view of beautiful landscapes and nature. We have to walk for 3-4 hours to reach Syala from Namrung and we will stay there for the rest of the night;
After Syala Village, we head forward for Sama Gaon this day. 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;
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, the 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;
Today, we start our day by crossing a 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. Overnight at Dharamsala;
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 (5100m) and reach Tauhuche. Later, we walk further towards Bhimtang to spend the night. The whole walk will take us about 5 hours that day. Overnight at Bhimtang;
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 about 5 hours of the walk where we spend our night;
This morning, we walk through stone-paved path passing through beautiful village alongside the 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 for overnight;
From Besi Sahar, we drive along the Trishuli River and Marshyangdi 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. Overnight in Kathmandu;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.