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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu circuit trekking in Nepal is one of the best trekking route for off the beaten path trekking. Mt. Manaslu an altitude of 8163 m. which is the eighth tallest mountain in the world is located near to Nepal – Tibet border. It is located around 100km  Northwest of national capital. Manaslu region is a restricted region till the first 90s. The trek consists all elements of other treks including Hindu and Buddhist culture, wildlife, rhododendrons, wild flowers, shaky bridges, strong rivers and stunning mountain vista. Few trekkers are seen in this region in comparison to well-liked regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu regions. More than 2,000 people do Manaslu Circuit Trek in a year with more than half visiting in October. Beautiful villages and gorgeous scenery around Manaslu create this best among the classic but fresh trekking adventures within the Himalayas.

JOIN GROUP 1 before departure from Kathmandu.
Transportation to trekking starting point and from ending point
Trekking Information Management System Fee (TIMS Fee)
National park Conservation Fee
Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
Services of English speaking trekking guide and porter (one porter for two people and the maximum weight carry by one porter is total 25kg)
Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment and allowance of guide and porter.
Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary.
Trekking permit (special trekking permit for Manasalu, TIMS, MCAP and ACAP entry permit).
All applicable government taxes and service charges.
Any accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
Any sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
Any international and domestic airfare
Your personal travel insurance and medical.
Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter, and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc.
Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents, and other occurrence, beyond our control.
Nepal visa fee.
Any other optional services not mentioned above as included.

Travelling through Gorkha and Arughat to the south of Manaslu, we tend to ascend the spectacular gorge of the Buri Gandaki, passing through small villages perked up on the steep valley sides, to succeed in the Tibetan world behind village of Ghap. We’ve the commotion of approaching into a secret Buddhist world of monasteries, mani-walls and prayer flags because the vale starts to open out, and there are outstanding views of the peaks on Nepal-Tibet border as those of Manaslu huddle. The scenery becomes even additional spectacular as we tend to climb up into the alpine surroundings to approach the Larkya La Pass (5135m.), with massive peaks on all the sides. The major peaks we observe on this trek are Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himal Chuli and Himlung Himal. After exploring the Larkya La, we tend to descend into the heavily forested valley of Marsyangdi stream, wherever we trek down to a place with the views of the Annapurna series, following the river right down to join with the mainroad ahead. Manaslu Circuit Trek gets completed by using native lodges and tea-houses giving an ideal chance to relate with the local people of Nepal living in high Himalayan valleys.

Opened in 1992, trek to the base of Mt. Manaslu which offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and a great diversity of flora and fauna. We begin our trek from Arughat Bazar. Soon all traces of modern civilisation fade as we travel through villages where the harmonious agricultural life has remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

The trek begins to get more serious, with the start of the ascent of the Gandaki River Valley, fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, where trekkers often enjoy a swim in refreshing river pools.

In Samagoan (3515 m.), we visit the glacial green lake of Birendra, before crossing into mystic Sado, just 15 Km. from the Tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries. More monasteries await in Larkya Bazzar, along with this trek’s biggest challenge- crossing the Larkya la 5135m. between snow covered peaks which reach over 6500 m.

From the top of the pass we descend through alpine forests alive with flowers, ferns, bamboo, pine, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes which are laced with cotton-white beaches. This 15 days excursion should leave you somewhat fitter with a sense of peace and respect both the people of region and the majesty of the Nepal Himalaya.

01Drive Kathmandu / Arughat (820m.) – 6 hrs. and further drive to Sotikhola (613m., 6hrs.) Overnight at Lodge.

02Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (850 m.) – 6 hrs walk (16.4 Km.)

03Maccha Khola to Jagat (1380 m.) – 6 hrs. 30 mins. walk (23.6 Km.)

04Jagat to Deng (1885 m.) – 6 hrs. 30 mins. walk (24.8 Km.)

05Deng to Ghap (2123 m.) – 5 hrs walk

06Ghap to Li (2946 m.) – 5.30 hrs. walk (9.2 Km.)

07Li to Lho (3154 m.) via Hinang Glacier (3515 m.) – 10 hrs. walk (26.8 Km.)

08Lho to Sama Gaon (3515 m.) – 6 hrs. walk (14.6 Km.)

09Sama Gaon to Manaslu Base Camp (5200m) to Sama Gaon 8 hrs. walk (13.9 Km.)

10Sama Gaon to Samdho (3863 m.) – 3 hrs. walk (6.5 Km.)

11Samdho to Dharmasala (4496 m.) – 3 hrs. 30 mins. walk (6.4 Km.)

12Dharmasala to Larke Pass to Bhimthang (3620 m.) – 10 hrs. walk (15.6 Km.)

13Bhimthang to Tilije (2281 m.) – 6 hrs. 15mins. walk (16.8 Km.)

14Tilche to Syange (1130 m.) – 8 hrs. 15mins. walk (18 Km.)

15Sange to Bensishahar and Drive to Kathmandu

Itinerary details


Drive Kathmandu / Arughat (820 m.) – 6 hrs. and further drive to Sotikhola (613m., 6hrs.) Overnight at Lodge.

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat takes around 6 hours travelling via Prithvi highway. Before reaching Malekhu turn North for Dhading Besi and then we reach Arughat Bazar. From Arughat drive to Soti Khola which takes around 6 hrs. Overnight stay at lodge.

Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (850 m.) – 6 hrs walk (16.4 Km.)

In the morning after having breakfast,we start our trek from Soti Khola. Passing through the forest we reach the villages named Liding and Laphubesi. The valley opens and trail drops to the gravelled banks along Buri Gandari river. Before heading to village of Machha Khola we can have fine views of Ganesh Himal. Overnight stay at hotel at Machha Khola.

Maccha Khola to Jagat (1380 m.) – 6 hrs. 30 mins. walk (23.6 Km.)

Crossing Machha Khola we head upto small village Kholabesi and reach the hot spring named Tatopani. Passing short section of forest and teahouses at dobhan we hike through farming terrace and villages until we reach to Jagat. Jagat is an entry point for the restricted area where permits are checked. Overnight at hotel.

Jagat to Deng (1885 m.) – 6 hrs. 30 mins. walk (24.8 Km.)

In the morning trail begins climbing a rocky ridge with fabulous views of Mt. Singri (7187m.). The route continues following the stream of Budi Gandaki, along a gorge section to the terraced field of maize, millet and potato before entering Nupri village through forest. Passing through Philim village we finally reach village named Deng. Overnight stay at hotel in Deng

Deng to Ghap (2123 m.) – 5 hrs. walk

Trail goes down to the Budi Gandaki stream and climbup to Rana village. Hiking along lovely forest of pine and then crossing bridge, we reach to Bihi Phedi from where we can have clear views of Mt. Kutang. Crossing different streams with gradual ups and down we reach to Ghap. Overnight stay at hotel.

Ghap to Lhi (2946 m.) – 5.30 hrs. walk (9.2 Km.)

From Ghap we walk along beautiful rhododendron forest with lots of birds and langurs. Crossing stream flowing from Lidanda Glaciers we reach Tibetan village of Lhi. The trail climb up with stairs to Namrung village. Passing Lama gaun we reach to Lhi. Overnight stay at Lihi.

Lhi to Lho (3154m.) via Hinang Glacier (3515 m.) – 10 hrs. walk (26.8 Km.)

Today trail passes via rhododendron forest with glance of different birds until you reach Namrung village. Hiking towards Lhi passing the Mani walls, farming terrace and rural land of Lamagaun you reach Lho. Lho is a village with lovely little Monastries, Ribung Gompa and Chorten. From Lho, we pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall. You can witness excellent view of Mt. Manaslu from Lho. It takes around 6 hrs. to reach Samagaun from Lho. From Lho trail goes down to Hinang Khola which flows from Hinang and Lanjam Glaciers. After visiting the Hinang Glacier climbing gentle slope path we arrive at Lho. Overnight stay at Lho.

Lho to Sama Gaon (3515 m.) – 6 hrs. walk (14.6 Km.)

The trail from Lho passing along forest of pine and rhododendron takes you to a Tibetan village Syala . You can view wonderful mountain panorama along the way. Passing Pung-Gyan Gompa you reach potato and barley fields and then to Samagoan. In Samagaon you can see women weaving wool into gowns that are traded to Tibet. Overnight stay at hotel.

Sama Gaon to Manaslu Base Camp (5200 m.) to Sama Gaon 8 hrs. walk (13.9 Km.)

Early in the morning, we follow trail through forest before steep ascent to a slope and to a moraine. There is magnificent view of glacier, a turquoise lake and wonderful mountains from all angles. Trekking to Manaslu Base Camp takes approximately 4-5 hours, and descending back to Samagaon takes around 2-3 hrs. From Base Camp there is shorter trekking trail to Pungyen Gompa and icy lake, Birendra Tal. Walking through forest area before you reach ridge and grassy plateau. Here you will explore a gompa which was destroyed by the flood in 1953. Continue the trail to get to icy water of Birendra Tal which is situated at base of the glacier, and if you’re brave enough take a dip into the lake. Return to Sama Gaun and overnight stay at hotel.

Sama Gaon to Samdho (3863 m.) – 3 hrs. walk (6.5 Km.)

Descending to Budi Gandaki River walking along the side of river leads you to the Manaslu Base Camp.You cross Larkya La Trail and moving ahead through the trail you will pass a widening Budi Gandaki valley. On the way you pass several Mani walls and forest of Birch and Juniper before you reach Kermo Kharka. From Kharka you follow downward trail to cross the Budi Gandaki stream. From river you trek through climbing trail that ultimately leads you to a stone hollow from where you can observe large white Kani. After passing through site of Kani you reach village of Samdo. Overnight stay at Samdo.

Samdho to Dharmasala (4496 m.) – 3 hrs. 30 mins. walk (6.4 Km.)

Today you will cross Budi Gandaki stream and then head to Dharmasala passing the scattered settlements of local people through the steeply trail until you reach to Dharmasala. After about three hours of climbing passing glaciers, with increasingly wonderful panoramas, you reach at Dharamsala where you can gaze out at the views. Arriving at Dharmasala you can visit Mani walls, shops and enjoy attractive view of villages like Larkya and Phedi. Overnight stay at Dharmasala.

Dharmasala to Larke Pass to Bhimthang (3620 m.) – 10 hrs. walk (15.6 Km.)

Trail passes through the most demanding trails of Manaslu Circuit as you have to cross high pass of Larkya La. After climbing a short trail you reach to valley on north of Larkya Glacier. While trekking along valley you can enjoy dazzling views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda . Then trail ahead moves across moraines of Larkya Glacial mass and following climbing steep trail you reach highest section of Larkya La Pass. Top of Larkya La Pass rewards you the spectacular views of Cheo Himal (6820 m.), Kangguru (6981 m.) , Himlung Himal (7126 m.), and the giant Annapurna-II (7937 m.). Descending trail from Larke Pass passes via low pasture land to Tanbuche and then down to Bimthang. Overnight stay at Bimthang.

Bhimthang to Tilije (2281 m.) – 6 hrs. 15mins. walk (16.8 Km.)

Today in morning you can enjoy the fascinating vista of Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Lamjung Himal and Cheo Himal. After enjoying Himalayan panorama, following a descending trail to Sangure Kharka and walking from this pasture land you will cross a bridge over the Dudh Khola. Passing through rhododendron forest and thin valley you reach highest cultivated land valley of Karche (2,785 m.). The mountain trail ahead connects you with Gho and walking forward from Gho leads you to a village named Tilije. Overnight stay in Tilije.

Tilije to Syange (1130 m.) – 8 hrs. 15mins. walk (18 Km.)

Following trail through Dudh Khola along bamboo forest down we reach to Dharapani – a Tibetan village with prayer flags flapping in wind. Trekking towards south on Annapurna Circuit trail, we reach at a suspension bridge over which we cross Marsyangdi stream to reach small village named Karte. Contining trail along high winding, stunning cliffs aside and passing small teahouses at Khorte, we descend steep trail before crossing Marsyangdi stream. You can have the stunning view of different peaks like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna-II and Annapurna-IV on the route to Chamje. You can observe large plain lands and waterfall at lovely Tal which is the last village in Lower Manang Region. Chamje is a village of typical teahouses which are packed with tourists. Descending through the forest, crossing river and large waterfall leads us to a lovely paved village of Jagat, situated on ridge beside the Marsyangdi valley. Descending sharply, we reach a small village of Syange.

Syange to Besisahar and Drive to Kathmandu

On the way you will drive through the dusty roads passing the beautiful villages like Bhulbhule and Khudi. From Besisahar it takes around 6 – 7 hrs. to drive back to Kathmandu crossing over some mountain passes and rivers along the way. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure. Overnight saty at hotel in Kathmandu.

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