Manaslu Circuit Trek – Trekking in Nepal - 16 Days

Manaslu circuit trek

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Of Course, Manaslu circuit trek gives you best views of dramatic landscapes with giant snowcapped peaks all along the walks towards Manaslu valley and Larke-la. Most importantly, you will get a lifetime experience from this exciting journey. However, you can explore untouched, beautiful, and cultural Manaslu.

DifficultyMedium-Hard
Duration16 days
Max Elevation5,106 m
Best TimeOct-Dec & Mar-Jun
ActivitiesTrekking,Culture,Flora & Fauna
Trekking PermitsMACP permit, ACAP permit, TIMS Card, Special permit
AccommodationHotels,lodges & tea house
MealsIndian/Nepali/Western/Chinese
Starting/Ending pointKathmandu/Kathmandu
RegionManaslu, West Nepal
Single person Supplement Charge+$235

First, Manaslu circuit region is located around Gorkha district. Wherever you will walk through Larke-la at 5,106m with excellent viewpoints reaching Manang and Lamjung districts.  Besides that, you follow raging Budhi-Gandaki river right up. It goes near Samagaon village and beyond. This River comes from Tibet.

In addition, Mt. Manaslu is listed as world 8th maximum peaks at 8,163 m high, secondly, first climbed through Japanese expeditions in 1956. Mt. Manaslu is locality Tibetan beginning name as Kutang. Furthermore, the word Manaslu derived from Sanskrit because of these manas as “mind of the god” likewise Manasarovar lake of Mount Kailash in Tibet.

It starts with an exciting overland drive toward mid-hills of Dhading and Gorkha district areas to reach our adventurous trek, where you will follow the Budhi-Gandaki River after a bus traveling beyond farm villages Jagat, Philim, Dyang.  Wherever we head to the cooler temperature of the alpine area.  Treks go slowly into lovely pines, rhododendron and fir forest. There will be superb views of Manaslu peaks and Ganesh Himal most of the time. In fact, this also known as Yangra stands at 7,422 m inside the Japanese route.

The walk slowly reaches at Samagaon for a relaxation and acclimatization day. Most importantly, we will discover the super Buddhist tradition in this highland village.  Moreover, Tibetan culture and tradition has affected this society because the border to Tibet is nearby wherein traditional Trans Himalayan caravan trade route still exists today.

Manaslu Circuit Trek ends at Annapurna Circuit

However, we will climb up to high Larke-la.  It will skip of arctic quarter cold climate whereas trees line drops to ice and glacier. After that, we will descend towards the forested area around Manang district at Dharapani. Wherever famous Annapurna circuit path joins.

Finally, Your Manaslu Circuit Treks ends at Dharapani. Then you will have public transport to go back to Kathmandu via famous Besisahar. It will be adventurous driving from Dharapani to Besisahar due to the rough mountain road. Next, a bus traveling from Besisahar to Kathmandu will be interesting with its beautiful farmlands, Riverbanks, and human settlements.

Social Activities

Pristine Nepal Treks has been involving since it’s established. In fact, we are coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal. We are contributing to a woman school in Kathmandu. We send volunteers in public school in the mountain area. However, you can check out our social activities on our free volunteering Nepal page.

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Day 1
DAY 01 / RECEIVED BY GUIDE & TRANSFER TO HOTEL.

On arrival in Kathmandu received and guide for short drive to your hotel in the tourist hub of Kathmandu city Thamel. Thamel is popular touristic place in Kathmandu where many hotels, restaurants, bars, trekking gear shops, souvenir shops, travel agencies, stores are located. The guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts.

Day 2
DAY 02 / IN KATHMANDU WITH SIGHTSEEING TOUR AT PLACES OF INTEREST.

We need this day for trekking permit. We need your original passport & Nepal visa for Special Manaslu trekking permit. So you will have this day free in Kathmandu. If you are interested to go for Kathmandu heritage site tour, you may do it. (we can arrange that trip as well if you wish)

Day 3
DAY 03 / DRIVE TO SOTI-KHOLA 730 M VIA DHADINGBESI AND ARUGHAT - 07HRS.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking begins with an overland drive on the busy highway for few hours, and then our route diverts from the main road to reach Dhading Besi a large town. From Dhading heading towards Gorkha areas at Arughat town by the River Buri Gandaki, from here taking another vehicle with interesting ride towards mid hills following Buri-Gandaki River and farm villages to reach Soti-Khola village.

Day 4
DAY 04 / TREK TO MACHHA-KHOLA 930M - 06 HRS.

From this village, starting our walk following Budi Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuala Khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for an overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.

Day 5
DAY 05 / TREK TO JAGAT 1,410M - 06 HRS.

After a pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Budi-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.

Day 6
DAY 06 / TREK TO DYANG 1,800 M - 06 HRS.

From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farmhouses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

Day 7
DAY 07 / TREK TO NAMRUNG 2,630 M - 04 HRS.

Morning walk from Dyang leads to the cooler area where you can feel a slow rise in altitude, on entering the Himalayan alpine region, walk downhill to a riverside to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small village near a riverside. From here onwards encountering more villages of strong Tibetan culture, walk leads on the gentle trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village is reached, From here you will have uphill to Namrung for an overnight.

Day 8
DAY 08 / TREK TO SYALA 3,500 M - 06 HRS.

Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face and adjoining peaks. The walk continues passing few villages of Banham, Lhi, and Sho, then as altitude gains with an hour up to Lo Gaon. Then you will stop at Syala for an overnight.

Day 9
DAY 09 / TREK TO SAMA-GAON 3,530 M - 05 HRS.

After Lo-Gaon tree lines fade only for few short juniper bushes and some willow trees, walk leads on the nice path with views of peaks and finally, the day ends at Sama-Gaon for an overnight stop, this is a large mountain village located on route Manaslu base camp, Larke-la pass and to Tibet border.

Day 10
DAY 10 / REST DAY IN SAMA-GAON FOR ACCLIMATIZATION.

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading over Larke-la pass, at Samagaon explore around this interesting village of Tibetan culture.

Day 11
DAY 11 / TREK TO SAMDO 3,860 M - 05 HRS.

Today walk leads to the last village of Manaslu area at Samdo which lies close on route Tibet border, the villagers of this area have a long history of trading with Tibet, the trade still continues as you can find many Chinese goods around the village shops and stores.

Day 12
DAY 12 / TREK TO DHARAMSALA / LARKE PHEDI 4,470 M - 04 HRS.

A short day walk to Larke Phedi or Dharmasala, after a nice overnight at Samdo village, morning walk leads towards more dry and barren country. As the altitude gains slowly with few short ups and downs then completing the morning walk at Larke Phedi, means the base of the hill or pass with an afternoon free to relax or short walks.

Day 13
DAY 13 / CROSS LARKE-LA 5,135M AND TO BHIMTHANG 3,720 M - 08 HRS.

A great and tough day, the highlight of the adventure, starting early to reach the top of Larke-la pass at 5,135 m, a long climb with views of surrounding mountains Mt. Manaslu, Larke peak, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli and Peak 29. After a strenuous climb reaching the pass, our highest point of the trip marked with Buddhist prayer flags, offering superb views of surrounding great giant peaks, after a short rest enjoying the views along descent leads to Bhimthang for overnight stop a beautiful place surrounded with a forest of tall rhododendron and pines trees.

Day 14
DAY 14 / TREK TO DHARAPANI 1,860 - 05 HRS.

After a hard and tough walk of the previous day, today an easy trek on the downhill path most of the way Gho, located in the midst of a lovely forested area, as our walk leads through woodlands of Rhododendron, pines, and oaks tree lines passing several farm shades to reach Gho.

From Gho with a pristine surrounding of the lovely forest, our last day walk leads downhill most of the way to Telje village by the Marsyangdi River, after Tilje an hour climb to reach Dharapani. A large village with many fine lodges located in Manang district and popular Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.

Day 15
DAY 15 / DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL.

Enjoying time around scenic high hills and mountains around Nepal North Mid-West at Manaslu Circuit trekking with glorious views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time around Manaslu circuit trekking, on reaching Kathmandu for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Day 16
DAY 16 / INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE FOR HOMEWARD BOUND.

As per your flight time, Pristine Nepal guide and staff transfer you to the airport after a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal, a country of Himalaya.

Cost Inclusion

  • Private vehicle for airport arrival and departure
  • Public bus from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Public bus from Dharapani to Besisahar to Kathmandu
  • Taxi to and from the bus park
  • Trekking Permit-Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card,
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permits
  • ACAP Permit (Annapurna conservation area project)
  • And Special permit for Manaslu
  • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu on the basis of twin sharing with breakfast
  • Lodge accommodation (tea houses) during the trekking
  • Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, tea/coffee per meal in a cup during the trekking
  • Fresh fruits with dinner
  • Water purification
  • Experienced trekking guide (Their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging)
  • One porter is provided for two people (Porter salary, insurance, food, accommodation)
  • Medical kit
  • Coordination services for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government and related local taxes
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner at reputable restaurants

Cost Exclusion

  • Nepalese visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery charges, extra porters, boiled water, hot showers, heater, phone calls, etc
  • All soft and hard drinks
  • All your personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • Any additional overnights in Kathmandu and hotels in early return from the trek

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How to Get a Visa in Nepal?

For most countries of the world a Visa On Arrival can be obtained at the airport.
All you have to bring is a credit card or some cash to pay the visa fee:

15 Days = 25 USD
30 Days = 40 USD
90 Days = 100 USD
There is no longer a picture required as there are now computer kiosks which will take a picture of you digitally.
It will ask for your home address and some additional data, especially a first address in Nepal.
So the only thing you really have to prepare is having an address you intend to stay, a valid passport and enough money to pay the fee and you are ready to get your visa!

As regulation can change or be different regarding the nationality, please always double-check1 with the Nepal Immigration.

If there is any question left or you want to have more details or you need support with your Visa for Nepal – contact us!

Stay safe and enjoy discovering Pristine Nepal!

Where will I live when coming Nepal?

First, you will be landing in Nepal International airport which is near Kathmandu. Being the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is full of highly facilitated places like Thamel, Lazimpat, New Road, Basbari, Naxal & many more. These places are packed with 5-star hotels, restaurants, lodges, cafes & bars & many more.

Among all these beautiful places in Kathmandu alone, Thamel is the most buzzing, hottest-spot for tourism. It contains numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater specifically to western tourists. It is the city’s main nightlife zone. Besides this, there are lots of things this place has to offer you. Many roads in Thamel have been declared vehicle-free zones to avoid crowd and traffic havoc. So this is the best place for you to live in.

Will I get Altitude sickness?

Well, most of the people living in the sea level area have a fear that; will they get altitude sickness? So, if you are physically fine then there’s a low chance and people age 70 also have trekked in this area safely. Therefore, it’s a rare chance to get altitude sickness here if you are physically fine.

What if I get sick or any other physical damage?

First of all, we will have a medical kit with us every time for minor causes. All the medicine will be based to cure for trekkers mostly. But if you get serious health problems or any major physical damage then you will be rushed to the Hospital through Helicopter. Similarly, you have to buy travel insurance before coming to Nepal.

Is there any hidden charges?

Absolutely not. There are no hidden charges included in this trip as well as you can check the cost section for inclusion and exclusion. Similarly, please read the tables because there is also the price included for groups and single. For a single person, supplement charge will be added and for groups, the price will be discount. The more you come to trek the more discount you will get.

Conclusion

This trek is very long but worth it; without any guides and porter’s it will be very hard for you because even if you know the route you will not know the rules and regulations. You will be provided all the right equipment from us as well as the best guide. The best season is also listed in the table. Good luck.

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Trip Facts

  • Private Vehicle/Public Bus
  • 2+
  • 5,106m

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