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Manaslu Circuit Trek – Trekking in Nepal - 16 Days

Manaslu circuit trek

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Trekking preparation day

Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m – 05hrs

Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m – 06 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs

Day 07:  Trek to Namrung 2660m – 06 hrs

Day 08:  Trek to Syala 3500 m – 06 hrs

Day 09: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m – 05 hrs

Day 10:  Rest day at Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.

Day 11:  Trek to Samdo 3,860 m – 05 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya Phedi 4,470 m – 04 hrs

Day 13: Cross Larkya-la 5,106 m and to Bimthang 3,720 m – 08 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Dharapani 1,860m – 07 hrs

Day 15:  Drive back to Kathmandu 8/9 hrs

Day 16:  International departure homeward bound.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

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.

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 Manasarowar 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, River banks, 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.

Day 1

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

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

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

From this village, starting our walk following Buri 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 Buri-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

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

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

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

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

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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Price From USD 1,150 USD $ 919/person
Total $ 919 USD

Trip Facts

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