Trip Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the unexplored trails but Manaslu Circuit is getting popular as a new trekking destination. Mt. Manslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world; it is in the very centre of the Nepalese Himalaya and to trek around the base of this giant mountain along with its isolated trail is probably one of the best treks. The trail traverses through virgin areas where you will witness the beauty of nature than any other places. This trek suits best to those who are looking for the challenging trekking in Nepal, is also a part of the Great Himalayan trail. The highest point of this trek is Larkya La pass (5,135m/16,847ft) and trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience an untouched region of Nepal.

Note: below trekking hours, altitudes and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.    

Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
Day 2
Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Day 3
Kathmandu to Soti khola (730m/2,395ft) 8hrs drive
Day 4
Soti Khola to Macha Khola (930m/3,051ft) 6-7hrs trek
Day 5
Macha Khola to Jagat (1,440m/4,724ft) 6-7hrs trek
Day 6
Jagat to Deng (1,860m/6,102ft) 6-7hrs
Day 7
Jagat to Namrung (2,540m/8,333ft) 7-8hrs trek
Day 8
Namrung to Lho (3,020m/9,908ft) 4hrs trek
Day 9
Lho to Samagaon (3,450m/11,318ft) 4hrs trek
Day 10
Acclimatization and rest day at Samagaon.
Day 11
Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m/12,664ft) 3hrs trek
Day 12
Acclimatization and rest day at Samdo
Day 13
Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,460m/14,632ft) 3-4hrs trek
Day 14
Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3,590m/11,778ft) via [Larkya La (5,135m/16,847ft)] 8-9hrs trek
Day 15
Bimtang to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft) 7-8hrs trek
Day 16
Dharapani to Jagat (1,440m/4,724ft) 6hrs trek
Day 17
Jagat to Kathmandu via [Besisahar]
Day 18
Back home

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)

You will be received and escorted to the hotel by our staff, refresh yourself and take some rest or explore the area around your hotel. Accommodate at Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation

Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. Today after breakfast we will explore Kathmandu valley, a guided tour will be conducted to major world heritage sites inside the valley. As Kathmandu valley is a beautiful combination of Hinduism and Buddhism we will visit historical sites like; Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest stupa in the world. After the tour you will prepare yourself for the trek, will be briefed about the trek; buy all the trekking equipments required and overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Soti khola (730m/2,395ft) 8hrs drive

It is a long ride day today so we will have to start early. We will have an early breakfast at our hotel and get on the vehicle that will drive us to our destination. Driving along the proper road we then drive through many villages and terraces to Soti. We will accommodate overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 4 : Soti Khola to Macha Khola (930m/3,051ft) 6-7hrs trek

After an early breakfast, we cross the suspension bridge and trek through the Sal forest and then we ascend to the ridge of rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. From here we then reach Khursane from where we trek through the rocky trail with ups and downs and eventually the trail will make its way to the Gurung village of Lapu Besi, from here we pass a zigzag path to reach Macha Khola. We will stay the night here in the village in a guest house.

Day 5 : Macha Khola to Jagat (1,440m/4,724ft) 6-7hrs trek

Today we cross Macha River and trek along the river to a small village of Khorla Besi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The route is quite challenging and natural in some places and as we trek further the valley opens up. We then reach Lauri after few hours where we cross a suspension bridge and then ascend uphill to the fields of Jagat. We will accommodate the night here at a lodge.

Day 6 : Jagat to Deng (1,860m/6,102ft) 6-7hrs

As we start our today’s trek we ascend a rocky ridge to Salleri then to Setibas, the trail follows a new route to Manaslu via Ngyak. This route is one of the best routes, the trail then goes towards Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki and we will have flat leveled path mostly through pine fores and rhododendron then soon we will cross bamboo forest and Deng Khola that will take us to our destination. Deng is a small village where people are mostly involved in agriculture and it is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley and few more vegetables. We will stay the night here in a guest house or Lodge.

Day 7 : Jagat to Namrung (2,540m/8,333ft) 7-8hrs trek

Today is a long trek day so we have to start trekking early. After breakfast we cross Budhi Gandaki again and ascend passing a waterfall continuing to climb to Shringi Khola, we cross the river and reach Ghap. After few hours of trekking the trail climbs up to Budhi gandaki valley and then over a big rock. The trail routes all the way to Namrung through a dense rhododendron. From the village we will enjoy the impressive views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hillocks, a green glen and ridges. As the village is a Buddhist village there are many monasteries there. We will stay the night here in the village at a lodge or guest house.

Day 8 : Namrung to Lho (3,020m/9,908ft) 4hrs trek

We start our trek after having breakfast at lodge, through the trail we climb alongside a mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries and pass the village of Barchhan then Lihi. Through the way, we will enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal and Lajing peak. After a small deep narrow gorge we enter Lho, it is an important village with a monasty and a Lama school along with majestic view of Manaslu. We will stay the night here in a lodge.

Day 9 : Lho to Samagaon (3,450m/11,318ft) 4hrs trek

We will have our breakfast along with an amazing morning view, after breakfast we rejoin the trail and descend across Damonan Khola. From here we then ascend again to a plateau at Shya and then we cross a ridge descending onto a rock. Trekking further we pass through pastures and fields of Samagaon. The village is settles perfectly against a wooded moraine at the end of the valley. We will rest overnight here in the village.

Day 10 : Acclimatization and rest day at Samagaon.

Today is an important day for acclimatization and rest. As we will be staying back today an optional day hike will be organized, we can hike to a lake. For the people who don’t want to hike can rest and explore the village. The village is a big Tibetan community from where we will be able to see beautiful views of Manaslu. We will return to the village for overnight.

Day 11 : Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m/12,664ft) 3hrs trek

After having breakfast we start to trek. The trail descends to Budhi Gandaki and then to Manaslu Base Camp. We then trek through Larkya La trail passing through several Mani walls and reaches Kemo Kharka, we trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. This village is an excellent view spot for Manslu, Samdo, Nagdi chuli, Simnang and several other awesome peaks. We will stay the night here in the village.

Day 12 : Acclimatization and rest day at Samdo

Today is also an acclimatization day; an optional day hike to Gya La will be organized. Gya La is a trading pass with Tibet; we can explore the village or rest. We will return to the village for overnight.

Day 13 : Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4,460m/14,632ft) 3-4hrs trek

After having breakfast we rejoin our trail, the trail is rocky and zigzags leading to Larkya La. The trail further climbs in and out of the gorge from where we reach Larkya Phedi and rest for the night.

Day 14 : Larkya Phedi to Bimtang (3,590m/11,778ft) via [Larkya La (5,135m/16,847ft)] 8-9hrs trek

Today is a long trek day, we start trekking with an early start. As we trek further we reach at the top of the moraine and then climb steeply to the Larkya La pass, from the top, we will enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. From here the trail then descends to Bimtang, a huge valley surrounded by high peaks.

Day 15 : Bimtang to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft) 7-8hrs trek

Today is also a long trek day so we have to start trekking early morning. The trail starts descending through meadows, pine and rhododendron forests. We trek to Hampuk from where the path descends to Karche following the course of the Dudh Khola and crossing the stream flowing down from the Kichke Himal. Trekking further to the village of Gho, from here we trek along the bank of the river and the gradually descend to the Gurung village of Tilije. After trekking through Tilije we cross to the eastern side of the Dudh Khola and then reach Dharapani where we will spend the night.

Day 16 : Dharapani to Jagat (1,440m/4,724ft) 6hrs trek

Today is the last day of our trek, we rejoin the trail as it now follows Annapurna Circuit route backwards as we will trek on the descended path along Marshyangdi River. We pass through the steepest part of the Marshyangdi gorge from where we trek down all the way to Jagat where we will spend the night.

Day 17 : Jagat to Kathmandu via [Besisahar]

Today we will drive to Besisahar where there will be a private vehicle that will then drive us to Kathmandu. Once we reach Kathmandu, you then will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Day 18 : Back home

Leisure time and explore Kathmandu until the departure time when you will be transferred to airport and fly back home.

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