Manaslu Circuit Trek
Considered to be the best general trek, The Manaslu Circuit Trek is along the Central Himalayan region of Nepal and is an off-the-beaten-path trail that is popular yet traversed by few. And for its accessibility and pristine beauty, the trek is gaining popularity among frequent as well as novice travelers. Enjoy a 17-day spectacle of cultural and bio-diversity accompanied by a challenging hike through a captivating landscape, colossal gorges, gigantic peaks, and a rattling Budi Gandaki River.
Kick off the trip with a sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley. A preparation day, with trekking permit procedures on-going in the background, enjoys exploring the capital city of Nepal. And a road trip to Arughat allows the trekking boots to come into use. Trek to Soti Khola is followed by one to Machha Khola along the raging Budhi Gandaki River. At once a feeling of having teleported to a remote locale sets in with an introduction to the astonishing lifestyle of people depicting a detachment from worldly pleasures.
An excursion past the village of Deng, Samagaon, and Bimthang will unravel the colorful Magar; Tamang and Tibetan influenced culture prevalent in this region. Similarly, the culture and practices along these villages on the trek offer insight into the history of the ethnic communities. And the highlight of this trek will be a visit to the Manaslu Base Camp along with a hike up the highest point of this Manaslu Circuit trek, the Larkya La Pass (5160m). Enjoy the views of Mount Manaslu (8163m) along with a host of other peaks in the region. The trek finally descends along Tatopani and Syange followed by a drive to Kathmandu concluding the trip. While Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months to take on the trek.
We would like to welcome you on a journey of a lifetime with the best general trek in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit Trek. A front runner in Nepali travel and tourism market, Danphe Adventure Treks has been serving travelers from across the globe. We are experts in mountaineering expeditions, adventure tourism, and sports activities.
- Cross one of the famous passes in Nepal’s Himalayan region-the Larkya La Pass (5160m).
- Witness the panorama of Mt. Manaslu (8163m) along with countless peaks in the region.
- Traverse the glorious Manaslu Conservation Area.
- Sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival at TIA (Tribhuban International Airport), a company representative will transfer you to the trip hotel. You can relax and refresh at the hotel. Later, you participate in a trek briefing at with our members of the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Restricted Area Permit procedure
Start off with a visit to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Then is a visit to the Pashupatinath temple, a Lord Shiva temple, sacred to devotees of Hindu religion in Nepal and India. Finally, a visit to Boudhanath Stupa, an important Buddhist shrine, sums up the tour. While an off-the-beaten-path trek, Manaslu Circuit trek requires trekking permit. This trek is carried out in a restricted region, hence a permit is mandatory while solo trekking is forbidden with a minimum of two members in a group. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (608m) by private vehicle and trek to Soti Khola (700m) | 5-6 hrs drive, 2-3 hrs trek
Our journey starts off with a drive to Arughat. The drive past Trishuli bazaar and Dhading Besi is a regular road trip along the valleys and Trishuli River. However, roads from Dhading Besi to Arughat is tumultuous (especially in Monsoon). The trek starts with a hike to Sotikhola. A fairly easy start means you’ll hike past low lying valleys and terraced fields to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.
Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m) | 6-7 Hrs
Heading out of Soti Khola, you cross a bridge over Soti River and cut through thick Sal forest onto huge crevasses along the Budhi Gandaki River. On the way, two major stops are Khursane and Lapubesi. The trail meanders over winding terrain passing by rice fields on alluvial banks of the river. Finally, crossing a suspension bridge over Machha Khola, you arrive at Machha Khola. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.
Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m) | 5-6 Hrs
Heading upstream along the river, you cross a suspension bridge over Thado Khola. The village of Khorlabesi lies beyond and after another stretch of the trek, we arrive at Tatopani. Finally, climb along the west flank of Budhi Gandaki to the village of Jagat. Along the way, well-kempt Gurung villages prove the holistic beauty of this community. Overnight stay at Jagat.
Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860m) | 6-7 Hrs.
The trail runs along a wide Budhi Gandaki river with stone paved steps perched by the west bank. Stops on the trek today include Sirdibas which is followed by Salleri. Views on offer include that of Shringi Himal (7161m) and the gorgeous valley. The terraced crop fields of Ekle Bhatti will lead to crossing Budhi Gandaki couple of times as we are lead through a Bamboo forest to Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.
Day 07: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) | 6-7 Hrs
The day starts with a hike along a beautiful trail. Shortly reaching the top of a ridge descend by the Budhi Gandaki River. As the trail from Bihi coincides with our trail, the valley unravels while you cross pocket settlements. Observe the influence of Tibetan culture as you pass by Mani walls with inscriptions. Onto a narrow gorge and then a steep climb will eventually lead to Namrung. Overnight stay at Namrung.
Day 08: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3520m) | 6-7 Hrs
With gorgeous views of Shringi (7161m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), and Himal Chuli (7863m), we start the day with a gradual climb. With a strong Tibetan vibe, the village of Lho offers a vantage point for Manaslu while Sho and Shyala village house a host of stupas and the Ribung Gompa. Eventually, we arrive at Samagaon. Overnight stay at Samagaon.
Day 09: Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) | 6-7 Hrs
Wake up to a great view of Mount Manaslu (8163m) as the snow-capped peak lies at a touching distance. An emotional and inspirational moment this, we head on a hike to the Manaslu Base Camp (4400m). Explore the surroundings and Sherpa culture as you take a hike up to the camp. Around the camp, tour across the Manaslu glacier and icefall while enjoying great views of Ngadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, and Pang Phu Chuli ranges. Head back to Samagaon crossing the Pung Gyen Gompa. Overnight stay at Samagaon.
Day 10: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3875m) | 5-6 Hrs
Waking up by the glorious mountain range, we start the day’s trek with a descent to Budhi Gandaki River. The trek today entails crossing the river a couple of times and passing Kermo Kharka. As you cross a stretch of Birch and juniper trees, it leads to the Budhi Gandaki River. Cross over a wooden bridge as the trail climbs up the valley before you arrive at Samdo. Overnight stay at Samdo.
Day 11: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m) | 5-6 Hrs
The trail from Samdo to Dharmasala is along a paved path that gets rough occasionally. We follow the Budhi Gandaki River upstream. Glorious mountains fill the backdrop as we cross the river and head to Larkya Bazaar. Crossing yet another stream, we arrive at Larkya Bazaar. Then the trail ascends along the ridge of Larkya Khola with a view of Larkya Glacier. We arrive at Dharmasala hiking up the trail and call it a night at this riverside shelter.
Day 12: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5160m) | 7-8 Hrs
A highlight day this, we hike up the Larkya La Pass (5160m) as we set off for Bimthang. Starting with a short walk, we arrive at a valley with great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak (6249m). The ascent to the Larkya Pass (5160m) begins and enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung (7126m), and Cheo Himal (6820m) atop the pass. A steep descent along the slippery moraine follows. Arriving at a desolate valley full of Mani walls, we reach Bimthang. Overnight stay at Bimthang.
Day 13: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2300m) | 5-6 Hrs
The trail runs down from Bimthang as we land by a stream. Crossing over this stream on a wooden bridge, we head further down. Vegetation reappears at full glory as we cut through Pine and alpine forests. Views of Manaslu (8163m) beautify the day’s trek as we arrive at Kharche. Now comes a steep climb before heading further down to Tilije. Overnight stay at Tilije.
Day 14: Trek from Tilije to Tal (1700m) | 5-6 Hrs
The day starts with a hike up a ridge along the stone-paved track. With Thonje village next, we walk through a stone hedged arch and pass by Mani walls before arriving at the village. As security personnel updates our permits, we head further along the trail to Dharapani, which falls in the Annapurna Circuit. Crossing over the river on a bridge we walk along a stretch of Mani walls before arriving at Tal. Overnight stay at Tal.
Day 15: Trek from Tal to Syange (1150m) | 5-6 Hrs
The trail takes us further down along the valley as we head for Syange. First up is the Chyamche Village. This village is beyond Marsayangdi River and crossing over a suspension bridge we arrive at Chyamche. Descending further along a picturesque trail littered with grooves of rhododendron trees, we arrive at Syange village. Overnight stay at Syange.
Day 16: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by private vehicle (1300m) | 6-7 hrs drive
The final day of the trip in the Manaslu region, we catch a private jeep from Syange to Kathmandu. The drive will take past Besisahar and Mugling as you take on a serpentine track along the Trishuli and Marsayangdi rivers. Arriving in Kathmandu, you can rest and refresh yourself in the hotel or explore nearby areas. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
- Airport Pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast as per the Itinerary.
- Cultural tour at Kathmandu with Guide in private vehicle.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- All Ground and Air Transportation during the Trek.
- An experienced, English speaking, and friendly guide and Porter (1 Porter 2 trekkers).
- Salary for the staff including their food, drinks, accommodation, and transportation.
- All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, and TIMS card.
- An arrangement for emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance.
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking map, if necessary,( to be returned after the trek)
- All government taxes, vat, and local taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. (You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan international airport (Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos & 25 USD.
- International airfare.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory).
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Entry fees for cultural tours.
- Personal expenses (alcoholic, non-alcoholic drinks bar bills, battery charge, extra porter, boiled water shower, etc.).
- Tips for guide, porter and driver
List of Equipments required for Manaslu Circuit Trek:
- One Warm winter hat/beanie
- One Sun hat
- 1 Headband/buff
- 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
- One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries
- Two pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
- Two pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
- Three pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
- One pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
- One pair of trekking shorts
- A pair of trekking trousers
- One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
- Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
- One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
- One pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
- One pair of lightweight warm gloves
- A pair of poly-liner glove
- One pair of trekking boots
- A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
- One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
- Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
- Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
- Gaiters (only in winter)
- One Sleeping Bag
- 12 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- 1 pair of trekking poles
- Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
- 1 quick drying towel
What are the visa requirements?
Currently, all the foreign nationalities (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu’s Airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the $50 USD fee for 30 days.
Is there any bank or ATM facility during Manaslu Circuit Trek?
How old do I need to be?
There is no age restriction for doing this trip, but if you are under 16 it will better to trek with your parents. You must be health-conscious during the trek.
What is included?
- Guides and Porters
- Transportation (including airport transfers)
- Permits & national park fees
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- All meal during the trek
- Seasonal fruits
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Food – (while you are in City)
- Showers on Trek
- Visa fees (typically $50 USD)
- Personal travel/rescue insurance
What is the accommodation like?
You will stay in the Hotel while you are in the city of Kathmandu, which is like a 3-star category. The hotel has access to showers and intermittent internet.
But while you are in trekking Tea House/lodges are the place where you spend the night during the trek, which is very basic. The room is pretty small with twin sharing and a common washroom. Some places have squat style toilets, whilst others have a western style. Shower does not always offer warm water and most teahouses will charge you for use of a hot shower.
Which meals are included?
Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse/lodges. Where you can find a variety of dishes like Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Continental, etc, to choose. Tea, coffee, bakery items, snacks, bars eggs, etc can also be found easily.
What currency should I take?
The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (NPR). You are unable to get NPR outside of Nepal and therefore you will need to exchange money in Kathmandu. The easiest currency to exchange is USD and Euro. You can also withdraw NPR from the ATM but check with your bank about the relevant charges to do this.
What kind of problems can arise at a higher altitude during Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Do I need insurance before the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
What should I pack?
- Travel insurance details
- 2 passport photos
- Cash USD
- Credit/Debit Card
One Warm winter hat/beanie.
One Sun hat
1 Sunglasses with UV protection.
One Headlamp/ Torch with extra batteries.
2 pairs of Fleece sweaters- one light and one heavier
2 pairs of quick-drying long-sleeved base layer shirts
3 pairs of Short sleeve trekking shirts
1 pair of Wind/rainproof Jacket v 1 Down Jacket
One pair of trekking shorts
A pair of trekking trousers
One pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
Two pairs of trekking pants with Ziff off bottoms
One pair of fleece or woolen trousers
Two pair of waterproof pants, breathable fabric
A pair of lightweight warm gloves
A pair of poly-liner glove
One pair of trekking boots
A pair of sandals/ trainers (for wearing around the lodges)
One pair of down booties (great for keeping feet warm)
Two pair of thin lightweight inner socks
Two pair of warm woolen or poly socks
Gaiters (only in winter)
One Sleeping Bag
One Sleeping bag liner (optional)
A pair of trekking poles
Water purification tablets/Steripen/Drops
One quick-drying towel
What is the best time of year for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is possible for whole year, but the best time to doing this trek is spring season (March to may) and autumn Season (September to November).
However trekking in winter season to chance to see snowfall with magnificent views of mountain, and in monsoon time you will see waterfalls.
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