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Manaslu Circuit Trek


Manaslu Circuit Trek Brief Insight

Having been opened to trekkers only since 1992, the Manaslu Trek has since gained massive popularity mainly due to its pathway through mesmerizing natural beauty and pristine views. This trek passes along the Nepal and Tibetan border, allowing one to experience the essence of the cultural magnificence of both the Hindus as well as Buddhists of the region. Trekkers, while on this trail, will pass through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, cedar, birch, and juniper, while basking in the golden sunlight when crossing rolling meadows that intersperse them.

This particular trek lasts for around 16 days and circumnavigates eight of the highest peaks in the world, while enabling ones who venture into its trails to view rare wildlife, explore unique flora and delight in the stunning landscapes, all the while enjoying learning from the warm people who have called this region their home

Now, speaking about Manaslu, the main objective of the Trek, it stands tall at above 8000 metres and is enveloped by the Annapurna range to the West and the Ganesh Himal to the East. However, even though it has gained in popularity over the last few decades, one must note that this particular trek is physically demanding and would do well for seasoned trekkers. It is maybe for this particular reason that only 2% of all trekkers actually conquer this trek.

The Manaslu trek circuit takes one from the misty lowlands of the Himalayas, full of terraced rice, paddy and wheat fields and the gorgeous Budhi Gandaki gorge with its turquoise waters and frothy waterfalls. The trek also takes you across innumerable suspension bridges that scale across heights and are sometimes outrageously long.

As this trek is particularly long, this package also provides you with an option of altering the itinerary based on your interests and needs. Therefore, this is a flexible trip and can be customized as per your requirements.

The trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and onto Soti KHola. Taking most of the day to reach this final destination, it is only on the second day that the trek truly begins with one hiking from Soti Khola to Machha Khola through verdant forests, steep ridges and long suspension bridges.

From macha Khola, the trek takes on to Doban, passing the Tharo Khola that flows through a rocky cave to reach Khorla Besi, which is a traditional Gurung Village. It is from Khorla Besi that one moves towards Tatopani and then crosses a suspension bridge to finally reach Doban. Doban is a Nepali term that refers to the confluence of two rivers.

The next day, the trekkers leave from Doban, hiking across rugged trails that ascend and descend, with passing glimpses of Sringeri Himal, before reaching the destination for the day, Philim. Philim is a large Gurung settlement that is surrounded by lush fields of corn and millet.

On the fifth day of the trek, hikers will continue their journey towards Deng, walking across several suspension bridges and viewing several white and frothy, youthful waterfalls. Deng village is a Buddhist village that apart from containing monasteries and rivers, also gives one the first glimpse of the snow-capped mountains. Moving on to the next day, the trail meanders its way to Ghap. It begins with descending down from Deng and ascending via the Rana Bridge to enter a region of Buddhist settlements, the evidence of which lies in the many Mani walls and stone statues that adorn the path to Ghap. From Ghap, one will walk to Namrung, passing through the town of Prok- a famous viewpoint for the Siringi Himal. Trekkers will remain in Namrung for the night, before starting once again for Lho, the following morning. On the way to Lho, hikers will cross the Budhi Gandaki River and then walk along a forest before reaching their destination.It is to be noted that Namrung village is known for the view of Ganesh Himal and Mt.Himalchuli.

Upon reaching Lho, one will move towards Samagaun. The trail descends from Lho to cross Thusang Khola and reach Shyala village. Shyala village offers breathtaking views of the Himal Chuli, Peak 29, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. From there one will trek into Samgaun, which is a small hamlet with houses built of stones and a quaint monastery. It is here that you will be resting for a while to acclimate yourself to the heights. Here you may use your time to explore the village and its surrounding areas, including the Birendra Lake, Pungyen Monastery and the Manaslu Base Camp.It is from Samagaum that the trek starts to Samdo (A Tibetan refugee Village), to reach which one crosse’s beautiful pastures and crosses through birch and Juniper forests. It is from her that one will get resplendent views of several mountains, including that of Manaslu.

From Samdo one will now walk to Dharamsala and will witness the mesmerizing sight of the Larkya La Pass, while crossing through trails lined with prayer flags and Mani walls. This trail will take one around the Salkha Khola Valley to reach Dharamsala. Therefore, this is also known as the Larkya la Phedi.

It is finally on the thirteenth day since the start of your trip that you will cross the Larkya La Pass, the highest elevation of your trek, after passing through the pristine Larkya Glacier, crossing over frozen lakes and meandering through the views of Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal and Kanguru. Being one of the longest passes of the Himalayas, this trail offers one to gather beautiful memories to pack and keep for a lifetime. It is after this that one will pass through Yak pastures to reach Bhimtang. Reaching Bhimtang, marks that one has completely circled the Manaslu mountain and it marks the beginning of the return journey. The return journey is made by trekking south to reach Gho, which passes through dense pine forests while catching glimpses of sheep, horses and even Jackanapes on the way down.

Finally, on the last day of the trek one will move from Gho to Dharapani, which takes one mostly downhill towards Telje Village, along Marsyangdi River, and then ascending to reach the destination. Dharapani lies at the junction of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trail. It is from here that one will take a local bus to Besisahar, from where one will catch a bus to Kathmandu, enjoying all the views of the villages and Khudi towns that the drive has to offer. At Kathmandu you may catch your flight back home, taking with you a bagful of memories and new experiences to last for a lifetime.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

  1. Day 01

    Arrive in Kathmandu | 1300m

    • Known as the ‘City of Temples’, it will be here that you will be welcomed by our representative. Please look for a placard mentioning your name as well as the company to enable you to identify our representative.
    • Our representative will then help you with your transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
    • The rest of the day can be spent in leisure as you gear up for the unique journey ahead.
    • You may take this time to explore the city, equip yourself with trekking gear and shop at Thamel.

  2. Day 02

    Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

    • After breakfast, drive to Arughat Bazaar via Trishuli Bazaar.
    • Continue trek to Soti Khola fromArughat Bazaar enjoying the splendid views of Himalayan range on the way.
    • Overnight stay at Soti Khola.

  3. Day 03

    Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (4-5 Hrs)

    • After breakfast, start your journey for the day towards Machha Khola crossing Soti Khola through pine forests and fields.
    • Khursane and Lapubesi lie on the way to this trek route so you shall get to visit and enjoy the beauty of these two places too.
    • After crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, the final destination for the day is Maccha Khola village.
    • Overnight stay at Machha Khola.

  4. Day 04

    Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1300m) 6-7 Hrs

    • Breakfast and head towards Tatopani (Nepal’s most famous natural hot spring).
    • After a climb along the ridge of Budhi Gandaki trekking via Dobhan, we reach Jagat.
    • Upon arrival, check-in at the lodge and explore the surroundings on your own.
    • Overnight stay at Jagat.

  5. Day 05

    Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860m) 6-7 Hrs

    • After breakfast, start the day’s trail climbing up to Salleri initially and descending to Sirdibas.
    • The trail then leads to another point known as Philim along the Ghatta River.
    • Then we shall reach Deng, the destination for the day after several crossings via the crop  fields of Ekle Bhatti andBudhi Gandaki River.
    • Overnight stay at Deng village.

  6. Day 06

    Trek from Deng to Namrung (2540m) 5-6 Hrs

    • We shall start our journey for the day, after a delicious breakfast crossing dense forest via Bihi and Namrung.
    • Then we reach Prok from we can enjoy stunning views of Shringi Himal Mountains.
    • Visiting various gompas, chortens and lush green villages with beautiful himalayan range, we reach Namrung.
    • Overnight stay at Namrung.

  7. Day 07

    Trek from Namrung to sama Gaon (3390m) 5-6 Hrs

    • Breakfast, and start the trek from Namrung via the villages of Sho, Shyala, and Lho.
    • The view of Ganesh Himal on the background along this trail is worth watching.
    • We can visit to Ribung Gompa which lies in Sho village and continue the trek to Sama Gaon which can also be said as the entry point of Manaslu Base Camp.
    • Stunning vistas of glaciers and snow-covered mountains can be enjoyed from the village.
    • Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.

  8. Day 08

    Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) for 6-7 Hrs or Pungain Gompa for excellent Mountain view

    • This day in Sama Gaon is also an acclimatization day where we trek towards Manaslu Base Camp passing through boulder-stricken terrain and snow-covered scenery.
    • Spectacular views of mountain ranges such as Himal Chuli (7893m) and Ngadi Chuli (7871m) can be enjoyed along the trail.
    • Enjoy the vista of the hilltop Pung Gyan Gompa as you travel back to Sama Gaon.
    • Stay the night at Sama Gaon.

  9. Day 09

    Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m) 2-3 Hrs

    • Today, after breakfast our trek follows northeast to the village of Samdo with excellent vistas of towering hills and the Budi Gandaki River flowing downstream.
    • We finally reach our destination for the day that is Samdo climbing past an entrance arch carved out of stone and crossing small villages and the Budhi Gandaki River.
    • Overnight stay at Samdo.

  10. Day 10

    Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m) 4-5 Hrs

    • After breakfast, we descent along the banks of Budhi Gandaki River where we cross across the Larkya Glacier and enjoy the magnificent views of Salka Khola valley.
    • Himalayas in the backdrop and iconic monasteries make the journey even more appealing and fun as we gradually climb up to reach Dharamsala.
    • Overnight stay at Dharamsala.

  11. Day 11

    Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5106m) 7-8 Hrs

    • After breakfast, we start off our trek passing through the Larkya Glacier and reach Larkya La Pass (5160m) which is the highest point of this trek.
    • The breathtaking views of Larkya Himal (6219m) and Cho Danda greet us while we trek through the Larkya Glacier.
    • Continuing our journey for the day towards Bimthang, views of Mount Himlung (7126m), Larkya Himal (6219m), and Annapurna ranges are on the background.
    • Upon arrival at Bimthang, explore the surrounding around and enjoy the views of Mount Manaslu.
    • Overnight stay at Bimthang.

  12. Day 12

    Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2300m) 4-5 Hrs

    • After breakfast, the magnificent views of the Himalayan, including Lamjung, Himlung, and Manaslu lie on the way to delight us with their ever charming beauty.
    • We continue our trek via Dudh Khola and village of Kharche with terraced fields, we eventually continue on a flat trail until a ridge from where the trail takes us to Tilije.
    • Overnight stay at Tilije.

  13. Day 13

    Trek from Tilije to Tal (1680m) 4-5 Hrs

    • Breakfast, continue the trek crossing suspension bridge of Dudh Khola. Dudh Khola got its name from the colour of its water which is pristine milky.
    • Before we proceed to Dharapani, we have to register the permits at the Police check post.
    • We then descend, cross Marsyangdi River and reach Tal village.
    • Overnight stay at Tal.

  14. Day 14

    Trek from Tal to Syange (1150m) 4-5 Hrs

    • Today is the final day of this beautiful trekking, so we descend towards Chamje crossing the Marsyangdi River.
    • Chamje is a beautiful village with terraced patches of cultivated fields and small civilizations of the himalayan community.
    • We then continue our trek passing through rhododendron and pine forest and reach Syange.
    • Overnight stay at Syange.

  15. Day 15

    Drive from Syange to Kathmandu

    • After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu in a shared jeep following the Marsyangdi River passing by the beautiful towns of Besisahar, Dumre, and Mugling.
    • Upon arrival at Kathmandu, check-in at the hotel and rest.
    • Evening: free to explore the surrounding areas of Kathmandu for shopping.
    • Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

  16. Day 16

    Departure from Kathmandu

    • After breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward journey.

What is included in Manaslu Circuit Trek Package?

  • Tribhuvan International Airport Pick-Up and Drop By Private Vehicle
  • 3 Night Accommodation in Kathmandu,  with Breakfast at Three-star (3***) hotel
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, Dinner) During the Trekking
  •  Teahouse Accommodation during the Trekking
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permits
  • Manaslu Conservation Area entry Permits
  • Manaslu Restricted area’s Special Permits
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide
  • Staff food, accommodation, salary & insurance
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola By Public Vehicle
  • Syang to Kathmandu By Public Vehicle
  • Souvenir  a company T-shirt
  • Aspiration Asia Trekking & Expedition Achievement Certificate after the successful Trek
  •  Farewell dinner
  • All governmental procedure

What is Excluded?

  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Nepal visa.
  • You will require 2 passport size photos
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Tips for trekking crews
  • Porter for Carry you Bag (2 Gust=1 Porter)
  • Sightseeing and Monuments fees
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the price include sections


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Hotel Details

Note: Our agents will provide you these or similar hotels depending on availability

Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
  • Satelite TV
  • Free Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Private Balcony
Arushi Boutique Hotel
Arushi Boutique Hotel
  • Satelite TV
  • Free Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Private Balcony
Nepal Pavilion Inn
Nepal Pavilion Inn
  • Satelite TV
  • Free Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Private Balcony

Vehicle Details

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  • Color: Blue
  • Available: No
  • Color: Red
  • Available: Yes

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