Manaslu Circuit Trek

16 Days

  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek View
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek Trail

Trip Info

ACTIVITY
Trekking
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
MAX. ELEVATION
5,106 m
BEST SEASON
Feb-May & Aug-Nov
ACCOMMODATION
3 Star | Teahouse
TRANSPORTATION
Car | Jeep | Hiace

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is often referred to as one of Nepal’s most stunning hikes. This circuit route was first made accessible for trekking in 1991. The trek’s highest elevation is the Larkya La pass (5106 m). At a fair price, Wilderness Outdoors is providing this amazing trekking program. Continue reading to learn everything about the Manalsu circular trip and other pertinent details to our below itinerary. The Manaslu region circuit trek offers an unparalleled adventure that combines breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural experiences. As you embark on this journey, you’ll be greeted by the majestic sight of snow-capped peaks like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Larke Peak, which stand tall and proud, casting awe-inspiring shadows across the landscape.

Beyond the stunning vistas, the trek takes you deep into the heart of Himalayan culture. You’ll have the privilege of immersing yourself in the unique heritage and lifestyle of the local people. Their warm hospitality and traditional way of life provide a fascinating contrast to the modern world, offering insights into centuries-old customs that have withstood the test of time. Throughout your journey, you’ll also be enchanted by the magical landscapes that unfold before you. The route takes you through lush green forests, alongside serene rivers, and through picturesque valleys, creating a visual symphony of nature’s wonders. It’s a place where you can reconnect with the earth and revel in its untouched beauty. As you traverse the terrain, you’ll encounter more snow-capped mountains such as Himlung Himal, Annapurna, Kang Guru, and Cheo Himal, each contributing to the region’s enchanting allure.

The highest point along the trail

Finally, the pinnacle of the journey is the crossing of Larkya La Pass, the highest point along the trail. This challenging ascent rewards you with a sense of achievement and unobstructed views of the surrounding peaks, reaffirming the trek’s status as a truly remarkable adventure. The Manaslu region circuit trek is an unforgettable experience, where nature’s splendor and cultural richness come together to create memories that will last a lifetime.

In the Manaslu circuit Region, exploring or trekking can be difficult. However, this does not imply that you are unable to succeed. You can make it if you like being outdoors and make sure that you begin working out well before the start of your adventure. Although the typical walk in the Manaslu Region is not challenging, hikers and trekkers should nonetheless be in reasonable physical condition. You are still exposed across the base of mountain ranges, after all. Continue reading if you want to learn more about the physical requirements for trekking in Nepal and how you can improve your fitness level.

Trekking expeditions are very popular in the Manaslu region. Tsum Valley Trek, which travels across the Tsum Valley, the Manaslu Area of Nepal, and southern portions of Tibet, and Larkya-La pass, which is one of the world’s longest mountain crossings, are the two main trekking destinations in the area.  September to May are ideal months for trekking in the Manaslu region. There are currently only a few simple teahouses in the Manaslu Conservation Area, although full-board overnight trekking is highly advised. For group trekkers to complete the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley treks, an additional permit in addition to Manaslu Conservation Area permission is necessary.

Mt. Manaslu

Mt. Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world, situated 8,163 meters above sea level. This peak was successfully climbed and summited for the first time in climbing history by a Japanese expedition team commanded by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. It is also known to be the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA), which borders Tibet and is situated in the Lamjung region of the Gandaki Zone, about forty miles east of Annapurna. Anyone can trek to the Manaslu region and discover unknown pathways and hidden valleys. The two most important cities in the Himalayas of this region are Nubri and Tsum. The majority of ethnic groups are Gurungs residing in this region.

Lho Village

Lho Village is a charming and picturesque village situated in the Manaslu Conservation Area of Nepal which is the key location of this journey. It’s a popular stop for trekkers on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which is known for its stunning mountain views and remote, natural beauty. Lho Village is located in the Gorkha District of Nepal, in the western part of the country. It is part of the Manaslu region, which is known for its pristine landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The village offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Manaslu (8,163 meters), the eighth-highest mountain in the world. The scenery here is stunning, with lush green fields, terraced farms, and traditional stone houses.

Flora and fauna found in Manaslu Circuit trek

The flora of Manaslu can be divided into three main categories with varied altitude ranges. Low hills, mid mountains, high hills, and even high mountain types all have diverse, abundant vegetation. In some spots, they tend to overlap, providing tourists with the ideal picture of the transition. We have 19 main types of forests, with the lovely rhododendron woodland and Himalayan blue pine forests dominating the landscape. We can discover numerous therapeutic herbs and mountain blooms up to high altitudes thanks to a wide diversity of smaller plants. Aromatic vegetation is also among the top features in the Manaslu region, offering the joy of freshness.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Trail
Pic: Manaslu Circuit Trek Trail

Some of the greatest numbers of stunning and endangered species in the world can be found in the Manaslu region. The Red Panda and Snow Leopard, two animals that are on the verge of extinction, will surely be the highlights of Manaslu’s biodiversity. The grey wolf, Asian black bear, blue sheep, Himalayan musk deer, and tahr are some other stunning creatures. The Himalayan goral, Black-lipped pika, mainland serow, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, and Himalayan mouse-hare are also present. There are also around 110 distinct bird species, 33 different species of mammals, 3 reptile kinds, and 11 different butterfly species here. Since the establishment of the Manaslu conservation area, the preservation of this magnificent fauna has received great consideration. The number of snow leopards, grey wolves, Himalayan Thar, blue sheep, and musk deer, among other species

People, Culture, and Traditions of Manaslu Circuit Trek

People, Culture, and traditions around the settlements of the Manaslu Region Trekking is a magnificent reason to be involved It perfectly encapsulates the natural beauty and cultural variety of the Himalayas. It’s a chance to develop a close relationship with the people who coexist peacefully with them. The Gurungs, Sherpas, and Tamangs, as well as other ethnic groups, live in several charming villages along the trail. Trekking is a culturally enlightening experience because hikers can completely immerse themselves in the local way of life and celebrations.

In sum, the incredible hospitality of the local people in the Manaslu region is not just a simple gesture, it’s a profound expression of their culture, and values, and a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity. Visitors who embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek are not only treated to stunning natural beauty but also to the rich tapestry of human connection and warmth that makes this destination truly unforgettable.

Best time to trek Manaslu Circuit trek

The Best Season for the Manaslu Circuit trek is generally considered to be the autumn months of September to November. During this period, the weather in the Manaslu region is typically stable and pleasant, making it ideal for trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared by September, leaving behind lush, green landscapes, and the skies are generally clear, offering breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks. In the autumn, the temperatures are moderate during the day, making for comfortable trekking conditions, and the nights are cooler but not excessively cold. This season also coincides with the harvest time in the local villages, providing trekkers with a unique opportunity to witness traditional farming practices and cultural festivities.

Overall, the autumn season in the Manaslu region offers a perfect balance between favorable weather, stunning scenery, and cultural experiences, making it the prime time for adventurers seeking an unforgettable trekking experience in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
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  • After landing at Tribhuwan International Airport and completing check-in, you will be met by our airport representative at the terminal. You will then be taken to the respective hotel, after checking in at the accommodation, you can rest for a while.
  • Our representative will discuss and give a brief program about the expedition and you might take a short stroll through the streets of Thamel.
  • Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu permit issue.
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  • The hotel offers a hearty breakfast to help you get your day started. You will visit the other significant valley landmarks—Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath Stupa—today which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Thus, your half of the day will be dedicated to Sightseeing.
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square, also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace or Basantapur Durbar Square, was the royal residence for Malla and Shah Kings. It's known for its temples, shrines, and statues like Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Big Bell, and Taleju Temple. Patan Durbar Square, 8 km southeast of Kathmandu, showcases Newari culture with carved shrines, royal residences, monasteries, and temples. Bhaktapur, the 'City of Devotees,' 12 km east of Kathmandu, features historic monuments such as the 55-window palace, Golden Gate, Taleju Chowk, and Pottery Square. Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple, on a Kathmandu hilltop, blends Hindu shrines and Buddhist stupas in a sacred and historic setting.
  • Before arriving at the ancient places of Kathmandu, you will attend the Department of Immigration for the required permit and authentication and wait for the result to begin another day’s trek.
  • Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Macha Khola.
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  • You will get up early today because you're starting our trek via the Himalayas. After breakfast, you take the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to the west, where you travel to the town of Dhading Besi from whence we will ascend through Soti Khola and other rural regions, little villages, grassy rooftops, and verdant hilltops on our path throughout the day.
  • You will eventually reach a rutted dirt path where you may enjoy views of the southern slopes of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal.
  • After 10 hours of a lengthy drive, you will arrive at the destination for the day, Macha Khola (900 meters) in the Budhi Gandaki Valley.
  • Overnight at a nearby teahouse/lodge. 

 

Day 4: Trek from Macha Khola to Jagat
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  • Along the journey, there are waterfalls, a stunning Buddha cliff creating art, and hot springs! You are able to access the Manaslu Conservation Area from this time around.
  • Today's 6-7 hours of trail contains some uphill and descending sections. You'll continue up the river, following the gorge, until we reach Khorla Besi, a different Gurung town.
  • You continue the hike, passing through settlements such as Tatopani, Dovan, and Thulo Dhunga until arriving at your destination for the day, Jagat (Alt. 1290m), the first Tibetan Buddhist culture-influenced community on this path. It is the entrance to the Manaslu Conservation Area.
  • Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

 

Day 5: Trek from Jagat to Deng
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  • Today you will ascend for about 6-7 hours. The trail ascends sharply over a hill of rocks to Salleri. You will drop down to Sirdibas and proceed on your way to Ghatta Khola. To get to Philim, you'll have to cross a large suspended bridge.
  • Walking north past millet meadows to Ekle Bhatti from here and trekking over grasslands, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, and walking along its banks; The trail gradually widens up to Deng Khola, passing through bamboo groves.
  • Passing the Deng Khola get to Deng village (Alt. 1865 meters) and overnight at the local teahouse.
Day 6: Trek from Deng to Namrung.
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  • Today, you will leave Deng behind and begin your journey today by traversing the Budhi Gandaki River. On the approach to Ghap village, we rise through the spectacular valley, passing through a few tiny communities and many Tibetan mani blocks (intricately individually carved stone structures with Buddhist teachings).
  • You will travel from Ghap to the small village of Prok, taking in a few beautiful vistas of Singri Himal throughout the way. You then stroll in addition to the river, passing it numerous times during the ascend through a fir, oak, and rhododendron woodland. Finally, you will climb a steep rise to reach Namrung(Alt. 2630 meters above sea level). Namrung hamlet provides breathtaking vistas of peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Mount Himchuli, and Singri Himal.
  • After the enjoyable expedition of 6-7 hours. you will spend your overnight at the teahouse/lodge
Day 7 : Trek from Namrung to Lho
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  • Today's 5 6-hour hikes follows a path lined with an extensive Mani stone wall near Lho Gaun (Alt. 3180 meters), then ascends the mountainside to the crest and the Pungen Glacier.
  • The glacier falls from the picturesque Peak 29, which can be seen perfectly from the route near Lho Gaun, and you can enjoy close-up photographs of the glacier as well as excellent panoramas of Mount Manaslu from the lower glacier. After that, it's back to Lho Gaun for the remainder of the evening.
  • You will encounter the Himalayan life as well as the cultural significance, and people with their lifestyle, and spend your overnight at the teahouse.
Day 8: Trek from Lho to Sama Gau
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  • You will prepare to set out very early in the morning to travel from Lho to Samagaun(Alt. 3530 meters). The road leads us through the forest to the Shyala settlement. Shyala village is bordered by fields of crops and offers a number of wood-based resting spots.
  • As you proceed, you will come across a little river that feeds the Punggen glacier and arrive at the flat town of Samagaun. Samaguan is the settlement adjacent to Manaslu Base Camp.
  • After the trekking journey of 4-5 hours through a rigged route, you will spend your overnight at the teahouse/lodge.
Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Sama Gau
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  • You will have a rest and exposure at Samagaon throughout this walk to adjust to the thin air as you might have reached a greater elevation. You will not be idle, but will instead investigate Samagaun. You will undoubtedly notice and experience the people's lifestyles and customs. There are also additional activities available, such as hiking to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake or exploring Pungyen Monastery.
  • Pungen Monastery is located around an hour and a half climb south of Samagaon. It's tucked behind a hill just in front of Manaslu and offers amazing views of the mountains. Birendra Tal is a lake formed by glaciers at 3,450 meters in elevation, where ice slabs fall into the water in thunderous exhibitions. Samagaon is an incredible location for acclimatization.
Day 10: Trek to Samdo
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  • You will continue your trek making the destination Samda(Alt. 3875 meters). Today's walk is a lot more fascinating and enjoyable. You'll be crossing pastures and climbing to the valley. The path takes us through juniper and birch trees.
  • As you descend the Budhi Gandaki, we are going to cross a wooden structure over the river and ascend sharply across it. As you approach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village will be treated as the place to breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, particularly Manaslu.
  • You will also tour Samdo region after the 5-6 hours of rigged route trek and the neighboring hills once you arrive and have an overnight at the teahouse/lodge.
Day 11: Acclimatization Day (Day trip to Tibet Border)
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  • An acclimatization Day in Samdo during the Manaslu Circuit Trek typically involves taking a day off from your regular trekking schedule to help your body adjust to the high-altitude conditions. This is an essential part of this long trek in high-altitude regions like the Manaslu Circuit to prevent altitude sickness and ensure overall well-being.
  • On this day you will commit a short hike towards the Tibet Border for refreshments. It is approximately 5000 meters above sea level.
  • You will return back to Samdo for the overnight and preparation of another day towards Dharamsala.
Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala
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  • Before arriving at the Budhi Gandaki River on an ancient wooden crossroads, we leave Samdo beneath and proceed toward the Samdo, passing past pastures and historic Mani barriers.
  • After crossing two rivers and passing through the Salka Khola valley, we continue ascending and arrive after 4-5 hours of trek at the Dharmasala(Alt. 4460 meters) after spotting the Larkya Glacier.
  • Overnight at local lodge/teahouse.
Day 13: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang via Larkya pass
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  • The most anticipated day has arrived today. It is the day to cross the 5106 meters Larkya La Pass after 7-9 hours of walk which is one of the most gorgeous and incredible passes in the world. We set off on our adventure before the sun rises, ascending the rocky ground's way. Prayer flags that mark the path to the past let us know where we are in the journey.
  • You will carefully descend to four frozen lakes before climbing a hard trail to the Larkya La Pass. Himlung Himal (7126m), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m), and Annapurna II, etc. are the number mountain peaks you will get the opportunity to explore from the Larkya La Pass.
  • The path continues along the smooth, rocky crossing for a couple of 100 meters after the Larkya La Pass before suddenly plunging. The route gets simpler to navigate as we get near an isolated meadow. As we approach the huge meadow, Mani walls, and little buildings, it is the signal that we have arrived at Bhimtang for an overnight stay in the teahouse.
Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani
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  • You will begin your 7-8 hours of trek, watching the sun rise over the breathtaking scene of snow-capped peaks in foggy Bimthang. As you begin your journey, the trail flows down through lovely rhododendrons and pine forests while tracing the ice-blue river. The Dudh Khola, which is a milky turquoise and flows quickly, is followed by the music track. We keep going until we get to Soti Khola, where you'll stop for lunch.
  • The villages of Homuk and Gho were passed as we continued through the woods, where we might have seen langur monkeys. From there, we will hike through a variety of fields and meadows until we arrive at the town of Tilije, which is well-known for its brandy. We continue on our journey, crossing the Mani Walls and Thonje Village before arriving in Dharapani.
  • Overnight at teahouse/lodge in Dharapani.

 

 

Day 15: Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu
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  • After breakfast today, you will take a drive on the vehicle to Besi Sahar, where the hike comes to an end. After a brief stop at Besi Sahar, you will board the car and continue the drive to Kathmandu, where our Manaslu Circuit Trekking experience will come to an end.
  • After boarding a vehicle to return to Kathmandu, you will travel east on the Prithivi Highway, passing the point where the Marsyagdi and Trishuli rivers converge. The drive gives you the chance to appreciate the area's stunning natural features, which include terraced plains and tall hills.
  • When you arrive in the busy capital, you will be able to refresh and relax. You can explore Thamel Market's streets in the late evening while reviving your palate with the spices, meals, and beverages of your choice.
  • You will have the farewell dinner with our representatives memorizing the recreation spent in the Manaslu area of Nepal and spend your overnight at the Hotel.
Day 16: Final Departure from Nepal
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  • The departure date has arrived as the journey is coming to an end.
  • A couple of hours might be prior to your flight, our airport representative will pick you up from the accommodation and take you to the airport.
  • We wish you the best in further days.

Includes

  • Accommodation in 3-star or similar in Kathmandu on BB sharing basis.
  • Accommodation in a teahouse or lodge during the trek on a full-board sharing basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • All Restriction fees and Entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Special restricted area permit and ACAP, MCAP, and Tims permit for trekking. 
  • All the airport transfers in Kathmandu.
  • Vehicle transfer from Kathmandu – Macha Khola – Dharapani-Kathmandu.
  • Experience English-speaking Guides.
  • One porter for every two trekkers.
  • Insurance for guide and porter.

 

Excludes

  • All the lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra charge if early return from trekking.
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver.
  • Personal belongings and expenditure.
  • Rescue and Insurance fee.
  • Additional costs arise due to Natural disasters, Political Disturbances, Problematic conditions, and Epidemics.
  • All the personal expenses water, extra food, mobile and associate charges, internet charges, beverages, etc.

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