“UNFORGETTABLE AND AWE-INSPIRING HIMALAYAN ADVENTURE”
Manaslu(8,156m) is the world’s eighth-highest peak. From the Hindu middle hills culture to the Tibetan high-country dwellers, the Manaslu Circuit trek in the heart of the Nepal Himalaya is a cultural trek par excellence, without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal. Manaslu, ‘The Mountain of the spirit’ and from Upper Nubri must be one of the most beautiful ones; the spectacular mountain scenery has to be seen to be believed.
We trek the classic high trek around Manaslu from the historic town of Gorkha, with its wonderful durbar(palace), to Kutang in Lower Manaslu and on to Upper Nubri, where trade with Tibet continues as it has for hundreds of years. We experience incredible mountain panoramas after the first few days and add extra days at the most beautiful villages before the Larkya La (pass). The diverse Tibetan culture, spectacular scenery, and snow peaks of the Manaslu Himal Circuit make it one of the most interesting, as well as one of the most challenging, treks in Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit offers everything from grasslands filled with colorful flowers and beautiful countryside villages to high passes and Himalayan valleys. The diverse Tibetan culture, spectacular scenery, and snow peaks seen from the Manaslu Circuit make it one of the most interesting, as well as one of the most challenging treks in Nepal.
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu(1400m) on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we’ll depart from Kathmandu and head toward Machha Khola(930m), approximately 9 hours by tourist bus. Although the road is bumpy in some parts, you’ll absolutely love the scenery seen from the tourist bus.
We’ll drive upstream the Budi Gandaki through the rice paddies and farm fields and pass through the small hamlet of Kokethar until we reach the village of SotiKhola(730m) after 6-7 hours of driving. We keep driving again through the rice fields, pass through the forested area. As we drive through Lapubesi(840m), Nyauli Jharna the valley begins to widen and we can see Sringi Himal(7087m) also known as Chamar far beyond the valley. After 8-9 hours of driving, we’ll finally reach Machha Khola.
Overnight Stay in Machha Khola.
We leave early in the morning as today’s journey is a long one(approximately 8 hours). The cultivated area ends because the slopes become too steep and the rare remained fields are not so fertile. We walk upstream the river caught between two cliffs till Tatopani(Hot springs). The trail climbs up over another ridge and then crosses the Budi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Now on the eastern side of the river, the trail climbs on a wide well crafted staircase, then across a landslide area over a ridge to Dovan (1000 m), a village that has few small shops. Soon after Dovan crosses the Dovan Khola using the suspension bridge and moves on repeating ascents and descents. Continue traversing the slope, huge cacti, gaining altitude steadily, the Budi Gandaki here is a torrent that rushes down. We pass the steep ascent, the valley widens and the Budi Gandaki can be seen through the large sandy river shore. We keep on moving with a level path, and come to Yaru Khola(1330m), we cross the 93 m long suspension bridge over Yaru Khola and ascend a wide set of the stone staircase, descent to the river and then climb again up more stone stairs to Tharo Bhanjyag. We cross the west bank of the Budi Gandaki, climb a ridge trek along the river and come to the close-housed village of Jagat(1410m). Jagat has a check post (ACAP) office and a few small inns.
Overnight Stay in Jagat.
After early morning breakfast, we’ll leave behind Jagat and trek toward Deng by climbing up over the rocky ridge to Salleri(1440m), and a good view of Shringi Himal(7083m) is seen as you continue walking the side of the cliff. The trail then descends where several mani walls indicate now the region is entering the Tibetan influence area, though Gurung is the dweller around. We come to Ghatta Khola where several ghatta(mills) can be found. We cross the suspension bridge and climb up to the village of Philim(1590m), a Gurung village. Manaslu Conservation Area Project’s headquarter office is also in this large village.
The trail ahead turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays fairly level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti(1600m). Now the trail descends, Budi Gandaki soon narrows to 5 meters wide, we cross the bridge, traversing around pine forest on the flank and you will see Shar Khola joining the Budi Gandaki on the opposite bank. The trail makes its way up the western side and the valley finally widens, offering a nice and pleasant walk through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola. We cross Deng Khola and reach DengVillage(1860m) where a few numbers of houses are only built, this is the village of Gurung, but it seems to have a strong Tibetan influence.
Overnight Stay in Deng.
After breakfast, we start walking with a small ascent, down the river shore, and again ascent a little while along the Budi Gankdaki and cross the suspension bridge to the opposite bank. We’ll make a short steep ascent and reach Rana village with few houses. We pass Unbae village with a Kanni and mani stones, the trail now goes down to the riverside. We ascent a little bit onto the river terrace, and pass below the village of Bhi. After Bhi, the trail crosses two ravines and climbs high above the river before dropping into the Sringi Valley, and Sringi Khola is opposite the valley, we cross the river through a suspension bridge, follow the level path of the flank for a while and we’ll reach the hamlet of Pur. As we are traversing through the forest, we come to the farmland and go through Kanni. Finally, we’re in Ghap(2095m). We keep on walking by the banks and see Tom(Tum) Khola, which flows through a deep gorge from Tibet. The trail climbs alongside the river past two mani walls to a waterfall. We climb a large rock, and enter the rhododendron forest, in the middle of the forest, there is a wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki. The trail now climbs on the northern side to a big rock cave, then cross the river again through the wooden bridge again. We continue climbing making a long ascent through bamboo and rhododendron forests and finally enter the Namrung village(2660m) through a stone archway. The village is filled with lovely stones and a check post controls the access to the upper part of the valley.
After Breakfast, we hit the trail and enter Upper Nupri with Tibetan influence, people are seen wearing a dress called Chuba – a Tibetan-style wraparound cloth. We climb up many meadows and houses to Barsam village, then through the forest of rhododendrons, the path passes through stone arched, closely built houses of Lihi (2900 m), Lihi has a Gompa on the side of the trail. The trail again goes through a Kani and the path goes around heading for the Hinan Khola. We’ll cross the Hinan Khola through the bridge, will come across another Kani, go through it and w are in Sho Village(2960 m). Now the views open up and Naike Peak, Manaslu North(7157 m), and long-awaited Manaslu(8163 m) appear at the head of the valley. The trail crosses a small ravine to a big prayer wheel in the middle of the trail. After a while we’ll be in the neighboring village of Lho(3180 m) – a large village with many houses, with a Gompa, a rough stone archway at the entrance, and a Tibetan-style chorten and huge mani wall at the western end. The spectacular eye-catching view of Manaslu from the Kani above Lho is marvelous.
Overnight Stay in Lhogaun.
Leaving behind Lhogaun, we’ll head towards Samagaon by descending down to the Damonan Khola, cross the wooden bridge near some mills, and start ascending again, we’ll see Ngadi Chuli also known as Peak 29(7,871m) ahead of you. The trail heads along the stream will fork into two. We take the trail to Sama via Honsanho Gompa. We cross the stream and forested area and after 3 minutes of ascent, we will reach Honsanho Gompa, the views from here are Manaslu North, Manaslu, and peak 29. Now you’ll be descending for some time coming to meadows and crossing from one Chorten to another. You will also see many potato fields before reaching Sama Gompa (3530 m).
Overnight Stay in Samagaun.
Explore around Samagaun like visiting chortens, Gompas, and some holy lakes. Or one can try Pungen Glacier(4000m), again if you are physically fit and determined to accomplish it. It takes 2 hours to climb Pungen Galcier, but it is highly recommended to those who are quite physically fit and can challenge this one unless a well-experienced guide is with you for this trip.
Overnight Stay in Samagaun.
After Breakfast, we’ll trek through flat land, meadows and bushes with some alternation of time. We soon descend by the shore of Budi Gandkai crossing the wooden bridge over the stream that comes from Manaslu Galcier. We even can hike for an hour to reach Manslu Glacier climbing over the stream and if we climb the ridge-like moraine we come up to cliff, overlooking the glacier lake. The amazing view of Manaslu from the glacier lake is magnificent. We enter in the meadows from the path of river shore and you will reach Karmo Kharka, looking up Manaslu right in front of you. Cross the Kharka, descend again to the river shore, cross the wooden bridge and climb up the steep slope to the terrace, go through the Kanni, move on for a while and you reach Samdo(3940m), nestled behind the ridge. This village has a police check post but the concerned official may be headed to warmer place in winter.
Overnight Stay in Samdo.
Today, after breakfast, we’ll continue our trek down the gentle flank, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. We cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. We go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house(4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called “Darma Shala”, also, know as Larkya Phedi. We’ll stay here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrows assault of crossing the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass.
Overnight Stay in Larkya La Phedi.
Todays trek will start with a gentle and long climb from the Dharmasala, looking at Cho Danda in front on the right and Cho Dhana on the left. Now we’ll cross a small ridge, cross the side of the glacier lake and descend to the glacier. We gain the height from here climbing the ridge until we reach the top of the moraine(5135 m). This is the top of the Larkya pass(5160m) where the color prayer flags are flapping in the wind. The views of Cheo Himal(6820m), Nemjung(7140m), Gyaji Kang(7038m) and Kang Guru(6981m) are so clear and magnificent. Now, the steep down descend starts from the top on the snow covered slope. After passing the scree section and then entering the ablation valley, we‘ll reach Larcia, from here, keep on going down the path on the side of the moraine, and we’ll come to Tanbuche(4450m). We continue to make descent from the kharka to the ablation valley, the trail becomes better and easier and heads down to a large meadow of mani walls and small rest house. This is Bimthang(3800m). The Panoramic views of West Manalsu face and Phungi(6398 m) are in front of the village. On the opposite side Nemjing stands and looks gorgeous during evening & morning time.
Overnight Stay in Bimthang.
Leaving behind Bimthang, we’ll trek towards Tilije(2300m). On todays trek, for a few hours we don’t know where to look: the Peri Himal massif, the huge west side Manaslu cirque will blow your mind. A fairy atmosphere through the forest: rhododendrons, very big trees, branches covered with leaches, glaciers on the background and the Dhudh Koshi, an impetuous torrent, we are trekking along.
Overnight Stay in Tilije.
After breakfast, We’ll trek to beautiful village of Dharapani(1850m) and cultivated fields. We will have one hour rest the arrange Jeep to Besi-Sahar.
Overnight Stay at Besi-Sahar.
Leaving footprints in the trails and preserving the memories of the Manaslu Circuit, we’ll drive towards Kathmandu. You’ll enjoy the curvy roads of Nepal’s hills and its greenery along the way. We’ll drop you off at the hotel and the day is over. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, send a few postcards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we’ll visit Swayambhunath Stupa, said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock that offers a breathtaking view of Kathmandu City. We will then proceed to visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch, we’ll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) – which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley – famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones, and metals.
After we finish Sightseeing, You’ll be gifted with an evening farewell dinner in a traditional way and many other surprises, for they’ve had a quality time with you.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc – please don’t hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it’s been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
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All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Hence, please suggest us your preferences so that we can prepare the program accordingly and quote the price for the same. You are kindly requested to always feel free to contact us for any information that you require. Your queries are always welcomed and we will be privileged to furnish you with the required information.
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The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Manaslu Circuit Trekking. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat.
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or sweater
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Small wash towel
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
With more than 20+ years of experience in the tourism industry our agency is registered under the Ministry of Tourism. It is also a license holder of NMA, NTB, and NRB. We also provide you with local guides, who are used to the surroundings, so you won't face any difficulties in the trek.
This trek is considered moderately challenging. You'll have to walk for longer distances and up to 5-6 hours per day to complete this trek.
With our experienced team guiding you, you won't face any problems on this trek even if you're a first-timer.
We suggest you trek this region in Spring and autumn seasons, the sky will be clear in these seasons and there is no rainfall which makes these seasons perfect for trekking.
Our team is comprised of experienced and licensed guides who are also good at medical assistance. So, you can trust the guides of our agency.
Based on your satisfaction and the guides' behavior you can tip the guides. We suggest you tip up to 15% of the total trip cost to the guides.
You'll find Internet facilities in many of the tea houses but you'll have to pay a certain amount to use the internet facility.
This Itinerary is made while keeping acclimatization as a key factor. We wont take you directly to high altitudes without acclimatizing. So, there is less chances for you to get altitude sickness.
Manaslu has been given a name, by the villagers as a "Killer Mountain" as it has taken the lives of up to 60 climbers. It is also named as "The Mountain of Spirits".
Avoid the overcrowded Annapurna Circuit and Everest base camp, by trekking crowd free Manaslu Circuit. You're highly suggested to trek this trail to experience the High Himalayan Lifestyle.
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