Manaslu Circuit Trek is a well known and much loved trekking package in Manaslu region. Manaslu region is the perfect combination of diverse nature, culture and adventure in mountain. It provides spectacular natural and cultural beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet. Manaslu Region is a restricted area to protect its fragile natural resources and cultural heritage and to promote ecotourism by improving livelihood of the local people in the Manaslu Conservation Area. Manaslu region is an isolated, rural and still undamaged by modernity. This was opened in 1992 for trekking purpose only. It is one of the remote and high-pass adventures in Nepal and requires special permits to trek on this amazing region. This region is geographically spectacular, culturally fascinating and traverse a strong living Tibetan cultural environment and spectacular wilderness. Moreover, The high pass in this region is the ‘Larke Pass’ (5,106m), is widely believed the toughest but one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. From Larke pass, stunning view of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and Kang Guru along with occasional view of the Annapurna massif can be observed. The stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight and the spectacular glaciers make it worthy more than the effort.
It has become the first choice for those trekking enthusiast searching for ‘Wilderness and authentic Cultural’ experiences. Manaslu Trek offers the magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), eight tallest mountain in the world and other adjoining peaks in this amazing landscapes, beautiful cascading water fall, multi cultural and mult ethnic diversity, specially fusion of Nepalese Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist culture, hills and valleys with lovely alpine forest full of rhododendron, pines, hemlock, oaks and habitat of mammals like snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar and 110 species of birds including Golden Eagle, Eurasian Griffon, Himalayan Griffon, Blood, Impeyan, Kalij and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan and Tibetan Snow Cocks and the Crimson Horned Pheasant.
Manaslu Trek is also becoming the best alternative to classic Annapurna circuit Trek, due to road construction in some sections of Annapurna region. This trek starts from Sotikhola and reaches Larke Pass (5,106m), the toughest but dramatic pass crossing the himalayas and then ends to Besisahar. It follows an ancient salt-trading route of Tibet along the Budhi Gandaki River. Lots of people residing in this area especially in the upper Budhi Gandaki (river) Valley are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants (Tibetan). Their language, custom and culture are almost exclusively Tibetan. A place Nupri (means Western Mountain in Tibetan) is a trade center among Tibetans and Tibetans residing in this area. There is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet.
Hence, the mesmerizing panoramic view of majestic Himalayas, scenic grandeur with rich bio and cultural diversity and eco-friendly environment have made it most of the well loved places in Nepal.
Go to detailed Itinerary
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to hotel. Short briefing of trip. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and proceed to the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu especially UNESCO world cultural heritage sites which include Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square for the experiences of beautiful fusion of religion, culture history.These heritage monuments reflect centuries old culture, arts and architecture of Nepal which are medieval charms of Malla Dynasty. After tour, drop off to hotel and make a preparation for Manaslu trek, including all permits and trekking equipments. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu – Soti khola (700m, 07-08 hrs) via Arughat (608m) – B/L/D
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive to Arughat by Public vehicle for about 06 hours through the scenic highway, then after drive further to Soti Khola by local public vehicle for about one and half hour (1.5 hrs) through many vibrant villages and irrigated terraces, that gives the first experience of Nepal’s rural landscapes. Overnight at Tea house, Sotikhola.
Day 04 : Sotikhola – Trek to Machhakhola (869m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Machhakhola which passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys until it reaches Lapu Besi, a village inhabited by Gurung ethnic group and finally reaches Machhakhola. Overnight at Tea house, Machhakhola.
Day 05 : Machhakhola – Trek to Jagat (1,340m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Jagat. After crossing the Machha Khola (Fish Stream), the trek heads upwards tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot spring water at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in many places. After a short section of forest, the trek heads towards single tea house at Doban. It crosses the suspension bridge at Lauri and then climbs up the fields of Jagat. Overnight at tea house, Jagat. Overnight at Tea house, Jagat.
Day 06 : Jagat – Trek to Deng (1,860m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After having breakfast, start the trek to Deng. The early part of the trek is gently uphill and somewhere goes on a flat leveled trail. The trail crosses a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before entering to Philim, a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurung community, where small serene monasteries, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, along with graves and typical mountain shanty but sturdy houses can be observed. After having lunch over here, the trek goes on a flat leveled trail which mostly passes through forest of pine, rhododendron and fir. When the trek crosses a few bridges, view of colorful thatched roof villages at a far distance can be seen. A few houses at Deng and a pretty cascading waterfall lying at some distance can be witnessed. The Deng is famous for its agro products like potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage and spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. Overnight at Tea house, Deng.
Day 07 : Deng – Trek to Namrung (2,630m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After having breakfast, start the trek to Namrung. The trek almost goes on a flat leveled trail and then climbs uphill leading to Namrung through lush forest. From here, enjoy the glorious views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hillocks, a green glen and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village having monasteries, a water turbine hydro electricity power house, mani walls, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky whispering odes of prayers to the gods for the departed souls on the peaks of Manaslu. Overnight at Tea house, Namrung.
Day 08 : Namrung – Trek to Samagaon (3,520m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After having breakfast, start the trek to Samagaon. The trek goes on a windy trail which flows through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, enjoy the magnificent views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak and many other silver grey mountains and peaks. As the trek goes up, the vegetation decreases due to increase in altitude and thin air. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy and chilly. The trek passes through mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries and reaches Lho Gaon. Before reaching Lho Gaon, the trek enters to a Tibetan village called Lihi Gaon. After having lunch at Lho Gaon, the trek continues to Samagaun following the trail of right bank of the river with views of Peak ahead. Overnight at Tea house, Sama Gaon.
Day 09 : Rest at Samagaon for Acclimatization (06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
This is a rest day at Samagaon for acclimatization (adjustment of respiratory system in changed elevation). Samagaon lies on the lap of Mount Manaslu and surrounded by mountains, green forest, ancient Buddhist Monasteries, countless Mani Walls (stone tablets engraved with mantras), chorten or stupas and Kanis (religious round structures in Tibetan Buddhism often houses relics and surrounded by prayer mills) attracts everyone with hiking and exploring enthusiasm.
Hike Manaslu Base Camp up for excellent views of Sam Do (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and Birendra Kunda Lake, a glacier lake near by the Manaslu Base Camp and hike back down to Samagaon. Overnight at Tea house, Samagaon.
Day 10 : Samagaon – Trek to Sam do (3,875m, 04-05 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Sam do. The trek ascends gently uphill leading to Sam do through a desert and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Sam do but visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Sam do. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Sam do (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other awesome peaks and overnight at Tea house, Sam do.
Day 11 : Sam Do – Trek to Dharamasala/ Larke La Phedi (4,460m, 04-05 hrs) – B/L/D
After having breakfast, start the trek to Larke La Phedi. The trail is rocky and zigzags to Larke La Phedi. Before reaching Larke La Phedi, there is a market called Larke Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks and people bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. Overnight at Tea house, Larke La Phedi.
Day 12 : Larkya La Phedi – Trek to Larke La Pass (5,106m) – Bimtang (3,590m, 08-09 hrs) – B/L/D
After having early breakfast, start the trek to Bimtang after crossing the pretty but tough pass, Larke La Pass (5,106m). Larke La Pass is the hight light of this Trekking. Early in the morning, start the trek following a steep ascent, rocky and windy trail until it reaches Larke La Pass. From the top of Larke La Pass, it offers an attractive panoramic views of Him lung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937m). After crossing this pass, the trek goes on a steep downhill trail which is rocky and icy until it reaches Bimtang. On the way, there might be encounter with many icy lakes that makes everyone feel chilly. The Bimtang is a broad valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Overnight at Tea house, Bimtang.
Day 13 : Bimtang – Trek to Tilje (2,300m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Tilje. The trek descends down to the valley of the Burdin Khola, the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. It offers an excellent view of Manaslu in the South East and Annapurna II in the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, the trek descends down to a narrow valley by passing through a rhododendron forest and reaches Kharche (2,700m), the highest cultivated land in this valley. Then, the trek again descends down, crosses a stream and finally reaches Tilje, a famous place for apple orchard which is popularly known as local wine. Overnight at Teahouse, Tilje.
Day 14 : Tilje – Trek to Dharapani (1,963m, 01 hrs) – drive to Besi Sahar (760m,04-05 hrs) – B
After breakfast, start the trek to Dharapani for about one hour. The trail is gradual descent and stone paved which passes through a beautiful village “Thonche” and reaches dharapani. Then after, drive to Besi Sahar by Jeep for 04 – 05 through a rough rocky road. Overnight at guest house, Besi Sahar.
Day 15 : Drive Besi Sahar – Kathmandu (178 km, 05-06 hrs) – B/D
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu by Public vehicle along the bank of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli river with superb views of green hills, mountains, terraced farms and villages on both sides of road. After reaching Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. In the evening, Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural dance performance. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 16 : Leisure – B
Leisure day. Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops or hanging around Thamel (Tourism hub city). Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 17 : Departure – B
Leisure until departure. Transfer to the International Airport to board the flight.
Your safety is paramount concern while traveling with Galaxy World Travels Services. Please note that your Trekking leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to maintain the above itinerary. However, weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters etc. can affect this adventure travelling in remote mountainous regions. As a result, it will compel us to change the previous itinerary. So, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. But, please be prepared to be flexible if require.
1.Pick up and drop off service from Airport and Hotel by private vehicle.
2. Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic nepali cuisine and cultural dance show.
3. All accommodation in 3-star category hotels on B/B plan in Kathmandu whilst Tea house accommodation during the trek on full board basis (all meals).
4. Sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle and experienced local tour guide.
5. All sightseeing heritage monuments entrance fees.
6. Kathmandu – Arughat overland transportation by Public vehicle, Arughat – Sotikhola by Local Public vehicle, Dharapani – Besi sahar by local jeep and Besi sahar – Kathmandu by Public vehicle.
7. Medical supplies (First Aid Kit) carried by Trek leader.
8. Sleeping bags, down jacket, duffel bag and trekking poles (to be returned after the trek).
9. All the necessary Trekking permits (Manaslu Special Permit+MCAP+ACAP) for the trek, official fees, government and local taxes.
10. Highly experienced, friendly, government license holder guide and porter with salary, accommodation, food, transportation and insurance.
11. Arrangement of helicopter service for the rescue of emergency situation, which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
1. Nepalese visa fee.
2. International airfare.
3. Trekking and medical insurance (Compulsory).
4. Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above.
5. All personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
6. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or Tea House due to early arrival or late departure, early return or late return due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
7. All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
8. Tips for the guide, porter and driver (tips is expected).