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Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Trek (also known as Manaslu Circuit Trek) is a remote trek around the world's eighth highest peak, situated in Manaslu region. With newly developed small tea houses on the trek, Manaslu Trek has become a lot easier for trekkers to acquire accommodation and meals. Manaslu circuit Trek explores small villages of Buddhism with spectacular scenery of snowy peaks, thundering rivers, high passes, wildlife and different Himalayan flowers including the beautiful rhododendrons. Manaslu trek will lead you to the highest land attached to Tibet with some opportunities to experience Tibetan-influenced cultures and faiths. While the Annapurna Circuit Trek is now disrupted by on-going construction of motor roads, Manaslu Circuit Trek is known as the perfect alternative for Annapurna Circuit. For those who do not want to walk on the dusty roads of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the perfect alternative with a similar route, similar views and similar experiences. Manaslu Circuit Trek is getting more and more popular as a new trekking route among trekkers. Manaslu Trekking is a restricted trekking route, you need to use a government licensed trekking agency with private staffs. You can not do independent trekking in this area. Larke (Larkye) La Pass (5,106 meters) is the most difficult point of the trek but it's not worse, weather conditions allowing to cross and meet Annapurna circuit route. For a trekker with more available time we suggest to include virgin Tsum valley area experiencing far less trekkers. Manaslu Circuit Trek is the premier moderate - difficult grade trekking route left in Nepal in terms of mountains, authentic culture and enjoyment. Manaslu Circuit Trekking gives you untouched beauty of nature, gives you own pace for the walk and lets you experience the life of people in the mountains. After the latest road construction in Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trekking has been attracting more are more visitors who prefer to avoid walking on the dirt roads. Join with us for a memorable adventure trek to Manaslu!

Total Duration : 17 Days

Difficulty : Difficult

Highest Altitude : 5,125M / 16,814FT

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city

Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city

Transportation : Private, Public Vehicles

Best Months : March, April, May, September, October, November

Group Size : 02 to 12 People

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1310M or 4,297FT)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu for trek permit preparations

We will collect your passports and photos to prepare your immigration permits. You can explore the town on your own to see the typical town of Thamel. We will introduce you with your guide and probably join with you for a welcome dinner in the evening. (Breakfast, Complimentary Dinner)

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola [can drive with local bus but hiring a jeep is comfortable option] (710M / 8 - 9 Hours)

We start our drive early in the morning to the northwards following Budi Gandaki River. It's a beautiful drive through the beautiful Nepalese villages. We have a comfortable ride until Dhading Besi as the road is pave. We will then leave for Arughat and then to Soti Khola which is a dirt road with lots of bumpy rides. We will be driving through beautiful green hills, dense forests, thundering rivers and traditional settlements of Nepalese communities. We will stop at Soti Khola for an overnight stay.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (930M / 7-8 Hours)

Our day will start after having a breakfast in the hotel. We will cross the bridge then climb to the ridge. It is a beautiful day hike through beautiful villages of the region. We will be passing through Armala, Liding, Apubesi and Khani Besi before reaching Machha Khola. Various ethnic villages, towering waterfalls, green hills, thundering Budi Gandaki river and various rice paddies makes this day beautiful. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1,370M / 6 - 7 Hours)

Once we reach Korlabesi we will have a steep ascent to the ridge and then descent to a natural hot spring (Tatopani). Soon we cross Budi Gandaki river then continue climbing stone stairs to Dovan. We will continue ascending towards small place called Duman then we will cross some landslide areas. Continuing several ups and downs will take us to Thado Bhanjyang then continuing futher will take us to Jagat.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,860M / 6 - 7 Hours)

As we walk next to the cliffs we will have some good views of Shringi Himal. We will descend towards Setibas following some Buddhist Mani Walls. We will continue through terraced fields, green hills and bamboo forests of Nupri Valley. We have few ascending and descending as well as have to cross few suspension bridges to reach Deng. We will have walking through various villages such as Salleri, Sirdibas, Phillim, Eklebhatti, Nyak and then finally reaches Deng (Dyang) following beautiful Bamboo forests of Deng Khola.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Trek to Namrung (2,540M / 6 - 7 Hours)

Soon after we leave Deng we will cross Budi Gandaki River and then continue to Rana Village. We continue towards west following a beautiful waterfall. We will have walking inside the beautiful rhododendron forests guided by white Langur monkeys. We soon do an ascending to reach Namrung for overnight stay. This village offers some tremendous views of Himalayan peaks including Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Trek to Samagaon; one of the most fascinated village in the region (3,390M / 7 - 8 Hours)

Soon after leaving Namrung we will arrive at Lihi where we will have fine views of Ganesh Himal. This village has a lot of chhortens, mani walls and barley fields. We will continue towards Samagaon following Sho, Lho and Shyala villages. This is a beautiful day with several viewpoints offers stunning views of various Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu, Himalchuli and Peak 29. We will also have opportunity to visit Rimbung Gomba (Lho Monastery).(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09: Rest and exploration day at Samagaon, visit Birendra Tal

We will spend one more night at Samagaon to help our body to acclimatize in high altitude. We will have an opportunity to visit Birendra Tal which is in an hour distance. We w ill spend rest of the day exploring the village.

For an active adventurer there is an option to go to Pung Gyen Monastery and return back to Samagon. This is about 7-8 hours return journey from Samagon and offers superb views of Manaslu Himal and Peak 29.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3,890M / 3 - 4 Hours)

We have a short day ahead. Trek from Samagaon to Samdo takes about 3 to 4 hours. We will folow the the Budi Gandaki river. On a lucky day we will also have an opportunity to see Himalayan Blue Sheep. The trail is comparatively easy and wide. Continuing through the left and right of the river eventually we will reach Samdo for overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11: Rest and acclimatization day at Samdo (3,890M)

Samdo is meeting place of three different surrounding valleys and situated behind a ridge specially known for yak herding. We will second another night in Samdo for acclimatization. We can hike up to Gya La which is a trending pass with Tibet. This place offers excellent views of Simrang Himal, Hiunchuli Peak, Ngadi Himal, Larkye Peak, Cheo and Kang Guru Himal. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12: Trek to Dharmasala / Larke Phedi (4,460M / 4 - 5 Hours)

Before we start our climbing we will do a gentle descending to the river. We will be passing along a glacier followed by beautiful Gorge. Continuing through several Mani walls we will be reaching Larke Phedi for an overnight stay. Larke Phedi has only one lodge for basic accommodation of the trekkers. This place is also known as Larke Base Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13: Cross Larkya La (5,125M) and trek to Bimthang [Can take many hours depending on shape and weather conditions] (3,590M / 8 - 9 Hours)

This is a challenging day. We will start early in the morning and start the gentle climbing to the ridge, a very short descending to a small lake and then make final ascending to the Larke Pass. The last section of the pass is slightly steeper. Soon after reaching the summit of the pass we will stop awhile for taking some photographs before descending to Bhimtang. We will have gorgeous views of several Himalayas including Manaslu Peak, Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal and Kangguru Himal.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14: Trek to Tilije (2,300M / 6 - 7 Hours)

We will leave beautiful Himalayan peaks behind and start descending to Tilje for upcoming night. Continuing further through rhododendron forests will take us to Karache (2,800M); one of the highest cultivated villages of Nepal. Continuing further will take us to Gho village where few lodges are available for accommodation. Continuing one more hour will take us to Tilije village for overnight stay as Tilije village has better accommodation options comparing to Gho village.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15: Trek to Chamje (1410M / 7 - 8 Hours)

Descending from Tilje we will reach the Marshyang valley and meet the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. Chamje is popular stop place on the Annapurna circuit route having several lodges available for meals and accommodation.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16: Drive to Besisahar and then to Kathmandu (1,310M / 7-8 Hours)

We will drive through the rugged dirt road until Besisahar and then eventually follow the paved road to Kathmandu. It's a beautiful countryside driving that makes an end of our unforgettable Manaslu Larke Pass Trekking. Relax and rest in the hotel, have a good shower and try a good cuisine in a good restaurant of Kathmandu before making the preparation for the departure.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Langtang Valley Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)

Important Note:
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.

Services Includes / Excluded

Services Included:
  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Chamje - Kathmandu transportation by private and public vehicle
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary during the trek
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System), MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) and Nepal Immigration Permits
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
Services Excluded:
  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Altitude Chart for Manaslu Trekking

Experience for Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is popular as adventurous trekking that takes us higher than 5,100M. The trek includes several ups and downs everyday including walking on steep and narrow trails. Manaslu Circuit Trek of course will need courage and patience as well as it will be a great idea to have previous experiences of trekking / hiking. The trek is not severe for trekkers with previous experiences but it can be a difficult route for novice trekkers. Manaslu Circuit / Larke Pass trekking is an adventurous trail next to popular Annapurna Circuit trek. At Himalayan Leisure, Inc. we recommend our customers to train well at home so that the trail won't make you suffer. Walking more than 2 weeks in high altitude needs a lot of effort and courage from our trekkers. A fit trekker with no previous trekking experiences can definitely try Manaslu Circuit Trekking however training well at home is highly recommended. Cycling, swimming, hiking, running etc. definitely helps you to prepare yourself for a memorable adventure in Nepal. We recommend our fellow customers to have strong courage and hope to complete the trek which is more important than physical effort. Please let us know at the Himalayan Leisure, Inc. if you have any questions regarding the fitness and training methods at home.

Meals on Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is relatively less developed trekking route and meals and accommodation inside the lodge wasn't much popular until few years. Only basic tea houses and meals are available on this trek. This trekking comparatively requires you to adjust with what is available on the trek. Tea houses are in very low standard and not many meal options are available. Even though some places have better meal options the trek can't be compared with popular route in Annapurna or in Everest. You will have a small menu everyday which will have basic meal options. You can select the meals from the available menu. Please remember that the taste of the food won't be western standard. The meals are prepared with raw ingredients available and the cook won't be a professional one. Manaslu Circuit Trek is for luxury adventurers, it's for travelers who want to blend themselves with nature with what's available on the trek. Meals are usually prepared fresh once the lodge receives order from the customer that means you are likely to have fresh meals. Some places are very small with only 1 or 2 lodges where we do not much choice for the meals or accommodation and seek your cooperation to have a wonderful journey in the Himalayas.

Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers. If the lodge is using the buffet system then you are likely to have same meals that other customers are having. Some hotels offer both buffet and ala carte options.

Accommodation on Manaslu Trekking

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

Accommodation is very basic in Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Not all places have high standard lodges for the accommodation of the trekkers. Some places only have 1 or 2 lodges and it might not be possible to have a private room if the place is busy. Most places will give a private room but places not having enough space will make us to share the room. Places like Dharmashala has only 1 lodge and are in very basic conditions. We seek your cooperation in case the lodge do not have private rooms available. Even though Manaslu Circuit Trek is an old trekking trail, meals and accommodation inside the lodge was only introduced recently. Tea houses are in very basic conditions. Manaslu Circuit trekking route is not for luxury travelers. The route is for travelers who can adjust with very basic facilities available and can adjust with what is available on the trek. Please write us to Himalayan Leisure, Inc. if you have any questions regarding the Manaslu Circuit trekking accommodations.

Best Season for Manaslu Trekking

Spring and Autumn is known as optimal season to visit Manaslu region. The views are usually clear and tremendous during these seasons. March, April, May, September, October and November are known as best months to visit the region than other months. Even though the trek can be done in other months they are not fantastic for many reasons; the views might not be good, the trail might not be in good condition, the Larke Pass can be close, it can be too cold in high areas, the lodges can be closed etc. Manaslu Trekking is an amazing trekking route during the best seasons. During the monsoon season the trail can be very wet and muddy thus it's not a great idea to trek in monsoon season. Winter can be very cold and the pass can be closed and impossible to cross.

Highlights of the Manaslu Larke Pass Trekking

Once the road construction damaged the beautiness of Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Manaslu Larke Pass trekking has been emerging as the best alternative of the popular Annapurna trail. Manaslu Circuit Trekking is not for luxury trekkers but for everyone else who want to enjoy authentic beautiness of Himalayas including beautiful villages along the route, traditional and culturally rich Tibetan influenced people, thundering rivers, towering waterfalls, green forests, unique wildlife blended together with authentic green hills. Manaslu Circuit Trekking is an amazing trekking route that makes everyone to feel Awwwww.... The Manaslu Circuit trail is rich in diversity plus it is the best alternative for damaged Annapurna trail. Even though Manaslu region was badly hit by the earthquake in 2015, it is still one of the best trekking routes that remains stunning. Come and join with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. where we have experienced trekking guides with long time experience of guiding in Manaslu circuit / Larke Pass trekking.

Equipment and Packing List for Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventurous trekking route taking us higher than 5,100 meters, next to Annapurna region. This trekking is recommended for trekkers with previous hiking experiences due to it's rough trail conditions. We have tried to list some of the basic equipment list for the trekkers and of course they are not complete. Based on your physical conditions, requirements or experiences you will need more equipment or you might not need all the equipment that we have listed. The following equipment list for Manaslu Circuit Trek is for average trekkers. Please find the list below and if you are confused about any of the gears then please write us to Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We will try our best to make your adventure a beautiful one!

Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body: - T-shirts - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves (Winter only)

Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror

Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash

Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to 5 degree centigrade - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag - Basic First Aid Kit - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles (optional) - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal and Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon (Kathmandu and Trek)

Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!