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Duration - 16 Days
Availability : February - November
Starting: Kathmandu
Ending: Kathmandu
Min Age : 12 years
Max People : 22
Overview

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 now become a lot easier for trekkers to get accommodation and meals without needing to carry meals and tents like in the past. Manaslu circuit Trek explores small villages with the spectacular scenery of snowy peaks, thundering rivers, high passes, wildlife and different Himalayan flowers including the beautiful rhododendrons. The 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 the on-going construction of motor roads, Manaslu Circuit Trek is known as the perfect alternative of it. For those who do not want to walk on the dusty roads of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the perfect choice with similar views and similar experiences. This trek is gaining more significance lately. This is a restricted trekking route, you need to use a government licensed trekking agency with a private guide to obtain the restricted area permit. Independent trekking is not allowed.
For a trekker with more available time, we suggest to include virgin Tsum valley area that gives even better opportunities to experience the Tibetan influenced cultures. Manaslu Circuit Trek is the premier moderate – difficult grade trekking route left in Nepal in terms of mountains, authentic culture, and scenery. After the latest road construction in Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trekking is now attracting more are more visitors who prefer to avoid walking on the dirt roads.

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley for 3 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Chamje - Kathmandu transportation on a public vehicle (private transport available with additional costs)
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on beautiful cozy tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permits
  • Nepal Immigration restricted area entry permit
  • 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 / American medical association approved Oximeter
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes, company service charges
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Price Excludes

  • 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 earlier than scheduled)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( 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 )
What to Expect

Manaslu Circuit Trek is getting popularity only in recent times. Although the trail was opened sometime back, the facilities in the trail remain in basic standard although it is improving. This is a complete tea house trek however the standard / quality of the lodges remains low especially in places in Samdo and Dharmashala. We recommend you not to expect high-quality services.

The total duration of the program is 16 days, 2 days for international arrival and departures, 2 days for Kathmandu to the trek starting point and trek ending point to Kathmandu drive, and 11 night 12 days trekking in the mountains. The trek is a quiet route and is not overcrowded at any time of the year. Expect peaceful walking and expect to walk about 6 – 7 hours on average with a long day while crossing the pass.

  • Beautiful, unspoiled and virgin trekking route next to Annapurna region
  • Known as the best alternative of the famous Annapurna circuit trek
  • 12 night 13 days fully guide trek through the beautiful Manaslu region
  • Beautiful villages, valleys, wildlife, culture and traditions observed
  • Amazing views of Himalayas, dramatic splendid views
  • Crossing of Larke Pass over 5000 meters
  • The most popular route among the Nepal immigration restricted areas
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel (1310M / 30 minutes)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a name card written your name. We will transfer you to the hotel. The day is free to explore on your own if time permits. (No meals)

Day 02Free day in Kathmandu to prepare your permits

We will collect your passports and photos to prepare your immigration permits. Original permits are needed to collect Nepal immigration permits. You can explore the town on your own. We will have a trip briefing and introductory program with your guide after the permits are collected. (Breakfast)

Day 03Drive to Soti Khola (710M / 8 - 9 Hours)

We start our drive early in the morning following Budi Gandaki River. It’s a beautiful yet thrilling drive through the beautiful Nepalese villages. About the half of the road is dirt (not paved) so it’s going to be a bumpy ride. We will stop in Soti Khola before we start walking on the following day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04Trek to Machha Khola (930M / 7 - 8 Hours)

We will cross the bridge then climb to the top of the hill. 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. Different villages, towering waterfalls, green hills, thundering Budi Gandaki river, and various rice paddies make this day beautiful. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05Trek to Jagat (1370M / 6 - 7 Hours)

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

Day 06Trek from Jagat to Deng (1860M / 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 07Trek to Namrung (2540M / 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 08Trek 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 the opportunity to visit Rimbung Gomba (Lho Monastery). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 09Trek to Samdo (3890M / 3 - 4 Hours)

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

Day 10Rest and acclimatization day in Samdo (3890M)

Samdo is meeting place of three different surrounding valleys and situated behind a ridge especially 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 11Trek to Dharmashala / Larke Phedi (4460M / 4 -5 Hours)

Before we start our climbing we will walk on the flat before making a cross of 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 three lodges for basic accommodation of the trekkers. This place is also known as Larke Base Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 12Cross 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 13Trek to Tilije (2300M / 6 - 7 Hours)

We will leave beautiful Himalayan peaks behind and start descending to Tilje for the 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 an overnight stay as Tilije village has better accommodation options comparing to Gho village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14Trek to Tal (1700M / 3 - 4 Hours), drive to Besisahar (820M / 3 - 4 Hours)

Descending from Tilje we will reach the Marshyang valley and meet the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tal is a popular stop place on the Annapurna circuit route having several lodges available for meals and accommodation. We may take a quick lunch and start our thrilling drive to Besisahar on a dirt road. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15Drive to Kathmandu (1310M / 6 -7 Hours)

We will take a quick breakfast and then catch our microvan to Kathmandu. It’s a beautiful countryside driving on the bank of different rivers that make an end of our unforgettable Manaslu Larke Pass Trek. 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 16Drive to the Airport, Departure from Kathmandu (30 Minutes)

We will drive you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your flight time. The airport is small and has only 1 terminal. It’s time to say goodbye until we meet again! (Breakfast)

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Unfortunately, due to Nepal government rules, we cannot take solo traveler booking for Manaslu Circuit Circuit. As per the Nepal government rules, we need a minimum of 2 people traveling together to obtain restricted area permit.

Which currency is accepted on this tour?

We accept all major currencies such as USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, SGD, MYR, GBP, THB, CHF, JPY, HKD, etc. Credit card payments are accepted only in USD. We also accept bank transfers, direct remittance services (Western Union, Moneygram), etc.

What is the best time and season?

March – May, and September – November are considered the best months for trekking in Nepal. This trek is not doable during the winter season as the Larke pass remains closed with heavy snow during the mid winter season.

What is the cancellation policy?

The trek has free cancellation 30 days before departure. Any cancellations received within 30 days of departure will incur 15% cancellation fees.

How are the meals and accommodation like?

We will be eating and sleeping in the lodges for the whole trek (Day 3 to Day 13). Generally, rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables, curry, potatoes, eggs, sandwich, burgers, etc. are available. On day 14, we will stop in a small guest house.
The lodges will have twin sharing rooms. In most cases, we will provide you a private room however in rare cases you may need to share the rooms with other travelers (especially if you are traveling alone). In Dharmashala the lodge is very basic and foods are very basic as well.
In Kathmandu, we will accommodate you at 3-star category hotel with complimentary breakfast.

Do I need to be physically fit?

Very good question. Since it’s an adventurous long trek, we recommend travelers to have above average fitness level. Even though we will be walking in the low altitude most of the time, there involves lots of ups and downs. A person who can walk about 6 – 7 hours every day is welcome to join this trek. If you have previous travel experience, it will be even better.

Can we do this trek with kids?

We do not recommend this trek for small kids. The minimum age for this trek is 12 years or above. Families with younger kids are not recommended do this trek, we have many other treks available for the families with small kids.

Are the guides experienced? Are they licensed?

We have very experienced guides at the company. We have guides experienced for at least 7 years to 22 years. All our guides are Ministry of Tourism trained and licensed by Nepal Government.

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Meals and Accommodation:

This is completely tea house based trek hence we will be sleeping and eating in the lodges. In Kathmandu, we provide 3 start category hotel accommodation with breakfast and it will be standard lodges while on the trek. The lodges on the trek will be mostly shared bathroom / shared toilet while in 1/2 places we may provide you rooms with private toilet.

The meals on the trek will be mostly locally prepared using local ingredients most of the time. Kathmandu offers a wide selection of meals in basic to high standard luxury lounges. On the trek, the number of meal items will be limited to a small number.

Best season

This is a moderate to difficult level trekking route. This trekking can be done from Mid February to late November. In winter season (December – February), the pass will have lots of snow making it difficult to cross the pass. March to May and September to November are better months comparing to other months i.e. June, July, August, January, etc. During best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are breathtaking and the weather is lovely as well. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful lush of green forests. From October to December you will see more green forests in the area. As this is the ultimate adventure of your life we recommend you to plan the trek properly and during best months though Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will be able to arrange your trip throughout the year.

Gear List

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 – Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms – Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet: Thin, lightweight inner socks – Thick, warm wool hiking socks – Hiking boots with spare laces – Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body: T-shirts – Light and expedition weight thermal tops – Fleece jacket or pullover – Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) – Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket – Down vest and/or jacket*

Hands: Lightweight gloves – Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories: Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * – Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries – Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * – Basic First Aid Kit – Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag – Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) – Trekking Poles – Water bottle (2) or camel bag – Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) – Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

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

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

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Annonymous

Couple Traveller

It was a lot better than we expected as we were traveling in the monsoon season. We knew we were traveling in monsoon season but fortunately, it didn’t rain much and we were fine. The lodge in Dharmashala was closed so we had to walk 2 days plan in 1 day, it was tiring but fortunately, the views were great in the Larke pass.

June 20, 2019

Frank

Couple Traveller

We had a great trip. The hike was very beuatiful and quite, since we started the trek at the beginning of March. Not many tourists were on the trek which made it perfect. We had a great time with Harry (guide) and Kishna (Porter) who were always in for jokes and good game of carts.

Only downside was that we couldn’t cross the pass, there was to much snow. The upside was we had one day in Shala completely alone, the whole village was empty. We even helped the only local there to make his lodge snow free for us. This was an awesome day since the views were stunning and it was completely quite.

Thanks Harry and Kishna for the great trip!

Thank you

June 5, 2019

Roland Hambleton

Couple Traveller

Excellent

April 24, 2019

Robert Miller

Couple Traveller

Manaslu Trek is highly recommended to those who are interested to trek in peaceful area. Our 13 days trek was full of fun, adventure and lots of sleepless nights. This is very beautiful trekking route and recommend to those with average fitness. We didn’t train much before the trek so we struggled quite a bit.

April 20, 2019

Dennis Humphrey

Couple Traveller

Upendra who runs the company was very professional quick to reply. He catered to our specific requests and really made booking the trip a breeze. We opted to pay the extra money for a private suv to and from the trek and are glad we did. It was all seemlessly organized through Himilayan Leisure and was much more enjoyable than the bus alternative.
What really made our trip enjoyable was our guide Tonda Chhandaghale. He was very knowledgeable about the trek and always knew the best places to stay. He is very kind, professional, and really stood out compared to the other guides we met along the trek. We would absolutely request him on a future trip.

December 8, 2018
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