Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu trekking is one of the remote and high passes trekkings in Nepal. The trek offers  insight of primitive Tibetan influenced culture and tradition as well as sensational mountain views and spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and China.Trekking to Manaslu circuit begins in the ancient town of Gorkha and follows the Buri Gandaki River through rough gorges slicing between Himchuli (7890m) and Ganesh (7429m)  northwards and passes beautiful alpine meadows and small typical Tibetan villages Jagat, Gap Pu and Sho, with rows of the prayer wheels and Mani stones beneath sweeping North Face of Manaslu.

Trekking in Manslu takes you to one of the most dramatic Himalayan high altitudes passes called Larkya La from where you are rewarded with a stunning panorama looking towards Himlung Himal (7126m), Manaslu & the Annapurna peaks, with the peaks of Ganesh Himal (7406m) to the east. Much of Manaslu circuit trek is in a region of strong Tibetan influence. The inhabitants of upper Buri Gandaki region are Nupri, who are direct descendants of Tibetan immigration. Buddhist prayer flags and chortens are abundant in the region.

  • Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Great Himalayan Guide as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.


    Day 02: Cultural Tour and Trek Preparation (including trekking permit).
    After breakfast we will take you for a guided cultural tour and visit some of the historical and cultural sites which most of them are illustrated on the world heritage sites. You will visit Swayambhunath, the Buddhist stupa believed to be 2500 years old towering on the top of a hill commanding sweeping view of Kathmandu valley, the most profound expression of Buddhist symbolism in Nepal and possibly in the world. Next, you will visit historic Kathmandu Durbar Square clustered with old royal palaces and distinctive pagoda roofed temples, stone sculpture and old monuments.  Afternoon will be used for the preparation for the trekking.

    Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Arughat (525m., 6 hrs. )
    We leave Kathmandu in the morning and drive to Arughat enjoying Nepalese countryside and the mountain sceneries. The drive on black topped road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi and from there we drive on rough road to Arughat.

    Day 04: Arughat – Soti Khola ( 710m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
    We hike up though the forests along Buri Gandaki Valley. The view of Sringi Himal appears up the valley. The valley becomes steeper and the hiking gets more difficult as the trail climbs through fields over a rock outcrop. We gain a ridge and then descend to Soti Khola.

    Day 05: Soti Khola – Machhakhola (900m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
    The trail crosses the bridge and climbs up to a ridge and then passes over a big rock making it precarious. We follow the rocky trail up and down through large stand of nettles and pass two waterfalls. We again climb up through steep rocky trail pass a few rice terraces to Labubesi, a Gurung village. As the trail climbs behind a rocky outcrop, the valley opens up and again we climb and descend a few times and finally arrive at Machhakhola.

    Day 06: Machhakhola – Doban (1070m., 5 – 6 hrs)
    We hike ups and downs and cross Tharo Khola to arrive hotspring in Tatopani. We climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Now the trail climbs on a wide, well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban.

    Day 07:  Doban – Jagat ( 1410m., 5 – 6 hrs.)
    We climb on a rugged, rocky trail to gain a ridge. The river valley widens and the trail descends to the Buri Gandaki. We cross a long suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and ascend through stone staircase to gain a ridge and arrive at Jagat.

    Day 08: Jagat – Deng (1920m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
    The trail climbs over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens and we hike upstream to arrive at Philim. We pass millet field and grassy land slopes, cross Budhi Gandaki and follow west bank of the river. The valley widens further and we pass bamboo forest, cross Deng Khola and arrive at the village of Deng.

    Day 09: Deng – Namrung ( 2630m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
    We head up west to the Budhi Gandaki Valley, pass through forest and mani. We take the route to Prok Village which has a viewpoint for good views of Siringi Himal. We further cross Budhigandaki River several times passing several gompas, dense forest while following the trail upstream. We make steep climb and arrive at Namrung, a good view point for Siring Himal and Ganesh Himal.

    Day 10: Namrung – Samagaon ( 3530m., 7 – 8 hrs.)
    We climb gradually and pass through a forest of firs, rhododendron and oak forest to arrive at Lihi, a nice village with many chortens and barley terraces. We enter into  Nupri region. The people of Nupri are the descendants of Tibetan immigrants. As we pass through Sho, the views of Manaslu North (7157m.) start to get spectacular. We further follow the valley, pass through Lho,  a big village with a gompa a Tibetan style chorten and huge mani wall and spectacular view of Manslu and arrive at a plateau, Syala with a wide vista of Himalchuli, Peak 29, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We climb to the ridge and then descend to a valley to arrive at Samagoan, an extensive village.


    Day 11: Rest at Exploration day in Samagoan with a side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa.
    Today we walk around Samagoan and make a shot side trip to Pung-gyen Gompa and rest for acclimatization. We enjoy the sights of a large collection of mani stones with Buddhists text and pictures. We climb the ridge to the south of Samagoan to the Pung-gyen Gompa which is hidden behind the ridge in front of Manslu. It was destroyed by an avalanche during the winter of 1953 after the first Japanese expedition to Manaslu killing several inhabitants, mostly nuns.

    Day 12: Samagoan – Samdo ( 3860m.,4 – 5 hrs.)
    We descend to the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail to the left leads to Manaslu base camp for the expedition. The trail towards the Larkya La passes through several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. We follow the easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests. We drop off the shelf, cross Budhi Gandaki and then climb steeply pass through the kani and arrive at Samdo.

    Day 13: Samdo – Larkya Rest House (4480m., 4 – 6 hrs)
    We descend and past many fields to a big, old mani wall to arrive to a river which is crossed on a wooden bridge. A fine and old mani wall marks the start of climb to Larkya La. We climb through tundra and juniper opposite the huge Larkya Glacier and gradually the trail gets more steeper to gain the ridge at 4000m. where there is a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge. We climb in and out of the gorge and arrive at Larkya Rest House.

    Day 14: Larkya Rest House - Larkya la (5160m) - Bimthang (3720m.,) 8 – 9 hrs.
    The trail starts up a ridge making a long, gentle climb beside a moraine, descend to a lake and again climb to the ridge to the top of a moraine.  As we cross the moraine to the south of steep, grassy slopes, the trail becomes rougher and indistinct. We descend to the four frozen lakes and make the final steep climb to the Larkya La. The pass offers the magnificent views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapyrna II. We descend along the top of the moraine and further descend steeply making a long set of steep, rough switchbacks crossing moraines to find a wider valley and arrive at Bimthang.

    Day 15: Dimthang – Tilije (2300m., 5 – 6 hrs)
    The trail drops from Bimthang, passing high pasture and climbs over the side of the moraine and descends to pine and rhododendron forest. We make a steep climb over a ridge decorated with prayer flags and then descend to a river bank. A short distance beyond it is Gho, the first settlement after Larkya La. We walk through fields, past rhododendron and oak forests  to arrive at Tilije.


    Day 16: Tilije – Tal (1700m., 5 – 6 hrs)
    We climb over a ridge and walk on stone paved trail to pass a Gurung village. We then descend through scrub forests, cross Dhudh Khola on a wooden bridge and climb again through chorten- shaped arch, past mani wall to arrive at Thonje. We continue to Dharapani and enter to Annapurna circuit trekking route. We descend gradually, cross over a bridge on Marshyangdi River and past mani wall and arrive at Tal.

    Day 17: Tal – Syange ( 1080m., 6 – 7 hrs.)
    We descend gradually to Chamje. The Marshyangdi Valley widens with its terrace fields and villages. The trail descends through rhododendron and pine forest and arrives at Syange.

    Day 18: Syange – Kathmandu ( 8 – 9 hrs.)
    We drive from Syange to Kathmandu enjoying the scenery of the mountains, small villages on the hill sides, terrace fields. Most of the driving will be along the bank of the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers. We take you to the hotel in Kathmandu for check-in Farewell dinner will be organized in the evening at Nepalese restaurant with culture program.

    Day 19:  Airport transfer for your onward journeys.
    We will transfer you to the airport and bid good bye for your onward journeys.

  • Cost Includes

    -    International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
    -    Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
    -    Domestic flight fare as per the itinerary including airport tax
    -    All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
    -    Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
    -    All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
    -    An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and
    porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and
    accident insurance.
    -    First aid medical kit
    -    All government and local taxes
    -     Farewell dinner

    Cost Excludes

    -    International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    -    Nepal visa fee
    -    Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
    -    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    -    Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
    -    Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
    -    Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the
    trekking ).
    -    Gratuity for the trekking staffs


Prices Starts From:

Per person US $ 1550

Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu - Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Great Himalayan Guide can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back. If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions.Great Himalayan Guide will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.