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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu circuit trek

Relatively less developed compared to Everest area and Annapurna area but still a great walk in the mountain is Manaslu area. Originally a restricted area now opens to visitor, pay special permit to enter this area. Manaslu Trek is a circuit around the eighth highest mountain in the world. The trail follows Budhigandaki upstream through wild Gurung settlements at the beginning and end downstream in the Marshyanngdi valley. Topography keeps changing, vegetation keeps changing and even culture and religion of the people keeps changing as you go higher in this trek. The main high lights are Manaslu base camp, Larkya Pass, a Buddhist nunnery called Pungyen. At the beginning mostly Hindu villages then mostly Buddhist people and as you make a pass and go down again the settlements of Hindu people. The trek starts at very low elevation as low as 600m., then climb up to Larkya pass (5160m.) then end at Beshisahar less than 800m. of elevation.

Manaslu circuit trek at a glance

Maximum elevation: 5,167 meter

Number of Days: 15 days of walking which include one day for acclimatization

Difficulty level: Strenuous or demanding, walking in high altitude for significant days

Accommodation: Tea house during the trek and hotel in Kathmandu

Transportation: Private transfer for Kathmandu and public bus from Kathmandu to Arughat bazar and from Beshisahar to Kathmandu.

Price:  $1250 per person (min 2 persons)

Best time to go: March- May and September-November

Highlight of the Manaslu circuit trek

A daytrip to discover Kathmandu, recover from Jetlag and prepare for the trek,

A unique trek to discover the wide range of landscape as the trek starts at very low elevation and reaches above snowline, as the landscape and elevation keep changing also gives opportunity to observe wide variety of vegetation,

Great view of the eighth highest peak of the world Mt. Manaslu which was climbed by Japanese for the first time,

A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughtat Bazar, Arughat bazar considered the main center to supply necessities in the northern part of Budhigandaki valley,

One of the high pass of the Himalayas Larke-la with an elevation of 5,167 m. is in the trip and Larke pass is the highest point in the trip also, extra ordinary view of surrounding area from the pass,

Observe both Hindu as well as Buddhist communities as the trail passes through Hindu communities at the beginning and pass through Buddhist communities at the higher places where they follow Tibetan Buddhism,

Very rich biodiversity with wide variety of flora and fauna,

Recently developed area for trekking so very less people compared to the famous trails in the Himalayas which gives true sense of walking in the Himalayas as very less western influence,

Contribution for the newly developed route and the societies there, trek for a reason.

Important notice

As we need to get a special permit to go to Manaslu Circuit Trek we inform all our valuable customers that you have to arrive on weekdays, if you arrive in weekend we are not able to process the permit as Saturday and public holiday our government office will be closed. You can always change your transport from public bus to private jeep on paying the differences. Please feel free to ask us about the difference.

Is there any possibility to make my Manaslu Circuit  trip cheaper than the above quoted price?

Yes, especially in dry season the bus can go directly up to Sotikhola and you can save one day with all the cost associated with it. From Tal village after you complete the pass you can take a transport directly to Beshisahar and saving a day there too so we can make a trip little cheaper.

We also recommend checking our Annapurna circuit trek if you are looking for alternatives and Everest Three high pass trek if you are looking for some more adventure.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet and greet by our representative/ guide and transfer to your allocated hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu. Introductory trip to Kathmandu including sightseeing of one of the old palace complex, popular by the name Patan Durbar square, a Buddhist temple popular by the name monkey temple among the foreigners but is called Swoyambhunath and a Hindu temple Pashupatinath, a popular cremation ground for many hindus of Kathmandu. All these places are listed by UNESCO as world heritages. Afternoon time free for doing trek preparation and depend with the trek, you might have to show up for pre trek briefing.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (670m.), 8-9 hours of driving in the bus, one can opt for taking a four wheel drive on some extra cost. The scenic drive following a Prithvi Highway for first 80 km. then take a right bifurcation to reach Dhadingbesi. After Dhadingbesi continue on rough road up to Arughat bazar for overnight stay.

Day 04: Trek from Arughat Bazar to SotiKhola (730m.), 5-6 hours of walking. Arughat bazar is primary trade center of Manaslu area as most of the supplies are sent towards north from here, and of course one of the biggest settlement of the area too. Trek follows Budhigandakiriver upstream to reach Sotikhola and overnight stay there.

Day 05: Trek from Sotikhola to Machhikhola (890m.), takes 6-7 hours of walking. Budhigandaki is the river originated in Tibet and the unique drainage of the area including Tsum valley, follow upstream to reach Machhikhola. The trail passes through paddy fields, sal forest and typical villages of the area.

Day 06: Trek from Machhikhola to Dovan (1000m.), 6-7 hours of walking. Crossing the tributary to Budhigandaki called Thadokhola the trail passes through a village Khorlabesi and continue to Dovan for overnight stay.

Day 07: Trek from Dovan to Philim (1590m.), 6-7 hours of walking. After crossing Dovankhola the trail ascends to reach a small village Thulodhunga, then continue up to ThadoBharyang where one can stop for refreshment or tea coffee, then to Jagat a typical Gurung village of the area. From Jagat where the check post is located is entry point to Manaslu conservation area. Continue to Philim for overnight stay.

Day 08: Trek from Philim to Deng (2360m.), 6-7 hours of walking. The trail continues through cultivated terraces to reach Chisapani and continue until the bifurcation to go for Tsum valley and another to continue to New Bridge. After crossing the bridge the trail enters the Manaslu valley. Reach Deng for overnight stay after crossing a dense Nigalo forest, a type of small bamboo, locals use to make mat and baskets.

Day 09: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2650m.), 6-7 hours of walking. Few minutes after leaving Deng trail ascend to reach Rena a small village of the area. After good climb the trail again goes down to enter the Shringy Valley. The trail pass through numerous Tibetan Mani walls or the prayer wheels on the way as well as spectacular view of SringiHimal. Overnight stay at Namrung.

Day 10: Trek from Namrung to Lhogaun (3180m.), 6-7 hours of walking. Namrung is a view point with spectacular view of Ganesh Himal and SringiHimal. The trail continues ascending and passes through small villages of purely Tibetan origin. Passes through beautiful terraces where they grow barley, potatoes and maize. First glimse of Manaslu is visible from trail. Continue to Lhogaun for overnight stay.

Day 11: Trek from Lhogaun to Samagaun (3530m), 4-5 hours of walking. The trail passes through Tibetan settlements, tree line coming near so vegetation also changing. Pass through a small village Shyala and continue to reach Samagaun for overnight stay.

Day 12: Acclimatization day or rest day at Samagaun. The rest day in Samagaun you can visit Manaslu base camp, Pungyen Nunnery and Birendratal. Samagaun practically a big village of the area where one can observe the day to day lifestyle of mountain villages. The women are busy weaving and village men go for pasturing or doing trade with Tibetans. Visit to nunnery is worth going but also tiring on a rest day so one can opt for Kagyu chholing monastery and Birendratal. Ask with your guide for your priority.

Day 13: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo (3860m.), 4-5 hours of walking. Relatively easy day and trail passes through juniper and birch forest. The trail descends to the bank of Budhigandaki and after crossing again ascends to Kane considered entrance to Samdo. Samdo considered lost paradise from Tibet, people go for yak herding, cultivating barley and potato and live with tsampa one of the ready to eat popped barley floor from the area.

Day 14: Trek from Samdo to LarkyaPhedi / Dharmasala (4480m.),3-5 hours of walking. The walk passes through ridges and cross the river Budhigandaki with wooden bridge.The trail ascends towards the Larkya glacier, reach Larkyaphedi and take shelter at Dharmashala. Normally recommend slow walking for acclimatization with high altitude.

Day 15: Trek from Larkyaphedi to Larkya pass (5130m.) and continue to Bimthang (3720m.), 8-9 hours of walking. The most tiring and busy day as trail ascends at the beginning and drop down to Bimthang. Temperature might go several degrees below zero resulting unsupportable cold air. Snowing and slippery area takes more than usual time. Rewarding view from the pass including Annapurna II, Himlung, Kang Guru and Cheo peaks. The last part of the climb is steeper than at the beginning. Reach Bimthang in the afternoon and overnight there.

Day 16: Trek from Bimthang to Gho (2560m.) or Tilje (2300m.) 5-6 hours of walking. Depend with how strenuous the previous day can stop at Gho or continue to Tilje which has better lodges than Gho. The trail at the beginning crosses the plain land of Bimthang and descends down to Gho. Magnificent view of Manaslu, Lamjung and Himlung can be observed from the trail. Kharka and pasture land are common at the beginning but suddenly change to rhododendron and pine forest.

Day 17: Trek from Tilje to Chamje or Chamche (1410m.) 6-7 hours of walking. The trail keep descending down to Marsyangdi valley and joins with classic round Annapurna trek at Dharapani and continue downstream to Tal, the last village of Manang district and further down to Chamje for overnight stay.

Day 18: Trek from Chamche to Beshisahar (760m.), 6-7 hours of walking. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River downstream through beautiful terraces and ascends again to reach Bahundanda. Descends again to reach to Beshisahar.Overnight stay in a lodge at Beshisahar.

Day 19: Drive from Beshisahar to Kathmandu. 6-7 hours of drive by local bus. Catch a bus to Kathmandu and rest and relax in Kathmandu

Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu. On a proper time transfer to airport for flight home or another destination.

Price Includes:

  • All transfer as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Local bus to trekking starting point and to Kathmnadu after treking completed
  • Full board meal during the trek
  • Comfortable & clean accommodation on teahouse/lodge during the trek on twin sharing basis
  • Local English-speaking trekking guide
  • All the necessary permits
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fees. Most of the countries obtain the visa in the airport. Visa fees are $30 for 15 days, $50 for one month.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except mentioned in itinerary
  • Bar and beverage bill during the trek
  • Hot shower and battery recharge during the trek
  • Insurance for evacuation and medical facilities
  • Expense of personal nature like phone calls, laundry, extra porter
  • Tips for guides, drivers and porters (you can see the tipping guideline in our tipping page)
  • Trekking equipment like trekking poles, water bottles etc.

The Nepal visa is issued for many countries. You can hire or buy gears for trekking in relatively cheaper price in Kathmandu than your home country but the quality will not be the same.