Key Information

  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Accommodation:
    3 Star Hotel + Tea House Lodge
  • Foods:
    Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Transportation:
    Public Bus + Private Vehicle
  • Min Person:
    2
  • Trip Plan:
    All Inclusive
  • Pick Up Details:
    Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu under your name and Sublime Trails Sign Board

About Manaslu Circuit Trek - 17 Days

Manaslu Circuit trek is an exotic off-the-beaten trail that lets you explore the pristine region of Nepal. The route is less explored in Nepal so it is ideal for those who want to enjoy the mighty mountains in solitude. This round Manaslu trek is no less beautiful than those famous trekking trails. It offers you everything from gorgeous landscapes, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, deep valleys, lush forests to a diverse culture. 

Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Arughat and takes you to the heart of the Manaslu region. Final destination Larke La Pass gives you the most scenic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Hiunchuli, Buddha Peak and many other peaks. Apart from the mountains, this region offers the view of cascading rivers, glaciers, moraine valleys, and freshwater lakes as well. Manaslu conservation area is home of the diverse flora and fauna. So, this region is perfect for wildlife exploration as well. The scattered settlement of Nuri people in the Tibetan border and their culture is one of the major things to explore during the trek. Tibetan Buddhism inspired culture and fascinating festivals is one of the unforgettable things to experience in the Manaslu region. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek cost is relatively low as compared to other trekking packages. This is one of the considerable reasons to choose Manaslu Circuit Trekking packages as it lets you explore everything the Himalayan region offers at fairly low expense. As the trail has got the permit for trekking only in recent years, this trail is gaining popularity slowly. 15 days of Manaslu Circuit trip is the best way to explore the diverse culture, landscapes, and nature all at one go. 

Sublime Trails has designed the Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary in such a way that you make the best out of this journey. Our guides and crew members will provide you with all the necessary information and support you need during the trek. 

[Note: Manaslu region was severely affected by the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. However, all the damage is recovered now and the place is restored back to Normal. New roads and teahouses are built after the earthquake. So this region is completely safe for trekking.]

 

MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit UNESCO world heritage sites like Durbar Squares, temples, and stupas
  • Walk in the off-the-beaten-path of the Manaslu region
  • Walk to the Larkye La Pass (5213 m) to get the wonderful view of the surrounding mountains
  • Explore the influence of Tibetan culture and religion on the people of Manasalu region
  • Closely inspect the life of Nuri people- typical denizens of the region
  • Explore different  flora and fauna in the region
  • Notice different types of climatic variations in the same trip
  • Walk past the lush forests of pines and oaks, and diverse vegetation
  • Catch the enticing views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt.Ganesh, and several others
  • Follow the route on the bank of Budhi Gandaki river
  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat

 

What to Expect: 

1. Food and accommodation

During Manaslu Circuit trek, you will stay in the tea houses run by local Sherpas. These tea houses are not that luxurious but will provide you with all the basic services with warm hospitality. You can expect to have all the common food items such as soup, noodles, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, Dal Bhaat, fried rice, eggs, etc. Apart from these, you can try some traditional dishes of local communities. You might also encounter some cheese factory along the way. While in the city, you will stay in a 3-star hotel with breakfast services. For meals other than breakfast, you may explore various cafes and restaurants around. Many traditional and modern dishes are available in Kathmandu. 
 

2. People, their tradition and culture

Manaslu circuit trek will take you through the settlements rich in culture and tradition. The culture and lifestyle of the people who reside in this area are highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. You can enjoy and learn about their remote lifestyle, cultural programs and festival while trekking in this region. These picturesque villages resting in the lap of Himalayas are beautiful and serene places to spend your time. During the trip, you will encounter many Gompas, Monasteries, and prayer flags along the way. You will learn in-depth about these indigenous communities and their culture during this journey. 
 

3. Manaslu Conservation Area

Manaslu conservation area offers a wide range of biodiversity and landscapes. Home of Mansiri Himalaya range, this park has tropical and alpine forests with many wild animals and birds residing here. The upper region has glaciers, moraine valleys and barren land and rocky mountains and the lower region have the landscapes covered in greeneries. Different ethnic groups with their unique culture and tradition reside in the park. So this park is a perfect combination of nature and culture. 

 

4. High Altitude Freshwater Lakes

During your Manaslu Circuit Trekking journey, you will encounter many freshwater lakes surrounded by the rocky mountains. The major lakes are Birendra and Kalmachum lakes. They are the glacier lakes situated in high altitude area. The dark blue water surrounded by snow-capped mountains is a heavenly view to behold. These lakes lie off the trail but they are worth explore when you go to Manaslu region. 
 

5. Larke La Pass

Larke La Pass(5135 m)  is the highest altitude you will be achieving during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is a wonderful vantage point to view the surrounding mountains and Landscapes. You can see the mountains such as  Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh, Annapurna massif and many other peaks. The way to get there is windy, rocky and a bit challenging. However, this pass assures you to give the best view of the landscapes. 
 

6. Diverse Flora and Fauna 

Trekking to the Manaslu region is a great chance to explore diverse floras and faunas this region offers. Manaslu Conservation Area is the home of 33 different species of animals including some rare ones such as snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, etc. 110 species of birds and almost 2000 species of reptiles inhabit here. So exploration of this park lets you know in detail about these species. Apart from animals, there are diverse ranges of plants as well but most of the area is dominated by oak, pine, and rhododendron forest. 
 

7. Glorious views of Himalayas and Landscapes

Manaslu Circuit Trek provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the mighty mountains and landscapes at its best. At every point of the journey, you will get gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains and landscapes covered in greeneries. You will get an amazing view of mountains such as Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna Massif, and many other peaks. The view gets clearer and more beautiful as you walk towards them. The most beautiful vantage point to behold these majestic mountains is Larke LA Pass which is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trek - 17 Days Itinerary & Map

DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Picking you up at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Transferring you to a three-star hotel
  • Trekking preparation, briefing, and documentation

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will come to pick you up with your name on board. They will drive you to a 3-star hotel where you can have your lunch/breakfast (depends upon the time you check-in). You can relax there for a while and set out to explore the city. You can buy the trekking essentials for your upcoming trekking. You will proceed for the permit. You will be given a short tour briefing in the evening. You will stay overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 02: Drive to Soti Khola via Arughat
  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Enjoy the glimpses of picturesque sceneries of landscapes, villages, and mountains along the way

We leave Kathmandu City early in the morning and head out to Soti Khola. It is almost 8 hours of the scenic ride. You will get to enjoy the mesmerizing landscapes, a panorama of the Himalayas, etc. You will pass through many picturesque villages along the way. You will ride along the paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi Then we will be heading towards Arughat crossing the remote areas of the region, which is one of the major cities of the area. Driving further, you will reach Soti Khola. You will stay overnight at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 1700 m

 

DAY 03: Trek from Soti Khola to Machhi Khola
  • Walk past the forest, rice fields and waterfalls to get to Machhi Khola
  • Cross many suspension bridges and enjoy the beautiful vista of the surrounding landscapes

Your trekking journey starts from Soti Khola as you trek toward Machhikhola. We cross a bridge and follow the trail covered with forest. Then we will climb the ridge above the Budhi Gandaki river. After walking for a while, you will reach Khursane. Ascending further the rocky trail and then descending, we will reach a Gurung village Labubesi, crossing the rice fields along the way. You will have passed waterfalls along the way. You ascend further up and walk along the riverbed of Budi Gandaki, cross the suspension bridge and ascend another ridge to finally get to  Machhi Khola. You will spend the night at a teahouse. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 930 m
Trek Duration: 5-6  hours approx.

 

DAY 04: Trek from Machhi Khola to Jagat
  • Walk through rice, wheat and buckwheat field to get to Jagat
  • Dive into the Hot Springs at Tatopani (930 m)
  • Ascend above the Budhi Gandaki river and finally descend to the Jagat valley

The fourth day of the trek begins from Machhi Khola as you ascend crossing the rice, wheat and buckwheat fields along the way. After walking for a few hours, you will reach Tatopani where you can dive into the hot springs and enjoy. After spending a few moments there, you will head to Dohan. You climb the steep ridge above Budhi Gandaki to get there. After a while, you again descend through a gateway to get to a valley and finally Jagat village. The village is the entrance to Manaslu Conservation Area. You can stroll around the village the rest of the day and stay overnight at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 1410 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 05: Jagat to Deng
  • Ascend the steep ridge above Budhi Gandaki to get to Philim
  • Trek through the narrow gorges to reach Deng

After you start trekking, you will have to cross the Budhi Gandaki river via a suspension bridge. You have to walk upstream of Ghatte Khola and walk uphill section to reach Phillim which is a picturesque Gurung village. After crossing Phill the trail becomes steeper until you reach Aga. You will have to cross the narrow gorge, walk past a waterfall and cross many small streams to reach the Deng village. The western mountain range (Nupri) starts from this village. You can stroll around the village and explore the lifestyle of the people for the rest of the day. Stay overnight at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 1800 m
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

 

DAY 06: Deng to Namrung
  • Ascend to the Ranavillage  and complete a few ascends and descends to reach Ghap village
  • Encounter many mani walls and prayer flags along the way
  • Walkthrough the fir and rhododendron forests to reach Namrung

Your trekking journey of the sixth day starts as you walk towards Namrung from Deng. You will first cross the Budhigandaki river and ascend to Rana village. After crossing the village, you will start to see the prayer flags and mani walls that represent the Tibetan Buddhism religion practiced in this area. You will have to climb and descend a few ridges to get to GHap village. From there you will through Kani and pass through the fir and rhododendron forests to get to the Namrung village. You will spend the rest of the day exploring the village and nearby places. Stay overnight at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 2660 m
Trek Duration: 5-6 hours approx.

 

DAY 07: Namrung to Samagaon via Loh monasteries
  • Cross the mark of 3000  while trekking to Samagaon
  • Beautiful view of the Landscapes and Himalayas along the way 
  • Cross many beautiful villages as Lhi, Lho, Sho, etc 

You will reach the elevation higher than 3000 today as you will reach Samagaun (3530 m). You will get up with the beautiful view of iring and Ganesh Himal. You will then head towards Samagaon, You will ascend a steep trail covered with rhododendron, oak, and fir forest to reach Lhi village. Then you will descend down by the side of Simnang Himal. You can see Ganesh Himal much closer to you. Walking further to reach Samagaon crossing the villages such as Sho, Lho and Shyala villages along the way. The trail is relatively challenging. However, you get an extraordinary view of the mountains such as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal along the way and from our destination Samagaon as well. You will stay overnight at a teahouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Elevation: 3530 m
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours approx.

 

DAY 08: Rest day in Samagaon for acclimatization (visit MBC)
  • Trek to Manaslu Base Camp also known as Pungyen Gompa and visit Birendra Lake
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty, explore the village, culture, and lifestyle of the local people
  • Return to Samagaon to acclimatize and stay at a tea house there

Over 3000 m elevation, our body might show the signs of altitude sickness. It needs time to cope with the increasing altitude and decreasing atmospheric pressure and temperature. So we take the acclimatization break in Samagaon to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. However, we can visit nearby places. You can have a short hike to Birendra Lake, You also can explore the village and explore their culture and lifestyles. You will spend your night in Samagaon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3530 m 

 

DAY 09: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo
  • Spectacular view of the landscapes and Himalayas
  • Descend to Budhi Gandaki and ascend uphill to reach Samdo 

Early in the morning, you will be greeted with the spectacular Manaslu Himal soaring above. You will have your breakfast and set off for Samdo following the relatively easy trail. You will descend down to Budhi Gandaki river. You will cross a bridge and climb the steep trail. Ascending for a while, you will reach Kani. Passing through it you finally get to Samdo. You can find lots of pasture land along the way where yaks graze. You will also have a wonderful view of the mountains. You will stay overnight at Samdo, 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3690 m
Trek Duration: 3-4 hours approx.

 

DAY 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala 
  • Enjoy the amazing view of the western mountains along the way
  • Descend to Budhigandaki river and climb uphill to Larkys Bazar
  • Enjoy some of the most amazing views of the landscapes you can get along the way

The trek starts as you descend to the Budhi Gandaki river from Samddo. You will then cross the river and ascend uphill crossing the Larkya Bazaar and Salka Khola Valley. You will have to walk close to the mountain on this day and will get some of the best views of the landscapes during the trek. After walking for a few hours you will reach Dharmashala also known as Larkya Phedi. You will spend the rest of the day strolling around the village and stay overnight at a tea house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea house
Elevation: 4470 m
Trek Duration: 4-5 hours approx.

 

DAY 11: Dharmashala to Bhimthang via Larkya La Pass (5165 m)
  • Climb a steep uphill and get to Larkya La Pass 
  • Enjoy the outstanding views of mountains like Cheo, Himlung, Kangaru, Gyaji, and Annapurna II
  • Descend a steep and challenging trail towards grassy moraine enjoying the views of Mount Manaslu
  • Continue towards Bhimthang as the trail gets easier

Today is the most challenging day in your Manaslu Circuit trek as you will be crossing a mountain pass named Larkya La pass. So, you will start your trek early after waking up and having your breakfast. The trail towards Larkya La pass is a steep uphill that takes you about 2 hours to cross. From the top of this pass, which is also the highest place during the whole trek, you will be able to catch an outstanding view of mountains like Annapurna II, Manaslu and many more. After descending from the pass and walking past moraine, the trail again gets normal and you will continue to walk towards Bhimthang for several hours. After reaching, you finally get to rest after a strenuous day at a tea house there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 3720 m
Trek Duration: 8-9 hours approx.

 

DAY 12: Trek from Bhimthang  to Dharapani
  • Descend down the trail covered with rhododendron forests
  • Explore the village, lifestyle, and tradition of the people who reside there

You will be descending down a hill to get to Dharapani from Bumthang. We will cross the trails covered in rhododendron forests. You will pass through small villages and farmlands along the way. You will walk past a village named Tilje famous for locally brewed drinks. Even if you may have to walk for long hours, the trails are quite easy. You will finally reach Dharapani, rest and have dinner in a tea house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 1920 m
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours approx.

 

DAY 13: Drive from Dharapani to Beshisahar
  • Drive on a jeep towards Beshisahar enjoying the beautiful panorama

After waking up and having breakfast in Dharapani, you will get on a jeep and ride for about 3 hours to reach Besisahar. After getting there, you can either rest or just stroll around the village and chat with fellow travelers or local people with the help of your guide. As you have completed your Manaslu Circuit trek today, you may want to enjoy the last day in a Himalayan village by knowing more about the culture and tradition of people living there. You will stay overnight at a tea house in Besisahar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Elevation: 760 m
Drive Duration: 3 hours approx.

 

DAY 14: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu
  • A scenic bus ride from Besisahar to Kathmandu
  • Enjoy the farewell dinner organized by Sublime trails 

After successfully completing your trekking journey, you will ride back to Kathmandu. You will have a scenic bus ride for about 7 hours from Besisahar to Kathmandu. You will pass through mesmerizing landscapes, valleys and picturesque villages accompanied by the view of the Himalayas. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you can stroll around the streets of Thamel and buy souvenirs. Later in the evening, you will enjoy a farewell dinner organized by Sublime Trails. You get to enjoy cultural programs and traditional food items there. You will stay overnight at a 3-star hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Elevation: 1345 m

 

DAY 15: Departure
  • Drive you to the airport and wishing you goodbye

Your Manaslu circuit trek concludes here. We will drive you to the airport for your connecting flight to the next destination after wishing you farewell. However, if you decide to stay in Nepal and go for another trip, we can help you with that as well. We will be more than happy to help you.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • Pick up and drive from the airport
  • Accommodation for two nights in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • Your standard meals-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner- during the trek
  • Transportation by bus Kathmandu-Arughat and Syange-Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, conservation entry permits and restricted area permits
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for the guide and porter
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and trekking map, if necessary. (These items should be returned to Sublime Trails after the trek.)
  • All government taxes, VAT and service charges
  • Emergency Evacuation Assistance Service (The cost of the helicopter, hospital and necessary transport are not payable by the company.)
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee to monuments
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • All the chocolate and dessert items
  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for the Sublime crew

Departure Notes

This is Scheduled departure dates and joining for permit sharing Because for Manaslu region solo traveler cannot issue the entry permit. If you are more than 2 people please Contact us, we always operate your trip.

Departure Dates

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18 Oct, 2019 - 01 Nov, 2019 Guaranteed $990 USD
25 Oct, 2019 - 08 Nov, 2019 Guaranteed $990 USD

Manaslu Circuit Trek - 17 Days Reviews

Rated 5/5 based on 3 reviews

The itinerary that Sublime Trails, namely Ram and his team of Porters provided were all that I ever wanted to explore in - trekking on the snowy mountain, homestay on the mountain, visiting Buddhist monasteries, learning the living culture of a Nepal! Being an amateur and a really slow trekker, it was raining and dark on the snowy mountain, I was in awe of appreciation when I saw the Porters walked on the edge of the cold mountain for my best safety!! Every day was ended with a hot bath and a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall...very warm hospitality from the Nepalese indeed! Most of the meals were meat-less, But! Not to worry for meat lovers like me as the resourceful Ram would have a way with all your needs, definitely. We couldn't have completed the 14 days Manaslu trek of the mountain beyond mountain with great Himalayan views without Ram and his Porters, providing 101% of their expertise, patience, commitment and their singing of the Nepalese songs! Thanks, Sublime Trails Team!

I had trekked with Sublime Trails in the Annapurna Region and the Everest region before. As I love trekking in solitude to really remote places, I asked them for a beautiful trekking destination where there are not many travelers. That is when they suggested the Manaslu Trek for me. With very few trekkers in the region, the trails were as fresh as they could be. Modernity had not touched this region. Therefore it felt like I was having a good time in the wilderness of nature. The villages had maintained their authenticity and preserved their ancient culture as well. My experience of trekking helped as the Manaslu trek was a tad more difficult than the EBC or ABC trek. The government also requires you to have a guide with you compulsorily. As Sublime Trails told me that this trek is strenuous, I also took a porter with me. Both of them were gentlemen with great trekking experience. My stay was arranged in the best lodges in this region. The food was also great. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I am looking forward to go to other peaceful destinations in Nepal in the future with Sublime Trails. If you are interested in trekking in Nepal, I’m sure you will fall in love with the services of Sublime Trails.  

I went to Manaslu trekking in October 2016 with my two friends, where I had a fantastic experience. The whole sublime team were really helpful and flexible in organizing, managing a trip. they are really friendly, resourceful and competent. Special thanks to Mr Ram a manager, Mr Shiva a guide and porters. Hope to see you again guys.

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