Duration: 18 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 5,212 m
Trek Type: Tea House
Best Season: March to May; June to Aug
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Transportation: Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
Group Size: 12 pax Maximum
Manaslu Circuit Trek, which is famous as an off beaten trail in the Himalayas, is located in the west-central part of Nepal near the border with Tibet. Mount Manaslu (8163m) which is considered the 8th highest mountain in the world belongs to the Mansiri Himal range and the term “Manaslu” stands for “The Spirit Mountain”. According to the folklore, the most compassionate and strong divine-being mysteriously dwells within its area.
The 18-days Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the underrated treks in Nepal which requires a lot of guts and determination. Even though the trek is strenuous in nature, Manaslu Circuit Trek offers stunning views of some of the giant mountains in the world like Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Himal Chuli (7893m), Larkya Peak (5807m), Shringi Himal (7161m), and many other Himalayas. The trek also provides an opportunity for trekkers to experience the unique cultural diversity along with the sight of mix settlement of Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist villages. The trek also includes a tough climb to the highest inclination of the trek at Larkya La Pass (5160m) which hosts an extraordinary vista of different Himalayas. Apart from the beautiful view of the Himalayas, the Manaslu Circuit Trek also offers trekkers an opportunity to trek alongside the Budhi Gandaki River for most parts of the trek. Trekkers also stumble across some glacial lakes of Karkya, Birendra Tal, and Pungkar Tal along with waterfalls, rocky ridges, Mani walls, Chortens, and prayers flags. Since the overall trek is equally rich in its culture, the trekking route passes through some ancient Buddhist monasteries in the Tibetan villages which flaunt the religion and culture of the area.
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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Our team representative picks you up at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and transfers you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Rest/preparation
Before leaving for trekking, we give a free day in Kathmandu to relax and rest. Or, you can also go for the last minute shopping in the vibrant markets of Kathmandu. Later in the evening, we gather to discuss the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive Soti Khola (775m)
Leaving the Kathmandu valley, we drive to Soti Khola which takes about 9-hour to reach. We drive via Prithvi Highway in our private jeep enjoying the beautiful view of mountains, green hills, the flowing rivers, and the changing landscape. The road to Soti Khola may be bumpy after Dhading due to off-road track. Overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek Machha Khola (900m)
We begin our first day of the trek by crossing the bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and ascending through a grassy ridge to reach Khursane. We continue to walk for a couple of hours to arrive at Lapubesi village inhabited by Gurung people. We then cross a suspension bridge before arriving in Machha Khola. Overnight at lodge.
Day 05: Trek Jagat (1410m)
Today we trek for about 7 hours to reach Jagat. Crossing a wooden bridge over Tharo Khola, we reach Khorlabesi. We then ascend through a ridge to reach Dobhan. From Dobhan, we cross a suspension bridge over Yaru Khola which leads us to Tharo Bhanyang. We move along the flow of Budhi Gandaki River to finally arrive at Jagat. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 06: Trek Deng (1860m)
We pass through some villages like Salleri, Sirdibas, and other few small villages accompanied by the view of Ganesh Himal range as we head towards Deng. We then continue to trek on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River to reach the village of Philim which is inhabited by the Gurung people. From Philim, we enter the forested trail full of bamboo and rhododendron and cross a wooden bridge over Deng Khola to finally reach Deng after 6 hrs of trekking. Overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek Namrung (2660m)
Today we trek for 7 hrs to reach Namrung. We cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and then follow a narrow trail that takes us to Rana. We continue to trek through pine forest to reach the village of Prok which offers a beautiful view of Shringi Himal (7161m). After crossing another bridge, we arrive in Namrung. In the evening, we visit Namila Gumba and explore the village of Namrung. Overnight at lodge.
Day 08: Trek Lho (3180m)
We start our trek passing through the Tibetan influence area to reach a village called Lihi. From Lihi, enjoying the gorgeous view of the mountain in the background, we continue walking towards Sho village where we get an opportunity to witness Tibetan culture along with the superb view of Manaslu (8163m), Manaslu North (7157m), Himal Chuli (7893m), and others. After 7 hrs of the trek, we reach Lho. Overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek Sama (3530m)
Relishing the stunning view of Manaslu (8163m) and Himal Chuli (7893m) in the background, we resume the trek with a steep descent. We continue to trek through an ancient trans-Himalayan trail which is only a few kilometers away from Tibet. After trekking for 4-5 hrs, we finally reach Sama village with classic Lama Settlements, the ancient monastery, and Mani walls. Overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Day trip to lake & Manaslu Base Camp (4900m)
We spend this day exploring the areas nearby Sama Gaon, visiting monasteries and learning more about the culture from locals. We also take a short hike on a moraine trail to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m) which offers the mesmerizing view of Birendra Tal, Manaslu Glacier, and the valley along with a close-up view of the Manaslu range. We return back to Sama for the overnight stay.
Day 11: Trek Samdo (3860m)
Leaving behind Sama Gaon, we trek through yak pastures and ascend towards the valley relishing the incredible mountain views in the background. Passing the long Mani walls at Kemo Kharka, we descend towards Budhi Gandaki and reach the ancient herding settlement of Samdo. Samdo also used to be known as the trading point between China and Nepal a long time ago. Overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek Dharamsala (4480m)
Today we trek for 5 hours to reach Dharmasala. We move alongside Budhi Gandaki River and cross a wooden bridge. We come across several Chortens, Mani walls, and Buddhist prayer flags after crossing a couple of ridges. We also stumble across Larkya Glacier on our way to Dharmasala. Dharmasala is also popularly known as Larkya Phedi. Overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Trek Bimthang (3720m)
Accompanied by the splendid view of Manaslu (8162m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Larkya Peak (6249m), and the other Himalayas, we resume the trek ascending through a ridge on the north side of Larkya Glacier that leads us to Larkya La Pass (5160m). After spending some quality time enjoying the breath-taking vista of surrounding Himalayas, we descend steeply towards Bimthang. Overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Trek Tilije (2300m)
We leave Bimthang for Tilije which is a 6 hours trek. We continue our trek further downhill that leads us to Sangure Kharka. Enjoying the extraordinary view of Manaslu (8163m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Himlung Himal (7126), and other peaks, we enter the forested path to reach Karche. We then follow the flow of Dudh Khola to finally reach Tilije. Overnight at lodge.
Day 15: Trek Tal (1700m)
Today we cross a wooden bridge over Dudh Khola to reach Thonje village. We then trek alongside Marsayangdi River that leads us to the village of Karte. From Karte, we trek for another one or two hours and cross a wooden bridge over Marsayangdi River to finally reach Tal. Overnight at lodge.
Day 16: Trek Syange (1080m)
For our final day of trekking, we head towards Syange which takes about 7 hrs to reach. We trek through the densely forested path filled with rhododendrons and enter Marsayangdi valley. After trekking for a couple of hours through pine forest, we finally arrive in Syange. Overnight at lodge.
Day 17: Drive Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu city in a jeep which takes about 9 hrs to reach. Throughout the ride, we can enjoy the roadside view. We transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. You can check out the local markets and eateries in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
We drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight hoping to see you again.
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