Overview

Duration :
17 Days
Secondary Activity:
Explore Buddhist Culture
Max altitude :
5,160m/16,924 ft
Transportation:
Private Vehicle/ Public Transportation
Trip ends in:
Kathmandu
Accomodation:
Hotel and Lodge
Primary activity:
Trekking and Hiking
Group Size:
2-10
Country:
Nepal
Trip starts from:
Kathmandu
Diffficulty:
Moderate
Meals:
Nepali and Continental
Best Season:
Autumn and Spring
Trip route:
Kathmandu-Maccha Khola- Jagat-Deng-Samagaon-Pungyen Gompa-Samdo-Dharamsala-Larkya La Pass-Bimthang-Tilije-Tal-Kathmandu

Trip introduction

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a wonderful opportunity to encircle the world’s eighth highest peaks (Mt. Manaslu) and explore the rugged trails along with spectacular views of the Himalayas and cultural insights. The trekking trail was an ancient salt trading route that lets us pass through beautiful rhododendron forests. And at the same time, we explore local Buddhism, visit monasteries embracing magical landscape views while making our way through the high passes of Larkya La Pass.

Overview of Manaslu Circuit Trek

We start our Manaslu Circuit Trek after your arrival at Kathmandu followed by cultural sightseeing around world heritage sites. Initially, we take a long drive from Kathmandu to Baseri for about 8 to 9 hours. After arrival at Baseri, the starting point of our trekking activity; we cross suspension bridges and make our way through beautiful forests and Gurung villages towards Maccha Khola. Further, we make our way through several ascends-descends, natural and cultural exploration while passing through Budhi Gandaki river, ridges, villages, of Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Samagaon and hike to a nearby old monastery named Pungyen Gompa.

For proper acclimatization, we take a day’s rest at Samdo. The highest point of the trek, Larkya La Pass is reached that offers magnificent views of Annapurna Himalayas, Kangaru, Chio Himal, and Himlung Himal, etc. In this way, we discover the diversity in culture and topography and finally descend towards Tilije, Tal and Syange; before getting back to Kathmandu.

Who can join this trek and how?

The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek would be during the months of March to late May in the spring. And early September to late November in autumn. Being on the challenging trek for more than two weeks, it is very necessary to be in good shape with fitness level before joining this trip. Nepal Mountain Trekker’s Company will take care of proper acclimatization and all other safety measures. You just need to make sure that you are ready for challenges that come with unforgettable experiences around the Himalayas. Simply fill the booking form and let us know about your interest. Or you can contact us directly by sending us an email in order to join this amazing trek in Manaslu Region.

Special Note:

If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.

Overview

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]:
  • Day 2
    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation:
  • Day 3
    Kathmandu to Maccha Khola [1,400m/4,593 ft]: 8 - 9 hours:
  • Day 4
    Maccha Khola to Jagat [1,410m/ 4,625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
  • Day 5
    Jagat to Deng [1,804m/5,917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
  • Day 6
    Deng to Namrung [2,630m/8,626ft]: 6 – 7 hrs:
  • Day 7
    Namrung to Lho (3,180 m / 10,433 ft) - 4 hours:
  • Day 8
    Lho to Samagaon [3,530m/11,578 ft]: 5 hours:
  • Day 9
    Hike to Pungyen Gompa: 6 – 7 hours exploration:
  • Day 10
    Samagaon to Samdo [3,860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hours:
  • Day 11
    Samdo to Dharamsala [4,460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 – 5 hours:
  • Day 12
    Dharamsala to Larkya la Pass [5,160m/16, 924 ft] to Bimthang [3,720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 – 9 hours:
  • Day 13
    Bimthang to Tilije [2,300m/7,544ft]: 5 – 6 hours:
  • Day 14
    Tilije – Tal [1,700m/5,576 ft]: 5 – 6 hours:
  • Day 15
    Tal – Besishar -Kathmandu 8-9 hours drive.:
  • Day 16
    Explore at Kathmandu with shopping:
  • Day 17
    Departure Day:

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]::

As soon as you arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative from Nepal Mountain Trekkers at International Airport terminals and he will take you to your respective hotel (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard). After checking into the hotel, you can enjoy your free time relaxing in the cozy room or stroll around the tourist hub Thamel area until the end of the day.

Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation::

After having our early meal, we start our day with a visit to Nepal Mountain Trekkers office at Thamel. After being introduced to our team including tour guide, trekking leader, and director of operations, we head for necessary trekking preparations, getting needed equipment with the initiation of Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa are UNESCO world heritage sites that we explore till sunset. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. B included.

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Maccha Khola [1,400m/4,593 ft]: 8 - 9 hours::

Our Manaslu Circuit Trek begins as we drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, located across the Budi Gandaki river. We will drive along the Mahesh River and Trishuli River before we continue driving towards the Maccha Khola. Overnight stay at Maccha Khola.

Day 4 : Maccha Khola to Jagat [1,410m/ 4,625 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs::

Today we make all the way through Maccha Khola following trails towards small settlements and enjoy natural hot-springs at Tatopani. Even though trial might challenge us quite a few times, excellence in natural and cultural exploration is just unmatched. In this way, we continue our Manaslu Circuit Trek towards Jagat where we decide to stay overnight.

Day 5 : Jagat to Deng [1,804m/5,917 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs::

We take a gradual descend crossing a river stream in our Manaslu Circuit Trail and walk uphill to Saguleri. Enjoying awesome views of Singri peak while crossing the Gata river, and finally, we arrive at Deng at the end of the day.

Day 6 : Deng to Namrung [2,630m/8,626ft]: 6 – 7 hrs::

We start our day with awesome views of the Himalayas. Revolving the Mani Walls, we push ourselves further crossing Budi Gandaki river, walking through pasture land enjoying the best of nature before we arrive at Namrung. Overnight stay at Namrung.

Day 7 : Namrung to Lho (3,180 m / 10,433 ft) - 4 hours::

An easy half days walk to Lho with great views of Himalchuli at the head of Hinang Glacier before Sho- famous for apples. In the afternoon you will walk up to the large and prosperous-looking Ribung Monastery and climb up to the top of the hill behind, for clear views of the Manaslu Massif. You can also walk up a short distance from the hotel to a popular viewing point near Ribung Monastery to watch the magnificent sun rising on Manaslu.

Day 8 : Lho to Samagaon [3,530m/11,578 ft]: 5 hours::

We get nice views of nearby snow-capped mountains including Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Siring Himal from the local Village. In this way, we ascend towards densely forested lands with numerous Chortens alongside the terraced farming landscapes. With picturesque views of Manaslu Himalaya, Himal Chuli, and other Himalayan peaks, we finally stop for an overnight stay at Samagaon.

Day 9 : Hike to Pungyen Gompa: 6 – 7 hours exploration::

Today we will be going for an excursion around Pungyen Gompa. It is an ancient monastery that gives us a wonderful opportunity to witness the local Buddhism culture tradition and its rituals. This monastery includes a small prayer hall too. This gompa or monastery along with great views of nearby landscapes will be the highlight of our day today. And we return to Samagaon for an overnight stay.

Day 10 : Samagaon to Samdo [3,860m/12,660 ft]: 4 – 5 hours::

We trek downhill towards the river banks of Budhi Gandaki River, experiencing the best of refreshing natural views. After a certain while, we cross the river through a beautiful wooden bridge and climb. We will then pass between two forks of the river and arrive at Samdo at the end of our trekking day. Overnight stay at local tea house or tented camping in Samdo.

Day 11 : Samdo to Dharamsala [4,460m/14, 628 ft]: 4 – 5 hours::

Following the river banks of Budi Gandaki River, today we begin our trekking activity while ascending gradually crossing the beautiful river streams with excellent views of glacier moraines and further ascend towards a stone-built guest house or shelter known as Dharmashala. As we approach a high altitude around 5,000m, we have plenty of time to acclimatize during the rest of the day. We stay overnight at Dharmashala.

Day 12 : Dharamsala to Larkya la Pass [5,160m/16, 924 ft] to Bimthang [3,720m/12, 201 ft]: 8 – 9 hours::

Leaving Dharmasala behind, we will gradually climb towards glacier moraines that offer excellent views of nearby Larka Peak and surrounding peaks and valleys. Eventually, we make our way through steep terrain and arrive at the highest point of our trek, Larkya La Pass. From this highest pass, never seen before view of Annapurna 2, Cheu Himal, Himlung Himal, and other surrounding peaks are visible with very close Manaslu Himalaya in front of us just amazes us. We stay overnight at Bimthang.

Day 13 : Bimthang to Tilije [2,300m/7,544ft]: 5 – 6 hours::

Excellent views of Mt. Manaslu with Himlung Himal, Lamjung Himal, and other peaks are being offered while walking on the ridges at Bimthang. The trail slowly goes down through the pasture land of Sangre Kharka and crosses a bridge leading us all the way through beautiful rhododendron forests that blossoms magically during the spring months. In this way, we again walk through open areas taking us up towards the ridges and finally arrive at Tilije for an overnight stay.

Day 14 : Tilije – Tal [1,700m/5,576 ft]: 5 – 6 hours::

Today after having our healthy meal at a tea house, we follow our trails towards the beautiful village of Thonje Village, crossing the Milky white river above the bridge. Further, we connect to the Annapurna circuit trail at Dharapani and cross over a Marsyandi River bridge, witness beautiful waterfalls before arriving at Tal. Overnight stay at Tal.

Day 15 : Tal – Besishar -Kathmandu 8-9 hours drive.::

Today early morning weak up and have drink tea or coffee and heading a drive to Besisahar first with local transport ( jeep) then Besishar have lunch and start to drive to Kathmandu evening overnight at Kathmandu Hotel

Day 16 : Explore at Kathmandu with shopping::

Today you could stay without a guide and porter relax your self and do shopping for your family and friends and Evening time Nepal Mountain trekkers offer farewell dinner in Nepali culture restaurant and back to hotel make ready your bag pack for next day your departure

Day 17 : Departure Day::

Today will be your final day in Nepal, and after you get ready for your international flight, we drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled international flight towards your onward destination.

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 4-night Hotel in Kathmandu(Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with tour licensed guide and car/ jeep/bus depending upon the group size
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: Comfortable Drive from Kathmandu to Trekking Starting Point (Maccha Khola) and Trekking Ending Point (Tal) to Besishare by Local Jeep and Besishare to Kathmandu by car/jeep/ or local bus. (depending  upon the price and group size )
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (seven days only), Annapurna Conservation Permit, and TIMS card
  • First aid medical box
  • All required trekking gear like sleeping bags and down jackets made available on rent
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with company logo
  • Rescue Management Service
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

Price Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses (laundry, electronic device charging cost, all alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks, etc)
  • Tip for guide and porters

Trip Gallery

Trip Map:

Equipments

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch
  • Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts and thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Inner thermals

Feet

  • Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Shower sandals

Hands

  • Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
  • Creams
  • Sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits

  • Personal Regular Medicines
  • Knee Caps
  • Bandages
  • Ointments
  • Blister Tape

Fixed Departures

Departure Date
Group size
Bookable
Price
  • 15/10/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 17/10/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 21/10/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 27/10/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 31/10/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 06/11/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 10/11/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 15/11/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 20/11/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 24/11/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 28/11/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 03/12/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 08/12/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 11/12/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
  • 14/12/2021
    2-10
    Yes
    $2000 $1700
 

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What our customers say about us

Fantastic, highly recommended

We did a 2 weeks Manaslu trek with Min and Rojan, and it was a truly fantastic experience. Min was professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. Min shared a lot about Nepal history and went out of his way to make us feel comfortable, well acclimatised, and not to mention, very well fed! If you are looking for a best in class trekking guide in Nepal, this is the right company to do it with.

Ang

Tripadvisor

Manaslu Circuit Trek (18 April – 1 May 2019)

We had an enjoyable 14-day trek with Min as our guide and Rojan as our porter.

Special mention to Min who went out of his way – he was helpful and responsive during the planning of the trek and when we started the trek, he took great care of us both in terms of safety and comfort (he knows the teahouses with great food!). Through him, I learnt alot about the mountains and the history of Nepal – some of the many topics that Min is knowledgeable on, which makes me appreciate the trek even more. As both my friend and I were doing a high-altitude trek for the first time , I also appreciate Min setting a good pace and providing great advice on how to deal with the high altitude.

All-in-all, I really enjoyed the trek and will definitely recommend Nepal Mountain Trekkers with Min as a guide for a Nepal trekking trip.

Siok Chen A

Tripadvisor

Nur zu empfehlen!

Wir waren mit unserem Guide Krishna im April 2019 auf dem Manaslu Trek unterwegs. Auf Vorschlag des Agenturchefs Ramesh konnten wir die ersten Tage auf einer Alternativroute abseits der Touristenströme unvergessliche Einblicke in das Dorfleben gewinnen und im Gegensatz zur Hauptroute im Tal tolle Ausblicke auf Manaslu, Himalchuli und Ganesh Himal genießen. Während des Treks hat uns Krishna mit viel Humor und Kompetenz begleitet und ist zum Freund geworden. Auch der Passübergang klappte dank Krishnas Gespür für Wetter und Timing bestens.
Es waren für uns unvergessliche drei Wochen in Nepal. Bei unserem zweiten Besuch in Nepal hatten wir Dank Ramesh und Krishna den Eindruck, das Land erstmals wirklich kennengelernt zu haben. Wir werden unseren nächsten Trek sicher wieder von nepalmountaintrekkers organisieren lassen und können die Agentur nur wärmstens empfehlen!

Thomas E

Tripadvisor

Fantastic trek in the Manaslu Conservation Area

An absolutely terrific trekking experience. We did a 12 day trek in the Manaslu conservation area in Oct 2018 organised by the always-smiling Ramesh at Nepal Mountain Trekkers, and led by our trusty guide Min (Sanjeep). Right from the start, Min took care of everything and gave us a tremendous and care-free two weeks in the mountains. It was my second trek with Min (having also done the Annpurna circuit in 2011) and like last time, his local knowledge, warm temperament and great organisational skills meant we had a hugely successful trip. He secured us accommodation in all villages, guided us through the acclimatization process and ensured we passed safely over the 5,100 Larka La High Pass. Our porter Sukman was also a delightful young man, and was well treated. Would not hesitate to recommend this agency.

AidanMH

Tripadvisor

Manaslu Trek. Eine Herausforderung, die mit Daljit Gurung zu einer schönen Erfahrung geworden ist.

In Kathmandu angekommen wird man gleich von einem Mitarbeiter der Nepal Mountain Trekkers empfangen und ins Hotel gebracht. Ich ruhe mich aus und der Staff legt gleich mal los, alle Papiere fürs Trekking vorzubereiten. Zeit ist kostbar. Da ich Kathmandu schon ganz gut kenne, habe ich es vorgezogen am Sightseeing Tag erst mal Freunde zu besuchen. Und am nächsten Tag ging es in aller Frühe los nach Baseri. Schon auf Weg wurden mir alle Fragen beantwortet. Erst mal landen und am nächsten Tag gehts weiter. Daljit ist ein wahrer Gentleman. Mein Rucksack war schwerer als seiner, also haben wir einfach mal getauscht. Juhu, ich konnte mich der Aussicht und dem Weg widmen und musste mich nicht mehr um schweres Gepäck sorgen. Teilweise sah es schon etwas wackelig aus, aber dafür hatte ich ja Daljit, der mir gezeigt hat, wie ich mich vorwärts bewegen muss. So bin ich ganz gut durch gekommen. Wine Wahre Augenweide sind die Rhododendron Wälder und natürlich immer wieder der Blick auf den Schnee bedeckten Gipfel. Super fand ich den Besuch der Pungyen Gompa. Und natürlich auch die lieben und herzlichen Menschen auf der Strecke. Ich muss sagen, das ganze Team hat mir einen unvergesslichen Trekk organisiert. Selbst am Ruhetag in Samdo wurde ich nicht einfach alleine gelassen. Mein Guide war immer für mich da. Auch bei dem Ansieg nach Dharamsala, Wo ich trotz des Ruhetages arg an meine Grenzen gekommen bin. Hat Daljit mich nicht aus den Augen gelassen und natürlich seinen Rucksack auch noch getragen. Danke noch mal dafür. Auch bei der Auswahl der Teehäuser und der Rastplätze hat sich das gute Händchen der Agentur bewährt. Einfach ein klasse Team. Ich konnte auf der Rückfahrt im Bus schlafen. Musste mir nie Sorgen um mich und meine Sachen machen. Wieder zurück in Kathmandu wurde ich nach einer ausgiebigen Dusche noch zum Abendessen eingeladen. Wir waren in einem tollen Tamang Restaurant. Vielen Dank an das gesamte Team der Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

jonbon62

Tripadvisor

Auch der zweite Besuch war ein tolles Erlebnis!

Vor mehr als drei Jahren habe ich zufällig Ramesh Dhakal kennengelernt, als ich auf der Suche nach einem Hotel war; Ramesh war Teilhaber einer Trekkingagentur in den Räumen des Hotel “Horizon” (auch dieses ist sehr zu empfehlen!).
Ramesh hat mich mit seinem Mitarbeiter Krishna zusammengebracht, der mich auf einer zweiwöchigen Tour durch Helambu und Langtang begleitet hat: Ein wunderbares Erlebnis und ein sehr entspannendes Wandern. Bisher war ich – sechs Mal in 38 Jahren – immer nur allein im Himalaya unterwegs gewesen. Nun wurde ich rundum von Krishna versorgt; Ramesh hatte die Tour auch perfekt vorbereitet.
Deshalb war es auch keine Frage für mich, dass ich die nächste Tour wieder mit diesen Freunden mache. Schon von Deutschland aus habe ich angefragt; Ramesh hat dann mit seiner neuen Agentur Nepalmountaintrekkers, deren Inhaber er ist, alles vorbereitet: Mein alter Guide und Träger Krishna hat mich schon am Flughafen abgeholt, alles war geregelt und zusammen sind wir diesmal um den Manaslu gewandert:
Alles wieder perfekt organisiert und durchgeführt: Kompetent, zuverlässig, freundlich – kann ich sehr gerne weiterempfehlen und wünsche der Agentur Nepalmountaintrekkers und den Mitarbeitern alles Gute!

Hermann

Tripadvisor

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