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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

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  • Trek the Manaslu trek, one of the best treks in Nepal.
  • High altitude variation - giving different landscapes
The trek around Manaslu was officially opened to tourists in 1991. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and well-preserved. This trekking region has well preserved nature, great trekking trails and is thus an ideal trekking destination in Nepal if you have 17 days available.

The trek will be started from Arughat, a 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. Arughat lies at an altitude of 700 meters. The highest and hardest day of the trek is the day of crossing the Larke pass at 5100 meters. The fact that the trek has such a high variation in altitude also means that you will be passing through lots of varying landscapes.

The Manaslu trek will provide you with great mountain views, many cultural inputs, unrivalled beauty and rich bio diversity. Mt Manaslu at 8,156m is the highest mountain in the area and the eight highest peak in the world. It is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet.

The Manaslu trek is challenging but if you are able to walk up to 6 hours a day, are determined and in reasonably good shape, you can do this trek. If in doubt, we recommend to a porter while booking. That will relieve you of the weight of your backpack which normally amounts to 13-15 kgs.

The Manaslu trek is a restricted trekking area and can only be done by 2 people or more.
Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola(710m). 8 hours Guest house

Today, we drive from Kathmandu to Arughat by bus following the road through Pokhara. We cross the Trishuli Khola on a bridge and drive further to Dhading Beshi passing Muralibhanjyang and Niglpani onwards through Golbhanjyang and Taribeshi before we arrive at Arughat. We further take local shared Jeep to drive to Sotikhola where we stay overnight.

Day 2 Trek to Machhakhola (870m). 6 hours Guest house

We start the day early to reach our destination which will take about 6-7 hours. After crossing a popular suspension bridge of Soti Khola, we trek through Sal forests to reach a ridge above the splashing rapids of the Budhi Gandaki River. After reaching Khursane, the trail becomes rocky, passing through waterfalls and cliffs. We make our way past terraced rice fields and up to a Gurung village of Labubesi. we climb behind a rocky cliff where the valley opens up. Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we climb behind a rocky cliff where the valley opens up. Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we reach Machcha Khola village and overnight at tea house.

Day 3 Trek to Jagat (1410m) 7 hours Guest house

The next day, we climb behind a rocky cliff where the valley opens up. Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we reach Machcha Khola village. we climb another ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki on another suspension bridge. After this, we climb a staircase and then cross a landslide and a ridge to reach Doban. After crossing a suspension bridge, we again climb stone staircase then go down to the river and climb some stairs again to reach Thado Bharyang. Then we cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, walk along the river to reach the village of Jagat where we spend the night.

Day 4 Trek to Deng(1860m) 8 hours Guest house

On this day, we first reach Salleri after climbing a rocky ridge and then go towards Sirdibas. We continue to Ghatta Khola and then walk upstream through a long suspension bridge to reach a Gurung village in Phillim. From the lower points of the village, the trail turns north and through leveled trails amidst maize fields, we reach Ekle Bhatti, where you will have lunch and continue our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we spend the night.

Day 5 Trek to Namrung (2630m). 6 hours Guest house

We take a brief walk from Deng and then we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to reach Rana. From here we climb for a while and then head west to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and painted Mani stones and a corner from where we reach Ghap. Then we take the trail through Prok village which allows us to witness the beautiful view of Siring Himal. We follow the river, crossing it at many places and pass through dense forests and Gompas along the way. After crossing the river at a gorge, the trail becomes leveled and after a last steep climb, we reach Namrung where we stay the night. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.

Day 6 Trek to Lho (3180m). 5 hours Guest house

From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forests take us to Lihi, a village well known for its chortens and barley terraces. After crossing the side valley of Simnang, we pass through Sho and then reach Lho where we spend the night. Late afternoon visit the local monastery after you reached there.

Day 7 Trek to Samagaun (3500m). 4 hours Guest house

After crossing the Shyala village, we reach the Sama village where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of the high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay in Samagaon for the night.

Day 8 Acclimatization day at Samagaun. 6 hours Guest house

This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa. The main attraction of the day is the Pungyen Gompa with a spectacular view of the glaciers but it rather log day only recommended for the fit hikers. It is situated on a hill near Samagaon. We hike up to the Gompa named after the two peaks of Manaslu which means bracelet. It was destroyed when the Japanese first tried to summit the peaks. It was believed that the expedition to reach the summit might have angered the Gods. After the detour, we come back to Samagaon and spend the night there.

Day 9 Trek to Samdo (3860m). 4 hours Guest house

We follow the Budhi Gandaki River up to a stream which we cross on a suspension bridge. From here we take the trail on the right to Larkya la. It is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls and juniper and birch forests. We again cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and continue forward. From a stone arch, we can see a kani and after crossing it, we reach Samdo where we spend the night.

Day 10 Trek to Dharamasala (4480m). 4 hours Guest house

We start our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing a few streams and seeing a glimpse of the Larkya glacier, we go around a valley and make our way upwards again to reach a guesthouse called Dharmashala. This short walk to Larke Phedi provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek.

Day 11 Cross the Larke pass (5213m) trek to Bimtang (3720m) 8 hours Guest house

On this day, we make a short climb and reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak. We ascend the moraines of a glacier which becomes quite steep at the end before reaching the pass. From here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna. It is a longer walk than other days and you reach the guesthouse among the low pastures at the dim lights of dusk. When we finally reach Bhimtang, the exquisite view of Mount Manaslu makes every step worth it.

Day 12 Bimtang to Tilije (2300m). 7 hours Guest house

After enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho. A short walk takes us to Tilije with better accommodation options where we spend the night.

Day 13 Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m). 6 hours Guest house

We move in a stone paved path passing through a beautiful village and then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, move past an arch and Mani walls to get to the Thonje village. After passing through a police checkpoint we make our way towards Dharapani from where we enter the Annapurna circuit section. From Dharapani we take Jeep or bus from Dharapani to Beishar. which takes 4-5 hours. We spend a our last night of the trek at Besishar.

Day 14 Drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar. 6 hours

We drive along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River, witnessing the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, rivers and valleys and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains. After a few hours’ journey we reach Kathmandu where we will spend the last night in Nepal.

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what’s included
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) including fresh fruit in the evening.
  • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary trekking permits.
  • Bus from Kathmandu to Arughat then local Jeep to Sotikhola and bus back to Kathmandu after the trek.
  • Private Jeep from Dharapani- Beisishar.
  • Nepal Eco Adventure Sleeping bag, down Jacket and Duffel bag (If you don't have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt cap as souvenir, after trek complete Adventure certificate.
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Worst case, arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, if needed (paid by your Travel insurance).
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate( Very useful to check Altitude sickness symptom)
  • Trekking Route map of Manaslu region.
  • Assistant guide group size above 4+ person.
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
what’s excluded
  • Nepal visa fees (USD $40 for 30 days)
  • Meal and accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International flight tickets to Nepal.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek (i.e.. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
  • Desserts, sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Porter to carry your gear.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tip is expected)
  • Airport pick up and drop.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Nepali
Maximum altitude 5160 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
meeting/Start point Kathmandu, Nepal
customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 6 reviews
Great and well organized trekking
Christian From Netherlands At
5 - Excellent
“We did the Manaslu circuit trek in December last year. Because of the low-season many lodges were closed. The few other tourists we encountered turned around before the Larkya pass because their porters didnt know that the last lodge to sleep in before the pass was closed. Because our guides knew that beforehand, we could cross the pass in a tough, long but great day. One of the things that prove that our guides knew what they were doing.
Our guides were really friendly and besides guiding they also played cards and talked with us after a day of hard trekking, something we really appreciated.
The personal service and nice people at the office in Kathmandu complemented this trip to a great experience.
Even though it was low season, the temperature in the lower regions was around 20 degrees celsius, so please bring some clothes for those temperatures too.”
Excellent service and great experience
Thomas Tomczyk From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“I loved the trip, and Nepal Eco Adventure was a great help both before and during the trek. They took care of everything as promised, and I was always safe. Nepal was beautiful, and the people and culture were wonderful. Memories of a lifetime.”
Great Trek and Great Service!
Eni From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“Nepal Eco Adventure is a great company to use for booking treks in Nepal. I visited Nepal in October and did the Manaslu Circuit Trek. I felt taken care of from the moment I came to Nepal until I left.

I had a rough beginning as my arrival was delayed by 6 hours and my luggage did not come until the next day. My trekking guide, Narayan, waited for me those 6 hours at the airport until 2 am when i arrived. The next day, Chattra helped me call the airport to figure out when my luggage would arrive and then Narayan accompanied to the airport to pick it up. They went out of their way to help me out.

The trek itself was great! Narayan was a great guide and very helpful throughout. He is very knowledgable about all Nepal things and trekking related stuff. We were also checked in on every night with the pulse oximeter when we started getting in higher elevations to make sure we were fine with altitude sickness. The trek ended a couple days early as we hiked ahead of schedule. My group expressed interested in going to Polkhara and Narayan arranged everything for us between accomodations and transportation. The whole trip to Nepal from trekking to getting around was made easy and comfortable thanks to Nepal Eco Adventure. Would highly recommend to anyone considering a guided trek!”
Great trek in an area that is not too crowded by other trekkers
Anonymous From Germany At
5 - Excellent
“Excellent trek from the lowlands up to more than 5000 m with great views. The trek leads in a culturally very interesting area, influnced by Tibetan people, which is different from other parts in Nepal. The mountain scenery is also amazing, especially at the higher areas around the pass. The last few days which are equal to a small part of the Annapurna Circuit show, that the Manaslu Trek is the ideal trek for people who want to hike in an area that is not to crowded with other trekkers.”
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Good to know Essential Equipment for Manaslu circuit trek

Warm backpacking sleeping bag comfort temperature up to -15 degree Celsius.
Comfortable hiking boots. Make sure they are tried and tested before you go.
Spare boot laces.
Lightweight trainers/shoes for wear in lodges.
Waterproof jacket.
Waterproof trousers.
Fleece jacket.
Down jacket.
Fleece/sweater
Light-weight fleece or wool vests.
Long or short-sleeved shirt; often more comfortable to wear than a fleece vest or T-shirt.
Warm hiking trousers.
Underwear.
Warm hat (can be purchased in Kathmandu for a couple of pounds).
Wide rimmed sun hat.
2 – 3 pairs good quality walking socks.
Warm gloves or mitts.
Large rucksack or Duffel bag. (55 to 70 liters)
Rucksack liner or thick bin bag.
Day sack. (25 to 40 liters)
Dark sunglasses.
High factor sun-cream.
Lip balm preferably with sun bloc.
Ear plugs. (Walls in lodges are very thin)
Head torch/torch and spare batteries.
1 liter 2 water bottle.
Water purification kit. (On trek you will need to drink 3 – 4 liters of fluids each day)
Toiletries.
Small hand towel. (Do not bring large towel. They are bulky and heavy)
Toilet paper. (You can buy poor quality paper along the route)

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Non essential but recommended Equipment.
Walking or hiking pole(s).
Light-weight windproof jacket.
Neck warmer.
Sleeping bag liner.
Wet wipes
Length of string or para-cord. (12 feet)
Half a dozen clothes pegs.
Safety pins. (For attaching wet washing to rucksack to dry while trekking)
Plastic bags; shop carrier bags. These come in handy for a myriad of uses.
Shorts.
Camera. (Can recharge batteries for a small cost in lodges)
Binoculars.
Book/games/cards etc.
Travel diary.
Hand cleansing gel.
After-sun/moisturizer.






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