Slowly taking on the status of the perfect alternative to the considerably better known Annapurna trail, the standard Manaslu Circuit offers an impressive array of features that place it at the very forefront of all discussions regarding Nepal’s finest trekking experiences. The Upper Route Trek offers an even more interesting alternative that takes a rugged and much less traveled trail higher on the mountain’s slopes. If you’re looking for real adventure in a manner that makes you feel like you have the Manaslu region to yourself than the higher passage provides the answer.
Unlike the traditional path of staying at tea houses the upper route requires the occasional homestay, and there’s no better way to immerse you in the local and friendly culture than by accepting the warm hospitality of the local people while staying as a guest in their humble homes.
The trek begins at Barpak, a town of sublime beauty perched high on a slope amidst picture perfect views and exquisite grass-green terraced fields, with the Buddha Himal range as the perfect backdrop. Barpak was at the epicenter of the 2015 earthquake and was decimated by the tremors, yet the resilience and spirit of the people has seen them largely restore the town to something resembling its former appearance.
From Barpak the trail ascends markedly to Mamche at 2800m and further stunning views, then wanders down through green meadows and meandering streams towards the pretty Gurung village of Laprak and a homestay at Khorlabensi, the final stop on the unique trail before joining the standard Manaslu route at Jagat. It’s at this point that the trek enters the restricted region for Manaslu, requiring registration at the nearby National Park office.
At Deng our trek deviates again from the classic route and heads back to higher ground, on and up through rugged terrain and a deep gorge to the stunning setting for the village of Prok. Prok offers up one of Manaslu’s many amazing detours, a visit to Kal Tal (Black Lake) which is so off the beaten trail that we typically have to hire the services of a local guide to find our way there for the full day hike.
The following day provides arguably the most stunning hike of the trip, leading to the village of Lho and the most panoramic and intimate views of Manaslu one is likely to find in the valley – short of actually climbing the mountain! A side excursion to Ribung Gumpa adds even further to the exhilarating experience, and if that isn’t enough the unique Tibetan settlement of Shyala offers even more startling views before the trail rejoins the standard route again at Samagaun.
From Samagaun onward the Manaslu trek offers the standard and delightful side excursions during the necessary rest days for acclimation, including day hikes to Manaslu Base camp, Birendra Lake, Pungen Gompa, the Tibet border, and Rui La. From Samagaun and Samdo it’s soon on to the ultimate goal of Larkya La (5160m) before completing the trek at Dharapani and returning by road to Kathmandu.
We have a particular affinity for the Manaslu region because many of our staff grew up in the area, so it goes without saying that we know the valley and all its nuances better than anyone else. The Manaslu Upper Route trek is one of our specialties because we know the trail and the people so when it comes to home stays and lodging we know who to call on. Drop us a note by email and see what we can do to arrange the details for you, or you can run your own thoughts by us to see what we can arrange.
Manaslu is in a restricted area and requires an appropriate permit, a government registered trekking agency, and a licensed guide to accompany each party. A minimum of two people are required in order to obtain the trekking permit through the area. The special permit costs $70 from September to November for the first seven days plus $10 for each additional day, and $50 from December to August for the first seven days plus $7 per additional day. The costs are per person. Trekkers are also required to have an Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation area permits from the Nepal Tourism Board at a cost of 3000 Nepali Rupees per person including 13% vat of each different region. For further details please contact us.
Day 01: Welcome at airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free day for final trekking preparation.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Barpak by public bus (7/8hrs, 1915m)
Day 04: Barpak to Laprak (6hrs, 2100m)
Day 05: Laprak to Khorlabensi (970m, 7hrs)
Day 06: Khorlabensi to Jagat (1340m, 7hrs)
Day 07: Jagat to Deng (1860m, 7hrs)
Day 08: Deng to Prok (2397m, 4hrs)
Day 09: Hike Prok to Kal Tal then back to Prok for overnight (3574m, 8/9hrs)
Day 10: Prok to Lho (3180m, 7hrs)
Day 11: Lho to Samagaun (3520m, 3hrs)
Day 12: Acclimatization day. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. Options can be discuss with your guide depending on your fitness and needs.
Day 13: Sama to Samdo (3860m, 3 hrs)
Day 14: One of an impressive day hike to open Tibet border Rui La 4998m and back to Samdo for overnight (8hrs)
Day 15: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m, 4/5hrs)
Day 16: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160m then overnight in Bhimthang (3590m, 8hrs)
Day 17: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1963m, 8hrs)
Day 18: Dharapani to Kathmandu/Pokhara by drive (9/10 hrs)
Day 19: Departure
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own.
Welcome at Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Introduce about program then enjoy your first night in cultural diversity Kathmandu.
Free day for final trekking preparation
Drive from Kathmandu to Barpak by public bus and stay overnight. (7 hrs, 1915m) Barpak is one of the most beautiful town of Gorkha, Nepal. You will have great opportunity to explore one of the major cast Gurung communities, cultures and home stay. Also this is the town we had epicenter of earthquake last time in 2015.
The upper route of Manaslu trek begins steep ascends through the countless stones stairs, lush jungle and offers such a great view of Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, traditional villages and their lifestyle. While we are taking higher and alternative route, the scenic trek will be very peace and real adventure. Laprak village is one of the most beautiful and second biggest villages of this manaslu region. It will be worth staying overnight.
The trail descends all the way before crossing the suspension bridge then ascends gradually up to Singla village. It is situated at the top of the hill and offers spectacular panoramic Ganesh Himal range and rolling hills surroundings. Probably we might have lunch here and continue descending all the way to Khorlabensi. From here we continue regular route through bank of Budhi Gandaki River.
The trail will lead us through the bank of the Budhi Gandaki river to Khorlabensi. Once we continue from Khorlabensi then we will arrive at Tatopani(Tatopani meaning hot water). Tatopani is another interesting place where you can experience the natural running hot water. Probably we might have lunch at Dovan before we arrive at Jagat for the overnight. Jagat is a big town and the restricted area will start from here. It will offer a neat and clean stone paved trail, mani walls, MCAP office (Manaslu Conservation Area Project), Siringi Himal etc.
After breakfast, we will cross couple of suspension bridges and get in one of the most beautiful village called Philim. We can have cup of tea/coffee break over here before we continue next village. On this day we will get on the junction where the trail will separate Tsum valley and Larke La. We will take a left (towards Larke la) and continue to Deng for the overnight.
The trail begins mix of ascending, descending and some suspension bridges then reaches at Bihi Phedi. After hiking another 30 minute we arrive at junction where we will be separated from regular trekking route and continue towards to Prok village. Prock is one of the most surprising beautiful cultural plateau where we can experience staying in homestay and connect with local peoples.
After taking hot breakfast we will ascend through the dense of lush forest to Kal Tal which will take more or less 5 hrs to reach. It has situated 3500m at the top of the beautiful hill and natural surroundings. We have to take pack lunch and some snacks from the Prok which we can enjoy with stunning lake view.
Once again the trail descends all the way and meet at regular route Ghap. The landscape itself will open magically and most of the interesting parts of Larke La will begin from today. Probably we might take lunch at Namrung village and continues to another amazing village Lho. The beautiful village Lho offers the first incredible view of Mt. Manaslu and an amazing Ribung monastery on top of the hill. During the trek from Deng to Namrung we will have great opportunities to explore and enjoy the views of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kutang Himal and a beautiful jungle just before reaching Namrung.
This is scenic and short day of the trek. Onward from today you should have full power on your camera because of the many beautiful and breathtaking views we will get from here on. The village of Shyala will offer 360 degree mountain vistas such as Mt. Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi peak, Naike peak, Kutang Himal, Pangbuche Himal, stupas, mani walls and so on. Once we reached at Samagun, we can hike to Birendra Lake if you wish.
This is great opportunity of enjoying with stunning side trip. After breakfast we can hike around Birendra Lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. Options can be discussed with your guide depending on your fitness and needs.
After 3 hours gradual ascending we reach at Samdo. This is final settlement of local peoples which is known as refugee camp of Tibetan people. So after lunch, if you have energy, we can hike around the hill to furthermore improve our acclimatization.
It sounds quite interesting side trip to explore ancient trading route/open Tibet border Rui La 4998m and back to Samdo for overnight. You will have stunning views of Himalaya, Fukang glacier and unique landscape surroundings.
In between Samdo to Dharmasala we won't get any tea houses and settlement. The tree lines will completely stop and offers towering snow caved Himalaya and just bare hills. Once we reached at Dharmasala we will take some rest then take a lunch. After taking lunch if you have enough time and energy we would advise you small day hike just to manage our time in high altitude, explore the beautiful nature and for better acclimatization.
Today is one of the crucial and most waited days of the entire trip. It will let us stand just with astonishing Himalaya surroundings at 5160m Larke La. Then we will descend to Bhimthang. Bhimthang is an amazing village which is situated at the lap of the Himalaya. We might have one of the best accommodations of the entire trek and offers spectacular Himalaya surroundings once again. It is a great place to celebrate the achievement of passing the challenging Larke La.
Walking through massive natural forest might be impressive experience ever. If you are in spring season then the forest will be colorful by national flower Rhododendron. Dharapani is part of Annapurna where we might have more traffic heading to Throng La/Annapurna circuit.
Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
Warum lange suchen wenn es Nepal Trekking Experts gibt! 21 Tage Manaslu Circuit via Upper Route + Tsum Valley + 6 Tage Bhutan Schon zuhause sind wir auf dies Agentur gestoßen und haben per E-Mail Kontakt aufgenommen. Rajesh der Betreiber hat unsere Fragen super schnell und ausführlich beantwortet und ist auf all unsere Wünsche eingegangen. Dank Türkisch Airline sind wir einen Tag verspätet in Kathmandu angekommen. Trotzdem wurden wir von Rabin, Rajeshs Bruder, vom Flughafen abgeholt und alles lief wir geplant weiter. Rajesh war für uns ständig zu erreichen. Man wird rundum betreut und fühlt sich wie ein Familienmitglied. Unser Guide Thakur und unser Porterguide Resham sind beide im Manaslu Grebiet geboren und aufgewachsen und waren somit absolute Experten für dieses Gebiet. Sie haben ständig den Kontakt zu den Dorfbewohnern gepflegt und waren über alles informiert. Es wurden immer die besten und originellsten Unterkünfte sowie das schönste Zimmer für uns ausgesucht. Auch gab es super gutes Essen und nicht nur Dhal Bhat, obwohl man damit nie etwas falsch machen kann. Thakur und Resham haben sich stets unseren Wünschen angepasst, Alternativrouten genommen wo möglich und immer die beste Zeit für Besichtigungen ausgewählt. Beide waren die besten Reisebegleiter die man sich wünschen kann. Die Schneelage hat uns leider die Passüberschreitung vereitelt und wir mussten umkehren. Bis zum letzten Moment haben Thakur und Resham versucht uns die Überschreitung zu ermöglichen und uns auch die Entscheidung über den Abbruch überlassen. Einfach genial wie Sie immer das Beste für uns versucht haben. Mit Thakur und seinem perfekten Englisch sowie seinem umfassenden Wissen haben wir danach noch eine Stadttour durch Kathmandu gemacht, sehr empfehlenswert und sehr informativ. Über Nepal Trekking Experts haben wir auch unseren Bhutan Aufenthalt gebucht. Rajesh hat auch dort die beste Agentur für uns ausgewählt und alles für uns organisiert. Wer bei Nepal Trekking Experts bucht ist in den besten Händen und kann sich vollkommen auf die Agentur verlassen. Besser geht es nicht! Danke an das komplette Team für diesen perfekten Urlaub. Bis zum nächsten Mal! Anne und Gerd
Our group from Belarus consisting of seven people passed the route Manaslu Circuit Trek. It was an unforgettable event. The route is difficult and extremely beautiful! On the morning of October 2, we left a jeep from a hotel to Kathmandu to Barpak, from where the next morning we set off on a wonderful foot journey. On the way, we were accompanied by a guide Kumar and porters Resham and Ramhari. Each day's transition, one of them walked ahead of the group, the other in the middle, and the third closed it, not disregarding any of the participants, no matter how slowly or quickly he moved. They booked places for us to sleep, ordered food, served on the table, cleared the table, provided us with everything we needed along the route. In the days we spent together, we became one family with our Nepali guides. After the end of the walking part of our trip in the village of Dharapani, October 14, we went to Pokhara, and then on October 17 - in Chitwan. Special thanks to the head of the company Nepal Trekking Experts Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Rajesh for the precise organization of our entire journey. He provided us with not only excellent specialists for trekking, but also planned in advance, booked and paid for all our transfers and hotels both before and after tracking, as well as paragliding in Pokhara. We were all pleasantly surprised by the attitude of the whole Nepal Trekking Experts Pvt team to our work. Ltd. Very grateful to all the guys. Definitely recommend.